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!