October 2010

Well, I stayed up last night to watch SNL in its entirety… and it was a very satisfying episode. Sure, some of the sketches revolved around sight gags and body part humor, but on a whole, I laughed a lot. I thought the Back to the Future audition tapes were great, and the Digital Short (the return of Shy Ronnie!) was solid. Rihanna has proved herself to be a great music guest and a good sport with those Shy Ronnie videos, but Jon Hamm once again takes the cake. His third time hosting in two years, Hamm goes for broke without ever seeming desperate for a laugh. He earns laughs because he commits to the bit, regardless of how silly it might be. I hope Hamm gets the opportunity to do more comedy over the next few years because he is really talented. In an ideal world, he’d be in a comedy with Paul Rudd. They’re friends… they should do a movie together already! (I know they were both in The Ten, but that totally doesn’t count.)

I woke up this morning around 8 and my mom asked if I still wanted to go see a movie.

Um, of course!

We got ready and left the house by 10 for a 10:35 showing of RED, that action movie with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Mary Louise Parker and Karl Urban (among others). It was pretty okay… not as funny as I hoped it would be (though Malkovich made me laugh several times… I love him). Karl Urban seemed to be channeling Brad Pitt, at least the voice. I liked the action sequences. It was a decently entertaining movie.

Mom and I stopped at the store to pick up a newspaper and some ingredients for dinner (chili!) and then went home and had some pizza for lunch before we got to decorating for trick or treaters.

We had two pumpkins that needed carving, so we each took one. Mom carved some sort of skeleton skull on hers and I did the bat signal on mine. They actually ended up looking pretty good. After carving the pumpkin, I sorted through all the pumpkin innards and separated out the seeds so we could roast them. My hands and part of the way up my forearms were slimy and orange, but I got so many seeds πŸ™‚

After putting the pumpkins outside, Mom re-stuffed a giant pumpkin bag we had out in the garden. She put out some torches and luminaries. Our yard looked very cute.

My dad and his friend got back from grouse hunting around 4ish. The chili was in a crock pot smelling awesome, but we forgot corn bread mix and sour cream when we got ingredients earlier, so mom ran back to the store while I folded my laundry.

We had dinner and watched an episode of Bones, and by that time, trick or treaters were ringing the doorbell. Last year I guess my parents had 7 trick or treaters the whole night. This year, we had 14. We finally shut off the lights around 8… by that time The Amazing Race was over and we switched over to the ball game.

Right now the Giants are up 2-0. Buster Posey just threw a guy out at 2nd to end the 4th inning πŸ™‚ It’s the top of 5 and the Rangers just put in a new pitcher. I’m hoping the Giants can hold or expand their lead, as I want them to win the Series. Go team.

I have to work tomorrow from 9:45-2:15. I should work on my thesis proposal when I get home, but we’ll see… I might wait until Tuesday (I seem to be able to concentrate best in the morning.)

Yeah, I’m still working on my thesis proposal. I’m on my Methods Section and have a few pages typed up, but the grammar is colloquial and needs editing badly. I still haven’t heard back from my thesis chair regarding the 40 pages of material I already sent him to edit. I will for sure email him again this week to be like “Hey, so remember that time when I sent you that stuff? Well…”

I won’t actually say (write?) that, but you get my drift. I am trying my best to do this thesis shenanigans. It’s a lot harder than I thought it was going to be… well, harder isn’t the right word. Perhaps information-heavy? I have sooooo much information. And at some point, you just have to say “enough”. I’m also trying to change the entertainment world with my thesis, so I want to make sure I’m doing it right πŸ™‚

(Aw, Giants. Why’d you have to get three outs in a row?)

And that’s that… at least for now. Time to watch some more of the game and then head to bed at a decent time since I have to be up early-ish for work.

Have a good one and HAPPY HALLOWEEN πŸ™‚

I totally stayed on the couch for the entire 2:51 game of Giants vs. Rangers… sometimes I was accompanied by a sleeping Moose, other times not. I was sad to see the Rangers win 4-2. I was hoping the Giants were going to rally and have another stellar 8th inning like in game 2, but alas. The Giants are still up 2 games to 1, so I hope they can keep the lead and win the next two games to clinch the Series.

Oh World Series baseball, how I love you so.

I woke up around 9:15 and came upstairs to find my dad watching our new favorite woodworking show on PBS, “Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac.” Tommy Mac(Donald) and his Massachusetts accent are a stitch to watch/listen to as he does his woodworking crafts.

After Tommy’s show was over, my mom took over the TV and put on the Wii dance game, as she wanted to show me some of the mini games she was having trouble with yesterday. I coached her from the couch while I ate my breakfast. We then played some Wii bowling… my Pro ball got taken away from me the other day and I haven’t been able to get it back yet. Sadness.

After that, my parents went to Menards for some stuff and I showered and attempted to check my work schedule. The website isn’t Safari-compliant, which sucks, so I had to use Firefox, but it was going epically slow. I then tried to click on the part of the website to see if I wanted to pick up any more shifts in the next couple weeks and found that for that part of the website, you can only use Internet Explorer. Way to not be all-encompassing of various Internet providers, work website. Ugh

My parents got back around 12:30 and mom and I Wii bowled some more while we heated up some pizza. We then watched some more of White Men Can’t Jump. And we got to the part where Wesley Snipes’s character actually delivers the line, “White men can’t jump.” Oh, Ron Shelton, why’d you have to write the title of the movie into the script like that? Bah!

Post-pizza, I went downstairs to my room… I was trying to straighten it up a bit, as my sister and her friends from school will need to all fit in there over Thanksgiving. I got a bit cleaned up, but there is still a lot of work to be done. I did pack up some of my warm-weather clothes, as it’s been getting cold. So, t-shirts are out, and flannel jammies are in.

A couple hours later, I went back upstairs for some more Wii bowling with both parents, and then Mom and I Wii golfed… I was doing so well, until I got a +7 on one hole – yikes!

And then it was time for the Giants/Rangers game… sadness plus.

That game ended and now we have the MSU/OSU football game on. Boy, are the Gophers’ uniforms fugly.

I’m just killing time until SNL – Jon Hamm is hosting and Rihanna is the music guest. This is Hamm’s 3rd time hosting… I am super excited πŸ™‚

Happy Halloween Eve, everybody!

P.S. I feel like watching Casper right now… but alas I do not have the DVD. This will have to do:

Today was not an awesome day at work. Not that it was horrible… but it wasn’t all that great either.

It all started last night when I tried to go on work’s website to check my schedule (I have a conflict next Sunday that I am confident that my manager is going to forget about and she’ll schedule me to work anyway…). I couldn’t access it because the website was loading so slowly, but I did see some sort of emergency message flashing. I misread the message and thought that our store was closed for some reason. After looking online for probably 15 minutes and calling some emergency number, I found that a store in California was closed, not the one I work at in MN. Whoops…

So, I woke up this morning and got ready for work. It frosted quite heavily last night, so I hurried up and grabbed all my stuff and flew out of the house, only to find that someone (my mom) had scraped all of my windows for me. Awww, moms πŸ™‚

I drove to work and did what I had to do. Opened registers, cleaned up and whatnot… the usual. After meeting with some fellow colleagues, I went back to my area and changed some signs around because I thought they were mislabeled (turns out I was wrong about that… I got scolded later by my favorite colleague, so I felt a little bad, but not super horrible).

Throughout the day I helped as many people as I could. We were either bonkers crazy or not at all. I was helping this very nice lady find something off of a list she had. I went to the back to find the item and came out to find her clutching the box for the same item. So, at the register, I put the item I found down and scanned the box of the item she found. The woman thanked me several times for helping and we said goodbye. A few minutes later I went to put the item I found out on display to take the place of the item the woman bought only to find that the actual item was still there, but it’s display box was gone.

And all of a sudden, I had a sinking feeling that the nice lady I just helped just paid for an empty cardboard box.

This was completely an accident… though I probably should have double checked what she brought up to the register, there wasn’t anything I could do now. I knew her name but didn’t have a phone number. I told my favorite colleague what happen and she told me it wasn’t my fault. But I still felt really bad 😦 I put the item on our counter and wrote a note for anyone who came in later that a woman might come in for the item. What else was I to do?

And besides some usual drama of a different colleague taking one of my sales for the third or fifth time, the rest of the day went pretty okay. When it was time for me to leave, I went to the back because there was a note from the manager saying there was new information for us in our “mailboxes” (i.e. a labeled folder in a file cabinet). I hadn’t even checked before to see if I had a folder, so I did today and found that my folder was labeled “Jackie”.

Now, I’ve been called plenty of things in my life… I get called my sister’s name all the time, or people would mistakenly call me Katherine, Kaitlin, Kathleen, Kathy, etc… But I’ve never been called “Jackie” before. Probably because that is no where near close to my name at all. I told my favorite colleague about the mislabeled folder and we laughed. And then I left… I have the whole weekend off!

I got home and found the front door was locked. Somehow my key wasn’t on my key ring. I prayed it was in my purse and then called my mom, as I didn’t want to knock on the door because the dogs would bark. She was out back and told me to come in the back door because the front door was locked, to which I replied “No shit, Sherlock.” I was tired. I was hungry. I was pissy…

I got the mail and went in the house. I dumped the entire contents of my purse on the table and found my key (thank goodness). I got into my comfy clothes (i looked like a walking advertisement for OU… sweatpants, t-shirt, hoodie…) and then apologize to my mom for being rude to her earlier. We played some Yahtzee and had yummy cookies (my mom made some sort of chocolate chip/pretzel cookies. Mmm Mmm Good).

Mom made a fire and I watched HIMYM from the recliner in the living room with Moose sleeping on my lap (she’s sooooooo warm). My dad got home and we all ate pizza while watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I have seen this probably upwards of 30 times by now and I never get sick of it. I laugh harder every time I see it – oh that Charlie Brown. My favorite line is when he’s shown in his utterly holey ghost costume – “I had a little trouble with the scissors.” Awwwwww, Chuck.

After that, we finished watching The Losers. It was actually much better than I thought it was going to be. Jason Patric was super annoying, but the core group of “Losers” were great and I liked the action sequences. Chris Evans usually kinda annoys me, but I just my latest issue of EW in the mail and he looks amazing on the cover as Captain America. I might have to start liking him, because I really want to see Captain America (and The Avengers).

I am super tired, so I came down to my room early. I’ll likely watch The Office, then read some of my Oscars book and then head to bed. not setting an alarm!!

Have a good one πŸ™‚

P.S. Congratulations to my BFF and her HUSBAND!!! They got married today πŸ™‚ I am so happy for the two of them… and I know they will continue to be happy together! I am so excited for them and wish them the very best! I also can’t wait until she’s back in town so I can hear stories and see pictures of their ceremony!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

Hey there,

I was going to head to bed super early tonight as I have to be at work early tomorrow morning, but the World Series game went until 10:15 Central Time.

So, I’m totally rooting for the Giants, but I felt horrible embarrassed for the Rangers bullpen in the Bottom of the 8th. That one guy walked 3 people in a row, causing 2 runs to be walked in! Who does that?! I’ve never seen that… not even during my brother’s little league baseball games. I was a pitcher when I was younger and I never EVER walked 3 people in a row, nor did I ever walk in one run, let alone two!

Sadness plus… but the Giants deserved that win. Matt Cain pitched a solid game tonight and earned that win.

I’ll recap what I did today in tomorrow’s post, not that it’s super interesting (slept in, watched part of a movie, danced/boxed with our Wii game, ate yummy cookies, watched TV and baseball… yep, not super interesting).

Anyway, I have to go now because I need to be up in 8 hours so I can be on time for work.

So, have a good one πŸ™‚

I guess I’m rooting for the San Francisco Giants, even though because of them the Phillies didn’t make it to the World Series. I was glad the Giants won Game 1 πŸ™‚ That right fielder for the Rangers was having a rough go in the Bottom of the 8th. Dang… But then when the Giants gave up 3 runs in the top of the 9th, I was hoping the Giants would keep it together. Luckily they did.

Even though I didn’t watch much of the regular season, I do enjoy watching the World Series because I love watching baseball. I like going to games or watching them on TV. Going to games is more fun… I like the atmosphere of the ballpark. And usually there’s Dippin’ Dots πŸ™‚ Plus, baseball is just a great sport. It’s a team game that still celebrates individual achievements. But the team comes first… there’s nine people on that field for a reason. Bases need to be covered, people need to be backed up, and everyone needs to be on the same page in order to execute proper defense.

[I always liked fielding better than hitting (I played softball for 10+ years). I pitched and played outfield … threw a girl out at home plate from left field during my first Varsity game junior year of high school. For some reason Coach hardly ever let me bat, though on occasion I would get a chance. But fielding was the best… always trying to keep at least one play ahead in my head.]

Watching the World Series just reminds me of all the good baseball memories I have… playing Home Run Derby in the street, watching my brother or friends’ games at the fields at Perkins Middle School, going to see the Akron-Canton Indians and later the Akron Aeros at Canal Park (I love that ballpark so much!), driving down from Akron to see Reds games, watching Ryan Howard hit a 3-run homerun at a Phillies home game. Good times…

I love baseball. I love watching baseball. I love baseball movies. I guess it’s my favorite sport πŸ™‚

Besides watching the tail end of the Giants/Rangers game, I did other stuff today too…

I was up around 7:45, which sucked because I probably didn’t get to bed until half past 1 (I was reading… I couldn’t help it). After breakfast and watching Ellen (David Beckham was on… he was actually pretty funny. I didn’t expect that), I went down to my room to read all of the Glee reviews from last night. It seems that I was spot-on when I commented about how the show managed to tackle an important social issue of male body image. Fear not, Finn Hudson.

I think my favorite part of the episode was the “Dammit, Janet” number.

Classic Finn… props to Cory Monteith. His comedic timing is pretty solid, and he plays Finn as such an earnest performer. Plus, those glasses. πŸ™‚

Anyway… I folded some laundry and then tried to work on the Methods Section for my Thesis Proposal. I got a couple pages typed up today, but I know they need editing in a bad way. I’ll work more on that tomorrow.

I worked this evening from 6:15-9:15… I was super busy the whole time. That was actually good because it made the time go by quickly. However, I had a customer tonight who might rank in the top spot of my “least favorite customer of all time” list. I smiled and tried to keep things going smoothly and just was praying on the inside that s/he wouldn’t snap at me and that s/he would leave without complaining. I waited on him/her once before, but this time was worse. Oh well… that’s what happens when you work in customer service, right?

After work, I drove home in the rain? snow? and then watched the end of the ball game with my parents. I was hoping I would have time to watch Modern Family tonight, but I am too tired. Sadness.

Tomorrow I hope to work more on my paper, watch Modern Family and beat more levels of that dancing Wii game. We’ll see…

Have a good one πŸ™‚

Today was Rocky Horror Glee Tuesday πŸ™‚ But more on that in a bit…

And before you ask, No, I didn’t do any thesis stuff today. I’m horrible, I know.

After a ridiculously fitful night of sleep (or lack thereof?) last night, I stumbled out of bed around 9:45 this morning. I don’t know why I didn’t sleep… even the alphabet game wasn’t helping. I was on “M” for quite awhile… and will likely pick up there again tonight.

Within a half hour of waking, I ate some applesauce mixed with Grape Nuts, got dressed in my winter coat and rain boots (it was cold, rainy and windy here today) and was out the door with my mom to run some errands.

One of our first stops was Target, as we were in search of a card for her dad’s birthday and we were going to look for a Wii game for ourselves. We saw some different dance games advertised online, so we picked one up in hopes of dancing off some calories over the next few weeks. While on our errands, we saw a lady running around one of the parking lots in shorts. Craziness. After the post office, we went to the library to return some books and pick out some newer ones. I got two production-based books (one about Star Wars and one about Indiana Jones), a book about the behind-the-scenes of the Oscars, a biography on Paul Newman, and some “unauthorized” book about Glee. Woot!

Mom and I got home, let out the dogs and had a sandwich while we played Yahtzee. After lunch, it was time to dance… or at least attempt some dancing/cardio/boxing shenanigans.

I started out in a hoodie, t-shirt, yoga pants, wool socks and house boots and as our dancing ensued, ended up scrapping the hoodie, then the boots, then the socks. The game was pretty intense, and we only made it through some of the practice and beginner levels.

I’m not a horrible dancer, especially when it comes to choreography (if someone shows me some basic steps, I usually can replicate them), but my feet were not mirroring those of the trainers on the screen. Neither were my mom’s… it was pretty hilarious. But, if your arms (and Wii-mote) were in sync with the trainers, then you got the points… so I at least made sure my arms were going in the right directions. The music is pretty good (some Lady Gaga – woot), and after awhile, we were getting the hang of some of the different steps and whatnot. But we didn’t clear enough floor room in the living room and my mom and I each ended up hitting each other a few times. We’d laugh it off and try and keep in time with the trainers (i.e. “those skinny bitches,” as my mom called them). Some of the moves are similar to those in our Dancing with the Stars game, but a lot of it is new. We’ll play more tomorrow.

After those shenanigans, my mom went outside to try and clean up the yard a little and fill our yard waste bin for the yard waste collector tomorrow. But the wind was so strong that she had to come in after a little while. Even as I type this, the wind is howling something fierce.

We played some Yahtzee when she came inside and she asked if I was going to make the Halloween brownies we had in the cupboard. I said yesterday that I was going to make it, but I was so out of it from not sleeping that I forgot. So, I put on my Rock of Ages music and made the brownies… the house smelled sooooo good.

We played some Wii Bowling (I lost my Pro status – sadness) and she fed the dogs, then we made dinner. We watched a couple episodes of Bones Season 2 and then it was time for GLEE!!

(SPOILERS) – I will try and link to video clips tomorrow… there aren’t any available yet, so most/all the links are to just the song recordings, FYI

So, tonight was the Rocky Horror Glee Show. I LOVED how the show started off with Santana’s lips singing “Science Fiction/Double Feature” and how there was a cast list with all of the Glee people. It was a great start of a great episode.

At first I was confused why the show then leapt into “There’s a Light (Over At the Frankenstein Place)“, but then it all made sense with Mr. Schue’s voiceover.

Oh, Mr. Schuester… soooooo jealous of Emma and Carl. So much so that he tells her that he was going to have the glee kids put on Rocky Horror for their musical… but only after Emma tells him how she and Carl have gone to midnight screenings of the show.

The Glee cast is perfectly suited for Rocky Horror – Finn and Rachel make a perfect Brad and Janet, Sam’s perfect for Rocky, Artie’s perfect for the character in the wheelchair, etc… Everything should have fallen into place. But of course this is scripted TV, so nothing ever works out how it should. You need conflict to drive a story.

Conflict on Glee is never far when Sue Sylvester is around. I liked the Barry Bostwick and Meatloaf bit parts as guys who want Sue to do an expose for the news. Regional Emmy… her she comes. She interrupts Finn and Rachel’s “Dammit, Janet” rehearsal to tell Will how much she supports the arts and how she supports the kids doing Rocky Horror because it’s envelope pushing. Awww…

And then comes Carl… Oh, John Stamos. I thought his monologue about how it’d be inappropriate for him to be Frank-N-Furter was awfully tongue-in-cheek (allegedly, he was supposed to play Frank-N-Furter). I also loved his version of “Whatever Happened to Saturday Night?”. Seeing Mr. Schue jealous was great πŸ™‚

I also liked that Mercedes stepped up and said she’d like to play Frank-N-Furter. Talk about colorblind *and* gender-blind casting. Why shouldn’t a girl get to play Frank-N-Furter? And why shouldn’t Frank-N-Furter have some soul behind his/her big solo number? Even though Glee is sooooo fictitious, it’s nice to see those fictional characters get to sing songs that have been stereotypically reserved for other gendered people (see also Kurt singing “Defying Gravity” in season one).

I love that there are two characters on the show with Down syndrome (Though only one, Becky, was on this week. The other character, Jean, is Sue’s older sister.). Since her appearance in Season One, Becky has been on a few episodes. She’s a Cheerio, she’s always got great scenes with Sue, and none of the other characters treat her any differently because she has Down Syndrome. In tonight’s episode, Becky dressed up as Sue for Halloween (brilliant!) and was integral in the plot line of Will finding out that Sue was allowing them to put on Rocky Horror because she was going to condemn it on her Sue’s Corner. Glee has a fairly diverse cast… I appreciate that.

I also appreciate that Glee manages to address social issues that are relevant for high schoolers. Tonight’s episode dealt with body image… from a male’s point of view. Poor Finn – when he found out that his Rocky Horror character, Brad, was going to have to appear on stage in his tighty whiteys, he panicked. It didn’t help that Sam – “you could cut glass with these [abs]” – Evans was more than fine working out all the time and watching everything he ate so he could look like he does. However, it was Sam who finally convinced Finn that he should own his body and that confidence would let the sexiness come through. Finn had nothing to worry about. When he walked down the hall in his Brad costume (glasses, shoes, socks and white boxers), he looked like a healthy person. Sure, he’s not as ripped as Sam (or Mr. Schue during “Toucha Toucha Toucha Touch Me”… or in Vogue a few months ago), but Finn had nothing to be embarrassed about. (Cory Monteith = ridiculously adorable) Really, neither do any of the other characters on that show…

Glee is good about allowing each character to love themselves for who they are. Remember last season when Mercedes tried to crash diet? She got the confidence talk from Quinn about being comfortable in her own body. Kurt has dealt with plot lines revolving around him (and his dad and friends) being proud of who he is. So has Rachel (her looks) and Tina (the way she dresses). So even though Glee isn’t setting out to change the whole world, it’s nice that such a popular show manages to weave important story lines and themes throughout the show.

In the end, Mr. Schue caved and acknowledged that he was only doing Rocky Horror to be closer to Emma. Way to be honest, Mr. Schue. He loves her, but recognizes that her being with Carl is the best thing for her… at least for right now. (Damn straight, we need some more John Stamos face time!)

I was glad to see the show end with “The Time Warp“. Even though I’ve seen the clip on youtube a bajillion times by now, it’s nice to watch it on TV.

So, all in all, I liked the episode. The best line of the night goes to Sam in his too tight/small Rocky outfit… “I’m afraid I’ll show some nuttage up here.” Brilliant.

However, I dare say one of my favorite moments of the whole night was the teaser for the next episode of Glee… which is in 2 weeks (ugh)… looks like the Glee girls are singing “Livin’ on a Prayer“!!!!!!! As cliche as it is, that’s one of my favorite songs of all time… I can’t wait!

(End Glee talk)

Well, I guess I’ll get to reading. I hafta work from 6:15-9:15 tomorrow, so I guess I catch Modern Family online. Looks like it’s gonna be a funny Halloween episode πŸ™‚

Have a good one!

I just want to say Hi and Thank You to all of the people who stumbled onto this blog because of a link from one of several Constantine Maroulis fan pages and websites πŸ™‚ I am humbled and super excited at the same time that other Constantine fans took time out of their day to check out what I wrote about my experiences at Rock of Ages the other day.

In all seriousness, I was beyond excited that I finally got to see Rock of Ages, and even more thankful that I got to see a production where Constantine was playing Drew. He originated the role on Broadway, and I am just really happy that he reprised his role in the national tour. It’s awesome that fans all over the country get to see him in Rock of Ages if they missed his run in NYC. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed in hopes he’ll get to be in the movie version. Right now IMDB says that Seth Rogen is rumored to be Lonny and Taylor Swift is rumored to be Sherrie. I think Rogen would be great as Lonny, but I’m not sure about Swift as Sherrie… I haven’t been able to find any other casting news online. *sigh*

Well then…

I was very unproductive today, unless you count finding a new background for my computer. For the past week, it was a still from Glee of Finn and Rachel singing “With You I’m Born Again,” but I changed it to Rock of Ages πŸ™‚

I was going to work on my Methods Section of my thesis proposal, but still have yet to hear back from my thesis chair. *sigh times two* Perhaps I’ll get started on that tomorrow… I’ll just go with the coding sheet key I think I should use and then I can always edit my work if he suggests something else.

Work was uneventful today… I was in for 3 hours and it was pretty dead. I basically walked around singing to myself because there was no one else in sight for most of the time I was there. Mondays…

I’m off from work tomorrow, so I’ll probably go to the library with my mom. I finally finished reading Middlesex. I need something a bit more uplifting now… or maybe a biography or something. Hmmm…

And tomorrow is also Glee Tuesday! I am really looking forward to this Rocky Horror Picture Show-themed episode πŸ™‚ I have been listening to “Damn it, Janet” and “The Time Warp” on repeat for the past week!!

Have a great day!!

P.S. I watched last night’s episode of Dexter… and I am still super intrigued where Lumen’s story is going to take us. I think she’s a great foil for Dexter. Even though there wasn’t much Quinn/Dexter/Kyle Butler plot this week, I liked how Dexter and Quinn’s interaction at Deb’s apartment went down. That’s a tricky triangle… I look forward to seeing how that gets resolved. And how can anyone not love Angel?! I love this show πŸ™‚ It’s so addicting. Michael C. Hall is just awesome beyond words.

I basically worked the entire day… from 10:45 to 6:45. I helped some customers. I folded a bunch of towels and whatnot. And that’s the extent of my day…

For serious.

I did listen to my Rock of Ages soundtrack to and from work today. Yay πŸ™‚ That’s just one of the best cast recordings ever… all those songs are just so awesome and 80s-tastic.

I got home from work and watched Amazing Race, then a little bit of the Vikings vs. Packers game. They were tied at 14 apiece when I left to go down to my room to check email and whatnot. I think I’ll watch last week’s episode of The Office… maybe try and finish my library book.

Tomorrow I hope to write out my Methods Section (well, at least as much as I can). I have to work from 6:15-9:15, so I’ll miss all my Monday night shows. Alas.

And that’s all that’s fit to print… like I said, pretty uneventful day. Just work.

Have a good one!

Let’s get the important stuff out of the way first. No, I didn’t work on anything remotely related to my thesis proposal today. It was Rock of Ages day… how was I supposed to think about anything but rocking hard and face melting?


My dad dropped my mom and I off at the Orpheum at 1:10ish for our 2:00 show. My heart was racing the entire drive there, and more so once we entered the theater. We looked at the souvenir stuff on the main floor and then began our trek to the upper most balcony.

About halfway up, we stopped off on another floor where my mom said she’d get me a program. She ended up getting me a program *and* the Original Broadway Cast recording of the CD… Happy Halloween to me πŸ™‚ (See, she gave/sent my brother and sister their Halloween treats and whatnot already. But I got the best Halloween treats of all… going to see the musical with my mom and the awesome program and CD!!!!)

As we sat in our seats (dead center, and about 3 rows down from the very top of the theater), there was some great 80s rock playing on the speakers. My heart continued to race… I was so freakin’ excited!

I downed a cough drop, put all my belongings under my chair, then had to get my purse back out to dig out my glasses (better to see crystal-clear tops of the actors heads than just a blur of action…), then put my bag back under the chair. My knees bounced up and down… and finally the lights dimmed.

I had a shit-eating grin on my face for the next several hours… that’s how awesome the show was.

For those of you who don’t know what Rock of Ages is, it’s a musical about Drew (a young guy who wants to make it big as a rock star) and Sherrie (a young lady from Kansas who wants to make it big in Hollywood as an actress). Of course they like each other and of course there is conflict between them, as well as conflicts among the supporting characters. And said conflict ensues and everyone sings about it… through the greatest 80s power ballads ever.

The show was colorful. The show was loud. The show ROCKED like whoa.

Now, I have wanted to see Rock of Ages since it opened on Broadway in 2009. “Why?,” you ask?

Two words. (One name.)

Constantine Maroulis.

“Who?,” you ask?

Only one of my favorite American Idol contestants of all time.

Season Four… Constantine Maroulis was considered the “rocker”. He had (and still has) long, 80s hair-band hair, he gave smoldering looks to the camera, and he had a solid rock (albeit musical theater-esque) voice. He was my favorite performer of that season, and every time he was up on my TV screen, I would burst into a fit of uncontrollable giggles. I couldn’t help it.

So, fast forward a few years later… I hear that he is to star in a new musical on Broadway called Rock of Ages. And I want to see it, in a bad way.

My sister and I frequented New York City and the Great White Way on our road trips, but when it came time to pick what shows to see, she said she’d rather see something else. And so my heart sank a little bit, but I was at peace that I was not to see Constantine in Rock of Ages on Broadway. I watched him on the Tony Awards in June 2009, and a bajillion times on YouTube ever since. I had some of the songs on my computer and would listen to them all the time… Rock of Ages peppered throughout my 7 epic Broadway mixes.

Cut to the middle of this summer… my mom and sister, on their epic road trip around the country, go to New York City and see Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch in A Little Night Music. When they return home, my mom gives me her Playbill. Awhile later, I go to put that Playbill in the box with the rest of my Playbills. As I go to put it in, I flip through the pages to see what other shows are being advertised. Near the back, there is a page about American Idol contestants who have gone on to star on Broadway. Of course there was a picture of Constantine in Rock of Ages… but below that, it said that Rock of Ages would be going on its national tour starting this September, and that Constantine would be headlining.


So of course I checked to see if Rock of Ages was coming through Minneapolis. Um, yes! And then I bought tickets as soon as they went on sale…

Which brings us to today.

Oh Rock of Ages, you did not disappoint. Neither did you, Constantine Maroulis πŸ™‚

I was familiar with all of the songs, but it’s a totally different experience seeing them performed live on a stage by the characters. Amazing! The show was so loud! The music was so 80s-tastic! Constantine was so… great πŸ™‚ Solid vocal. Really great comedic timing. Just a freakin’ joy to watch.

And not only was he great, but the whole cast was too – especially the narrator/sound guy, Lonny. Great physical humor and epic amounts of sarcasm… loved it!

Going into the show, my favorite song on the CD was the “Heaven/More Than Words/To Be With You” medley. Constantine’s vocals on “Heaven” are soooooo good. And then seeing it live today was really amazing. I couldn’t help but smile. Even though the entire theater was full, I zoned out for awhile and could only focus on the stage. In that moment, I was just so happy to be where I was, watching this show, that it felt like I was the only person in that darkened room.

During the show, though, I think my most favorite music moment was “Here I Go Again“. That’s such an epic song, and to see how they staged it, and then the entire company came out to sing (it was the end of Act I finale)… it was just so great. I can’t wait to listen to that song in the car on the way to work tomorrow.

And then the last three songs of the show are sooooooo good too. “Oh Sherrie,” “The Search is Over” and “Don’t Stop Believin‘”… could they be anymore epic than that? Nope πŸ™‚ And once again, Constantine’s vocals were freakin’ spot-on. He nailed them all… wailing like all the great 80s rockers. And we saw the matinee… the whole cast had another performance to do today.

I was so sad when the show was over, but I was so energized from what I saw. That was the most energetic musical theater show I’ve seen since The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee… and Rock of Ages was probably even more physically exhausting for the cast, I’m guessing. It was great… just great πŸ™‚

My dad picked my mom and up after the show and we went home and watched Repo Men. It’s not the greatest movie ever, but it’s highly entertaining. Plus, I love Jude Law (esp. after my sister and I met him last year in NY before we saw him in Hamlet… woot). Repo Men is pretty ridiculous, but I dig it. I actually saw it in theaters. It’s the only movie I’ve ever been to where I was the only person in the entire theater. So, it will always have a special place in my heart.

And now we’re watching the Phillies/Giants game. Being from PA, and a former Philly resident, I am rooting for the Phillies of course. Go team

I am so tired and have to work tomorrow… I wonder how far I’ll make it into the new SNL tonight. Hmmm

Have a good one πŸ™‚

Hey brother,

So, I personally didn’t get much accomplished today. Whoops.

I woke up at 9:51, which is waaaaaaay later than I usually sleep. By well over an hour. As I was checking my phone because I didn’t believe my night stand clock to be correct, I saw I had a missed call. From work. (Blah!)

Work called around 8:30 to see if I could come in any earlier today. I was scheduled to work from 6-9:15. I called back and said I could show up a couple hours earlier. *sigh*

I went upstairs and greeted my mom and dogs. I had some breakfast while I finished watching The Purple Rose of Cairo. Gosh, I love Jeff Daniels πŸ™‚ That’s just a great movie.

After that I showered and then meant to type up some of the Methods section of my thesis proposal. I didn’t get too far… as in I didn’t type anything up. I did separate out the pages of my notes that I would need, but then I just started poking around on the internet. There has been so much hubbub about the Glee kids in the GQ photoshoot… but even though the poses were a bit forward and the clothing was a bit scarce (at least on Lea Michele and Dianna Agron… but Cory Monteith was all covered up. Rats.), all three of those actors are over 21 and GQ is a grownup magazine. (I’m not going to link out to pictures of the people. It’s all over the Internet.)

People should not be so up in arms over this. Little kids may watch Glee (which actually isn’t all that children-appropriate), but they shouldn’t be allowed to get ahold of GQ. However, those pictures have been circling online the past few days… as in even though I’ve never held an issue of GQ in my hands, I saw the pictures on some Glee fan site that I check out on a regular basis. At first I was way confused why there were a bunch of pictures of Lea Michele and Dianna Agron in hardly any clothes on Glee websites. That’s certainly not what I was looking for. But, once I realized that the photos were not from some Glee press packet, but from GQ, it all made more sense. Again, those actors are over 21. GQ is a mens magazine. Of course those girls weren’t going to be wearing much. Give it a rest, society. Please re-focus your energy to 17 year old Miley Cyrus who is dressing like a woman who is older than she is left and right and then talking about God and Jesus every time she’s at some awards show with a mic in her hand. That’s a real problem for our youth… not these Glee actors.

But I digress.

I played some Yahtzee w/my mom while she ate lunch, then I made lunch for myself around 2 and started watching The Marc Pease Experience. It’s some indie comedy starring Ben Stiller Jason Schwartzman about a former high school musical theater/show choir singer (Schwartzman) and his a capella group. It’s pretty bad, but I thought it would be a bit like Glee. It’s not. But I laughed because Stiller’s choir kids sang “We’re All in This Together” from HSM. Good times.

Before I went to work, I made a new Glee-mix for my car. Work was okay… I kept busy. I wasn’t in my usual department today, but that was okay because the ladies I was with today were nice and we had some good pop culture talks.

I got home from work to find my dad watching some crappy Val Kilmer movie on Netflix, so I played some more Yahtzee with my mom while I had a snack. I came down to my room to type this up, but ended up g-chatting with my brother for a bit πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see him in a few weeks!!

And tomorrow my mom and I see Rock of Ages!!!!!!!! I am so freakin’ excited I can’t even put into words how much I am so looking forward to this musical adventure πŸ™‚

Have a good one!

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