The following ramblings are based on real-life experiences, mishaps, and downright screw-ups. Names (of past, present, and future boyfriends) have been changed or omitted to protect the innocent. And the guilty...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tell Me Why - Wednesday

New segment here on Musical Musings.  While I will still focus on wonderful people/organizations some Wednesdays, I will also be asking you guys some deep, life-altering questions.  So, without delay, the VERY FIRST...

Today, dear readers,

TELL ME WHY...........          

...........I WATCH THIS CRAP?!?!

To which crap am I referring?  That would be this crap: 

We all know that, when it comes to TV, I have serious issues.  And I mean SERIOUS.  This might be the biggest piece of crap I watch, and that is saying a helluva lot.  I've already featured "Secret Life" in a post before (see this Trash Talk), but I didn't really delve into what makes the show so gosh-darn stupid.  Instead of creating a drawn out diatribe explaining my theories, as is my usual way, I will instead list all of the stupid, unbelievable story lines in the show, and explain the flaws in the characters and the actors who portray them. 

  1. 1.   Ben's Devotion to Amy: Ben.  Cute kid, albeit it gawky and annoying.  He decides he needs a girlfriend.  His two friends point out Amy.  That is, Amy BEFORE the baby bump started to show.  He goes on a date with Amy.  He then, IMMEDIATELY, falls in love with Amy.  In real life, that kid would've run like hell when he found out the girl he'd been out with ONCE was pregnant with the Big Playboy On Campus's kid.  But NOOOOO.  Ben confesses his undying love for Amy, and frickin' proposes.  They're FIFTEEN!  The first season culminated with the two running off to get married.  Of course, that wasn't remotely legal, so it didn't last.  They break up.  He sleeps with her Baby-Daddy's ex, gets her pregnant, doesn't know it, and is now back together with Amy.  Of course, the shit will hit the fan next week when Amy finds out about Adrienne's poppin' fresh bun in the oven... 

    Ø  Characters: 

    o  Amy: Irritating, self-centered, whiny, band-geek narcissist.  And I hate her hair.  (Actress Shailene Woodley isn't THAT bad, but she still gets on my nerves.) 
    o  Ben: As aforementioned, gawky and annoying.  (Actor Ken Baumann - definitely not great.  Probably would throw him in the "minoring in drama, majoring in accounting" talent category.)

    2.     Jack Does Grace: Ah, Grace.  President of the Chastity Club (though it doesn’t have the charming irony of the same storyline in Glee).  To save her pathetic high school relationship from the class tramp Adrienne, Grace decides to bare all for Jackie-Boy and do the nasty.  And, she ABSOLUTELY loves it.  Becomes almost obsessed with it.  In fact, her obsession with it prompts a whole episode on masturbation.  (DON’T ask.)  What 15 year old GIRL loves sex that much after the first time?  And yet somehow manages to never do it again?  (Nope, never again.)  Really? I don’t think so.  Actually, the only realistic part of this dramatic travesty – sex makes the two kids realize they don’t like each other all that much after all…

    Ø  Characters: 

    o   Jack: Typical bumbling idiot teenage guy.  Decent looking.  Particularly moronic when it comes to girls. (Actor Greg Finley…SUCKS.)
    o   Grace: Not that cute, but is supposed to be the pure, sweet, chaste, and innocent high-school hottie.  Doesn’t really pull it off all that well.  Kind of bugs me.  Definitely borders on hypocritical.  (Actress Megan Park – not bad.  But not that good, either.)

    3.     Madison and Lauren: Amy’s two cronies.  They are so craptastic in every possible way.  Characters and actresses alike.  SUCK.  So bad.  So bad in fact, that’s all the explanation they get.

    4.     George and Anne Jeurgens: Oh Molly, Molly.  What happened to you?  When did you become the world’s worst actress?  When did you decide you would accept the stupidest storylines of all time?  Yes, that’s Molly Ringwald I’m talking about.  Beloved…


    And Sammy Davis Baker Jr: 

    Now, she’s a divorced/on again-off again pseudo-reconciled ex-wife mother who got pregnant by her ex husband.  They have a very bizarre and incredibly lame relationship.  She tries to convince some random guy that she dated for five minutes that the baby was his.  He cheats on her with slut Adrienne’s mom and gets hair plugs.  They are God. Awful. 

    Ø  Characters:

    o   Anne: I think I’ve adequately explained her.
    o   George: And him. (Actor Mark Derwin is pretty funny though, and adds some much needed comic relief to the show.)

    Ironically, the slut Adrienne/Playboy Ricky storyline is actually pretty realistic and well done.  Both actors (Francia Raisa and Daren Kasagoff) are actually decent.  Adrienne is very pretty in an exotic way.  Daren isn’t hot enough to pull off his role, but I guess he has that mysterious, troubled boy thing going.  My favorite character is Ashley, with her incredibly dry sense of humor and monotone line delivery.  Certainly not winning an Emmy any time soon, but still pretty good.

    OH!  BEST OF ALL!!!  The new guidance counselor??  MAYIM BIALICK!  YEP!  BLOSSOM!!!

    OMG.  She could almost warrant an entire post herself. But I'll save that for another day.

    So, with all of that said, WHY IN THE HELL do I tune into ABC Family EVERY Monday night at 8:00 pm EST???  What is wrong with me, dear readers???  WHY??

    A dollar to whoever can give me the answer.

    Bon Jeudi! 

    (Oh - sorry for the jacked up font.  Not sure what's up with that tonight...) 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Random's Manifest - Thursday Thoughts

Back home from Disney, and in the office.  Figured, what better time for some RANDOM THOUGHTS??


Moving Day 
No, not from my house.  From the office.  We're moving from our holding space in the 'hood to our new, beautiful building Uptown.  As glad as I will be to say goodbye to the rif-raff around here, I am not looking forward to the longer commute and expensive parking.  Nor am I terribly thrilled about the "Workplace of the Future", in which my cubicle will be out in the middle of everything, and all of my doings will be everyone's business.  I'll have to figure out a way to hide my blogging breaks from the masses... 

We're in the midst of packing right now, and this place looks like World War III at the moment.  Awesome.  I kinda like it for some reason.  First, it's an opportunity to purge and get reorganized which, contrary to popular belief (based on the chaotic state of my house), is actually one of my favorite things.  As disastrous as my home might be, my workspace is psychotically organized, albeit cluttered.  Now, I can reorganize my organization, and de-clutter at the same time!  What could be better??  Yay!  Second, it's a little invigorating to have everyone working together to get stuff done.  We're normally kind of on our own, and we don't interact much.  But, when we're all having to clean and pack and organize, we have to all just get along.  It's a complete wreck at the moment though.   I am going to try to take a picture of this nightmare to post for you guys.  I know you'd positively LOVE to see our mess.  :) 

Strange That Glee Makes Me Cry.  And ALMOST like Lady GaGa... 
I've cried the last three episodes.  A good cry though, I suppose.  Tuesday's season finale was awesome, but I am absolutely devastated to see it go for the summer. I will miss it so!  I'm listening to the soundtrack from the episode as I type.  Outstanding stuff.  If you haven't already, download it NOW.  

Here's a sampling: 

I was also shockingly pleased with the Lady GaGa episode.  As aforementioned, I am not a GaGa fan, but I gotta say, I LOVE Bad Romance now.  But, not her version still.  This version: 

Rachel and her surprise mom also do a pretty great version of Poker Face.  When you check out the soundtrack from the season finale, look into that, too.  You won't be sorry.

eShakti, have a sale already!
The online clothier bombards me with daily emails showcasing their beautiful summer dresses, but not since I made my first purchase (see this edition of Random Thoughts: http://stolensentiments.blogspot.com/2010/02/randoms-manifest.html) have they offered any deals!  There are so many cute things I want from this store, including these: 
Color block trim shirtdressKnot tied front cotton dressFloral medallion halter dress

Don't they know that if they just lowered the prices a smidgen, I'd order again?  Sigh... 

Ok, so I'm not the best at keeping my resolutions...
Remember when May was going to be a great month for new beginnings?  (see: Brand New May)  Yeah, so, not so much...  

Haven't done Weight Watchers at all and, in fact, have gained quite a bit.  That is the direct result of the work project from hell, though.  Things are quieting down a little, so I need to get back in the groove.  I can't cross back over into the bad place.  I just can't.  

Along that same vein, I haven't worked out in literally MONTHS.  Unless you count walking around the theme parks, which, I don't.  That has to change.  I feel like hell right now, so I need to get off my once again fat ass and MOVE.  Doc said I'm at risk for blood clots if I don't.  That should seriously scare me straight, but as of yet, it hasn't.  Maybe I'll get on the elliptical when I get out of here today.  Maybe... 

Some other resolutions I made in the past: 

  • Watch all 7 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (again)
  • Read at least 3 books/month
  • Pass the CPA exam and the Bar
  • Join a book club
  • Get in shape
  • Meet my future husband

Hmm... Well, I did do the first one.  Yep.  ALL SEVEN.  And, I remember why it's my favorite show of all time.  As for the second item, although I've still been reading a lot, I haven't kept to my 3 book/month rule.  Just too busy.  For number three - I did in fact fail the CPA exam yet again.  Scheduled to retake it on July 3.  I really need to not make the same mistake for the bar.  I am starting that study plan TONIGHT.  Fourth, no book club.  Haven't found one, and don't have enough hours in the day.  Maybe that'll change soon, though.  Fifth, YEAH RIGHT!  We just had that conversation.  Last - not yet.  Still waiting for him, it seems... 

Another Bloggy Award!!! 
In the midst of my utter madness (aka getting that application done), I received a lovely blogger award from Donda at: http://www.dailylifewithbipolar.blogspot.com/?zx=adaafc79cc2a3242

(Don't get discouraged if a Blogger warning pops up - there's no dangerous content in her great blog - just real life tales of living with Bi-Polar disorder.  Accept the warning and enter.  That's an order.)  

Thank you Donda, for the award!  I appreciate it!  I promise I will pay it forward and fulfill my award requirements soon. 

That kid's got some problems. 
My name is Kristen, and I'm addicted to some REALLY bad TV.  Including some shows geared towards tween-age girls.  There.  I admit it.  I am ashamed.  I will not go into greater detail than that, but I will share with you a video made for one of the horrible, horrible half hours of crap I ingest with my eyes.  It's a great song and a pretty cool concept, if you ask me.  Enjoy!

And with that, I bid you adieu.  Off to finish packing my junk and then I'm getting out of here early.  Gonna work from home and maybe exercise.  I'll keep you posted on my progress (or lack thereof).  

Have a fabu day! 

Monday, June 7, 2010

Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

This post is titled for the song that's playing while we're on our short break from the dreadfully boring conference I'm attending.  Emphasis on the DREAD.  Deac and I hit up Disney this weekend though, as a precursor to the conference (we're conferencing/working in Disney World.  Could be worse, I guess...).  We made it to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom.  I, being the animal lover I am, liked the Animal Kingdom best.  Not surprised by that.  I wish I had pictures to share with you all, but we for some reason didn't take any.  Odd.
I am happy to report that I am getting braver and braver, as it relates to roller coasters anyway.  We hit up the following:

Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Dinosaur (or something like that)
Whirl O' something or another (in Animal Kingdom)
It's a Small World (okay, so, I know.  But, I thought I'd throw that in there for posterity)

Since I don't have any of my own, here are some pics for you that I stole from the Internet.  Pretend I'm in them, or at least behind the camera:

Back to the conference!  Have a fan-frickin-tastic day!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Trash Talk Tuesday - On Wednesday

Just submitted the application from hell BAY-BEE!!!  It's GONE.  HOLLA!!!!

So, while we wait for the client to sign stuff, I thought I'd give you guys a well overdue Trash Talkin'!


This week's topic: 

Now, the caveat to this post - I haven't seen it yet.  (Hell, I haven't even seen the inside of my eyelids this week!)  But, apparently, it's a travesty.  Which I TOTALLY called, thank you very much! (See Item 4 here)

Sex and the City 2 (2010)

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Consensus: Straining under a thin plot stretched to its limit by a bloated running time,Sex and the City 2 adds an unfortunate coda to the long-running HBO series.

I was pretty disappointed with the first movie, I have to say.  I LOVED the show (just like 97% of American women) but I thought the movie was a little...meh.  And, I hated what they did with Carrie's character.  And, I think Sarah Jessica did a shitty job acting.  

However, I remind you again - I have NOT seen the second movie. So, since I'm fairly uneducated on the whole matter, I am going to let Jezebel do my trash talkin' for me, and direct you to their HILARIOUS plot summary for simpletons: 

And also, to their unabashed bashing of the film's Movie Poster: http://jezebel.com/5528266/new-sex-and-the-city-2-poster-a-photoshop-oasis

Good times.  

Well, of course, we're actually NOT done.  Gotta go work some more.  Because, really, getting home at 5:30  in the morning and then being back at the office at 10:30 in the morning on THE SAME DAY isn't enough work for anyone, now is it?

Hasta kiddies!  Hopefully I'm really back this time...


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