Hola,

So, last night a friend and I went to StatKid’s Apocalyptour in Kansas City and it was AMAZING. I have a bunch of pictures, but I will post them later (when I am not on my phone…).

The show was really, really great. Charlene Kaye opened and she was flawless, as usual. Then, StarKid did an hour and a half show… Holy hell, it was great to see them live again (I saw most of them in the DigiTour last year). The vocal arrangements were tivdsgjjvxsgjvxs. It was really, really great. I’m so glad I got a chance to see them 🙂

After the show, we got pictures with some people from the Team and the band. It’s super crazy to me how lucky I have been to see these people perform (some of them multiple times) over the past year. I do not take that for granted… I know there are StarKid fans out there who will likely never get to see them perform in person.

Now that I saw the Apocalyptour show for myself, I will go back and watch clips from the LA (and later the NYC) show, to see how Darren was incorporated into the show. That should be entertaining.

For now, though, I am going to get off my phone…

Have a good one

Sorry I’ve been sucking at blogging lately. BUT, I have some time now and today was busy, so I will post about things in the order they happened and will save SPACE Tour videos for the end.

1. When I woke up this morning, one of the first things I saw online was this:

I still kinda can’t believe this is happening and I get to go see it. H2$ is pretty much my favorite stage musical of all time (even though I haven’t ever seen it on stage before…). I saw the movie when I was in elementary school and have seen it a bajillion times since. I’ve listened to the Original Broadway Cast recording and the 1994 revival over and over and over again (for some reason I can’t bring myself to listen to the DanRad version… I’m not a super huge fan of his singing voice). This clip just made me super happy, even though it doesn’t really show much except for some BTS on his photo shoot.

2. Also released today was “Perfect” from tomorrow’s episode of Glee … c/o Rollingstone.com

(SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW THE PLOT OF EPISODE 7)

So, Kurt and Blaine duet on Perfect. And it’s PERFECT. No, seriously… listen to it. I think the plot of the episode is that Finn and the other Glee kids are singing women’s songs to Santana after her Episode 6 outing. In my head canon, Blaine and Kurt start off singing this song to Santana, but part way through the song they are really just singing to each other and Blaine has tears in his epic Heart Eyes for Kurt. Please let this be accurate…

I have listened to this song an embarrassing number of times today. #noregrets The Pink version is already one of my favorite songs ever, so this is just the icing on the “Perfect” cake. The lyrics to this song (minus the rap… bah) are so beautiful. Catch me in an emotional state listening to this song and I will have legit tears in my eyes.

3. So, I finally saw J. Edgar.

I honestly didn’t know a whole heck of a lot about the man before I saw the movie and was definitely a bit enlightened by the content of the film. While I thought he was a bit paranoid and full of himself, I found his relationships in the film super compelling.

(SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE)

So, I was a bit unaware of Hoover’s personal life. Do I take this movie as a 100% completely accurate depiction of Hoover’s life? NO. But I found the relationships with his mother, his secretary and Clyde Tolson to be very moving.

I thought Hoover had a good relationship with his mother until that scene where he tells her he doesn’t like to dance, and he doesn’t like to dance with women. When his mom reminded him about a boy from his childhood (“Daffy” – short for “Daffodil”) who killed himself and then said “I’d rather have a dead son than a daffodil” (or something along those lines), my heart BROKE.

I thought Hoover’s relationship with his secretary was interesting. I liked watching it progress throughout their time together. It was beyond awkward watching their “date” in the Library of Congress, especially when he dove in for a kiss that was utterly rejected. But, they overcame that and they ended up being quite the team. It’s amazing how much respect there must have been between them – her keeping all of his secret files for him like that.

But, my favorite relationship of the film was between Hoover and Tolson. Was Hoover gay? I tried to Google that, but didn’t really get a solid yes or no answer. (For the record, the answer may be out there … I didn’t spend a whole hell of a lot of time google Hoover’s sexual history. That’s his own business.) But I was beyond intrigued by Hoover and Tolson’s working and personal relationship in this film.

Tolson doted on Hoover. He looked at him fondly and was very caring and giving with his time and actions to the other man. Even I swooned a bit when Tolson made Hoover promise that they would never miss lunch or dinner appointments with each other whether it was a good or bad day for them.

The first time they sort of held hands in the car (Hoover placed his hand on top of Tolson’s), my heart stopped because it was such an intimate moment. However, their hotel scenes made my heart hurt. Scene One: When Hoover told Tolson, “I care so very much for you, Clyde,” to which Tolson took him by the hand and responded, “I love you, Edgar” and then Hoover changed subjects to talk of a lady friend he was considering marrying… my jaw dropped and my heart broke. It stayed broken during the fight scene.

Scene Two: My heart legit hurt during this sequence. The way Tolson snapped because Hoover was mistreating his feelings. I read some online comment on some message board that said commenter was disappointed in the fight because it looked like the two were having a cat fight. UMMMMMMM NO. Those men threw punches. Legit punches. Out of anger and love. And then when Tolson kissed him… and Hoover’s forehead wrinkled and he just sort of melted for a fraction of a second. Holy shit. He must have been so conflicted in that moment. Tolson had every right to walk away… but Hoover calling him back “Don’t leave me! Clyde, please! Clyde, I’m sorry!”. GAH. MY HEART.

I thought DiCaprio and Hammer were amazing in this movie. Their old man makeup was hella distracting, but they both gave fine performances despite what they looked like as old men. Clint Eastwood is an amazing director. My biggest complaint besides the makeup was that creepy boy from Gossip Girl (Ed Westwick?) was in the film. BOOOOOOOO

4. SPACE Tour

So, as I mentioned yesterday, StarKid just got done with their month-long SPACE tour. I bookmarked a shit-ton of videos from youtube and I haven’t gotten a chance to watch them all yet. HOWEVER, here are a few of my favorites from when Darren joined up with the group on the last couple concerts of the tour:

Status Quo – I f-ing love this song. And I love it with 5-part harmony. And tambourines.

To Have A Home – Darren fans just know what this song means on every possible level. It’s just really special to get to watch him sing this, okay?

Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts – GAH, I LOVE THEM ALL SO MUCH 🙂

And, finally, Not Alone. This is just one of the best anthems… it’s got such a great message. Plus, it’s super special getting to see him perform this because it’s been used now for so many things and all of them represent something amazing and positive. Also, Darren is freakin’ talented when it comes to performing. Obviously.

So yeah… there are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more SPACE videos on youtube and tumblr. Check them out.

Imma go read… remember, tomorrow is Glee Tuesday

Have a good one

Right now I’m watching Nadal vs. Murray and Nadal is up 2 sets to 1, and it up 4-2 in the fourth set. This is a phenomenal game… just some great, great tennis. I missed Federer’s game earlier, but I know he lost 😦

I’m rooting for Nadal, but honestly either guy is deserving to go to the finals. Murray is totally shouting at himself right now. Poor guy

A majority of the reason why I love watching tennis is for John McEnroe’s commentary. I f-ing love John McEnroe.

You cannot be serious!

Remember when he had a talk show? It only lasted 22 episodes, but I totally watched all of them. He’s really knowledgeable about tennis and has a great voice for commentating.

(And Nadal just totally won… what a match! Time for some women’s tennis…)

My mom, dad and I played some tennis today after dinner. We don’t play well by any means, but we are capable of volleying the ball back and forth a few times before someone mashes one into the net or launches one high into the sky, well over the other person’s head. I hadn’t played in a few months. I mean, my mom and I play ping pong almost every day, multiple times a day at that. But tennis is way different than ping pong with the amount of running around that actually goes down. For not playing in a few months, I thought we actually did pretty well. I need to work on my backhand. Like whoa.

All in all, I had a fairly productive day. I slept in until 9:30 (awesome) and then threw in some laundry. I watched some Glee during breakfast (“Never Been Kissed” episode… because the “Teenage Dream” is so far still my favorite Glee performance of all time. I’m hoping something in Season 3 will top that, but for right now, it’s “Teenage Dream” forever and always. That song means so much more to me all the songs performed on that show thus far. It’s the song that introduced us to Blaine. It’s the song that made me Google Darren Criss. Googling Darren Criss led me to StarKid and Darren’s solo music projects. StarKid and finding out more about Darren ultimately led me to joining the Darren Criss Street Team. Joining the Street Team brought me to Chicago to partake in the Darren Criss Street Team Flash Mob. That Chicago trip and Flash Mob allowed me to not only attend Darren’s concert where I heard him sing “Teenage Dream” live [during which his phone went off… hilarious], but meet Darren himself, as well as befriend some of the most amazing people who have since become my dysfunctional online family. So yeah… “Teenage Dream” means a lot to me 🙂 )

After some Glee, I job hunted for awhile and sent in some more applications. I played with the dogs for a bit, and then I played some Dance on Broadway. I only made it through a few songs because my parents came home and I realized it was almost 1:30 and I hadn’t had lunch.

This afternoon I played some ping pong, sent out more job applications and then helped make dinner. Then after dinner was tennis and now watching tennis. Tomorrow will bring more job applications and likely more ping pong and/or tennis.

So, I’m gonna wrap this up and watch some more tennis and read. Tomorrow is 9/11. I expect to watch some stuff on TV regarding the 10 year anniversary of this catastrophic and horrific moment in American History. It’s still really hard for me to watch footage from that day, but I feel obligated to because it’s important to remember what happened. It’s important to honor the people who died, were injured, or lost loved ones on that day. I pray to whoever is up there that nothing bad happens tomorrow.

Have a good one

But, before I bitch about work, here’s a bit of good news…

StarKid AJ Holmes is going to be in the touring cast of Young Frankenstein as Frankenstein from September to June!! Here’s the link to the schedule and tour info… I think the group of StarKids that I roll with are going to try and see the show in January… I’m not sure if I’ll be able to go to the same show with them, though, as I’ll need to be in NYC around that time to see one of my other favorite StarKids, Darren Criss, in his Broadway debut in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 🙂

Yay for StarKids 🙂

Okay, so I am going to bitch about work for a little bit.

Work was going so well today. I was covering my work area and a colleague’s work area because she was running late due to a family thing. No problem – work was slow, so I was easily able to cover 1/2 of the entire floor by myself.

Unfortunately, I had a huge sales goal, which was going to be unattainable due to the fact that I was only working 4 hours today. I kept busy, but I wasn’t super busy.

Toward the very end of my shift, I was super busy, juggling three sets of customers. During this chunk of time, my manager came up to me to discuss my numbers from a couple weeks ago (which I knew weren’t good). I was up on a ladder trying to track down stuff for my customers while my manager went on about how my sales numbers for that week were really bad.

Of course the were bad!

I tend to get scheduled for short shifts on days when my workplace is not super busy. However, on those same, often slow days, my sales goals are astronomical. For example, last week, I was scheduled to work 3 hours and my sales goal was almost $2000. Whereas, on other days, if I work for 3 hours, my sales goal is a more attainable $600. When I don’t meet or come close to meeting my sales goal, my performance numbers suffer. It’s hard to meet a sales goal when there is physically no one in the work area to sell to. I’m not a friggin’ magician. I can’t make customers appear out of thin air, let a lone drop hundreds of dollars on stuff.

I tried to explain this to my manager (not using the above wording, of course). She nodded her head and agreed with me, but it still looks like I’m not doing my job well. But, I know that I am awesome at my job, even though my numbers don’t quite show it. Colleagues tell me I’m good at my job. Customers tell me that I’m good at my job.

It also doesn’t help that I was told by one colleague (in front of my manager, luckily), that a $1000 sale I was working on today was taken by another colleague.

Yeah, you read that right.

So, today was frustrating because it just feels like my current job is forever setting me up to fail.

I know this isn’t going to be my career. But I also know that I like to be good at whatever it is I do. And I am good at my job. But since my numbers suck, I’m sure all my managers think I suck.

I got home around the same time as my mom. She was getting back from having a lump thing removed from her elbow (she’s fine – it’s not malignant or anything), and she had gotten us doughnuts on the way home. We sat at the dining room table with our snack (i.e. my lunch b/c I wasn’t given my break at work today… surprise, surprise) and I vented a bit. Not gonna lie, I teared up. I haven’t been sleeping well and I was just so frustrated. I told her I really was thinking that if I don’t get hired from any of the applications I’ve applied for thus far, I’m seriously thinking about quitting after Christmas and just moving somewhere because my current job is so soul crushing.

(End rant about work)

BAH

So, there was a Glee re-run on tonight, “Prom Queen”

I wrote a big ol’ blog post about it when it first aired. You can read about it HERE.

It was nice to catch this on TV again, though. Last time it was on, there was a huge storm and we missed the last couple minutes. So, when my mom and I watched it tonight, she still didn’t know what happened after Kurt and Dave were supposed to dance. It was so cute watching my mom… when Dave walked off, my mom was like, “Is Kurt going to dance alone?!” and then on the TV, Blaine was all like, “Excuse me. May I have this dance?” and my mom was like, “Blaine! [swats me on the leg] Saving the day!”

🙂

(btw – my mom calls Darren Criss “Blaine” regardless of what we’re watching that has him in it… or when we’re talking about him. Like, last night I was at Applebees with my parents for their Anniversary and I somehow managed to weasel StarKid stuff and Glee into the conversation. My dad commented how he didn’t think Kurt [i.e. Chris Colfer] was going to make it after Glee and both my mom and I were like “NO!” and then my mom was even saying how he was going to be in a movie [Struck By Lightning… which he totally wrote and produced too]. And then I was trying to explain how Chris Colfer and Darren Criss were the only ones who were going to make it after their stints on Glee. MMy dad looked at me like “who?” and my mom was like, “Blaine” and I was like, “you know, Harry Potter from the Harry Potter musicals,” to which my dad said, “I was not aware they were the same person.” Oh, Dad!)

So, 3 weeks till new Glee.

Well… I think I should probably sleep soon. I’m just so tired.

I have 2 days off now, which will be lovely. My mom and I might go a movie on Thursday. That’ll be nice 🙂

Have a good one

You can obviously tell what I’m watching right now…

Community is one of the best shows on television. Right now it’s the rerun of “Paradigms of Human Memory” – the faux clips show. Such a brilliant use of montage of stuff that never actually happened on any other episodes of the show. This was a ridiculously smart and well written episode, among all of Community‘s entire canon of ridiculously smart and well written episodes. How this show has not been formally acknowledged by the entertainment industry is beyond me. Where are its Emmy nominations for this amazing ensemble? Or the writers? Huh???? I can’t wait to listen to the commentaries on the DVDs for Season Two.

God, I love this show.

Today was a semi productive day. I ran a bunch of errands this morning. I returned some pants at Kohls. Got a few books from Borders. Got half of my parents Anniversary present. Got some black pants and skinny jeans at Old Navy. I was unable to find shoes, though, which was a bit disappointing. But, you can’t win them all 🙂

I got home from errands and watched a bit of Starship with lunch. (Really I just watched the scenes on the first disc of the DVDs that had the songs “I Wanna Be,” “Hideous Creatures,” “Kick it Up a Notch,” and “Status Quo.”)

“Status Quo” is one of my favorite songs from Starship, but as much as I love Joey’s version, my favorite will still be Darren Criss’s version from when he did that Livestream:

The song is just great, though, regardless who sings it 🙂

I played some ping pong with my mom. I did some job hunting (which will, of course, continue tomorrow… I need to find some of the articles I wrote for a pop culture magazine I wrote for when I lived in Indiana and scan them so I can show that I am capable of writing entertainment stuff). I helped make dinner. And now I’m watching some TV with my parents.

I have to work for a few hours tomorrow afternoon, but that means I have the morning to job hunt and the evening to maybe watch a movie or something (I got Deer Hunter out from the library… I know I should have seen it by now, but I haven’t).

I’m looking forward to a nice weekend w/my family. I hope you have a nice weekend ahead of you as well

Have a good one 🙂

I am too tired to think right now.

As the moment, I’m watching the Modern Family reruns and Happy Endings on ABC. Even though I’ve seen these episodes multiple times, I still laughed out loud so hard I almost spewed soda out of my mouth. I’m really tired, so everything just seems extra funny.

I had to work this afternoon. It went okay. No where near meeting the astronomical sales goal I was given… it’s like my workplace is setting me up for failure. Not just me, though. It happens to my colleagues too. *shrug*

This morning before work, I tried to figure out some of the online billing stuff I was having issue with yesterday. I found it awfully frustrating when I tried to contact the Student Loans people, but their email option wasn’t working. Boo

In addition to billing shenanigans, I also watched a bunch of videos of StarKid from LeakyCon. I watched all of their songs and then the Q&A. StarKid stuff will always make me smile. Even though it’s all a bit silly at times, I just have really fond memories of watching their shows over the past few months, getting to see them (and meeting some of them) at the Digitour, and seeing them again a few weeks ago in Chicago. I know they are just “normal” people like me, but I really respect that group of people and think they are talented and very creative. I admire that they are a group of friends who continue to work together to make these productions. I look forward to their future projects and hope one day to see one of their shows in person as opposed to on youtube or DVD 🙂 (Seriously, though, if you like comedic musical theater that also has a lot of heart, you need to check out A Very Potter Musical, Me and My Dick, A Very Potter Sequel and Starship. Also, Little White Lies… that’s more of an ABC Family-esque teen soap, but it’s still got some decent music. 🙂 )

Well… off to watch Happy Endings 🙂

Have a good one

P.S. Here’s a link to the Glee Season 3 teaser trailer… Blaine is only in it for a fraction of a second, but his outift is amazing. I can’t wait to see what kind of wardrobe that character gets this season 🙂

I’m 27 years old. How the hell do I not meet a minimum age requirement?

The best part is (worst part?)… it’s for the exact same company at which I am currently employed. Different location, of course. But same company. And my age was not a problem where I’m working now… so, what gives?

The “sorry you didn’t get it” email provided an email address that I could contact if I had questions about why I didn’t get an interview. So, I sent an email asking what the age minimum is… just to see why I didn’t have a chance at getting the job.

Today was quite the day.

I went to work for a few hours and was super busy. A couple unhappy people. A couple very happy people. A lot of very grateful people. It’s a really good feeling when someone goes out of their way to let me know that I was helpful and that I am good at my job. Since customer service is one of the main aspects of my position, it’s nice to know that I am meeting or excelling most customers expectations.

It’s pleasing the higher ups where I am still not meeting expectations, I think. I mean, I haven’t gotten yelled at or anything, but sometimes it seems that sales goals and instant gratification are more important than building a lasting partnership with our customers.

Also, a higher up tried to get me to sign something today regarding taking money out of my paycheck. I was handed a form and expected to sign it right away without reading it… I was also in the middle of helping someone. I didn’t sign it, and instead waited until I had a moment to collect my thoughts and actually read the document I was handed. Luckily, I asked the right questions and was able to sign the document without agreeing to have anything taken out of my paycheck. I will give money on my own accord if I want to to the organizations of my choosing (which I do), but I did not appreciate being put in a situation where I was expected to give money from my already meager paycheck to an organization that I may or may not already support. I did not feel I was wrong to question the document, though I don’t think the higher up appreciated my hesitance or questioning.

We had a bad thunderstorm today while I was at work and the lights flickered and our phones went dead. Not cool. Everything ended up okay, though it was raining super hard by time I got to go home.

Back at the house, I went online to see if the Darren Criss Broadway thing was a go…

IT IS!!!

It was made official today that Darren Criss will be appearing in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for a 3 week run in January!

(Confession – I bought my ticket 3 days ago.)

I am super excited. I have no idea where I’ll be in January or what I’ll be doing, but I know for damn sure I will be making my way to the Great White Way for at least one day to see him in the show. From the 8th row of the orchestra. Eight rows away from the stage… it’s going to be glorious.

How to Succeed is one of my favorite musicals of all time. And what I am loving about this revival is that it’s a fairly dance-heavy show. I’ve seen clips of “Grand Old Ivy” and “Brotherhood of Man” online or on TV. I am going to have the biggest grin on my face during this entire musical, I just know it.

I don’t know Darren (obviously), but that doesn’t keep me from being super happy for him. It’s really amazing all that he’s accomplished in the past couple years. He graduated from college a couple years ago, he helped form a theater production company with his friends (StarKid), he earned himself a guest role on Glee which has now turned into a Series Regular for upcoming Season 3, he’s still doing solo shows, and now he’s going to be starring in a Broadway musical. He’s 24 years old.

(I feel like such a slacker.)

I’m really excited to see the show. I’ve become a big fan of Darren through his involvement with Glee and StarKid. I respect him as an artist and a person (watch or read his interviews… he seems like a super normal, grounded person). And to get the chance to see him perform in one of my favorite musicals is going to be a really big thing. It’s a notable moment early in his career, but it’s also going to be a big deal for me.

I bought one ticket to the show. I’m going to turn this into my own grand adventure. Like I wrote earlier, I don’t know where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing in January. But I’m going to make it to NYC for that show. Hey, who knows, maybe I’ll be living there already and will just make it a day in the theater district. Maybe I’ll be living in the midwest and have to fly or drive into the city for the weekend.

Regardless, I’ll be doing this by myself (as of right now). That kinda scares the hell out of me, but at the same time, it could actually be really fun. I’m going to be in my favorite city, seeing one of my favorite shows, starring one of my favorite actors. It’s going to be friggin’ epic.

Speaking of friggin’ epic… next week I get to road trip 🙂 I cannot wait to hang out with everyone I’m going with!!!

So, even though I’m super stressed about still having no idea what my future holds, I can still smile about some awesome things I’m going to be seeing. Woot

Have a good one