Keeps Getting Better

Ever have one of those days where little things keep popping up to make you happy and it just seems like it keeps getting better?

Today is one of those days. Blog comments, emails I wasn’t expecting….and, finally, some amazing news.

Christian Kane (if you’ve ever read my blog, surely you must know of my love for all things Christian Kane) is FINALLY returning to television! He’s been cast as one of the leads in a new tv series called The Librarians. It’s based off the movie series of the same name, the ones starring Noah Wylie. Wylie will be in the show, too, along with Rebecca Romijn. But who cares about that? CHRISTIAN KANE is going to be back on my tv!!!

I haven’t seen him in anything since Leverage went off the air on December 25, 2012. He’s made a movie since then, but it is in limited release and, as of yet, has not been released within reasonable driving distance of my home, so I haven’t seen it.

But they called him off the road a few weeks back, from promoting the movie, 50 to 1, because the creators of Leverage wanted him for a new tv show. It’s finally been confirmed that TNT has picked up the show for 10 episodes that will be released, wait for it, in the fall of 2014! That is this year!

Now we just have to hope the show is amazing and gets picked up so I can get my weekly CK fix. I’ll watch it no matter what, that goes without saying, but it’d be nice if it worked out and he had a regular series again. It’s nice for me. And probably him, too, I suppose.

The other news in Kaniac-land is that for the show, the producers made him cut his hair. You saw him in the blog I did about photoshop and yes, he’s wearing a hat (that was for the movie promo) but you can certainly tell that his hair is considerably shorter there, than it was, say, here (he’s the fourth picture down…just scroll). He actually cut his long hair toward the end of Leverage, I think I might have blogged about it here but I can’t find it. Anyway, he’s cut it again. Now he looks like this:

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Yep, that’s the shortest his hair has been in about a decade. When Angel first began, his hair was that short, but he had started growing it out by the end.

Because I’m just making my own day, here’s a pic of him from the first season of Angel, in 2003, eleven years ago.

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See, short hair? And that’s the CK I developed my crush on, but I always did have a thing for his long hair. At any rate, he’s handsome regardless of what his hair looks like. The point is. HE’S COMING BACK TO TV! Soon! And I’m so happy I could dance a jig. (And yeah, I used that as an excuse to talk about him and post pictures. That’s why I blog. To do whatever the hell I want.) My day: keeps getting better. Christian Kane: KEEPS GETTING BETTER

I Want a Cowboy

I stumbled across this today (and by stumbled, I mean I was deliberately pointed toward it by #9’s alter ego) and was just delighted. Since I’ve been a slack-blogger lately, I decided to forego the weighty blogs I have brewing and kick out some lighthearted fun.

Here then are the top 10 list of Modern Day Cowboys:

And I will tell you what. I agree with numbers 10, 9, 7, 5, 3, and 1, no problem. However, I think #4 is ridiculous as is #2. I have no problem with 2 being on the list, just not at #2. And #4? I watched that show, faithfully and religiously, for five years. I barely remember that character. For a show set in Texas and filled with modern day cowboys (Tim Riggins anyone? How about Coach Taylor?) that is a foolish pick. Numbers 6 and 8 are fine, I just wouldn’t have put them above certain others. Also, given my druthers, I would totally add Steve McGarrett as a modern day cowboy. If Seeley Booth can make the list, so can McGarrett.

And, while #3 may be on my favorite show and #9 may be my favorite everything, I actually agreed with the number 1 pick, it’s hard not to.

Heck, all this numbering is making me crazy. Without further ado, here is MY list.

10. Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights

9. Jim Longworth, The Glades

8. Deacon Clayborne, Nashville

7. Harvey Specter, Suits

6. Aaron Hotchner, Criminal Minds

5. Steve McGarrett, Hawaii Five-0

4. Seeley Booth, Bones

3. Dean Winchester, Supernatural

2. Eliot Spencer, Leverage

1. Raylan Givens, Justified

And, yeah, I know that several people on my list are not actually cowboys in any fashion, but they make the list for being “modern” cowboys. Men with a cowboy attitude. Men who can kick ass and cry in the same scene. Men who thrillingly terrify when they face down a bad guy. Good with a gun (or a fist or his brain or all three) and fiercely protective of the ones they love. The man who can be counted on to do the right thing even in the worst circumstances. These are modern cowboys. It’s my definition, sure, but it’s my list, too.

So tell me, do you agree? Who would you add or subtract? And who would you move up or down?

Photographic Delight

I’m obsessed with this photo.
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Obsessed, I tell ya. For those of you who did not subject yourself to the recap and the original posting, you can click on those links to find out more.

However, I will say that I have long been an advocate of the celebrity crush. I’ve had one, pretty much continuously, for as far back as my memory goes. When I say “I’ve had one” what I mean is: the celebrity may change, but there is always someone I’m crushing on.

Luke Perry was one of the first.

Tom Cruise was probably the longest running. (When I was in high school, my high school crush signed my yearbook and mentioned how much he’d miss hearing my talk about Tom Cruise. My obsessions were pervasive, even way back then.)

Paul Gross was one no one ever heard of. (He starred in one of my favorite tv series of all times, Due South. Back before DVDs and DVRs, I recorded the entire series off television with a timer, because it was on while I was at work. Four YEARS of recording to get the entire series. And I ended up with boxes of VHS tapes for about six years, until the series came out on DVD. Go figure).

Tom Brady is ongoing. (Did you see he cut his hair? No more scruffy Tom. My mom is overtly relieved. I’m secretly disappointed. He looked like a ruffian–it worked for me.)

Christian Kane is the best.

Obviously, I’ve had more than five in my day, but those are some highlights. (By the way, when Luke Perry guest starred on Leverage with Christian Kane, I nearly had a stroke. I was counting minutes until that episode aired. I bet my mom remembers how crazy I was up until the premiere…she really is the best). My current obsession with Christian Kane goes back to his days on Angel, which was from 1999-2004. I think it was 2002-2003 when I started watching it. And the obsession was born. (It also spawned a milder, but no less intense, obsession with David Boreanaz, which led to my watching Bones–one of my favorite tv shows, currently.) That’s going on a decade that I’ve been crazy over him, if he hangs on for a couple more years, he’ll knock Tom Cruise out of first place.

This past January, I was blessed to not only meet him, but have a conversation, share a hug and get the (above) fabulous photo. Now, if you know me, you know I like pictures. I take a lot and I have many plastered all over my house. However, in my lifetime, I’ve never loved a picture as much as that one.

In short, this picture has taken over my life. It is:

  • The wallpaper on my laptop
  • The background wallpaper on my Iphone
  • The locking wallpaper on my Iphone
  • The background on my IPOD
  • The wallpaper on my work computer
  • The icon picture on my twitter account
  • The icon picture on my blog account
  • The header on my blog
  • I have an 8×10 color photo matted and framed in my bedroom
  • I have a 5×7 black and white framed in my living room
  • I made two calendars from this photo
  • I have snapshots in my nightstand
  • I have a snapshot at work

Think that is enough utilization of that picture? I mean, really? Talk about OCD. And, even though that picture has saturated my life, I can’t get enough. I smile, each and every time I look at it. If I’m cranky, looking at it puts me in a good mood. I think that picture has magical powers.

Then, just the other day, my bank sent me an email. I can now personalize my cards with a photograph…free of charge! I immediately clicked, because Wells Fargo cards are ug-ly. Who wants pictures of a stagecoach on a gray background? So I started to think.

Cards don’t change that often

Cards get used a lot

It would have to be something meaningful

It would have to be something I wouldn’t get sick of

If I had kids, this would be easy.

Then…what about my favorite picture in the universe? And that is why, Wells Fargo is, as we speak, mailing me my new card, complete with a cropped photo of Christian Kane and me. I have three cards through Wells Fargo and don’t think for one second I wasn’t tempted to plaster this picture on all three cards, but I worried I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. Then I decided I could to one in color, one in black and white, and one in sepia, but I started to worry I was losing my mind, so I didn’t.

I just chose my check card, the most used card I have and put the picture on there. The others will stay drab and dreary until I can find something else to put on them. Maybe I’ll jet off to another CK concert and meet him again for a different picture, but, for now, I’ve only found one more way to obsess.

And, did you notice how I turned the conversation from a quick mention of my new photographic check card into a mini-discussion of my obsessions? That is how you make obsession work for you. No charge for the lesson.