Friday, October 31, 2008

october playlist

October has been a crazy month. I wish I could say it was full of parties, dancing, debauchery, etc. Sadly, it's really just been full of reading and writing papers. Here's hoping to a better November.

As Promised: My October Playlist

1) "August 28th, 3:30 a.m." - Automatic Loveletter. I think the first time I heard this song was on The Hills (yes, I'm addicted to this show as well. yes I know it's fake). This song is a Paramore-ish ballad with a chorus that makes me sing at the top of my lungs. I've been playing it a lot on the way to school since the singing helps wake me up.

2) "Hammars & Strings - A Lullaby" - Jack's Mannequin. Not sure if any of you have heard of them, but it's the side project from the lead singer of Something Corporate. Their music is piano driven mellowish rock. Their new album is freaking amazing and has been on repeat a lot.

3) "Just Dance" - Lady GaGa. If you read Perez Hilton, she's all over that site. I was a little hesistent to check her out, but I finally took the plunge and I'm glad I did. This is just a good pop song that makes you want to get up and dance. Plus it seems like this girl can actually sing. She sounds less processed than Britney (though I still love her) but the poppiness is just as good.

4) "Hey Jealousy" - Gin Blossoms. This is one of those songs that I could listen to a thousand times and stil love. It's 90s. It's wonderful.

5) "Take Me Home Tonight" - Eddie Money. For some reason this song reminds me of a drunken night of karaoke, which I don't get to do nearly as much as I would like. I also remember this video from when I was super little. Not sure why, but for your 80s enjoyment: I particularly like it because it features "Ronnie Spector" of the Ronettes whom I adore. If you're ever bored, read her autobiography: "Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or My Life as a Fabulous Ronette". She talks all about the craziness of being married to Phil Spector. It's nutty.

6) "Fake Plastic Trees" - Radiohead. Interestingly, the first time I heard this song was an acoustic version on the "Clueless" soundtrack. But I think the original version is so much better. I love that it starts of mellow and then picks up as the song progresses. Fabulous.

7) "Somebody Hates Me" - Reel Big Fish. When I was in high school, I was obsessed with Reel Big Fish and ska music in general. I think I've seen them live more than any other band - they were super fun and the crowd was so into it. As the years went by, the band made some changes and I don't love them as much anymore. But I decided to pul this gem out the other day and was taken back.

8) "I Saw the Light" - Todd Rundgren. One of those songs from the 70s that I adore. Whenever I hear it, it makes me happy. Not sure why.

9) "Chasing Pavements" - Adele. She was one of those artists that I heard about here and there and didn't take time to look into. Then I watched her perform on SNL a few weeks ago and was like "wow, check this girl out."

10) "Love Story" - Taylor Swift. I'm not really a gal that's into country music, but I really like Taylor Swift. I liked "Our Song" which was on the radio 24/7 for a while, so I was excited to find another song of hers that I like.

There you go. I'm in the need of new music, so what are you guys and gals currently listening to???

Sunday, October 26, 2008

a nap sounds lovely

This weekend was bananas...again. It seems like the weekends aren't time off anymore, just work days where I don't have to go to class. I remember waking up on Saturday mornings and eating my bowl of cereal while I watched "Saved By the Bell" and "California Dreams" and the only thing I had to worry about was making sure that I didn't leave the remote control in the living room when I went to refill my glass of orange juice or else my brother would steal it and I could kiss my tv shows goodbye. Distant memory. But I did finally cave in to twitter...who can I follow???

Yesterday was Matt's Dad's golf tournament. The event is less about getting the best score and more about getting wasted and for the past few years I've been the designated driver for the team. On Friday night I stayed up until 2 a.m. doing work which was silly since I had to be awake at 6:30 am to pack up all of my stuff for the day, grab Brodie and all his stuff pack it all in the car, and get out of the house so we could be at Matt's parents house by 7:30. After I picked up the team and dropped them off at the golf course, I went back to Matt's house armed with law books and a venti caramel mochiatto and when to work. This week I have my legal ethics paper and my rough draft for my thesis due on the same day...not sure if that's going to happen. But I was determined to get the ethics paper finished by Sunday and it took all my energy to focus on it yesterday. I was able to make a little dent in it which was good. Around 4 p.m. I got the phone call to pick up the boys. I got there and Matt was wasted (good boy) and proudly showed me the mark on his leg:

Matt: Look at my leg!
Me: Omg baby, what happened?!
Matt: I fell out of the golf cart.
Me: You fell out of the golf cart...?
Matt: Yea, someone threw my ball to me and I reached out to grab it and fell out. And I wasn't even drunk yet!
Me: Right...
Matt: No really! I fell out again later, but I was drunk that time.
Me: Nice.

After I dropped people back at home, we had to get ready for the post-tournament dinner. We went, we ate, they drank. It was lovely. I finally got Matt and Brodie home around 9:30 and while I convinced myself that I would keep working, my body disagreed and I fell asleep on my laptop sometime around 11.

Today I managed to focus a bit and finished the legal ethics paper. I'm not even sure if it makes sense, but it's only worth 10% and the professor said it's supposed to be a "rough draft" of the bigger paper that's due in a month. "Rough" can mean "completely unorganized", right? I hope so.

I gave myself a mini-break for dinner and now I'm off to work on the thesis. Wish me luck. Also, I need to post my October playlist. I'll get to that later this week...

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

change is good

So I finally changed the blog. I'm not 100% sure how I feel about it yet. But I'm not so great at making decisions. Don't be surprised if you see this change in the coming days.

This week was absolutely crazy. I'd love to sit here and write about it, but I think just writing about all that I've done would make me tired. But I think I may have to treat myself. Hmm, shoes or cupcakes...tough decision.

But I did go to see "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" today. Loved it. Michael Cera can do no wrong.

In the meantime, the bestie tagged me for a meme. What better way to procrastinate (and yes, I know it's 1:30 a.m. and I shouldn't be procrastinating - I should be going to sleep. but there's just that much work to do...)

Here are the rules:

1.Link to the person that tagged you
2.Post the rules on your blog
3.Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
4.Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
5.Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6.Let your tagger know when your entry is UP.

Here we go:

1) I once had scarlett fever. Who knew it still existed? I was 10 and I had a fever of 106 degrees. I remember sitting in the doctor's office and heard a nurse on the intercom say "we need a scarlett fever test in room 4". I looked at my mom and said "wow, I feel sorry for that kid." Turned out that kid was me. I totally freaked out because I remembered that Helen Keller had it and that's what caused her to be blind and deaf. I spent the entire car ride looking at all the trees, grass, houses because I was convinced I would never see them again.

2) Like the bestie, I have a ridiculous amount of pop culture knowledge. This is probably a result of watching "VH-1 I Love the 70s/80s/90s" and their sequels at least 10 times, reading gossip mags, wikipedia, etc. Tiff and I are convinced that we will kill at the Pop Culture World Series. We just need a 3rd member of our team who can cover the sports questions...any takers?

3) I started playing the piano when I was 3 1/2 and took lessons until I was 18. Whenever I was sad or angry, I would sit down in front of my piano and just play for hours. Even though I took lessons for so long, I'm convinced that I suck and I refuse to let anyone watch me play. That includes my fiance.

4) I'm really weird when it comes to eating meat. I'm not a vegetarian. I call it a "seasoning issue". For example, I don't like hamburgers, but I love tacos. I don't like chicken breast, but I like buffalo wings. The way I try to explain it is if it "tastes like meat", I'm not a fan. But if it tastes like meat that is covered in sauce/seasoning, I like it. Don't get it? Most people don't. But it makes sense to me.

5) When I was little, I was obsessed with the movie Shag. It's about these 4 girlfriends who go for a last hurrah in Myrtle Beach in the 1960s. I couldn't wait to turn 18 and take a trip like that with my girlfriends. I even considered going to Myrtle Beach. I really wanted to be like the character "Pudge" who loved to dance and fell in love on the trip. I never made it to Myrtle Beach.

6) When I was in 4th grade I got a hamster. I named him Ringo. He was actually a she. And I didn't know who the Beatles were or that their drummer was named Ringo. I have no idea how I pulled out the name Ringo. But this girl in my class got a hamster the next day and named him Jingo. I was like "hmmm, copy much???" She swore she was being creative. There are a lot of stories I could tell about that girl, but that's for another entry.

Here are the tags:
Miss Em

Monday, October 13, 2008

i'm a rock band goddess

The boy and I finally got Rock Band 2. As a result, I'm not getting any work done. But rocking out is totally better. They've totally stepped it up from the first Rock Band. There are so many more songs and ones that I'd want to play. We just finished with "Today" by the Smashing Pumpkins. That song takes me back...

Band Name: Rhymenocerous (however, we had to spell it like Rhyme|\|ocerous because it's not "classy" when spelled correctly. The reason? Rhymenocerous has "hymen" in it. Crazy. I want to write the rock band guys and inform them that "classy" has "ass" in it, so under their rules it's not an ok word)

Quote: Our Lyrics are Bottomless

Anyone who knows where that's from gets a gold star

Also, to anyone who reads this blog - it's going to be kinda messy for the next week or so. Tiffany's been bugging me to get a new template and I'm finally going to start working on it. But things may get messy for while...

Monday, October 6, 2008

designer imposters - part 2

Back in June I talked about Designer Imposters

First, a little background. The other day, Brodie was hopping (because he think he's a bunny) around the bed and decided to hop over me. But he jumped a little short and his back leg landed on my left eye. Ouchy. So my eye was a little red and I needed eye drops so I went to Walgreens. I got home, opened the package, took the little plastic safety seal off, twisted the cap off and there was no dropper! So when they say "check to make sure the bottle hasn't been tampered with", really check.

Today I went back to Walgreens to return the drops and took a little stroll through the store, when my eyes landed on this:

A few points:

1) It's scary that the packaging on some of those bottles is exactly the same as it was back when I bought them 15 years ago. I definitely had "Primo", "Confess", and "A Little Sexy" and if I looked hard enough through my boxes of junk in my room at my mom's house, I bet I could find a bottle.

2) I can't believe that was 15 years ago...

3) They cost $4.49 now. They were only $1.99 back in the day. And really, you shouldn't even pay that much. I feel bad for all the young girls whose allowance won't cover a bottle. But I think kids may be getting more than the $2/week I got.

4) If you wear those, do you actually say what you're wearing, or do you pretend like you're wearing the actual fragrance. I would really love to ask someone if they were wearing "Clinique Happy" and have them say "No, I'm wearing 'Wanna Play'". Although honestly, if they're still using the same formulas as they were back when I was learning long division, they don't smell like the real thing.

5) Apparently Ali Larter, pre-Varsity Blues/Legally Blonde/Heroes, starred in a Designer Imposters commercial. It's kinda risque, but totally 90s:

6) Who knew I would have so much to say about faux perfume?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

cubbies lose and i celebrate with the boy

This picture accurately shows the sadness of the cubs losing their chance at the world series:

How sad is he??? Almost as sad as me. Oh well cubbies, perhaps you'll win after 101 years.

In happier news, Matt and I had our "anniversary weekend" since things were too crazy to celebrate on the actual day. Being the dorks that we are, we tend to go to museums and touristy places to celebrate. I also like these places because they allow me to take dorky pictures such as this:

Don't I look chic on top of a turtle? I swear I would look that amazing if I was riding a turtle in nature. Right...

This year we went to the California Academy of Sciences, this really rad science museum that's in Golden Gate Park that just reopened after years of remodeling. The place is really amazing. There's a digital planetarium which is basically a huge dome that they show a video on. But since you're surrounded by the video, you feel like you're in it, moving in space. Pretty nifty. It totally reminded me of the 7th grade class trip to Space Camp - that's right, I went to space camp. Be jealous :)

They also have a "rainforest" which is completely sealed off and full of butterflies and lizards and all these tropical plants. While my hair wasn't a fan of the humidity, it was cool. And the craziest part of the place is that they have a "living roof". The roof is covered with all these native California plants that attract bees and birds.

I'm not sure how I feel about so much life on a roof, but they're scientists so I'll go for it. But the best part is the "African Hall" exhibit where they had a bunch of dioramas and penguins, which is always Matt's favorite part of the zoo/aquarium/Flamingo hotel in Vegas. They were super cute, especially when they were being fed. I wish fish would make me that happy.

I took today off from work and just vegged in hopes of relieving some stress. Last week was really crazy and it was amazing to say "screw law school" and not do any work. Hopefully I won't regret it in Corporations tomorrow.

All in all, it was a lovely weekend. Hope everyone had a great one too!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

happy anniversary

Today is the 7 year anniversary since me and the boy started dating.

7 Years...

That's a really, really long time.

And it's super exciting.