Monday, August 24, 2009

Monday, Monday! Refreshing Perspective.

I might possibly be the luckiest girl in the world. Monday morning is no longer a deeply depressing time for me, as a matter of fact it's usually a day filled with productivity, anticipation, and promise. Obviously it wasn't always like this for me.

Every morning when I wake up I usually grab the old iPhone and thumb through Facebook status updates (this is my equivalent to flipping on the news). Most updates on Monday read something like this "Oh Monday, you dirty bitch"...etc. (this week's contributing writers...Ashley and Ali), "Where did the weekend go?", "Coffeeeee", etc.

It's a rare find to see anyone very inspired by the fresh start to the week. There are a few exceptions, usually presented in scripture by some of my more religious friends, but lately, there have been a couple of people who are just downright humble and grateful for what they have - and it has been quite a refreshing change to read their posts when they are surrounded by deeply depressing and gloomy sentiments. So to Jeff and Kristen - thanks for always keeping the glass half full, and for the occasional Springsteen lyric.

Now onto more shallow subjects. Saw both District 9 and 500 Days of Summer this weekend. District 9 was good - although I'm not nearly as in love with it as everyone else seems to be. For example, a person whose opinion I value very much said the social commentary was done well and not at all heavy-handed - but I found the whole thing a bit cliche. That said, the story did move well, and was entertaining...although if you have as strong a gag reflex as I prepared to watch through your fingers. It's still a go see - if only to make sure you're not the only one at the party not in on the conversation.

500 Days was great. I get the feeling it's the kind of movie you don't mind watching over and over. I also really like that it's unconventional, and by being unconventional, completely realistic. There are so many more "what could have beens" than happy endings in our real lives. And certainly many more unrequitted heartbreaks than movies usually portray. A refreshing perspective.

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Starbucks Hour by Hour

Greetings loyal followers, friends, relatives and passers by!
I've been sitting in a Starbucks for a few hours now (nursing my extravagant grande skinny vanilla latte so as not to come off too moochy). I have to tell you, this place becomes a completely different scene every hour. Hour one, the soundtracks to both Dirty Dancing and Shag play loudly waking up the weary 9-5ers and coercing them to their trains, desks, and responsibilities.
Music shifts around 10 to the Paul Simon Graceland album (start to finish). I realize that I should always type to "Obvious Child" as I crank out 3 pages in record time.

Luckily today has been very productive. Since my morning interview (for some freelance writing) was cancelled, I cranked out three (3!) sketches and also got myself out of the house. My main task today is to put the finishing touches on Louisa and the Circle of Hugs(C) and finally pack her up and off to publishers! Only a page and half left to go! (Look, it's not a Harry Potter 400 pager; it's a young child's book for dealing with death and dying so a page and a half is both heavy and long to me).

In other news (as I shift in my hard chair - you'd think with an ass the size of mine I wouldn't be uncomfortable anywhere, but even with all of my padding this chair is keeping me at nun-approved posture), I have (maybe) acquired an "AGENT". Yes, this is extremely exciting and I am doing everything they tell me to make my shot of getting a shot more likely. Starting with new headshots. Or "headshits" as I keep erroneously typing on my stupid, loathsome iPhone. I have been set up with someone who goes by one singular name for this. I have never in my life actually met a person with only one name until now and I am already feeling very Hollywood. Turns out he's extremely nice, normal and has a great sense of humor. I'm really excited about this. His only recommendation for my "look" is to acquire a "side bang". I sincerely hope he was referring to the long side-swept version and not some freaky hipster Chrissy Hynde thing (which by the way she pulls off no problem, me not so much).

Speaking of anyone else also becoming annoyed by Kristen Stewart and her "method" impersonation of Joan Jett? In preparing for the upcoming Runaways biopic, she seems to be attempting to embody the coolest rock chick in history with a total lack of earnestness. Seriously, we already know you're not that cool, you've signed on to what is today's equivalent to the Sweet Valley High franchise. I know, I know I'm setting myself up for a barrage of attacks from some seriously hating 13-year olds with bedroom furniture fancier than mine, but you know what? Suck it vampire teeny-boppers. Anyway, Kristen: Stop being such a dumbass when you get interviewed. You'll be really embarrassed later when you look back.

Needing to wrap this up...the Bucks has gone into "smooth jazz mode" which means my right foot is asleep from sitting on it all day and I need to casually shake out the pins and needles without drawing attention to myself.

Hey, do me a favor and comment...let me know if you're still digging the blog and what you'd like to see more of!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday - Just another day

Greetings! Perhaps you're hopping on at lunch. How much time is too much time to spend online?

A recent medical study found that children have hit an all time low for Vitamin D deficiency (lowest since before they started adding it to milk). Scientists and doctor's think it's because they aren't spending enough time outside...without sunblock. A person should get 10-15 minutes of sun (without sunblock) a day according to the report. Crazy! I guess that means this will be a short post and that I need to get outside today!

I was up until 3 AM painting the bathroom which is still being renovated. I got the first coat up and I'm still covered in khaki paint 2 showers later.

I can't wait to have the house back. It's exhausting having strangers coming and going all day everyday. I just want it to be done!

Outside, some cleaning, then pH rehearsal. What are you doing today?


Monday, August 3, 2009

Week Three Already?

Greetings everyone! Happy Monday!

I must confess that I have been busy looking for a consulting gig...this earning no money thing has me terrified!

Hopefully I'll be able to find something that will do more than just cover bills and also allow time for all of my ventures.

I have been continuing my research regarding the children's book and have just about finished editing it. I should be able to start sending it off to publishers for their consideration soon. Not sure how I'll afford to copyright it or mail it...but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Our bathroom renovation is almost complete! (Good thing too because we have guests coming this weekend!) The glass tile has all been installed and I picked the grout color yesterday. I have to go get paint today and we'll tackle that tomorrow. Also going to the grocery store today...extremely exciting, I know!

Going to Lollapalooza this weekend. Such a shame about MCA from Beastie Boys. Also, a shame that they schedule great bands at the same time (Depeche Mode and Kings of Leon). Picking the old school choice simply because I can probably see KOL again soon, and because those snotty little hipsters have been all cranky about their success. I'd hate to offend them by only knowing songs off of just two, instead of all four, of their albulms. Note to these brothers: Get a sense of humor and a large helping of humble pie. I'm an oldie that can still afford to come out and see you, you ought to embrace that you have a couple of hits that more than just your stringy-haired, skinny-jean wearing, vampire obsessed girlfriends know.

Jon and Kate return tonight. We'll be tuning in to feel better about our lives and relationship and also to see if Maddie finally goes on a murdeous rampage (this is inevitable, that child is a powder keg with a fishbowl of keepsake matchbooks.)