I woke up to THIS article and saw that NBC is shelving one of my favorite shows of all time – Community – during midseason. Sure, 30 Rock will be back on, but WHY ARE YOU TAKING MY SMART COMEDY AWAY FROM ME?

Community is one of the most well written shows on television. It’s not your stereotypical sitcom. There is no laugh track (thank God), no one is related to each other. There are relationships within the group, but the plots revolve more around obstacles in and surrounding their friendships. The plots are riddled with pop culture references and often play homage to various genres have oddly specific themes (the Dungeons & Dragons episode, as well as all 3 paintball episodes are MODERN CLASSICS). I mean, this season has veered further away from the shows already off-course path, but it’s still been solid television. And now they’re taking it away because of ratings? Guess what, NBC, most of your shows aren’t all that great. Don’t pull one that actually makes your audience think WHILE they are being entertaining. Of course it’s not doing well – you put it up against The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy. It hasn’t been nominated or won jack shit because it’s probably above the heads of a lot of voters. That’s why shit like The Office keeps getting nominated for crap… it’s what people are used to.

I have loved Community since the first episode and I will continue to love it until it is completely pried from my cold, dead hands. The DVDs for that show are AMAZING. Commentary on EVERY EPISODE. Outtakes. Deleted Scenes. And more! That show treats its viewers/fans extremely well. It’s actors are present on Twitter. It’s themes are super relevant. It’s just such a smart and funny show and I hate to see how under-appreciated it is by the network 😦

If NBC ever does anything like this to Parks and Rec, I don’t know what I’ll do. Besides Community, Parks and Rec is the most quality show on that network. It shouldn’t work but it does – and boy does it ever. That show is so funny, but so poignant and full of heart. My heart has been breaking for Leslie and Ben this season, as well as Ron and Andy/April. And Tom! OMG, a few episodes, when Tom was confessing to Leslie about the downfall of Entertainment 7wenty… my heart hurt.

NBC needs to recognize that it has quality program in Community and Parks and Rec. They might not have the best ratings, but they are the best quality programming a viewer could ask for.

I just really love television, okay? GEEZ

I love movies too… I watched Heavenly Creatures today for my part time job. Holy shit, that movie was an eye opener. My mom watched the ending with me… I told her I would never, ever do that to her. Ever.

I have to work tomorrow, but then I have a few days off. I need to run to Target tomorrow to buy a DVD for work and get the latest issue of People. It’s the Sexiest Men Alive issue… and guess who made the list. If you guessed Darren Criss, then give yourself a high-5.

I’m gonna go read. NBC might be able to take my shows away from me, but NO ONE will ever be able to take my books and magazines. So, ha.

Have a good one

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You can obviously tell what I’m watching right now…

Community is one of the best shows on television. Right now it’s the rerun of “Paradigms of Human Memory” – the faux clips show. Such a brilliant use of montage of stuff that never actually happened on any other episodes of the show. This was a ridiculously smart and well written episode, among all of Community‘s entire canon of ridiculously smart and well written episodes. How this show has not been formally acknowledged by the entertainment industry is beyond me. Where are its Emmy nominations for this amazing ensemble? Or the writers? Huh???? I can’t wait to listen to the commentaries on the DVDs for Season Two.

God, I love this show.

Today was a semi productive day. I ran a bunch of errands this morning. I returned some pants at Kohls. Got a few books from Borders. Got half of my parents Anniversary present. Got some black pants and skinny jeans at Old Navy. I was unable to find shoes, though, which was a bit disappointing. But, you can’t win them all πŸ™‚

I got home from errands and watched a bit of Starship with lunch. (Really I just watched the scenes on the first disc of the DVDs that had the songs “I Wanna Be,” “Hideous Creatures,” “Kick it Up a Notch,” and “Status Quo.”)

“Status Quo” is one of my favorite songs from Starship, but as much as I love Joey’s version, my favorite will still be Darren Criss’s version from when he did that Livestream:

The song is just great, though, regardless who sings it πŸ™‚

I played some ping pong with my mom. I did some job hunting (which will, of course, continue tomorrow… I need to find some of the articles I wrote for a pop culture magazine I wrote for when I lived in Indiana and scan them so I can show that I am capable of writing entertainment stuff). I helped make dinner. And now I’m watching some TV with my parents.

I have to work for a few hours tomorrow afternoon, but that means I have the morning to job hunt and the evening to maybe watch a movie or something (I got Deer Hunter out from the library… I know I should have seen it by now, but I haven’t).

I’m looking forward to a nice weekend w/my family. I hope you have a nice weekend ahead of you as well

Have a good one πŸ™‚

So, I totally tried to be super productive today with regards to my thesis stuff. I had this grand plan to download my free trial of SPSS and then do some number crunching/cross-tabbing all afternoon. Did any of that happen?

Say it with me…

NO.

I thought I did everything right. I registered where I was supposed to register. I downloaded what I needed to download. I installed what it told me to install. And when all was said and done and I clicked on my program to open, guess what happened?

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

My computer indicated that SPSS was open, but nothing showed up anywhere. And you know how on a Mac there is a line of information/tabs at the top of the screen depending on what program you have running? Well, there were no tabs or even any sort of options to open up a new screen or start up a new document.

I am friggin’ fed up with SPSS for tonight, so I will tackle it again tomorrow morning. I am too pissed at technology right now to actually accomplish anything of value. (Well, really I’m just too tired and have too big of a headache to start tackling a new project at 9:15 pm… girl needs her sleep, yo. Also, I’m really pissed off at the world right now. We’ll blame hormones for a bulk of my problems as of late, but also people in general are just epically frustrating. I found out today that my brother got roughed up yesterday by some drunk person. My brother is totally non-confrontational and would never start something… he was just on his way either to or from school/the library [I think?] and must have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. And some drunk person started a physical altercation with him. There were witnesses, but no one did anything to help him. That’s FUCKED UP. My brother is coming to visit next weekend… I can’t wait to see him and hang out with him. He deserves to enjoy his spring break after all of the stupid stuff he deals with on a daily basis where he lives/goes to school.)

So, I didn’t get much done on the thesis-front today. I did watch an episode of Community (“Physical Education” – one of my favorite episodes of all time). I also played some more Wii Sports with my mom (somehow she bested me in billiards today, even though she has literally no idea what she is doing when it comes to aiming the cue ball… I am perplexed). I also made a tasty cookie bar, complete with peanut butter chips, chopped up M&Ms, chopped up walnuts and chopped up dried cherries. DELIGHTFUL

Baking is a totaly stress relief for me. It’s just me and a counter-full of ingredients that need to be measured in exact amounts to get tasty results. (Chemistry was totally my favorite subject in high school… I love measuring and mixing things.) While I did the dishes and baked, I had my iPod blaring loudly in the kitchen so I could sing along and dance around while I worked. It is just the best feeling to be able to sing and dance and just get out all of my pent-up stress and whatnot. Of course most of the music was from Glee… but that’s the best to belt out to, really. I know I’m no Warbler, but I friggin’ love almost all of their songs, and they are the tracks I listen to most often.

Speaking of the Warblers, I was totally laughing yesterday when I was re-watching “Special Education”. There are a few different scenes with all of the guys who play the Warblers. And really, we only know a few of their names on the show at this point (through “Special Education” we only know who Blaine, Wes, David, Jeff and Nick are… through the most recent episode, we have also been introduced to Thad… and we’re supposedly gonna get introduced to Trent on Tuesday’s episode.). However, I follow pretty much all of the Warblers on Twitter and/or are friends with them on Facebook, so every time I see them, I automatically think of the actor and *not* the character. The only Warblers who I think of as characters are really Blaine and Kurt. Not that *you* care, of course. But it’s just something I think about when I’m watching the show now.

And this is waaaaaaaaaay off topic, but I put my iPod on Shuffle Songs the other day (you know, for kicks)… and of the 3600+ songs on there, Selena’s “Dreaming of You” came on the same night that that dude on American Idol sang R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly“. I started laughing like whoa because these two songs totally make me think of middle school. For one of my friend’s birthdays, a large group of us had a sleepover at her house. And I remember, the group of us stayed up the whole night singing these two songs over and over again. At one point, we were literally all standing in a circle with our arms draped over the girls next to us and we were just singing the heck out of these songs… and we just thought we were the bees knees πŸ™‚ Oh my goodness… those were the days.

Well, I am off to sleep. Gotta rest up for another day of trying to outwit, outplay and outlast the SPSS on my computer. (Yes, this is my version of Survivor – deal with it.)

I gotta work tomorrow night… BOOOOOOOO… but then the day after is Glee Tuesday!!

Have a good one

Oh Sunday…

So, that massive snowstorm hit MN. It’s still snowing right now… Zoinks, yo.

I decided since I haven’t received my thesis proposal notes from my professor yet (they should get here tomorrow, I think) that I should do chores and whatnot today.

This morning I cleaned my bathroom and attempted to straighten up and vacuum my room. I did some more laundry, as I had a couple more blankets and towels to wash from when I was sick this week. Boo illness.

Before lunch, my mom and I played our Dance on Broadway game some more. She beat one of her own scores today and I was just 100 points away from stealing the top slot on “Good Morning, Baltimore”. I just need one less “OK” and I’ll be golden. We’ve gotten 100% on several songs and are quickly approaching 100% on some more. I told her we’re going to need to invest in a new dancing game soon because we’re going to beat this one. At this point, I know all of the dances by heart… but my mom somehow doesn’t remember them, even though we play them just about every day. I tease her for not being able to remember the order of the dance moves. When it comes to pop culture stuff, I can somehow remember the most random details. I don’t know why.

After lunch, I decided I should probably do my taxes, just to get that out of the way. I didn’t officially file anything today, but I did my federal return and the state returns for the states I lived in in 2010. I’m awesome at math, but the programs I was trying to use were frustrating. I’m not going to pay $50 to file my shit online. Come on, now.

Once taxes were done, I decided I was going to watch Community with commentary. I started doing that yesterday, but my parents got home and I turned off the commentary since they hadn’t seen the episode. The same thing happened today… I was in the middle of the pilot’s commentary when my dad came upstairs from his workroom and he was reading the subtitles to watch the show while I was trying to listen to the commentary. I ended up turing it off again just because I knew he didn’t want to sit through commentary on a show he doesn’t watch on a regular basis. Alas… someday I’ll get through all of Season One w/commentary. Today was not that day.

Instead, I turned on a movie – Balls Out, starring Seann William Scott. It was pretty bad, but was actually kinda funny in spots. Plus, I will basically watch any movie about tennis, just because there are hardly any movies about the sport (and I love tennis).

The rest of the night was spent watching the news (oh weather updates), Amazing Race (It’s people who played before… and I am familiar with 8 of the 11 groups, so I at least recognize a lot of the people and it’s nice to see them playing the game again. My sister totally got me hooked on this show… I think she and my brother should audition for the show, as they would be awesome on it.), and a Behind the Scenes look at Saturday Night Live.

I have seen every episode of Saturday Night Live from the past decade or so, and have seen a bunch of episodes from before that (thank you, Comedy Central, E!, and Netflix…). There are great episodes. There are subpar episodes. There are beyond memorable hosts. There are people who I question why they even got to host once. There are sketches I will laugh at every time I see them, regardless of how many times I see them. There are other sketches that I wish I would not have seen.

Saturday Night Live has been a popular culture/comedy staple in my life since I was in middle school. It used to be a treat to get to stay up and watch the shows live. I had a VHS tape of the 25th Anniversary special that I would watch over and over again, memorizing the sketches. I learned entire routines from that show… from Mary Katherine Gallagher’s monologues from made for TV movies, to the synchronized swimming routine with Martin Short and Harry Shearer. I can do impressions of Eddie Murphy as Gumby, Mr. Robinson, Velvet Jones, and Buh-weet. I use the phrase “Oh no, Mr. Bill” and/or “The H is O” in everyday conversation. I named my sister’s ghost decoration “Weebs” after the Boston Teens sketch with Ben Affleck. I know the lyrics to most of the songs used in sketches or digital shorts.

It’s all a bit ridiculous, probably, how much SNL influences me on a day to day basis. When I was a little girl, one of my dreams was to be a cast member on the show, or host, or even just see an episode live. I know that’s not likely to happen ever, but part of me still would like to work on that show one day (in a behind-the-scenes position).

When we went to NYC a few years ago and did the NBC tour, we got to go into Studio 8H. There wasn’t a live show the week we were there, but the Jake Gyllenhaal episode had just aired a week or so prior, so I was chatting up the NBC Page about how we liked his monologue. In one of the rooms we got to see the prosthetic heads they used for one of the Brendan Fraser episodes where they did a Peanuts sketch. I was dying on the inside… I was just so happy to be there, in that studio. There’s so much history… I was in the same room that my comedy idols once performed – John Belushi. Gilda Radner. Dan Ackroyd. Billy Crystal. Christopher Guest. Dana Carvey. Chris Farley. Phil Hartman. Ana Gasteyer. Darrell Hammond. Tina Fey. And then some… My SNL-loving heart could barely contain my excitement.

When I have more time, I will post some of my favorite sketches and digital shorts. I know SNL sometimes gets shoved aside, or people think it’s past its prime. But I will continue to stick with it as long as it is on the air. Live comedy is something that should be appreciated more. SNL, even at its worst, is a great representation of current events, relevant music, and a variety of comedy. Sometimes the comedy is crass, and goes for the easy laugh. Other times it’s more cerebral, or at least can catch you off guard (like that Merryville Brothers bit from a few weeks ago…).

I love Saturday Night Live. I always have and I always will πŸ™‚

Have a good one

I was driving home from the mall and was wondering why cars kept pulling out in front of me from a side street. It was right as I was approaching the line when I realized that my light was red and they totally were adhering to the rules of the road. I slammed on my breaks and ended up about 5-10 feet in front of where I should have stopped. After almost having a heart attack, I backed up to where I was supposed to be and then proceeded to drive home, but only when that light turned so green it looked sick.

😦

I felt horrible the whole way home and am convinced that someone is going to track me down and give me a ticket. I sure hope that is not the case.

Today started earlier than I hoped. I had trouble sleeping last night and then the dogs decided that they wanted to be up at 7:30. I should be thankful… they usually want to be up and about way before that. Tonight before we all went to our sleeping areas, I told them that I’d like to sleep in tomorrow. We’ll see if they actually listen.

I had the dogs out, fed and out again all before 8:00. I then made myself a bagel and watched GMA while I plotted out my day. I decided to run to the library right when it opened at 10 to pick up my DVDs and some books. Then back home to let the dogs out and play with them in the yard before I went to the mall to go see Blue Valentine and go to DSW.

(In addition to my red light incident, I went to the wrong checkout desk at the library… there are two and I went to the wrong one. So the librarian had to tell me to go to the other one… and I felt like an idiot.)

Blue Valentine was good, but it wasn’t everything I had hoped it would be. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling are two of the most talented actors from my generation of people. And they had great chemistry and were great in the movie. But I just wasn’t feeling the script. It wasn’t special – it just seemed like a hand-held vision of two people who met, fell in love, married and fell out of love. Was the non-linear storytelling supposed to be something mind-blowing? Because it really wasn’t… The movie felt honest and the feelings portrayed were realistic. But I just wasn’t moved in the way I was hoping to be. I wanted to walk away feeling something profound. That didn’t happen. It wasn’t a bad movie; it just wasn’t all that I expected.

After the movie, I went to DSW to try and find some shoes for work. I did find a pair of black shoes… I’ll need to wear them around the house for the next few days to see if they’ll work for work. I have the weirdest shape/size feet. They are super wide and have super high arches. It’s hard finding shoes that are comfortable and can be worn for 8 hour shifts. So, hopefully the pair I found will work. I also bought two pairs of espadrilles that have 3-4 inch wedges. I can’t/don’t wear high heels, but I friggin’ love wedge shoes. I got these ones and a pair of Tommy Hilfiger ones that I can’t find a picture of… πŸ™‚ They are comfortable, but I wouldn’t want to wear them all day, everyday. But this summer they should come in handy.

I was going to go to work to visit my colleagues after the show store, but I opted to go home instead. (Insert red light incident here.) Once home, I took the dogs outside and we played in the front yard for awhile. Moose’s face was covered in snow because she kept kicking her tennis balls into snow piles and then digging them out. She’s too adorable.

Back inside, I decided I should probably do the dishes. I plugged my iPod dock into an outlet in the kitchen, found a good playlist, and cranked that sucker up. Singing and dancing while doing dishes makes that chore slightly more tolerable.

I made Indian food for dinner – brown rice and chicken with Korma curry. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuum. I added pecans, dried mango and dried cherries. Delightful πŸ™‚

After dinner, I did more dishes, then played Wii Karaoke for awhile. I played some Glee, then switched to American Idol, since I hadn’t played that in awhile. Plus, I love belting out “More Than a Feeling” and “My Heart Will Go On“.

For Community, I made popcorn and grabbed a beer from the fridge. I decided that since I don’t have to be anywhere for a week, I’m going to see if I like beer or not. Right now, I’m still leaning toward “not,” but I thought I should give beer a chance. I know I still like mixed drinks or fruity beer better than just plain beer. I had a Stella Artois. It was all right. There’s some other beers in our cabinet that may or may not be tried this weekend. We’ll see… probably one for the Super Bowl.

Community was so good tonight. I have never played Dungeons and Dragons, but I was totally into this episode. And I LOVED that the opening credits and music were D&Dified.

I caught part of Idol, then watched Bones (during which my sister called – woot. She was on her way to Wendys to get some food after dropping off some people, and we laughed hard reminiscing about one of our many road trips and an exchange she made with a Burger King drive-thru person. Glorious.) and 30 Rock (Brian Williams!).

I am so friggin’ tired, though, so I am looking forward to some sleep. Tomorrow I’m not going anywhere, so I’ll do some chores (laundry, more dishes, vacuum, etc…), watch some Six Feet Under, and just enjoy spending some quality time with my dogs. Yukon is a bit of a loner, so she’ll lay down on the floor near where ever I’m at but never jump up on the couch with me if I’m sitting there. Moose, however, will always jump up and lay down next to me/on top of me depending where I’m at. During breakfast, she always sleeps on the seat next to me. Tonight during 30 Rock, I was in the recliner and she jumped up on my lap and promptly fell asleep. Nothing keeps you warmer than a 60+ pound dog who is beyond fury. Right now, she’s asleep at the foot of my bed. She’s too cute… even though I know she’ll be kicking me pretty soon. And then flopping down next to me tomorrow morning when she wants me to get up. Oh, puppies.

Well, watching her sleep is making me sleepy. Good night

Have a good one

Well, my siblings headed out today so it’s back to just me and my parents at the house (with the dogs, of course).

It was really nice to get to spend a week with the whole family. It’s increasingly rarer and rarer that the 5 of us are ever in the same room at the same time, so this week was grand. Though, much of my siblings’ time was spent playing Rock Band or watching Pawn Stars in the living room. I did not Rock Band with them (I lack the skills to keep up with the guitar playing) and I didn’t watch all of the Pawn Stars either (Big Hoss and Old Man creep me out… though I find the historical aspects of the show fascinating. It’s just super frustrating watching the people who are pawning or selling their items so easily agree when they are talked down from the amount of $$ they want.)

But, the visit was awesome. We all went and saw A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie and it was amazing. We had great seats and the cast was strong. It was really funny and very touching at the same time. We didn’t get a chance to see any movies in theaters as the weather was wacky on our “free” day. But, I hope to see True Grit, The Fighter and Black Swan on my own in the coming weeks.

I helped my mom cook and bake. We made cookies and prepped almost all of the food for Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I don’t know how my mom does it every year… she’s such a good cook/baker.

This was one of our best Christmases ever because there wasn’t any fighting on Christmas among any of us kids (usually one of us wigs out at another one at some point during the day. Stress levels are high. Sleep levels are low. Etc…). But, no fighting. Instead we laughed, played games, watched movies and TV, played Wii Party. It was a good time.

My siblings left this morning. I don’t have to work until tomorrow, so I took today as the last day of my holiday weekend. I watched a bunch of episodes of Community and the extras on Season 1 of Pushing Daisies. We also watched Elf, as my mom and I hadn’t seen it yet this season. I still need to watch Love Actually and The Family Stone!

As 2010 comes to a close, I will expand on some of my New Years Resolutions as well as look back on some of the happenings of this year. I will also be getting back to work on my thesis. I have 3 days off at the end of this week, so you can bet your ass I will be sitting in my big, red, reclining thesis chair and doing some coding like whoa.

I hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas. If you are being affected by all of this snow, I hope you are being safe and staying warm.

Have a good one!

So, I have the opening song from “A Very Potter Musical” stuck in my head. Which is beyond fine, because it’s “totally awesome” πŸ™‚

This is gonna be an epically short post. As all I did today was wake up, eat breakfast/watch 30 Rock w/commentary. Then I folded laundry, got a shower, Wii bowled with my mom, had lunch and went to work.

Work was meh… I was super busy. I rebelled and had my water bottle with me at my work space. I was super dehydrated this morning and it was making me dizzy, so unless my bosses/managers wanted me to pass out at my area, I was having water with me.

I got home around 9:30 and watched the end of Castle with my mom. Now I’m typing this up… I wanted to watch HIMYM from tonight, as it was a third Robin Sparkles episode, but the website I watch it on doesn’t have it up yet. Sooooooo, I might try and finish watching Act 2 of “A Very Potter Musical”.

Tomorrow I’ll go w/my mom to her doctor’s appointment, as then we’ll go to Target (GLEE CHRISTMAS!!!). Perhaps I’ll work on my thesis proposal… oy.

Anyways, I hope you have a good one!