Road trip plans

I just bought the third “Glee” CD (that show is an iTunes money-making machine). Now that I can actually understand the lyrics to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” from the slowed down arrangement Rachel and her mom sang, I realize it’s a wildly inappropriate mother-daughter duet. Almost as bad as this song being sang by Michael and Maebe on “Arrested Development”.

I bought some snacks for the trip to Chicago tomorrow; last night I went to Wild Goose Creative for a See You Thursday improv show to meet two of the three women I’ll be rooming with, since we didn’t know each other. They both seem very pleasant and good natured and I look forward to spending LOTS and lots of time with them this weekend. The four of us will be sharing a room for two nights so we best be getting cozy. On the plus side, since we’re fitting four to a room, we’re each paying less than $50 a person for both nights.

I found out last night that there’s an improv workshop involved Saturday afternoon. This I had not bargained for; I was under the impression that we were just going to WATCH improv, not perform it. I thoroughly enjoyed my intro class but by the end of it, I knew I was done. I like the improv culture, love the people, the creativity and all that, but I am not an improv performer. And that’s okay! I don’t have to do it all. So, even though I felt bad, I e-mailed the organizer of the trip and asked him not to reserve a spot for me in the workshop. He was cool about it. On the plus side, I might get a couple hours to myself in Chicago on Saturday.

I’m leaving the house at 7:30 a.m. to meet the ladies at one of their houses before 8. Then we’re getting breakfast and we’re hitting the road with the others, caravan style, shortly after 9. We’re going to at least one performance tomorrow night, and two on Saturday night. We’re heading back Sunday. It will be so nice to have Monday off after all that.

I’ll be blogging via iPhone so check back all weekend. 🙂

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(It’ll be Wednesday by the time anyone sees this, right?)

Bought myself a new fat-covering shirt

Bought myself a new fat-covering shirt

Sigh… I was totally gonna stay up late and clean since I’m leaving town Friday, but instead I’m going to watch “Arrested Development” until I pass out on my couch. My brother started watching that show recently and it reminded me how much I love it, so I started re-watching it on Netflix Instant. Those episodes go by so fast, you don’t even realize you’ve watched five in a row before it’s too late.

Over the weekend I baked some cookies (from a box, shh) for the neighbors to thank them for being awesomely quiet as of late. Positive reinforcement! My brother, the new parent, approves of my methods. Meanwhile, I’m going to move. I gotta be outta there by July so I need to make some plans fast. Plans and back up plans are currently in the works.

Also, today, I got my camera-to-laptop problem fixed. The cable I was using WAS the problem, so I got a new one today that works like a charm. I am back in business. I started editing a couple projects tonight instead of going to the record studio as planned– I wasn’t feeling so hot at work this afternoon.

Anyone catch “Glee” tonight? How intensely scary was Kurt’s dad, huh? I was afraid he was gonna punch me in the face through my aunt’s television.

In honor of the LOST series finale

This is another radio piece I did in college, way back when LOST was in its third season. That was after the craziness of season two, where ABC tried to cash in on their new found source of moneybags and pump as much advertising into it as possible. Remember those effed up Sprite commercials? Or that book Sawyer was reading that later became an actual book you could pay real dollars for and as a result learn absolutely nothing additional about the show?

They went deep down the rabbit hole. Fortunately, as we know today, that phase was short-lived.

Some words from Liz Lemon

Like Astronaut Mike Dexter

I want someone who will be monogamous and nice to his mother. And I want someone who likes musicals, but knows to just shut his mouth when I’m watching ‘Lost.’ And I want someone who thinks being really into cars is lame and strip clubs are gross. I want someone who will actually empty the dishwasher instead of just taking out forks as needed like I do. I want someone with clean hands and feet and beefy forearms like a damn Disney prince! And I want him to genuinely like me, even when I’m old.”

-Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon, on “30 Rock”

Thanks to Meredith for bringing this quote to my attention.

Blogging, for blog’s sake

Sooo, I’m writing this because I’ve been doing so well about posting every weeknight for the month of April. I didn’t plan it, it just kind of happened, but now that I am on a roll, I’ve got to keep it going.

Today was the first of a three day training on social media I am completing for my job. What we learned today about Twitter and its functions was really interesting, and good information to know both personally and professionally. Also, they gave EVERYONE a freaking FLIP CAM to borrow until Saturday. That has been fun. I am probably going to buy one. Good marketing strategy, Flip Cams. Well played.

Sometime next week I’ll have to do a long post reviewing all the books I’ve been reading. Also, tomorrow I’m picking up a copy of “Save The Cat,” a screenwriting book I keep reading and hearing about. I’ve been reading a lot of non-film related books so it will be nice to get into for a change. It seems like for a while there all I was reading were film books.

Eileen and I started “Veronica Mars” season three tonight. I’m being good and not watching the next episode without her. Also, I have the internet at the apartment again, after nearly three weeks without it. I will miss the late-night coffee shop blogging trips. Still, I might continue them, considering the neighbors’ bass hinders my brain from thought capabilities at times.

Did anyone see the second episode of “30 Rock” tonight? Hysterical. That show can get away with saying whatever it wants about NBC, can’t it?

Back to my book now. This blogging thing’s not as easy as it looks, you know. Okay, I’m lying. It is.

Apartment changes

Brandon moved out on Saturday and I moved back in the next day. The apartment is pretty much the same as it was when I abruptly left two months ago; the neighbors are still effing loud with their dangnabbit rock music. The level of general disrepair remains the same, although another leak seems to have sprung at some point from the kitchen ceiling. It just feels different now, because I am the only person living there. I’m sure Brandon’s aware of the feeling since he was there alone for a while. I knew it was going to be weird going back after this long and so, so many people expressed surprise that I’d be going back at all. Maybe it’s a mistake, but a girl’s gotta live somewhere.

We'll see how long this lasts

To cheer myself up, I decided to make some changes. I don’t think I’ll be living there past July, since that’s when my landlord said I’ll either have to re-sign the lease or move out to make way for college students in the fall. Still, some small changes are worth it, despite the short time I’ll have to enjoy them. I re-organized the walk -in closet and packed away some clothes to give away. And last night, despite my doubts, I managed to set up the color printer I bought online last week. Unfortunately the USB cable it requires wasn’t delivered until today, so I’ll have to see if I’m able to get anything to actually print from my computer aside from that printer test sheet the thing spat out last night. We’ll see.

I no longer have a TV, or internet access, so I’m spending lots of time in Cup O’ Joe’s this week until I can get internet installation scheduled. I’m thinking of buying a relatively small TV this weekend; I’m pretty sure I remember enough of the research Brandon talked me through when we bought our giant TV a year and a half ago. In leiu of “Veronica Mars” episodes online and network television, I’ve been doing some cleaning and reading. In that sense, it is like that time I lived alone two years ago, although I’m pretty sure I can’t go a whole month without that stuff like I did then.

I have no idea what’s going to happen after July. I’m banking on some puzzle pieces falling into place before then, because it’s just too much to worry about right now. I’m taking some people’s advice and chilling the hell out. Things are going to happen, yes, but I can’t make them all happen this second, right now, all at once. And that’s a good thing, I do believe. I’m taking baby steps, but at least they are steps at all.

This weekend is going to be awesome because I get to spend some more quality time with Jessi, who I wrote about seeing a couple weeks ago. This weekend would have been her five year anniversary with her boyfriend, and why waste two days you already requested off from work? We’re going to go to Melt Bar & Grilled (get it? Grilled?) at some point, which means I’ll be checking that off my Cleveland area to-do list at last. On Saturday night a group of girls and I will be getting gussied up and going out for girls night, and I can’t think of anything I’d rather do this weekend. It also brings to mind a certain Dane Cook bit about girls nights out and it makes me giggle a little bit just thinking about it.

“I just wanna dance! Let’s just stand there in a circle around our shoes and our pocketbooks and let’s just dance. If guys come near us we’ll tazer them.”

Jury duty rocks

On Monday, we got to watch “Marley & Me”. Yesterday I opted out of seeing “Star Trek” again and watched a couple episodes of “Veronica Mars” instead, on Eileen’s high recommendation. They’ve got a couple seasons currently streaming on the WB website. It’s pretty good so far, and Eileen swears it starts out “meh” and then gets awesome.

Even with taking a couple customer service calls and answering e-mails for work, it’s been a pretty easy going couple of days. I haven’t seen the inside of a court room yet, but this morning that’s going to change. We’re permitted inside specific court rooms for one hour in the morning, from 10:40 until 11:50. I was going to go yesterday but then got a work call, but today, I’m going to check it out, even if just for a little bit. Yesterday afternoon some of us got a demonstration of the software they use to randomly select prospective jurors in Franklin County. It’s pretty awesome. We got a history lesson on how they used to do it, and it looks like it’s vastly improved. Oh, technology.

The show must go on

If I am blogging during this self-imposed blogging hiatus, am I taking a hiatus from my hiatus?

Despite the tumultuous life I’ve been living this month (what, me exaggerate? Never) I am still doing improv. I missed class due to a work conference and another class had to be rescheduled due to snow, but the whole thing wraps up this weekend with our promised work shop with a woman from Chicago’s Annoyance theatre.

Also, between classes, I have taken a couple evenings to explore the local improv scene in Columbus. One Tuesday night I went to The Thirsty Ear and saw four different troupes, all of whom perform “game” style improv, most notably popularized by “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” I mentioned doing Improv Night at my old college house and failing spectacularly; now I know why. Game improv and two person scenes are completely different animals. You tell me to speak only in song titles and if I don’t I lose, I will plummet like a rock. However, as it turns out, if you tell me I can get on stage and say the first thing that pops in my head, and that there’s not necessarily a right or wrong answer, well, I might just find words. I might do better at games now that I have some experience under my belt, but I am pretty sure I am nowhere near the league of the talent I saw that night on stage. The troupes I saw were Fake Bacon, Parlor Tricks, the Shimmy Shake Project and one guest troupe whose name I can’t find. Oh, and you guys, I am pretty sure I saw the next Seth Rogen up there. No joke.

Not only does my class wrap up this weekend, but starting tomorrow, the Comedy Columbus Festival kicks off for the next three days. See the full schedule here. This isn’t just improv (although you’ll see a lot of it); this is the local stand up scene, which I am extremely excited to see for myself, and also there’s three work shops on Saturday that sound amazing. Unfortunately two of them take place during the time I’ll be with my improv class, but the one I am most interested in is at ten that morning: A work shop on comedy sketch writing, led by a writer for the Shadowbox. I just read about this today and I seriously have never been so excited about waking up that early on a Saturday before.

I got my laptop back last month. Two weeks ago it died again. Randomly, last night, when I half heartedly tried to turn it on, it worked. So I was able to save the few pages of my screenplay I started. And if I save often enough I may be able to add to those pages before it dies suddenly once more, as it seems prone to do. If the festival wasn’t starting tomorrow after I visit my brother and sister-in-law, I’d be heading to my coffee shop to force some creativity, but alas. Maybe I’ll be feeling inspired Saturday after my writing work shop and class.

So you may be wondering why I am being so weird. I don’t blame you. The short version of the story is this: I no longer live with, or date, my live-in boyfriend. He didn’t do anything wrong. We just are not each other’s “the one,” like we thought we were in college, when we were different people. I am feeling pretty sad, and he probably is, too, but we are going to come out of this stronger. Or at least I have to keep telling myself that or I will freaking lose it. Thanks for your calls and general reachings out. I am staying with family right now, who have been extremely understanding and supportive. There are no kinder, more generous people than my aunt and uncle. I don’t know what I would be doing right now if not for them.

And so, please stay tuned, because this weekend is going to be legen– wait for it — dary.*

*So, Eileen got me watching the first couple seasons of “How I Met Your Mother” this month. Hilarious!

New Year’s Resolutions

I made a list of things I’d like to do in 2010. In no particular order, my new year’s resolutions:

  1. Put more money in savings
  2. Lose 15 more pounds by March 21 (my 24th birthday)
  3. Be a better listener
  4. Be better at keeping in touch with friends and family
  5. Buy fewer clothes, even if they are ridiculously on sale
  6. Cook more, go out to eat less
  7. Read more books, watch less crap on TV
  8. Finish a screenplay and attempt to sell it (key word being attempt)
  9. Blog more. Write more.
  10. Give more money to charity