Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My new favorite show.

It is so rare for me to get into a show which other people are also currently watching and talking about. I mean...I own the first three seasons of Highway to Heaven on DVD. (The last two are not available on DVD...and when that does happen, I will be very excited.) I loved Ugly Betty (because it was based on my life) and I do think How I Met Your Mother is clever and hilarious and heartwarming (and gives me hope that, one day, I'll meet my Ted Mosby.)

But I've never seen an episode of House, Lost, Grey's Anatomy or any of those Vampire shows people are always talking about.

There are Little House reruns on all the time. And my Highway to Heaven boxed set never lets me down.(I also love to read.)

However, over the past few months, I have become very much involved in the lives of Jess Day, played by the lovely Zooey Deschanel, and her crazy little world.

I think New Girl is absolutely hilarious.

I just find this show really, really funny...maybe it's because it realistically portrays our age group. Nobody's really acting too much like a grown-up. And I hate to say this, because I know ALL girls who watch this show is saying this...but I definitely relate to Jess! She's okay being a little (very) goofy and weird and she makes no apologies for it. It's how she is. And good for her!

I have also grown very fond of the friendship between Jess and her roommate, Nick (played by the adorable and "Wow, this guy has some unbelievable facial expressions!" Jake M. Johnson). (And, unlike everybody else who watches this show apparently feels, don't really think that they should end-up together...I really want to just see them become better friends. Maybe she can even end-up with his brother or something.) I have a male friend in my life who has seen me at and through my absolute worse and I also feel he views me in that similar, "GOSH, you are very naive and innocent and backwards...you really need a supportive guy in your life who is looking-out for you"...which is so Nick and Jess' friendship. I think male friends like that are very, very important to have in this world for a girl like Jess. There's a lot of bad stuff out there! And bad guys! It's good to have one you can always count-on no matter what. It makes a girl feel a lot safer.

The dynamic between the four roommates and Jess' best girl friend is all very funny and oddly believable. I would also love to have Jess' closet.

And, because everything can be related back to Highway to Heaven, on one particularly funny episode of New Girl, I immediately recognized the creepy landlord as a guest star on that show...he played a young man named Julian whose face was disfigured and then he falls in love with a blind girl who gets her sight back. The actor's name is Jeff Kober and the fact that I was able to recognize him, despite about 25 years have gone by and his face was disguised back then, probably speaks volumes about what a powerful actor he is! (Or I just watched that episode of Highway to Heaven way too many times................)

I think this show is great...hope it runs for at least three years.

Diana Rissetto

Monday, February 13, 2012

A very sad and unnecessary ending...

I remember what John Mayer said after Michael Jackson died...that we were not only mourning Michael, but ourselves as children listening to "Thriller".

I think I felt just about the same way when I heard about Whitney Houston. I connect her voice to school concerts (I remember when I was in the 3rd grade...the 7th graders sang...and did sign language along with..."The Greatest Love at All."), a time when we were all young and innocent and didn't have too many problems.

It's sad. Somebody who was blessed with incredible talent and beauty and was beloved by millions couldn't overcome all the pain inside which ended-up destroying her.

Her daughter's a little older than I was when my dad died. I know how that can devastate you and throw your life off in the most "normal" circumstances, so I can't even imagine how that poor kid feels right now.

I hope Whitney's found peace that she never was able to find on Earth.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My horoscope said I was going to run into somebody who broke my heart this month.

There aren't too many people that could be.

For such a sensitive, romantic person, I haven't had too many broken hearts. I've had guys I cried over, but then realized later on I was too young to be serious about anything or that the guy was a complete jerk and I didn't really like him anyway and was just crying due to hurt pride and my ever-bruised confidence, which I constantly struggle to keep afloat.

But when I think about that scene from Sex and the City when Aidan screams, "You BROKE my HEART!" to Carrie in the street, there is only one person I could ever imagine shouting those words at...only one person I ever moped about and listened to Sinatra's saloon songs over.

And, apparently, I'm due to run into that guy any day now!

I've played that scene over in my head...a few times.

When I've run into him (in my head), I am in the best place of my life!

I am on my way to the premiere of my new off-Broadway play. (It is already being made into a movie and is moving to Broadway in the spring.) I also look fantastic. I might even be about five inches taller than I usually am. (Whatever, I'm 100% okay with my height, but as long as we're going all-out, I'll see what being 5'5 is like.) It's a great hair day and my complexion is particularly flawless. I'm also walking hand-in-hand with...let's say Jake Gyllenhaal (unless he's starring in the play...in that case, he's already at the theatre) or Josh Groban.

We see this guy in the street, and I'm not awkward or thrown-off at all! Because I'm just so over everything that happened I don't care! I'm so happy with my life right now that I wave heartily, tell him how great it is to see him, give him a friendly hug and introduce him to Jake (or Josh.)

In fact, HE is the awkward one! He knows of the big places my writing has been going lately (we ARE still Facebook friends, after all) and has seen me in People magazine with my new boyfriend. ("Who's That Girl?") We invite him to come to the premiere that night, and he says he will. I'm not sure if he comes to the show or not...that part's not important...the important part is that I couldn't care LESS if he shows-up...because I'm just so over it all. I'm just so happy and fulfilled at the moment that he doesn't matter to me anymore...in fact, I hope he's JUST as happy and fulfilled as I am.

And that is exactly how I have played that scene over in my mind...when I run into that person who broke my heart.

A lot apparently has to happen in the next three weeks in order to make the Horoscope align with my daydreams...because if I ran into this young man tomorrow, all I'd be able to say is, "I'm in between jobs. I'm writing a lot, but I don't have any productions coming-up any time soon. And I'm kinda single (meaning "I can't remember the last straight guy I had a conversation with.")."

I would feel like I have nothing to FEEL fabulous about, nothing that would make him regret things...not that he broke my heart, but because of the way he went about it...the way he treated me like I didn't count...because such a successful and happy and accomplished person (as I am in those inner-scenarios!) didn't deserve to be treated like that...and he'll realize that.

But I was thinking none of that can happen (the guy thinking, "Gosh, I'm an idiot for kicking that girl to the curb! Look at how amazing everything is going for her!") until any of the other stuff happen (the Broadway play, Josh Groban You know. Little things.)


I'm going to do everything I can to switch my thinking and say, "So WHAT?"

Maybe being fabulous and happy and confidant doesn't come from potentially winning a Tony or being engaged to Josh Groban (not for nothing...the kids would have curly dark hair and would be very funny...have you ever read that guy's Twitter? He's hysterical!)

Maybe if you convince yourself you're fabulous first, fabulous things and people will come...and if I DO run into this guy tomorrow, I can be just as confidant as I would have been had I had all those other things going for me...because I DESERVE all of those other things. I know what I'm potentially capable of, I know I'm a good person.

And Josh Groban would be DARNED lucky to have me.

If the Horoscope is correct...I will be just fine when this run-in happens.

(My regular readers know my writing style by now and realize I'm not completely serious with this post, right?) 

Diana Rissetto