Saturday, December 27, 2008
+ Randi was gracious enough to host a holiday pot luck for us all on the 19th. I had worked all day and had to get back to work the next so I made a semi-early exit, but i had a ton of fun! Lots of people were there and her apartment turned Mary Poppins-esque fitting all of those people. I took bruschetta and crustinos. Oh and Yuengling.
+ Saturday the 20th was Ali's 22nd birthday! I worked all day (and boy was it crowded!) and then met up with her, Nathaniel, and Amira at P.F. Changs. What an awesome birthday dinner! Ali got scallops and shared (*love*) and we also had Tsaoting! (sp?) Our waiter was a hit, too, as he entertained us every time he came by.
+ Post dinner we headed to Hard Times for the drinking portion of the evening. You know when you get the perfect number of people together? Well, we did that. We pushed two tables together, got Ali in the middle and ordered. It was a lot of fun and I think she had a great time. We stalked the jukebox to request the first 13 songs as soon as the football game was over. Happy Birthday, Ali!!!!!
+ Christmas Eve I worked and then we all decided to head over for a drink after work. We ended up having a ton of fun and it was a slightly random group. I, as is expected, got way too tired so put off driving by watching Beautiful Girls with a friend and rang in* Christmas at midnight by dozing off after saying "Merry Christmas."
+ Do not fret, though, it was early and I got home before Santa came. Christmas was a lot of fun! For the first time in forever Ali and I stayed home the entire day. My parents went to visit the grandparents and Ali and I watched Burn After Reading and then way too many episodes of 17 Kids And Counting-those MFers are crazy and it's not for having that many kids.
+ Santa was kind to me, as always, and I was excited about the gifts I gave, too. My mom has been like a 10 year old with the iPod shuffle I gave her and I warned my dad I might steal the Chris Cooley pennant I gave him.
+ In other news, I'm watching a friends cat, which yes, should strike you as weird since I hate cats. Luckily, it's on my way to work and the cat likes to hide.
+ I finally saw Casino Royale last night and I really liked it. I never knew it had actual spy stuff in it. However, I can no longer say I've never seen a Bond movie.
*Can you ring in Christmas??
Thursday, December 18, 2008
But with only 13 days of the 10th year left, I think I can safely say that my graduation class will not be having a 10 Year Reunion.
How do you feel about an 11 Year Reunion?
Now, to be far to the non-planners of this event I had never considered going to my reunion unless it was held somewhere cool or didn't interfere with other plans I had. Do I want to see people I never talk to? Ehhh...it would be fun(ny) to see some. Do I want to go to an entire night of small talk? "I invented post it notes." Oh hellll no. If I don't talk to the majority of these people anymore, why would I care where they work now and how many kids they have? However, had the evening not messed up something more fun and my sister was willing to go and drink a lot with me, I was so going to go.
I also never volunteered to help plan the event so can I still think it's crazy it's not happening? Well, yes. Partly because if I had planned it, I would have just told everyone to go to a bar at the same time and partly because the SCA of the graduating class traditionally plans the event and I was so not a part of that in 1998.
So why and how was the ball dropped? I've heard some rumors, but I honestly have no idea. Do I care? Yes and no. I'm not exactly heartbroken about not seeing people I was friends with 10 years ago, but I am a fan of tradition and this one seems to have been left back in 1998 with our still new Friends episodes and fear of Y2K.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
water and lemon
See, I quite often get large waters while working because it is important to stay hydrated and I love me some water. Today, though, I saw some mystery packets of something or other when I went to grab a straw and saw that they were lemon juice! I love lemons. I LOVE lemons in water! So I grabbed a pack and, after asking John if he thought it was a bad idea*, I dumped it into my cup.
It was uber refreshing. So refreshing that I got another one a few hours later. I even had Ali try it and she agreed it was pretty good. It was so good I want one right now. It was sooooo goooooood that I am blogging about it.
Lemon and Water. It's going to catch on!
*he did not
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I realized that I do not want to be like these people (and am not).
There are many things I complain about (hot weather, green peppers in food, Ugly Betty, people who talk too slowly, etc.), but there are a bazillion more cases where I take the optimistic route. People who complain about everything are a good reminder to not be like that.
There are also times when I am loud. I talk a lot more than I used to, but I still keep it quick and (sort of) relevant. I take a cue from the people who irritate the hell out of me to not bore others while I'm talking. You know, don't speak and just wait for your turn. Don't tell boring stories*. Don't be super loud around other people unless you are in a setting where it is appropriate (i.e. earthquake, rock concert**, large party).
So, in conclusion***, I am keeping these annoying characteristics in mind so I do not fall into their traps. In addition to the ways I try to be (patient, deliberate, fun, respectful, classy, polite, etc.), I will also try not to be pessimistic, loud, and obnoxious****.
*Hahaha, I tell terrible stories...so I often just do not.
**Although, don't talk during the songs. WTF is wrong with you people? I came to hear the band!
***I loved it in school when teachers would sigh and say, "And please don't start your conclusion part of your paper with "So in conclusion..." hahhahha!
****Honestly, though, it shouldn't be difficult:)
Thursday, December 04, 2008
1. Apocalypse Please- Muse
2. Pain- Jimmy Eat World
3. The World Has Turned And Left Me Here- Weezer
4. Take It Easy (Love Nothing)- Bright Eyes
5. Blue Side- Rooney
6. Fix You- Coldplay
7. Someone's In The Wolf- Queens Of The Stone Age
8. Vampire/Forest Fire- The Arcade Fire
9. Hyper Music- Muse
10. Honey And The Moon- Joseph Arthur
11. Under The Moonlight- Travis
12. The Scientist- Coldplay
13. DOA- Foo Fighters
14. Black Tangled Heart- Silverchair
15. Sing For Absolution- Muse
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
So over the summer, when Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer came out, I volunteered to make some mix CDs for the Barnes & Noble midnight release party. I went a little overboard and ended up making six mixes. One for each book and two extra, just because. If you would like a copy of the following, let me know! And I'll post the other playlists later.
1. Why does it always rain on me?- Travis
2. Charlie- Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. And it rained all night- Thom Yorke
4. In my place- Coldplay
5. Blood- Sons & Daughters
6. The blood is love- Queens Of The Stone Age
7. Rain Ammunition- Pavement
8. What is your secret?- Nada Surf*
9. Raindrops + Sunshowers- Smashing Pumpkins
10. A forest- The Cure
11. Precipitate- Interpol
12. Time is running out- Muse
13. Stand inside your love- Smashing Pumpkins
14. Twilight- Elliott Smith
*Anyone wanna go to the show on Friday? I got my ticket forever ago, but my peep can't go.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Like I said the other day, Ali and I saw Twilight on Thanksgiving. I had read all four books about halfway through the hysteria. I finished the 3rd one just as Breaking Dawn came out so I wasn't as invested as the people writing "Bite Me, Edward" on them at the release parties, but I was more into it than the average Joe who had yet to pick any of them up. I'm a fan of a good story. If remembering that the books are for teens and written to also promote abstinence, then they're pretty good. So while I don't consider the books fine literature, I think they're very entertaining and I guess I could say that about the film version as well.
First off...the casting.
+Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen is perfect. He's hott. And brooding. And did I mention hott? I am so glad the film version of Edward did not constantly "wrap his arms around Bella's waist" as he seemed to constantly do in the books. I think I like film Edward way more than book Edward.
+Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan. She's described as being kind of dumpy in the books (yet beautiful...mostly just dumpy clothes) so I was pleasantly surprised that she did not go around wearing khakis and blue silk shirts in the movie. My only negative is her way of acting flustered...it looked a little like Tourette's. Otherwise, she was as I imagined, yet they left out a lot of her clumsiness in the movie.
+Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black. Ali really liked him. I heard some people say he wasn't cute enough, but I wouldn't say that. And apparently he is not as tall as described in the books, but I thought he was well cast. He definitely looked younger than her and is supposed to start getting a lot bigger soon, so that should be interesting.
+Gil Birmingham as Billy Black was dead on how I imagined him. Perfect.
+Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen. He is married to Jennie Garth. He looked so young, but otherwise, he was great. So was Esme. She was as I imagined her.
+Alice was good, except I didn't know she had short, choppy black hair until book 4, I think. Jasper made me laugh every time he came on screen because he looked like the younger brother of Edward Scissorhands.
+Rosalie and Emmett were fine, too. I loved the scene, *THUMP* "Oh, it's just Emmett."
+Charlie was awesome. I had pictured him as older and with grey hair for some reason, but I think that is because my dad has gray hair. I always love the dad in a movie.
So enough about casting. I thought it was a good adaptation. Not much seemed to be left out (unless I forgot A LOT of the book, which is possible). Ali and I have been reenacting the car scene all week: "Your hands are ice cold!" "Put on your seat belt!" I was curious before seeing it if it would come across as believable and I'm not talking about the vampires. Would it come across as real that Bella and Edward love each other or would they just seem like stupid teenagers? The progression from meeting to loving was quick, but believable, in my opinion. It was also a quick progression in the movie from Bella wondering what makes Edward different and hearing the Quileute story and piecing everything together that he is a vampire. "How old are you?" "17" "How long have you been 17?" "Awhile."
Twilight is one of those "go to" movies. When you want to sit down and be entertained for a couple of hours, but don't want to invest in something too deep. It's like when I pick Cruel Intentions over Babel for a movie to put on.
Oh, and my favorite thing about the movie? It ending with a Radiohead song. <3!
Has anyone else seen it? Thoughts?
Friday, November 28, 2008
More on this later*. I'm freezing down here where my laptop is**.
*One might think, "why write anything at all?"
**Aren't laptops mobile? Yes. Yes they are. But dial up phone cords are not. Welcome to my life.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
It was nice. I've always loved sleeping in hotels.
Monday, November 17, 2008
You know what I'm good at (and I'm not talking about what's written in the mens' bathroom): lists.
+ Two weekends ago we went Cabining for Serena's birthday. Except for the unwanted early wake up time, it was better than I expected. And I only say that because close quarters are sometimes not ideal. It worked out, though, and I would venture to say that Serena had a good time, which is most important.
+ This past weekend ended up being great even though it began with no plans at all. Friday night Ali and I hit up Happy Hour (*love*) and were later joined by Brendan and then Serena. I pounded five beers and then we changed location where I had one more. Love me some beer. I had to work the next morning, but really, what's a Saturday shift at work when I am not exhausted?
+ After work I uploaded pictures while waiting to leave for the Wine Party that Nina and Patty were having. The party was so much fun! I love how we started out the evening feeling like adults while discussing the wine and ended with Randi schooling us all on Janet vs Michael Jackson dance moves. Somehow I managed to stay awake until the wee hours of the morning to fully maximize my awesome Saturday night.
+ Sunday was the day I had been looking forward to: my day off. I slept in, shopped a little, relaxed, and then dozed off and on until the game started. I can't believe the Redskins didn't win. I also can't believe the commentator made an opera reference.
+ What else is going on...let' see...Tomorrow we're having sectionals in orchestra and I have not played for two weeks. I usually have very good luck with killing it when I need to, but this time is a little different as my part is beyond difficult because I don't have an A clarinet and don't know anyone who has one for me to borrow.
+ At the moment I am trying to find the perfect picture of me with bangs in order to email a friend to get his opinion. My hair is super long right now and my bangs are about to chin level, but I miss them. What do you think? Just kidding, not that one...how about this one? Ok now for real: what do you think?
+ The last CDs I have purchased are: Kings Of Leon, Eagles Of Death Metal, Goldfrapp, Mark Lanegan, Travis, and Snow Patrol. Given to me were Black Angels and Gutter Twins. #1 on the new Kings Of Leon is amazing.
+ I love that it's finally getting cold out.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
And here it is:
Trip To The Cabin.
Okay, I don't know why it's not working. I'm annoyed. I need my personal assistant to come fix it.
P.S. It's the thought that counts, right?
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I wish I wasn't a beginner at the guitar. I used to take guitar lessons and got to be so-so at it. I was always quite frustrated because I'm good at the clarinet so I get impatient and want to be immediately good at other instruments. I had no trouble learning the flute or the baritone or any of the other band type instruments I have attempted, but the guitar...oh, the guitar. It's almost like the piano for me where I am good when I am around middle C, but once I need to branch out, I lose it. With the guitar, I'm fine when I play the basic chords, but once it gets more complex, I lose it.
I know the problem, though-practice makes perfect. I don't want to dedicate the time to getting better at the guitar. I want to be good now. It's boring for me to play simple music because I'm used to play the top stuff on the clarinet. And I get both inspired and frustrated when I hear my friend play his crazy stuff on the guitar. I at the same time want to be as good and realize I'll never reach that level.
Monday, November 03, 2008
I wish that meant the end to the annoying comments, but I know that much of tomorrow and the days following will be dedicated to it all. No matter who wins, there's going to be never ending analysis and uproar from the opposite side.
But first...it's the Redskins vs the Steelers game on.
Redskins in the Super Bowl, bitches!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Now I need to figure out what to be for Halloween. Well, I know what I'm being tomorrow night, but I haven't figured it out yet. The outfit, the makeup, etc. And I have no idea what to be for work.
It's not that I'm being indecisive, it's just that I don't want to spend money or exert a ton of energy once I get home.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
+ Friday night I went to a happy hour with Ali and Nathaniel, which was fun. I got proposed to by some random guy. I wasn't even drunk (I swear!). Ali and I kept saying to Nathaniel, "See! See what it's like to be a girl!?" It was fun.
+Saturday I worked and then had to decide what to do. I hate decision time because what I want to do is go home, relax, change, and then see what is going on. But my living location does not allow for that unfortunately. I ended up going to my college homecoming, which turned out to be a lot of fun.
+Yesterday I worked late because we had inventory, but I worked with my Brosephs so it was a good time. We acted like we were 12 and made up funny names like Jack Doff.
+Today I went with my sister to the doctor where she emerged with a wrist brace and instruction to also wrap up her ankle. Poor thing...I told her she looked like she got in a fight ("but you should see the other guy").
+After the doctor we got lunchtime margaritas and fajitas at El Agave in Warrenton.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
+ While waiting in line for the insane asylum maze, three of the most obnoxious 14 years were in front of us in line. No wait, they were in front of the 16 year old guys who were directly in front of us. The girls were skanky and annoying and, upon beginning the maze, began screaming like the lame girls they are and grabbing onto the guys. We wanted to kill them. They wouldn't begin the maze. They just stood there, screaming. Ali was so annoyed she yelled at them.
+The park was filled with white trash. I thought it would be worse when 90 degrees in August and girls feel it's appropriate to walk around half naked, but no, it might be worse when two out of three people are wearing either a camo/hunting jacket or a college sweatshirt of somewhere it's highly debatable they went. People's fall fashion choices left much to be desired.
+The Drop Zone was closed for the beginning part of the day, but we happened to be walking by right when they were opening it. This is good and bad luck at the same time. Good because the wait is super short, but bad because you're aware that it has not been running all day and you can't help but wonder why. And then they say, "Enjoy the 300 drop at 72 mph!" and you kind of get a little scared and wonder how it will feel to plunge to your death. We also made the mistake of looking up as the seats rose, which I do NOT recommend. Ali was crazier than I was, though, and seemed to not be able to stop looking, despite the added fear it added. We lived, though. (duh)
+While on The Grizzly (Ali's favorite), waiting to go up the first hill, my lapbar released a notch. If you are anything like me, you test your own lapbar and seatbelt before the ride takes off and try to get it as tight as possible. So when your lapbar is suddenly loser, it's terrifying. I was also scared to test it further for fear it would come all the way off and I would just have to hold on for dear life the entire ride. It's tough to hold on, though, when (I am guessing) the cold weather causes the ride to go even faster than normal. What is also terrifying is when halfway through the ride your younger sister yells, "MY LAPBAR RELEASED, TOO!" My eyes were squeezed shut and I just screamed the rest of the ride. Yes, I was thatgirl. It's also very scary for it to be pitch black dark because even during such a short ride, your other senses heighten a little and you're aware of the creaks from the wood that is the only thing keeping you from plunging into a tree or the ground. I thought for a moment that I had overreacted in my fear as we slowly pulled back into the station once the ride was over, but I knew this was not the case when Ali did not ask to ride The Grizzly immediately again.
+Not really scary, but more funny was when a girl who was probably 14 grabbed Ali's hand because she was so scared in one of the mazes and wouldn't let go until it was over. Priceless.
Friday, October 17, 2008
-My keys for work.
-A roll of film I need to get developed.
-About $4 in change.
-My smaller camera battery charger
-Sand in the bag I took to the beach
-The advance readers copy for Sweet Valley High Double Love, which I'm curious to read to see if they updated it for these times.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Anyone who knows me, knows I love cold weather. 40 degrees is about ideal for me and that's only because I know if I wish for it to be colder then I'd never see my friends again, but honestly, I LOVE IT TO BE COLD! One of my pet peeves is when people say they love the summer, but then never spend any time in the heat. I hate the summer (but love the beach, go figure) so it's okay that I create false environments of cold with AC. If I could hibernate and just sleep all summer, I would so do that. What bothers me even more is when the heat is overused in the fall and winter. Personally, I love scarves and sweaters. It's so comfortable to bundle up and create warmth from your clothes. Why must we crank up the heat when it's expensive and bad for you!? It baffles me.
Okay okay, maybe you're wondering why I brought this up since it was like 83 degrees today (*shudder*). It was so warm at work today that I spent part of it just standing there, fanning myself. I declared that I would not work under those conditions. (Yes, I was being a bit melodramatic, but I don't work in a place where sweating should ever happen.) It worries me that this trend of having the heat on (and granted, I think it's a mistake it's on now, but I was also angry no one knew how to fix it) will continue as the temperatures drop. When I get dressed in the morning and it's my beloved 40 degrees, I wear sweaters and warm layers. When I get to work it's ridiculous to then have to shed those clothes to be comfortable in a too-warm environment. And you sickly people? Going from extreme temp to extreme temp is going to make you sick.
People probably got annoyed with my today since I complained so much, but it's like having a pebble in your shoe-it's not going to feel better until it's gone and I am not going to be in a better mood until it's not ass-hot at work. It's the 15th of October. It's fall. I want the effing cold weather...NOW! I can't even enjoy the gorgeous changing leaves. GRR!
+Title from American Analog Set
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
But tonight, in honor of the Town Hall Meeting Debate, I am going to blog about politics. Relish this, my friends. It won't happen again.
In the 5th grade I pushed aside my shy tendencies and decided that I wanted to join my friends in the political world of Grace Miller Elementary. I decided to run for Treasurer of the Student Council Association (SCA). I was scared to take this on, but I rest assured in the realization that no adult was ever going to trust a 10 year old with actual money. Basically it was a way to stand out a little more and get out of class every once and awhile, which has always been a goal of mine*.
After declaring myself in the running for Treasurer, I headed home and brainstormed with my mom to figure out my slogan. I'm not sure who thought this up, but I went with: "Rose Knows Money"...get it**? My mom and I then spent all evening making up fake money that said, "Rose Knows Money" where it usually says, "The United States Of America". (Fake money, my friends. I would never deface or waste the real stuff!) The next morning my mom drove me to school early so I could go in all of the classrooms and deliver my slogan money onto my peers' desks. About halfway through this task I started to regret the decision. Why give 1st graders things with words anyway? All they want to do is wiggle and finger paint***.
So I proceeded to hang my posters: "ROSE KNOWS MONEY!" Yes she does! I knew it then and I know it now. Money is good and I know it. That afternoon everyone running for an office got up in front of the entire school and gave a speech. I can't remember my speech, but I'm pretty sure I said, "ROSE KNOWS MONEY!" I was very proud of that slogan. It was also slightly terrifying for me to speak in front of the entire school. The last time I had done that, at the time, was at the 4th grade spelling bee when I lost on the word 'luxurious'****.
I can't remember to whom I lost the election, but I did indeed lose. However, a few years later I realized I had actually won since I ended up joining way cooler clubs and classes during the time I would have spent sitting around not being trusted with the money.
Thanks for reading and, don't forget: ROSE KNOWS MONEY*****
*PSAT, ASVAB...took them all just to get out of class.
**Uhhhh, that's my last name. Please don't stalk me, but if you google it, you'll probably end up stalking the German Christian rock band anyway...or a porn star.
***I know this! Longest day of my life was subbing for 1st grade...And it was only 1/2 a day!
****You try spelling it when you're 9 and under all of that pressure!
**** Donations accepted.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Now my favorite scary movie, as well as an all-time top 10, is Rosemary's Baby. Have you seen it? You must!!! I saw it for the first time in college at a Film Club meeting and instantly fell in love.
I think there's also something to be said about Scream, which I saw in the theatre with my feet up in my chair. It's the classic fear or not knowing who is behind the mask. I love it.
The Ring. I had a conversation with someone at work today about we think some people just don't see it in the same way. When he saw it he was scared shitless. When I saw it, with my sister, I watched it through a slit in my hands. I was terrified.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original and new). The original is almost funny, but is a must for a horror film list. The amount of blood is insane. The newer one, with Jessica Biel, is actually a good remake, in my opinion. It scared me! They went away from the cult-ness of the original, but replaced that with terror.
28 Days Later had me pretty freaked out and I feel like it's a really well-made movie. I still haven't seen 28 Weeks Later, but I hear it's really good.
In the same grouping, I love love love zombie movies. I love how they get you, but they're so damn slow! Ali and I both agree that the new Dawn Of The Dead is hella good.
A few movies I would like to see again since it's been awhile are: Halloween, Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday the 13th, etc. I also want to see some of the newer thrasher/scary movies like Saw and Hostel.
So please please please, what are your scary movie recommendations???
*But not only these two things. How weird would that be?
**And be a poet apparently...see?
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
1. If I don't like a book, I don't trudge through it. It's a waste of time for me. Maybe that's why I rarely finished books for school.
2. I prefer to watch the movie before I read the book if possible. That way, I won't be disappointed that they left stuff out and instead will be excited to get even more out of the story!
4. I hated To Kill A Mockingbird.
5. I have a list of books I want to write the screenplays for.
6. I think bookmarks are stupid and a waste of money.
And the rules are...
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on the blog.
3. Write six random bookish things about yourself.
4. Tag sixish people at the end of your post. (Kristabella and Anna, via email)
5. Let each person know he or she has been tagged.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
- Dexter- Just watched the season premiere. Am beyond excited to finally have Showtime!
- Californication- I've only seen a couple from Season One, so I still need to watch those at a friend's, but this show is raunchy and awesome.
- Fringe- Love Pacey and JJ Abrams. I'm already behind, though, as I haven't watched this week's episode.
- The Hills- Duh!
- Mad Men- I love this show, but I'm behind on it, too.
- The Amazing Race- It's never been as good as when Rob and Amber competed.
- 90210- Eh, it kinda sucks. I want to like it, but the girls on it are SO annoying. We'll see if I keep watching.
- Gossip Girl- Chuck and Blair are the new Seth and Summer.
- True Blood- But only if my TiVo gets smart enough to tape the repeats that come on when Dexter is not on.
- America's Next Top Model- Especially now that stupid Isis is gone. Smile with your eyes.
- Greys Anatomy- It was good the other night. I liked that military guy. He was fun.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
- Ugly Betty
- Alto Saxophone
- Early Wake Up Calls For Something Other Than A Road Trip
- Soggy Bread
- Sour Cream
- Trucks/Hatchbacks/Station Wagons/Minivans
- Janet Jackson
- My Gas Light
- Repeats In Symphonies
- Shared Crossword Puzzles
- Eyebrow Rings
- Hillary Swank
- Pastel Colors
- Slip-On Sneakers
- College Football
- Womens Basketball/Golf
- Political Commercials
Sunday, September 21, 2008
- I went to happy hour with S from work on Wednesday and Serena and S's boyfriend also joined us. I had three beers (I think).
- I was at happy hour for so long that I decided to hang out so I could go out with B after he was off of work.
- Thursday was a day off for me and after sleeping in and hanging out at home, I went to finally see Batman with B. I liked it A LOT, of course. After the movie we went to Glory
DaysHoles where we had a really funny waiter- "READY!?" "MEDIUM!?" "CHECK!?"
- Friday was typical for me where I worked 9-5:30 and then had a panic attack* about not being able to go home, but not being sure what I would be doing. It ended up being okay because B and I went to Fridays to make our plan of attack for the evening and it turned out to be pretty cray cray.
- After hanging out at Fridays for awhile we went to Hard Times for a drink and then went to Auld Shabeen's to 'crash' a bachelor party someone had told us about. That turned out to be pretty insane because I was the only girl there with about six guys who were drinking a lot. And I had been drinking a lot. I was a lady, of course, but B did have to save me at the end of the evening. (And not from myself...ifyouknowwhatImean.)
- Saturday was rrrrough as i was going on about two hours of sleep so I just came home after work and recharged.
- Today I had planned on relaxing and watching the Redskins play, but I ended up having to go get a new tire put on my car. I was told I had risked it for long enough. Having to do car errands ranks high on my list of "Worst Things Ever" and today was no exception-I had to wait three hours!
- I was okay for awhile...I really wanted to watch the game so i went to the closest place playing it that wasn't a residence: Applebeas.
- Applebeas are weird. I am not a fan of them.
- I am also not a fan of sitting at bars alone, but I did it. It helped that I think I looked kind of snobby**, so no one really bothered me....well, until I was about to pay and a man across the bar offered to buy me a drink. Sweet...and awkward...but I was glad I was already paying and could get out of there.
- After that excitement, I headed north to meet up with B and J to go to a trial run for the new Blue Ridge Grill in Brambleton. Whoa was that good! We got two appetizers, entrees, two desserts, and three alcoholic drinks each...for free! I highly recommend that place. It was wicked good. We were stuffed when we left, though.
**I was one of the few chicks there without frosted, feathered hair. No lie.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Saturday night's final between the women was postponed a day because of the hurricane and, in effect, the men's final was pushed back a day, too...to Monday. Yesterday.
I left work at 530pm, ready to take my time getting home and settled for what I thought would be a 9pm final between Andy Murray (my favorite) and Roger Federer (The favorite). Well, praise Allah for Brendan because he texted me with the information that the final was on THEN and he was taping it for me. OMG. Getting to his house was a blur and I got from work to in front of his TV in record time.
Oh, and his TV? High definition, baby. We took turns wiping the sweat from the players' brows. I've never seen a picture so crisp and even though we accidentally skipped about 8 games of the final, it was an awesome match! I, of course, turned it into a drinking game:
-when Roger Federer shakes his hair out of his face...drink!
-when someone double faults...drink!
-when someone challenges a call...drink!
Once my boy Andy went down 5-0 in the third set we changed the rules a little:
-whenever someone hits the ball...drink!
-whenever the crowd claps...drink!
I was sad that Murray didn't win, but he had a great run and I am just glad I didn't miss the final. Whew! Close call!
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
First of all, there is nothing urgent about Urgent Care facilities. We all know this. Today we spent about 40 minutes in the lobby of one while the receptionist called our work to ask about workman's comp procedures before we were told we had to go somewhere else. Excuse me, what? Drive to another Urgent Care place? Well, it turns out we were directed somewhere totally wack that only handles spinal injuries. This is where we were met by complete cunts who informed us that they were not an urgent care facility and did not take walk ins. Yes, thanks, bitch, but where is an urgent care place? At least offer the girl with a burned hand a cold compress! They also told us that to see anyone we would need an attorney, a claim number, and an adviser. Again, they're really taking the urgency out of our afternoon.
From here we decided to give up on finding a place our company approved of and headed to the Fairfax Inova ER...oh, but can it ever be that easy**? A woman in the parking lot stopped us, apologized for being nosy, and told us to contact her law firm because they deal with workman's comp cases and we should really get an attorney before we're screwed by "the man". OMG.
Fairfax Inova was awesome. Not only did they give Ali a cold compress in triage, but they expressed concern and sympathy for her pain. We told them our story and that they are our favorite, which I think made the guy making Ali's ID bracelet happy.
What I don't get about emergency rooms is that to me, an emergency involves blood, or broken bones, or babies coming too soon, or people with pains in their sides who think they have appendicitis, or something that absolutely can't wait until the next day for one's regular doctor. I was under the impression that emergency rooms were not for people with general aches and pains, or sore throats, or nausea, or even burns that aren't 3rd degree. Ali and I tried not to go to the ER until it got to the point that we had to go somewhere and it was our last option (especially since our regular doctor was an hour away and her hand was hurting like whoa).
We ended up waiting forever, as is expected. Ali was getting her vitals taken when some woman decided I looked nice and started talking to me. This woman was not allowed to go into the room with her brother (who was having pains in his side) because of her behavior, as the nurse told her. She also asked me what I thought of Barack Obama (who's name she wasn't sure of) and who "that other guy is" and what I think about him. I sort of hated this woman.
After playing a quick game of musical chairs, Ali and I were alone again to wait and be loud and inappropriate in the waiting room. Luckily, we didn't have any unwanted guests and were called in at about 545ish (?). The doctor was awesome, as was the RN, and they had us in and out of there in about 20 minutes after assuring Ali she was fine and would feel better in a few days. Poor boo! Taking care of the co-pay was something else we had no idea about. I guess it's uninsured people who end up owing a ton, but it just feels weird to see a doctor in an ER and then pay a co-pay like you just had a check up. But Ali's fine and she's all bandaged up and adorable, as usual. Thanks again to FX Inova!
So that's what I did this afternoon. You?
*Knock on wood.
**I sound so cynical and I'm not. Seriously.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I'm already sick of hearing opinions out the wazoo and it's difficult to keep up my "Ladies don't talk politics." The only opinions I want to hear are from people who actually know something and don't just repeat what they hear on the news or what their parents or Rolling Stone says.
In other news, the US Open is on, which equals love for me. I haven't picked who I am pulling for to win this year. We still have a week to go, though, so I have time.
In other other news, Serena recently got cats. I am not a cat person...at all, but it has surprised me to find out how many people are. It baffles me. I'm hoping her kittens grow up to be cat-dogs (you know what I mean, right?), but the majority of cats are gross and I can't understand what people love about them. They slink around and try to get near your food. Dogs rule.
So, a vote: are you a cat or dog fan???
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Top 7.5 Reasons Why I Love This Show:
7.5. They drin...
7. It's legendary.
6. Quick, witty dialogue. It's like a fix for my lack of Gilmore Girls.
5. They phone-five.
4. The Freaks and Geeks guy.
2. Bob Saget rules
1. They're constantly meeting up at the bar. "Meet me in 15. Suit up!"
Anyone else a fan?
Sunday, August 24, 2008
- I have to wear all of my summery dresses this week because once Labor Day has come and gone, it's straight into Fall for me. Not that I'm a "No White After Labor Day" believer, but I like to think that if I start living like it's Fall, then Fall will come sooner.
- So the Olympics are just about over. I can't believe the last sport they showed on TV was men's volleyball. Was that aimed at me? Because add that to my list of sports that should never be on network TV. Good Lord!
- I had really good Thai food last night. Seafood drunken noodles. I was going to get something new, but mis amigas said the drunken noodles were really good there. They did not lie. And have I mentioned I love scallops?
- I actually really like the United Airlines commercials because of their use of Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue...however, where is the amazing clarinet beginning? Tsktsk.
- Today I wore a dress with leggings. No one saw me since I just relaxed at home, but I have to say it's one of the most comfortable things I've ever worn. I <3>
- Track and Field would get more respect from me if they didn't look like they were wearing more makeup than me when they run their races. And hair down? Just seems wrong-like when you see swimming footage from 20 years ago and they're not wearing swim caps.
- I've got plans. Big plans.
- I'm going to the Redskins game on Thursday!!!! I can't wait to heckle.
- I'd love a beer right now.
- Speaking of football.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Did you hear about the tragic story of the 18-wheeler falling off the Bay Bridge on Sunday? Here is a picture of it Ali and I took on our way across. We got stuck in about two hours of traffic waiting to cross, but who can complain when someone died. The goosebump worthy thought is that we had planned on leaving two hours earlier.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
- I can't find my copy of Breaking Dawn. I hope they introduce a new character because I don't like Edward or Jacob....but today I read the synopsis and already know a little of what happens-oops!
- I had a horrible day at work the other day. I was literally exhausted and it was just too much at one point. My boos helped me out, though. Especially one. <3
- Me, Terra, Serena, and Ali are going white water rafting this Saturday! I have never been and am uber excited.
- Ali and I are going to The OC on Sunday! OMG. Beyond excited for that.
- So You Think You Can Dance ends tonight=/ I'm sad Katee didn't win. I like Joshua and Twitch, but she's the best dancer in my opinion.
- I am bored with Starbucks. They need to introduce new flavors and smoothies.
- The Faint CD is a lot of fun.
- I love salad.
- Mad Men is the best show on TV now that SYTYCD has ended (congrats, Joshua!), but Gilmore Girls is still the best show ever:)
- I had chocolate covered blueberries from Maine and they were hella good.
- Twitter cracks me up. It provides endless entertainment for me.
- I ate non-fried calamari and it was interesting and GOOD.
- I have to pack tonight. Gah!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Do I have a problem? No....I just think I need to go shopping!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
So since it was ass-hot, we went to Richmond to hit up American Apparel (I bought a slutty dress and a not so slutty dress), For The Love Of Chocolate (is that the name?) where I bought extreme dark chocolate for my mom and a macaroon for Ali and myself to keep us going until dinner. Then we got margaritas, which hit us harder than we had expected until we remembered we never had real lunch (just breakfast lunch-Sonic serves the full menu all day, suckers). As required, we then went to Sticky Rice for dinner where, as is becoming tradition, we tried to special of the day. Yumsies!
So You Think You Can Dance is super hott tonight. I missed the first two routines, and I'm tired, so I won't be recapping. I will say that I love Chelsie and Katee as well as all of the guys. I think Comfort needs to go because Courtney and Kherington are much better. On the guy's side, I'm afraid Mark will be leaving, which sucks because I like him a lot. In fact, I love all of the guys. Like, a lot.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I missed last week’s because TiVo was mad at me.
Chelsie and Mark dancing salsa: I love this couple! I really like her, I think she’s precious. Loved the dance as it seemed super intricate and upbeat. I think they’re really good about enjoying it while they dance and it comes across that way. Woop! “I want to stab you, you’re so gorgeous” (Mia) hahah!
Comfort and Thayne dancing hip hop: Yuck, I do not like he, but I do love these choreographers! OK, the beginning was awesome and then it kind of died on me…until the weird simulated sex part. I think that the choreography was better than the dancing.
Jessica and Will dancing contemporary: You know what I haven’t done yet? I haven’t guessed who is sleeping together yet! What do you think-Jessica and Will? Oh yeah, the dance- Whoa I just realized he’s wearing nothing. Yabbo! She has gorgeous hair, I heart it. Oh my…this routine was intense. I think I liked it. I was a little distracted by the lack of clothing (not necessarily in a bad way, ha, he’s hot), but overall, really great. Oh and by the way, I totally think they’re doing it.
Courtney and Gev dancing cha cha: Choreographed by Anya and Pasha-interesting. Wait, Gev is Russian? Did I know this? Loving her dress-that’s so pretty! I think Gev is amazing. I can’t even remember what his original style is. I kind of groaned at the music at first, but it’s a remix so that’s a lot better and more fresh. Wow! Great job in my opinion. And they are NOT sleeping together, but he really wants to.
Kherington and Twitch krumping (or is it crumping?): I think their tactic was to pour her into those pants so no one watched the dancing! Ok, I love this couple. Anything they do is great for me. And remember what I said about wack hip hop costumes? They did a good job with these. Totally believable. Love them!
Katee and Joshua dancing the waltz: GORGEOUS beginning. I love the idea behind this dance. I think that to sell the waltz, they HAVE to have a story. Aw, I love this couple, too.
Chelsie and Mark dancing broadway: Yummm, hot music. Hott outfits. Wow, they are always having wardrobe problems0did you catch when her outfit caught on his suspender? I am in love with the blue of her dress. Woohoooooooooo I love them!!!!!!
Comfort and Thayne dancing contemporary: Hmmm….I’m not sure. I think he’s amazing and I think she’s come a long way, but they aren’t great together. Not cool to what Nigel said, though. That was way harsh. I think Thayne kicked it so shut up, judges! Comfort has pretty eyes, though. WHY IS HER NAME COMFORT?????? Aw….props to Mia for saying nice things about Thayne. She should definitely go home this week.
Jessica and Will dancing the quick step: (You notice him slap her ass? Hott.) Awesome synchronicity in the opening. Her dress is so pretty I would wear it tomorrow if I could. Hot splits in the middle choreography. They seem a bit cautious, though. They also seem to be a little tired, but I am liking the routine. I think they’re a cute couple. What I like about this couple is that they make fun of themselves. They aren’t too serious and it makes me like them even more.
Courtnee and Gev dancing jazz: I am not always a fan of a prop. Wow, cool opening sequence. Oooh, I like this one! Very entertaining, at least. Maybe didn’t showcase them enough, I dunno. I liked it.
Kherington and Twitch dancing a smooth tango: YAY THEY ARE DANCING TO AWESOME MUSIC. It feels a little slow to me, but I love them so I don’t careJ This didn’t grab me like some other routines, but they’re so good otherwise that they better make it through.
Katee and Joshua dancing bollywood: I am excited about this new style! She is gorgeous in this style! He kicks it, too. Wow, I LIKE THIS A LOT. It’s so energetic! And bad ass for a dance number to require knee pads;)
I think Comfort and who knows who will be kicked off. The guys are all too good.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
I'm sitting in Barnes and Noble Cafe and I just overheard the question of the day:
"How does the Declaration Of Independence start?"
And you know what? The 8 year old in a line of adults was the only one who knew.
I hope she enjoys her free cup of joe;)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Kherington and Switch dancing hip hop: Wow! Great costumes! Great routine! Great facial expressions! I loved this! To have pretty Kherington be believable in hip hop is something. And I love Twitch. I loved how they’d go from ‘hard’ to kind of comical in their facial expressions like, “Watch this!”
Gev and Courtnee dancing rumba: Gev is precious. I love how nervous he was in rehearsal. Whoa she looks half naked when she does the turns. They’re definitely working the eye contact with each other. This dance is super sexy, but it’s hard to get excited about the choreography, in my opinion. It’s almost like if the costume is good and the heat is there, you’re going to like it. Good job, though.
Chris and Comfort dancing jazz: I hate when they describe dances as “earthy” or “organic”. OMG Marlilyn Manson! Oh yeah! OK, I loved this dance because it is a great song, but I felt like she got off a little bit. Very different, though, so props for that. I guess I agree with Nigel that it could have been a bit more powerful.
Jessica and Will dancing disco: Some parts of the dance are so not flowing, but they are doing tons of tricks and steps. I feel like they needed to go through it a few more times before they hit the stage because some parts were just not gelled.
Kourtni and Matt dancing contemporary: Yay for a guest choreographer-new blood is good. Hot Chip! WOOHOO! Oh wow, I so loved this dance. Hella crazy moves, but you could still tell they had great technique. Yay yay yay!
Chelsee and Thayne dancing the quick step?: I like him, but I am so over her. It didn’t really grab my attention, to be honest. I definitely think they will be in the bottom three.
Chelsea and Marc dancing hip hop: Maybe I’m a super emo dork, but this totally hit me! Like, if I was a crier, I would have cried. I don’t know, I reallllly liked it. The emotion was so awesome from them and the choreography was off the hook. I love them!!!! (I also want to learn this dance for myself.)
Katee and Joshua dancing the samba: Hold on, I’m going to rewatch the last one first Oh a new haircut! Cute. They are super cute together. I know nothing about the samba, but I would guess that the technique is not stellar, but good. It reminds me of Dirty Dancing Havana Nights-YAY! I think they’re chemistry is great. I love them, too.
I bet Jessica and ??? are kicked off. I think the guys are insane this year. I can’t even pick one that is weak. Maybe Thayne, just because of the boring routine.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
An open letter from the Queens of the Stone Age lead singer.
"Member of the Peanut Gallery:
Some journalists & citizens on the internet & are wondering: Q? Am I a homophobe because I included a slang for gay in with other "acceptable" curse words during a verbal lashing I gave a young concertgoer, after being hit by his shoe, during a show the other day? A= Nope. My gay family & friends, as well as myself, KNOW I am not a homophobe. For years now I've known gay is not a choice; one's skin color doesn't determine one's intelligence level; & red hair doesn't mean you're someone's stepchild. You see, it's not the words, it's their intent. I never said, nor suggested, that being gay is wrong, but apparently, based on your outrage to my flu-infused rant, you do! By that logic… I also told that young whipper snapper I'd have anal sex with him… how can I possibly reconcile these opposing viewpoints? I called him a pussy too. Does it mean I hate our one worlds' collective vagina? I never have been nor intend to be politically correct. That's your cross to bear. To me, that PC world would suck more shit than the porta-potty truck at Glastonbury. Homophobic? I'm in Queens of the Stone Age for crissake… You say, "So. Your band name doesn't prove anything." Maybe not. But it's a helluv a lot more definitive than the logic of some watchdog… (sorry canine-American, canine-European, canine-African, canine-Australian & canine-Asian) moralist, keeping score from pure perfectionville? If your glass house is squeegeed that clean & you need to do something, do what the great philosopher Bill Hick's once suggested: — forgive me–. Or don't. I'm not asking for either, OK? I think you should let both of your cheeks go loose so the stick will drop out. Either way I expect that you'll soon find another injustice from your chair, then roll to your bullhorn & point it out to the rest of us… Because you're so above it all. Or If you'll allow me to translate a wish of mine into your PC lingo:
Will you please go have, consensual, sex with yourself.
Pretty please with all natural, carbon offset sugar on top.
A.K.A. Joshua, Baby Duck, Jho
Head Choreographer & Do Stuff Corporation's pansexual spokes-thing"
From Perez Hilton.
Same as the Charlie Sheen crapola going on. Get over it!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
1. Chelsea and Hayne dancing jazz: I love a dance that a) tells a story, b) is dark and c) involves interesting movements so basically, I like this dance. Although, as it goes on, it seems like they are doing more posing than dancing. Tsk tsk. I agree with the judges.
2. Mark and Chelsie dancing argentine tango: Looooove the tango. Super sexy. Wow! Not only was her outfit super hott, but the leg moves were off the hook. I love love love this dance. I really like these two. I like how quirky he is and how cherubic she is (stealing their word, haha). Man, this tango was so good. Oh, and her last name is Hightower, which is beyond Police Academy cool!
3. Jessica and Will dancing hip hop: Ok, usually the worst part about the hip hop routines are the outfits because they often will look just ridiculous. That said, I really liked this dance! It was so smooth, but still badass. Mia is right thought, that Will really stood out and Jessica seemed more like a cheerleader doing a routine. I think it can be tough for some of these girls (and guys) who are used to looking pretty on stage to make it believable when they dance hip hop. Cool routine, though. Does she remind you of
4. Kourtni and Matt dancing the fox trot: I really like him and she is okay. Love the green dress! Do NOT love Michael Buble, gross. I like how light and flighty this dance is. They seem like they’re at a club in the 20s just having a good ol’ time.
5. Courtney and Gev dancing contemporary: She is so into that she’s bringing me into it. Awesome move where she ran up his leg. I am not sure he did enough to keep him there if they end up in the bottom three, but I think people will vote for the routine because it was so pretty and intense. I don’t think he did a bad job, it just didn’t stand out for me…but I think people will vote for it.
6. Katee and Joshua dancing broadway: This is another dance (like jazz) where I prefer it to be darker and I tend to not like it when it’s cheesy. Ok, the song is HORRIBLE-I hate 90% of musicals. I love the flexed foot moves. The cane addition is very good, though. She has a great face for broadway dancing. I like this dance a lot, but I can’t help but recoil at the thought of having to sit through the whole musical, haha. I like them both-they’re adorable.
7. Susie and Marquis dancing salsa: How old is she? And Alex de Silva is wearing some HOTT pants, wowzers. That hand stand move was cool. Reminds me of the Sabra one from last year. I love this music and the dance is good…I bet they will get dawged on the footwork and be given props for the lifts.
8. Kherington and Twitch dancing viennese waltz: Dammit the satellite is going out. Oh this is gorgeous! Celine Dion is super cheese, but the fact that he was inspired by the song means a lot. The white outfits are breathtaking. Oh my goodness, when he holds her at the end I seriously teared up. I don’t care how they danced it, I loved it.
9. Comfort and Chris krumping: Oh I have such a crush on 50. I like him, but would be okay with her leaving. I liked the dance, it was fun.
OK…kicked off will be…and I am totally guessing: Chelsea, Hayne, Susie, or Marquis.
Monday, June 16, 2008
- Deluxe edition
- I got the entire score of Holst's "The Planets" for $5.
- I wore silver shoes today.
- Black Cherry Chutney
- I've been sipping a glass of chianti for hours now.
- My room smells good.
- Omelettes tomorrow morning.
- I love my car.
- I now own every Brad Pitt movie there is.
- More Team Scarlet shirts. Supply and demand, baby!
- The Lakers are still in it.
- Tomorrow is my 28 and 4 months birthday.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
It made me really sad to think about. It was a different sadness, though. I can't empathize (thank goodness) and really, I feel like trying to sympathize is unfair, too. "I'm sorry" and "I know" just don't work sometimes. I hope a well-timed hug means more than empty words.
I think I know too many people who have lost their dads too early. Too many being any number over zero.
That's all...I don't really want to think about this. I guess I'm lucky that I don't have to.
XO and Happy Fathers Day,
*My great uncle is actually buried there. Aw.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Rayven (I mean Molly Shannon) and Jamie dancing hip hop:
Dude, she’s 28 so I automatically like her. And she’s a ballerina, which is cool. Ok, so the dance. . .The best parts were the beginning and the splits move. Major points taken away for pulling his pants down and the crotch grabbing. It’s just cheesy and not very classy.
Susie and Marquis dancing smooth waltz (bust for them):
He tried out in DC so that’s where his bonus points come from. I’m not so sure about her yet. And I rarely like the smooth waltz. I just don’t think it’s memorable until the dancer’s are more well-known. It helps that he is such a smooth dancer and she cleans up well, but I think they’ll need to hope her students all vote to keep them in the competition. They had some obvious mess ups (the lift), but it looked difficult so props.
Kourtni L. (wtf with the spelling?) and Matt dancing jazz:
I’m not sure about her. I love her dancing, but something about her annoys me. Do you think choreographer Mandy Moore gets teased about “Candy” a lot? Anyway, they’re talking about their tallness-so now I like both of them more. See, it’s wicked early in the competition so I’m using anything to pick favorites. Oh dude, hott song and the oufits may be even hotter. Is this the same song Sabra and Neil danced to on the table? She kind of looks like Neil now that I think about it…ok, cool routine. Like the jazz. It’s snazzy! (I think I really like Matt. He’s cute.)
Chelsea T. (who reminds me of Nina) and Hayne (cool name) dancing the cha cha:
The cha cha is a smokin’ dance so I am excited to see this. I think she’s really pretty, but sometimes she looks a little tranny, I hate to say it. Super hott dance, though! I really liked it and they kicked it on the execution.
Sidenote: Can we put a moratorium on the “hot tamale train”? PLEASE.
Chelsie H. and Mark dancing contemporary:
Lucky bitches dancing with Mia Michaels, although I bet it’s wicked tough choreography. Wow, harsh criticism in the intro so let’s see. Haha, he totally kissed her! This is a very interesting dance with some neato moves. The dress is kind of huge, though. I would have calmed that down. Weird ending! (In a good way.) I like her. . . Not sure about him so far. I like his quirkiness, but he seems like a loose cannon.
Kherington and Twitch dancing broadway:
I like them! Great couple. Oh wow! I liked this routine so much I had to wait until it was over to type!!!! So hott.
Comfort and Chris dancing the jive:
Her name is not real, right? And did she have braces at the auditions? I’m confused. “Me and Chris is gonna kill it.” Yabbo! Anyway, the beginning of the dance is super cool! He reminds me a tiny bit of Benji actually, which could turn out to be a bad thing, haha! I think they did a very good job! I enjoyed it. I like her dancing, but I wish she wouldn’t speak.
Katee (two “e”s, really?) and Joshua dancing hip hop:
The idea for the routine sounds cool. I do NOT lke Jordan Sparks, but Chris Brown is awesome (2 up, 2 down). That move where she “pulls” him up is great. I like this one a lot. Woop! Aw and the trading of the shirt at the end was a nice touch. Love!
Jessica and Will dancing the tango:
I like these two A LOT and am excited to see them dance the tango. (Oh and she wears big earrings! Points!) I might have a crush on him, by the way. She is smiling a bit much for this “sexy” routine, but I think they’re doing a good job otherwise. I think the camera angels covered up a little bauble she had, by the way. Awesome ending!
Courtney G. and Gev dancing disco:
She dances for the Knicks-that’s pretty cool (By the way, GO LAKERS!) and he wears chartreuse, which is also bad ass. Loooovin’ the disco! It’s always so entertaining. I can’t believe Nigel doesn’t like it, but I’m glad Mary and Dan gave it positive comments. I thought they did a great job! I can’t imagine having to listen to Earth, Wind And Fire all week in rehearsal-*shudder*!
So what did you guys think???
I honestly have no idea who will get voted off. My only thought is that the smooth waltzers are in trouble just because that’s such a tough dance to get votes with.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because I think tennis is one of the best sports there are. I was prompted to blog about it because I just watched Game 3 on the NBA finals and I was reminded again about a total pet peeve of mine:
I hate the last 20 seconds or so of most sporting events.
The Lakers had the ball with about 21 seconds to go and the commentators were freaking out that the Celtics were not fouling them. It happened the other night, too. The Lakers made a come back and they were saying how they just needed to keep fouling to make them shoot, stop the clock, etc. Ok...how often does that actually work? And I don't mean that in a "you should ever stop trying to win" way, but really-the fouling at the end of the game play is so annoying. Props to Boston for not pulling that shitty play tonight.
And the reason I brought up tennis is because the game is roughly the same until the end of the match. Sure, things will change depending on how tired the players are or the weather or something, but it's not like Andy Murray gets to 6-4 6-3 5-2 and then plays an entirely different game where his tactic is to get penalties called on his opponent. The closest likeness to the Fouling play in basketball is either 1) like when Martina Hingis served underhand in the French (?) Open years ago or 2) playing all drop shots in the last game. But in scenario 1 she was booed like whoa because it's super lame to do that! (just like fouling is super lame in the last few seconds of the game) and 2 at least the drop shot is an often-utilized shot.
I also hate it in football when, in the last few moments of the game, the QB downs the ball each time to run out the clock. But even that makes more sense to me than the bball play since they run the risk of an interception if they try to run or pass the football. In bball though, if you foul them, they get to take 2 shots* and they're usually going to make it! So yeah, then you either try to get the rebound or get the ball, but the defense is gonna be hella crazy. It just irks me. Can we make a rule that the fouling play can only be used if a team is 3 points or fewer behind?
*I do know the rules...usually in the last moments of the game they're going to be shooting for the called fouls.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
- Go Lakers! I have $1 (payable in happy hour beer) riding on the series.
- I had awesome cards when playing Texas Hold 'Em last night. One day I'll play with real money and I hope I have the same "luck".
- Randi read Tarot cards for us. I think Tarot cards are like horoscopes where it can be fun to read into what you're told, but you can make pretty much anything make sense. I asked two questions and the answers kinda freaked me out. Except for when I got The Goddess card and she asked if I wanted to get pregnant...HELL TO THE N-O!!!! Whoa.
- Although I did tell my parents again that I want to go to Vegas, but that I have my rule about getting married if/when I go. I think they're cool with it.
- Except they took that minuscule opening to ask if I have a boyfriend. Grrr!
- Ali and I are going to Kings Dominion on Thursday. EXCITING!
- I am excited about a job contact I made.
- Did anyone see the French Open finals? Nadal is on FIRE. Federer looked stunned.
- I saw a buzzard (?) eating a cat earlier today. I sorta wanted to vomit.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
I was out late Thursday and then worked until midnight on Friday. Saturday I got up after just a few hours of sleep to take my parents to the airport. I had two naps that day before it was even 9am! I slept on the way to the airport and then passed out for an hour before work at my sister's apartment. Work that day was a blur.
Despite my tiredness, there were parties to attend. Ali and I headed over to our cousin's graduation party that turned out to be off the hook! They had two kegs for about 30 people and after quickly kicking the 1/4 one, my uncle headed off to pick up another. I was impressed. We had a good time and even caused quite the stir at the beer pong table because we were so good.
Sunday I was off and spent is doing nothing, which I needed to do.
Monday I worked at 7am, which was brutal, as always and that night I didn't get much sleep again! I was worried for Tuesday because I 1) worked at 7am again and 2) had tickets to see The Raconteurs that night!
Of course I went to the show. I think I would have gone even if Ali and Bearthaniel would have had to prop me up, haha! The Raconteurs were SO good. They were so good that I forgot how much my feet hurt and how tired I was.
Wednesday I was back at work at 9am, but at least I got to ride in HOV because the dark circles under my eyes had to sit in the passenger seat. I don't think I did anything that night.
Thursday was another regular day and Friday I had off. My initial plan was to just hang out and rest, but I'm never very good at staying home all day. Serena and Ravena were going to see the Sex And The City movie, but I hate paying for movies and rarely go to them. I also figured I would fall asleep during it anyway since they were going to a late showing, haha. However, at a bar I can stay awake and after Christopher called and said some people from college were meeting up, I headed out to meet up with them. I wasn't out very late, but somehow, as it always goes, I didn't get much sleep and headed into work on Saturday on very little sleep...again!
Per my daughter duties, I went to Dulles at about 730 to pick my parents up from their trip to St. Barths. I fell asleep while waiting in the cell phone parking lot. Awesome. Then I drove them home and turned right back around to go to a going away party in Fairfax where I stayed until 4am.
What is wrong with me? hahah! I had to rest my eyes before I could drive home and barely remember the conversation I had on the phone about 20 miles from my house.
Needless to say I slept way in today and will be having no trouble falling asleep tonight...unless someone calls with something fun to do!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
What I love about my family (extended, too) is that we know how to have a good time. I think every time I walked into the kitchen another group was doing a tequila shot and they were often being led by an aunt or uncle of mine. I also loved that Ali and I played a round of beer pong and totally followed up our trash talking with an awesomely played game that went into overtime. We almost beat the house champs. We had them worried.
It was also interesting to see and hang out with a totally different set of people. Of course we have known our cousin forever, but we usually only hang out with him on family vacations and stuff. Some of his friends were interesting characters:
-One guy we met, who was really cool, called me "Johanssen" and Ali "McBeal" whenever he saw us.
-One guy was pissed because our cousin cut us in the line for beer pong, haha. I think he was worried once he saw how good we are.
-My favorite was this girl who got really drunk. We noticed she kept showing up where ever the alcohol was. "Shots!" and she would be there..."New keg!" and she would be there. She was really funny, though, especially when she decided it was too dark and brought a lamp in from another room. "I like lamp" she said.
-We thought this one guy was cool until he showed us a picture of someone's bowel movement and then went into the bathroom to take a picture of his own. He also enjoyed passing gas. Ew!
I got some awesome pictures, but, as always, you will have to wait for those until I can get to the fast interent...
Monday, May 19, 2008
We listened to Dolly for much of the 7 hour drive down there, which turned out to be more brutal than we imagined. I think we were both pretty tired and, while the scenery is pretty, I-81 is not. We were very excited to see "Speed Limit 70" once we reached Tennessee. We got to Pigeon Forge in the early afternoon and took note of about 49320432 places we wanted to go to. After getting lunch we went to check into our hotel...
We booked our hotel the night before online and in the comment section I wrote, "WE LOVE DOLLY!" never thinking anyone would see it, but did you know they read that when you check in!? We do now. She read it out loud and kind of giggled. No shame, though, since we do love Dolly.
However, the maintenance man, who was hanging out nearby, took notice and, I guess, took it as an opportunity to talk to us. He was very nice...but very southern. We're still not sure what his impression of us was, but whatever it was, it didn't stop him from using many racial slurs and warning us of certain areas of town. He even offered to hook us up with some construction men in town. (We declined). It's hard for me to properly describe him because he really was a nice man and you could tell he had spent his whole life there and probably even went to school with Dolly herself! It was just a little bit of culture shock coming from PCville of Northern VA.
Once we escaped the front desk area, we settled in and then headed out to Dollywood, which is an amazing park! Not only is it precious and a great tribute to the area and Dolly, but it has some kick-ass rides! That night we mostly just explored and took pictures*, saving our ride-riding for the next day. We also had plans to go to the Brewery that night, which was walking distance from our hotel...and super cheap! It was fun!
Thursday was spent at Dollywood all day. We had so much fun! One thing we noticed about Tennessee is that the majority of the people there walk and talk much slower than we do. We noticed this often, but mostly when driving (left turn yields were brutal) and when we got off the tram from the parking lot to buy our admission tickets. See, we were towards the back of the tram when it stopped so we jumped off in excitement to make our way to the park. We realized, though, as we got closer that no one was in front of us...THEY WERE JUST GETTING OFF OF THE TRAM AND SLOWLY MAKING THEIR WAY TO THE ADMISSION GATES! It was so funny. It happened all day, too. We would get off of a ride, decided to ride it again and make it back to the line before most people had even unhooked their seat harnesses.
We had such a good time and I think we will definitely be going back! The park is fun, the Smoky Mountains are GORGEOUS and the trashiness was just the right amount.
*I haven't put them all up yet, by the way!
+Title from Dolly Parton
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday night, while getting my things ready for the next day, I somehow pinched a nerve in my back*. I went from being fine to being in excruciating pain in a split second. I could barely make it up the stairs and was crying because it hurt so badly. I was thisclose to going to the ER, but what stopped me was my jam-packed weekend of plans. I knew if I got muscle relaxers or a strong pain medication, I wouldn't be able to drive, which would have ruined everything. So I sucked it up and went to sleep, with the hope that I would wake up back to normal.
Well, I did not wake up back to normal and, in fact, had a lot of trouble taking a shower and getting dressed for my graduation. I warned those in the line up near me that if they saw me grimace or heard me swear, it was because of the pain and not because I was having a bad time.
Graduation was good, though! I was worried about sitting for 3+ hours, but I made it and even didn't melt in the rain that fell on us for about an hour. It was a nice ceremony, even with the rain, and it's exciting to now have another degree. Afterwards Ali, our dad, and I went out to lunch, which was a lot of fun, even though I hurt so bad I was slurring my words, haha!
After a nap and cake**, I headed north to celebrate with my friends at Hard Times in Fairfax. I was pleasantly surprised with how many people came out...and how many of those people bought me shots! Again, who knew?! It was like my birthday all over again. I had a great time and thanks again to everyone for celebrating with me:)
Sunday, after sleeping way in and getting some much needed rest, I got ready for what was soon to become and awesome evening. I had been looking forward to seeing Radiohead live for months and the crappy weather was not about to stop me. With a last second change in our lineup***, Ali, Amira, Brendan and I arrived at Nissan Pavilion at about 530pm ready face the elements and claim our spot on the lawn.
However, I don't think any of us had any idea how insane the "elements" would get. Umbrellas did nothing so we wrapped our bodies in trash bags. I felt like a dispenser as I kept pulling them out of my (what I thought was) waterproof bag. With a couple hours to wait, we decided to try sitting so we spread out our 8'x10' tarp and formed a fort-like contraption. I'm pretty sure people around us both laughed and were jealous.
At 730pm the Liars took the stage and I'm pretty sure I've seen them before. They were good, but when it's pouring you really just want the main act to go on. I have no idea what time Radiohead took the stage as I didn't wear a watch and wasn't about to take my phone out for fear it would get soaked. I totally took a page from the David Blaine book and tried to go into a zen-like meditative state to not feel the rain and cold, but it didn't really work. What did work was hearing Radiohead when they began their first song, "All I Need" because torrential downpours mean nothing when an amazing band is playing.
We ended up standing for 2+ hours in never-ending rain, soaked to the bone and freezing, but it was all worth it as they put on an amazing show. Just check out the set list:
01 All I Need
02 Jigsaw Falling Into Place
04 15 Step
06 Pyramid Song
07 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
10 Faust Arp
12 Paranoid Android
15 Everything In Its Right Place
16 Bangers + Mash
18 Like Spinning Plates
20 Karma Police
21 Go Slowly
22 Planet Telex
23 Fake Plastic Trees
24 The National Anthem
25 House Of Cards
My favorites were Planet Telex, Paranoid Android, Idioteque, and Everything In It's Right Place. Along with every other song, haha. I think my only complaint would be that I didn't get to see Johnny Greenwood enough, but when that's my only complaint, I think I'm doing okay. Especially since a ton of people, as I read, couldn't even get into the show because of washed out roads and flooded parking lots. Sorry, boos.
Overall the concert was a success, despite being soaking wet and freezing once we finally left and found our car****. I think I am still cold from last night and have worn layers and a scarf all day. No pictures from the show, unfortunately, but really, the rain was that bad because you know if anyone was going to risk it for a good shot, it would be me.
*This was my dad's diagnosis...since he's had the same thing happen.
**And presents! Who knew!? Hellloooo, Tiffany ring!
****A struggle in itself!
Friday, May 09, 2008
I should also point out that I am the brunette with the line, "Soooo sorry I'm late!"
Enjoy! And please comment.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Holy hell he just came above water after holding his breath for 17 minutes!!!!!!! Dude, and he's just chillin' now. And talking.
I remember years ago when I saw one of his street magic specials on tv and thought he was so cool. I still do...except I am not a fan of his weirder, more random stunts like when he was in a glass box for 2 months or something. I like it when he's super intense and "levitates" or does creepy street magic.
I'm glad he got the record.
*And I thought that was good at the time.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Ali is arguably the biggest Dolly Parton fan there is. Of course, the drag queen dressed as Backwoods Barbie may give her a run for her money, but I know Ali, so therefore she wins. And she was ecstatic for the show, which was beyond cute and ended up making me even more excited (as if that was possible). Ali astounded me with her knowledge, though. An example:
Dolly: Someone asked how I met my husband...
Ali: In a laundromat
Dolly:...I met him in a laundromat!
And Dolly puts on an amazing show. She started right on time, with no opener*, played for an hour, took a short break and then played until 930pm! And she played a wide variety of songs, both old and new. I especially enjoyed Jolene (duh), I Will Always Love You, and the acapella one.
She's a little pipsqueak, too. She was hilarious and wore the sparkliest outfits I have ever seen. It has inspired me to rhinestone everything I own.
So overall, the concert was hella good. Despite the fact that I got caught twice trying to bring a camera in. I even tried to lie to the first guy and say it wasn't a camera and said I promised not to use it once he gave me a "Don't bullshit me" look.
Concert Grade: A+!
*I was scared of some up and coming country band opening.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy
I dunno...what do you think?