Happy Nude Year! January 1, 2012Posted by That girl in 2012.
Tags: chuck, p90x, personal, trips
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This is the time when I’m supposed to tell you that I’m going to blog every single day and make this the best blog, blah, blah, blah… Well, I can’t. Why? Well, because last year I got brave. I stepped out of my shy little spot in the world and – for the first time in a long time – tried to be more.
It was a horrible year for my little family. Over the course of 14 months or so, we lost all of our four-legged kids. One by one, they had to be put to sleep for various illnesses. We watched them get thinner and sicker, trying everything to keep them in our lives. Toward the end, I spent much of my time on the floor, feeding my oldest with a spoon. And I also lost someone extremely special to me and have been watching someone else go deeper and deeper into alcoholism.
So it was a shitty year as far as that goes.
But I didn’t want death and unhappiness to rule the year, so I took baby steps to being a big girl. … I spent the night in the NYPL and helped write a book. In one night. It was amazing. Being as shy as I am, it was so awkward for me not knowing anyone, but the experience was pretty cool. If they do it again, I suggest you sign up.
I met – and finally talked to – some of my favorite TV celebrities.
I joined NaNoWriMo and wrote a novel. It’s not great, but it’s not done. It’s just part of the experience.
I finished P90X and gained some killer arms (and then didn’t work out for a month, but still!)
I finally filled my dream of being a recipe tester. It’s a lot harder than I thought. We’re still testing, but the cookbook will be out later this year and it’s going to be fab.
It’s the little things. They sound silly when I look at them individually, but on a whole, they made this year worthwhile. And that’s why I can’t tell you I’ll be blogging more. I don’t want to be sitting here when I could be doing so many other things. And anyway, isn’t the world ending in 12 months? I need to get out and do something. So do you.
Plus, P90x2 is calling my name. It’s been sitting here for almost a month and I’ve read the book and done one workout, but that’s it. Exciting vegan news: there’s a whole section of the meal plan devoted to vegan eats. So I can actually follow it this time!
Things I Learned at Comic-Con: Day Three August 2, 2011Posted by That girl in 2011, Review.
Tags: chuck, comics, trips
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1. You have to get up early to beat the rest of the Chuck-le heads.
Is that a thing? Did I totally just make that horrible name up? Let’s forget about that for now. Seriously, though, I was up at 4am and in line shortly after that so I could get a good(ish) seat at the Chuck panel … SIX HOURS LATER. And after all my planning and getting up before the sun, I still was only in the second row of the second section of seats. Hmph. I was aiming for at least row 5 of the first section.
2. Listen to the words of wisdom from drunken comic geeks.
On the way to the Con we passed three or four obviously tipsy comic book peeps. The lone girl tells us to be careful because “someone’s about to get shot up there.” True to her words, there was a homeless man screaming at two cops and another guy. It was tense. We crossed the street and hauled ass.
3. Be nice!
The guy in front of me asked if it’d be okay if his two friends joined him later. He was so nice, how could I say no? A few hours later he made a trip to Starbucks and brought me back something to thank me. It was the nicest thing ever and totally unexpected!
4. Zachary Levi = the most gracious guy ever.
Seriously. The panel was so sweet and Levi almost brought me to tears with his gratitude.
5. Don’t count on other people to have your mad skills
I moved like the wind, dragging another set of new friends (the line, I tell you, it’s a wonderful thing!) with me around the slower-moving early morning risers so we all could get good Chuck seats. They were such cool people, they even said they were the West-Coast versions of us. Well, we hung with the new friends for a bit … until they needed a nap. Which they did until after 8pm. That’s not a nap, that’s a coma!
6. Put the sunscreen on before you feel the burn
Waiting in line for Community at the Indigo Ballroom was lovely. The day was gorgeous, the company good, the guy in charge of the line was entertaining … and the sun was secretly burning my neck. See, I didn’t realize it was eating away at my flesh sooner because of the breeze off the water. By the time I put in my sunscreen it must have been too late. When we got back to the hotel, I had a baby sunburn on the left side of my neck. Now I’m going to get wrinkles there.
7. Accidental panels can be fun!
We got into Hall H to watch Kevin Smith a little early and ended up watching this Oz thing. It was cute. But it did make me wonder why it was in Hall H when True Blood and Dexter (which draw MASSIVE crowds) were in Ballroom 20. Hmm.
8. Kevin Smith says Comic-Con funny
It’s sort of “com-ee-con.” And boy does he love to talk. I already knew that, but I thought I’d say it anyway.
9. Find out where the fun is before you head to the wrong spot
At the Tweet-Up, we ended up upstairs when apparently the coolness was downstairs. But we did make some interesting “friends” who took us to some interesting places.
10. Don’t touch the Doctor’s coat lining
Speaking of the Tweet-Up, I accidentally flirted with a Doctor Who-alike. I honestly was just asking him a question, but I could see that he thought it was more. He even opened his coat and had me feel the lining. Awkward.
Of course, I totally did. I wasn’t going to upset the Doctor.
Things I Learned at Comic-Con: Day One July 31, 2011Posted by That girl in 2011, Review.
Tags: chuck, comics, Lost, personal, television, trips, vegan
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So you probably know by now that I was in California last weekend for the entertainment mecca that is San Diego Comic-Con.
Every news outlet seems to have covered the Con this year, so I’m gonna break it down into what I learned this year. We’re going to go one day at a time, easy as pie. Ready?
1. You gotta fight for your right … to your place in line. Seriously, when the line just to pick up a prepaid badge takes nearly two hours and wraps clean around the building (did you know there was water back there? I didn’t!), you better not cut in front of anyone. I am calm and cool most of the time, but when two people jumped in front of me after I’d been waiting in line for more than an hour and then made calls to a friend to join them because it was better than said friends having to go to the back of the line, I was about to cut someone.
Don’t be a dick when it comes to lines. One or two people is usually okay, any more than that is so very not okay.
2. People love free crap.
Not that I didn’t learn this long ago, but it still amazes me how big guys will elbow little ol’ me right in face to get a free shoelace.
3. Make sure you know what’s going on up there.
I stood in line for 45 minutes waiting to buy the Dharma polar bear bobblehead before I had to give up. And in 45 minutes, I think I might have moved 20 feet. Later that day I walked right up to the booth and bought it with no wait. What was the difference? The brilliant Todd McFarlane was signing and the booth hadn’t bothered to create two lines: one for buying, one for signing. So I wasted nearly an hour. Just. Standing.
4. The coolest things about SDCC aren’t always within SDCC.
I’m looking at you, Wilfred and Archer people, walking around with signs asking me to take your picture. (I didn’t)
5. Vegan in San Diego is a cinch. Vegan at the convention center? Not so much.
Bring your snacks, people.
6. People will buy anything to fit in.
Even the cool kids who pick on you at school will put on a D&D shirt so they’ll feel like part of the crowd. Does that mean they play D&D? Does it mean that you have something in common? That they won’t pick on you anymore? Hells no. They do what they have to do in order to fit it. But you rock out with your broadsword out, geek dudes. You belong more than those guys ever will.
7. Check your hotel for events.
Ours had a giant party in the lobby that we didn’t expect. Makes it quite hard to get to the one set of elevators when you’re elbow-to-elbow with people who know you don’t belong at their party.
8. SD’s homeless do not like pennies.
I watched a woman pick through the change in her pocket and literally throw the pennies in the trash, bitching the whole time. And even though this is strictly about Day One, I saw a homeless man do the same thing on Sunday. Don’t they realize that pennies are money too?
9. Chris is a cool dude.
I don’t know his last name, but I do know he lived in NY for a few years, he takes pictures, he wears hats and he his way awesome. Chris, you totally rock!
10. Zachary Levi is a sweetheart.
You’ve heard about my ZL thing, right? Well, it’s been taken care of. Eeeee!! Don’t worry, we’ll talk about that later.
The more you nerd… July 19, 2011Posted by That girl in 2011.
Tags: chuck, video, zombies
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Dear Cleanse, July 17, 2011Posted by That girl in 2011.
Tags: chuck, comics, food, zombies
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You’re stupid and I hate you.
I’ve never been more overfull in my life. It’s rather disgusting, if you want my opinion.
Who drinks that much?!
Zombies, Chuck, comics and all out dork-revelry in 4 days.
Nerd alert July 13, 2011Posted by That girl in 2011.
Tags: chuck, comics, Harry Potter, zombies
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You see that little picture up there? I grabbed that from the official Comic Con site. What it’s telling us is that there’s only a week until SDCC starts. Are you jazzed yet?! Yeah, me either.
I’ve only got my schedule mapped out, my purchases lined up and my bags packed. No bigs.
In other news, have we talked about Mr. Zachary Levi’s little promise to give me a “big bear hug” if I saw him this year? I have it on tape (yes, cassette tape; don’t judge me) but do I really think I’m gonna see him? Probably not. And that just stinks. Oh well.
Zac, if you see me, get your butt over there and give me a hug! I’m not a creep, I swear.
Also: HARRY POTTER AT MIDNIGHT TOMORROW.
You haven’t lived until you’ve seen me cry at every HP commercial since Deathly Hallows Pt. 1. We were at Transformers a few weeks ago and the trailer came on … and I cried. I’m awesome like that.
Those books were such a huge part of my life, the end just hurts, man. It was rough the first two times I experienced it, watching it isn’t going to be easier. I’m bringin’ my Kleenex, obvs.
More shows to watch … or not September 19, 2010Posted by That girl in Review.
Tags: chuck, previews, television
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Yeah, big deal, it’s Talk Like a Pirate day. That was cool when Johnny Depp was donning the beads and shells, but now I think we should be over it.
What’s that? He’s going to be Captain Jack again? Oh, man.
Anyway, I’ve finally got a few minutes to post about the last remaining shows I watched for the new season. I’m late, but I’ve been a bit busy reading. ‘Cause that’s how I roll.
I watched the first episode of Community. It’s still really good, still makes me laugh and I’m sticking with it. Also, I loved the nod to Donald Glover’s failed bid to become the next Spiderman. Cute and smart.
Also: Betty White.
Chuck! Linda Hamilton, Dolph Lundgren, romance, computers… It was classic Chuck and I loved it.
Remind me to tell you my pathetic Zach Levi/SDCC story someday, won’t you?
Glee’s first episode is pretty awesome. New cast, new songs, new bangs … I loved it.
I honestly only wanted to watch this show because of Martha Plimpton, and I’m not sure yet if I was let down. I like the show, which is just your basic boy-meets-girl-and-finds-out-she’s-a-killer premise with a tiny twist when boy (Jimmy, played by Lucas Neff) is left raising a baby girl with the most amazing name, but I’m going to have to see another episode or two to be sure.
I was over the whole “Maw Maw” storyline within minutes (sorry Cloris, but put your damned shirt back on), and the family is really over-the-top stupid, but they (minus Maw Maw) started to grow on me. I’ll definitely watch again.
Also stars Cloris Leachman and Garret Dillahunt
BTW, I really appreciated the lack of a laugh track; it tells me that the show thinks I’m smart enough to know when to laugh.
I wanted to like this show, I really did. How could it be bad with Will Arnett and Keri Russell? Simply put, Arnett is still Gob, but Russell just doesn’t mesh with the Arrested Development-ish vibe Arnett is giving off. Arnett plays Steven, a spoiled rich kid turned man who hasn’t grown up at all. Russell is Emmy, a do-gooder who wants to save the world but also happens to be Steven’s childhood crush. Through a series of events, she and her daughter end up living in Steven’s treehouse.
My favorite exchange: “I’m going to make you a better man.”
“Not if I can make you a worse woman first.”
I’ll probably give it a second chance … if it doesn’t conflict with anything else.
Also starring David Cross (yes, that’s Tobias Funke) and Stefania Owen
I have to tell you something sad. I honestly cannot remember watching this show. I know I did because I took notes, but it’s been over a week and I can’t remember it al. So let me try to make sense of what I wrote down.
This show is basically about three long-time friends and their different ways with women. You’ve got a married guy, a single guy and a guy with a girlfriend. I had trouble with this because I can’t believe that Roy from “The Office” Roy (David Denman) went from the warehouse to being a lawyer. It’s too hard to make that jump! And for a split second, Adam (Nelson Franklin) looked like Zachary Levi. Then he totally didn’t.
There’s not much to say about this show. It’s a guys’ comedy. I’m not a guy. It’s still kind of funny, but not enough for me to make a point to watch.
My biggest complaint? Why waste the genius of Ben Foster on the part of a dead guy? Seriously.
Also stars Kris Marshall, Liza Lapira and Alexandra Breckenridge
I had a marathon reading session this weekend in preparation for the new TV season. I really hate to see summer end, so I’m counting on some of these shows to make me forget that I’m freezing. But no pressure.
Machete photobomb August 31, 2010Posted by That girl in 2010.
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This morning I was sent a link to the Machete Photobomb site.
Unfortunately, being the nerd that I am, I don’t have one picture of myself on this computer, so I had to make due with a Chuck bomb.
Watch out Morgan!!
We’ll talk about Chuck later. Right now, you need to go make your own bomb.