Monday, January 24, 2011

Regis and Oprah and Larry, Oh My!

I found an article today about TV’s loss of Regis, Oprah, and Larry King today and it reminded me that I have been meaning to blog about this. What will the world be like without these three influential news makers, news people, and interviewers? I could write an entire blog about life without Oprah and how horrible it will be… and I may still later on in her final season, but for now I find myself wondering what is next for TV?

In a world of reality TV, YouTube, and Jersey Shore do we have room for talk show news shows anymore? Most people my age don’t watch them anyway. I, however, have always been 40 at heart and still tune in to see Regis and Kelly and tape Oprah every day. I only sometimes watch Larry King, but that was by personal choice because I never liked him. The article states that Regis and Kelly will still be successful if they find the right co-host, and I agree. He also states that Anderson Cooper would have been a great fill in for Regis. I am so bummed that Anderson can’t fulfill Regis’s role. He has his own daytime talk show coming out, but I really wonder about how successful it will be. I love him, so I mean this in the best possible way, but he needs a sidekick. He is too serious and shy to anchor his own talk show. He and Kelly Ripa are a hilarious combo.

As for Larry King, I don’t mind that he is gone, but Piers Morgan’s new show in its place is not great. He has booked some good people on it (hello Oprah, Condoleezza Rice, and George Clooney), but he seems too intent on asking personal loaded questions, which I think only skilled interviewers who have grown to be loved and appreciated by celebrities can pull off (people like Oprah, Diane Sawyer, and Barbara Walters).

Finally, no one can replace Oprah. No one. Not even Ellen, as much as I enjoy her show. Oprah changed the way America thinks. She got into the heart of the public and became the heartbeat of Americans. She did it skillfully, respectfully, humorously, and intelligently. That is what sets her apart: she sees intelligence in every person. She believes “normal” or “average” people are just as profound and wise as a celebrity, maybe more so depending on the person. Oprah made herself one of “us” in spite of her billions of dollars, several houses, and Christian Louboutin shoes.

So, what is next for interview-based shows? Should we start a whole new way of interviewing celebrities and re-hashing the news? Scrap it all together because of the internet? Or choose new and younger celebrities to venture forth on the same paths as Regis, Larry, and Oprah? My opinion: keep the model of Regis and Kelly and fill Regis’ spot with someone other than Mark Consuelos. Maybe Anderson could still do it? Or how about Ryan Seacrest?

Maybe with the Oprah Winfrey Network we won't need daytime talk shows at all.

All I do know is that I hope Barbara Walters isn't "retiring" next. It's bad enough she stopped her Oscars interview show.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Happiness is...

Skyping with my mom and dad (this view is where they sit).

P.S. I could do an entire series of photos just based on the office table you see there. It is the mail center, wrapping center, storage center, and sewing center depending on the day.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Somewhere in me I am brave.
Somewhere in me I am tough.
Somewhere in me I am confident.
Somewhere in me I know I’m beautiful.
Somewhere in me I dance with joy.
Somewhere in me I am hard on myself.
Somewhere in me I am afraid of my brain.
Somewhere in me I am a model.
Somewhere in me I give speeches for awards.
Somewhere in me I long to spin in a field of flowers.
Somewhere in me I am better than I am.
Somewhere in me I forgive easily.
Somewhere in me I stand up on behalf of justice.
Somewhere in me I think before I speak.
Somewhere in me I let go of the past.
Somewhere in me I dream happily about the future.
Somewhere in me I am kind.
Somewhere in me I am protective.
Somewhere in me I am exhausting.
Somewhere in me I inspire.
Somewhere in me I am forgiven.
Somewhere in me I forgive.
Somewhere in me I smile from a deep place.
Somewhere in me I love big.
Somewhere in me I am loud.
Somewhere in me I laugh… a lot.
Somewhere in me I am whole.

Movie couples

Elinor Dashwood: Did he tell you he loved you?

Marianne: Yes... no. Never absolutely. It was everyday implied but never declared.
Over on Pioneer Woman's blog she gave away copies of her soon to be released book and had people leave a comment of their favorite love story couple.

I, feeling very not creative, left a comment (because, hello, I want a free book!) that named Annie and Sam from Sleepless in Seattle, which is totally true because I even watched it last night.

But, I wish I had said Elinor and Edward also!

Or Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday.

Love all three. Ironically, I think all three of those movies reflect a piece of me as well.
Anyway, now I have Sense and Sensibility on the brain. Maybe I'll watch that on this Saturday night in...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Art imitating life

Today I am at home sick and watching Laguna Beach: Season 2. It never fails, this show continually reminds me of high school. I think that’s why I love it so much, despite how embarrassing that is to admit. Hard to believe that high school was seven years ago. Watching this show makes me feel like it was yesterday.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t spend my days missing high school – at all – but it is something to think about… ya know, like when you watch an entire season of Laguna Beach in one day. Try it. I bet you’ll think about your high school experience too.

I can totally imagine what storylines MTV would have followed for my senior class. I had never really thought about it before today, but now I can see it. Makes me laugh because Laguna Beach looks so dramatic, but it’s exactly what our senior year would have looked like… especially filmed and edited. Is it awkward if I tell you the storylines? Maybe… so I won’t… ha.

Here are some pictures of my high school experience…

9th grade




nikki, amy, and I with Chris Baker in the background

the five of us



(P.S. friends pictured above… let me know if posting these is okay!)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mormon mommy bloggers

For quite awhile I have noticed a popularity of Mormon mommy blogs, I follow three and each time I go "blog exploring" I seem to find more. Finally, there is an article about it, which you should read. Of course, I found the article through C.Jane Enjoy It (a "Mormon mommy blogger," in fact, my favorite Mormon mommy blogger). The article discusses the popularity of these blogs and the picture of domestic life they paint.

The author of the article is a (self-proclaimed) atheist, single, feminist, career mid-twenties woman who finds herself drawn to these blogs. I can relate... except for the whole atheist thing, as I am a Christian, but... I too reads these blogs as a form of escape. These women paint such a lovely picture of marriage bliss and motherhood joy. They cause me to dream of that kind of life myself. Lately, especially, I have found myself get very envious. I wish I was at home raising kids and reading bedtime stories and watching TV with my hubby. Someday, I do believe this will happen.

The other thing these blogs cause me to wonder is why is there not a ton of popular Christian bloggers? If the Mormons can do it, why can't others? Just something to think about. Maybe I can help start the Christian blogger movement. I love my friend, Kacie's, blog partially because of her strong Christian writings.

Now, go read the article and then the "Mormon mommy blogs," in fact, today I found one more: Nat the Fat Rat. Here are my three favs: C.Jane, Nie Nie, and the Rockstar Diaries.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I really enjoy award shows.

I like to hear the speeches. I like to predict who will win. I like to see the fashion. I like to see who stars will arrive with.

But my favorite part is when the camera spans the room just before a commercial break and you get a glimpse of who celebrities say hi to and hang out with and hug or laugh with around the room. I think there should be a whole show of just those moments. That’s what most interests me.

So, here are my thoughts…

Best dressed: Olivia Wilde.

Olivia Wilde

Most classy: Catherine Zeta Jones. Loved her Golden look.


Best win: The Social Network. I really thought this was the best movie of 2010. It was so well acted and well written. It also reflects a crucial cultural phenomenon, which I think makes then movie even more timeless. I love that art reflects life and this movie is exactly that. My money is on this movie for Best Picture at the Oscars.

social network

Most deserving: Christian Bale. Loved him in The Fighter… and The Illusionist… and Batman… and Little Women. Then guy may have a temper and hate the press, but he is an incredible actor. And, underneath all that hair, very handsome.


Best guest I didn’t expect to see at the Globes: Carrie Underwood. Because I love her.

Carrie Underwood 

Best cast: Glee. Although the show is continuing to disappoint me this season, I love to watch the cast interact. Their excitement is so fun to see. I love that they are all young and new to showbiz and can grow and bond together.


The guy I’m apparently mad at: Jake Gyllenhaal. He broke up with Taylor Swift and now I am mad at him. I blame it on the fact that I am obsessed with Taylor’s new CD and have “Dear John” on repeat. I bet she’s writing a follow up called “Dear Jake” as we speak.


The guy my mom loves: Colin Firth. Aka Mr. Darcy.


(sorry for having the wife in the pic, Mom).

TV personality who looked even more beautiful than the celebrities: Guiliana Rancic (from E!).

Guiliana Rancic

Movie I most want to rent: Easy A with Emma Stone who was beautiful in a very age-appropriate way.

Emma Stone

Actress I always find classy: Claire Danes. Love her.

Claire Danes

And her hubby:


My favorite celebrity: Angelina Jolie.


Favorite award show: The Oscars, not the Golden Globes. Can’t wait to hear the nominations, but I really believe the Oscar race is already settled. Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Natalie Portman, Aaron Sorkin, David Fincher, The Social Network.

The part that will make things less expected (re: The Oscars): The duo hosting, James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Can’t wait.

franco hathaway

(photos found at People and Vanity Fair).


Mom, Ashley, and I went away for our third annual Play off weekend mini-vac. Or as I like to call it, “leave the house because it’s play offs weekend and Dad can watch TV in peace and we can play” weekend. It was wonderful.

champagne. ocean view. crème brule. patio. tea. new car. garden. shoes. baby clothes. French onion soup. sunset. best dinner. Rustica. King Alfonse. fire pit. sunrise. more shopping. good talks. laughter. family.   
















Love you Mom and Ash!


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Too Busy.

Dear Week,

It's Thursday and you have completely exhausted me. In fact, you exhausted me from the moment I woke up on January 3rd. There was no slow, welcoming, gradually starting my regular life. I was forced out of my "love being back home with nothing "important" to do" coma. I don't appreciate it. 

You have given me day after day of crazy deadlines, piles, organizing and too many e-mails to answer at work. Not to mention all the decisions to make while I'm there! Too many. Then, I get off at 5 just to begin the second half of my packed day, full of appointments, class, errands, making lunch, cooking dinner, and working out. That's right, week, I have now added working out to my packed schedule of events. I would blame my sister, but what's the use, I know she's right. Haven't you learned by now that all I like to do after 5 o'clock is sit and watch TV? I just want to zone, not be productive! 

Luckily, starting tomorrow evening, I'll be spending time with your worst enemy: weekend! I.Can't.Wait. It is the annual "avoid football playoffs and leave Dad at home" weekend with Mom and Ash. Newport, a hotel room, the ocean: it all never looked so good. 


Monday, January 10, 2011


A miracle happened to my family this weekend.

My mom was in a car accident on Saturday. It was a four car wreck. Person A hit Person B who hit my Mom who then hit Person D. We don’t know if Person A hit and ran or if they ended up behind the accident once my mom’s car stopped moving. Person B was an 18-year-old girl who only had her license for a short time and she later told her Dad she was never driving again. She ended up hitting Mom and then spinning into the middle divider and then stopped in the middle of the freeway. Person D was the most hurt and his car went up an embankment and then rolled back down it on to the freeway. Mom’s car followed his and went up the embankment. She felt it start to roll and miraculously, it did not, and it drove back down the embankment and landed on the side of the freeway.

The fact that Mom is alive and well is a complete and total miracle. Mom is alive. She walked away from the accident without any broken bones and she’s not even black and blue. All three people in the accident went to the hospital and Mom was the least hurt. She wasn’t even officially admitted to the hospital. Several good Samaritans pulled over to help those in the accident. Mom’s good Samaritan was Michelle. She stayed with my Mom until Mom got in the ambulance. Michelle is the one who called my Dad and left a message saying what happened. Dad had to call 911 to find out what hospital Mom was taken to.

Once my mom was in the ambulance she met the 18-year-old, Yvette. She was a mess and told my mom she didn’t know what happened. My good and wonderful mother took Yvette’s hand. She also called Yvette’s family to tell them what happened.

Meanwhile, my Mom called my sister and I to tell us what happened. Unfortunately, I was in the movies (go see “Country Strong”) and my poor sister had to wait two hours until I finally checked my phone. Needless to say, I fell apart. We got in the car and drove home.

Today, my parents saw our car. Tomorrow we will probably find out it will be totaled. My Dad said every panel on the car would have to be replaced. The front tires were bent in. I’ve never heard of that happening. Here’s the miraculous thing. The tires were bent to the right. There is no human way that Mom’s car could have driven off the embankment, because the curve would be to the left. The car should have rolled. It should have kept driving up the embankment, at least, to make a circle. Instead, bent tires and all, it drove back down the embankment. This is a complete miracle because it can’t happen. It can’t. The wheel was bent the wrong way for it to be possible. God is good and God is real.

So here’s what I’m taking away… God is actively working in all our lives and He knows the number of our days. God saved my mom’s life on Saturday. He is not done with her. He has more plans for her. Every day is a gift from God. Life is fragile and every day we need to acknowledge it as a gift. I have never been more aware of this truth than I am now. I have also never been more aware that God does miracles every day. I can’t get over the fact that God performed an actual miracle in driving my Mom’s car down the embankment. It kind of freaks me out, but in the best possible way. My family is blessed and I am so thankful for all three of their lives.

Thank you, God. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Now go see your loved ones, give them a big hug, and tell them you love them.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Oh, The Bachelor has returned

I (heart) watching The Bachelor. Why? I'm not sure. All I can say is that it brings me almost as much joy as watching Bravo's The Real Housewives. My reason excuse is that it's my kind of comedy. Not sure what that says about me...

First things first, I didn't watch most of Brad's first season. I did totally admire him for not choosing someone if he wasn't in love with them. How can someone not admire how much courage that must have taken?

Okay, now down to business... these women are CRAZY. They make all women look insane. Seriously. Where do they find someone these women? The fang girl? The manscaper? The woman who works at the funeral home? Then all the women stole Brad from one another - already - ugh, so awkward.

Yep, it should be a fun season to judge watch.

And to add to your enjoyment, read the tweets from Possessionista. She makes the whole episode even more enjoyable and she is suggested by former bachelorettes, which adds credibility, don't you think? Heck, follow them on Twitter too... Jillian (my fave), Ali, Tenley, Molly, and DeAnna.