Tuesday, September 23, 2014


The new Fall show with the most hype has undoubtedly been Gotham, which aired last night. So does it live up to the hype?

Gotham is filled with lots of close-ups and saturated colors which suggest its comic book origins without being too overt an homage. Show creator Bruno Heller (Rome, The Mentalist) is definitely going for a more noir than Comic-con vibe. It was stylish and held my interest. It was fun seeing characters I grew up with (mostly the villains, of course — Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), and Poison Ivy (Clare Foley) — before they became famous. Jada Pinkett Smith played a new character, Fish Mooney, the local (and incredibly stylish and violent) gang boss.

The first episode opened with a young pickpocket Catwoman scaling a tenement fire escape and witnessing the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents, as well as Gotham's newest detective, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his slightly shady partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) at the crime scene. As in other interpretations, Gotham is a city you might not want to visit and definitely never live there. The mostly dark episode did have a few humorous moments and was intriguing enough to make me try it again next week. I guess that's all any television show can ask.

Monday, September 22, 2014

calm seas

Trying to start the week off with a peaceful, calm sea ...




... Goodbye summer. Well, at least technically. It's still in the 90s around here.

Friday, September 19, 2014

favorite song friday: secrets

It's impossible not to love Mary Lambert's new song, "Secrets." I'm so glad my daughter is having as much fun singing along to it as I am. Great message, funny lyrics, and the music video is as fun and infectious as the song.

"I've got bi-polar disorder
My shit's not in order
I'm overweight
I'm always late
I've got too many things to say
I rock mom jeans, cat earrings
Extrapolate my feelings
My family is dysfunctional
But we have a good time killing each other

They tell us from the time we're young
To hide the things that we don't like about ourselves
Inside ourselves
I know I'm not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else
Well I'm over it

I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are)
I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are) So-o-o-o-o what ..."
— Mary Lambert, Eric Rosse, Benny Cassette, MoZella

Thursday, September 18, 2014

throwback thursday: hatsume festival

It was just a few short years ago that we attended the Hatsume Festival at the Morikami ...

Posing in the garden

Checking out some cool vendors

Child and mother both look suspiciously at the photographer. Hmmm ...


Cute toothless smile