Girls Day at the Museum

December 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

December 16, 2013

This Sunday the gang met at the Albuquerque Museum to check out the 20th Century African American Art exhibit. The security guard warned us —very nicely— to not get closer than a foot to the art because otherwise an alarm goes off in a back room. It was totally me and Martha’s fault. Martha kept getting close to the paintings to better judge whether the colors would go with her walls, and I kept getting close to the photos to better check out the subjects—and not just the lean, shirtless young men on the motorcycles, okay.

The gang's all smiles after a morning of looking at beautiful art.

The gang’s all smiles after a morning of looking at beautiful art.

We also took pictures in the sculpture garden.

Dia and her dancing partner.

Dia and her new dancing partner.

Vickie's a big thinker.

Vic’s a big thinker.

Martha loves her some cowboy.

Martha loves her some cowboy.

You know I had to say hi to the bears.

You know I had to say hi to the bears.

After getting all culturized, we went to the Church Street Café for lunch.

All that cultural enrichment worked up an appetite for lunch at the Church Street Cafe. And Bailey's

Among other things, we discussed the winter finale of Scandal. The other patrons probably thought we were a little off. “I’m a little nostalgic for the days when it was all about Liv and the President and the dead intern,” was not the craziest thing we said.

Fall TV Redux

October 21, 2013 § 4 Comments

And by the way, my only bliss this past week  

October 21, 2013

Sunday night TV with Witches of East End

Sunday night TV with Witches of East End

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. I got hit with a family crisis—I didn’t even get to go to the art exhibit I’d been planning on for the past three weeks. It looks like everything is getting resolved, though, and for the best. Through all that,  the joy I did get during some troubling hours came from my shows. Yep. The TV.

Sleepy Hollow
Fox, Mondays

It is crazy-ass good times and the right blend of funny and freaky-deaky. Not to mention the two leads are a pleasure to watch together. It’s already been renewed for a second season. The only complaint I have is no new episodes until November 4th.

Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
PBS, 10/15

Superheroes! It came on at the same time as Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. so thank goodness for DVRs. I sat down for all three hours of this one.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Fox, Tuesdays

Text from Dia:

Have u seen a new show called Brooklyn 99? It is hilarious. . . The chief of police reminds me of you.

This is the second time Dia has said I remind her of a dry, sarcastic, male who is a police officer. And I’m totally okay with that. Besides, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is hilarious. I mean laugh out loud.

ABC, Thursdays

‘Nuff said.

Witches of East End
Lifetime, Sundays

I’ve been longing for a show centered on witches who aren’t getting their broomsticks handed to them by vampires. I got what I “witched” for on this one.

What TV shows have stuck with you so far this fall? Which shows get you through the hard times?

Week Fourteen: Writing While on Travel, ABC’s New Show Scandal

April 9, 2012 § 5 Comments

April 8, 2012

I took my next Goodreads Challenge book on a business trip and had plenty of time to read—on the plane, during the three-hour car ride. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really get into the book and it went straight into the Friends of the Library donation pile when I got home. But I finished the Rolling Stone issue with Bruce Springsteen on the cover, where he talks about the incomparable, late Clarence Clemons, and I relived that time in my tween years when I used to listen to the Born to Run album over and over.

Even during my business trip, I wrote every day. I secured my notes in a CVS folder and tucked the folder safely in my satchel that never left my side, and at night pulled it out the minute I latched the hotel door shut behind me and deposited all my luggage on the floor. I never used to write when I was on a trip, so now I know I’m serious about all of this. I’m still one week behind my planner-inked schedule, but I am on the home stretch. I just keep in mind the advice I’ve gained from Southwest Writers instructor Kirt Hickman: don’t stop to edit, don’t stop to research, don’t stop to find the perfect word, just get it all down.

The new TV show, Scandal, is my new obsession. Created by Shonda Rhimes of  Grey’s Anatomy fame, it premiered last Thursday on ABC and I am totally addicted. The lead character, played by Kerry Washington, is based on real-life crisis manager Judy Smith. This show has everything I love: compelling story; fast-paced action; sharp, witty dialogue; exciting reveals; lovable, distinctive, flawed characters; surprising twists; and themes that dovetail beautifully into the characters’ internal struggle in the resolution. Check it out!!!

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