Happy First Anniversary, Bella Mafia!
My beloved GHers, and Bella Mafia Readers, today marks the one year anniversary of when I posted my very first blog post. Wow! I thought today deserved a little recognition (hence the new look of the site).
*Thanks to my friend, Cam, for sending me this pic a while back. I knew then it would be the pic I’d use! <3*
A whole year has gone by since I started this project at the urging of – BELIEVE IT OR NOT – my neurosurgeon. I know, how “GENERAL HOSPITAL” of me! Did it make you think of Dr. Patrick Drake? (To be fair, he is just as HOT!)
It’s strange but true, because after several major back surgeries, lots and lots of pain medications, and staying home alone all day as opposed to working as I’d done since my early teens, I noticed that I was forgetting words.
Really…no joke. I would be talking or writing a letter to my child’s teacher, and would just “lose” the word I was trying to say. So, my surgeon assured me that it was just an effect of the combination of so many serious meds, and lack of stimulation to a part of my brain that used to be very active. You see, I’ve always been a Literacy Lover! I love words, and writing, and have always been involved in both; not just in the classroom, but out of it as well – school newspaper editor, public relations leader, letter writer, secret wanna-be novelist! I just love writing! So when my surgeon suggested that I find something I love to talk about and start a blog that would require me to consistently force myself to find and use words, Bella Mafia: The Beauty of GH was born.
You know what, stimulating my brain was just one tiny benefit! Over the past year, I have made many friends through my Bella Mafia blog – friends that I just can’t imagine not having now! So many of you have been there for me not just to talk about our favorite soap, but to encourage me, to talk to about a million other things, to pray for me as I faced the last SIX surgeries, and to share lots of laughs and good times with! I am also very proud of the fact that together, we have helped each other stay positive and supportive of our favorite couple throughout the past year!
I just love you guys! *tears of happiness*
I hope that we’ll have something to talk about for a long time to come, but just know that you guys have been more to me than just fellow GHers, and I appreciate you all so much…
Okay…now let’s get down to business!
Monday’s GH was interesting, as it seems we may finally be getting some storylines not directly related to Brenda. I say, a Big, Fat Finally!
Carly and Claire tied up their ridiculous conversation about Carly playing match-maker for Claire and her former husband, Sonny. Then Carly stood there as her current husband, Jax, asked to talk to Claire about…Brenda. *sigh* Thankfully, it seems that conversation was a good thing for us JaSammers, as it seems that Claire has assigned Dante to be Brenda’s bodyguard. (I just have to say that the day any politician in my town uses taxpayer dollars, and community police to provide security for a Has Been Supermodel, I would start a freakin’ revolution!) However, as long as it ultimately gets Brenda out of The Penthouse, I’m happy to hear that Port Charles’ Politics are as corrupt as their Bensonhurst Cops.
Also kinda corrupt and really unethical are the medical staff over at General Hospital. Maya, and now Monica have agreed to let Tracy believe Luke is near death by supporting his Fake Heart Attack Scam #17. Oh well, as long as it helps the greater good – which is to have Tracy be less of a bitch, then I guess it’s all good. *rolls eyes*
My favorite scam of the day? Liz trying to get her millions back. Does anyone remember how many times we heard Liz tell Nikolas that she didn’t want his filthy money? Yeah, well that was before she blew Jason’s $5 million. Now, this is for my Jiz fans, who stop by to read what I’m writing about so that they can then attempt to leave nasty comments (I’m always going to delete Sam or Kelly bashing comments, so I really don’t know why you bother!) Read carefully, because this pertains to your theory. Liz went to Nikolas and told him about the lost money because as the fathers of her children, they had a right to know. Hmmm. Not once did I hear a Jason mention! That is because Liz no longer acknowledges Jason as Jake’s father… The only writing I see on the wall is that Jason and Liz are, have been, and will continue to, live separate lives, in spite of Jason mistakenly donating his sperm to the project. Liz didn’t say, “And I will have to tell Jason, since he’s Jake’s father, and it is was money he gave me to provide for his future.” She completely behaved as though Jason is already serving a life sentence, and he’s not available for comment. Don’t get me wrong – NOTHING MAKES ME HAPPIER, but I just don’t see why people are so angry at Jason for not writing her another check! How’s he supposed to know that Liz is even less trustworthy than he thinks she is? *shaking my head*
Well, Siobhan got an earful, didn’t she? Can I just interject here and say that I completely adored that little scene of Nikolas trying to hide Siobhan’s presence? Very funny. Tyler did a great job looking genuinely flustered. First Siobhan heard Liz’s confession to Nikolas, and then to Lucky, who said it better than I could have imagined: “Maybe it was money well spent” if it got Liz to recognize that they are over. Wow. Lucky tells Liz that he and Nikolas will continue to provide for Cam, Jake, and Aiden, and that they will be fine. Liz had to take comfort in that, because Lucky wasn’t handing out any other kind. Siobhan finally revealed herself after Liz’s departure, and I have to say that I liked the entire exchange afterwards, including Nikolas. Siobhan tells Lucky to get a grip because it wasn’t as though they were talking about their sex life. I wanted to tell Siobhan that Lucky and Liz talking about their sex life would have been even more boring than their conversation about college funds!
Too bad Siobhan wasn’t the only one to get an earful…while Lucky and Jason were meeting on the not-so-private docks, where secrets and secret encounters are always discovered, the Balkan’s man recorded their meeting and sent notice to The Balkan. Oh boy, I was kinda hoping that Lucky would actually get this one right. Oh well…
I wonder if GH should just rename The Penthouse and call it the Temple of Brenda. It seems that the only people who come there now come simply to be in her divine presence (I say with every ounce of sarcasm I can muster). First Lulu, who surprised me when she declared that it’s her job to get whatever Kate wants – since I always thought that was Maxie’s job. But anyway, Lulu was there, pretending to be Maxie, and within 5 seconds she let Brenda know that the gelato lovin’ cop she’s been daydreaming about for weeks is HER MAN. She then grovels at Brenda’s feet and tries to get her to say yes to being on the cover of Crimson with the same annoying fervor as the guy at the mall who is always trying to get me to buy the “best nail treatment from the Dead Sea”. I need to know – am I the only person who finds Lulu that annoying? Just wondering. Next comes Jax, who rushed right over to see Brenda, regardless of Sam’s look of surprise and mild consternation. Brenda, obviously channeling a 17-year-old waiting for her crush to stop by, rushed right out the door with him. Jax, who just minutes before was trying to convince his wife that she is the only woman in his life sat with Brenda reminiscing and sharing tender moments. Of course, Sonny finds them just as Jax touches Brenda’s face. (Stop it!)
It seems more Sam scenes were cut, as we never got to see her awkward conversation with Brenda. We did however, get to see Sam in Jason’s arms, and we did get to hear him talk to her in that oh-so-sexy way he uses only on her. “Don’t do that,” he whispered when Sam said she has been staying away because of Brenda. Yum! Apparently, Jason had time to tell Sam about Lucky’s plan, and tells her that baiting The Balkan is the plan, and that if it works out, Brenda will be gone. This should serve to reassure Sam even more that Jason wants Brenda gone, and their life back. Sam tells Jason that it’s a workable plan, but he needs to use her instead of Brenda. Well, at least Sonny and Sam agree on something – because Sonny had just told Jason that Brenda is not to be used as bait. Of course Jason would understand that because he knows that Sonny loves Brenda and just wants her out of harm’s way. Which is exactly how Jason feels about Sam. You know what I love about Steve and Kelly? Not only can they make less than two minutes really sweet, they can also say so much with just the way they look at each other. It was clear to me that Jason heard Sam’s suggestion and immediately registered fear, danger, and a Helllllllll NO, all in about 5 seconds!
What happens next will change a lot. Hopefully, it will change the trajectory of Jason and Sam’s story, as it has been pretty lost among everyone else’s story for weeks now. I am hoping that tomorrow’s Encore Episode of “JaSam’s Undying Love” will give us a glimpse into the future that we can hold onto with both hands. I am also hoping that we will each call in every favor owed to us and tell everyone we know to tune in and to go to ABC.com to view the episode there as well. YouTube views don’t get monitored by TPTB.
I have high expectations…what about you?
THIS DAY IN JASAM HISTORY
2005: http://bit.ly/9wOBZ4 Sam has never been insecure…
2006: http://bit.ly/ao1h90 I LOVE SAM! ( I could’ve shot Sonny and thrown Liz off that roof in this episode! Ugh!)
I WANT TPTB TO KEEP BUILDING JASAM’S HISTORY, DON’T YOU? TELL THEM JUST THAT!
Making A Difference For JaSam…Every Day!
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In the coming days, we should have some more to share, but get to writing or typing those letters A.S.A.P.!
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