Sometimes I feel like Jessie Spano in everyone's favorite Saved by the Bell episode, "Jessie's Song" where she complains about never having enough time (because I can relate pretty much everything back to a Pop Culture reference). "There's NO time! There's NEVER any time!". I mean, I feel that way MINUS the caffeine pills. But when I feel overwhelmed, I picture that scene in my head. No time to clean my house... Because what little time I am at home, I certainly don't feel like spending it cleaning. I'd rather spend time with C, who I barely see during the week because of school and work. No time to grocery shop... because who wants to spend the hours they aren't at work at Meijer? No time to watch all the TV I want to watch... meaning all the shows on Netflix and whatnot that people keep yelling at me to watch. No time to re-read the books I want to re-read... because I have all new books to read (which isn't a bad thing but if I had more time I could do both!). No time to catch up on sleep... because if I take a nap, that's a complete waste of my precious 2 days off and while I love to nap (man, I LOVE to nap), I should be spending that time doing something else... like all the activities mentioned above which means we have now come full circle. It's a vicious cycle that goes through my brain daily. Wah, wah, wah. Woe is me. This is my blog and I can whine if I want to. While I am extremely grateful for the job that I have (because I have seen first hand how impossible it is to get a job right now), I can't help but fantasize about what it would be like to be part time. Also, I realize this is only the 2nd week of January and my first full week back at work after having 10 days off and that this probably has a lot to do with my funk right now but these are things I think about nonetheless.
Sidenote: Did any of you know that Jessie's middle name was Myrtle?
I ordered my sister a Christmas present from Zazzle.com (I'm not posting the direct link to the site because they are stupid). The site is kind of like CafePress, where you can order custom made shirts, bags and jewelry and the like. I got her this really awesome locket with a picture of a shelf of books in it (don't worry she knows about it). It came in on Christmas Eve WRONG. It didn't have the cover to the locket on it. So, I emailed and they assured me that they would send a replacement right away. I got the replacement this week and guess what? It's wrong again. Holy frustrating, Batman. I emailed again and am awaiting a response. Dummies. Anyway, that site is dumb. Maybe my sister will get her gift before next Christmas?
For whatever reason, as I was sitting at work the other day, I started thinking about The Real World. This is weird because I haven't watched that show in years and years and years. I can't even tell you the last season I watched but I was thinking about the London (1995) season. You know, everyone's least favorite cast? Well, they were my most favorite cast. I looooved that season. I would get SO excited for it every week. They got to live in a flat in the Knotting Hill area of London. The cast consisted of 3 Americans: Kat, who was a fencer (which I thought was awesome). Jay, who was an aspiring playwright (he was real quiet and cute) and Mike, who was my favorite because he would wear a St. Louis Blues Brendan Shanahan jersey alll the time (he was also a race car driver). 1 German: Lars, who was a DJ and who I thought (at the time) resembled Sergei Fedorov. 1 Australian: Jacinda, who was super pretty and a model (she's also an actress now). And finally, 2 Brits: Sharon. who was a singer/songwriter and Neil, who was in a band (and now when I think about him, reminds me of Spike from Buffy). Anyway, I was thinking about that cast and how if that season was on DVD, I would probably watch it.
Sidenote: Do you think David should have been evicted from the house in Season 2 (Los Angeles) for pulling the covers off of Tami? "It wasn't not funny!" Also, what are your thoughts on Puck, the obnoxious bike messenger, who sticks his fingers in the peanut butter jar from the San Francisco season? Discuss.
I need a haircut real bad but I don't feel like making an appointment. It's called laziness, friends.
Hockey's back. Of course, I'm still irritated by the Lockout. It was dumb and never should have happened but I've read a few statements from some of the players expressing regret and how much they appreciate the fans and that makes me feel better (a little bit). I also heard an interview with Mike Babcock on 96.3 this morning and he was really, really cool. Very gracious and appreciative that the game is back in session and that was neat to hear. I have such mixed feelings about the whole thing. Sure, I could just not watch any of the games but the whole reason I was mad during the lockout was because they weren't playing any games so it seems pointless. Also, they don't care if I don't watch. They (players, coaches, personnel, owners, stupid Bettman) will all get paid their millions of dollars regardless if I watch the games or not. You can't win. Watch it, don't watch it, they'll still have another Lockout within the next 10 years I'm sure. Go Wings!
I've been reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. It's about a girl whose family is murdered when she is 7 and she testifies that her 15yr old brother did it. 25 years later she starts to question whether she was right or not. This book creeps me out and makes me have crazy dreams but for crying out loud, Gillian Flynn is a phenomenal writer. Absolutely fantastic. There are scenes that she writes that make my heart stop because they are so brilliant. She writes some insane (INSANE) female characters but she is absolutely gifted when it comes to concocting an addicting story. I can't wait to finish this book.
The Walking Dead returns February 10th!
The Americans, starring Keri Russel (Felicity!) and Matthew Rhys (Kevin from Brothers and Sisters) premieres on FX at 10pm on January 30th. It's about a group of KGB officers in the 80's who have been trained to impersonate American citizens so they can become sleeper agents. I am trying so hard not to get my hopes up that this show is going to kick ass but I can't help it. I think it's going to be awesome and I absolutely cannot wait for it.
Regardless of all the new books I got for Christmas (I got a lot), I am craving a trip to the bookstore. I need to smell that smell of books and coffee and be surrounded by shelves of stories.
White Collar returns January 22nd!
I think Jeff and I are going to check out that new Kevin Bacon show... The Following (FOX January 21st @ 9pm). It's about a bunch of serial killers and it sounds really creepy which usually I don't like but we are intrigued.
I still have not seen The Hobbit (see beginning of this post). I also want to see The Silver Linings Playbook real bad... And This Is 40... and maybe Les Miserables but I don't think anyone would see that one with me.
Justin Bieber makes me irrationally angry. He's just a kid, making a living "singing" but I just want him to shut up and go away.
Taylor Swift and Harry Styles broke up. Cue her new break up song in 5, 4, 3, 2....
The new Entertainment Weekly features a ton of new Catching Fire info. Seeing the new stills and reading the interviews from the cast makes me super excited for November 21st.
Charley read me a book last night. HE read to ME. It was a super short book about a mudskipper that his teacher sent home for him to practice reading and sure, he probably had most of it memorized but I was so proud of him, I wanted to cry. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry all over again. Seeing that kid show me all the things he learns at school and sing the songs that they sing every day just makes my heart explode with happiness. I love it.
Speaking of C... If someone could invent a pair of pants that don't tear at the knee (or anywhere) after a couple of weeks of wear, I will make you chocolate chip cookies for life. FOR LIFE. Oh, they also have to be reasonably priced. I have to buy that kid a new pair of pants weekly because he gets holes in his right knee All. The. Time. It drives me nuts!
Those are all the random thoughts I have thought this week. Any thoughts you would like to share?