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™‚

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