Officially Launching…A Big Picture Window: Small Screen. Big Talk.

I’ve been awaiting this post for quite a while now, and I can’t tell you how absolutely thrilled I am to be able to announce that as of today, I can officially say that my new blog is live and launched! Welcome to A Big Picture Window: Small Screen. Big Talk.

Though it’s been brewing in my head for a while, I knew I wouldn’t be able to successfully launch it on my own. Therefore, I recruited some good friends who I know love television as much as I do. So please welcome Chevy, Caroline and Kailee to the table, as they’ll be writing regularly. I figured for as much television as I watch, I need to be doing something with all of that knowledge instead of letting it just sit in my brain week after week. Here’s a quick excerpt from my What to Expect letter:

When ABPW was just a twinkle in my television’s eye, I knew I didn’t want to write just another episode review blog. Yes, reviews will be posted here, but I want more than that. When I read posts about shows that I love, I always leave wanting a little bit more meat, more references to the past, more speculation with regards to the show’s past. I want a retrospective look at shows that have ended, not just a rewatch. I want more depth when it comes to character analysis – you know, I’d even just settle for a character analysis, because you really don’t see that very often. I want to read more about the shows I love from someone who has watched them intensely for years and who really knows these characters, someone who maybe cares more about what happens to her favorite characters than to some people in real life.

As you can see if you click through, I have some pretty big hopes and dreams for this blog, and if you’re a television fan, I hope you’ll join us.

Click through to explore and check out all of the sections and articles. There are more features coming all the time, and we look forward to posting recaps and commentary of all of our favorite shows. There will probably be some overlap, but I think the four of us have wide enough ranges of interest to cover almost everything. Ideally, we’ll have at least a couple of posts of each type per week, and that may rise or fall depending on the season. However, with some shows like Community and Cougar Town probably getting bumped to summer, it’s looking more and more likely that we’re about to have a full-year run of shows, with an unprecedented break of the typical cable season.

Interested in contributing? Shoot me an email with your interests and/or pitch, and we can work something out. The one thing I’ve really tried to stress in the building process is that I want this to be a fun joint project among friends that can lead to some recently-published social media work and potential writing samples, or it can be just for fun.

What does this mean for Mustard Ampersand? Not much, actually. I still intend to blog here as a personal blog and about different things in my life, as was always the intention, but I wanted a separate outlet for my television writing. That doesn’t mean there won’t be some crossover (and I may crosspost a few things I think are important), but don’t worry – I’ll still be blogging here at least once a week.

Questions? Comments? Let’s hear it! I’m so excited for this new endeavor, and I hope you are, too.


day 36. what are you pensing about?

It’s been an interesting day. I worked most of the day, but when I wasn’t thinking about work, a lot of my thought has been devoted to thinking about how lucky I am. It’s easy, when your life is going well, to think that nothing could go wrong in the world. I even started a draft of this post last night talking about how things are going so well for me that I’m a little afraid for a bit of tragedy.

Sometimes I wonder if God places thoughts in our heads specifically to prepare us for certain situations. Not like an omen or premonition or some kind of pre-knowing, nothing that specific – you’ll just find yourself thinking about something, a situation or feeling, and later that will come to be involved in something that happens. I know how vague I’m being today, and I’m sorry for that.

But do you ever feel like that?

It’s just been one of those days. Keep your fingers crossed and your thoughts positive, if you would. I know it would be appreciated.

It’s also been one of those days where I helped my parents put their new double oven in the wall.


I know, right?

My parents have always been do-it-yourself-ers. If it can be done by hand, they do it, regardless. Painting, recovering furniture, those are small potatoes (but existing potatoes, nonetheless). They bought their current house two years ago and basically have redone it from the floor up.

It’s almost a little bit disgusting how good they are at it. They’re doing it a room at a time, and it’s practically a different house. Their current project is the kitchen, if you couldn’t tell, and they’re almost done. They finally ripped out the horrible old oven that was in there, knocked some wall pieces around, and made space for a double oven. Pretty cool.

Honestly, I’m so grateful for having grown up in a house like this. I feel like I know how to do so many home repairs and other related things, only because I’ve observed and done a little on my own. My dad always taught me to think outside the box, but to think logically – is it better to pay someone to do this, or can I do it myself, save some money, and teach myself something in the process?

I’m not saying I’m the next cast member of Tool Time, but I can sling around some tools and do some stuff myself. I’m pretty handy with a set of instructions, if I do say so.

It’s the Yeah Yeah Yeahs with “Heads Will Roll.” Yeah, I totally jumped on this bandwagon because of Glee. I don’t even care. I like this song. I like this band.

day 35. well.

I don’t have an explanation for why I didn’t blog for the past few days. I don’t. I suppose the best explanation would be that I’ve been bored to death. It’s just been so snowy and life has been so slow and I don’t really have anything with me to do and I don’t want to drive anywhere.

But that’s not what you signed up for, is it? You signed up for a blog a day, and I’m not keeping up my end of the bargain. I’ll really have to work harder at this.

I’ve been at my parents’ house for a few days now, which has been really nice. I was sick for the first few days of it, which was a super bummer, but I slept for most of it, so that was fine. The non-sick days have been incredibly boring, though. I guess I should have been better prepared for that.

My brother and I watched the first Lord of the Rings movie tonight. It was every bit as excellent and beautiful as I remembered, and it really made me miss New Zealand. So much, in fact, that I may or may not have teared up a little bit in the Shire. And if I did, then it was totally worth it. I mean, seriously – how could this not make you emotional?

No? Just me? Well, that’s fine. It is pretty beautiful, though, isn’t it? A good reminder of real natural summer beauty when it’s several feet of snow outside. Not that I don’t love snow…I love looking at it from inside. I just prefer summer.

I’m back to the real world tomorrow, so I’ll have more to share then, I’m sure. And if nothing exciting happens, I’ll make something exciting happen. This has been an exceptionally boring week, and I promise to have no more exceptionally boring weeks. Hopefully, there won’t be more flu viruses in the future, but even if there are, I’ll find something to write about.

PS I dyed my hair back brown. Surprise! It’s kind of a brown-red – a nice mix of what I had and my natural color. Hopefully it’s a good transition back to natural, because I miss that color. I was looking at PacRim pics and I really miss my blonde hair, though. I don’t know. I think my hair needs a little break for a few months, but after that, we’ll see.

day…32? back from the dead, into the snowpocalypse.

I have several announcements today:

  • I am no longer sick.
  • Classes were canceled today.
  • Classes are canceled tomorrow.
  • It is still snowpocalypsing outside.
  • I have virtually no memory of the events of the past few days.

Ben Folds still isn’t rescheduled, but I’m guessing it’ll be either Friday or Saturday, if not early next week. Who knows?

Another weird thing: Now that we’re more than one month into this blog, the days don’t line up with the post count anymore, and it’s weird. Day 32? What? It’s going to be really weird when we get into the triple digits, I think.

Here are a few photos of The Outside, from earlier this afternoon.

I know that for people from or in states that get a lot of snow, this seems like nothing, but for Oklahoma? We’re very unprepared for bad weather. This is enough to shut down schools statewide for two days, so far, and I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow’s high of 11 degrees sends us into another day of it.

Anyway. Today’s a great day, if mostly because I’m no longer sick. So. Celebrate!

day 31. another down day, but better.

Day two of feeling bad, so there isn’t really much to update here. I managed to sleep for more than 3 hours at a time, and up to 6 hours straight. So that was pretty fantastic.

And since Snowpocalypse 2011 is coming sometime in the next few hours, the Ben Folds concert got postponed. Which, honestly, I am pretty dang thrilled about, considering I don’t know if I would have been physically up for going tomorrow. But now I have at least one more day, if not a few more, for relaxing and healing and not  missing my favorite musician in concert because I’m sick.

So, for now, I’m just watching the weather, not really looking forward to the predicted 6-12″ of snow over the next 18 or so hours. Oh well. I’ll just be chillin’ at my parents’ house, and I’m fine with it.

30 for 30 Update: Impending Snowpocalypse combined with Current Stomach Viruspocalypse has set me back a few days. So I’m going to be a few days behind everyone, but I’m going to start in a few days. But for now, I’m going to my parents’ house, where they have lots of comforting things where I can just be at home and it will be nice. There are definitely upsides to staying in town to go to school.

day 30. ugh.

Since today has been the worst day of 2011 so far, I don’t have anything to share. I’m pretty sure I woke up with the flu or a stomach virus or just something horrible, so I haven’t done anything today except sleep, drink fluids, and eat crackers.

So I’m leaving you with the best part of last night’s SNL, the digital short. It’s a Lonely Island video called “The Creep.” I read the Wikipedia article on them last night, and I’m so glad things worked out for them the way they did, so we can have these fantastic videos.

Anyway, back to bed. Talk to you tomorrow. I hope you had a better day than I did.

day 29. we’re getting old.

It was about 75 in Oklahoma again today. I’ll never understand this weather. But you know what I will really never understand? People who think that, even though it’s above 60 in January, it’s okay to wear shorts and flip flops. It’s still January. I will never understand.

Tonight was a really good night. One of my best friends from high school, Kayla, had her senior recital tonight. We’ve been good friends for…eight years? That’s a long time. Anyway, she had her senior flute recital, and it was fantastic. She’s grown so much as a musician over the past few years in school, and I’m super proud of her.

Yes, I’m aware that this is the worst picture in the world, but this is as good as it gets for during the recital. I have a good picture of the two of us and Rebekah, but I didn’t take it, so as soon as I get a copy, I’ll post it. But her recital was fantastic, and I loved it.

I talked with a few friends after, and we were spending a lot of time catching up on the past few years and talking about what we want to do in the future. We’re all graduated or graduating in the spring, and we spent a long time talking about moving and what we want to do for careers. It’s interesting to see the career paths that people I’ve known since high school are choosing. None of them are surprising – everyone has huge dreams and I know they’ll get there, but it just makes me feel really grown up that we’re all making these kinds of decisions.

I’m really looking forward to it, though. I’m really excited. 🙂 Being grown up is going to be good. I just have a feeling I’m going to like it better than school. I just really hate school. I know everyone says that, but I really do think I’ll function better in the adult world. We’ll see, I guess!

And sine I have the worst headache in the world, goodnight!