Remember how I said I’d never seen 2001: A Space Odyssey? Well, boyfriend and I watched it last night. We decided it’s one of those movies that’s only good if you talk throughout the entire thing. We had some great dubbed commentary for the 20-minute opening scene with the apes, including, “Step away from the water, bitches.” Those apes sure swear a lot. My favorite part of the movie, however, had to be this part:

As Heywood, Ralph, and Bill take a shuttle to the lunar excavation site, they discuss a speech Heywood made. Along the way, they eat.

Bill: “Anybody hungry?”

Heywood: “Chicken?  Tastes the same anyway.”

Ralph: “Any ham?”

Heywood: “Looks pretty good.  They’re getting better all the time.”

Ralph: “I’m sure it beefed up morale a hell of a lot.”

Cassie: “You mean, it HAMMED up morale a hell of a lot!”

Doug: “I’m glad you amuse yourself.”

Five minutes later, I’ve progressed from laughing to laughing and crying…

Doug: “What the hell is the matter with you?”

Cassie: “I should have said, it ROAST BEEFED up morale!”

Doug: “Oh dear god.”

Best part of the movie.

Time for a shallow TV Tuesday! I was going to break this down into hottest men and hottest women, but I realized that I was struggling too much with coming up with that many names and there were widely varying definitions and a whole load of hoo-hah. So now you’re getting 10 of the hottest people on TV. Since boyfriend had many questions about my hotness standards, allow me to say that this list encompasses people I find most attractive on TV – but generally that includes your personality. If you’re an ass, you likely won’t be on my list. Also, I won’t have a video clip, so I’m posting pictures for each instead. I know, you just want to see my list. Moving on…in no particular order, top 10 hottest people on TV!

10. Stana Katic – Best known for her role as Detective Kate Beckett on Castle. Stana is pretty much my number one chickadee. She is probably one of the most beautiful women I’ve seen, but she also seems to have an incredible spirit as well. For example, she and fellow actor Seamus Dever recently participated in the Alternative Travel Project to increase bike riding and decrease emissions in Los Angeles, which can be difficult to do even if you’re not acting on a prime-time TV show. I love biking and I’m all about using clean transportation if you can. I love her. Enough said.

9. Naya Rivera – Best known for her role as Santana Lopez on Glee. I adore Naya Rivera. She has a gorgeous voice and she’s absolutely lovely. Her character on Glee is evil, sure, but she’s also confused, lost, and struggling with her identity. Many people hate Santana, but she’s actually my favorite because she seems to have hidden depth. I do have to say, though, I’m really disappointed to see Naya in magazines such as Maxim – it’s amazing how many young actresses don’t realize the effect that has on young women and on themselves.

8. Genevieve Padalecki (Cortese) – Best known for her role as Kris on Wildfire. By now, if you’ve been following my TV Tuesday posts, you know that I adore this show. I adore this show largely to Genevieve’s role as Kris – she portrays such a headstrong, stubborn, and unbelievably passionate character that you can’t help but love her. This just makes her even more gorgeous in my eyes. Plus, in terms of attractiveness, I prefer people who have dark hair and dark eyes, although I don’t care that much.

7. Beth Riesgraf – Best known for her role as Parker on Leverage. I had to throw a blonde on here. But Beth is quite adorable, especially as Parker on Leverage. I’ve seen her as a one-time character in a couple of other shows, and I’m surprised she hasn’t done more. She’s lovely and seems to be a talented enough actress. Perhaps she has been in more things and I just don’t know about them. I should look that up on IMDB…anyway, she’s beautiful and on the list.

6. Eliza Dushku – Best known for her role as Echo on Dollhouse or Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Boyfriend and I both think Eliza is incredibly attractive. Of course, he thinks that in a sexual way while I objectively think she’s gorgeous. Humph. Anyway, she really is lovely. I’m a little surprised she hasn’t been in more shows or movies as well,
as she’s fairly talented as well. Once again, I’m probably missing a bunch of movies that she’s done. Can’t forget about her role in Bring It On! What? You know you saw it.

5. David Boreanaz – Best known for his role as Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel or Agent Seeley Booth on Bones. On to the men! I’ll ‘fess up. I harbor a mini crush on David Boreanaz. He’s my number one chickadude. For one thing, he reminds me of boyfriend. They both have broad shoulders, deep-set eyes, and a killer smile. Boyfriend doesn’t believe me when I say he looks a bit like Boreanaz, but he does to me. I’m a fan.

4. James Marsters – Best known for his role as Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. I know most people think James Marsters is one of the most attractive men out there, or at least in the Buffy universe. I’m a bigger fan of David Boreanaz, but credit given where credit is due – James Marsters is a hottie. I also love me a good accent, so that bumps him up. Not to mention, there are few men (or women, for that matter) who can pull off the platinum blonde look. Well done, sir.

3. Michael C. Hall – Best known for his role as Dexter on Dexter. I know he’s a serial killer, but somehow Dexter just appeals to me. And not just me – I happen to know many a lady who loves Dexter. I think, for me, it’s Michael’s voice. I love voices that are lower in pitch, and Michael does such a great job with the voiceovers that are crucial to this role. I still haven’t gotten a chance to see Six Feet Under yet – in fact, it’s been pushed back so boyfriend and I can watch Arrested Development – where he plays a gay mortician. Somehow I don’t think that’s going to deter me. Also – props to Michael for his confidence in battling cancer!

2. Shemar Moore – Best known for his role as Agent Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds. I adore Shemar. He is seriously some hot stuff. He hasn’t always done the best roles, which makes me wonder a bit about his real-life personality, but regardless, I love him in Criminal Minds. Cool G-ma (that’s her nickname) and I used to say that he could totally portray Ranger in the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. Sexy, smooth, and even looks the part. Perfect.

1. Christian Kane – Best known for his role as Eliot Spencer on Leverage or Lindsey McDonald on Angel. It’s funny, when I first saw Christian Kane on Angel after having seen him in Leverage, my first thought was, “Who is that?” and then “What did they do to him?!” Of course, Angel makers hadn’t done anything to Christian, he was simply a lot younger and a lot less hairy. And while I don’t typically go for long hair, somehow Christian really pulls it off. Not only really pulls it off, but must have it. Short hair just somehow does not work for him. He’s got it now, though, so he very much pulls off the hotness.

This was a difficult list, so there are plenty of honorable mentions: Morena Baccarin, Kristin Davis, Matthew Morrison, Alexis Denisof

Who do you find most attractive on TV?

Last week, when I picked up the Rilo Kiley CD, I also picked up a CD from Kate Nash. I’ve been listening to it off and on pretty much all week. Her sound is kind of like a mix between Lily Allen and Regina Spektor. Kate’s videos are a little strange, but I really like her personality. I’m looking forward to hearing more of her music! This is one of the better songs on her CD, “My Best Friend is You.”

Kate Nash “Later On”

I suck at DIY. No, really. I’m just not a crafty person. I’m sure that I could do if with a little practice, but I just don’t have the patience to learn to get good at it. I’m not stereotypically feminine in that respect – I hate cleaning, I don’t like sewing (although I wish I did so I could make my own clothes like the amazing Heather) – although I do like cooking. Despite the fact that I am DIY-challenged, I have found a few things recently that I want to attempt. Ha! I should make a crappy looking shirt that says “DIY-challenged.” Anyway, see below for pictures of my hopeful DIY attempts.

Photos and ideas mostly thanks to Pinterest.

Perfect shelf and mail combo.

I'm making this for my friend for Christmas. It'll take me that long.

I'm obsessed with desk organization, so this is perfect.

Saw a video on this and it actually looks incredibly easy.

Simple and kitschy.

This is the hardest of what I want to try but so gorgeous.

I suck at crocheting, but I do love stars.

Okay, I probably wouldn't actually make this, but it's pretty cool looking.

I love movies. It’s one of my favorite escapes. There are few things better than curling up with a good movie or TV show after a long or grueling day. Yet somehow, I’ve managed to not watch many classic, top-rated movies over the years. In fact, I haven’t seen many of the movies on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies, their list of the 100 best movies of the century. For one, I have this thing about black and white movies. I don’t know what it is about them, I just don’t like them. Somehow they don’t keep my interest. I also have a tendency to focus on new movies that I want to see and run out of time to watch classics. Here are the best movies that I’ve never seen – let the excuses begin:

10. A Clockwork Orange – Let’s get this one out of the way right away, shall we? I’ve tried to watch this movie. I still intend to watch it someday. I have never been able to get through the opening scene where DeLarge and his posse rape a woman in front of her husband. It’s too graphic and horrifying for me. I can handle most horror movies just fine, but that blatant view of rape really turns me off. But I do want to get through it. I tried to read the book but I couldn’t get through that either, although that was because it bored me to tears. A little different.

9. 2001: A Space Odyssey – I have to put this on here right away because boyfriend and I are planning to watch this very shortly. Yes, I know it’s a classic. Yes, I know it’s directed by Stanley Kubrick. Blah, blah, blah. I’ve actually been kind of interested in seeing this, but just never got around to it. That’s actually going to be my excuse for most of these movies – I just never got around to it.

8. The Shawshank Redemption – I just never got around to it. Seriously, though, I know it’s supposed to be amazing and I want to see it. I’m not a huge fan of Tim Robbins, but I love Morgan Freeman. Not to mention I LOVE The Green Mile, so I think it’s imperative that I see this film.

7. Star Wars 1, 2, 3…or is it 4, 5, 6? The latest three – I never cared enough to get around to it. I’m not huge on sci-fi movies and never got into the original three, so what was the point of watching the later three? Especially after I heard they weren’t that great. I’ll probably eventually get around to watching them, likely because someone else will want to watch them and I won’t care enough not to.

6. Dr. Strangelove – I don’t actually know much about this movie. The long title is a bit intriguing to me, but once again, we’re looking at a black and white movie here. I just don’t do well with black and white movies. Like Pi. Oh, god, Pi. That movie was so boring that we turned it off. Disappointment, Darren Aronofsky! Such disappointment. Anyway, since this isn’t a list about amazing movies that I couldn’t stand, I haven’t seen Dr. Strangelove.

5. American History X – I actually do really, really want to see this movie. It’s near the top of my Netflix queue, so I definitely will see it soon. I always confuse it with American Graffiti because apparently all movies with “American” in the title are the same movie. I suppose I should add The American to my list. I’ve already seen American Beauty.

4. Sixteen Candles…or is it Pretty in Pink? – What’s the difference? You see one Molly Ringwald movie, you’ve seen them all. Don’t get me wrong, I like Molly Ringwald, but seriously, look at this:

Point made. For the record, I think it was Sixteen Candles.

3. The Piano – I actually really want to see this movie. I’m not sure why I haven’t gotten around to seeing it yet. I mean, it’s gotten Oscars, everyone talks about how amazing it is, people say it makes them cry and I’m a sucker for crying movies. There are all sorts of reasons that I should have seen this by now. And yet it’s not in the top ten of my queue like American History X is. But it’s on there. At number…206. Well, it’ll move up over time. They always do.

2. Psycho – I don’t think I’ve even seen the remake of Psycho, actually. I do want to see this, if only because I’ve heard endless laud and praise about the direction of the movie. It’s black and white, but I have a feeling this one would capture my attention despite that drawback. So yes, I do plan to watch this movie.

1. Citizen Kane – That’s right, I have not seen AFI’s top movie of pretty much ever because nothing will ever compare. This is largely because I heard it was utter crap. Feels insanely long and incredibly boring. Oh, and don’t forget, black and white. Will I get around to it? Eh. Maybe. Probably not. And you know what? I’m really okay with that.

You're going to sit through my movie just because it's a classic!

Stay tuned for more on movies!


Today’s FBFF strays a bit from the norm – instead of answering question prompts, bloggers are writing about their top blogging pet peeves. By no means do I wish to offend anybody with this list. I certainly don’t think my blog is better than anyone else’s – in fact, there are a few things that peeve me about my own blog, which will hopefully be alleviated when I buy my domain. Regardless, here are a few things that bug me when browsing blogs, along with recommendations:

Blogs cluttered with sidebar widgets/pictures/ads – I used to have a list of blogs I read on my sidebar, if you recall, but eventually it got the point where I was sharing so many that my sidebar was getting very long. I ended up removing the sharing widgets and creating a Blog Love page to share my growing list of bloggers to clean that up. I understand and respect that bloggers have many affiliations, but having outrageously long lists gets distracting and looks muddled. My recommendation: Create pages dedicated to those specific affiliation or sponsors. Giving them their own page will give them special status on your blog and they won’t get lost in the oodles of sidebar widgets.

Blogs that have typos – This may sound snobbish of me, but I was an English major in college and language is my love. I proofread all of my posts after I publish or schedule them and go back to fix any issues I may have. Granted, most of my posts are not exceedingly long, so it’s easy for me to do so. But when I’m reading through a post and see a bunch of typos, I wonder why the post didn’t get proofed. I think it’s just so natural for me to do that since I was an English major and now do a lot of editing in my work. My recommendation: Give your post a quick 2-minute glance after finishing it to make sure you’ve captured any typos or layout issues.

Blogs with an unclean layout – I don’t mean unclean as in sin and hellfire. I mean the blog layout just somehow doesn’t match the blog format. Usually I find this has to do with a mismatched color scheme. If the text color clashes with the background color, it’s going to make the entire layout look funny. I also occasionally see text that doesn’t wrap properly or a blog layout that covers text. My recommendation: Choose colors you like, of course, but focus on meshing them together well. Ask for second opinions once you find a color scheme you like. And try to hold off on posting blogs until drastic issues are resolved.

Blogs with too many pictures – I love pictures, I do. I don’t love sitting in front of my computer for five minutes waiting for your pictures to load. I especially don’t love sitting in front of my computer for five minutes waiting for your pictures to load when they’re basically the SAME PICTURE. My recommendation: I want to see your lovely photos, but if they’re similar, try to pare it down so that you’re only showing about five photos. If you’re showing photos that are not similar, incorporate a jump or a break to cut down on loading time.

Blog posts that have a jump – I know, I just recommended that you use a jump. If you’re going to have a lot of images in a post, it’s hard to avoid using a jump to help speed up loading time. The reason that I dislike jumps, however, is because I use Google Reader to subscribe to many blogs. Google Reader pulls in the blog into their format. I can’t see anything beyond the jump, which means that I have to go the extra step to click on the link to access your page if I want to read more. I’m lazy. If I’m on your blog and I have to go to a blog page directly to read the rest because of a jump, I then have to go back to read more on your blog, and remember, I’m lazy. My recommendation: I’m not the only lazy reader out there. Think about your readers in terms of blog accessibility, then go with your gut.

Blogs where I can’t scroll down and access more posts easily – If I’m reading your blog, chances are I want to read more than one post you’ve written. While I highly appreciate that bloggers think about loading times and try to alleviate those, it frustrates me when I can only read one post per page. I don’t want to click through a dozen pages to find the one post of yours I wanted to share from last week. My recommendation: If you’re going to alleviate loading time by showing only one page at a time, find sidebar widgets that help me navigate to older posts and categories. I would recommend having those regardless – they’re my favorite widgets.

Blogs that make it difficult to comment, like, or share – I like your blog post! I want to leave a comment to say so or to share my opinion as well! I want to like your blog! I want to share it with others! Oh, wait. I can’t. Blogs that make it difficult to leave comments or share them with other readers lose readership, period. My recommendation: Review your widgets and commenting abilities to make sure that they’re reader-friendly.

And one of my own pet peeves to prove I’m not a total blog snob…

WordPress saving and reloading issues – Anyone else have this problem? It doesn’t happen too often, but I’ll be working on a blog and suddenly, my browser will freeze. By the time I get back to the page, it’s disappeared. Thankfully WordPress automatically saves, so I don’t always lose my text, but I do often lose my saved publication specifications, categories, and tags. Since almost always I write my posts in advance and schedule them, this means that I accidentally post TV Tuesday posts on the previous Friday as uncategorized (which, you may have noticed, I never do) and no tags (again, never happens). Like I said, doesn’t happen often, but it’s quite the peeve when it does.

Check out other bloggers’ pet peeves here!

What do you see when reading blogs that irritates you?

Ever hear those crazy people who claim to have the cure for this or know the absolute answer to that? I’m one of those crazies today. You may notice that each item pertains to a different part of life. I planned that. Here are my secrets to some of the world’s most common plaguing problems:

My secret to…quelling job interview nerves: I blare music in the car and sing as loud as possible on my way to the interview. For some reason, singing has a tendency to calm me down or release energy. Plus you get the chance to rock out, and that’s always a good time. As much as I love public transportation, that’s one of the upsides to owning a car – it’s quite a bit awkward when you start belting out music on the subway.

My secret to…curing hiccups: Two words – lemon juice. I know everyone has all these various methods to cure hiccups and “they work absolutely every single time” for some people and not at all for the rest of society, but drinking lemon juice straight has almost always worked for me. The rare time it failed, I drank water upside-down on stairs and that worked. Of course, there were…repercussions to that one.

My secret to…not overspending at the store: I actually have two ways to combat overspending. I used to spend way too much money, and truthfully, I still do. But I maintain a strict budget that allows me to monitor my spending, so I’ve gotten better about it. That’s not my secret, though. When I started my budget, I realized I had to find ways to avoid spending so much money on things I didn’t need, so I incorporated two rules. First, if I’m not sure on the purchase, I’ll wait three days before buying it. If I really like it, I’ll still be thinking about it three days later. Second, I put it in my cart and walk around the store with it for at least half an hour. By then, I’ve either convinced myself it’s not necessary or it’s a worthwhile purchase.

My secret to…getting rid of that annoying stranger: Lily Allen was right – there are times that someone comes up to you while you’re out for the night or even just out and about and you just cannot get rid of them. It doesn’t matter how many times you say you’re not interested, you’re not available, etc., they stick on you like white on rice. How do you get rid of them? This one requires a friend. When all else fails, grab your friend and start talking to her/him instead. It’s rude, yes, but not as rude as forcing your conversation on someone who has repeatedly said they aren’t interested.

My secret to…getting to places on time: I’m the one who’s always late. Or I was, until I started incorporating my secret into my life. I set all of my key clocks ahead 10-15 minutes. Okay, it’s not a secret, but it really does work. Even though I know that my clocks are set ahead, I somehow always manage to get to where I need to be on time. It’s always fun when you can trick your own brain.

What are your surefire answers to life’s common plagues?

Many people who responded to my poll asking what you want to read responded that they want to see product reviews on here, so voila! Your wish is my command. Plus I’ve been wanting to review this product for a while, but let’s pretend this is all you to make you feel good, shall we?

Allow me to make this disclaimer before I start: No companies have asked me to review any products. Would I like them to? Abso-freaking-lutely, that would be awesome! But alas, Burt’s Bees is not knocking down my door. Maybe they will after they see my review.

For my first ever product review, I wanted to review one of my must-haves: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. Burt’s Bees has been around for 27 years, starting with candles – an obvious product if you have a bunch of beeswax on your hands. They started making their beeswax lip balm 20 years ago. I’ve only been using Burt’s Bees for about 3-4 years but I will likely be a lifelong consumer.

Best product ever.

I love, love, love Burt’s Bees chapstick. I use it at least once a day, more often if my lips are feeling dry. I’ve used other chapsticks in the past, largely petroleum-based products such as Blistex or Carmex, but once I made the switch to Burt’s Bees, I noticed an immediate difference. See, petroleum-based products usually have petrolatum in them, which has a nasty habit of drying out lips. Yes, there really is a drying agent in chapstick, whose sole purpose is to moisturize. Burt’s Bees products, however, are made from beeswax instead of petrolatum. Beeswax has this not-nasty habit of sealing in hydration. Yes, that means it actually moisturizes your lips instead of drying them out. Win! Now I use my lip balm every day, but only because I like the way it makes my lips feel.

See?

The ever-so-slight downside? This lip balm is more expensive than standard chapsticks. It usually runs about $3.00 while a tube of standard chapstick can be found for about $0.99. What?? You’re telling me that I have to pay an extravagant $2.01 more for this a few times a year just to have much healthier, smoother lips?! Yes, that’s exactly what I’m telling you. An extra $6.03 per year is worth it, believe me. My lips have never felt better since I switched to Burt’s Bees.

Haven’t convinced you yet? Did I mention they’re made entirely out of natural products? All of their products (not just the lip balm) are free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and phthalates. I can’t even pronounce some of those. Must be bad. Also, Burt’s Bees follows natural production cycles and never harm the bees’ environment while harvesting beeswax. This is especially important with the recent and drastic decline in bee populations.

If you’re curious about other Burt’s Bees products or hate the very idea of chapstick, Burt’s Bees offers a wide variety of other products, including facial cleansers, body wash, shampoo, and even toothpaste. All can be found on their website and most items are available in stores. But definitely pick up the beeswax lip balm. It comes highly recommended by a trustworthy source.

Besides, you’ve got to admire a guy who makes his living by working with bees.

Or who dresses as one for his advertising campaign.

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