December 2011


There are literally no words.

I still have my ridiculous cough. Hopefully that’ll be gone by Tuesday night…

Remember, I will be gone for awhile, but I will try to post when I can. I’m sure I’ll have a more climactic post when I get back to reality. But for now…

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Have a good one

(And early Happy New Year!)

SO, I haven’t posted a lot over the past week or so. Not a whole heck of a lot has happened, so I don’t feel too bad for not updating, since there is not much to report.

I am still sick. So, that’s awesome… 😦 I feel and sound fine, except for the coughing. So much coughing. This needs to stop in the next 2 days. Seriously.

Christmas with the family was great. We celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve since my brother had to leave on real Christmas so he could get to his apartment in time to catch a flight. My sister is leaving tomorrow and then I am leaving on Friday. So, I bet my parents are really going to appreciate a completely empty house. (I, unfortunately, will be back in a week or so… but I am for reals moving out sometime in early 2012… at least that is the plan right now. Someone hire me, please. Thanks…)

I’ll be gone for a little while and posts will be sporadic, if at all until January 11th or 12th. I’m bringing my computer with me, but I don’t know if I’ll have time to sit down for longer than a few minutes. I am going to be staying with some friends for awhile… I need to just be away from here and recharge my batteries, if you will. 2011 was crazy stressful. I’m hoping to end it with friends, start 2012 with friends, and then take that year by STORM. My time. It’s my time.

So, yeah…

I just started reading The Hunger Games, so I’m going to stop typing and get reading. BOOKS – WOOT

Have a good one

Hello there!

Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

(Or, Happy middle of Hanukkah…)

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. That’s been a combination of my family is here and I don’t have much free time at night these days, I’m still kinda sick (oh this cough sucks so much), and last night I had to work until midnight, so I didn’t get home till way late.

So there that is…

It’s been an interesting few days to say the least. I went and saw A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie w/my family. The HR department at my workplace has managed to screw up all my Leave of Absence stuff even though I submitted it 6 or 7 weeks ago and had already triple checked that everything was in line (though hopefully after a phone chat today that got sorted out for real). I watched a bunch of movies with the family. I helped my mom cook a bunch of stuff. We celebrated Christmas Eve and Christmas on the 24th since my brother has to leave here on the 25th.

This time next week I will be with a bunch of friends ringing in the New Year. It’s going to be epic, to say the least. 2011 is going to end on a positive note if it breaks me and 2012 is going to start (and hopefully end) on a high as well. Next year is my year. MY YEAR.

Well, as I am still hacking up a lung with this horrendous cough, I am going to go to sleep. Usually on Christmas Eve, my siblings and I hang out, play games and whatnot, but we’re all super tired. I think my sister is already asleep in her room. I’m typing this from my room, and I can hear my brother watching HP7 Pt 2 in the living room. Though we cannot replicate Christmas Eve’s-past, it’s still super comforting to know that my whole family is here together under the same roof, if only for a few days.

I hope you and your have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful rest of your holiday season.

Have a good one πŸ™‚

Hey there,

Sorry there haven’t been many posts as of late. My sister is in town (got here yesterday!) and I’m still super sick/tired. I had to be up at 4:30 this morning for work, so I tried to go to bed early last night (hence no post). I ended up getting maybe 3 hours of sleep. And I’m still sick… this cough just will not go away. I’m going to the movies tomorrow with my mom and sister… I’ll need a pocketful of cough drops to get through it, I just know it.

I will post more throughout the week, just not tonight.

Have a good one

Sometimes I can keep it under control, but more often than not I can’t. I had a coughing attack in the middle of Target today – I’m sure that was not appealing to the people around me. Oh well – I couldn’t help it.

I had off from work today, so I went Christmas shopping. I had all these ideas and a few of them fell through, but I got it done and everything is wrapped. When I got home, I told my mom that I was done, but how it wasn’t my best year in terms of buying presents for the rest of my family. Like, you know some years how you just know you got the perfect gifts for the people on your list? Well, this was not one of those years. I tried. I honestly did. But, I just feel like something is off. We shall see come Christmas Eve/Christmas morning.

In addition to Christmas shopping, I spent probably an hour or so trying on clothes. Not at the mall or any store – but at the house. I have something I need to dress up for in the coming weeks and I didn’t want to have to buy anything new, so I tried to piece together an outfit and a backup outfit. I think I did okay.

I have off from work tomorrow too. I will be doing laundry, cleaning up before my sister gets here, job hunting, and I will need to call where I work.

I submitted a request for a Leave of Absence from December 29-January 21st (though that date might change). I was told that my request was approved… yet, when I went to check my work schedule for the week of the 25th-31st, I was scheduled to work on the 29th. HOLD THE PHONE, YO.

So, I need to call work tomorrow and get that straightened out. I can work on the 29th, I just was trying to avoid it so I could have the day to get ready.

What’s really disappointing is that I made sure to submit my paperwork well over a month ago. And then a couple weeks ago, I went in to double check that everything was submitted and asked when I would find out if it was approved or not. I spoke to the HR person in charge of all this and she said that it was approved and that I could plan to be off on the days I asked. WELL, THAT OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T HAPPEN. So, I will call. And I will be completely civil about it. But, it’s just a little frustrating when I check and double check about such things and then when it comes down to it, it appears my request was either not put into the system, or they just mistakenly scheduled me during the time I was approved to not be there.

Sigh

Well… I’m going to go cough some more and read. And hopefully sleep

Have a good one

Seriously, though. This coughing needs to stop. I tried to go to bed early last night since I had to be up at 5:30, but I was up well past midnight b/c of the coughing. I’m coughing as I’m typing this. Buh-what the heck.

I have off from work tomorrow and was thinking about seeing a movie before I went Christmas shopping, but I might have to skip it if I’m coughing too much. I would hate to ruin the movie for other movie goers (as well as myself) by coughing through the whole thing. If I have enough cough drops maybe I’ll go. I really want to see Young Adult. So, we’ll see.

I worked until around noon today and then went home and had some lunch w/my mom before we went out so she could do some Christmas shopping.

We were *this close* to getting a puppy. We saw the CUTEST Black Lab/Retriever puppy and we both wanted it really bad. But, we were at the mall. And you don’t buy puppies from a mall. Especially not for an astronomical price. But this little puppy was ADORABLE. She was trying to pick a fight with the other two puppies she was with (they were sleeping and not budging even though she was biting them). And then she yawned real big and just crashed with her little puppy nose against the glass. I wanted her so bad. SO BAD. Puppies are the best.

My dogs are currently sleeping. *They* are the best.

Well… I’m gonna go grab a snack. And then read. And then hopefully sleep some tonight :/

Have a good one

P.S. 3 DAY WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have spent more than a bulk of my time the past day and night coughing. I don’t have a fever. I don’t have the flu. I don’t have bronchitis. I’m just coughing. A lot. And it’s super old. And painful.

Today at work, I was coughing to the point that there were tears streaming down my cheeks. All the while someone was asking me questions and I was in no position to answer them because I couldn’t get any words out – only coughs. And more coughs.

My voice is nearly gone and my throat is super sore. But besides drinking tea and sucking on throat lozenges, I don’t know what else to do. Alas.

It’ll pass. I’m just extra moody about it because I’ve been like this for almost two weeks now and it really hurts (and I’m tired/bitchy because I’ve coughed more at night than I’ve slept … so there’s that :/ ).

But, enough complaining about something that can’t be helped.

So, I had a fight with my parents yesterday. I’m not going to go into any details or anything, but we’re okay. Sometimes these things happen.

I worked today. It was busy. Most people are still friendly at this point. The highlight of my day was definitely a chat I had with a little boy who was super excited about leaving cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

I’m not a huge fan of kids, but it made my heart swell when this little guy was so excited about Santa. I love it when little kids are in the holiday spirit. The holiday hasn’t been ruined for them – they are excited about Santa and are just super happy it’s Christmas time.

Okay… so I’m watching Survivor right now. (SPOILER ALERT) And Brandon just got immunity. And Coach is pissed. I’m rooting for Ozzy to win the whole thing this season… he’s been rocking the shit out of Redemption Island. Damn.

Well… I’m gonna go read some RS and watch some shows. I have to be up at 5:30 tomorrow morning for work… not looking forward to that. But, I am looking forward to my 3 day weekend πŸ™‚

Have a good one

Word.

I am still pretty sick (spent the past two nights coughing instead of sleeping 😦 ) and I got into a huge fight with my parents tonight. Ergo, I’m in a mood.

However, tonight was this season’s Christmas episode of Glee… so I had a little smile on my face for at least an hour.

Glee – Season 3 Episode 9 – “Extraordinary Merry Christmas” (note – I Will Post links to gifs, Videos and songs as soon as I can find them)

(SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE EPISODE)

NO, we don’t know what was in the box. (Klaine people know what I’m talking about.) HOWEVER, get over it. There was a whole other 42 minutes of mostly pleasant Christmas Glee. (Hold the phone… we DO know what is in the box c/o TV Line… supposedly this scene will be on the DVD. What about all the other missing scenes from prior seasons, though?!?!?! Come on! We want those too…)

The episode opened in the choir room with Mercedes singing “All I Want For Christmas is You.” This was a given that she was going to sing this song. Even though the Mariah Carey version will forever and always be my favorite, this version was nice too. And is it just me, or is Mercedes looking extra pretty this season?! I loved her purple dress.

So, everyone sang and danced about the choir room. Yay happy.

I think after the “glee” title card, we went to Sue’s office where she asked Artie (“Wheels”), Kurt (“Porcelain”) and Blaine (“Other Gay”) to sing at the homeless shelter that Friday. It seems that after her sister’s passing, Sue is nicer around Christmas time this year (remember last year she was the Grinch?). The boys agree to have the Glee club sing and they each get another round of nicknames before she kicks them out of her office… Artie – Stubs. Kurt – Gelfling. Blaine – Young Burt Reynolds. (I LOVED how Blaine reacted to this… he paused and then a crooked smile appeared on his face like, “Yeah. I can totally work with this nickname.” PRICELESS)

Then, Rachel and Finn were discussing Christmas presents in the hallway. Rachel made Finn a list of stuff she wanted and told him to pick 5 things. She made him the list b/c Kurt told her that Finn and the other Glee guys were in the locker room talking about what Finn should get Rachel and they were leaning toward socks.

Back in the classroom, Rory announced to the group that his mom wasn’t going to be able to come visit him for the holidays because plane tickets are too expensive (preach!). So, he sang “Blue Christmas” and depressed everyone. I did love how he said he was going to honor “The King” and Kurt got this weird look on his face and asked, “Baby Jesus?” to which Blaine shook his head and mouthed “no.” Aw.

After the song, Mr. Schue came in and told the kids that they were going to do a public access Christmas special and that he told the producer that Artie should direct it. Artie balked at first, saying he wouldn’t sell out and do television. But, then Artie saw the light and agreed to do it, so long as it involved the 1978 Star Wars Christmas Special (which, I actually have never seen… which is blasphemous, as I am a huge Star Wars fan :/ ). I liked the Chewie-in-the-classroom clip πŸ™‚ Artie also wanted the special to be shot in Black and White.

Cut to Rachel singing “River” on the stage in the auditorium. I always skip this song when it comes on the CD. It’s pretty… pretty boring. (OH SNAP) But seriously, it’s definitely not one of my favorite holiday songs. I did like her dress, though. And the fake snow. However, I did not like how she was not so subtly suggesting for Finn to get her earrings for Christmas.

Artie told her the song was all wrong. He then shared his image for the show – Blaine and Kurt host a gathering at their chalet. Everyone comes over and sings happy songs, and then Rory reads an uplifting version of Frosty the Snowman. Sam was not happy about this. Not at all. Sam reminded everyone that Christmas isn’t always happy – that it’s about the sad stuff as well as the happy stuff. You know, a time to be thankful for what you do have. (Earlier, Sam and Rory had a great exchange in the hallway about how they miss their families. Sam decides to be Rory’s Christmas sponsor and asks Rory to come have Christmas with Sam and his family. I thought that was really sweet of Sam… especially since he and his family didn’t have much last season when they were homeless and now Sam is extended what they do have out to this other kid in need of a family for the holidays. AWWWWWW) Sam walks out of the auditorium to go ring a bell for the Salvation Army. He asks Rory to come with, but Rory stays and says he should practice his lines. (But Rory… didn’t I just write that you and Sam were practically family? Hmmm… more on this later.)

Later in the choir room, Blaine and Rachel sing “Extraordinary Merry Christmas” to each other to show how fun they can be while performing Christmas songs. This song is pretty lame. I’m sure I’ll like it more later on (Darren’s voice is like buttah and I will cave and love the song… just give me time.). But, it’s cheesy. But, cheesy is what Artie wants – so the Christmas Special is a go. When Sue walked in the choir room to double check that the kids would be at the shelter that Friday, Artie shot her down saying they were filming the special on Friday. WHAT?! You kids should make time for the homeless shelter people. But nooooo… they want their 15 minutes of public access fame 😦

The next chunk of show was the black and white Christmas special (YES!).

So, remember how in last year’s Christmas special we only got one scene (albeit a GLORIOUS ONE) of Kurt and Blaine singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (go ahead and watch… I’ll wait πŸ™‚ ).

Well, this year’s Christmas Special within the Glee Christmas Special was basically ALL KLAINE, ALL THE TIME.

You couldn’t smack the smile off my face while Kurt and Blaine sang and danced to “Let it Snow“. How freakin’ adorable and retro was that?! Perfection. Utter perfection. Boys can SAAAAAAAANG. Boys can DANCE. Those two are the cutest things on TV and I think they know it.

When the song was over, I dug Kurt’s affected “oh, I’m hosting a TV show with my boyfriend, but since this is retro he’s my best friend/roommate, and I have to talk like this because that’s how you talk when you host an old timey tv show” voice. There needs to be a “Kurt and Blaine host a Christmas special at their chalet” spin off because this was brilliant.

Mercedes and Rachel came over to Blaine and Kurt’s soon thereafter and Rachel was well aware she was on television. The group of them sang “My Favorite Things“. I kinda wished that Blaine was going to play the piano during the song instead of just sit on the piano bench :/ As much as I like this song, I refuse to think of it as a Christmas song. SORRY, BRO.

Also, props to the writers for Blaine’s Christmas presents from Rachel during the Special… a bowtie w/Christmas trees on it and candy-cane stripped capris. PRICELESS.

Then there was some talk about Global Warming and climate change. I loved it when Mercedes deadpanned how it was the End Times. I really haven’t liked her much this season, but this bit was great.

The doorbell rang and who should appear? Finn Hudson and Noah Puckerman dressed up like Luke Skywalker (Finn) and Han Solo (Puck), but not really because the glee kids didn’t have the rights to Star Wars so any likeness to Star Wars was purely coincidental (wink, wink). NGL, but Han Solo Puck was kinda hot… πŸ˜‰

Puck and Finn sang “Santa Claus is Coming To Town” a la Bruce Springsteen. NICE.

When their song was over, who should appear, but Brittany, Santana, the Cheerios, Tina and Mike (dressed as Santa). While twirling those awesome batons w/ribbons like in the Rhythmic Gymnastics, Brittany sang “Christmas Wrapping.” Again, not one of my favorite Christmas songs, but I like Brittany… and those baton things.

After the song, Rory came out and everyone was like, “Yay!” And he was supposed to read the Frosty story and everyone was going to be happy. But, Rory opted to read the same passage that Linus recites in the Charlie Brown Christmas show… and everyone realizes they shouldn’t be there.

Cut to the homeless shelter where Quinn and Sam are serving food. (Good for them, btw. I used to do this when I was younger as part of Girl Scouts. It was one of my favorite things to do around the holidays because it was not only an opportunity to give back in the community, but it was a chance to meet some really amazing people and get to know them and hear their often untold stories.) The Glee kids, Mr. Schue and Emma finally roll in to help out.

The Glee kids sang “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” My mom had a point… was this really an appropriate song to sing in this location?

Regardless, this song is important. Not really w/regard to Glee, but in real life. It was written for Band Aid to raise $ for charity. The money from the Glee version of the song will also go to the Band Aid Trust.

The episode ended with Rachel Berry finally pulling her head out of her ass. Not literally, of course.

She was bugging Finn the whole episode to give her lavish presents. He got her a sow in her name to help feed people in Africa, but she was not initially happy about that. She did eventually get over herself, named the sow “Barbra” and was happy about how her sow would feed people. Finn also got Rachel a star (named Finn Hudson b/c there was already a star named Rachel Berry [ i.e. her] and her Finn star would always be there to look down on her). He also got her earrings.

Rachel then felt bad/got an idea.

Cut to Sam and Rory ringing the Salvation Army bell. Finn and Rachel walk up (and Finn kinda throws a snowball at Sam’s crotch) and donate all the money from Rachel’s earrings and the iPhone she had bought Finn. They then all ring the bell together. AWWWWWWWWWW

So, Matthew Morrison (i.e. Mr. Schue) directed this episode. On a whole, I was not impressed by his directorial choices… especially while Rory was singing “Blue Christmas.” Yikes. I think that Eric Stoltz and Bradley Buecker should direct all the episodes. ALL THE EPISODES.

Glee is now on hiatus until january. They showed a promo. Will is going to propose to Emma. Finn is thinking about joining the army. And it looks like Sam joined the synchronized swim team. And gets slushied b/c of it…

Also coming up on Glee is a big Michael Jackson tribute episode. I am PUMPED. Especially after the great MJ songs used in last week’s Sectionals episode.

Well…

(END SPOILERS)

I have to work tomorrow. And look for jobs. And try to not be sick anymore. (I cannot tell you how many times I’ve sneezed on my computer screen while I’ve typed this out :/ )

Have a good one

I seriously hope this coughing nonsense stops before I go to work tomorrow. It’s been two days of constant hacking – it hurts and I’m hoarse. My words come out forced, broken and about an octave or two too low. I feel fine (like, no fever or anything), I just sound horrible and my throat hurts from all the coughing. Hopefully I am getting this all out of my system before my siblings get here πŸ™‚

Since I opted to go Christmas shopping next weekend so I could rest up and get better this weekend, I had a whole day to do as I pleased. So, I applied for some jobs, I watched a few episodes of Parks and Rec, and I tried to upload some more of my CDs onto my iPod.

My iPod connector cord died (I didn’t know *that* was possible), but I knew I had a spare somewhere in my room. I had to dig through 4 boxes of stuff that has been packed away for several years, but I found it. I also found probably 20-30 Sharpies (I ❀ Sharpies), my missing NYC guidebook (which I was super glad I found), a shower "microphone" that my sister gave me as a joke, and my CORD!!! Oh happy day πŸ™‚

So, I managed to get my iPod hooked up to my computer and was able to upload my music. Yay!

And that's really all I did today :/. I'm getting ready to watch The Amazing Race with my mom. I have work for the next four days. I work all day tomorrow, but then it's not so bad the next few days after that. I'll be applying for more jobs during my "free" afternoons this week. I'll also have to come up with some sort of plan to finish Christmas shopping. My family members are hard to shop for – but I did finish shopping for my sister, so at least that's a start. I can't believe Christmas is two weeks from today. BUH-WHAT?!

Well… I'm gonna go watch the show with my mom and then read a bit before bed. Sorry this post was pretty uneventful/uninformative.

Have a good one

I’m still not feeling 100%, so I feel perfectly fine spending this friggin’ cold Saturday night sitting in front of the fireplace and watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer while one of my dogs is using me as a pillow.

I’ve watched Rudolph every year (usually multiple times) ever since I was born. This show is extra special to me because 12 years ago, we were watching it when a neighbor knocked on our door and asked if we wanted to take in a stray puppy that was dumped in their yard. We gladly accepted guardianship of the most adorable puppy of all time and we promptly named her Yukon Cornelius. We still have Yukon. She’s no longer a puppy, but she is the best guard dog we’ve ever had and we love her to pieces πŸ™‚ Yukon was sitting with me tonight while we were watching the show, but she ditched me for the other couch. Our other dog, Moose, quickly jumped up and took her spot, so now Moose is sleeping on me. She’s super warm, as is the fire in the fireplace. It’s very cozy in here – feels good. All our Christmas trees and other lights/decorations in the house are lit… the holidays are awesome around here. I’m continually thankful to get to spend them with my family. I can’t wait to see my siblings in the next couple weeks!!

Hey, what do you say we both be independent together, huh?”

Oh that Hermey, what a guy.

(He’s my favorite character on the show… him and his little elf outfit and swoopy blonde hair.)

I was going to go Christmas shopping today, but since I’m still kinda sick, I’m going to go on Friday. I know that’s kinda cutting it close, but I couldn’t drag myself out of the house today.

So, instead of shopping, I watched a lot of Parks & Rec, and I also decorated our last Christmas tree. (We have 3… I decorated the other 2 last weekend.) My mom put up some more lights and garland and even put our tree hat on our mounted deer head in the foyer. (I named our deer “Buck Henry” after Buck Henry, the writer/actor responsible for some of my favorite films).

AWWWWWWWW, the Spotted Elephant! He’s my favorite misfit on the Island of Misfit Toys πŸ™‚

Well… I’m gonna finish the show and then read/watch more Parks & Rec or maybe Love Actually until SNL is on.

Have a good one

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