Friday, January 30, 2009

American Idol Issues Apology To Kentucky

American Idol has issued the following apology:

Clarification From Louisville Auditions

We apologize to any viewers who were offended by the misinterpretation of the contestant's comment to "be careful" upon completion of his audition in Louisville, KY. Our visits to audition cities are relatively brief and sometimes regional greetings and salutations are lost in translation. We had not heard that phrase from any other contestants during the day, so it took everyone by surprise. We now know better and look forward to visiting Louisville again someday.


Hmmm... We don't really want you here anymore, American Idol. You made us look bad and only took 9 people. How many good auditions weren't shown so you could show the ones that make us look bad?

And I think they need to make a personal apology to Mark Mudd. Can you imagine how stupid he felt when that aired, and all he was doing was being nice to them?

Monday, January 26, 2009

R.I.P. Kim Manners

I signed on to Myspace tonight and saw something I didn't want to see in a blog: "RIP Kim Manners."
I did an internet search and discovered something I didn't want to discover. He died of cancer.
I am sick and tired of that ugly disease taking people away. I watched my daddy die from it. I never even had the chance to meet the grandfather I was named after because of it.
And it is an awful, cruel disease. I don't know Kim Manners personally. I just know he was a great director, but I've experienced the loss of loved ones due to cancer, and my heart goes out to his friends and family. My heart goes out to everyone who has suffered a loss due to cancer.

~~~KIM MANNERS 1950-2009~~~
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Kim Manners made his directorial debut in 1978, directing an episode of Charlie's Angels. Other notable directorial credits to Manners' name include episodes of 21 Jump Street, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Baywatch, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and The Commish.

Manners signed on to produce and direct The X-Files in the show's second season He, along with his fellow producers on The X-Files, was nominated for four Emmy awards for Outstanding Drama Series in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

Following the finale of The X-Files in 2002, Manners directed a number of small projects before signing on to direct and produce Supernatural in 2005. He was a vital part of the show for the next four seasons. After directing the first episode of the fourth season, he learned he had lung cancer. He died in Los Angeles, California, on January 25, 2009.


It was stated that the cast of Supernatural has been walking around in a daze... I've been there. This is a sad, tragic thing to try and come to grips with, especially as fast as this seemed to have hit.

It is my sincere hope that organizations like SU2C.org can help us find the cure soon and that one day we no longer see posts like this one.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

You Learn Something New Every Day ~ Penis Breakage

You can actually break your penis. Well, if you're, like, a dude.
Jimmy Kimmel was joking about it after there was something about this on Grey's Anatomy. So I looked it up and found all kinds of info, including this:

No. 4: You Can Break Your Penis

There is no "penis bone," but you can break your penis all the same. It's called penile fracture, and it's not a subtle injury. When it happens, there's "an audible pop or snap," Montague says. Then the penis turns black and blue. And there's terrible pain.

Penile fracture is rare, and it typically happens to younger men because their erections tend to be quite rigid.

Here's how to avoid penile fracture: don't use your penis too roughly. A common way that penile fracture happens, Montague says, is when a man is thrusting too hard and fast during sex, and slams into his partner's pubic bone. Also, a woman who moves wildly while on top of a man during sex can break a man's penis.

Peyronie's syndrome is a related condition that tends to show up more in older men, Montague says. An older man's erection may not be as rigid, but still is hard enough for sex. Over time, if the penis bends too much a certain way during sex, small tears in the tissue can form scars, and the accumulated scar tissue gives the penis an abnormally curved shape.

Not all penis curvature is a problem, however. "There is a lot of variability in what normal is," Cummings says.


And then there was this site where people ask this Alice woman questions:

http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/2382.html

I especially liked this part:

Again, broken penises are really hard to come by, so try not to let stories about this highly unlikely occurrence stand in the way of the happiness that your erect penis might bring to you and others.

She makes it sound like a stiffy can bring peace and joy to the world, doesn't she?

On a (not so) serious note, my mom was friends with a nurse and her friend was telling her about the craziest things she'd witnessed in her profession... and she was once working when a man and woman were brought into the ER on a gurney... together.
Yup. The woman's pelvic bone or something slipped and caught his penis. Could you imagine making that 911 call? "Help, I've screwed and I can't get up!!!" I don't think I could go through with it. I'd just be like, "Get comfortable, dude, because we're gonna lay here until we die."

Friday, January 23, 2009

Poor Dean Meets The Chief

LMAO at last night's episode of Supernatural. Dean poses as a fed and asks these two magicians if they know of anyone who would have a grudge against this other magician... and they give him an address and tell him to ask for "Chief".





Poor Dean.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

American Idol Kentucky Auditions

American Idol finally came to Louisville, KY. My home. There was a mixture of excitement and fear in the house as we watched. We were excited Louisville was getting noticed, but afraid there'd be some really big idiots on there making us look bad.
The very first girl was awful. I don't know why these people try out for the show and then try to badmouth it when they're told they're not good. "I don't want to do this stupid show anyway." Um, then why did you wait in that looooooong line to audition? They just make themselves look like asses.

Mark Mudd.
Poor guy. Newsflash: In Kentucky, we say "Be careful" when we leave out. We also say "Drive safe." Good thing he didn't say that. Paula would have accused him of screwing with her brakes.


Speaking of Mark Mudd, we now know what Baby Stewie would look like all grown up.
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Oh, and Patrick:



He's actually a DJ. His audition was a joke. AND THEY ACTUALLY AIRED IT!!!

The nerdy guy who drank out of Paula's cup and the woman who couldn't pronounce anything correctly "Tray-shee-uh" "Lar-nax" (she was on the Tuesday show) just boggled my mind. Why do people think you can study the mechanics of singing and that's all there is to it? Singing is so much more than technical. The woman actually sounded like she'd be alright when she was waiting and they showed little clips of her singing here and there, but her audition didn't go well at all.

All in all, the Wednesday show was pretty boring. No one stuck out to me. Well, the guy who sang the Gavin what's-his-name... Degraw? McGraw? song was alright.

The girl at the end (homeless) was OK but I didn't like her attitude. There's confidance and then there's cockiness. Cocky people generally fall on their face.

So that's my opinions & thoughts on the auditions so far. In case you care, which you probably don't, but I blogged it anyway ( - :

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Sim-girl loves David Cook & Jensen Ackles ( - :

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I've known how to do this for a long time, but I recently discovered you could put actual video clips on the Sims tv's and have them watch whatever you want them to watch. Anyone know where I can get some .avi clips of Supernatural or David Cook?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

How To Kill A Sim Part 1: Death by Cowplant

I often get tired of certain Sims once they've reached their golden years and just won't hurry up and die. So I kill them. I thought I might as well blog all the different ways you can kill your Sims. Episode 1 is all about the cowplant.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

David Cook Rocks!

LOL! If you read the comments on the actual Youtube page you'll see that cameras weren't allowed during this (Jimmy Kimmel Live ) and right at the 1:11 mark you see David see the camera and the look he gives is freaking adorable. It's like "Mmhmm... what do you think you're doing, you sly little fox?" It is so cute. Then he keeps looking at it so they get these killer shots. He's awesome.




And... David kicks ass on this song!

Friday, January 16, 2009

American Idol Auditions #2

OK, finally got to watch the second set of auditions (Had to DVR it while I worked that night)and... I don't know.



I really have to wonder if Michael Castro would have gotten through if not for being Jason Castro's brother. He wasn't bad, so much as his voice was just... I thought the girl with the pink boots on the first night was better and they let her go because her voice was too nasally. Michael's was pretty damn warbly, if that's a word. I wish they'd show Andrew Cook's audition. I'd love to see how he did and why they didn't put him through. I wonder if they would have put him through now that David won last year.

I really liked the country girl with the 93-year old grandmother.


Noop (Hey! I remembered another name!) had a decent voice, but Simon was right about him needing to work on his look if he's competing on Idol.

The welder guy....Matt? Loved him.

The girl who sang the song Simon wrote... Liked her a lot. First off, she's got the same haircut as me so she's got good taste. LOL! Second, GREAT voice. Third, built like Bikini Girl but went in there and sold herself off her talent. Go, girl!

The girl with the cowgirl-looking dress.... Kasey? KC? Whatever. They have all these pics of her in a bikini, I don't know where, saw it on some show last night. I think you buy the bikini and money goes to a charity. That's pretty cool. She was alright. I couldn't tell if she was just nervous but her voice did seem kind of shaky. She seemed really sweet. She may do well if the bikini thing doesn't hurt her. We've seen it happen a billion times on this show: they find pics of you, put 'em on the net, yada, yada, yada.

The guy that sang over the rainbow....Von Smith...WOW! I think he was pushing his voice as far as it could go to show he could hit all those notes and hold them, but if he just reins it in, he's gonna be awesome.

Lil Rounds... Great voice. Glad she made it through.

LOVED all the David Cook references. LOL! You knew that was coming.

They're going to show the Louisville auditions next week. I'm so excited. I hope we don't have anyone really stupid on there. Come on, Louisville contestants, make us proud!

OK, so sound off, peoples. Who sucked and who rocked????

Think It's Cold? Try Having No Heat!

ohmigosh, what a morning. The power went out at 5 a.m. this morning and did not come back on until around 8: 20 a.m. Our heat would not work without it so the first thing I did was wake up all three of the kids and have them get in the bed with me so we could all huddle together and keep toasty warm, and hopefully the power would be back on soon and they'd just sleep through the outage. Nope. Ever stick 3 kids and 1 adult in a queen-sized bed? We need a king. They tossed and turned and... Ugh. Very little sleep was to be had.
And then there were the dogs. My oldest was concerned they were freezing. I explained to her that the doghouse is hooked up to the house's heating & air conditioning system (I have to give Mr. Man some credit, he hooked those doggies up!) and that their doghouse actually holds the heat in there for quite some time after the heat cuts off (we tested it in below zero temperature before and that sucker was TOASTY warm, so warm the dogs actually spend quite a bit of time outside the house when it's frigging cold because they like it. ) and they were actually warmer in it than they would be in the drafty house for the time-being.
Still, we didn't sleep well. I was too busy wondering if school was going to start on time or delay, keeping watch on the actual temperature because if it did go too long with the power out & heat off I would have to bring my big monster dogs in the house but I didn't want to until I got the kids off to school because then the dogs would want to go with us to drop them off and there's not room for both of them when all 3 kids are in the car, and forget leaving them at home alone. The place would be detroyed, hence why they were outside anyway. There was no way I wanted those rowdy, tail-swishing dogs in here when we had candles lit. That's disaster waiting to happen.
So nearly 3 1/2 hours later as I was getting the kids dressed with the intention of dropping them off to their grandmother (so they could be warm) if school was in fact closed/delayed and me coming back to this coooooold house to let the dogs in and huddle up with them... the electric came back on! I RAN to turn the heat back on and the kids each ran to a vent and just stood there absorbing the warmth. (They were fine when we were in the bed, but once those blankets were thrown off... Whoa mama!

So they had cookies for breakfast and I got them to school only a few minutes late.

So, how was your morning?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Happy New-Episode-Of-Supernatural Day!

I've declared it a national holiday. And it happens multiple times a year so how awesome is that? Woo-hoo! Let the festivities begin! And frankly, after a promo clip like this:



I've been going nuts waiting for tonight's episode.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

American Idol Season 8 Auditions #1



OK, so my thoughts thus far:

LMAO at Bikini Girl. I have to hand it to her, she came up with a great gimmick to get her noticed, but she has absolutely no credibility now. She was alright, but you could tell she was really straining to do that song. It'll be interesting to see how she performs other songs, but she needs to dress if she wants to be taken seriously. If you truly have the talent, you shouldn't have to appear half naked to make it in the door. I was cracking up at all the dirty looks she was getting from the other contestants. Oh, yeah. She's going to have fun in Hollywood.

I actually liked the girl in the pink cowgirl hat & boots. She hit the notes right. The only thing about her was the nasally voice, but Helloooooooo..... T-Boz. Remember? From TLC? She has a nasally voice, too, and it's what makes her so awesome and unique. I think she'd be really good in a girl group.

Loved the roughneck. (I suck at remembering names, sorry.) I love it when their voice doesn't come out sounding like you'd expect.

LOVED the geeky guy (the one Simon said came out of the closet). He really did a good job on that song.

I was expecting Deep Voice Guy to sound like Barry White. He didn't. Poor guy.

The girl who does the Grandfriend(?) thing was really cute, and has a nice voice. Was that a Nora Jones song? That's who she sounded like.

I thought the guy with the Sexual Chocolate tattoo sounded decent.(Tattoo was lame. It did look like "Chacolate") I thought they should have put him through to the next round. If he didn't blow them away then they could have sent him back home (to his new car).

LOVED the girl with all the tattoos and multi-colored hair. That is a HARD song to sing and she just about nailed it.

Well, I honestly don't think this season will be as good as last season. There was a lot of talent last season, and David Cook was freaking awesome. I just don't see this season coming close. We'll see if I'm right or wrong...

Holler At Us

Hey, so the Sapphire Blue Publishing authors have a new forum for fans. If you love to read and would like to chat with us in a forum environment, please jump over to HERE and join us.

And for those of you who stop by my blog for the juicy Jensen Ackles tidbits, I've pretty much made him our resident sex symbol so I'm sure no one would object to Jensen as a topic of discussion ( - ;

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Jensen Ackles- Chelsea Lately 1/9/2009



Yay! He confirmed he DOES have a girlfriend so all the rumors that Daneel Harris is lying about it or that they're just friends can stop. We all know it's her. And since this interview is VERY recent, the "they broke up" stuff can quit, too. I love the guy, but I don't get all the hating. 99% of normal, everyday women will never meet him. There's no sense hating the guy's girlfriends. Should he be alone his whole life because some woman out in who-knows-where has a crush on him? That's kinda crazy. He's just a guy. I'd rather never meet him. Then I can have my wonderful little image of him as this awesome guy... because let's face it, when you get to know someone, you get to know all their faults, too. Kind of a bummer. I'm just fine with the daydream.

I've never watched Chelsea Lately before. She's a hoot! Love how she made him squirm ( - :

Jensen Ackles on The Bonnie Hunt Show 1/2009




OK, so I really want to see the movie, but if some 3D bad guy reaches out of the screen I might just scream and make an idiot out of myself ( - :

Jensen in 3D though... That, I can handle. They may need some more mops to get up all the drool, though.

Some David Cook Covers






His cover of Creep is one of my most favorite songs ever ( - :

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

How Much Would You Pay For A Paperback?

OK, so many of you know I'd blogged about self-publishing the first romance book I wrote, one that has been exceptionally challenging getting published due to some of the subject nature. I'd stumbled across Lulu.com and it looked as if I could publish it at the reader cost of about $6.99 which is not bad. Apparently, that price would be a book I'd print just for myself. What would actually be available for purchase by readers would be somewhere around the $13-$16 mark. Would anyone spend that much on my self-published book? Should I even bother?

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Jensen Ackles - Insight Into The Funny Side

Came across this video where Jensen & Jared are interviewed about the humor on their show, Supernatural. It covers the gag where Jared missed his cue and Jensen, silly guy that he is, broke out into a lip-synch version of Eye Of The Tiger, and the funniest Supernatural scene ever... The Scream. I nearly split my sides laughing when that scene aired. Dean (Jensen) had been infected with a virus that literally scares you to death and all through that episode, the usually Macho Dean runs around like a scared little girl. It was hilarious. Check it out:

Thursday, January 1, 2009

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