The Scarycrow

We have newish neighbors living next door and this is the first year we’ve had the opportunity to view their halloween decorations. They went up about a week ago and they looked more fallish then halloween. Fountains of fall leaves, hay bales, and a scarecrow. The scarecrow faces the street and is very close to the property line so out my front door, I see the back of the scarecrow from about the waist up, in front of my bushes.

I’m not sure if its just because he’s about the height and shape of a person, but I keep catching the darn thing out of the corner of my eye and think its a person lurking there in the bushes. I think that since it went up it has startled me at least ten times. My daughter has also complained about it scaring her, and my dog barks at it on a regular basis.

So what to do. Talk to the neighbors like regular civilized people or make plans for the secret demise of the scarecrow. We choose the latter. Under cover of night we will strike! It might be a grab and bag, or a drive by but one way or another that creepy scarecrow is going down!

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Here comes the spam

About a year ago, I got a strange email at my super secret only for real people email address. It was a confirmation of my bridal appointment at David’s Bridal. Imagine my surprise since I had not either made the appointment or become engaged. Upon further examination, I found that the intended recipient was someone with a similar name to mine. I thought it was kinda funny at the time..

A week later it had become clear that this bride to be had set up an email address to use for her wedding planning and clearly forgotten what it was since she was passing mine out to every photographer, bakery and venue in her lovely hometown in Indiana. I also got a glimpse of her engagement photos, and baby pictures…whoops cart before the horse there tsk tsk, thanks to the links they sent me from j.c. penny. Thanks Lacie! I feel like I can call her by her first name now since we are clearly bff’s.

As you can imagine, I was becoming a little irritated at this point since the partner emails had started to roll in. Hey Lacie, we got your email address from david’s bridal and thought you might like to attend our bride-a-palooza… etc. Oh also around this time, Lacie started shopping for cars. I know this because of the many emails I started receiving from carmax. How handy is it that they email you anytime cars that are similar to one you testdrove show up in their inventory!

I started unsubscibing to every email. Seriously. I had kept this email address virtually spam-free for several years and I was close to stomping my feet every time I got another Lacie-spam. Arrgh! I looked her up on facebook. Yep there she is, recognize her from her baby, but of course it is locked, not even messages allowed from strangers (really are we still strangers?)

That week I also received her contract to the venue where she would be having her blessed event and it was only in 2 months! At this point I felt like showing up and letting her know how I felt about receiving all of these emails. When Lacie didn’t respond to the contract email, (since she didn’t get it!!) I received about 8 emails from the venue to gently remind her to sign the contract and return it with the deposit. I thought about responding to the email and relating some story about how my fiance had run off with my mother and we wouldn’t be needing the venue after all, but somehow I resisted the urge and just let it go.

After this the wedding emails dropped off. Had they finally figured it out? Had the wedding been called off? I thought about this for mere seconds before resuming my life. However, I still receive an email about once a month regarding Lacie’s wedding. A survey of some kind, a request for a referral, maybe the divorce atty emails will start soon? For now, raise a glass with me and drink to the loss of my spam free email address. It was good while it lasted.

Whats on TV

With trepidation, I once again start watching a few of this years new tv shows.  Why the trepidation, you ask?  Two words… Flash Forward.

I loved this show, I’ve met several others who also loved this show and were devastated by its premature departure from this world.  Since then, I haven’t wanted to start watching new shows only to have them disappear to a place where I will never know what happened to these people

So far I’m watching…

Chicago Fire. – This is mostly because I heart Jesse Spencer.  It was a little strange at first to hear him without his aussie accent, but it is growing on me.  I will continue to watch just for him 🙂

Nashville –  Again, I’m watching to support Tammy Taylor.  Connie plays a very similar character to her character in Friday Night Lights.  Still likable, still watching.

Elementary!  – Johnny Lee Miller, hello!  Yes, of course I’m watching this.  Also enjoyed the bbc series Sherlock which left me wanting more and here it is~

The Mindy Project – Funny, but trying not to get too attached.  I have heard this one is already on the chopping block.  sad.

New shows I’ve already stopped watching —

666 Park Avenue.  Too scary for me.  The elevator chomping incident was more than I could take.  bye bye.

Revolution – you had me and then you lost me.  I liked it at first and then I found myself checking my twitter and facebook during the show.  nuff said.

Older shows I’m still watching:  New Girl, Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Survivor, The Voice, America’s Next Top Model (don’t judge)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower .. or Tales of the Severly Traumatized

Friday night, I saw the Perks of Being a Wallflower.  I’m still not sure if I liked it or not.  One thing is for certain, I know of no high school around that houses a group of such messed up kids.  There were some good moments, but at times it seemed like they were just zinging Breakfast Club type lines back and forth instead of having a real conversation.

One of the best characters was Dylan McDermott as the dad.  He had some of the funniest lines and was only on camera for a brief time.  Married to him was Kate Walsh, who I had a hard time believing was the mother of a college student named Derek.  Didn’t I just see her on Tuesday as the mother of an infant with an ex-husband named Derek?

A few accent issues with Hermione, I mean Emma Watson but that didn’t bother me as much as it did my moviemates.

Overall, the popcorn was tastier than the movie.  I had a nice time but I think this was a bit too much of a crazy ride (pun intended) for a repeat viewing