Sunday, May 31, 2009

I said I would do it...

...and I did it! Behold the glory that is me posing with the scenery in Reva, Virginia:


And yes, those are the ONLY things to see in Reva, VA. Everything else is just random houses. It's pretty scenery, but not exactly a bustling metropolis. Or a bustling village. But whatever, it's got my name!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Substitute teacher

The woman who teaches the 9am Saturday step class (which I have never made it to, for obvious reasons) hurt her knee and can't teach tomorrow, so I told her I'd sub for her. I didn't want to, because she's apparently got this big following who loves her and I'm feeling like I totally suck right now, but she didn't have anyone else to do it so I figured I should step up. I'm thinking that this is my one chance to get some new people so I'm hoping to make tomorrow extra good so I can entice people to my class. Step class has always been my fun hobby but lately it's been feeling like something I *have* to do, which sucks. Here's hoping tomorrow is the start of my turnaround!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ha

I've been saying it for a long time, and now Fran Tarkenton agrees with me!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Catching up

Ok, a lot of this is going to be way old, but I'm just going to say it because I've been meaning to forever:

*Justin Timberlake is crazy good on SNL. And he doesn't take himself too seriously, which is awesome. Here are my two favorites from when he hosted a couple of weeks ago.

*What is the big deal about Glee? I was rather unimpressed. I was expecting witty dialogue and sarcastic barbs, but instead I got a lame cover of Journey (for the how many millionth time do we hear that song? If it's not 2am in a bar, no thank you) and a sappy story about the same archetypical characters as always. It's not that it was bad, but I don't get the hype.

*I'm catching up on 24 (last two hours to go!), and in the second to last episode, they have a guy taking the metro, and they make up names of metro stations. WTF? Is there something copyrighted about metro stations that they couldn't get the rights to, because otherwise, why do something so glaringly wrong when the whole thing about the series is how it happens in real time? (And yes, in my mind, real time = like real life.)

*Work has slowed down some, but I've been getting in early (8am, plus or minus) every day, which actually makes it much easier to bill 10-12 hours a day. I'm not a morning person, but I can't stay past like 7 or 7:30 on a regular basis (poor Jamie stuck at home, plus I just don't like it), so I'd rather get up at the crack of dawn to get my hours in. It's been working pretty well so far, although I have yet to figure out how to get myself to bed earlier to make up for getting up earlier.

Time flies

Today is the first day of the summer program here at work.  I can't believe it's been two years since I was a summer!  Even though the budget is dramatically smaller than when I was a summer, I'm still jealous of the fun times they'll be having.  Although we didn't have to worry about getting offers, whereas I'm sure they're going to be doing a lot of that this summer.  Amazing how much time has passed, though. 

Good luck with that

Seriously?  Buildings will be burned down before this is ever allowed to happen. 

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bye bye season 8

Well, I think everyone was shocked when they announced the winner of Idol last night.  I personally was shocked, but happy!  And mad props to Andy for picking out Kris back during the Hollywood week process!  (Or maybe even earlier, I'm not sure.)  And a big ha! to the judges, who think they can predict the show and guide it exactly where they want it to go. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My good luck

Ok, a week plus late, but here is the story I've been meaning to tell for a while.  Last Tuesday I was going to a deposition for my pro bono client (my first depo!), which was in Nowheresville*, MD.  I was driving myself and so of course I had my directions, and they told me to get on the 395N (yes, "the" 395N) and stay on it until I hit the SW freeway, and then take that into MD.  So I took the 395 and I kept looking for signs for the SW freeway, but I didn't see anything, so I stayed and stayed until finally the freeway ended and I was on NY Avenue heading north-east instead of south-east of DC.  My maps were not the best thing ever, but I finally figured out that if I hit Pennsylvania Ave SE I'd be going in the right direction...but there's no direct route between NY Ave and PA Ave.  So I meandered my way down, going past Union Station and all these random places, time passing by, until I *finally* got to stupid Pennsylvania, about a half hour later than I should have been.  At this point I finally figure out I'm on the right track, and I was emailing the people I was meeting to tell them I was on my way but running late (which I knew I would be, so I left early to try to combat this, but apparently not early enough).  Oh, and the reason why I never found the SW freeway is that it's ALSO called the 295.  And while google maps says the SW freeway, the actual signs only say 295.  So, screw all of you. 
 
So anyway I'm driving SE finally in the right direction, and I'm stopped at a stoplight (because on the road to Nowheresville, MD, freeways have stoplights) and listening to the radio (which I never do anymore because I mostly just listen in the car, and I rarely drive) and the station I'm on is talking about the Brad Paisley concert that's coming up here in July, for which tickets were going on sale last Friday.  Brad Paisley is like my favorite guy ever and I've been trying to see him in concert for literally years, but he's always in town right when I'm not, somehow.  I'd been planning on going to the concert here in July for months, just been waiting for the tickets to go on sale, but as I'm sitting at the light the radio dj says that he's got a trivia question for us, and if we get it right, we get tickets to the concert before we can buy them!  Oh yes, you see where I'm going with this.
 
He gives out the trivia question (what song did Brad win the 2009 grammy for best country instrumental for?), and I had no idea what the answer was, but I typed the number for the station into my phone (just didn't dial), then picked up my blackberry and said a quick prayer to the Verizon gods, and googled for the answer.  And what do you know but the first hit gave me the answer!  So I called in and managed to get through and tell him the answer (in case you're curious, it's "Cluster Pluck"), and boom, I have tickets.  So hooray for being late to the depo because I probably still wouldn't have been in the car otherwise!  And now I'm going to the Brad Paisley concert and I'm ridiculously excited.  It's gonna be legen-wait for it-dary.  I counted and this is actually the fifth concert I've gotten tickets for free from a radio station, four of the five coming from call-in contests.  I guess I've got a bit of a talent for it, but it's been a while since I've won anything, so it's good to see my muscles haven't atrophied *too* much. 
 
 
 
*I had a ruder name for it before but I'm trying to be polite in this public forum. 

Idol reactions

No liveblogging, but a few thoughts:
 
*I still think Kris' voice just straight-up (now tell me!) sounds better than Adam's.  Adam still makes me wince because half the time he's all screechy.  I just don't get it.
 
*Why are the judges yelling at Kris about the song he did when Simon Fuller chose it?  The only song he actually chose himself is the one they all loved.  So, maybe someone should mention that?
 
*All of the judges' comments after Kris' last song sounded like them saying "you should be really proud of coming in second."  Or is it just me? 
 
*I don't think it really matters at this point who wins--coming in first doesn't mean you're going to be successful, and as long as you get the exposure from being on the show, you can still do really well.  So, although I think Kris is better, I won't really mind if/when Adam wins.  Except I'd love it if Kris won, as a reminder to the judges that their opinions only matter so much, so maybe they can't guide someone to the title after all. 
 
*"We're not really competing against each other.  Adam and I just wanted to come out and put on a good show" (paraphrasing).  Awwww. 

Friday, May 15, 2009

Whee

I know I still have to do my story about Tuesday morning, but I am really tired now and have been pretty busy at work (see post below), so I haven't had time yet. I'd just like to say that I am both surprised and thrilled that Kris kicked Danny's ass off Idol! Hooray for actual talent winning out over The Machine. I get that Adam is going to win next week, but I'm pretty stoked for Kris making it to second. Andy, you sure know how to pick them!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cranky pants

I've been really busy at work the last few weeks and today I finally had something that came up last-minute that kept me from my step class. I had to cancel with like a half hour notice and the gym lady got all mad at me (even though when she convinced me to teach at lunch she said it's ok if this kind of thing happens) and I had a cranky phone call AND email from her. And even though this is the first time it's happened in like seven months, and it was beyond my control, I feel bad about it. I feel like she already thinks I suck because my class size has gone down the last few months, and now this, so I feel like I'm going to get fired or something. I hate feeling like I suck.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Top 3

I know I've been a blogging nightmare lately, I'm sorry. But don't worry, I won't abandon you on this, the penultimate Idol episode! I've got my dinner in front of my and my laptop to the side, and I'm ready for action. I'm appalled that Danny is still in but pleasantly surprised that Kris is.

Apparently this is the first ever all-male top 3. I don't care because it's all dudes, I care because Allison should be there but she isn't. Stupid judges paving the way for Danny. Not that I'm bitter!

Hm, Paula picked a song by Terence Trent D'Arby, Dance Little Sister, for Danny. I loved the song Wishing Well, but I don't think I know this one. Buuuut from the start of it I'm not loving it. Why is he shouting so much? Does he think the mic isn't working? And does Paula ever not dance? I say this is typical Danny--too much shouting, and really a boring song. Not to steal something from Simon, but I won't remember the song at all in five minutes. "I'm a choreographer and I think you did really good." Oh good, so this is a dance competition now. Ha, Simon just mentioned that. He said the vocals were good, though, so we differ there.

Ok, Kara and Randy are picking the song together for Kris. Maybe Kara being involved will help, because I think Randy sucks. Hmm, Apologize by One Republic. This could be good. I do so love the sound of Kris' voice. Like, Adam can sing on key and all that jazz, but I like just hearing Kris' voice. He's changed it around some here and there, I wonder if it's enough to qualify as "artistry." I always like it when the idols play an instrument, too. Oops, I guess it's not artistry. Not enough chances. How come he's punished for not taking more chances now when he's done it so often, while Danny is rewarded for being boring and unoriginal every week? "Competent" is not a good compliment. Sigh. But Simon is blaming Kara and Randy for not pulling their weight and telling Kris what to do with the arrangement, so that's something? I do agree that him doing this song with the guitar acoustic would have been amazing, though.

Simon picked Adam's song, of course. Simon's the best so he picks the song for the favorite. One by U2--Simon had to talk to Bono personally to get permission for it. That's kind of cool. I just noticed that Adam kind of has elf ears. Maybe it's just the angle he's at, but he looks definitely elfin. Oh seriously, hands waving side to side? Come on. And Lord, can Adam ever not screech? I know it's "amazing" or something, but it annoys the crap out of me. That's the thing--Kris' voice makes me feel like it's giving me a hug or something, while Adam's makes me wince a bit. Everyone loves it, shocker.

Idol Gives Back? Fast forward.

Danny round two. No Clive Davis, this time the idols pick. What is it gonna be, Danny? You Are So Beautiful. I'm already bored. I don't even have anything else to say because I was looking up Terence Trent D'Arby on wikipedia and did you know he changed his name to Sananda Maitrey after a dream? So weird. Anyway, Kara says Danny was "stunning." Really? It sounded stupid to me. But Simon says it was a "vocal master class." Sorry Kris, you're gonna get screwed here.

Speaking of, here we are with song number two for Kris! He's singing Heartless by Kanye West. Innnteresting. Oh wow, him and the guitar. Well, this explains why he didn't do this for Apologize. And if the judges don't lavish him with praise, they are the worst contest-fixers ever. This is fantastic. Randy likes it better than the original--good! Kara says why didn't you do this for Apologize!! Well, because doing it twice would be retarded? Kara is flipping for it though, good. Paula was underwhelming but still positive. Simon says he'd written Kris out of the competition after song 1, but after this, he takes it back. GOOD!!! Has Danny every done anything a tenth that original or awesome? Um, no. Not even close.

Ok, last song of the night. Adam, what's it going to be? Aerosmith, Cryin'. This will be a lot better than Danny doing Aerosmith, I can say that without hearing a note. At least this song fits with Adam's weird screechy thing, it makes me wince a little less than normal. I'm sure the judges will love it, as always. You deserve to be in the finals, you're a God among men, etc etc.

Ok, well obviously Adam is in the finals. I (spoiler alert!) think Kris deserves to be there too about ten million times more than Danny does. Will justice prevail? Are the voters that smart? In the end, I don't think it'll matter, Kris'll get a record deal either way. But Danny making it to the finals when he's so smarmy (Laura!) is just wrong.

Oh, and I have a good story from this morning but it'll have to wait a bit. So, try not to die of anticipation!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

It's me!

How did I not know that I'm a city??  I'm so going there.  And taking pictures in front of every sign with my name on it. 

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Leave. Me. Alone!

Los Angeles County Bar Association, I hate you!  I didn't sign up for this group at all, but somehow they got my info (maybe because I took the bar in LA they think I live there?), and so I'm getting newsletter after newsletter from them!  I have unsubscribed for SEVEN different newsletters, and yet they still come.  It's like they have a different email list for every piece of crap they send out.  I reject them.