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Two Stories – Same Characters

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I don’t think that I’ve mentioned that True Blood is back.  The first episode of the second season aired this past Sunday on HBO.  Last season I hadn’t read any of the Charlaine Harris books yet.  I was intrigued by the first episode, so I plowed through the (currently 9 book) series.  As I read the first book, I noticed some differences.  But I was OK with that.  I think Alan Ball brings an extra morbid and slightly sicko element to the stories.  :::::I’m about to discuss some differences, so if you haven’t read the first two books, or haven’t seen the first season of True Blood, you might not want to read on:::::::

As I sat and watched Sunday’s episode, I got a little ticked off.  I think that because I really submerged myself in the books for a while there, I felt like I ‘knew’ Sookie and the other characters.  So, when I saw that Jason was starting to dance with the Fellowship of the  Sun, it really got under my skin.  Granted, there were some HUGE differences in the first season compared to the first book.  The whole V (vampire blood being used as a drug) aspect was really a gigantic part of the tv show.  But it didn’t have much of a role in the books.  I have no idea who the woman is that has a past with Sam and Tara is living with.  She wasn’t in any of the books.  And what was with that dungeon in the first episode?  At first I thought it was the dungeon in the bottom of the Texas church from the Fellowship of the Sun that was in the second book.  But towards the end of the show, it was revealed that it was run by vampires.  Hmmmmm.  ::::::::OK, no more spoilers after this:::::::

So, I am very interested to see what direction Alan Ball takes the characters.  It seems like he’s touching on some things that happen in the second book, with the Fellowship of the Sun and Texas.  And yes, there are some  times when I talk to the tv while the show is on.

I think that I will enjoy the series more if I treat it as two different stories.  That’s pretty hard to do, though, because I feel like I know these characters so well.  I’m still gonna watch every darn episode, though.

Oh, one side note.  I saw a clip from the Jimmy Fallon show where Stephen Moyer (who plays Bill Compton) was on.  I really didn’t know anything about him, as an actor.  I was surprised that he had this HUGE English accent!  He’s doing a super fantastic job playing Bill.  I didn’t find the clip from Jimmy Fallon, but here’s a little snippet with Stephen Moyer.  He’s at about the one minute mark:

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Thought Soup

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I usually don’t post a lot of ‘techie’ stuff on this blog. I’m considering starting another blog for this type of thing. But I DID want to at least mention it.

Let me back up, first. I started blogging as a way to get the word out about the t-shirts and gifts that I design for CafePress and Zazzle. That was almost two years ago. I really didn’t know too much about blogging and such, so I jumped in with a free blogger account. I’ve been pretty happy with it.

But, once I opened the restaurant, I got a blog started over there. And I used WordPress. I love it! It’s on my own domain, and it’s much easier to tweak things. I have since used WordPress to set up an affiliate site or two. And I’m getting better at it! I’ve learned so much…how to install wordpress, playing with themes, and so on. I recently did two things with WordPress, and they’ve made me very happy.

First, I actually PURCHASED a theme. I purchased the Flexx theme from iThemes. I love it! It’s very easy to change the layout, colors and pics. Easy peasy. I also found a plug in for automatic updating. I loved it so much, I actually donated to the author (which is something I can’t afford to do as much as I would like). Here’s the link to the plug in.

Now, am I going to break up with blogger? Nah, I don’t think so. It’s worked for me so far, and I guess I’m sort of attached. I have, however, re-directed links to my own site. So, you can also find this stuff at

Just a little mention of regular life: The new menu starts at Downey’s House on Tuesday, so I’ve been busy! I’m printing them up today. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks trying to get the menu together, programming it into our POS system, and making sure we have all our i’s and t’s dotted and crossed. On top of it all, the girls and I are headed down to Florida on Wednesday. Packing? Haven’t even really thought about it yet.

I also (finally) finished reading Dead Until Dark. I really, really enjoyed it…even though it took me much longer than it should have to read it. I bought the next 2 books to read while we’re in Florida. Hopefully I get enough ‘me’ time when we’re there. If you watched True Blood, the book and the show are pretty similar. But I was surprised that there wasn’t any mention of Tara (the bartender). I’m not going to spoil anything for anybody, so I’ll just say that there WERE differences in the book versus the series. But I think that both are very good.

OK, the girls are complaining that everything is ‘Booooorrrrriiiiinnnnnnnggggg!’ How about an exciting trip to Staples, girls? (OH, that makes me thing of a quick side note: I have always loved the smell of office supply stores. I’m strange. I love the smell of toner and paper. It makes me happy. We walked into Staples yesterday and Becca, with a smile on her face, said ‘Mom, mmmmmmm…it smells GOOD in here! Poor thing.)

Wow…this post really did go just about everywhere. Like I’ve mentioned before, sometimes I just can’t focus :) Have a great day!

United States of Tara on Showtime

As you might know, I’m not a huge tv girl. There are a few shows that I will record on the DVR and watch when I get time. But Tony and I do have a Sunday night ritual. It’s been going on for years. Back when Sex And The City was on HBO, we started watching shows together on Sunday nights. Sex And The City was obviously my find, but I think Tony actually enjoyed watching it. Or maybe it was Oz. We’ve been through The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and Deadwood. Sometimes we watch Entourage, too. But most times that’s when we sit at the kitchen table and chat.

But anyway, back to the original reason for this post. I really like the newest show I’ve found…The United States of Tara. This is the first Showtime series we’ve really gotten into. We’ve only had Showtime for a year or so. And honestly, I was about to cut back on the cable. And, cue Murphy’s Law. That’s exactly when I found this show. Nothing against Showtime, but we just don’t watch that much television.

This show just cracks me up. But it’s serious, too. In a nutshell, it’s about a woman who has multiple personalities. She has decided to go off her medication and just take one day at a time. She (and her husband) want to figure out WHY these personalities are coming out. It has John Corbett as the husband, and I just like him. Ever since Northern Exposure. Now if you haven’t watched the show, don’t read the next paragraph.

SPOILER: When Tony and I saw the writing on the mural a few weeks ago, I nailed it. “There’s another personality.” I said matter-of-factly. I can’t wait to find out more about the peeing red poncho gremlin! ::END SPOILER:

I think that we all have multiple personalities. I have mommy-me, wife-me, bar owner-me, I’m just meeting you, so I’m going to be really fake-me, and on and on. But I realize that I have these personalities. And I can pick and choose them as I wish. So, I’m looking forward to our Sunday night tv time tonight! If you haven’t seen the show, watch it! Grab it on On Demand, go to a friend’s house with Showtime…whatever. And I think that True Blood is coming back on HBO some time late summer. I’ve started reading the first book that this series is based on. Maybe I can read the next one before the series starts up again!

Anything’s better than Spongebob, Baby Looney Tunes and Scooby Doo. Although, I have to admit…Phineas and Ferb is pretty funny.

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Really, is it Monday?

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Well, I thoroughly enjoyed the season finale of True Blood. But now I can’t wait until summer. Not just for the next installment, but because I’m about sick of the cold already. But I digress…

You know, I’ve been thinking about some of my friends who are about to become parents for the first time. I just thought I’d post some of my thoughts about how it might change their lives. First, the good (‘cuz I’m a glass-is-half-full kind of gal)

  • You can’t even imagine the feeling of all that love. It’s overwhelming.
  • You always have somebody to cuddle with
  • You get to play with toys again
  • When they’re an infant and you have them in the grocery store, you can have a conversation with yourself and it looks like you’re talking to your baby.
  • You get to buy cute little clothes
  • You don’t get bored anymore

Next is the not so good. Not really BAD, but different

  • You will never (especially if you are the MOM) have privacy again. Ever. Unless you leave the house and go and hide in your car.
  • You won’t get nearly as much sleep as you’re used to. Ever. My kids are 3 1/2 and 5 1/2. I still don’t sleep, and I don’t have insomnia or anything like that. But, the silver lining is that you get used to functioning on less sleep. You just get a little more ‘dingy.’
  • Your house will never be as clean as you want it to be. Ever. I could spend hours cleaning, and it would just get messed up right behind me.

OK, this is a short list. And as I’m sitting here with Chloe watching ‘Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders’ for the hundredth time, it’s about as deep as I can go right now. But I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Ever.

So, on a lighter note, I was using stumbleupon the other night, and I came across this site. And it really made me giggle. Here’s the page (and I did pay the game, and did pretty well)

You can click on the link to play the game if you want to. That’s completely a pet peeve of mine…the whole lose/loose thing. Really makes me crazy.

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Season Finale of True Blood

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I’m so completely excited about the season finale of True Blood tonight. Now, hopefully I don’t fall asleep in bed with Becca. But even if I do, the DVR is all set up. Can I just tell you that last week (don’t read on if you haven’t seen it!!!) when Bill jumped at Sam with those fangs all out, my heart just about leaped out of my chest!!! Unfortunately, Tony has to be at the bar tonight. We usually watch it together. But, I’ll still enjoy the last episode. So, hope you had a great weekend! Talk to ya tomorrow!

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