Chasing the dream

Just a quick update on my blog dedicated to my journey back to Asheville. I hadn’t updated it since November of last year, but I just did a quick new blog update. There just hasn’t been much to report. I am thinking of starting to post some other Asheville musings there as well maybe weekly. Not sure this would be of interest though, so I am considering that possibility.
Anyway, please check out that blog if you are interested in my journey back to the Paris of the South.
Chasing the dream blog

TV Show: Bones

For the last couple of years or so, I’ve been meaning to check out the series, Bones. For multiple reasons, that had never come to fruition. That is, until today. I was able to borrow the first season, disc one from my local library on Wednesday. Being home sick since yesterday afternoon, I figured today was a good time to check it out.

The first disc contains the pilot episode along with three others. Just like I fell in love with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation right away, I quickly fell for Bones. The cast is very likable, especially David Boreanez and Emily Deschanel who portray FBI Agent Booth and Dr. “Bones” Brennan respectively. It is easy to see how much the cast enjoys their roles and the characters they play. The chemistry between Booth and Brennan is great. I don’t know if I would say it is as good as say X-Files’ Mulder and Scully, but it is definitely there.

The story lines themselves seem very well-written and researched, which I see as a must for a show like this. You can easily fool some viewers, but if you want to earn real fans and respect, you go all the way. The creators of Bones have done that it seems. Sure, there will be some things changed for the sake of fiction television, but overall I have to say, good job.

I am definitely looking forward to watching the rest of the first season as well as moving on to seasons two and three soon after.

Sick stinks

Last night, I was suddenly hit with horrible nausea and just felt sick. I knew I was coming down with something. I hoped it was just a cold if anything. I went to bed and woke up this morning to do my workout and felt horrid. I was so sick to my stomach and just felt weak, achy and not myself. Knowing that I couldn’t do my workout, I went back to bed for half an hour in an attempt to get some rest.

Ended up deciding to try to go to work after all. I didn’t want to accumulate more points (we have a point system at work for attendance) and use up my personal time. I didn’t last very long at work, About an hour and a half into my shift, I knew I had to go home. I called my doctor so I could be seen, as the nausea was just not getting any better. The aches and what have you were bothersome, but the nausea was something I couldn’t stand.

Saw my doctor who informed that I basically have the flu. So much for work and my C25k training for the remainder of the week. Sucks that even when you are healthy and take care of yourself like I do that you can still get sick. Sick is no fun and I look forward to when I am over this virus.

All-time favorite television shows

We all have them…well that is unless you are living under a rock and just don’t own or watch television…that is, favorite television shows. Throughout the years, I’ve seen my fair share of excellent TV and just downright bad TV. Some shows are extremely well-written and executed that you are in viewer heaven watching each week. Then others are pure torture to even stand for more than a few minutes, or seconds whichever the case may be. That said, here are my top ten favorite television shows of all time in no particular order.


1. The X-Files

Pure genius. That is how I describe the series that ran for nine years on the Fox Network. I recall tuning in for the premiere back in 1992 and from that point onward, I was a true fan. Even during the last couple of seasons when things got rough, X-Files was still one of the best shows on television. I admit, I was a huge x-phile, the term used to refer to fans of the show. I even had my own website dedicated to the show. It was called X-Treme X-Files and yes, I did have a good number of fellow fans who flocked to my site each day or week. Those X-Files years were definitely fun ones for me. The only X-Files disaster was the most recent movie. While it was great seeing Mulder and Scully again, wow what a disaster of a film! Yicks, that was bad. I have been trying to erase the two hours from my mind since I saw it opening weekend at the movie theatre. Sorry Chris Carter and company, that movie sucked.

2. Veronica Mars

This is the teen private eye show I had always dreamed of. It is true, I have even written teenage private detective stories, but mine were nothing like Rob Thomas’ tales of the witty and remarkable Veronica Mars. From the moment I laid eyes on the show, I was hooked and knew there was no escaping that hold. The writing was amazing and the characters believable and easily likable (or not if they were the villain). Kristen Bell’s performance really made the show, she was so great in the role, one definitely made for her. The supporting cast was also good and their talents continued to astound me each episode. Sadly, this series left the television airwaves too soon. It was canceled after it’s third season which still saddens me to this day. Always seems that the good shows never do truly find their audience for some reason. Alas, I still enjoy re-watching those awesome three seasons on DVD. Thank goodness for the existence of DVDs!

3. Gilmore girls

Right off, I have to admit that initially I never even considered tuning into this show. I always thought it was too “girly” and “gosipy” and what have you for me. Yes, I went through a number of years where I wouldn’t give shows like Gilmore girls even a thought. This proved to be a mistake, as Gilmore girls was one of the best dramas on television. I was only convinced to give it a try when I heard comic book writer Brian Bendis talking about how well-written it was and how the dialogue was so witty and great on a podcast. As a fan of Bendis’ writing, I figured I’d give it the benefit of the doubt and tune in. From that point onward, I was a Gilmore girl fan. The witty bantar between mom and daughter is so fun and amazing. The creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino is an amazing writer in my mind. She created a show that was beautiful done no matter how you look at it. I now enjoy re-watching this television gem over and over each year on DVD as well.

4. The Shield

The first time I saw a teaser spot on television for The Shield I knew I was in for the ride. It was a combination of the series star, Michael Chiklis and the theme of the show that did it. I was a fan of Michael Chiklis from back in his days as The Commish. I thought that not only was he an amazing actor, but that The Commish itself was well-written and executed. The second part of the equation that The Shield was a cop show was the topping on the cake, so to speak. I am a big fan of police shows, so this one was definitely up my alley. The Shield proved to be one of the redefining shows of it’s time. It make the FX network what it is today. The cast and crew that made up the series made it the awesome ride that it was. I was sad to see it end just like everyone else, but all good things must come to an end. I have to admit that I am not a big fan of the ending of the series, just didn’t do it for me. But, a series finale isn’t going to satisfy every fan. Will never happen. Irregardless, The Shield was one of the best TV shows of all time.

5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

OK, what sci-fi fantasy fan didn’t love Buffy? This show came long before this whole jazz about Twilight (can’t forget Angel in there as well as a pre-cursor). Another show that I admit I wasn’t sure I’d be into right at the start. I mean, vampires and vampire slayers? The story didn’t sink it’s teeth into me until about season four or thereabouts. A friend picked up season one on DVD and couldn’t stop raving about it. So, I forked out the green backs and picked up that premiere season for myself to see what all the fuss was about. I mean, I saw the Buffy movie with Luke Perry and remember not being impressed even a little bit with the cheesiness of it. But, the TV series was something all together different. Yes, the slayer was still the focus, but this series was fun and quirky, not filled with the cheese like the film. By the time I finished watching that season one dvd set, I knew I loved the show and wanted more. I don’t know if I’d say Joss Whedon was my master, but he was most definitely the master of all things vampire and slayer. Buffy was and still remains a well done show.

6. Seinfeld

Here is another show that I initially did not get on the bandwagon for. I mean, here is a show about nothing and people are loving it? My first impression of Seinfeld was that it had to be stupid and a lame show. Boy was I wrong. It is a show about seemingly nothing but nothingness *is* funny and entertaining. Again, giving something a chance can prove that it is not what you thought it was. Definitely a show that I turn to for a good laugh on a bad day as it always seems to turn my frown upside-down. 🙂

7. Arrested Development

Gotta love Ron Howard! Not only did he win our hearts over as a kid playing Opie, but his short-lived television series, Arrested Development also won me over. Here is another show that appears like it has a weak plot, but once you tune in for a couple of episodes, you realize that there is more than meets the eye to this series. Jason Bateman’s character really reeled me in to begin with and then the rest of the family continues to make you fall in love with the Bleuths and their madness.

8. MacGyver

Ah, and oldie but a goodie! I loved watching Richard Dean Anderson each week as a pre-teen. His portrayal of the amazing MacGyver always blew me away. Who wouldn’t want MacGyver as a friend or even an Uncle? The guy can get out of any problem seemingly by using what little might be around him or on his person. The ending of this long running series saddened me. I recall being thirteen years old and upset by the news that MacGyver would be dismantling his last bomb. I even recall trying to get a petition going at my school for the network to keep the series going. Alas, it was time for the show to end and end it did. I look forward to getting a hold of all of the episodes on DVD soon to re-watch all of the crazy adventures Mac went through.

9. Babylon 5

J. Michael Straczynski’s pride and joy known to fans simply as “B5” was airing while I was stuck in “there’s nothing better than Star Trek” land. I wouldn’t even give the series a second glance during the years it was airing on the network. I do remember catching a quick piece of the show and thinking, “what kind of ships are those?” and, “wow, what a weird universe.” Thankfully, once the reruns rolled about, I had opened my mind to experiences outside of Trek. And, I was wowed. Straczynski had created a universe that I came to decide was superior to that of Star Trek. Well okay, later Trek. I still love the original and Next Generation a good deal. The writing, acting and overall experience the B5 universe plays out is nothing short of extraordinary. Babylon 5 will always be one of my top favorites, and easily way up there in respect to sci-fi shows and movies.

10. e.r.

Talk about a long running show, this is one that ran for what seemed like an eternity. I turned in to watch the first season of e.r. with my mom and became attached to the characters right away. I watched for the following season and then, somewhere during those first few years, I got distracted and didn’t watch for awhile. Guess life just sort of took over. Always loved the series though, and wanted to check in and see what the characters were up to. I did watch on and off though for a few seasons, but never with weekly dedication. Then, in 2008, I started to watch the reruns with my mom that TNT was airing. This was my chance to “catch up” on a series that I had been missing for so long. Being able to do this made me re-realize how great a show e.r. was.

January 26th – Spy

One-Minute Writer Prompt:
If you became a spy, what organization/group would you like to infiltrate? Why?

If I were a spy, I would infiltrate Area 51. The place is infamous for UFO sightings and activity. I have always wondered what truly went on within the secret confines of it’s highly secured gates. Obviously, it’s a government base, but with such high and mighty security, there has to be something big going on there. And, numerous people have reported sightings of ufo activity around the base for years. That is a secret I’d love to discover the answer to.

Challenge?

I am thinking about creating a writing and/or photography challenge here on the site. Still in the early idea stages on it, so not sure how I’m going to go about it. Still running possibilities through my head.

A photo challenge would be easy enough to get going, as all I’d need is a theme for it and then get people to sign up here and then create a place to post the entries. I’m thinking I will more than likely do this for February. The question is, would there be enough interest? And, I would like to come up with some some of prize, even if it is just something small. Maybe the winner gets an 8×10 of their winning photo?

In regards to a writing challenge, this one is more up in the air. There are a number of great daily, weekly and monthly challenges out there with prompts and set themes, so I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes. Going to have to brainstorm about this one for a bit longer I think.

C25K Week Two!

Week two of my training has begun! The plan was to have started this on Friday morning, but we had a bad storm, so it canceled that out for me. Gotta love Florida weather, we get a lot of storms down here.

I debated on starting week two of the training today or if I should have done another day of week one training. The change in week two’s workout is that you now run for 90 second intervals and then walk for two minutes. Having not trained since Wednesday, I was a little iffy on that goal. I am thankful that I decided to push myself and just go for it as planned.

The start of the workout was good. As I walked the five minute warm up, I felt great. I felt as though I was ready and up for the challenge. Almost as if on a humorous cue, as I turned the corner onto the main street where I walk, the windy hit me hard. This provided another challenge, as a hard wind can make it harder for a runner. Still, I didn’t allow this to discourage me. I did however, change my path slightly so that the wind wasn’t as harsh on me. This would prove to be a good move.

The first 90 second interval came and I took off running. I then reminded myself that while I of course wanted to push myself, I didn’t want to push myself too much so as to run out of steam halfway through my workout. So, I relaxed my body and took my strides to a consistent speed that wouldn’t tire me out too soon. This ended up resulting in a great training workout level that I was able to keep up on.

All in all, it was a great session. I actually kind of enjoyed it. Yes, there were moments where I was a bit out of breath and had to encouragement myself that I could do it, but I think most runners experience that at times. Running is both a physical and mental challenge I think, you need to be able to sync the two into accomplishing what you want to achieve.

Working on revamp of site

As I type this, I am at work on my website. I am not experienced with css style sheets, so getting everything set like I want it to be is taking longer than it should. I’m sure a very experienced web designer would have had my site up pretty quickly. Definitely wouldn’t have been taking him/her all the hours it has and most likely will continue to take me.

None the less, I am happy with the new wordpress design and all, so I can’t wait until I get everything configured correctly and all so I will have a spiffy looking website.

January 22nd – Space (Friday Fiction)

One Minute Writer Prompt:
Write a brief bit of fiction using the prompt “space.”

“Why can’t you just give me my space?” He screamed at me, just inches from my face. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see his right hand forming a tight fist. I knew he wouldn’t dare hit me, but still, something inside of me feared him and I took a step backward.

“Alright Greg,” I began with a lump now forming deeply in the back of my throat, “if you need space, that’s what I’ll give you.” Taking another step backward, I eyed him all the while doing my best not to project the tinge of fear that was slowly but surely beginning to overcome my body.

“Good,” he responded, his face still crumpled up in anger and anxiety. He then turned away from me and started going back to the living room.

I just stood there frozen, as though I was paralyzed in that spot. Part of my brain was yelling at me to do something, say something to him before he turned that television back on to the game. That was all he ever did, watch the game. The man worked all day and then would come home, turn on the tube to whatever sports game was on. All I wanted was for the two of us to spend some time together. Greg, on the other hand did not.

Before I could even rethink my original request to him, I heard the sound of the television and the sports announcer’s voice booming. ‘So much for alone time Jill,’ I told myself. My body loosened and I was able to again move. Slowly, I moved into the kitchen to make dinner. There’s always tomorrow…