Another Weekend Bites the Dust

It is so fun to end the weekend with an Awards show. As soon as self could, she kicked hubby off the flat-screen HDTV so she could watch the Emmys. Neil Patrick Harris is the host, she missed his performance at the Tony Awards, which was said to be remarkable. Here, he is undeniably smooth, but self isn’t bowled over.

Nothing untoward has happened so far on the show (Unless you count a cartoon where a dog was being attacked, “Sopranos”-style, by some little creature who wanted the dog’s vote for an Emmy-nominated show. The dog was bleeding from its eyes, dear blog readers. It had its head stuck in a toilet. Self felt almost nauseated)

So far, the actors and actresses who self thinks look the best (i.e., NO DISCERNIBLE PLASTIC SURGERY) are: Simon Baker, Glenn Close, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Sally Field, Cherry Jones, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Rob Lowe, Patricia Arquette, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlie Sheen and, self’s favorite: Kate Walsh! Of course there are plenty young ‘uns, like Leighton Meester and Blake Lively and Hayden Panetierre, but since these women are all in their 20s, self thinks she will wait a bit before handing them a “best-looking” endorsement. Self would cite Alec Baldwin (for that man is phenomenal!) except he needs to lose weight.

An Iranian-born actress with an incredibly smoky voice won for Best Supporting Actress in a Made-for-TV movie. Self remembers seeing her play a friend of Sandra Bullock’s in “The Lakehouse,” with Keanu Reeves. Alec Baldwin won (deservedly) for best male lead actor in a comedy, for “30 Rock.” Justin Timberlake won an Emmy for his hosting of Saturday Night Live (It’s amazing that every single person who had any connection at all to SNL, present or past, ended up thanking Lorne Michaels)

Self didn’t like the dance number performed by two professional dancers from “Dancing with the Stars.” “The Amazing Race” won (again) for best reality show in the competition category (beating out “Top Chef” and “Project Runway”, among others). Why were all the male nominees for “Best Supporting Actor in a Made-for-TV Movie” elderly?  (Or perhaps the question should be:  Why is “supporting actor” the only role this extremely fine group of actors can get?  Just because they happen to be 50 or 60?)  One of the nominees was Tom Courtenay, who self had a mad mad crush on, in the long-ago period of her childhood. Of course, now he is old. What a shock to see him again in this new incarnation as an old man!

Self got to catch a little of the “Red Carpet” pre-show craziness, and she happens to think that Ryan Seacrest is an incredible interviewer: he manages to look interested and genuinely caring, no matter who he is speaking to!

All in all, it’s been a pretty good weekend. Self loooves the book she is reading now, Alice Munro’s Runaway. It’s the first time she’s read Munro. She always felt intimidated, somehow. Or bored by all the accolades. But now, she is in the middle of the fifth story. Self thinks the female characters (and all the main characters just happen to be female) are simply amazing. She felt such incredible tension while reading “Runaway.” The other stories do not approach that story in terms of tension, but she loved “Chance” and “Silence.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.


  1. September 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Beautiful book, that. I just love Alice Munro, she is so skilled at laying out the female heart on a page.
    Not in this collection, but another favorite story of hers, is “Post and Beam”.
    Self, you have such fantastic taste in books.

  2. September 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I had to wait to read Munro until I was middle-aged! I didn’t want to read her before, her stories were so long. But now I’ve loved each one, each story is like its own little world …

    I will definitely have to read that “Post and Beam” !

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