Sunday, December 14, 2008

Merry Christmas to all!

This is quite possibly the worst movie tie-in ever, but shows the extent of the crazy fandom (from which I mostly exclude myself).

Don't be surprised when you get this for Christmas Kim, Kris & Amy. I wonder if it comes with the cheesy windchime sound effect....

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Dude! Cranky Pants!

These are AWESOME! I now actually strive to wear cranky pants.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

My favorite RickRoll.

Macy's Parade gets RickRolled.

I just wish he'd done the dance.

Monday, November 17, 2008

So. Worth. It. (pt. 2)

The countdown.

At about 9:45 Beth and I headed into the mall. By now we were just jazzed to see the set up. There were 4 girls already lined up outside Hot topic - Laura from Alabama among them. Keeping in mind that we had our wristbands and a guaranteed autograph & face-to-face, we decided to wander the mall a bit. The Q&A was set up in a common area in front of Macy's. The Q&A was set for about 7:30 that evening, after the 500 autographs were given. There were roughly 100 people already camped out.



We strolled the mall a bit, then decided to just sit. We grabbed my bag out of the car & plopped out butts down for the duration. We were pretty much just waiting for Melissa & Joy so we could get some food! Holding someone's spot for 18 hours has to earn you some grub, right? Now there's a decent time lapse. Honestly, I don't really know how the time passed. There were more reporters & chatting with people we met in line (Melissa & Laura). But at about 2, we all hit a collective wall. There were people crashing all around us (including the stinky girls on either side. Seriously, ladies, showers rock. So does deodorant). Allow Beth to demonstrate the proper way to sleep in line:



Melissa & Joy got there around 4 and got us some much needed Mountain Dew. We were now caffeinated & ready to stand up. More and more people were arriving and getting loud and, God help me, starting to chant a countdown. *shiver* The doors open & we squeeze in 3 or 4 at a time. (Let's say we're 14-17 at this point - we got tired of walking around the mall very quickly) Wristbands are cut off & we weasel our way to the back of the maze/store one by one. I round a corner and there he was. Sans hat so that hair was in full effect.

Lovely.

Honestly, as I told Kris, the most beautiful man I've ever seen in person, and I have seen some pretty people. He was very charming and polite and in the 5 seconds I was face to face with him, could have charmed the pants off of anyone. I walked up to the table where he sat surrounded by 5 huge, unfriendly looking fellows.

Me: Hi, I'm Jenny
RP: Hello *immediately distracted by my shirt which he reads aloud*
RP: "Meanwhile, in a town called Spoons"
(in the split second it takes me to realize he's not just checking out my rack, I strike that hip forward, shoulder back 'this old thing' pose. My body is retarded)
Me: You like it?
RP: *crooked Edward smile* *chuckle*
Me: Thank you so much (as he slides poster to me)
RP: You're very welcome

Then I'm rushed from the store so the girl behind me can go all doe-eyed, too.

The 4 of us squeeze through the people crowded around the door to congregate in front of the jewelry store around the corner. We are all, dare I say, dazzled. (I know, groan all you want) Oh, and there was NO chance for a thumb-wrestle, shocking I know. So we head down to Macy's to see the madness, calling everyone we know on the way there. Depending on which newcast you caught, there were between 2,000 -4,000 people there. And they were all screaming. We sidled over to the Auntie Anne's to let Beth sit down (you know that scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off right before Cameron falls in the pool? Yeah, kind of like that). We also noticed there there were some gates ready to be made into barricades by the door. And we thought, "Hmm, I'm sure it would be much easier (not to mention safer) for them to take him out of Hot Topic the back way and bring him in this handy little door right here." Which they did. And this is the video from where we were standing. Turn your sound WAY down. Did I mention I hate screaming girls?



So yeah, the Q&A was lousy with screaming teens so we went outside. We waited as he was whisked away (literally pushed into the car). It would be really easy to say it was a waste of time or not worth it, but we had a lot of fun. I met Beth about 2 weeks before we tackled this insanity. We had a blast and I have a nifty signed poster, some new friends and a long, long story.




On a side note, I had an epiphany on the way home. A moment of clarity. I have mentioned how physically beautiful this man is. The character he is portraying is described as the ideal man. After being up for 40 hours, you can marry those 2 together pretty easily. My moment of clarity was this: If there is this just, knockout specimen in the world, why on earth am I wasting any time or energy being bitter about a relationship that should have ended long before it did? Sure, I was treated very poorly at the end by someone who called me his best friend and will probably have occasional fits of rage, but my opinion now? Who gives a good gosh darn? I'm done. It was so very Not. Worth. It.

So thank you, Stephenie Meyer for giving me a great escape during that breakup, and thank you, Robert Pattinson for helping me put an end to it in my head (my heart was over it a while ago).

Sunday, November 16, 2008

So. Worth. It.


If for no other reason than a good story.

So....Melissa, Beth & I decided we were going to see Robert Pattinson at Orland Park on the 12th (which is so NOT Chicago). The mall warned people that they wouldn't be allowed to line up until 5am Wednesday morning. Beth and I were a little bummed because we'd planned on camping out like loonies & sleeping in the car. I got home from work around 10 (after I found parking) and got a call from Melissa telling me that she was on the livejournal boards and that there were already 175 people lined up - for 500 wristbands. I got her off the phone and called Beth, who answered, "So am I just coming to get you now?"

Yes.

We made it to Orland at about 12:30 in the AM and got in line. We met a girl in line behind us who flew in FROM ATLANTA by herself and was leaving the next night to fly to DC to see Kristen Stewart (Bella) - the moral: There is no judging of me. They let us into the mall after about half an hour to keep us from standing in the craptastic weather. Luckily, I hadn't really cleaned out my bag from the sleepover plan, so I had my computer and the mall had free wi-fi, and time passed pretty quickly.




We got our wristbands by 2am (numbers 405-408) and headed to Denny's with our new friend, Laura. I had Moons Over My Hammy for the first time in years at the slowest Denny's on the planet. You see, no one had told them anything was happening at the mall, so there were 2 people working. No worries, we didn't have anywhere we needed to be.

The sun was just rising when we got back to the mall to see MOBS of bitter parents/kids who showed up about 3 hours too late to get the wristbands. I have to give kudos to Hot Topic (not something I thought I would ever say) for the way they handled it. By midnight, there were already enough people to sell out the event. After the madness in San Francisco earlier in the week, they made the call to sell the wristbands at that time so we could (ideally) get some sleep, rather than tell us to disperse only to have us race each other back to the door in 5 hours.

The news cameras were there to catch all the hatefulness. I love that the people talking about 'rules being broken' by selling the tickets early are the same parents who took their kids out of school for the day. Semantics I know, but come on! If you know there are a limited number of tickets and you are driving from 6 hours away, why wouldn't you get there the night before?? Anyway, we saw the chick from Channel 7 interviewing the Hot Topic manager, then the mall manager. We told her we actually got wristbands and were very impressed with how everything ran like clockwork. She asked if she could interview us. The first question she asked us? "So are there kids with you guys or is this just for you?"

Yeah, I didn't really like her.

At least the Hot Topic guy heard us and thanked us because he was catching shit everywhere he turned. So now we had a couple of hours to kill until we could get back into the mall. Beth killed some time driving around the parking lot, checking out the angries. Then we decided to try and get the only sleep we would get before heading home that night.

About 45 minutes into the nap, I get a text from my sister Kim, telling me that she contacted her local morning radio show (105.3 HOT-FM) to let them know her little sister was standing in line to meet Robert Pattinson. Actually I think she said, "If you'd like to talk to a 30 year old teenager, here's my little sister's phone number." About 5 minutes after that text, I got a call from a 616 number. 10 minutes later, I'm a faux-celebrity on Grand Rapids radio and I've promised to try to thumb-wrestle our own Edward Cullen. Oy.

I'll have to finish next time. I'm sleepy & it was a long day.

However Andrea, "I Heart Hot English Guys Who Play Vampires" is SO not out of the question.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

RPattz



*swoon* More to come. Need sleep now.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Rosanne Cash is Freaking Awesome

This is a great article by Rosanne Cash detailing why she should replace Sarah Palin as the Rebuplican VP nominee. Who knew she was so funny?

Friday, October 17, 2008

What Women Want

An observation: I will never understand men's reluctance to accompany their ladies (or women in general) to so-called 'chick' things. Honestly, these guys will never have the opportunity to be surrounded by females of whatever age as worked up as after these estrogen-fests. I'm not saying they need to come home with Beaches and ice cream, but when your lady shows some love for, oh let's say a book series (Twilight), a movie (Say Anything) or a crooner (Michael Bublé) listen! These characters, fictional or stage personas, are giving you a how-to of charm. Those silly lines we swoon over may not play out in the real world, but take away the sentiment/emotion associated with them. And I have never seen women more whipped into a frenzy than at a Bublé show. A well-timed wink at that show could have gotten anyone some play. There were grown women all but throwing their panties at that big ball of charming, sensitive man-candy. Honestly, there's not better word for what we want.

Charm: a power of pleasing or attracting, as through personality or beauty

Charm us! I'm not saying you have to compose a lullaby or hoist a boombox, but take advantage of our whims! We are putty, sadly, for even the smallest effort. My favorite bit of that Michael Bublé show was when he thanked the men in the audience for coming. "I know you didn't want to come sit through that 'gay Booble guy's' show, but trust me, fellas - I'll do my best to put the air in those bike tires so you can ride it all the way home."

He's such a cad!

Like I said, charm. And a dirty sense of humor. That's all we want. Although maybe that's just me. :)

And maybe I should raise those standards...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sex Hair

Because we all need to look at a pretty picture now and again. I just spent 10 minutes losing a staring contest to this.

Again, I never said I wasn't obsessed. Or 14.

And you're welcome.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Cutest. Thing. Ever.

This guy sings puppies to sleep. Puppies! Falling asleep! Adorable.

Feeling a cold coming on?


Normally I can tell a cold is coming by waking up one day with a sore throat. Another sure tell? An absurd dream. Don't get me wrong. I can have dreams as bizarre and vivid as the next guy (ask my sisters). However, last night - or this morning rather - was a doozy! I will give you the bullet points of what I remember:

-I was on the set of The Colbert Report
-Watching a family of circus performers (one of whom was my friend)
-We were really waiting to see Rich Hardesty (I know)
-And he was going to sing, "Cool Guy With a Car"

For those of you who don't know, that song is by a guy named Wally Pleasant. Kim had a tape of his in college, and I was pretty sure it was the coolest thing ever at the time. Even now, that's my favorite song from the album. I even have it on my computer because a few years ago I found him online and got the CD for Kim. Ah, nostalgia. Although I haven't even thought about that lately, much less listened to it.

As for Rich Hardesty - he played a lot in Bloomington, but I don't think I even saw him play. Maybe once. But totally random. I mean, I'm pretty sure I thought he was a douche. He redeemed himself in my dream by planning on playing that song, I guess.

Something tells me I'm going to load up on Nyquil tonight. Oooo, that should give me some certifiable dreams. I'll let you know.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

That's right. A Trailer.

There's a countdown to a trailer.



And yes, I got it. Don't you judge me!

Update: And just like that, it switched to the movie countdown. Bless them.

Home, Sweet Home

It occurred to me last week that I've been in my own little apartment now for a whole month. I guess I didn't realize that much time had passed. I'm glad to have something to mark the passage because it doesn't feel like much has changed to me. Perhaps once I get a bed....

Kim & Pam will be coming up for a visit the end of this month. I've promised to have the bed by then. The weekend will include a trip to Ikea among other things. Pam has also requested a stop at Lush for some new bubble bars. I'm kind of worried that the combination of those two stores alone could cause her some sort of retail brain damage . Sensory overload, if nothing else.

Apart from that, I'm thinking a performance of Wicked would be really fun. The Chicago cast (if it's the same one I've already seen) is pretty outstanding. I'm all for any other suggestions for fun Chicago-y activities. Anything to make my family feel better about the city I've called home (with a brief, kind of hiatus) for the last five years.

I'm even making my very tasty quiche today as a trial run for later. New oven, new baking. Did I mention I finally got a cookie sheet? Woohoo!

Friday, October 3, 2008

How to 'win' a debate (by not imploding)

This is pretty great.

Thanks to Jonathan

Friday, September 26, 2008

Stewart/Colbert - the only source for news




Smart & funny is the only way to go. CNN has a great interview with two of the best.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

James Marsden is fabulous!



Not terribly P.C. & kind of naughty. Watch if you'd like.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

C-toe

Really? Alice would never wear this.

What's with perfectly lovely girls wearing horrid outfits? Why put such pretty flowers in such a ugly, ill-fitting pot? If I looked like her, I'd go to work naked everyday and people would thank me.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Palin & Clinton on SNL

Although Tina Fey will get ALL the attention from this (and she is AWESOME), Amy Poehler is freaking hysterical.

Noooooo, MINE!

edit: New link. Try it again.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Fringe

Want to see 3 grown women illustrate why hot men are good marketing? My cousins & I discuss Joshua Jackson (and Fringe).

Squee! (part 2)

You know that Twilight poster at the theater down the street? Yeah, it was stolen.

And, no, it wasn't me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cameos (part 2)

I almost forgot the inspired appearance in There's Something About Mary by one Brett Fav-rah. That Ben Stiller gets me every time!

Franks & Beans to you too.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Squee!



Guess what sign is ALREADY UP at the theater literally 1/2 a block from my apartment. Think they'll be greeting me by name by Christmas? And did I mention if you bring your own bag, they give you free popcorn? Oh yeah!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Cameos

A word on movie cameos:

I love them. Love.

I love the idea of (in)famous people knowing a good joke & not caring if they are that joke.

I saw The Rocker last week. Very entertaining, but probably a matinee. And the cameo? Pete freaking Best! Don't know who that is? Keep in mind the movie is about Rainn Wilson's drummer character who gets kicked out of his hair band just before they become huge. Pete Best was the original drummer for The Beatles, and is best know for being ousted for Ringo right before they exploded to be the biggest band in the world. He has one line in the movie. There's no, "Holy crap! Do you know who you are?" moment. Just a line. For fans like me to geek out over. Thank you for that.

Another great one? Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder. It's a little, ok a LOT more over the top. But I've got to say, it kind of made me not be totally creeped out by him. So good for him.

Although my favorite (that I can think of right now) is Lance Armstrong in Dodgeball. Ben Stiller might like showing us which of his famous friends he can get to play along (see Travis's video for 'Closer'), but I like it! His conversation with Vince Vaughn makes that movie. And that's saying something. I mean, Chuck Norris plays himself! But my vote goes to Lance for his shaming of Peter La Fleur. Kudos.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Wow



Harry Potter & Frodo had a baby. (Much better without the leather)

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hellooooo September!

I am in!

I am sore and tired and cramped (as in surrounded by boxes that could totally band together & conquer me if they could think) and cool. Cool because after one night without it, my mommy bought me a window air conditioner. *sigh* It's glorious. And I found the coolest thing while 'installing' said conditioner: transparent duct tape!. It's still definitely got the cross-hatching, but much less noticeable than the token gray.

So many, many, many thanks again to Kim & Mom for being punishment gluttons for helping me this weekend. I would not recommend to anyone that they move Labor Day weekend (or any holiday weekend, really). Nothing makes the pain & sweat more vicious than driving the moving van (several times) past a beautiful beach packed with people enjoying the weekend. Especially if you have 47 sets of keys with you when you get to the new apartment with a loaded van, but, ah, none of those keys actually open the doors to the new building because you left those on the windowsill of the old apartment. If that happens, it's much more helpful to laugh. Which I did. Over and over. All weekend. Granted, I only fell once. And of course it (!) it was carrying the very last thing up the stairs. Every bruise will remind me of some crippling giggle fit. And I have many bruises. But I blame the guy at Budget for starting it.

What kind of moron starts drumming his fingers against a cardboard box in a tiny room full of irritated, sweaty people? The kind that sends one of my eyebrows shooting up and sends Kim into a fit of laughter that forces her to step outside. Those other people must have thought we were crazy. At least I'm sure they did when I started tearing up and snorted. Mom was very proud.

But it was a very fun weekend. You're all welcome at my swinging bachelorette pad. Did I mention it's only 30 yards from the beach? Too bad that was too far for any of us to walk this weekend. After 3 floors & oodles of boxes, it just wasn't as tempting as lying on the floor. Did I mention the air conditioning? Woo!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It's Over! (part one)

While I am not in my new place until this weekend, Dave is OUT. And I have my iTunes & iPhoto libraries. His keys are here, so no more stopping in to get more stuff unannounced. It may not sound that impressive, but it feels pretty freaking awesome to me. In fact, I think it's time to play Al Bundy & sit to watch some TV in my underwear...just because I can.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Olympic Village = Band Camp

"Hell, that's what half of band camp is....sex ed."

or

What Happens in Beijing......

I just want to know how they got a picture of my butt for the article!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

It takes 2

It just occurred to me that in 2 weeks I will officially be in my new apartment. Granted, I'm going to start moving things next week, but as of Sept. 1 I'll be permanently out of this place. I'm trying to treat it like giving 2 weeks notice at a job. Spending time with the things I'll miss (e.g. space) and getting ready to move on. And thanks to the fall schedule not starting until well into September, I think I'm going to shut my cable off today. I knew there was a reason for me buying allllll those movies. Just to entertain myself. I'm working my way through season 2 of Buffy. And I'll be using tomorrow to sort Christmas ornaments, magic eraser some walls and label my boxes. I'm sure a trip or 2 to Ikea will find it's way in as well.

I just thought about that episode of Fat Actress (which, by the way is hysterical) where it is suggested to Kirstie Alley (by Wallace Shawn no less - 'inconceivable') that to make herself 'smaller' she surround herself by small things. Cut to Leah Remini entering to find Kirstie sitting in a circle with a group of little people. Basically, I'm wondering if I too will become more compact in a compact space. Hopefully that doesn't translate to shorter. I've got that covered.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

On The Upside

Duh! Twilight is coming out 3 weeks early! It's nice to have some Edward Cullen salve to ease my Harry Potter wait. Squee!

After a 20 minute conversation (about Twilight) with 2 of the girls at Bath & Body Works in my mall, I was emailed a 'version' of the script they found online. Who knows how genuine it is, but I definitely had fun reading it. I'm thinking seeing it twice in one day (November 21st) isn't out of the question - and only slightly obsessive.

Waiting again

I feel like I'm in a constant state of flux. I have a home technically, but it's hard to feel comfy when 90% of your belongings are in boxes (b/c my dresser is in Joyce's basement until I fetch it & it's BIG - so I'm not moving it more than I have to). I'm on an aerobed for now (Thank you, Michelle), but at least I've started cooking again, which is nice. I'm convinced that the smell of lasagna can make even a bench feel homey.

Dave should be getting the last of his things out of the apartment today. Yes, it's ridiculous that there are still things there, but he did pay his share of the rent for the last month (albeit grudgingly), and honestly, I couldn't care less about the objects there as long as he's not. Everything's much easier without coming home & looking to see if his car is there or not. I'm too tired to deal with his hostility - especially when it's completely unwarranted.

I'm working Mom & Kim to get some volunteers for moving the last week of this month. Hopefully I'll have most of the boxes in by then and just need help with the big things - dresser, tv...yeah, that's about it. Lesson learned: if you're having any misgivings about a relationship, DO NOT donate your furniture - especially your bed, because you are a dumbass if you do. A dumbass that sleeps on an aerobed.

All in all, everything is much better. We'll see if I still feel that way when I get home tonight. And by that I mean whether I'm going to have to fight for the All-Clad or not. I may be tired, but I love my pots. And I've been promised a flash-drive with my music/photos on it from the other computer. It may take a while to get that. Enough promises have been broken in the last month, but that's in the past now. Wow. That is too depressing to have as a last sentence in a post.

So how about this?

Monday, August 4, 2008

Woo-freaking-hoo!!!

I've got my apartment. Remind me how excited and relieved I am right now when I start complaining about the actual move (silver lining? I own nothing) ;) Pictures to come later this month. I'll be moving the very end of August.

Joy! And Liberation! And Freedom! Hooray!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Squeeeee!



New Twilight trailer (which, I believe is showing before The Dark Knight)

It's going to be HUGE

All Grow'd Up

What I did today:

1. Renewed my car registration
2. Paid various bills
3. Found out how to switch from a family cell plan to single (as I am now)
4. Frugally decided *not* to go to a movie, but stay home & watch my own
5. RSVP'd to a munchkin's birthday party
6. Found TWO fantastic apartments that must now compete for my love

I'm feeling very responsible and mature. If I feel especially motivated, I've got some boxes in my car waiting to be filled with dvd's & chochkie. Not to mention there's always laundry...

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sunday Laundry


And what it means to Dave.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Some people are never happy

Did you know Apple hates women? Yeeeeah, I think they just assume if you paid for the first iPhone perhaps you'll save on your acrylic fill-ins.

Monday, June 16, 2008

My friends are awesome!

I'm 30!

I had an epiphany a few months ago. You know how when you're little, 30 seems like it's ancient? Well, 'little me' always assumed I would be married and have kids by that point. About, oh say, 9 months ago I was thinking about that an realized that meant that I would have to get pregnant in the next 2 weeks. Yeeeeeaah, no. But it does make you reevaluate this point in your life, and all that jazz.

But you know what? I spent this weekend with 3 distinct groups of friends, (not to mention a great boyfriend who catered to whatever I wanted) who all helped me celebrate with them. Michelle, Gary & Adam in particular. Honestly, by the time Sunday actually rolled around, the only thing that reminded me my birthday wasn't already over were the phone calls. I'm very lucky to have such great friends & family. I'm glad I didn't try the big party route, actually. It was so much fun to share with everybody else: Michelle's 31st (or 13th), Gary's 30th & Adam's graduation. We really need no reason for these get-togethers, but we'll make some up if we have to. I know!

Everyone can come over to play with my new Wii. ;) Because that's what all the cool kids in their 30's really want.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

This is for Kris & Rodd. Rock & roll mustaches.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Shhhh! I'm reeeeeading



Can't talk. Have to read again. Now go watch trailer.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Here I Come!!


Is that not the best picture to start your day? In all seriousness, I may have the cutest niece ever.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

A Loooooong weekend

This past weekend I took a little trip - from Evanston to Louisville to Lexington to Dayton and back home again. 984.1 miles in all. Again, thank you Budget. I'll give you a little play by play (I'm in that kind of mood. I'm watching the cubs game). If you'd like to see the photos, here they are.



Friday: work as long as I can possibly stand, head to the airport to pick up Amy & the car, get a little SUV instead. Score!



Saturday: we leave my house at 5:40 in the AM, make it to our hotel in about 6 hours, get ready & head to the wedding, travel to reception, back to hotel bar to hang out with the girls & Sally & Mike




Sunday: breakfast at hotel, drop Amy & Kathy off at the airport, drive to Lexington, meet Linda & her friends at Keeneland, have the best f-ing tailgate food EVER thanks to MaryAnn, pick 3 (that's right 3!) winners in a row at the horse races, lose my voice completely, head to Linda's for the night, have a severe allergic reaction to Tipsy, take some Benedryl & go to bed with an ice pack on my oh-so-swollen eyes



Monday: head on home, drop the car off at O'Hare, take 2 trains & a bus home, collapse into a deep, deep sleep

Whew! Did I mention almost 1000 miles?? Good times

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

New Hair



Toned down the blonde a bit. LOVE it. And I love Summer (the stylist & the season)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Park


I have a crazy dog and she likes to roll on the grass.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Wooo-freakin-hooo!


Take that, you non-believers! I know where I'll be April 4th.

(Please don't let them suck - because, honestly I won't be able to tell)

Friday, March 28, 2008

Summer's coming

Time to bust out the sunscreen & the self-tanner. I'm partial to L'Oreal for the slight shimmer and tasty smell, but ever since Jergen's changed their scent it's been growing on me. Plus, they're donating to The Skin Cancer Foundation when you pledge to curb bad tanning habits (not that I really have any). It's a good cause with a chance of freebies.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I want to go. I need to go. I will go.



Amy Sedaris likes me (and You)!

Thank you, Budget!

So Karen Hooser's wedding is next month & I've decided that rather than leaving Dave without a car only to ride his bike to work in God-knows-what-kind of weather, I'm going to rent a car. Here's my reasoning:

1. Not putting the miles on my car (Evanston-Louisville-Dayton-Evanston)
2. I'll be getting an automatic so Amy can drive if I'm tired or otherwise impaired. :)
3. No Hannah hair flying around from my backseat while the windows are down - I have yet to meet the vacuum that is a match for that dog's hair!

But the mostest awesomest thing about renting that weekend? Budget is having a sale. Not just a measly 20% off. I'm getting a big girl car for 4 days for $50 bucks! How great is that? Just one more nail in the coffin for U-Haul as far as I'm concerned (hate hate hate). Time for a girly roadtrip! Anyone taking the over/under on the number of truckers flashed?

Monday, March 24, 2008

I know I've been lazy

...but here's a little funny for you. It's very clever.

George Lucas in Love

Enjoy! (and I promise to be better as we edge every closer to my 30th)

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Bomb Scare at Old Orchard

Yeah, that's my mall. In the past two months, we've closed early for a snow storm & a bomb threat. Did I mention we're not actually in Chicago? Just quiet little Skokie. Craziness.

I'll spend the day today recovering by watching IU clobber MSU again with wings & beer. It's a good day. :)

***jinx! jinx! jinx! I'm watching IU compete against a worthy MSU team***

Thursday, February 14, 2008

In honor of Valentine's Day...

The Proposal (settle down, it's not mine)




(There's some language at the end, so Mom - don't watch)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Holy Snow storm, Batman

You know the weather's going to be bad when they close an entire mall 4 hours early. Woo!


Meanwhile, Dave & I are in the city to see Wicked....let's hope the train will still carry us home. *fingers crossed*

Monday, February 4, 2008

Why would TMZ lie?

So this is the picture from TMZ.com that has my little heart all a-twitter.  As I told Linda, if Donnie's down then it is ON!!!

But seriously, Joey was wearing that damn hat before I hit puberty.  Hopefully this one doesn't have the top cut out (it'll hide his grays).
And that cell phone picture is really blurry.  Don't get me wrong;  I would still have pushed old ladies out of my way to get it.  Just too bad he didn't have an iPhone.... ;)

Happy Retirement, Coach

No one can argue the man knows basketball.  Fiery temper blah, blah, blah.  Who hasn't blown up then, regretted it a little later? He did a lot for the university & for the men he coached.  Indiana ran one of the cleanest programs in the country over his tenure & he contributed so much to the image (for better or worse) of Indiana basketball history.  Heck, chairs never had so much publicity.  And he's the coach I think of when Gene Hackman is making me cry in Hoosiers.  (Plus, he was always really complimentary to the band - when he was signing copies of his book for Amy & I, he said he told the Texas Tech band they had something to live up to.  How very cool is that?  And you know what?  There isn't a doubt in my mind that he said that.  So I'm easy.)  I'm glad to see he went when he was ready this time.   And you've got to admit, the man was fun to watch.  I have always appreciated a good smartass.



Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cutest. Picture. Ever. Part 2

This is my niece, Bailey.    That's right.   She's that cute. 

Monday, January 28, 2008

Shut UP!


18 years (to the month) after my first concert,

3 days after I get the same haircut I had then,

it's announced the hardest working boys in show business are coming back.

Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!!!

Nora, Kristen we are SO going.

Friday, January 25, 2008

I got my her did.



So new hair and old hair. Apart from the blondeness & the ability to get along with my curls now, I'm pretty sure this is my haircut from 5th grade. I just need to bust out some big ole glasses. You know how sometimes you're just done with your hair? That was me last week. That second picture is just about the last time all of it was down out of some sort of holder. I just have a ton of hair. Summer took off about 5 inches. This is much better. It's just so damn perky. :) (And, yes, those are legos covering pretty much the entire bookshelf. We just haven't figured out how to fit the Millenium Falcon on it...yet)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Harry Potter v. Family Guy



I love them both. They're great. That said, now that I'm a faithful little mac girl, I have a bone to pick with the Harry Potter people. I bought Order of The Phoenix (because, well, I was always going to) and was tickled to see it included a digital copy of the movie to store on my computer. Woohoo! Now I can carry Harry around in my iPhone, right? Wrong. Silly me missed the little "Not compatible with Apple Macintosh or iPod devices." Come on. Family Guy, however, does not disappoint. Not only can you download the seasons from iTunes, Blue Harvest (Family Guy 'does' Star Wars) comes with a digital copy that is happily loading to my iPhone as we speak. One more reason I love Seth MacFarlane.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Come to SEE Eyewear. We leave your feet alone.

Skokie Eye Dr. Sued. Claims Assistant Licked her Toes.

#1. This is not my store or my doctor or me.

#2. We get a ton of her patients buying glasses from us (now I know why).
a. Maybe now we'll get some more.

#3. I will not be recruiting employees from any of her locations.

Just goes back to what I've always said about a doctor's staff being their first line of defense. Don't hire freaks. And, excuse me, but are people really so intimidated by a doctor's office that they would wait until their toes were touched "several times" before taking a little look-see? I'm pretty sure I would have involuntarily kicked him in the junk after the first time. Maybe she's just not ticklish.

(link courtesy of Kristen)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

ABC, easy as 123


Have I mentioned how much I enjoy Pushing Daisies? I don't think I have. Simply put, it is a pleasure to watch every week. (or it will be when we've had our share of American Gladiator weird sweatiness). The cast is great. It looks like a happy, bright little wonderland. They've already had some great guest stars (What theaters have you been hiding out in, Paul Reubens?) The lead couple is painfully adorable and the whole happy business is narrated by Jim Dale, whose voice I've fallen asleep to many times listening to various Harry Potter novels on flights to Vegas.

And another great thing? If you've ever tried to catch a recap on NBC of, say The Office, you know what a pain in the butt it can be. Well, ABC has got it down! If you need to catch up on a gazillion hours of Lost before it starts up again, you can watch the entire series so far streaming from the site. I don't even have to TiVo Desperate Housewives anymore. And and and, they're posting My So-Called Life for your viewing pleasure. How freaking great is that? (It's such a pleasure I actually watched an episode of Cavemen. If that's not a glowing review of their technology, I don't know what is. (Although the show itself is pretty much as bad as you thought it would be).

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Lust




Does Kris want? I know Adam does.