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  • My friend is on Jeopardy tonight, and I’m practically peeing in my pants with excitement over this fact.
  • I know two people on television shows, and I find it very difficult to watch them because I can see them acting.  I don’t know other actors, so I just imagine that their character’s personality is their personality.  But seeing friends acting on television is a little like seeing the wires when someone is “flying.”
  • I really want to see The Social Network and I’m not even into Facebook.  What does that say if I’m more excited to see a movie about its creation than use the creation itself?
  • I am on the fence about seeing Never Let Me Go.  The book was so incredible that I can’t see how the movie will live up to the words.  And beyond that, the book creeped me out and upset me so much that I wonder if it’s smart to go see it and put myself mentally there again.
  • I’ve often wondered what ever became of Martha Plimpton, and the other day, I read in People magazine that she’s on a new show this fall.  So now I know.
  • I am beyond in love with the Sookie Stackhouse books.  If you had told me a year or two ago that I would be reading vampire fiction, I would have told you that you’re crazy.  I am just not a genre fiction sort.  But Twilight is like a gateway book and now I’m into the harder stuff.  Sookie Stackhouse is the harder stuff, right?
  • We decided to up and go to the beach.  Before we hit the hotel, we swung by this dive-y pizza spot that the kids love.  While I went to the bathroom, this wonderfully creepy man came up to Josh and said, “what nationality is your wife?”  I get this question a lot, but what made us giggle nervously over this one (and why Josh tweeted it) is that he asked it in a tone that suggested that he had a series of bodies in the trunk of his car and wanted to make sure that he wasn’t doubling up on one he had already collected.  Imagine Spiccoli crossed with … well … Spiccoli as a mass murderer.  Plus, he sat in the pizza place and kept raising his eyebrows at me, as if to say, “come on, we’re all friends here.  Tell me your freakin’ nationality.”
  • Two pictures from the beach.  What a difference 24-hours can make.


1 Bea { 10.07.10 at 7:34 am }

I’m not sure I have ever felt the desire to ask a stranger their ethnicity. If it’s relevant to the conversation, or if we have a certain level of familiarity and are up to the point of comparing family trees, then perhaps. I just find it a weird question.

Good luck to your Jeopardy friend.


2 a { 10.07.10 at 8:59 am }

That’s so odd – although I could see why someone would ask . I wouldn’t have the slightest idea what your ancestry was.

Martha Plimpton is on that Raising Hope show, isn’t she? I saw the first episode and it was pretty funny (yet dark), but I haven’t been able to catch the next few episodes.

I’ll have to watch Jeopardy today!

3 a { 10.07.10 at 9:00 am }

Also, please do not edit when I’m in the middle of commenting. It makes me think I’m crazy… 🙂

4 Angie { 10.07.10 at 9:03 am }

I read the Sookie Stackhouse books in a row right after Harry Potter, which was right after Twilight, which I read to get out of my head after Lucy died. And I also said things like, “I can’t believe I am reading so many books with vampires and elves.” But I have to say, I love love loved them, and still love love love them, though, after HP, I did say at some point, “She is making this up as she goes along,” which, as you know, is the opposite experience of reading Harry Potter. Funny you bring this up this week, as I JUST wrote about my feelings on Twilight earlier this week, and also Sookie Stackhouse. The sex parts make me feel like an adult.

5 Tigger { 10.07.10 at 9:08 am }

Heh – if you think Sookie is the hard stuff, try out Laurel K Hamilton. I suggest the Merry Gentry series as a starter point, before moving on to Anita Blake. They are a much darker series. I read her first, and then read a snippet of a Sookie book…and it just seemed so watered down!

6 Elizabeth { 10.07.10 at 9:10 am }

Another terrific vampire series is Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series. LOVE them.

7 Ann Z { 10.07.10 at 12:13 pm }

I LOVE the Sookie Stackhouse books, too. I’m sad to be through all of them for now. The minute a new one comes out, I devour it. I haven’t read Twilight, but I imagine that yes, Sookie Stackhouse is the harder stuff.

8 onceamother { 10.07.10 at 1:09 pm }

i too had always wondered about martha plimpton – I am up in the air on the show, but glad to see her acting again.

Sookie Stackhouse – something to add to my bed rest reading collection perhaps?

9 HereWeGoAJen { 10.07.10 at 2:43 pm }

Your girl is getting so long and tall. It shouldn’t be allowed, this growing up stuff.

10 Kristin { 10.07.10 at 2:52 pm }

I need to know who to cheer for tonight on Jeopardy.

Sookie Stackhouse is good, maybe even great reading, but it is so far form the hard stuff. Bwahahahaha, come to the dark side my dear!

I love that picture of ChickieNob on the beach…LOVE IT!

11 Kir { 10.07.10 at 3:12 pm }

I have to be honest, when I saw the title of this post being from the Scranton, PA area I thought you were going to talk about “GERTRUDE HAWKS SMIDGENS” LOL…these delicious little slices of heaven that consist of milk chocolate with the most amazing peanut butter in the middle…Oh I digress..but I really want Smidgens now

good luck to your friend.
I can’t believe how tall and beautiful your little girl looks in that picture.
I still cannot make myself read ANYTHING that has to do with Vampires, I’m just NOT interested.
The show Martha Plimpton is on, gives me nightmares….and it’s a comedy.
I want to see THE SOCIAL NETWORK & LIFE AS WE KNOW IT…I think “Life” will win.
The creepy guy in the pizza place…well that is VERY CREEPY…hope you didn’t tell. For any reason.


12 Sharon { 10.07.10 at 4:14 pm }

I’ve read all the Sookie Stackhouse books and loved them! Oddly, I did not enjoy the Twilight books: I quit them after having to force myself to finish New Moon.

My husband is also dying to see The Social Network. All my friends who’ve seen it have liked it.

13 Vee { 10.07.10 at 4:27 pm }

That man does seem creepy. I would be curious but I wouldn’t ask about the nationality.
Good Luck to your friend!
I love your pics….. I am itching for the beach now.

14 Rebecca { 10.07.10 at 5:04 pm }

People used to ask my mother that all the time (about the nationality) when she was living in upstate New York in the 60s/70s. She has similar hair and coloring to you and is Sephardic Jewish but people guess Italian, Spanish, Greek, etc. Which, is actually kind of all true…

15 Kate (Bee In The Bonnet) { 10.07.10 at 10:00 pm }

LOVE the photos! I can’t believe the change in weather (well, actually, I can… I watched the system roll through here and felt the drastic change. It’s just so dramatic to see it in the photos). I especially love that first one. Great composition with the kite!

16 Pam { 10.07.10 at 10:42 pm }

That’s so cool your friend was on Jeopardy. If I had cable I would have watched. 🙂 My cousin (actually my cousin’s daughter) is an actress. She was on Degrassi: The Next Generation as Ellie. But if you really want to watch a hilarious show, check out 18 to Life. It’s going into it’s second season up here, but it was picked up The CW and which should be airing it..I’m just not sure when. Just my plug. 😉

17 Pam { 10.07.10 at 10:43 pm }

Sorry, neglected to say that she plays one of the two leads in that show.

18 Katie { 10.09.10 at 9:13 am }

We visited the historic home where they were filming Never Let Me Go, recently – I do want to see it now, though partly to look out for the house’s appearance!

19 Barb { 10.09.10 at 9:25 pm }

Sookie is FUN and complete mind candy. Love it. You might also love “Sunshine” by Robin McKinley. She’s a better writer, but it’s still a fun read.

20 Battynurse { 10.17.10 at 3:13 pm }

Ok so I read the first Sookie Stackhous book and it was ok but it really just didn’t do it for me. It didn’t make me want to go out and buy more of them to read.
Yes, that is really creepy about that guy.
So cool that your friend was on Jeopardy but I’m reading backwards so I already know what happened.

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