Sunday, December 27, 2009

Blue Christmas

Here's my Christmas post... let's all just ignore the fact that it's a few days late. Oh and while you're reading enjoy this Christmas song from the A Fine Frenzy Christmas EP.

I can't believe it's almost a new year! This year is flying by... I'm not ready to be 22 and responsible for more things. Anyways, my car being broken has put a damper on some plans but I've still managed to have some good times. Tuesday I lounged around all day then drove to Grand Rapids to visit Allyssa/pick up my cousin and her fiance from the airport. Dinner was great (as it always is) and the roads weren't crappy so that's always good. I got back pretty late but kind of got to sleep in before going to meet an old friend for lunch.

It's weird seeing people when so much time has past. I don't feel like I've changed much, but then when you're talking about the past it just seems like another person altogether. After lunch I went shopping with my mom and she got me a little present (her main present is helping me pay to get my car fixed eek!). Before I go further here's a little recap of xmas presents:

1) Season 1 of Sonny With a Chance from a roomie (Yes it's a Disney show... it's great).
2) Awesome t-shirt from a roomie.
3) Two PostSecret books from a roomie.
4) Time Turner necklace!!! from an old roomie.
5) The Gwen Stefani perfume I wanted from my aunt.
6) NFL replica Peyton Manning Jersey (so legit!) from Carey.
7) Sweater I wanted from my cousins along with a necklace.
8) Replica Kill Bill Samurai Swords from Alison (Uber-legit).
9) Various monies and gift cards from various people.

All-in-all it was a great xmas! Seeing the family was awesome and I think I did pretty good getting everyone things they'd enjoy, especially the Bon Jovi tickets I got for my mom!

Christmas Eve we got a huge snowstorm and churches were closed so I just went to bed early so I could be well rested for Christmas with my mom's side of the family. We ate, opened presents, watched Elf, A Very Sunny Christmas, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (side note: my aunt looks identical to the mom in Christmas Vacation... it's awesome). After I left my family I went to my friends to play some Rockband then we went to see Sherlock Holmes, it was great! Very entertaining.

Yesterday was my dad's side Christmas celebration. I love seeing all the babies. They are adorable. When I asked Tyler (2 1/2) if he needed help with something he looked at me and said "No thank you... I got this." I could spend all day hanging out with those little kids. I left pretty early though because I could tell I was coming down with something. I can't believe I'm getting sick this close to New Year's and my birthday. So ridiculous.

Anyways, I just want to let everyone know that starting yesterday my Top Ten's of the Decade lists are being featured for a week on EGB so be sure to check those out! Seven days of knowledge being thrown at you, just look for my name in the byline. I hope your Christmas' were awesome what was the best gift you got?!

Monday, December 21, 2009

I See You

Firstly, I really, really, really want to live on Pandora. Not the radio station, the setting of the movie Avatar. My friend Liz and I just went to see it and it was Amazing. The 3D was some of the best 3D I've seen and I just loved it. At 2 hours and 40 minutes it could have dragged on and on, but I left wanting more. I considered hunting down another showing immediately, since I didn't I had to settle on the theme song as my blog song and home to see it again soon. It gets my vote for a tie for best movie of the year with (500) Days of Summer, but they're completely different movies and both great for their own reasons.

Anyways, I wanted to get in a quick update, not only about Avatar but about what I've been up to. Although before I get to that I just want to take a moment to recognize that the world lost a great actress today, very suddenly, too suddenly. Brittany Murphy has always been up there on my list of favorite actresses. As much as people harped on her for maybe not being the most intelligent person there was not one of her movies I didn't like. Whether it be Clueless, Girl Interrupted, Just Married, I even enjoyed Uptown Girls (although let's keep that on the DL). I was shocked that she could be taken at such a young age. It has been a terrible year to be a celebrity, but we'll never forget all the awesomely hilarious moments Brittany Murphy has given us.


Back onto a cheerful topic, my weekend. I'll start by just telling you how it was... it. was. awesome. I packed up and headed home on Thursday and almost as soon as I arrived I headed over to the church for wedding rehearsal. The rehearsal went smoothly, everyone was just having a great time and we were done in like half an hour so we headed over to La Cantina for dinner. It was really fun, our bridesmaids gifts were baskets full of great things and the food was delicious. Our high school happened to also be at the restaurant for an awards ceremony so I got to say hello to a lot of my old teachers which was fun.

After dinner we headed over to the bar to relax with a little smaller of the group. Jill and I snuck some wine in, which we had after the drinks we purchased along with a few shots throughout the night. Tyne was hilarious, Kate called saying she would be late and Tyne (unaware of the time) asked the bartender if they were still serving... it was 9:45. There were also some shenanigans with Christmas bulbs but that story is for another time.

Friday morning we were all told to be at the hair dressers by 11:30, which was much earlier than I wanted to be but I'm glad we all were there it was fun to hang out and talk and relax for the day. It took over 4 hours for all 7 bridesmaids and Tyne to get our hair done so we basically headed straight to the church from there. I managed to make it down the aisle without tripping and the wedding went off without a hitch.

The reception was a great time. Tyne has 14 brothers and sisters, many of whom I'm friends with so I got to see a lot of people. Our unofficial bridesmaids song was "Friends in Low Places" so when the DJ played it everyone got a great performance by us. Tyne and Doug left before midnight to head to Detroit to catch an early flight to Sandals in the Bahamas so I came home relatively early and began the tedious process of getting all the bobby pins out. I have really thick hair so I expected more than other people but it was just ridiculous. Jill, who had a similar hairstyle, had 33 bobby pins I had 61... 61!!!! Almost too crazy.

I spent all of Saturday relaxing and recuperating from the semester, AKA not getting out of bed. I continued this until this afternoon when I did some grad school stuff and then went to see Avatar with Liz. All in all it was an AMAZING weekend and I couldn't have been happier to participate in Tyne and Doug's wedding. Tyne is one of the kindest people I know and I am so glad she found someone who makes her as happy as Doug. And for those interested in pictures I will post them on Facebook soon so if you're not already friends with me click the link at the top of the page and if you are already friends with me, keep your eyes open for them.

Hope your weekends were as great as mine! Who else is loving the snow right now?!?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hold the Door

I made it! I'm done with finals! Ahhh this semester seemed so long, too long really. But this finals week was one of my least stressful ever, although I think that's because I stopped caring weeks ago. I'm just relieved I made it through unscathed. Now I just have to survive the craziness that is my life over the next few weeks. Care for a taste of my schedule (this is for me as much as for you!)

17th: Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
18th: WEDDING
19th: Day of rest for my sanity
20th: Same as the 19th
21st: Lunch with a bunch of friends, work
22nd: Visit Allyssa in Grand Rapids
23rd: Friends Christmas party
24th: Mom's side Christmas
25th: Dad's side Christmas
26th: Best friends birthday
27th: Maybe skiing, snowboarding
28th: Work, resting
29th: Work (I have a lot of concert debt to pay off)
30th: Back to East Lansing
31st: New Years Eve party(ies)
1st-3rd: My actual break
4th: My birthday blowout
5th: My birthday!
6th-10th: Going back to Paw Paw to work and relax the rest of the break

Exciting times, I know, I know. Sorry I had to write that all out, I definitely would've forgot something if I hadn't. Anyways, the week was great, I made a roomie dinner on Sunday and we opened presents, I'm taking pictures of everything and I'm going to do a Christmas post. But the dinner was great and a much needed break to studying. Since that dinner on Sunday night I was a studying/cheat sheet making/test taking machine. Finished up this afternoon and spent the day being a packing machine and then hung out with Allyssa for a while.

Today I've been on an Armor for Sleep kick, so check out the title song. But if you're taking some finals make sure to listen to Tegan and Sara and only Tegan and Sara... for real, they got me through exams for sure. I'll be back hopefully Saturday with a wedding post!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Substitution

And just like that it's almost Saturday again, unbelievable! So my life has been pretty much the same lately, classes, projects, and other mundane stuff. Wednesday's Glee finale was so great! I couldn't believe it. Thursday night my friend walked thru the blizzard to come enjoy the quality shows that always grace my television screen.

Today I woke up super early and went to watch the design presentation for Senior Design and get a glimpse of my life next semester. The outlook is bleak at best, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I bet you're wondering about the Silversun Pickups title song today. No? Not really? Well I'll tell you anyway, today Kaitlyn and I bought our tickets for MUSE ft. SILVERSUN PICKUPS in March! I wasn't going to buy tickets because I'm so broke, but let's face it... being debt free is for squares. So that means I am attending 3 concerts in 2 weeks:

3/13: Muse, Silversun Pickups
3/17: Bon Jovi, Dashboard Confessionals
3/27: Tegan and Sara (I'm most excited about this one!!!)

Not to mention that the 7th is one roommates birthday as well as Spring Break and the 15th is another roommates birthday. Those few weeks should be umm... interesting? To say the least. Tonight was fun, we had a mini Russia reunion and Olga made a full on Russian dinner, it was delicious. We planned on only staying for a little bit but ended up staying from 6:30-11:00 just laughing and telling stories about our trip. Olga brought me back some Stalin Vodka and I am so pumped to drink it.

The dinner made me realize how much I miss Russia, I seriously want to go back right now. If I could I would move and work there right after graduating. It's just a different kind of life... I'd really live anywhere that I want backpacking (except Milan... that place was straight up shady). Anyways, I'm sitting here not studying like I should be watching Reno 911! on DVD... I wish I had season 5 and 6 but no one will get them for me, maybe I'll switch over to Freaks and Geeks. Oh ALSO! Less than one week until the wedding so pumped!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Music Again

This song on Adam Lambert's c.d. is straight out of the 80's and I love it! As much flak as the 80's got for having cheesy music, I still love it. I hate so the weeks leading up to final so much, especially when my professors decide it'd be fun to give us a project a week and a half before the semesters over. I'm not letting it get me down though, I've had quite the interesting week despite that.

Tuesday I went to see a double feature with Carly, we started with Ninja Assassin. My summary of the movie, cheesy plot, cheesy lines, AWESOME action! The ninja assassin was such a badass as you can imagine, and having his shirt off most the time did not hurt matters. It was pretty entertaining. We waited around and went to see New Moon afterward, but we didn't want to give them money so we bought tickets to Planet 51 haha. My review of New Moon; 100 times better than Twilight, but still not a good movie by any means. I was bored out of my mind, although the New Moon novel is pretty boring so I don't know what I was hoping for. At least a few of the actors learned to act better. Kristen improved a lot, Robert, not so much.

The rest of the week was spent doing classwork and whatnot, does anyone else watch 30 Rock? This weeks episode when Liz was filming her Deal Breakers promo makes me crack up every time I watch it. Last night we had an Engineers without Borders bar crawl and it was a great time despite (or because) our shirts said "Touching People All Over" on the back. I'll post pictures on my Facebook soon, but let me just say this: I AM NEVER DRINKING AGAIN (this weekend) I had way more than I initially planned on haha. Here's
the tally from what I can remember, in order:

1) Shot of tequila
2) Pineapple and Vodka
3) Dirty Girl Scout
4) Cranberry and Vodka
5) Kamakazi
6) Pineapple and Vodka
7) Irish Car Bomb
8) Jagerbomb
9) Irish Car Bomb
10) Jagerbomb
11) Pineapple and Vodka
12) Something my friend got me that was pretty much straight Vodka

As you can imagine I was feeling wonderfully this morning. When I got home last night I was eating a cookie then changed and couldn't remember where I put my cookie, this morning I found it.... in my purse. SHENANIGANS. Once we finally started functioning around 2:00 we went to see Brothers, that was one intense movie, not like intense action, but intense subject matter and emotions. Here and now I'd just like to profess my love for Natalie Portman, I almost used The Natalie Portman Rap for the title song today because she's one of my idols. Intelligent, beautiful, hilarious, all the things I want to be. One of my goals is to make a rap video this awesome.

Now all I have to do is pass finals and I can relax! Hope everyone is having a great time prepping for the holidays!