Sunday, October 19, 2014

Scandal Sunday 4.4–Like Father Like Daughter

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When the cast did their table read for Season 4 Episode 4 of Scandal, their tweets afterwards indicated that the episode was crazy. After watching it, I would have to agree.

Originally titled “The Bleep,” the name of the episode was changed to “Like Father, Like Daughter,” in reference to the fact that Karen Grant was filmed in a compromising position with two guys – and her father, the president, was also once featured on a sex tape (Season 1, Episode 6). What was not mentioned was the fact that Olivia Pope was also recorded having sex (with Jake) and Karen caught her mother in her own compromising position with Andrew Nichols (Season 2, Episode 15)! All of these people have been so many awful situations, and being that Karen is a young teen, it is really not a surprise that she is acting out in the way she did in this episode.

While Karen’s situation was the main focal point of the episode and the reason that Olivia was at the White House, much to Mellie’s consternation, the actual shocking story came at the very end. From the beginning of the episode, Jake was trying to tell Olivia that her father, not her mother, killed the president’s son. And now Jake’s own life was at risk – he even noted a bomb under his car and walked in the other direction. Olivia, being distracted by the situation at the White House, didn’t listen to Jake when he told her he needed to talk to her. Jake took his proof of Papa Pope’s involvement straight to Fitz, but unfortunately, he was too late. By then, Fitz had realized that when Olivia left for two months, she’d left with Jake, and he found out that Tom was involved in his son’s death. So when Jake arrived, Fitz was on his way out to attend Tom’s interrogation and had no time or desire to listen to Jake.

Stupidly, Fitz finds himself trusting Papa Pope, and when Tom is about to disclose that Papa Pope gave him the order to kill Fitz’s son, Papa Pope himself walks into the room and takes over the interrogation. Tom turns around and pins the whole thing on Jake. Now Jake is screwed because not only does Fitz believe he gave the order to kill his son, he also knows that Jake went with Olivia when she left him (and by the way, when he said he almost died without her, that might be literally true, due to his suicide attempt). What a mess!

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I don’t even like Jake and I’m literally scared for him. Next week’s episode is part two of this week’s episode, titled “The Key.” And although my two loyal blog commenters don’t even watch the show, I’m going to continue to post my recaps because they make me happy.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Swag Swap Reveal

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It’s been awhile since I participated in a swap! When my friend Desiree posted about the Fall Swag Swap that she and a few friends were hosting, I was quick to sign up. And this swap did not disappoint! I was partnered with Meg, and I love everything she sent me! The card that she wrote me was so sweet. She explained that the theme of the box she sent was “Mom’s Survival Kit.” Look what I got!

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1. Toffee Crunch Ghirardelli chocolates. 2. EOS Lip Balm in my favorite color teal, which is “Sweet Mint,” and Meg says it’s her favorite type of lip balm. 3. Hand Sanitizer. 4. “Mom’s Scandal Cup”! How awesome!! It is an insulated wine tumbler, but Meg wrote that although she wasn’t sure if I drink wine, she knows I watch Scandal and thought I’d like the cup. I do! I’d even put water in it just to be cool. 5. Milk & Caramel Ghirardelli chocolate. My favorite! 6. Tissues. 7. Pens. 8. A scarf!

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I’m in love with everything Meg sent me – thanks Meg! And thanks Desiree and friends for setting up this swap!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It’s Okay #42

It’s okay…

…that I’m suddenly a KC Royals fan. This post season has been lots of fun so far!

…that my Fantasy Football team is doing awful.

…that I have to take my iPhone to the Apple Store because the home button keeps sticking.

…that I love my teal boots!

…that I find it difficult to read bad news, even from people I don’t know very well.

…that it’s raining like crazy and we are short one rain coat and one pair of rain boots for the kids!

…we were also short one winter coat because the one I had from Zachary that would fit Simon this winter had a rip. But luckily we got a hand me down from a friend!

…that Simon has had 2 day weeks these past 2 weeks of school due to the holidays.

…that I feel like I’m forgetting something!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sukkot Events

The holiday of Sukkot lasts for 7 days (and leads right into another holiday!) and the middle days of the holiday are celebrated with fun events as well as continued meals inside the Sukkah! Yesterday we went to two Sukkot events. At the first, the kids got to ride on ponies, jump in a bounce house (Simon says they have a bounce house at school but it is called a bouncy castle!), and eat. At the second, we had pizza and played on the playground. At both, it was possible to build an edible Sukkah with graham crackers and candy.

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The weather on the first two days of Sukkot was awful with lots of rain. On the third day it was lovely, and yesterday it was so-so. It’s supposed to rain more over the next few days, so our time eating outside may be limited! However, we are still having a fun holiday!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Scandal Sunday 4.3–Inside The Bubble

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I watched this episode last night and as time ticked down towards my morning posting time, I had to come up with something to say about it. I imagine as this is only episode 3 in the new season, Scandal must be building up to some big moments to come – maybe even next week! So this episode was kind of slow for me. Here’s what I got out of it:

The Good:

Fitz is sad he isn’t a soccer dad in Vermont. That’s right, he still wants that Vermont life. Yeah.

Abby finally told Fitz loud and clear that her name is not Gabby, it’s Abby. And then Fitz asked her how Olivia’s doing.

Olivia reminded Jake that he doesn’t have a job, fake or otherwise.

Quinn pointed out that Huck and Olivia really should have noticed that she wasn’t around for 24 hours. Seriously!!

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Olivia looked amazing.

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The Bad:

Olivia and Abby are in a fight. Abby was really one of the only friends Olivia had, and especially now that Harrison is gone, Olivia really should have let Abby in, but she didn’t. So now, Abby’s becoming friends with Fitz. And you know how soap opera writers work – soon Abby will be stealing Fitz away from Olivia. Mark my words.

Jake called Quinn to come help him deal with Charlie, leaving them together in a bunker of some sort. This seems to have led to Jake finally remembering that Tom is working for B613 and figuring out that Tom was involved in Jerry’s death.

Olivia convinced Jake to come to dinner with her father. Talk about awkward. Jake confronted Papa Pope on the fact that he killed Jerry, and Papa Pope came back with a threat to kill Jake. I’m hoping this story line resolves soon!

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David Rosen is using the B613 files to blackmail various high ranking people to do what he wants. So he gets this judge to make a ruling on stricter gun control laws and then the judge kills himself. With a gun.

The Ugly:

Whatever Jake said to Olivia on the phone. “Call me later if you want me to do that thing to you.” What kind of crass disgustingness is that, hmm?

In the case of the week, Olivia’s friend from law school who is also known as Penny from Lost, is being accused of killing her daughter after it comes out that Penny from Lost was sleeping with her daughter’s 17 year old boyfriend.

The First Lady became obsessed with a news story about a newlywed couple who were out hiking when the husband fell off a cliff. It seemed at first that the wife had pushed him and Mellie set out to prove that she hadn’t. In an awkward meeting of the cabinet, it turns out Mellie was correct, but all of her obsessiveness wasn’t necessary because it was proven the wife did not push the husband before said meeting.

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This dude Michael who is working with whoever this Liz lady is to seduce Cyrus means nothing to me! I don’t care about him or Cyrus at all.

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In other ugly news, Scandal is scrambling to film replacement scenes for those in which Stephen Collins was supposed to appear. Stephen Collins, the dad from 7th Heaven, was previously in one episode of Scandal and had already filmed scenes for next week’s episode! His role was dropped when it came out that he is under investigation for child molestation.

Did you watch any good TV this week?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Building A Sukkah

It is kind of funny to write the same post three years in a row, but every fall at the same time, we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, which is one of our favorites, and every year I take pictures of Dave and the kids putting up our Sukkah! All of the information about Sukkot that you might be curious about can be found in last year’s post. In summary, the Jewish people spent a portion of time wandering in the desert and living in huts or booths known as Sukkot (plural of Sukkah). Now, every year we commemorate this time by constructing our own Sukkah and dwelling in it by eating our meals inside it throughout the week of the holiday. [source info].

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You must be able to see the sky through the roof of your Sukkah, so first we needed to trim a tree that was in the way!

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The walls.

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The roof.

My main job in all of this is the decorations, most of which remain on the walls year after year.

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Zachary made a new decoration this year:

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It has the 7 species that grow in Israel on it. (Wheat, barley, dates, olives, pomegranates, figs, and grapes).

Simon brought home a miniature Sukkah!

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I will be offline until Saturday night to celebrate the first part of the holiday – see you back here on Sunday!