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Nostalgia & Soda Bowls.

Well, this is embarrassing. The last time I blogged was in January… 2012. So what am I gonna do now — just post again with little explanation, as if that 20-month break never happened?

Yes.

Little Explanation: Things got straight hectic in early 2012 — half-marathon training, moving to NYC, working too many hours at a thankless internship with a horrible boss, dedicating every other hour to finding better employment, quitting the internship and moving back home, moving back up to NY (upstate, this time) to be a camp counselor. With all that going on, I just kinda forgot about blogging. From time to time, I’d think about writing a new post, only to decide against it because it felt kinda weird to just start up after so long.

But in the past few days, I’ve come across 3 things that I felt like writing about. And what do I care what society thinks about an absurdly long lapse in updates? I’m a wildcard, a radical, a true loose cannon, and I say to hell with it all!

Now, here’s what’s been on my mind lately…

1 – The School of Rock kids all grew up to be attractive.

It’s been a full decade since School of Rock came out (I’M SO OLD DEAR GOD WHAT IS TIME, am I right?), and Jack Black, Richard Linklater, Mike White, and most of the kids from the cast recently had a reunion concert. I did not know about this concert until just today, but I did see Entertainment Weekly’s most recent Reunions issue, in which SoR was featured (along with Boy Meets World and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, making the whole thing feel like it was orchestrated specifically for me. Except for most of the other reunions because I don’t really care about them.)

Anyhow, the important thing here is that all of the kids are 20-somethings now, and they all rate somewhere between “pretty cute; would flirt” to “DAAAAAAYYYYYUUUUMM.”

The relative-uggos mixed in there are old bros Black, Linklater, and White.

Unfortunately, neither the concert nor the EW shoot included Joan Cusack, which really, really sucks. But still, it’s cool to see everybody else together again. These types of reunions – where the cast has undergone a significant physical change since last seen together – are always the best, and SoR is one of the best movies about a fake substitute teacher turning a class full of upper-class pre-teens into a rock band complete with full posse so they can play Battle of the Bands  that’s ever been made.

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Billy’s presence almost makes up for Joan’s absence. If only Jack had worn a bowtie…

2 – I found this old mix CD from like, 8 years ago.

It’s entitled: “High School Road Trips” – never mind that at the time I made this, the longest “road trips” I was taking were shorter than the 50-minute running time of the mix. I don’t know why this made it onto my laptop which I only bought 2.5 years ago, but it certainly serves as a reminder of my teen-self’s refined & wide-ranging musical tastes.

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14 tracks, & 3 of them were Green Day.
That’s more than 20%.

That there’s a pretty accurate snapshot of what I was into in high school. Notice that most of those songs were already several years – decades, even – old for back then. “Sweetness” wasn’t even old enough to be a nostalgic classic, and still too old to be relevant in the mid-’00s. But I was a rebel, and I could express myself however I wanted, Mom and Dad!

3 – I was among the Chosen Few to witness the Soda Bowl.

Everyone at the office all got Chinese for lunch today, and two of my co-workers ordered Pepsi. When we picked the order up, we discovered the most wonderful, life-changing artifact one could hope to stumble across: the Soda Bowl.

Two, actually.

Look carefully into the bubbles. You will look directly into the face of God.

Look directly into the bubbles. You will look directly into the face of God.

They’re exactly what they sound like: soda in bowls (the kind usually reserved for wonton soup) rather than cups.

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As the cashier handed us the change, she said “the straws are in the bag.” !!!!

It made all of my problems vanish. Nothing in the whole wide multitudinous universe could ever top its awe-inspiring beauty. It is a miracle, and I am a believer.

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60 Down, 30 To Go

So today was my 60th day with Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis package. Only 30 days left, and I am kicking ass, baby!

You ain't so scary now, are ya? ...Okay, you still kinda scare me....

It’s gonna feel so good tomorrow to stick that 3rd disc in the DVD player tomorrow. I just hope it doesn’t start skipping…

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

No Disney Recap today – I actually did some stuff worth blogging about.

JDRF Walk

This morning was the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes charity event hosted by the South Jersey JDRF chapter, and I registered to volunteer. My friend Ashley works for the chapter, but her family has actually been participating in the Walk for a few years since her brother is diabetic. I’ve done the Walk with them before, but I was excited to participate in a new capacity. My other friend Becky registered as well and Ashley made sure we were assigned to the same area!

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Going to Disney World Looking Like Ariel & Not Coming Back Looking Like Ursula – Is It Possible?

This Thursday, I’m flying to Orlando for vacation with my family – we’re going to Walt Disney World! We’re kind of boring when it comes to vacations. We always go on either a Carnival cruise (which I do not enjoy so much, ever since I got seasick on my first one) or we head to WDW. We’ve been there enough times to know that October is the best time of year to go. EPCOT hosts an annual International Food and Wine Festival and the Magic Kingdom throws Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, both events we’re attending and I’m super stoked for. Read the rest of this entry

Winsday!

About time for an upbeat post!

Yesterday was pretty great in a lot of small ways. Look, I generally don’t get a ton of wins in life, so it’s nice to get a few little wins in a single day. Positivity’s the key to happiness, right?

Winsday (HA!) started with a tidy resolution to Tuesday’s DVD debacle. This morning Kelly told me that she called Tracy Anderson’s customer service line and they’re sending a new disc, completely free of charge! We have to wait 7-10 business days, but we could use a break anyway.

Can't wait to do this wackness again!

For my workout, I did Jillian Michael’s Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism DVD, which kicked my butt HARD. But I got through the whole thing with only 2 mini-breaks, which is a lot better than the last time I tried it, so I’m very proud of myself.

Then there was my epic parking job at the train station on my way to Philly! Backed in perfectly in line after a single attempt, no need to straighten out or anything!

Like a pro.

My editing internship was generally just successful yesterday. We’d had a pretty bad day Tuesday that set us back on a music video we’re trying to finish, but the problems got ironed out and everything’s back on track. And I got to work on a really awesome scene from our primary project (a short film) which allowed me to work with motion changes and blurs and other fun stuff. Then the director told me he wants to work on putting together my reel, which made me giddy for a lot of nerdy reasons but mostly because it’ll help me get some actual jobs after the internship. w00t!

Came home and had a nice chat with Annie for a while – she got a job! She’s really excited about it, and now she’ll be making more money than me so she can’t complain about being poor anymore!

I also ate very clean during the day – an apple for breakfast, celery with almond-cashew-peanut butter for a snack (yes, they make a butter from mixed nuts, and yes, it is delicious!) and a pretty salad for lunch (tuna, lettuce, tomato, purple squash, red pepper, corn, and a crunched up rice cake in place of croutons because I need to get rid of them before they go bad. I never have dressing on my salad because it’s gross-tasting and does unmentionable things to my tummy) – so I glommed on a guilty-pleasure dinner with my all-time favorite pizza from Gallery and Burlesque on Starz, followed by Dance Moms and Toddlers and Tiaras.

All-in-all, a lot of tiny things built up to a great Wednesday. Here’s hoping for a… Conquersday? Alright, Thursday’s a hard one to make a pun out of. You try to do better.

23rd Birthday!!

How young is too young to start lying about your age? “I’m 22” just sounds so much better than “I’m 23.”

So yeah, today’s my birthday. I’m excited to celebrate in a low-key way. Chinese take-out for dinner and then going to see The Help with my mom, aunt & sisters. I just finished the novel 2 weeks ago and loved it – I expected a lot of fluffy melodrama, but it was frank and poignant. Definitely worth the read. Plus Kathryn Stockett’s a Phi Mu! Lion pride!

Tomorrow night I’m going to Buffalo Wild Wings with a couple of friends. Between work, editing, shooting a music video, exercising and cleaning out my room, I don’t do anything in my spare time but sleep. So it’ll be nice to go out and enjoy a couple beers!

Half my family was born in August and then there’s me in September, so we always do one big celebration for everyone, usually about a week before my real birthday. I already opened my gifts last Thursday – and they are all AWESOME.

From Mom and Dad, I got some super cute boots. I’m not really a shoe gal – I like looking, but I’m happy wearing Chucks or Docs. But I really wanted a good pair of riding boots for dressier outfits, and these are perfect! (Comfy, too!)

Mackenzie likes them too!

From my Aunt Sue and Uncle Kenny I got a mini-fridge!! When I do my own grocery shopping I always put my name on everything (I can’t afford to feed the scavangers) and my produce takes up a lot of space, which is annoying for everyone. Now I have my own personal fridge! I’m keeping it in the basement – very convenient because I can keep my water bottles nice and cool while exercising!

Looking pretty sad. I really need to go grocery shopping!

Then there’s my BIG present – a ticket to see The Book of Mormon on Broadway!!!!!!! I’ll try to deny it, but I am a musical fangirl (just very picky about my shows) and Matt Stone and Trey Parker are pretty much my biggest heroes. Mormon tickets are insanely expensive and practically impossible to get, but Mom ordered a pair months ago. My sister Annie and I are going in December, my favorite time to go to NYC! I’m stoked!

Mom’s been cleaning out the basement and sorting through all our crap. While going through some of my old boxes, look what was uncovered:

Aww, yeah! Sailor Jupiter keychain! This is totally going on my wristlet. Now I keep listening to this over and over (dare you not to dance!):