DISH OF THE WEEK # 32 – JOE MANGANIELLO

Getting a little bit excited now!
All of the Autumn TV shows have finished and now we are coming into Summer it is time for a few shows to start up again.
Not too many though, don’t want to miss out on that sun too much. No, just enough to keep us happy until the big run of Autumn shows starts again.

One of the first shows to start, 9 days and counting, is True Blood!

First off I would like to congratulate Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer who will soon be expecting their first baby together.
I may be a bit slow on the uptake but I didn’t even realise they were married!!! Apparently for almost 2 years now. Doh!
Sookie actually got her Bill….. Lucky girl!

OK, now to the main event.
For anyone who reads my blogs, in particular my DISH OF THE WEEKS, you will know that I am a big True Blood fan.
Lots of dishy meat to get my teeth into.
That said, there is one particular dish who has never made it onto my blog.
Time to rectify I think.

When you think about True Blood you automatically think about vampires but there are lots of supernatural creatures that hang around in the wings.
One of these came to the forefront last season and will be playing a big part in Season 5.

Werewolves!

Alcide is a very sexy werewolf who first came to light a couple of seasons ago and has gone from strength to strength and at the end of last season casually falls into the leader of the pack position with the local werewolves.
I think he is really going to kick butt this season!

He is played by Joe Manganiello. All scrummy 6′ 5″ and scruffy mutton chops of him!
The man is seriously built!


Roll on June 10th!

DR’S STRIKE WILL GET NO SYMPATHY

I apologise now to all my Dr friends about what I am about to blog.
I know you do a fabulous job and you work long and hard hours.

But……….

So do a lot of other people in different professions.
Some professions are not allowed to strike, they put their lives on the line and they get paid pathetic wages and have jobs that are constantly being axed.

‘Ordinary’ people are being told they are going to have to work until they are 68, what makes a Dr any more special than the ordinary person?
Most people in this country are going to be lucky to bring home a government pension of £10,000 a year.
Any new Dr’s joining the revised scheme will be collecting £68,000!! and I’m sure that current Dr’s won’t be far off that target either!!

I’m sorry but on 21st June Dr’s will be getting absolutely no sympathy from me and certainly won’t be getting any sympathy from the general public.
Dr’s need to wake up and smell the roses and be thankful that they have such ridiculously well paid jobs and pensions.

That £68,000 pension is about £20,000 more than both me and my husband currently bring home between us and we both work full time shifts and overtime! Where’s our sympathy? Where’s our £68,000 pension?

Please, do you really expect anyone to be anything other than pissed off that the surgery they’ve been waiting for for 6 months has been cancelled because you are unhappy about having to work another three years!! Boo Hoo!!

TIME FOR A RANT!

I am probably going to get yelled at by a few people for what I am about to say but I totally believe what I am about to say.

I have just been watching ‘The One Show’ with a gentleman (sorry, didn’t catch his name!) talking about the possibility of ‘No Notice’ OFSTED inspections for schools.
I’m afraid I have to totally agree with him.

When it comes to ANY inspection, be it a fire safety inspection, school inspection, hospital inspection or any inspection that has a direct impact on the public, there should be no need to be pre-warned!
I have seen the work that goes into a school and it’s pupils in the days and weeks running up to an inspection and to be completely honest, the school should be THAT good ALL the time and not just for an inspection.

The thought that anyone gets pre-warned about a fire inspection is ludicrous!
Hey guys, we’ve got the fire brigade coming round on Friday, clear that fire escape, sort all those overloaded sockets out, Let’s make sure our extinguishers are up to spec, keep all the walk ways clear until they’ve been.

I’m sorry, but surely the threat of an inspection at ANY time will keep every one on their toes and doing their best at all times and not just for when the inspectors are in.
I’ve seen some teachers almost have a break down with the stress.
Surely in the long run it would also be alot less stressful on people if they knew they were always doing a good job and had nothing to worry about if they had a surprise inspection!

Rant Over!!

DISH OF THE WEEK # 31 – GABRIEL MACHT AND PATRICK J ADAMS

OK, it’s that time of year again. All the autumn run shows are coming to an end and we are finding out which ones have made it through to another season at the end of the year and which ones have been chopped.
There have been a few surprise chops this year.

House M.D – As good as it was it was getting a little stale.
The River – Didn’t make it to Season 2. It was supposed to be the new ‘Lost’ but just couldn’t hold a candle to it.
CSI Miami – All I can say is it’s about time! The first three series were great and then it completely lost the plot. How many rediculous shoot outs can Horatio survive?
Desperate Housewives!!! – Going to really miss this one. The finale was hilarious but it was also really sad.
But the surprise chop of the season was ‘A Gifted Man’  – This was such a classy show with so much potential I was really looking forward to a new season.

I believe that all of my other favourites have made the cut.
Vampire Diaries had an amazing finale. There was an OMG moment at the end of every scene and next season is going to be ‘really’ interesting.
Grey’s Anatomy’s finale cliffhanger had me squeeling at the screen. Poor Lexi, poor Mark for that matter. With one major cast member gone and a few more possibilities in the opening episode of the next series, just who is going to make the cast cut?!!!

But it’s not all doom and gloom.
White Collar, Covert Affairs and Suits all start again during June and July.
And that brings me nicely to my choice for Dish of the Week number 31.

I have decided that this is going to be a shared entry.
Last year saw the start of a series called ‘Suits’, a very sharp and witty show with an incredible cast.

I have a found a review of the first series written by Laurel Brown of BuddyTV.com

The basic premise of Suits has a ring of familiarity to it. A young quasi-criminal by the name of Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) runs straight from a drug deal into an interview with Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), a lawyer at one of New York City’s most prestigious firms. Thanks to Mike’s genius brain (he remembers just about everything he sees) and Harvey’s restless boredom, Mike Ross is quickly installed as the newest associate at the law firm of Pearson Hardman.

What separates Suits from the majority of summer shows is what happens next.

Mike gets his law job, but he’s not an immediate star. While the young man has passed the New York bar exam (on a dare) and is therefore legally-qualified to practice law, he doesn’t know anything about the day-to-day work of a lawyer. Mike botches witness interviews, gets scared by a mean supervising partner (played by Rick Hoffman, giving definition to the word “smarmy”) and doesn’t even know how to fill out paperwork.

And then there’s Harvey. Initially coming off as entertaining but two-dimensional, Harvey Specter rapidly gains character. His perfect-lawyer arrogance melts away during interactions with his secretary, Donna, and with the firm’s managing partner, Jessica Pearson (the always incredible Gina Torres of Firefly fame).

Mike may be the super-genius on Suits, but Harvey has the smarts to keep up with him. As it turns out, Harvey knows a lot more about what it’s like to be Mike than you’d think.

Strangely, the gimmick of Mike’s perfect memory doesn’t come up too often. He uses his memory to get out of a couple of sticky situations, but mostly the plot moves on problem solving and personal relationships. Also, when it comes to the law, Harvey really is every bit as smart (possibly even smarter) than his genius protege.

It’s refreshing. So often on TV — shows like Psych, House and White Collar come immediately to mind — the hero bests everyone using his unique skills. Everyone else just tries to keep up. In Suits, everybody is running at the same speed: lawyers outwit the opposition, the paralegal performs key research and even the secretary cracks the best jokes.

Although Suits has its serious moments, the two leads’ banter and the interactions between all of the characters keep the tone light and the pace quick. The result is an excellent summer show and — more than that — a truly high-quality piece of television.

So here they are…. Harvey Specter played by Gabriel Macht and Mike Ross played by Patrick J Adams


Roll on June 14th!

C’MON!!!

After having her nose cauterised on Friday morning, Dharma went back to school but came home feeling really crap.
She spent the rest of the evening curled up on the sofa.
She started spiking Temperatures of 40+ and was very achy all over. So we kept her dosed up but couldn’t really get the temp down to much below 38.
Saturday tea time when she spiked 40.2 just an hour and half after medication I decided to take her to the local GP walk in centre. I had started to feel a bit rough myself at this time too.
She was given a full MOT and Dr thinks it’s just a viral thing. Advised to keep doing what we’re doing with the medication and to wait it out.

She had a fairly good night and is much the same today.
However, i have woken up with lovely swollen and pussy tonsils! Great!
It’s not too bad at the moment. I can still swallow without too much of a problem and I just feel generally achy and a bit rough.
I’m hoping it won’t get too much worse. It’s tomorrow I’m worried about. Busy day at work and the last thing I want to do is phone in sick……. again!!

Think I’m going to have the house declared a plague zone!

UPDATE ON LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING

Things seem to be settling down a little.
The big worry we still have is my Dad. It’s been two weeks since he had his prostate biopsy. He had a nasty infection the following week with various trips to A + E and the GP. Finally got him onto the right antibiotics and it’s cleared up but the wait for the biopsy results is the real kicker.
As I see it at the moment, no news is good news.

Dharma had an appointment with an ENT consultant about her nosebleeds today and he cauterised her nose!
Honestly wasn’t expecting it to be done on our first visit but hopefully that will be it. There is a possibility she may need another session so we just need to look out for more nosebleeds.
Only problem now is she has suddenly taken unwell. Been really sleepy since before tea time and has a temp of 39 degrees. Gave her some Calpol about 40 minutes ago and just waiting a bit longer before taking it again. Could be in for a long night.

Marjorie’s foot is slowly easing up. She can wear her normal shoes again and she can ride her bike. It does still hurt and there’s a long way to go but at least it’s going in the right direction.

Murron had an appointment earlier in the week with her plastic surgeon. She’s going to have another procedure on her thumb as she’s still getting really painful hangnails. Only this time she’s old enough for it to be done under a local anaesthetic and not a general anaesthetic. She’s not impressed!!

Ian’s shoulder is doing great. He has a full range of movement back and he’s a lot more comfortable pain wise. His surgeon is really happy with the results and says the rest of the pain should ease up over the next few months.

My left foot however, is killing me. The orthotic insoles don’t appear to be doing any good except for maybe correcting my arches. I’m getting really sick of this now. It’s been getting progressively worse over the last three years and there are times, like today, when I can barely walk. I haven’t received a follow up appointment with orthotics yet so I’m going to call and find out what’s happening because I want a referral to a surgeon now.

So it’s all still on the bubble but it has been easing off. The stress of the first few months of the year has dissipated a little but I have a feeling that it could all blow up again at any moment.

JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT THINGS COULDN’T GET ANY WORSE!

After the horrendous start to the year things had started to even out.

Ian got his surgery a lot quicker than we expected. It went well. He now has his movement back but he needs to get on top of the pain management.

Murron’s little problems are just that, little problems.
They seem to be dissipating slowly. No intervention required.

Marjorie has a confirmed diagnosis of Frieburg’s disease. Big thumbs up to Mr Sood who actually diagnosed it back in February!
It should clear up on it’s own and in fact she has said that the pain has been easing up, so fingers crossed that’s it. Couple more months and she’ll be back to normal. She has already started to ride her bike again.

Dharma has just received her referral to the ENT department to see if we can get anything done about her nose bleeds.
Actually, after the nose bleed from hell in Feb she hasn’t actually had one since! Typical!

I am just biding my time trying out some shoe insoles from the orthotics department. Took me nearly two weeks to get used to them. Got to wear them for a couple more months but so far I can’t really tell any difference in the pain in my heel.

So, things were beginning to tick along smoothly again and then WHAM!!!

Along came this week.
I started to feel a bit off at tea time on Monday. Went to work on Tuesday. I made it to about 4pm before going home early. Thankfully the ward was fairly quiet and well staffed so I didn’t feel too guilty about it.
I had Wednesday off anyway and I thought that a day on the sofa would be all that was needed.
How wrong could I be.
Full on head cold arrived overnight and has steadily gotten worse ever since.
Phoned in sick for Thurs and today. Not back in until Tuesday and I really must go back in but the way I’m feeling today it’s looking doubtful.
Hopefully today is the tip of the iceberg and it will start to get better.
Either way, I feel like I have my head under water and I think that’s going to last for quite some time!!

So, is that it? Is that all I’m moaning about?
Well no!

Just to add insult to injury my Dad has just been told he ‘may’ have prostate cancer.
At the minute we’re hanging onto the word ‘may’.
He’s waiting for a biopsy date which I fully expect to land on his doorstep on Monday because if it doesn’t I’ll want to know why.

Puts things into perspective just a little bit doesn’t it.
All the complaining I’ve done so far this year and what have I really got to complain about?

ROYAL MAIL FAIL

I had a run in with a real jobsworth at our local sorting office yesterday.

I went to pick up a parcel for my husband as we weren’t in when it was originally delivered.
I had the delivery card and I had my ID. My driving licence with the SAME surname and the SAME address.
I was refused the item as it did not have my husbands name on it!

For over the last 10 years now we have done a lot of trading through Ebay and our parcels always default to my husband’s name on the address. Even on items that I have purchased.
When I pointed out that my ID has always been accepted in the past I was virtually called a liar!

WTF!!

If I had handed over my husband’s driving licence like he sugested, I would have been committing fraud.
To say that I was a little angry is an understatement and he did get some selective language thrown at him for which I am not proud.

The parcel was redelivered this morning by a man in a van at Royal Mail’s own expense.
No wonder they are losing business and having to put prices up!

PROVING MY OWN POINT!

My last post ‘Better To Have No God’ got a general thumbs up but started a bit of a discussion between myself and an old friend on Facebook.
When I say old friend, I mean ‘OLD’ friend. She was born 6 months after me and we quite literally grew up together. So I have known her all her life.

We got a bit stuck on the treatment of women in religion.
For a couple of days we messaged back and forth and it got a little heated and then I suddenly realised that we were doing axactly what I was trying to say in my last post.
Religion always ends in war.
People just cannot agree and then the extremists get on their high horses and then war breaks out.

Thankfully I realised what was happening and we stopped what we were doing and had a laugh.
I really must stay away from religion and politics in my discussions. It never ends well!

BETTER TO HAVE NO GOD………

I watched an interesting but frustrating debate this morning. One of the questions asked was ‘has religion hijacked the meaning of marriage? but the most interesting question was ‘are many gods better than one?

As I sat listening to all the pompass assholes argue about various points in religion I got more and more angry.
One woman was adamant that if her particular church allowed same sex marriages she would simply walk away from it as it is quite simply ‘wrong’ in the eyes of God.
Others were argueing that woman should have no part in teaching the bible.
It wasn’t just arguments about Catholosism. There were arguments about all different Gods and religions.

As I sat there slowly smouldering and wanting to knock a few heads together, one man stood out from the crowd.
He simply stated that surely, when all things are considered, no God is better than one God or indeed many Gods.

He stated that he was a humanitarian who spends his life helping people all over the world who have become displaced or persecuted. Most of the time because of their religion.
This is a good man who just wants to help others and yet he was told that because he didn’t ‘believe in God or Jesus’ he was going to burn in hell for eternity when he died!!!

WTF!!!

You only have to look at our history to realise that religion and faith are the cause of most wars and it’s still going on today.

I have no problem with people wanting to believe in something. I do have a problem when they consider their belief is the only right belief.
And there’s the problem.
All faiths and religions eventually end up with their radicals who believe that anyone who doesn’t agree should be obliterated.
This has happened throughout history with ‘ALL’ religions.

It’s time for people to FORGET religion. Live a good and simple life. Be good and kind and loving. But most of all, let people live the life they want to, be it straight, gay or bi.
If religion was taken out of the equation the world would be a much more peaceful and happy place.