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Amy’s Favorite Things (Take that, Oprah!)

13 Dec

By Amy Sondova Every year, Oprah Winfrey features a few of her favorite things on her daytime talk show (“Oprah’s Favorite Things“) and then adorns the audience with each and every one of her favorite things.  Well, I’m not Oprah, and therefore, cannot give all Backseat Writer’s readers samples of everything that I adore.  But I can tell you where to get ‘em.   Without further adieu, I bring you “Amy’s Favorite Things,” which I hope will help you as you finish shopping foryour favorite people this holiday season (and beyond.   These are timeless suggestions).

Altered Art Charm from TickleMePinkBoutique on Etsy.com

Altered Art Charm from TickleMePinkBoutique on Etsy.com

*Etsy.com—Have you visited this site?  It’s a entire craft show right on your computer screen with everything from Scrabble tile pendants to handcrafted shoes!  There are a plethora of cool things for guys and gals alike.  Don’t believe me, guys?  Check out some of the screen printed messenger bags and t-shirts.  There’s something for everyone, and unique is the bottom line.

*Music—Every year almost everyone on my Christmas list can expect to get a CD or two.  This year there are a few artists who are hot on my list—debut artist Josh Wilson and music veteran Bebo Norman.  Besides being two of the nicest and most open guys I’ve ever interviewed, they’re also great singer/songwriters who released albums this year.  Bebo Norman’s self-titled release, Josh Wilson’s Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup, and Jon Foreman’s Limbs and Branches are must-haves!  But perhaps you’re looking for something a little rockier, then look no further than Seabird’s ‘Til We See the Shore or This Beautiful Republic’s sophomore album, Perceptions.   If you want to support indie artists, then get lost in the vocals of Tara Leigh Cobble’s Playing Favorites or Justin McRoberts’ latest project, Deconstruction.  And here are a few more recommendations: Narrow Stairs – Death Cab For Cutie; What If We – Brandon Heath; The Nashville EP and the Bee Sides – Relient K;  Opposite Way – Leeland;  With Arrows, With Poise – The Myriad;  anything by Caedmon’s Call, Fernando Ortega, Phil Keaggy.

Limbs and Branches - Jon Foreman

Limbs and Branches - Jon Foreman

*Sock Monkeys & socks—Is it just me or are you always running out of socks, too?  Whether getting lost in the wash, stolen by a shih tzu who shall remain nameless (Maddy!), or developing ginormous holes, pairs of socks seem to lose their mate after a month or two.  Therefore, I wear a lot of mismatched socks–argyle, plaid, and all patterns funky are worn together and I become a candidate for “What Not to Wear”.  Besides becoming a fashion mishap, there are are only things to do with those single socks.  You could make sock

monkeys, of course! You don’t even have to limit yourself to monkeys, there are patterns for all kinds of creatures online (sock monster, sock owl).  Then you can sell your creations at etsy.com.  Or you could just buy a conventional sock monkey at sockmonkey.com.

*Digital Cameras—The first time I got my hands on a digital camera, I took pictures of everything in sight, and I haven’t stopped.  My first pictures weren’t that great; then again, my camera wasn’t that great.  Yet I treasure the images of my grandmother’s last Christmas with our family.  Buy yourself a camera to capture the moments that truly matter, and then buy one for someone else.  Check around for the best prices and give yourself a gift that goes far beyond an electronic device.  I highly recommend Canon cameras, but if you want to go a little cheaper, Olympus makes great cameras as well.

*Anything handcrafted by you—Maybe you’re not into making sock monkeys, but there are tons of other projects in which to immerse yourself.  Try your hand at crocheting or knitting (you can even use a knitting loom like the Knifty Knitter) and make everyone scarves, hats, and SOCKS!  (See what a valuable gift socks can be?)  You could paint a thoughtful picture or make a collage.  If you’re not crafty, melt chocolate wafers and dip some pretzels; chocolate-covered pretzels make great gifts!  If all else fails, just make your dad an ashtray like you did in kindergarten—he’ll still think it’s cute (hopefully!)

Psych - Season 2

Psych - Season 2

*Amazon.com—Free shipping on orders over $25 and books, music, and DVD’s galore.  Every year Amazon is adding to its inventory.  I check back every day to see what’s on sale so I can nab Psych Seasons 1 & 2, Bones Seasons 1-3, books like The Inner Voice of Love by Henri Nouwen, The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey, the chick-lit novels of my fave fictionista, Christa Banister and those aforementioned CD’s at discounted prices.

*Ebay.com—Whatever you can’t find on Amazon.com, you can find on Ebay.  There are literally millions of treasures on this site from low, low prices on video games to truly bizarre items like vintage hand towels.  But whatever you’re looking for, you can probably find it on Ebay.  You can also find a bunch of stuff you weren’t looking for, too.

*Michael’s, A.C. Moore, Joann’s—Craft stores are slashing their prices, and signing up for their e-mail newsletters allows customers to get even more coupons (especially if you don’t get them in your local newspaper).  Remember that camera I told you to buy?  You can get beautiful frames for those pics on sale at any of these stores for 40-50% off during the holiday season.  Plus, custom framing is 60% off (I say buy a frame and do-it-yourself!)  Not only that, but you can find deals on Christmas décor, craft kits for the kids, and nice gifts like candle holders and scented candles for your co-workers.  Even if you aren’t crafty, craft stores are a great place to shop for gifts.

Even though Black Friday has come and gone, you can still save money and give great presents to your loved ones…and those people you don’t really like that you still have to buy for.  We know Christmas isn’t all about the presents, but if you’re like me, you sure do like to get them (hey, I’m being honest here).  Plus, great presents show cleverness and creativity that has little to do with price and everything to do with thoughtfulness.  Our mere trinkets can never compare to the gift of God’s Son wrapped in humanity, so as we give to one another let us remember the greatest gift that mankind was ever given.

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Want to Split a Pineapple?

9 Feb

Some of you may be wondering about my recent obsession with pineapples. It’s a “Psych” thing–you wouldn’t understand. Apparently, actors James Roday and Dule Hill (who play best friends Shawn and Gus) found a pineapple in the prop room and decided to use it on the show. Now it’s a running gag on “Psych”. Here’s a clip in which Shawn masterfully uses a pineapple to make friends with a witness.

Shawn & Me: Adult Children of Divorce

9 Feb

If you haven’t yet heard me proclaim it from the mountaintops, my favorite show is “Psych”, which airs on Friday nights at 10 PM (EST) on USA Network.  I like to tell people I have a steady date with Shawn Spencer on Friday nights…it makes my social life seem juicier (or really sad if they ask who “Shawn Spencer” is and I have to explain that he’s a real detective who plays a fake psychic and it’s all on a T.V. show).

If you know all about “Psych”, proceed to next paragraph.  To catch up on my love of all things “Psych”, you can read these posts: “Psych”Is Back”“Psych” Snow Globe, or just put “Psych” in the search bar underneath the comments section of my blog.

Shawn (James Roday) is a a child of divorce, which comes across in his character, especially in some of the conversations he has with his fatther, Henry (Corbin Bernsen).  Shawn harbors resentment against Henry, who he sees as the main reason his parents divorced.  Apparently, Henry was married to his job as a police officer first, and his family second.  It comes up here and there in episodes, and seems to be one of the only show’s “serious” moments (and even then the “moments” are fairly laughable).

While Shawn is very likable, he seems to make shallow, fast relationships.  The only real friend he has is his childhood buddy, Gus.  Perhaps that is part of his character, or perhaps the writers who produce the script are also children of divorce.  It’s a statistic probability.

Interestingly, in tonight’s episode, there was a side plot in which Henry started seeing a woman (who he was set up with by Interim Chief Vick).  Shawn averted his eyes when meeting this woman in his father’s house, as though she was naked (even though she was fully clothed).   Chief Vick and Henry kept asking Shawn’s opinion of the woman, which drove Shawn crazy and caused him a lot of discomfort.

Finally, at the end of the episode, Shawn confronts his dad.  Shawn says that he doesn’t want to hear about his father’s dating life or offer him any advice.  To which Henry replies that Shawn needs to get over the fact his parents are divorced and that Henry has a right to a little happiness.  Shawn relents a bit and offers his Dad this bit of dating advice, “Treat her like a person, then a princess, then a Greek goddess, and then a person again” (to which James Roday’s entire female fan base let out a collective sigh).

Even though “Psych” is far from a drama, I felt irritated by Henry’s actions.  I wanted to yell, “Figure it out yourself and stop bothering your son.”  Something about it hit home, and I realized that never were a fictional character and I closer.

No, I am not a detective pretending to be a psychic.  I do not live in Santa Barbara.  My best friend is not a black guy named Gus.

But I am a child of divorce and an only child at that.  I do hate when my mom overwhelms me seeking advice for her personal life.  It’s also hard for me to accept that my mommy and and daddy are no longer a unit.  Plus, I do have an affinity for pineapples.

Often times when parents divorce, an only child (a kid with no siblings) finds his or herself in the middle of the fray.  There’s no one to talk to about the situation, so it gets emotionally buried.  The parent to whom the child is closer sees the child as a friend instead of a daughter or son.  The lines are blurred, not only is the child dealing with his or her feelings about divorce, but also carrying the burden of one or both of the parents.

Just like Shawn, I don’t want to be my mom or dad’s buddy.  I want to be their little girl.  An only child’s status is especially threatened when one or both parents move on into new relationships and get remarried.  In my situation, since my dad had an affair, he had already moved on, but when my mom suddenly got remarried, I could not cope with it.

A child of divorce and remarriage no longer belongs to any family.  Sure, the books say that the a new family can be invented and offer creative ways to integrate and fuse two separate families into one.  Sometimes it works when the kids are like five, but until I was 19, all I knew was my mother and father and that they would be together forever.  That idea was shattered the April night I found out about my dad’s affair and completely crushed in October 2001 when the divorce was finalized.

A child of any age rarely has a decision when it comes to his or her parents’ divorce, nor do they have a say in their remarriage to others (even though some parents seek the advice of their children, sometimes a little too much).  I keep looking for a solution to this problem in my mind, but all I can do is sigh, accept the pain, and move on.  Sometimes  there is nothing to be done but to heal and hope that others don’t callously offer unhelpful advice that is salt rubbed into an open wound.

So, this is what I leave you with:

*Divorce hurts children–fictional ones and real ones.  They are the very real victims in a war that is not their faults.  The war in homes has many, many innocent victims with a high casualty rate.

*Adult and teenage children don’t want to be their parents’ friends; they want their parents to be parents.  Sure, children can offer some advice on certain matters.  But the line between parent and child should never be blurred.

*Remarriage hurts children, especially older children.  Not only has their world been rocked by divorce (and the reasons behind the divorce), but now they have to accept another person into their worlds.  Parents, take the time to make sure that the love of your life is one who will love and respect your children.

*Despite the pain, children of divorce can recover and lead normal, happy, and healthy lives!

A lot of people don’t want to wait, but it is better for your children.  And while parent shouldn’t live their lives to please their kids,  they also shouldn’t expect their children just to accept another person into the family mix.  Again, an only child has a special parental bond and it is damaged when a parent jumps too quickly into another relationship.

*Remember, treat woman like humans, then princesses, then Greek goddesses, and then humans again.


I Need This

14 Jan

As soon as I saw it, I knew I must have it because I love snow globes and I love “Psych”. Yes, friends, it’s the “Psych” snow globe, which ships on Feb. 1 (just in time for Valentine’s Day or as I like to call it “Singles Awareness Day”). I don’t think that there’s cooler useless item on the face of the planet…and it’s a steal at only $15. My favorite part about the snow globe, besides the fact it looks as though Shawn and Gus will be enveloped by a a giant sunflower, is that the show is set in Santa Barbara, where it doesn’t snow. So a snow globe makes little to no sense, but hey, that’s why we watch “Psych”, right? While you’re at the “Psych” online store, you should pick up a mug or a t-shirt, too. I personally find the grey “Psych” unisex shirt that says, “I sense you’re following me on the back” to be the real winner among the shirts, but alas, it’s sold out in many sizes (I knew I should have gotten myself one for Christmas!) There’s also the pineapple ringer shirt that says “Psych” on the back. I do like ringers and pineapples and Psych, but the “Following Me” shirt is just so much funnier. I hope they restock before my birthday (March 23, which is also Easter Sunday).

Finally…”Psych” is back!

12 Jan

Henry Spencer (L) and Burton Guster (R) look on as Shawn fakes another psychic vision. By the way, if you don’t know yet, Shawn’s not really psychic. He just has amazing visual recall and deductive reasoning skills. But he pretends that he gets his knowledge via psychic visions instead of astute observation. Hilarity ensues.

Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) are back for the third season of USA’s hit show, “Psych”. Private “psychic” detective Shawn Spencer (who also likes to give himself various titles such as “lead psychic detective of the Santa Barbara Police Department”) and his best friend Burton “Gus” Guster investigate the mysterious disappearance of the man that Gus’ wife was about to marry. Yes, Gus is married. Apparently it happened on spring break while Gus was in college, but the whole thing’s been annulled. Or Gus thought it was, but former wife, Mira, tracks down Gus via a very pathetic private detective to get the final papers signed.

Meanwhile, Detectives Lassie and O’Hare have a cut throat competition to determine who is the better detective (though there was no official determination, I think Shawn bags it when he says that he scored 100% on the detective test when he was only 15). Naturally, both story lines eventually collide when Mira’s fiance reappears, but then later disappears is found dead.  Naturally, Shawn and Gus solve the gas and all is well in the world, or at least in Santa Barbara. Hurrah!

Next week, Shawn and Gus check Shawn’s Dad, Henry Spencer, into a retirement community to do an undercover gig. It should be grand fun.

I’m sure that,  like me, other “Psych” fans are wondering–what’s going to happen with Shawn and Juliet after their near lip lock on the season finale last summer? Since I don’t have the amazing psychic skills that Shawn possesses, I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. By the way, James Roday and Maggie Lawson are apparently dating according to this fan site.

Did anyone else think Shawn was going to ‘fess up to Gus about his feelings for Juliet when he faked Gus out with those Photoshopped wedding photos? Yeah, I’m sure that’s what the writers wanted us to think. Personally, I don’t want there to be a Shawn/Juliet hook-up. It would probably be lame and definitely ruin the Shawn/Gus connection…don’t you agree? The writers would do well to toy with us, but never actually establish a true romance between Shawn and Juliet. But, hey, what do I know? I still don’t understand why a pineapple shows up all over the place…and now Clark bars?

My Top Discoveries of 2007

30 Dec

Psych“–It’s an awesome T.V. show on USA Network starring James Roday as “psychic” detective Shawn Spencer, who isn’t really psychic, but pretends that he is. It’s great and the new season starts on Jan. 11.

Pushing Daisies“–I love this show so much that I blogged about one of its actresses, Kristin Chenoweth  (read “Snooked on Pushing Daisies” here).

LOTS OF MUSIC–I’ve been introduced to many a good musicians and bands in 2007 through my work with YMX, but here are some of my new favorites.

Brandon Heath–great singer/songwriter with a great heart for God and worship.

Grey Holiday–hilarious and deep; great combo.

David Klinkenberg–makes me wish I hadn’t given up so easily on violin lessons in 4th grade, yet I’d probably never be as good as this guy.  He’s amazing to see perform live.

Nickel Creek–they’re good together and Chris Thile does a great job flying solo!

Leeland–Yeah, I didn’t listen to them before 2007, but I’m glad another year didn’t go by without their music.

Hairspray: One of the cult classics I had never indulged in until its remake.  I love Nikki Blonksky.

High School Musical 2:  I don’t know about this Zac Efron kid, but Lucas Grabeel is cute!

Fred Weasley is NOT DEAD! After the final Harry Potter book was released there was some confusion.  An apparent misprint in the book says that a wall fell on him.  That’s completely inaccurate.  Fred’s alive and well–I don’t care what you say.  If you don’t believe me, read this!

Marley & Me is a great book about a man and his dog.  Plus, the New York Times best-selling author and I live in the same zip code!!!

Potter Puppet Pals is a website that makes funny Harry Potter parody videos using puppets.

Facebook–why didn’t I sign up sooner?  If I’m not your buddy, I should be.

Macs may be better, but I still can’t afford one.

And, last but certainly not least, the wonders of Animal Planet and The Discovery Channel.  There’s a show on Animal Planet all about meercats and another about apes–how cool is that?

Maybe MySpace Isn’t *THAT* Bad…

19 Dec

Even though I much prefer Facebook over its competitor, MySpace, I’ve found myself hanging out on MySpace lately. Here’s why:


1. I like to check out bands and on MySpace, you can easily listen to their songs. Some debut bands I’ve been enjoying on MySpace include The Myriad and Fort Pastor. Plus, David Klinkenberg has this fantastic song called “Toss the Feathers”, which I can only listen to on his MySpace profile.

2. Some old pals have been sending me messages on MySpace. In order to write back, I have to actually be on MySpace. And of course I want to write back because they’re my old friends and it’s exciting to hear from them again.

3. I like to read the profiles of fictional characters. That’s right Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster from the USA Network show, “Psych“, have MySpace Profiles. Not only did I ask them to be my buddies, they’re numbers two and three on my “Top Friends” list. Because you should always put fake characters in front of people you know in real life.

Yeah, and I also like to read their blogs. The scariest part is that I’m not the only one. Seriously, there are people who leave comments for these guys. Like the other day it was Shawn’s 31st birthday–hundreds of people wished him a happy birthday. He’s not real! Yet Shawn and Gus have over 5000 friends! I’m not sure if it’s sad or scary. I’ll go with funny.

“Hope is a thing with feathers”

AS AN ASIDE: One of the reasons I like David Klinkenberg’s song “Toss the Feathers” so much is because I rather enjoy feathers, so much so that I have a cockatiel, who has feathers. I believe it started in college with my one English lit professor. I had a black sweater that had frilly feathers around the neckline and sleeves. Whenever I wore it she would say to me, “Emily Dickinson said, ‘Hope is a thing with feathers.'” By the end of my undergraduate schooling, I’d quote Emily D. at her when I saw her coming. Now when I see feathers, I think of hope…Emily Dickinson…and my English lit professor, who resembles author Ann Lamott. I can still see her leaning against the wall of the liberal studies building wearing a long black dress and smoking a cigarette. Man, I miss college.

Here’s Emily Dickinson’s poem about hope & feathers:

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

“Psych” Holiday Card For Y’all

8 Dec

In case you missed it, tonight was the first-ever “Psych” holiday spectacular exciting fans for when the show makes its Season 3 debut on January 11. During one of the show’s commercial breaks, I learned about the fun things available for fans on the “Psych” website. So I sat down with the guys and made a card for all of you.

Check out your “Psych” Christmas card! We worked really hard on it.

We also like to dance together dressed as elves.  Check it out here.

Elf Yourself

30 Nov

After spying my AIM Elf decor, Adam told me about this great site called ElfYourself.

Naturally I waited about three seconds before trying it out. You can check out Amy the Dancing Elf here. I’m sure I’ll be making many more dancing elf videos for your merriment over the next few weeks.

This is an even better one–it’s Sarah and me dancing with the guys from “Psych” (James Roday and Dule Hill). Ah, if only the four of us could be dancing elves together.   I appreciate the fact that James Roday appears to have four hands.  He’s just that good.

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