Spring is here, yay!

So remember this post from a while back? When Maryland, DC, and Virginia were buried in the snow, with no end of the snow in sight? Yeah, that snow has completely melted away due to some beautiful weather (okay, at least where I’m standing in Maryland, DC and Virginia people, hope it’s all melted there too. That’d just be cruel otherwise.), and the flowers are blooming, the trees are budding, and the Bradford Pear Trees that line my street are once again stinking up the street. But really, isn’t that what spring means? Stinky yet beautiful trees? And the forsythia are in bloom. I had a springy bouquet of yellow tulips and purple irises in my room last week to look at. And the Cherry Blossom Festival is here. Although I probably won’t go. I have this thing against the mega-crowds. And millions of tourists clogging up the metro stations. And I’ve been so many times. But they are beautiful. And the metro stations are crazy. One note to anyone who might not (somehow) know this… when you put a 20 dollar bill into the farecard machine at the metro station, and then you only decide on 5 dollars to put on your farecard, you will get about 15 dollars back in quarters. And if I’m near you when you get all that money back in quarters, I will shout “JACKPOT!” at the top of my lungs. I can’t help it. My weird brain thinks it’s funny. I did it once before. I was heading into classes at Columbia Union College (Now Washington Adventist University, but good luck getting me to call it that… I can’t help it, it’s been CUC all my life.) and someone was getting their day farecard to see the blossoms. And got all those quarters back. Hey, I was in the midst of studying for finals, I’d been up late, and had woken up early. It seemed funny to yell “JACKPOT!” at the time…

Posting pictures of lovely spring later. And next week I get to see the full bloom of spring in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the other place I took college courses, Southern Adventist University. And let me tell you, there is nothing as gorgeous as the SAU Campus in the spring. Well, except maybe the  SAU Campus in the fall… I’ll get the pictures from there too, when I get back next week.

Magnolia Bakery Corn Muffins

YUM! Made these for an office birthday thing. Before I discovered that almost everyone in my office is either sugar free or vegan or some such thing. But oh my they’re good. I found the recipe in the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, and it is deeeee-vine with a little butter and honey on them. All they basically are is a cornbread recipe put into muffin tins and baked for about 20 minutes. I managed to stretch the batter into 12 muffins instead of 9, since there are 11 people in my department and I needed to make enough (even though only 3 people ate one) for all. This is just the first of many offerings I intend to make from this cookbook, which just has some mouth-watering recipes and pictures in it. My next one will hopefully be Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Caramel Icing. Anyone else find the sound of that delicious?

Here’s the book it came from:

Got it off amazon.com

Happy LOST Day!

Flash Forward and a LOST link.

So first up… new LOST post on other site: http://lovesteamykeamy.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/last-weeks-lost-recon/

Okay, so I did manage to stay awake through the premier ep. of Flashforward this week, and I gotta say… freaked. me. out! Confession: I get scared while watching movies and tv very easily. I mean, I actually had to hide in certain people that cannot be named by me because it hurts too much shirt while we went to go see District 9 this past August (okay, that may have only been partially the reason, there was also he was warm and I was freezing, and I liked being in those arms that I now miss, but I also was freaked out a few times). I’m squeamish like that. And let’s not even get into what watching I Am Legend did to me. And I watched that in the daytime. With other people. And could not sleep for the next few nights. I think I was 16 or 17 at the time, go ahead and mock at free will. Anyhow, the whole Clown mask guys had me jumping in fear. And the whole torture thing had me hiding under a blanket wishing for certain people to hide in them. Which made me sad, so I took the fear. And Charlie… I mean Dominic, he made me snicker, he made me smirk, and he pissed me off. And then he killed his uncle. Who ORCHESTRATED the whole blackout thing, I think. And made it look like he was trying to revive him from a heart attack. DUDE! So it was pretty good. And I can’t wait for this weeks episode to figure out a little more.

It’s kind of funny. This show gives way more answers than LOST, but I still say LOST is superior to it.

Thinking about adding a few more things to discuss on this blog. Books, maybe. Fashion. Any suggestions? Let me know!

Flashforward is back tonight!!

So I tried to stay up on Tuesday night to watch the Flashforward pre-premier thing, but ended up falling asleep, nothing new for me these past few months. Work is amazingly tiring. However, that’s notthe point today. I’ve actually liked this show. And further proved my point that while I hate Charlie Pace on LOST, Dominic Monaghan and all the other character’s he plays doesn’t annoy me. Must be Charlie traipsing around all the time going on about being “in a band. I’m the bassist in Drive Shaft, yo.” crap. While I’m not as all over this show as I am with LOST, I still like it a lot. It makes me think and puzzles me. And boy I hope Demitri doesn’t die. He’s one of my favorites on the show. Why do I always like the ones who are going to die? Can’t wait to see it tonight. Hopefully it’ll be good. And. We’ll. Get. Answers! Sorry, just like the commercials  always say.

And tomorrow my friend and I are doing lunch, DSW (dear Lord I love shoes!), and going to see Alice in Wonderland. What a great way to recover from heartbreak. Food, friends, Johnny Depp, and shoes.

Okay, going to study.

Image courtesy of http://www.scifiscoop.com.

The “I Miss” List

So for the past week or so stuff has happened to me that has changed my emotions and all that… made me think of all I miss. And because I have a whole lotta free time on my hands all of the sudden, I made a list. And decided to post it. Yup… Read on or run, won’t be offended if you run.

-Friday morning breakfast with my mom at Dunkin Doughnuts when I was little. We’d drop my dad off at the train station, and then go get doughnuts for me and an apple fritter for her. And talk to the most awesome server I’ve ever known, Miss Dee. Who is still there. And still one of the best people I know. Of course I started going to school, and my mom went back to working Fridays, and my dad got a company car, so sadly, the breakfasts stopped. But they’re a great memory.

-Nap-time in kindergarten. And of course I hated it then, but boy, I’d do anything for it now.

-Recess after lunchtime. Loved it then, miss it now… well except for when I got left alone and rejected and all that, but at least now I could have a book and relax and all.

-Spring break! Now I have to take vacation time for a spring break.

-Summer vacation as well. I have never hated summer vacation, and boy those three months off would be fantastic now. Except I like getting paid. So how about a paid summer vacation? Yeah, sounds good to me too.

– All my high school buddies who are all far away in school now. I miss all y’all so much!!

-Lunchtime back at TA. Man those lunches were good. Like the time we got told off for playing a card game by the school art teacher… I think the game was bs. Boy I’m always good at this game. It’s where I use my ability to lie. Other than that, I’ll avoid lying.

-The cruise I went on for my Senior class trip. Yes there was drama every day. Yes, we were chaperoned and watched. But damn it was fun. And warm, after a long winter. Cozumel was gorgeous. And I kicked ass at BS then too. And certain people could not lie to save their lives, and I completely called him on it… I highly recommend cruises. Who cares if you stay in the cheap cabins. How much time do you intend to spend in your cabin anyway? All we did was sleep and pretty ourselves up for dinner parties. Too gorgeous to stay inside. Costa Magica was awesome.

-My high school English and drama teacher. She scared me a little the first time I met her, but by the time I finished my sophomore year I loved her. As many good teachers as I had, Ms. Candelaria made the biggest impact in my life, and I’m grateful to her to this day.

-My friends down at Southern Adventist University. They were the ones who got me through that year, being hours away from my parents, my friends at school, and my family who took such good care of me. And I can’t wait to see them in two weeks!

-The days of flying where you could meet someone and see them off at the gate, not at the security checkpoint. Too bad those days are gone forever.

-My art teacher from Southern. I didn’t know her as long as Ms. Candelaria, but Professor Hassle was so sweet and caring that not only did I look forward to her class because I loved the content, but because she was so nice that I’d always get cheered up after a soul sucking photography class. That photography class and teacher, boy do I NOT miss. At all.

-My now I guess you’d call him ex. Although I’m not sure what you’d call him, it was an interesting relationship… long distance and all. Happiest times with him, and now I am without him. And good God in heaven I miss him.

-Sex and the City. That show was awesome. Silly, yes, but awesome.

-Real tv shows… not that reality crap that always seems to be on now.

Yeah, there are other things, but that’s enough for now. Anything you miss?

Dr. Linus

So who caught LOST the other night? Wow… that episode was good! As far as I’m concerned, we had two good weeks in a row. And I’ve always liked Ben episodes. Even when he’s being evil, I still root for him… well, except for when he’s killing Keamy. And I was glad when Ilana said “I’ll have you.” That man was right… up until then, he’d been rejected by many, abandoned by many. His mother died (yeah, I know… childbirth, I don’t think it was an optional death), his father basically hated him and blamed him for his mother’s death, he never seemed to feel as if he belonged in the Dharma Initiative, Jacob turned his back to Ben, or so he felt, Alex was killed in front of him (although he did bring that one upon himself), after a while, the Others seemed to be turning from him; this poor guy! It’s no wonder he felt no one would have him. And there Ilana said it. She accepted him… after making him dig his own grave.

And by the way, if someone told me to start digging my own grave, I think I’d refuse… what’s the worst they’re going to do? Kill me? Twice? I say kill me now and then you get to dig the damn grave.

I’m not so sure I’m buying that the MiB really wants Ben to be the new protector/leader of the Island… just a few episodes back he said to Sawyer that the Island didn’t need a protector or leader. So I think, and this is just me, that FLocke is just trying to manipulate Ben. Maybe if Ben had escaped to the Hydra Station, he would have just met his death there at the hands of FLocke.

And Miles… we started to see a bit of that sarcasm in Miles that I love! And we had to hear him mention Nikki and Paulo. Yech. By the way, lostpedia, I have a bone to pick with you. Seriously? You put Nikki and Paulo on the “main characters” portal? I mean, come on now… they were two characters who magically appeared near the end of Season 2 or at the beginning of Season 3. And they were killed off in Season 3. In an episode that tried to prove to us that they were there… but it didn’t. The only good part of that episode was we got to see Boone again.

However, Miles did some good. Using Ben’s line back at him. The sarcastic “uh oh” after he told Ilana what happened to Jacob. Please continue this comeback Miles. I miss you.

And there was Hurley’s line in his opening scene. “Cheese curds”. Remind anyone else of his line “Mallomars” back in Season 4?

And then there’s Richard. DUDE! Freaked me out there. Him and Jack. Tryna kill himself. Really Richard. There is a purpose for you… even if it is to strut around the Island in those good shirts never aging, and randomly popping in and out… it’s a purpose, sir. But that scene was completely awesome… the fuse just went out BY ITSELF! That is why we watch LOST.

And then the reunion and all, yay. But that’s not the reunion I want to see writers!!! JIN AND SUN! You’ve kept me waiting for two seasons now. Jeez.

So this was a fantastic episodes… definitely in the top category. And to all those complaining about a slow season, blah, blah, blah… just keep watching. It will be awesome before the end.

http://lovesteamykeamy.wordpress.com is finally up and running again! Took forever, but I got my password issues fixed up, yay!

Last night’s LOST (Sundown)

Okay, I know, days late… but I got my hands on a J.D. Robb book and didn’t put it down until near 11 last night… I was just slightly distracted. Plus I needed to make sure I had it all straight! Of course…

First thing to say… well damn. My favorite character in the world on LOST, Mr. Martin Keamy, came back and died all over again. Oh, and I hate Flash-Sideways Sayid. You killed my man! it was the first time I smiled real happily and big and all in a very long time, and you took it away. Damn you!

So we started out, and here we are in LA, Flash-Sideways Sayid sitting in a cab. And who opens the door? It’s Nadia!!! Who is now married to Sayid’s brother Omer and has two kids with him. Well, dang. I was hoping Sayid would be reunited with Nadia (again) so they could live together happily (again) without Nadia dying (again).

Flash over at the temple, and Dogen and Sayid talking, then fighting. Scales were tipped the wrong way for Sayid, apparently. Hmmmm… finally, a little answer!

Back to the Island. FLocke is talking with Scary Claire. Telling her she has to do it. Do what, now? She doesn’t want to do it, she wants Sawyer or Jin to do it.

Back to Flash-Sideways. Sayid asleep on the couch. Omer wakes Sayid up. Omer’s in trouble. Apparently one of his loans for his business is giving him trouble, even though he’s already paid the loan off. Wants Sayid to do his thang that he did all those years ago. When he convinced Nadia that Omer was the better choice than him…

Island. Sayid and Miles talk. Miles finally clears something up for us, he tells Sayid that he really was dead, and Sayid tells him he’s been banished.

And then Scary Claire walks into the Temple (by the way, anyone else think that in another life that temple could be a very peaceful and relaxing place to visit?), tells Dogen that “he” wants to speak with him. Okay, WHAT IS THE MAN IN BLACK’S REAL NAME?!?! We get “my friend”, we get “FLocke”, “He”, “Smoke Monster”, and now “Evil Incarnate”. But I want to know who he really is. Dogen sends Sayid out to talk to MiB, along with a knife, telling him to kill him.

Flash-Sideways. Sayid takes kids to school bus stop. Hugs them, tells them to have a good day, sees them off. Then we see Nadia running towards Sayid, a panicky look on her face. Uh oh… Omer was mugged outside his store, has a punctured lung and is badly beaten, in the hospital, rushing him into surgery. Nadia asks Sayid to wait for the kids, not to do anything violent, just make her babies feel safe. And while they’re rushing through the hospital, look who’s there, it’s Dr. Jack Shephard walking by!

Island. Sayid walking through the jungle, runs into Kate. Tells her to get back to the Temple, and she’s headed that way anyhow. Rattling in the trees, and the sound that the Smoke Monster makes. FLocke appears. Sayid plunges knife into his chest without even so much as a hello. FLocke pulls the knife out of his chest, and it’s completely clean… hmmmmm. Then hands it back to Sayid, and they have a nice cozy little chat, with a part of that chat being FLocke telling Sayid that whatever he wanted, he could get for him. Sayid says “all I ever wanted died in my arms”. Hmmmm, do we mean Nadia, do we mean Shannon (please no! Nadia!), or do we mean that chicken he killed as a boy?

Sideways. Sayid fixing a vase. Tells Nadia that he doesn’t deserve her. But we all know she’s supposed to be with him. He shouldn’t have pushed her to his brother. I wanted the Sayid and Nadia reunion.

Island. Boy, we jump a lot, don’t we? So Kate has talked to Miles, who tells her that Claire has come into the Temple, and the Temple Others took her away. He also confirmed that Sawyer sent her packing, but we already saw that, so now she’s running through the temple looking for Claire. She finds Lennon, who tries to get her to tell him what she’s doing in there and where Ford and Kwon are, but she shoves an elbow to his throat to get him to take her to Claire, who is being extra creepy and singing “Catch a Falling Star”. They have two minutes to talk, and she tells Claire that the Others don’t have Aaron, she does. Who else thought Scary Claire was going to leap out of that weird pit thing and snap Kate’s neck at that moment? Kate tells Scary Claire she’s going to rescue her, Scary Claire says she doesn’t need saving, and as Kate is being dragged away, Scary Claire shouts out “He’s coming Kate! He’s coming and you can’t stop him!”

And then Sayid comes back into the temple and tells everyone that they have two choices. Get the hell outta the temple before sundown and leave with FLocke, or die. And mass panic ensues. Thanks Sayid. Lennon seems pretty pissed, and shouts to everyone that “HE CAN’T COME IN!” and then thanks Sayid for his lovely little announcement.

Back to Sidewaysville. A van pulls up, and hey, I recognize that guy!

It’s Keamy henchman from the Freighter Omar. Who died by a grenade Keamy hacky-sacked over to save his own life. Omar tells Sayid to go with him and the other henchguy, and when Sayid refuses he threatens him in Arabic. So Sayid complies. They take him to a commercial kitchen, and there’s a guy frying some eggs at the stove. Oh boy, I completely recognize that sexy deep voice, and am starting to get excited. And hey, my excitement pays off!

HOLY CRAP IT’S KEAMY!!!!! Excuse me, gotta do a little happy dance… okay, thanks. So Keamy offers him some eggs, bragging about them being some pretty good eggs, and then they get down to business. Keamy is the man Sayid’s brother Omer borrowed money from, a loan shark. Keamy says Omer is in debt, and Sayid should cover it. Sayid doesn’t really want to, and then grabs Omar (yeesh, Omer and Omar, this isn’t confusing at all.) as a human shield when a gun is fired. Bye-bye Omar. He then shoots the other henchman, and then turns the gun to Keamy. Well, crap, I was just getting all happy my man was back. Keamy tells him he’ll forgive the debt and let it all slide, just let Sayid walk out of there and forget about it all. But Sayid has to be a huge douche and shoot Keamy anyways. Damn you Sayid! He then hears a banging coming from a walk-in freezer, and opens it to find Jin tied up. He takes the tape off and Jin shouts something in Korean.

Back to the Island. Sayid tells Miles they’ll leave after he returns the knife. He takes the knife and drops it by Dogen, who is sitting by the pool. Dogen tells him a story about when he was living in Osaka as a successful banker, how he got really drunk one day and got into an accident after picking his son up from a baseball game. Dogen survived, but his son… he trails off. Then tells how Jacob told him he would make his son better, but he had to stay on the Island. So here he is, never to see his son again. Sayid remarks about the hard bargain. Dogen notices it’s sundown and asks if Sayid has chosen to go or stay, with Sayid staying he’d like to stay. And then Sayid knocks him into the pool and drowns him. Lennon then runs in, sees Dogen in the pool, runs in to see if he can save him and then shouts at Sayid “He was the only thing keeping him out!” The him in reference being our dear Smokie. Sayid grabs that knife, slashes Lennon in the throat, who falls into the pool dead. And then he remarks “I know.” Ahem, SCARY SAYID!!

We hear the classic smoke monster noises coming all around, and then all hell breaks loose. People getting killed, Miles and Kate are running away from the monster. Kate goes to get Claire, while Miles keeps running. Scary Claire tells Kate that she’s in the safest place right now, and the monster enters the room, Kate jumps into the pit too, and is “safe”. Although I thought Scary Claire would be snapping Kate’s neck in the pit…

Miles is running, gets to a storeroom, and tries to barricade the door, which Ilana breaks down. Phew, the rescue party is here! Ilana, Miles, Lapidus, Sun, and Ben start running, and Ben runs back to get Sayid. He finds Sayid, and tells him they have to go, and Sayid turns around, and is now totally converted from Sayid to Scary Sayid. He looks at him with a creepy grin and says “not for me.” Ben slowly backs away and then runs like the devil is chasing him. Meanwhile, Miles has revealed to Sun that Jin was at the temple. Ilana is looking for the right symbol, worrying Lapidus. She finds the symbol, pushes the button, and they all hurry into the passage and get the stone door shut just before Smokie charges down that hall.

Claire and Kate emerge into the ruins, and Sayid is walking out too. We hear the scariest version of “Catch a Falling Star” I have ever heard in my life as they walk among the bodies, Kate stopping to grab a gun off a dead body. They leave the temple, join FLocke’s group, and FLocke sends Kate a look of who knows what. And then… LOST

Thought it was a pretty good episode, and it has left me craving more!

Images from Lostpedia.com.

Yeah, I know, the episode was Tuesday and it’s Friday… things got away.