Survivor, baby!

by DaniGirl on May 12, 2008 · 12 comments

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Was it just me, or was that one of the best seasons – and most satisfying finales – of Survivor in a long, long time? And wouldn’t you just LOVE to see Ozzy and Amanda do the Amazing Race together just like Rob and Amber did?

I usually find the first hour and a half of the Survivor finale rather tedious. They tend to recap and rehash just a little bit too much; even with my shoddy memory, I can remember what happened eight weeks ago. Mostly. But I really enjoyed watching it last night, mostly because it was like replaying our lives with Lucas so far.

You might remember that my water broke the morning of the season debut, but Lucas held off arriving until the next day just so we could watch Survivor that night. Seeing Jonny Fairplay and Mary again reminded me of how I’d missed a lot of the details of those earliest episodes as I paced in and out of the room with a wailing babe against my shoulder, trying anything to get him to settle down. By the time Jonathan Penner had to leave the game, we were giving Lucas his extra bottle at night, and he was starting to settle in to a workable routine. By the time Jason found the fake immunity idol, my little angel was sleeping rather reliably (shhhh!) through the night. And by last night’s finale, I could no longer remember what it was like to not have Lucas in our lives. Once again, Survivor and my life as a mother are inextricably intertwined — so it seems plenty appropriate that the Fans versus Faves series ended on Mother’s Day.

Is it just me, or is Jeff Probst getting hotter by the season?


Speaking of celebrity crushes, I’ve finally figured out why I find American Idol’s David Cook so compelling. I said before that I had a crush on him, but even then I knew “crush” was the wrong word. In watching the dual performances last week, I realized why I like David Cook so much: looking at him, I can imagine what my grown-up Tristan might be like. I don’t know what it is, but there is something in his face, his build, and even his demeanor that is so evocative of Tristan that once I noticed it I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

graygreenblue.jpgWatching for the ferryIt might be the eye colour. Like Tristan, David’s eyes seem to shift from gray to green to blue. I stole this photo from a fan site. And David is tall and broad-shouldered, like Tristan will be. And he has reddish brown hair that doesn’t really behave. Tristan is genetically predisposed to all these things, thanks to Beloved and I. My father was a professional musician when I was a kid, and Beloved’s cousin was the lead singer of the moderately popular Canadian band, The Tea Party, so he definitely has the potential for some musical chops. The more I think about it, the more similarities there are.

That’s not too weird, is it?

Good thing the nice weather is here. I think I need to get away from the TV…

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ali May 12, 2008 at 1:35 pm

love ozzy and amanda. yes! yes! amazing race! awesome!

2 Chantal May 12, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Aaaaah, I got called into work last night and totally forgot to record the finaly, I guess I will be paying ROD to watch them. Thanks for not telling me who wins 🙂 That photo of Tristan is nice, he looks like such big boy.

3 DaniGirl May 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Ooo, and I almost blew it! It’s not posted yet, but you might want to check for free before you pay to see the finale. (Erm, what’s ROD?) Watching Lost through the CTV website is my new favourite way to watch it. I so need a PVR.

4 kgirl May 12, 2008 at 3:06 pm

I knew you’d weigh in on survivor! i missed most of the reunion because the huz wanted to watch an episode of lost (we’re on season 3), but i did enjoy the finale.

5 Rebecca May 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Oh I totally see the similarity with those 2 pictures side by side. Maybe it’s the facial expression since the eye color isn’t really useful here… but yeah, I can totally see it.

6 Renee May 12, 2008 at 3:19 pm

I didn’t watch one single episode of Survivor this season. Now, I feel like I missed out. I do agree that Jeff Probst is hot though!

7 Lee May 12, 2008 at 5:45 pm

I keep waiting for Mark Burnett to open up some Survivor based theme park where you can sleep in a cave, endure bug bites, shiver in chilling rain and run obstacle courses through the sand and surf.

Though I suppose that liability could be a big impediment.

8 Mac & Cheese May 12, 2008 at 6:02 pm

Yeah…when Jeff Probst starts looking hot, it might be time to get away from the TV.

Captcha is, “do Cunningham”. The only ones I know are Richie and Joannie. I’m not really into either so I’m gonna pass.

9 Dr. Cason May 13, 2008 at 5:21 am

Oh my gosh, I haven’t visited here for a while and now I’m definitely coming back!

Because now I have someone that could have

1. Remind me that survivor was in fact on. I have been a religious follower every season except the Africa one- I think I was in residency and distracted or oncall a lot. Anyway last night I saw that it was on and I just couldn’t believe it. No way this is a repeat I kept saying. Some looked familiar and then others didn’t. I guess I really blew it.


2. Agree with my fascination of David Cook. I wasn’t really thrilled with him in the beginning. Something about hair bugged me. Also I really liked Jason Castro. – oh those puppy dog eyes! But voila! David got a hair cut and started looking really sexy and poor sweet Jason just bombed song after song. Every once in a while I still linger over the video of Hallelujah and wonder what may have been. In the meantime I can’t wait for tomorrow! Just what will David sing!

10 Chris May 13, 2008 at 8:46 am

I agree wholeheartedly that this has been exceptionally entertaining and I was so excited to see that the Deeply Dimpled Jeff has signed on for the next four years. I think he is white hot and I just don’t think it would be the same if some other dude uttered the words ‘the tribe has spoken.’

I always thought he was good, but I wasn’t crazy about David C. at the beginning either. I think he really started to shine about the week of Top 7. I can’t wait for tonight. I think it will come down to the two Davids, but who knows at this point?!?!

11 snackmommy2 May 13, 2008 at 9:41 am

Sigh, Survivor. My true love.

I whole heartedly agree it was the best season in a long time. Although I think Amanda was a total wimp with her dopey doe eyed look at every challenge, who didn’t have to make a single strong decision in the whole game. She simply went from riding on Ozzy’s coattails to Parvati’s.

I adored Ozzy in Cook Islands, but found him too pompous this time around and was thrilled when Parvati orchestrated his departure. Loved it.

I was routing for Alexis, then Amanda.

How am I going to make it to August?

12 snackmommy2 May 13, 2008 at 9:45 am

Crap, I cannot type and talk to my kids at the same time. I meant to talk about Amanda’s doe eyed look at tribal council, and I was “rooting” for Alexis, and then Natalie, not Amanda.

Good lord, not Amanda.

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