January 31, 2011
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Sometimes you just need a good chuckle… and an entire evening of Jason Segel media
After an extremely fitful night of sleep (or lack thereof), I awoke to some snow and totally did not feel like going to work. But, my mom offered to drive me (she’s the best mom ever, for reals), so I at least made it to work in one piece.
Today might have been the slowest work day ever – and I was only there for 5 1/2 hours. I was in a department with music playing, so at least that helped a bit. I didn’t have my first customer until about 2 1/2 hours into my shift. My manager did give me some small projects to work on, so that kept me awake and moving about the workspace.
My manager also gave me a talking to about something I neglected to do yesterday at work when she was standing right behind me. And then later, a colleague told me that my manager talked with her about my work performance. That kinda pissed me off a bit. My work performance is what it is. I do my best and I try and represent our store well and help customers the best I can. So I don’t hound every single customer multiple times to try and get them to open an account. Is that so wrong? I hate it when people ask me to sign up for a credit card. I’m not about to burden others with this same schtick. I ask as many people as I can, and I do give the hard sell if I think it will be most beneficial for the customer. But I don’t irritate people. And I certainly don’t like being treated like I suck at my job by my manager. Customers are always thanking me for being helpful, but it doesn’t seem like any of the higher ups really care about that. I just get told that I need to work on opening more accounts.
I’m no slacker at work – I help people and schlep stuff around for others – but I can’t help but think that this is all just temporary for me. I am not a bad employee. I do what I’m told, I help people, I am friendly to customers and colleagues. But I am not naive to think that this job is the end-all-be-all. One day I’m going to write a book or screenplay about the jobs I’ve had in the past few years. I won’t ever name names or anything, but I have so many stories about the shit that goes on behind the scenes.
End rant. for reals
My mom came and picked me up from work too – it was still snowing when we left at 3. It’s not bad here – but I worry for the rest of the country (specifically the locations of my brother and sister, as both of their areas of residence are supposed to get hit hard with massive amounts of snow and blizzard conditions).
When I got home, I changed out of my work clothes and into my jammies and then had an orange while I watched Glee (“Showmance”).
The rest of the evening was spent watching Jason Segel in HIMYM and I Love You, Man.
I love Jason Segel – the man is hilarious. I just want to hug him and thank him for providing me with a decade of honest and delightfully entertaining humor.
Three episodes of HIMYM, all reruns, is the best way to spend the 6-7:30 block of Monday night television.
But, even better, since everything else was reruns (the CBS lineup and Castle, alas), I asked my folks if I could pop in a movie. I had brought up Gosford Park, Bonnie & Clyde, Big Fish, Miracle, and I Love You, Man the other day so I asked my dad to pick a movie from that stack. I really wanted to watch Gosford Park, but I knew he wouldn’t go for that. So, he picked I Love You, Man – which was totally going to be my next choice.
Gosh, I love I Love You, Man. I will never not laugh at that movie. My love for Jason Segel and Paul Rudd knows no boundaries. They are a great pair and their humor plays well off of the other. I was laughing throughout the entire movie… Segel’s Andre the Giant impression always gets me. Same with every awkward line of dialogue that comes out of Rudd’s mouth. Priceless 🙂
Well, since I didn’t sleep well last night, I’m gonna try and get to sleep early tonight. I work tomorrow from 9:45-1:45, but then I have off for a week!! Woot.
I just got an email from the library saying that Season Three of Six Feet Under is ready for me to pick up… excellent. Michael C. Hall and Peter Krause, here I come 🙂
Have a good one
January 30, 2011
I had a pretty bad sports injury in the summer of 1998. Long story short, during a softball game I fell backwards and my head hit the ground pretty hard and I have had neck and back pain problems since. So, now every time it is going to rain or snow, it feels like someone is stabbing me all over my back and up my neck. It’s been feeling like that all day, so I guess the weatherman is right when he predicts we’re about to get some accumulating snow over night. Ow. Ow. Ow.
Today before work, I watched an episode of Glee from Season One – “Wheels”. My parents watched with me… turns out neither one of them had seen the episode. I like this episode because I like the diva-off between Rachel and Kurt. Like Rachel, “Defying Gravity” is one of my go-to shower songs. I was belting that out today while I was brushing my teeth as I was getting ready for work. You can’t go wrong with a song from Wicked.
I worked from 1:45-5:45. Work went pretty quick. I was consistently busy *and* I was with two of my favorite colleagues, so that helped pass the time. I met my sales goal and opened an account, so way to go me. Starting off the fiscal year right (i.e. without getting scolded by my manager).
After work, I drove home (belting out showtunes along the way… I’m giving Glee and AVPM a rest this week and sticking strictly to Broadway in the car for the next few days). It was Pizza Sunday at our house, so we munch some Papa Murphy’s and watched some HIMYM and the Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl is so stupid. None of those players were playing aggressively… it’s a bunch of overpaid guys in tight pants running out of bounds so they don’t have to get tackled. LAME.
I am looking forward to the Super Bowl next weekend, though. I like the Packers a lot and I am really looking forward to the episode of Glee that is airing post-game. New Glee – WOOT!
Super Bowl Sunday is the best… it’s a day of good food (chili and cornbread, like always!!), decent football, good commercials and not having to do anything but watch/yell at the TV. Love it!
So, last night I posted a freakishly short post b/c SNL was almost on and I can’t watch TV and blog at the same time.
I did laugh out loud during Saturday Night Live last night… it wasn’t the best episode of the season by far, but it was really nice to see Jesse Eisenberg open up a bit. I was watching his hands during the monologue and it looked like they were shaking like leaves. It was great to see Mark Zuckerberg, Jesse Eisenberg and Andy Samberg all lined up in a row. What an awkward/odd bunch of people… Zuckerberg can stick to his day job 🙂
But it was cool to see Zuckerberg and Eisenberg interact like that.
Most, if not all, of the sketches were based around sex jokes, so nothing was really ground breaking or hilariously funny. Though, props to Eisenberg for really going for it. I thought he did well in the Mr. Wizard, Don’t Forget the Lyrics, that news bit, and the El Shrinko sketches. I love Jesse Eisenberg (he’s a great actor and I think he’s super attractive to boot…), and it was just nice to see him doing something different.
Before SNL last night, my parents and I watched Animal House. God, I love that movie. I have been a huge John Belushi fan my whole life thanks to inheriting my dad’s sense of humor. I’ve seen this movie several times, but hadn’t watched it all the way through in years. It’s something that I can watch multiple times and still laugh just as hard ever time. Belushi owns this movie… his mannerisms and facial expressions are priceless and no one around has his skill level when it comes to physical humor. There are just so many great scenes – the cafeteria scene, any time he’s dressed in dark clothes and darting around outside, the ladder bit, his speech about not giving up, etc…
What a great ensemble cast – Belushi, Tim Matheson (who was soooooooooo hot in that movie), Tom Hulce, Donald Sutherland, Bruce McGill, Karen Allen, Kevin Bacon, and on and on and on. What a great script. What a funny, funny film. And the best part is is that Animal House is timeless. Sure, it’s dated, but that shit is still funny all these years later. You can’t say that about many comedy films from the past ten years. Animal House has always played a big part in my life. I have been quoting this movie since I was a little girl. I have a College sweatshirt. I have the Double Secret Probation Edition of the DVD. I will never not think this is one of the funniest films ever made 🙂
And now for more comedy… after I post this I’ll watch last week’s episodes of Community and Parks and Rec. Love me some Thursday night comedy from NBC.
Work tomorrow – oy
Have a good one 🙂
January 29, 2011
What a day… went to the library and got a bunch of books (started reading a biography about Lady Gaga… very interesting).
Watched some Glee Season 1, watched The Majestic, took a nap, then watched Animal House. I will expand tomorrow how much I LOVE Animal House… and I’ll also weigh in on tonight’s episode of SNL. I have high hopes for Jesse Eisenberg 🙂
Sorry this is such a quick post… I am such a slacker! But mainly, I can’t post while watching TV, as I need to give the TV my full attention. I’m not a multitasker when it comes to watching TV or movies… I have to focus.
And so I wish you a goodnight
TOGA TOGA TOGA
January 28, 2011
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This will probably be a short post. I have 2 episodes of Six Feet Under to watch tonight before I go to bed, as the DVDs were due at the library today and I didn’t have time to finish up Season 2. So, I will forego some sleep tonight and finish these last two episodes. I should of started with Season One, but I’m sure I’ll go back and watch that at some point. This show is fascinating like whoa.
I worked all day today – 10:00-5:30. As I was walking in, I bypassed the morning meeting (I wasn’t responsible for going, as I wasn’t the one scheduled to open). However, I heard my name come up right when I walked passed the rest of the employees… awkward.
Work was okay today. No music = sad Katie. I was in a different area because I needed some change for my register, and I heard Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” playing over the speakers. WHAT?!?!?! Since when do we play Katy Perry music at work?!?!?! See what I’m missing 😦 Luckily, I’m in a music-playing area on Sunday-Tuesday (when I work next). And then I have a week off… wooooooooooooooooooooooooot 🙂
I was consistently helping people at work, but today went so s-l-o-w for some reason. And there were lots of us there, so it’s not like I was musicless and alone. I was surrounded by colleagues and customers, but still the day dragged on. At 5:30, I was like “CYA!!!!!!!!,” punched out and power walked to my car. And then I decided to take the back way home, since it was rush hour, and I accidently went the wrong way (I was flustered because my windshield wiper fluid was not coming out of their spouts, even though I filled it up yesterday, so I wasn’t thinking clearly and went left instead of right. I am so directionally challenged when it comes to the layout of the place where I work and its parking lot.). But, I still made it home in good time.
My mom made these ridiculously delicious turkey burger sliders – they were stuffed with CHEESE. Glorious like whoa. We had dinner and watched The Town. I still stand by my opinion that I like that movie a lot. Jeremy Renner is so amazing, I can’t even put into words how amazing he is.
And now I’m here, typing this up. I’ll read a few blogs real quickly to see what I missed today, and then watch those Six Feet Under episodes. I’m so tired, but I must watch them.
Have a good one!
January 27, 2011
Oh Pink, how I love your song so 🙂
I’m serious… I could listen to “Raise Your Glass” 10 times in a row and still feel the need to fist pump at the very least. You can tell what I listened to while I was brushing my teeth before climbing into bed tonight.
I always have a song in my head. Always. I have to or I can’t function. This morning, the last song I heard before heading into work was “Love the Way You Lie”. And since they turned off the music in my department at work, I was singing/humming “Love the Way You Lie” to myself for the entirety of my 4.25 hour shift. Thank you, Eminem and Rihanna, for keeping me awake.
Work went quickly today, thank goodness. It was another one of those days where I didn’t get a break. I’ll just tack that 15 minutes on to the pretend list of all the breaks I was forced to skip because of lack of coverage. Way to go, giant corporation, for not allowing our managers the money to have double or triple coverage on busy sale days. Way to go.
After work, I went to Target. While driving, I realized I was out of windshield wiper fluid. Not good… luckily I had some in my trunk (though I didn’t pour that in until *after* I got home after Target). I was happy that I found a puffy vest! They only had one… it’s black and red. Not my first choice, but at least now I have puffy vest that goes with my black boots. Yay 🙂 I also got Minnesota Wild shirt. Gotsta represent the hockey, right?
When I got home, I had a ginromous orange and watched all of the music numbers from the first disc of Glee Season One Volume 2 (Hell-o, The Power of Madonna, Home and Bad Reputation). Some of my most favorite Glee performances EVER are on this disc… “Hello,” “Borderline/Open Your Heart,” “A House is Not a Home,” and “Run Joey Run” especially. I could watch these performances over and over and over again.
After that, I went to my room to watch another episode of Six Feet Under. I have 2 left! I’m going to have to return them a day late to the library so I can finish. Well worth the 30 cents I’ll have to pay in late fees, for sure.
Mom and I had dinner and watched some Bones, then I chatted with Robin for awhile 🙂 Yay for catching up!
As tonight is Thursday, mom and I watched American Idol (both admitted that we love this season and how we were both going to not give the show a chance with the new judges… we’re so glad we stuck with it), Bones (Gravedigger episode… what the what?!?!?!?! Such a fake head explosion.) and 30 Rock.
I love 30 Rock, but I’m not sure how much longer it’s going to last. I get the Kabletown jokes, the reality tv/scripted tv stuff, the ratings talk and the product placement humor, but I need more substance. However, I LOVED the last bit between Liz and Jack because that’s exactly what I hate about other shows. And the word “snart” will be worked into conversations in my household… mark my words.
Well, time for some blogs and another episode (if only a few minutes worth) of Six Feet Under. My love for Michael C. Hall is ever-growing, and I am on the Peter Krause bandwagon for reals now. Though I won’t be watching Parenthood anytime soon.
Work tomorrow – boo. Off on Saturday – yay. Hanging out w/a friend *and* new SNL – yay times 2.
Have a good one
January 26, 2011
I love days off because they are better than days at work (except for the not getting paid part…)
One day, when I have a job I love, I’ll love days at work too. For reals.
I woke up, watched some Six Feet Under (which I need to get to now, as I can’t renew my DVDs since someone has a hold on them… and I have 4 episodes left! Maybe I can watch more tomorrow night. Hmmm…)
Today was pretty uneventful. I cleaned my bathroom and folded laundry (fun times, right?). I played a lot of Wii Dance on Broadway and Latin Dance/Cardio Boxing with my mom. We laugh a lot because we never seem to get all of the steps quite right.
I watched a few episodes of Glee from Season One. God, I love that show…
We also watched American Idol – I really, really, really like Steven Tyler, J-Lo and Randy as the 3 judges thus far this season. I hope they can keep it up 🙂
True Story – I tried out for American Idol last year. It was at Disney World. My sister was auditioning and there was no line, so I decided to try out. We sang the exact same song to different judges and both got the exact same response – “You sing well, but your voice is better suited for musical theater.” That was better than I expected to hear, so I wasn’t bummed or anything when the lady told me I wouldn’t be advancing to the next round. I never wanted to be a pop star anyway… though a musical theater star would be okay 😉
Well, I’m sorry this post sucked. I really need to get to watching Six Feet Under
Work tomorrow, then probably to Target to pick up a few things. Then probably home to watch Six Feet Under!
Have a good one 🙂
January 25, 2011
Well, folks, today was a busy day for my eyes and ears.
I woke up this morning and before I got out bed, I grabbed my Mac and watched a stream of the Oscar Nominations. I was groggy, so my initial reactions were “What?!” (when the Coen Brothers were nominated for Best Director instead of Christopher Nolan) and “Hey, I saw that!” (when it was announced that Dogtooth was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film).
A full list of nominees can be found here…
On a whole, there were a couple surprises – mostly omissions. The aforementioned Christopher Nolan omission in the Best Director category really got to me. He’s such a great director. His work on Memento, both Batman films and especially Inception was really something special. EW has an article about how his Best Director omission is not the worst thing, and how he was nominated in Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. But still… the dude directed a friggin’ mind-f**k of a masterpiece. Give the man some recognition!
Another omission I was a bit shocked about was that Andrew Garfield was *not* nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work in The Social Network. What the what?! I was tickled pink that Jesse Eisenberg was nominated for his performance as Mark Zuckerberg, but Garfield was the emotional core to that movie (kinda in the same way that Mark Wahlberg was in The Fighter to Christian Bale’s live-wire performance, and Wahlberg was overlooked but Bale earned a nomination… and will likely walk away with the Oscar too. For reals.). Garfield deserved to be recognized.
And, I didn’t see Blue Valentine yet, but from the reviews I have read, it seems that Ryan Gosling was overlooked in the Best Actor category. He is one of the finest actors from his (my) generation. And while he was nominated a few years ago for Half Nelson (he earned that nomination… did you see him in that movie? Amazing.), the Academy should have probably recognized him again. I am glad that Michelle Williams earned a nod. She’s also a super talented actress from my generation. I am a huge fan and have seen a number of her films (as well as Dawson’s Creek in its entirety… go ahead and judge).
I was also a bit bummed that The Town did not get a Best Picture nomination. I really liked that movie… Ben Affleck is a great director. I am glad Jeremy Renner was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. He’s truly a great performer. I’m glad his role in The Hurt Locker has propelled him forward… he’s super talented.
Colin Firth will win Best Actor. Christian Bale will win Best Supporting Actor. Natalie Portman will win Best Actress. Melissa Leo will more than likely win Best Supporting Actress. However, I am still rooting for The King’s Speech to take home Best Picture. I liked The Social Network and all (and would be fine if that won), but I enjoyed The King’s Speech more. I am a sucker for British films, what can I say?
After the excitement of the Oscar noms, I got down to business and Wii bowled with my mom. I am losing points left and right 😦 Then, my mom ran some errands while I called my thesis chair. He did not sound surprised in the slightest to hear from me. Though our conversation was brief, I have a restored hope that a thesis proposal defense will happen sooner rather than later and that I will be able to graduate in June. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
After the phone call, I opted to play some Wii Glee Karaoke (I’m trying to complete all the Scrapbook levels… I finished Quinn and I’m almost done with Puck and Rachel) and then I played some American Idol Karaoke, but then my mom came home after one medley.
After lunch, I threw in some laundry and then my mom and I Latin Danced/Cardio Boxed and Dance on Broadway. We did the hardest level on the Latin Dance… it was a bit ridiculous, but we made it through. We didn’t do too many Broadway numbers, but my mom still managed to get two or three new high scores today. What?! Our arms were hurting, so we stopped. I’m going to have ginormous biceps come the summertime from these games… Watch out.
Post-dancing, I put in my DVD of Newsies and watched it with commentary (yes, I am a dork). I was sitting in my dad’s recliner and Moose jumped up on my lap and stayed there, all curled up, for over an hour and a half. She is warmer than a blanket, but my feet were cold, so I grabbed the blanket off the back of the chair and threw it over the both of us. And there we sat for the remainder of the movie… it was really nice to just pet my dog and watch Newsies. The commentary was pretty good… though they were really championing the movie and how it seemed to help launch the careers of the kids who played the Newsies. Um, okay. Regardless of how self-congratulating it all was, I was glad to hear what the filmmakers had to say. And I just love Newsies… the music is great. The cast is great. It’s so cheesetastically wonderful. “The World Will Know” will always be my favorite song from that show 🙂
After Newsies, I watched some HIMYM and then the rerun of Glee. It was the “Furt” episode… the one where Kurt’s dad and Finn’s mom get married. Awwwwwww 🙂 I’m not an emotional person when watching TV or movies, but I’ll be damned if I wasn’t getting a little verklempt during the wedding and reception scenes. Mike O’Malley is a joy to watch on that show.
They had commercials for new Glee in February… I can’t friggin’ wait. Need. New. Glee. Now.
And of course we watched the State of the Union. I’m not going to get all political on you, but to be honest I am an Obama supporter and was a big fan of a lot of what he was saying tonight. I didn’t watch any Republican response (not that what they have to say isn’t important… but I can only handle so much political talk in one night), but I’m sure I’ll read about it online tomorrow. Can we win the future? I sure as hell hope so.
I will close for now… gotta catch up on some reading and watch another episode of Six Feet Under. I was never really a Peter Krause fan, but I’m getting there. Plus, I heart Michael C. Hall. (especially when he was macking on Adam Scott a couple episodes ago…)
I’m off from work tomorrow… hopefully more commentaries and crazy dancing will ensue. And some Idol – whoa-oo-whoa.
Have a good one
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