A Review of The Black Keys Concert, Ovation Hall, Atlantic City, May 19, 2012

From my other blog, Practice What You Pinterest:

Living the Dream with The Black Keys.


WTF, John Cusack?

I don’t mean to keep harping on the guy, but this was an actor who had once showed so much promise. And now he’s doing this??


Crime fighting Edgar Allen Poe? Um, no. The pitch: From Hell meets Se7en.

“No matter how this ends, you’ll be relieved when it does.”

Chalk up another straight-to-DVD release for Cusack. Makes me sad.

To quote Get Shorty: “I’ve seen better film on teeth.”

Not that my kids know music, but this was kind of funny…

Driving home this afternoon, I was flipping through radio stations and caught a few seconds of Lady GaGa.

Clooney says, “They call this music?”

I said, “Yeah, it’s Lady GaGa.”

And Edison said, “More like Lady CaCa.”

Royal Wedding Party

In case your invitation got lost in the mail:


John Stamos is hilarious

As I am sure you have heard, Charlie Sheen has been going rogue of late, acting like a spoiled brat and general cautionary tale. CBS has halted production of Two and A Half Men, which if you ask me, they should have done ten years ago when the “half man” hit puberty and the writers ran out of ideas. For some reason, this show has done well, I guess, and Charlie Sheen  believes that he is keeping CBS afloat. (Crazy, I know.)

Things have gotten ugly in the last few days, with Sheen stating on GMA that he has a “violent hatred” of the head honchos at CBS, who he believes should appologize to him “publicly, while licking my feet.” Insanity.

I don’t even want to get into the culture of celebrity and how clowns like Sheen believe they are some kind of god, when they are really just spoiled brats who think the world owes them something, that’s another story entirely.

The story I want to tell is about John Stamos. Apparently, on Saturday, CBS CEO Les Moonves told E! News that CBS was in talks with Stamos about creating a new character who would take Sheen’s place on Two and A Half Men. Stamos, however, has since tweeted that is not the case: “Contrary to rumors, I am not replacing Charlie Sheen,” he wrote, “However Martin Sheen has asked me to be his son.”

CBS should get Stamos. He’s much funnier than anybody they have working on Men now.


Watching Red Carpet Arrivals with My Five-Year-Old Daughter

She considers herself a fashion diva, and I have no place to argue, though Manfrengensen often accuses her of ripping off Cindi Lauper’s sense of style. I thought it would be fun to watch the Oscar Red Carpet show with her, though we disagreed on a few things.

I loved Hailee Steinfeld’s Marchesa Oscar dress, thinking it was totally age-appropriate, and just stunning. The Princess, however, was not impressed. She didn’t hate it, but she wasn’t wild about it either.

She likes things a bit more frilly or sparkly. She thought Amy Adams’s dress was the bomb. I had to admit that Adams looked stunning in her sparkling purple (also big with The Princess) LWren Scott.

She was also no fan of Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy dress, which I thought was interesting.

But the dress she hated the most was Jennifer Hudson’s Versache number (never mind that the dress was the darling of most other Red Carpet fashion critics).

“Too orange?” I asked.

“No,” she said, looking up again from the iPod game she was playing to take another look, “too booby.”

Let’s hope that kind of fashion sense stays with her, at least through her teen years.

Anyway, not long after Hudson’s arrival The Princess lost interest, and we switched back to our regularly-scheduled programming. Spongebob was wearing his trademark brown shorts, white shirt and tie, and he was working that look like no one else can.

A little skin

The Huffington Post Entertainment page never fails to crack me up. There are always headlines like “Megan Fox poses for Playboy” or “Kim Kardashian Poses Nude”. I’m surprised the page is so misogynistic given that the Post’s publisher is a woman, but these pseudo-celebrities with their efforts to gain attention through titillation rather than talent often remind me of a line Rosie O’Donnell says to Madonna in A League of Their Own: You think there are men who haven’t seen your bosoms?

New Foundation

I don’t usually talk about products on my blog, but I recently found a new foundation that I LOVE.



In the commercial, Halle Barry looks like she’s getting a glow from something more than makeup while she’s rolling around on that chaise, but that doesn’t mean the product won’t do something for you.

I’m 40-something years old, and I’ve been fighting the idea of daily make-up application for years. I don’t really like the feel of it; anything that covers well is always heavy, or it disappears within hours of being put on. This make-up feels so great as you brush it into your skin. It’s cool and refreshing, even though it’s a powder foundation, feeling almost wet on your skin at first.  Totally weightless, it stays flawless all day long.  I haven’t worn it in summer yet, but I don’t feel like I get that shine that I always have in the past after a few hours. I highly recommend it if you like powder foundation. The only drawback to it, in my opinion, is the size of the application brush. I just use my own.

It doesn’t make me look like Halle Berry, but it gets me as close as I’ll ever be.


Speaking of Halle Berry, I have this theory about her. I’ve come to the conclusion that she must be from another planet, and on that planet, beings age at a much slower rate than they do here on earth. Look at her! She looks better than she did ten years ago. She is SO gorgeous! And how about that kid she has? It seems like she had her daughter like five years ago (am I wrong?), but the press claims that Nahla is only two…or maybe she’s actually half alien being? Hmmm….



Off to a good start

Happy New Year!

Okay, I realize I am more than two weeks late with that, but I have been busy cleaning up from the holidays and preparing for Clooney’s 8th birthday, which, in addition to the hours I have wasted on Facebook, have taken up a great deal of my time. Oh, and I finally finished Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists, which was good, but took like a month, for some reason.

So to catch up, I will be embarking on an endeavor that has been inspired by my friend, Betty and Boo’s Mom to help declutter my house and hopefully finish the process of moving in that I began five months ago. The idea is to get rid of 2,011 things. Today, I cleaned the room I share with Manfrengensen and disposed of (don’t ask me why these items were in my room):

1) a pink Disney castle playset that my mother-in-law gave to Edison when he was younger than The Princess, that no one has played with in years because many of the pieces were broken.

2) one of three felt-antler-and-light-up-nose sets the kids got before Christmas.

3 and 4) collected two pairs of pants that didn’t fit, put them together with the receipts and put them in my car to take back to Macy’s.

Getting them to Macy’s will be another story. But hey, the whole process is invigorating. I’m just looking around the house with wide crazy eyes for something to add to the list. 2,007 things to go.

I also collected a whole lot of loose change that was on Manfrengensen’s bureau and paid the boys their back allowance/wages. That got rid of quite a few quarters and dimes. Next time, I will use the nickels and pennies.


One thing to say about the Golden Globes at the moment (and I could go on, believe me…) I know he’s gotten some negative flack today, but I thought Ricky Gervais was hilarious. (I also thought David Letterman was a hilarious Oscar host, so take that however you want.)  If you can’t laugh at yourself for a few hours, despite the fact that you spend 364+ days a year getting your hiney kissed, then you’re no fun at all. I hope to post some best and worst dressed (according to both myself and The Princess) later in the week.


Um, more like Incredible Hunk!

After appearing with the cast of The Avengers at ComicCon over the weekend, it seems Mark Ruffalo has been cast as Bruce Banner in the upcoming Marvel feature. He will replace former Incredible Hulk, Edward Norton in the role, after an ugly press release last week in which Marvel claimed Norton was “difficult” to work with. (I’m guessing Norton had problems with the script, but we’ll never know.)

Personally, I don’t really have a lot of hope for the script, but we’ll see. There’s bound to be lots of action, and with a cast that includes Ruffalo and Robert Downey, Jr., unless it’s in 3-D, it shouldn’t be too hard on the eyes.