Wednesday, January 27, 2010

You what?

We periodically get this takeout menu under our door, and it makes me giggle every time.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Cuckoo for Coco

My homage to Conan O'Brien. My design. My headlines.

On the bright side, if he winds up back in New York, I might actually get to go see him.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The late-night debacle

I haven't really ever used this blog to editorialize because, well, I just don't feel that strongly about a lot of stuff. But there's something going on right now that I do feel strongly about, and it affects my everyday routine. My assignments at work this week have included handling the letters we get from readers, and a lot were about this topic. I'm not going to write in to my own paper, so I guess this is my outlet. I realize there are more pressing world matters at the moment that make this petty, but it's still something on my mind.

You've probably heard about the whole NBC late-night debacle. Due to poor ratings and NBC affiliates being angry that their viewer numbers were down going into the evening news, NBC has decided to discontinue The Jay Leno Show at 10 p.m. NBC wants to move Jay Leno back to 11:35, and push Conan O'Brien and his Tonight Show back to 12:05. (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon would get pushed back an hour too, but I'm focusing on Leno and Conan here.) Saturday Night Live said on its show last week, that it's odd to push "The Tonight Show" back to a time when it is no longer tonight. And they have a point.

Conan has put out a statement that if NBC pushes The Tonight Show back to 12:05, he will not be part of it. He believes that moving the Tonight Show back (to a time when it is no longer tonight...) would destroy the show, and he won't be part of it. So basically at this point, we're looking at what looks like Jay Leno taking back over the Tonight Show at 11:35 and Conan being SOL.

I watched Jay a lot when he was the Tonight Show host. He's pretty good. Once he moved to 10, I stopped watching, because I'm at work, and I'm not interested in DVRing and watching it every night. I know myself, and it would sit on the DVR for months and never get watched, so I don't bother. But I do like Conan a lot, always have, and prefer him to Jay. I like him as host of the Tonight Show. Sure it's different than when Jay hosted. They're two different people with two different styles. I want Conan to stay.

NBC should cut its losses and say so long to Leno. Let him host a car show or something. You signed a contract with Conan, and the late-night-watching public have gotten used to him at the helm. (Although I do know there are lots of people out there too who would rather have Jay back.) But they made a deal. They need to stick with it. At least give Conan more than 7 months before you just usher him out the door. My feeling is that even if Conan leaves and Jay comes back, they're still going to suffer a lot of backlash. Jay will never get the ratings he had before. A lot of people will boycott and not watch. I'll be one of them. (I'd love to shut off NBC completely for this, but I love Jimmy Fallon and The Office.)

NBC has royally screwed up. They need to make it right. But I'm also sorta annoyed that Leno hasn't just been the bigger man and said thanks but no thanks. He had television's most prestigious late-night show for 17 years. It's Conan's time. If NBC is going to be idiotic, then Jay should stand aside.

In a nutshell, NBC has made a mess, Jay has sat back and let it happen, and Conan has done nothing but be upstanding about it. Let the man have his show. Although I'm not sure NBC deserves him now.

And if you made it through all that, you probably deserve a reward too. Sorry to dump it all here, but the whole thing makes me really angry. My blog is my therapy.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

If I had a tattoo

I don't have any tattoos, but if I did, I know what it would look like.

There are three reasons I like this:
1) S is my favorite letter, for obvious reasons.
2) I'm a Mac geek.
3) That is the key command for "save." And I like that it would be a reminder that no matter how bad I screw up, I'm already Saved.

Friday, January 8, 2010


There were years in my life when I would nearly claw your eyeballs out if you didn't say my whole name when addressing me. I went back and forth in phases. I've been in a pretty consistent phase lately. But there are a few rules. At this stage, most of you reading this would probably qualify to call me Steph. Because you know me and I know you. And this isn't exactly stringent. It qualifies if we've spoken — in person — two or three times. If I haven't corrected you yet, you're probably safe. But it irks me somewhat when people I barely know call me Steph. I wouldn't just shorten your name if I barely know you! Who gave you permission to call me that? They're lucky I'm past the clawing your eyeballs out phase.

While we're on the topic of my name, did you know that Stephanie means crowned? I think my parents hit that nail on the head (get it? head?), don't you?

Sunday, January 3, 2010

In 2010

I tend not to make New Year's resolutions, because I'm not good at keeping them. And then I feel guilty. But I will tell you a few things I'm looking forward to in 2010...

• Seeing Wicked on Broadway with my best friend Meaghan (February)
• Going HOME and then going on vacation with my mom, we're thinking Hilton Head (March)
• My mom, granny and aunt visiting New York for a few days (Spring)
• Celebrating six years of marriage (June)
• Visiting with Kari and getting to meet Jonathan (TBD)
• Having Christmas in the same apartment twice — this has yet to happen since we've been married

As you can see, there's a bunch of time in there that's not accounted for. But I might be convinced to add something with YOUR name on it...

Friday, January 1, 2010

Then how do you spell it?

You know I'm a big grammar and spelling nerd, right? I found this interesting...

(Might have to click for larger image)