Oh Pink, how I love your song so πŸ™‚

I’m serious… I could listen to “Raise Your Glass” 10 times in a row and still feel the need to fist pump at the very least. You can tell what I listened to while I was brushing my teeth before climbing into bed tonight.

I always have a song in my head. Always. I have to or I can’t function. This morning, the last song I heard before heading into work was “Love the Way You Lie”. And since they turned off the music in my department at work, I was singing/humming “Love the Way You Lie” to myself for the entirety of my 4.25 hour shift. Thank you, Eminem and Rihanna, for keeping me awake.

Work went quickly today, thank goodness. It was another one of those days where I didn’t get a break. I’ll just tack that 15 minutes on to the pretend list of all the breaks I was forced to skip because of lack of coverage. Way to go, giant corporation, for not allowing our managers the money to have double or triple coverage on busy sale days. Way to go.

After work, I went to Target. While driving, I realized I was out of windshield wiper fluid. Not good… luckily I had some in my trunk (though I didn’t pour that in until *after* I got home after Target). I was happy that I found a puffy vest! They only had one… it’s black and red. Not my first choice, but at least now I have puffy vest that goes with my black boots. Yay πŸ™‚ I also got Minnesota Wild shirt. Gotsta represent the hockey, right?

When I got home, I had a ginromous orange and watched all of the music numbers from the first disc of Glee Season One Volume 2 (Hell-o, The Power of Madonna, Home and Bad Reputation). Some of my most favorite Glee performances EVER are on this disc… “Hello,” “Borderline/Open Your Heart,” “A House is Not a Home,” and “Run Joey Run” especially. I could watch these performances over and over and over again.

After that, I went to my room to watch another episode of Six Feet Under. I have 2 left! I’m going to have to return them a day late to the library so I can finish. Well worth the 30 cents I’ll have to pay in late fees, for sure.

Mom and I had dinner and watched some Bones, then I chatted with Robin for awhile πŸ™‚ Yay for catching up!

As tonight is Thursday, mom and I watched American Idol (both admitted that we love this season and how we were both going to not give the show a chance with the new judges… we’re so glad we stuck with it), Bones (Gravedigger episode… what the what?!?!?!?! Such a fake head explosion.) and 30 Rock.

I love 30 Rock, but I’m not sure how much longer it’s going to last. I get the Kabletown jokes, the reality tv/scripted tv stuff, the ratings talk and the product placement humor, but I need more substance. However, I LOVED the last bit between Liz and Jack because that’s exactly what I hate about other shows. And the word “snart” will be worked into conversations in my household… mark my words.

Well, time for some blogs and another episode (if only a few minutes worth) of Six Feet Under. My love for Michael C. Hall is ever-growing, and I am on the Peter Krause bandwagon for reals now. Though I won’t be watching Parenthood anytime soon.

Work tomorrow – boo. Off on Saturday – yay. Hanging out w/a friend *and* new SNL – yay times 2.

Have a good one

But before I get to my thoughts on the Dexter Season 5 finale, I was actually a bit bummed when I got online and saw that Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter are getting divorced 😦 I mean, it’s their lives and I wish the best for both of them, but a small part of me really got a kick out of seeing the two of them go head-to-head as siblings on the past 5 seasons of Dexter. How is their divorce going to impact their on-screen chemistry? Will it? Both of them are such great actors surely they can work through their differences for Season 6. Right?

(In other celebrity break-up news, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hugeons split. IMO, he is way more marketable/talented than she is. However, I wouldn’t call either of them “actors,” per se, but merely people who became famous by playing characters in a popular Disney franchise. Meryl Streep is an actor. Vanessa Hudgens is a pretty face who can kind of sing and looks nice on a lunch box. There is a *huge* difference. That’s why Meryl Streep wins SAG Awards and Vanessa Hudgens wins orange blimps from Nickelodeon. Efron has potential. He was pretty good in Me and Orson Welles.)

But I digress…

So, Dexter Finale

(SPOILERS, YO!)

I was looking forward to this hour of television like you would not believe. This season has been amazing… I wasn’t sure how they were going to match or top Season 4, but somehow they did. And I was waiting for a HUGE payoff, or some giant cliffhanger.

While there was payoff, there was no cliffhanger.

The episode started where we left off in Episode 11 – Jordan Chase had Lumen, and Dexter knew he needed to find her asap.

Small tangent – can I just say how AMAZING Jonny Lee Miller has been this season as Jordon Chase?! I have not been more creeped out by a performance in long, long time. Having been a fan of Miller for years (Trainspotting and Eli Stone, represent!), I even had the opportunity to see him on Broadway last year in After Miss Julie *and* get to speak with him briefly afterward. He must have been sick or something, because he was something awful in the performance my sister and I saw of After Miss Julie and he was quite out of it when we met him after the show. However, on Dexter, he has been nothing but spot on and beyond creepy. Between his passive aggressive-ness and then the way he was behaving around Lumen when she was tied up. His eyes were wild, his tongue was moving about as if he were a lizard getting ready to attack his prey. He was an animal – ready to devour Lumen in a way that it appeared he had wanted to ever since he and his friends started beating a raping the barrel girls (well, his friends did all the beating and raping while he watched… but now it was his turn to partake). Cue all the goosebumps that you could ever feel at one time. *That’s* how disturbed I was by his performance in the finale. If Jonny Lee Miller doesn’t get a Best Supporting Actor/Best Guest Actor in a Drama nod somewhere during Awards season, I will eat my Yoda hat.

So many story lines, so little time.

Instead of Dexter going to Orlando to celebrate Harrison’s 1st b-day, the whole family surprised him at his apartment. Whoops… good thing they ultimately didn’t stop him from finding Lumen.

Meanwhile at the station, it was publicly found that Liddy was dead. (We know Dexter stabbed him… and I’m pretty sure Quinn thinks this happened too, but everyone else was clueless thus far.) During investigation, La Guerta connected Quinn to Liddy (Quinn didn’t help by deleting his phone messages and then requesting a lawyer… also that blood stain on his boot is quite questionable… again, we know it’s Liddy’s blood. Duh.). Quinn won’t tell Deb what’s up, as he still has yet to completely confide in why he and Liddy were investigating Dexter anyway. But, it seems that Quinn’s feelings for Deb were stronger than his feelings against Dexter. (And also Dexter later cleared Quinn of Liddy’s murder… so Quinn kinda owes Dexter one. Not that Quinn knows exactly why…)

But, the most important plot line for me what that revolving around Lumen and Dexter.

Dexter loves Lumen. Though those words never came out of *his* mouth, they did come out of Deb’s mouth (not that she knew she was directly referencing her brother and Lumen). This season we got to see Dexter evolve as a person. He’s still a monster (I love the character, but he does kill people in a very methodical fashion.), but we’ve seen him relate more to others this season. He’s compassionate toward Deb and her relationship with Quinn. But more importantly, he’s become attached to Lumen. Though he started out with this hero-complex, as if him helping Lumen would make up for his inability to protect Rita last season, it seemed that the complex gave way to legitimate feelings for Lumen. As he mentioned several times, Lumen was the only person who ever completely saw him for who he really is and still accepted him. This unconditional acceptance was new for Dexter, but he seemed to take it in stride. He let Lumen kill some of their adversaries. He used the word “we” to describe them. They had an intimate emotional and physical relationship. He referred to his apartment as their “home”. Dexter was all-in in that relationship. He didn’t hide his kill tools from Lumen. He got her her own set of gloves. He bought her a knife. They were a super cute couple… *Were* being the important word in that sentence.

Dexter did manage to find Jordan and Lumen before Jordan had a chance to kill her. Though he was in a car accident along the way *and* tied up, Dexter stabbed Jordan through the foot, and then put him in a Hulk sleeper hold. Dexter set Lumen free, then they strapped Jordan to a table.

Jordan woke up tied down and pretty much was celebrating his own influence on Dexter and Lumen. What a jerk. Dexter, romantic he really is, told Lumen the kill was hers. Without the usual kill room setup, Lumen stabbed Jordan and killed him. (Yay!)

But then Shit Just Got Real because Deb pulled up soon afterward.

I was seriously hoping Deb was going to find out this episode that Dexter is a serial killer, and that she was totally right about Barrel Girl #13 and her boyfriend being the vigilante murderers. I want Deb to know so bad about Dexter because this season, Deb seems to have gotten her own Dark Passenger. And I’m sorry, but Deb is not a dumb character… even with the “blind spot” that Dexter talked about, she should be able to deduce that her brother is a bit off and is a serial killer.

So, I thought it was uncharacteristic, yet a great piece of character development, when Deb found Dexter and Lumen (shot at them!), and then let them go. She didn’t know it was Dexter and Lumen, but since Deb had her own past being abused in a past relationship (remember her engagement to the Ice Truck Killer/Dexter’s brother?!), she saw that what the killers did was justifiable, albeit still very, very illegal.

I love how all of the characters have such different views on justice and the law.

So, Dexter and Lumen were free. And as they dumped Jordan’s body in the water and sailed back to shore, everything looked like it was going to be fine and dandy for our misfit couple.

But then there were 14 minutes of the episode left… so you know something was gonna go down.

Unfortunately, the only thing that really went down was Dexter and Lumen’s relationship. The next day he walked into the apartment, telling her the kids were going to spend the summer with him and how he’s a breakfast foods guy. And then Lumen was there on the couch, telling him that she had to leave because she didn’t feel the need to kill anymore. With Jordan’s death, she was ready to move on and didn’t feel that she had to keep going the way she was, as her own Dark Passenger was gone.

This is where my heart started breaking right along with Dexter’s. Again, I will point out what a great actor Michael C. Hall is. As Dexter, his eyes were darting around as he tried to wrap his mind around what Lumen was saying. Dexter had pretty much given into the notion that he found someone and was ready to share his twisted life with her… and now she’s leaving him. So soon after he was left by Rita. The guy just can’t catch a break.

Dexter threw the ugly green plate he was holding against the stove and then sank down into the corner to process what was happening. Even though he was obviously sad about the whole situation, he acknowledged that he needed to keep killing, while recognizing that Lumen did not. His couple lines about how he will carry her Dark Passenger with him for always was really touching. (Great writing on this show – btw – for making the audience really relate to, identify with, and care about a serial killer.) I just wanted to give Dexter a hug. I also then wondered how this will affect him next season… will he kill even more, or with more vengeance, to try to fill this void in his heart? It’s really very sad to see his character arc come crashing down like this – this season Dexter realized he had a heart and was capable of loving and being loved. And now with Lumen leaving, who will love him now? Who will he love now? I mean, he has his kids, but they don’t know about his Dark Passenger. Rita never knew either. Dexter had never related to another character the same way he did with Lumen. And to know that she’s still alive, but is choosing not to be with him has got to be a mind-fuck. (Pardon my French.)

So… now what? I wish Season 6 started now. I want to know what happens to these characters I’ve come to know over the last 60 episodes. Very interesting… very interesting indeed.

But there was no huge cliffhanger like last season. I thought that was a bit of a cop out. Alas.

(END SPOILERS)

So, besides Dexter, I did some coding today. Ate *a lot* of cookies. See, yesterday was my parent’s holiday party. And my mom baked and cooked a lot of food… but only 10 people showed up (the roads are still bad, and some people had prior commitments). So, there is lots of yumminess left over.

(BTW – as you may have noticed, I didn’t post yesterday. Instead of working until 10, I had to stay until closing time and by time I got home, I just wanted to go to sleep.)

We ate cookies, I coded, played some Wii, watched a rerun of Oprah, watched an SNL Christmas DVD, and then watched The Sing Off. I love a cappella music πŸ™‚

I don’t have to work tomorrow, but I was going to go Christmas shopping. That’s work… because I hate shopping. I was going to go to a movie, but I wanted to see Black Swan but it’s not playing here yet. Bah. Maybe I’ll see 127 Hours. Or not…

Well, I need to watch HIMYM and then sleep πŸ™‚

Have a good one!

Yay for it being the weekend πŸ™‚ I don’t have to be back at work until Sunday afternoon… lovely.

I just want to say “hi” to anyone who happened upon my blog because they were looking for information/stuff about Michael C. Hall. I’m guessing this recent spike in blog visits is due to the fact that Michael C. Hall was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon the other night and a lot of people probably found out for the first time that Michael C. Hall used to be in musicals on the Great White Way. Awesome, right? He should totally do a musical again.

Here’s a link to the clip of Michael C. Hall singing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” on Jimmy… priceless πŸ™‚

http://widget.nbc.com/videos/nbcshort_at.swf?CXNID=1000004.10045NXC&widID=4727a250e66f9723&clipID=1263973&showID=243&configXML=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nbc.com%2Fservice%2Fvideowidget%2Fparams%2FdmlkZW9faWQ9MTI2Mzk3Mw%3D%3D%2F&initXML=http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com%2Fvideo%2Fepisodes%2Finit.xml?videoId=1263973

He should totally be in a movie musical… or back on Broadway, that’d be totally awesome.

Here’s a clip of him singin’ and dancin’ in Gamer (Embedding was disabled on youtube, sorry…)

I was up early again for work today… was supposed to work from 8:45-2:30 but ended up doing 8:35-after 3. I was swamped all day long and didn’t get to take any sort of break as we were short staffed, as per usual King Friday.

So, finally I escaped and walked to my car as fast as I could, chugging down an entire bottle of water on the way (the heat and dry air in our department just sucks all the life out of you, bah). I got home, hugged my mom, hugged my dogs, got into my pajamas and ate and orange and some popcorn (snack of champions) while watching some Parks and Rec.

My mom and I did our Wii Sports Fitness ages (I was 20 – woot) and then I fell asleep on the recliner in the living room, with Moose asleep in my lap.

I woke up when my dad got home and we all had pizza and watched an episode of HIMYM. Then it was Bones o’clock. (SPOILERS) Oh, Brennan… *finally* realizing that she is in love with Booth and admitting to her regret to Booth that she turned him down last season (that scene still makes me sad. Not crying-sad, but it makes my heart hurt a little bit). And you can totally tell that if he wasn’t with Hannah, he’d be with Bones. But he “loves” Hannah. I put that in air quotes because I do not like Hannah. And I have a sneaking suspicion she won’t last past this season. She just can’t. That woman who plays her cannot act. And when this show ends, whenever that is, Booth and Bones need to be together. For reals. (END SPOILERS/MY OPINIONS @ BONES).

After the show, we watched the last couple scenes from Jingle All the Way (my parents were watching it the other day and hadn’t finished it). At 8:30, I called it quits and went to my room. I’ll finish typing this, visit some blogs that I try to read on a daily basis, and then maybe watch last week’s episode of The Office. But I am bonkers tired, so we’ll see how far I can make it.

No work tomorrow! But I do have to drive my dad to his eye appointment. But that’s fine… not a problem.

Have a swell one πŸ™‚

But more importantly, let us pay our respects to the late Elizabeth Edwards.

I can’t imagine being in the public eye like she was, battling cancer as well as the political and personal aspects of her family. She always came across as so composed and strong. While watching the news yesterday, the news anchors announced she was stopping treatment on her cancer, as it had spread. And now today, she has passed. My thoughts go out to her family, especially the children, as it must be a horrible experience to go through this, especially during the holiday season.

:*(

Compared to the hardships the Edwards family is facing right now, my day was an epic walk in the park with a side of Glee. And while I am continually grateful to be living my life, even in my state of contentment and happiness, I am always aware that there are other people who are not.

I woke up around 7:30 and went upstairs to find my mom elbows-deep in bakeware. This is day 2 of epic baking for our Christmas party this weekend. I ate some granola and an orange, watched an episode of Parks and Rec I must have missed during the second season, and then went back downstairs to throw in a load of laundry and code some more.

Coding is a process… and it’s definitely not as easy as my professor and I thought it was going to be. I’m sure I am still making it a bajillion times harder on myself than it needs to be, but I’m trying to get good numbers. So, I will stick with what I’ve got going on… The biggest hurdle has been looking up people on the Internet. Try and think of all the gender ambiguous names you know… then double or triple it. Wikipedia and Google Images have been my best friends, for sure.

Before lunch, I couldn’t look up anymore people, so I watched last night’s episode of How I Met Your Mother. It was all right… I liked the manatee outfit (I love manatees… and Jason Segel, of course).

Speaking of watching television shows from the other night… holy hell has Dexter been AMAZING this season. I can’t believe there’s only one episode left! I am glad I have watched this season by myself because I have been talking at the computer screen during every episode, saying “What the what?!” and “Aw, hell no!” I have some hunches about what is going down in the finale next week…

(POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR DEXTER FINALE…)

I haven’t read anything, but I did watch the promo for next week’s episode and I have read the books. Not that this plot line is in any of the books, but still.

So, I think that Deb is going to find out about Dexter’s Dark Passenger. She knows about it in the books, and I think it’s about time she knows about it on the show. This plot line would definitely be able to be played out over the course of Season 6. It’ll be a good cliffhanger, for sure.

I also think that Lumen will not die. That would just be wrong to kill off another one of Dexter’s “love” interests in a finale. And, as much as I don’t really like Julia Stiles, I am loving Lumen and Dexter together. Dexter never really loved Rita the way people in a relationship should love each other. Their relationship was more of a facade so that Dexter seemed normal. He cared about Rita and cares about her kids and Harrison, but he never seemed very husbandly or genuinely affectionate toward her. However, with Lumen, Dexter is an actual person. He doesn’t have to hide any part of who he is. She knows about the murders and is fine with it, as she is pretty messed up too. And Dexter and Lumen are kinda cute together… they certainly are affectionate and act very much like a legitimate/caring couple. He looks out for her, but also works with her. And Michael C. Hall is such a brilliant actor, the way he plays Dexter. It’s as if Dexter is experiencing certain feelings for the very first time. During the scene in Episode 10 where Lumen takes off his shirt and has his hands behind his back, his eyes darted in a slight panic before he seemed to catch himself and then allowed himself to be intimate with her. And then in this past episode, when everyone at the police is in that room and Deb is talking about how the girl vigilante must have help from a man who loves her, Hall’s eyes and V/O make that scene. He’s working out all of those emotions in his head and realizing that Dexter feels for Lumen in a way he didn’t think he could ever feel for someone else. Its these small moments that really make that character, and in turn, make the show.

I also hope that Quinn doesn’t die. Deb has lost too many love interests as well, and Quinn is a pretty decent character. He’s got a lot of sides to him that could still be explored.

(END DEXTER STUFF).

After lunch, I ran to the grocery store for my mom. She wanted to make butter cookies using this cookie press and she needed some colored sugar to decorate the cookies. We didn’t have any colored sugar in the house, so I ran to the store to pick up the sugar and something for dinner later on.

When I got home, I went downstairs to do more coding. After a while, my mom came downstairs to inform me she threw the cookie press away because it was a hot mess. Poor mom. She opted to do cutouts instead, and they turned out nicely.

After I put away my computer and folded my laundry, I went upstairs after 5 to help my mom with dinner. We watched the first episode from Season 3 of Bones. Season 3 was one of my favorites, so I look forward to watching the rest of the season with my mom.

And then, at 7, it was time for GLEE!!! Christmas Glee, to be exact πŸ™‚

(GLEE SPOILERS)

Oh Christmas Glee, Oh Christmas Glee, you really outdid yourself…

Even though I’m not sure how kosher all the Christmasing in the public school was, I loved this episode as it really put me in the Christmas spirit πŸ™‚

I felt a little bad for Mr. Schue when Emma came up to him to ask him if they were okay. Good for him for saying he needed some time apart. Then it was time for faculty Secret Santa. Since the commercials already gave it away, the audience probably already knew that everyone pulled Sue’s name out of the protein powder jar.

The Glee tree (with its stolen ornaments and empty presents) was so cute. And I liked that the kids were singing “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year” from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, as I love that song (the misfit toys are the best!!).

How horrible was it when the glee kids were forced to sing in front of their peers? That teacher threw a shoe! What the what, teacher?!

It was brilliant to have Brittany still believe in Santa Claus, as her epic naivety was believable that she would still believe. And I liked how the other kids went along with it, even though they thought it was weird.

Poor Rachel Berry and her poor Christmas gift-giving skills. I loved her set-up on stage for “Merry Christmas Darling“. Someday, I’d like to sing a Christmas ballad on a stage with fake snow and lit trees around me. I’ll have to add that to my Bucket List.

And then there was a few minutes over at Hogwarts, I mean Dalton Academy. Kurt was studying in the common room (I’m going to totally use HP terms for Dalton until the end of time…) when Blaine (swoon) walked in and slammed a boom box down on a nearby table. It seems that our Dapper friend has been cast in some Christmas Spectacular at Kings Island (oh, Ohio amusement parks… how I love thee) and needed Kurt to help him rehearse “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. I liked how Kurt was like, “they’d never let us sing that” (referring to them, being two gay guys) and when Blaine gave him a look of “huh?”, Kurt added “two artists”. But we all know that Kurt’s line was a nod to the chunk of society who is against two guys singing a Christmas love song duet to each other. Deal with it, haters, because it happened. And it was soooooooo good πŸ™‚

Here’s two fine looking Warblers serenading each other:

Now, upon further inspection of this video, one might infer that either Blaine is a really good actor and is just practicing his flirting skills for when he has to sing with a girl, *or* Blaine is just as into Kurt as Kurt is into Blaine (Kurt tells Mr. Schue later when Mr. Schue asks if Blaine is someone special that, “I’m in love with him. And he’s gay. So that’s what we call progress.”).

The Glee writers and directors and producers could have thrown in a Kurt/Blaine kiss during this episode, but that would have been too much too soon for these two. And while this relationship needs to happen eventually, I think their Pushing Daisies-esque flirtation is divine. (I say “Pushing Daisies-esque” because Kurt spent a bulk of that song moving around Blaine with his hands crossed behind his back… *classic* Ned move.)

And while I love Kurt (and Blaine) like whoa, I was uber sad that we, the audience, only got one scene with them this episode. I know the show has been a bit Kurt-heavy this season, but he’s a great character. And it is a bit of a bummer that now that he’s at Hogwarts (Dalton…), he is away from the glee kids. I’m assuming that like Hogwarts, the Dalton students stay at school. The show never flat-out said it was a boarding school, but it does seem that they don’t leave there much. Or when they do, they are still in uniform. How is Kurt supposed to be a fashion icon if he’s stuck in his Hogwarts blazer all the time?

But, outside of the castle, Artie and a bunch of glee kids take Brittany to go see Santa at the mall. She asks Santa to make Artie walk for Christmas. Ummmm… that could be bad news.

I thought it was cute to have the football guys ask Coach Beiste to dress up as Santa and tell Brittany that Santa can’t make Artie walk for Christmas. Coach Beiste is such a great character.

Also a great character, Sue Sylvester (take that, Ed O’Neill). And it was BRILLIANT to have Sue and Becky pull a Grinch and Max… See, Sue rigged Secret Santa, so she got all these presents. When Will and Beiste took them back to give them to the homeless kids, Sue took revenge. In perfect Grinch-style, Sue put on a Santa suit and green makeup, Becky put on some dog/reindeer ears/antlers, and to the tune of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” television magic was made. With crafty blocking and a playful nod to the Grinch cartoon from back in the day, Sue and Becky destroyed the Glee club’s tree, took the presents and made a giant mess. Cue Brittany/Cindy Lou Who who took Sue/Grinch for the real Santa.

So the next day, when the glee kids saw the mess, Brittany was there to tell them that she talked to Santa and everything was going to be okay. Even though Will and the glee kids were on the right track thinking that it was Sue who destroyed Christmas, Brittany convinced them otherwise, stating that Santa is a boy. (duh!)

Brittany had another run-in with Santa… this time at her house. Beiste, dressed in a suit, sat Brittany down and told her that Santa would not be able to make Artie walk this Christmas, but instead would like to give Brittany patience. Beiste then recounted a story from her youth about how she asked Santa to fit in with the other girls… poor Beiste and her body/self-esteem issues from her past. And poor Brittany, who just wanted the magic of Santa to allow Artie to walk.

But, in true Christmas fashion, all was not lost. The Glee kids were going to go all Gift of the Magi on the holiday, but Will stopped them to explain that there was still something they could do to make the holiday right for those less fortunate. So, the glee kids (minus Artie and Brittany, as they went to Brittany’s house because she lost the Christmas spirit) got on their Christmas jumpers and sang for the teacher. Their version of “Welcome Christmas” filled the teachers lounge with smiles and good cheer, and led Sue Sylvester’s heart to grow ten sizes that day.

When the glee kids got back to the rehearsal room after their teachers lounge performance, they were greeted by Brittany and Artie, who was standing thanks to the help of some sort of body brace/crutches. By some Christmas miracle, they were left under the tree for him at Brittany’s house. It was revealed that Beiste was the benefactor… and to be perfectly honest, my mom and I almost got teary eyed during this scene. It was a Christmas miracle to see Artie standing, and just really touching that all of his friends got to see him take those few steps. πŸ™‚

The episode ended with Mr. Schue going back to his apartment, expecting to be alone for the holidays (he’s divorced and now Emma is married to Carl… poor Mr. Schue). But, Sue was there and she decorated a tree and his apartment. *And* she had all the glee kids (minus Kurt… tear) over to help decorate. Sue’s not really so bad all of the time…

BTW – I am glad Finn and Rachel aren’t back together yet. Though, Finn needs to get over it. For reals.

And now that I’m filled with some Christmas cheer, I am going to miss Glee oh so much until it airs again in February. I might break down and buy a couple more episodes on iTunes so I can tote them around on my iPod for the next few weeks. I must have watched the “Rocky Horror Glee Show” and “Never Been Kissed” episodes 20 times by now…

(END GLEE SPOILERS)

Well, I should get going… I have to be up at 6 to be at work by 8. Workin’ 8-5 blah.

Have a good one!

Even though I will literally only likely be gone for 36 hours, tops πŸ™‚

But still, it will be soooooooooooo nice to be away for a bit. Although I am a bit nervous about flying by myself. But, this is an awfully big adventure, so it’s fitting that I’ll be stepping way outside of my comfort zone on multiple occasions within that 36 hours.

Today was all over the place.

I slept in (yay!), bought my plane ticket (should have done that a few days ago… the price went up $40! Boooooo.), then worked on some coding before lunch. I came across a couple snafus that I was able to fix by switching a couple of numbers on my coding sheet and key. I will check my email tomorrow to see if my professor has sent any editing suggestions for my intro/lit review/methods section. I’m really scared that he’s going to be like, “This is awful. There is no way on Earth you are ever going to graduate because your writing skills are abominable.” But, I’ll deal with that tomorrow… tonight I just need to watch Dexter.

After lunch I talked to my sister on the phone. I showered, then coded some more. I had to work from 6-10:30. I was CRAZY BUSY!

We were short shifted like whoa, so I was busy the whole time. I got condescending looks and remarks from customers, managers, etc… It seems that the busier the store is, the less people we have working, the more customers are demanding, and the less patience anyone has. I kept my smile on the whole time, even when I was being belittled by strangers. I knew they probably weren’t awful people, but they were tired and wanting to go home, just like me. So, I just let that slide… I’m home now. It’s warm. I was greeted by dogs and parents. All is well. And I don’t have to be back to work until Wednesday.

Tomorrow is Glee Tuesday!! I’m soooo looking forward to this Christmas episode πŸ™‚

But for now, last night’s Dexter!!!!!! I friggin’ love this show. Michael C. Hall = sooooooooo amazing.

Have a good one πŸ™‚

Before I gush about tonight’s episode of Glee, let me recount my day… I kinda got a lot done. Ish…

I didn’t set my alarm this morning (in fact, I unplugged my alarm clock altogether) as I had today off. I woke up at 8, but that was an hour later than the day before. So – success.

During breakfast, I started watching The Wendell Baker Story… sometimes I wonder if Luke Wilson can act or not. In this movie, he seems to be doing all right. So, I’ll finish it eventually.

After food, I threw in a load of laundry and then got to work on my thesis proposal. I worked on it for a couple hours and got another few articles cited and another page or two typed up. I still have a ways to go, but Thursday I will work on it more, as that is my next day off.

Around noon, I went upstairs to find my mom, who had spent part of the morning trying to net fish out of our pond to put in our fish tank. Since the weather is starting to get colder, she wanted to get all 10 goldfish, some minnows, snails and leeches out of our pond and into the tank in our living room (which already houses 3 catfish, some minnows, snails and leeches).

Mom and I had sandwiches and played a couple rounds of Yahtzee. Then, I had to head out and run some errands…

First on the list was shoes. I went to Payless and was instantly bombarded with a barrage of questions from one of the sale clerks. As I could empathize with the situation, I politely answered her questions and set out to find some shoes. I found some… they are ridonkulously ugly and not in style in any way, shape or form, but they seem like they fit all right and have some sort of cushion on the inside of them. Anything’s gotta be better than the shoes I wore the other day… so we’ll give these new shoes a whirl tomorrow. I’m going to be royally pissed if they don’t work out. I don’t have the money to be buying new pairs of shoes every week. That’s a fact, Jack.

After Payless, I went to Target to see if they had any shoes that would work – nope. I did get my mom a birthday card, some more Band Aids (blisters, yo), and some more socks. The colorful knee-highs were only $1… you can’t pass up argyle knee-highs πŸ™‚

From the Target I went to Half Priced Books. I could spend thousands of dollars in there… but since this is reality, I just looked at a bunch of DVDs and books and left with nothing. I stopped at the library to drop off a stack of books, then went and filled my car up with gas. Fun times, I know.

I got home to find my mom rearranging plants on the back deck. She brought a whole bunch of them in the house to prepare for upcoming frost. We have plants everywhere…

We had a drink and played 2 games of Yahtzee before she went back outside to track down the last of the fish. I went down to my room with full intention of working on my paper more. I ended up watching the Season 5 premiere of Dexter

(SPOILER ALERTS for those of you who haven’t seen it yet)

I think this was a great premiere. I loved that it started right where Season 4 left off – in that bathroom with all that blood. I find it beyond fascinating how Dexter functions in society. Michael C. Hall is amazing – I can’t even imagine what goes on in his head while he’s in the moment as Dexter… with all that chaos around him, he just was there, trying to emote as one would do in that situation, but not knowing how. He calls himself a monster – the phrase “I did it” being uber important in that episode – and I agree. But he’s not a dangerous monster. I mean, he is in that he kills people. But it’s not entirely his fault that he’s a monster… I blame Harry.

Harry taught Dexter how to fit in, or at least pretend he’s “normal” so he’ll fit in, or at least not be singled out. But in all of this pretend, Dexter never learned how to feel. He goes through the motions, kind of like a robot, but he doesn’t grasp what those feelings actually feel like. And throughout the episode, Hall’s Dexter is visibly struggling with having feelings and emoting them. You can see the wheels turning behind his eyes, but it wasn’t until he was on his boat and then had that encounter with that hick guy in the bathroom that you really saw Dexter as a quasi-functioning/feeling human being. When Dexter is on his hands and knees in the bathroom and sort of cries out/yells/releases emotion… it was really powerful. That was an extremely vulnerable moment and a huge game changer, in my eyes, for Dexter as a character. I believe this was also the first episode where he used a derivation of the word “love” (in this case, “loved”) when talking about Rita. This vocal expression of feeling, I feel, has the capability of cracking open a whole new side of Dexter. He’s still vengeful, but this time, it’s beyond personal.

I thought Jennifer Carpenter really was the glue holding this episode together. The way she plays Deb is great – it’s amazing to see her play this character who is trying to hold everything together while everything else is falling apart around her. She loves Dexter, but doesn’t fully understand him. I’m wondering if the writers are every going to reveal Dexter’s secret to her. I mean, in the books she knows, but on the show she doesn’t. That’ll be a game-changing moment, should they decide to go that route.

I am liking and disliking the character of Quinn more and more – which I think is brilliant. I like him because he’s a good cop… he knows something is up with Dexter because he’s good at his job. I also had a huge hunch last season that he was going to hook up with Deb. I thought the way the writers handled that was solid – and now there is room to expand on that. I also dislike Quinn because I still can’t put my finger on him. Why is he the way he is? His family used to have some money, but he seems more street than that. He looks like he should have been in The Departed, or something. I’m very interested to see where his character goes, plot-wise.

(End Dexter Spoilers)

And then, later tonight, my mom and I watched Glee… and it was glorious.

(Start Glee Spoilers)

So, tonight’s episode was Brittany/Britney. I LOVED how they revealed that Brittany’s name is Brittany S. Pearce (sp?). That’s just too great πŸ™‚

I’m in my mid(ish) twenties, so I very much exposed to Britney Spears music ever since middle school/high school/college. I have her songs on my iPod, on my mix CDs, memorized for all time in my mind grapes. I have seen the music videos. I know about her personal drama via People Magazine, etc… Like the kids in New Directions, Britney music has had an influence on me.

So, I was beyond thrilled when I heard that they were doing a Britney episode. I was super thrilled knowing that Brittany (the amazing Heather Morris) was going to have a couple solos and be recreating some classic Britney videos.

Heather Morris can DANCE. She killed her “I’m a Slave 4 U” and “Me Against the Music” numbers. Her vocals were pretty good, but her dancing is really her best attribute. She’s a better dancer than Britney… yeah, I said (typed?) it.

I liked seeing John Stamos on Glee! I hope he gets a song and dance number at some point… he’s so talented πŸ™‚ He was good on Full House and GREAT on ER, but I am really looking forward to some more of him on Glee.

Oh, Mr. Schue… being all jealous of Carl the Dentist. After all the rapping and whatnot, it was a bit bizarre to see Mr. Schue take on Britney Spears, especially “Toxic” (i.e. one of my most favorite Britney songs ever…). That was a brilliantly choreographed number… very sexy all around with the black and white outfits and use of bowler hats. To use two words from Sue Sylvester – “sex riot.”

I liked how Lea Michele’s version of “Hit Me Baby One More Time” was a direct homage to the Britney video… down to the same athletic pants and bras. However, even though I love “Stronger” and Artie, I wasn’t really feeling that number. It was a bit cheeseball, even for Glee. But, I’m glad to see that he and Finn are on the football team.

And, I liked the Paramore song… I have only heard it a few times, but Lea Michele’s performance makes me want to download her version and the Paramore version πŸ™‚ The lyrics are really pretty.

But, as much as I loved tonight’s episode of Glee, I’m looking forward to next week’s episode. Finn had me smiling at the words “Grilled Cheesus” and then Kurt had me clutching my pearls when I saw him standing next to the hospital bed of his father. Burt Hummel!! Oh No!!! I’m very much looking forward to the music numbers next week – I know Mercedes is taking Kurt to church, so I hope that means we’ll hear some gospel and we, the audience, will be “taken to CHURCH!” Also looking forward to some Billy Joel from Puck… πŸ™‚

(End Glee Spoliers)

And that’s that.

I’m off to bed… gotta 9-5 shift tomorrow. Fingers are crossed that my new shoes don’t kill my feet. My feet are still in huge amounts of pain from the other day… but, as my mom always says, “Suck it up, Kate.”

And so I shall.

Have a good one πŸ™‚

It was super nice to sit down and watch brand spankin’ new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Dancing With the Stars and Castle

Of course, watching television for 3 hours wasn’t the only thing I did today. That would just be silly…

After an extremely fitful night of sleep, the dogs were kind enough to not lick me, kick me, or poke me with wet noses until around 8:20 this morning. I have my fingers crossed that the same will apply for tomorrow morning. They are both sleeping soundly right now, and I hope to join them in slumber as soon as humanly possible. My eyes are throbbing from staring at the computer for a solid chunk of the day, so I’d like to make this brief, even though I know it won’t be.

After I let the dogs out, fed them, and let them out again, I settled down with some oatmeal and an orange to watch the rest of Art School Confidential. It wasn’t what I expected, but all in all it was okay. I don’t need to see it again.

After breakfast, I put in a load of laundry and then got to work on my Lit Review. I resorted all my notes to find all the pages I needed for the section I’m currently working on (oh, glass ceiling and hegemony… how you make me want to throw up in my mouth a little bit). I got another page or so typed up and then took a break to let out the dogs, do some dishes and have lunch. I decided it was about time to start up a new movie… this time Rudo y Cursi, a Mexican movie starring BFFs Gael Garcia Bernal and Deigo Luna (see also Y Tu Mama Tambien). I am fans of both actors and wanted to see this since it was out in theaters awhile back. I only made it in about 40 minutes before I had to stop and get back to work. So far, so good.

I called in to work to see if I could talk to my supervisor and find out if I am supposed to come in at all any time before my in-store training on Saturday. I left a message and then called back three hours later to follow up, but no dice. I’ll try again tomorrow…

I got some more of my Lit Review done (probably 2 or 3 pages total today… not too bad) and then chatted with Robin πŸ™‚ I’m super happy for her that she’ll be completely done with her thesis shenanigans in the next couple months! Exciting times

After our chat I folded laundry and then let the dogs out again. The mail came by this time, so I browsed through the latest issue of Rolling Stone. Meh

I did another load of dishes, fed the dogs, let them out, and then made myself some dinner… salad, applesauce and a turkey sandwich. Mmm Mmm good. Since I had a bad headache, I opted not to watch my Mexican movie and instead put on Iron Man. I think I got about 20 minutes in when I turned it off.

I put my iPod up as loud as it would go and got a shower. Listening to music helped the headache, but having the hot water beating down on my back helped even more… It’s supposed to thunderstorm tonight, so my back has been acting up/spasming a bit today. Not cool.

After the best shower ever, I charged my iPod, uploaded some songs from my computer onto it and watched all my shows.

How I Met Your Mother – I hope this season is way better than last season, as last season left a lot to be desired. Although I love all five of the lead actors on that show, I think I love Jason Segel the most. He’s someone I would want to befriend in real life. I love his work – he has the ability to make you laugh at him or with him and he is in total control of it. I just want to give that man a hug and thank him for a decade of smiles.

Dancing with the Stars – I missed the first three dancers, but it was people I didn’t really care for anyway. But it’s a pretty decent cast this year. I’m most excited for Brandy (b/c she’s dancing with Maks), Michael Bolton (because he’s Michael Bolton… but as I told my sister, “He dances like a robot. Like a sexy older man robot… But a robot. With bad posture.”), Jennifer Grey (she’s pretty graceful, and I like that she’s partnered with Derek), Kurt Warner (b/c I like him as a QB) and Rick Fox (b/c he’s Rick Fox…). Oh, also Margaret Cho looks to be highly entertaining… plus she’s with Louie!!

Castle – I Love This Show. Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic have good chemistry. I also like how it’s not a standard cop show, even though a writer’s involvement would never get that deep within the police department. There’s no way that a writer would be able to interrogate people or do all the stuff that Castle gets to do. But, I will suspend disbelief πŸ™‚

Well… tomorrow I will work on my paper more. I might vacuum too… there is dog hair everywhere. It’s probably coating my lungs right now…

Also, tomorrow is GLEE TUESDAY!!! I am so pumped for the premiere of Glee πŸ™‚

Also also, here is a good article from the NY Times about Michael C. Hall. LOVE HIM!!!

Have a good one

P.S. The October issue of Esquire has some RIDICULOUSLY attractive pictures of Jonathan Groff in it… and a great article about him and his play, Deathtrap. (pages 207-213)