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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

This morning on my way to work I was listening to my favorite radio station and the DJ's were talking about the Tigers "at bat" songs. All three DJs then said what their at bat songs would be if they were a Tiger. Of course, this got me thinking about what I would choose. So I spent the first couple hours of my morning listening to my ipod, trying to find the best song if I were a different person (a man who's good at baseball and is a professional player) and had to pick the perfect song. These are the top four I came up with:

Back in Black - ACDC
Tom Sawyer - Rush
E-Pro - Beck
Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

I decided E-Pro would be the best of the four but it was a tough call. (My day has obviously been really stressful.)

I'm really curious what the rest of you would pick. What's the song that gets you pumped and that would get the crowd going?

You don't know how hard it was for me to leave out songs from musicals from this list. But I wouldn't want the crowd turning on me so I stuck with these four.

Sidenote: I want to talk to the guy in charge of the music about NOT playing Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" because inevitably someone sitting by me says, "you know, there's really no such thing as 'south Detroit.'" Then I have to politely respond when in my head I'm thinking sarcastic thoughts about how I've heard that a million times.... You know, I just realized I should save this rant for my "I've got a lot of problems with you people" feature. More later.

In unrelated thoughts, this Sunday is Easter which means, besides the religious aspects which really are important to me, it is also the day of my family's Peep diorama competition. You guys, I never win this and it's starting to bug me. Not just because I want to win, but because the same two people win every year (my cousin and her husband) and it's time to knock them off their throne (very Eastery of me huh?).

I have no memory of my Peep diorama from last year (probably why I didn't win) but for 2012 I did an election themed diorama. Note the attention to detail (Obama is a chocolate Peep):



In 2011, I did a "Hide yo Peeps" diorama after the autotuned "Hide yo kids" hit. Unfortunately, I had to explain it to too many people. That was my downfall there and cost me a lot of votes.



I have a pretty good idea for this year having to do with Adele Dazheem but I'm afraid it'll fall into the same trap is the Hide yo Peeps debacle of '11. Everyone gets two votes including the kids and if the kids don't know what it is, you're done. Just pack your bags. You never had a chance. Maybe a Frozen theme?

What do you guys think? I need your help!

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

Sometimes I feel like I just don't care about the Royal Family enough (or any celebrity family, really). After reading a hard hitting article about whether or not Kate should cut her hair (many people with too much time on their hands think it's high time she does), I noticed how incredibly cute the Royal baby is:

Chubby baby cheeks!! What could be better??

The article included the cost of the baby's outfit (77 pounds - DANG!) and where to purchase it. I found myself thinking, "I wish I cared enough to buy that outfit for a friend's baby," and "What is my opinion about Kate's hair?" But I just couldn't muster an opinion at first. But the more I thought about it, I started to find myself curious about what she will decide and I wondered what her hair would look like short and suddenly I couldn't wait to find out!

It was a wonderful moment of escapism. And I wanted to stay there. But the moment only lasted a minute.

Then I had to put my new inserts in my shoes that the orthopedic surgeon gave me this morning (to help my achilles tendons) and read a recipe for "lighter egg salad."

So I guess that's kind of exciting.

.............

I'm going to be real with you guys- it's been a loooooooong day and I'm just going to wrap it up for now. More soon!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I got a lot of problems with you people!

This week my sister, Katherine, started a blog called "the glad gazette" in which she intends to collect stories of people telling positive stories. When she told me about this, it made me feel kinda bad that I've been thinking about starting a new feature on my blog called "I got a lot of problems with you people!" wherein I vent about whatever is ticking me off at the moment.

But I figured I'd do it anyway.

The title, of course, comes from Frank Costanza as part of his Festivus "airing of grievances" and is one of my favorite tv quotes ever. Mainly because of the way it's delivered - with lots of anger.

Welcome, newcomers. The tradition of Festivus begins 
with the airing of grievances. I got a lot of problems with 
you people! And now you're gonna hear about it! - Frank Costanza


 

Soon after he delivers this speech, he loses his train of thought:

FRANK: (To George) Quiet, you'll get yours in a minute. 
Kruger, you couldn't smooth a silk sheet 
if you had a hot date with a babe... I lost my train of thought.

 To me, this is the best part. And very relateable to me as I am often all worked up about something, then a moment later, over it and ready to move on with my life.

And to clarify, the "people" I have a problem with might not always be people. They might be things. Like, for example, right now I'm really fed up with Breathe Right Nose Strips. My allergies have been awful lately, so I picked up a box of these the other day. They work great at first, opening my nose right up and making it easier to breathe.

But I guess at some point in the night, I get annoyed with having it on and tear it off. I never have any idea where it is in the morning. Last summer, while camping in Colorado Springs with some friends, I lost one in a borrowed sleeping bag. I never did find it (I'm still sorry about that, Emily). 

This morning, I went through the painful process of ripping one off my thigh. Yesterday I pried one from my quilt. A few days ago, while working on a family project, my sister said to me, "what's that on your arm?" And that's why, 

I got a lot of problems with you, Breathe Right Nose Strips!

And thus begins my new blog feature.

Monday, April 7, 2014

On the Muppets

This weekend I saw the new Muppets movie with my niece. We loved it - it was really funny. I'm a big fan of Ricky Gervais's comedy so I was looking forward to seeing him in it. There were lots of catchy songs and some truly funny scenes. My niece and I laughed a lot and enjoyed it.

But liking the Muppets hasn't always been easy for me. I may have mentioned this on here before but when I was a kid I was secretly scared of the Muppets. I didn't tell anyone because I knew they would just say the Muppets weren't real which I knew in my head but also wasn't totally convinced of. It just seemed like I wouldn't want to run into a Muppet in a dark alley. (Except Kermit of course.)

The thing about the Muppets is that they were always working in that old theater which kind of scared me as a kid. I felt like they were always one failure away from a life on the streets. And some of them seemed like they had already lived a rough life. Matted fur, a feeling of desperation, wild hair, language problems, I could go on and on.

I mean, look at Gonzo:


He looks like a bookie. Or a drunk. Or a junkie. Or a used car salesman. Or a con artist. He definitely looks shifty. That much I know for sure.


And then there's Fozzie Bear:


I like Fozzie. He has a real grandfather vibe to him. Which makes it even harder to stomach the fact that he looks like a toy that was on the bottom of your toy box for years and you just discovered. His fur is super matted, and the scarf? That belonged to your grandmother and you tied it around Fozzie when you were a kid. Fozzie looks like a down on his luck old man bear which is just so sad. His life should be better by now. It worries me.

And onto Rizzo:


I mean, he's a rat. And where did he get that pizza!? That was my pizza!


And this guy:

Sidenote: I never liked that the guy with glasses didn't have eyes.

I don't know his name but his head really freaks me out! It kind of reminds me of the worst part of Beetlejuice - the part with the shrunken heads. I mean, really. What IS this thing????

The rest of the Muppets, I guess I'm ok with. I'll never understand the relationship between Kermit and Ms. Piggy. It's confusing and physically impossible. But Kermit is great. Definitely the best Muppet.

Who is your favorite Muppet? Do you find any of them scary? Or do you think my childhood discomfort with them was totally unfounded?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

Whoops - I wrote this yesterday and forgot to post it. Here it is, a day late! 

There's a crazy person in my life. I don't mean quirky every day crazy, I mean the kind of crazy that makes you nervous. The kind of crazy where you picture them doing this a lot:


Or this:


And you just lay low for awhile until they start focusing their crazy in a different direction.

But the good news is that it's getting warmer. And because of that, I've been getting out on walks and enjoying the outdoors again instead of raising my fist at it. Though I do sometimes mutter "get out of here" to the piles of snow still on the ground while clenching my fist.

It's so nice being outside again. I still went outside and went on walks in the winter, but I was angry all the time because of the cold, ice, and snow. In fact, that gif of Kristin Wigg above accurately shows the look on my face while on walks during this past winter.

I may have mentioned this here before, but I knew someone once who told me that I am totally different in the summer. I'm a much happier version of myself. You would think that living almost my whole life in Michigan, I would be used to the winter. Maybe I'm just not cut out for it.

So now that winter is finally being ushered out, I thought I should think of the things I do like about winter.

*Christmas time. The snow is more than welcome at Christmas.
*Hot chocolate. I love hot chocolate so much. Especially with homemade marshmallows.
*TV time. There's nothing else to do.

I think that's it. I really tried to think of more things but I got annoyed every time I thought of something. For example, I was going to write "snow days" but then I thought about the fact that on a snow day, my car is covered in snow which I have to clean off. Then the roads are a complete mess and parking at work (on the street) is impossible for days after the snow day. Or weeks, as the case may be. Wait, no, make that months.

I think I need some distance before I can show winter any love.

Will you miss anything about it?

Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Scary or not scary?

Hey guys. Remember how I recently wrote a post about all the drafts I have sitting in my draft folder? This was one of them. I wrote it before Halloween last year and I don't know why I didn't publish it. Maybe I got too scared. (Probably.)

Anyhoo, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love getting scared - temporarily and in a controlled environment. Like watching a scary movie, or going on a haunted hayride. I'm not interested in being scared for real - like being stalked or attacked by a serial killer. Just to be clear.

Scary movies tend to have common themes, and some are more scary to me than others. I would say the scariest things to me are intruders (cause they're real!) and ghosts (because they MIGHT be real!). Other things... not so much. Here's a little list I made:

Zombies - Not scary. Silly. Ridiculous. I don't understand how these are scary. ALL they do is run into things and make grunting noises.

And eat brains.

Ghosts - Scary. Ghosts really scare me. Especially kid ghosts. No wait, women ghosts. Old women ghosts. AHHHH! Ghosts don't listen to logic. They're usually carrying grudges which for some reason are YOUR fault and even though you're not the one who killed them (I assume), they're going to treat you like you are and make your life a living H-E-double hockey sticks. Or they might just kinda watch you from the closet. Either way, I'm not a fan.

Witches - Kind of scary. It depends. Most of the time they're not scary, but the more wicked ones are. Still, I'm not going to lay in bed at night worrying about witches.

Aliens - Aliens are fine when they're just doing their thing. Saving the universe, exploring the universe, destroying Earth, living with the Tanner family and eating cats - fine. But when I hate them is when they're supposed to be scary. Just NO. They're not scary. Any time an alien is supposed to be scary, I have to let out a huge sigh and eye roll. They're usually a cop-out for when the writers didn't know how else to end the movie. They annoy me to no end.



Ghouls - no one even knows what ghouls are.

Demons - If they're meant to look like humans, they're scary. But if they're meant to look like animals, they're silly.

Vampires - No. And it's worth noting that they're usually super hot which of course, makes no sense since they have no access to viewing their reflection/grooming. I read Dracula by Brahm Stoker last year and it had some spooky elements. It seemed to be more of a comment on the life of women at that time and virtue vs. worldliness. Best vampire? Spike.

hands down best vampire.

Werewolves - Ridonculous.



Intruders - Intruders are way scary. Even scarier than ghosts. Because intruders are real and they are breaking the rules. Anything goes with intruders. They are living by their own rules. Your best option is to fake dead if an intruder comes into your house. In fact, that's your only option. Unless you have a panic room, in which case, you're my hero.

Mothmen - Yeah, kinda scary. Not going to lie. I watched this movie by myself when it first came out on video because I got it mixed up with the movie "Dragonfly" which someone had recommended to me. I totally got my insects mixed up. It was a scary evening. How does the Mothman know you're holding chapstick!? And why does he/it say "chapstick" in such a scary way!?

Chapstick - scary when the Mothman says it.

Frankenstein - Only scary when know-it-all Facebook friends say, "it's not Frankenstein, it's Frankenstein's monster. Gosh!"

Boogedy from the Disney Boogedy movies - the only scary thing about this is that those movies aren't for sale on DVD because they're the best movies EVER (ish).

I guess I can't think of any more scary things. What am I forgetting? And which of these things do you find the scariest?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

I'm feeling all fired up this morning. Like I just want to walk into a room like Frank Costanza on Festivus and yell, "I've got a lot of problems with you people!!" (Something I yell a lot even when I'm not angry - it's just a fun mantra.)



I'm not trying to be cryptic - there are just some things I can't talk about on here. Don't you hate that? When people are cryptic? It's one of the most annoying things about social media.


Things aren't that bad though. I'm not "so sad" and it's not a terrible day. I just got kinda worked up this morning over some work stuff.

But there are good things about today too  - like, I'm getting my hair done today. I love getting my hair done. The shampoo is the best part, am I right? And I'm having a cooking night with the Beehives (the girls from church) tonight. That'll be fun. Wild, I'm sure, but fun. And it's Wednesday! That much closer to the weekend. So today isn't a total bust, by any means.

I am pretty furious about the weather though. Not just annoyed. Furious. Will spring ever come? It will, right? It's come before. It has to come. It will come.

Whoa. This post is turning into therapy.

Tonight is the series finale of Psych and I am not emotionally prepared. Do you guys love Psych as much as I do? What will we do without Gus and Shawn? And Lassy? And Henry (I totally have a crush on Henry)? And the Blueberry? And Pluto? 

What will you miss the most about Psych?

Happy Wednesday!