Post Number 365

I've made a year's worth of posts in 9 months. Am I an overachiever or WHAT?

Trish is on her way home after her "culinary tour" of San Antonio. We had so much fun and found out we're eerily alike - same pajamas AND the same sweater! Now, back to work :(

Did anyone see the bit about RWA on the CBS Morning Show this morning? It was pretty good, pretty positive. Always gotta love Nora. I was looking for familiar faces and only saw Gail Barrett.

April tagged me, so at least I don't have to think very hard about what I'm going to write.

Four jobs I've had
clerk at Winn's, the local 5 and Dime that went out of business many moons ago. I worked in the fabric department and spent most of my paycheck on fabric.
drug clerk at Eckerd's - glad I got out before the explosion of HMOs. Back then, there were just two.
Haagen Dazs at the airport. Lasted two days and never went back. That was hard! Then you'd have hours of nothing to do, then a plane would deboard and you'd have a line out the door!

Four movies I watch over and over
The Mummy
Pirates of the Carribean
Two Weeks Notice
Pride and Prejudice (BBC)

Four places I've lived
Sunnyvale, CA
Clinton, OK
San Antonio, TX - that's it

Four TV shows I love (or have loved)
Alias (before she dumped Michael V. like an idiot and ruined the show)
My Name is Earl

Four places I've vacationed
Grand Canyon
New York
New Orleans

Four favorite foods
potatoes in most varieties

Four sites I visit daily
eharl boards
wetnoodleposse blog
Trish's blog

Four places I'd rather be right now
In bed... (many late nights of watching movies)
Somewhere where it's actually snowing... (ironically, Trish came down to get someplace warm)
okay, that's all I can think of!

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Anonymous said...

If you did a culinary tour of San Antonio, I hope you went to Chester's Hamburgers and Salsalito(or Chuy's). :)

MJFredrick said...

We didn't do hamburgers this time, but we went to Chuy's last night!

Anonymous said...

Woo Hoo on the posts, Mary :)

I didn't see it :( I was watching Olympic coverage ;)

Trish Milburn said...

I'm going to have to go home and spend a week just on the treadmill. :) I had a great time visiting and am now going back to where it's colder. :(

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

What do you mean, until she dumped Michael V. and ruined the show?

She and Michael were "off" well before Vartan was removed from Alias, and they did fine last season. I hope you're not believing the stupid rumors that she was the reason they offed him. It was a tactical error--new blood did NOT make the show better--and they are (hopefully) going to make up for it in the second half. I heard they're shooting Bradley Cooper now! Woo hoo!

MJFredrick said...

The sexual tension was gone, IMO. And last season was not good. Enough that this season I don't even care. But the first two seasons I watched in something like two weeks!

Shesawriter said...

I stopped caring about Alias a LONG time ago. The plots got too Rube Goldbergish. The sexual tension was gone as soon as J & M broke up in real life. But the thing that killed Alias for me, most of all, were the LONG breaks in between each show. It got to the point where I didn't care if they ever came back.


Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I watched Seasons 1-3 simultaneously with Season 4, and I didn't think the tension was gone. It seemed pretty level to me through all the seasons. And season 1 and 4 had so many connections, watching them in tandem was fun for me. So my experience, obviously, was very different from all of yours. :)

Yeah, Tanya, I hate when they do that to any show. That was why they held it until January last year and showed the whole season at once, with no reruns.

The problem I had with season 4 was that at least the first half of it was episodic. They wrapped everything up in each show, rather than ending them on cliffhangers like in past seasons.

MJFredrick said...

That's interesting, Natalie, that you didn't notice a difference. Maybe it was me, getting distance from the show as I moved onto others I liked more.

The episodic thing bothered me, too (I didn't have to worry about the breaks because I didn't start watching till they were on DVD, season before last. I was running around the night before the next season started, looking for disc 6 at all the video stores in town) I got used to the long story arcs. I think you hit it on the head, Natalie, when you said the new blood messed up the story. What was great about the show in the beginning was the focus on Sydney, much like the way Buffy was great till they brought in all the slayer-ettes.


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