Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Jean Smart Unmasked

2All season long in 24, I've been recognizing President Logan's wife from somewhere, but I couldn't remember where--it's been bugging hell out of me. Well, I finally realized where I've seen her!

Her name is Jean Smart, and she played Mark's mom Carol in Garden State! What a wacky role reversal! "Mark, don't talk to him like that--he's a knight."

I'm glad Brokeback Mountain has taken so many nominations--it's good.

Monday, January 30, 2006

24 Recap - 1/30/06

My GOD I love this show! Honestly, it resurrects my faith in the American culture. It's just so--GOOD. To think that something so...dramatic...suspenseful...addictive could come from my own culture. Wow. It almost makes up for all the other shit that's on TV.

Does anyone else think that FOX puts Skating with Celebrities on right before 24 just to highlight how good the latter is? That's my belief.

Till next time, sports fans.

51

Yesterday I had 51 unique users visit my site. And I have no idea why. It may not seem like a lot to you, but to me 51 visitors is crazy. As a matter of fact, here are 10 reasons why this is very unlikely, unusual, and even a little shocking:

1) I haven't ever had more than 39 unique visitors in any single day
2) My high over the last seven days was 30
3) I wrote about sushi and terrorism
4) I don't think I interact with 51 unique people in the course of an entire month (not counting the kiddies, of course)
5) There weren't too many people reloading my page, which causes the number to go up (I think the highest number of return visits yesterday was around 7 or so)
6) I only have eight other sites linking to mine
7) I skipped a couple days this week
8) I'm an idiot
9) I haven't been blogging for that long
10) The Captain's Blog hasn't been updated in way too long

By far, I think #8 is the most convincing reason why I shouldn't have had 51 visitors yesterday.

In other news, I bought a new vacuum. It's AWESOME. It's the Bissell CleanView(R) Bagless Revolution(R) Deluxe Upright Vacuum, Model 3596, and it even has a dirt sensor to let you know if your carpet's dirty. The color it comes in is Metallic Spice, and boy is it spicy! Also, it has a Revolution System (R), which "extends suction power for better cleaning performance". What more could you ask for? Nothing, that's what. I almost can't wait to get my apartment dirty, just so I can use it! See picture.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Sushi and Terrorism (but not together)

I like sushi. I admit it. When you think about it, it's gross--uncooked fish wrapped in rice. But I've tried it several times, and it just rocks. It tastes good, it's very healthy, and you look super cultural when you're out eating it. I love Japanese culture.

Hamas has legally taken over Palestine. Interesting.

Is everyone going to watch Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday? Drink every time he says "terrorist" or mispronounces a word. Then time how long you last.

A friend of mine, "ndheathen", has joined the public blogosphere--go congratulate him and encourage him to keep up his blogging. His blog is aptly named ...and this is why God created condoms.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Trivia About Me!

Blantantly stolen from Bone.

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Southie!

  1. The horns of Southie are made entirely from hair. So that's where it all went!
  2. Owls cannot move their eyes, because their eyeballs are shaped like Southie. So...they're shaped to look FINE.
  3. You would have to dig through four thousand kilometres of Southie to reach the earth's core. Easy, ladies, there's enough Southie to go around.
  4. If you break Southie, you will get seven years of bad luck. And a black eye and some cracked ribs. Be warned.
  5. There are roughly 10,000 man-made objects the size of Southie orbiting the Earth. And if you don't watch it, you'll be the next one.
  6. During World War II, Americans tried to train Southie to drop bombs. And they succeeded only too well.
  7. If you lick Southie ten times, you will consume one calorie. There are just SO many places I can take this, I don't know where to start.
  8. Lightning strikes Southie over seven times every hour. So, at least eight times, in other words.
  9. Finding Southie on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck. And on any other morning...
  10. Wearing headphones for an hour will increase the amount of Southie in your ear 700 times! Yucky.
I am interested in - do tell me about

Scrubs Season 5 Episodes 7 and 8: Better

Okay, so I've made it clear that there is a huge difference in Scrubs this season as compared to seasons past. And it's true; the overall quality and humor is just not as sharp as it has been. But the most recent two episodes (which I was able to watch just now) seemed to be a return to the old glory days.

In the first one, there was a cool color-change, Wizard of Oz motif, ending in an AWESOME crane tracking shot.

In the second, the writers did some very cool things with the timeline of story--a story told through flashback, as it were. You usually don't see this in modern sitcoms.

These aspects of Scrubs were what first drew me to the show, and what has been missing lately--but at least for now it looks like a little of it has come back to us.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

No Scrubs for Southie

My cable went out this afternoon, and thus I can't watch Scrubs tonight. =( And I'm thinking not of the recent Scrubs episodes, but rather of the clever, witty Scrubs eps from the 2nd and 3rd seasons. The Scrubs heyday. In my mind, that's what's playing right now on NBC. I hope you all enjoy it.

I have to stop reading until I pass out at night--it makes getting up the next morning nearly impossible. I think I hit the snooze button for about 2 hours and 13 minutes, but I still got to work on time. And yes, my alarm IS across the room.


Balance is a wonderful thing, when you have it.

Monday, January 23, 2006

I KNEW it...

So, who called Spencer being a doubt agent? I did--here.



Did anyone else notice that this episode had less to do with Jack than almost any of the others?

And that a very Hitchcockian theme plays whenever the first lady is the focus?

Yep. Good stuff.

Everything's Turning Up Southie: The Return of Betsy/Lucille/Brittaneigh; the Times of Craziness; "Melissa"

Heavens, rejoice! My computer, Betsy/Lucille/Brittaneigh has returned. I've missed it so much! But now I have all of my thousands of bookmarks, my widescreen, and my numeric keypad. Whatever did I do without you! (Southie's Note: The picture of the "heavens" to the right I took myself in Oz!)

In other news, it's the start of semester 2 today at work--the Times of Craziness are upon us, at least for a week or so. The good thing about the Times of Craziness is that there are relatively few papers to grade. The bad thing about the Times of Craziness is that there is a LOT of planning and copying that goes on, and this can't be taken lightly (well, I suppose the copying can be taken lightly, if you know what you're doing). Another common characteristic of the Times of Craziness is that new students are introduced into your classroom. Luckily for me, I keep about 70% of the same kids. I like my kids--I don't want new ones. I can't wait until the Times of Craziness are over and the the Times of Productivity arrive. Then we'll be rollin'.

So I went on a date last Saturday with a very nice young lady who I'll call "Melissa" (to protect her identity), and it was fantastic. We went to a little Italian bar and restaurant in her neck of the woods, and it rocked not just because of the place itself, but because the people there were so real. I was impressed. Even more impressive than the bar, though, was my date; I can't wait to get to know her better. Did I mention she likes Scrubs? She does. As a matter of fact, I'm happy to say that "Melissa" and I will be going out again this Wednesday, seeing either Match Point or Bareback Mountain (seriously, did they not think the joke would be made; though I really can't take all the credit--Chrissy's dad said it first). As any avid reader of my blog will tell you, both are on my list. In short, I'm really looking forward to Wednesday...

For the record, my last name does begin with an S.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

This Explains a Lot

You're Doctor Cox!
You're Doctor Cox!

Sarcastic and cynical, but deep down we know you
care.

Sometimes it's ok to let that show.


Which Scrubs Character Are You?
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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Film Review: The Royal Tenenbaums

Okay, let's talk about The Royal Tenenbaums for a second. I just finished watching this movie for the millionth time, and it's STILL my favorite movie. I cringe every time I say that it's my favorite movie because I love so many movies, and TRT isn't as "acclaimed" as many others that I like, but in my book, you can't spend a better 110 mins. watching a movie.

Why do I like it so much? Well, I'll tell you.

1) Style. Wes Anderson's style is simply stunning. The fact that this family is "trapped" in their 70s-era heyday is ingenious. Anderson's normal cinematic choices go along so well with the visual framing, the "vintage" garb the characters wear, and the nicotine-filled culture that was the 1970s. It's fun to watch.

2) Dialogue. It's rare that a movie's words mean so much. If you think about it, why do we go see a movie? Because we like to watch (usually beautiful) people traipse around doing morally ambiguous things in a spectacular way. Well, in TRT the characters DO do all of those things, but the dialogue is so well chosen that you could take away all of the visuals for the movie, and it would still be quite funny and poignant.

3) Comedy AND Drama. Otherwise known as the "dark comedy." The first time I saw this movie was at Notre Dame, and there was a girl in the audience who would laugh raucously at EVERY--even understated--piece of light-heartedness in the film. And that's not how this film is supposed to be viewed. To get Anderson's full message, you have to see that these characters are NOT hilarious, but they're not completely pathetic either. This film is the best blend of comedy and drama I have ever seen.

4) All-Star Cast. Amazing. This is Wes Anderson's third film, and he was able to put together a cast with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. They are: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover, Bill Murray, and Alec Baldwin. Enough said.

5) Quotes. This is an extremely quotable movie. And what's more, the quotes are actually significant (instead of "dude, where's my car?") Here are just a few (from IMDB):

--Raleigh: Do you have an alternate?
--Priest: No.
--Raleigh: Are there priests on call?

--Royal: Anybody interested in grabbing a couple of burgers and hittin' the cemetery?

--Eli: Well, everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is... maybe he didn't.

--Richie: Did you say you were on Mescaline?
--Eli: I did indeed. Very much so.

--Royal: I'm very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a terribly attractive woman.

--Medical Student: Can the boy tell time?
--Raleigh: Oh, my Lord, no!

--Narrator: Immediately after making this statement, Royal realized that it was true.


And there you have it. Five reasons why The Royal Tenenbaums rocks the house.

Friday, January 20, 2006

You're it.

So I've been tagged for the very first time by MappyB! Here goes...


4 jobs i've had (time at job)
English teacher (1.5 years); Preschool teacher (2 summers-6 months total); Waiter (8 months); Cashier (3 months)

4 movies i'd watch over and over
The Royal Tenenbaums; Lost in Translation; Rear Window; Casablanca; and many, many others

4 places i have lived (time at locale)
Naperville, IL (1.5 years); South Bend, IN (4 years); Fremantle, WA, Australia (5 months); Dayton, OH (18 years)

4 tv shows i love
Seinfeld; Scrubs; Arrested Development; Curb Your Enthusiasm; (#5: 24)

4 places i've been on vacation
Italy; China; Thailand; Taiwan

4 favorite foods
Pasta; Thai (anything with curry); Pizza; Chinese

4 places i'd rather be right now
Disclaimer: I really like it here; these are only places I would like to be temporarily.
Rome; South Bend; Dublin; Moscow

4 websites i visit daily
BBC News; ABC News; IMDB; ESPN MLB

4 bloggers who are now tagged!
Tara; Bone; Danielle; Lisa

Three Separate Dial Modes!

I'm thinking about getting this watch just because Jack Bauer wears it in 24. I know, I know, it's $450, but think about it. On the description for this Special OPS Watch it reads, "Three separate dial modes allow the watch to be seen and read even under the most adverse conditions." What could be more adverse than teaching high school English?! I need to know that when I look down at my wrist that I will be able to tell within a second of when that bell will ring and the students move on to their next class or, god be praised, home. Did I mention that there are three separate dial modes, people? Three!

I can't WAIT until baseball starts. It's not fair for us non-basketball fans that there's such a big gap between football and baseball. Boo. And Theo Epstein has rejoined the Red Sox.

Upcoming Films that Look Interesting:
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
Thank You for Smoking
Paris, je t'aime

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

My Reality

First of all, did anyone else notice that Rudy/Samwise Gamgee/Sean Astin is now on 24? Cool! And he plays an innocent-looking prick pretty well, so far. Now they just need to bring Michelle Dessler back.

In other news, I've decided to pitch my own reality TV show idea to FOX. Here it is (but don't tell anybody; PLEASE do not steal this idea from me--I'm putting this on my blog in good faith):
1. Locate an office building in an urban setting somewhere in America.
2. Locate an elevator in said office building.
3. Put cameraman in said elevator.
4. Videotape the businessmen and women who get on and off the elevator for an hour.
5. Hilarity ensues.
The possibilities for this show are virtually endless: you could pick a new city each week, or (if financial constraints are present) you could just rotate office buildings in the same city, you could place the camera man in different corners of the elevator, you could have the cameraman wearing a shirt and tie that just barely don't match and watch people's reactions, you could have a guest cameraman one week, you could have a camerawoman (!), etc. You see, this show could go on forEVER and never get old.

What's all the fuss going to be about, you might be asking yourself. Well, I'll tell you. I, along with many others in this country, have noticed that people have this obsession with what's been termed "reality television." Well, what's more real than waiting in an elevator?! Nothing! It's gonna catch on like wildfire.

And it's surely better than the drivel that serves as "reality television" currently. I mean, come on! [begins to lapse out of sarcasm...] What the crap, people?! If you want reality, turn OFF the TV...if you want fantasy, turn ON the TV...not that difficult. People will watch ANYTHING these days--call it reality television, and the show will instantly have a cult following. You could put monkeys throwing their own shit at each other. Oh, wait, that's already on TV. It's called American Idol. [lapses back into sarcasm...]

Monday, January 16, 2006

Selves

While I'm waiting for the second night of 24 to begin and my pizza to get here, I think I'll blog.

I was recently surfing the blogosphere, going through my daily rounds, when I came to Wordaholism. Now, I generally enjoy this blog very much; it's run by a number of other bloggers, a few of whom have individual blogs that I also follow, and the focus is on relating little snippets of life to words and their definitions. Perfect for an English teacher, right? Right. But tonight, after I had posted a small comment on the latest post, I had a very surreal moment. As I'm reflecting on it now, it's like my favorite quote from The Royal Tenenbaums when the narrator says, "Immediately after making this statement, Royal realized that it was true."

Here's what it was. Esbee wrote the post, and part of it was the fact that when she was growing up she was always surprised when her mom (who was a teacher) would bump into kids outside of school, and the kids would be shocked to see that she existed outside of the school building. This in and of itself is rather common; my mom is a teacher, and I remember this happening to her a could of times. Now that I'm a teacher, it's even happened several times to me in the two years I've been teaching. But here's what I wrote in the comment:
"My students are constantly shocked that I exist outside of school. Sometimes I think I don't."
A short, trite, almost mocking comment. But this gets at something that is much deeper than just having students expect you to only be in one particular setting; when we ourselves define our identity with not just our surroundings, but who we are in those surroundings, we become much more tied to them. This all goes back to my idea of trying to maintain balance in a life that is so top heavy it's not even funny. We need to define ourselves by who we are holistically--and to recognize that there are many of our "selves" out there, as we exist in different settings, and that each one is as valid and important and essential as the next. I am not just a teacher. I am a shopper. And a car driver. And a movie-watcher. A reader. A writer. A sleeper. A dreamer. A person with so many spheres that the Venn diagram that would encompass me would have to be in four dimensions to do an adequate job.

Who are you?

Sunday, January 15, 2006

=(












In Memoriam.
You were too hot to die so young. We'll miss you, Michelle.

24 Season 5: Episodes 1-2

***WARNING!!!***
SPOILERS FOR THE 5TH SEASON OF 24 ARE BELOW
***WARNING!!!***


Holy shit!!! First of all, TOTALLY pissed that they killed off Michelle Dessler in the first 5 minutes of the season. Easily the hottest girl left on the show. Who's left--Chloe?!? Seriously. Not Audrey. She has a plastic nose. I don't know. Crazy. And what the FUCK with killing off David Palmer? I mean, come on! That was the ONE guy we were sure had moral integrity. Who else? No one, that's who. Glad that Edgar's back, if only for comic relief. Seriously, he's just hilarious. He's such a bitch. Don't like this new guy Spencer. Seems manipulative. He'll probably end up as a double agent, mark my words.

Other notable notes is that apparently I must be drinking some sort of whiskey while watching 24. It's just how it is. With ice.

The first commercial I was like, "NO!!!!!" I didn't know what to do. I instinctively reached for the remote to fast forward through the commercials, but to my horror I couldn't! It was one of worst moments of my life. Another one of the worst moments of my life came at the end of the second episode, when I found that there would be no more new episodes of 24 tonight, and that I couldn't make there be any more new ones. It was awful, just awful. I mean awful.

I hope that if Kim Bauer does come back that she's taken some acting lessons. And has less clothes. Damn, girl.

Finally!

Well, at the time of posting, only 2:15 until the 5th season of 24 begins! How excited am I?!? Answer: very. I don't know what I'm going to DO when I can't watch episode after episode after episode this season! It's gonna be rough.

In other news, the Bears are losing 10-0 at this point. I definitely want them to win.

I think I have any and all sidebar issues resolved at this point. I kept getting an error message, but I think I found the problem.

Go Bears.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Film Review: Munich

Saw Munich this afternoon. I really liked it; it wasn't perfect, but nonetheless it was better than 90% of the movies out there. Spielberg seems to now produce two different types of movies:

Type A: Star-riddled, expensive blockbusters of questionable quality ("Opiate of the Masses Type")
Examples: Jaws, the Indiana Jones series, Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds

Type B: Historical, emotional, well-made epics ("Really Good, Underappreciated Type")
Examples: Empire of the Sun, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich

As you can see, this man is obviously a financial genius. He shows the studios that he can make a big, successful, "summer blockbuster" that can pack the seats, but more importantly, he gains their trust so they let him make something that is rather hard to find in modern culture, or at least something that's hard to find in the truest sense: art. I firmly believe that film can be art, but not all films are art. Art has to reflect truth, and it has to be made in a very intentional way. There are a myriad of books on aesthetic philosophy, so I won't try to go into it here, but the point is that we have to savor true art when we can find it.

PS--Let me know whenever you've found it.

Friday, January 13, 2006

USC Blonde Moment











Scott sent me this picture. I think it tells us a lot about the caliber of student at USC.

Friday the Thirteenth

So...I've been hearing that I've been having some sidebar problems. Leave a comment and let me know if they're fixed. I'm new to this whole "computer" thing (not really, sadly).

Someone downstairs in my apartment is making a lot of noise. I hate living in an apartment. It's not just the fact that there are a few college kids living above me who play blaring bad rap music and any random moment in a 24 hour period, but it's the fact that the walls at times seem so thin that I could just mute my TV and occasionally I can hear the audio coming from across the hall. I really want my own place. It's not that far off, but it seems like it. I just want a place that I own, you know? I suppose it's all a result of being an elitist only child.

I've got a pseudo-date tonight. I'm excited.

Have you noticed that the US wants Iran dead? This may be a loaded question, but I'll ask it anyway: Why isn't Iran allowed to have nuclear weapons, and we are? Is it because we're "right"? I hate the fact that the American public doesn't even ask this question.

All the best.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

De-Lurk, Ye Heathens!

Okay, so according to Heather B., it's national de-lurking week. This means that if you have been coming to my site, you must leave a comment. For this post. To make it interesting, however, I'm going to ask you to pick one of the following questions and respond to it in your comment. Enjoy.

1. What's the best time you've ever had with cereal?

2. Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle are you most like, and why?

3. Create a statement about yourself that is as untrue as possible.

4. What is the most creative thing you've ever done for money.



And as a showing of good faith, I'll even provide you with an answer of my own (but of course I'm not de-lurking on my own blog. That would be silly.):

3. I am the most well-paid, well-respected homeowner in my town. My hair is long and flowing, and its luster is the envy of the neighborhood. And I don't take out the garbage in my pajamas.

Your turn! (you have to--it's the law of the blogosphere)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Monday, January 09, 2006

Betsy/Lucille Withdrawal

Esbee asked in the last post why I named my laptop "Betsy." She's got a point. So I changed my charging-challenged computer's name to Lucille. You know, like the Arrested Development Lucille. And now I have a reason for my computer's name: my laptop is about as reliable as a menopausal drunk elitist.

Speaking of Arrested Development, I was thinking that it would be on tonight, but hey, I never learn my lesson, do I? It's obvious that FOX hates the series so much that I wouldn't be surprised if the rest of the 3rd Season would premiere at 3:00am on Tuesday mornings, right after reruns of Magnum, P.I. and just before infomercials selling knives that supposedly cut pennies. God, this is so emblematic of our society.

In further news, there's a store at the mall selling sports apparel for $7.98 each. That's right, EVERYTHING is $7.98. I won't have to buy clothes ever again! Hooray!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Sad

My laptop is breaking again. By "breaking" I mean that the jack where the power source connects to the computer is getting looser and looser, and thus it has to be positioned just so for it to work properly. It's like it's gradually dying. The really frustrating part is that this has happened twice before--the most recent time being TWO months ago.

I'm the type of person that gets really upset when something like this happens--things are supposed to work the way they were intended, and if they don't, I get angry. So I'm angry.

I'll be taking Betsy in to Best Buy later today (yes, I just named my computer "Betsy"). Thank goodness I have my school laptop that I can use in the meantime. Though it's just not the same.

=(

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Saturday

Ah...Saturday. Finally a chance to let go of all that pent-up randomness that's been bothering me all week. Let the randomness commence.

Been messing with my header because I think it's boring. So bear with me as it goes from everything from Care Bears to Saw 2 (not really Saw 2, but maybe Care Bears...).

I actually DIDN'T go out to see a movie last night...I was completely planning to, but Dana and I went out for Thai, and then we wanted to watch Scrubs, and by the time we were satisfied with our Scrubs mini-marathon, it was pretty late (and neither one of particularly wanted to--or could--drive). So we watched Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress. It totally rocked, by the way, if you're into that sort of thing. We rationalized the decision to stay in by saying that we'd go to a matinee today and that it would be cheaper. We'll see if we go. I'm a film teacher for Chrissake, I should be seeing movies in the theater.

Top Ten Scrubs Patients, Seasons 1-5
10. Miss Tracy (even though she's annoying as hell)
9. Hector (Dr. Kelso's gardener)
8. Coma Guy (Tasty Coma Wife's husband)
7. Mr. Randolph (the WASP)
6. J. D. #1 ("Hey Number 2!")
5. Harvey Corman (Annoying hypochondriac)
4. Elaine (waiting for a heart transplant; big musical number at the end)
3. Johnny the Tackling Alzheimer's Patient (Classic.)
2. Mr. Bauber ("Pickles!")
1. Ben (Season 3, Episode 14 is THE best Scrubs episode. Period.)

The Captain finally put an update on his site, after about a week of hiatus. Does everyone know about The Captain? He's my personal mascot, and he has his own blog. He's so much cooler than I am. Unflappable.

So the NFL playoffs are starting, and I'm moderately interested. The Bears are in it, and I'm supposed to be for the Bears. And my step-dad and I have the NFL Postseason as one of our deciding events in the PCS. You probably shouldn't even go to that site; it's rather confusing. But fun. If you want an explanation, just ask.

Anyway, till next time, sports fans. All the best.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Robertson=bin Laden?

So I'm reading along today at work, trying to divert my stress to some other medium, when I hit the jackpot. The jackpot being this article.

It seems that in all his Christian goodness, Pat Robertson has declared that it was divine justice that Ariel Sharon was stricken by a series of life-threatening strokes. Does this seem a little radical to anyone else? I mean, isn't that what we're pissed about Osama bin Laden for--inciting cultural misunderstandings and blaming innocent people? Sounds pretty similar to me.

Does this mean that we get to call it divine justice when Robertson eventually goes down (heaven forbid!)? Don't get me wrong--I don't want the asshole to die, I just wouldn't mind not hearing his hate corrupt my fellow Americans and make the rest of the world think we hate anyone non-Christian.

I know, I know...controversial post. So sue me--the guy's a jerk.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Five Movies

Five Movies I MUST See Immediately
1. Capote
2. Munich
3. Match Point
4. Brokeback Mountain
5. Syriana

Proof


















See, I did graduate.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Holden and Atticus

The Rose Bowl is on. I picked USC to win, but I would be thrilled if Texas could pull it out. I hate USC. The tragic part is I will probably have to go to sleep before the end of the third quarter. That's one thing about teaching--it really alters the way you live. And it's not just the sleeping (or lack thereof); it's the fact that I take my work home with me, and thus I could be doing work straight until the week after next if I wanted to. In other words, there's no point where I can say, "okay, whew, all caught up." There's ALWAYS something else I could be doing.

Cool song I just heard: "Ruby Blue" by Roisin Murphy. It's groooovy.

I can't really stress enough just how much my cats rock. They're just so friendly and caring and supportive. Their names are Holden and Atticus, if you don't know, and I've had them for two years now, ever since I adopted them from the Naperville Humane Society when I moved here from Ohio. Atticus is the energetic, fearless one. He is always waiting for me when I open the door to my apartment (he can tell when I'm coming home), and if I'm not careful he runs out into the hallway. He's also very neat. If he smells something either good or bad, he wants to bury it immediately(the bad, to get ride of it; the good, to save it for later (presumably). It's so cute--it's like a microcosm of our society, trying to hide the bad, and keep the good for himself. Holden, on the other hand, is almost the exact opposite. He hides when new people come into the apartment--he even hides from me until he knows it's me. He will come out eventually if I have visitors, and he'll be reasonably friendly if it's quiet. He's a bit more affectionate with me when I'm just sitting around--he'll lay on my lap and purr quite often.

Anyway, school's in full swing. Sleep is valuable.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Scrubs and School

Today would have been a lot worse, except that tonight there will be not one, but TWO new episodes of Scrubs, the first two eps of the fifth season. I can't tell you how long people have been waiting for this, especially since NBC, in their infinite wisdom, decided to hold Scrubs off until January. And I'm wondering if there will be any more seasons after this...the characters (and the actors) are getting older, and since one of the main plot points is that these young doctors are at the very bottom of the totem pole, there has necessarily been some major changes since the inception of the series. So I'll enjoy it while it lasts.

And of course this wonderful diversion helps me to get over what today was--getting back to school after Winter Break. Don't get me wrong, I love my job, and I love the kids I get to work with, but who really wants to get up at 5:00am and have to be "on" all day? That's certainly not part of the job that I relish. But back I am, and it was nice at times today to get to see all the familar faces again. I'm just glad Scrubs is on tonight.

Monday, January 02, 2006

ND-OSU Postgame

I'll admit it--about five minutes into the game I figured out that I was mainly for Notre Dame. But by no means did I want to see Ohio State lose.
At least both teams played pretty well. There weren't many turnovers, and most of the players were respectful. I don't know...it was just--excruciating.

My emotional status during and after the game is roughly equivalent to this picture.

ND-OSU

So today at 3:30pm CT is the Notre Dame-Ohio State game. I'm not looking forward to it. Why? Because one has to lose.

Things I'd rather do than see ND play OSU
1. Eat worms
2. Eat rocks
3. Drink water that tastes bad
4. See another Republican in the White House (actually, probably not)
5. Die

Okay, so most of these are exaggerations. But 1-3 I would probably do. It's just going to be rough to watch, I know that. I REALLY hope it's a close, well-played game.


In other news, I go back to school tomorrow. I think this will probably be a good thing, actually. I need structure.

GO BUCKS!!!

GO IRISH!!!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Year's Eve

Tara told it pretty well, but I have no idea how she remembers any of the events from last night, honestly. I was surprisingly lucid throughout the whole thing, and I can cooraborate most of her comments. One thing I would elaborate on is just how interesting the social dynamics were last night. I knew Dana and Tara well, and Dana's brother Kevin and Kevin's girlfriend Sarah I had met as well. Beyond that, I knew no one (except for The Captain, of course). There were many people at the party, and it seemed that no one really knew more than a handful of people, with the exception of Tara. To further illustrate this trend, I've taken the liberate to create a rudimentary Social Web from last night, based on the interactions that I took part in.

Further accounts of last night:
--The Captain's Version
--Tara's Version

PS--I love Microsoft Paint.