Sunday, May 31, 2009
after craft time was over we snuggled on the couch and watched season 3 of saturday night live. there were some funny sketches but overall i would say they hit their stride sometime in season 4 and beyond. although "two wild and crazy guys" is always good for a laugh. i fell asleep on the couch watching tv (hey thats jeremy's job!) and we all headed to bed for graduation day on thursday.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
i posted already about wichita but to recap: humid and even though there are sidewalks and crosswalks, no driver is prepared to see anyone actually using them
auburn: i ran home after camping from grandma and grandpas to shane and darcis (2.91 miles). there are TONS of cyclists on aubrun road. they all at least did a head nod and smile (we were headed opposite directions on the same side of the road, so i could see all their faces) and one guy even gave me a high five. later in the day we saw some members of jeremy's extended family and they asked if i had been "that pretty girl running down auburn road". i guess there isnt a lot of foot traffic over there. there was also the humidity and auburn has some little hills that were great to "try" and run (walk) up. also, i learned that it is hard enough to walk on gravel roads, much less run/jog. so the last little section of my run was really a power walk.
north hollywod: this thursday i went back to running my usual route (although i switched it up and ran in reverse) in our neighborhood. i saw lots more runners than usual (it was a particularly gorgeous day). at the end my mouth and throat were bone dry - i love running in the desert! several cars pulled into the crosswalk, saw me coming, and reversed for me. thats how it is supposed to be people. pedestrians have the right of way. lapd tickets people for pulling into the crosswalk on main streets. i have a long, very gentle hill when i run in reverse which is nice. (by running in reverse i mean turning left from our apartment building not right... NOT running backwards. that would just be weird.)
i am excited to learn a new running route soon - as soon as we have any more moving details i will let you all know!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
all this to say: one thing i noticed when we were in kansas is the insane amount and types of bugs that were around. gnats, june bugs (i really really really don't remember these from when we lived there and could there possible be a nastier sounding and looking bug?), mosquitos, and... TICKS.
last night i fell asleep before jeremy and woke up in the middle of the night when he got out of bed. i asked him what he was doing and he didnt reply. then i told him i was cold and he covered me up and i fell right back into and sound and dreamless sleep. this morning i was getting in the shower and he came into the bathroom (he ususally doesnt even get out of bed until i leave in the mornings). i asked him what he was doing out of bed and he replied "checking you for ticks. i found one on your back last night - thats what i was doing when you woke up - throwing it away." squeeeeee! he did his inspection and i felt around on my scalp and i believe myself to currently be tick free. but im super itchy and paranoid now. i feel like the spot on my back is itching and am worried about rocky mountain spotted fever, even though i dont even know the symptoms. quick someone - distract me!
there are no blood sucking ticks in los angeles... or at least the ones that are here have the decency to walk on two legs and wear power suits. im not nearly as afraid of that kind.
Friday, May 22, 2009
2. The remnants of a cold combined with running (jogging really, see previous entry) in a part of the country that actually has humidity (as opposed to the desert that we live in) makes for an interesting time. When I could breathe it felt like I was breathing in soup.
3. Wichita drivers have absolutely zero concept of a pedestrian and their rights. I don't even know how many times we almost got run over while running in a designated crosswalk zone. We only went about 1.58 miles and got almost hit about 10 times. Sheesh.
So today was my unofficial fairweather runners day. Even though I didn't run with any of those girls, I was running in the wichita city limits so I think it should count. Can I get my t-shirt, beka? :)
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
kris's music coupon idea is kinda lame but sweet. but still, kinda lame. im glad kris picked aint no sunshine when shes gone. this was one of my favorite performances that he gave all season.
ryan said simon says kris won the first round. so i guess that round one goes to you, kri... who am i kidding? this is my blog. adam is freaking amazing.
round 2: change gon' come. not my favorite ever. sam cooke is pretty awesome. adam in a suit is kinda unbelieveable. and not in a good way. can you believe i just said something almost negative about adam? me either.
kris... war is not the answer - you are correct. so just give up already, call a truce and let adam win.
adam - to the victor go the spoils. like the privelege of singing a really horrible song for all of america.
Monday, May 18, 2009
"did you feel that?"
"i think it was an earthquake."
"sometimes when the amtrak goes by i think it is an earthquake. when i get out i'll check."
i got out and dried off and refreshed my twitter feed. sure enough, all my los angeles area tweeps were tweeting about the quake: a 4.7 centered in inglewood. i didnt feel it but missy was excited to have survived her first earthquake. you're not in kansas anymore! :D
Friday, May 15, 2009
then ther is the issue of the naked (or semi-naked) pictures. im not sure exactly what is written in her contract or who leaked the pictures, but that was her own fault. if you take naked pictures, or make a sex tape, or let your friends take photos of you toking up at a party and then become famous/successful, chances are those pictures/videos will show up. duh! so either dont do it at all or own up to it and deal. its a beauty pageant, excuse me... scholarship competition, contract and show, not rocket science. does anyone even watch these any more? with all the better reality crap on tv who needs fake looking model types strutting around in bathing suits and answering stupid questions with stupider answers?
this whole thing became a "scandal" when in reality no one even cares. the donald and his hair dont even care, and its his scholarship competition. why should the rest of america?
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
randy and cara texted kris with apologize as his song. shameless in show advertising for the cell phone company. i love this song. the best memory i have of it is from jessie's last dance recital. the dance that guy did was amazing. kris is ok but sounding a little country to me. not hitting the "too" high note. i thought he was going home last week but i guess i will have to amend that and say maybe this week?
i miss allison.
hey adam - c'mere and stand in front of this att store. wait a little to the left... ok perfect. now look hot and play with your att phone. real subtle guys. simon is all "i called up bono yada yada yada" and here is adam singing one. OMG i just figured out why i am so in love with adam. he totally and completely looks like ewan mcgregor with darker hair and some eyeliner added. and who out there doesnt like a little eye liner on their men? am i right ladies? :D hes all smolder-y. totally deserves to win this thing.
danny again - you are so beautiful. i freaking love this song. but once again with his interpretation i feel like i am at a cheesy christian "rocker" concert from the late 80s/early 90s. the gospel choir backing him up would be awesome on a sunday at church but weird on stage at ai.
this is like the fourth remake of heartless i have heard in the last couple weeks. kris's version why was better than kanye's, and better than that annoying girl mia from taking the stage (why oh why am i so in love with that show?) but not better than the fray's version. their version was hot. but this was definitely the better of his two performances tonight.
oh adam, i'll be cryin if you leave me tonight on the results show! but i must say, this wasnt the best performance you have had on the show. which is not to say it isnt great. just saying. hes still amazing though no doubt.
Monday, May 11, 2009
saturday's rehearsals ran from 10 am to 6:30pm. jeremy went and help dan and bridget move after dropping me off at home. sunday dawned bright and early when the alarm went off at 5:15 am. we got up, put on our black clothes, stopped to get coffee and bagels for cast and crew, and headed to beverly hills for a 7am call time. we had to re-set and spike the entire set (multiple times) so we were worn out before the first show even started. 11:15 am was the first show of the day. we had a pretty good show, especially considering the energy level of the audience was low and there were a few technical problems. as soon as that show was finished we repacked teh truck, slammed down some quiznos (thanks goodie), and headed over to the mayan nightclub to set up for our final two performances of the night, at 6 and 8pm. after re-unloading the truck (that process just never gets old... ok thats a lie, it got old after the first time) and resetting and spiking the scens multiple times we were ready for the 6 o clock show... which, while not a total disaster wasnt exaqctly up to usual performance standards. one actors's microphone wasnt wokring the entire time, even after battery replacement and several sound guys looking at it. lights came up during a scene change - awkward! im wearing black in order to be invisible. i wanted to be on stage i would have put on more makeup and worn a cuter outfit. thanks though. we missed a couple of set placements (the spike tape disappeared - awesome) so one scene was lit really really strangely. the computer that played the dvds of the short films the actors made crashed mid-show and we missed seeing an important piece. little things but added together i was feeling really defeated. not to mention exhausted. and since we hadnt been eating or sleeping properly for the last couple days my stomach was not thrilled with what i was up to. ugh. the 8 o clock show was amazing though. and i know people were still touched by the message of the shows when stuff was messed up. afterwards we re-re-loaded the truck to send it back to pasadena to unload on thursday, respike everything and repeat the entire process again on friday. the show that never ends. for such a short show it really took over our lives this past week.
thankfully everyone we are working with is amazing and has awesome attitudes. most veryone we have worked with on other shows or on sunday mornings so it is fun seeing friends that we see rarely. althoguh next time we want to get together guys, lets just go out for dinner and drinks instead of creating all this work.
i made it through three hours of work this morning before coming home and crashing.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
during the game i caught a pass and ran about 60 yds which eventually resulted in a touchdown. caught another ball and got a first down. almost got an interception and in any case caused the other team to not get the ball. the best part was this: we finally won our first game thirty-something to twenty-something. yay laces out! seriously i felt amazing. i got a couple of comgratulatory slaps on the butt... it was great - the guys immediately apologized and were all like "well its a good thing your husband isnt here!" seriously guys its a butt slap during a football game. not a grab and shake. we're cool. jeremy doesnt care. he off playng with sweaty cute little dancer girls while im footballing it up with sweaty personal trainer boys. we have a great marriage (four years in a couple weeks!) and that sort of thing helps. :D
the show is tomorrow and then we have one mroe rehearsal on thursday and one final performance on friday. i am SO thankful that beverly hills high school and the mayan nightclub have air con or else tomorrow's 15 hour day would be the most miserably 15 hours of my life. im pretty excited abotu the show. we have 3 performances but running time is only 45 mins so we will (hopefully, fingers crossed) have some down time tomorrow (although we have to reset and spike all the sets at two locations... hmmm...).
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
whole lotta love - the obligatory cliched cutesy phrase involviong the song title... ok here goes "adam needs a whole lotta love with your votes this week america so he doesnt get kicked off!" (beka no need for the bad bloggie award - everyone was given fair pre-cliche warning). when he grows up adam will be a rock god. just a little freebie fortune telling - and you didnt even have to dial a 900 number! hes got the eye makeup thing down pat. (also i would like to say that i typed the whole rock god thing before kara started talking. maybe i should be a judge on american idol for my new career?)
cry baby - i want purple streaks in my hair like allison's. what did she say was the name of the stylist again? allison is freaking awesome. what 16 year old do you know that can rock out like that with purple hair and leather pants? OMG i just realized - allison is max's invisible friend from when he was little. she sometimes had purple hair, soemtimes pink and was a little older than him. she would even eat dinner with us... allison and i are totally peeps! thanks max!
renegade: kris and danny... is there some way to have kris and danny reproduce? their voices together are far more than the individual ones to me. also i feel like they were playing rock band or something. pose much? is this what american idol concerts are like? maybe these guys should make an folksy album together (NOT a rock album).
come together: i lurve this song. the lyrics are to trippy and the vibe just rocks. if only kris's hair was a little bit longer and he could give it a good shake. i just dont buy his rock star persona. he seems like ke is trying too hard. which is fine - no one is making him put out a rock album. but i think this was the nail in the kris coffin.
dream on: interesting song choice. aerosmith is not easy to beat. also his microphone is suspiciously devoid of pretty ribbons and sparkly things. what kind of a rock show is this? this was not good. danny, dream on if you thnk this song will make more people like you. talk about rock band/karaoke. ick. (not like i could do better, but im not on national tv trying to convince people that they would want to buy my album.) also he picked his dorkiest glasses yet to wear tonight and i dont think ironically.
slow ride: in my dream world, adam is straight and he and allison get married and have lots of rock star babies and tour and are my friends and then live happily ever after with a slow ride into the sunset. life is not fantasy (usually) so i have to settle for a duet on american idol. but were they rocking or were they rocking? woot woot!
good bye kris - it was great knowing you. and i think it is dannys turn to fall below the yellow line as they say over on nbc.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
realizing that i could do nothing to further help (or complicate) the situation i went upstairs to the offices and finished my morning routines. the alarm kept going off. all morning. how are our children who already have trouble concentrating supposed to learn with the alarm not only just steadily going off, but by now randomly turning off and on of its own volition??? multiple people tried their alarm keys to turn it off permanently and... nothing. the alarm company guy came out and had to take the whole thing apart and solder some wires together. so now i have a new key and hopefully tomorrow is a brighter day.
also my internet/network drives werent working for my first two hours of work which meant i had to resort to filing. definitely a monday.
643rd out of all the women
Sunday, May 3, 2009
A reading challenge with four levels of participation.All dedicated to a certain sub-genre of science fiction.Challenge is from April 6th through October 6th 2009.
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Those books dealing with space travel, exploration, colonization, etc.(Also anything with aliens is allowed either on our world or theirs.)
(Think Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles or Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy.)
Fly Me To the Moon: Perfect for newbies just beginning to explore science fiction OR for those with sci-fi lovers with busy schedules. Read ONE book.
Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars
Spaceman: Read two to three qualifying books. (Or if you like substitute a movie for one of the books.)
Bang, bang, shoot em' up, destiny
Bang, bang, shoot em' up to the moon
Bang, bang, shoot em' up one, two, three
Starman: Read four to six qualifying books. (Again, substitute a movie or two is fine. Especially if you'd like to compare the movie version to the book!)
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
Space Oddity: Perfect for those that can't get enough sci-fi! Read seven or more qualifying books!
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
1. star wars republic commando: triple zero - karen traviss
2. mona lisa awakening - sunny
3. mona lisa blossoming - sunny
4. fate of the jedi: abyss - troy denning
5. fate of the jedi: omen - christie golden
6. the fate of the jedi: outcast - aaron allston
7. lost tribe of the sith: skyborn - john jackson miller
Friday, May 1, 2009
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