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  1. Also “Crystal,” like Camp Crystal Lake, from the Friday the 13th franchise? The third friend was named Ano, which...I got nothin’. Except it means “anus” in Spanish, which is why the tilde in Felix Año Nuevo is important, otherwise you’re wishing someone a Happy New Asshole, LOL!
  2. Darren Criss/Blaine Anderson

    Considering we just went almost 2 months between posts? Probably not.
  3. S15.E06: Flowers Grow Out of My Grave

    I read it as UNOS not wanting to deny outright and passing the decision on to the hospital, but with an unwritten threat that if the hospital chose to proceed there would be (mysterious, beknownst only to Alex) consequences down the line. Kind of like when I asked my mom if I could do something, and though she didn't want me to do it, she'd only say "I wish you wouldn't)...giving me the freedom to choose, but not really, because I knew if I did it and it went wrong I'd get "See? That didn't work out so well, did it?" later from my mother.
  4. S15.E06: Flowers Grow Out of My Grave

    That's the one I was thinking of. "I'm dating...and it comes with snacks!" That guy looked waaaaaay deader than 7 minutes. He looked like they had fished him out of a lake a couple days after he drowned! I believe the character's name was Roberta. Simple typo, but a very important distinction! Tracie Thoms also played Andie's BFF Lily in The Devil Wears Prada, and the evil power lesbian studio exec on the last season of UNReal. I'm always delighted when she pops up on my screen; I think she's great!
  5. S02.E06: Nightmares

    Also nice wink to Frankenstein with "Frank". I think Austin (is that not!Theo's name?) was reading the book at the desk while they were waiting for the rest of Frank to arrive. Anecdotally, this year marks 200 since Frankenstein was published; our local library is celebrating tomorrow with an all-day read-aloud of the entire novel, which is being recorded and will be knit together into an audiobook for the library's collection. It seemed like fun to be involved in such a project, so I signed up for a 10-minute reading slot!
  6. S04.E04: Costume Competition

    Let me tell you, I was yearning for Halloween Surfboard during trick-or-treat tonight (our community does it the Friday before Halloween so parents don’t have to send tired kids with sugar hangovers to school the next day). My neighbor goes in big for Halloween—graveyard on the lawn, lights, music—but he’s terrible with the music, so he played the same 5 songs over and over for 2 hours. Including, inexplicably, Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean...we think he was trying for Thriller, but somehow pulled the wrong track into his pathetic mix. Urrrrrgh.
  7. S07.E17 I Still Do?

    A-freaking-men. My husband and I very rarely argue, in fact the "worst" arguments we've ever had were during the wedding planning process, and always about the stupid flowers :) LIFE is not always easy--we've been married for 13 months and at the 9-month mark I was diagnosed with some scary health issues--but our MARRIAGE has been easy. We love, respect, and care for each other, and have a true partnership that will get us through anything that comes along. Then again we do have to keep in mind that these people were put together by a third party, and didn't have the benefit of building the foundation of a good marriage. They all might have looked good "on paper," but obviously A/D and M/T were incompatible from the get-go. This whole "experiment" is a set-up to bring the drama, really. D/B might be "boring," but they took their time and put in the work, and I wish them all the best.
  8. S07.E17 I Still Do?

    I had forgotten how annoying she is. When she hollered, "Let's welcome back...Tristan!" I looked around my living room like, "Are you talking to me? Because you're aware you have no studio audience, right?" Did she expect the experts (and/or Mia) to stand and applaud? He was only returning from a brief trip backstage, not from 'Nam. Though one could compare being married to Mia...hey-oh! I'll be here all week; try the veal and tip your waitress.
  9. S04.E03: Toxic Workplace

    "Thank you?" I did love the lady piling her clothes selections on what I can only assume was her kid. It looked like a pile of laundry with feet!
  10. S01.E04: Friday Night Dinner

    If it has spread to the lymph nodes, as another poster mentioned (and I believe I remember hearing that during the show), she could be feeling quite well except for maybe some constitutional symptoms (fatigue, night sweats) that can be easily brushed aside or not even register, or she could be having no symptoms at all. Sometimes affected lymph nodes are so deep you don't notice that they're swollen. As part of her initial staging, in conjunction with any surgical resection she had, she probably had at least a sentinel LN biopsy which was negative. Metastasis to the lymph nodes is considered Stage III (advanced) cancer, though. In her fictional case, the oncologist is probably not offering her resection of the nodes affected at this time; I think current school of thought is that radical LN resection, especially after re-occurrence of the original tumor, doesn't necessarily affect overall survival. Source: Me. I'm going for my first every-3-month ultrasound later today after the surgery I had in July to remove a melanoma and metastasis to a lymph node, the latter of which was a nasty surprise. I've had 4 (of a planned 26!) cycles of immunotherapy to go after anything that might be hiding. I'm feeling great; immunotherapy has fewer and milder side effects than "traditional" chemo, and most people don't even know that anything is going on, just that I had surgery over the summer. "Scanxiety" is real, though!
  11. S01.E04: Friday Night Dinner

    Without getting too much into my own situation, whether to pursue treatment or not can be a VERY difficult decision to make, based on what previous posters have said, and more. Everyone loves a warrior, and it's easy to say yes, of course you should fight for your life. No one has a crystal ball; 6 months of hell could mean another 20...or you could still be gone within a year, having wasted that precious time being sick. We don't know anything about Maggie's history, or her prognosis now that there's been a re-occurrence, and we don't know whether her priority is overall survival or quality of life. Choosing to forgo treatment isn't quitting, it isn't letting the cancer win; it's taking control of your life, and maintaining some dignity in your death. There's something to be said for enjoying the time you have left to the best of your ability. I think we'll learn more about Maggie's motivations in coming episodes.
  12. S05.E01: Nora - 2018.10.09

    And perhaps could time travel? JPK was born in 1984 ;) She SO does not look 34, though!!
  13. S08.E07: Italian Week

    Production removed their rolling pins, forcing them to hand-toss the dough, so I’d wager they removed the parchment paper from their drawers to force them to figure out the peels. Either that or it was so hot no one could think straight enough to get to parchment as a simple solution to the problem!
  14. What's For Dinner?

    a) I have no idea what *that* word even means ;) b) You snooze, you lose, kids. c) Totes fair.
  15. What Are We Currently Reading?

    I agree with Helena and the other posters; kids are all different, and you know your kid the best, so I wouldn't fret over Mr. Gladwell's theories. I have an August birthday and started Kindergarten at 5 years and one month old. I was so bored (these were the days where Kindergarteners learned letters, numbers, colors, manners, and naps, not Chinese, algebra, and geopolitics) that I became a bit of a problem--I thought we were going to learn how to READ--so I they had me attend Kindergarten in the AM and join the 1st grade class in the afternoon. That didn't last too long; eventually I just skipped Kindergarten altogether and went to 1st grade. I don't consider myself particularly brilliant (in high school I was the dumbest of the smart kids), but I wound up graduating at 16 and heading to college at 17. Any social issues I had were due to me being a fairly shy kid, being a chubby kid, and being a little bit of a nerd, and finishing Kindergarten wouldn't have helped any of that. I didn't outgrow my shyness until much later, and I'm still a chubby nerd! A big plus is that this year my classmates have started turning 50, but I just turned 48 :)