I’m too excited to sleep.

I got off the phone with my sister a bit ago… we made some BIG plans for when I go visit her in a couple weeks. And now my brother will be there too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SIBLINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, not only am I seeing my sister conduct a concert *and* StarKid at the Digitour… but now we’re also seeing

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS IN ROCK OF AGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(AGAIN!!!!)

Yes, I know I totally saw him in Rock of Ages in September w/my mom… but ROA is going to be in Kansas while I’m in Kansas, and my sister hasn’t seen that show (we ❀ going to musicals), so we are totally going!!!!! And I am going to lose my shit again before/during/after the show because (1) I love Constantine Maroulis (2) I love Rock of Ages and (3) I love Constantine Maroulis in Rock of Ages.

My heart is racing right now as I'm typing this… I cannot friggin’ wait to see this again!

And then, after the show, we’re meeting my brother at a KC Royals game…

PRO BASEBALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG, I haven’t been to a ball game in years! I friggin’ LOVE baseball. I love ballparks. I love the atmosphere. I love the uniforms. I love the rules. I love the GAME.

Jesus, it’s going to be an epic weekend.

I was super excited to see StarKid at the Digitour and get to spend some time with my sister… but now I’ll get to see my brother and a musical and Constantine and a baseball game. (And supposedly Darren Criss will be w/StarKid at the Digitour, but I’m not going to get my hopes up for that. I know I’ll get to see him perform when I see Glee Live this summer… so if he’s at the Digitour, that will just be the biggest added bonus of all time. But I am super content with seeing the other members of StarKid, as I respect and admire them all equally. I am so looking forward to Starship and seeing the StarKid people… and it would be totally awesome if I got to meet any of them afterward. But again, I’m not getting my hopes up. It’s going to just be amazing seeing any StarKid person up on that stage. πŸ™‚ )

My heart is going to explode from the amount of excitement I am feeling right now.

How am I supposed to sleep now?

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So, I am not even embarrassed to admit that as soon as I woke up this morning, I marched upstairs and planted myself in front of the television and sat through Regis and Kelly’s banter and their first guest (Matthew McConaughey… all right, all right) to see Darren Criss’s interview *and* performance.

That boy is downright charming. And even though the interview was really nothing out of the ordinary (he answered the same questions he’s been asked a bajillion times in other interviews), it was still pleasant to watch because Darren Criss just seemed happy to be there. I felt a bit bad that when he was talking about StarKid and kinda paused to see if there was audience reaction/support, the NO ONE clapped or anything. I may have come late to knowing about StarKid, but I started watching their stuff and reading up about them the very first week that Criss was on Glee back in November. Since then, I have seen all of LIttle White Lie, Me and My Dick, A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel (the latter two I’ve seen a bunch of times… hell, I even watched part of A Very Potter Sequel today while I was eating lunch). I have seen interviews and stuff from StarKid on youtube about Starship and am super looking forward to seeing it as soon as they put it up on youtube. It would be epically cool if they got to bring Starship to Broadway…

Anyway, back to the interview. In addition to the interview, they showed this clip from tomorrow’s Glee episode, “Sexy” (he’s too adorable for words) and then he played “Silly Love Songs” on the piano. It was during this portion of the show when my mom came in from shoveling snow and sat down on the arm of the couch. She looked at the TV and saw it was Darren Criss playing the piano and without listening to what he was playing she said, “Oh, is he playing some Harry Potter songs?” My mom is the cutest… she hasn’t sat down and watched AVPM/S with me, but they have been on while she’s been in the room and she knows that the guy who plays Harry Freakin’ Potter is the same as the guy who plays Blaine. I’m not sure if she knows his name is Darren Criss, but she at least knows to connect AVPM/S and Glee πŸ™‚ (Also, yesterday, I was on the phone with my mom while I was out, and though I forget what we were talking about, she told me to “Thank Grilled Cheesus” for something… My mom + Glee references = awesome.)

After he was done on Regis, my mom and I Wii bowled before she had to run errands and I had to check something on my computer and grab a shower before work.

As I mentioned before, I watched some of A Very Potter Sequel while I was eating lunch. Although I love A Very Potter Musical like whoa, I think I like the Sequel better. But I have favorite parts from both of them, so whatever one I’m watching, I’m laughing.

Work was soooooooo sloooooooooow today. I was only there for a little over 5 hours, but it felt like an eternity because there was hardly anyone there. A colleague and I played “The Game” for a bit, but we had to stop because one of us would have to help someone. I was no where near my goal tonight, but I did have a good time singing along to the music. I heard “Animal” and I danced a bit inside because I’m soooooooooooooo looking forward to it tomorrow night. (SPOILER – I don’t think the warehouse bit is a dream sequence like some fan sites were suggesting… especially after the clip they showed on Regis this morning. END SPOILER)

On the drive home from work, I had the soundtrack to Rock of Ages CRANKED UP LIKE WHOA!!!!!!!!!!! The movie version is being cast right now. I am super sad that Tom Cruise is going to be Stacie Jaxx 😦 BOOOOOOOO. I wonder who they will cast as drew. I totally want it to be Constantine Maroulis, but I doubt they’ll actually cast him, even though he originated the role on Broadway AND did the national tour (which I totally saw and think about all the freakin’ time… OMG, it was so good). The soundtrack to that show is so awesome it hurts. I love it, I love it, I love it.

Well, time for sleep. Tomorrow I have off from work so I will work on some charts for my thesis (what!?!?!??!?!) and it’s GLEE TUESDAY!!!!!!!!! I’m just glad for new Glee, but I really wish tomorrow was the Regionals episodes (from all the spoilers I’ve been reading, Regionals is going to be one of my favorite episodes. I just know it.) But, tomorrow’s episode, “Sexy,” will probably be great too. Woot.

Have a good one!

I basically worked the entire day… from 10:45 to 6:45. I helped some customers. I folded a bunch of towels and whatnot. And that’s the extent of my day…

For serious.

I did listen to my Rock of Ages soundtrack to and from work today. Yay πŸ™‚ That’s just one of the best cast recordings ever… all those songs are just so awesome and 80s-tastic.

I got home from work and watched Amazing Race, then a little bit of the Vikings vs. Packers game. They were tied at 14 apiece when I left to go down to my room to check email and whatnot. I think I’ll watch last week’s episode of The Office… maybe try and finish my library book.

Tomorrow I hope to write out my Methods Section (well, at least as much as I can). I have to work from 6:15-9:15, so I’ll miss all my Monday night shows. Alas.

And that’s all that’s fit to print… like I said, pretty uneventful day. Just work.

Have a good one!

Let’s get the important stuff out of the way first. No, I didn’t work on anything remotely related to my thesis proposal today. It was Rock of Ages day… how was I supposed to think about anything but rocking hard and face melting?

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My dad dropped my mom and I off at the Orpheum at 1:10ish for our 2:00 show. My heart was racing the entire drive there, and more so once we entered the theater. We looked at the souvenir stuff on the main floor and then began our trek to the upper most balcony.

About halfway up, we stopped off on another floor where my mom said she’d get me a program. She ended up getting me a program *and* the Original Broadway Cast recording of the CD… Happy Halloween to me πŸ™‚ (See, she gave/sent my brother and sister their Halloween treats and whatnot already. But I got the best Halloween treats of all… going to see the musical with my mom and the awesome program and CD!!!!)

As we sat in our seats (dead center, and about 3 rows down from the very top of the theater), there was some great 80s rock playing on the speakers. My heart continued to race… I was so freakin’ excited!

I downed a cough drop, put all my belongings under my chair, then had to get my purse back out to dig out my glasses (better to see crystal-clear tops of the actors heads than just a blur of action…), then put my bag back under the chair. My knees bounced up and down… and finally the lights dimmed.

I had a shit-eating grin on my face for the next several hours… that’s how awesome the show was.

For those of you who don’t know what Rock of Ages is, it’s a musical about Drew (a young guy who wants to make it big as a rock star) and Sherrie (a young lady from Kansas who wants to make it big in Hollywood as an actress). Of course they like each other and of course there is conflict between them, as well as conflicts among the supporting characters. And said conflict ensues and everyone sings about it… through the greatest 80s power ballads ever.

The show was colorful. The show was loud. The show ROCKED like whoa.

Now, I have wanted to see Rock of Ages since it opened on Broadway in 2009. “Why?,” you ask?

Two words. (One name.)

Constantine Maroulis.

“Who?,” you ask?

Only one of my favorite American Idol contestants of all time.

Season Four… Constantine Maroulis was considered the “rocker”. He had (and still has) long, 80s hair-band hair, he gave smoldering looks to the camera, and he had a solid rock (albeit musical theater-esque) voice. He was my favorite performer of that season, and every time he was up on my TV screen, I would burst into a fit of uncontrollable giggles. I couldn’t help it.

So, fast forward a few years later… I hear that he is to star in a new musical on Broadway called Rock of Ages. And I want to see it, in a bad way.

My sister and I frequented New York City and the Great White Way on our road trips, but when it came time to pick what shows to see, she said she’d rather see something else. And so my heart sank a little bit, but I was at peace that I was not to see Constantine in Rock of Ages on Broadway. I watched him on the Tony Awards in June 2009, and a bajillion times on YouTube ever since. I had some of the songs on my computer and would listen to them all the time… Rock of Ages peppered throughout my 7 epic Broadway mixes.

Cut to the middle of this summer… my mom and sister, on their epic road trip around the country, go to New York City and see Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch in A Little Night Music. When they return home, my mom gives me her Playbill. Awhile later, I go to put that Playbill in the box with the rest of my Playbills. As I go to put it in, I flip through the pages to see what other shows are being advertised. Near the back, there is a page about American Idol contestants who have gone on to star on Broadway. Of course there was a picture of Constantine in Rock of Ages… but below that, it said that Rock of Ages would be going on its national tour starting this September, and that Constantine would be headlining.

WHAT THE WHAT?!?!?!?

So of course I checked to see if Rock of Ages was coming through Minneapolis. Um, yes! And then I bought tickets as soon as they went on sale…

Which brings us to today.

Oh Rock of Ages, you did not disappoint. Neither did you, Constantine Maroulis πŸ™‚

I was familiar with all of the songs, but it’s a totally different experience seeing them performed live on a stage by the characters. Amazing! The show was so loud! The music was so 80s-tastic! Constantine was so… great πŸ™‚ Solid vocal. Really great comedic timing. Just a freakin’ joy to watch.

And not only was he great, but the whole cast was too – especially the narrator/sound guy, Lonny. Great physical humor and epic amounts of sarcasm… loved it!

Going into the show, my favorite song on the CD was the “Heaven/More Than Words/To Be With You” medley. Constantine’s vocals on “Heaven” are soooooo good. And then seeing it live today was really amazing. I couldn’t help but smile. Even though the entire theater was full, I zoned out for awhile and could only focus on the stage. In that moment, I was just so happy to be where I was, watching this show, that it felt like I was the only person in that darkened room.

During the show, though, I think my most favorite music moment was “Here I Go Again“. That’s such an epic song, and to see how they staged it, and then the entire company came out to sing (it was the end of Act I finale)… it was just so great. I can’t wait to listen to that song in the car on the way to work tomorrow.

And then the last three songs of the show are sooooooo good too. “Oh Sherrie,” “The Search is Over” and “Don’t Stop Believin‘”… could they be anymore epic than that? Nope πŸ™‚ And once again, Constantine’s vocals were freakin’ spot-on. He nailed them all… wailing like all the great 80s rockers. And we saw the matinee… the whole cast had another performance to do today.

I was so sad when the show was over, but I was so energized from what I saw. That was the most energetic musical theater show I’ve seen since The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee… and Rock of Ages was probably even more physically exhausting for the cast, I’m guessing. It was great… just great πŸ™‚

My dad picked my mom and up after the show and we went home and watched Repo Men. It’s not the greatest movie ever, but it’s highly entertaining. Plus, I love Jude Law (esp. after my sister and I met him last year in NY before we saw him in Hamlet… woot). Repo Men is pretty ridiculous, but I dig it. I actually saw it in theaters. It’s the only movie I’ve ever been to where I was the only person in the entire theater. So, it will always have a special place in my heart.

And now we’re watching the Phillies/Giants game. Being from PA, and a former Philly resident, I am rooting for the Phillies of course. Go team

I am so tired and have to work tomorrow… I wonder how far I’ll make it into the new SNL tonight. Hmmm

Have a good one πŸ™‚

Hey brother,

So, I personally didn’t get much accomplished today. Whoops.

I woke up at 9:51, which is waaaaaaay later than I usually sleep. By well over an hour. As I was checking my phone because I didn’t believe my night stand clock to be correct, I saw I had a missed call. From work. (Blah!)

Work called around 8:30 to see if I could come in any earlier today. I was scheduled to work from 6-9:15. I called back and said I could show up a couple hours earlier. *sigh*

I went upstairs and greeted my mom and dogs. I had some breakfast while I finished watching The Purple Rose of Cairo. Gosh, I love Jeff Daniels πŸ™‚ That’s just a great movie.

After that I showered and then meant to type up some of the Methods section of my thesis proposal. I didn’t get too far… as in I didn’t type anything up. I did separate out the pages of my notes that I would need, but then I just started poking around on the internet. There has been so much hubbub about the Glee kids in the GQ photoshoot… but even though the poses were a bit forward and the clothing was a bit scarce (at least on Lea Michele and Dianna Agron… but Cory Monteith was all covered up. Rats.), all three of those actors are over 21 and GQ is a grownup magazine. (I’m not going to link out to pictures of the people. It’s all over the Internet.)

People should not be so up in arms over this. Little kids may watch Glee (which actually isn’t all that children-appropriate), but they shouldn’t be allowed to get ahold of GQ. However, those pictures have been circling online the past few days… as in even though I’ve never held an issue of GQ in my hands, I saw the pictures on some Glee fan site that I check out on a regular basis. At first I was way confused why there were a bunch of pictures of Lea Michele and Dianna Agron in hardly any clothes on Glee websites. That’s certainly not what I was looking for. But, once I realized that the photos were not from some Glee press packet, but from GQ, it all made more sense. Again, those actors are over 21. GQ is a mens magazine. Of course those girls weren’t going to be wearing much. Give it a rest, society. Please re-focus your energy to 17 year old Miley Cyrus who is dressing like a woman who is older than she is left and right and then talking about God and Jesus every time she’s at some awards show with a mic in her hand. That’s a real problem for our youth… not these Glee actors.

But I digress.

I played some Yahtzee w/my mom while she ate lunch, then I made lunch for myself around 2 and started watching The Marc Pease Experience. It’s some indie comedy starring Ben Stiller Jason Schwartzman about a former high school musical theater/show choir singer (Schwartzman) and his a capella group. It’s pretty bad, but I thought it would be a bit like Glee. It’s not. But I laughed because Stiller’s choir kids sang “We’re All in This Together” from HSM. Good times.

Before I went to work, I made a new Glee-mix for my car. Work was okay… I kept busy. I wasn’t in my usual department today, but that was okay because the ladies I was with today were nice and we had some good pop culture talks.

I got home from work to find my dad watching some crappy Val Kilmer movie on Netflix, so I played some more Yahtzee with my mom while I had a snack. I came down to my room to type this up, but ended up g-chatting with my brother for a bit πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see him in a few weeks!!

And tomorrow my mom and I see Rock of Ages!!!!!!!! I am so freakin’ excited I can’t even put into words how much I am so looking forward to this musical adventure πŸ™‚

Have a good one!

My dad doesn’t go to the movies very often (in fact, both times he went in the past several months have been with me), so when it comes to what we get in the mail via Netflix, I get some repeats. Since I’m the one in charge of what we see, it’s my own fault for putting movies I’ve already seen on there, but I knew my dad would like Hot Tub Time Machine (whereas I already saw it, on opening day in theaters, with my sister). But we laughed, so all was well…

This morning started out much the same as the others… dragging myself out of my warm bed and up the stairs only to feel like I was in the refrigerator section of a grocery store. At least I put on a fleece zip-up coat before I made it all the way up the steps.

Instead of oatmeal and tea, I opted for fruit juice and cold pizza as I sat on the couch next to Moose. I decided to start watching The Purple Rose of Cairo. (I know I keep talking about Shakespeare in Love and Miracle, but I left my DVDs downstairs.)

Now, I’m not a Woody Allen fan by any means, but I remember liking The Purple Rose of Cairo. I have only seen it once – in my Theatre in Film class during my sophomore (junior?) year of high school. We would watch movies and then break them down and talk about semiotics, filmmaking techniques, and plot devices. It was the best class I ever took during grade school and was my biggest influence in deciding to studio video production and film during college. Things I learned in that class helped throughout undergrad and grad school film classes… and it also exposed me to some of important movies.

Because of that class, I saw Singin’ in the Rain for the first time (and it’s now one of my favorite movie musicals of all time *and* I’ve been a huge Gene Kelly fan ever since), Quiz Show (*the* movie that made me want to study movies, my 2nd favorite movie of all time… and also the catalyst for one of the most embarrassing moments of my entire life – meeting Ralph Fiennes and him laughing at me when I went into an epic monologue about my love of Quiz Show and his entire film canon), Citizen Kane (good thing I saw it here, because I fell asleep during it when we watched it in Film 201 or 202 in college), Cabaret, Touch of Evil, and, among others, The Purple Rose of Cairo. I remember I liked it… and that Jeff Daniels’s character came down off the movie screen… but that was about it. I’m only 30 minutes in, but I am liking it still, so far πŸ™‚

Instead of getting to work straight away after breakfast, I went and ran errands with my mom. We mailed some stuff then went to Target for awhile. We came home, put away the stuff we got, then made lunch and played Yahtzee. She may have kicked my ass in ping-pong all summer, but I am still the Yahtzee champion.

Mom had to do more chores (rake leaves, stack firewood), so I went down to my room to work on my Works Cited page. That’s the worst… trying to format all those entries. Blah. I know there are websites that do it for you, but every time I do that, something goes wrong and I end up having to do twice the amount of work. So, I did it all myself… all 7 pages of sources. I got most of it done by 6, though I still have 5-6 books to add, as well as a couple websites. But that shouldn’t take too much time tomorrow. I also plan on typing out my Methods section. Woot.

While my parents went to the library, I watched a HIMYM rerun – it was the Naked Man episode! What a great episode πŸ™‚ Jason Segel was a delight, as per usual. I’d totally add “meet and marry Jason Segel” to my Bucket List if that weren’t so creepy.

We had dinner and watched Survivor and Modern Family. I wish they would have ousted different people on Survivor, but I’m not the one playing the game. And Modern Family was good, as per usual. That show is just so good – I love it so much!

After that, my dad and I watched the aforementioned Hot Tub Time Machine. He laughed like a crazy person the entire time… and rightly so. It is a funny movie. Our kind of humor, for sure. Rob Corddry is so great in it πŸ™‚ Plus, who doesn’t love John Cusack? However, my heart belongs to Crispin Glover. Mr. George McFly himself… the scenes in the 80s with his arm are great, even if they are cheap sight gags.

Tomorrow, I plan on going to see The Social Network. My mom might come along too… we’ll see.

I hope you have a great day πŸ™‚

P.S. Old news, but I saw the best equal rights videos on youtube today, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Alec Baldwin. Way to go, gentlemen. Let’s get equal rights for those in NY… πŸ™‚

P.P.S. I can’t believe that I’ll be seeing Rock of Ages on SATURDAY!!!!! I am so excited!!!!!!!!

I’m going to visit my sister in September and today she bought us tickets to go see Aziz Ansari do stand-up!!

RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANDY!

I can’t wait to see him! He’s sooooooo friggin’ funny πŸ™‚ I wish he was in more of Funny People, but luckily he’s on Parks and Recreation so I get to see him on TV every week!! I’m super pumped that I get to see Aziz in September and then Constantine Maroulis in Rock of Ages in October. My mind grapes are bouts to EXPLODE!!!

So, I did not sleep very well last night… woke up in a panic around 2:30 and then tossed and turned forever thinking about thesis proposal and lack of a job… but then was thinking how every time I look online at job listings, there is hardly anything that sounds remotely stimulating or relevant to what I might what to be when I grow up. And then that copy of Writer’s Market is laying next to my bed and I think that maybe I should send out some query letters… but aren’t I supposed to be writing my thesis proposal? Blah!!!

I know I’m totally spazzing out about stuff I should already have a handle on. But my mind has been cloudy with all sorts of thoughts about nouns (you know – people, places and things) that I haven’t really finished anything yet. I need to make a list and just start checking things off, one at a time.

I did start highlighting my thesis proposal notes today… I got through six out of forty-three pages… and then my ear started bleeding, so I stopped to tend to that. (I don’t know what happened… one minute, I was striking through some lines of notes with my blue highlighter, the next thing I know, my inner right ear felt weird and wet, a low and behold – blood. Not a lot, but it was enough to make me track down a tissue and stop the bleeding. I’m fine. My ear is fine.) I have plans to type up a bulk of my thesis proposal this week. We’ll see how that goes!

Yahtzee and ping-pong were played… I faired well with the dice, but got my ass handed to me by all other present family members when it came to ping-pong. It’s not that I’m bad – I’m actually pretty good at ping-pong – everyone else is just a little bit better. Oh well, it was fun.

My dad split a bunch of fire wood today and I helped stack some of it on the side of the house (Spud stacked most of it).

Since we were out of Harry Potter movies, we opted to watch Daybreakers, our latest Netflix endeavor. I got this one because I know Spud likes Willem Dafoe. As far as vampire movies go, it was actually pretty interesting. Some good gore effects. Plus, Ethan Hawke looked mighty fine in his vest πŸ™‚

My brother left around 5 to head back from whence he came. It was fun having him here for the week. As of right now, the next time I’ll see him is around Thanksgiving… but maybe a parent and I will visit him sometime before then!

My dad and I finished watching Daybreakers during dinner, then we started watching The Departed awhile after that. I love The Departed – it’s my favorite Scorsese movie thus far. It’s got a great ensemble (looooove Damon, DiCaprio, Wahlberg and Baldwin!!!). I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – Leonardo DiCaprio is a great actor. He’s near the top of my list of actors who act with every inch of their body. Don’t believe me? Watch his eyes, especially during parts where he doesn’t have dialogue. You can see his character working things out in his head and can clearly read every emotion. He proves that you don’t have to be talking to get your point across. Other actors should take notes. If he doesn’t get an Academy Award for acting sometime in the next fifteen years, I will eat my hat.

Time to read some more Dexter… woot! Soooo twisted. I like the show way more than the books, but I’m still enjoying the books πŸ™‚

Have a good one!

My mom caught the black lung from my sister…

Okay, so it’s not really the black lung, but my sister had this epically horrible cough before/throughout their entire road trip and now my mom is coughing something awful. We call it the black lung though that is false. But still, I feel bad that my mom isn’t feeling well. Well, she says she feels fine, but we keep telling her to take it easy before she goes gung-ho into doing house chores and whatnot. My mom can’t sit still… I love her, but she needs to get better before she takes on a full work load.

Since my mom was ailing today, it was basically a day full of Yahtzee and Netflix.

After watching a few woodworking shows on PBS, I finished an episode of Dexter that I started last night. Then we began Yahtzee … over the course of the day, I’m sure my mom and I played probably 20 rounds. Not all at once, mind you, but throughout the day…

During this first chunk of Yahtzee time, I tried to explain to my mom about the upcoming Avengers movie. See, I was wearing my Marvel comic t-shirt again… the one that has a bunch of characters on it. And I was pointing out the people who I knew were going to be in the Avengers movie and what their backstories are. Now, I don’t read comic books, but I have seen enough comic book movies and read up a bit about the characters in the Avengers movie to know a bit about them or at least who was playing them. Then, unrelated to the Avengers movie, I was telling her about the Green Hornet and Green Lantern movies. A fan of Seth Rogen and Ryan Reynolds, I will see both movies…

I was never into comic books, but somehow comic book characters and super heroes have always been a part of my life. There are plenty of pictures of me wearing Batman, Robin, or Super Man pajamas when I was a little girl. I totally have Batman, The Incredible Hulk, Super Man, and my Marvel characters shirts. Even now as I’m typing this, I have my Batman Buddy next to me (Iron Man Buddy has been temporarily retired to the chair across the room – I just found that a thread on his foot came unraveled and I don’t want the stuffing to come out. He’ll be fine… he’s chillaxin’ with Yoda Buddy…). I guess I just like a little bit of the fantastic every now and again.

Anyway…

Besides Yahtzee this morning, I brought the rest of my stuff that my parents brought with them from Kansas in from the garage. My room is a hot mess, but I will work on rearranging some more stuff soon. I did unpack my faux roses which make me smile. I’m not awesome at keeping real plants alive (though I haven’t killed any of my mom and dad’s plants yet!), but I do love having flowers around. So, my blue and pink roses are pretty perfect in my situation… plus who doesn’t love roses?

During lunch, we watched the SNL Best of Dana Carvey. I hadn’t seen some of the sketches, so I really enjoyed seeing Massive Head Wound Harry πŸ™‚ After lunch, I went to my room to watch last night’s episode of Jimmy Fallon since Paul Rudd was on. I love Paul Rudd and his ridiculous shorts suit. After that, I did some banking and car insurance stuff and then decided to start a social experiment on Facebook.

See, one of my favorite SNL sketches of all time – Cobras vs. Panthers – is not available to watch anywhere online. It used to be on youtube, but was taken down due to copyright issues. So, I started a group to see if we could somehow get enough people in the group to show support of getting this video clip on the NBC/SNL website. If a Facebook group could get Betty White to host the show, surely a group could get a video clip online, right?

This is also a social experiment to see how few of my hundreds of Facebook friends would join the group and spread the word… I know it’s not an awesome cause or anything, but it really shows who is willing to click “join” and who is not. Not to say that this will show me who my real friends are or anything, but I know I’m not important in the grand scheme of things. But I sincerely would like that video on the website, so this isn’t all in vain. If we can’t watch it on youtube, then please provide us a copyrighted way to watch it legally.

After my feeble attempts to start a movement, I went back upstairs to play some more Yahtzee with my mom. Part way through the match, I asked her when she was free to go see Rock of Ages with me… and then I bought our tickets! It’s amazing… there was over $30 in fees for two tickets that were only $25.50 apiece. WTF, Ticketmaster?!

Anyway, my mom and I are seeing Rock of Ages – I can’t wait to see Constantine Maroulis on stage!!!!!! I’m already giggling like a school girl – this is going to be epic πŸ™‚

I got a phone call from my brother, then my mom got a call from my sister… ah, siblings.

I let the dogs out and then cleaned up the front yard a bit so my parents wouldn’t have to. My mom and I played some more Yahtzee throughout dinner (we use two sets of dice so I don’t have to touch her germy ones… and we have Purell in the kitchen and living room. No black lung for me… yet). We added a sixth dice apiece and took the best five out of six after the final roll. It didn’t change the game much, so I don’t think we’ll be doing that again.

We called it quits and watched some Bones (Season 3 Episode 1) and then a couple episodes of Dexter. I think my mom is hooked now! She keeps saying that Dexter (the character) is creepy and weird. I completely dig that – Michael C. Hall, you are brilliant. (And did you know he was on Broadway? … Love it!)

I have no idea what’s going on tomorrow. I should probably work on school work as it’s August and that means there is about a month and change before OU’s fall quarter starts! I still need to contact my advisor to see if I need to be registered for the quarter in which I plan on defending my thesis proposal (which I haven’t written yet…). Oy vay

Right?

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

Oh my…

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

Besides Idol stuff, what else happened today?

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

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

Me and Mark Ruffalo πŸ™‚

What else, what else?

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

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

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

First of all, let me say that typing a blog post when I’m tired is the equivalent of grocery shopping when I’m hungry… the end result is never what I intended it to be. But what can you do? Press on…

I woke up this morning to find a note on the kitchen counter from my mom saying that she’d be back soon. Curiouser and curiouser.

I let Moose out of her coup and grabbed my water bottle and a peach from the fridge. As there weren’t any dishes in the sink, I knew my mom hadn’t eaten breakfast yet, so I wanted to wait for my mom to eat with her (I’m getting used to meals with one or both parents – it’s kinda comforting). I cuddled up with Moose on the couch and put on my next episode of Dexter. Once I fast forwarded through the credits, I heard the front door opening – my mom!

She went to the grocery store to get more tea bags (my mom has been coughing a lot since she got back from her trip… I blame my sister) and some pecan rolls for us. She sat down at the table to work on a crossword puzzle while I continued on with my episode of Dexter. Mom ended up paying more attention to Dexter than her puzzle… I think she’s hooked. My mom LOVES murder mysteries and forensics, so obviously this show is right up her alley πŸ™‚

After the show, we played a couple rounds of Yahtzee then both got ready for our string of errands that needed to go down. We dropped off some postcards at a mailbox then ran to Target for some groceries. Yep, one of our many Targets has better groceries than our regular grocery store. Crazy times. We then stopped at a gas station so Mom could top off her car’s tank before she heads out to Kansas tomorrow.

Home again, home again – we played some more Yahtzee before getting on with today’s chores. While mom got stuff ready for her trip, I wrapped my mom’s birthday present to my dad. (I friggin’ love wrapping presents. When I worked at Elder Beerman, wrapping wedding presents was seriously one of the best parts of my job.)

We let the dogs out then I helped her chop up stuff for chicken salad while we rocked out to some Neil Diamond. Woot. After lunch, there was some more Yahtzee and then more chores. While Mom worked outside, I went to my room to straighten up some stuff and do a bit of unpacking. While most of my stuff is staying in their boxes, I did stack some clothes on the bookshelf so I don’t have to wear the same 7 t-shirts over and over again.

While unpacking, I got a bit sidetracked looking at on of my stashes of Playbills. My mom gave me her Little Night Music Playbill and some fliers for other shows, so I was incorporating my new material into the stack of Playbills for shows I’ve seen over the past few years. While looking at the flier for Jersey Boys, I realized the guy playing the lead is the same guy that my sister and I saw in the Chicago cast of the show *and* another one of the guys (Sebastian Arcelus) played Fieryo in the production of Wicked we saw up in Cleveland! (I met him and got my picture taken with him – see below!)

SKF, Sebastian Arcelus and me after seeing Wicked up in Cleveland πŸ™‚

And then, I saw in the back of the Little Night Music Playbill that Rock of Ages is going on its National Tour soon and that Constantine Maroulis is reprising his role as Drew. Of course I Googled that news to see if it was true – and it is (even though it seems there is some Baby Daddy drama going on with him… though it still seems he is going to do the tour. What I *really* want is for him to be in the movie version too… but that casting hasn’t been released yet. Sigh).

So, guess who is going to be buying tickets to see Rock of Ages in MN in October – oh wait, that’s me!! I was so excited about learning all of this today that I probably could have peed my pants and/or had a panic attack.

You don’t get it, folks. I have wanted to see Constantine in Rock of Ages ever since I heard he was going to be in it years ago. When he was on American Idol back in 2005, I would watch and giggle uncontrollably every time that man was on the television screen. I don’t know why, but he made me chuckle whether I wanted to or not. I’m listening to the Rock of Ages soundtrack right now (one of my favorite medleys – “Heaven/More Than Words/To Be With You“)… I can’t wait to see this show. It’s going to be frickin’ awesome πŸ™‚

I called my sister to tell her the good news and to see if she can come up to MN to see it with me. She needs to check her calendar… I hope to buy the tickets tomorrow, so she best know by then!

After this fan-freakin’-tastic news, I helped mom water plants outside then fed the dogs and put dinner in the oven. During dinner we watched I Hate Valentine’s Day. This actually had potential to be a decent rom-com, but I had a huge problem with Nia Vardalos. I like her in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Connie & Carla, but even though she wrote and directed this film, I don’t think she was the best choice to star in it. But, why I was okay to watch this movie is that it co-starred John Corbett. And as every woman knows, John Corbett is friggin’ adorable. I have loved him in Northern Exposure, Sex and the City, and even Raising Helen. He’s a beautiful man who doesn’t seem to make the best movies. But he’s just so likable, I’ll watch whatever he’s in πŸ™‚

The movie was okay, and then I watched Modern Family which made me laugh out loud, of course. Mom and I played a few more rounds of Yahtzee. During one of our games, I heard a phone make the “you have a text!” sound. I assumed it was my phone, but it wasn’t – it was my mom’s. (For a fraction of a second, I was actually jealous. I remember a time when my phone would make that noise multiple times a day… and then about 6 weeks ago it just kinda stopped. Perhaps the movies were right? Or maybe the amendment holds true? Or maybe men and women can be friends regardless… Yes?)

My dad texted my mom to tell her to have a safe trip tomorrow and that he loves her. Awwww. But what is really “Awwww” is that I watched my mom write out my dad’s birthday card – “All my love, forever and ever”. Say it with me – AWWWWWWWWWW. My parents are too cute. They aren’t all swoony or overtly emotional out in public, but the two of them are the most adorable people ever. They’ll be married 29 years next month and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside that they are so friggin’ cute together. I love my parents πŸ™‚

So now it’s time to read some more of Sarah Silverman’s book and then get some rest. Got a big day of reading articles and buying theater tickets tomorrow!

Have a good one πŸ™‚