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'House' and Home

I'm back home. I've actually been back home since very late Monday night, but between work (don't ask) and catching up on sleep and other stuff I haven't been very active online. I've done a lot of skimming and believe I am all caught up on your lives.

Chicago was awesome. Just a wee bit windy and chilly on Thursday when writteninstars and I arrived. I managed to get sick during The Decemberists concert that night, but I'll spare you the details. I don't think it was the bands fault. ;)

Starting on Friday the weather was beautiful and lasted until we left. Much shopping was done though I managed to restrain myself from buying too much. I kept thinking about Illinois 9% sales tax to Michigan's 6%. And spent several hours at the Art Institute looking at some marvelous works and some others that made me debate what constitutes art. In addition to hanging out with my dear, mostly sweet writteninstars I got to spend some quality time with x_h00ine, her hubby mr_booze, lynnb, and dragonfly0303.

Did I mention the chocolate buffet? Yes, there was a chocolate buffet at the Penninsular Hotel and apparently there is a limit as to how much chocolate I can eat.

I am waaaaay behind on TV having not yet seen Ugly Betty, Heroes or Doctor Who and thank you friends list for being so good about cut-tags. I did catch House last night and have a few thoughts on that.

I actually stopped paying close attention early in the ep. I feared this was turning into 'As The Ships Turn'. Wilson/Cuddy/House is amusing and Chase was, dare I say, adorable, but I don't watch the show to see who wants to hook up with who and it seemed to be what the ep was mostly about. Fortunately, I was wrong and I watched again this evening to see what I had missed previously.

Back to the couples or trios as the case may be for the moment. I did appreciate Chase's "It's not stalking" discussion with Cameron. He put a lot of thought into his plan to the point Cameron couldn't come up with anything to completely shut him down. Unfortunately, he's probably taking that as a sign of hope rather than a result of her complete confusion as to why he won't realize it's not going to happen. I give her credit for not wavering, which I feared she might. Poor boy is just going to end up getting hurt again.

I'm not sure what to think of House's interest in Cuddy. He didn't seem terribly hurt by her going out with Wilson so I'm leaning to a game of one-upmanship. She made a good point that he didn't seem at all interested until someone else was. Come to think of it, House's interest didn't really begin until she started the hunt for a sperm donor and then intensified as she began dating other men. I think it's less about her than him.

It's odd to say I was thrilled the patient died. They have lost patients before, they have even killed patients before, but they have never directly addressed that in their search for the rare ailment, disease, or bizarre circumstance that the simplest, most plausible diagnosis is overlooked. Even though Foreman and House are most directly responsible for the young woman's death, neither Chase nor Cameron offered up that it may be just an infection.

Foreman and House acted just as I expected them too. Foreman felt like a failure and was consumed with guilt. This is actually a positive thing. Any doctor who would just shrug something off like that, not admit they made a mistake and learn from it, is not a doctor I would want to have. And House needs answers. He screwed up and he needs to know how and why so he, too, can not make the same mistake twice.

It's a little scary to hear, but House was right at the end that this will not be the last time this happens. It is a teaching hospital, but they are also known for taking the cases no one else will take and saving people no one else can save. They take big risks and more often than not they and the patient get big rewards.

Still, how can any doctor treat cancer without getting a definitive diagnosis???

House is making available for purchase 'Everybody Lies' tees made for the cast and crew. Proceeds benefit the National Alliance of Mental Health and can be purchased here.
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'As The Ships Turn'. Wilson/Cuddy/House is amusing and Chase was, dare I say, adorable, but I don't watch the show to see who wants to hook up with who.
God no! there's nothing more annoying that hooking up House or any of the rest for that matter.
I'm leaning to a game of one-upmanship. She made a good point that he didn't seem at all interested until someone else was. Come to think of it, House's interest didn't really begin until she started the hunt for a sperm donor and then intensified as she began dating other men. I think it's less about her than him.
Yeah, I think it's a case of "anything you can do, I can do better".
Foreman felt like a failure and was consumed with guilt. This is actually a positive thing. Any doctor who would just shrug something off like that, not admit they made a mistake and learn from it, is not a doctor I would want to have. And House needs answers. He screwed up and he needs to know how and why so he, too, can not make the same mistake twice.
And it was nice to see Foreman get a lot of screen time because OE does guilt so beautifully. And when he went to see his Mom "sniffles"
CHOCOLATE BUFFET?!

Wow, you know how to make me jealous...

I'm glad you had a good time!

You didn't end up missing the Lee/Laura vid debut (which is now so overhyped I think it's bound to end up a disappointment but I won't care because at least that'll mean I've FINISHED IT) because it ate my brain (and thus caused me to fall way behind on TV too), then it ate my computer, then I reinstalled my entire operating system in an attempt to get the program working again, then the program would finally open without crashing but wouldn't save...and I think you're getting the picture! I'm reinstalling Service Pack 2 in the hopes it will cure my woes. I swear, this monster WILL be finished and it WILL be good *wills it*

Also curse you for your continuing House commentary. It makes me want to watch it... Should I start?
I had some limited time on line this past weekend and I saw your vidding woes. :( I'll be patient and I'm sure it will be very good.

I'm certainly not going to dissuade you from starting to watch House. The good news is, unlike BSG, you can pick up the show with just about any ep and not feel terribly lost. Hugh Laurie is always excellent and the supporting cast does some good work as well, but the show can be uneven. It's the opposite of BSG in that when they try to do an arc it ends up being a disaster, but there have been some amazing standalone episodes. I think you'd like it in that it's a character driven show with plenty to analyze. ;)
I'm in rather a bit more trouble than even usual with TheLittleBossyOne in that I haven't yet gotten her to that Peninsular buffet yet. Oops.

Oh well, she was going to eventually kill me anyways.
For anyone who likes chocolate they must go at least once. I told a coworker about it who happens to be going to Chicago soon for a family get together and she's plotting a way to ditch the kids and get her hubby to take her.
It was great though it would have been better if a certain person could have freed up her busy schedule. ;)

And 'Stargate' tomorrow! Wheeeeee!!!
It was so great to see you, and now I'm going to have to visit the chocolate buffet to find out what my limit is :)

As for House, I missed the first half hour, so I can't comment on the couples thing; I'll have to watch it at another time. I agree with you on the second half. House was right - they're a teaching hospital, and take high risk patients. The higher the risk, the greater the reward. But I can't understand why Wilson wasn't consulted, or why he didn't insist on seeing test results.

Thanks for the link, I'll be going over there later.

Oh - remember when we got to the train station and they were locking it down for a bit? We speculated on whether or not they were filming Batman; turns out they were! They were filming at the old post office the next morning also and it caught fire. They said at first the film crew was not at fault, but I haven't heard exactly what caused the fire.
I swear, I have the worst luck with set visits and celebrity stalking. And somehow I have a hard time believing that the fire occuring while they were filming was just a coincidence. :/
I know how you feel; in all the years I worked downtown I never saw one star. Saw plenty of trailers and breakfast spreads ;) Whereas, my sister's best friend's brother saw someone practically every month. Next time you come, we're going to scour the film office schedules and plan the stalking sessions.
I'm so glad you had a good time in Chicago (I just typed it as "Chocogo" at first which is kind of funny considering the chocolate buffet thing!). You were missed. :)

I thought House was excellent. I, too, was glad the patient died. It was a very well-done episode. One of the first I can remember really crying in. And the crying wasn't when the patient died (well, maybe a little) but at the very end when Foreman went to his mom for a hug and she didn't know who he was. That wrecked me!

I LOL'ed at Wilson's embarassment at the S&M art show. ;) And then the 2 of them looking at the art from a doctor's perspective - hilarious!