Tuesday, September 30, 2008

i see you - maupin

Maupin has known me for longer than most of my friends because he was friends with my brother first when they were in elementary or middle school. I've seen him come a long way and he continues to follow a direction that I admire. He has a vibrance about himself that is unequaled in many people. No matter what he is doing, if it is important to him, he is doing it with passion and brilliance. He plays drums, lots of times for church. While many church services can get the drummers that just know how to keep the beat and keep everything moving, he is able to bring something different to the table that, in my opinion, makes for a much more enjoyable experience. He has more to offer than I think he even knows, but I think he's beginning to realize it. I'm excited to see where he goes from here and I am happy to have called him my friend for this long.

Who else thinks Maupin rocks?

Monday, September 29, 2008

i see you - josh s

Josh is married to Ciaara. They are newlyweds and very excited about it right now! It's been a real blessing for Lewis and I to hang out with them lately - and always, but really a lot lately. The first word that I think of when I think of Josh is kind. He maybe looks like he could kick your butt, but he wouldn't. He cares about people and I think his kindness says a lot to the people he surrounds himself with. It's obvious that he cares a lot about his friends. My husband in particular has been blessed to be Josh's friend. On top of all of his fabulous personal characteristics, he is incredibly talented and uses his gifts for the glory of Christ. He is sincere and honest about his beliefs and is a blessing to those around him. Lewis and I are honored to have him & Ciaara in our lives. We are excited about the future with them as our friends.

Don't you agree?

Also - today is Josh's birthday. Wish him a happy one!

Series Premiering Tonight! 9/29/2008

Season 2
NBC 8:00pm

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

i see you - ciaara

Ciaara is one of those friends who you know as an acquaintance and then you slowly become more and more involved in each others lives through people and situations you never really saw coming and then suddenly one day you realize that they are one of your best friends. That's our story, more-or-less. Although I wasn't around through a lot of Ciaara's years in the past, I know about them and I think she is a perfect example of how beautifully God weaves together a story that you thought you had messed up. I know I have felt like that so many times and then looked back and God was picking up pieces, shifting things around and then dropping me in the middle of a fairy-tale pretty much. Ciaara is absolutely beautiful and she has a charisma and personality that is unrivaled in most people. She loves to laugh and her smile will make you want to smile as well. She loves her husband and is so happy to finally be a wife and I think she makes a wonderful one. She is a good friend and a truly forgiving person. She doesn't dwell in the past and she is actually a pretty freaking awesome person in the here and now.

All who agree with me, please stand up...or comment.

Friday, September 26, 2008

i see you - sarah c

Sarah is another of the incredibly talented people in my life. She plays piano. It's perfect. Well, to me it is. One day I hope she gets to become a professional pianist. She will be so comfortable in that position. But even if she doesn't end up there, I believe she will offer something great to the world. I've been a part of her life for 6 years now. I guess I have played the sister role as her sister-in-law for the last 4 years. More than anything else, I have listened and watched the way her family sees her. We all have difficult times with our families and Lew & Sarah's family is no different. The thing that has been really beautiful to me is the consistency with which they all continue to see her as she can be, should be, is, was, one day will be. I believe she is in a growth period and as difficult as periods like that are, I think she will come out of it as even more than any of us can see now. She is funny and sweet and unique. She has a style and a spark that is all her own. I know how Lewis sees her and what he says about her and how he looks at her and how he hopes she looks at him and I have to just say that I know your family is supposed to love you, but the way Lewis really sees would make anyone love her just as much as he does. I'm happy to be a part of their family.

Anyone else who knows Sarah and has anything to add?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

i see you - ian

Ian is one of the most intelligent and talented people that I know. He has the possibility within himself to make a real change in the people around him. When he is acting on this possibility, the world really does change around him. I've seen it. Some of the most blessed years of my life had Ian as a part of them, really a central part. Lewis and I lived with him for almost 2 years, and as difficult as that may sound to you, I still felt happy and lucky to have him in my life the entire time. I heard someone say one time that we are acting most like God when we are creative and I must say that Ian's creative side is flawless. I believe that when channeled, his creativity can spur people on to want to be better. I believe he is kind and I believe he is understanding. He is funny and interesting and interested. He has potential that is yet to be harnessed and I look forward to the day that he shines brighter than he ever has before. It will be something we will all want to stop and see.

I know some people think the same thing...tell me about it.

Series Premiering Tonight! 9/25/2008

The Office
Season 5
NBC 9:00pm

Ugly Betty
Season 3
ABC 8:00pm

Grey's Anatomy
Season 5
ABC 9:00pm

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

i see you - diana

First of all, Diana is probably not going to like that picture, because more than most things, she doesn't know how beautiful she is. It isn't possible for there to be a bad picture of her. I remember how hard it was in high school to be her friend sometimes because she is stunning. I felt I paled in comparison. But then I realized that she really feels lucky to be my friend. That's one of the best things about her, she appreciates her friends in a very sincere way. She is consistently striving to be better - at everything. She has a desire to become a better person every day. I think that's really all you can ask of people. None of us are perfect or ever will be, but if we all just took that initiative to want to be better, we will become better along the way. She isn't afraid to say no, which is harder than it sounds. She is also an absolutely fabulous mother. I find myself in awe of her when I see her with her 2 girls. She is a wonderful wife. Just hearing her talk about Tom will let you know how blessed they really are in their relationship. She means what she says and she isn't afraid to say what she means. She is fun and funny and kind and caring and she will cry with you or laugh with you or just sit in bed watching movies and eating puppy chow (muddy buddies).

And she makes the best banana pudding EVER.

Anyone agree?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

i see you - lewis

Lewis is one of the most intelligent people I know. He doesn't just take things at face value. He always wants to know more. Everything he is interested in, he gives everything to. He doesn't do anything half-heartedly. His friends are more important to him than I think they will ever understand. I know what hurts him and what makes him happy and I think he deserves respect and praise for who he truly is. Nobody knows him like I do. We have seen the best and the worst of each other and I still think that the worst day with Lewis is better than the best day with anyone else. He is talented and passionate. I truly believe that one day he will be more than he has ever expected. And he will be that person without shame or guilt and he will let the world know that true, authentic living is a possibility. He makes mistakes, but he will admit to them. He doesn't hide behind a facade of perfection. He respects people who own up to their own mistakes and weaknesses and then he does everything he can to help those people grow to be better. He wants to help. He is a good friend and deserves more of them himself. He makes me feel like I can be better than I am.

That's why I married him.

What do you think of him?

Monday, September 22, 2008

i see you - brooke

Brooke takes pictures.
Brooke is one of the funniest people I know, although I'm not sure she realizes that. I have seen her mature in the last few years into an even more incredible person than she already was. I know that she truly cares about people - her friends, her family - because I have heard her talk about them. She has a talent for photography that I am very jealous of. I wish I had a talent for anything like that. She is unique and unashamed and because she doesn't conform, she shines. She loves truly and she laughs a lot and she is fun and intelligent and will offer something great to the world. Her world has not always been kind to her, but I think at this point, she should be nothing but proud of herself. I know I feel lucky to call her my friend.

I know some of you know Brooke - don't you agree?

Series Premiering Tonight! 9/22/2008

Season 3
NBC 9pm

How I Met Your Mother
Season 4
CBS 8:30pm

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Emmy Award Nominees 2008

The Emmy Awards are on tonight at 8:00!! Here is a list of the nominees!

Outstanding Comedy Series
30 Rock Curb Your Enthusiasm Entourage The Office Two and a Half Men

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
30 Rock - Rosemary's Baby - Michael Engler
Entourage - No Cannes Do - Dan Attias
Flight of the Conchords - Sally Returns - James Bobin
Pushing Daisies - Pie-Lette - Barry Sonnenfield
The Office - Money (Parts 1 & 2) - Paul Lieberstein
The Office - Goodbye Toby - Paul Feig
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Boston Legal - The Mighty Rogues - Arlene Sanford
Breaking Bad - Pilot - Vince Gilligan
Damages - Pilot - Allen Coulter
House - House's Head - Greg Yaitanes
Mad Men - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Pilot) - Alan Taylor

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Bernard and Doris - Bob Balaban
Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale - Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant
John Adams - Tom Hooper
Recount - Jay Roach
The Company - Mikael Salomon

Outstanding Directing For a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
80th Annual Academy Awards - Louis J. Horvitz
Company (Great Performances) - Lonny Price
Saturday Night Live - Host: Tina Fey - Don Roy King
The Colbert Report - #4051 - Jim Hoskinson
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart - #13050 - Chuck O'Neil

Outstanding Drama Series
Boston Legal Damages Dexter House Lost Mad Men

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
American Idol - Ryan Seacrest
Dancing With the Stars - Tom Bergeron
Deal or No Deal - Howie Mandel
Project Runway - Heidi Klum
Survivor - Jeff Probst

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
30 Rock - Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
Monk - Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk
Pushing Daisies - Lee Pace as Ned
The Office - Steve Carell as Michael Scott
Two and a Half Man - Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Boston Legal - James Spader as Alan Shore
Breaking Bad - Bryan Cranston as Walt White
Dexter - Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
House - Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House
In Treatment - Gabriel Byrne as Paul
Mad Men - Jon Hamm as Don Draper

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Bernard and Doris - Ralph Fiennes as Bernard Lafferty
Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale - Ricky Gervais as Any Millman
John Adams - Paul Giamatti as John Adams
Recount - Kevin Spacey as Ron Klain
Recount - Tom Wilkinson as James Baker

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
30 Rock - Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
Samantha Who? - Christina Applegate as Samantha Newly
The New Adventures of Old Christine - Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine Campbell
Ugly Betty - America Ferrera as Betty Suarez
Weeds - Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Brothers & Sisters - Sally Field as Nora Holden-Walker
Damages - Glenn Close as Patty Hewes
Law & Order: SVU - Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson
Saving Grace - Holly Hunter as Grace Hanadarko
The Closer - Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
A Raisin in the Sun - Phylicia Rashad as Lena Yonger
An American Crime - Catherine Keener as Gertrude Baniszewski
Bernard and Doris - Susan Sarandon as Doris Duke
Cranford (MASTERPIECE) - Dame Judi Dench as Miss Matty Jenkyns
John Adams - Laura Linney as Abigail Adams

Outstanding Made for Television Movie
A Raisin in the Sun Bernard and Doris Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale Recount The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Outstanding Miniseries
Cranford (MASTERPIECE) John Adams The Andromeda Strain Tin Man

Oustanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
80th Annual Academy Awards - Jon Stewart, Host
Late Show with David Letterman - David Letterman, Host
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project - Don Rickles, Performer
Saturday Night Live - Tina Fey, Host/Performer
The Colbert Report - Stephen Colbert, Host

Oustanding Reality-Competition Program
American Idol Dancing With the Stars Project Runway The Amazing Race Top Chef

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Entourage - Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold
Entourage - Kevin Dillon as Johnny Drama
How I Met Your Mother - Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson
The Office - Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute
Two and a Half Men - Jon Cryer as Alan Harper

Oustanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Boston Legal - William Shatner as Denny Crane
Damages - Ted Danson as Arthur Frobisher
Damages - Zeljko Ivanek as Ray Fiske
Lost - Michael Emerson as Ben
Mad Men - John Slattery as Roger Sterling

Oustanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
John Adams - David Morse as George Washington
John Adams - Stephen Dillane as Thomas Jefferson
John Adams - Tom Wilkinson as Benjamin Franklin
Recount - Denis Leary as Michael Whouley
Recount - Bob Balaban as Ben Ginsberg

Oustanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Pushing Daisies - Kristin Chenoweth as Olive Snook
Samantha Who? - Jean Smart as Regina Newly
Saturday Night Life - Amy Poehler, Performer
Two and a Half Men - Holland Taylor as Evelyn Harper
Ugly Betty - Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater

Oustanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Boston Legal - Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt
Brothers & Sisters - Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Walker-Whedon
Grey's Anatomy - Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey
Grey's Anatomy - Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang
In Treatment - Dianne Wiest as Dr. Gina Toll

Oustanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
A Raisin in the Sun - Audra McDonald as Ruth Younger
Cranford (MASTERPIECE) - Dame Eileen Atkins as Miss Deborah jenkyns
Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale - Ashley Jensen as Maggie Jacobs
Pictures of Hollis Woods - Alfre Woodard as Edna Reilly
Recount - Laura Dern as Katherine Harris

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
Late Show with David Letterman Real Time with Bill Maher Saturday Night Live The Colbert Report The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
30 Rock - Rosemary's Baby - Jack Burditt
30 Rock - Cooter - Tina Fey
Flight of the Conchords - Yoko - James Bobin, Jermaine Clement, Bret McKenzie
Pushing Daisies - Pie-Lette - Bryan Fuller
The Office - Dinner Party - Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Battlestar Galactica - Six of One - Michael Angeli
Damages - Pilot - Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman
Mad Men - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Pilot) - Matthew Weiner
Mad Men - The Wheel - Matthew Weiner, Robin Veith
The Wire - 30 - David Simon, Ed Burns

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
Bernard and Doris - Hugh Costello
Cranford (MASTERPIECE) - Heidi Thomas
Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale - Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
John Adams - Kirk Ellis
Recount - Danny Strong

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
Late Night With Conan O'Brien Late Show with David Letterman Saturday Night Live The Colbert Report The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Who do you want to win??

i see you - emily

(First of all, no offense to Emily - but these are in no particular order. There is no specific reason why I pick one person over another. I just do.)

Emily has the ability to see objectively in situations where I couldn't. She beautifully balances her faith in Jesus and her life in the world. She and her husband exhibited one of the most profound forms of bravery that someone from a very close family can exhibit and they moved to Las Vegas. They are in pursuit of their calling and their purpose and they strive for this with unabashed courage and integrity. She cares about people in a very simple and sincere way. She will be the one to buy you some $5.00 gift that seems so trivial, but when you realize how perfectly it complements you and how specifically she thought of you when she picked it out, it is beyond value. I'm not even sure she realizes that she does that. She shows strength when her world falls apart, which regretfully it has a couple of times. At moments when she thinks she is being weak and has fallen apart, I have seen more authentic grace and love for the people she cares about than at any other moment. I believe it is the kindness of Christ that leads people to Him and I believe Emily shows this to people.

For those of you who know Emily - what do you see in her?

Live Passionately

What are you good at? What sparks that fire in your soul? What makes you want to keep going?

For me, it's people. It's strange because people are also my greatest weakness. Let me explain.

I see all the wonderful things in people. I constantly find myself amazed by the strength or kindness or perseverance or love or grace or talent of people. I could go on and on. I think that is why I like movies and tv and music. They each capture these things I'm constantly thinking and set them up in a much more eloquent and beautiful way than I ever could. My weakness is that I can so quickly cut other people down for one reason or another. With my words, I can so easily say horrible, unnecessary things about people who are really no different than me. We all have our dark moments. We all struggle to become who we want to be. I wrote this paragraph in one of my posts one time about why I love PostSecret. I love how it connects everyone. No one is alone in their secrets. Someone else has been there, too.

I'm not really sure what my ultimate point of posting this is, but basically I feel like there is more that I have to offer and I'm not doing it. I feel like maybe if I told these people in my life how I see them, it might make some sort of different. Or it might make them look for that in themselves or someone else. But I'm scared of sounding cheesy or stupid or trivial. I'm going to experiment on my blog. Let me know what you think.

PostSecret 9-21-2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

One Tree Hill Episode: Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

Info from www.onetreehillblog.com - if you like the show and have not checked out this site, it is an absolute necessity for the One Tree Hill fan. I get the feed on my iPhone, so I have all their updates immediately. I love it!
My favorite quote:
"Quentin Fields was a basketball player. He was also a son. A brother. Somebody’s teammate. Somebody’s friend. I never knew Quentin Fields and I guess now I never will. Did you ever wonder what it would be like if you weren’t you anymore? If you were suddenly gone how would your world react? Whatever you imagined was wrong. There’s nothing romantic about death. Grief is like the ocean: it’s deep and dark and bigger than all of us. And pain is like a thief in the night. Quiet. Persistent. Unfair. Diminished by time and faith and love. I didn’t know Quentin Fields but I’m jealous of him because I see how his absence has affected the people that did know him so I know that he did matter to them. And I know he was loved. People say Quentin Fields was a great basketball player. Graceful. Fluid. Inspiring. They say on a good night it almost seemed as though he could fly. And now he can."

Best One Tree Hill Episode So Far

I know that most of my friends and a lot of the people who read my blog watch One Tree Hill. I have been in discussions the last few days about this week's episode (5.3 - Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.). Everyone is in agreement that it was fabulous. But not everyone agrees that it was the best episode ever. I would like your thoughts. Was it the best episode so far? Not necessarily your favorite, but the best all-around. If you think it was, why? And if you think it wasn't, what would you say has been the best all-around episode so far?

I'm excited to see what you all say!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008

SNL - hosted by Michael Phelps

I actually thought this whole show was really funny. And I thought this beginning part was hilarious. Not because I have any particular reason to want either of them made fun of. I just kinda like when SNL makes fun of politicians in general - whether I like them or not. It's all in good fun.

I never noticed how much Sarah Palin really does look like Tina Fey!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Cameron Crowe - new movie!

I love Cameron Crowe!!
Elizabethtown, Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, Say Anything, Fast Times at Ridgemont High - he's just the greatest!

He is currently working on an untitled project that should be released in 2010. He wrote the screenplay and is also producing the movie.

It will have Reese Witherspoon & Ben Stiller in it!!


Lists, Lists, Lists!

I LOOOOVE lists!! Check these out!

Favorite Movie Clips for the night #10 - Becoming Jane

This part was just really cute.

Yay James McAvoy, Anne Hathaway & Jane Austen!!

Favorite Movie Clips for the night #9 - Almost Famous

I actually have a couple for this movie.
It is in my top 10 movies of all time...
(it's the music...fabulous...I heart Cameron Crowe)

Tiny Dancer:

Wake Up!:

Penny Lane dances:

Why doesn't he love me?:

Favorite Movie Clips for the night #8 - The Pursuit of Happyness

I really really like Will Smith.

You have to see the whole movie to understand why this is so powerful, but it is beautifully done.

Favorite Movie Clips for the night #7 - Dirty Dancing

Time of My Life

I vividly remember the first time I saw this movie.
I was amazed.
Patrick Swayze is old enough to be my dad and I desperately wanted him to dance with me!!

Favorite Movie Clips for the night #6 - V for Vendetta

This is the last scene of the movie.

If you haven't seen it, don't watch it but rent the movie and watch the whole thing!

Who was he?
He was Edmund Dantes. And he was my father. And my mother. My brother. My friend. He was you. And me. He was all of us.

Favorite Movie Clips for the night #5 - Transformers

You can really just watch the first 3 minutes of the video.

It's awesome.

Favorite Movie Clips for the night #4 - Amelie

Amelie is so sweet and cute and funny and I highly recommend it to anyone!

This scene is in the end of the movie and it's just very sweet.

Favorite Movie Clips for the night #3 - Rocky IV

Training montage from Rocky IV

For those of you who have been living under a rock and have never seen the Rocky movies, they are cheesy and it's Sylvester Stallone in all his glory, but the 4th one is the best one.

It's basically Rocky vs. this super pumped up, medically trained and enhanced Soviet guy

It rocks.

(Also - this video is in French, but it had the best sound quality! haha! sorry!)

Favorite Movie Clips for the night #2 - Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Who's your daddy now?

She's just hot.

Favorite Movie Clips for the night #1 - Armageddon

Not everyone's favorite movie, but I sure love it.

And this part always cracked me up.

(The sound is a little out of synch, but you get the gist.)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Series Premiering Tonight! 9/9/2008

Series Premiere
FOX 8pm

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Season Premieres Tonight! 9/7/2008

True Blood
Series Premiere
HBO 9pm

Season 5
HBO 10pm

Also on tonight...

MTV Video Music Awards
MTV 9pm

PostSecret 9-7-2008

I wish this was me.

I think this happens a lot.

That is AWESOME! haha

I just think this one is cute.

It really sucks that they do that.
I wish we all could just respect our right to our opinions.
The problem would be a lack of an opinion.

Craig David - Fill Me In

OMG do you remember this song??

I loved it!!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

We Add Up

Check out We Add Up! I'm interested in buying a tshirt!

I love it: No one can do everything. Everyone can do something.

It's a global marketing campaign using organic cotton t-shirts.
You pick your design and they include your unique number.

Check it out!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Season Premieres Tonight!! 9/3/2008

Bones - Season 4
FOX 8:00pm

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

One Tree Hill: Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Part 1

Here are my very short and condensed thoughts on One Tree Hill's first Season 6 episode:

(in no particular order)

  • OMG Mouth, your haircut is worse than Lucas' in season 4. Cut it now.
  • Nanny Carrie is a great big hoochie and I am so not all about this Misery-esque thing that's going on. Dan is soooo going to kill you.
  • Deb & Skills - keep it up - I LOVE it. hahaha
  • Victoria needs a major attitude adjustment (that was written after all my angry, inappropriate things that I really wanted to say....grrrr I hate her)
  • I want Naley to have another baby - preferably a girl this time.
  • Brooke is so going to kick butt later...I just know it.

Season Premieres Tonight!! 9/2/2008

90210 - Series Premiere!
CW 8:00pm

Monday, September 1, 2008

Season Premieres Tonight!!

Gossip Girl - Season 2
CW 8:00pm

One Tree Hill - Season 6
CW 9:00pm

Prison Break - Season 4
FOX 9:00pm

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