Friday, July 14, 2006

Note to self: don't read US Weekly before going to bed. Disturbing dreams about Lance Bass (driving a white they even make those anymore??) and Reichen ensue.

So I got a note yesterday from the lovely Ginger Roddick, who happens to be Andy Roddick's sis-in-law and publicist. I've known Ginger for a few years but you know how it goes: life gets in the way and somehow, you go months without emailing. Anyway, she wrote to tell me that she checked out the blog and she passed along Andy's blog, which I check in on too. Now, I know, I know, you're rolling your eyes: it's only her second day of blogging, and she's already name-dropping? Man, how lame. But let me just say that a) I don't know enough famous people to really name-drop, and b) there's a reason I'm writing this.

I met Andy about a year and a half ago when I flew down to Florida to interview him. I had no idea what to expect, other than that I swooned when he kissed Mandy Moore (girl crush alert!) when he won the Open. I met him at his annual fund-raiser for the Andy Roddick Foundation, and was just so, so impressed by him. Dashing, articulate, smart, witty...and only, I dunno, maybe 21 at the time. But the kicker came when, at some point in the conversation, he learned that I'd just had a baby ("have breast-pump; will travel"), and said, "you had a kid eight weeks ago? Seriously? You look amazing." Now, at that moment, had my (equally dashing and articulate) husband not been at an adjacent cocktail table, I surely would have fallen to my knees and kissed his feet, only to jump up whisk him away and run off with him forever. (The whole age gap thing aside - true, I'm old enough to be, well, not his mother, but certainly his babysitter, which definitely ups the squick factor.) Now, I'm sure that Andy has no recollection of these comments, much less meeting me, but my point here is that he's is a kick-ass guy who knows just how to make a post-partum mom feel dandy. So check out his blog. (And root for him this August/September at the U.S. Open!) It doesn't hurt that he's also a fan of The Office and raved about it in his blog.

Speaking of The Office, I just want to rant very briefly about this year's Emmy nominations. Now, my husband is always telling me that these award shows are total crap (right before he sinks into the couch and becomes entranced with a slightly glazed-over look until the final award is given out), but this year? Well, he's right. Because on WHAT PLANET could John Krasinski NOT been nominated for his stellar, subtle, hilarious work in Casino Night or Booze Cruise or Drug Testing or...on and on. (The smart folks at Television Without Pity agree.) And don't get me started on Lost or Patrick Dempsey or Hugh Laurie or Zach Braff. (True though: hurrah for 24, possibly the best show on TV right now.) I mean, half of the nominees aren't even on the air anymore. Why not nominate Captain Steubing and Mr. Drummond while they were at it? This might just be the first time I actually have to boycott the awards. (Oh, who am I kidding, like I won't be glued to E! for the preshow, at the very least.) Anyway, at least I know that Andy agrees with me.

So who got robbed in this year's nominations? And is my husband right? (Egads.) Are these nominations simply Hollywood's way of tooting their own horns?

And check back in next week - I'll talk about my road to book publication! (Finally, something relevant.)

PS - If you're new here (well, I guess that everyone is new here, technically), drop me a note or post a comment, and I'll be happy to add you to my links on the left!


Jess Riley said...

Steubing and Mr. Drummond...ha!

I heard the emmys were a joke this year. I'm not watching much TV lately, with the exception of the Sunday night HBO & Adult Swim lineup on cartoon network. (Uh-oh, I think I just outed myself.)

PS: I love the Kasha Heart Healthy. :)

xxxx said...

Oh, my freaking gosh. You are like my long-lost twin.

OK, I spend half my waking hours on Television Without Pity. I LOVE The Office, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Jim. I wanted to cuddle him up and never let him go during that season finale ... and the booze cruise? He almost made me cry! John Krasinski is awesome. He is the new Zach Braff ... I guess John is writing a movie too!

As for Zach ... I adored Garden State, and I can't wait to see The Last Kiss, and I am flying out to LA and stalking him now that he's broken up with Mandy Moore. (OK, but I read in--you guessed it--US Weekly that he was hitting on Jessica Simpson! What's up with that?)

My Patrick Dempsey ... I love McDreamy, but I hate him too because he can be SUCH a tool, but then I love him again! Which totally means he should have been nominated!

And yes, 24 absolutely freaking rocks.

And I, too, will be glued to the TV even though the nominations are all kinds of random this year.

Aaaaaand ... this officially concludes my longest blog comment EVER.

P.S. Andy sounds like a doll.

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

OK Swishy, will you shut up already! ; )

I must be the only serious writer around here because I gave up all television viewing in order to write (does commenting on hundreds of blogs and blogging daily count as serious writing?) LOL.

Nice mention over at Diana's blog about your blog Allison!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Oh, and duh me. I just realized Jess posted a comment too. Jess, Swish and I all spent the night together once....

Small blog world I tell ya!

Allison Winn Scotch said...

You guys are too funny! Here I am trying to focus on this damn deadline, but I'm too distracted.

Spent a night together? Hmmm, sounds...interesting...

Swish-it's so nice to find a sister TV addict! I catch up on all of my reading over the summer b/c I'm a total lost cause once the fall season hits!

Ok, back to my deadline. Argh!

Anonymous said...

As manic mom said..."Nice mention over at Diana's blog about your blog, Allison!" And I agree it was worth a visit.

What's also nice is to know that other writers enjoy quality TV shows as well. "Grey's Anatomy" inspires me and "House" makes me reach for the quirkiness in my characters. Then there's "Jack & Company"... What can I say except that the calendar countdown is on with only 5 months and probably 3 weeks until Day 6 of "24!" Ah, such great escapism...for the viewer and Jack. ;o)

Allison Winn Scotch said...

Let's not forget the lovely eye-candy Wentworth Miller...such a nice lead in to 24, no?

How's this for horrible? My best friend was heavily pregnant and all she could do was dream about sinking into the couch and watching the Grey's finale. She was too tired to stay up for it, so set her Tivo. The next day, she goes to play it and after ten minutes, it cuts out! Her husband had stopped it to flip to some sports event. So she's never seen the McDreamy/Meredith super-smoking sex scene from the finale OR any other part of it. I tried to find it on iTunes for her, but no luck.

Should be repeating soon. And I can't wait for September for the new season! I mean, it's pathetic how many books I read over the summer just because I've finally turned off the tube.

Allison Winn Scotch said...

PS-Thanks for the kind words, Larramie! :)

Gina Black said...

Hi Allison! I'm here sent by Diana (this is a Gina-doing-what-she's-told day)... Very nice blog. I'm going to drop by your MySpace place too.

Can't add anything to the TV conversation. I work there and usually don't want to turn on the tube once I get home.

Allison Winn Scotch said...

Thanks, Gina! Well, next week, I promise to talk about writing and publishing, so no TV talk then! (Okay, I can't promise, but definitely less.) :)

Alyssa Goodnight said...

My sister keeps telling me that I should really watch Office, but for the life of me, I keep forgetting. I don't even know when it's on so that I can DVR it.

I'll look forward to next week's posts, Allison. Nice blog.

Amanda Ashby said...

I haven't seen the US office, but I love the UK one (though because of the total cringe factor, I've only ever managed to watch it with my fingers half covering my eyes!)

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