hollybrooke: (Kylie Minogue)
I just started watching this hilarious cartoon on the Hub called "Dan Vs." It's about this guy named Dan, and he's just a total cranky dude who always has a chip on his shoulder about something and he goes out of his way to take the pettiest things down. It's another one of those kind of cartoons that I'm surprised is on a network oriented towards kids and families (like "Regular Show"). I think a lot of the humor in this show would go over kids' heads, but so far I'm loving it.

*tangent* I'm sick. AGAIN. I feel like I have the cold that just won't go away. Ugh.

*tangent* So I'm participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life on May 19th and 20th with some of my coworkers. We had our first meeting yesterday to brainstorm fundraising ideas. Sometime next week when I'm done working on my profile on their website, I'll post the link here to see if any of my lovely friends on DW or LJ would be interested in donating to my cause.

*tangent* Tomorrow we spring ahead an hour for Daylight Savings. Is it me, or does anyone else thing it's kind of early to be doing it this year? Don't we usually do it around the end of March or middle of April? Bah, whatever, I'm ready for spring. Bring in some more sunlight in my life!

*tangent* Bret Easton Ellis is another reason why I stay on Twitter, man. He's tweeting ideas about what Patrick Bateman would be up to nowadays in 2012. He may very well be working on an American Psycho sequel. AWESOME.
hollybrooke: (Keytar Mordecai)
Tell me if this makes sense to you. You have a wedding one day, and the actual reception the next day. No real reason why, either.

Hunter's BFF Bobby (from our trip down to Alabama for Grandma Cozie's funeral) got married yesterday, and today (tonight, rather) is the reception. Hunter was a best man. Not THE best man, A best man. There were two best men. Go figure that one out. Only because I think Bobby needed a backup for his other one that wasn't Hunter.

But man....so much ridiculousness and drama from this clusterfuck of wedding planning. And just from the groom's side! Bobby kept flaking out on keeping Hunter (and the other groomsmen) informed on what was going on. The bride's family is a bunch of uptight religious nuts (she was homeschooled until her junior year of high school, apparently), and Hunter just flat out does not like her dad. Her dad kept making smart-assy remarks about how Hunter might be gay just because he opted for purple shoelaces for his wedding shoes (more about that later) and his bleached-out blonde hair. They wanted to have only close family and friends at the actual wedding, yet we weren't invited, and we've been like a second family to Bobby for ages. But we're invited to the reception. But I couldn't bring Kevin as a guest because they couldn't squeeze in an extra place for him. (GAAAAAAH.)

Okay....about the shoes? Bobby wanted his side of the party to wear customized Converse All-Stars high-tops. They're white with green blocking and tounges and "WAF 4 Life" on the side (some childhood inside joke with their group). Hunter opted for purple shoelaces with his instead of white or whatever everyone else was wearing. (And the colors actually look good together.) And Hunter's hair is STILL bleached out from when he and the gang went to go see Motley Crue a month ago (it's grown out a bit). Point is, Hunter's not gay, but he DOES like to do crazy shit like this every once in a while to stand out.

Oh, I could go on and on about the drama involved in all of this. Mom and I think Bobby and Leah could've hired a wedding planner and had some better organization and communication with their respective parties doing this. And we all think Bobby marrying Leah is a giant mistake, and he only proposed to her to get over his last (batshit crazy) girlfriend. Hunter says the two of them have NOTHING in common. After the rehearsal dinner, apparently Bobby pulled Hunter to the side and told him, "Okay, this is the part where you're supposed to talk me out of this." *sigh* If you're asking your best man to talk you out of this, then maaaaaaybe you shouldn't be getting married. Hunter told Bobby that if he backed out at that point, no one would shame him for it.

But whatever. They're married now. Reception's tonight. Open bar. AWRIIIIIGHT.


Tomorrow Kevin and I are going to Six Flags. We're excited. I'm SUPER excited. They opened a couple new slides at Hurricane Harbor (one being a pressurized slide that kind of BLASTS you down a few stories; I heard you have, like, NO contact with the slide for maybe 10 or 15 feet) plus a simulated surfing area. I kind of wish they had some new rollercoasters there, though. In my opinion, they can replace Iron Wolf.


Wanna check out what little crap I have on my DeviantArt account so far?!


According to Jim Ross on Twitter, that new CM Punk shirt is quickly becoming one of the fastest selling t-shirts in WWE history. I was kind of pissed when I saw CM Punk wearing it last week on RAW because I thought, "SHIT, now WWE will start selling them and the value of this baby will go down!" No, not really. The ones sold at Money in the Bank are the only ones that have the DATE on the back, so they're still worth something.

And I get so many compliments when I wear it! The true wrestling fans come out of the woodwork! Daniel (one of the carryouts at work) saw me wear it for dress-down day yesterday and didn't like it because HE's a John Cena fan. You know, the FAKE champion.
hollybrooke: (Britney "Shame On Me")
California Baby bath & body products. If you're like me and wanting to make a more organic switch in your hygiene routine, I definitely recommend this line. They're primarily marketed for babies and children, but adults can use this stuff as well. I'm loving the hair de-tangler and "Overtired and Cranky" bubble bath. (It includes a bubble wand for extra fun!) Target offers some of their products, but I've seen a bigger offering at Bed Bath and Beyond, and you can always order from their website as well.

This next one you have to say like Derek Zoolander's fellow model pals in Zoolander:
"Mocha Coconut Frappuccinos!!"
"Rich mocha sauce and coconut-flavored syrup blended with coffee, fresh milk, and ice. Topped with sweetened whipped cream, mocha drizzle and toasted coconut flakes." And if you know me, I'm a sucker for anything coconut. Just.....YUM.

And if you don't dig on blended coffee drinks, they are now offering a Coconut Créme blended drink without coffee. Kind of like a milkshake, but more like a smoothie. I grabbed one on the way home from work yesterday. Ahhhhhhhhhhh. I hope Starbucks keeps these year-round and it's not seasonal. (I always lament the end of the holidays when they stop carrying their Peppermint Mochas. Yeah, CoffeeMate now offers their peppermint mocha creamer year-round, but it's just not the same as actually getting the REAL THING from Starbucks.)

The Brita Filter Bottle! I picked one up last week. I got it primarily because I don't want to waste money on bottled water anymore and keep contributing that waste to the environment. I feel this does its job pretty well. I paid about ten dollars for it at Target, but one filter lasts about 20 gallons/2 months, and you just have to fill it with regular tap water.

The Casey Anthony trial is FINALLY over. Now I can tear myself away from the TV and enjoy the lovely weather! HLN and Nancy Grace no longer own my soul!


"Shame on me....to need release....uncontrollably...."

Alpocalypse own my soul about now. I love Weird Al so much. :D Can't wait for a Merrillville date on this tour.
hollybrooke: (Bad Holly!  No jumpies!)
I'm going to Tinley Park on Wednesday for a meeting with an admissions advisor from the Illinois Institute of Art. *squeeeeee!*

This is nothing serious (at the moment). This is a "You want to potentially come to OUR school? Great! Want to come see what we're all about and talk about admissions requirements and financial aid?" meeting. I'm still putting my feelers out there, and I'm looking to actually be making the big move by next year when I have some decent stuff to submit for admissions.

The woman I talked to over the phone (Jessica) was very nice, and we got into a conversation about movies, and she wants to hear how Super 8 was.

*semi-related tangent* Speaking of, Super 8 was really good! I heard a long time ago it was supposed to be a prequel of sorts to Cloverfield. Then I hear J.J. Abrams saying the complete opposite. Make up your mind, J.J.!

*tangent* 27 days till Money in the Bank at the AllState Arena! I don't even know if I want to do a sign/poster this time around. Ideas I'm already floating around?
--Chris Benoit Killed My Sign (SURE to get confiscated!)
--Sit Down! You're In My Way!
--RIP Macho Man
--do a poster of Sheamus from "Family Guy" in case Sheamus (the actual wrestler) is wrestling
--Take My Sign. It Has Zack Ryder On It.

*tangent* I'm watching the "When You Wish Upon A Weinstein" ep of "Family Guy." You've got to be kidding me. Lois made it from Rhode Island to Las Vegas THAT QUICKLY in Quagmire's car? Thanks for making me suspend my disbelief, MacFarlane!

*semi-related tangent* Hey [livejournal.com profile] supermachodude. Guess what? Diarrhea!

*tangent* Well, I've found a new obsession. The new My Little Pony series on the Hub. Ponies are keeping me sane currently. :)

*tangent* How odd is it that I want to purchase this "The Dean Martin Variety Show" series on a DVD set? The informercial is on right now. I love me some Dino.

hollybrooke: (My Little Pony!!!)
The Tangled-inspired layout was cute, but I was ready for a change. If you can't tell, the background is supposed to be glittery black, but I suppose it looks more like TV screen static. *ha ha* I like it, though.


My car has dried out, for the most part. I was sitting on a ShamWow to dry out the driver's seat and to prevent my butt from getting wet, so it doesn't look like I peed my pants or something. I'll have to do something about the insides of the windows so they don't get too streaky. Anyone know how to wipe down windows so this doesn't happen?

Oh, who am I kidding? I'll have to do some major detailing to my car next week on vacation. I may even have to special order some touch-up paint from Ford to take care of all the dings in the paint. I don't even have that many, but after six years of having the car, they're bound to come up. I also need to be looking at new tires, I need to replace my back windshield wiper (Target doesn't carry that size, but AutoZone does), I need to take care of some rusting I'm getting on the driver's and passenger's doors, and I need to get my oil changed soon. But yaaaay, I only have about three payments left on that thing! It'll be nice to have an extra $250 a month to sock away in savings!

I won't really be in the market for a new car for a while, though. I like my Focus. It's fuel-efficient. And it's bright yellow. :P I know I've bitched in the past about how I won't get another Ford, but I'll just have to weigh my options in the next few years when I'll be seriously thinking about it. The next car I get will probably be something a little more sturdier with four-wheel drive, though. And if electric cars are more prevalent in the next few years (we can only hope the world gets more eco-friendly and open to electric cars...), I may consider that option as well.

*tangent* VACATION STARTS NEXT WEEK! Wait, I already mentioned that, didn't I? Who cares!
hollybrooke: (How YOU doin'?)
Flynn's following me on Twitter!

My life is now complete. :D (I'm not obsessed!!)


Seriously, I can't believe Christmas is SATURDAY. My next day off is on Christmas Day, when we're closed. Four more days till I get a day off. *sigh* But I work a short shift on Friday, so it's all good.

I'm all done with my Christmas shopping, by the way. I finally got Dad his gift card, and I got Kevin's grandma a Christmas ivy plant in an angel planter. I really couldn't figure out what to get her, but it hit me when I was leaving work tonight. And I picked up a ham bone for Bo; he convinced me to give it to him early with those cute goo-goo puppy dog eyes.


BEARS BEAT THE VIKINGS TONIGHT!!!!!! In your face, Favre!!!


WWE TLC last night was a good pay-per-view....until the last match. Why does WWE insist on keeping the pacing for a pay-per-view good with good matches and high energy, but then they'll keep the main event reserved for freaking John Cena? And the main event won't even be for a TITLE. I'm getting sick of that shit. Now I'll give them a free pass next month for the Royal Rumble because the battle royale will be THE main event, but if they can't do a pay-per-view without having a major title up for grabs in the main event, then eff it.

[livejournal.com profile] supermachodude, we missed ya, man. Why don't you love us anymore?!


More snow headed our way. So I must be off to bed for some rest, because I'll have to dig my way out and take it easy on the roads tomorrow. I can't afford another call-off. This week's paycheck was crappy because of my two sick days (one being a Sunday, FML, I missed out on PREMIUM PAY, dangit!!!)
hollybrooke: (Gaga 1 2 3)
Saturday, Kevin and I are going to Six Flags. And I just realized something. Six Flags Great America probably won't be as crowded as it normally would be this time of year. Why? Because Lollapalooza is this weekend in Chicago.

Guess who's headlining Lollapalooza this year?

Yeah, I think a lot of people are going to be seeing Lady Gaga. (Actually, Green Day is headlining on Saturday when we'll be at Six Flags.) I feel like a bad Little Monster for choosing Six Flags over Gaga, but I look forward to riding rollercoasters all year. ESPECIALLY this year. (It's just been very stressful on my end. Rollercoasters are my stress relief.)

I don't care. Saturday is my one day off this week. I will have been working nine straight days, and I am really looking forward to going. Plus, Kevin's been on overnights this whole week, and his dad's getting moved from the hospital in Dyer to the hospital in Hammond so he can start rehab (he's getting better! Yay!), and I'm sure Kevin's looking forward to a little stress relief, too.

Speaking of, news on the parents-in-Alabama front. Looks like Dad got that job with Shaw Flooring. (UGH.) But... Mom will probably be coming back home for a few months anyway, and will probably go back down there during the winter. I think she's either getting bored or annoyed with Dad. She probably should've been up here during the summer anyway because it seems like Alabama got excessive heat this summer, and that's not good on Mom.

And I really, REALLY miss Bo.
hollybrooke: (Gaga ONTD Stan the Jackal)
Saturday night was fucking AWESOME!!!!!!! My legs are still sore! *hee hee*

GOD, I wish I had pictures. But for one thing, I don't want pictures taken of me in the floorshow corset now, because I'm flabby and soooo not in shape to be wearing that thing. For another thing, how am I going to take pix when I'm on stage? :P

Highlight of the night was the reel going out during dinner scene. We ALL started just started reciting the lines and singing "Eddie" anyway. Then after "Planet Schmanet" and running around the theater, the movie was loaded back in. Then we had to do it alllll again.

But boy. Like I said, I really need to get back into shape.

Especially since I'll be doing this again on June 11th. :D

Who knows? I may be back to doing Rocky Horror on a semi-regular basis. I had a lot of fun, and it'll be interesting in getting newbies to start coming to the show. And I truly had forgotten just how much fun I had doing this when I started doing it at the Crossroads. Being on a stage is a rush in itself.

It's just too bad Fester wasn't around to see it. *sigh*

*tangent* Who else watched the footage of Lindsay Lohan's day in court? WOW, that judge didn't want to let her off easy. I especially loved when Lindsay's lawyer tried telling the doctor that she skipped one of her alcohol education meetings because of a death in the family, and the judge asking Lindsay if she actually went to the funeral, and Lindsay had to convene with her lawyer who finally answered, "No."

Ooh, ooh, and I love how the lawyer tried talking the judge into letting Lindsay just take the remainder of her classes in one week to get them out of the way. Once again, the judge put her foot down and said, "No." Oh, and I especially loved how the lawyer tried explaining how Lindsay had a bunch of scheduled photoshoots and her upcoming movie in Texas that her SCRAM bracelet would interfere with, and could she just go to her mandatory random drug testing down in Texas? Once again, "No."

How the hell would her SCRAM ankle bracelet interfere with her photoshoots? Just shoot her from the waist up. Take her SCRAM bracelet out in Photoshop. And just how would her SCRAM bracelet interfere with filming that Linda Lovelace movie? Afraid she doesn't want it showing in leg shots? Get a fucking body double. It's not hard. You can work around this shit. And really, after this incident, wouldn't the producers of this Linda Lovelace project think that Lindsay Lohan is a LIABILITY on a movie set and--once again--UNINSURABLE?!

"You know what really grinds my gears? This Lindsay Lohan. Lindsay Lohan with all those little outfits, jumping around there on stage, half-naked with your little outfits. Ya know? You're a... You're out there jumping around and I'm just sitting here with my beer. So, what am I supposed to do? What you want? You know, are we gonna go out? Is that what you're trying to - why why are you leaping around there, throwing those things all up in my, over there in my face? What do you want, Lindsay? Tell me what you want? Well, I'll tell you what you want, you want nothing. You want nothing. All right? Because we all know that no woman anywhere wants to have sex with anyone, and to titillate us with any thoughts otherwise is - is just bogus."
hollybrooke: (FREAKAZOID!)
Sorry for the delay, but you know the deal. Sometimes I just need a break from the Internet. It was a crazy work week, and I've been coming home from work exhausted as hell. I only had one day off this week, and I only have one day off this coming week as well! That paycheck better look GOOD this Friday, I tell ya.

Mom update: she's still in the wheelchair, but she's getting around better. Her rehab starts tomorrow. She wants to do everything herself, and doesn't want me or Dad or Gramma Julie fawning over her all the time. But we can't just let her do whatever she wants by herself and risk her falling over and injuring herself.

Other than that....not much.

BTW, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] hotoddy and [livejournal.com profile] havesomecocoa, the two LJ friends I have whose user names make me think of hot beverages, and belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] capefetish. :D
hollybrooke: (Cinderella Castle)
For those of you who are wondering...Sandy didn't show up for Easter. She's still in Bloomington, finishing out this semester and getting ready for graduation. I guess she's got a job lined up in Indy with some TV station. TJ couldn't remember exactly what it was he was doing (what kind of a brother ARE you?!), but she does have a job lined up. Troy didn't show up, either. He was doing scaffolding work on Easter. And getting paid triple-time for it. Hell, I would've worked Easter Sunday if I were getting triple-time as well.

*tangent* I know I don't talk a whole lot about me and Kevin on here, but sometimes I wish I had more to talk about with him on the phone. Anymore, we're kind of reduced to five-minute phone conversations a day. He talks about work and how customers drive him nuts sometimes. I listen. I don't talk about how work drives me nuts, because if you've heard my stories about how stupid people are when they go shopping, you've heard 'em all. SVT can be stupid, pointless, a waste of my time, and irritating, but it pays me money. It doesn't pay me enough, though.

I dunno, sometimes I wish I weren't so...boring.

....Maybe I should just develop an alter-ego, dye my hair pink, wear a lot of makeup and keep him in the dark about it? *HEE*

*tangent* It's raining today. And I have to work a later shift at work. Boo and bullfrogs.

*tangent* Is it just me, or is it just on [livejournal.com profile] ohnotheydidnt when LJ starts screwing up for people with the loading? I know ONTD has sponsors now, but still. That's not what's bothering me. I know the mods explained that because the community is at 100% operating capacity, it gets slow, even for high-speed connections. But for crying out loud, I have a paid account and I don't have to deal with ads, and it just bothers me that I have to deal with stuff not loading on there. I notice it loads slower at night, though.... (And BTW, I don't really have this problem at other communities.)
hollybrooke: (rio is cute but not that bright)
Reuben sandwiches are the shizznit.


So the other night, Mom wanted a French dip sandwich from Athen's Grill. She sent me with some money to pick one up for her. While I was there, I decided I'd get myself a Reuben sandwich.
A) Because it was dinnertime.
B) They offered them.

This was not the first time I've had a Reuben. If a diner/restaurant offers it, I will usually get it. (Or a good Monte Cristo sandwich.) And WOW, do I love these things. I don't eat them very often; they're a rare treat. All the corned beef with the Swiss cheese and Russian dressing, and then you add the sweet-tanginess of the sauerkraut for texture...just....YUM!! Gawd, I'm practically drooling as I'm typing this!

I come home and I dole out our food. And I'm digging into my Reuben, all excited to eat it, and Mom gives it a weird look and is all, ".....Ew." Like the rest of the Baby-Sitters Club do when Dawn Schafer digs into tofu.

WELL, EFF HER AND HER FRENCH DIP/ITALIAN BEEF/WHATEVER THE HELL SHE'S EATING. People around here go nuts over their Italian beef sandwiches. I don't know if it's a Midwest/Chicagoland thing or what. Don't get me wrong--they're okay. But sit a nice Reuben in front of me and aaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Mom doesn't know what she's missing! Corned beef is excellent, but then pair it up with some Swiss cheese and a little bit of 'kraut on toasted rye bread, and you have heaven on a plate.

So ends the post about me singing the praises of the Reuben sandwich. Now go back to your continued LiveJournal browsing. :P
hollybrooke: (Default)
Okay, a proper update post (aka "the randomness of it all!"), which I haven't done in a while.

Saturday night was the Fester Memorial Show at the Art Theater, and I had to go, of course. And I don't know...I mean, I enjoyed myself, but not as much as I would've liked to have. I don't know if it's because of the lack of Fester, if it's just because I'm not used to the new-ish cast members with Help Me Mommy, or....if I'm truly over Rocky Horror. It's kind of sad. I feel like a big chapter of my life is drawing to a close.

But something eventful did happen Saturday night. It was the first time I had exchanged words with Zero since the blowout. And only because he was taking tickets that night.

I don't have Fester to defend me anymore in all of that, but frankly...I don't care. I've come to terms with it. I think I've finally reached the point of forgiveness to him and to be able to let it go. "To err is human, to forgive is divine."

LOL, see?! I'm sure Fester would've appreciated that humor in that!

*tangent* So I don't even know if I'm going with Dish Network. Mainly because when they called up to verify my information and to schedule an installation date, they mentioned something about a $125 installation fee. I flat-out told the guy, "Uh-uh! That wasn't included when I saw my final order on the website! The final bill said the $99 installation fee would be waived as part of the promo."

I really don't know if Dish will be worth the hassle of getting signed up. If it'll be like that, I'll just continue making the payments for DirecTV as it is. Even if $60 a month is kind of high for a loyal customer since 2004. I can afford it. I'll be scrimping and saving, but I can afford it.

*tangent* I've been working nine straight days. Today's my one day off this week. I can't complain too much, considering the last few days I've been pulling expired pasta sauces and pastas from the shelves when business gets slow. Yeah, it seems like I'd be bored to death doing that, but for one thing, it gets me away from the register (and keeps me from going stir-crazy). For another thing, I'm just anal-retentive enough to focus on something like that. And for another thing, at least it gets me more out in the store to help customers find stuff that they can't locate. See? I do like to help people! Just not at the register! Ha-ha!

But to the cranky lady yesterday who was annoyed that we had no more corned beef left? Uhm, you honestly thought we'd have some available when you come in on St. Patrick's Day at 6 PM? People in St. John/Cedar Lake/Lowell LOVE their corned beef, lady. You should've been here the day that sale started.

*semi-tangent* Yesterday, I ran into Mrs. Cole, one of my old kindergarten teachers, while I was at work. Man, she was a little old lady when I was in kindergarten; I can't imagine how old she is now! But she's still active, and it always tickles me that she remembered me before I remembered her. :)

*tangent* Later on today, I went out to crush some aluminum pop cans in the garage. I cut up my right middle finger pretty badly on a flimsy aluminum can, for crying out loud. (Those things are deceptively sharp!) It was bleeding pretty badly, so I had to run from the garage with my right hand held above my head, middle finger up in the air for everyone to see, into the house to fix it up. The Band-Aids I have are these dinky little ones that would barely stick without bandage tape, and I still made a bloody mess out of it. So I had to run back up to Walgreens for the bandages you can put over your fingertip.

I have no idea how long I'll have to keep it bandaged up till it's healed. I'm going to change it before I go to bed tonight, though. But like the subject line says, it's HARD to type with a bandaged-up finger!
hollybrooke: (it LOOKS like Jem....)
My great uncle Glen passed away a couple of days ago. So now all of the older relatives on Dad's side of the family are...well, gone. It's a shame, because we all really loved him very much. I feel bad that I can't make it down to Texas for the funeral. Dad's making the trip from Alabama, but Mom's staying behind. (They wouldn't have had this problem if they didn't take Bo down with them, because they can't just leave the dog by himself in the house for a few days. And frankly, the only time Mom should be making another huge trip is when they're coming home.)

Which reminds me. I need to get my butt down to the Hallmark store and get a condolence card for Aunt Roberta. Or pick one up from work before I leave tonight.

*tangent* Speaking of work, I came in sixth place in the NWI Food Bank donation drive for our store. I didn't pass what I earned last year, but the worker who earned first place earned a little over $2000. I'm not really jealous or anything. Believe me, I asked everyone, but I got a lot of people either telling me "no," or just flat-out gave me attitude about asking. So for the last couple of weeks, I didn't bother asking.

There's a pizza party this coming Monday for everyone who earned $300 or more, like there was last year. So yeah, I'm not passing up the opportunity for free pizza. *Yeah!*

And now we're taking donations for the American Red Cross for relief over in Haiti. And I have to be honest--I'm not pushing for donations. I know Haiti really needs all the help they can get, but we just got done taking donations for the Food Bank not even a month ago. And I'm tired of getting attitude from people about it. If people want to donate, they can...I'm just not pushing it. I already got one jerk who gave me crap about it. I didn't even ask, but he saw the sign and was all, "Yeah, those people in Haiti are going to be better off than they already were with all the donations they'll be getting."

Asshole, STFU and educate yourself. Even if the Red Cross gets as much as they expect to get through donations for Haiti, that'll only be a fraction of what the total cost is and won't do very much to help, sad to say; it's that bad over there.

And there's that telethon on all the channels tonight. Do I plan to watch? Not really. I've already donated. I'll be working on "Jem" snark tonight, and plan to have it up by tomorrow, since (like I said) LiveJournal will be down tonight for maintenance. It'll be a very charitable episode, I promise. :P

*tangent* The novelty of Hunter as a "roommate" is wearing thin with me. Frankly, I'm tired of him chowing down all of the easily accessible food and waiting on me to prepare something for dinner whenever he has Jess over. Plus, he still doesn't really tidy up after himself. I wish he'd realize that he should at least try to pitch in; just because he's a guy doesn't mean he can't help cook or clean.
hollybrooke: (Poker Face)
(And if you've ever watched "Dexter's Laboratory," you'll know where that title comes from. *hee*)

I got some unexpected gifts for my birthday yesterday. Since I couldn't find a purse I liked when I went shopping with Mom and Gramma Julie on Saturday, Mom ended up getting me this:

It's so amazing. Alton Brown is my homeboy. (They showed the Christmas Cookie episode yesterday!!! Now I have to try making those chocolate-peppermint swirl cookies!) But I especially want to try my hand at Alton's version of cornbread and buttermilk biscuits. Maybe show Dad a thing or two about that Southern cookin'.

And I really didn't expect anything from Kevin's mom, but she got me The Dark Knight on Blu-Ray. AWESOME. So I've been sitting here, watching the "Batman Tech" and the "Batman Unmasked" features. Which is why I say "Today is a fine day for science!"

Other than that, my birthday (and today) was been pretty low-key. Right now, it's crappy outside. It's cold and windy and raining/snowing/sleeting.
hollybrooke: (it LOOKS like Jem....)
Sorry for the delay on Snark-mas for days four, five and six. I've been doing stuff around the house and working. Mainly helping secure stuff for me and Hunter to hold down the fort while the parents are down in Alabama. Yeah, they are going down there for a couple of months. The best part is that Hunter and I get the run of the house, and that the only bill we have to worry about is the grocery bill. The worst part is that they're freaking taking BO with them. (This is the most rational excuse they were able to come up with: with Hunter still in school and me at work, it's not fair to leave Bo home alone most of the time. Mom and Dad are home all the time, and Grandma Cozie's place has a fenced-in backyard so he can run around and not be on a line.) I'm going to miss him immensely, but I'll probably be going down to visit them by the end of January.

But I'll be able to get caught up on my snarks, though! I have the next three days off!! *sings the Hallelujah chorus* I requested tomorrow off because I don't want to work on my birthday, and somehow I got the next two days off after that, so yeah!

*tangent* Since Mom and Dad are leaving for Alabama soon, they won't be up here for Christmas. This meant that Hunter and I got our presents early. I got this really nice jewelry armoire, because I still have all of that jewelry from Grandma Cozie and no real jewelry box to store it in. And I got a dent in my Christmas shopping done yesterday as well. I have Hunter's present and Grandma Julie's present out of the way. There's still a thing or two I have to pick up for Kevin. I've had one for his mom for a while, I have a good idea what to get for his dad, I have no idea what to get my dad, and Mom will just have to wait for her present. (She knows what she's getting; it's just getting around to schedule it to be done, and it'll probably happen close to or after Christmas. But like I said, I'll probably be going down to visit them around the end of January, so it'll be a late Christmas and they're okay with that.)

.....So what exactly do I have lined up for the next few Snark-mas days?

Dec. 4th--"The Year Without A Santa Claus"
Dec. 5th--"Mickey's Christmas Carol"
Dec. 6th--"Elmo Saves Christmas"
Dec. 7th--"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
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I'm going to try something new this year, and I'm going to have to commit to this and be online every day until Christmas Day to do this. I've got these two tapes full of Christmas cartoon specials from the 80s that my mom and my grandma taped for me when I was a kid. Some contain classics (like "Rudolph" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas"), and some are just lolz-worthy ("A Fat Albert Christmas" and "A He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special" come to mind). So I'm going to try to get around to snarking on 25 of these holiday gems.

And for those of you yelling at the computer screen going, "SO WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET BACK TO SNARKING ON JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS?!"....I'll get that up tomorrow night. I promise! *blushes* I've been so bad about it. I told myself that spending so much time in front of my computer wasn't healthy; I can only refresh [livejournal.com profile] ohnotheydidnt so many times before I get bored, and my computer chair was starting to develop a butt-groove. (I even have a Baby-Sitters Club book snark left at [livejournal.com profile] bsc_snark that I have to finish up.)
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Mom and I rented Bruno today and watched it, mainly because she really wanted to see it. That movie was so ridiculous, but I laughed my butt off. (Especially the part where he was...well, I won't go into details, but it involves genitals.)

After we turned the movie off, the news was on, and Adam Lambert had released a statement saying that he shouldn't have to "babysit" the nation's children. (In regard to his man-on-man kiss.) I agree with everything he says in defense of what he did. Like I said, everyone knows he's gay, and ABC should've realized that before they decided to book him to perform. Then Mom had to open up her trap and be all, "But he practically raped that guy's mouth onstage! I don't want to see that!"

.........We freaking just got done watching Bruno. And she actually said this. She watched all the (censored) gay sex and genital-flashing, but she's going to get her panties in a bunch over Adam Lambert kissing a male band member. I pointed out the hypocrisy in this, and told her, "If Lady Gaga. for example, had kissed a woman onstage that night, would you have a problem with that?" Mom said, "But she's a woman, no one cares if you see a woman kissing another woman. If you see a man kissing another man....well, that's just another story because it's wrong and gross!" And there's the double standard.

*tangent* Thanksgiving was crappy this year, thanks for asking. Could've been a hell of a lot better, if Dad would've gotten his ass out of the kitchen and just let me continue what I was doing and not have been a pain in the ass. I had him telling me what to do, I had Mom bitching at me what to do, I had instructions in the cookbook on what to do--who do I listen to?! Got REALLY angry at Dad, yelled at him, and stormed out of the house while telling him, "YOU think you know what to do?! YOU f*cking do it!" Drama queen move, or really agitated woman getting pissed off at people telling her what to do--your call. This all happened in front of Kevin, too; I was so embarrassed that he had to see that. During dinner, I was shooting Dad the death stare because he had royally pissed me off and ruined my appetite.

He later apologized, but I let him have it again. Apologizing really didn't make it any better, considering that I had the day off for Thanksgiving and after nine straight days of work, I just wanted to relax. And it all happened in front of Kevin, too.

I'm kind of glad they're leaving for Alabama soon. I don't think I'm going down to visit them during the holidays. I don't want to waste the gas money if all we're going to do is bitch and bicker while we're down there. And she can rely on Hunter for a ride home whenever he decides to go down, because I don't want to do it if she's just going to bitch the whole way like she did when we went down for Grandma Cozie's funeral.

They all really piss me off. They really do.

*semi-tangent* Didn't do any Black Friday shopping. For one thing, I have to wait for my next paycheck. For another thing....frankly, I did that about six or seven years ago for a $50 stereo at Target, and I nearly got trampled in the process. Never again. The people who go to do their insane early-morning shopping on Black Friday are cray-cray; they get violent and vicious and super-bitchy to the poor retail workers who are saints for putting up with it the way they do. Chances are, you won't get what you wanted if it's in small quantities. And is it really worth it to stand in line for 3-4 hours just for checkout?
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I had a long post all prepared about it earlier when I was test-driving Mom's laptop, but I did something that deleted all of that and I don't know how I did it. (Which is another reason why I'm not too thrilled with laptops...)

Cut for ranting about work, U-Scan woes, vacation time blues, fights with family, bouts with insomnia, and Hunter's car accident. )

And as a fun follow-up to all of this, I just got my period. Too much information, you say? It was running late and stressing me out even more, so screw you!

As a final note, here's a cute puppy:

It's not Bo, but he's cute.

The only thing that's keeping me sane right now is that ferocious "Bad Romance" video.
hollybrooke: (I Love Lucy)
I had to reschedule my dentist appointment that I had yesterday because I've got a cold. Quite frankly, I didn't feel up to sitting in a dentist's chair while I'm coughing and sneezing. Of all the days to get sick....

But it gave me a chance to peruse my new copies of The Wizard of Oz and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The seventieth anniversary edition of The Wizard of Oz is excellent. I kind of wish I had gotten the collector's box set instead of just the two-disc set for the Oz-fan in me, but this is good. The special features are mostly stuff I had already seen or heard before, but there were some new things that I hadn't seen before (like a little more footage of Dorothy as a blonde before that was all scrapped, as well as the commentary track). But the restoration of the movie is AMAZING. It's crystal clear, and I was noticing all sorts of little details I had never noticed before in my 100+ viewings of the movie. Very much worth the money. But watch in five years an extra special 75th Anniversary Edition comes out.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, though, I was kind of disappointed with. I bet I wouldn't be so disappointed with it if I actually had the chance to peruse the supplemental features, which I can't do because I don't have a Blu-Ray DVD player! Which leads me to a rant.

Now I can understand why Disney is putting out these DVD/Blu-Ray value packs. It's a smart strategy; you get the Blu-Ray copy along with the regular DVD in case you invest in a Blu-Ray disc player later on because Disney wants you to see how spectacular their animated classics look in HD. But let me just put it this way. I expected a 2-disc regular DVD set with a Blu-Ray copy of the movie. Nope, I couldn't get that. I got the 2-disc Blu-Ray edition with a regular DVD copy of the movie. I had a feeling that's what I would be getting, regardless of how many times I read the back of both versions. Because believe me, I did check. I'm not stupid.

Here, lemme show you what I mean:

This is what I got.

This is what the cover of the Blu-Ray edition looks like.

What I'm getting at is that they're the EXACT SAME THING. No matter how it's worded on the back, you get a Blu-Ray disc of the movie, a Blu-Ray disc of the supplemental material, and a regular old DVD with the movie on it. It's kind of deceiving, and if this was Disney's plan all along, they should've just decided to market it one way so as to not confuse people. But they can't do that. They need to give their patrons something that requires you to buy something more just to watch it. Spend, spend, spend! It's the American way! Yay capitalism!

So it looks like I'll be pricing Blu-Ray players for a couple of months and saving up just so I can watch this damn thing. But you know, the first DVD I bought was the Platinum Edition of Snow White before I even got a DVD player. So it looks like I'll have to wait a little longer to see this as well. But good things come to those who wait, right?
hollybrooke: (I Love Lucy)
Still fighting the good fight against Green Anti-Virus. I've pinpointed the problem, but when I try to delete the folder, it's not allowing me to. I don't know what to do from there.

*semi-tangent* Which kind of explains why I haven't been online for the last few days.Rants about tight work schedules, Halloween costumes, DIY ruby slippers, and good coffee! )

*tangent* "Dancing With the Stars" this season rocks. My money's on either Mya, Aaron Carter or Donny Osmond. But I really, really, really hope Donny wins. :D

*tangent* Actually really looking forward to the new season of "The Girls Next Door" with the new girlfriends! It'll be interesting to see how the dynamic works with a new number one GF who hasn't been around as long as Holly was. (Speaking of, Holly Madison has finally gotten her own spinoff gig called "Planet Holly." Holly has no real personality of her own, so it'll probably tank. I'd rather see Bridget with her own reality spin-off; I don't consider her Travel Channel show an actual spinoff.)


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