Posts tagged ‘joy’

August 22, 2010

Sunday Seven :: Best Popcorn Entertainment of the Summer


In no particular order, these have been my favorite entertainments of the summer, viewing-wise.

The many tv series on the TNT and USA networks, including Leverage, Dark Blue, White Collar, Burn Notice, Memphis Beat, Rizzoli & Isles, Covert Affairs, and Psych. The best television is happening on cable!

Rubicon on AMC. It reminds me of 70s-era thrillers like Three Days of the Condor crossed with A Beautiful Mind. And it stars an old favorite of mine, James Badge Dale. It’s like I created this show all on my own!

Salt. The more I think about it, the more I love it. It’s the best kind of summer movie: none-too-heavy, action-packed, with beloved actors and characters that continue to resonate after the credits roll.

Summer Under the Stars on TCM, as well as the movies from 31 Days of Oscar that still linger in my DVR. One of my all-time greatest pleasures is, and has always been, film marathons featuring favorite actors. And when those movies are pre-80s classics, it just doesn’t get better than that.

Gilmore Girls: The Luke and Lorelai Romance. I’ve never returned to the entire series of Gilmore Girls, but when I ran across the beginning of the Luke & Lorelai episodes I knew I had to watch them to the end. For me, it’s the best part of the series, and the added bonus of Lane and Zack’s romance plus the Rory/Logan story just reminds me how incredible the series was and how little has come along since that can compare. I’m laughing like I’ve never seen these episodes before.

Top Chef on Bravo. Every time I watch, I get hungry. But I’m also just amazed at what the chefs can do in such little time. I also like that this season has less D-R-A-M-A than previous years, which means more focus on the important part: all that amazing food.

The Expendables, not because it’s a good film — truth be told, I haven’t even seen it yet and don’t expect it to be a good film — but because it’s the literal definition of “popcorn flick.” Any action film that combines ALL of the major action stars of the past twenty years along with a few tough guys who haven’t even been seen for most of those years, well… it just begs to be seen! And with much popcorn and a crowd full of people who can appreciate Stallone, Willis, Schwarzeneggar, Rourke, and Dolph Lundgren. I can’t imagine anything better for the sweltering days of summer.
The Expendables
Yes, Stallone’s image is missing from that display. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, people?!?

July 6, 2010

retro photo month :: day six

I’m not sure if the tradition of the spring horse began with me or if I was just the next in a long family history of children to while away the hours on the faithful steed, but I can tell you that every child born after me in the family has enjoyed this or a very similar equine companion. The distinct ::squeak::squeak::squeak:: of the springs simultaneously annoys and comforts those within earshot, and its rhythm is soothing to the small rider, intoxicating even. All of my memories involving the rocking horse are filled with joy, both from my own experiences and those of the kids who came after me.

me, circa 1970
  circa 1970

this month’s photos

me and my sisters back at the Texas State Capitol Senate Chamber, Texas State Capitol at the Texas State Capitol summer photo day one

Retro Photo Month was inspired by Elizabeth Dillow. Be sure to check out her own collection at {a swoop and a dart}.

June 18, 2010

his favorite thing

car wash
The first thing he asks me, every single time we talk, is whether I need a car wash.
It’s his favorite thing to do, the brushes his favorite thing to see.
Today we did just that. And it was perfect.


April 26, 2010

the first boy

The first boy celebrates his 15th birthday today. He is one of a kind, for sure, and one of the greatest joys of my life. I was privileged to be present in the delivery room when he was born and to hold him during that first half hour afterward. We’ve always shared a special friendship, a special bond, and we are very much alike in so many ways. I adore this boy like he is my own. He is fearless, secure in his own skin, and sensitive enough to be a great friend to others. He possesses an energy and an innocence that I hope he never loses, and he shares love and passion without a second thought. Above all, he is determined to be his very best, from sports to studies to friendship to just being a big brother. And he rarely settles for less than excellence when he wants something for himself or someone he loves. Watching this boy grown into a man is definitely one of the greatest pleasures of my life.
Happy birthday, K2! I truly adore you.
 birthday boy