Tuesday, November 23, 2004

TV By TV

Parent/Teacher Conferences are OVER! I got home and managed to catch up on some television. First up, Manhunt -- after tonight's elimination we're down to the final 2 guys:



I'd love for Rob to win (because I tend to root for the homo) but I suspect Jon will win it all in the end. He's very versatile and he photographs very well. My money is on Jon but I really hope that Rob wins.

Then I was able to finally watch last week's episode of Lost:



Now we know who the creepy French lady is but all she brings to the table are more questions and much more mystery. Things are getting gooooood.

Next up were tonight's episodes of The Real World: Philadelphia (where MJ hooks up with a skank and Sarah tries to convert a gay guy -- unsuccessfully)



and Laguna Beach (the graduation episode -- are you kidding me with that shizz about Lo and her brand new car? I hate that girl ... I hate that show ... why do I even watch it?!?).

I still need to watch Sunday's episode of Charmed and then I'm all caught up. Whew! It's time for bed.

Word To Your Mother

Another letter from Britney Spears to her fans, via UBritney.com:

Britney’s Letters: A letter to mom for Thanksgiving
11.22.2004

This week is Thanksgiving, a time of year to reflect on all of our blessings and everything we are most thankful for. In that respect, I want to dedicate this letter to my mom.

It's 10pm and Kori is sound asleep. Today, for the first time I made a roast with carrots, potatoes, corn and my favorite garlic bread. It was amazing, if I do say so myself! I used my own recipe too. My feet are really starting to sink into my new home, especially the kitchen. When I was younger, the kitchen was always the room in the house where we would all end up hanging out. Cooking is kind of like motherhood. To be really good at it, you don't need instructions. You kind of just go on instinct and what feels right.

My mom was the best at everything but she wasn't a Stepford wife at all. She had her own way of doing things. Some of the women where we are from went to church every week, but also gossiped the entire time they were there. These women also worshiped their husbands in a weird way and talked to their kids as if they were a principal lecturing a student instead of a mother to her child. Living in a small town can make it so easy to just follow the mold and go along with how everyone else does things. But my mom managed to set her own course and not get corrupted into doing things like all the other women. She would go to church every week like everyone else, but she always looked sexy in her black dress and she was the one all the other women would gossip about. She would come home and put on her size 2 shorts and a bikini top to wash the car & get a tan at the same time, then come inside and manage to make the best chicken dumplings before going on a two mile run and then end the night by making the best chocolate shakes for us before we went to bed.

My mom was and still is a Supermom. She is just so much fun and I think the reason why I relate to her so well is because she's a young mom. A lot of people think you should wait till you're older to have kids. I've had a career since I was 16, have traveled around the world & back and even kissed Madonna! The only thing I haven't done so far is experience the closest thing to God and that's having a baby. I can't wait! I thought I would never say this, but I love not working so much! To be a really good mom, I feel your child needs to be your full time job. I want to raise my kids and share all of those precious moments with them and not rely on nannies. Spending time at home over the past few months, I have felt richer than I ever did working all the time. My soul feels rich and that doesn't have anything to do with money or material things. To feel content, I just need a roof over my head and to be surrounded by the people I love. That's why I'm dedicating this letter to my mom and all of the mom's out there. What would the world do without you?

Mom, thanks for being the best role model ~ you rock!

Love,
B

Hot Damn! Hot Blog!

I've been meaning to post an ode to the hot bloggers that I really enjoy reading everyday. I have some time to write now so I'm going to ode away. When I started keeping an online journal back in August of 2002 I never thought that I would keep writing. Since then my style has evolved from the boring This is what I did today vibe to a style that is more entertaining (I hope). I have been reading blogs for years now and really look up to the bloggers that have inspired me to keep writing and to try and make it fun. Here are 9 of my favorite hot bloggers who I admire not just for their looks but for their style, humor and witty intelligence:


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The guys are arranged in no particular order and their pictures come from their respective websites; let's do the run-down:
  1. Scott @ Stereogum.com -- this is generally the first blog I read every day. Scott manages to write very informative and very entertaining entries each day. His love/hate relationship with Britney Spears makes him dear to my heart.
  2. Bradford @ BradfordShellhammer.com -- Bradford's blog was one of the first blogs that I read on a regular basis. He's got great taste and has a great writing style. I think it's so cool that someone can turn blogging into semi-celebrity. Oh, and I love the self-portraits that he often posts.
  3. Grambo @ Whatevs.org -- I can always count on Uncle Grambo to do Detroit proud. He offers a true Detroit vantage point on whatever is going on in his own language no less! I was very happy that he posted a computer-generated version of what he looks like, just in time for this post. Schmears and Bovs -- the Hottness revealed!
  4. M@ at GRØEG -- this man has such an incredible eye for photographs. He can do things with a digital camera that makes want to stop trying to take artistic pictures. Funny and smart, M@'s blog is always among the first blogs that I read daily.
  5. The Thigh Daddy @ Thighs Wide Shut -- Talk about smart AND funny! Mr. Thighs is genuinely the master blogger. I have been reading Thighs Wide Shut for a long time now because it is always funny, always fresh and definitely the shit! And talk about a hot daddy! Oh yes, I love me some of the maize myself.
  6. Andy @ towleroad.com -- I used to read Andy's blog pretty regularly early on but somehow forgot about it (or lost my bookmark for it). I've recently re-discovered towleroad and have been scouring the archives for stuff that I've missed. Andy also has his fingers on the pulse ... for sho!
  7. Steph & Alek @ Oh la la Paris -- This is a new blog for me. Steph and Alek live the jet-set life and post amazing pictures of beautiful men. My favorite eyecandy comes from their blog. One of my new fave daily reads.
  8. Mark @ Markotic.com -- I have to give it up for Marky Mark who hails from the great republic of Ann Arbor, Michigan. I've read other A2 blogs and they just come off pretentious and full of bullshizz. Mark's is functional and fun to read. I'm glad I found it.
  9. Kurt @ unprotectedtext.com -- Kurt posts the best short entries ever. His entries read like little poems often telling stories with great depth and candor. I'm sad that he doesn't post as much as he used to (due to personal stuff) but I'm hoping that his regular posts will come back soon.
And these are my favorite hot bloggers. These guys offer great stuff to read no matter if it's first thing in the morning or right in the middle of a boring day at work. I really enjoy reading what they have to say about anything and I really think you'd like their blogs too. If you think that I do a good job with my blog at all then you have these guys to thank. They really set the standard for what I try to accomplish with my little blog. And hello, they're hot! What's not to like about that?

MIZerable Performance

Please forgive me for not embellishing every single moment spent in Chicago over the weekend. You really have a nice picture of what the weekend was like. There was some drama but we were all tired and cranky so that's to be expected. I did fail to mention, though, that on every TV screen we encountered while in Chicago was showing footage of the Pistons/Pacers fight that broke out at the Palace here in Detroit on Friday night.


I'm not going to rehash it all over for you (mainly, because I'm tired of hearing about it too) but I do find it charming that the fan in the white hat (who was in the crowd taunting the mean basketball player after throwing a cup at him) has a criminal history. Ah, Detroit ... I do love you.

The real news this weekend was the leaked photo of Dr. Doom from the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. The first thing that Brandon asked me when I saw him on Friday night was "Have you seen the picture of Dr. Doom?" I told him that I hadn't and then quickly yelled at him for not alerting me the moment he saw it and I also chided him for not sending me a copy of it. Anyways, Julian McMahon (former Cole/Balthazar on Charmed and former husband to Dannii Minogue) from Nip/Tuck is playing Dr. Doom in the Fantastic Four big-screen adaptation. I fully support his casting as Dr. Doom. He's a great villain and I know he will do an excellent job sounding mean and imposing.

I am fairly confident that this will be a big movie. If they tap into that X-Men vibe I think it will do very well and will probably end up becoming another franchise. Just look at this line up of the actors cast as the Fantastic Four


... it's going to be a kickass movie! I have high hopes for this one ... woot!

The other big story from the weekend ... Britney of course! She really had to pee ... really, really bad:


BRITNEY SPEARS was so desperate to use the loo after a night on the sauce she had to pull over on her journey home ... My snapper spotted the star looking like she was in pain as she queued outside the busy toilets.

Hahahaha! I have to tell you ... in the home stretch of the drive home from Chicago ... I know EXACTLY how she must have felt. Boy, when we got home I TORE out of the car and into the house. When you gots ta go ... you muthaeffin' gots ta go! And props to Brit-Brit for wearing shoes! Hurray!

And now, the news:
  • National Treasure was the #1 movie of the weekend, beating the Sponge Bob Square Pants movie ... giving Nicholas Cage his biggest opening weekend ever! LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nicolas Cage's treasure hunt soaked up more box-office cash than a cartoon sponge. Cage's National Treasure debuted as the No. 1 weekend movie at theatres in the United States and Canada with $35.3 million US, coming in just ahead of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which opened in second place with $33.5 million US, according to studio estimates Sunday. I really enjoyed the movie. It was escapist fun and really neat because Justin Bartha was in it ... check it out -- you'll like it, you'll like it.
  • Arjan Writes has news on the new Fischerspooner album. The New York art/pop duo will be releasing their much-anticipated second album on March 15. The record will be titled "Odyssey" and is expected to feature less of an electronic, but more of a rock slant (which usually means an edgier sound with live guitars and more elaborate songwriting). Fischerspooner's debut "#1" came out in 2003. How exciting! I love Fisherspooner and cannot wait for the new material. Check out Casey's online diary HERE.
  • Say it ain't so ... Posh Spice Victoria Beckham is retiring from singing forever!!! Posh Spice has finally admitted what many of us have known for some time - she was never the best singer. The former Spice Girl, 30, has announced she is cutting short her ongoing, and often painful, bid to become a pop star ... She told the Daily Mail: "I think it will be difficult for me to continue with my musical career. The industry is not what it was ... "I know I could never become the best singer in the world. I am conscious of that ... "However, everything to do with fashion comes naturally to me. I live in Spain and have two sons. This takes up most of my time ... "The rest is taken up by design, which is my great passion." Whatever! She gets to bed with David Beckham every night ... shoot, I'd sing for free!
  • THIS ARTICLE has a nice rundown of all the stuff Oprah gave away to those teachers on her show (the episode I watched on the toilet): The shrieking schoolteachers (yes, the men too) were stunned by a bevy of gifts for each of them, including a washer/dryer, Sony laptop computer, car navigation system and 30-inch LCD TV ... This year's "Favorite Things" list cost about $15,000 per person - far outspending last year's list, which totalled about $4,800 per person. Shooooot! If my ass had been in that audience, you better believe I'd be shrieking too!
  • Towleroad has the skinny on the Aussie version of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy HERE. The men are NOT pretty at all ... has Queer Eye lost it's mojo?
  • You may have seen bottles of the new Pepsi Holiday Spice on store shelves or in gas stations. Well, I decided to give it a try since I'd be on a long road trip. It's horrible. Stay away from it ... run, in fact. No buzz at all!
  • Finally, artisté extraordinaire Brian O'Dell has a website devoted to his artwork. Check it out HERE -- it rawks!
We were able to be home in time to watch this week's episode of MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Sexes 2. Oh man ... it was awesome! Both The (overly-hyped) Miz and Rachel (the überbitch) were voted off! I squeeled with GLEE as they expelled these 2 RW/RR veterans!!!


It was awesome! Katie rules! She don't take no shizz from NO BODY and if she's smart, she can rally the new girls to take control of the women's team and get to the final challenge successfully. Coral will have to be the next veteran to go; and then Veronica ... then it will be smooth sailing. We'll see how it turns out. Eeek! I love it!

And that is all. Today is going to be hella-long. Second day/night of parent-teacher conferences and I'd rather be dead. I'm still a little tired from the weekend but it doesn't matter ... I'll have to be cheerful and nice to all the parent's visiting me tonight. Ugh ... pity me.

Update: Click HERE to see all of the Chicago weekend pictures.