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BWAHHHH!!!!! Head spinning, feet not on ground. This March has been the single craziest month I think I’ve ever had and there’s still one more day to go. Please let me get through it!

Cannot wait for this weekend. Entire weekend with no set plans, no commitments, first and last for a long time. I’m spring cleaning, emptying my apartment of all this junk that I don’t need. It’s going to be splendid. I’m going to empty my DVR that is almost full, I’m going to sleep in, I may even take in some sunshine. Seriously can’t wait. I’m even excited to study for the GMAT. Yeah, that’s how desperate I am right now.

But first, I think there’s a mysterious show about an island I need to watch in, oh, about 8 minutes. Toodles!

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Why is it that when any sitcom puts its characters in dressed up tuxes and dresses it results in absolute hilarity? Example #1: my favorite Friends episode “The One Where Everyone’s Late”

Example #2 is tonight’s How I Met Your Mother. Laughing myself off my couch.

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Hello everybody! I just got back from a most wonderful long weekend on the cape at Mom and Ruth’s. Here’s some odds and ends from the past 4 days:

  • Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes via phone, text and net. Much appreciated.
  • I turned 27 on Sunday. Yeah, that seems about right. I think I can say I feel 27.
  • ABC Family was doing another one their “Harry Potter Weekends” and since Mom, Ruth and I watch Harry Potter whenever it is on, I watched a solid part of the first 5 films over the course of the weekend. I seemed to have missed out on the end of Goblet of Fire and a good chunk of Order of the Phoenix but otherwise I think we hit ’em all. My family can recite Harry Potter. Yeah, we’re cool like that (and I’m not being sarcastic there). We have a theory that if Newton and Sophie were to ever meet Daniel Radcliffe, they’d recognize who he was.
  • Saw two movies: The Bounty Hunter (ick) and The Ghost Writer (cool but strange.
  • Finally watched one of Ruth’s favorite movies: The Hitcher starring Rutger Hauer. Pretty awesome. Lesson: don’t EVER pick up a hitch hiker.
  • On the way out there, I discovered the best Muse song ever, called “Map of Your Head” on the Hullabaloo Soundtrack. Effing A!
  • Mom and Ruth were getting rid of some of their books and VHS tapes meaning I came home today with probably about 15 VHS movies and easily 20 to 30 books. Awesome! Absolutely no room for any of it.
  • Though what I really don’t have room for but am very excited I got was a bike. Mom insisted that she wasn’t using hers so I’m trying it out for a while to see if I want it. It looks very big in my crammed apartment. Considering I had to be taught how to even get on it, I might want to get a helmet before taking it out. It’s been awhile…to say the least.
  • The beautiful weather this weekend extended to the cape meaning that Saturday we went to a number of different, remote and beautiful places on the outer Cape. They took me to easily the creepiest place in Eastern Mass, an abandoned military base that was once used as a radar base to look out for invading Soviets. The place looks like a virus got airborne and killed everyone, leaving everything just as it had been when in use. There are some very circumspect ovens in one corner and a creepy-ass sign by the drive that says “Careful, children at play.” Stephen King, here’s your next story.
  • Ruth made me her meatloaf and it was scrumptious. 🙂
  • Got to spend loads of time with Newton and Sophie who are both getting on in years. Bernese Mountain dogs have a lifespan of 6-8 years though getting up to 10 for a healthy dog is certainly not unheard of. Newton has just turned 7, Sophie 6. Newton seems to be doing okay but Sophie is having joint problems but she was as sweet as ever. It was really nice to spend time with them. I know it’s not going to be too many more years before they are gone. Newton was especially affectionate, up until this morning when I think he got the idea that I was leaving and so he pouted and ignored me. I fed him coffee yesterday morning and saw him bounce around the living room for awhile which was very amusing. He loves coffee and he is terrified of the noise the living room recliner makes. Connection? 🙂

Okay, now on to the part you all want to know about. It was, after all, my birthday and yes, I did get spoiled this weekend. Needless to say, I have the most generous mother and stepmother in the whole world.

  • I got a Macy’s gift card so as to get new towels and whatever else I need for the apartment which is totally awesome. I had to promise not to spend it all on shoes.
  • All my meals, movies and snacks were paid for. I tried to sneak in a lunch or something and finally my mother let me buy her a coffee roll at Dunkin Donuts this morning. Eesh!
  • A trip to the Cape is not complete without getting something at Mom’s store Impulse. I got three things – two of which I paid for!
  1. A beautiful shiny necklace that changes color in the light. Quite a statement piece. Brand new to Impulse this year.
  2. Another pair of the mismatched socks. Their socks are so warm and comfy, come in zany colors, and are perfect for weekends. I now have 4 pair. 🙂
  3. This one was the kicker and it made me cry. Impulse has had this necklace with a pendant made out of two shades of lava rock for over a year. I’ve been admiring it for over a year, occasionally wearing it at the store and what not. I would’ve gotten it first thing if it wasn’t extremely expensive, even with my personal family discount (only for me, sorry. hehehe). Well, I couldn’t decide between this lava necklace and the shiny one I spoke of in #1. I finally went for the less expensive and then before I even saw her do it, my mom slipped the lava necklace into my box. I started to argue but she said she wanted me to have it. I insisted on paying something so I now owe her a small portion of what the necklace actually cost. It was so nice of her. I’m so spoiled! But now I’m the proud owner of a gorgeous and expensive piece of lava jewelry that I’m sure you all will be seeing very soon.
  • And finally, a truly poignant gift. For as long as I can remember, my mother has had this teardrop diamond pendant that she used to wear to special occasions. From a very young age, I’ve expressed a wish to have that handed down to me should anything happen to her as it’s the one piece of jewelry I can immediately associate with my mother. Well, she decided to give it to me now. So there you go, I have another family heirloom. What I didn’t know was that the pendant was her grandmothers. Isn’t that the point of jewelry? To have meaning like that?

So, yeah, I’m spoiled. But even besides the pretty things and gifts, it was so nice to be with my family. I needed a break to clear my head and I know these people will always be in my corner no matter what.

Hope you all had a great weekend too!

PS: Don’t even ask. Of course I got the New Moon DVD and yes, I’ve already watched most of it. Please.

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“And so…goodbye”

Tonight is it baby! My official last shift at the Opera House starts in approx. 30 minutes from right now and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I had been having some reservations about my decision to leave but in light of recent events, I am 100% positive that this is the right move. I’m fully expecting my last shift to be a nightmare but it doesn’t matter because in 5 and a half hours I will no longer be an assistant house manager. It was a good run, I’ve learned a lot about people and myself, what I’m able to handle and what I’m not and I am walking away from that place with only, perhaps, one or two regrets.

I can’t review up three years of experience in a small, hurried post like this. But to keep it short, here is my basic assessment of my time there:

  • I was good at being an assistant house manager, I always tried to put the patron first and that comes from having a deep respect for and love of theater.
  • Strangers are infinitely more rude and mean than people you know, but their unsolicited gratitude can be vastly more rewarding and surprising.

and

  • sometimes the money isn’t worth it.

You all know that I’m not a people person. I had to fake my way through these three years pretty much the whole time. Looking back on it, I remember the good with the bad. I remember the guy that hugged me when I got him and his wife into the show after he had bought tickets for the wrong date to celebrate his anniversary and I remember the subscriber that yelled at me so much in the lobby of the theater that I cried (the one and only time I ever did).

It’s a chapter that will finally have it’s ending tonight. I’ve been working in some various form at that theater since 2004. I feel the need to move on, especially with a younger crop of not-yet disillusioned AHM’s to fill my spot. It’s really weird to think that after tonight I’m done with it.

Yep, very exciting and just a little bit sad.

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Every few months or so I come up with a new obsession and I most definitely have one. Be prepared, this post is unabashedly and exclusively about my newest obsession with the British progressive rock band Muse. If you don’t like them, go away. If you don’t know them and are interested, read on. If you love them, WOOT! If you want to tell me how they are like Radiohead, I don’t want to hear it. K? Good, now on to Muse. 🙂

Ok, so Muse is fucking awesome. You guys know me. I listen to musical theater and easy listening, classic standards music. Apart from Green Day, my music library contains little to no rock, or at least it did until this past November. Muse is made up of the following three: Matthew Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals), and Dominic Howard (drums and percussion). All of them are amazing musicians and I’m so glad that I found out about them. Full disclosure and as most of you already know, yes, I did find out about Muse through the Twilight movies and while my love affair with them may have started there, it’s gone way beyond that now.

It’s hard to pinpoint why I like Muse so much. Their music is crazy, over the top, theatrical, loud and pounding with far out there lyrics about apocalypse and people fighting robots is space (is that what that song is about?) and weird stuff like that. In short, it’s fun as hell to listen to. I can’t help but move with the beat, sing along, and just get consumed by their music. Furthermore, Matthew Bellamy’s lead vocals are to die for. I’m a sucker for a singer and his falsetto and his deep voice are so enjoyable to listen to. The songs of Muse have meaning, some are powerful and some are just plain fun.

And I’m sorry but Matt Bellamy is adorable and an absolutely effing brilliant musician. His hands move on that guitar so fast it doesn’t even look human. Unbelievable.

Okay, enough of that. 🙂 I’m still relatively new to Muse though I do have all of their studio albums and I just saw them live at the TD Garden in Boston this past weekend. All of the talk about them being a not-to-be-missed live show is so true. It was mind-blowing and ear-drum blowing. It was also my very first rock concert. Hint: don’t wear heels to a rock concert. My feet were killing me. Anyway, I’m still learning all of their songs but here’s a list of my favorites so far. Note – I don’t listen to the radio and I never buy singles. I have no idea which of these are popular songs and which are not, though I think I’m starting with the obvious ones:

  • “Invincible” – My favorite by a long shot. The lyrics are beautiful, the rhythm is driving and the guitar riff in the middle is to die for.
  • “Supermassive Black Hole”  – Come on, who doesn’t like this song? I will say this is better on album though. Bellamy’s falsetto got lost at the concert and while it was still awesome, it sounds so much crisper on CD.
  • “Starlight” – Again, an obvious one.
  • “Time is Running Out” – Hearing thousands of other people sing along to this at the concert on Saturday tells me this a very well known Muse song. I discovered it all on my own though and I’ve loved it since then.
  • “Knights of Cydonia” – Took a while but I love it now.
  • “City of Delusion”
  • “Uprising” – saw the video on a plane going to North Carolina and it’s what prompted me to buy my first Muse album.
  • “I Belong to You” – beautiful song, why aren’t they playing it live? A bit more tame than other Muse songs but it’s so pretty!
  • “New Born” – new favorite.
  • “Plug in Baby” – awesome live. Appreciate it much more now.
  • “Unintended” – :::swoons:::
  • “Falling Down” – nice way to rip apart your vocal chords Mr. Bellamy.

Other ones I really enjoy:

  • “Muscle Museum”
  • “Soldier’s Poem”
  • “United States of Eurasia”
  • “Guiding Light”
  • “Feeling Good” cover
  • “Unnatural Selection”
  • “Sunburn”
  • “Sing for Absolution”

Though, apart from “Hoodoo” which I just can’t get into, I like every song. “Black Holes and Revelations” is my favorite full album and I like the newer stuff better than the older stuff as I find it more unique and creative but it’s all great music. I’m learning to love “Stockholm Syndrome”, “Hysteria”, and “Butterflies and Hurricanes.”

I realize that I sound like those gushing fangirls that I only pretend to hate but I can’t help it. I’ve been on a nonstop Muse kick here lately and I had to share. So how about you peeps out there that love Muse? Anyone interested in trying them out?

I’ll leave you with a humorous story. I was talking to my mother earlier in the week and she told me that she just had some people staying at the B&B she and my stepmother run that flew all the way over from England to go see the Muse concert at the Garden on Saturday, the same concert I went to. Apparently the people were really embarrassed to admit they came all that way to see a concert. My mother then informs these people that I too went to the concert – small world – and that I too traveled across the Atlantic to go to a concert in England…a Michael Ball concert. To this, this couple the same age as my mother laughed and said in a mocking voice “Michael Ball?!!!”

I guess the two fan bases don’t cross over much. 🙂

Seriously, go listen to these guys!

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Awwww!

That baby pig was so cute!!!!!

As was Mr. NPH’s guy.

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