Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Best of '07 (UPDATED)

Here go some of my favorite things of ’07, in no particular order:

Flight of the Conchords: This is by far my second favorite comedy of the year. (we all know what takes top honors and I won’t bore you with it again). If you guys haven’t seen it then you really really should. It is a comedy that airs on HBO that is about A New Zealand pop group duo (Jemaine and Bret) who come to NY to get their big break. We get to come along and see them try to survive in NY and we get to see their dimwit manager try to get gigs for them. What I like about this show is the hilarious little comments and remarks that the characters say. I must admit, my favorite thing about the show is that Jemaine and Bret break into song in the funniest moments. I love the hysterical lyrics that they put to their songs. Another thing that stands out is Mel, their one and only stalkerish fan. She is so creepy as is her husband for driving her around to stalk the band. I knew I wasn't alone in liking this show (I quote it all the time with some friends who watch it too) but I was giddy to find out that two of my favorite comedy writers, Mindy Kaling and Gene Stupniski, were loving on it too. Matt got me the season 1 dvd for Christmas and I am so excited for him to see what I am always talking about. I dare you guys to watch it and not have the hilariously catchy tunes stuck in your head. (UPDATE: Matt has now watched four of the episodes with me and he has his Jemaine impersonation down packed! I love it!)

Juno: This movie was my favorite movie of the year. Matt and I got to go watch a free screening of this a little bit ago and we both absolutely loved this movie. The movie is about a sixteen year old (Ellen Page) who gets pregnant and decides to give her child to a couple who can’t get pregnant (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) and the trials she faces in having to grow up. The cast in this movie is great. I always love Jason Bateman in everything he does and this was no exception. Michael Cera is also in this movie and plays the adorable Paulie Bleeker, the guy who gets Juno pregnant. The added bonus in this movie is not only that it has heart but it also is extremely funny with lots of quotable lines. It’s a small independent movie but it is out in most major theatres around the valley…You know what? Talking about it is making me want to go watch it again. I wonder if Matt is up for it. I bet he is. He is so boss. He is the cheese to my macaroni.



Friday Night Lights: I think I talked about this on here before but, man, I want to slap myself for not finding this show sooner. I kept hearing about all the critical acclaim it was receiving last season and bloggers I respect were all over this show and I kept putting it aside and thinking “ugh, I don’t want to watch another teenage drama..and this one is about football, ugh”. But it’s so not that, you guys. It is about more than that. Kyle Chandler is awesome as Coach Taylor and Connie Britton is the perfect counterpart to play his wife Tami. The show is not just about them but they always seem to hit it out of the ballpark whenever they are on screen. The writing on this show is impeccable and the acting is so real that it’s hard to believe that these people are actually …well, acting. Matt Saracen (the backup quarterback that was thrust into the scene by becoming first string qb) is nice to watch on tv. This character is the sweetest, nicest, most honest high school character I have seen on tv. He is so insecure of himself and just ah, Zach Gilford plays him so well. And let me not forget to talk about Tim Riggins…Riggins, that lost soul. He’s just wow. (It’s ok, I’m not a perv. He plays a high schooler but he’s played by Taylor Kitsch who’s like 26 so it’s totally ok). I can’t wait for the strike to be over so I can see what else this show has in store. As Jenna Fischer once said, let’s end this strike for Riggins!

note: The season 1 dvds are like dirt cheap at Target. I got it there for like $19.99 awhile ago (that is cheap for a one hour drama tv show) and I saw that it was still that price when I was Christmas shopping. Shoot, I should have given it away as Christmas presents. Ah, well. You all have jobs. Go buy it. You won’t regret it.

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark: I’m just really loving this nail polish right now. It’s a really dark purple, almost black and I just love the way it looks. I like to be girly but its cool to be able to show your dark side if only on your nails! (gah, I’m lame-dash-o) But really, I just think it looks cool and it complements the clothes I wear. If I’m wearing something girly and pink then this totally brings me back from being in fru-fru land.





Michael Cera: Not only was he in one of my all time favorite shows, Arrested Development, but he was also in two of my favorite movies of the year, Juno and Superbad. This Canuck plays all his comedy roles straight faced and with such innocence that just always seems to crack me up. Whether it be him singing/harmonizing to get himself out of a room of smoked out potheads or him being adorably in love with his high school bff, there was never a moment that Michael Cera was on screen and I didn’t have a smile on my face. (I wanted to include my favorite Michael Cera clip from Arrested Development, but alas, I didn't find it on youtube...will update when found) . UPDATE: And found! This show is so great! A special thanks to MB for putting that up for me. You, my friend, are a gentleman and a scholar


Paley Fest: I am so glad Andrea and I discovered Paley Fest last year. Paley Fest is a two week television and film festival that is thrown by MTR (Museum of Television and Radio).

(Disregard the part where it asks for your email. Just hit the play button)











The festival consists of panels of your favorite tv shows. It is a very personal experience as the panels are held at the Director’s Guild of America and only a couple hundred tickets are sold. Each night is a celebration of a different tv show. Andrea and I were fortunate enough to get tickets to The Office panel at Paley last year. I must say this was one of the highlights of my already great year. Not only did we get to sit in on the panel, but we got to chit-chat with all of the cast members (minus John) and it was just amazing. The tickets for this particular panel sold out in like 5 minutes in the presale! We were lucky to get tickets because we bought a membership to MTR, which allowed us to get presale tickets for members. I just received the email for this coming year’s Paley Fest and although they didn’t release the info on all of the night’s panels, I did find out that there was going to be a Chuck, Pushing Daisies, Gossip Girls and the much anticipated Judd Apatow panel. They will release the info on the other panels later in January, but I am already 99.9% sure I will be going to the Apatow, Chuck and Pushing Daisies panels (depending on the date and on if we get tickets…cross your fingers for us).

The rest of the best: I know this is a blog about our likes and interests so I’ll keep this one short but my best-est most favorite-est thing of ’07 was getting married to Matt! I had so much fun at my wedding and wish we could do that all over every year. It’s awesome knowing that you have your best friend to share the rest of your life with. Like I mentioned earlier, he is the cheese to my macaroni, the Jim to my Pam, the Seth to my Summer…and the list goes on! Ok, I'll stop so this doesn't get lame or offensive.



Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Shopping Guide: My Favorite Things

Everyone seems to have a favorite things list up to help people during Christmas shopping. Since I am a follower, here goes my list. Enjoy!



Chucks. These are my favorite “everyday” tennis shoes. They are so comfy, super trendy and you can get them in practically any color to match your outfit. Oh, and when you see those random pictures of celebs out and about, what shoes do they happen to be wearing? You got it!...Well most celebs…except Brittney and Paris and such but who wants to dress like them and look like skank hos? Not me! That’s fo sho!




UGGS. Since we are on the subject of comfy shoes let me tell you about UGGS. I love them! I know, I know. They are ugly…hence the name UGGS but believe me when I tell you that these magic shoes are the best thing you will ever wear on your feet. When you wear them, it feels like you are walking on marshmallows (minus the gooiness that walking on marshmallows would obviously result in). About the only thing that I love about the winter is the fact that I get to wear my UGGS. My feet feel so warm and cozy. I even wear them around the house. I own the black ones and the brown ones. They can be pricey but Last Chance usually carries them and I’ve been able to get both of my pairs for around $40 (Yes, they carry the $150-$200 UGGS for only $40!).


Freaks and Geeks. Lately, I’ve been on an Apatowian Kick so with the writer’s strike going on, Matt and I have been Netflixing old tv shows that we never got around to watching and one of those shows is F&G. (Have I mentioned how much I love Netflix? Oh, I have? Well, I LOVE IT!) This show is great and I can’t believe we didn’t watch it back when it came out. An extra bonus of watching this series is seeing all the people that Judd has in all his movies back when they were first starting out. F&G has a lot of what I like in my comedies: No laugh-track and lots of cringe-worthy moments. Also, you will fall in love with the wonder that is Bill Haverchuck. Just watch it and you will know what I mean. Oh, and if you get this then you can hear Matt’s Sam Wier impersonation. He has it down packed. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t ask Matt to do a Sam Wier. Now if only he could learn how to do a Haverchuck impression…


Chanel Chance. I am a girly-girl at heart and I like to smell flowery and sweet. Chanel Chance is this magnificent scent that will have you going “Ahhhhh” all day. It’s just that good. It’s an everyday scent that you can wear to work or just because.




Video iPod. Matt gave me mine for Christmas two years ago and I can honestly say that it is one of the best presents I have gotten. I use it all the time. It goes with me everywhere. This gift is great if you are looking for a gift for a TV fan like me. I have some music on there but I mostly use it to store movies and TV shows. I have ALL SEASONS of The Office on there, and some episodes of Scrubs, Grey’s and Lost. Some of my favorite movies are on there too, including 40 Year Old Virgin and Love and Basketball. I mean I use this thing all the time at work. I’ll pop the earbuds in and I’ll listen to my favorite episodes of La Oficina and I’ll just laugh while doing work. If you don’t have one of these wonders then you should definitely get one…especially since they are out with the cool new touch design.


Guitar Hero III: I got this for Matt’s birthday and he LOVES it. I’m not a huge gamer so whenever Matt used to ask me to play video games with him, I would just roll my eyes and say “Not now, but ask me again ten years ago” but not with Guitar Hero. It is so much fun and you can live out your rock and roll dreams with this. It even works if you have to entertain nieces or something…lots of fun to be had by all!




Now, since I have given you guys all tips for good gifts this Christmas, here goes something that I want for Christmas (and I’m pretty sure Andrea wants this too). So if anyone feels inclined to give this to me, I will be indebted to you FOREVER. I’ve been a good girl this year, so please consider it! (My Christmas wish begins at the 0:50 mark and goes on to the end of the video. I know, I know, I'm gay...and apparently I'm a 14 year old fangirl, too)


Monday, November 26, 2007

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Fight the Power! (UPDATED)


I just wanted to post a little something that shows our support for the WGA. Andrea and I are HUGE fans of tv and we especially adore the writer’s of our favorite show, The Office. Now don’t get me wrong, we are heartbroken that our little show (and all of our other shows) will most likely not be finishing off this season but we have to support the writers during this time. The studios are being greedy mo-fo’s by not allowing the writer’s (or actor’s) to get a piece of the profit of “new media” (shows that are downloaded or streamed on the internet). You all have been reading a lot of what the media is putting out there but none of them have put the whole story out there. I think James Gunn said it best so I am going to post excerpts from his blog here for you all to get an idea of what is going on:




The only reason for the strike – and don't believe anything to the contrary – is that the studios have refused to pay writers (and screen actors, and directors) residuals on new media. When you download a movie from Amazon or a TV show on iTunes, the people who created that content, who devised it, wrote it, acted in it, and directed it, get exactly 0% of the profits. And the studios want it to stay that way.



The WGA was asking for an increase in the residuals made on DVD sales (unlike new media, creators make a small percentage off of DVD and VHS sales, pay-per-view showings, TV sales, etc). For months now the studios have said that this was the reason the contract couldn't be closed. However, at the 11th hour – last night – the WGA took that off the table. It came down to new media and only new media. And the studios refused to budge.



This strike is absolutely not a matter of the rich getting richer. We're not striking because of guys like me who have made numerous feature films, or guys like Greg Daniels who have created popular TV shows. This is for middle-class writers –your regular TV staff writers and people who may have done one or two small feature films. Residuals are a way they can make perhaps a few thousand dollars a year between gigs. This is a way they can put food on the table and pay the rent during downtime – and downtime is something almost all writers (and actors and directors) have.



And the writers guild are striking not only for themselves – they're striking for the actors and directors as well. Most likely, whatever deal we agree to is the same deal the actors and directors will get when their contracts are up later this year.
None of the TV shows or movies you watch would exist without us, the people who created them, who poured our hearts and souls into the making of them. And yet, again, the studios think that only they should be making the money off of them. And new media is exceptionally important – in just a few years that may be the way most of us experience most of our entertainment.

Jenna Fischer also added some insight:
The big issue in this negotiation involves the internet. If you go to NBC.com right now, you can watch an episode The Office for free. The network runs advertisements while you're watching it, which gives them an extra source of revenue. The actors, writers, producers and director, the people who created the content you are watching, are not compensated in any way for this.

The Writer's Guild has taken the position that the writers should receive residuals if the show re-airs on the internet just like they receive residuals if it re-airs on television since in both cases the studios are making money. The issue is a huge
deal, because the internet is clearly where the future of entertainment lies.

Right now, a number of successful shows (like Lost for one) have stopped showing repeat episodes on TV at all, and have replaced them with ad-supported streaming video on their websites. If you're a Lost writer, or actor, or director, or a teamster that's no residuals at all for that show, and that's a big pay cut. We all count on the extra income that residuals provide as it can help us through a slump in our career when we aren't working as regularly. It is our safety net. In 10 years I may need those residual checks to cover my electric bill. You never know. Hollywood is a fickle town. If in 10 years, everything is rerun on the internet, the current union contracts say the studios don't have to pay us a dime. And, I'll be sitting in the dark.

So, what can I, the American Viewer, do to support this cause? As stated in Officetally, here is thing we can do:


Don’t watch reruns, or any alternative programming. Turn off your television and spread the word.


Now, we are not asking you guys to not watch the new episodes of The Office or whatever show you love but eventually, the networks will run out of new shows (that were filmed prior to the strike) to air and they will be forced to air reruns or a slew of reality tv shows. All we ask is that you don’t tune into whatever reality crap networks decide to pull out. Say no to “Milf Island” or “Meal or no Meal” or whatever other crap they might come up with. Also, something I will be doing is not buying any of the shows off of iTunes, which I do a lot, or watching an of the tv shows that are being streamed online. The sooner the networks feel it in their pocketbooks, the sooner they will give in to the WGA.

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.



A simplified explanation of what the writer's are asking for:



Sunday, October 28, 2007

Support The Rabid! : Michael Scott’s Dunder-Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race For the Cure

The time has come for another one of Matt’s “Let’s get pumped and run another marathon” phases that he goes through. This consists of him trying to get any and everyone to run in a marathon or half marathon with him. This time he was able to trick, er convince his brothers to run with him. He tried to get me to do join but he got the same response he always gets from me: Hell to the, Hell to the, Hell to the, Heeeeeeeellllll to the NO!

After months of slacking, er training, it was time for the guys to finally strut their stuff in the San Jose Half Marathon. Tima and I made sure we got to the race early. I didn’t want a repeat of what happened in Matt’s San Diego Marathon. I still get shit from him for not getting to the finish line by the time he finished. Since we got there early, we were able to get a good position at the finish line to wait for them. The only bad side to this was that this one female runner puked right in front of us just before she crossed the finish line. It was straight out of The Office. Remember when Michael carbo-loaded right before his Fun Run and puked at the finish line? Yeah, we re-lived that at the marathon. So gross! Anyways, here go some pics of the marathon:

Me and my sign. Isn't it Dawesome?


We had a nurse on site in case any of the guys passed out ;o)



Me, Tima and Lee. Our sign turned out very patriotic, didn't it?




Me and Matt: He Fleeced it Out! Dinkin Flicka!



Tima and Mark



The Boys!

After the marathon, Matt and I headed off to San Francisco for the day. Our other alternative was to go watch the Cowboys play on tv. Bleah! I’d rather hit myself in the head with a hammer. (Sorry, Andrea, and all other Cowboy fans, but we have to agree to disagree. And your taste in football teams is what is wrong with this world….and the Cowboy’s are the devil’s butthole).

We got to Fisherman’s Wharf in about 45 minutes or so but parking was caaaraaazy! It was nice out. We took a boat tour that took us to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The Golden Gate Bridge was beautiful BUT I don’t know what it was about that place but the closer the boat got to the bridge, the colder it got. Seriously, I thought I was going to die…on boat day. It was so weird, but as soon as we started to sail away towards Alcatraz the coldness and numbness went away.

Matt on the Ferry

Nappy Haired Eunice: Thanks, wind :o(

Alcatraz

Golden Gate Bridge


After the boat tour, we ate at this nice restaurant on the wharf and walked around a little bit. We were very entertained by this guy we call “Bush Man”. I know that sounds so wrong but it really isn’t. “Bush Man” is this guy who basically has a couple of bushes that he hides behind and as people walk by, he jumps out and scares you. He has a tip jar for this. I am being so serious. This is very funny if it’s not you he’s scaring. He did this to Matt and I as we were walking by. Matt jumped a little, but me, well let’s just say I had to put some money into the swear jar for this one. I let out a huge F-bomb! After you get over the fact that you almost crapped your pants, its fun to stand along the sidelines and watch the next sucker come along. We didn't stay in SF too long after that because we had to get the car back but we had a good time!

A guy goes to a five dollar... lady of the night and he gets crabs. So, the next day he goes back to complain. And the woman says "Hey. It was only five dollars. What did you expect? Lobster?"

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Go, Hogan, Go!

You know how Forrest Gump just ran and ran and had nowhere to go but he still kept running? Well, now imagine a dog paddling on and on with nowhere to go and you will be imagining our Hogan. Everytime Matt and I give Hogan a bath, we always crack up so we figured we'd record it and put it up for you guys to laugh at. It never gets old. There doesn't have to be any water but once you bring Hogan anywhere near the bathtub, he starts paddling his feet. (Can you hear Mya in the background crying? She is having a fit because we are paying attention to Hogan and not her). Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Snap Yo! Fall TV Season is Here!

I cannot express how excited I am for the fall tv season to be here. Gone are the dreary summer days of watching or ignoring shows like Big Brother. Frankly, I really don’t know what else was on tv this summer. That being said, I did use this summer to catch up on some great shows like 24 and Friday Night Lights and re-watch a certain other show which just happens to be the best show on tv but I’ll leave it at that.

Let me start by telling you guys which NEW shows I am looking forward to. I don’t know if you guys have heard about Chuck yet but I was really excited to watch this show. I have heard great things about this show over the summer from different tv bloggers that got to watch the pilot many months ago. Matt and I watched it last night and we really enjoyed it. The show was pretty fab and full of witty moments and action sequences. I really liked the character of Chuck as he reminded me of a mixture of Seth Cohen and Jim Halpert, two of my most favorite characters on tv, which is probably what made him so adorbs to me. Some have compared it as Alias meets The Office. I don’t know about all that but I do know that it was funny and I will definitely be tuning in next week.

Other NEW shows I am anticipating are: Private Practice, Bionic Woman and the one I want to watch the most is Pushing Daisies. I haven’t seen any of these pilots yet, so I really can’t wait!

I know, I know you all must think I’m patheticville for getting so excited over something like tv but I am REALLY excited for my returning shows. We watched Heroes last night and it was great. Not many questions were answered but the premiere sure was a million times better than the finale. Oh, have I mentioned that I hated the finale? No? Okay, well I did. I decided to give this show another shot based on the otherwise great freshman season. So here’s hoping we get a great payoff at the end of the season. (I wish I was a hero. You know who’s a real hero? Hiro from Heroes. He’s a real hero.)

Now my most squee-worthy show that is coming back on: The Office. I could say so so much about this show and ramble on and on about how great it is but I won’t. You guys hear me say it all the time. I will say that I have watched about six minutes of the premiere that came out yesterday and based on that, the premiere is going to be HILARIOUS and FANTABULOUS! Did I have any doubts? Not really. Greg Daniels wrote the premiere and well, that’s Greg Daniels. Yup, the same Greg Daniels that just a week ago won an Emmy for best writing in a comedy for The Office (although all of the writers are really really good at what they do. I am a huge fan of the writers, you might even call me a writer’s groupie. Ah, to be a fly on the wall in the writers room…one of my dreams. Ok back to the blog). Anyways, one-hour season premiere this Thursday at 8pm Phoenix time. Am I excited? Yes! Am I very excited? Yes! Extremely excited? No. Oh, only very? That’s cool too. Psyche! I am EXTREMELY excited!

Other RETURNING shows I am looking forward to: Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Scrubs, Friday Night Lights.

So what returning and new shows are you most excited for?

Friday, September 7, 2007

EF!




Today I was going through a report and I was using my cheap highlighter, provided by yours truly, Boeing. I realized that my highlighter says EF on it. I got a kick out of that, thought you would too.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

An Evening with Craig Robinson a.k.a. Darryl Philbin

Eunice, Matt and I attended Craig Robinson’s show last Thursday at the Tempe Improv and we were lucky enough to score front row seats. Craig’s act consisted of him singing and playing his famous synthesizer. His show allowed for a ton of audience participation so a lot of his act was improvised. It’s amazing how he can incorporate “take your panties off” into any song so seamlessly, needless to say he had the whole room laughing and singing along.

At one point in the show, we got a special treat because he asked his older brother to come up onstage with him to perform. His brother was sitting in the audience and you could tell that he didn’t expect to be called up. He sang, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” by the Stylistics and man o man did he have pipes. He couldn’t just sing, he could sang!

After the show, Craig went to the bar area and signed autographs and took pictures with fans. We waited to be last in line so we could have a chance to chit-chat with Craig. He was such a sweet guy and so down to earth. He was very appreciative of all of The Office fans and said he was really lucky to be on such a great show. We talked a little bit about Paley and how crazy it was when everyone went up to the stage for autographs/pictures. We didn’t get a chance to talk to him there, so this was a treat. We also mentioned meeting a few people from the cast there and for one reason or another we got on the topic of Phyllis and how she was the biggest sweetheart when we met her, he also mentioned how much he loved her and how great of a person she was. We asked him if he was going to the Emmys and he said he was and that he was very excited because it was his first time going. He asked us to keep our fingers crossed for them to win.

Don’t worry Craig. You’ll probably hear us screaming all the way in LA when you DO win.

A day at the SteamTown Mall!


I finally got the chance to upload this picture...enjoy. 2007 LA, Paley Day.

Civil Offense!





In the words of Dwight I can only hope that the traffic officer that cited me this morning on my way to work gets something like "Uh, Leprosy, Flesh Eating Bacteria, Hot Dog Fingers, Government Created Killer Nano Robot Infection". I hate to say that, cause you know my belief of karma...but I didn't say it. Dwight did. To make a long story short, I got pulled over for speeding this morning! 53 in a 45, or so I was told, until the officer came back and said the speed limit was really 40. For all I know, he changed the sign when I wasnt looking or maybe there wasnt really even a sign posted in sight. I was doing good, havent had a ticket since...2004 sometime...and that was for speeding too...

All I have to say is "A lot of the people (COPS) here don't get trophies very often, like Meridith or Kevin (Or the officer that pulled me over!). I mean who's gonna give Kevin (The officer that pulled me over) an award, Dunkin' Donuts? " - Michael Scott.

hehe! my rant has ended..happy thursday to all...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Office Summer Vacation

NBC posted a frakktastic promo for the upcoming season on Youtube and I just had to post it! I am speechless. I have no speech. This is emotionally magnificent! I guess I should put a SPOILER ALERT for those of you who don't want to be spoiled on the upcoming season but let me just tell you that this clip is so worth it. And don't worry, it doesn't include anything about what the premiere is about, just a bunch of talking heads on what everyone did on their summer vacations. I have two favorite talking heads. One is Karen's talking head (you will know why it is my favorite, I just wish I had a visual to go with it) and my other favorite is Ryan's talking head. I busted out laughing when he said he thinks he used to date a black girl in Scranton. Ha! Poor Kelly. Wait, I take that back. I have more than two favorite talking heads because they were all so hilarious and could Jim and Pam be any cuter?! How many more days until September 27th? Here's to new beginnings and to Karen's crying ass being dumped by a fountain in NYC.
Enjoy!:




P.S. I want to send a special THANK YOU to Andrea for being the best GD friend I can ask for. You were a lifesaver today! That was just A-MA-ZING! Just for that, I will have to take you to watch Ratatouille and Y Tu Mama Tambien (pronounced Why Tu Mama Tambien) which of course means throw momma from the tambien ;o)

Monday, August 27, 2007

LOST


Ahhhh as of 0530 I finally finished season 2 of LOST. It has been a suspenseful 2+ weeks as I went through the seasons 1&2 (thank you E). I can't believe they spent a good amount of time just sitting on my desk waiting to be watched. Once I started, I was hooked. I was a little unnerved flying last week worried I was going to end up on some island without finishing the season I had started. And there were a few episodes in season 1 that I watched with the light on. The finale from season 2 did have me on the edge of my chair. Michael sucks! I have so many questions....so few answers..... Well now I have a long 4 months to wait until season 3 is out on DVD so I can have another mini marathon so that I'm caught up. Oh well, back to waiting another couple of weeks until my fall shows are up and running.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Does This Remind You of Someone?

(Picture from http://www.givememyremote.com/)


When I saw this a couple of weeks ago, I knew I just had to post it. I can’t quite put my finger on it but in this picture, Ed Helms (Andy) reminds me of someone I know. Hmmm, I wonder who it could be….I swear, I thought I knew someone who had that same problem. I think his name is Mave or maybe Tave…Eff, I just can’t remember ;o)

I don't mean to make fun of my friend's misfortune, but I must admit, that was kinda funny. We're not laughing at you, we're laughing with you.

Along the same subject, those newbies running with Matt in the San Jose Marathon might want to invest in some nip band-aids so that this doesn’t happen to them.


Nipgurads (10 pair)
Price: $8.95
scottsdalerunningco.com

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Matt's Ricky Gervais Dance

Since my last post talked about Rick Gervais, I figured I'd post the David Brent dance that he does in the BBC Office. This is going out to those of you who were in Rocky Point and were wondering what the heck Matt was doing when he was dancing drunk. Here is his inspiration:



I wish Matt would have done the whole thing including sound effects but I guess we'll all have to settle for the little part that he did for us. Thanks Matthew Brent!

Matt's David Brent Dance
Price: A Couple of Shots of Jagermeister
Rocky Point, Mexico

Extras

My love for anything and everything that Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant do has no bounds. These guys are comedic geniuses and are groundbreakers when it comes to situational comedies that are cringe-worthy and uncomfortable.

Extras is no exception to this. This is one of those shows that I was glad was on HBO because they couldn’t have gotten away with half of the stuff they did if this aired on regular tv. Each episode has cameos with great actors such as Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller, Orlando Bloom and Robert De Niro to name a few. These guest actors do some of the funniest/raunchiest things that I never would have thought they would do. I won’t go too much into the storylines so as not to give away too much but this show is a must watch. As is with all Gervais-Merchant comedies, this show is only two seasons long with each season being six episodes. Andrea is in the middle of watching season 1 and I believe she is loving it too. Since I Netflixed it, I am going to have to go out and buy these two seasons so I can enjoy it all over again!

I will be forever indebted to Gervais and Merchant for being responsible for my current love and obsession. Although the Dawesome Greg Daniels and crew sure took my obsession to a whole new level, they could have never done it if it wasn’t for the original. I can’t wait to see what Gervais and Merchant come out with next!


"Are you having a laugh?"

Extras S1 or S2
Price: $23.99
Amazon.com

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Puerto Penasco

Ok ok ok, I cannot wait any longer! (ha-ha That's What She Said!) For reals though, in less then 24 hours we will be on our way to Rocky Point! Hello beach, banana boat and a little of what we like to call "liquid courage!" a.k.a. getting our drink on!! All I have to say is, "There ain't no party like a Rocky Point party, 'cause a Rocky Point party don't stop, uh uh uh." AND, "I just want to lie on the beach and eat hot dogs. That's all I've ever wanted." Yup, that pretty much sums it up.

Water fun!



Okay, so not having a pool is kind of a bummer......I've lasted almost 2 years without one. I recently rejoined a gym to go swim....& to do WATER AEROBICS! It's so much fun and an awesome workout. (no more guilty feelings when I indulge in some cold stone yumminess) I used to take the class @ ASU and missed not being able to when I was in nursing school. So hello water, I'm back!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Civic Duty


So the government finally caught up with me.....it was time to report for my civic duty. I had never been summoned before for jury duty, and I've known people who've been asked multiple times. So new experience for me, and yea it got me out of work 2 nights this week.
I had to report to the Municipal Court in downtown Phx, not too bad of a setup.
Traffic was so-so, big plus that it was only 20 min from my house. The person going over the agenda for the day said the court was not a felony court, but misdemeanor, which made an average trial length 1-3 days if not less since a lot gets settled before going to trial, not too bad if by chance I couldn't get out of it. They had the assembly room designed for comfort (of sorts) while we waited to see if we got selected. They had breakfast food available, had movies and television, wireless internet capability (although I forgot the laptop, but now I'll know for future), had a reading room with jigsaw puzzles, and an hour and a half lunch hour designed into the agenda for the day.
The day started out with the token movie about "what an honor it is to be asked to serve", very cheesy, didn't have me won over and I fall for the infomercials. After they explained the selection process we just hung out. The first movie I watched was National Treasure. Then I listened to my ipod and read a book while they played the news/Good Morning AZ, and then wandered into the "quiet" room and worked on a 550 piece puzzle.
They called for jury panels (the people who actually make it to the courtroom to see the judge/lawyers and either get chosen to sit on the jury or return to the assembly room) 4 times. The first three I didn't make the random list. I was called for the fourth panel, but then the case ended up pleading out before we even made it to the courtroom. So it was 230 and they dismissed our panel for the rest of the day. Yea! Good thing I would hate to get stuck up in a trial that would hinder our vacation weekend. And now I'm a better American for it. :-) Free for the next 18 months!!!



Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Advil

Ugh, I just hate that time of the month! And fellas, don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about because I know you hate it too. I mean, you have to walk on eggshells just so we don’t turn all Medusa on your ass. One good thing about this time is the availability of Advil. Now, I usually hate taking any kind of meds at all but Advil I don’t mind so much. It’s like you take this magical candy pill (or two…or three in my case) and your stomach, leg and back ache are all gone for 3 hours! So win-win!

I don’t think anyone could have expressed my love for Advil better than BJ Novak:

The Skittles of Painkillers
Why are Advil so fucking delicious?
It makes me look forward to my next headache.
They should come out with “Minimum Strength” so that we could take six or eight of them at a time instead of just two.

Ditto that, my brotha. Ditto that.

Advil
Price: $15.25 (325 tablets)
Costco.com

BJ Novak
Price: Priceless

Friday, August 3, 2007

Will Ferrell at the ESPY's

I heard that this years ESPY's awards was really funny so I was looking for some clips on the internet and fount this from last year.


Will Ferrell At The ESPYs - Watch more free videos

AWESOME!


One thing that I love right now is the chop wizard. This thing is AWESOME! I don't know if you have all seen my demonstrations, but if you have you could have seen how much i love this product. It dices vegetable instantly with perfect cubes and little mess. If you don't have one, get one. Heck, get two. It'll make a great gift.

Bloggity Blog




Happy Friday to all my bloggers. This is my first post to the site, and its going to be a quick one. Things have been so busy with work, school and my social life ;) Wedding plans are coming along quickly, which is good, because we havent much time left! Anyway, the purpose of the blog is to keep everyone posted so we can all be on the up and up about whats going on in our lives. I'll start off today by telling you some of my likes and maybe tomorrow you'll get to hear more.

So, to get you all started on this little voyage I share with you my guilty pleasure for cars. I love me a Mercedez-Benz anyday. Although I will have to wait for a 2008 or 2009 model which is even better than the existing 2007. Check out www.mbusa.com for more photos on the new model.


I love to run too...This picture is from our last 1/2 marathon (PF Changs 2007)

Love Kathy Griffin, she has a great show, and its not pricey, if you ever get the chance, watch her! she is a riot and she talks about current issues and people.

So, I hope you've enjoyed my post for the day...post more later.

What I’m feeling…literally

Right now I’m feeling better, Thank God!! I’m toward the end of fighting yet another bout with pink eye. I HATE pink eye!! This is like the 4th time I’ve had it!! Pretty soon I’m going to be immune to the freaking meds! This time I think I caught it from Taliyah, I was the only person who caught it out of everyone!! Man I think I need some vitamins, my immunity sucks when it comes to fighting off pink eye. Its like my body wants me to catch it or something! Maybe I’m turning on myself? Hum?! So now because of this stupid infection I can’t wear my contacts and I’m wearing my glasses. I hope nobody laughs at me tonight. About five people at work came up to me asking why I had glasses or telling me they didn’t know I wore them to begin with. Um, is it really any of their business?? NO! It’s definitely clearing up and I’m not contagious anymore, but still, enough is enough!!!





On a happier note I thought I would share that I’m really feeling the new Enrique cd, Insomniac. I actually didn’t buy it, Dave did, but I snatched it up as soon as I had the chance to listen to it. It’s a really-really good cd. I like listening to it at work, it has a perfect mix of slow and up beat tempos and it's just enough to get me through the day! Who doesn't need that right??








I also love Kathy Griffin, she is hands down one of the funniest female comics out there. She's zany and even funnier in person! Having seen her in Tucson a couple weeks ago was such a treat and boy is she brutally honest. She talked about everyone from Paris Hilton to Oprah to Paula Abdul, it was hilarious!!! I can guarantee that the next time she comes to Arizona we’ll be there!!





That's it for now, but don't forget to check back for more of our faves and our re-cap of our vacation in Rocky Point (hello I sooo can't wait for this!!) and definitely be on the look out for some stuff regarding our favorite show The Office.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

5 Things I’m Loving Right Now

5.) 24, Seasons 1-5

My husband and I (yes, I said husband! That’s still kinda weird for me to say) are huge tv fans. Needless to say, we are always bummed out when summer comes around because all of our favorite shows are on hiatus and there really isn’t anything good on tv, other than our guilty pleasure So You Think You Can Dance (Dance, Dance). So, what’s a couple to do instead of moping around wondering what the tv gods will bring us next season on The Office, Lost or Heroes?...Go work out? Eh, too lazy!... Do some soul searching? Boring, let me know when she rolls over! ...How about we find another show and obsess on that? Ding! Ding! Ding! And, circle gets the square!

Thanks to the awesomeness that is Netflix (don’t even get me started on this. That could be a whole blog in itself!), we started Netflix-ing tv shows. I had heard many good things about 24, mainly from James’ and Jenna’s blogs and you know when some of my favorite celebs endorse something, I am so there! We are so hooked on this show. The suspense is great, the action is awesome and Jack Bauer is kickass. Nobody, I mean nobody, can kill a man while his arms are tied behind his back like Jack Bauer can. We are currently on Season 5 (Season 4 was my favorite) and this has been a great distraction from the Phoenix heat. I too would want Jack as my assistant but as a smart Schrute once said: “He is unavailable, fictional and overqualified.”



4.) Pho

What is pho you ask? Well, it’s only this uberly delish Vietnamese dish that makes your tummy feel so good after you have eaten it. Technically, it’s a bowl of white rice noodles in clear beef broth with thin cuts of beef. Un-technically, its music to my tummy. There is this small, hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant right next to Fiesta Mall that has great pho. Dave, Andrea, Matt and I go at least once a month pho nourishment. We all love it and it’s cheap as hell. All four of us eat with lots of appetizers, pho and drinks for no more than $30 total! I’m getting hungry just writing about it. Does anyone want to do pho this weekend? Pho realsies!



3.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Just so you guys don’t think I am a total tv nerd, I am reading this summer as well. No, I’m not reading some wierdo harlequin love novel (do you guys even know anyone who does? I’ve never met anyone, so I wonder why they sell so well). I am ¾ through reading this great literary masterpiece that is To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it when I was young and I didn’t remember anything about the book other than I liked it and you know what I just figured out? Young Eunice had really good taste! I’m loving this book now maybe even more than I did back then. I love Scout and how she always speaks her mind. I haven’t watched the movie, so I’m curious to see if they cast her the way I imagine her. I have jury duty tomorrow and I plan on finishing the book there and then I’m off to read my next book (Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace).



2.) Ballerina Flats

You know in the summer when you want to look cute but all you feel like wearing is flip-flops because its so effin hot and you just want to be super comfy? Well then, ballerina flats are for you! I love these things! Matt is only an inch taller than I am, so it’s always nice to find cool shoes that don’t have me towering over him. I love these Michael Kors ones I found on sale but if you’re going to go for super comfy and stylish, I would put my money on these Juicy Couture flats. I had been eyeing these for awhile now but Tima always made fun of me for wanting gold flats until I finally bought them and they are pretty slammin, if I do say so myself! (Note: The ones I have are from last season so I couldn't find a pic online but these season's are cute too!)





1.) The Office
Anyone who knows me knows The Office is my most favorite thing on TV (and in general). You might even go so far as saying I am obsessed. And while I do sometimes act like a 14 year old fangirl (thanks for joining me in this Andrea), I am so not ashamed of it because this IS the best thing on TV. I am a huge fan of comedy, so when I found The Office that is what attracted me to it. It is so brilliantly written and such a smart comedy, that I have become a huge fan of the writers as well. This comedy is written in layers, so while you watch it the first time and laugh your ass off, you can watch it a second, third and fourth time and you find yourself laughing at something you didn’t catch the other times. You will constantly catch yourself quoting the show and let me tell you, these folks can write a season finale like nobody’s business. Season 2 and Season 3 finales were A-MAAAA-ZING!

Besides the writing, the acting is astounding (Hello Emmy’s, SAGs, Golden Globes, TCAs, WGAs, DGA’s…etc). Steve Carell does such a great job playing Michael Scott. One minute he has you hating him, another he has you closing your eyes because of how uncomfortable his situations are and other times you are just feeling for him and want to give him a hug. There are a multitude of characters that manage to crack me up with their one-liners or just a simple glance at the camera. Oh and then you have all of these directors that are calling up The Office to do the show. They have been fortunate enough to have Ken Kwapis, Harold Ramis, JJ Abrams, and Joss Whedon (to name a few) direct some episodes. All these things would seem to be enough to grab an audience, right? Well, there is more! While all this crazy funny stuff is going on you get a classic romance in there somewhere. It’s like you have this great comedy and then somehow they managed to throw some heart into it and before you know it you’re hooked and feeling what the characters are. John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer play Jim and Pam with such realism that it’s hard not to feel for them.

I could go on and on about this show, so I’ll stop, but for those of you who don’t watch it, I highly highly highly recommend it. You could jump into the show and just start watching and you would still laugh your behind off but I recommend you starting from at least season 2 so you can get the back stories. Season 2 was the best season (of any tv show) so far starting from a great premiere, continuing with intriguing and hilarious story arcs throughout the season and ending with a firecracker of a finale. The same can be said for the third season but without watching the second season first, you lose that connection with some of the storylines. (Note: Season 1 was pretty amazing too but since it was a midseason replacement for NBC, it was only 6 episodes)
Ok, there. What are you waiting for….go watch it!!

One more thing and that's it I promise. It doesn't hurt that they (actors and writers) are so accessible to the fans. This year alone Andrea and I got to watch them film four hours of the show. That's crazy! We got to watch filming of our most favorite show ever! Who does that, right? We've also been lucky enough to meet all of the cast (minus Krasinksi) and in April, I received some nice messages from Jenna, Brian, Lee and James on my wedding. Cool right?!? Oh and a loud "SQUEE" to Andrea who got a special shoutout from Rainn just today about attending her Vegas bachelorette party! (Yes, THE Rainn Wilson!!!! He's hilarious!)