Tuesday, January 30, 2007

miss america? i think not.

last night i went to sleep at 9 and got up today at 9. that's ruff. i was tired? i guess or maybe i was sedated from the hour and a half i watched of the miss america pageant. i didn't really watch the whole time, i read my book until they announced the talent competition (which is the only good part according to me). the best talent was the tap dancer, all the singers blew extremely hard (and sang along to midi sounding back tracks) and the pianist had some kind of back track that played along with her. overall, i regret taking the 20 minutes of my life to consume such "entertainment". i don't know who won and i don't care, but when the tap dancer is the best you know the competition is weak. i mean tap dancing is amazing, but if you're a single act, it's usually not your first choice unless you are absolutely amazing (she was not). so there it is, the harsh realities of the miss america pageant talent or lack there of. all i have to say is "boo".

UPDATE: If you care at all... Miss Oklahoma won (she was the least frightening singer), Miss Texas got 1st runner up (not surprising, she was in your face excited and also sang), and Miss Georgia got 2nd runner up (the tap dancer).

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

boo beyonce

the oscar nominations were announced! i won't bore you with a list of all the nominees here, but if you haven't checked 'em out you can go here. props to jennifer hudson and eddie murphy for getting nods. also i was apparently confused about the original songs in dreamgirls because i was fearful that the only original song was sung by beyonce, but low and behold "love you i do" and "patience" are also nominated. does anyone else remember the 2005 oscars? because dear lord we do not need another oscar ceremony in which beyonce sings all of the frickin songs. never ever again do i ever need to see josh groban and beyonce sing a duet. thanks for that oscars, but i still love you.

the first week of class is, as always, pretty chaotic and exhausting. our (angie, kim and i) schedules are not concrete yet and we're also terribly busy this week, so we can't record the podcast until, at the earliest, thursday evening. i want to get back on a regular schedule, so i don't go completely insane. we're thinking wednesdays will be the new recording night. this scheduling works with all our schedules, but also works well with a new pet project of ours that we will be revealing soon. so watch out.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

mellow melodies soothe me

last week's episode of grey's anatomy was filled to the brim with fantastic music. the show constantly features music i enjoy. most of the soundtrack is of the mellow variety, but sometimes you want/need something mellow. the song the way i am by ingrid michaelson makes me smile. true love is the purchase of rogaine. i think the claps are what drag me in. it's mellow, but also peppy at the same time and i am mesmerized by her lilting vocals.

wow that happened

so it's 3:56am, i'm not sure if that will read when i actually post this. but i just want everyone to note the time. we just had a "get together" at our house. many a miller lite was had, as well as many a miscellaneous mixed drink. shenanigans occured as always and most were of the fantastic variety. the fact that classes start monday seems to loom over my head and i'm glad i got the chance to let loose, at least for a couple hours. i dread the time when i can no longer label myself as a college student. i'll let you know how i am tomorrow and if i still feel the same way.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

i want a hot, rich boss

watch out, i'm about to splurge about my love of tv. you might want to stand back.

ugly betty is great. i love it more every week and i am now officially in love with daniel (eric mabius). daniel is ever so dreamy and i would gladly work for such a hot boss. i'm not sure if the show will impress everyone, but for me (a college girl) it's fabulous. i think my love extends from my appreciation of the supporting cast including mark and amanda who are equally fantastic. i have to say that i am not at all excited to have rebecca romign on the show, but i think my love for the show will overpower my hate of the stupidest women in america (who dumps john stamos? no one.) after winning the golden globe for both show and actress, i hope i don't have to worry about the show's future, well at least not yet.

another tv show that rocks just started up again. it's PSYCH! a crime comedy on USA, which in itself is kind of questionable, but who can resist an awesome, ridiculous buddy comedy. it has been compared to scrubs, but i think it can definitely stand on it's own. james roday and dule hill are a wonderful crime solving team and the psych out section of the psych website is worth checking out. james roday's facial expressions are priceless and although it is no longer available the i'll make love to you psych out might have been the most entertaining video clip ever created. it's silly, it's goofy and i love it.

and i can't write about awesome tv without mentioning the premiere of american idol. i must say i'm pretty darn excited. the episodes before hollywood are very painful, but they are still terribly entertaining. i am disappointed at the ratio of bad to good (way too many bad), but i think the producers want to catch some new viewers by using the concept of schadenfreude (spelling?). i was pleased with very few, but the siblings malakar caught my eye. although the sister, shyamali did not have a fabulous voice, she was enjoyable and the brother, sanjaya, was too cute. i'm glad both made it to hollywood and i would like to throw it out there that sanjaya made me think of will makar. will makar was on the last season of american idol and was the 13th contestant cut. if he had made it one more week, he would have been in the tour etc. my roommate loves will makar, so i know much about him. including the fact that brett favre, the greatest quarterback of all time, is one of his heroes. will makar is the pic on the left, sanjaya on the right. american idol rocks my world. i can't wait for hollywood week.

and for your viewing pleasure, the weirdest and most disturbing pregnancy test commercial in the world. projectile pee? i just want to know how someone pitched this idea.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

last night

we went to see pat mccurdy at the annex. it was soo cold, but luckily angie decided to not drink, so she drove us. i don't know about any of you, but one of my favorite things in life is when a crowd sings together. maybe it's just that i like singing, but when we sing at hockey/football games (build me up buttercup for example) or when a musician turns the mic over to the crowd, it's basically my favorite. pat does this a lot and i think it's one of the main reasons i enjoy him on occasion and of course his song repertoire doesn't hurt, including such masterpieces as chokin' the gopher and the ever popular 80s medley. the combination of beer, singing and dancing like fools along with many other people is just fun. i'm hoping angie had a good time too, i think she did. she had only seen pat at the terrace, but the annex is his home in madison. here is a little sample of pat that i think displays all the reasons i love going to his shows once in a while. but maybe you should have a couple beers before watching, lol.

overdue notice

dude library,

it's not that i want to keep the 15 heavy books i have out on the children's opera Brundibar or billie holiday's political influence on black feminism, but i just don't want to carry said books all the frickin way to the library. yes, i will take the convenient option to delay their due date by renewing them to the ever significant date of february 14.

thanks library, i knew you wanted to be my valentine

Sunday, January 14, 2007

snl, i still love you

We all know Jake Gyllenhaal is hot. We also enjoy his talents in many wonderful films like donnie darko, jarhead and proof, but his appearance on snl (well at least the monologue, it's as far as i got before posting this) was fantastic. It was one to be remembered so check it out!
Please note that everytime Dreamgirls is referenced anywhere, it makes me want to see it again. And it's finally showing in Madison! Yay!

Friday, January 12, 2007

i survived

i am back in wisconsin. i got back yesterday from my drive to nyc. on the way there i traveled with my sister anna and all of her belongings and on the way back i traveled with mi madre who flew out just to drive back with me. i sang along to the radio for so long it caused me to lose my voice. it was an adventure. on the way there there was a snow storm in pennsylvania and a detour that took us through some amish countryside. the drive was about 15 hours, and i was in nyc for approx 7 hours before we left again.

what did we do in those 7 hours? you might ask. we emptied the car full of stuff, ate dinner at the garden grill in brooklyn and took the subway to times square where we purchased tickets at the ever popular TKTS stand. they were for chicago. at the time we bought the tickets we knew that huey lewis was playing billy flynn and that is why i wanted to go. i like chicago, but i love huey lewis. we then found out that bebe neuwirth was playing roxie. this is weird since she used to play velma, the opposite leading lady. the show was good though and we were in the third row, so it was very intense. i'm glad i got to spend time with my sister and my mum, but i am now utterly exhausted.

Monday, January 08, 2007

scary movies

i don't think my friends would ever guess i'm afraid of "scary" movies like scream and a select number of creepy lifetime movies (ie Robin Cook's Acceptable Risk, lol jk), but i am absolutely freaked out by the slightest scary music. it's amazing. one masterfully placed line of music can make my skin crawl. even the trailer for texas chainsaw massacre: the beginnings before the snakes on a plane dvd made me freak out. (oh and if you haven't seen SoaP check it out, it's so bad, it's good) some scary movies are too creepy, but i enjoy getting that thrill from select scary movies. for the scarier kind daylight is required and i always require a comedy buffer around any scary film. i like to watch scary movies, but in order to forget the looming serial killer outside my window i have to watch an episode of something really hilarious like the simpsons or lighthearted like friends before heading of to my dark and suddenly terrifying bedroom. most scary movies are not cinematic masterpieces, but most are so bad they're good. or have the creepiest music ever created.

i keep seeing trailers for the hitcher starring sean bean, which is apparently a remake of a 1986 horror film of the same name and dang it looks frightening. i love sean bean. i saw him about six years ago on on the stage in london as macbeth and he was amazing (and he's the ever dreamy boromir in lotr). but he sure looks scary in the trailers which got me thinking about my love/hate relationship with scary movies. some would disregard the genre, but i appreciate them good and bad.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

blitz smackdown

last night i went to see my sis in a short play within mercury theatre's blitz smackdown. basically blitz is an event that happens a couple times a year where plays go from page to stage in 24 hours. playwrights pick the titles out of a hat the night before, write the plays all night and turn over the script to a director in the morning. as you can guess the production is chaotic and usually in the end quite amazing. there were four plays last night, only two of which i truly enjoyed, but knowing so many of the actors made the night worthwhile. even if i didn't really like the play, their acting made it worth while, or even a few choice line deliveries.

i was just watching a couple episodes of undeclared, and if anyone hasn't experienced freaks and geeks, please i beg you to watch some. undeclared is funny/cute, but freaks and geeks is absolutely wonderful. i just love it.

Friday, January 05, 2007

happy new year!

I hope everyone had a fantabulous new year's eve. Mine was pretty awesome, I'm not gonna lie. A couple friends joined me at Cafe Montmartre here in Madison for a disco funk extravaganza. My sister's band VO5 played there to ring in the new year. It was really fun, I even got Angie to dance at the end of the night. The band members were all wearing glittery purple clothing and rocked out some pretty amazing wigs (such as the ones in the pic).

In other news I have been asked and have accepted my big sis' offer to drive her back to NYC. I was kinda worried at first because the plan involved me driving back on my lonesome, but mi madre has offered to fly out and accompany me home. Quality time driving accross the nation with the fam.

Last night we recorded PCS (the podcast i record with my two fav ladies) episode 43. I love it and I'm glad Angie acted like a crazy person recruiting us to do it with her. It's fun to do, but also a great way to have some quality ex roomie chats. As most of our friends know, the three of us always have a good time.