I love Bruno Mars, but I have a whole new respect for this kid after last night’s SNL.

The Pandora sketch where he sang a bunch of songs by a bunch of artists was great. At one point, I wondered if he was given a list beforehand… he totes lost it when they brought up Louis Armstrong, but then managed to compose himself after a few giggles and got back on track.

My FAVORITE sketch was, of course, the Merryville Brothers.

This is my favorite recurring bit (and by “recurring,” I think this was only the third time it was done). I was highly impressed by Bruno Mars’s ability to be an animatronic person. Tarran Killam and Bill Hader are always great at this, by Mars was completely on par with the seasoned pros.

My biggest gripe of the episode was the appearance by Tom Hanks. Ugh.

But, the Brad Pitt Chanel ads and Weekend Update were great, as was the cold open and monologue. Plus, Bruno Mars made a really pretty girl in that talk show sketch…

All in all, I thought this was the strongest episode of the season. Mars was on par with JGL’s commitment to each sketch and it was nice to see that they wrote to his strengths.

Have a good one πŸ™‚

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But, alas, the game that was supposed to air on FOX got postponed until tomorrow because of rain. Sadness 😦 I turned on the X-Factor rerun while I was waiting for Amazing Race to start, but I cannot stand to watch crappy people sing. It’s not funny anymore – it just makes my ears/head hurt.

I had a mostly uneventful day today. I had to work this morning – which I did. Work was consistently busy, which made time pass. (Always a good thing.) I didn’t get a break (not a good thing, but since it happens almost every time I work, I’m not surprised in the least by this point). I met my sales goal. My manager and I had a discussion about my job performance (I’m doing well at my job). I have to work all day tomorrow… it should be a consistently busy day again, so hopefully time will pass quickly then too.

I’m looking forward to my couple days off this week. I have a lot of stuff I need to do (chores, my Glee Project audition tape, apply for jobs), and a lot of stuff I want to do (catch up on HIMYM and Dexter, and go see 50/50 and Ides of March). I doubt I’ll get all of that done, but if I can make a dent in my needs and wants lists I will be a happy girl.

Did you watch SNL last night? It wasn’t the greatest episode of all time, but parts of it made me chuckle. Definitely not as good as last week’s episode where Melissa McCarthy hosted.

My favorite bit from last night was the Andy Samberg-as-Hugh Jackman bit (which as of right now isn’t available on NBC.com… WTF, NBC?). It was super funny because of Bill Hader’s Clint Eastwood impression, and that Jackman showed up as Daniel Radcliffe.

However, the Melissa McCarthy episode from last week was the funniest thing I had seen in a long time. The Hidden Valley Ranch bit alone made me laugh so hard I almost cried. Also, the Arlene bit was some of the best physical comedy on recent television. πŸ™‚

Well… I think Amazing Race is finally on. Yay!

Have a good one

Right now I’m sitting in front of the fireplace watching 60 Minutes. Presently, there is a story about a kid who shot his dad. The dad was a Nazi. This story takes place in modern times, not WWII… so, yeah. Yikes. Now they are talking about a White Supremacy Group that wants this country to be only white people. Also Yikes. I cannot understand this kind of intolerance toward other races. I am continually thankful that I was raised in a household that tolerated all races and religions.

I’m only watching this show right now because Trey Parker and Matt Stone will be on soon, and they will likely be talking about South Park and The Book of Mormon. I’ve only seen a few episodes of South Park (though I am well aware of the show and its popularity), but I am a big fan of The Book of Mormon. I know the soundtrack backwards and frontwards, and have seen bits and pieces of it here and there.

Then after 60 Minutes is The Amazing Race!!!! My sister got me hooked on this show and my mom and I have continued to watch it since I moved in here. Though sometimes the bickering between teams gets on my nerves a bit, I do appreciate the travel aspect of the show, as well as the problem solving parts. This show really encompasses a lot of skills – problem solving, communication, recall/recognition, tolerance, patience. It’s highly entertaining. And I like the host a lot πŸ™‚ (Phil!!)

Today was mostly uneventful. I slept in until 9:30 (woot), then had breakfast and threw in some laundry. I applied for some jobs while I watched West Side Story. I have seen this movie dozens of times by now, but I still love it. The prologue, “Dance at the Gym“, “America” and “Cool” sequences are some of my favorite movie dance sequences of all time.

I am not a dancer, nor do I pretend that I am any good at it. (I like to think I have rhythm and a decent understanding or choreography, but I wouldn’t gloat about any of that because I know I’m not that great.) However, I do love dance and appreciate when it’s done well. So, in addition to West Side Story, I have several other dance-based films in my DVD collection including Singin’ in the Rain, Strictly Ballroom and Center Stage (among others).

What else did I do today?? Um, I watched some Mad Men and football. And played some Yahtzee with my mom.

I have work tomorrow, but then a couple days off (in which I will be seeing Moneyball – woot!).

Oh, I guess the only other awesome thing was the Season Premiere of Saturday Night Live last night. It was, in a word, hilarious.

Maybe it was because I was super tired and ready to laugh at anything, but on more than several occasions during the show, I laughed so hard that tears were welling up and almost streaming down my cheeks. Host Alec Baldwin (his 16th time – a show record) completely owned that show, with great support from Taran Killam, Kristen Wiig and Seth Meyers (among others). Alec Baldwin brought back his recurring Tony Bennett impression, which had me in stitches during Weekend Update. There was no digital short, but the cold open was amazing (GOP Debate 7 or 8). Also, Seth Rogen and Steve Martin’s appearances during the monologue were much appreciated and very, very funny. The Top Gun auditions were PRICELESS. Melissa McCarthy (from Gilmore Girls, Bridesmaids and recent Emmy winner for Mike & Molly) is hosting next week… I can’t wait!

Well… The Amazing Race is almost on (btw – the Matt Parker/Trey Stone interview on 60 Minutes was excellent)

Have a good one!

I’m posting in the middle of the day, even though I should be packing for my trip…

But last night’s Saturday Night Live was all sorts of awesome, so I wanted to put some of the sketches up on my blog πŸ™‚

I was all sorts of happy that they reprised the Merryville Brothers bit:

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Taran Killam and Justin Timberlake were so on par with this, I can’t even put into words how amazed I am by the talent it takes to make this look legit and not cheesy.

One of my favorite Andy Samberg characters is when he plays Nic Cage. So, I was over-the-moon with this week’s “In the Cage” segment with Bradley Cooper πŸ™‚

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Lady Gaga was the music guest, but she featured heavily in other aspects of the show. NBC didn’t have the Liquorville sketch up (probably due to music rights), but they did have the Digital Short. I cracked up just seeing Susan Surandon and Patricia Clarkson again… but then Gaga showed up part was through and I laughed out loud some more. Because it’s not gay if it’s a 3-way…

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As music guest, Gaga performed twice. She’s just an amazing performer. Even if you don’t like her wardrobe choices (which I do, because I like the persona she has created for herself… I mean, if I saw someone wearing that on my way into work I’d be like, “WTF?!,” but it’s totally acceptable for Gaga because she is just on a whole other level than the rest of us), you need to appreciate her musicianship and her commitment to her performances:

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So yeah… it was an excellent show last night πŸ™‚

And now I must pack…

Have a good one

So, did you watch Saturday Night Live last night? It was not the best episode, by far, but there were moments of wonderfulness. Most notably, the cartoon-turned-live action Ambiguously Gay Duo bit.

This just made me wish even more that Jon Hamm would either join the cast (j’adore him on Mad Men, but he would do so well on SNL), or at least host every other week. I loved his and Jimmy Fallon’s commitments to those characters (normally voiced by Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell… who were totally in the sketch too).

Another highlight of the show was Chris Colfer in the “What Up with That?” sketch. Granted, he didn’t have any lines, but it’s just nice to see my favorite Glee person as a guest on SNL. I could totally see him hosting sometime next season. (Of other Glee people, I could see Darren Criss or Lea Michele hosting as well. Criss has the potential to be Justin Timberlake-funny, while Michele could probably pull off an episode in the same vein as Miley Cyrus. More singing in sketches than having to be physically funny… But that’s just my opinion.)

Anyway…

So, I actually slept last night! I don’t know why or how, but it happened. I woke up at 9:00… and then had to quickly get dressed and scarf down some cereal because my mom and I had to be out of the house by 9:45ish for a 10:30 screening of Bridesmaids. It was PACKED.

I had such high hopes for Bridesmaids.

Those hopes were met and then exceeded… Bridesmaids was hilariously funny and seriously touching/heartfelt all at the same time. I loved it. I would see it again. I can’t wait to own the DVD.

Co-written by lead actress (and SNL staple) Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids showcased one woman’s struggle to piece together her downward spiraling life as her best friend (Maya Rudolph, one of my comedy idols) gets engaged, prepares for her wedding, and ultimately gets married.

Wiig’s character was surrounded by the good (cop Rhodes, played by the ridiculously adorable Chris O’Dowd), the bad (Jon Hamm’s douche of a f**k buddy), and the crazy (the other bridesmaids, most notably Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy… just amazing performances by both).

I won’t spoil the major plot points for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, but I will say that there were points in the movie where I was laughing so hard I was crying and there were other points where I was really relating to Wiig’s character and just thinking a lot about relationships between best friends and how hitting bottom is an opportunity to reassess oneself and work toward picking yourself up and moving forward.

It would appear that holy matrimony has been a topic I have somehow become surrounded by as of late. There is a wedding this weekend in Ohio, which unfortunately I will not be able to attend 😦 It’s for a girl who is pretty much the Maya Rudolph to my Kristen Wiig. And I would say that right now, we’re at the point in our Bridesmaids where there hasn’t been communication for quite some time. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t think about her every day (which I do), or don’t miss her (which I do), or don’t love her with all my heart (which I do).

When I visited my sister, there was a lot of wedding talk too. She and I probably watched 10 episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” and discussed her potentially marrying her current boyfriend and what role I would have in the wedding party (Maid of Honor…).

My sister is not engaged, but she and her boyfriend have talked about getting married at some point. I think that’s pretty cool. I’m glad my sister has someone that she wants to spend the rest of her life with. But what I’m really thankful for, is that she and I are still close. We might not get to talk as much as we used to (we lived together for 4 years, so we used to get to talk and hang out almost all the time πŸ™‚ ), but we talked about how we will always be not only sisters, but friends. And that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

(btw – watching Survivor right now. I haven’t watched all season, but tonight’s the finale. I hope Boston Rob wins. This is his 4th Survivor… he deserves the million for that feat alone.)

In addition to seeing Bridesmaids with my mom, she and I also played a bunch of rounds of ping-pong. Though she still won almost all of the games, I finally wore her down and beat her during our last game. Playing left-handed no less… I am more and more convinced that I was born left-handed but was taught to be right-handed. Besides being a better ping-pong played with my left hand, I also throw footballs and frisbees better with this hand. I bowl better using my left hand. I always have to have my purse on my left shoulder. I’m pretty sure I always hold my microphone in my left hand.

After ping-pong, we finished watching the third episode of Sherlock. Oh, how I wish the Second Series was already on Netflix. (It hasn’t even aired yet on television, so of course there is no way that it would be on Netflix yet. I don’t even know when the Second Series is going to come out…) What an amazing series thus far, though. In just three episodes, I am completely hooked. I love how it’s set in the present day. I love the bro-chemistry between Holmes and Watson. I love the music. I love the pace of the show. It just makes for brilliant television.

Well… that’s about it, I guess.

I have to work tomorrow night from 6-9:15. During the day, I’m going to start putting together some sort of presentation for my thesis defense. I suck at Power Points (I’ve only ever made 2 in my entire life…), but it’ll be good to go back through all of my data and results and really have a good grasp on everything before I go onto the thesis defense chopping block next week.

Have a good one

I’m sure I could of spent my first real “free” day in awhile starting a job hunt or out saving the whales or something, but I didn’t. I was a complete waste of space today. And you know what, it felt pretty wonderful.

Since I’m technically done with thesis stuff until the defense, and I didn’t have work today, I had a free day (though I’m still thinking that I’m supposed to be whipping up some sort of presentation… I don’t recall our grad program ever spelling out what the thesis defense process is going to be like. So, I will be bugging a few of my peers over the next week to see what happened at their defenses…).

I caught up on some chores – did two loads of laundry, cleaned my bathroom, unpacked my luggage from when I visited my sister. I also caught up with Parks and Rec by watching the latest episode from this past Thursday. I friggin’ am LOVING that show this season. I miss Paul Schneider a lot, but Rob Lowe and (especially) Adam Scott have really brought a much needed something to this series. And I love all of the Ben/Leslie stuff… I think it’s adorable.

I also just started watching Sherlock, that British Masterpiece Mystery Series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Before this, I was only familiar with Cumberbatch from his roles in Starter for 10 and Atonement. But I am loving him as Sherlock… I’m just loving this whole series, actually. It’s quite funny (not always laugh-out-loud comical, but it’s quick witted and I find Sherlock’s utter lack of patience with everyone else’s crime solving processes quite humorous). I’ve been a fan of Freeman’s for awhile (The Office, Love, Actually, Confetti, Hot Fuzz, etc…), and I think he’s brilliant as Watson. He just has the most expressive face. I am super looking forward to watching him in the rest of this series, and his upcoming performance in The Hobbit as Bilbo Baggins πŸ™‚

Right now we’re watching Top Gun. I really dislike Tom Cruise, but this movie is watchable – great music (soundtrack and score), and some qonderfully cheesetastic dialogue.

I don’t know what we’ll watch next, but I aim to stay up for Saturday Night Live, as it is a new episode. Ed Helms is hosting and Paul Simon is the music guest… I love them both. Last week’s episode was pretty baller. The Digital Short, “Jack Sparrow,” may have been one of the funniest shorts I’ve ever seen in my entire life. As if I couldn’t love The Lonely Island and Michael Bolton any more than I already did, they collaborated for this gem:

You’re welcome.

Have a good one!

(btw – seeing Bridesmaids tomorrow πŸ™‚ )

So, I totally woke up at 5:45 this morning. Not cool… not cool at all 😦

At 7:30, I dragged myself upstairs and played with the dogs for a bit. My parents went out on a breakfast date, so I made myself an egg sandwich and then watched some Glee (“Special Education”… I figure I should re-watch Sectionals before we get to Regionals, eh?).

After Glee, I went to my room to try and fix my auto insurance policy information on the Interweb. Success.

When my parents got home, my mom and I played some Wii sports and billiards. I beat her again, as my learning curve is excellent.

I finished watching the second act of A Very Potter Musical. It was totally fitting because that part is (loosely) based on the end of the 7th book… and that’s the real HP movie that totally comes out this summer πŸ™‚ I cannot freakin’ wait to see HP 7 Part II, though at the same time I will be beyond sad when the series is over 😦 I love all things HP… the books, the movies… my sister and I keep talking about going to Florida to the HP theme park. That’ll be the day πŸ™‚

During lunch, I started rewatching Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. I friggin’ LOVE this movie. This is my absolutely favorite scene from the film – I laugh out loud during the whole juggling/gravity bit. Every time. EVERY. TIME.

Gary Oldman and Tim Roth are so great in this movie… and the dialogue is amazing. Well, that’s because it’s written by Tom Stoppard based off of his play of the same name. And Tom Stoppard is a genius (see also: Shakespeare in Love and The Coast of Utopia, and a bajillion other works).

I worked this evening from 4:00-9:15. I met my goal after a few hours, so they switched me to a different area to help straighten up. So, even though I was stuck with people I don’t know in a place I was not familiar with in the slightest, at least there was loud teeny bopperish music (Jason Derulo, Taylor Swift, etc…). So, that kept me alert and awake.

Now I am super tired as I am typing this. But I have 20-some minutes left until SNL is on… and it’s a new episode. Zach Galifianakis is back to host. He did pretty awesome the first time around, so hopefully this time will be just as great.

I need to remember to move my clocks forward. Daylight Savings time (or whatever the hell “Spring Forward” is really called) is the worst.

Well, I should get going… gonna grab a snack before the show starts. I only had a granola bar for dinner, so my stomach is growling some ungodly sounds.

Have a good one πŸ™‚