More Fabulous Sweedish Imports – Alexander Skarsgard

July 28, 2011
Actor Alexander Skarsgård - "True Blood&q...

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I know we already spoke about Ikea this week, but today I would like to add another Swedish import to my list of favorite things… Alexander Skarsgard.

You may recognize the sexy Swede from Zoolander (he was one of Derek’s really really really ridiculously good-looking roommates who blew up after their trip for Orange Mocha Frappachinos), or as Lady Gaga’s boyfriend who once again met a tragic ending in the video for Paparazzi, but he is most well-known for the role of Eric Northman, the 1000 year old Viking, that has been captivating True Blood fans for the past three seasons. Now as we are entering the fourth season of True Blood, we are really seeing the depth of Mr Skarsgard’s acting abilities.

Spoiler Alert for those of you not up to date with your True Blood!:

This season the viking vampire has had his memory erased by a Harry Potter’s Aunt Petunia (well by Fiona Shaw who played Aunt Petunia in the Potter Films, but who is playing the character of Marnie on True Blood) As a result of Marnie’s spell, Eric is left scared and vulnerable, a drastic contrast to the arrogant and confidant sheriff of Louisiana’s Area 5 (Eric’s job) we all hate to love. This past Sunday, we finally see Sookie give in to the sexual tension that has been building over the past few season and kiss the “new” Eric. Of course, this is probably going to lead to trouble in the long run if you know anything about Sookie’s luck with men. But for now, I will spend my Sunday nights indulging in the sweet, child-like naivety that Alexander Skarsgrd brings to the “New Eric” and will wait in baited breath for the naughty “Old Eric” to be up to his tricks soon enough…. once they figure out how to reverse Aunt Petunia Marnie’s spell. Until then, I’ll just hope he keeps walking around Sookie’s house with out a shirt on!

Anyone else completely smitten with Alexander Skarsgard’s version of Eric Northman? 

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Thank You For Being My Friends

July 5, 2011

Between my grandmother’s passing and trying to divert my attention from worrying about my unemployment, this weekend was a hard one. Through it all, I realized how incredibly blessed I am.

Ka-ka stepped up and took on a lot of responsibility this weekend. She helped my mom and aunt pick out some of the stuff for the funeral and did a lot of relative schlepping. She really pitched in so I could take some time for myself to mourn both my losses and get a small handle on what had happened. She delivered a beautiful eulogy which made everyone tear up, including my step-dad (She likes that she can now call herself a “Eugoogalizer” like Zoolander).

I had an outpouring of support from friends over both my losses which were incredibly surprising and I am incredibly grateful for. I received calls, emails, and Facebook messages from friends all over offering to help me find a job, pass along my resume, or just take me out for a drink to mourn my four-year run at work.

In addition, friends reached out from every where to send their condolences about my grandmother. LH, D1 & the Secret Agent, sent an amazing arrangement of flowers to the funeral home since they all live a little to far to pay condolences in person. Jobin and her mom came to the afternoon services and sat through my grandma’s church group perform the rosary prayer (which they started, made a mistake, and had to start all over again from the beginning! and it is a long one for all of those who are not familiar with it!) Many others came to pay their respects. Doc, her husband the Money Man (he is an excellent financial advisor!), The Dart Champ, Zippy the Derby Girl and her husband Danger Spouse, The Brain Builder and her family, Ms. Brown, Role Model Mom and her husband and brand new baby girl, My other sister and her family, Aunt Sweetie, and the Cookie Lady, all took time out of their holiday weekend to stop by and let us know that they cared.

Many people say their friends, and will stand with you when times are good but, true friends are he ones who stick with you when times get tough. I am so thankful to have these wonderful people in my life.

Today, take a moment to recognize who your true friends are and be sure to thank them for being part of your life.

And incase you need a little bit of cheesy-ness to start your Tuesday…

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