Building up the Xmas List

29 11 2008

Back in the day, December meant fighting over the Sunday Fleet Farm and Toy R US flyers to cut out pictures of the toys we were desperate to own.  Nowadays, I find myself scrolling down websites for reviews on the games, books, and music that somehow slipped past my radar.  My favorite part of this task is reading the reviews for games.

After 10 years of begging for video games, my mother finally rescinded her statement that “Video games are for boys, sweetie.”  and bought me a Nintendo DS last christmas.  It was even red & black* just like I asked. 

Now as Thanksgiving is over, I get to skim site after site to discover the pros and cons of various DS games.  For every normal comment “Pro:  Outstanding classic platforming action,” there are awesome counterpoints like “Con:  Fruits-y protagonist.”  rofl.  Number 1 on my list this year:  LEGO Indiana Jones:  The Original Adventures whose major con is “No lightsaber action”  and maybe Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass because I lost mine the in move and never got to finish it. (I was soo close!)

Do I sound 12?  Yes! Awesome!


* Purple and I have a history. My parents were wonderful about buying just the right gift each year… but they always managed to find it in purple.  No fail.  Walkman, pjs, boombox, headphones, lava lamp… even a hair dryer!  Every year I explicitedly stated my vehement (and irrational) hatred of the color purple.  And every year they bought THE gift in purple.  *sigh*  Thank god I got over that.

Puppychow for Breakfast

26 11 2008

Seriously. This is what happens when a girl can’t cook.  I’m drinking what’s left of my Light Silk Soymilk out of the carton and nibbling on puppychow for breakfast at work. 

I decided to be creative and make puppychow last week so I could have a snack at work. I’ve never made it alone before but it can’t honestly take an hour! Come on! It took me ages to get it all to work together.  First there wasn’t enough chocolate mixture. Then it wouldn’t coat the chex, and stirring with the spoon was crushing it.  Finally, I had to dig in with my hands.  *shudder*  Never again.  Am I really this deficient?  Yes.  Yes, I am.

I got my hair done last night! I’m loving the super dark, long curls. Woo!

So everyone is all up on the Edward stalking idea presented by Whoorl, right?  Woot! He’s so adorable! I haven’t seen the movie yet (I know! I’m waiting to go with my sisters this wkend), but watch him on Ellen (who I also adore). 

3 things occurred to me while watching this video:
1. Graduate school in LA is a wonderful idea.
2. Edward Rob just wants someone to ask him out? And be funny?  I CAN DO THAT!
3.  I am older than Rob.  2months.  Yes, I looked that up. 

4. If I dated Rob, there’d be 3 Robs in my life. lol. Yes, my mind went there.


ps – I know everyone says YouTube has soooo many issues because they don’t have a business plan and aren’t making enough money yadah yadah. They have a dedicated audience and clear majority of the market.  And I still love them.  And I would totally work there. *sigh* Anywhere but here.

“Don’t let your gf read Twilight”

24 11 2008

It’s still snowy!  I’m trying not to skip down the halls at work.  Work is a bitch today. I should be sad, but it’s just too beautiful out!!! Happiness!

The only things that could make this better are snow angels, a snowball fight, and hot chocolate.  Instead, I’ll settle for Earl Grey, blogs to read, and sneaking peaks out the window from my deserted boss’ office.


Congrates to Twilight on hitting $70M in the first weekend.  Looks like we will be getting that New Moon sequel.  woot!

Even better?  Ashley’s post led me freeandflawed’s guide on Guidespot: Why your girlfriend shouldn’t read/see Twilight.  It is GENIUS!!!! I nearly cried with laughter. It’s a definite MUST READ.  now.  You must read it right now.  Right. Now. Hilarious writing.

I downloaded the Twilight soundtrack last week in a moment of extreme weakness.  Normally, I avoid soundtracks like the plague bc they usually suck.  However, this one is phenomenal!  I adore the songs Spotlight by MuteMath and Full Moon by The Black Ghosts.  It includes a song from Rob Pattinson aka Edward (plus a bonus song if you download via iTunes).  I love his bluesy voice.  It’s completely different than what you would expect.  Completely wonderful.  Which is why I searched and downloaded a few more from random spots online. Online he has gone by Bobby Dupea (a Jack Nicholson character).  If you want Stray Dog, I’ll be your Lover, Broken, or To Roam, let me know and I’ll post share them in mediafire.  My favorites are Never Think and I’ll Be Your Lover.

Weekend Update

24 11 2008

The wonderful weekend ended this morning when I awoke at 4am to fat, fluffy flakes falling outside my bedroom window.  It was heaven.  I hope the rest of you had enjoyable weekends whether you were out partying, protesting, or Twilighting!

I nervously agreed to join a co-worker out for drinks w/ her friends on Friday night.  I’m so pleased I went.  It one of the best nights this year!  We met up at a downtown hotel bar (where apparently ALL of the after work set go) at 6pm and drank straight to 11:30pm.  I met a bunch of awesome people including a hot engineer named Nate (who prefers to tell everyone he’s a magician bc it’s ‘more fun’) and an adorably geeky team leader named Tom.  After happy hour and $5 martinis ended, the birthday girl led us on to a nearby swanky sports bar.  Even though I admitted my horrible darts skills at the beginning of the night to Nate, he asked me to be his partner in a game of cricket.  We came in 2nd (boo. I like winning).  The bar crawl proceeded somewhere else (I’m 3 whiskeys in), and I left at 11:30.  There were hugs all around and promises to get together again soon. 

It was a fantastic night.  I left at just the right time – a.k.a. before I embarrassed myself with a faceplant or bartop passout.  No, I didn’t get Nate’s phone number or anyone else’s for that matter (too drunk to remember those important things).  However, I did drunk dial my younger sister and literally sang to her my woes of wearing heels and getting drunk for the first time in months.  She played the voicemail for my Mom and 14 yr-old brother.  I am now the lovable laughingstock of my family.  woot.


The rest of this wkend was spent studying for the upcoming GMAT.  I’m scared stiff that I won’t get into any MBA program anywhere.  Therefore, studying my ass off.  (It’s actually kinda fun. sad, I know) 


I did take a break to watch the premier of YouTube Live – the first annual YouTube awards show.  It surpassed every other awards show I’ve ever seen.  Granted there were only like 2 awards given out.  The rest of the show was a showcase of some of the most original creativity I’ve ever seen.  There were the requisite ukulele players, Beardyman (beatbox phenom), Chad Vader, Planet B-Boy, and everyone’s favorite ‘My whole family thinks I’m gay” comedy singer Bo Burnham.

The Visionary Award went to Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan who has been a recent role model of mine.  She was celebrated for her use of online videos to educate the world about the Arab culture and unite the Arab community.  If you have a chance, learn more about Queen Rania at her website.  She is an incredible woman.

My sole reason for watching this live event was to see Jon Chu’s latest project:  The League of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD).  The video below of their performance is low quality and fails to capture the detail of perfection.  Click the link to find it on YouTube and select to watch in High Quality (HQ link is below the volume button).

Check out 3:10 for the beauty of the strange but awesome similarities in grace between the krump dancer and ballet dancers.

It’s not Halloween…

22 11 2008

This came out a month ago. How did I miss this????

And then tonight is the premier of something new….?

I’ll post it after they do.

My head hurts like Jesus hates me.

21 11 2008

It’s so not awesome.  WTF headache? Go away.  Also, I look like I got sucker punched which is truely fantastic.  I’m rocking:

  • Dark circles under my eyes from waking up every hour for the last 3 days
  • An eyelid swollen to the point of “always half closed” which makes me look tired, droopy and 30% insane

The swollen eye is some sort of allergic reaction I’m supposing.  It is certainly not an bruise despite its bruise-ish qualities (like awesome color).  As I haven’t been drunk at anytime in the last 72hrs, I can account for every run-in with nearby walls, corners, & doorjambs.  We’re cool. Nothing hit my eye.  Unless I’m sleepwalking again…

At least, I don’t have to wear eye makeup (mostly bc it makes me cry right now) due to my purple ‘natural’ eyeshadow.  Woot.


please kill me.

PS – Yesterday, I wore navy from head-to-toe because my head hurt too much in the morning to try color combinations…. unfortunately, I realized my pumps were black around noon.

PPS – oh good lord. I just realized I’ve been drinking hot water – I forgot to put in the damn tea bag and didn’t notice.

Twilight by way of the Fug Girls

19 11 2008

I’m so psyched for the Twilight movie coming out. Seriously. I practically inhaled the books (3x) and can’t wait to see what Hardwicke throws at us. However, like Brandy, I can’t help but laugh at some of the ridiculousness of the book. This leads right into the insanity that surrounds the film & its stars. That said, I just HAD to repost this.

(Fug Girls, I love you desperately for making each day a little bit funnier. Please don’t hate me for spreading your joy! Love, Grace)

November 19, 2008
Fug file:  dialogue, Twilight

Edward & Bella

Edward & Bella

ROBERT PATTINSON: Hello, my angel. [Snicker] I see you managed to get here without breaking any bones. [Chuckle]

KRISTEN STEWART: You know, we wrapped the movie a long time ago. You can break character and stop with the condescending laughter.

ROBERT: No, I can’t. It’s the hair. The unruly, slightly oily Edward hair that’s damp with the sweat of restraint and clammy lust. They won’t let me cut it, and it OWNS me. Is your dress made of sweatshirts?

KRISTEN: They haven’t said you can’t SHOWER, though. Maybe you’re just clammy because all your clothes look a tiny bit tight. And I think your shoe is untied. And, you know, the whole “you need to shower” thing.

ROBERT: God, your blood smells magical. Like sparkles and sunshine and fine wine. I must watch you sleep.

KRISTEN: Do you people see what I have had to put up with? Do you?

ROBERT: Oh, Bella. I love you. I may kill you. You don’t know.

KRISTEN: Not Bella. Kristen. Cameras are not rolling. Lord. I give you two months, tops, before all this breaks you.

ROBERT: You intoxicate me. I AM DANGER. Why do you not fear me, human?

KRISTEN: Oh, I fear you, all right. Trust.


Dear Neighbors Upstairs,

13 11 2008

Thank you for all 3 hours of sleep I had last night.  Your bedthumping fun both at Midnight and 4 frickin AM was fantastic for all of us.  I could tell you were having a great time. The loud shuddering screams and moans were pretty telling. As for me, not so much.  I needed that sleep as I’ve been fending off a cold. *sigh*

Next time, would you mind putting some blanket or something between your bedframe and the wall?  And maybe you could duct tape each other’s mouths shut. I’m sure it’ll be very kinky.

Thanks to you, I’m leaving work early today.  Woo… not. I’m sick, and I blame you. Thanks!

Sincerely hating you,
Grace K.


11 11 2008

Taken from DMB Does Not Stand for Dave Matthews Band

“Just bold the ones you’ve done. Add comments too, because it makes it funny. Or something. Maybe pathetic. I added lots of comments.”  I loved her comments so I added my own as I went through the list.  Try it!

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink (there were only 10ish of us left)
02. Swam with dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain 
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree (might’ve been drunk)
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea (my sea = great lakes)
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights

15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope

26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight

28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight (It’s the Midwest! What else is there to do?)
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day

38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country (London in a nutshell)

44. Watched whales (In Hawaii – my older sister and I went on a whale watching and snorkeling trip)
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing (ugh. They made us at camp. My hands bled ridic from it)
49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach (not with the ‘someone special… was that implied?)
50. Gone sky diving (HELLS YES!!! Right after graduating college!)

51. Visited Ireland (2x Dublin for St. Patty’s Day, 1x Killarney for Christmas)
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs (why is this novel? both my cds & books are)
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke (waaaay back in high school. never again.)
59. Lounged around in bed all day (Staying in too long makes me tired.)
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud (Powder Puff Football! Oh high school)
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theatre (I’ve always wanted to)
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites (Ruins in Italy)
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party (do house parties count?)
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch (burned. Like everything I cook)
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on a television news program as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage (dance, theatre, flute, speeches)
85. Been to Las Vegas

86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark 
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship (I was 14. We met some of the coolest people ever, and strangely enough, we still stay in touch.)
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold (See: London & Drinking)
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over (That was pretty much why I moved here.  Next stop: New York, Chicago, or LA)
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge (only drove over it)
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking with the windows open (Everyday on the commute!)
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart (But it was high school… surely that doesnt count?)
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari (‘photo safari’? I did the Disney one. That was pretty cool)
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears (Eyebrow)
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol (bb gun & rifle)
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for 30 hours in a 48 hour period
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi (YUM)
128. Had your picture in the newspaper (for theatre & giving the commencement address)

129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about (Idk)
130. Gone back to school (I’m going back so I’m counting it. Grad school here I come!)
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach (it was horrible)
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes (umm… i thought that was a movie?)
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (fish – caught, cleaned & deboned, & fried)
137. Skipped all your school reunions (Have any happened yet?)
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream (this life was my dream… more or less. Now I just need to expand on it)
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care (several)
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair (more times than I can count)
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life by not hitting them with my car.

Voting & Vampires

4 11 2008

I don’t want to vote. I’m serious. I get this way every election. Any election. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE politics. Obsessively sometimes.

My mind has been made up for months. I have no qualms or hesitations. But come election day, it just feels like such a bother. I don’t want to go stand in line for hours to check a box even though I know I will. I almost… (dare I say) Dread it.

Shame on me. *sigh* I’ll be in the voting booth tonight after work. You know, I’d be totally excited for this if I could take off work for it. Alas, no. I’m running a Networking Session all afternoon.


In other news:

Gave in. Everyone has been talking on&on about the Twilight series. I refused to even consider reading the books for months. It looked perfect for me: the new Harry Potter, little bit love story, little bit danger… But it’s about vampires. VAMPIRES. Hello?! Fear much???

When I was 7, my babysitter put on Buffy the Vampire Slayer after tucking me into bed. I snuck downstairs (did that a lot) bc I wasn’t tired. I was hiding behind the couch when I screamed. The show had a bunch of teenagers who were ‘infected’ or whatever (was this normal for the show?) who lept out of the bushes, snatched a guy, dragged him back with them and (not shown) begin drinking his blood & tearing him to shreds.

I slept with my rosary in hand for months after that.

You’d think at 22, I’d be grown up enough to handle scary stories. No. Not At All. For pete’s sake, Signs freaked me out. Granted I wasn’t allowed to stay and see the end, but what I did see was frightening. At 22, I shouldn’t wake up in a cold sweat positive that someone was in my room. (Granted, now my dreams have just scary people – not supernatural creatures – but still.) Yet, sometimes I still do.

I read it though. I bucked up and read the first. It was delicious! Is that the wrong word? It just feels right. Twilight was fantastic. I haven’t been this giddy about a book since first reading Harry Potter. I finished all 4 books this wkend. Yesterday, I reread Twilight. Crazy much? yes. thanks!

I’ve always wanted to do one of these…

UPDATE:  I voted! Yay me. Despite not having pre-registered, the whole shindig took only 20mins. Rock on! Last time it took 2hours.