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!

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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.

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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!

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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…

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