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If Only…

Mother: “So my question is, what do we do if your blood tests come back negative?”

Me: “We go to Dr. House”

Mother: “Why so you can make out with him?”

Me: “Well that is just one of the perks.”

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A post dedicated to the awesomeness that is Sesame Street.

First, I can not even begin to tell you how utterly amazing this find was:

Thank you Sara.

Next, I love me some Joshua Radin. And you should too. I also love me some Scrubs. Again, you should too. Joshua Radin and Zack Braff are quite good friends in real life (Zack has directed a few of Radin’s music videos) and Radin’s songs appear in Scrubs throughout the past few years. (Who could forget season three when Winter played during the funeral? Still makes my cry every time I watch it.)

In case you don’t watch Scrubs, JD (played by Braff) day dreams a lot and has an inner monologue which serves as a sort-of-but-not-always narrator of the show. The episodes usually end nicely with a little “lesson” (if you could call it that) or a “wrap up” by JD. The reason I am telling you all of this, and there is a point, is because on a recent episode of Scrubs, JD’s  day dreams were filled with the characters of Sesame Street. During the ending “wrap up” the theme song for Sesame Street played, but it was a newer version slowed down and set to the piano by Joshua Radin. And I must say, I find it really beautiful. I found a video of the show with the song in the background…

Sorry that you have to endure the dialogue. Not that there is anything wrong with the dialogue, but you know, it sort of overshadows the song, which was kind of the point of putting the video on here. If you click right here you can see a guy playing it, though the video is rather dark. Dark in the sense that there is very little light, not in the sense that they have taken all the innocence out of Sesame Street. Because that would just be sad.

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Surprise! A List!

Random things from the not-so-distant past, the very-present-present, and the rapidly-approaching-future:

1. I met with my roommate- very nice.

2. I saw my dorm room- larger than I thought, so woot!

3. I went into the 3 story library. I tried really, really hard not to drool all over the pretty books.

4. I added more books to my library. I currently own 323.

5. I am a little more than half-way finished with the latest book club book. It is so good!

6. I cleaned my room today. Gosh I love cleaning.

7. I watched John Green on blogtv, during which he took questions from viewers and I totally GOT MY QUESTION ANSWERED DURING THE LIVE BLOGTV SHOW (!!!!!!!!!!!!) at which point I ran downstairs to let my mother and sister know. There may have been dancing and screaming involved; I can’t be too sure.

8. I got together a bunch of stuff to take to my dorm.

9. I watched the new episode of How I Met Your Mother. Not one of my all time favorites, but still incredibly awesome.

10. I watched the new episode of John and Kate Plus Eight. Ahh, that show is amazing.

11. I am getting my hairs cut tomorrow. SHORT. (!!)

12. Have you ever noticed how people say “I am going to get my hair cut?” I mean, are they just getting one hair cut? I would think not. So why don’t we say “I am going to get my hairs cut?” Sure it sounds grammatically incorrect, but it really does make more sense. (Note: this doesn’t really have anything to do with the not-so-distant past, the very-present-present, or the rapidly-approaching-future, but I needed one more point to make my list even.)

Also, in How I Met Your Mother they talked about Robin’s signiture “sign-off” (she was an anchorwoman on the local news) and I want a signiture sign off for my blog! Lets get creative Internet! Give me ideas!! There may be a prize involved for the winner! Huzzah! Everyone loves prizes!!

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Thoughts and such.

I went shopping today and got the most random mix of DVDs. Ghost, Titanic, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Footloose, High School USA, Definitely Maybe, Martian Child, Blind Dating, The Blue State, Mozart and the Wale, and The Great Debaters. Gosh I love Denzel Washington. Best news- every single DVD was on sale! Go me.

My mother and I are fast forwarding through a majority of the actual Superbowl so we can watch the commercials. Is that bad? I’m doing a “live” twitter feed of my initial thoughts. Here are some of them:

Avon- you are not Superbowl commercial material. Sorry, but your playing with the big boys now. step it up.

Bud Light- classic as always.

Another Fast and the Furious? What is this, the seventeenth one? No? Just me?

Ah, yes. The ever present monkey commercial. I was wondering when it would be on.

Chuck- You rock my socks. Heroes? Just give it up.

Apparently PIT is up 10 to AZ’s 7. Is this good? I’m not rooting for a specific team. Usually with football I root for whoever has the ball at the time I look up to watch (except for the big Auburn/Alabama game. If I want to remain in my family, I cheer on those tigers). Now we are going to watch a DVD and record the BIG GAME so we can fast forward through the rest and only watch half time and commercials.

—————————————————-Post Superbowl Comments:

I hate the Superbowl. I finally chose a team, and they lost. And I don’t think that guy had both feet on the ground. Whatever.

Overall on the commercials? Meh, loved some, others were good, the rest (read: majority) were so-so. My favorites? The NBC ones (that showed Hereos and Chuck and all those other shows I don’t watch.)

I’m sad. I need The Office to cheer me up!!


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I absolutely adore this show. No matter what mood I am in when I start watching, by the end of the episode I am completely content with life. The characters are quirky, the dialogue is some of the best I have heard in a while, the pop culture references are from every genre and decade imaginable, and it never fails to put a smile on my face. Oh, and I am also in love with the lead guy. So there is that. You should be watching it. Friday nights, 10 pm, USA Network.

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It was the greatest week and a half of my life…

Apologies Internet for the lack of posting. Now that I am home and school hasn’t started and all of the extended family has left, I don’t have much material for new posts. Fair warning: after typing this post I realized the entire thing is about TV shows, so if you are not interested, stop reading now.

When I am not doing chores around the house I am either reading or watching TV on DVD because lets just face it- shows are so much better that way. I am currently making my way through That 70’s Show and loving every minute of it. Sometimes I watch actual TV and let me just say I am horrified with ABC Family. They have the audacity to renew the abomination that is The Secret Life of the American Teenager for another season but canceled The MiddleMan??? WTF? And before you go all postal, no I did not call American Teenager an abomination because of the plot (teenager gets pregnent, decides on keeping the baby *gasp*… fyi if you are going to watch a show where two teens get preggers and keep the baby, just go watch Reba. I can guarantee you it will be far better.) I referred to said show as an abomination because of the acting and dialogue. Okay so I have never seen an entire episode from start to finish, but the commercials alone are enough to kill me. Now The MiddleMan? THAT was a brilliant show. The dialogue was catchy, the characters zany, the actors qualified enough to make you believe the incredibly outrageous story lines. Yes, you can easily argue there are far better shows on TV right now, and you are right. But there was just something about MiddleMan that made me forget everything else and focus on these people solving crimes, attacking aliens, hosting art shows, and making numerous pop culture references. It was as if they knew it was a ridiculous show and went with it. Pure comedic genius. I can’t wait to buy it on DVD.

In other TV news How I Met Your Mother is by far my favorite show. It has passed House and Chuck and The Office with flying colors. House has gotten away from the brilliance that it once was by adding new doctors that just don’t flow as well as the original doctors (Cameron and Chase) which, by the way, they are totally only getting about five minutes of screen time and that is simply not fair because they are far more entertaining than those stupid doctors on now. As much as I once loved this show, it is just getting too dull to keep up with every week. Chuck is still an amazing show, I just always forget when it is on, partly becuase I think it is on the same time How I Met Your Mother is on, which I am kind of more into watching. But I shall catch up on Chuck soon. The Office sort of lost some of that special spark for me. I don’t quite know what that special spark was, but something about the show just isn’t right. Maybe it was Pam going off to art school… but I believe she is back now (?) so maybe I’ll start tuning back in. And oh yea, there is Psych, which I think actually ties with How I Met Your Mother for favorite TV show. Seriously, that show is severly underappriciated. Go give it some love and see the brilliance that I see every Friday night at 10pm on USA network (why yes, that was a shameless plug).

Lately HIMYM is dealing with a surprising, yet twisted, love triangle and the sadness of it is just killing me. I absolutely adore Neil Patrick Harris and he really makes the show. Oh and remember how I once said that if my life had a theme song it would totally be this? Well perhaps I should explain that in order to prepare you for whats coming up. One of the characters in HIMYM is Robin, who moved to America from Canada and is a news anchor. One of the episodes centers around this big secret Robin has that explains why she refuses to go to malls. Turns out she was a Canadian pop star named Robin Sparkles and her one hit was Lets Go to the Mall and she had to go to a bunch of malls and sing the song. Well in another episode we find out she had another hit, Sandcastles in the Sand in which she deals with a terrible breakup. I think what really makes this video amazing is the total cheesiness. It gets a touch of the 80’s with the overbearing, journal-snooping father played by Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) and the friend with attitude played by Tiffany (80’s singer), but  the best part has to be the love interest played by James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek). He happened to be playing the love interest of Robin in that particular episode as well, so it was really a bonus. If I am ever feeling sad I play this music video not because it is a sad song, no, but because the insanity of it cheers me right up. Hopefully this will just show you the awesomeness of HIMYM. Enjoy.

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Marshall, Lily, Barney, Robin and Ted

Today consisted of the following:

– I woke up to a rather early phone call from my mum.

– I finally got out of bed.

– I ate breakfast.

– I helped mum decorate for Christmas.

– Annoyed my mum by singing Christmas songs in a weird accent.

– Annoyed my mum by singing Broadway songs in an awesome French Bob Dylan accent.

– Was ordered to leave my mum alone and go upstairs.

– I attempted to wrap presents. Only finished around four of them.

– My How I Met Your Mother marathon ended, as I do not own the third season on dvd. Go watch that show. It is just plain awesomeness.

– I attempted to clean my room. Attempted being the key word.

– Went with my sister to take my brother to work.

– Helped the mum pick out a snazzy outfit for the company dinner tonight.

– Ordered yummy food.

– Watched When Harry Met Sally. Brilliant movie that one.

– Started to watch Thank You For Smoking but had to go with the sister to pick the brother up from work.

– Sat in the parking lot for 45 minutes because the brother’s work went over time.

– The sister and I forced the brother to get out of the car and go buy us a hot chocolate.

– Finally made it home and watched Psych.

– And now I shall be going to bed because I am oh so sleepy.

Sorry for the no posting in a while thing. I’m a tad busy and my sleeping schedule is all messed up. Darn you time differences. But seriously go watch How I Met Your Mother. Right now. GO!

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F.T.C.E. and L.M.N.

Today I was slightly bored so I looked to my bookshelves for some entertainment. When I glanced over my eyes fell on the bottom shelf where all of my education books are, and one in particular caught my attention. My 538 page F.T.C.E Test Prep book. This was supposed to come in handy this past semester (before I decided to do the whole study abroad thing) because I am an Education major, and when you are an education major your life is full of tests in order to gain your license.The F.T.C.E (Florida Techer Certification Examination) is the mother load of tests made up of three smaller tests: the G.K.T. (General Knowledge Test), a Professional Education exam, and finally a Subject Area exam (in my case, English). Being the awesome Education major I am, I haven’t taken a single one yet.

So like I said, Im sitting in my room and I see my F.T.C.E. practice book. So I took random questions from the first exam and I have to say, having only taken 1/8 of my required education classes, I found a lot of the questions to be ridiculously easy. Like, for example, this question: “Which of the following is a useful way of bringing a daydreaming student back on-task? A. Call on the student B. Walk over and stand near the student C. Question the class D. Stop and stare at the student.” I mean, I learned about that stuff in Intro to Education (the correct question is obviously B). Then comes a question that completely throws me off, such as this little gem: “According to Jean Piaget’s theory of human development, between which ages should students develop the ability to solve abstract problems logically? A. Birth to two B. Two to seven C. Seven to eleven D. Eleven to adult.” Okay, I took two semesters of psychology (one reg and one psych of education class) and I aced both of them. I learned more about Piaget than I ever cared to know, but looking at this question I have absolutely no idea. At all. (cheating the correct answer is D, which makes perfect sense now that I know the answer and look at the question again. But whatever.) Fortunately for me, the easy questions outweigh the bad, which lets me know I am on the right track. And that made me feel good.

What also makes me feel good is my old pal, lifetime movie network, or L.M.N. I am helping my mother decorate the house for Christmas and as a sort of noise in the background we have lmn running. During the holiday season… well pretty much all year round actually, but particularly during the holiday season… they show extremely horrible Christmas themed romance movies full of bad acting, unbearable dialogue, and bad acting. Right now we are viewing The Road to Christmas with Jennifer Grey. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Next up is A Song for the Season about a school administrator that falls in love with a music teacher. I can hardly wait.

**Update: Internet, we have a problem. A terrible terrible problem. I mean a total tragedy of extreme epic proportions. I just found out that my mother, a woman I thought loved me, apparently does not. While helping her decorate I found that she bought a whole slew of new decorations for this year (and further years on) and I loved them! They were great, and our house was just oh so cute. But then I found out who made these so called cute decorations and now, I just can’t look at them the same anymore. A woman named… Martha Stewart. *shudder* CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? My own mother supporting Martha Stewart, a woman I absolutely detest. My aunt knows whats up. Once on my birthday around 7am my aunt came into my room and woke me up saying the news has a special birthday present for me. We turned on the TV and there she was.  live footage of Martha Stewart being arrested and going to jail. I bet my aunt would never buy Martha decorations.

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Ladies and Gents, I now present to you…

A list, in no certain order, of ten characters (read: not actors) from the telly I would fall in love with.

1. The Ultimate Family Man

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Michael Bluth from Arrested Development (Played by Jason Bateman)

If there is one thing in the world I really truly look for in a guy, as material girl as this sounds, it is how he is dressed. And Michael Bluth does not disappoint. I mean, the khakis and the button down shirts with the rolled up sleeves- yummm. But I digress. I could fall in love with him because he is always there for his family even though they continue to treat him like crap no matter how many times he bails them out of whatever situation they find themselves in. Because he is all nice like that. Also, he has a weird sense of humor that I love, love, love.

2. The Other Best Friend

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Pacey Witter from Dawson’s Creek (Played by Joshua Jackson)

Oh my. Pacey Witter- how much do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Since the first episode I was all about the Pacey and not about the Dawson. Pacey is the fun one, doesn’t take things too seriously (which I sometimes tend to do) and he once had a rather intimate relationship with his high school English teacher, so the guy has taste. During the time he is dating Joey he manages to make the perfect relationship look ridiculously easy and the exact opposite of cheesy. Dare I say it, for I might immediately regret it, I believe Pacey is my favorite of this list. Just the way he cares about Joey and treats her like a princess… okay, I’ll stop. Insert extremely girlish sigh here.

3. The Lovable Lawyer

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Marshall Eriksen from How I Met Your Mother (Played by Jason Segal)

Marshall Eriksen is one of the cutest guys on tv that I have ever seen. He has that sense of humor that I love so much and always makes me smile. He puts up with Ted and all of his constant whining about finding true love. He puts up with Barney and his constant whoring about. He puts up with Robin and her… well nothing really wrong with Robin. But he loves his wife Lilly more than anything and would do anything for her, no matter the cost. He even took a job at a big corporate law firm, though it went against everything he stands for, all to bring home money for his family. Okay, so Lilly may have gotten into extreme credit card debt, but that would so never happen to me. (Really mom, you can stop laughing now.)

4. The Adorable Coworker

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Jim Halpart from The Office (Played by John Krasinski)

QUESTION: Who is the most adorable office worker out there right now? FACT: Jim Halpart. If you did not know that this guy would be on my list, then you do not know me at all. Jim is the ideal boyfriend. He is a great dresser. He notices the details (Pam’s favorite yogurt- mixed berry), isn’t afraid to risk getting in trouble torturing Dwight to make you laugh, and has the best Halloween costumes (3 hole punch anyone?)  You just have to give him about two-three years to confess his love for you, but after that your all good.

5. The Amusing Fiance

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Captain Awesome from Chuck (Played by Ryan McPartlin)

Captain Awesome is just plain…. awesome. He is so sweet and always offers a word of advice, no matter how dumb it may sound. He lives with his fiancee and her brother, which he is always glad to help out no matter what task is before him. The fact that this guy passed his medical exams is amazing, but that is what makes this character even better. I sometimes, more often than not, find myself attracted to the “dumb blonds” as they are just generally more fun to talk to because the things that they say humor me. The fact that Captain Awesome is not just a pretty face and mean jock is great because just when you think he is going to harass the geeky Chuck he says the sweetest things. I loves it.

6. The Emotionally Crippled Doctor

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Dr. Gregory House from House M.D. (Played by Hugh Laurie)

Okay, I know what you are thinking. And yes, I am serious. I mean, he will probably find some way to self destruct the relationship within a year (tops) but it would have been a fun year of being sarcastic and being glib and me trying to help him overcome whatever deep rooted issues he has with life . We both have an attachment to white boards so we could always put a huge one up in the house and he could write doctor things and I could write teacher things on it. Oh and since I am constantly taking meds for my back there would be no tension with his drug addiction because we would just take our pills at the same time. Simple as that.

7. The Comic Obsessed Narcissistic Nerd

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Seth Cohen from The O.C. (Played by Adam Brody)

I finally made my choice between Ryan and Seth. It was a tough decision internet, I can’t lie to you. While I am attracted to Ryan physically and the fact that he is always there to save whatever damsel in distress he finds, I am going to have to say that Seth’s personality plays a large part and it is just something I couldn’t live without. He is happy about 97% of the time, always cracking jokes and stuff. And remember all that stuff about how a guy dresses? Seth is such a snazzy dresser. The only drawback is his narcissistic side, but I live with a narcissistic sister (hey hey Rubi) so I think I could handle things a lot easier that most girls.

8. The Backwards Baseball Cap Flannel T-Shirt Wearing Diner Owner

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Luke Danes from Gilmore Girls (Played by Scott Patterson)

Lets just start out by saying if I was Lorelai Gilmore there would not even be a Luke vs. Christopher story line because Luke would win every single time. He is dependable, and would be there in a second if I needed him just like he has been all seven years of the show (minus the whole Christopher thing, but like I said, that wouldn’t be an issue). He has an odd sense of humor and when he was ordering his fishing gear he would totally order me a pair of rain boots just because I wanted them. Because he knows what true love is.

9. The Irish Mobster

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Tommy Donnelly from The Black Donnellys (Played by Johnathan Tucker)

I have always had a fascination with people from the mob. I love it; their lives are just so fantastic. Tommy Donnelly sort of fell into the position of the Irish mob leader when he had to defend his family against those other mobster guys. Sure he killed some people, but the job had to be done, and a small part of him does always feels a tiny bit guilty. I think it’s safe to say he would go to great lengths to protect his family, which I find rather important.

10. The Stereotypical Idiotic Football Playing Jock

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Van Montgomery from Reba (Played by Steve Howey)

Van Montgomery is my guilty pleasure. Sure his parents kicked him out of the house when they discovered he impregnated his girlfriend while they were still in highschool. And okay, he had to live with his mother in law and his pregnant teenage wife while they finished school. But he was fun, so very fun. And he was the typical dumb jock, but like I said, I am oddly attracted to the dumb ones because the things they say are just so freaking amusing. I would marry Van in a heartbeat.

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If my life had a theme song…

This would be it. And this would so totally be my music video. Thank you to How I Met Your Mother for not only being my second favorite show out there right now (first is House, duh) but for putting my life in song form. This totally makes me think of that episode of The O.C. where they get trapped in a mall and how it was Summer’s dream, and they get to wonder around an empty department store and I’m not bitter at all… Well I’m with Summer on this one because that is TOTALLY MY DREAM TOO!!!!

*Bonus: I had some British lady at a store the other day ask me if I was from Canada. Loving It!!!

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