Thank you [ profile] lexii314  for the card! Such a nice surprise to wake up to at noon. Yep, I'm posting a little late today, after closing Deco's last night. I dragged the cool cousin along with me, and we spent most of the night dancing in VIP. Unfortunately, that was an open-air area, meaning smoking is allowed. I almost vomited/passed out/didn't dance. I find it harder to dance when I can't breathe, but I was determined to have fun anyway. The people-watching was great. There was the humping wall, the flaming bottles, the not-really-breakdancers, and a lot of people being thrown into the air. We got hit on a lot too, which always makes me feel bad because I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but I am not having some strange guy do the rabbit all over my ass. We were flattered anyway, even if every compliment came with a shot of liquor in vapor form. Mmm, steamy Bacardi breath in my face.

Of course, I never did see the people I was supposedly auditioning for, but we got free parking, no cover, and free water out of the deal. Oh, speaking of the water... I neglected to tip our server when she first brought it to me because I didn't have change. So I caught her later and handed her a dollar. Now, normally people are pleased that I tip for water. This girl looks at the dollar bill, makes her puke face, and then glares at me and says "Thanks." I'm like, um... the smiles are free but the bitchface costs extra? Whatever.

Best worst pickup line of the night - "Don't hurt anybody with that thing. Seriously. No, I'm not serious. I do want you to hurt me with it. I was just bluffing."

I think the best part for both of us, though, was "I got everything I need right here in my pants." I really think that needs to be on a t-shirt.
bubbles: (Christmas Lights)
( Dec. 18th, 2008 12:18 pm)
I went to see Dancing with the Stars Live last night. I've never watched the show, but I randomly got free tickets yesterday, so the cool cousin and I decided WTH, why not? It was completely fabulous. There was so much glitter I'm still seeing tracers. They had screens up behind the stage, and I think the cameras must have glare-guards, because those outfits were so much more blinding in real life. I think I fell in love with one of the dresses, though. I know I fell in love with the dances. The cousin and I were both like, "OMG, must take Cha Cha/Samba/Jive/Rumba/Bossanova lessons NOW!" I was seriously online as soon as I got home seeing which dance classes are still open for Spring semester at any of the 5 colleges within 15 minutes of us. Sadly, not many. On a vaguely related note, I'm "auditioning" tonight (i.e., I was invited to dance in VIP at Deco's) for the dancing job. We'll see...

Highlight of last night:
One of the DwtS pro-dancer couples came up to the front of the stage, one on either side, and the guy runs across the floor and jumps on the girl's face. Swear to God.

bubbles: (Christmas Lights)
( Dec. 17th, 2008 09:25 am)
On Saturday we had free passes to visit  the Wild Animal Park for the Festival of Lights. The lights were all destroyed by fire last year, so these were all shiny and new. We got to experience real! snow, giraffes licking barbed wire, antelope kissing, and the prettiest spider I've ever seen:

We also got tickets to a sneak preview of Valkyrie on Monday, which was *veryboring*.
On Sunday, we saw the Parade of Lights in the bay (a bunch of boats decorated with colored lights, preceded by fireworks). That was fun for about 10 minutes.
Weekend before last, we went to December Nights at Balboa Park, along with about 30,000 other people:

I think that was just the line for the mobile Starbucks. Seriously, we did take a picture of that line. It was ridiculous.
The event was fun: didgeridoo demonstrations, reindeer that looked like they actually flew, Christmas Caroling with the choir, gourd ornaments, and $15 1-hour massage gift certificates (valid in San Diego only -- sorry, guys).

As long as I'm time-jumping and posting random pics, here's one for [ profile] pen_of_jen:

These are in my Photobucket with the title "Bleach Beats Vomit"
bubbles: (Christmas Lights)
( Dec. 15th, 2008 08:30 am)

First things first: Thank you [ profile] icalynn, [ profile] rowanceleste, and [ profile] aelorafor the cards! My tree is all glittery and filled with joy! I'll post pictures later. Really, I will.

In other news, I worked on Funny People last week as an extra. It was a rush call and I live 3 hours away, so I was really pushing my luck, but I made it. I believe I was the last person to catch the shuttle to set after going through wardrobe, hair and makeup. I love that part. At one point, I was surrounded: someone playing with my hair while someone else came at my chest with a huge blush brush... Good times.

Look at me, I'm fancy!

Ok, so I look exactly the same, but you can tell someone else did my hair (right,[ profile] slodwick?)

We got to the holding area in time to grab a stale doughnut, take a bite, and throw it away on our way onto the set. I love craft services. The java was so strong people were treating it like instant coffee -- just add water. I went with tea.

We were shooting in a comedy club in West Hollywood. I was directed to a seat next to the stage, which was slightly behind the cameras, beside the crew. I was pleased to know that I would probably not even be in the shot, since that meant they could use me more. The people sitting with me were less excited. I realize that most people who do this work want to "be discovered". Sigh. If we're each entitled to 15 minutes of fame, my quarter-hour is for sale. Spread the word.

Jonah Hill went on stage to "warm us up". Apparently the movie is about the world of standup comedy. Adam Sandler plays a famous comic, Seth Rogen is the new kid on the block, and Jonah Hill eats with the crew. More on that later. I'm not going to spoil the movie for anyone, and also my memory is for shiznit, so I won't be sharing any jokes here. The short version: Jonah Hill is funny. Seth Rogen is very funny. The other two comedians who I had never heard of before are ok. Adam Sandler almost made me cry. With pity, not with laughter. Though he is very funny.

I was moved to the opposite corner of the room for Sandler’s routine, so that I was next to the monitors (and the crew, again). My favorite moment of the night was when Seth, seated directly behind me, shouted across the room to Adam: “Do the laughing queer! But with more finger!”

After I died laughing, we all broke for “lunch” and were shuttled over to a senior center to grab some food. I was with a few other girls, and we were among the first in line, so we wandered around the room briefly debating where to sit. Someone told us we were to sit on that side of the room – the other side was for the crew. I was like, No fraternizing with the crew! Do not cross that line! Violators will be shot! (Devlyn knows what I’m talking about with the violating…) In other words, I didn’t get it. It made a little more sense later when I saw a couple of the actors sitting down at the crew tables. Seth Rogen and Adam Sandler were likely being served in their trailers or somesuch. I kinda felt bad for the actors who had to dine with the forbidden ones.

We finished our 5-o-clock lunch in time to be told we were being released for the day. I was a bit disappointed, actually. Only partly because I was being sent home during rush hour.

The moral of the story: I got paid to go to a comedy club and watch very funny people in their element. And the drinks were free. Ok, so it was just beer-scented water in a Bud Light bottle, but it didn't cost me a cent.

That being said, it was a 15-hour day including fighting traffic to L.A. and back, and I made about $40 after gas and taxes. I am very grateful to live in a place where making less than $3/hour is not considered to be acceptable. LOL. Long story short, I probably won't be doing that again for a while, but it was fun while it lasted!

bubbles: (PIC)
( Dec. 14th, 2008 10:57 am)

OMG! Those of you who were at TCFKAR this year will understand why this joke killed me. If you haven't already seen Thursday night's episode of The Daily Show, the lead-in to the joke I'm referring to starts around 4 minutes, and the punchline is around 5 minutes.
bubbles: (SuperBubbles)
( Nov. 27th, 2008 10:50 am)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day! This year, I am thankful for
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Freedom
  • Marital Bliss
  • Guests
  • Adventure
  • Music
  • Books
  • Movies
  • Grandma's stories
  • Hope
  • Optimism
  • a healthy fantasy life
  • Sleep
  • Rain
  • LJ
  • My mind (still relatively intact)
  • My body (same reasoning)
  • Food
  • bullet points/lists
  • a thousand other things which I am about to go enjoy instead of sitting in front of the computer. :p
bubbles: (Bubbles is)
( Nov. 20th, 2008 07:31 am)

Did I mention how lucky I am?  After the most amazing road trip of all time, I came home to a clean house (I cleaned it before I left, but my husband cleaned even more thoroughly and decorated and everything); I was fed a home-cooked meal including a freshly baked cake for dessert; I had a gift of Pushing Daisies Season 1 waiting for me from [ profile] talitha78  (Thank You!!!!!); and although I don't subscribe to any magazines, I had a trial issue of Entertainment Weekly sitting on my coffee table, with Robert Downey, Jr. on the cover. Sometimes I think God loves me, and sometimes I think he's in love with me.
bubbles: (SuperBubbles)
( Nov. 18th, 2008 04:19 pm)

Let me just start by saying that [info]pen_of_jen is a Lucky Charm, like a purple horseshoe or a red balloon. I totally broke my previous winnings record on this trip to Reno. I walked away with all my money, plus $15 from blackjack and $15 from slots. I know, right? It's because I'm a card shark. Just ask [info]myras_girls.  

On Saturday we stayed at the hotel where my brother works. Everything was brand new (except the powdered eggs at breakfast). Seriously, no one had ever stayed in our room before us. No fear of dried semen on the bedspread, or strange hair clogging the shower drain. The upholstery on the desk chair actually had that new car smell. All of which made me feel like a rock star, since I was trashing the place merely by shedding dead skin cells. Plus I was calling the front desk to bug my brother about trivial things like the fact that we couldn't hear the musak over the hot tub jets. I have a diva buried not-so-deep inside, clearly.

We hung out in the hotel for most of the day, including an hour or so spent pointlessly staring at our laptop screens because I couldn't get the internet to work, but I wanted to look entertained until Jen was done on her computer. Which apparently she already was, though she didn't want to say so after I so thouroughly convinced her that I was entertained. Good times... ?

We met my brother down at Circus Circus for fun and prizes, followed by some awkward moments... He stood just far enough from us that he could console himself that he was not participating in our sinful activities. Poor kid. I felt bad for [info]pen_of_jen too, as she had to witness the Jekyll-and-Hyde-ness of me interacting with my brother. I think I regress in his presence.

We happened upon a Prop 8 rally, having just complained about missing the one in Fort Collins, and took advantage of the photo op. Unfortunately, we left before the cops broke it up. I want to be broken up by the cops! *ahem* Sorry. Speaking of photo ops, remind me to post the pics of highlights from earlier in our trip, like the World's Largest Ball of Twine from Kansas and the 36-inch live donkey and the Archepletyloptericusaur (or whatever) from... um... somewhere.

I'm sure there's more that could be said, but in the interest of laziness preserving my feminine mystique, I'll stop now.


bubbles: (Wuv)
( Nov. 16th, 2008 07:14 am)
I have no reason to use this icon, but I'll let you make something up.

Here is the story of Friday, told in pictures:


Wyoming. They did not have an official slogan, but I can say with confidence that their slogan is, "We don't take kindly to strangers."


The area of Utah's state sign, after we passed it and I took out the camera. I think you can see the back of the sign in the side mirror.


Not the Nevada state sign, but let's just pretend. Their slogan? "The Silver State"
Lame, I know. We have discussed the unoriginality of namers (i.e., those who name).

I completely failed at bullet points last time. Bullet points require bullets. I give up. I'm just making a list.
Jazz Hand Showdown
I like being a special occasion
I will be so upset if you hit me with your cock when you get in bed
bubbles: (SuperBubbles)
( Nov. 13th, 2008 10:31 am)
That's four exclamation points for the four days of the trip so far. I have come up with many brilliant posts in that time. Unfortunately, they were all dreamed up while driving and were ultimately lost in a haze of vomit. I'm fine now, don't worry your pretty little head about it.

I drove straight through from Orlando FL to Stillwater OK --about 24 hours-- without sleeping. Many adventures were had, though sleep deprived as I was, I have no memory (and no witnesses), so you will just have to use your imagination. I fell into bed with [ profile] pen_of_jen for a few blissful hours, but as she is far too popular for me to get her alone for very long, our private moment was cut short.

We drove to [info]aelora's to share the love and interrupt her shows. We spent the next day at her place. We relaxed, watched movies, fought over Jen, and went out for salmonella at Jose Peppers. Good times. Of course, [info]aelora and  [ profile] syasnomis bitched for like an hour about not wanting me there. I don't know this first hand, they did it behind my back and all, but then felt the need to tell me about it as I was leaving. Heads up, flist. Don't sleep with [info]aelora's wife unless you want to incur her wrath.

We arrived at [ profile] myras_girls  early, and I napped while they went out to dinner. Yes, I am a jerk. I am very grateful to [info]pen_of_jen and [info]myras_girls  for putting up with/taking care of me. Today I am ready to party with my girls. I think.

I'm sure I had much more to say... I'm going for bullet points here in an effort to circumvent writer's block:
Surveil is too a word.
I am a card shark. Apparently.
It is cold in Colorado in November. Perhaps I shouldn't have dirtied my jeans in FL.
[info]pen_of_jen and I need to open a t-shirt store.

More to come (although that is not a promise)...

A friend of mine posted this on her MySpace, and I had to share. Here are the first 10 in no particular order.


Crude Language and Sexuality )

More to come...

Hi All! Remember how I said I really liked working from home? Well, my boss just called and told me to stop working for a week so that he can catch up with everything I've sent him recently. Unpaid time off... yay?

Some of you may remember that I am crazy I took a solo road trip a few years back and visited a few of my f-listers. I am thinking about taking the rest of this week to pick up my car in Florida (yeah, don't ask) and drive it back to Cali. I will either be going through Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, OR Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. I just wanted to put that out there in case any of you were willing to put up with me put me up for a night on the way? I wouldn't be able to spend a day anywhere but on the road, but we could at least share a meal and chat a bit.


ETA: Heck, if anyone wants to drive with me to/from any point, I can always fly you back... when I tire of you.

ETA the Second: Ok, so this is not happening this week. I'm now looking at making the trip Saturday, November 8th, which would give me an extra couple days' leeway in case I get lost/hit traffic/break down/am abducted by aliens. I would plan on reaching Kansas City by Monday night, Denver by Wednesday night, and Sonoma by Saturday 11/15. Let me know if that works and I'll book a flight!
Hee. I know I'm a champion complainer, but I really do like my life. I particularly like working from home. Maybe you could join me... From your home, not mine. This article explains how to talk your boss into it (apologies to the nurses and others on my flist who do, um, actual work. You're SOL). :D
bubbles: (PIC)


( Oct. 16th, 2008 07:29 am)
Anyone have any back care tips? My back has been killing me since I started this new "desk job". I bought a repulsively expensive chair, an ergonomic keyboard for my laptop, an electric heating pad, memory foam pillows and mattress topper... nothing seems to help. My lower back, neck, shoulders, spine, everything hurts!! </whine>
bubbles: (SuperBubbles)
( Oct. 15th, 2008 12:52 pm)
I've been a bad, bad, LJer. I have been neglectful in even my lurking duties. I just finished catching up on my flist, and that involved skipping back to October 3rd. I won't let it happen again, I promise [barring acts of God, loss of internet access, vacation, or better things to do]. Of course, I haven't come up with anything interesting to say in all that time away, so I'm just gonna say "Baaa..."

stolen from [profile] pen_of_jen 

Comment, and I will:

a) Tell you why I friended you.

b) Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a color, a photo, etc.

c) Tell you something I like about you.

d) Tell you a memory I have of you.

e) Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.

f) Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.

g) In return, you must post this on your own lj. [Really, I ask for nothing in return. Because I am a better person than Jen is.]
I need an icon like the above with Obama and McCain. I rilly rilly do.

OMG, that smirk! When Obama first mentioned McCain, after his little intro... So snide! That's not very diplomatic, Senator. *snort*

I have to give McCain props for not just saying "look it up", but specifying <i>where</i> to look it up. ETA: Admitting past mistakes -- also in the plus column. I'm just going to overlook some of the completely ridiculous things he says (I've got a pen... it's pretty old)...

I love that the moderator is paying attention. Like, ok, you both know this is a <i>debate</i>, right? You're familiar with the term?

Uh...Anyone else feel like these two came in with 3 talking points, and they're just trying to stretch them out to fill the time slot?

Wow, <i>now</i> they're debating! Yay Iraq?

They've both got some great one-liners. I need to learn to type so I can save some for later. Hopefully someone else will post these gems.

McCain the Musical! Yes!  And to Obama I say: "Oh, snap!"

I love how Obama turns most of McCain's references and examples around on him.

Now they've gone from making the same points (with the same words, even) to bickering? Come on, guys. This is why they have a minimum age requirement to run for President.

They both sound educated, reasonable, and unwavering in their positions. If I didn't strongly disagree with McCain on every point on which the two of them actually differ, it would be a tough choice. Damnit. I wanted it to be obvious that everyone should vote for my guy!
bubbles: (SuperBubbles)
( Sep. 17th, 2008 06:42 pm)
I haven't been posting as much as I'd like. Too much going on! Which is a much lamer excuse than if there were nothing going on, as is more often the case. But I'm going to be super-lame and say: I'm too busy to come up with something worthwhile to post, and instead I will Baa like a sheep:

Snagged from ferdalump. When you see this, post a Smallville quote on your LJ.

Clark: "Hi"
Lana: "I don't know what to say to that"

Ok, I'm quoting from memory here, but I think that's the funniest, most traumatizingly bad dialogue I've ever seen on that show.
bubbles: (Bubbles is)
( Sep. 12th, 2008 10:07 am)
Inspired by  [ profile] myras_girls 

Things that are making me happy right now:

So many people getting involved in politics! I've never seen this quantity and quality of interest in an election before. I'll be shocked if there isn't a record voter turnout in November.

San Diego. It's beautiful here, and pleasantly familiar. We have gardening and home improvement projects here at my grandma's house, and I'm surprisingly excited about all of it.

Gainful employment. My job is interesting, and challenging, and keeps me busy. I'm developing skills I never would have otherwise. Plus I get to work from home!

My husband. I know, I always say that, but it's always true! He is so incredibly wonderful. I'm very fortunate. And just a little spoiled.

LJ friends! Whenever I need a break, or I need to talk, or I just miss you, you're always there. Cheesy, but true. I am so grateful for you guys.

A full social calendar. I've been going to some event almost every day, making at least one good connection at each event, meeting some awesome people. I'm about to leave for another one, actually.

bubbles: (Bubbles is)
( Aug. 27th, 2008 09:11 am)
I'm only a couple days away from my San Diego departure. We had a BBQ/farewell gathering at my MIL's last Saturday. I got to see my grandparents-in-law. I had only met them at our wedding. So that was nice. I heard some great stories, and had the chance to catch up with my mom a bit. The only downside? There was SO MUCH FOOD, I ate myself to death three or four times. Best workout my stomach has gotten in ages. Lots of stretching. I can't be blamed, though. There must have been over a dozen choices, including brined BBQ chicken with grilled fresh corn on the cob, the sweetest strawberries I've ever tasted, and creme brulee for dessert... Everything prepared by that amazing chef I was clever enough to marry (ok, not the strawberries)... The moral of the story is, I have no regrets.

I will miss being close to family. On the other hand, for most of this visit we were too close. I'm very much looking forward to making friends and getting comfortable in our own space. I can't wait to see my grandma again, and I have more family down there I didn't get a chance to see last time we were in the neighborhood. Should be fun.

In the meantime, there is much packing and cleaning and driving to be done. We're sort of moving my brother out of his apartment at the same time. Did I mention he just joined the Conservation Corps? Good stuff. Anyway, I may be absent from LJ for the next week or so, but I promise to return. TTFN!
bubbles: (Bubbles is)


( Aug. 26th, 2008 08:07 am)

Tagged by [profile] [info]gradeafan

1) Post a list of five things you currently love/like, and five things you currently hate/dislike. They can be people, places, things, ideas, whatever. Tag five people to do this - if you haven't, and you want to, have at!


1. Comments (Hint Hint)
2. Music. All things musical. I want my life to be like Once More, With Feeling; I want everyone to burst into song without reasonable cause.
3. Marriage. Mine, anyway. So so much.
4. Fresh air and sunshine. Not direct sunlight though. I hate having the sun on my face, or in my eyes.
5. Food. Especially fruit and popcorn. Not trail mix. That is a vicious rumor.


1. Back pain. My back is screaming at me, and I really want to scream back, STFU! My back and I, we are about to have a screaming match.
2. Sitting still. See above. Damn desk job.
3. Computer crashes, Service Pack 3, and wasted time in general.
4. Really boring names, like Bill or Richard. Mostly because I always thought my name fell into that category. I dig nicknames, especially earned ones.
5. See, I'm already back to likes. I'm not hatin on anything else at the moment. Although if you met me, you might not realize what a positive attitude I have. Complaining is my best sport.