Saturday, May 26, 2007

MIG'S VIDEO

My friend Alex's husband Mig directed the new UNKLE video for "Burn My Shadow" featuring vocals by Ian Astbury from The Cult. Alex plays the wife in the tv show the hot guy from ER is watching. I warn you, it's a little bit disturbing.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

15 Months



Rory turns 15 months this week and as you can see she's turning into a real toddler! Her checkup went well and she was a champ with her shots once again. I do think my pediatrician might be wrong about her weight and height...he says she is in the 25th percentile for weight (meaning kind of low) and 40th for height. She's clearly not starving so we don't see how she's a lower weight than average but at the same time we swear she's pretty tall...who knows. All we care about is the fact that she's happy and healthy and running around like a champ.

PS - If anyone is having trouble getting their babies to sleep through the night without needing you (I'm talking about non-newborns) then I highly recommend the Dr. Ferber book on sleep issues. I never follow books but was at the end of my rope when Rory developed a problem but the book really worked and she is now able to get herself back to sleep if she wakes up and is comfortable playing on her own in the morning so that I don't have to rush in as soon as she wakes. Everyone needs to follow what ever program works for them but I swear, it changed our lives and I am soooo much happier.

Monday, May 21, 2007


New INTERPOL album coming out July 10th. Wahoo.

Like the new single "Heinrick Maneuver"...not changing the face of music or anything like that but is very much what I've come to love from my guys and makes me jump around to boot. If only they could fix their site and figure out why it keeps closing on me...damn pc-centric websites!

In other happy news, it seems from this photo that Paul has lost much of his alcohol bloat. Sadly I fear he's moved on to another vice that slims you right down, but hey, he looks pretty good regardless. As Lainey would say, me likey!

Intellectual Stimulation

I am so proud of myself...I've actually finished two books in the last month. Of course in the old days that would actually be kind of embarrassing, but since I don't have time to finish a magazine anymore I'm pretty happy with myself.

The first one I finished may not count since I had read it 10 years ago. I was interested to learn that Sean Penn directed an adaptation of INTO THE WILD starring a young actor named Emile Hirsch who I think is going to be pretty amazing one day. He's made some interesting choices and is very young so I'm keeping my eye on him. Anyway, I remembered that book as being pretty interesting and a quick read so I revisited it and in fact it was both interesting and a quick read. The odd thing is that now that I'm a parent I am reading it very differently then I was at 23. It was always heartbreaking but now I really had a hard time thinking of how it must have destroyed these poor parents' lives to learn that their son died such an awful death and that much of it was because of his anger towards them. I just hope Eric and I can learn to really communicate with Rory so that feelings don’t fester and eat away at the family like they did in this book.

After that uplifting experience I decided to go back to THE SECRET HISTORY, which I had started a few months ago only to abandon 80 pages in. I had heard about it after reading reviews of another novel I've recently finished, SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS. Apparently they have similar themes but HISTORY was published in the early 90s so is much older. I was surprised I hadn't heard of it before but once I started talking to people they all said the same thing...they liked it in the beginning but then got completely bored and put it down about half way through. It's the story of a group of college kids at a small liberal arts college in Vermont who take their studies in classic Greek to an extreme. It was a little too RULES OF ATTRACTION for me though it was clearly trying to be much more intellectual than that. It is long and sometimes very slow but not a bad book. I just wasn't all that entertained and in the end it was kind of like, eh. I could have spent the time reading something better. On top of it all was the fact that it's pretty depressing and solidifies my thoughts on why Rory will not be going to a small liberal arts college (those kids are all nuts!). I had thought that I would move on to WUTHERING HEIGHTS next but decided instead that I needed a little frivolity and have instead started on PERSUASION. I thought I had read it in college but realize that I had actually only seen a BBC movie of it and hadn't actually read the novel. So off I go to begin some Jane Austen and hopefully regain my faith in the strength of character that young people can posses. After the last two books I am truly fearing for Rory's future.

The Angels United



This is a little late but hey, I'm a busy girl. So, Mary and I took Kate and Rory down to North Carolina to meet Andrea and Ava (and Mike too!). We were a little nervous about flying without husbands but it all worked out and the girls were amazing on the plane. Here's a picture that pretty much sums up the week. The girls liked each other and would play near one another and occasionally interact, but mostly they just played alone and stole each other’s toys. It was funny to see how Kate and Rory looked up to Ava for her ability to climb on everything and actually say words...I swear Rory was jealous and is now trying much harder to communicate verbally. All and all it was a great trip and I was so happy to see my Andre and meet her little angel. I hope we won't have to wait as long for the next reunion.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Long Time, No See

I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted. So much has gone on but it's all been good and it's too much to write so let's just start new.

I think I will discuss the end of the 06-07 TV season since it was a big rollercoaster ride for me emotionally. My favorite show is gone, my second favorite show was almost gone but thankfully will be back and the rest of the shows have been pretty disappointing. Let's discuss:

GILMORE GIRLS: OK, so it sucked this season. We all know it sucked but I still hoped it would continue into next year. I thought maybe they would have bribed Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband, the genius duo who created and ran it for 6 years, to come back and make up for the atrocious job that was done by the new team this year. Well they didn't, and not surprisingly the stars didn't want to come back with such shite writing. So it's over and the last episode, although better than most of the ones this season, was completely anti-climactic and disappointing. Don't get me wrong, I got totally weepy, but I think it was because I thought of all the wonderful moments in years past that made me so happy and I was so sad that I wouldn't get to have that anymore. But we all move on...if I survied the cancellation of MY SO CALLED LIFE I can survive anything.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: I didn't want to watch this but Eric made me and boy am I glad that he did. Hands down the best writing on television and just so raw and real. I love this show and am sooooo happy NBC is giving it another chance.

THE OFFICE: It had it's good days and bad days but the finale was great so I will leave the season thinking happy thoughts.

LOST: It has gotten much better over the second half of this season, though this week's episode was another one where nothing really happens and I got a little bored. I know the finale is going to be a "mind blower" as our friend Brian, a writer on the show, has told us, but I'll wait to see it before I say I was really happy with the season.

That's pretty much all I watch now. I occassionally watch UGLY BETTY and it's fine and when I remember I watch ENTOURAGE but it's not appropriate for baby and I go to bed so early I always end up forgetting to watch it. Same with SOPRANOS and THE TUDORS. They are all sitting on my Tivo but I just can't get myself to actually watch them.

On a positive note, the lack of TV interest has brought me back to books. I am almost done with THE SECRET HISTORY and while I got kind of bored mid-way and I kind of just want it to end already, I'm interested enough to stay with it. The same can't be said for the other 2 I have sitting next to my bed waiting to be finished. Things are just boring me so much and I can't take the time to really get into them. When I'm done with HISTORY I'm going to reread Wuthering Heights and then tackle Brothers Karamazov...wish me luck.