Sunday, April 25, 2010
After brunch, my sis and her girls, my mom, Andrea and I hit up the mall to try to find Joaquin his baptism outfit and I think we did a great job! You guys are going to die when you see him in his little shorts/suit baptism outfit! I can't help but imagining my little chubby baby in his attire. He's going to look like the marshmallow man with all of his rolls. I love it! I was contemplating posting pictures of him in it from him trying it on, but methinks I'll let you guys wait until the big day.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Squeezing between Karl Malone and John Stockton for the Tizzy Flip
I would go on but I've cried enough today. Besides, if you're lacking for reading or listening material there are plenty of stories, videos, and blogs to read and watch, or you can download any one of his eight jazz albums to listen to. I have a handful of personal stories and interactions with him and his family that I've been remembering all day but it's just too sad to rehash right now. I feel like I lost part of my family today. He is my all-time #2 favorite player behind fellow former King Lionel Simmons. And today marks on one of the top 3 worst days in my own personal Sacramento Kings history (Ricky Berry's suicide, Lionel Simmons' retirement). It's times like these I wish I was still in Sac, surrounded by my "family" reminiscing and saying goodbye to someone we dearly loved and cherished. He was one of the old school Kings, one of the players that the city of Sacramento loved so much no matter the team's record. Everyone in Sacramento has a fondness for those players that will never die. They were THE Kings, they were ours, they were us. The world lost a great man today and he will be forever missed. Long live the King, long live the Tizzy Flip, long live #23. My thoughts and prayers are with your family (Regina, Danielle, Gabrielle, Brandon, Tiffany).
Friday, April 24, 2009
Yeah, I know I haven't updated this blog in awhile but I couldn't help but join the blogosphere in this Save Chuck campaign. A friend of mine gathered some thoughts on the show, including some from yours truly on why the show is great and why you should give it a try. Here's the link so you guys can go read it and don't forget to watch the finale while your at it. Finale airs on Monday, April 27 at 7pm on NBC.
CHUCK: The Best Show You're Not Watching
Friday, March 27, 2009
I've been avoiding this blog for 15 years, long before I knew of the internet and blogs, and before I knew this show ever existed. I never knew that 15 years ago this show would become my favorite TV show of all time. I never knew this show would become my life and change my Thursday nights forever. I never knew how obsessed I would become with a group of doctors working at County General Hospital in Chicago, IL. For 15 years my Thursdays have revolved around this show. Think about it. That's half of my life! And now 15 years later, ER will air its final episode next week. I tried to write this blog back in September before the TV season started (ironically, I titled the blog "The Beginning of the End" which later was an actual title of one of the final episodes this season). I tried and tried again many times during the season but I could never find the right words to express what I feel, what I have felt, and what I'm sure I'll feel for a long time. With 15 years worth of material to choose from, it's impossible to pick one or two storylines, episodes, or characters to talk about that represented this show, my love, and my obsession. ER started out with 30+million viewers every week, it has earned a record 120+ Emmy nominations, taught people the difference between V-tach and sinus rhythm, and has spawned the likes of Danny Ocean, Olivia Benson, and Sara Sidle. The actors and actresses that have graced the halls of County General is a who's who of pop culture television and movies. It's utterly amazing who's checked in, and unfortunately, some of them never checked out. Not everybody won, not everybody lived, there was death, people left, it was messy, and sometimes it got complicated. Life was never simple on this show, but it was fun to watch, and sometimes good things happened and people smiled and cheered and felt good. It drew you in like no other, not just with the personal stories between the characters, but with all the medical stories, some taking only a few seconds of airtime, some taking several episodes or seasons. And it's not just that I watched every single episode as it originally aired for the first 8 seasons, or that I've seen every single episode somehow, some way (thanks to VCRs and DVR), but I find myself wishing to find an eternal love like Doug and Carol, Mark and Elizabeth, Neela and Gallant, or any other couple on this show, and I find myself believing they, these completely fictional characters, might actually exist somewhere. I find myself hoping that I can walk into County General in Chicago and find Haleh or Carter and know I'm in the best hands in the world (even if I do die at the end of the episode). ER has been as much of my life as anything I can think of. As it ends I find myself reminiscing a lot. Every week I get more and more sad, the tears getting closer and closer to spilling out. Truth be told, I should have written this blog a year ago, but something called a TV strike cut short the original final season. Because of the length of the strike, ER was given a final season deathbed reprieve and 23 more episodes. It was the greatest moment of my TV life (although to be fair, I don't wish a TV strike on anyone). But it gave me one last season to prepare for the finality of its own death. The (only) best part about this season, and some of last season, is that ER is such a historic TV show that all of the major characters from the past are appearing in its final scenes. The family is coming home to say goodbye and this show deserves it. With the success ER has had, especially in its early years, I find it comforting in this day and age that history can go back and repeat itself, that we can see characters again that have died (Romano, Greene for instance), see those that have left and returned, and see those that have stayed 'til the end. Next week I will be in mourning. Next week Thursday night will be one of the worst nights of my life (and I know how lame that sounds, lol). It's like the death of your best friend, your long-time family pet, the retirement of your childhood sports hero. I will have a huge box of Kleenex right in front of me and I will declare it ER night. In the previews, I think (although I can't verify, nor want to be spoiled ahead of time) that the Carter Center finally opens. The Joshua Carter Center is a (cancer?) center Dr. John Carter (the lone character to weave in and out of the ER for all 15 seasons) named after his stillborn son. The preview scenes show the return of even more former castmembers and I'm sure all those audience scenes are full of past and present cast and crew. It'll be a who's who of ER history. The tears will definitely be flowing! It'll be like scanning back through history in real time, like one of those weird super flashy flashes Chuck Bartowski receives every week. And I must admit the writers and producers have done a great job of tying up loose ends and finishing up storylines the right way. I know this show will never be forgotten as long as TV exists. I know that it'll keep its place in history as one of the best and most influential TV shows of all time. I know that 30 years from now I'll remember back to when ER was on TV and wonder why Thursdays have never been the same. My Thursdays will never be the same after next week and for that I am eternally sad and also eternally grateful. And so, now that I finally have found the right words to say (for the most part), I want to say one last final thing. Thank You ER. Thank you for a wonderful and amazing 15 years.
NOTE: www.nbc.com/ER has a wonderful ER Remembered retrospective full of photos from all 15 seasons, videos, trivia, a cast list for all 15 seasons, and an episode guide for all 300+ episodes.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
9. Olive Snook on Pushing Daisies. I know I’m supposed to root for Chuck and Ned, I know it. They are absolutely great together…but Olive just steals the show for me. Her unrequited love for Ned is sad but she remains spunky and adorable and man-o-man, Itty-Bitty sure can sing! I wish I could go back in time to when she was on Wicked so that I could watch her perform. Here goes my most favorite Pushing Daisies/Olive Snook moment from this year:
8. The arrival of Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale. The famous Sprinkles cupcakes from LA opened its doors in AZ this year and I was more than happy about that. Ok, so I’m a total cupcake snob, whatever. These babies are delicious! I still think I like NYC’s Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes better but let’s just say that Sprinkles has gotten quite a few visits from the Miller household in the few months that it’s been open. Added Bonus: My sister’s mother in law is a baker there so every once in awhile my sis will show up at our house with a box full of cupcakes!
My favorite: Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting.
7. Slumdog Millionaire. Easily the best movie I've seen this year. In short, it's about a kid from the Indian slums who goes on India's Who Wants to be a Millionare. The authorities think he cheated, because, come on, there's no way a kid from the slums can know all the answers. The movie takes you through the kid's life and shows you how all those questions/answers played a role in his life. It is also a very endearing love story. The story is very well told, the movie very beautifully shot and the music was great. There wasn't a moment where you got bored of the movie. Go watch it.
6. Michael Kors Amherst Shoulder Tote. Raise your hand if you are a purse whore (*raises hand*). It was love at first sight. Well, more like love at first touch. Let me tell you, the leather on this bag feels like buttah. Yeah, the bag is big but that just means more space. The other day when it rained, do you think I got soaked walking from my car to work? Nope. And you know why? Because I had my umbrella in my purse. Yup. There's plenty of room in there for necessities like umbrellas. Plus look at how cute it is! It has the strap for you to carry it on your forearm and another strap in case you want to carry it on your shoulder. How handy and fashionable is that, right?! I have the black one. Love it!
5. Death Cab for Cutie Concert in Mesa. I just don’t think there’s anything more adorable to me than hearing/seeing Matt sing “Soul Meets Body”. There just isn’t. Matt and I had so much fun at this concert over the summer that we decided to trek it out to Tucson for another DCFC concert in early December. Good times.
4. Jim and Pam getting engaged! Nuff said.
3. Cruise to St. John, St. Thomas and the Bahamas. We weren’t just beach bums on this cruise. We actually hiked quite a bit, did some snorkeling and just relaxed. We also got to spend it with Mark and Tima. No, we didn't win $2k in this cruise like last time. That's the only reason this got bumped down to #3.
2. Meeting and working with John Krasinski! Come on. You knew this was going to be on the list, right? So, I didn’t write about it on our blog but I know you heard me talking about it. I got to spend almost a week with the guy… A WEEK! OK, so I didn’t spend the whole week with him, but I did make him laugh and I got a hello from him before he “met me” met me when I was just an extra. But that last day where I got to be a stand-in and really met him…A-W-E (clap-clap) S-O-M-E! We talked basketball and he high-fived me. He high-fived me, y’all! Yeah, he’s totally my sancho, now. A girl can dream, right? I still get goosebumps whenever I look at that picture. Such a sweet, nice, funny and hubba-hubba aooogah kind of guy.
1. Our trip to NYC. Seriously, why didn’t we go to NYC during our senior year in college? We all would have gone and fallen in love with it, like we did this time. The four of us could have gone to grad school at NYU or Columbia and we could have all bunked in a cute little brownstone in Greenwich Village or SoHo or maybe lived in Brooklyn and been Mindy Kaling's neighbors. Sigh. Ah well, hopefully we can get up there again this upcoming year and spend another week up there and do less sightseeing and more shopping and relaxing…and eating of course.
I can’t wait to see what 2009 has in store for us! I hope you all have a great year!
Happy New Year!