A Few of My Favorite Things

Earlier this week, I got really sad about work stuff.  Another plan presented, another plan tabled. Lately at work, I have been working really hard for clients and then either the client wants to do it in house, or there’s no money, or budgets are cut so severely that there’s no point even doing it.  It makes you feel a little worthless when none of your hard work comes to fruition.  Then it just takes the smallest thing to set me off.  I had one such occasion this week.  I spent about 4 hours trying not to cry, scream, or smack someone in the teeth (which took every ounce of self restraint not to do).

I had to get myself out of my stupid work funk so I channelled a few of my favorite things:

1.  Playing Sporcle.com with Matt

2.  Going to the shinny Downtown library and getting a book on “How to Open and Manage a Bookstore”

3.  Eating grocery store Mexican dip in bed for dinner while watching old episodes of How I Met Your Mother and playing Bubble Spinner (I’m an excellent multi-tasker)

4.  Talking about my American Idol try-out with Katie and Sarah (I plan on singing Lisa Lobe “Stay” and will NOT GET into my musical number because I would hate to make it on the stupid people reel)

5.  Watching Deadliest Warrior with Katie and Sarah who had never seen it before (BEST SHOW EVER)

6.  Falling asleep to Almost Famous and a thunder storm

And now today I’m getting a Veggie Bagel from Hoaglin.  All is right with the world once more.


There is a new AMAZING show on VH1 called:  Confessions of a Teen Idol.

I accidental stumbled upon it the other and WOW.   VH1 has done it again.  I just love their ridiculous programming.  You really can’t get better than Brett Michaels in his bandannas deciding which stripper he’ll give his heart to.  But then he’s not sure if he can fall for a stripper again since “a dancer” as he calls it, broke his heart once and that’s what inspired Every Rose Has it’s Thorn. They just have this knack for finding people who are willing to take themselves way too seriously and exploit that on national tv.

But Confessions of a Teen Idol is hosted by Scott Baio.  At the beginning and end of each episode he does this Doogey Howser wrap up about the pit falls of fame and wanting that limelight again.  The show is just about former teen idols trying to get themselves back in show business.  Check out the cast list:

1)Guy from the Blue Lagoon

2) Guy from TJ Hooker

3) Guy from Fame

4) Jeremy Jackson from Baywatch

5) David Chokochy from Baywatch

6) Eric Neis from Real World New York and The Grind

7) Jamie Walters from Beverly Hill 90210


You might remember him from his hit single “How do you Talk To An Angel.”  He was also Donna’s bf, Ray on 90210.  Please see the below clip to job your memory

Isnt’ that a really beautiful song about Donna?  Ok, here’s what happened on 90210.  Ray comes into town with his guitar and flannel shirts and sweeps Donna off her feet.  Then he throws her down some stairs, he pushes her against the wall, and he sleeps with Valerie.  DRAMA.  but he from the wrong side of the tracks. He couldn’t deal with Donna being all spoiled and stuff.  It wasn’t his fault!

But now Jamie Walters is a dad and doesn’t necessarily even want  to be in the public eye.  He’s happy just being a dude and hanging with his kids.  However, during one of their group therapy sessions they helped him realize how happy he would be doing what he loved the most – music.

cue How do you talk to an angel

If you’re like me, you immediately went to your itunes and tried to find this song so you could listen to it while you did your billing or planning.  But OH NOOOOO IT’S NOT ON ITUNES AND IT’S NOT UNDER JAMIE WALTERS.  In order to find this song for download, you need to go to Amazon.com and look under the band The Heights.  The Heights was a 90210 spin off that lasted for 12 episodes according to IMDB.  I think I had that song on cassette as a little girl.  I dubbed it off the radio and would listen to it before bed.

Man, I love Jamie Walters.

more Jamie Eye Candy

You’re my Top Chef

For work today I had to search for photos from Top Chef to put into a presentation. I found this glorious photo of Chef Tom Collichio. It perfectly captures what I was describing in entry number 1. Don’t you agree?

Surprise Surprise, I like Top Chef. In fact I love Top Chef. Every Wednesday my roommate/brother and I watch it together almost as intently as we watch Lost. Each week we meticulously judge each cheftestant’s dish. We like to pretend that their Frois Gras is something I could whip up as easily as my Kraft Mac and Cheese. We also think that just because we can SEE their dish that we can accurately judge its taste. As with every other reality/game show I watch, I like to put myself in their shoes and think, “What would I sing for Neil Diamond Week on American Idol (obviously Red Wine, and Sweet Caroline)?” For Top Chef, I think I have the creativy to compete. One week, they had to create a dish based on a movie. They all picked terrible movies and even worse dishes. That is an awesome challenge that has great potential. I choose Silence of the Lambs as my inspiration and I would make liver, fava beans, and a nice chianti.

I enjoy the chefs this season, I think they have a lot of talent. However my number one cheftestant will always be CJ from season 3. He won my heart with his terrible brocclini, one testical (he had prostate cancer), and the fact that he was a giant. But really, I adore him. He had so much personality and fun with the show, and total fox. I think Padma wanted him too. I’ll fight her for him.

The most starstruck I’ve ever been was around a cheftestant. I spent New Years in Chicago with some friends from school. During that stay, we passed by a restaurant where my friend casually mentioned, “That’s the restaurant where Dale [who, it’s reported, is dating Jack from Pro Run] from Top Chef Season 3 works.” I preceded to freak out just a little bit. At the same time a worker was bringing in the valet parking sign and probably recommended to Dale that he get a restraining order from the crazy outside.

The next morning my friends Annie, Matt, and I decided to go to Dale’s restaurant for Matt’s birthday brunch. Since Dale was working late the night before (I could see him from the sidewalk- I told you a restraining order might be necessary) we weren’t expecting to see him. We walk in, and the hostess says, “Dale, your server, will be right with you.” Annie and I just stared in pure delight. Matt was way too cool to care, and judged us. When Dale came to our table to get our drink order, we tried sooooo hard to be cool. I even asked him which he recommended. After he gave his recommendation, I oh-so-very-coolly answered, “I’ll have that thanks!”

We debated all brunch whether or not to say something to him. Finally Annie and I decided that we would just be passive and awesome(which we were faking terribly). We would then become regulars and become best friends with Dale. So far the plan hasn’t worked. I’ll keep you updated though the minute that Annie, me, and Dale become bff.