November 2011


So, today was Glee Tuesday – Episode 3×7 – “I Kissed a Girl” (I will link out to video ASAP, I promise.)

SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE EPISODE

So, this week’s episode revolved around Santana’s outing and lady songs – i.e. songs sung by ladies for ladies.

The episode opened in Figgins’s office where Santana was bouts to get suspended for slapping Finn. I liked how the writers managed to sneak in how Santana was getting punished for violence and she outright questioned why no one ever got in trouble for all the slushie facials. (Slushies weren’t on the list of violent behavior… bogus man. So bogus.) To keep Santana from getting suspended and banned from Sectionals, Finn said that Santana didn’t actually hit him. That she did a stage hit. (Right…) Well, they bought it. So, Santana and Finn had a chat in the hallway – he seemed really sincere about making sure she wasn’t suspended or banned from Sectionals. He also said that she and the rest of the Troubletones needed to be with the New Directions that week for a lesson.

Cut to the choir room where all the kids are sitting around. Finn writes something like “Lady Music Week” on the board and explains that everyone in that room cares about Santana and that they accept her for who she is. He asks Blaine and Kurt up to the front of the room to start things off.

I loved that Blaine introduced the song as something he and Kurt sing to each other in the car. They started singing “Perfect” and it was adorable. A-freakin’-dorable. I mentioned in my post yesterday how this is one of my favorite Pink songs. The boys totally did it justice, though I wish they would have used a longer version of the edited version on the show. Alas.

Other lady songs performed in this episode were:

“I’m The Only One” – sung by Puck at Shelby in front of everyone (though only Quinn picked up on his intentions). I love Puck. I don’t love Puck with Shelby, though. During this episode, Shelby called Puck in the middle of math class (btw – how great was it that he knew the Quadratic Formula?!) because Beth had hurt herself and needed stitches. Puck to the rescue… he made sure that she was going to get treated by a plastic surgeon (side note – the guy that played the doctor is the brother of one of my friends… random sauce). Shelby swooned a bit at Puck’s assertiveness and they slept with each other. She then immediately said it was a mistake. He got mad and left… and ended up over at Quinn’s (she had propositioned him earlier in the episode). Quinn was trying to get knocked up again, but Puck said no. He then said that he felt bad that everyone had been trying to help Santana that week but no one had stopped to help her. Quinn’s been crazy ever since she got pregnant and Puck finally said that out loud.

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Finn (w/some help from Puck, Mike and Artie) sang this to Santana. It was really quite a moving scene. He really, REALLY, slowed the song down to make it a slow ballad instead of an upbeat dance song. It really changed the meaning of the song and brought a new weight to the lyrics. The Finn/Santana interaction in this episode was amazing… especially after how sour their relationship went last week. Throughout this episode, Finn really did right by Santana (at least in his eyes). He directed the lesson directly at her. He flat out told her that he didn’t want her to die. He mentioned how someone from the “It Gets Better” project killed himself and how he knows Santana usually takes out her anger on other people but how that one day might not be enough for her and she might turn on herself. He reminds her that she was his first and that will always mean something to him – SHE will always mean something to him, and if he didn’t do anything about it, he wouldn’t be able to live with himself. At the end of his song, Santana tearfully thanked him and they hugged. It was really very sweet.

“Jolene” – sung by Coach Bieste. STUPID SUE STEALING BIESTE’S GENTLEMAN FRIEND. Oh Coach Bieste… my heart goes out to you and your Tur-Duck-En and ALL THE CHICKEN. Poor woman doesn’t know how to communicate her feelings about Cooter to Cooter. So, Sue ends up asking him out and he accepts. He says he likes Bieste, but she’s always weight lifting or going to protein powder conferences. Sue flaunts her relationship with Cooter and Bieste just gets sad and jealous. So she sings “Jolene” in the middle of the gym during the senior class president elections. I love this song, but I didn’t really like its staging. It was a bit awkward watching Dot Marie Jones just kinda stand there most of the time and sing. I’m also really sad that they made Bieste into someone who will fight for a guy who honestly doesn’t deserve her. I’m so pissed that Cooter went with Sue, but I’m even more pissed that Bieste confessed her love for him and then said she was going to fight Sue for him… Oh, honey. You don’t want someone who jumped ship to another woman because of some miscommunication. He has feelings for you, yes, but didn’t you just hear him say he likes Sue too. Bieste can do sooooo much better than Cooter. I’m sad that the writers are having her think that he’s her only option 😦

I Kissed a Girl” – sung by the girls of the New Directions and Troubletones – Some douche approaches Santana and says that he’s going to straighten her out. THe girls from the two glee clubs surround her and tell him to back off because her being gay wasn’t a choice, but even if it was, she wouldn’t chose him. (Preach.) So, the girls all sing “I Kissed a Girl” while Rory kind of just oogled them all. (This kid didn’t have any lines this episode… but he sure made a bunch of weird facial expressions.) After the song, Santana announced to the others that she told her parents about her being gay the night before and they were okay with it, and that she still had to tell her abuela. Well, later in the episode, she was at her abuela’s house and she came out (great scene, btw) and sadly her abuela would have none of it. She told Santana that some things are meant to be kept a secret, how it was selfish of Santana to make her uncomfortable, and that she wanted Santana to leave and she never wanted to see her again. Poor Santana 😦

“Constant Craving” – sung by Santana (and Shelby and Kurt). I recognized this song, but kinda tuned out because I was busy uploading something onto my iPod. It’s a good song, and I highly recommend listening to it. The big thing about this scene was the resolution of the elections. At the beginning of the episode, Kurt and Rachel were talking about how he needed the win for his NYADA application. Kurt was contemplating pulling a JFK (stuffing the ballot box…) but he didn’t do it because that would be cheating and Kurt Hummel doesn’t cheat. Kurt won the election, but only because someone actually *did* stuff the ballot box. The principal accused him of cheating and said he’d be suspended for 2 weeks and not allowed to be in Sectionals. Turns out Rachel was the one who stuffed the ballot box, but she didn’t think it through very well and she over-stuffed it by putting in more ballots than there were seniors. Rachel got suspended for a week and is banned from Sectionals. Which are next week. Sooooooooooo, Kurt lost and Brittany won. But, the Hummels didn’t lose everything tonight… Burt beat Sue and was elected to Congress. What does this mean, if anything, for the Hummel-Hudson family?

So many questions, so little time.

So, then there was a promo for next week’s episode… “Hold on to Sixteen“. This promo was all sorts of crazy. First off, Sam’s back. And stripping. Under the name “White Chocolate.” Secondly, Blaine confronts Finn about Finn being mean to him. This happens in the weight room. Blaine is in a wife beater and standing next to a punching bag. (#undapperthoughts) Thirdly, it’s Sectionals time! The group must perform w/o Rachel. The Troubletones are up against the New Directions. Does either team have 12 members? Don’t they *need* 12 members to perform? (There I go… wondering why Glee doesn’t have plot points that make sense when this whole season has been chock full of plot lines that don’t make sense. F-ing show… Jumped the shark like WHOA. But I’ll still watch for Darren and the catchy songs.) I’m super looking forward to the New Directions songs for sectionals. I have been listening to them nonstop all day. Especially “Man in the Mirror.” I LOVE THIS SONG>

Anyway… yeah. Glee. It’s beyond crazy at this point. But I’ll still watch and then gush about it.

(END SPOILERS)

In other news, I helped my mom put together some Christmas trees (we have 3 large trees in our house instead of just one…). They aren’t decorated yet, but they’re up.

I have to work tomorrow. But then I have Thursday off – woot.

Have a good one

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Sorry I’ve been sucking at blogging lately. BUT, I have some time now and today was busy, so I will post about things in the order they happened and will save SPACE Tour videos for the end.

1. When I woke up this morning, one of the first things I saw online was this:

I still kinda can’t believe this is happening and I get to go see it. H2$ is pretty much my favorite stage musical of all time (even though I haven’t ever seen it on stage before…). I saw the movie when I was in elementary school and have seen it a bajillion times since. I’ve listened to the Original Broadway Cast recording and the 1994 revival over and over and over again (for some reason I can’t bring myself to listen to the DanRad version… I’m not a super huge fan of his singing voice). This clip just made me super happy, even though it doesn’t really show much except for some BTS on his photo shoot.

2. Also released today was “Perfect” from tomorrow’s episode of Glee … c/o Rollingstone.com

(SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW THE PLOT OF EPISODE 7)

So, Kurt and Blaine duet on Perfect. And it’s PERFECT. No, seriously… listen to it. I think the plot of the episode is that Finn and the other Glee kids are singing women’s songs to Santana after her Episode 6 outing. In my head canon, Blaine and Kurt start off singing this song to Santana, but part way through the song they are really just singing to each other and Blaine has tears in his epic Heart Eyes for Kurt. Please let this be accurate…

I have listened to this song an embarrassing number of times today. #noregrets The Pink version is already one of my favorite songs ever, so this is just the icing on the “Perfect” cake. The lyrics to this song (minus the rap… bah) are so beautiful. Catch me in an emotional state listening to this song and I will have legit tears in my eyes.

3. So, I finally saw J. Edgar.

I honestly didn’t know a whole heck of a lot about the man before I saw the movie and was definitely a bit enlightened by the content of the film. While I thought he was a bit paranoid and full of himself, I found his relationships in the film super compelling.

(SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE)

So, I was a bit unaware of Hoover’s personal life. Do I take this movie as a 100% completely accurate depiction of Hoover’s life? NO. But I found the relationships with his mother, his secretary and Clyde Tolson to be very moving.

I thought Hoover had a good relationship with his mother until that scene where he tells her he doesn’t like to dance, and he doesn’t like to dance with women. When his mom reminded him about a boy from his childhood (“Daffy” – short for “Daffodil”) who killed himself and then said “I’d rather have a dead son than a daffodil” (or something along those lines), my heart BROKE.

I thought Hoover’s relationship with his secretary was interesting. I liked watching it progress throughout their time together. It was beyond awkward watching their “date” in the Library of Congress, especially when he dove in for a kiss that was utterly rejected. But, they overcame that and they ended up being quite the team. It’s amazing how much respect there must have been between them – her keeping all of his secret files for him like that.

But, my favorite relationship of the film was between Hoover and Tolson. Was Hoover gay? I tried to Google that, but didn’t really get a solid yes or no answer. (For the record, the answer may be out there … I didn’t spend a whole hell of a lot of time google Hoover’s sexual history. That’s his own business.) But I was beyond intrigued by Hoover and Tolson’s working and personal relationship in this film.

Tolson doted on Hoover. He looked at him fondly and was very caring and giving with his time and actions to the other man. Even I swooned a bit when Tolson made Hoover promise that they would never miss lunch or dinner appointments with each other whether it was a good or bad day for them.

The first time they sort of held hands in the car (Hoover placed his hand on top of Tolson’s), my heart stopped because it was such an intimate moment. However, their hotel scenes made my heart hurt. Scene One: When Hoover told Tolson, “I care so very much for you, Clyde,” to which Tolson took him by the hand and responded, “I love you, Edgar” and then Hoover changed subjects to talk of a lady friend he was considering marrying… my jaw dropped and my heart broke. It stayed broken during the fight scene.

Scene Two: My heart legit hurt during this sequence. The way Tolson snapped because Hoover was mistreating his feelings. I read some online comment on some message board that said commenter was disappointed in the fight because it looked like the two were having a cat fight. UMMMMMMM NO. Those men threw punches. Legit punches. Out of anger and love. And then when Tolson kissed him… and Hoover’s forehead wrinkled and he just sort of melted for a fraction of a second. Holy shit. He must have been so conflicted in that moment. Tolson had every right to walk away… but Hoover calling him back “Don’t leave me! Clyde, please! Clyde, I’m sorry!”. GAH. MY HEART.

I thought DiCaprio and Hammer were amazing in this movie. Their old man makeup was hella distracting, but they both gave fine performances despite what they looked like as old men. Clint Eastwood is an amazing director. My biggest complaint besides the makeup was that creepy boy from Gossip Girl (Ed Westwick?) was in the film. BOOOOOOOO

4. SPACE Tour

So, as I mentioned yesterday, StarKid just got done with their month-long SPACE tour. I bookmarked a shit-ton of videos from youtube and I haven’t gotten a chance to watch them all yet. HOWEVER, here are a few of my favorites from when Darren joined up with the group on the last couple concerts of the tour:

Status Quo – I f-ing love this song. And I love it with 5-part harmony. And tambourines.

To Have A Home – Darren fans just know what this song means on every possible level. It’s just really special to get to watch him sing this, okay?

Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts – GAH, I LOVE THEM ALL SO MUCH πŸ™‚

And, finally, Not Alone. This is just one of the best anthems… it’s got such a great message. Plus, it’s super special getting to see him perform this because it’s been used now for so many things and all of them represent something amazing and positive. Also, Darren is freakin’ talented when it comes to performing. Obviously.

So yeah… there are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more SPACE videos on youtube and tumblr. Check them out.

Imma go read… remember, tomorrow is Glee Tuesday

Have a good one

So, sorry I haven’t posted much on here as of late. My siblings and their significant others were in town for Thanksgiving (and/or I had to work), so I didn’t have a lot of time to post.

I had today off, but I just spent an hour watching SPACE tour videos and now I’m super tired and need to sleep. So, I’ll have a longer post tomorrow… I’m seeing “J. Edgar,” so maybe I’ll have something to say about that. Also, I’ll post some videos I found on youtube from the SPACE tour. (For those of you who don’t know, StarKid just wrapped a month-long tour. Several of my friends were able to go to the show, but since I live way far away and had to work, I missed out. But, there are videos on youtube… and they are glorious. I’ll link out to some of my favorites tomorrow.)

Well… I’m off to read and sleep.

Have a good one

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is going to be super short because I need to get to bed as I have an early/long day of work ahead of me. I’m hoping the super crazy people will be gone by time I get there… like, I want to be busy, but not to the point where I feel like I’m going to pass out/flip out at someone. You know?

It was a good Thanksgiving (except for the 5 minutes where I accidentally spilled a can of soda onto my sister’s scores and library books… that wasn’t good at all). I finally got to meet my brother’s girlfriend (she’s super great). I got to spend the whole day playing games and watching stuff with my family and my siblings’ significant others. (Sometime in the future I’ll have someone special to share the holiday with. This year was definitely not that year. :/ )

I’m just super thankful for my family. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have the family I have. We love each other. We’re happy and healthy and are doing okay. As bummed out as I get at times, I really need to remind myself that I have a pretty amazing family. Because I totally do πŸ™‚

Well… I need to sleep. I can’t wait until tomorrow is over.

Have a good one

Hola,

Sorry I haven’t really updated very well lately. My family is here (well… almost all here… some people are still en route) and we’re watching a movie and about to watch Modern Family/Happy Endings.

This morning, we went to see The Muppets. It was soooooooooo cute. My already epic love of Jason Segel has just increased even more. That script had so much heart – it had so much love and respect for the muppets that it made my heart hurt (in the best way possible).

So, I wrote a huuuuuuuuge paragraph about how much the Muppets mean to me, and then my computer went and deleted it. BAH

But, here’s a video of “The Rainbow Connection”

Enjoy. (They sing it in the new movie and it almost broke me because I was having so many feelings. This song is really important to me. It’s just a super beautiful and meaningful song… take a listen.)

Well… Imma get back to the movie and my shows. Have a Happy Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

Have a good one

I love television.

I am seriously about to spend the next 3 hours in front of my TV watching DWTS, an hour of The Sing Off and Castle. I would feel bad for not having more of a social life, but I’m a bit under the weather and it’s really cold and dark out. Why would I want to leave my house right now?

Tonight is the competition part of the DWTS finale. The three best contestants are left – Ricki, J.R. and Rob. I think this is J.R.’s mirror ball trophy to lose. I’m just really thankful that Rob made it to the finals and not Hope. He’s a way better dancer than her and had a great attitude the entire season.

I’m way pumped to get to watch an hour of The Sing Off tonight – I love a cappella music like whoa. I haven’t seen much of this season b/c it conflicts w/DWTS (and we don’t have DVR), but I’ve enjoyed what I have seen thus far. Plus, the judges for this show are all amazing. Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Sara Bareilles are the trifecta of awesome judges because they are all super talented people who know what they are talking about. They have good, constructive criticism. And I just really loooooooooove how people can make such beautiful music without any instruments πŸ™‚

Man… I am sitting here yawning. I got a horrible night’s sleep last night. Our furnace is going crazy or something because my room felt like it was on fire. It was maybe 20+ degrees out last night, and I was in a shorts and t-shirt with no blankets and was still sweating like I was in the middle of the Sahara. At first I thought I was just getting really sick/had a bad fever, but it wasn’t me – it was the furnace. Since it was so hot in my room, I only got a couple hours of sleep. I crawled up the stairs around 7, went into the kitchen and asked my mom if I could nap in her room for a little bit. I somehow fell asleep for another two hours… I was out of it to the point where I woke up with drool down my chin. (TMI, I know.) I needed sleep. I still need sleep. After my shows, I am going to crawl into my bed (the furnace is still going crazy, but we shut all the vents in my room) and sleep. I have to get up really early for work tomorrow, which I am not super looking forward to. But, I have Wednesday and Thursday off and my siblings will be here, so that’s something good that’s on the horizon. Also, Wii Glee Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 comes out tomorrow… so that’s something to look forward too. (There best be a version w/o a microphone… I need another Wii microphone like I need a hole in the head.)

Well… Dancing Show is on. So, I shall bid you adieu and watch people get their dance on.

Have a good one

So… those who know me best know that I am usually very up on my popular culture.

Yet, here I sit, watching the AMAs Red Carpet and I am asking out loud to my television, “Who are some of these people?”

Most of the songs are familiar (from when I flip through the radio like a boss), but I wouldn’t be able to name the artist if you paid me.

I’m having a FB conversation right now with some friends about “good” music from back in the day… I grew up on music from the 1950s-00s. Stuff from the 60s continues to be infinitely better than most of the junk that is released nowadays. Auto-tune and poorly produced music is no match for CLASSICS from motown, you know?

The show is about to start… I hope the performances are entertaining.

I’m gonna log off and watch…

Have a good one

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