Emmy Snubs, Who Cares? I'm Busy Celebrating the Triumph of Laverne Cox

I know that outrage at snubs leads the news when nomination lists are announced, and today's Emmy nomination list certainly contains some major omissions. But instead of focusing on that, I'm going to take just a minute to celebrate a groundbreaking milestone.  Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset, making her the first transgender actress to receive an Emmy nomination. This is huge. ...more
Laverne Cox is rapidly becoming one of my favorite actresses. She's one of the best on the show.more

Gladiators! The Limited Is Launching a ‘Scandal’ Collection

Loving Olivia Pope’s style in Scandal? Get it in your closet from The Limited. Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal. Image: ABC. ...more
I love her style, this is so awesome!more

Educating Tweens and Teens on Pop Culture: The Movies I INSIST My Kids See

It took me a long time to gather my thoughts for this list of essential movies I want my children to see before I can consider their pop culture foundation complete. A long  time. I mean, with all the junk that can be dumped into an impressionable young mind, I had to very seriously consider what junk I wanted throw in there, besides the usual dysfunction. ...more
yesnofilms I didn't see it until after I turned 30!more

Emmy Snubs, Who Cares? I'm Busy Celebrating the Triumph of Laverne Cox

I know that outrage at snubs leads the news when nomination lists are announced, and today's Emmy nomination list certainly contains some major omissions. But instead of focusing on that, I'm going to take just a minute to celebrate a groundbreaking milestone.  Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset, making her the first transgender actress to receive an Emmy nomination. This is huge. ...more
Laverne Cox is rapidly becoming one of my favorite actresses. She's one of the best on the show.more

Valiant effort from the Vampire Academy fans

(fanmade poster courtesy of kim-beurre-lait.deviantart.com)...more
ShadowKissedNet That's an awesome poster!more

Toyota, What Are You Trying To Sell Us Exactly?

Toyota makes some pretty good vehicles. Jim has a truck that just won’t die. It really looks like it should kick the bucket any moment and that it might be held together by chewing gum and dirt that’s been stuck on for decades, but it just keeps purring like a very old kitten with sleep apnea. I have no idea how many miles that poor truck has on it, but it just keeps going and going as if it were powered by the Energizer Bunny. It’s kind of amazing. It’s probably the best investment Jim ever made, not counting marrying me, of course....more

My First Ever Blog, EVER!!!!

Hi! My name is Melissa and this is my first official blog, ever! I have been on social media for such a long time that it feels weird to finally be here.  I really love spending time in the kitchen cooking and creating recipes. I also have a background in comedy writing/performing, so I combined my love of cooking and comedy to create a show on YouTube called 'Mock Food Network Mystery Basket Challenge'.  I actually spoof a few of my favorite cooks/chefs from the Food Network and the one I am sharing with you today features Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman....more

Butterflies in the sky? No, they are on my phone

As a parent, I admit to having a certain amount of nostalgia for my childhood. I would like to think this is because I had a wonderful childhood (thanks, Mom!), but I also know that it is because familiarity breeds comfort....more

“20 Feet From Stardom” - Fun DVD!

“Da Do Run Run Run, Da Do Run, Run”… If you remember this song, you will especially enjoy the new DVD release of the documentary, “20 Feet From Stardom” a music and reminiscence filled ode to the back-up singer. Those women, and men, that added their voices to early R&B songs, sung by Phil Spector‘s girl groups like Darlene Love and The Blossoms, to rockers like the Rolling Stones, to the trios and quartets that sing a few feet behind the main acts of today like Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder. You may not know the singers by name or by sight, but you will know them by ear. A talented bunch, they sang everything, from “do wop, de wahs, to the now classic line, “it’s just a shot away” (Merry Clayton on “Gimme Shelter”)....more

Preparing to Go to the Movies

When a new movie comes out, do you prepare to attend it or just head on out to the theater and hope for the best? I used to be carefree about my movie attendance but once I had kids I needed to be sure I was making informed decisions. So, here are five websites to visit before you head out to the movies...with or without kids!...more

Saying Good Bye to Christina Yang of Grey's Anatomy

Just as we might do for a family member who has end-stage cancer, we have to take some time to prepare for Cristina Yang’s departure from Grey’s Anatomy. I, for one, am not sure I can continue to watch it after she leaves. I believe she might be one of the greatest female characters ever written for TV....more
I am another Christina Yang fan, I want to thank you for this perfect tribute to her send off! ...more

Middle Age Women and Entertainment

Lately I have been noticing a trend. I can't find much I want to watch on television or at the movies. I think it is because I have hit that magical age (44) when television and movies producers no longer care about me as a demographic. It has been my habit to go to the movies about every two weeks. In the past there has always been more movies to see than I could fit into my schedule and budget. That is not the case anymore. Not only is there next to nothing I want to see, but even on that short list there is next to nothing that mirrors my experience....more