Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ahh, memories

The Office had a reference to The Commish tonight! I used to love that show when I was in elementary school. Anyone else?

Jesus is mad at me

Yesterday I was one stop away from home when the train in front of my (at my stop) had a sick passenger, so we sat for fifteen minutes waiting for them to take care of that mess.  This at the end of a semi-crappy day, of course.  I would have just gotten out and walked but I was at the Pentagon stop and I'm not sure how to get from there to home without finding a way through the Pentagon parking lot (which I could get to when I worked there for a summer, but I'm not sure if random pedestrians can).  Fun times. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Top Five

Ah, Idol liveblogging once more. I know you missed it. But despite all of these new projects at work I'm getting (sadly nothing interesting), I have time tonight! So back to my blog it is. Top 5 tonight! Two phone numbers per person! That would be great if I actually voted. But no, I just judge from afar. Oh, Kara DioGuardi is in this month's issue of Shape magazine. She does have a nice body, I'll give her that. Apparently she added boxing to her workout routine and is really liking it. In case you were wondering.

Standards from the Rat Pack era...I'm not sure about this. Ooh, a mystery mentor! So exciting. "All those people are...dead." Kris, I love you. Jamie Foxx? That's interesting. And ok, now they're likening him to the Rat Pack artists for "transcending genres." Hi, stretch.

Ooh, Kris looking cute in a suit tonight. Well ok, he always looks cute, but I'm digging the suit. Ooh, The Way You Look Tonight...I love that song. I know this song mostly from Father of the Bride, and I super heart that movie, so I am happy already! He's got like the perfect voice for this song, so nice and smooth, and he looks like he means every word he sings. Oh wait, he's jazzed it up some. I like the slow and the fast, but I'm not sure I like them in the same song nessarily. God, can Randy ever not speak in cliches? He says it's Kris' best performance, and I'm not sure if that's true, but only because I've liked so many of his performances. Kara says the technical standard has been set incredibly high. Haha, she said diction. Paula's gone old school on her hair, appropriate for the evening. Simon likes it but isn't dying over it...because it was a little bit wet? I'm not following. And now Kris is a well-trained spaniel. Confused. Oh, and now he's saying Kris can't win the whole thing. You be quiet! Haha, Ryan is asking what he means by wet. Glad it's not just me.

Ah, Allison. My other pet here. And she's 17 now! She actually sounds like a teenager now describing her surprise cake for her birthday. Ooh, Someone To Watch Over Me. If she can pull this off, it's going to be big for her. That softer side America needs to see. Her outfit is still atrocious, but what else can you expect from a teenager. I like this. She's still showing off her powerful voice, but she's doing it in a more vulnerable way. I'm a fan. No Randy, she's not looking dope. But she is singing awesome, I'll agree on that. Kara isn't worried about her being in the bottom 3 again. Paula is proud of her. And Simon is asking her if she thinks she can win this competition. This is a stupid question, as it always is. He thinks it was a great performance but doesn't think she thinks she can win. Oh for pete's sake. Kara says he's crazy for thinking she's going to be in trouble. I mean, her going and Matt staying would be a crime, so I'm thinking she should be ok, but who knows.

Matt is singing My Funny Valentine. I only know the Harry Connick, Jr. version, and that's not my favoritest song ever. Matt is excited about this week, thinks it's his week. Let's see if he's right. Ok, he's pronouncing every word very separately, this sounds weird to me. "Your looks are laughable." That seems like a terrible line! This song was ok. I thought he did a nice job singing it, but not nicer than Allison or Kris did. Randy and Kara are ok with it, Paula loved it. Simon does his big pause, which means that he's going to say something nice. Wow, he said it's the only believeable, authentic song he's heard tonight and was absolutely brilliant. That's quite the surprise! Maybe Allison *is* going to be in trouble tomorrow... I mean, I'm happy to keep Matt and send Danny home instead, so maybe the voters will cooperate this week.

Speaking of Danny... Come Rain or Come Shine. He says he's not changing it up much. Randy says Danny could have an album of songs like this and win. Danny can sing! Well guess what, all of the top five can, so that's not really going to differentiate them. And Kara liked his swagger. Paula sounds like she's going to cry again. Simon says Kara is right about the swagger, and he's proving the point whereas Kris and Allison weren't. Wow, even Jamie Foxx is getting props for being a great mentor! I have no opinion on this performance because I hate Danny so much I can't be unbiased. It was good, but I still want him to go home.

Adam Lambert is in the pimp spot again, and I've caught up with my dvr. Good thing it's the last performance! Oh lord, what is with Paula's dress? She's got like red napkins stuck on the front. Adam's doing Feeling Good, which again, I know from Michael Buble (yeah, I know no original artists). Jamie is giving Adam a hug now. There's something Adam does with his voice all the time that I hate, and I can't explain it because I don't know anything about singing, but if you were listening I could point it out. Ok, he held that giant note when he said "feeeeeeeeeling" at the end, and I totally wanted him to do a really quick "good" to balance it out, but he didn't. Oh well. It was an impressively long note. Randy says a little too broadway but he's in the zone consistently (A little too broadway, hm? Sounds familiar.) Kara finds Adam shocking, in a good way. Ha, I accidentally wrote a "god way," which is probably accurate too. Paula compares him to Michael Phelps. Simon says complaining about Adam being theatrical is like complaining that a cow moos. Ooh, Ryan is banned from the staircase because Adam's entrance was so awesome. Or so says Simon, anyway. But what Simon says goes, so I guess it's the elevator from now on.

Ok, top five is hard because everyone is talented. In my perfect world, Danny would go home. But tonight Kris and Allison got sub-par critiques from Simon, which is dangerous. I think Kris has a big enough fan base to keep him safe, which puts Allison in danger. I say Allison and Matt in the bottom two, but not sure who is going home.

Work convos

My friend Laura, who came to my kickboxing class last night, was laughing occasionally as I was giving instructions about some of the more violent moves we were doing (for example, grabbing the hair of our imaginary opponent, using the palm of the hand to break the nose, and then punching them in the gut). I told her that her laughing was cracking *me* up, and she responded " sorry--it's just b/c you have such a happy voice and then you say such violent things so chipperly." Which cracked me up again, and I had to share.


UPDATE: I told Laura in the conversation we had (described above) that I was going to post that line of hers on my blog, and this is the ensuing exchange:

Me: and I'm totally putting that on my blog

Laura: awesome!

Me: ok, posted!

Laura: night! see you for [this mandatory thing that we have] tomorrow!

Me: whee!

Me: wait, I meant I posted on the blog

Me: not posted like I'm leaving

Me: or are you leaving now?

Laura: oh, haha

Laura: no, 10-15 more min

Laura: I thought you had a new word for leaving

Monday, April 27, 2009

Not too shabby

I can't remember if I mentioned this before or not, but tonight I taught a cardio kickboxing class at the gym for the first time. I was just subbing for the regular girl, so it's not going to become a regular thing, but I was excited to do it because I've been doing the classes for so many years but never taught it myself. This means that I was really nervous though, because I didn't want to totally screw up. And I think it went pretty well! My timing was kind of off--I went through my more high-intensity cardio section quicker than I intended, but I just made up for it by doing an extra section of kicks. And after class, a girl came up to me and said she really loved it and asked if I had a regular kickboxing class, and I told her no, I just do step normally. But it made me happy! And my friend Laura came and said it was way better than the girl who normally teaches. Now, Laura is my good friend so she totally could have been trying to make me feel better, but I choose to take it at face value. Oh, and like two months ago a girl came to my step class and afterwards she asked me what my regular job was and I told her lawyer, and she was like oh, I thought you were a dancer or something. That also made me really happy =)

I had a whole big post about how I hate Earth Day and the stupid commercials that the tv networks are running about being all environmental and my office sending us emails about remembering to turn off lights and "think before you print." But it's on my blackberry and I never got around to finishing it, so here's the short version: Earth Day can suck it. It makes me want to drink out of styrofoam cups just to spite it.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Woo!

Hooray for Alex Mack! I like to think I inspired him to greatness in being a first-round draft pick. This is, indeed, the face of someone inspired:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Makes my heart happy

This clip from HIMYM two weeks ago has my new favorite thing. I've been spreading the word one by one, but now I'm taking it to the big leagues--my blog. Oh yeah. It's short, just watch:



A gentleman's agreement...huzzah! This needs to be a thing, now. Go forth and spread the good word!

PS: I have no idea why youtube clips are taking up so much room now. Sorry!

Set it and forget it!

I heart infomercials.  But they left out some of the awesome workout ones, like P90X!  (Which worked on me, true story.  But it's actually as advertised, so yay for them.) 

Friday, April 17, 2009

Yay exercise

So the good news is that I got my Sunday step class added to the schedule!  5-6pm, which is pretty good because by then the weekend fun is over and I just want to get in a good workout so I don't feel all icky from not doing anything all weekend.  The downside is that my Thursday class attendance numbers have gone down the last few weeks, and I don't know if it's me or the timing since it's a lunchtime class.  I've asked many times for comments or suggestions from people and I don't get anything, so I don't know how to fix it!  But the head lady is making me go talk to another step instructor who has a big class for suggestions, so I'll go do that and hope that I get enough people on Sunday that they'll leave me alone about Thursday.  It's annoying because step is supposed to be my fun hobby and now it's becoming a hassle too.  Well not step, but the gym itself. 

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Professional awesomeness

I'm published! I don't know if you can read the article for free or not, but I've linked to the main page where (for now, at least) you can see the title and my name, yays. The article itself is talking about a way to get toxic assets of bank balance sheets without being stuck with mark-to-market accounting rules, aka not exactly super interesting reading, so it's ok if you don't do anything other than check out my name. But I wanted to share anyway =)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My baby

I don't usually mention birthdays on my blog, but today is a special one...


Happy birthday Jamie!! He's three today. My, how time flies.

Save me, ballpoint pen!

I've been meaning to ask, does anyone else think that this should be an SNL commercial?



It achieves greatness on the Unintentional Comedy Scale, I say.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Marketable skills

I just did an online typing test and got 93 wpm.  Maybe I should be a secretary instead of a lawyer?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Almost a week late, I know

I meant to say this a long time ago about this week's American Idol, but:

(1) Lil's performance of What's Love Got to Do With It just reminded me how much I like Tina Turner's version.

(2) I was baking a cake while the show was playing in the background and I had to use the hand mixer so I was going to pause the show so I wouldn't miss the performances with all the noise from the mixer. Then I heard Scott start to sing, and I decided to just go ahead and mix away. No wonder he got voted off (finally!).

(3) Scott has my birthday, and Kris Allen was born the day before. Go June!

Christmas, sure, but Easter?

So malls are closed on Easter now? Seriously?? Is it because Virginia is the south, or because we're on the east coast, and things are all weird out here like the way laws regulating where you can buy alcohol are all crazy too? Because seriously, if I can't celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ by going outlet shopping, then I don't even recognize my country anymore. Thankfully the swedes know were it's at and I was able to spend money at Ikea instead. So ha to you, Banana Republic. Ha indeed.

Monday, April 06, 2009

I love skittles & jelly beans!

I wonder where you meet a unicorn?  I mean, I'm assuming not at bars, because I would have met one already.  Unicornmatch.com? 

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Public humiliation

As some of you may know, Jamie hates the rain. Really really hates it (runs in the family!). Someone who I am not allowed to name (but it wasn't me, I assure you) bought him a rain jacket and boots to try to make this bad weather more tolerable. So of course I took a video of him trying to walk around wearing them because it's hilarious and embarrassing for him. I've been meaning to post this since February--oh well. Better late than never!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Credit where credit is due

I'm going to have to give props and snaps to American Express for being really decent to me with this whole stolen credit card number thing.  I've dealt with a lot of jackass companies who make life really difficult when I've tried to get fees or charges waived when they weren't really my fault, but they've been great about that, no hassle at all.  I only get online bills from them, nothing paper, and it turns out that the people who stole my card number to buy a computer also somehow got into my account and changed my contact email address to the fake one they made up, so I hadn't been getting my bills for the last couple of months.  They could have been really mean and said it was my responsibility to remember to go online and check on it (which I actually did this month, yay me, and good thing since I didn't figure out the email address thing until today), but they just waived the fee instead.  So thank you very much, AmEx.  Just as I am going to destroy Bally Total Fitness one customer at a time, I will build you up into an empire!