Monday, June 29, 2009

Oh my gossip-lovin' god

So I'm tired and I decide to take a five-minute power nap before I shower when I hear some celebrity gossip show on the TV my mom's watching in the other room. They're discussing, what else, but Michael Jackson. Ok, whatever, I hear that every day. So I close my eyes and rest my weary head on the cool, soft leather of my sofa. 
Then I hear this.
"Plus, why his mother was shopping at Target."
Either this is very morbid product placement, or they really have gone off the deep end. Michael Jackson was an icon and all, but NO ONE CARES WHAT HIS MOM BOUGHT AT TARGET!
And thus I ruined my power-nap for the sake of pointing out the ridiculousness of celebrity gossip. Which everyone already knows is ridiculous.
Ugh. Shower time.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Gotcha!


I'm way too excited about this. As per my before-bed tradition of watching an episode or 2 of 
30 Rock, I was, well, watching an episode of 30 Rock. AND GUESS WHAT I FOUND?Yes, that is a split-second screencap of Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) LOOKING AT THE CAMERA! There's a flaw in Fey's acting! She's not a god after all!  It's good to know that even an actress as amazing as Tina Fey messes up (albeit barely noticeably) once in a while. Unless she was supposed to look into the camera.... oh god...
This rare moment of imperfection is located in episode 15 of season 3, called "The Bubble," if you want to watch the moment for yourself. It's pretty life-changing.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Did You Know (according to my parents)...

That TV stations pre-make obituary specials for famous people JUST IN CASE they die suddenly? I was so confused when I heard that NBC had procured  post-mortem (Latin, beeyotches!)  Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson (R.I.P. to both) tributes. And then my parents told me that they make them ahead of time.
I wonder if somewhere out there, every celebrity has an obituary tape just waiting to be popped into the TV schedule if need be. And wouldn't they have to update it pretty frequently? I wonder if that's a job in of itself... if anyone out there reading is or knows of a person who is a celebrity obituary updater, let me know. 'Cause that's one heck of a random job!
I wonder if they just have them for older celebrities or super famous ones. Like do they have one for... Hilary Duff (first name that came to mind)? I bet they're more likely to have one for Betty White. Well, now that I think of it, that's kind of obvious. Do you think they have one for semi-old celebrities, like Oprah or something? After all, she is around the same age as Michael Jackson was. 
Of course I am reminded of 30 Rock, in that episode where Jack decides that pretending Jenna's dead will up her career (and her new Jackie Jormp-Jomp movie), so they ask Pete if they can put on a memorial show for her and he says "We actually already have an obituary reel for Jenna. We put it together after she cheated on that mobster." Interesting... (and yes, I can find a TV quote fitting of ANY subject)


PS: I confess, I had to look up that latin phrase. But it sounds so good! I also had to look up if Betty White was still alive-- just in case I forgot and upset some people. And I had to look up Pete's exact quote. The internet is a wondrous thing.

Monday, June 22, 2009

I got it!

Aha! I figured it out. I figured out what they do on TV dramas when they want to add some, well, drama.

Wanna know what it is?

**SPOILERS FOR TONIGHT'S NEW EPISODE OF THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER**

They kill off the old, rich, fighting-with-his-children, divorced-then-remarried father/husband!
You want proof, don't you?

Ugly Betty was the first of the three examples. Bradford Meade: Old (check!), super rich (check!), constantly fighting with Daniel (check!), almost remarried-- died at the altar (almost check!)

Then came Gossip Girl and the car-crash death of Bart Bass: Fairly old (fairly check!), super rich (super check!), constantly fighting with Chuck (check!), divorced and newly remarried (check!). 

Finally, tonight brought the The Secret Life of the American Teenager death of Marshall Bowman (via plane crash): Fairly old (check!), kinda rich (kinda check!), was in a fight with Grace when he died (mediocre check!), divorced and remarried (check!)

I would've thought their means of dying would've been similar, but not really. Ah well. A theory can only be so accurate.

Any other TV drama examples of the rich old mean husband/dad dying? Comment below!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father's Day Dealio

So Father's Day is tomorrow. Happy Father's Day... to the likely zero fathers that read my blog. As for my plans? I wont be spending the day with my darling daddy-- he's off gallivanting with friends on the opposite side of the country. Ironic, huh? But I have to admit that in general he's pretty must fantastic. I'd give him 9.5 for fathering, 8 for every day humiliation, 6 for being able to interpret my moods, and a 10 for sense of humor. That's about an Olympic bronze metal or so (though comparatively, I bet he's gold).

So even though you don't read this blog, I love you daddy! (By the way, I got him the best gift ever!)

PS: Notice how I made this post a muted blue-green to give it a more masculine air for Father's Day. The devil's in the details!

Dear Internet.

I want to go to there.







That is all.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I noticed something...


The majority of shows that I watch (the majority in this case being
Ugly Betty, The Office, and 30 Rock) have at least this one thing in common:
At the beginning of the series, the female protagonist always has a lousy long-term boyfriend. Am I right or am I right?
Pam and (well, fiance) Roy (total dbag) from The Office
Betty and Walter (how annoying was he?) from Ugly Betty
Liz and (though they weren't together in the pilot) Dennis (what a tool!) from 30 Rock.

But the real question is WHY do writers do this? It may be to give the viewers a template of "Look how bad this guy is..." and then later, when they dump him and get a new boyfriend, "Look how far she's come!" Or maybe it's because it adds instant plot lines when a show is getting started.  

Any ideas? Sound off in the comments!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Enchanting Powers of a Really Cute On Sale Dress



(Why did I put that in all capitals? It kind of looks like a book title... for an AWESOME book, no doubt)
It keeps taunting me. I try to move past it, admiring the polka-dot bathing suit bottoms and boring T-shirts, but who am I kidding? I scroll back up to it, just to stare. It's so pretty. Well of course it's pretty, it's on a mannequin. Mannequins are built to make dresses look pretty.
But it's ON SALE. Ah, there's the kicker. It's on sale. It's less than half the original price. It's ONLY $25! No, wait! It's even less: $24.99! YES! Wait... NO! Don't do it! Is it even in your size? OMG IT IS.

Shopping Me: It's on sale! It's super cheap! It's cute. ADD TO CART!
Smart Me: But it won't look good on you! It's strapless and you never look good in strapless stuff. Plus you'd have to buy a strapless bra.
Shopping Me: But it has a sash that can be used as straps! And I've been wanting to buy a strapless bra forever.
Smart Me: Ok that second part is true, but the first isn't. The sash can be "worn around the neck," as in a scarf. Or at least I think that's what it means... it's vague. Anyways, it's not even a dress-- it's a "cover-up dress." So it'll be too lightweight and see-through.
Shopping Me: Yes but I've also wanted to get a slip since forever, right? And if I get it in mushroom, it wont be see-through. Beat that!
Smart Me: But you don't really like the mushroom color, do you? 
Shopping Me: It's not... that bad.
Smart Me: See? Now slowly move the cursor to the "delete tab" button. Good. Now why don't we check out some not-on-sale, affordable dresses at--
Shopping Me: SCREW YOU I'M BUYING IT!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Choosing a paint color...



Who would'a thunk that choosing a paint color (for a bathroom, no less) would be such hard work? Well, it is. We are in the process of removing our bathroom's hideous, been-there-for-eternity, purple-with-silverish-stuff-and-sporadic-grapes, peeling wallpaper. And by "in the process," I mean we have to choose a paint color before the guy can come over and dewallpaper us (that's totally a verb). 
But the range of colors, my god! There's light aqua, greyish blue, pure aqua, navy, AHH! And they don't make it easy and call the paint these names. Oh no, they make it hard and choose random names like "Cool Mist" (which is a type of soda, isn't it?) or "Brittany Blue" (which is a real paint name). Ok, how the h*** should I know what kind of blue "Brittany Blue" is? I don't know Brittany, how should I know her favorite color?
And not only are there a multitude of colors, but there's a multitude of paint brands, and each paint brand has so many colors that it's impossible to decide between two similar colors from different brands. One's called "Peaceful sky" and the other's "Serene Sky" and you just give up and melt down. 
I wanted an aqua, and my mom wanted something a little more sophisticated, more grey-ish. I'm fine with that. I kind of like "Saratoga Springs" (I wonder where that is. I should go visit to make sure this color is accurate):
    (From Benjamin Moore Paints)
It's more muted without being totally dark and weird (like our wallpaper). But will it appear too dark in our tiny bathroom? Will we lose our sanity choosing between "Saratoga Springs" and "Pawonee Springs" (yes, I made that up)? Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hmmm....

I've just deleted two burgeoning blog posts because I realized they were likely to induce sleep. It's a lot harder than I thought to find enough interesting morsels from my day to cook up a post each day.
Ok, Joey just called Chandler "Chan" on Friends. Has that ever happened before? I've seen every single episode of Friends multiple times and I feel like Joey has never called Chandler that... doesnY000000000000 YYYYYYYY56w22222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222b7lop90N 2HYYYYY678 t he usually call Chandler "Chandler"? He doesn't really have a nickname, does he?1`bv W345 qqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqq

Whoops! That was Squeak, being all cute and prancing all over my keyboard. She loves doing that. Maybe she was trying to remind me of another Friends episode where Joey says "Chan"? I suppose we'll never know...
Oh, and she also decided that my screen should be colorly inverted. You know, where the white areas are black and every color is it's complimentary color? So my screen now is a lovely mix of black, white, and an odd light orange. Squeak just loooves messing with my head (and computer).


Moral of this blog post: I NEED A LIFE.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

You know you're crazy when...

So, it's 11:20 or so, and I'm lying in bed, just making the normal rounds of all my favorite websites, when I decide to visit one of my fave free-stuff websites, Free Stuff Times. And what do I find but a Havaianas flip flops giveaway at seventeen.com, starting at 12:01 AM on June 9th! I check the clock thingy on my computer: 11:24 PM on June 8th. 
And then I get that thought: Hey, you know what could be a fun adventure? Waiting up 'till 12:01 to win some $18 flip flops! And so, I do.
It's 11:40, and I'm just chillin' watching some Life With Derek (the one where Casey has to lie about her dog dying to convince her teacher to give her more time on an essay she forgot to hand in. Goooood stuff (that's why it's on at the prime time of 11:30, right?)). I have the URL all ready to go on my computer.
Now it's 11:59, and I'm ready to press return to take me to the giveaway. I wait until 12:00, and, even though it starts at 12:01, I decide to be the early bird and start sooner. I enter the special URL and it takes me to the Seventeen homepage. So I wait a minute, until 12:01 (now I'm really excited) and feverishly do it again. Takes me to the homepage.
Uh, what?! This contest was supposed to start at 12:01 AM and I was supposed to be one of the first 3,000 to enter and in 7 to 10 business days I was supposed to get a pair of ugly rubber flip flops for free! 
So I do it again. And again. Each time, it takes me to the homepage. But then, a few minutes later, a glimmer of hope. Because now, when I go to the homepage, the URL briefly starts to go to seventeen.com/sweepstakes/7035 before reverting to the homepage. At least I know this so-called sweepstakes exists. AND THEN some lovely people on the Free Stuff Times comment section point out that there's now a link to the giveaway on the freebies page of seventeen.com. So I go there, click on "enter now," and I am taken, for the 29th time, to the homepage.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, just had to get that out. So it's now about 12:11, and I'm getting drowsy. That's So Raven isn't as funny as I remember it being, and this giveaway isn't giving anything away yet. 
Ok, since it started at 12:01, I'll wait 'til 1:01. I'll give it an hour, then I'll go to sleep. Sounds good.
It's 1:01. I try to enter again. Ain't working. So I try one more time for good measure, and no luck. Finally, I shut my laptop and sleep....
Wake up this morning, around 9:30, to this really annoying radio guy whose channel serves as my alarm. This guy has the most annoying attitude and voice, and he just really pisses me off. But I listen to him for a bit, then let BB and S in, because they're scratching at my closed door. At around 10:00, I remember the giveaway, and I open my laptop, knowing it's probably over by now, but might as well check.
IT STILL HASN'T STARTED. Oh. my. god.

And as of now at 11:10, it still has not started. Seventeen.com, you failed me. But I would like to give a shout out to the other 20 or so people who posted on the Free Stuff Times comments section, assuring me that I wasn't alone on my crazy quest for free flip flops.
And you can be sure that seventeen.com's customer service is getting an inbox-full of complaints (many by me) today.

UPDATE: So FINALLY it went live today at around 11:50 (almost 12 hours after it was supposed to), so of course I frantically filled out my address and such, and then click send and it says something along the lines of "Thank you for your subscription, you will be billed for blah blah blah..."
WHAT!? Apparently those sneaky snakes at Seventeen tricked me into a subscription when I entered (which I'm beginning to think wasn't a first 3,000, but just a random 3,000 entries contest... FML). They're not getting away with $8 of my money, though. I'm going to cancel my subscription AND, instead of buying their $3 magazine every month, I'm going to go to Barnes and Noble and read it there without paying for it.
Don't mess with me, Seventeen. Don't even think about it...
~RN

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Things to do...

So most of my fave blogs (which I'll tell you about later) don't post on Sunday. And that just makes me sad :( <---- that's me being sad. Because sunday is a day to rest, relax, and sit on the couch with the TV on and laptop open for hours on end. So I've decided to break the cycle of "no posts on the weekend" by, well, posting! I was thinking of this in the car, so here 'tis:

Things I should be able to do but can't:
- all math
- tell the difference between the subjunctive and past and perfect, etc. conjugations in spanish
- bike for more than 5 minutes before getting bored and giving up
- draw a picture of an elephant with chalk that my dad can actually identify as an elephant
- remember things my parents tell me
- find a paying job

Things I can do that I shouldn't be able to do:
- drive a car (seriously, who thought that was a good idea?)
- play computer games for hours
- sit Indian-style (or should I say Native American-style? PC and all...) without using my hands to position my legs in place (the only way I am flexible, by the way)
- get away with good dental health even though I never use my retainer or floss and don't brush my teeth very well...
- WRITE A BLOG :P

There ya have it. Things. Aren't you glad I posted this instead of no posts at all today?
...
*crickets chirp*
...
...guess not.
Share your "should & can't" and "shouldn't & can" lists in the comments!

~RN

Friday, June 5, 2009

Meeting the Family


So... um... I know it's only our second date (read: post), but I think now's as good a time as any to meet my family! They're kind of judgmental, but I think you guys will get along just fine. 
First up is my brother BB (short for Baby Boy, though neither is his real name):
No, it's ok. He's staring because he's interested, not because he wants to scratch your face off! Ok to be honest? BB is a big scaredy cat. He'd probably run away if you came over. But he's very vocal, and would love to talk to you. And he's as sweet and funny as all get out, and I think you guys will get along just fine.

Next is S (short for Sissy/Sister, or Squeak, again, neither of which is her real name), my sister:

S is such a flirt. Don't go too close or she'll make you fall in love with her. No lie. She's not much of a talker though-- she squeaks (hence her nickname). She loves attention, so don't be afraid to pet her and baby-talk her. Though watch out for BB, whose bound to come over out of jealousy, even though he's still kind of scared of you. Oh, and you don't have long hair, do you? She likes to chew on it.

Well, that wasn't too bad, was it? Yea... I'm really close with my family, so they'll be around (the blog) a lot. What? Oh yea, I forgot about their ages. They're both about a year old. And yes, they're brother and sister in real life. Can't you tell by their coloring?

What's that? Yes... uh... I guess I do have parents and whatnot... butthey'renotcutesowe'renotgoingtointroduceyoutothem. 
Well! This was really great. I think they like you! They'll hang around periodically, so if you don't like them, you better get used to them.
Bye for now,
~RN (and BB and S)

PS: They love to cuddle!


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Welcome!

Hi all,
Welcome to Musings of a Random Nobody! This is a blog about me, a random 16-year-old girl from the US of A, and all my who-the-#*(@-cares thoughts! So if you-the-@*#(-care, then thank you and keep reading!
I'm just getting the hang of this blogging thing, so bear with me (I can't even find how to change the color of my text to magenta! Oy vey...).
This is a blog for YOU is you like any of the following:
- adorable cats
- fashion
- home decor
- The Office, 30 Rock, or Ugly Betty
- procrastinating
- random funny rants

And it's also for you if you DON'T like:
- school
- stupid people
- poor grammar/spelling (my pet peeve)
- sports

So join me! I just started summer vacation, so I'm aiming for at least one post a day.
~RN (Random Nobody)