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TV Recap // November 5, 2012 It’s not unusual for the loved-ones of our favorite gangsters on Boardwalk Empire to suffer as a result of their companion’s actions. Last season, Jimmy’s wife, Angela, was killed because Manny Horvitz found her while looking for Jimmy. Last night, on “The Pony,” it is Nucky’s affable lover, Billie, who is taken down, all because she got too close to the gangster. The company…
TV Recap // October 30, 2012 "Sunday's Best" begins with Eli Thompson creeping around his front yard. With trouble on the horizon, it looks like he's prepping his home for combat.  Then, he unexpectedly lifts a basket, hides a decorated egg underneath and we discover he’s simply preparing for the annual Thompson Easter egg hunt. Slow and methodical, the opening scene is how much of this show has been lately. Episode…
TV Recap // October 24, 2012 Boardwalk Empire has been a lot of things this season – bizarre, wild, hysterical – but one thing it hasn’t been is consistent.  At the end of last week’s episode it looked like a major battle was brewing, but all we got on Sunday with “Ging Gang Goolie” was a major letdown. One of my biggest beefs with Season Three is the total misuse or…
Decorating // October 22, 2012 Six months ago, my husband and I began shopping for our biggest purchase yet: a home. No pressure, right? We ended up choosing an open concept, new construction house and became proud, first-time home buyers. But while our new place  is spacious and offers good bang for the buck, it lacks the character that some older homes have. But we (I!) looked forward to decorating and…
New Music // October 22, 2012 By its nature, hip hop music is particularly tricky to take mainstream without losing its true essence (i.e., “selling out”). In any genre, really, it takes a special artist to bridge that gap of “real” and “commercial.”  But after hearing good kid, mA.A.d city--Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut--I can assure you that he’s more than up for the challenge.I must admit that I’ve been a…
Fitness // October 22, 2012 You really don’t want to be that person at the gym who gets a wrinkled nose pointed at her because her clothes might not look or smell so fresh. You might be thinking, “I’m just gonna work out. What does it matter what I wear?” But I say, “You’re a put-together woman and your clothes—gym, work, or otherwise—ought to always convey that message.”Spending a little extra…
TV Recap // October 17, 2012 I asked for war and I got a war – plus a whole lot of other oh-my-god-I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened moments on the latest episode of Boardwalk Empire, “You’d Be Surprised.” While some storylines actually weren’t a surprise, like Nucky’s maddening preoccupation with Billie, there were a few genuine shockers.First, the night began with a bang --  literally, as Gyp Rosetti and the red-headed waitress he’d been eyeing…
TV Recap // October 10, 2012 If you were worried that those hallucinations Nucky had last week were a sign that he was getting soft, worry no more: this week’s episode proved that he’s still every bit of the hardened boss we met in the premiere.  While it was great to see the gangster Nucky make a comeback, unfortunately this episode was a bit redundant and... kind of boring.  I tend…
October 8, 2012 The staggering statistics of the health crisis in the United States can be overwhelming. Most Americans need to get more exercise, which can make one of the biggest differences in your health. Even 30 minutes a few times a week can do wonders not only for your body but your self-esteem as well. I know that we all lead such busy lives and sometimes getting to the…
October 8, 2012 Sherlock Holmes stories have been around since the late 1800’s, and they’ve survived this long for a reason. Sherlock is, simply, a fun and intriguing character. Most recently, you may have caught an episode of the new CBS series, “Elementary,” which stars Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller in a modern adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes stories, set in New York. Now I love Sherlock, but I…
October 8, 2012 Brace yourself. I am about to divulge my morning routine. Perhaps when I find my one and only, I’ll spend my first waking moments staring at his handsome face while he sleeps. Until then, here it goes… 6:30am: Alarm goes off. 6:31am: Hit snooze. 6:41am: Hit snooze. 6:51am: Open eyes. Check text messages. 6:52am: Check missed calls and voicemails. 6:53am: Check emails. 6:54am: Check Facebook. 6:55am: Check…
October 2, 2012 There was a moment in this week’s episode of Boardwalk Empire, “Bone for Tuna,” where the increasingly sensitive and quick to anger Gyp Rosetti grunts at Nucky Thompson like a monkey. It’s a fleeting and hysterical pause in an otherwise serious drama, but it was all I needed to question how this show ever survived without him.  He’s so much fun to watch.  I’m also sure he’s certifiably…
September 26, 2012Hands down, Albert “Chalky” White is my favorite character on Boardwalk Empire. Partly because he's portrayed by the brilliant Michael K. Williams, but mostly because he’s a hardened and illiterate black man living in the 1920’s, yet he’s still able to command the respect of bootleggers and politicians looking to smuggle booze in Atlantic City.  After Chalky was absent in the premiere episode I all but had a…
September 24, 2012 If you were born in the '80s, like me, chances are that No Doubt’s particular brand of “alternative” rock found its way into your heart at a very young age. Tunes like 1996’s Don’t Speak became our teenage anthems while simultaneously showing us that front women can rock out just like the boys. Through the years, Gwen Stefani herself has built a fashion empire and a pretty successful—albeit…
September 24, 2012 If you had invited me to a party a couple years ago, I’d have told you I had to wash my hair.  Or my stomach hurt.  Or my head exploded into a migraine.  Or my face melted off.  You name it, I’d use it as an excuse.  Unless I knew everyone at said party, I wanted nothing to do with it.  People I don’t know well make me…squirmy. …
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