Thursday, March 15, 2007


I read an article in People last week about a church who is selling non-complaint bracelets. The idea is that you try not to complain at all for 21 days. Every time you complain, you switch the bracelet to the other wrist and start the countdown again.

Yeah. I wouldn't last an hour.

Note: I started writing this very late Wednesday night.

Last night I watched Scoop. I will admit, I never "got" the Woody Allen thing. Maybe I'm too young, or not neurotic enough. But I don't think I've ever liked a single one of his movies. I rented Scoop because it was a cute premise and it had Hugh Jackman. Winning combination, I figured.

Boy, was I wrong.

I never thought Scarlett Johannsen was that great. Mainly because I never, ever forget that she's acting. I can usually see cold calculation behind the character, like she has a plan. In this movie the cold calculation was less evident, but so was any semblance of skill. She was like a bad copy of Woody, who played himself, of course, and any time she relaxed too much and got natural, she reined it right back into being a high-school freshman in her spring play. I can't blame her, though. I blame the directing. Any director who can make Hugh Jackman superficial and uninteresting is failing, I'm sorry.

I checked the time when I was about 42 minutes through the film. Then I checked the timer again at 45 minutes, lamented that only 3 minutes had passed, adn started to doze off. That was when I turned off the movie.

Here's a bigger complaint. I stayed up until 1:00 in the morning to watch Jensen Ackles on Jimmy Kimmel Live. I started watching at midnight, before the show began, and at approximately 12:55 he came on. He was done at 1:00 a.m. That's horrendous! That was less than he got from Megan Mullally!

Let's break down the show:

12 minutes of mildly amusing monologue
5 minutes of stupid marathon hijinks (I didn't know so many out-of-shape people tried to "run" marathons!)
11 minutes of Rosie Perez
5 minutes of Evanescence
21 minutes of commercials (mostly local)

Why is it even worth it? I mean, he has to take the time to dress up (god, he looks good in a black suit with an almost-purple, satin-stripe shirt with white buttons), travel to the studio, hang out in the green room forever, and listen to Rosie be cute (probably not such a hardship, actually). I have to say, he didn't look that thrilled at the end of the show, either.

But the interview itself was good. I like Jimmy Kimmel, I think he's pretty natural with his guest stars and mostly doesn't do the same old questions over and over. And it's good that the show is getting some publicity. And Jensen rocked his five minutes, that's for sure.

Let me tell you something. Certain people *cough*husbands*cough* think otherwise, but I am not all about looks. The celebrities who make the top of my Passion list are always there because of talent or personality or some other trait in addition to being physically attractive to me. But there are plenty of others who don't even get a glance from me, no matter how gorgeous they are, because they don't have the extra something that appeals to *me* even if it appeals to someone else.

But oh, my, is Jensen Ackles pretty.

Rosie asked him if he curls his eyelashes. And I swear, he must spend an hour a day getting his hands manicured. Yet there's nothing unmasculine about him at all. He's got the angles and the walk and the voice to balance the hands and the eyelashes, which is partly genetics, but also partly who he is inside.

It's a delectable combination. Now please, give us more than five minutes of it, all right?

Continued Thursday morning

They're calling for snow tonight and tomorrow. Three to five inches. I'm not complaining about that. I love living in the Northeast, I love snow, I don't even mind shoveling it. But what I am frustrated about is the likelihood that the kids will have another snow day. My routine was barely re-established. And summer seems to be looming very close. There's a lot I'm looking forward to, but losing my work time is not one of them.

I think that's sufficient for today. I'll be cheerier tomorrow, because tonight Supernatural is new again!



MJFredrick said...

No kidding about the show!!! How many commercials WERE there between Rosie and Jensen? Seriously!

Not only did he only get 5 minutes, he came from CANADA!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

They had 4 minutes of commercials in every break until then, and then it was SEVEN MINUTES.


I really hope he had other business in town.

Trish Milburn said...

Loved tonight's episode though I managed to miss the first 15 minutes. Loved the line by Dean:

"Man, you're a walking encyclopedia of weirdness." :)

MJFredrick said...

20 commercials.

I counted.


Natalie J. Damschroder said...

No, Trish! That's awful! You can watch it online, though--I think it goes up today on

Wow, Mary. I can't believe KIMMEL rates that much advertising! It sucks!