Thursday, August 30, 2007
lottie's friend and my acquaintnce tera is good friends with the girl who played elphaba, the wicked witch of the west. basically the storyline was told from the perspectives of elphaba and glinda and how they grew up together and how elphaba is really just misunderstood. the performances were stellar, and the script was hilarious. the only negative thing was the people sitting directly behind us, but we were able to change seats at half time.
i am sure some of you guys have seen the musical and prolly liked it. but if you havent and you get the chance definitely go! especially for all you kansans - youve been hating the wrong person this whole time! and youll never guess who the real bad guy is! the big bad wolf! just kidding.
it is always good to get a reminder that other people have the other side to the story and youll never get the whole story unless you were a part of it. all of the ozzians had no idea why elphaba was the way she was, and they hated her, but once they understood the circumstances, things were different. anyways, not to get tooo depp, but the moral if you will was a great one to keep in mind. look at life through other people's green lensed eye glasses. :)
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
we went to warner brothers studio last night to watch the filming of a new cbs show called big bang theory. it was soooo much fun. we watched the pilot first on tvs scattered strategically through the studio audience and then they began filming the show. they went in order chronologically so we got to actually see the whole show. sometimes they would film a scene multiples times with a few different lines to see which go tthe most laughs. it will be fun to watch the show when it airs (september 24th on cbs) and see which lines they chose. they gave us free pizza and the emcee (who was possibly the most annoying person i have EVER had the privelege of being locked in a room with for three hours) told jokes and did magic and handed out candy during the resetting of the scenes/transitions.
the sound stage the show was shot in was where they made cultural classics like casablanca, batman and robin and gremlins 2. veronicas closet was the longest running tv show previously shot there. it was stage 25 which is directly across from 24 which was the friends sound stage. instead of the usual plaques on all the other buildings that one has a special plaque that just says "the friends stage." i would have liked a tour but that was on the program for the evening.
it was so interesting to watch the guy up in the scaffolding manuevering the boom and all the cameras... you could watch the action live or see it on the aforementioned tv sets with the different camera angles like it would be on tv.
it was cool to see these relatively unknown actors (they are the types who have been in a lot of stuff and seem vaguely familiar but arent superstars by any means) and how excited they were to be the leads of this new show. they were all super professional and knew all their lines - they only had to reshoot because of a missed line once or twice. the concept of the show is good and the script is actually really funny. it would be cool if the show really takes off and we can say we were there for the first episode. it is about these two nerdy genius guys and their across the hall neighbor who is beautiful and blonde. the jokes that they make are super intellectual and funny because i only have half an idea what they are really talking about.
i think we might add this show to our regular weekly rotation. you should all watch it and see. maybe you will even hear me laugh! :)
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
but the best is this conversation i am having with anna. (we are playing scrabble on facebook)
anna.ostrander: you took my spot!!
anna.ostrander: i have all vowels and only 3 different ones
anna.ostrander: gotta go get a lung brb
meaghan: ok cool
she has to leave the conversation and get a lung. thats sweet.
so he was walking by starbucks and these two men were yelling at each other about one guys (a french tourist) little dog sniffing another guys (regular old american) big dog and the big dog growling at the little dog. joel steps in and says why dont we just calm down no harm no foul etc and the frenchman starts yelling at him and then follows joel down the street cursing at him loudly and in a very cliched manner (someone should tell him that "f***" is not the only curse word in the english language... cmon get creative...) and in a strong french accent and then he spit on joel. joel very calmly told him that was assault and he was calling the police... pulls out his cell phone and dials 911. the frenchmans girlfriend also spits at joel but misses. they take off and cut through chipotle to the back alley. the police come take his statement and start looking for the dude.
meanwhile joel comes, orders, starts to eat and relay the story. the beverly hills cop comes into cpk and tells joel that they have a guy in custody and want him to come identify him. so he leaves and does that. apparently when the guy went into the alley he took his shirt off (to avoid drawing attention - which completely backfired/as a disguise) and people dont do that in beverly hills and thats how they found him. so they took him and booked him and he has a court date in a couple of weeks. if he doesnt show up (which he prolly wont since i imagine he will be safely back in france) his priveleges of coming into the united states will be revoked and if he ever goes through customs trying to enter the country he will be immediately arrested.
becasue a big dog growled at his little dog. talk about needing to just relax.
i had no idea the french were soooo uptight.
im getting a hair cut today! yay! mostly just a trim but i am contemplating bangs. i think i have hair add. im not one of those people who will look back at pictures from high school and realize that my hair looks exactly the same. i know girls like that and it stresses me out. its like cmon take a chance... its just hair. you can dye it back and it will grow... so go crazy!
fran leaves on thursday and we leave on friday to go to phoenix for the long weekend. we get to see uncle ron and aunt sharon and matt and noelle and if i am really lucky fatou and cassie. we will just see. when we get back carolyn? caroline? carolynn? carolyne? some other girl is coming to stay with us. she is also a protege. i think she will be living with us for about a month but im not sure.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
the first picture is me with the momma to be aka christina dronen aka gwen stefani in preggo mode. then we have the poster that kris customized for the party. the babys name is gonna be ashley claire dronen (acd) so we just went to the next natural progression of acdc and rocked it out! the four of us were the hostesses (me - 80s groupie, lottie aka baby spice, kim aka 1983 madonna and kriss look is inspired by sanjaya recently of american idol infamy).
we also had an air guitar contest. which was freakin hilarious/awesome. this was the best baby shower ever!!!!! for those of you facebookers all the pictures from that are posted there. if you arent you should be.
ps a rockers life is never dull... except after the after party...
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
sprouted spaghetti is not as good as those bleached enriched sticks most of yall prolly eat. healthier, but just not quite the same. it gets mushy even when it is stil al dente. we used our last 2 lb block of koci beef when i made spaghetti sauce last week - there was enough to have again tonight. sadness. i dont know when we will get more. anyone in the topeka want to fly some out? i would really apreciate it thanks.
i did get in-n-out for lunch... protein style burger and animal style fries. does life get better?
lately anna and i have been obsessed with playing scrabble through facebook. it is scrabulous! (i didnt make that up. its actually the name of the application.) we play one or two games a day. i also like playing with random people... so far i am a big scrabble loser. i have only won 4 games but im having fun so it doesnt matter. it is fun to play with someone who lives across the country. so everyone get a facebook page and add scrabulous. i will play scrabble with anyone. and apparently i am easy to beat. so there.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
i have also been working on cleaning out the student files from over five years ago so there is room in the storage garage for the recently terminated student files. it is a stupid boring dirty job, but thats why they pay me the big bucks. oh wait...
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
yesterday after work i took the subway down to hollywood and highland (only a little scary by myself) and went shopping. i went to the costume stores and wig stores looking for the perfect outfit for this weekends rock n roll baby shower. i found some good stuff, but nothing in my price range (as awesome as a michael jackson wig would be... $40??? its not like im going to get multiple uses out of this thing). i decided that instead of dressing as my favorite rock star, it is going to be easier (a little bit more fun) to dress as a groupie. so i got a little tank top and some cheesy jewelry and im good to go. the tank top is actually something i would wear again, although not with my short jean skirt and leggings with glitter on them. intrigued? the party is saturday so check on sunday for pictures... :)
when i got home i cooked dinner (tuna steaks... yum!) and we went to two of my favorite stores. bevmo and vallarta. yay. then, since fran i gone, we blew up the air mattress and slept in the living room. i actually got cold last night. it was a wonderful feeling - waking up at 4:30 am shivering. i think we are sleeping out there again tonight. it brought back good memories of camping out on the floor of kevin and nikkis apartment when we first moved out here. gt gt.
Monday, August 20, 2007
we saw transformers. it is seriously one of the best movies i have ever seen. i know that sounds totally dorky but have you seen it? it is totally sci-fi, but you dont feel like you are watching a sci-fi movie. all of the technology being used by the humans seems totally legit. the only thing that seems out of the ordinary is the alien that take the shape of vehicles. the action was intense... shia leboef rocks my face off... tyrese and josh duhamel are yummy... the plot was decent (as in there actually was one, which is becoming rarer in movies these days).
anyways. go see it. youll like it.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
he gets home, and i help him install it (yeah i really did. although installation of a window unit in an apartment in la is a matter of lifting the thing in to the premade hole in the wall. but still. its shake and bake and i helped.) he turned it on and ahhh blessed cool air. we were watching the chiefs play the dolphins on monday night football on thursday nights (in what universe does that make sense i ask you) and the breaker blew. so we unplugged the tv from the same breaker as the air con, turned everything back on and watched the game.
the breaker blows again. we figure out the some of our small kitchen electrics are on the same breaker, even though they arent being used, so we unplug those and reset the thing. watch a couple more minutes of the game and...
it blows again.
this happened four or five mroe times and the guy downstairs (the apartment nmanager) comes upstairs to check on the new air con.
he wants to put a new plug type in the outlet that is specific to just the air con and so he does. we tried to explain to him that that is what blew up the other one because too much power is runnig through that circuit but he didnt listen. we get everything set up and test it on one of our little fans. it burns up the motor in the fan, but he still had us try the air con in the plug.
it ran for about five minutes before blowing up.
that was our third air con in four weeks.
it took forever to fall asleep last night as i was wallowing in a pool of my own sweat.
an electrician is supposedly going to come over tonight and fix it. we will see. im not holding my breath.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
last night: three of these and one of these
this morning: one of these
and then come home and sweat to death.
but i got the day off work... :)
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
i read a book yesterday called the kommandant's girl. it is set in poland during wwii. the main character is a jew who poses as a protestant polish girl and winds up working for the nazis. it was really really good. you should all read it. well all the women reading this blog anywyas. wasnt a very guy sort of book. the plot was arresting, the writing was well done - two thumbs up. one of the most serious books ive read in a long time thats for sure.
we watched football this weekend. only 18 more days until k-state plays. and i think we will be able to watch that game here because they are playing auburn and it is on espn. but my tv guide channel doesnt go ahead that far for me to check. but i am keeping my fingers crossed!!!!! also i am waiting for the bucs to repeat their super bowl victory. can i get an amen? :)
so i ask you.
#1 who leaves cocaine just laying around??? was this a drop off gone wrong?
#2 who starts going through a bag left by someone like that? have you never been to an airport with all the security announcements etc saying if you see an unattended bag report it to security immediately!?!?
#3 can you believe jeremy actually saw this with his own two eyeballs? crazy huh?
Sunday, August 12, 2007
in other happier news, jeremy and rojelio, the apartment manager, are at home depot right now buying us a new air con. so when the temperature goes into the 110s this week, we wont die. and neither will cosmo and roxie. also, we saw our first hummingbird since we bought our new feeder. over a year ago, when my lavender was still alive, they used to come and suck on those flowers. a while ago we bought a feeder that is hanging on the deck and this morning we saw our first one. hopefully he went and told all his friends so we get more.
yesterday we spent the day cleaning out the hall closet. kim is organizing a garage sale co-op so we have been getting piles of stuff to sell together. even though we dont have that much stuff, we definitely ave some crap that we are ready to unload. we watched clean sweep on tlc at the same time to inspire us. we also went through our dvds and vhs (yes we still own vhs...) and xbox games. i am excited to get rid of all this stuff. after helping two of our friends move, we are ready to really pare down before we move next. no need to cart this stuff across the country right? peter walsh would be proud.
Friday, August 10, 2007
i also really love shopping at gap online because they sell things that actually fit. most of their clothes are now offered in a tall size online only (like shirts! shirts with sleeves that go all the way past my wristbone! and that cover my stomach so my belly ring isnt hanging out everywhere! all things that are important in presenting a professional image at work!) also they offer one piece swimming suits in long torso sizes. so now i can have a swimming suit, which, for all you men out there ( i know i dont have to explain this to the ladies) is very different from a bathing suit.
our gym just opened a new branch in universal city with an outdoor pool. so now i can go swim laps and not worry about leaving pieces of my swimming attire floating in the pool behind me. which makes the whole swimming thing a lot less complicated.
we watched the prestige last night. that was a great movie. it started kinda slow and i almost turned it off, but i am glad i didnt! there were all kinds of plot twists and the ending is not at all what you would expect from the beginning of the movie. plus with hugh jackman and christian bale, who could go wrong??? highly recommended. if my opinion counts for anything. :)
Thursday, August 9, 2007
i am reading the emerald city of oz first. it is divided into 67 parts so i will be reading it for the next three months (i chose monday through friday delivery). that will offically make it the book that took me the longest to read.
what books are you guys reading?
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
i'm black headed.
last night we went to the gym and afterwards i got bored. so we went to walgreens and i got some hair dye. i like it. it isnt all the way black - there are still some brown streaks (and even some leftover blonde) so it isnt so goth looking. everyone at work either loves it or hates it. but thats the way most people usually feel about me - not a lot of indifference where i am concerned. just the way i like it.
your black headed friend,
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
we also watched the queen on monday. another film we both enjoyed. it wasnt at all what i expected but i loved it. helen mirren is like my new hero. this movie mostly centered on what the queen and the prime minister did and felt and said just before, during and after princess diana's death. interesting backstage look into the royal life.
i finished the newest harry potter book (and the deathly hallows). i started in sunday at the beach and couldnt stop. i finished it last night. i love these books. some people may find them childish and some may find them satanic (both things i do not agree with). i cant really go into detail because i dont want to ruin it for anyone. but it was great. the ending was perfect - just exactly how i expected it to end. you should read this book (but read the rest first!)
Sunday, August 5, 2007
there were several alcohol busts, as well as a dog bust (thats a new one!). someone had to get airlifted out i assume because of an injury but the helicopter was too far away for us to get any details. we saw the dolphins again. i wonder if the are the same ones always, or different pods each time... hmmm...
last night we went with al and lottie and ste some yummy mexican (el torito grill) and saw the bourne ultimatum. actually they saw it and i mostly slept. we saw the 10:15 show, which got pushed back to 10:25 and by the time all the previews were over it was at least 11. im such an old lady! i would doze off for a minute and then wake up and watch part of it. or gunshots would wake me up. definitely not the most restful nap i have ever had. the parts i saw of the movie were awesome - i am going to have to watch it again definitely. i think identity is still my favorite of the three though. anyone else have a strong opinion on which of the three is the best? at least it wasnt one of those lame trlogies were the first one is amazing then the other two are kinda lame (matrix anyone?).
Saturday, August 4, 2007
we went to coleys last night for ryans birthday. ryan and kim ordered appetizers for everyone. we figured well how often do we eat jamaican food??? so i tried the jerk chicken drummettes. good flavor, reallllllly spicy. i was crying. also it looks like i have no teeth. there was about 20 people there, and the jamaican punch was flowing... a good time was had by all. ron and lynn got down on the dance floor - i had no idea they danced so well together!
we were feeling adventerous still when is came to ordering. i got the chicken kinston or something,, anyways it was a pounded chicken breat with a banana inside. it was REALLY
ed veggies were nice and buttery... dont even get me started on the festival bread. it is like a party in ones mouth. this place rocks!
Friday, August 3, 2007
so it should come as no big surprise that the los angeles public library redesigning their website would throw me into spasms of joy. now i can browse best seller lists and
today at school the seventh and eighth graders put on a play that they wrote, rehearsed for and made the sets for (with minor adult supervision and guidance). guns drugs gangs and thugs... the play was about choices people make and how their lives can turn out different by making good choices instead of bad (cassie, erica can i get an amen?). it had a christmas carol-like ghost (the ghostly eagle or something) that visited these kids in jail and let them rewrite history. it was very poorly performed (they read and mumbled most of the lines) but they were so joyful on stage and the audience was respectful and everyone was great. if you know the type of kids at my school, you will know this is a big deal. and i almost cried at the end. it was just so great. then they had kfc and i snuck a biscuit with honey. talk about the little things making a person happy. rapture!
part of the problem was at old navy. dont get me wrong - i like old navy just as much as the next girl. but have you looked at the womens clothes there right now? if someone had never been shopping and saw what they have there, they would think that #1 all pregnant women refuse to buy maternity clothes so designers have to make ALL clothes suitable to fit preggo bellies into and #2 non pregnent women are ok with this and embrace this trend and want to look pregnant even though they arent. the entire middle section of the store was full of "trapeze" shirts and dresses. shapeless bags (in beautiful fabrics and patterns) that are basically a big circle with arm and neck holes. so not flattering.
then we went to ikea and i didnt see anything i really wanted. i dont think that has ever happened before. i bought a tea steeper thing for emily because they were out when she went this weekend. but thats it. $2.99 for the whole trip. i dont think jeremy was too disappointed but still.
finally it is friday. tonight we celebrate ryans birthday at cooley's caribbean food place. yum. (he is turning 35 again!)
the past two nights we have been helping friends unpack stuff and clean their new house... kris and i decided we should be professional movers/organizers. we make a darn good team.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
in other news, area, the club lottie and i went to on saturday, is in the news . so i feel validated. even though we didnt see paris and lilo on saturday, we danced on the same floor they have. so thats something at least. also we missed barack by just a few days. sadness!