I am super tired, so this will likely be short. I will link out to stuff sometime tomorrow/Sunday… no time to look for proper clips!

Storms last night = I was up for a lot longer than I wanted to be. Sadness! I woke up for reals around 8 and watched some Today show Good Morning America while I ate breakfast. The Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato were on singing stuff from Camp Rock 2. Not gonna lie… I saw the first Camp Rock movie a couple times on the Disney Channel. I’ve freely admitted to liking all of the High School Musical movies, so Camp Rock was right up my alley. I won’t be able to watch Camp Rock 2 for awhile because we don’t have cable. These aren’t great movies, but the songs are usually catchy and the cheesy plot is uber tame, but always about following your dreams, etc… Decent life messages for today’s youth. We also watched the first part of Regis and Kelly because they were interviewing Jimmy Fallon. Fallon is hosting the Emmys on August 29th – I can’t wait!

The weather person was calling for rain and storms so we weren’t sure if we were going to go out on the boat today. Around 10:30, my parents decided we would try to go out on the river, so we all had to get ready real quick and head out to pick up the boat in St. Paul.

The sky was dark when we got the boat in the water. We had some engine issues – there was junk clogging up something. But my brother fixed it, so we were on our way. The sky turned from dark to uber sunny as we fished. Well, can you call it fishing if no one caught anything? My spinner wasn’t spinning and I was super tired, so I gave up kinda quickly today even though I love fishing. It was hot and my arm bruise and neck sunburn were hurting super bad (I’ll post pictures of my arm bruise soon… I’ve been chronicling the different colors it has been turning). We opted to stop fishing and my dad took us on a boat tour up to St. Paul and back from where we initially took off from. We saw a bunch of birds – ducks, geese, cormorants, herons, egrets, turkey vultures, ospreys and bald eagles. One of the eagles even had a fish in its talons!

It started thundering and lightening, so we tried to boat back to where we parked before the storm hit – we were literally 5 minutes away from landing when these ginormous raindrops pelted us, soaking us and everything in the boat. As soon as we landed, the rain stopped and the sky cleared up – it was bonkers!

After a long day out on the river, we came home, made some chicken nachos and watched the end of Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire. After a family game of Cranium, we started Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. We’ll likely finish that tomorrow morning and then watch Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince soon thereafter. HBP was nowhere near as good as it could have been. Sadness!

Well, I am super sleepy, but I want to get a few more chapters into the 3rd Dexter book! The 2nd one was super creepy and F-ed up… and it wasn’t even Dexter’s doing. Yipes Stripes.

Have a good one!

Hello there,

I’ll say that this will be a quick post, as I am super tired right now, but it’ll likely go on and on… I am verbose.

So, today was a great day. I got absolutely zero thesis proposal work done. But, you know what? I don’t care – I had a great day with my family. So, suck it, thesis proposal!

Yesterday I read one massive article (blah) and took a page of notes (woot) and then spent the rest of the morning/afternoon watering plants, doing laundry, washing dishes, and cleaning the downstairs bathroom. I also had two great phone calls with Robin and Molly J, so that was wonderful to talk to two of my favorite people 🙂

My brother got to the house in the late afternoon – always excellent to see family! We hung out on the deck until our dad got home… nice. We all got into “play clothes” and walked over to a nearby park that has a tennis court. Unfortunately there was no net on said tennis court… though that may have been a good thing, as we would all have likely hit it into the net instead of over it – none of us had played in awhile. We volleyed for a bit, but it was super hot out and we all got pretty worn out fairly quickly. My brother had me laughing so hard I could barely hit the ball. He kept calling me “Cletus” – he said it was because I had six tennis balls shoved in my pockets. That makes zero sense, I know, but it was super funny.

We walked back to the house and I took care of the dogs, read a magazine and switched back and forth between Community and Glee while Dad and Spud (that’s what we call my brother – as in Slimer from Ghostbusters, not the potato) went to the grocery store and then to pick up some pizzas. Once Glee was over, we ate dinner and watched The Boondock Saints, which I had never seen before. Willem Defoe is one ugly dude – yikes. I liked the movie all right… my favorite part was when Defoe was like, “There was a firefight!“. Funny stuff.

After the flick we went to our respective rooms. I ended up finishing the book I had been reading for the past few days – Nicholas Spark’s “Dear John”. I didn’t see the movie, but I have read a couple of his other books and seen some of the other movie adaptations… they are all epically cheesy and not super awesomely written. For example, in “Dear John,” I didn’t think Savannah was written that well. Sparks was not able to really capture what a young woman would have said in the sort of situations and conversations he put her in. I get that this was John’s story, but Savannah said some stuff that just would not come out of a young woman’s mouth. I got two autobiographies (Carrie Fisher and Tracy Morgan) and a biography (Gilda Radner) out from the library as well, so I’ll read those books soon… I am assuming they will all be way better than the schlock I just finished.

This morning I woke up to construction outside. Way to go, 7:15 am construction – blah. I had to take the dogs out back instead of letting them roam the front yard b/c of the construction vehicles and people working. Yukon is super scared of all the noises the machines make, so she was extra skittish – poor girl. Moose didn’t care – she is silly.

My brother and I played The Game of Life (I won!) and Yahtzee (I lost!) then watched Monster’s Inc. while we waited for Dad to get home from work. We all had lunch then went fishing at a nearby lake (that’s probably redundant… there’s a bajillion lakes here in MN, so of course there is one nearby…). Dad and Spud caught bass. I didn’t catch anything, but I totally had some good nibbles and bites. We fished off a pier for a bit, then we decided to wade down the shoreline. I don’t remember the last time I fished when I was knee-deep in water… probably when I was up in Maine when I was younger. It was fun. I stepped on a stick (right on the arch of my right foot) and it hurt pretty bad, but it didn’t break the skin. I also managed to hook my finger once… and it wasn’t even when I was baiting my hook (sorry Mr. Nightcrawler). It didn’t bleed, though, so that was good. Fishing was fun – I think we’re going to go again tomorrow.

When we got back from fishing, I fed the dogs and my dad fired up the grill to cook some ribs. We watched Zombieland and laughed our asses off (I hadn’t seen it before – I loved it!). I love Jesse Eisenberg – ever since The Squid and the Whale 🙂 He and Michael Cera need to play brothers in a movie – that would be awesome.

When the movie was done, we went back out to the deck and made s’mores. We had both dogs out on the deck and the weather was nice – good times. After s’mores, Spud and I chipped some golf balls on the front lawn. That was super lame, however, so we opted to go inside and play some Wii sports stuff… not the usual sports pack, but some archery, ping pong, duck hunt, cow racing, some sort of pong-esque game, etc… We were in the mood for another movie, so we started District 9. About 20 minutes in, I got a massive headache, so we put the movie on hold and will finish it sometime tomorrow.

I’m glad my brother is in town for another day… we’ve all been laughing a lot and it’s been great being able to spend some time with multiple members of the family who I don’t get to see very often 🙂

My mom and my sister are in Arizona now. They had a bunch of car problems in LA and didn’t get to see any of the city at all. I felt bad for my sister, but her car needed to get fixed. Plus, she’s really sick – we all think she has bronchitis. However, she won’t go to a doctor or anything, so she keeps coughing something awful. That girl is crazy.

I didn’t get to watch any Wimbledon today, but I hope to catch some tomorrow and Sunday.

Have a great holiday weekend 🙂

It was a fantastic weekend… and then I started feeling horrible around 3:00 this afternoon. What the what?

Yesterday morning my dad and I watched The Ten before we head out on our afternoon fishing adventure. If you haven’t seen The Ten and aren’t offended by a non-Biblical look at the Ten Commandments (or are just a fan of Paul Rudd and his usual posse of peers… Ken Marino, A.D. Miles, Michael Ian Black, etc…), you should check it out.

After The Ten, we went to the grocery store to pick up some chicken livers (gross). We then went to some sporting goods store called Joe’s to pick up some nightcrawlers and some sort of special catfish bait. We then drove somewhere along the Mississippi to meet up with three other guys so we all could go fishing.

Four adult men and a twenty-something girl in a small boat all trying to fish at the same time. It was comedic hijinx for sure…

I was a bit skeptical about how the fishing trip was going to turn out – I like fishing, but I’m not super awesome at it. Also, I was basically crashing a guys fishing outing. Luckily, everyone was really nice and no one treated me any different or held back during conversation. It was actually really great.

Everyone caught fish – and everyone caught multiple fish, except for me. After a few hours, I did manage to snag a smallmouth bass, but I couldn’t land it. I reeled in my line and got the fish out of the water, but then it shook itself off my hook. Sadness. But, all the guys in the boat saw it, and they all said it counted.

After several hours of fishing, the guy whose boat we were on took us all for a bit of a boat ride down part of the river to show me some of the sites along the way. Luckily the weather held out – it was supposed to storm that afternoon, but it didn’t.

It did, however, storm most of last night after we got home – blah. Thunder and lightning like crazy… not a fan. We were also watching Drag Me to Hell, which was rather disturbing. Luckily, I was conveniently distracted by a conversation with a friend, so I didn’t have to watch the scary movie.

One of the best things about CST is that Saturday Night Live is on at 10:30. It was the Taylor Lautner episode for around Christmas. As cheesetastic as those Twilight movies are, that kid was a decent SNL host. He seemed like he was game for whatever sketches they had planned and he was actually really funny. So, good for you, Lautner.

This morning my dad took me to go see The A-Team. I really liked it! It wasn’t a great film in the way that On the Waterfront is a great film, but it was highly entertaining and had a great cast. I am already a fan of Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Patrick Wilson, but Sharlto Copley was so brilliant… I need to watch District 9 and soon! The A-Team was super funny and had some great action sequences. I have never seen an episode of The A-Team, but I know that theme song. I was pumped to see the film based on the cast and the trailer… and I knew my dad would get a kick out of it, so it was a good father/daughter movie outing.

After the movie, my dad took me to some Indian restaurant. Growing up, that never would have happened – we hardly ever ate other culture’s foods, besides the occasional Chinese take-out. Once I left for college, I would eat food from other countries. I guess my parents have expanded their cuisine choices too…

My dad and I got back to the house around 3 and I started to feel weird. I scrunched up and laid down on the loveseat (instead of stretching out on the couch that is physically 3 feet away…) and fell asleep. Now, I am not one for naps, but I woke up after an hour with a dried string of drool stemming from the side of my mouth. I looked at the clock on the DVD player, repositioned myself and fell back asleep until after 5:30. Both of my dogs, who usually are fed dinner at 5:00, were looking at me and each came over to poke me with their cold, wet noses. I peeled myself off the cushions, tried to get my head to stop spinning, and got up. I fed both dogs, let them outside, then face-planted on the couch.

If you’ve ever heard the song “Man” from the musical The Full Monty, you would be aware that the songs ends with Patrick Wilson sing-shouting “Ba-da-da-da-da!”

My sister and I will shout this after something great happens or a song ends triumphantly.

When something is crappy, we say “Booooooooo!”, as in the sound that the lever makes when the guy pulls it down right before the Death Star blows up (either time – though in this video it’s 3:32-3:33).

Overall this weekend was “Ba-da-da-da-da!”, but this afternoon was definitely “Boooooooo!”.

I haven’t felt this horrible in awhile. I’m super tired, even though I just slept for a couple hours, and I feel queasyish.

In my icky state, my dad let me pick whatever I wanted to watch tonight – I chose Fletch. It was all right – not as great as all the hype, though. I do love me some Chevy Chase, but I might have been too tired and/or sick to actually enjoy the movie. Sigh.

I’m going to take it easy the rest of tonight. But, even if I still feel sick tomorrow, I’m going to do more school work. I hope to get the rest of my 70 articles read this week… not entirely sure if that’ll happen. But I’m gonna try.


(See, when I was little, my mom told me to growl at the ball while I was up to bat and I would be able to hit better… I am assuming the same works for thesis proposals as well.)