Um, so I watched the Pushing Daisies pilot (“Pie-lette“) again. I can’t help it – I love this show.

But let’s start at the very beginning… a very good place to start.

Because of my epic need to read these days, I was up till probably 1:00 this morning (I’ll finish Sarah Silverman’s book tonight, at the pace I’m going…). So, I was not super happy to be up at 5:00 this morning when I heard my mom leave. (Those who know me best know that I like to at least attempt getting 8 hours of sleep a night.) I tossed and turned in bed, trying to will myself back to sleep. When that didn’t work, I turned on my computer, rearranged some movies in the Netflix queue so I would have easier access to them, then read a really great interview with people who work on How I Met Your Mother. It was a reassuring read – looks like Season Six will be more like the earlier seasons of the show than last season. I didn’t hate Season Five, but it was not my favorite season either.

After going on Facebook to publicly wish my father a Happy Birthday, I shut down the computer and slowly trekked to the main floor of the house. I was greeted by Yukon but had to let Moose out of her coup to get my good morning from her. Mom doesn’t trust Moose to roam free like a good girl (she’s only two and a half) because sometimes she’ll bark at random stuff, so I freed her and then gave both dogs breakfast. (As I’m typing this, Moose is laying at my feet and licking them… ew.)

We went outside and I saw that the construction people were back. Once the dogs were done with their respective business, we went inside where I made a banana strawberry smoothie because there were 4 dodgy looking bananas on the counter (I’ll have another smoothie tomorrow morning to finish them off). With my smoothie in hand, I sat down to start watching Synecdoche, New York (2008), as there are only a few more days where it is an instant-stream movie on Netflix and I was in the mood for some Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Though I only watched an hour of it before I turned off the TV to get a shower, do laundry and read some articles for thesis stuff, I saw enough to understand why it was so critically acclaimed. Great cast + interesting/unique/original script from Charlie Kaufman = a solid film.

After some shores, I must admit that I caught up on some Comic-Con news and watched some Late Night with Jimmy Fallon clips that I missed this week. *Then* I read two and a half articles for my thesis proposal. I had a few false-starts, as I had accidentally had duplicate articles in my list of stuff to read. Lucky for me I have a freakishly good memory, so a sentence or two into the duplicates, I realized I had already read some of those articles before… over a month ago. Awesome.

When my head felt like it was starting to explode, I shut down my Mac (I should have a name for my computer by now, but I don’t… I must think on that. My car’s name is Blue Car and my iPod is named The Pie Maker, so surely I should think up a name for my computer…) and took the dogs outside. Excellent timing on my behalf – I managed to get both dogs out and in before they starting paving the street with the giant machines that make the loud noises. (Gotta do my best to make sure Yukon doesn’t have to get more high-strung then she already is.)

I fixed myself a chicken salad sandwich, grabbed an orange and my water bottle, and settled back onto the couch to finish watching Synecdoche, New York. With the whole play-within a play-within the movie going on, I began to rationalize it out like when I was watching Inception. Synecdoche, New York was a good movie, but it made me sad as much as it made me think, so I don’t think I’ll be watching it again any time soon.

My mom called before the movie was done and told me that she was in Kansas, but my dad and sister were not. She sounded a bit weird on the phone and was all like “I’m here. I’ll call you later, okay. Talk to you later.” (That doesn’t read as dodgy, I know, but her tone of voice made it seem like she knew something -perhaps something bad – but was avoiding telling me flat-out what was going on.) Of course I was worried, but she said she’d call back.

When my movie was over, I had good intentions to read more thesis stuff, but I ended up tagging prior blog posts (yeah… I should have just done it while I was posting the first time around. Whoops.) Somehow, my post yesterday about my love for Constantine Maroulis gave my site a bit of a boost 🙂 I’m glad there are other people out there who appreciate the previous American Idol contestant as I do. Thanks for reading my post!!

When it got to be 2:30, my mom hadn’t called back yet and I got extra worried. So, I called her and left a voicemail on her phone. Since she didn’t pick up, I was assuming the worst had happened and my dad and/or sister was hurt (or worse). After a few more minutes, I called my dad. Thankfully, he picked up. I asked if everything was okay and then I burst into tears because I was worried that mom didn’t call back or pick up when I called. He assured me everything was okay and I tearfully wished him a Happy Birthday.

We hung up and I had no desire to work on school work so I opted to fold laundry. I popped in my You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown soundtrack and belted it out along with Anthony Rapp, Kristin Chenoweth, Roger Bart and the rest of the gang.

When that chore was done, I returned to my computer, determined to work on more school work. I got 1/2 a page of notes done when I found myself watching youtube videos of Glee stuff – I can’t help it. I love Glee.

Five o’clock rolled around and I fed the dogs and let them outside. One of the across the street neighbors came out while the dogs were poking about the front yard. Usually no one on the block acknowledges my presence, but this guy decided to yell, “Welcome back, Sue!” at me and the dogs went berserk. They started barking, so I thought the guy would stop waving, but instead he kept talking and Yukon bolted across the street and Moose started dragging me toward her as I tried to command Yukon back to our yard and communicate to the neighbor guy that I am Sue’s daughter. I corralled my dogs back to the yard while the neighbor guy commented that I look so much like my mom letting the dogs out. If by “you look like your mom from a distance” means “you and your mom are both girls,” then he would be correct. My mom and I look a bit alike, but not from a distance – I have long dark brown hair, she has shorter light brown hair. I am pasty white while my mom is very tan. I was wearing an “I ❤ NY" t-shirt and cargo shorts while my mother would never wear that… Come on, neighbor guy. Please do not yell across the street when I am trying to shepherd two large dogs about the yard.

(Commercial for Charlie St. Cloud… totally going to go see that even though it looks beyond cheesy. Go ahead and judge – I like Zac Efron. I totally have all 3 HSM movies and saw Hairspray, HSM3 and 17 Again in theaters…)

When I got back inside with the dogs, I scolded them for running across the street like they did. They understand more people words than one would think (breakfast, biscuit, treat, coup, food, dinner, hungry, deck, outside, leash, ball, duck, rope, bone, banana, animal cracker, etc…), so I’m assuming they got the gist of it because Yukon went in her coup without me saying so.

I had picked some tomatoes from the backyard and had those along with my burger for dinner. Instead of watching another movie or the next episode of Dexter, I opted to rewatch the pilot of Pushing Daisies. It was nice to see it now being familiar with all of the characters. Love. This. Show. Maybe I’ll watch some more later…

(Charlie St. Cloud trailer again… twice on NBC in less than 15 minutes. Must be distributed by Universal. *checks movie’s website* Yep. It is.)

After Pushing Daisies, I did some more house chores and then turned ye olde computer back on to type up this blog post while watching Community/30 Rock/Glee. And then I’ll watch something else… though I’m not sure what. Either Blindness, Dexter, Pushing Daisies or something musical. Hmmm…

Regardless, thesis proposal articles can wait until tomorrow.

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Yeah, I was totally just watching the SNL Best of John Belushi. That guy was brilliant – it’s a shame what happened to him.

Sunday, Sunday…

So, as per the past few days, I woke up and had breakfast with the family. It’s still super weird, but at the same time it’s kinda nice too. I love my parents, and to be able to spend time with them while I’m an adult is actually kind of nice. I’m trying to think of it as nice because I know I’m not going to be here living with them for all eternity. So while I am here, I am going to appreciate that I get to hang out with my parents who are two pretty awesome people.

After breakfast we all went our separate ways while still remaining on the property. Mom went out front to garden, Dad went to the garage to make sinkers and I went to my room to read some more articles and take notes for my thesis proposal. (Now, I keep saying “my room.” This is actually erroneous. I don’t have a room in this house, as this is not where I grew up… however, there are two bedrooms on the bottom floor where I am staying and almost all of my boxed/bagged stuff is being held in one particular room, so I say that it’s “my room” but really it’s just a holding area until I get my personal life together and am able to move up and out.)

I find it rather odd that some of the shorter articles I’ve been reading have provided me with the most notes/information about stuff relating to my thesis topic. A ten page article yielded over an entire page of single-spaced typed notes. Oh well – I need all the information I can get!

Though I did read stuff for school, I totally caught up on Comic-Con stuff from yesterday… I can’t help it. I love popular culture.

Also, I got an email from my aforementioned best friend of 15 years (shout out to you, Molly J!). She said I had a typo on a previous post and that we did not have a falling out. So, I am retracting said statement here. Hopefully this means what I think it means… 🙂

After I couldn’t stare at my computer anymore, I went outside to see how my parents were doing. Our landline rang, so my mom went in to answer it (it was her mom). I went and looked at what my dad was working on, then decided it was a good enough time to repaint my toenails (still blue… they just needed touching up). Then my dad and I played some ping-pong until we decided it was time for lunch.

I helped my parents set the table and get stuff together. We sat down and planned out the rest of the day – more gardening for mom, more garage work for dad, and more articles for me. We would reconvene at pie-o’clock (which today happened to be 2:30) for pie and Yahtzee.

Mom kicked my ass in Yahtzee (as opposed to yesterday when I was the overall champion). I decided I couldn’t do school work anymore today, so I offered to water all the plants on the deck. I grabbed my iPod, put on my Broadway mix, let the dogs out on the deck with me and spent the next hour watering flowers and singing along to some of my favorite songs from the Great White Way. After than I hung out with my mom on the wooden chairs out front, then opted for a cold shower before dinner instead of more homework. (Sorry to all you Ohio people and others in areas where it is hot as balls outside… it’s actually been super nice in MN. Low 80s and breezy… woot)

Mom fed the dogs and I let them outside before the people in the household sat down to pizza and a movie. I had Netflixed The Invention of Lying (2009). My dad made sure I was aware throughout the movie how much he was not enjoying it. I didn’t mind it, but I also expected more from Ricky Gervais. Alas. We’ll send it back tomorrow. I did appreciate all the cameos, though.

After that, I decided it was high time I started watching Dexter. I finished the pilot episode and have a feeling I am going to get hooked on this show rather quickly. I like Michael C. Hall just fine, and even though I am fully aware of what happens in subsequent seasons, I’m still intrigued. I like bloody murder mystery shows, so this is right up my alley.

Upon the episode’s conclusion, my dad announced that it was time for some Best Of. I opted for Belushi because I’m in the middle of reading a biography of Gilda Radner, and I knew she was friends with Belushi, so it seemed fitting for me. I love watching Belushi – especially when he spins himself out of frame or off stage.

I checked my email before I started typing this out and saw that I had a message from the guy from the dating website. I logged on and scanned it – he seemed to understand that I have a lot going on right now, which was nice. (My head feels like it is going to explode on a daily basis…) I know he wasn’t super happy about what I said, and he mentioned that he would rather have this kind of discussion over the phone. Well – sorry, Charlie Bucket. What’s done is done.

I need to figure me out.

I don’t know why, but I had that line from Sunday in the Park with George in my head for some reason. Hmmm…

Well, today was another small step for Katie-kind back into the realm of working on my thesis proposal. I got another 2 articles read and another solid pages of notes down… over 11,200 words of notes. Yikes Stripes. I have another 10 articles or so saved in my “Thesis Proposal” folder and then a bunch of guild websites and a few books to peruse, but the note-taking end is in sight. Then just organizing and writing to go – Yikes Stripes again.

I woke up this morning to the sound of dogs barking. My parents already left for their canoeing obligation (they were riding on the Park’s boat to make sure the paddlers were staying safe, etc…), so only the dogs were home with me. I ate my yogurt and granola while watching the first 40 minutes of Serenity (you know, the movie that followed the short-lived but epically brilliant series Firefly…). So far, so good… love me some Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher.

I then brushed my teeth and got dressed – ready to face a day of thesis stuff. I turned on my computer and somehow ended up watching youtube clips, parts of various episodes of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that I had missed, and reading up on Comic-Con. When it got to be 12:30 and I hadn’t done any homework, I knew I needed to turn off the computer, let out the dogs, eat lunch, watch the rest of Serenity and *then* get to work.

Which is exactly what I did…

Oh, Serenity. I thought you were a fitting end for Firefly. Although I was aware of the characters that died (I won’t spoil which ones), I was shocked when one of the deaths went down all of a sudden. Sadness! I immediately grabbed my phone and texted Matt because he watched it a few months ago and was the only person I knew who watched the entire series and movie (and this was his favorite character). I watched the remainder of the film with my mouth hanging slightly open, talking at the television every now and again in genuine reaction to what I was seeing before me.

The movie ended and I had to get to work. I rebooted my computer and nestled down into the recliner. While my dogs slept, I typed away at my keyboard, digitally jotting down notes from the lengthy articles I managed to make it through today.

Upon completion of the second article, my parents arrived back home. My mom and I had a slice of pie while she told me about their morning adventures (my dad was fast asleep in the recliner I just vacated). Mom and I played some Yahtzee, each winning two rounds, though I was the overall champion (842 to 791 – woot). I playfully chided “Go f**k yourself!” in a high voice as my mother had done over Christmas break, mimicking a phrase my brother had introduced to us over the course of the holiday season. Both she and my father looked at me like I had said this out of nowhere. I stopped to remind them of what went down over Christmas and they both were like “What the what?!” So, I texted my brother for verification that I was not making this up. He texted back that I remembered correctly. His girlfriend seconded it. I also texted my sister and she called back to verify that my mother had indeed been chanting “Go f**k yourself” at us over the holidays (not maliciously, mind you). I love my family.

My parents left again around 6. I made dinner and watched two of my favorite episodes of Pushing Daisies (I didn’t watch them in their entirety, but fast forwarded to my favorite parts… basically it was 40 minutes of Ned instead of 80 minutes of everyone…). I was then going to work on school work, but when I checked my email, I saw that I had a message from a nice guy that I have been chatting with online as of late.

Now, I have been thinking about this long and hard, but I don’t think it is wise of me to even be thinking about being in a relationship right now. Chalk it up to horrible timing… I just got out of grad school, I moved to a new state hundreds of miles away from all my friends, I have no job, I have no idea what i want to be when I grow up, I am trying to work on my thesis proposal so I can defend it and then do my thesis, I recently had a (temporary) falling out with my best friend of 15 years, and I just went through the emotional wringer regarding unrequited feelings (among other things…). So, really this is not the best timing to be launching myself into a relationship that is anything more than friends right now. And as much as that really sucks, it’s the most sensible thing to do. I need to figure my shit out before I can be in a relationship with someone else, as it’s not fair to him.

So, I did what I thought was best and messaged the nice guy back and told him what was on my mind. I felt like I was breaking up with someone, but we weren’t even dating. But I still felt super crumby about it 😦

And now I’m watching the rest of Bandits with my parents… and soon we’ll watch the Jon Hamm SNL. I have no idea what is in store for tomorrow… only time will tell.

I was watching Bandits with my dad, but was too tired to make it through the whole movie… but that’s totally my favorite line 🙂 (But, of course this scene can’t be found on youtube… at least not in English)

So, today was Friday, but my days of the week are epically thrown off.

Woke up this morning and breakfast with my parents (this will be weird for awhile, I’m sure…). I then went back to my room and read an article for my thesis proposal (first time I had done that in weeks… yikes). Since one was more than enough right then and there, when I finished, I went up to the deck to see if my mom needed any help with gardening stuff. I brushed out the dogs, then went back downstairs to find four hummingbird feeders. Upon fetching them, I was sent back downstairs to try and locate two big “S” hooks to hang a couple of the feeders – no dice.

However, around that time, my phone rang and it was Robin! (And you don’t get the most shout outs just because I know you’re the only one who probably reads this… you get them because you are a rock star for being such an awesome friend 🙂 ) Catching up on awkward sauce stories and thesis woes is always good times!

Back on the deck, I played with the dogs while Mom gardened and we all took a lunch break to regroup. I then headed back down to my room to do more thesis stuff (another article or two read… that’s 39 or 40 articles down, and 22 pages of notes – woot). I will do more tomorrow while my parents are out on the boat for part of the 2-day canoe race that’s going on.

I would have done more today, but I was physically falling asleep with my computer in my lap (much like I’m doing right now… blah). So, I went upstairs, grabbed the mail (magazines!), took my water bottle out of the fridge and headed back to the deck. My mom took a drink break with me, then I read while she finished up some planting stuff.

I helped my parents put together dinner – mom and I made pasta salad with vegetables we picked from the garden while my dad grilled on the deck. Afterwards, I let the dogs outside – they dragged me over to the neighbor’s yard where, after 6 weeks, the neighbor finally said Hi to me and introduced herself. (People in our neighborhood have hardly acknowledged my presence, even though I am a stranger who has been here for almost 2 months now… what the what?!)

My mom and I then took a page out of Pushing Daisies and baked an apple pie, as we had a bunch of apples that we needed to get rid of before they got all mushy. The pie was so cute (and way yummy) – although it made the house smell like Thanksgiving. Oh well!

Dad ordered me to bring up some DVDs so we could pick on to watch… I think I brought up around 20. My mom said that I have too many DVDs (I have 300+…) and that I could probably have a wall of them. I told her that is exactly what is on my Bucket List – to one day have an entire wall full of DVDs. Arranged by year of release, of course.

So, from the 20 or so movies I picked out, we opted for Bandits. It’s a pretty good movie – I had only seen it once a long, long time ago, but I totally say “Beavers and ducks” at least once a week since that initial viewing.

And now it’s time to shut down the computer, read some HP7 (can’t wait for the movie!!) and go to sleep.

Have a good one!

P.S. Totally watched an interview of David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel from Comic-Con about next season of Bones. I friggin’ love that show (even though I am mad at David Boreanaz for cheating on his wife… what the heck, yo?!)… and was reminded how much I loved the 100th episode 🙂