Monday, April 21, 2014

Hottie of the Year!

Taylor Kitsch. Yeah, I know, I don't really have to say anything else. But how can you not? I mean, this guy is gorgeous beyond gorgeous. I spent several weeks in January binge-watching all of "Friday Night Lights," and followed that up with a select X-Men movie! And of course, not too long ago, Taylor was in a new movie, "Lone Survivor." He's definitely one to keep an eye on. That's why I'm just making him my hottie for all of 2014!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Delayed Hottie!

I can't believe I've been obsessing since May and haven't bothered to post about it til now. I must have been really distracted by this one!

Freddie Smith. He plays Sonny Kiriakis on "Days of Our Lives." The weirdest part is getting back into DAYS. I watched this show while I was in college. Wow! Freddie is also currently doing some soap-opera-esque comedy improve which is hilarious!!


Monday, April 16, 2012

Awesome videos!

If you want to see some awesome Q&A from Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann, formerly of As the World Turns, check out this series of videos starting with this one....

Make sure to watch all of them. They get funnier as it goes along! Including a bit about Van's undergrad degree from Carnegie Mellon! Yes! Just down the road from my grad degree at Duquesne, at the same time! Crazy small world, eh?


Friday, April 6, 2012

A few words about my "celebrity crushes" .....

Lest you think I have no life and suffer the doldrums of living only in my imagination, well, you know me pretty well then. No seriously. Not really. I just wanted to point out that my celebrity crushes might or might not be like yours.

When I discovered a passion for Rick Savage of Def Leppard in 1988 (yes, God, that dates me SO BADLY!), I turned it into over 65 concerts, befriended their road manager and hung out with the band. Not to mention I got to travel to places like Canada, San Francisco and Dallas! I also sent their management company a spec proposal for a fan club that garnered me a phone call from said manager. I even published a full-color magazine for them once that used up ALL of my savings. That wasn't successful because the internet was just being born, but it was on my bucket list just the same. Cross that one off.

If you go back further than that, that little "crush" I had on Duran Duran when I was in high school led to several years publishing a successful fanzine for them called "Carnival." When I rolled that over into a fanzine for their guitarist, I got a phone call from his solo management company as well.

Oh yeah, that hockey thing... A passion for Darius Kasparaitis and hockey led to traveling to Pittsburgh for games, which led to me moving to Pittsburgh for graduate school and running a website for Kaspar. So if he ever wants his name back as a domain, he has to call me!

Let me not leave out Sean Astin. Yeah, Samwise Gamgee himself, way before he was Samwise, mind you. That little obsession saw me traipsing around Tennessee and Virginia checking out sites where he filmed movies, which turned out to be kinda cool! I love a good road trip!

I can even trace this back to one of my first real loves, who shall remain nameless, and my attempts to reach him by phone. I once got a letter from his step-father and I think I talked to the maid on the phone. Hey, I was 10, give me a break. "Stalking" didn't exist then! And it's not like I could travel by myself.

So even though people laugh at my little celebrity obsessions, I can guarantee you that they have led to many unbelievable personal experiences for me. And I've met some wonderful people along the way! Come along for the ride, because you never know where we may end up!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hottie for the Hot Season!

Yeah, well, one obsession quickly leads to another. The old ones shouldn't feel bad. They'll always have a special place in my heart! But there comes a time to move on....

This is Van Hansis. Look familiar? If you ever watched daytime soaps, he might. He spent five years on As The World Turns. More recently he's been in episodes of Nikita, Psyche and The Mentalist. Thanks to YouTube, I'm now spoiled against commercials. I've been watching his entire ATWT storyline unfold in 5-10 minute clips. I'm almost to the end (the show went off the air in October 2010) and I'm going to be very sad when it's over. I've thoroughly enjoyed watching hours and hours of soap online and spouting off crazy storylines to my indulgent friends.

Here's hoping he gets lots more acting jobs so there's more to watch. In the meantime, here's a funny student short he was in...


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hottie of the Season!

Yeah, since I don't post often, I had to change it from Hottie of the Month, to Hottie of the Season, meaning Winter. This is Luke Kleintank. You've probably never heard of him. Too bad for you. He's young enough to be my kid, but hey, he's legal! He's been on episodes of CSI: Miami, Law & Order: LA, Parenthood, Gossip Girl and had a recurring role on last year's No Ordinary Family. Most recently, he's played a new Squintern on Bones. Oh, he also was on the Young & the Restless for about 6 months, playing Noah Newman, where he sang and took lots of his clothes off!
Here is the trailer for his first feature film:


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sans Soucy Blackberry Sangria

If you read my post about Clarksville's Wine Fest then you know how much I loved Sans Soucy Vineyard's Blackberry Sangria. They took the recipe  off their website but were nice enough to email it to me:

Blackberry Ginger Sangria
  • 2 bottles of Sans Soucy Blackberry wine
  • 1 cup of finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of frozen berry fruit mix
  • 1/2 of pineapple tidbits 
  • 1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 liter of 7-up or other lemon soda
One to two days before, combine all ingredients except soda. Keep refrigerated. One hour before, add soda, mix well, serve very chilled. Makes approx 1 gallon. Optiona: add a tablespoon of berry fruit to individual glasses for garnish.

Trust me, you should try this recipe. Obviously, any blackberry wine will do but Sans Soucy's is especially awesome!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

10 years ago today

Exactly ten years ago today, I was recently moved in to my high-rise apartment in downtown Pittsburgh! This was my view. Pretty cool, eh? A great place to live for a hockey stalker like me. Of course, they have a new arena now but if you could turn just a little left in this picture, you'd could see where the new one was going to be built. Pittsburgh is a gorgeous city!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

No oysters until further notice.

That's the sign that was posted on the wall of an area seafood restaurant on Friday. You'd think this far north, we wouldn't be impacted very much by the BP oil leak. Maybe if you don't like seafood. I joked with the owner that maybe he could make a claim with BP, since I heard at least two other customers say they came just for the fried oysters. I didn't really think he'd qualify, since their buffet has lots of other foods on it. But he did tell me that his seafood distributor, who bought over $1 million worth of oysters from the Gulf last year, did not qualify for a claim because his business is not technically located on the gulf. That's the trickle down effect right there. Way more people have been affected than just those on the gulf. And that's by the leak itself. I won't even go into the politics of how many people are affected by the inane moratorium on gulf oil drilling. So as much as we love our fried oysters, that's a way smaller price to pay than those people in the gulf who are more directly affected. It's even way less than the trickle-down people who probably won't qualify for claims.

But hey, since when does Vice President Biden live close enough to the Gulf to qualify for a claim? After all, he billed a recent Gulf visit to BP. $75,000. That could have helped out a lot of struggling Gulf families.


Friday, July 2, 2010

Sisterly pride

My sister is the coolest and I have to share this awesome story about her. It started with sorrow when of her co-workers experienced a tragedy. Her co-worker"s schizophrenic son stabbed her other son in the head. One son is dead and the other is in jail. The funeral home said they could not even start on the funeral until my sister's co-worker gave them $5000. Of course, she didn't have that kind of money. No one does these days. My sister certainly doesn't, but she wanted to help. So my sister went and asked her boss if she could sell back some of her vacation days to the company. Her boss said yes. When her boss mentioned it to other co-workers, they all began selling back their vacation days until the company had the full $5000 to pay for the funeral.

People tell you to practice random acts of kindness every day, but few rarely do it. My sister does. And she won't toot her own horn, so I'm tooting it for her.

Love you, sis!



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