August 2008


It’s been a while since I’ve done a reality recap — hell, it’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to watch TV — but having been catching up on the DVR, I’ve also been itching to write a bit. So here I go.

I love America’s Best Dance Crew. I LOVE it. The ep I just watched wasn’t the best — all the crews had props, and most of them didn’t really do much with it. The ones who really got my attention were, of course, the two bottom crews: Supreme Soul and Super CR3W. As the judges mentioned, I think they were two of the best groups; they were certainly the most enjoyable tonight. What I really love about this show, though, is how the judges get into it. Although I didn’t like that they singled out the Boogie Bots as a group that should be at the bottom, I do like how adamantly the three of them spoke out in favor of the two groups that they had to choose between; I also like how they repeatedly assured the groups how good they actually are. I’d bet just about anything that at least one of those three will be working with at least some of those dancers at some point in the future.

One other thing that constantly surprises me is, despite the obvious competition between the groups, how much they seem to connect with each other. As they stood on the stage awaiting the decision, they seemed to be genuinely concerned about the other crew. And when Supreme Soul was declared as the losing group, the Super CR3W dancers seemed to be truly upset even though they were also obviously relieved.

I dunno; there’s just something about it all that seems refreshingly innocent and unrehearsed in a way that some of the other reality shows don’t.

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Three posts in one day – a record. You saw the post about the Flickr photos; I was also able to get an album about the George/Deirdre wedding created in Facebook. That one’s only 60 photos as opposed to the whole shebang, so if you’re interested but want only the specially selected ones, that’s where to go.

I also managed to read through all my emails that came in while I was away. Since it took the entire afternoon, I wasn’t really able to deal with any of them; my key thing was to get rid of everything that didn’t need my attention. Tomorrow is the day to begin digging in.

On a sad note, one of the first emails I did see today was one bringing the very unwelcome news that one of our faculty members passed away on Saturday. He is someone who has meant a great deal to me from the moment I stepped foot in his class (one of my first in grad school) nearly twelve years ago. My feelings run quite deep and are not to be posted here, but in an attempt not to lose track of this tribute, I do want to post a link that David Dwiggins came across:

http://hoofcare.blogspot.com/2008/08/lost-farrier-allen-smith.html

It was written by someone from his other life – in addition to being a professor at GSLIS, Allen was a horseshoer for many, many years – but it is not surprising to me that he made the same impression in that world as he did in mine. He will be deeply missed.




Rehearsal – July 10, 2008

Originally uploaded by jendoyle2007

It only took me about three hours, but I finally finished uploading all the photos from the George & Deirdre wedding weekend into Flickr. I still want to make an album in Facebook and, potentially, burn some CDs for George and family so that they can own whatever they’d like. Not, of course, that I’m Annie Liebowitz or anything, but I know firsthand how hard it is to get family shots so I figure if they like them, great.

I’m also taking advantage of this opportunity to test out the link between Flickr and my blog. If it works, we’re in a whole new world!

🙂 Jen

As per usual, last night didn’t go as planned. We hit major traffic on the way home — that Sunday night construction is brutal! — so we didn’t get home until after 2:30. It’s really hard for me to get right to sleep when we get home, so I ended up lying down with Lucy and reading for a while. (As did she. It did not make for a good morning.) As a result, I’m beyond tired today; it’s taking all I have not to just go upstairs and go to bed. Taking a power nap, though, is definitely not a good idea because I’ll probably sleep until dinner time.

So, the plan at the moment — since I happily am still officially off today, I will be easing into things with baby steps. Like, for example, forcing myself to turn on the computer when that’s the last thing I want to do. If that means doing a bit of blogging and uploading more pictures (as you may have noticed, I wasn’t able to get much done yesterday thanks to my laptop not picking up a reliable connection), well that’s what it means. Maybe after a bit of that, I’ll be ready to open up email.

Stay tuned…

July was truly one of those ‘If it’s Tuesday…’ months. Beginning with the Fourth of July weekend, we were literally on the road for all but six or seven days. In fact, I am sitting here in Red Bank, NJ, on Linda’s very comfy couch, taking advantage of a few moments of relative quiet to do a bit of posting and, hopefully, get to work on uploading all these photos.

Rather than continue along with the backlog, as I’ve been doing, I think I’ll begin working my way backwards. I haven’t had the chance to download any of the pictures from the last two weeks (which, I have to be honest, number quite high), but I do want to get George and Deirdre’s wedding pics up soon, and it seems that’s as good as any place to start.

At the moment, photos are the most prominent thing, so although there were some memorable quotes that I will hopefully eventually share, I’m going to be spending some time at Flickr. I’ll post again when I have the pics up there and on Facebook.

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