Feb 21, 2011

Misc. Mon.

As many of you know, I am not a TV watcher. I made the mistake of taking someone's advice to let loose and watch TV this weekend. I was entertained at HGTV, one of my old stomping grounds. I flipped past most of the other places I used to find quality entertainment. And then I was sucked in by Animal Planet. I made the mistake of watching Infested, which shows how three different families battled some type of pest. Last night's episode showed a family in Oregon which had a massive SPIDER NEST under their house. My toes are curling just thinking about it. 

Another family in Idaho moved from the city to the country to be at one with nature. They got more than they had bargained for when they discovered their home was on top of a SNAKE DEN! Lalalalalala. Okay, the worst part is that the mom of the family found a news clip online of a family in their same town which was forced to abandoned their home because of a garter snake infestation. THEN she realized IT WAS THE HOUSE THEY WERE LIVING IN!!!! So yeah. The point? Pest infestations make compelling stories. And this hour-long episode on animal planet had a plot and mystery and kept me captivated. 

I am even more thankful to live in Michigan, where our worst pest is the stink bug.

Speaking of life in Michigan, we have an unexpected snow day today. That never happens after Feb 1. It sucks though because it's also President's Day which means work will be saturated with more annoying people than normal. Ugh-a-lug-a-ding-dong.

I am reading The Absolute Value of -1, by Steve Brezenoff. I like his blog, and although he sporadically and rarely updates, they are quality and entertaining posts. One thing that hooked me right away in |-1| is the strong voice of each character. One of the strongest voices I have encountered in any book. The POV switches among hilarious and troubled teens. I look forward to getting to the end and telling you all to go read the book, but if you decide you cannot wait, I'll recommend it now.

I am in a weird mood. Yeah.

I am choosing The Fighter for my next film review paper. Yeah.

I am starting a creative writing forum through my college's newspaper blog. Yeah.


  1. I watched waaaaay too much TV this weekend.

    I haven't seen The Fighter yet, but probably will soon because I'm trying to get ready for the Oscars! If you haven't watched The King's Speech yet, you definitely should... it's spectacular.

    Also, yay creative writing!

  2. Great idea to start the college writing forum, Jon!
    We are staying put today on President's DAy. Our county is icy treacherous.
    Those pest infestations sound creepy! Like the movie Arachnophobia! Yikes!
    Enjoy your snowy Monday!

  3. Ew, ew, ew, ew. Spiders? Snakes? Jon, you're trying to give me nightmares. Ick.

    That creative writing forum's a great idea. I wish my college had that!

  4. You've got some nice things going on. Sweet....random, but sweet!

  5. I watch T.V. all of the time. I know they say to write every day but I call B.S. on that and only write when I feel like writing. Most of the time, I prefer watching T.V.

  6. the only pests that could scare me off are rats ... and Britney Spears!

  7. My goodness, I could NOT watch a show about infestations. I'd never sleep again, convinced something was going to crawl into bed with me. So I guess what I'm saying is thank you for warning me about a show that I definitely need to avoid!

  8. Thanks for the reminder as to why I, also, do not watch TV. And over in WI, we had a snow day, too. Yep, busy week ahead. :)

  9. Infestation shows would creep me out too much. Chicago already has a rat problem...don't want to imagine them in my house.

    I want to see the Fighter...but I heard it's a lot like the Wrestler.

    New follower...


  10. SPIDER'S NEST??? Are you kidding? You know what I like to watch? The pet hoarding. I know, it's a sickness.