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Well, it has been a long time since I’ve posted anything.  In large part that had to due with it being summer.  I have to say it was hard for me to actually sit in front of a computer and write when the sun was shining and the warm weather was calling my name.  That is why I wanted to devote this post to the Best 3…Things about Summer!

No matter where you are in the world, the fact that summer has a power over people.  A way to make us feel better.  I don’t know whether it is the weather (and all the warm days and nights), the longer days (that is always a bonus) or could it be the fact that we are able to get away from our day to day lives and take vacations or just extra long weekends.

So, here are the Best 3…Things about Summer!

1.  BBQ

2.  Just Being Outdoors

3.  Sandals

Yes, BBQ is my number one choice as the best thing of summer.   For me, I don’t think I turned on my oven all summer.  All that meal planning that needs to take place during the year – out the door when summetime arrives.  I always know what I’m having for dinner – BBQ!  It’s great, easy and tastes so amazing.  Aaaahhhh my mouth is watering as I write this.

 

My second choice is the ability to just be outdoors.  The warm weather allows you to do so much things outside and that is what summer is meant for.  Road trips, camping, lounging on the beach, going for a swim and whatever else you like to do.  That is why it is my number two choice.

My last choice could have easily been number one.  Summer and sandals go together like salt and pepper.  Being able to always wear them, never having your feet confined to shoes and sox, getting pedicures…thanks to summer for the sandal!  Whatever preference of sandal you have (and yes, as many other women, I have a large amount of sandals that are in my closet and I’m not going to feel guilty because I wear them all!)

 

AG

 

 

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I have been thinking about this post for awhile.  Really since I wrote the post on the best 3 reasons to read Fifty Shades of Grey.   From all the buzz around Hollywood, there are a lot of people who have a big interest in playing this character.  I know that Universal Pictures and Focus Features were the successful studios that secured the rights to the film version of the book.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features now have one of the most difficult jobs to be performed – casting Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.  I am sure this is kind of like how it was to find Bella and Edward from Twilight.   I do not envy the job of the casting agents – that will be hell and they are probably going to get some form of negative press for whoever they pick (because we all know you can’t please everyone).  However, I did want to add my own opinion as to who should be on that list (and I really want to hear from others also!!!).  Since I am going to be one of those people that will definitely be checking out the movie, I thought that it would be appropriate.

So, here are the Best 3…Actors to Play Christian Grey (from Fifty Shades of Grey):

1.  Alex Pettyfer

2Alexander Skarsgard

 3. Henry Cavill

I have to say that I thought long and hard about this (because this casting will determine whether I actually go and see the movie) and Alex Pettyfer is at the top of my list.  Not only is he the one that I can picture immediately as Christian Grey, the others are far behind him.  He is younger than Christian Grey but there is something about him that exudes the characteristics of Grey and all that he is.  Plus he has the looks down and I can definitely picture him with no shirt on…so I am Team Alex!  I know that he doesn’t have the best reputation but with landing a role like this hopefully he would understand how lucky he is and all the doors that this role will open!

My second choice is someone that is a little older (because he is in his 30s) but Alexander Skarsgard still has the looks and the talent to pull off the character.  He also has a way of really getting into character and making you believe in who he is portraying.  Plus, Alexander looks amazing without a shirt and without anything on – plus he is the one actor who has shown a lot of skin (on True Blood) and doesn’t seem to shy away from it if that is what the role calls for.

My last choice was even a surprise to me but the more I thought about it, the more I could picture Henry Cavill as Christian Grey.  Plus after the Immortals, I know that he looks great without a shirt on and those eyes just draw you in.  There would have to be a change in the hair color but with Hollywood movie magic that shouldn’t be a problem.

Who do you think should be cast as Christian Grey?  I really want to know what others are thinking out there – so leave comments!

AG

 

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I haven’t talked a lot about this show in my other posts but it is one of those crazy and amazing shows that I love to tune in to.  As an avid book lover, I have read all The Southern Vampire Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris – which as many people know provide the basis and characters for True Blood.  From the very first book I read, I was hooked.  I loved the storyline and the characters.  I especially liked how the books progressed with certain characters.   I will not  say anymore about that because I don’t want to spoil the books for people – they should be read.  When True Blood first came out, it was my awesome big sister that told me about it…the two of us have a habit of sharing all the shows that we think the other would like…she told me about Legend of the Seeker (which I absolutely love now – many people might not be familiar with it – another show based on a book series by Terry Goodkind – which unfortunately only had two seasons but epic characters – Richard and Kahlan!!!).  I, on the other hand, introduced my sister to Sons of Anarchy – which she now watched and loves.  So, I took my big sister’s advice and watched True Blood.Well, I was hooked.  Although not totally like the books (which was to be expected) – the writers have done a good show of integrated some of the core aspects in.  Some storylines I could do without but understand why they need to be in there.  From all the seasons, season 4 was the best for me (you will understand why by the best 3 provided) but I am excited for Season 5 and that is why I wanted to dedicate a post to True Blood.

So, here are the Best 3…Reasons Why I Can’t Wait for a New Season of True Blood:

1.  Eric, Eric, Eric and Eric

2.  Russel Edgington returning

3. Sookie‘s love life

Eric Northman

Eric Northman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ok.  I am going to say it…I am Team Eric.  I have been from the very start and let me say, Alexander Skarsgard plays Eric Northman perfectly.  I can’t picture any one else in the role.  He is just great.  He is one of the main reasons I continue to watch True Blood, plus I love his character.  Since I don’t want to spoil anything for other people who may not have watched the show…let’s just say, Eric and Sookie are just meant to be…Again, I want to say it…I am Team Eric.

 

 

 

 

 

I am just so excited to see how Season 5 will progress for Eric and Sookie…there are feelings there that cannot be denied…and I think are a lot stronger than with the other guy (Bill).

If you have not seen the trailers for Season 5, I have added it.  Russell Edgington is back…and I don’t think he is happy – so that will definitely make for an interesting season.

True Blood Season 5 Trailer #1

True Blood Season 5 Trailer #2

Sookie’s love life is my last best 3 pick because as you can tell from my first pick, I want her with Eric and I would like to see more scenes of them together.  They have chemistry and she is able to love both the good and bad of Eric.  Something needs to be done this season where Sookie’s love life either gets better (with Eric) or with no one at all.

AG

 

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Since I am one those people that have unfortunately spent a great deal of her life in front of a tv…commercials have become something that I have come to enjoy and hate at the same time. There are certain commercials that stay in my mind and that is usually because they are funny and there are those that are just annoying and are played way too much (those are usually the companies that have a great deal of money that they can throw on advertising time).  Commercials have become so integrated into tv (and now movie – which I was surprised when commercials started playing there) that we have companies willing to spend millions on only 30 seconds of air time during the Super Bowl.  Yes, I understand they can reach more people but even after I see the ad, it doesn’t make me want to go out and buy a car…so I don’t understand their methodology but hey I am not the one being paid the ‘big bucks’ to create and focus group these ads to everyday, average folks.

Getting ready to write this post, I thought back through the years on all the commercials that I have seen and liked and wanted to share them with all of you.  I hope you enjoy.

So, here are the Best 3….Commercials of All Time:

1.  The Force – Volkswagen Commercial (this one is so funny)

2.  Terry Tate – Reebok

3. The Man Your Man Could Smell LikeOld Spice

I have to say The Force – Volkswagen commercial is one of those commercials that just makes me laugh everytime I see it.  It is so cute and so funny.

As for the other picks, the Terry Tate one is great.  I would love to have him visit my office.  He is hilarious and I know there are a few people you would like to see this happen too in your own offices…

The Old Spice ad was just clever and I did appreciate that (finally) a good looking man with hardly any clothing on was featured in an ad (all those beer commercials are just annoying).

AG

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I overhead a conversation today at work that seemed to revolve around reality shows/series (I think the conversation must have started when someone mentioned how much they enjoyed watching The Voice and how they were disappointed in some of the people that have been eliminated).  This got me thinking about the amount of reality series that has invaded cable and how some of these shows are just so hard to stop watching.  Yes I admit, I am one of the millions of people who has tuned in one time or another (or another and another) to one of the reality series.  It also got me thinking that less than a decade  ago – reality tv was a new concept being tested with Survivor.  Then reality shows came in a wave – Amercian Idol, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Big Brother, Fear Factor…I could go on and spend this whole post just listing all of them but that is not what I want to do and just try and think of all the celebrities that are jumping on the chance to have  their own reality series.

Even though there have been some crazy reality series – does anyone remember Temptation Island – where the concept of the show was to send couples to an tropical island –  seperate the couples and let them see whether they would be tempted by other people on the island and then see whether they would still stay together (even after some of them cheated).  It was crazy…really crazy.

It has also been documented that the genre of reality television consists of a variety of subgroups such as:

  • Documentary-style such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Real World, The Osbournes, Dog Whisperer, Americab Chopper
  • Competition/game shows such as Dancing with the Stars, Deal or No Deal, The Apprentice, Top Chef, So You Think You Can Dance
  • Self-Improvement/Makeover such as The Biggest Loser, The Swan, Extreme Makeover
  • Renovation such as Trading Spaces, Pimp My Ride
  • Social Experient such as Wife Swap
  • Hidden Cameras such as Punk’d
  • Supernatural & paranormal such as Scariest Places on Earth

However, there have been some reality series that are actually interesting (although there are some crazy moments too) but they have not put me off as much as some (Toddlers and Tiaras – really – that is scary reality tv).  They have something that keeps my attention.

So, here are the Best 3…Reality Series

1.  My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

2.  Deadliest Catch

3.  Say Yes to the Dress

Ok, if you have never heard of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding – you definitely need to find a way to see it.  It is a documentary-style reality series that “offers a window into the secretive, extravagant and surprising world of gypsies and travellers in Britain today.”   Channel 4 was the first to air the series, with TLC rebroadcasting it for North American audiences.  I also happen to hear that there is going to be an American version that will be airing soon.  This show is addictive.  You will be amazed at the wedding preparations, decorations, dresses and the culture of the gypsies and travellers – and these are not what you might picture old-fashioned gypsies to be.  If you need a reference – think of Brad Pitt‘s character in Snatch – just not the way he talked because that was exagerated.

I’ve included some clips from the series I highly encourage you to tune in

The first time I saw the Deadliest Catch – I was amazed that people did this for a living.  I admit I never thought of how the crab ended up in restaurants and grocery stores.  Well, this show surely educated me.  Just seeing the waves and the ships bouncing up and down…and the actually dangerous conditions that these crews battle.  It amazed me and made me watch week after week and season after season.  I thank Discovery Channel for putting the show on the air – it really is one of the best reality shows.

My final best 3 pick is Say Yes to the Dress.  I am a sucker for anything that has to do with weddings and the dress is the show piece of the whole day and is sometimes the hardest thing to find…but when brides do, it’s nice to watch.  That alone makes me watch.  I just love seeing all the dresses.  It’s great.  If you have never seen it, check it out on TLC.   There is also Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaid and that is so crazy, it’s awesome and addictive.

AG

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For this post, I’ve decided to take a different turn and focus on something that seems to dominate my life lately.  Yes, that is television.  I can’t say why, maybe because it is a nice change from the real world or maybe because it has the ability to make me forget all the things going on in mine…I don’t know why, I just know (lately) I am obsessed and fixated.

Let’s be honest, there are a great deal of “crappy” shows that dominate tv right now and usually they focus on doctors, lawyers and cops.  To me, its really been hard to find characters that I like and respond too.  There have been a few over the last few years, and that is why this post is going to focus on the best 3…tv couples.  To me, these couples are just perfect.  They make me want to stay tuned for more and more and more.  I love watching them together!  and I love the chemistry that the actors are able to provide to make the characters/couple more realistic and likeable.   There will probably be a lot of people that would not agree with my best 3 but that is ok because this is my own opinion and for those that don’t agree or have others, please post your comments – I would like to see what other couples you might like.

So, here are the Best 3…TV Couples:

1.  Jax and Tara (from Sons of Anarchy)

2.  Eric and Sookie (from True Blood)

3. Simon and Alisha (from Misfits)

My first best pick should be obvious, as I’ve listed the Sons of Anarchy in this blog before (Best 3…TV Shows (on tv right now) and one of the reasons that makes the show great is the couple of Jax and Tara.  They were high school sweethearts, she leaves and then comes back and they can’t deny their attraction to one another and they fall in love all over again.  Trust me, if you have not seen the show or them, please do.  There romance is far from perfect…but somehow they just work and that is what makes them the best.

My second best 3 pick gave me some of my most favorite tv moments ever.  Putting these two together was pure genius.  Yes, I am team Eric.  Sookie and Eric together is this last season of True Blood was simply great (and the best season in my mind).  Their chemistry was amazing.  It pains me to think that they may not be together in the upcoming season.  There is just something about them that just makes their time together perfect.  All I can say is that if you were not fortunate to catch some of their scenes together, I encourage you to tune in…not only are they on a great show but together they fired up the season!

The last couple is from a show that many people might not be familiar with.  Like Sons of Anarchy, I have mentioned this show before (Best 3…odd bu excellent British tv shows) and it has been only recently (thanks to my awesome sister) that I have discovered the show and my last best 3 pick.  That honor goes to Simon and Alisha.  They were a couple that you would never imagine together especially after the first season but through great writing they come together.  I won’t go into a lot of details but they have a great story that will go on and on.

Thanks to all the people that posted these awesome videos!

AG

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For this post, I wanted to focus on one amazing person in my life, who not only is my best friend but also happens to be my sister.  She is one of the most important people in my life.  She is my big sister and has truly and always lived up to that title.  She is an amazing person.

For sisters, we have so much in common but we also have very different personalities (which I think most siblings do).  My sister is someone I can rely on, and who always helps me out when I need it.  She is always there to listen to me when I need to rant and rave about my life, when I need to cry and when things get too complicated.  She is also there to laugh with, to introduce me to new TV shows, movies, books and other things that I don’t know about and to just hang out with (this is more complicated now, as I don’t live anywhere near her).  However with the use of BBM,  we are able to stay in touch constantly (since I am not a telephone person) and can have that immediate connection.

So, here are the Best 3…Reasons why having a sister is great:

1.  A built in best friend

2.  A guaranteed maid of honor

3.  Knowing there is someone out that is looking out for you

My number 1 best pick is something that for me is great.  I am best friend’s with my sister (and I know that makes me lucky as there are a lot of sisters who are not friends at all).  This also makes it so much easier during family visits, reunions, weddings, funerals etc. – there is always someone that has your back but also has no choice but to be there also.

My number 2 best pick was easy.  For anyone that has had to choose a maid of honor and didn’t have a sister – that must have been uncomfortable (this also could go the other way, if you did have a sister and didn’t pick her as maid of honor).  Thankfully that will never happen for me, as I have a guaranteed maid of honor.  So great not to have that hassle.

As for my number 3 pick, that was also easy.  No matter what, even if we are fighter, I know my sister will be there to help me and stand up for me no matter what.  That is nice to have that and it is vice versa – I would be there no matter what.

So big sis, this goes out to the idiot that snubbed you:  “Kevin – you are a total a**hole!”

AG

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