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The Eleventh Hour

My first blog of 2010. It's been awhile since I've said anything. I guess I just haven't had much to say. The new series of Doctor Who aired in the US last night. There are so many changes. The music, the logo, the TARDIS, the creative staff, and the actors have all changed. Wow! That's a lot to get used to really. I like the new logo, but I prefer the previous version of the theme. I like some of the new gadgets in the TARDIS, but I'm not sure about the new look yet. Overall, I believed Matt Smith as The Doctor, but there were times when he acted like David Tennant. I found that to be very distracting. At those moments, David Tennant was the only thing on my mind and I fell out of the story. I've heard that gets worse with each episode, but perhaps that's because they filmed them out of air order. I really hope so because I want to like Matt Smith as The Doctor and I don't think I can if all he does is remind me of David Tennant. I fell in love with another show. Spartacus: Blood and Sand is awesome. It has excellent writing, acting, and cinematography. It's extremely graphic, so it's not for everyone, but if that doesn't bother you, then I recommend it. The first season has ended and I can hardly wait for the second season. Production on season two has been delayed because Andy Whitfield has been diagnosed with cancer. I certainly hope he makes a full recovery as they've said is expected. My heart goes out to him and his family. I'm also enjoying watching The Tudors. It's almost as good as Spartacus. They've taken some liberties with history, but it still works as a story, so that doesn't bother me. I don't watch these shows for historical accuracy. If that's what I wanted, I'd watch a documentary. Regular network television has been a bit of a disappointment for me lately. I had high hopes for FlashForward and V, but neither show has met my expectations. They both started out strong and fizzled. Hubby, Geoffy, and I are doing well. We haven't had too much excitement, but that can be a good thing. At least nothing devastating has happened. I hope everyone is doing well. See you around the site. :)
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Another Anniversary

It's my anniversary today. It's hard to believe I've been at this site for 4 years already. It really doesn't seem that long. I was just thinking that this last year has gone by so fast. It seems like it was just last year's anniversary a couple of months ago. I've met so many wonderful people here and made so many friends. I'm glad I'm a part of this site. Hubby's having surgery on his left foot again on July 13. While the first surgery fixed some things, it didn't fix everything and it created additional problems. He's still in constant pain and can't stay on his feet for any length of time. I guess it's easy for these things to go wrong because he's found that a lot of people have had the same issues after foot surgery that he's having. I really hope this second surgery fixes everything. You just can't do anything when your foot hurts all the time. When you're feet hurt, it's the only thing you can think about. Work is going well, but I'm so busy there. I'm not complaining because it's better than being bored with nothing to do, but it gets so crazy sometimes. I prefer it to be steady rather than manic. I'm on call this week, but haven't been paged (touch wood). I don't really feel like going out to the plant after hours right now. I haven't been watching a lot of television lately since just about everything is on hiatus. Torchwood is going to begin airing here on July 20 and I'm looking forward to that. BBC America also aired the Doctor Who Christmas special on June 27. They'll be airing the rest of the specials instead of SyFy as well. I'm glad. They treat the show a lot better than SyFy did. SyFy cut scenes from every episode to make room for ads. The only time BBCA does that is when they re-air episodes that last an hour or more. They never cut it on the first airing, so we always have at least one chance to see the entire episode. I'm renting Invasion from Netflix. I didn't see it when it aired and I'm sorry I didn't. It's an excellent show. It's too bad they cancelled it. It turns out that Shaun Cassidy is pretty good at creating stories. At any rate, I have 7 episodes left and I'm looking forward to them. I'm pretty sure it ends with a massive cliff hanger, though. I've gotten hooked on another show by renting it from Netflix as well. It's called Dexter. Unfortunately, I don't have Showtime so I can't watch this when it airs. The season 3 DVD is going to be released next month, but I won't be able to watch season 4 in September. It's been dreadfully hot here the last month and we've had only 1 day with any rain. It was only enough rain to wet the surface of the ground as well. The ground is so dry and we can't really water because it just evaporates. The city has even asked people not to water their yards on even number days. The temperature has reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), but it feels like 110 degrees (43 degrees) with the heat index. I'm sure it's going to get worse because August is the hottest month of the year and it's been like this for the entire month of June. The electric bill is going to be huge. There's just no way to tolerate it without air conditioning. I sure hope we don't get another hurricane. The water is so warm, the thing would become massive fairly quickly. :? That's it for me. I hope everyone is having a happy and safe 4th of July.
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Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all moms and mums! I hope your families give you the day off and let you just relax. It's been a crazy week. It's my rotation to be in the Workstation Depot at work and there's just so much to do that nobody can possibly get it all done. There are two of us in there at a time and we're still always behind. Initially, I was very frustrated because I don't like not being able to complete the tasks I'm assigned, but I've gradually come to accept that it's just this way and there's nothing I can do about it. I just do the best I can and that's all I can do. It sure has given me a different view of things. I know what it's like to have more than you can do in a day, a week, or a month now. I'm behind on everything else too because I'm too tired to do much of anything when I get home. I've spent the weekend resting rather than cleaning. I'll have to do laundry, but that's all I'm going to end up getting done. I did read an entire book yesterday. I was surprised by that. Once I started reading it, I didn't want to stop so I didn't. It was nice to just sit quietly and read. Geoffy got on the couch with me and slept there the whole time so we got to spend hours together, which was nice. Since most shows are done for the season, I'm not watching as much television. So far, I haven't seen anything new I'm interested in picking up in the fall either, so it looks like I'll have a much lighter viewing schedule at the end of the year. One of my favorite shows got canceled and I'm not happy about it at all. Life is a wonderful show and I hate that they chose it as one to make room for Jay Leno's new show. I wonder what else will be canceled to make room for him? They haven't made a decision about Chuck yet, but I don't hold out much hope for its survival, despite the fan campaign of buying Subway sandwiches and filling out comment cards saying they purchased them because of the product placement on the show. Buying one product simply to save a show will make that company happy, but doesn't demonstrate that the revenue will continue if the show is renewed. CBS hasn't made decision about Eleventh Hour yet. I hope they renew it. That would make me feel a little better. I'm pretty sure The Mentalist will be renewed even though I haven't seen an official announcement yet. I read an article in TV Guide that made it seem like it had already been renewed, so I'm encouraged by that. Unfortunately, Dollhouse is not likely to be renewed since it's had atrocious ratings. I wish it would be because it got awesome and I want more of the story. I'm sorry to see Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles go. It turned out to be one of the best shows on television. It's too bad that more people didn't think so. Nielsen has been bugging us to let them install a box. We keep refusing it. That might sound like the wrong decision because we'd be counted as viewers if we had one, but we feel it would also be condoning the use of the antiquated ratings system. That system is the reason many of the shows we watch get canceled, so there's no way we're going to participate in it. Well, mostly it's stuff I watch that gets booted because hubby watches documentary type shows rather than scripted shows, but he still has the same opinion of the rating system that I do. Hubby and I went to see X-Men Origins: Wolverine last weekend. We both really liked it. I know a lot of people didn't, though. Maybe I just have some sort of odd idea of what a film like that should be, but I found it entertaining. It didn't bother me that it didn't stick to the story in the comics. I was a bit skeptical about the choice to cast Taylor Kitsch as Gambit, but I thought he did a pretty good job. My only complaint is that they didn't really give him a Cajun accent. That's part of Remy LeBeau and I think it should be there if they have the character in future films. That's it for now. I'll see you guys when I can. I'm here for a short time in the morning before I go to work and again for a short time in the evening when I get home from work.
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New Bed

Hubby and I got a new bed a couple of weeks ago. After having the same one for 15 years or so, I think it was past due. Our previous bed had hills and valleys and we'd both wake up with lots of aches and pains. The new one took some getting used to, but it's definitely so much better. It's one of those now flip mattresses, which is a good thing because it's a lot heavier than our other one. It also has individually wrapped spring coils that are supposed to give you more support. We also got new pillows. We had down pillows, which are nice and soft, but don't provide much support. You can fluff them in the dryer, but they get mushed down really quickly. The new pillows are made by a mattress company and have spring coils inside them. They're great. It's like having a mini mattress for your head. I'm not sleeping much longer than I have been the last few years, but at least I don't wake up in pain anymore. The thing we'd all been dreading at work finally happened. One of us got laid off on April 17. I don't know if anyone else will or not, but there's a good chance of it. It's been pretty slow in the field since they took most of our work away from us. On the plus side, I've been reading a lot again. I forgot how much I enjoy reading. I've been reading a book a week. I'm a slow reader, so that's really fast for me. Hubby's foot is getting better. He can do a lot more now. It's still healing, though, and can take up to 6 months to be 100% healed. He has to take breaks when he does something like mow the yard. He can't go for an extended shopping spree either. We went out to look for some work boots for me and his foot started to hurt after about an hour. We didn't find any boots either, so I don't know what I'm going to do about that. The shoes I've been wearing weren't made for what I do, so I'll have to find something better somehow. I guess that's enough rambling for now. I hope everyone has a nice week.
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TV and Other Stuff

Personal Stuff Hubby's stitches and pins are out (came out Wednesday) and he's doing a lot better now. The doctor had to deaden his toe to get the pin out, though. :shock: The one in the top of his foot came out ok, but it hurt a bit for a second when the doctor pulled it out of his foot. The one in his toe was a different story, though. It turns out that it was bent on the end and that's what was giving him constant pain and keeping him from sleeping. The third batch of pain meds we got helped, but they still didn't relieve all the pain or allow him to sleep for more than an hour or two at a time. I didn't post about it, but we ended up having to meet the doctor at his office Saturday (two days after surgery) night so he could have a look at it because the second batch of pain meds started acting like a stimulant and hubby's foot hurt even more. He got yet another type of pain med and the doctor re-wrapped his foot. Re-wrapping it helped some because there was a lot of dried blood on the bandage putting pressure on the top of his foot, but nothing was ever going to take care of the pain except removing the pin. Of course, we had no idea until the thing came out because we couldn't tell it was bent. I don't know why the doctor didn't do an x-ray. Not that he could've done much about the pin at that point because hubby's foot was too sensitive for the pin to be removed, but at least we would have known what was going on with it. Anyway, we're past that now and he can finally get his foot wet this evening so he's looking forward to taking a shower without having to try and keep water off his foot. His foot doesn't hurt and he's sleeping much better now as well. The He can't drive yet. We both have manual transmissions and he can't put that much pressure on his foot (it's his left foot, which is his clutch foot). If we had an automatic transmission, he'd be able to drive. I think that's ok, though, because not being able to go anywhere forces him to rest more. That's good for his foot. Unfortunately, he can't mow the yard either and neither can I. I just can't handle doing that anymore. It's going to be a jungle in a couple of weeks when he's able to mow it. I think we'll have to bag the grass and I'll have to help with that. I can handle bagging grass. Geoffy had his follow up visit with the vet and he was fine. The vet wanted me to keep giving him drops until they were gone, but I only did it for another 3 days. After that, he would run and hide from me whenever he heard me coming near him. I didn't want him to think of me as the drop lady, so I quit giving him drops. He's not running from me anymore. :)
What I'm Watching Chuck I still love this show. It's so much fun to watch. Unfortunately, I think NBC will cancel it to make room for Jay Leno on Prime Time. Heroes I'm not sure why I'm still watching it because it's nothing like season 1, but the most recent episode was better than seasons 2 and 3 have been thus far. Maybe there's still hope for it. Dancing With the Stars This is my one guilty pleasure and I watch it every year. I love dancing and I enjoy watching the celebrities try and become decent dancers. The Mentalist This one was a real surprise for me. I've been hooked on it from the first episode and it just gets better and better. Life I feel the same about this one as I do about Chuck. Well, not quite true. I like this show more. It's also on the bubble because NBC has to make room for Leno, though. Smallville I'm about ready to give up on this one because it's getting a bit tedious now. Bones I don't think I'll be back next season if it doesn't improve. I can't decide. I've been with it since the beginning so I hate to give up on it, but it's just not as good anymore. Eleventh Hour I almost didn't give this show a chance because it was a bit of a slow starter. I'm glad I did, though, because I really enjoy it. Dollhouse It's getting better. Last week's episode was the best one so far and tonight's episode looks really good. The ratings aren't very good, though, so it may not be around long. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles It's gotten really good. I think it's going to get cancelled because the ratings really plummeted when they moved it to Fridays, but I'm really enjoying it. Ashes to Ashes Episode 3 was a bit better than the first two. While it's not as good as Life on Mars (the UK version, not the US version), it's pretty good and I'm enjoying it. Ok, so you can tell it's a slow day at work today, can't you? ;) Have a good weekend.
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Update on My Guys

I'm posting this from MT because TV isn't functioning from work. Hubby's surgery yesterday went well. It was over in two hours like the doctor said it would be and there weren't any complications. He was feeling great when we got home and I kept telling him that he shouldn't try to push himself, but he didn't think I knew what I was talking about because he was feeling no pain. At about 3:00 am this morning, that changed because the block wore off and his foot started hurting. The pain meds didn't help one bit either. They weren't very strong and I figured they weren't going to work, but you never know. Hubby doesn't have a high tolerance to drugs like I do, so I guess it was possible it would work for him. Finally, we were able to get something better from the doctor and he's resting now. I'm still at work, but I'm ready to go home and check on him. I have a few hours more to be here, though. :( I don't get off work until 4:30 pm and it's only 12:24 pm. The results of Geoffy's blood work came back and everything was normal. The retinal detachment wasn't caused by a disease. I'm so glad about that. I was really worried he'd have something fatal. I guess the retinal detachment happened because of his age. While I've had cats who've lived a good deal longer than 14 years, I know that's pretty old for a cat. He's in his early 70s or so. He's doing really well with being blind. You'd really never know he couldn't see. A few times, he's run into the coffee table leg because hubby moved the table over just a little to prop his foot up on it, but that's about it. Once I move the table back, he doesn't have any trouble. His hearing was superb before, but now it's bionic. I've always heard that when you lose a sense, your other senses become more acute to make up for it. I believe it now. I think he can hear us breathing when he's in a different room. :lol: He has drops for inflammation, which he hates. He's never liked having drops put in his eyes and that hasn't changed. I have to take him back to the vet on Monday for a follow up visit, but I don't see there being any problems. I hope everyone has a good weekend.
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I'm Happy, Hope You're Happy Too

Ashes to Ashes finally started airing here on Saturday. I liked it ok, but it's not as good as Life on Mars so far. I'm going to give it a chance, though. I really like the cast and I think it's going to turn out to be good once they get away from the main character analyzing her situation so much. It sure was a long wait for it to air here! I don't know why it took them so long. I'd started to think they'd decided not to air it here. It premiered on February 7, 2008, so we had to wait over a year for it. Just a side note, for those who aren't familiar with David Bowie's music, the blog title is a line from his song entitled Ashes to Ashes on the Scary Monsters album. So, the site is back to not functioning properly when I'm at work which means I can only read stuff during the day. It's so frustrating. I should stop hoping it's going to work from there. At first I thought it was the site, but now I'm not so sure. It may be the blocking software they use on the network. I think that doesn't always work as it should so stuff they want blocked isn't always blocked. I think the software thinks this is a streaming site sometimes, so parts of it get blocked. At any rate, I'm posting this from MT because that site isn't blocked. If you see that I've logged in, but I haven't dealt with my queue, this is why. I've been watching Dollhouse. I like it, but I don't love it. I think it's just a slow starter, though. The A plot is not all that strong, but the B and C plots are what have drawn me in and are keeping me interested. Hubby is having surgery on his foot on Thursday, March 12. I don't know exactly what that means for my internet time, but I would imagine it will be reduced. He's not permitted to do much for 4 to 6 weeks until it's healed, so I'll have to do all the cooking and cleaning since he won't be able to help at all. Plus, I'll still be going to work every day. Our rose bushes died. They got scale and they had it for so long before we figured out they had it that it killed them. Well, they weren't completely dead yet, but they had a large amount of dead wood and wood boring insects had even gotten to them. I've never seen rose bushes with lichen on them before, but it's pretty much too late for them once that happens. We were going to get new bushes Saturday and get them planted before hubby's surgery, but that didn't happen. We'll probably have to wait until next year since it's going to be too hot to plant them by the time his foot's healed. I'm sad that we lost the ones we had, but we did enjoy them while we had them. We didn't pick them either and we wouldn't have picked the ones that were chosen anyway, so maybe it's best. Now, we can pick exactly what we want instead of relying on someone else's opinion. Geoffy (our 14 year old cat) is sick. In the last couple of days, his pupils won't contract properly. He's agitated and can't see very well. I'm worried because I've never seen this before. Hubby did some research and found it might be high blood pressure. If that's the problem, it's treatable. If something else is causing the high blood pressure, things might be worse. I sure hope it's not anything worse, but it could be since he's 14. His sister, Moochy, started getting sick last year when she was 14 and she didn't last but a few months. :( Anyway, hubby's taking him to the vet this afternoon and we should know more then. I just hate having to wait. It was the fastest we could get an appointment without it being an emergency. Since he's eating normally and doesn't appear to be in pain, we didn't think it was an emergency. Hmm, this is a pretty long blog. I haven't said this much in quite awhile. I hope everyone has a good week. Update Hubby's back from the vet. Geoffy's completely blind due to having detached retinas. I heard cats adapt well to going blind, but I didn't realize just how well. He can still jump up on things without a problem. In fact, that's why we thought he still had some vision. We still don't know if he has a issue that caused the detached retinas, though. The vet is going to run some tests on his blood to find out and we won't have an answer until tomorrow.
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Blogging From Work

I'm blogging from work because I can. It's the first time I've ever had the chance to do so because the site didn't load properly for me until today. I know it might not last, but I sure hope it does. I haven't really had a anything exciting happen. I've just been working, which is going well. A friend of mine got married on January 31 and I was her Matron of Honour, which was nice. It was a very small ceremony with only about 20 people in attendance and it was at a bed and breakfast. I'm looking forward to Dollhouse next Friday...Friday the 13th. Anyway, that's all I have to say for now. It's lunch time and I need to go. I just wanted to post a blog since I can now. :) I hope everyone is doing well.
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Who's Matt Smith?

Matt Smith is the Eleventh Doctor. I'm not sure what I think of this yet. I suppose it's really too soon to tell until he's actually appeared in the role. I think he seems to be taking the right approach to it, which is good. I'm still sad that David Tennant is leaving, though, so it's hard for me to digest this bit of news at this point. As many others are, I'm trying to keep an open mind about it. I'll definitely give him a chance. I realize I've known this would happen because I've known David Tennant was leaving for awhile now, but making an official announcement solidifies it. There's a part of me that's looking forward to seeing what he does with the role and is quite excited about that. At the moment, it's only a small part, but at least I have plenty of time to prepare for it since we won't see see him in the role until next year. I trust that they put a lot of thought into casting the role and chose someone who is a good fit for it. I'm sure everything will be fine. I sound a bit like I'm trying to convince myself. I suppose I am really. Anyway, congratulations to Matt Smith.
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