Sleeping in was divine. My dogs tried to wake me up at 7, but I managed to stay asleep until around 8:30. It was lovely.

I got a lot done today, even though I didn’t really do much. That makes no sense, but it does to me.

After watching The Sing Off last night, I was inspired to reconsider the song I was going to do for my Glee Project audition. I had it very set in my head that I was going to do Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” (there is a list of songs, so it’s not like I pulled that title out of thin air). However, when that group of older men sang “Unchained Melody,” I decided to throw that into the ring as well.

(Dude – The Sing Off. I friggin’ LOVE that show. I am crushing on the Dartmouth Aires, even though they totally sang two songs that were very much like other all-boys a cappella groups. For their first song, they did “Animal” by Neon Trees, which we all know the Warblers/Tufts Bubs did for Glee. And then they did “Pinball Wizard” and the Tufts Bubs did a Who medley when they were on a couple years ago. So, yeah…)

So, I spent the better part of an hour going through my CD collection to try and find a copy of “Unchained Melody” so I could upload it onto my iPod. It only took me 8 CDs to find the song – woot. (btw – Susan Boyle is totes singing “Unchained Melody” on DWTS right now. Brooke Burke announced it as “Unchanted Melody.” And Boyle is not impressing me right now 😦 )

It was such a nice day out, that I played outside in the front yard with my dogs for awhile. I still can’t believe it’s sunny and in the 80s out in October. Crazy times.

I multitasked this afternoon by cleaning my bathroom while rehearsing for my Glee Project audition. I had four songs I was throwing around for possible choices, so I sang those on repeat for awhile. I finally broke down and taped myself singing all four songs while I was cleaning. And, not to sound super cocky or anything, but I didn’t suck. I mean, I am not the best singer on the face of the planet. But I was not horrible either, which is HUGE for me. I am the first to admit that I was never super confident in my singing voice. I have been working on it, though, since high school. I’m torn now between two songs. I plan on doing my audition on Thursday, so I have a couple days to finalize my choice.

I was on a cleaning streak, so after I finished cleaning my bathroom, I washed dishes, and then brushed the dogs. Well, brushed one of my dogs – she is shedding like a mad fiend. Poor girl 😦 Giant clumps of hair are everywhere. She was really patient while I brushed her, but even after 15 minutes, she still had huge patches all over her. Hopefully the shedding will slow down soon. I feel bad that she’s growing in her winter coat but it’s still so warm out.

I watched a few more episodes of Sports Night today. I’m 17 episodes in now and am beyond hooked. Josh Charles… gosh I still have the hugest crush on him. (I have swooned over him ever since Dead Poets Society, I kid you not.)

So, I was going to boycott the new Footloose movie because I am sick of remakes. But, Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald and some dancers just did awesome choreo to “Footloose” on DWTS and I totes might cave and see it. I love dance movies. I can’t dance, but I LOVE dancing movies. Like, a lot.

I am going to go see 50/50 or Ides of March tomorrow. (Okay, so I love movies in general.)

Well… I’m gonna finish DWTS and maybe watch some more postseason baseball and/or more Sports Night.

Have a good one

Today the sky turned real ugly…

I was in my room, which is pretty dark anyway, and Yukon came downstairs to visit me. I could tell something was wrong (i.e. a storm was coming) because she had this really weird look in her eyes. She kept eyeballing my bed, but she’s too old to jump up onto it, so I petted her on her head and told her it was going to be all right.

I shut down my computer, put on some sandals and ran upstairs to the deck to put down the umbrella. It’s insanely hot and muggy here, and there was no wind (yet). I hate that still before a storm. It’s eerie and it gives me the willies.

Right after I got the umbrella down and bolted back inside, the thunder, lightning and rain came in a hurry. Yukon was following me around like a lost puppy and Moose was barking at the thunder. I turned on the television to see what was up – a storm was coming, but it looked not near here. I put in my DVD of The King’s Speech and started watching it with commentary. A couple minutes in, the thunder and lightning increased and I hunkered down into my chair.

My mom came home about 15 minutes later from running errands. She was soaked to the skin and we laughed as we brought in the wet bags of groceries. We turned on the weather once more and the heart of the storm was over our city – that explained a lot.

It didn’t last for too much longer, but it still disrupted the day in that the dog was panicky for a while. How her heart hasn’t exploded by now is still a mystery to us – it just beats so fast when it storms. Poor girl 😦

During lunch I continued watching The King’s Speech with commentary. I’m about 1/2 way through. It’s a great film, and the commentary is really informative. I’m looking forward to watching/listening to the rest of it sometime this week.

After lunch, I went back down to my room to continue my job hunt. I submitted several more applications to various places. I still have a list of places I intend to apply to, but then I always find a bunch more off of this entertainment jobs website that I found. I really, really, really want to work in this business we call show. Someone please hire me. Thanks!

I helped my parents make dinner and then they went to run an errand. So, I did what any normal person would do with the house to themselves… I played High School Musical Sing It on our Wii.

Yeah, you read that right. High School Musical Sing It.

It’s basically a karaoke game, much like the American Idol and Glee Wii games I already have… except that almost all the songs are from HSM 1 & 2.

I definitely was kicking some major ass. I was unlocking stuff left and right, but I don’t think my game saved by time my parents got home and I turned it off. Alas. I’ll just have to start all over again.

Why was I playing this game? Because I like singing. A lot. (And the HSM movies and soundtracks are uber guilty pleasures of mine… like whoa) I like games that judge you on your singing “skills”. Granted, these games are not experts in judging one’s singing/pitch accuracy, but on some level I do get a kick out of a game telling me that I’m not a horrible singer. (I mean, I know I’m not a bad singer, but I’m not the world’s greatest singer either. I can hold my own, though. I sing all the time. Mostly when I’m by myself or around my sister. But I am always singing. Always. It’s relaxing.)

So, I sang my little heart out for an hour and a half. My throat is still monstrously scratchy from Saturday night’s NKOTBSB concert/my drive home on Sunday (7 1/2 straight hours of singing in the car… woot woot), but that didn’t stop me. I just sound horrible when I talk. A bit like Kathleen Turner, if you will.

Tonight my dad and I started watching our very last Netflix movie of all time, Funny People (we totally cancelled our subscription b/c their price hike was ridonkulous). I saw this movie in theaters w/my sister, but he hadn’t seen it yet. I don’t like Adam Sandler movies on a whole, but I do enjoy his more serious stuff (see also Punch-Drunk Love). Plus, j’adore Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman. We only made it 1/2 way through, but we’ll finish it tomorrow.

Today was very much full of music and movies (in addition to my HSM singing, I listened to my iPod for several hours today), and that was a very comforting thing. (btw – I’m not going to post about Harry Potter 7 Part 2 until I see it again… so, that’ll be within the next week or so, I’m sure)

I have to go to work tomorrow. It’s supposed to be really hot and gross outside, but hopefully work will be nice and cool. And hopefully it’ll go by real fast. At least I know I’ll be working with at least one person tomorrow… I like when I don’t have to be by myself.

Well, I’m off to read and then sleep. I’m still a tad off from this weekend, but I’m getting there πŸ™‚

Have a good one

Well, Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I can’t believe it’s been a year since last St. Patrick’s Day. What a year, what a year. But I’m actually content with myself for the time being, because as my mom always says, “everything happens for a reason.” So, here’s to you past year – we’ve had our ups, and we’ve had our downs. But I’m still here, and I’m doing all right πŸ™‚

Today started at 5 am. I woke up and just could not get back to sleep even though it was my day off. I tried to make myself go back to sleep… after going through my usual list games, I started a new one. I went through every episode of Glee in my head and listed my favorite songs/moments. I thought that would make me tired, and it did, but I still couldn’t get to sleep. So, at 6:30, I turned on my computer and caught up on some reading about the Glee cast and creators panel from the Paley Center last night. I was following it on Twitter last night, but there were some clips online and some summaries, so it was nice to get some insight on the rest of this season/part of next season (lots of spoilers, if you click on that link… just a warning).

Around 7:30, I got out of bed and dragged myself upstairs. Our dogs had vet appointments at 9:00, and I told my mom I would help her out and watch one of the dogs in the car while the other one was at her vet appointment. So, I brought my iPod with me and listened to music, played solitaire and watched Glee in the car while trying to calm down whatever dog I was with. We have the best dogs ever, and both of them were well behaved the whole time, which was good. Our older dog has a real problem going to the vet because she gets really scared. My mom said that when the vet was taking a blood sample, her heart rate went to 200 beats per minute. I kid you not. She’s actually sleeping on the couch next to me as I type this (I’m usually in my room when I blog, but my sister’s supposed to be getting here in 45 minutes, so my parents, the dogs and I are chillaxin’ in the living room). Yukon was already on the couch when I sat down. Usually she gets up and goes to be by herself, but she stayed. I think she’s just worn out from all the vet excitement today. She really is such a great dog… I call her my Gentle Giant. Because she is huge and looks like she’s going to eat you, but she’s really gentle when she’s taking a biscuit or treat from my hands. She would not be so nice with a stranger, I’m sure. Best guard dog ever.

After the vet, we came back to the house and played outside with the dogs for awhile. We had lunch and then I changed into some play clothes and cleaned my bathroom. I hate cleaning, but if I have music blaring it’s not so bad. So, with the help of some of my favorite songs, that bathroom is now spotless. Woot woot.

Since I woke up at 5, I was bonkers tired, so I actually took a nap. Usually I can’t fall asleep in the middle of the day, but I was just so exhausted that I slept for 3+ hours. What?! I woke up 10 minutes before American Idol started… excellent timing. The Black Eyed Peas performed. I can’t stand that group. At all.

We watched Bones and 30 Rock. I love Bones… and tonight’s episode was really good. 30 Rock had been in a slump, but I thought tonight’s episode was pretty funny. Or maybe I was just so tired I thought it was.

Besides napping, I did a lot of laughing today. My mom cracks me up. A fair few times today she either made some whack comments or accidentally did some ridiculous things that made me laugh so hard that I cried. I’m not even going to try and type them out because they were “you had to be there” situations. But we laughed like whoa πŸ™‚

I did not laugh, however, when my software I ordered from Amazon did not come in the mail today. Way to go, Amazon… when I select 2-day priority shipping and I don’t get my purchase in 2 days, I am not pleased. NOT PLEASED AT ALL. It best come tomorrow, or I will cut a bitch.

Well, my sister should be here soon. Yay!!!! And my brother will be here this weekend. Double yay!!!!!

Have a good one

Thank you to everyone who has stumbled upon my blog. I know I have a couple of friends who say they read it sometimes (thanks, friends!), but to be almost at 5,000 views means that lots of strangers have found their way here.

It really is crazy that so many people have taken the time to click some sort of link to get here. And even if you don’t like what you find/read, it still tickles me pink that I have gone from 22 views in June 2010 to 1,472 views in February. So, thank you thank you thank you a thousand times over for checking out my blog πŸ™‚

Today was super productive, which is always nice.

I have been sleeping better (woot) even though I am super stressed out about everything. My mom made chocolate chip muffins, so breakfast was fun. We played some Wii bowling and then got ready to run errands. We stopped at Michael’s so she could get another scrapbook (she’s in the midst of scrapping the 6 week trip she took with my sister last summer and needed a third scrapbook). Then we went to Target to get some groceries. My mom totally got hit on at the deli counter by some other customer… I just hung back with the cart and chuckled. When we were driving to the gas station after leaving Target we laughed like whoa at that guy’s expense. I told mom she should have flashed him her wedding ring. She did say “my husband” at some point in the conversation, but that guy just kept right on going. HILARIOUS.

When we got home I let the dogs outside so they could play. I’m so used to the MN weather now that since it was in the upper 20s/lower 30s today, I didn’t wear a coat. So, I was outside with the dogs for awhile throwing some sort of frisbee thing for Moose. She was so full of snow by time we were done. Too cute πŸ™‚

Since there was not a new episode of Glee on tonight because of American Idol, I watched some Glee with lunch. I opted for “Never Been Kissed” because I like the songs in the episode, it’s the first appearance of Blaine, and I am a huge Max Adler fan and this episode (along with the Superbowl one) really shows his range of emotions as a conflicted Karofsky. Plus, I could watch and rewatch that “Teenage Dream” scene a bajillion times and never tire of it. How can you not be a lot a bit in love with Blaine/Darren Criss? (Yes, I’m talking to YOU, Molly J…)

After lunch/Glee, I coached my mom on how to use my coding key and coding sheet for my thesis as she agreed to do my inter-coder reliability. (For the record, my mom is the best mom in the world and the greatest mom of all time… she did not have to do this for me, but she did. And for this, and many many many other reasons, she is the best mom ever.) My mom does not know as much as I do when it comes to movies, film history, the Academy Awards, and the history of the Academy Awards. But she was super patient in learning how to use the coding sheet, and after awhile, she was really getting into what she was doing. Over time, she was outright happy when she came across women who were nominated for stuff… saying “You go girl!” and doing some fist pumps every now and again. My mom has always been supportive of me, what I do, and what I believe in. I know at times I tend to veer off into feminist rhetoric (maybe not on here, but I definitely did during undergrad when I was in a video production program surrounded by a fair amount of misogynists… though to be fair, for every jerk who thought men were God’s gift to the movies, there was a guy who was gentlemanly and inclusive of women, even though there were only a handful of us in the program), and I think that by helping with my coding, my mom got a chance to literally see what a minority we are in the film industry.

After awhile, we took a break (I was finishing up editing my thesis proposal draft – woot!) and played some Dance on Broadway. I totally beat my own score for “You Can’t Stop the Beat” – yay me! I got, like, 63,000+ points. Woot woot!

I then helped my mom make dinner. We watched the news and then I folded laundry until it was time for American Idol.

The Top 12 guys sang tonight. I am digging a few of the guys… my two favorites are Brett Loewenstern and Casey Abrams. Brett might be the cutest person of all time, with his wildly curly red hair, his giant Star of David necklace, and his sincerity when it comes to being kind to others. When Ryan Seacrest called him back to the stage and Brett misinterpreted it as a want for a hug, my mom and I laughed so hard that she was in tears and I seriously almost peed in my pants.

And then there’s Casey Abrams… Mmm Mmm Casey Abrams. He kinda reminds me of Seth Rogen, but sexier because he can SING. I seriously hopes he makes it through because I would very much enjoy seeing him perform every week.

No new Glee on tonight, but they showed a few promos for next week’s episode (“Sexy”) and the regionals episode (“Original Song”). I cannot wait for both these episodes… Love me some WARBLERS!!!

Well, I should get going…

Have a good one!

I just got done watching HIMYM. And since I have an hour and a half to kill between that and Castle, I thought I’d blog so then I can just let the dogs out and read after Castle instead of type type type.

Ted Mosby, WTF?!?!?!?! At least I am fairly sure that *she’s* not the mother. Thank goodness.

So, let’s flash back to Saturday night…

Saturday Night Live was pretty funny. At least the familiar Dana Carvey stuff was (Wayne’s World, The Church Lady). I am a huge fan of Carvey, so I was beside myself during the first half hour… laughing at all the obvious and silly jokes. I shouted “Jon Lovitz!” when he appeared during the opening monologue. I LOVE Jon Lovitz! “ACTING!!!!!” Too good πŸ™‚ I also really liked The Roommate trailer with Justin Beiber and Andy Samberg (I mean, Sir Ben Kingsley).

And then came Sunday… Super Bowl Sunday. Glee Sunday. A day of nothing but sitting in front of my television and absorbing football, commercials and Glee.

Game – I was soooooooo happy that the Packers won. I don’t really care about football on a whole, but I just really did not want the Steelers to win because I do not like their QB. On the other hand, I do like Aaron Rodgers. The couple Packers games I did catch this season, I was really impressed with his throwing game. That last half was really tense… the Steelers came close to overtaking them, but thank goodness for all the turnovers πŸ™‚

So, everyone knows by now that Christina Aguilera botched the National Anthem. As I was watching/listening to her sing, I knew something was wrong. And I thought to myself, “Hold the phone… she totally sang the wrong lyrics.” How embarrassing for her 😦 Oh well… at least we knew she was singing live. Lea Michele did pretty good singing “America the Beautiful”. And that halftime show was a hot mess and a half. I am not a fan of the Black Eyed Peas at all. I know a bunch of their songs, though, because they are always on the radio. But I don’t like them as an entity. (I do enjoy some of Fergie’s solo efforts, though, not gonna lie… “London Bridge”, “Clumsy” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” are awesome songs. Not great songs, but super catchy ones…). I was not impressed at all.

Commercials – My two most favorite commercials (besides some of the movie previews) were the Star Wars car one and the Doritos one (“Mmmmmmmm, cheese.”) That Star Wars one was sooooooooooooooooo cute. I can’t get over how adorable that was πŸ™‚

Glee – (SPOILERS) – So, to be honest, I was not super impressed by this episode. Don’t get me wrong, I love Glee and there were some great parts of the episode. But on a whole, it was just meh for me.

I may be in the minority here, but I am beyond sick of Sue Sylvester and the Cheerios. The only time I really like Sue anymore is when she’s fighting with Mr. Schue and/or Coach Bieste.

I did not think that the Cheerios routine for “California Gurls” was all that awesome. Blue wigs, guys on bikes (with ramps) and fire-sparking boob cones are so overdone. When they released that clip earlier in the week, I watched it and was like, “Really?! That’s it? Lame sauce.”

I did like all of the other music numbers, though. I thought Rachel and Puck’s “Need You Now” was sweet. I’m not a huge fan of that song, but their performance was cute. And it was made extra cute because Coach Bieste was mouthing the words along to the song while they sang. A-dorable.

“Bills, Bills, Bills” was my favorite music number, though, because I heart the Warblers (and by the Warblers, I really mean mostly Blaine and Kurt). Nothing like a bunch of uniformed guys standing in a circle singing some a cappella Destiny’s Child πŸ˜‰

Darren Criss’s vocals, as always, were solid. And I just love that song… I have been a huge Destiny’s Child fan since high school. I was sad that the Warblers were only in that one scene… and that Blaine and Kurt only got 2 1/2 scenes in the whole show. (I have a feeling that’s because the post-Super Bowl crowd is probably not as interested in Klaine as the rest of the gLeek population. *That’s* what tomorrow’s Valentines Day episode is for…)

“She’s Not There” was pretty good. I really like that song, and it was great to see the whole football team dressed up as Chuck Taylor-wearing zombies.

And of course “Thriller/Heads Will Roll” was epic. I was hoping for a bit more classic “Thriller” choreography, and I was not buying Finn’s voice during the Vincent Price part. But, the costumes and make-up were great. It was also a great moment for Karofsky…

So, Karofsky. Is it wrong that I like his character and hate his character at the same time? Because I totally do. And I credit that all to Max Adler, the actor who plays Karofsky. You just wanna give him a hug for really portraying Karofsky’s internal struggles so brilliantly. Karofsky hit some serious highs and lows in this episode, which was really great. Though he initially balked at joining the glee club (mandatory glee club joining – way to go Bieste!), Karofsky really got into it. (Way to go Mr. Schue – encouraging Karofsky and telling him he was talented and could be great in the glee club!)

Karofsky’s hard edge was polished down a bit throughout the episode… he seemed to really get into the dancing and performing. Though a slushie to the face set him back a few steps, I know a huge smile crept across my face when he grabbed his jersey and joined the rest of the group for their halftime show.

But then Karofsky went back into bully-mode at the end of the episode. Props to the writers for giving Finn a speck of common sense and instigating a Karofsky/Kurt apology. Though that totally didn’t happen (of course), I think Finn is onto Karofsky. He did question why Karofsky bullies others about being gay but doesn’t ever seem to have a girlfriend. And I think if Finn would succumb to one of Kurt’s “lady chats,” I think Finn would pick up more clues about the reasons behind Karofsky’s hostility toward his step brother.

Oh Kurt… I was thankful for that little scene with Kurt, Blaine, Mercedes and Rachel in the coffee shop (The Lima Bean… how cute!). I love that Mercedes and Rachel have met Blaine and all of them hang out with Kurt together. (btw – I already read all of the spoilers for tomorrow’s episode. I will leave it at that. But will totally expand on this little group after the show tomorrow night.) And I thought it was entirely appropriate for Blaine to know the high school football rules and regulations with regards to numbers of players allowed on the field, because it was established in an earlier episode that Blaine loves football. (And Kurt loves scarves… hahaha).

So even though I was not super thrilled with this episode, it was nice to have new Glee. But I am more excited about tomorrow’s episode. There will be some great songs, hopefully some good character development, and more Kurt πŸ™‚

(END SPOILERS)

Today I was both a waste of space *and* I accomplished some stuff. Nothing awesome with regards to thesis stuff… I am in the middle of communicating with my thesis chair. Hopefully I’ll know more tomorrow. I did do a lot of dishes, vacuumed, cleaned up outside a bit and worked out (or, at least I did the best I could while the dogs were wrestling each other at my feet the whole time…).

I also watched a lot of television. I finished the last couple episodes of Six Feet Under (though none of the plot points were surprising to me, I still love that show), watched Chris Colfer on Live with Regis and Kelly (they showed this clip from Glee tomorrow… how can people not love these guys?), and then totally watched The Last Song.

Yes, that Miley Cyrus movie based on that Nicholas Sparks book by the same name. (And yes, I am aware that there are a million things wrong with that sentence.)

Confession time – I have read a fair few Nicholas Sparks books. And I think I have seen all of the movies that have been based off his books… yep. I have. (just checked IMDB) Though it looks like I need to read “The Lucky One” since they are making a movie from that one… and it stars Zac Efron. So, I’m sure I’ll see that at some point too…

Yes, dear readers, I read bad books and watch bad movies. And while these books/movies are pretty sappy (so much death, water, music, and bad dialogue), for some reason I find them mindless entertainment. Sometimes I don’t want to think about what I’m reading or watching. I like a little cheese every now and then. I don’t even particularly like these books or movies, but that’s what makes them more tolerable in my opinion. I like aspects of them… they are all about love (and who is against love? no one). There are select scenes/moments that resonate. And the movies usually have decent people in them. I say *usually* because some of them are just “meh” (I’m not a huge Channing Tatum or Miley Cyrus fan. They are pretty people who act as opposed to actors who are also aesthetically pleasing.).

There is just so much death in Nicholas Sparks’s work. (This coming from the girl who loves Six Feet Under…). It’s just that Sparks’s work is so tragic. He pairs up people in these epic love stories and then just rips them apart or kills someone off under some horrible circumstances.

Reading and watching stuff like this always makes me thankful for my family and people I care (or cared) about. And while it’s sad to take in, I end up thinking about the good times and happy memories of people I have loved and lost. This week, I have been reminiscing a lot about people I have known. Sometimes I’ll have a thought and laugh to myself. Since my dogs follow me around everywhere, I’ll tell them about relatives or people I used to know. I know the dogs don’t understand what I’m saying, but it’s just nice to say these stories out loud. It’s like, if I say it out loud, then it’s proof that these things happened. That these people existed. That they still have an impact on my life. And I won’t forget them, even though they are gone. My favorite stories are the ones about my dad’s dad. I miss him so much, but I think of him often and always smile because he was such an important person in my life. Always made me laugh πŸ™‚ And it’s nice to remember him.

*sigh*

Well, I should wrap this up… gotta get ready for Castle!

Yay for new Glee tomorrow night πŸ™‚

Have a good one

I am a mostly happy camper right now. That is such a good feeling πŸ™‚

Once again, the dogs let me sleep in until 8:00. However, I didn’t listen to Yukon before I tried to give her breakfast and that resulted in her throwing up in one of the downstairs bedrooms. Not fun to clean up at 8:15 in the morning, but it was my fault. (This sounds weird, but Yukon has a way of communicating her needs. She gets this look in her eyes and/or will make certain body movements. You’d think after 11 years I would just adhere to what she needs so everything runs smoothly. But, I was really cold this morning and wasn’t feeling like standing around outside while she poked around in the snow. I should have let her poke… then I wouldn’t of had to pick up puke. Oh well, lesson learned.)

The rest of the morning went much smoother. I watched an episode of Six Feet Under with breakfast and then decided that today’s workout was going to be most of the dances from the Dance on Broadway Wii game. I beat two of the high scores, so now I think I have 4 or 5 high scores while the rest belong to my mom. I was *this close* to beating a few more, but I was a couple thousand points off. Maybe tomorrow!

After throwing some more laundry in the washing machine, I sat down at my computer to work on the in-text citations for my thesis proposal. Fun times, eh? Booooooo

I let the dogs outside and we all ran around for awhile in the front yard. It wasn’t a nice day out like it was yesterday, but it was fun instigating the dogs to faux fight each other in the snow. The both had snow all over their faces… they are too cute for words.

I watched another episode of Six Feet Under with lunch. I am really, really, really loving that show.

Post-lunch I threw my laundry in the dryer and then once again sat down to the computer. This time, I was reading an outline of a script that a friend from undergrad had sent me. I’ve read some of his other stuff before and it’s always nice to read more because he’s got some great ideas. I always liked reading the scripts of my peers because I felt they were so much better than mine (even though one of my scripts from undergrad totally got made into a short film for a project my senior year… that’s my crowning life achievement thus far).

I decided to make taco salad for dinner tonight so I had to chop up some venison steaks into cubes. I felt like I was on my own musical cooking show… I had this giant knife and my music was turned up really loud. It all turned out really good… I was glad. I hadn’t ever used venison steak before, but it was pretty good. I’ll use more tomorrow when I make chili for the Super Bowl!!!! (Chili is, like, my favorite food… and it’s so good for the Super Bowl. Mmmmmmmmmmm)

I watched yet another episode of Six Feet Under with dinner (I only have 4 episodes left to go for Season Three… woot). Then, I watched Howl.

I don’t pretend to understand poetry. I mean, it’s not like I am completely lost, but it usually takes me awhile to get the gist of some poems. I wasn’t that familiar with Allen Ginsberg or his poem “Howl,” but I wanted to see the movie because I love James Franco (and Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels and Bob Balaban…). Franco is a great actor. I have loved him since Freaks and Geeks and he seems to just get better and better with every role or project he takes on. I admire the amount of stuff that he is involved with these days.

The movie Howl was good, but I don’t need to see it again any time soon. However, I am thankful for its themes and messages about First Amendment rights and what should/should not be considered obscene. I took an Art and Morality class in college and this movie totally would have fit right in to what we were learning. I mean, who are we to say what is or is not obscene if something does or does not fit into our own morals and ideals. Especially when it comes to the written word. Like, child pornography is obscene for sure. But Ginsberg’s choice to use certain graphic words or phrases was his choice and helped to tell his story his way. I liked in the interview portions of the movie where Ginsberg talked about how people should write like how they are. Use the same words you would use in conversations with friends with your muse. That’s inspiring. I try to write how I talk. It’s not eloquent by any means, but at least it’s honest. I don’t have the best grammar. I don’t have the biggest vocabulary. Sometimes I’m very frank, while other times I know I skirt around certain subjects. But that’s me. And I write. So my writing should reflect me because my writing is an extension of me.

This is why I always had trouble writing term papers and whatnot for school. When I try to sound all academic, it usually comes across as not awesome. I am a very academic person. I am well educated. I am learned. But I know I speak and write like the common man. I don’t use big words all the time, even though I aced those friggin’ Word Power tests in 9th Grade. I speak and write so that I may more easily communicate with my peers and my community. At least I think that I do.

Speaking of my writing… I got an email from a member of my thesis committee today (not my thesis chair, but another member). And *he* says that my thesis proposal as is is ready for a thesis proposal defense πŸ™‚ He remarked how there needs to be some editing, but that that can be done in preparation for the final thesis defense. WHAT UP NOW?!?!?!?!?!

So, tomorrow I will bask in the glory of the Super Bowl and new Glee and Monday I will make a phone call to my thesis chair and hopefully discuss with him some options I have for getting a thesis proposal defense underway πŸ™‚

See… today is so much better than yesterday. And there’s a new SNL on in an hour and a half…

And over the past few days we’ve gotten videos of two Warblers performances from Glee (btw – Happy Birthday, Darren Criss. You are the greatest thing to happen to television in the last few months and us StarKid fans and gLeeks are indebted to your sexy self and your triangle eyebrows.)

1. Bills, Bills, Bills

2. When I Get You Alone

I cannot friggin’ wait until Super Bowl Glee and Tuesday Glee πŸ™‚

Have a good one

GO PACKERS!

Today’s Friday, right?

Yes… because nothing was on TV. (That’s how I keep track of what day it is… by what’s on TV at night. I’m sure that sounds awfully depressing, but it’s a good system. Also, I was seriously thinking about studying television for future research and/or academic endeavors. So ha.)

The dogs let me sleep in until 8:00. Best dogs ever, I tell ya. Fingers crossed the same for tomorrow.

The day started out okay. Got up, took care of the dogs, and by 8:30 I was munching a bagel and watching Six Feet Under. All was right with the world.

After breakfast, I decided I should probably Latin Dance/Cardio Box away that bagel I just ate, so I popped in my Wii game and made my own workout. It was better than doing a pre-made workout because I chose routines based on the songs I liked and I ended up burning 250 calories (so said the Wii) without having to dance or box to lame songs.

I threw in some laundry and decided I should probably pay my car insurance now so I don’t forget when it’s actually due. I paid in full, but then when I tried to change my address, my computer told me to call the car insurance people to set up a new policy. So, I spent the next 15 minutes on the phone with a very nice lady from my car insurance place… I got my new policy set up and actually saved $40. So that *totally* covers the shoes I bought yesterday. Score!!

Then I got an email from my thesis chair saying he hasn’t had time to look at my Intro/Lit Review/Methods Section. Mind you, I sent him all of this in October and November (and a couple times since). I was epically frustrated and hungry, so I turned off the computer, let the dogs out and then made myself lunch (leftover Indian food and an orange… woot).

I watched another episode of Six Feet Under. I’m on Season Three right now and Ben Foster is on as Russell, one of Claire’s art school friends. I love Ben Foster anyway, but I am extra digging him as Russell because he reminds me of someone I went to undergrad with. I am now removed enough from undergrad that I can finally look back and smile at the time I spent with this particular person. I wonder what said person is up to nowadays… πŸ™‚

After lunch, I put my laundry in the dryer and decided I should straighten up my room. I had so much crap piled on top of my dresser because every time I come home from work, I just put whatever is in my pockets on my dresser… clock in/out slips, granola bars, unused tissues, chapstick, Purell, etc… I also gathered up all my tax stuff so I can do that soon. Yay me for trying to be on top of things. I was singing and dancing about my room, as I had brought my iPod and its dock downstairs with me.

After cleaning my room, I was still frustrated about thesis stuff. *cue me texting Robin for advice* A big thank you to Robin for our brief phone conversation this afternoon πŸ™‚ I emailed my thesis chair and another member of my committee. I will check that email account tomorrow, for fear I will read something tonight and it upset me enough to cause me not to sleep more than I’m already not sleeping.

Around 3:15, I bundled up and let the dogs outside so we could all run around the front yard for a bit. It was such a nice day out, and it was good to blow off some steam playing catch with Moose and chasing Yukon around the yard.

When we all got tired, we went back inside. I decided I wanted to bake something. I wasn’t sure if I felt like eating my feelings, or if I just wanted to mix up ingredients (Chemistry was my most favorite subject in school), but I opted to bake a triple chocolate cake. I like making circle cakes because I like putting a layer of sprinkles in addition to frosting between the layers. Plus, we have a cake holder here, whereas when I lived with my sister we didn’t have one so I always had to make rectangular cakes in one of our Pyrex 13x9s. Circle cakes!! Again, my iPod provided the soundtrack for my baking extravaganza. My dogs just kept looking at me like I was bonkers.

After the cakes were done, I fed the dogs and let them out before I heated up the last of the Indian food for dinner. And then I totally watched 2 or 3 episodes of Six Feet Under. I am loving this third season. With David being in the gay men’s chorus, Claire and Russell, Josh Radnor *and* Bobby Moynihan played dead people (though Moynihan’s IMDB page doesn’t reflect this, I swear that was him as the corpse in the episode “Make Love Work”. Right?!?!?). Awesome.

I let the dogs outside once more before brushing my teeth. By this time, I had moved the iPod dock so I could hear the music as I brushed.

Usually I listen to the same 20 songs over and over and over again (mostly Glee, some select Pink, Maroon 5, Jason Derulo, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, etc…). But today I opted to just put the iPod on Shuffle Songs and see what happened.

I have 3200+ songs on my iPod. I’m sure that’s not a lot compared to some people. 200-300 of those songs are Christmas songs, which I have to skip since it’s not the holiday season anymore. I don’t listen to most of the songs, nor have I even heard some of them ever in my entire life. But there are whole CDs on there that I know I only listen to one or two songs.

But, throughout the day, I made it through probably 300 songs. I skipped a whole bunch, mind you, but I would listen to bits and pieces of most songs. Some I would listen to all the way through. I love it because it’s almost my entire musical history (I say “almost” because I have a bunch of CDs I haven’t uploaded onto my iPod yet).

It’s amazing what’s on there. At least I think it’s amazing. Some music is on there because of my parents (The Cars, ELO, Elton John, Queen, James Taylor, John Denver, Barry Manilow). Other music is there because of my sister (Chicago, NSYNC). Then there are the artists I came to love on my own (Josh Groban, The Killers, Darren Criss). I can tell what Broadway shows I’ve been to (Company, The Addams Family, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sweeney Todd, Rent, Ragtime, In the Heights, etc…) or ones that I’d like to see (Titanic, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Phantom of the Opera, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, etc…). There are soundtracks from films I’ve loved. Scores that I could listen to over and over again. Every Glee song known to mankind. American Idol has a heavy presence (Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Elliot Yamin, Adam Lambert, Matt Giraud, Carrie Underwood, David Archuletta, Jason Castro, Constantine Maroulis, Kris Allen, Jordin Sparks, Taylor Hicks, and even Clay Aiken). So do boy bands (BSB, NKOTB) and female pop vocalists (Whitney, Mariah, Britney, Mandy, Christina, Beyonce, Gaga). There is rap, select country tracks, hip hop, R&B, rock, a cappella, dance, etc. So much music. I love it.

Certain songs remind me of certain times in my life or evoke specific feelings. I listen to “Flight From Neverland” from the Hook soundtrack or the theme from Lawrence of Arabia and the corners of my mouth instantly slide upward – those instrumentals will remain with me forever because they are that powerful. I heard Christina Aguilera’s “I Turn To You” and will always be reminded of that awkward slow dance in high school. (I totally went out and got her debut album after that dance… and I totally still listen to it because her music makes me smile.) There are songs I have to skip because they make my heart hurt (“Broken“). There are others that I can listen to a bajillion times in a row and never get sick of them (“Rock With You“).

I love music. I may not have what you think to be the best taste in music, but I don’t care. I love my music. And without it, I wouldn’t be able to function. I need it. I need to sing along to it. I need to dance along to it. Sometimes it makes me so happy I could cry. Sometimes it makes me so sad that I do cry. But it’s mine. And I love it πŸ™‚

Have a good one