Jane loves television

Following on from last week’s post regarding the season premieres of all my favourite programs, I thought I would do a quick review of all that has happened. There are, of course, spoilers within.

i heart television

Grey’s Anatomy: A good solid episode to begin the eighth season. We picked up some weeks after the events of the season finale in May, which I think was a good decision. It allowed us to get distance from the actual shooting, but using flashbacks and some sessions with Dr Perkins, we were able to see how everyone has been coping. And the answer to that, is not very well, for the most part. Derek is speeding and getting arrested, Lexie had a breakdown whilst treating a patient, Meredith still hasn’t told Derek about the baby, and Cristina seems to have married Owen mainly as a reaction to being threatened at gunpoint. It all makes for some good drama though, and I’m glad that we are getting to see the fallout of the shooting. My favourite quote from the episode came from Meredith (to Cristina): “Derek is the love of my life, but you’re my soul mate.”

Glee: I have no major complaints about this season opener of Glee, though it was not a stand out episode. I enjoyed New Directions’ Empire State of Mind, though I don’t think there is really any need to let either Artie or Finn rap. I feel like the list of people in Glee that can’t rap grows by the episode – Matthew Morrison, Kevin McHale and Cory Monteith definitely need to take a back seat when it comes to rapping. The duet/sing-off of Telephone by Sunshine and Rachel was enjoyable, mainly due to Sue’s “Shut up!” that ended it, but I wasn’t overly struck with any of the other songs. I enjoyed Coach Beiste’s debut though, she’s a great match for Sue, and should hopefully elicit some gems from Sue over the coming weeks. My favourite quote of the episode is, inevitably from Sue: “Boobs McGee, you’re demoted to the bottom of the pyramid, so when it collapses, your exploding sandbags will keep everyone safe from injury.”

Cougar Town: I love that we had a nod to the will-they-won’t-they wrangle over the name change with “Still Cougar Town” in the credits! Jennifer Aniston made her guest appearance in this episode as Glenn, Jules’ therapist who turned out to be a bits nutso. Another great cameo though, playing against type as Lisa Kudrow did. I wasn’t at all disappointed with this episode, it did really well to slot right back into the groove it found for itself last year. I love Grayson and Jules together, and love how Jules refers to their relationship as their “grayson-ship.” My favourite quote  came from Travis this week: Emilio Estevez movie marathon. The Estevez Festivez…I’m thinking of reinventing myself in college…” ‘Estevez Festivez’ made me laugh out loud.

NCIS: NCIS is one of my favourite shows. I love the team, I love how they work together, and generally I love the storylines and the crimes they have to solve. I was, however, left a little underwhelmed by this whole Reynosa storyline, both now and in the lead up to last year’s season finale. I don’t know why, I just think that they introduced it to ensure a cliffhanger of sorts at the end of last season, which was fine. But surely to goodness, Gibbs wouldn’t be able to get away with having murdered someone, when the director of NCIS knows all about it? Having said that, I like Vance a lot, and I am glad that he is coming down on Gibbs’ side a little more these days. I particularly enjoyed the scene where the car screeched to a halt in front of Alejandro and the two of them got out and got right up in his face. Teamwork can make the dream work! I’m looking forward to next week when we can hopefully get back to normal.

Criminal Minds: I appreciated the fact that Criminal Minds didn’t try and create another huge cliffhanger at the end of last season, involving one of the team. As previously mentioned, we had Derek in a small amount of danger, but it was quite clear, even at the end of last season, that he was going to be fine, and that the real cliffhanger was going to be whether or not the Prince of Darkness killed the girl he had kidnapped. Of course, this being Criminal Minds, there was no guarantee that he wouldn’t, but luckily, JJ had the skills required to talk him into releasing her. A fitting send off for JJ I suppose, she’s off next week, so it was nice to give her a chance to shine in her penultimate episode. I do feel, however, that all the writers have done is given fans another stick to beat them with. “Look, see how great she is? Why get rid of her?!” seems to be the general reaction to the episode. A good episode then, but I am so over Derek and his anger. He bores me silly, and his repartee with Garcia really doesn’t do much for me, except it usually gives her a chance for some great one-liners.

Private Practice: Most of the way through this episode, I was a little disappointed, for one main reason, Having spent the majority of last season building up to something happening between Sam and Addison, this episode jumped back in, some weeks after the season finale, and we learnt that something had happened between the two of them, but hadn’t worked out. By the end, though, it seemed as though they were trying again, as they were in the bath together! So that’s good, I hope we see lots of them together. Taye Diggs is a very good looking man. Also in this episode, Pete and Violet got married, having spent most of last season either ignoring each other or at each other’s throats. We also got some talk of Amelia visiting Derek in Seattle, and we know that there is going to be another crossover episode soon, so I am looking forward to that.

Blue Bloods: One of the new shows that started last week, and  I actually enjoyed this one more than I thought I was going to. As previously expected, Tom Selleck still looks good, and that’s always a bonus. The show itself is actually really quite good. It manages to blend the crime procedural with a family drama, and I think it does it well. Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan looks like being the tortured Afghanistan vet with anger management problems,and his little brother James is the innocent new recruit to the family ‘business’ of the NYPD. I’m looking forward to the next episode.

That’s all for this week, this will be a regular post, but probably won’t be as long, as I won’t review every show each week. I’ll be watching some of the other new shows later this week and letting you know what I think of them.

Jane loves links

racing at goodwood

Hello all. As I said last week, I was lucky enough to go to the Goodwood Revival festival last Saturday. I don’t have a great interest in cars or aeroplanes, but I wanted to spend some time with my friend Vicky, who lives nearby and had managed to procure us some tickets. It was actually a lot more fun than I had anticipated it being, as, being the Revival, all of the cars and planes were classic, and therefore much more fun than if they had been new. Also, everyone had got dressed up in vintage clothing, and looked so good! I didn’t, as I didn’t really have time to think of something to wear, but if I go again, I will definitely dress up! I also got to see  Martin Brundle racing, and James Martin was there with one of his classic Ferraris. A great day!

vintage plane

So, on with some links that I have found. Some hair links first. I adore this braid that I found via one of my favourite blogs, Where the Lovely Things Are. They’ve made it into a hat accessory on Honestly WTF, but I love it as a braid. I wish I could do it! Also, some examples of different fringes, also found on Where the Lovely Things Are. I love a good fringe, as I have said before. Time to experiment with different types, maybe?

I found another good Tumblr (apparently there are quite a few out there), called mi casa es su casa. Lots of fun photos of different houses and homes. I particularly enjoyed this one, of which you can see further photos here. It’s so unusual!

Autumn’s here, it’s official. And boy am I glad! I love summer, I love wearing flip-flops and skirts, and all that, but autumn stole my heart a long time ago and no amount of sunshine can ever really expect to change that. I love the weather, the feeling of the evenings drawing in, and most especially, I love the clothes that I get to wear! Joanna Goddard at A Cup of Jo, and Melanie at You Are My Fave (some more favourite blogs) had some picks for autumn clothing. I wish I had more money so I could buy the lot!

Glee has returned to US screens, and by the power of the internet, I have watched the first episode. Prior to its (fantastic) return, the New York Times spent some time on set and took some great behind the scenes photos. Similarly, Rolling Stone magazine took some on-set photos at Mad Men – a series that I love, though am nowhere near up to date with. And talking of Mad Men, how ace are these cards? I love them!

Jane loves things

More items from my wishlist folder now. Remember, it is only 52 days until my birthday… (This is to be taken with the hugest pinch of salt, of course. Apart from item number one. If I don’t receive this for my birthday, I obviously haven’t been hinting hard enough.)

the fry chronicles

First up, then, is The Fry Chronicles. Anybody who knows me, even slightly, knows about my mini obsession with Hugh Laurie. This very much spills over to include anyone who can say that they have touched Hugh Laurie, and, outside of his family, I shouldn’t imagine anyone has touched him more than Mr Fry. His new autobiography, the second volume of his life story, came out this week, and having read excerpts and looked at the pictures in WHSmiths, I cannot wait to read it in full.

On my hunt across Etsy recently, for Chrysler Building related cuteness, I found this gorgeous necklace. I love it, the New York skyline is, of course, stunning, and the little lipstick mark is lovely. I feel it could be slightly too heavy to actually wear around my neck though! Having said that, at $65 I am never likely to find out how heavy it would be!

I think this map is really nice – when I have a house of my own I will have a world map on my wall, and I would love something like this. I could look at maps all day long, they are just so interesting to me.

apple pad

There has been an awful lot of talk about stationery in the last month or so, due to schools across the world starting a new year. I love stationery, and it’s a continual source of disappointment to me that I can’t use a new school year as an excuse to buy lots. Still, I can drool over things I want to buy, and this is one of those things. A 3D apple shaped notepad. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything cooler.

A few more bits of jewellery now. I found a few things on Finest Imaginary that I like, including some brilliant cloud earrings, and a camera necklace. Both fairly reasonably priced too.

Finally, a couple of elephant themed things that I like. A gorgeous little necklace, of an elephant that looks like Dumbo, which I just know would look fabulous hanging around my neck. Also, a birthday (or ‘burfday’) card. Remember, 52 days.

Jane loves links

Hello everyone! My little graph on WordPress tells me that people are reading my blog a little more these days. I think this is probably because I am actually letting more people know that I have updated it, via Facebook and Twitter. Ever the self-deprecating person that I am, I didn’t really want to publicise my blog, but I decided that it is silly to be embarrassed by the fact I have one. If people don’t like it, they just won’t read it!

Anyway, enough of that for now. It’s time for you to see what I’ve found this time. First up, more wedding bits. I don’t care that I am not getting married, I have been to enough weddings to be interested in them! Some photos from a wedding blog here, of a French wedding. It looks so rustic and lovely, and the bride’s veil is very different. I also like the men’s peach shirts! Another unusual veil here, courtesy of A Cup of Jo. Very vintage, and therefore, much to my liking!

scary stairs

From Yes and Yes, a blog post about stairs. Some very interesting and different examples of staircases here, but the one I have pictured here particularly takes my fancy. I think I would be scared to go up and down them though! What a brilliant bike this is! It is not necessarily the most practical bike in the world, but wouldn’t you get some looks?

Here are some ‘super easy’ hairstyles for Autumn. My hair is getting nice and long, so maybe I’ll give some of them a go. I particularly like the tootsie roll. I like that it looks messy!

This is such a novel idea for invitations! You roll them up and put them inside a balloon, and then the balloon has to be popped to get the invite out. Quite expensive, I should think, but fun all the same! A Curious Fox, a blog I read regularly, listed some graphic novels she thinks we should all read. I really want to get into graphic novels, I want to read Watchmen, and I also really want to read the Poirot stories in graphic novel form. I’ll have to take some trips to the library.

An fun article here about a recurring prop that pops up in films and television programmes. I’ve never noticed it, but I suppose it makes sense to have things like this, then you don’t have to worry about people picking up silly little mistakes, like a newspaper dated December being seen in something supposedly set in June!

tetris pancake

I came across a blog that I love, called Jim’s Pancakes. Basically, Jim is the dad of three-year-old Allison, and he documents all the different pancakes he makes her. They are all so fun, like this Tetris one. I wouldn’t want to eat them, they look too good!

Lastly, a tumblr that I found that I don’t hate (so much of the stuff on Tumblr is just emo teenagers whining about something or other. I whined as a teenager, I just didn’t do it on the internet!). In fact, I love it, because it’s just one of those blogs where you can just look, and look, and look some more! It’s called, simply, Movie Titles, and each image is just the title image from hundreds of different films. Lots of procrastination potential here.

That’s it for today. I am off to the Goodwood Revival festival this weekend, so I may post about that next week. I will also be back next week with a preview of the forthcoming season premieres of all my favourite American programmes. In the meantime, if you want to read a blog about television, you can’t go far wrong with Television and That, authored by my good friend Richard. He likes what he likes, and won’t have much sympathy for you if you don’t like it too, but it’s fun and insightful all the same.

Until next time!

Jane loves the Chrysler Building

This time last year, I was getting myself ready to travel into New York City, from Connecticut, for the weekend. I would say I fell in love with the Chrysler Building that weekend, but it actually started before that. I learnt about it from one of my professors at school, and I loved it immediately. I am aware of how ridiculous it sounds, talking about being in love with a building, but I honestly do love it. I really do get excited when I see a picture of it, or it appears in a film. It’s so very aesthetically pleasing, I love the sharpness of it, I love the Art Deco sunburst at the top,

I ♥ the Chrysler Building

I love everything about it. It places ninth in the List of America’s Favourite Architecture, behind, of course, the Empire State Building and the White House, amongst others. All lovely buildings, but nothing compared to this beauty. It was completed in 1930, and for 11 months, it held the title of ‘Tallest building in the world.’ It was overtaken by the Empire State Building (448 metres). It doesn’t matter that it is no longer the tallest building in the world, or even New York. What it lacks in height (relatively), it makes up for in beauty. The Empire State Building, whilst iconic, is kind of ugly.

I’ve come across an awful lot of Chrysler-iana (I think I just made up a word). My friend Vicky pointed me in the direction of this salt and pepper set, which I would dearly love to own. There are also bits and pieces all over Etsy, some of which I love, some of which I don’t. I honestly think that I would probably wear this necklace, and accept all strange looks that I am sure I would receive. A pendant here, which I probably wouldn’t want on a necklace, but would love on a keyring or a bag charm. Another necklace, and a fantastic paperweight, which would look very good on my desk, when I am a famous writer. This cushion is more ‘New York’ than specifically the Chrysler itself, but that’s fine, because it’s there, and sometimes it is good to have some more subtle nods to the things you obsess over! One of the more bizarre things that I found was this pair of knickers. This could possibly be a case of taking it slightly too far. Maybe. Especially at $35.

Chrysler Building

There are countless prints of the NY skyline and the building itself on Etsy, and indeed elsewhere on the internet. I have my own pictures, and would take much greater satisfaction in having them printed and displayed (I do currently have one on my wall, and the one to the left there is my handiwork too), even if they aren’t the greatest photos in the world. I do like this painting, however, and it’s at a bargain price Finally, I am in two minds about this print. Whilst it is exactly the sort of thing that I would usually love, I feel that the pop art interpretation of the building completely strips it of everything I love about it. I love the clean lines of the steel, and so the doodle effect doesn’t really do it for me.

So there you have it. My love for a building in 500 or so words. There is a woman that married the Berlin Wall, and actually took the surname ‘Berliner-Mauer’. Rest assured, you won’t be hearing about Jane Chrysler any time soon.