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Saturday, October 24, 2009

ABC's Flash Forward

I got an email from my blog pally Patricia from Subjective Soup. She asked me to review this past Thursdays episode of Flash Forward where we learn that FBI Agent Janis Hawk is a lesbian. Thank you for the suggestion, I'm thankful for the inspiration for a post. (Lately nothing is inspiring posts. Lol!) Warning: Plot spoilers ahead. If you missed the episode, click on Flash Forward and watch the episode "Episode #105 - Gimme Some Truth" be sure to come back, read my post and comment.
I've done periodic reviews of television shows and soap operas with gay/lesbian characters. If you've missed them, here they are:
Speaking Of Freak Shows - "House"
AMC - Bianca Is Back!
L Television 01/17/09
L Television 02/20/09
Gay Characters On Soaps

I watched episode 104 and 105. I admit, I kind of jumped right in. I didn't go back and start with the first episode. I took a few notes while watching 105 (I'm geeky like that) and then I checked out AfterEllen.com's review by Sarah Warn. I used that as a kind of a catch up. I wasn't aware that there were hints in previous episodes about Agent Hawk. Click on the link to read Sarah's review. It was interesting to see in her comments, someone commented that wearing a ring on the left thumb was code for lesbian. I never heard of that before. Agent Hawk wears a ring on her left thumb.

Before Patricia's email, Anastasia had told me about the episode (105) and told me to be sure and watch it. She said it with such enthusiasm that I was expecting a bit more. Frankly, I feel misled. I watched the episode and was expecting, shall we say...an extended romantic interlude with the characters of FBI Agent Janis Hawk and Maya. (Ok, I when I spoke to Anastasia I didn't use those words. I asked where the bow chicka bow bow was. I was expecting something like the hot, hot, hot scene from "House" where Thirteen picks up a woman at a nightclub and later they discover they have the same bizarre terminal illness. The episode ends with Thirteen making out with an anonymous blonde.)

All this episode showed was this kiss at a restaurant on their first date.

And then a similar kiss the morning after that first date at Agent Hawk's apartment with her scrambling eggs and Maya in a cami and tap pant. (Aren't I impressing you with my knowledge of lingerie?) So obviously there was some first date nookie, but we didn't even get to see any making out, or the bedroom scene afterward. Can I say that ABC is a bunch of *******? Come on! They show way, way, way more with straight couples.

Ok, I'm getting over my disappointment. (No, I lie! I felt cheated!) Anyway, let's move on to that kiss. Who kisses like that? Doesn't that seem kind of aggressive/dramatic of Agent Hawk? Anastasia and I talked about that. Neither of us can ever recall being kissed like that, or either of us kissing each other or anyone else like that. It looked kind of like a 'stunt kiss'. I don't mean like the Madonna/Brittany Spears kiss at the VMA's. I mean, hand placement and camera angle make it appear to be a dramatic kiss, while they aren't necessarily locking lips, or where their lips are touching, but the hand placement makes it seem so much more than it was. Do you get what I mean?

So, I've critiqued the kissing...now to the first date, how should I put this...err romance. Was that accurately portrayed? I would have to say yes. Lesbians move fast. (Hence the lesbian U-Haul jokes you hear.) While Maya's snooping on Mosaic about Agent Hawk didn't surprise me, I was surprised that she owned up to it, and I was surprised how that scene played out at the gallery. It was as if Maya had their whole life planned out. She had the flash forward of a wedding band and Agent Hawk has the flash forward of being pregnant. That's awfully presumptuous of Maya to assume that she will be married to Agent Hawk and that they planned the baby together and Agent Hawk will make a wonderful mom. That was a bit much for a second date, even in our U-Haul world. Lol!

Ok, it was humorous during the date when Agent Hawk fibbed about her flash forward saying that she was on the space station having a 3-way with Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin. Then Maya retracts her real flash forward story and says that she was on a game show hosted by Angelina Jolie and she didn't know the answer so she called Agent Hawk and Hawk didn't respond so she lost the million. Speaking of Angelina Jolie, if Anastasia has her on her "list", I'm putting Christine Woods on mine. So long as she wears her gray suit and badge.

Ok, I digress, but do you blame me? Way hotter than Angelina Jolie...I'm just saying. (I think it may be the badge.)

I was very disheartened by the way the episode ended. Agent Hawk gets shot in the back and as she lies on the pavement in a large pool of her own blood her flash forward flashes before her eyes where she asks the ultrasound tech what she's having. She learns she's having a girl.

So, did this shooting really happen? Is this someone else's flash forward and there is still opportunity to change the course of history? During the ultrasound, why is there no scar on Agent Hawk's belly from the gunshot?

On another note, I thought the lady doc using the guy doc's flash forward to save Ned Ned was awesome. After I finished watching I had to Google/Wiki Addison's Disease, because I had never heard of it before.
Questions, questions, questions.
Yes, I'm hooked.
What about you? What did you think?
And for extra credit, if you watched it the website, did you see the webcast with David Goyer and Marc Guggenheim, the producers of the show? If you didn't, they talked about having already written 7 seasons of the show and that they already know how each season finale will end. Even the last one. How does that make you feel?

Lola's Diner
©2008-2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Randomness

Ok, so you get randomness twice this week...

How come I just discovered yesterday that Food 4 Less is Kroger? I've lived in Illinois since 1988 and I just discovered this yesterday? I think I've been living under a rock! Actually, I asked Anastasia and she didn't know either.

There are 2, about the same distance from my house. Only around 11 miles. But when you drive those 11 miles with our son in tow, those can seem like an eternity. He did a monologue the entire ride there and back. He was driving me crazy! I tried turning up the radio, but he just talked louder! I finally had to get a grip and try to channel my younger self. You know, the one that could drive from Chicago to Milwaukee with 2 screaming toddlers in the back seat and not even flinch? Yeah her. It wasn't easy, but I managed to find her.

It's that time of year again. The ladybug invasion. Ever since we moved to the burbs, this house gets a ladybug invasion this time of year. It's weird, I've never seen this many ladybugs before moving here.

Ok, yes, I watched Oprah last night. Remember how I dissed Oprah for taking over downtown Chicago last month? I wasn't aware they did this with the audience. This is really cool considering this was the audience, not all dancers. Sure the girl in blue was a dancer and probably the dozen people around her, but not the multitudes of regular people that were there.



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©2008-2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Are You Ready For Halloween?

So what are you going to be for Halloween? Or what are you kids going to be?

I don't 'do' Halloween. Mostly because there is no point. We get zero trick-or-treaters at our house because we have no street lights on our block. Anastasia and I never have the opportunity to attend an adult party because, well, we've always got our daughter and she can't be left home without adult supervision. For me to wear a costume would be rather pointless because I won't be doing anything. That's not to say that I'm upset that I don't get to 'dress-up', I'm just not that creative when it comes to myself.

With our kids, that's a whole different story. I've rarely bought a purchased costume. I've bought masks, I've sewn costumes and created costumes out of regular clothes and make-up. When they were little, I sewed a pumpkin costume. When our son was in grade school, I Bedazzled a black shirt for an Elvis costume. (Yes, I admit it, I own a Bedazzler. Actually just purchased for that costume....honest!) Two years ago I bought our son a suit for $2.99 at a thrift store that has not only been a costume for Halloween for 2 years, it has also served as his suit for Homecoming and special occasions.

This year our daughter wants to wear scrubs and be a nurse. No expenditure needed here, we've got scrubs...don't ask... Our son wants to wear his suit. (I think he loves the attention he gets when he dresses up.) I told him he should wear his black skinny tie and he can go as Don Draper (Mad Men), but he thinks that's stupid. Sigh. I thought it was a cool idea.
In any case, our kids still want to trick-or-treat. They are going under the guise of taking out Anastasia's grand nephew and grand niece. They are almost 3 and almost 2. Our kids have been invited over to Anastasia's Mother's house to meet up with them. That is unless our son goes with Eddie Haskell instead.

So far I have not bought a single solitary bag of Halloween candy. I think I'm doing awesome! Usually I'll buy several bags (because they're on sale!) I'll eat a few, share them with Anastasia and next thing you know our son finds my stash and I end up with an empty bag. Well, not this year! I haven't bought any! Remember...I don't have to buy any, we don't get any trick-or-treaters.

Oh wait, I just remembered, I lied. Walgreen's had Brach's Chocolate Gourmet Candy Corn and I just had to buy a bag and try it. They looked kind of gross, but they were actually pretty good. I actually like the regular kind too.

So what about you? What are your costumes? Have you succumbed to the Halloween candy sales? Come on, you can tell Lola, do you have a stash in your desk at work?

Lola's Diner
©2008-2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Crazy Cat Videos

Cat Betrayed his girlfriend:

Kitty said what?

Funny cats...


Some people just have too much time on their hands...don't they? Lol!

Lola's Diner
©2008-2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Perfect Day For Carving Pumpkins!

The weather was gorgeous today. Sunny, a bit cold, but not as cold as it has been lately. While I slaved in the kitchen preparing food for our Bearsfest, Anastasia and the kids carved pumpkins on the porch.





Here is a photo of those great Mums we purchased last week. We just set them in the planters we used for the Moss Roses we planted in the Spring.

Everyone can't wait for the game to start to dig in to the eats. I made Chili, Taco Dip and Spirals. Is it game time yet?

Pumpkin lit up at night. (Can't really tell with the flash, but still an awesome carving!) Chili was awesome! Can't post the recipe because it was literally spice cabinet chili because I didn't have enough Chili Powder and had to add Cumin, Paprika, Red Pepper, Garlic Powder to taste until I got it just right. It came out perfect. Not so much for the Bears so far. Come on Bears!

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©2008-2009
 
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