So, I have 10 days to read “One Day” because so many people have it on reserve at the library… and I will commence reading said book as soon as I am done posting here. This likely won’t be an epic post, as not too much happened today…

So, I woke up this morning and then had breakfast with my mom. She worked on crossword puzzles while I skipped through all of the musical numbers from the first disc of Glee Season 1 Volume 2 (so, stuff from “Hell-o,” “Madonna,” “Home,” and “Bad Reputation”). I could watch and rewatch Glee stuff all day long πŸ™‚

After that, I went down to my room and worked on my literature review some more. I really wanted to watch Dexter, but I held off and did thesis stuff. Blah. I worked on that for a couple hours and then went back upstairs to see what my mom was up to.

We had some lunch and played Yahtzee (I am the reigning champion by far). After that I showered and worked some more on my paper while my mom mowed our front lawn and our neighbor’s front lawn (my parents usually do this anyway, but he recently had cataract surgery, so my mom wanted to be sure his lawn got taken care of).

I got 2 more Guilds done today (DGA and WGAW), and I’ll work on more tomorrow. My goal is to have my Literature Review finished written this week and edited by next week so I can send it to my thesis chair. Then, while he’s reading that, I’ll get my Methods section done… I hope hope hope to have my thesis proposal defended in the middle of November. I’ll need to take a few days off of work… and I know people are not allowed to have days off in November where I work, so that might be a problem. But, where I work stresses that your life outside of work is important too, so hopefully higher education will win out here. Fingers crossed.

I got a new issue of Rolling Stone in the mail, so I read that for a bit and then kinda fell asleepish on the comfy chair in the living room.

I had to eat dinner alone/early because I had to be in for work by 6:15 (which meant I needed to leave around 5:30 because of rush hour traffic – blah… it takes 25+ minutes to get to work, but only 10 coming home… WTF?). During dinner, I watched the music numbers from the 2nd disc of Glee Season 1 Volume 2 (“Laryngitis,” “Dream On,” and “Theatricality”). Ah Glee πŸ™‚

And then I went to work… I had to take a new way to get there b/c of construction and rush hour traffic. Blah. I got to work and was told by my colleague that the store was dead all day. Well, after she left and I was left on my own accord for 3 hours, the store was crazy busy! At least my area was… I didn’t even have any time to go get sip of water. (My biggest pet peeve about work is we’re not allowed to have water bottles. I get dehydrated easy, so that’s a bit of a problem for me… oh, well. Rules are rules. Blah.) But, I almost made my sales goal for the day, so I guess that was good.

For being such a shy and antisocial person, I am a pretty solid customer service person. Probably because I’m dealing with strangers… Hmm…

So, I got home for the last half of Castle. I love that show – and I like that I get to watch it with my mom (who also loves that show).

Tomorrow is my mama’s birthday! My dad said he’s coming home from work early. They are going out on the water in the afternoon (I think she is kayaking and he’s fishing). They want me to come, but I should really work on my paper. Maybe I can get a lot done tomorrow morning and then go fishing in the afternoon. I’ve only caught one fish the whole year so far! That’s pretty awful.

*And* tomorrow is Glee Tuesday! “Grilled Cheesus” should be good. I’ve already heard all the songs, and they sound great. Yay Glee!

Well, time to get reading. I need to put the pause button on “Middlesex” and get through “One Day” as fast as I can!!

Have a good one πŸ™‚

Right?

Simon is gone. Ellen is leaving. I don’t trust Randy or Kara to carry the show. And I don’t even care if the rumored hiring of any or all of the following: J-Lo, Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, and/or Steven Tyler are really going to help. The show has jumped the shark. (For those of you not familiar with the origin of this phrase, see the clip from Happy Days below…)

Oh my…

Anyway, I love American Idol. LOVE IT. But the show won’t work without Simon and all this rearranging of the judge’s panel is not a good idea… so, FOX, please just cancel the show. This season wasn’t that great… don’t make things any worse than they already are.

Besides Idol stuff, what else happened today?

I finished reading all my articles for my thesis proposal!! I’m sure there are other great articles out there, but I’ve read 45 scholarly articles and took 27 pages of notes… I’m calling it quits. I know there are a few books I would like to track down, and I need to look at a bunch of guild websites, but I’m saying that I am temporarily done with reading scholarly articles!! Even though I hate writing, I kinda am looking forward to making some sense of my notes and (slowly/methodically) cranking out this thesis proposal.

I also managed to watch another movie in its entirety… I watched Blindness. Not my favorite movie by far, but I am a huge fan of Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore and Gael Garcia Bernal, so I felt I needed to watch it. I heart Mark Ruffalo. A few years ago, my sister and I saw him on Broadway in Awake and Sing. It was a great play – I just felt horrible because there were hardly any people in the audience. At the end of the show, those of us who were in attendance stood up and gave the ensemble a standing ovation – but it must be hard for such hardworking and talented actors to look out into the audience and see mostly empty seats. After the show, my sister and I were lucky to get our pictures taken with Ruffalo, as well as meet Pablo Schrieber (Liev’s brother!). Also in the cast was a distant relative of ours (at least that’s what I was told by my late grandfather) – Ben Gazzara.

Me and Mark Ruffalo πŸ™‚

What else, what else?

Really the only other stuff I did today was some chores around the house (laundry, water plants, do the dishes, play with the dogs, etc…) and watch a half an episode of Dexter. I love Michael C. Hall more and more with each episode I watch. He has a great voice for voice over. Love it!

My parents opted to drive back from Kansas today instead of tomorrow. I felt bad, though, because they got stuck in heavy traffic about an hour outside of our city – blah traffic. So, I offered to drive and pick up some pizzas for when they returned. I assumed that the streets were done being paved, but I was totally wrong… I (and later my parents) got the evil eye from construction workers as I (and later my parents) maneuvered our vehicles around the blinking orange signs and onto our street. Whoops!

In Rock of Ages news – my sister cannot come up to MN to see the show with me 😦 That sucks that I have to see Constantine without her, but my mom is totally going to come! I think I will turn her into a musical theater junkie by time I move out of here… plus, she’ll know most of the songs for Rock of Ages! We’re buying our tickets tomorrow – I can’t wait!!

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 πŸ™‚ 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.

I made it to my apartment in one piece last night around 9:45 pm. It took just over 15 hours to drive from our house in MN to my place in OH and a couple of times, I was pretty sure I wanted to not drive ever again.

My dad woke me up at 5 AM and I was on the road by 5:33… the first five hours actually went really quick. I didn’t stop once and I had a solid selection of mix CDs to keep me entertained. I snacked on some Chickadees (the Target version of Goldfish crackers – woot) and drank some water like a road trip champion.

Then things started pissing me off.

I planned on stopping to get food for the rest of the day and gas in my car in the same area and then pressing on some more until I needed to stretch my legs.

Turns out where I stopped to get food (Subway – each fresh, yo), all of the gas stations were either on the other side of the busy road, or miles from the highway. F-you, whatever town that was where I stopped. I drove out of there shaking my head and wondering why that place didn’t decide to construct their service stations in a more logical layout.

I finally got gas and then stopped to eat about 6 1/2 hours into my trip. I had a text from Robin (I hope all your library stuff went well!) and then called my mom.

My mom and sister were in New York. And while I was super jealous about this, I was beyond jealous and really upset when they told me they were currently at my favorite restaurant in the theater district and then seeing a Broadway show.

Not fair. Not fair at all.

I love Broadway. I would probably give up movies forever if I could just sit and watch Broadway shows all the time.

And not only were they seeing a show, but they were seeing A Little Night Music, starring the new cast – BERNADETTE PETERS AND ELAINE STRITCH!!!!

(See how this is all not fair?)

So not only did my mom and sister go traveling all around the country on a super fun road trip, but they were in my favorite city, seeing Bernadette friggin’ Peters singing “Send in the Clowns”.

I told them I had to get driving and hung up the phone, in tears. I was jealous, but I was more tired and just pissed that I don’t know the next time I’m get to go to New York to see any shows.

I got back in the car and kept driving. Still mad at the world, the tears were coming down my cheeks like it was raining inside my car. I know that driving on a highway while crying is not safe, nor very becoming, so I tried to cheer myself up with some happy thoughts. Or at least think of how lucky I am to have what I do have and try not to be petty about not being in New York… That kinda worked, but I refused to listen to my 4 Broadway mix CDs the rest of the trip.

To add some more arsenic on top of the already poisonous day I thought I was having, traffic and construction was bonkers the entire day. I was in standstill traffic probably 4 or 5 times, especially surrounding Indianapolis and Columbus. I was super bummed about the Columbus traffic because I was literally an hour away from my apartment and my car was stopped because people can’t figure out how to merge when lanes get shut down. Also, it would be awesome if people used their blinkers.

Okay, enough bitching about my trip.

I finally made it to my house and called my dad, left messages on my mom and sister’s phones, and texted some Ohio friends to let them know I made it to town in one piece.

A cold shower and multiple fans helped rid the feeling of being in a car for 15 hours. I texted with a few friends and then tried to get the Internet in our apartment re-connected.

I managed to plug in everything and make sure all the wires were where they should be. But somehow, our Internet won’t work (I am typing this from my laptop at the Student Center on campus… I needed to come to town for errands anyway. Maybe look for some Pushing Daisies DVDs at Hoffa’s…). It still didn’t work this morning. BLAH.

As I nestled in my bed to watch Glee before falling asleep, my phone rang around 11:30ish. It was my mom!

They had just gotten out of their show and Sarah was at the stage door of the theater to try and get Bernadette Peter’s autograph. My mom recounted the rest of their day since I last talked to them. They went to Macy’s, then to the NBC building to try and get tickets for Jimmy Fallon’s show. They got standby tickets, but were able to see him rehearse his monologue and the Thank You notes! They saw Jimmy, some of the writers (even Miles!), and James from The Roots. I think they even got to talk with Morgan, one of the writers. I was super jealous, of course. I love Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I have seen almost every single episode. My mom, however, hadn’t seen any episodes. Crazy times.

Anyway, my sister ended up getting a bunch of people’s autographs, including Bernadette Peters. So, my mom is giving me her Playbill, so now I will have Miss Peters’s autograph. That’s kinda cheating, though, since I didn’t see her show… but now I can add that to all the other autographs and Playbills I have.

My sister and I are already planning a trip to NYC for next year as Daniel Radcliffe will be starring in the revival of one of my favorite musicals of all time, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I really want to see American Idiot too, but preferably with the original cast.

Anyway, I should get going… need to see if Hoffa’s is open, then off to the grocery store for fresh fruit.

I probably won’t be able to update this again while I am in Ohio unless my apartment’s Internet magically decides to start working.

(Note – I will fix italics and link out to stuff later)