September 2010

I woke up at 8:15 and felt like a champion for sleeping in. I turned off my alarm clock and had my phone on silent (usually I keep it on vibrate, should there be some sort of friend/family emergency) and I think I slept through the night… I don’t remember waking up, nor did I get any further in my alphabet game than letter “J,” which I was on the night before, so that’s something. I’ll pick back up where I left off… I should probably move on to “K” now.

I went upstairs and was greeted by Moose, as Yukon was sleeping on the couch and would remain there through when I finished breakfast. Mom was at the table working on her crossword puzzle and Sodoku, so I sat next to Yukon and watched the rest of The Hudsucker Proxy while I ate my orange and yogurt.

When my movie was over, I went back down to my room to work on my Literature Review. My goal was to finish Part 4 (of 5) today and I did… though it took most of the day.

I took a few breaks every now and again, but I worked several hours on my paper. By 4:15 I had written three pages of stuff and felt I was finished with Part 4. I’ll start up on Part 5 (guilds – woot) tomorrow. I won’t get it all done, but I hope to make a dent.

A friend of mine from grad school FB messaged me this morning to tell me she was reading a book that she thought I could use for my Lit Review. I thanked her and looked up the book on Google… and it would fit in with my Lit Review. The thing is, though, how much information is too much information? Is there a thing as too much information? Probably not… but I also think that there could probably always be more information than the massive amount I already have.

I likely will have a panic attack in the next few days about this very topic.

You see, I haven’t showed any of my writing to my thesis chair person yet. I was waiting until I finished my Introduction and Literature Review (I’ll need to do a Methods section too, but that’s just common sense stuff). I’m very worried that I’m going to send him this 30+ pages of material and (1) he’s going to think it’s poorly written and (2) he’s going to recommend I add XYZ sources.

And I have a bajillion sources right now… well, maybe more like 50 or 60… and I’ve read all of the articles and most of the books. I know what I have inside and out. And I’m sure there are other great sources out there… but I could keep researching this thing until the cows come home. I just want to finish my thesis sometime soonish – is that so wrong?

So, besides my upcoming panic attack, I am proud of the work I got done today. And I have tomorrow off as well, so I will take advantage of that time to get some more work done. I was toying with the idea of going to see The Social Network, but that’ll be in theaters for awhile, so I should work on my paper while I have the chance to get more of it done now.

Obviously something is wrong with me if I am bypassing a trip to the movies to work on my paper. Maybe I’m growing up…

But even though I didn’t want to see The Social Network, I kinda do now. Oscar buzz usually piques my interest and it’s worked this time around. Plus, as I mentioned yesterday, I think Jesse Eisenberg is a brilliant actor. And, Justin Timberlake is supposed to be great in this movie as well. I’m a fan of his music and comedy prowess (go watch his SNLs… you will pee in your pants), but I know he’s got talent when it comes to drama. If you haven’t seen Alpha Dog, watch it… it’s got a great young cast, and Timberlake is a standout among his peers Ben Foster (love him!), Emile Hirsch and Anton Yelchin.

Today is Thursday, so we watched Bones and Grey’s Anatomy (I’ll watch my NBC lineup tomorrow or Saturday, hopefully… 30 Rock, you are the best!).

I like Bones because of the science and the chemistry between Bones and Booth (maybe not exactly in that order, but still…). This season Booth has a girlfriend and Bones is jealous, even though she won’t admit it. Gone are the overtly longing glances between Bones and Booth… now it’s more uber fleeting looks of “man, look what we could have had” or “damn it, I missed my chance”. We’re two episodes in and I’m missing the tension between the characters. Last season had some solid moments… I hope this season picks it up a little bit. The George Clooney stuff was good in this episode, but that’s about all it had going for it.

I don’t like Grey’s Anatomy, but I still watch it week after week. I honestly don’t know why. Probably out of some sort of obligation – but to who? I just don’t know. I would be fine if this show got cancelled after this season. It’s kinda anti-climactic, even with that whole “there’s a shooter in the hospital” finale last season.

And now I’m gonna get ready for bed… perhaps read some more of “Middlesex”. I finished “Born Standing Up” and I LOVED it. Steve Martin will forever and always be one of my favorite comedians. I need to rewatch The Jerk πŸ™‚

Side note – Jesse Eisenberg was on the cover of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (along w/Timberlake and Andrew Garfield), so I was looking up his filmography on IMDB. I’ve seen probably 1/2 of his films, but my favorite performances of his are in The Squid and the Whale (2005), Adventureland; (2009) and Zombieland (2009). I love his voice and his super awkwardness πŸ™‚

Eisenberg is also in The Village (2004), though he’s not uber memorable in it. However, Joaquin Phoenix is… this film has three of the greatest Joaquin Phoenix cinematic moments of all time.

Moments 1 (hand grab) and 2 (porch scene… bonus points go to Bryce Dallas Howard, though, for a well-timed tear)

Moment 3 (another hand grab)

That whole movie could have been better… but M. Night Shymalan seemed to stop making awesome movies after The Sixth Sense.

Have a good one!

Okay, so it’s 9:44 PM as I start to type this up, but it feels like waaaaaaaaaay later. I was tired after Modern Family (which is on at 8 here), so that’s the kind of day it’s been.

I got up just before 7 and got ready to be out the door for work by 8:20. I clocked in just before 9 and spent most of the rest of the day dealing with Christmas.

I know, it’s September still. But it’s Christmas galore at work right now… yikes.

A colleague of mine asked how I am able to make it through the day in an environment such as ours, with the people and whatnot… I told her I think of it as free acting lessons. I may not be the most sociable person known to mankind, but I was when I took acting classes in high school and college. So, here I am, years later, putting my acting skillz to use. Eat your heart out, Stanislavski.

(For the record, I did read one of his books when I was in undergrad… not even for acting class. I was just so wrapped up in/obsessed with the show Inside the Actors Studio that I was trying to learn everything I could about “the craft” even though I wasn’t a theater major. And I’m still obsessed with theater to this day, so it wasn’t all for naught.)

Anyway, work was okay. I got my schedule shenanigans figured out for this week. Turns out this is my weekend… I now have tomorrow *and* Friday off. That’s good for me, because it means I get to work on my Lit Review for two days in a row… woot. Maybe I’ll go see that Facebook movie on Friday. Maybe… I do like David Fincher and I LOVE Jesse Eisenberg – I think he’s one of the best actors from my generation.

After work, I drove home through rush hour traffic to find my mom waiting for me. I got in the house, changed into non-work clothes and came upstairs to find that she had made one of my favorite foods of all time for dinner… I call it “Cheeseburger Surprise,” but it’s really called “Bisquick Cheeseburger Pie“. (Minus the onions, of course) And it’s delightful πŸ™‚ *And* my mom made cooked spinach… yum yum yum. Somehow she knew what I wanted when I didn’t even know what I wanted… my mom is the best.

We watched some HIMYM (so glad it’s in syndication around here!), Survivor and Modern Family.

Survivor didn’t surprise me at all – though I don’t think I would have voted out who they voted out quite yet…

Modern Family was great, as per usual. I loved how the whole episode was about physical affection, but that (SPOILER ALERT) Cam and Mitchell’s kiss ended up being a nonchalant background moment after such a huge deal was made out of it. I thought that was a great choice by the director and editor(s?). That show is so brilliant… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – every character is great. Even the ones who aren’t my favorite are still amazingly fleshed out. Love. That. Show.

Well, I’m going to try to watch last week’s episode of The Office. It wouldn’t work for me yesterday. I’ll try once more. Maybe it’s just time to break up with that show… it has gone downhill anyway.

Have a good one!

Before I gush about tonight’s episode of Glee, let me recount my day… I kinda got a lot done. Ish…

I didn’t set my alarm this morning (in fact, I unplugged my alarm clock altogether) as I had today off. I woke up at 8, but that was an hour later than the day before. So – success.

During breakfast, I started watching The Wendell Baker Story… sometimes I wonder if Luke Wilson can act or not. In this movie, he seems to be doing all right. So, I’ll finish it eventually.

After food, I threw in a load of laundry and then got to work on my thesis proposal. I worked on it for a couple hours and got another few articles cited and another page or two typed up. I still have a ways to go, but Thursday I will work on it more, as that is my next day off.

Around noon, I went upstairs to find my mom, who had spent part of the morning trying to net fish out of our pond to put in our fish tank. Since the weather is starting to get colder, she wanted to get all 10 goldfish, some minnows, snails and leeches out of our pond and into the tank in our living room (which already houses 3 catfish, some minnows, snails and leeches).

Mom and I had sandwiches and played a couple rounds of Yahtzee. Then, I had to head out and run some errands…

First on the list was shoes. I went to Payless and was instantly bombarded with a barrage of questions from one of the sale clerks. As I could empathize with the situation, I politely answered her questions and set out to find some shoes. I found some… they are ridonkulously ugly and not in style in any way, shape or form, but they seem like they fit all right and have some sort of cushion on the inside of them. Anything’s gotta be better than the shoes I wore the other day… so we’ll give these new shoes a whirl tomorrow. I’m going to be royally pissed if they don’t work out. I don’t have the money to be buying new pairs of shoes every week. That’s a fact, Jack.

After Payless, I went to Target to see if they had any shoes that would work – nope. I did get my mom a birthday card, some more Band Aids (blisters, yo), and some more socks. The colorful knee-highs were only $1… you can’t pass up argyle knee-highs πŸ™‚

From the Target I went to Half Priced Books. I could spend thousands of dollars in there… but since this is reality, I just looked at a bunch of DVDs and books and left with nothing. I stopped at the library to drop off a stack of books, then went and filled my car up with gas. Fun times, I know.

I got home to find my mom rearranging plants on the back deck. She brought a whole bunch of them in the house to prepare for upcoming frost. We have plants everywhere…

We had a drink and played 2 games of Yahtzee before she went back outside to track down the last of the fish. I went down to my room with full intention of working on my paper more. I ended up watching the Season 5 premiere of Dexter

(SPOILER ALERTS for those of you who haven’t seen it yet)

I think this was a great premiere. I loved that it started right where Season 4 left off – in that bathroom with all that blood. I find it beyond fascinating how Dexter functions in society. Michael C. Hall is amazing – I can’t even imagine what goes on in his head while he’s in the moment as Dexter… with all that chaos around him, he just was there, trying to emote as one would do in that situation, but not knowing how. He calls himself a monster – the phrase “I did it” being uber important in that episode – and I agree. But he’s not a dangerous monster. I mean, he is in that he kills people. But it’s not entirely his fault that he’s a monster… I blame Harry.

Harry taught Dexter how to fit in, or at least pretend he’s “normal” so he’ll fit in, or at least not be singled out. But in all of this pretend, Dexter never learned how to feel. He goes through the motions, kind of like a robot, but he doesn’t grasp what those feelings actually feel like. And throughout the episode, Hall’s Dexter is visibly struggling with having feelings and emoting them. You can see the wheels turning behind his eyes, but it wasn’t until he was on his boat and then had that encounter with that hick guy in the bathroom that you really saw Dexter as a quasi-functioning/feeling human being. When Dexter is on his hands and knees in the bathroom and sort of cries out/yells/releases emotion… it was really powerful. That was an extremely vulnerable moment and a huge game changer, in my eyes, for Dexter as a character. I believe this was also the first episode where he used a derivation of the word “love” (in this case, “loved”) when talking about Rita. This vocal expression of feeling, I feel, has the capability of cracking open a whole new side of Dexter. He’s still vengeful, but this time, it’s beyond personal.

I thought Jennifer Carpenter really was the glue holding this episode together. The way she plays Deb is great – it’s amazing to see her play this character who is trying to hold everything together while everything else is falling apart around her. She loves Dexter, but doesn’t fully understand him. I’m wondering if the writers are every going to reveal Dexter’s secret to her. I mean, in the books she knows, but on the show she doesn’t. That’ll be a game-changing moment, should they decide to go that route.

I am liking and disliking the character of Quinn more and more – which I think is brilliant. I like him because he’s a good cop… he knows something is up with Dexter because he’s good at his job. I also had a huge hunch last season that he was going to hook up with Deb. I thought the way the writers handled that was solid – and now there is room to expand on that. I also dislike Quinn because I still can’t put my finger on him. Why is he the way he is? His family used to have some money, but he seems more street than that. He looks like he should have been in The Departed, or something. I’m very interested to see where his character goes, plot-wise.

(End Dexter Spoilers)

And then, later tonight, my mom and I watched Glee… and it was glorious.

(Start Glee Spoilers)

So, tonight’s episode was Brittany/Britney. I LOVED how they revealed that Brittany’s name is Brittany S. Pearce (sp?). That’s just too great πŸ™‚

I’m in my mid(ish) twenties, so I very much exposed to Britney Spears music ever since middle school/high school/college. I have her songs on my iPod, on my mix CDs, memorized for all time in my mind grapes. I have seen the music videos. I know about her personal drama via People Magazine, etc… Like the kids in New Directions, Britney music has had an influence on me.

So, I was beyond thrilled when I heard that they were doing a Britney episode. I was super thrilled knowing that Brittany (the amazing Heather Morris) was going to have a couple solos and be recreating some classic Britney videos.

Heather Morris can DANCE. She killed her “I’m a Slave 4 U” and “Me Against the Music” numbers. Her vocals were pretty good, but her dancing is really her best attribute. She’s a better dancer than Britney… yeah, I said (typed?) it.

I liked seeing John Stamos on Glee! I hope he gets a song and dance number at some point… he’s so talented πŸ™‚ He was good on Full House and GREAT on ER, but I am really looking forward to some more of him on Glee.

Oh, Mr. Schue… being all jealous of Carl the Dentist. After all the rapping and whatnot, it was a bit bizarre to see Mr. Schue take on Britney Spears, especially “Toxic” (i.e. one of my most favorite Britney songs ever…). That was a brilliantly choreographed number… very sexy all around with the black and white outfits and use of bowler hats. To use two words from Sue Sylvester – “sex riot.”

I liked how Lea Michele’s version of “Hit Me Baby One More Time” was a direct homage to the Britney video… down to the same athletic pants and bras. However, even though I love “Stronger” and Artie, I wasn’t really feeling that number. It was a bit cheeseball, even for Glee. But, I’m glad to see that he and Finn are on the football team.

And, I liked the Paramore song… I have only heard it a few times, but Lea Michele’s performance makes me want to download her version and the Paramore version πŸ™‚ The lyrics are really pretty.

But, as much as I loved tonight’s episode of Glee, I’m looking forward to next week’s episode. Finn had me smiling at the words “Grilled Cheesus” and then Kurt had me clutching my pearls when I saw him standing next to the hospital bed of his father. Burt Hummel!! Oh No!!! I’m very much looking forward to the music numbers next week – I know Mercedes is taking Kurt to church, so I hope that means we’ll hear some gospel and we, the audience, will be “taken to CHURCH!” Also looking forward to some Billy Joel from Puck… πŸ™‚

(End Glee Spoliers)

And that’s that.

I’m off to bed… gotta 9-5 shift tomorrow. Fingers are crossed that my new shoes don’t kill my feet. My feet are still in huge amounts of pain from the other day… but, as my mom always says, “Suck it up, Kate.”

And so I shall.

Have a good one πŸ™‚

So, that was the last song I heard before I started typing this.

Oh Britney Spears, how I adore your cheesetastically catchy music πŸ™‚

I’m obviously super excited for tomorrow’s episode of Glee where there will be several Britney numbers, including one of my favorite Britney songs, “Toxic”. Woot.

Well, I worked from 9-5 today. My feet hurt so bad that I am going to go shoe shopping tomorrow afternoon instead of spending the whole day on my Lit Review. Even though my Lit Review is super important, the ability to stand on my feet without wanting to sever them from the rest of my legs is just a tad more important, at least temporarily. I hate my feet. They suck. Bah.

So, work… was not great today. Besides the feet business, there was something wrong with my schedule again. I was told to be in from 9-5, but when I went to clock in, the computer wouldn’t let me – it indicated I was early for my shift.

Ummmmmmmm, no.

So, I checked my schedule and it said I was supposed to be in from 1-5.

Ummmmmmm, no again.

I tried to talk to a manager, but she just told me to go elsewhere and someone there would handle it.

Ummmmmmmmm, no for the third time.

Anyway, my clocking in got uber messed up several times over the course of the day. My manager will be in on Wednesday (as will I), so I’ll talk with her about it.

And that’s just the tip of why work was whack today. But I’m off tomorrow, so that’s good. I’ll work on my paper, get some better shoes and watch GLEE!!

I am so tired right now, I am going to call it quits. I totally watched How I Met Your Mother, DWTS and Castle with my mom… HIMYM was great – I love Neil Patrick Harris. DWTS was okay. Based on dancing skills, Michael Bolton should be the one headed home. Props to The Situation for trying… his dancing was all over the place (footwork needs help), but he looked like he was trying really hard. Kurt Warner made me chuckle. But, I’m rooting for Jennifer Grey to go all the way… I am not her biggest fan, but she’s a good dancer and Derek Hough’s choreography is always amazing. It’s not a surprise that he and his dance partner’s do incredibly well in the competition – his choreography is always the best of all of the pros. And Castle was pretty good… I just love Nathan Fillion πŸ™‚

Have a good one… I’m gonna read a couple pages of my Steve Martin book (LOVE HIM) and then am going to sleep. I unplugged my alarm clock and am going to try and sleep in tomorrow morning… woot.


So, today was my first official day of work – as in, I was out on the floor helping people and learning where stuff is and how to find stuff on the computers and whatnot…

I made the decision to write about work on my blog, but not to divulge the name of company I’m working for. It’s not that I’m ashamed of the company I work for (it’s actually a really great company and the people there are super nice thus far), it’s that the specific company is in no way related to the kind of career path I plan on taking and it’s not important for stranger people to know where I work. But, in addition to working on my thesis proposal and trying to figure out my future, I now also am juggling a part-time job. So, that must work its way into the blog.

Anyway – first day of work. I had to pull the “it’s my first day” card a few time because I could tell I wasn’t helping people as fast as they wanted me to. I tried. I did my best. And I helped a lot of people and met a lot of nice co-workers. So, that’s a start… I’m back in tomorrow from 9-5, even though this is not a 9-5 job. Hmmm…

The worst part about my job is my shoes. I have two pairs of shoes that are part of the dress code, but neither of them are comfortable to wear for more than 3 hours. I blame my feet – they are super wide, have beyond high arches, and are just stupid feet. I will just deal with foot pain tomorrow, but I will go in search of better shoes or at least locate some foot inserts sometime soon.

I have Tuesday off and will be working on my paper for a solid chunk of the day. Woot. (Blah)

Saturday Night Live was pretty good last night. I loved that Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Justin Timberlake and Maya Rudolph were all there too πŸ™‚ Amy Poehler did a solid job as host, and I was glad to see her doing Bronx Beat and back at the Update desk with Seth. It was also cool to see NY’s Governor poke fun at himself. Katy Perry does not sing very well live (it’s sad that not a lot of artists do, these days) and the Digital Short was weak sauce. Come on, Samberg, you had a whole summer to come up with something awesome. But Boogerman? Lametastic.

I still have to give my opinions on 30 Rock and Community… patience, grasshopper.

Also, I just started reading Steve Martin’s “Born Standing Up” – his autobiography. I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s brilliant thus far. He’s one of my favorite comedians, and it’s interesting to read about his life growing up.

I realize that I could never be a comedian or successful screen actor. Besides not being uber funny, I also had a pretty normal upbringing. It seems that a lot of comics lead tragic childhoods or had epic clashes with a parent, or their parents got divorced or one or both parents died. I mean, there’s a bit of craziness sprinkled throughout my family tree and some stories that will forever kill at parties, but I lead a charmed life thus far compared to the whole of all the people you see on Inside the Actors Studio. Ergo, I cannot be a comedian or successful screen actor. Sadness.

Well, I should get to bed. I have to be up at 7 to be at work by 9… ugh.

I hope you have a great day!


P.S. I can’t believe tonight is the season premiere of Dexter and I can’t watch it right now! I’m going to need to find a way to watch that online… Hmmm…

Yes, I’m among the minority of people who still watch SNL faithfully. When I lived with my sister, we would DVR it and watch it Sunday morning. But, since I’m with my parents (sans DVR), we’re staying up to watch it live. At least it’s on from 10:30 – 12:00 in the Central Time Zone, which means I can go to bed at 12:01, as opposed to when I would sometimes watch it live in Eastern Time Zone and be forced to go to sleep after 1 am – too late for me.

So, I was up at 6:15 this morning to be into work at 8 AM. Training went well… all of the people were really nice and the information was helpful. One of the last places I worked was similar to this new place, but this new place has been waaaaaaaaaaaay more informational before they actually put us to work, which I totally appreciate. I have my first real day of work tomorrow, and it’s a nice little 4 hour shift. That’ll be a good introduction to my work area. I hope the people I’ll be working closely with are nice too.

(I know I said I would write my opinions about 30 Rock and Community from the other night, but I’ll do that tomorrow or Monday night. My eyes have been giving me problems all day today and I need to not be behind my computer right now.)

When I got home from work today I finished watching Iron Man. Then I helped my mom decorate the outside of our house for Halloween. (My mom decorates for all holidays… especially those in the fall/winter.) The yard looks really cute πŸ™‚

Then, this evening, my dad and I watched The Happening (2008). What an awful movie… and I love Mark Wahlberg, but that was just Bad News Bears. The script was horrible, the plot was horrible and the acting was pure cheese. I blame the director (M. Night Shyamalan). Wow – that was bad.

Anyway… I’m gonna log off my computer now and watch another movie before SNL.

Have a great day!

It’s 10:07 as I’m beginning to type this and I aim to have my lights off by 10:15 or 10:20 at the latest… I will link out to movie trailers and stuff later this weekend. I need to get to sleep now.

See, I have to be up at 6:30 tomorrow morning to get to work for training at 8:00.

Yep – 8:00 am on a Saturday… that’s kinda cruel. And by “kinda,” I mean a lot.

Anyway, not much happened today beside me watching 2 movies and walking around or face planting on the couch because I was epically tired.

I was going to get up at 7:30 today, but instead set the alarm for 8:00. And when that alarm went off, I was not happy…

My mom and I went and saw The Town with Jon Hamm this morning, or as my mom told my dad “Our Town with Michael Hamm”. My mom is adorable πŸ™‚

The Town was really good… I didn’t see Gone Baby Gone yet, so I can’t compare Ben Affleck’s directing efforts, but The Town was great. Good story, good cinematography, good editing, great ensemble… Affleck is a capable actor and it’s nice to see him give a solid performance after a few misses over the years. Jeremy Renner, as always, was great – I’m glad he’s on people’s radars now after his turn in The Hurt Locker. He’s not leading-man handsome, but he’s character-actor brilliant. He has the ability to stare down other actors/characters… it’s amazing. Even Blake Lively did well in her supporting role. Props to her – I’ve only ever seen her in the Traveling Pants movies, so I was impressed by her work in this film. Rebecca Hall is always great, so there’s nothing more to add there except that I wish more people knew who she is… see also The Prestige and Starter for 10 (I didn’t see Vicky Cristina Barcelona, so I won’t pimp that movie.)

And then there was Jon Hamm.

Oh Jon Hamm, how I love thee… Not only are you a great actor (LOVE Mad Men and all your guest spots on SNL and 30 Rock), but you really sold it as the FBI guy. We’re used to see you drinking and womanizing in the 60s, but Hamm proves he’s relevant in the present too. It was kinda awesome to see him rough some people up and go toe-to-toe with Affleck. Plus he looked DAMN FINE in his flannel shirts πŸ™‚

The other movie I watched today was Son of Rambow. It was a bit weird, but the ending was super adorable. It’s about little British kids making a movie about the Son of Rambow (Rambo). Lots of misfit kids. It was pretty great.

Oh, I also watched last night’s premieres of Community and 30 Rock. I will sooooooo expand on those tomorrow. But, for now I will say that both were brilliant and that 30 Rock is still my most favorite show of all time. I want to be Tina Fey when I grow up – she is my lady hero. (Plus, Matt Damon is great as Carol, the doorman to the sky).

Anyway… I will close for now. Have a great day…

So, I got a phone call from my manager at work… besides training on Saturday morning, I now am scheduled for shifts on Sunday afternoon and then 9-5 M,W & F. Thankfully I have T & Th (& Sat?) off to work on my thesis proposal. I know I should have worked on it more over the past few weeks/months… but I have always been slow to write papers because I suck at writing them. And now it seems that I’ll have a couple days a week to work on it, at best, and I’m not sure if that is physically enough time to get it done when I want to get it done by.

I guess I only have myself to blame… I did have the whole summer to work on my paper. And I did… I took 50 pages of notes from 50+ sources (and I friggin’ READ all of those articles… I didn’t skim anything, I read them all. And took freakishly detailed notes). And now I’m in the middle of my Literature Review… I still have to finish the 4th part and start/finish the 5th part and then do my Methods section. I wanted to have the Lit Review done by the end of September. That’s not looking like it’s going to happen… as the end of September is next Thursday (btw – how the F**K is it the end of September already? Where has the time gone?).

But, I will work on it when I can… which means next week on my days off I will not be playing ping-pong or Yahtzee with my mom. I will be holed up in my room, sitting in my red recliner with all of my books and notes lining the arms. But, this also means that my free time is pretty much done with until who knows when. My mom gave me the “that’s life” line when I kinda broke down and was like “I hate working and trying to get my paper done at the same time” this evening. I knew it was coming, but I just hate that I am going to be working a job that has absolutely nothing with the field I want to be in *and* that I basically have two college degrees and I’ll be making 50 cents more than minimum wage. My dad said I should be thankful that I have a job in this economy… and I am. But one day, I would like to have a job where I actually look forward to going to work because it’s something that I am passionate about, and not just some job that I need so I can pay my ever-increasing health insurance bill every month. Because *that’s* what’s happening right now.

I can’t wait to finally get my thesis done within the next year and get a real job or at least apply to doctoral programs and study stuff I’m passionate about.


I was trying to make this a short post so I can go to bed soon. I set my alarm for 7:30 even though I have tomorrow “off” because I will have to get up early on Saturday, and I like to try to get used to waking up early after a few days of sleeping in until 9.

My dogs let me sleep in again, which was nice. It was pouring down rain the whole day, which was not nice. Not at all.

I took care of them and then sat down to breakfast and the 1987 movie Some Kind of Wonderful. Based on the description the Netflix menu gave me, I should not have watched this movie, but I remember some other movie I watched awhile ago kept mentioning this one, so I thought I would check it out. Plus, it was written by John Hughes… and I love John Hughes πŸ™‚

After a bit of the movie, I turned it off to straighten up a bit and work on my paper. I maybe got a paragraph or two done when my mom called to tell me that she and my dad would be back in 4 hours.

I had more to straighten and dishes to do, so I ended up scrapping my paper for today to clean up and stuff before they got home.

I finished Some Kind of Wonderful while having lunch… it was okay. A bit cliche (maybe it wasn’t for the time it was released, though), and totally 80s-tastic. Hughes had a way of tackling bigger issues with relatable dialogue and characters. I could probably write an essay about what this movie ended up meaning to me and how I could relate each of the main characters into my own life and people I know/knew… but I’m glad I saw it, even if the ending was tied up a bit too neatly. However, I will say that it upped my appreciation of Eric Stoltz. (What ever happened to him? I haven’t seen much from him as of late…)

It poured outside all day, so I had many opportunities to try out my new rain boots. Success – they are leak proof thus far.

My parents got home after 3. They told me a bit about their trip and we had some tea before they went out to get pizza for dinner. I fed the dogs and let them out. The mail man hadn’t come yet, but there was something in our mailbox, which I put on the dry sink in our foyer. Since the mailbox was wet, the paper inside it was wet too… and as soon as my parents got home from getting the pizza, I got yelled at (sternly scolded?) by my mom for putting the wet paper on the dry sink.

Basically it was insinuated that I ruined this piece of furniture with the wet paper, as it had left some sort of mark on the dry sink. Awesome – my parents are home for 2 hours after being away for a week and I ruined an inherited piece of furniture.

I apologized several times before I finally had the chance to go down to my room to be out of the way/not ruin anything else in the house.

My mom came down after a bit and said she fixed the spot that the paper had left and all was well. Thank god… it was not going to be a good weekend if I ruined their furniture.

We had pizza and watched the news.

At 7 we watched Bones… Now, I love Bones. It’s one of my favorite shows. BUT, it’s up against Community and 30 Rock. And we don’t have a DVR, and my mom loves Bones, so we watched Bones and I’ll have to watch my other shows on-line at some point.

You probably don’t think that’s a big deal, but I have a problem watching video online. Staring at computers make my eyes hurt really bad… I have my glasses on right now, but they’re not helping much. My eyes are super bloodshot because of how much I have to look at a computer as it is. Watching TV online is not going to help that… plus, I always have a problem streaming video 😦 AND 30 Rock is my favorite show of all time. I’ve never not seen it on the night when it airs. Double 😦

I know I am complaining… and about stupid things (television and having a job). I’m sorry about that. I am just epically tired and very, very anxious. I have anxiety problems about time. Being places on time. Finishing things on time. Watching things at a certain time. I have to get to a movie theater at least 15 minutes before the movie starts. I have to check my alarm clock a few times before I go to bed (and in the middle of the night if I happen to wake up) just to make sure it’s set to go off at the right time. I have to be early to work or class. I always know the running time of a movie. Etc… I’m sure this is some form of OCD. And time physically makes me antsy. My heart races and my mind won’t shut off. This is usually why I can’t get a full night’s sleep.

So, anyway, we watched Bones and Grey’s Anatomy (which is a dumb show, but I’ve watched it since Season One because of peers, and I just keep watching it out of habit). And during Grey’s is when my manager called. (But you already know that story…)

And, after Grey’s, I came down to my room to type this. Then I’ll read a couple chapters from my Steve Martin book and try to go to sleep.

Sides notes from last night about television (Spoilers ahead):

1. Survivor – I’m glad Shannon went home. He seemed like a huge jerk. The younger tribe is gonna have problems…

2. Modern Family – !!!!!!!!! – Soooo glad this show is back on πŸ™‚ I laughed out loud multiple times. There are no weak characters on that show. I love everyone… but mostly Cam, Mitchell, Phil, Luke and Manny… and everyone else too! The writers manage to pack so much story into 22 minutes, it’s brilliant. I love when Cam was reading Lily tabloid stories, the princess castle stuff, Luke’s jar of sunshine, and basically anything that comes out of Phil’s mouth. (for the record, I think Ty Burrell is a comedic genius and waaaaaaaaay attractive)

3. Letterman – I actually stayed up to watch Letterman interview Joaquin Phoenix. I watched last year when Phoenix was on Letterman and he had that beard and was acting all weird… now it’s good to know that Phoenix has not gone off the deep end and that his beard/crazy days were all part of his performance for Casey Affleck’s reality movie “I’m Still Here.” My hat is off to Phoenix for committing himself to his craft the way he did for that year and a half – that is more method than Daniel Day-Lewis, in my eyes. I love Joaquin Phoenix and have been a huge fan of his work for well over a decade. I have seen a majority of his films and think he is an amazing actor. I really want to see “I’m Still Here”… especially now that I know that he didn’t really quit acting to become a rapper. Phoenix was really great on Letterman last night, but I was not impressed by Letterman at all. He made the entire interview about himself, which I thought was selfish and unprofessional. He kept demanding money for the 5 minutes of the original Letterman interview that ended up in “I’m Still Here”. Bring it up once, fine. But make the whole interview into the “David Letterman was duped and demands money. Plus let’s joke how ‘I’m Still Here’ isn’t doing well in theaters” show was just plain wrong and not good television. Boo to you, Letterman. I think Phoenix deserved a better interview than that. Phoenix probably brought more viewers to your show last night… show the guy some respect by not making the entire interview about yourself. Geez.

(And scene)

I’ll link out to stuff at a later date… I need to get to sleep 😦

Have a good one

For the record: even though I watch a lot of television, I actually get other stuff done throughout my day too. But I did watch a lot of movies and TV today because I have a migraine and my eyes hurt… and staring at my computer working on my paper doesn’t seem to be helping that cause.

That being said, I did get another page or so written for my Literature Review of my thesis proposal. I could and should have gotten more done, but today was one of those days where I really just could not focus as much as I needed to.

I woke up in the middle of the night for some reason, but the dogs were again kind enough to let me sleep in. By time I let them out, fed them and let them out again, it was around 9:15ish. I made myself some breakfast and sat down… too not in the mood for subtitles, I started watching Dear John. Yes, that movie based off the Nicholas Sparks book (which I read earlier this summer… sometimes one needs epic amounts of cheese). The movie wasn’t great, but it was kind of watchable. The right amount of cheese for my morning…

After a little while, I shut off the movie and threw in some laundry (there was a thick layer of dog hair on my blankets that needed to be handled asap) and then separated my notes out to get started on Part Four of my Lit Review. I worked on that for awhile and then took a break to let the dogs outside and make some lunch. I finished the movie… no surprises there. Cheesy through and through.

After that, I gathered some stuff to take to the library. I ran that errand and then came home. I got a little more of my paper done, but then the headache and eye pains really started to hit me.

I packed up my computer and brought my finished laundry upstairs. I made my bed back up and then made some tea. I finished watching Rudo y Cursi. Then my mom called to update me on what was going on.

We hung up and I let the dogs outside and then fed them. The mailman finally showed up around 5:15, but there wasn’t anything good there (i.e. no magazines…). I fixed myself some dinner and began watching The Princess and the Frog.

Yep, the Disney movie.

I wanted something where I didn’t really have to think, and I used to watch all those hand-drawn Disney flicks when I was little, so I figured this would be a good watch. So far, when I’m typing this, I’ve only watched about 20 minutes. My thoughts so far… the bad guy is creepy and looks like a pimp. And I texted my sister “The prince from The Princess and the Frog looks like a Latino Prince Eric. I wonder if Dr. Drew was the model for him too…” (Those who are obsessed with 30 Rock/Jon Hamm like we are will know what I mean…) She called me back and we laughed about it and then discussed our thoughts about Glee last night. We loves the Glee!!

Right now I’m watching Survivor. There must be a storm coming here b/c our reception is horrible. I know the title of this blog post is about Modern Family, but I will post this before I actually see the episode. I will write about it tomorrow… I am just super excited about it πŸ™‚ I love Modern Family!!!

So, the lady on Survivor is bonkers. She dumped a bucket of snails (i.e. food) and then sank some guys $1600 shoes. What a bi-otch.

After Survivor and Modern Family, I’ll watch some more Princess and the Frog and then head to bed. I’m posting early so I’ll actually have a chance to read a little before I go to sleep, so that the last thing I see before bed is pages of a book instead of a computer screen. Oh happy day.

Have a good one!

First off, a big BOOOOOO to the weather. There was an epic thunderstorm this morning at 2:30. Blah… at least the dogs were kind enough to let me sleep in until 8:15ish again.

After letting the dogs out, feeding them, and letting them out again, I made myself some tea and breakfast and sat down to watch some more of Rudo y Cursi. I think I only have 40 minutes left to go. I still like it fine, though the plot is not super interesting. I do like sports movies and I am a fan of Bernal and Luna, so I will finish it out soon, I’m sure.

After fueling up with some yogurt and Grape Nuts, I went down to my room to work on my Literature Review. Yukon followed me downstairs and slept on my floor while I typed up some more about hegemony (and checked emails and watched a bunch of videos on youtube… I distract so easily. Especially when I was watching more Jonathan Groff videos… the guy is entertaining and so adorable… I can’t help it).

At noon I stopped to let the dogs out and make lunch. My head hurt again (as it has been for the past few days), so I took some pills and opted against subtitles with lunch. I put Iron Man back on and watched Robert Downey Jr and his glowing chest for 20 minutes or so.

After lunch it was back downstairs to type. Blah. But, again Yukon followed me to my room, so at least I had some company while I typed. She’s the best πŸ™‚

Around 3, I assumed the mail came, so I stopped typing and let the dogs out. Alas, no mail… sadness. But I did vacuum the upstairs of the house and bag some trash, as tomorrow is trash pick up day.

After my chores (and a brownie…) I went back to my room to type some more. I finished the third part of my Literature Review and will move on to part four tomorrow… only two parts left!!

My eyes couldn’t take staring at the screen anymore (much like right now – ouch), so I quit at 4:30 to do some dishes and feed the dogs a bit early (they usually eat around 5).

When the dogs were fed and let outside then back in, I decided to tackle dinner for myself. I was making Chinese food from a can (so, obviously not great Chinese food…) but couldn’t find the can opener. Plus, the can opener is kinda busted, so it’s not like if I found it, it would be much help. But, I remembered that we inherited an electric can opener when we got all that furniture from my grandmother, so I tracked that down instead. Having never operated an electric can opener before, I was a bit confused as to how it worked, but I figured it out. Magnificent machine!

Just as I sat down with my dinner, my phone rang – it was my mom! She was just updating me on what she and my dad were up to… my crazy parents πŸ™‚ I love them so.

When we hung up, I ate my crappy Chinese food and started watching Me and Orson Welles (the mail had finally come… hello Netflix DVD!). I wanted to see this movie when it was in theaters and almost did… but the person I asked to see it with me had reservations about sitting through a Zac Efron movie. So, I never ended up seeing it… until tonight πŸ™‚ (I will expand on my opinions in a bit, as at this point, I had only watched 15 minutes of the movie and hadn’t quite formed my thoughts about it.)

After dinner I took care of a few more chores and then sat down to watch Glee!!!!!!!

Oh new episodes of Glee, how I missed thee πŸ™‚

(SPOILERS ahead)

Glee 2.01 – “Audition” – It was nice to see my favorite McKinley High glee clubbers after a long summer… we didn’t get as much time with some of my favorite supporting people (Kurt!), but on a whole I liked the episode. Even though we were introduced to four new characters, they didn’t feel overwhelming, nor was the spotlight every really taken away from our original cast. I like the new football coach, Coach Beiste (it’s French…). It’s nice to see a new rival for Sue. I thought the scene where Beiste yelled at Finn was great… especially after he called her “Dude”. Whoops… I was worried about Chord Overstreet as Sam Evans, but I think he’s going to be a nice addition to the show. He actually sings really well… I liked his version of “Billionaire“. Way to go, writers for calling out his Beiber hair. (Also, way to go writers for Jacob Ben Israel’s video blog at the beginning of the episode… I almost choked on my popcorn when he told Mr. Schue about the poll of people who didn’t like when he rapped.)

So, is Charice only going to be on this one episode of Glee? Or are we going to see Sunshine Corazon again when it comes time for New Directions to face off against Vocal Adrenaline? I liked her duet of “Telephone” with Rachel and her solo of “Listen“. Both those songs are part of some of my go-to shower song Playlists…

I wish we would have seen more of Cheyenne Jackson! I know we’ll be seeing more of him as Vocal Adrenaline’s coach. I can’t wait to hear/see him sing!!! I love him on 30 Rock, so I’m extra pumped he’s going to be on Glee.

Other things I loved about the episode:
1. Rachel singing “What I Did For Love“. I hate A Chorus Live, but I friggin’ love that song πŸ™‚
2. Even though I love Artie, I was happy to see Tina and Mike Chang going out! (As well as Harry Shum Jr’s abs… day-yum) Hopefully we’ll get to see more of them (Tina and Mike) together!
3. “Empire State of Mind“… I just love this song πŸ™‚
4. My most favorite part of this episode was Finn’s Cheerios try-out. Holy hell, I hadn’t laughed that loud in awhile. Cory Monteith, my hat is forever off to you for that epically awful dance routine! I LOVED IT!! (No video has been posted yet… but I will keep an eye out for it. It was BRILLIANT)


Also – I can’t wait for next week’s episode… it’ll be the first one with John Stamos AND it’s the Britney Spears episode… and I friggin’ LOVE Britney Spears songs. (Yep, I admit it. I love Britney Spears and her music… so sue me.)

So, after Glee, I opted not to watch any of new shows that premiered after it and decided I wanted to finish watching Me and Orson Welles.

If you’ve read some of my prior blog entries regarding Zac Efron and his movies, you will already know that I freely admit to liking Efron and pretty much everything I’ve seen him in (though I never ended up seeing that Charlie St. Cloud movie… but I do love me some HSM, Hairspray and 17 Again). I thought Efron did a pretty decent job in Me and Orson Welles. He comes across as charming, but still is able to take hold of more dramatic scenes. You want to root for his character, Richard.

I am a fan of Welles’s work in the theater (see also Cradle Will Rock) and all things Broadway (see my stack of Playbills kept neatly in a box in my room…), so it was neat to see a fictional take on when he put up Caesar at the Mercury in 1937. I love watching theater sequences in major motion pictures (see also Stage Beauty). For me, it’s the best of both worlds… stage and screen.

I also dug the period-piece look of the film. It looked like autumn, with the oranges, browns, tans and reds (except for the theater costumes, which were black and very military-esque). Though the palette was appropriate and gorgeous, I’m a bit surprised the wardrobe people stuck to it so strictly with Efron’s character. Usually when the lead actor is that decent looking and has that shade of blue eyes, one would put him in something blue to make his eyes pop, but the wardrobe people did not go that route. For me, some of Efron’s eye-acting (not a real term, I know, but a majority of an actor’s performance does, or at least should, come from his/her eyes) got lost among his eyebrows and skin-tone. But that’s just me…

I liked the movie and am glad I finally saw it πŸ™‚

Anyway, I am super tired and must be getting to sleep. Moose is currently snoring away and I would like to be doing the same…

Have a good one!

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