Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hook

So I just finished watching Robin Williams's Hook, for the first time and I have to say I was a bit disappointed. The movie was about 45 minutes too long and moved as slow as Christmas.

I was happy to see some old faces in it though like Professor McGonagall as Old Wendy, Julia Roberts as a weird version of Tinkerbell, and the rude-neighbor-whose-pool-the-girl-falls-into-while-she's-babysitting-
her-in-Beethoven as Random Lady.

PS I didn't really like Robin Williams as Peter Pan either. His Peter Pan pose was used too much and wasn't that great in the first place.

Please don't hate me for not liking this movie.

Wall-E and His Hula Hoop

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Spotted: Every Disney Channel Star Ever at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

So if you just happen to be staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge this week, I might recommend making your way down to the pool and/or hot tub area. That is, only if you're into Disney Channel stars. My source at Disney was in the area Tuesday night and ran into all three Jonas Brothers, "Rico" from Hannah Montana, Chelsea Staub (Minute Men and the new J.O.N.A.S. series), Selena Gomez from Wizards of Waverly Place, and a handful of Cheetah Girls.
They're all there for the taping of the Disney Channel Games and Concert going on this week at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando.

Noticeably absent from the bunch? Hannah Montana's Miley Cyrus who was at one point supposed to be at the games and has since been removed from the roster.

If you ask me, the pictures weren't that big of a deal.

I'm just sayin....

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Full House in 90210

So Aunt Becky from Full House found herself another job! Lori Loughlin is apparently signed on to play a lead in the CW revival of 90210. You may remember she had another minor series on the WB a few years ago called Summerland but that didn't last too long. It'll be interesting to see what happens with this one.
Hilary Duff just turned down the role as her daughter in the show which I don't think anyone's surprised about. 90210 doesn't exactly fit inside the still pretty wholesome Hilary Duff career plan. Good for her for sticking to her guns. Something like that would be much more suited for someone who's already gone off the edge. Mischa? Lindsay?
I still like to think of Hilary Duff as my middle school crush, Lizzie McGuire. Let's keep it that way.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Uhh- Don't Use Crest Pro Health Mouthwash..

So I bought "Crest Pro Health Night" mouthwash the other day to incorporate into my daily routine and I have several opinions about it:

First of all, there isn't alcohol in it like Listerine so I didn't cry while using it (not that I cry when I use Listerine or anything....) which is good. But what I didn't like was how after using it, for at least 2 days nothing I ate tasted good.

I had everything from a Potbelly chicken salad sandwich, a McDonald's Quarter Pounder, and EVEN chocolate chip cookies from Tiff's Treats, and they all tasted bad.

The mouthwash freakin killed my taste buds!

I did some Googling and found that I'm not the only one who has encountered this problem.

So all I'm saying is steer clear of the Crest Pro Health Mouthwash.. that is unless you just don't LIKE tasting your food, in which case you can have the rest of mine!

Celebracadabra

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Can we talk for a real quick second about VH1's new "Celebreality" show Celebracadabra? Flipping through channels tonight, I saw no more than 14 seconds of this show before my I felt my intelligence was insulted beyond repair.

You see, the show stars "celebrities" like Ant, the host from Celebrity Fit Club and Carnie Wilson, who has already been on reality shows like Fit Club and Gone Country, where she attempts to make it as a country singer. Since I guess the country singing didn't work out, she's trying her hand at being a magician.

TRANSLATION: SHE HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE TO DO.

It's funny cuz it's sad.

So, like I said, I couldn't bear to watch any more than the few seconds I did, but apparently these "celebrities" aka, people that have been on TV at least once (which for some of them I think Celebracadabra is actually their first TV appearance) compete to see who will become the world's next great magician. I will say though, that the one of them I do consider a celebrity is the woman that played Lindsay Lohan's maid in The Parent Trap. I don't know her name, but that was a good movie so I guess she can call herself a celebrity..

I gotta say though, all around bad idea VH1.

I posted a video at the top with clips from the show. I haven't watched it myself because I don't think I could make it. Major props to anyone that can!

HINT to VH1: Do another show where Omarosa and Janice Dickinson live together.. that crap is freakin hilarious.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Figure it Out

So I've been thinking lately: "Whatever happened to TV's Summer Sanders?"

As a child growing up in the 90's, the golden age of Nickelodeon, (PS what happened to Nick anyway?) I got to see many amazing shows like What Would You Do?, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and my personal favorite: Figure it Out. Summer Sanders was the host for this always-entertaining investigative game show where wacky celebrities like Lori Beth Denberg and Danny Tamberelli used clues to figure out what crazy talent these kids had. And of course, someone always got slimed! Remember the funny hats the audience always wore? My favorite episode was where the kid could "PUT HIS SISTER IN A BUBBLE."

Anyway, so I don't know what made me think of her, but I realized that Summer Sanders may have little-to-no career left so I decided I would start with her IMDB page.As you can see, she hasn't done anything since she hosted the shortly-lived series Skating with Celebrities. General Rule: if you're knocking off Dancing with the Stars and your most well-known celebrity is... Summer Sanders, your chances of survival are not that great.

Next, I thought I'd GoogleNews her. That is to say, see if she's been a part of any relevant news events lately. Answer: no she hasn't.

So this classic-TV-game-show-host-gone-missing case is still wide open.. If anyone sees her, let me know! And tell her we want Figure it Out back!

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The Soup: Super Hills Me

If you don't already watch The Soup on E! on a weekly basis, you should. Having Joel McHale's job is my goal in life. Super Hills Me is my favorite clip from this week. Enjoy! And Season Pass The Soup!

Wii !!!

I've been holding out on getting a Nintendo Wii system for quite some time now. You see, I used to get all the gaming systems.. Super Nintendo, Playstation, GameCube, etc. But I realized that if there weren't friends coming over to play with, I wasn't much of a solo gamer. The systems would go unused and my Playstation's A Bug's Life virtual world would hang in limbo indefinitely.

But now that the Wii has come along, I'm thinkin it's probably time for an upgrade. All the special gizmos and gadgets that they've come up with to utilize that freaking awesome controller (Wii Wheel for Mariokart, What up!) are pretty hard to pass over. And as long as I get Rock Band it'll be easy to get friends.. or people off the street to come over and play.

I think it's decided. I want a Wii.

Now if I could only find one...

I was right....

Baby Mama was really funny! I have to say though, I was unaware that Tina Fey did not write the script.. I had just assumed she did. But anyway, Tina and Amy Poehler definitely make that movie. Dax Shepard does not..

Friday, April 25, 2008

Baby Mama Pre-Review

I haven't seen Tina Fey's Baby Mama yet, but I HAVE seen Mean Girls, 30 Rock, and a bunch of Tina Fey SNL skits so I can pretty much say today's new release, Baby Mama is incredible.

I will be seeing it in a few hours to confirm my suspicions and then I'll let you know that I was right.

Monday, April 21, 2008

I finished Prince Caspian!

I finished reading Prince Caspian today which, for millions of children around the world isn't a huge accomplishment. But for me, I don't read all that much so it was a pretty big deal. My family went out to dinner in honor of it and everything. All in anticipation of the movie coming out in less than a month. So excited.

AND last night driving home from church is downtown Dallas I saw this huge mural plastered on a building promoting it and so I stopped and took a quick picture.

May 16! Get Ready.

DisneyNature

So John over at The Disney Blog has an entry about Disney's new film label called "Disneynature." Apparently on April 22, 2009, the day before Earth Day, Disneynature will release its first film under the new label called Earth. Earth is being produced and directed by Alastair Fothergill, the executive producer of the Discovery Channel's amazing Planet Earth series.

After seeing Planet Earth and parts of Blue Planet on Discovery, I'm uber excited. Not to mention it'll have the Disney name on it so I'll go regardless.

Maybe this too will be in Disney Digital 3D???

Get excited!

And as a quick side note, today was the first day for the new Can I Please Just Say... banner at the top of my blog, and I happen to put both Walt Disney Pictures and Discovery Channel in it. Two of my favorite things. And now, hours later I hear they've basically combined to make amazingness together? Coincidence? I think not.

I'm just saying...

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Cash Cab!

By now everyone should know that I pretty much love anything and everything Discovery Channel: Dirty Jobs, How its Made, Some Assembly Required, etc. I used to like Myth Busters but honestly that's gotten a little old lately. And I don't like all the new people.

Anyway so this morning Discovery had a mini-marathon of Cash Cab (it was really just two episodes back-to-back) and let me just say: I love this show. And I want to be on it. Problem is: you have to randomly be in New York City and come upon the right cab at the right time to be on it. The chances of all those things happening is probably very slim.

Anyway, so you get in the cab and the driver's all "You're in the CASH CAB!!! AHHH!!!" He then proceeds to ask you a bunch of trivia questions whilst on route to your destination. 3 strikes and you're out. Literally. However if you get the questions right, you earn an increasing amount of cash dinero. I'm pretty sure that would be the greatest cab ride ever.

And if you're thinking "Isn't that the guy who played a random police officer on one episode of Law and Order: SVU?" you're correct. I thought the same thing too.

Friday, April 18, 2008

My Trip to the Zoo

As you may or may not know, I made a trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo last weekend and it ended up being a lot of fun. Now, it was no Disney's Animal Kingdom or anything but there were a bunch of animals to see and I got a lot of good pictures to share. Enjoy.

The elephants were very elusive at this zoo. This is the only good picture I got of them.I'm not gonna lie: I was a little freaked out in the Herpetarium, where all the snakes were. It reminded me way too much of Harry Potter and I was just waiting for the glass to disappear and my snake friend here t o come after me.
This is a gecko, not to be confused with Geico, which could save you 15% or more on car insurance.These are my favorites: meerkats. It's the kind of animal Timon is from The Lion King. And also, they have a TV show on Animal Planet called Meerkat Manor. Freakin awesome.A couple of good ole seahorses just chillin out.I would think my neck would get sore holding that up all the time.
This picture is no accident. This guy was sticking his tongue out to anyone who would look. He must have either been in a very bad and/or playful mood... In his defense though, there were about 14 people on the other side of this picture sticking their tongues out at him first...
A bear. Woopty doo.
These alligators were either sleeping, dead, or not real. They did not move once, at all, ever. Not to mention the one on the left's arms looked like they were in a very uncomfortable position to be sleeping in...Then of course there were the RUDEST ducks that I have ever encountered:

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tori Spelling is Saved By the Bell

So this will probably come as no surprise to many of you, but I JUST discovered that Violet, the Glee-Club-loving love interest of Screech on Saved by the Bell was played by Tori Spelling. And now looking back it makes me wonder why so many people think Tori is a bad actress, Violet was practically an Emmy-worthy character for her.

I'm just saying..

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hannah Montana Thank You Beary Much.

Don't ask me why I was perusing the Build-a-Bear Workshop website today. That is irrelevant. But what I discovered there was nothing short of horrifying. It's one thing to dress your stuffed animals in human clothing, give them fake cell phones, and add buttons that make them talk. But throwing on a blond wig takes it to a whole nother level. And on that note I present to you one of the MANY Hannah Montana Edition Build-a-Bears.So, you know, I hope you can still sleep tonight.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Such a Good Idea McDonald's!

So, it's not often that I get a chance to give McDonald's major props for a new idea they've come up with. The last time was when they started the "Snack Wraps." I've had about a million crispy ranch Snack Wraps in the past year. And has everyone noticed that now EVERY fast food restaurant has copied McDonald's and has their own version of the Snack Wraps now?? *COUGH WENDY'S AND SONIC*

But anyway, what I was saying was that on my drive home from Oklahoma I stopped by a McDonald's drive-thru and noticed this sign/button as I drove away.It's the "We Forgot/You Forgot" button. FINALLY for all those times you drive up 5 feet and realize that they've left out your fries, ketchup, SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE, you can just push the button and they'll come out and help you instead of having to park and go in.

Now, I haven't seen this anywhere else, and they certainly don't have it at my McDonald's, but here's to hoping they do soon! Hear that McDonald's? If you're listening.. that button is a REALLY good idea..

I'm just sayin...

The CRAZY Vulture at the Zoo

So, as I previously said, me and a couple of my friends made a trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo this week. While there, we met what turned out to be a crazy vulture. Enjoy.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

So, I just went to the zoo...

So, I just went to the Oklahoma City Zoo, and it was awesome. I have a bunch of pictures, which are to come later. But for now, just enjoy this look at the plastic lion I made in the MOLD-A-RAMA machine at the zoo.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sorry We're Out of Donuts...

This is what I see yesterday as I drive by the Shipley's Donuts near my house.. Shipley's DONUTS is out of donuts.. Hilarious.

But of course nothing beats the time I went to a Subway in San Antonio that was out of, wait for it, BREAD. Yes, Subway, was out of bread. But they didn't have the smarts to even make a sign. No, they actually let me walk through the line, look at the menu, and ORDER a sandwich before they said "Oh, ya, we're like, out of bread.."

I would think at that point Subway might as well call it a day.

It's OK- I don't really like Subway that much anyway. I made a nice little call to customer service on my way out. They didn't believe me.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Spencer from The Hills.. King of Niceness

The video pretty much speaks completely for itself:

But BEST WEEK EVER says it pretty well too...

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I Love Me Some New Disney Movies !

So Disney just announced an insane amount of new movies they're working on to release in the next few years and I'd like to just highlight a few of those.
Of course, right around the corner is Wall-E which I'm trying not to get TOO excited about just in case, but it's looking like it could potentially be one of my favorite Pixar movies as it comes from the same writer/director of Finding Nemo, my favorite Disney/Pixar movie thus far.
This November, Disney is releasing Bolt, about a dog played by John Travolta, and also starring Miley Cyrus. The jury's still out on this one. I like Miley, but is she being brought in just to draw the crowd? Or is she actually necessary for the film. Keep in mind this is a Disney feature, not Pixar. And yes, there is a difference. But it's gonna be in Disney Digital 3D so regardless, I'll be there. Opening night.
The next one I'm extremely excited about is next summer's Disney/Pixar release, Up. The script was written by Bob Peterson who co-wrote Finding Nemo (are we sensing a trend here?) and the official description from Disney (and reason I can almost not wait) is as follows:
Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life. "Up" takes audiences on a thrilling journey where the unlikely pair encounter wild terrain, unexpected villains and jungle creatures. When seeking adventure next summer -- look "Up."
So.. Ya. And the last one that I am extremely extremely excited about is more of a trilogy of sorts. Disney is planning on re-releasing Toy Story and Toy Story 2 ('2' is another one of my absolute favorite Pixar films) in Disney Digital 3D (October 2009 and February 2010) all leading to the June, 2010 release of an all-new Toy Story 3. The screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine will be writing this one, which seems as odd choice to me, but whatever works.
Oh, I lied. There is one more that I've been eagerly anticipating and that is The Princess and the Frog. Not because the story sounds outrageously exciting or anything, but rather that it is Disney's official return to 2D animation in a long long time. It'll also follow the old musical-type format of so many of the Disney classics. And with John Lasseter from Pixar overseeing production now since the Disney/Pixar merger, my hopes and expectations are that this will become another classic. We'll see.

It looks like it should be an amazing next few years Disney/Pixar movie-wise. Looks like I'll get to bust out my Hannah Montana 3D glasses a few more times too. What up!

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You Were Always On My Mind...

OK maybe you weren't always on my mind, I just needed a somewhat clever title for this entry which is to be about what is on my mind.

Long ago on this or one of my several other attempts at having a blog I made a pledge to never be serious. Because seriously, I like making people laugh, not think. But then you know, life happens and you can't help but change your plans sometimes.

Yesterday I found out that a woman at my church died suddenly at the age of 34. We didn't even know each other very well, but I did have the opportunity to work with her for a short period of time and in that period I realized that we had similar qualities which I think is why this has been so hard to deal with.

Vanessa was a healthy, dedicated, and driven person. She worked in nearly every different department at the church and impacted literally thousands of people. When I interacted with her it was in leading worship and designing shirts for the bookstore. I've been in sort of just a lull since hearing about her passing and I've started to at least try to reevaluate some of my priorities. I was able to see how Vanessa used her life as a service for others while getting to do the things that she loved and that is what I want for my life too.

It is in times like these that you 'decide to make changes' and 'vow to live this way' but when the impact of the event wears off so does your resolve. I hope and pray that this time it sticks. I don't want to be able to think that any part of my life was wasted. I want to know at the end of the day that I used my time and talents wisely.

So, ya, that's what on my mind. Writing it out was as much for me as it is for anyone else.

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Some of My Favorite Quotes


-Be the Change You Wish to See in the World-

"We keep moving forward - opening up new doors and doing new things - because we're curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. We're always exploring and experimenting."
- Walt Disney

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
-Robert Frost

"My business is making people.. happy"
-W.D.

The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be Brave
- Nicole Nordeman.. "Brave"

Monday, April 7, 2008

Prince Caspian

So I recently realized that the new Chronicles of Narnia movie, Prince Caspian, is basically right around the corner. Seriously, it's out May 16th so that's a little more than a month away.

And being that I was not exactly the wonderful reader kid, my 20-year-old self has to read that book now before I go see the movie. Good news is: it was only $3 at Half Price Books, it's only about 200 pages, and it's a pretty easy read. 

Anyway, I'm about half way through it and it's great so far. And after seeing the latest trailer in the theatres this weekend, the movie looks like it will be incredible.

So get ready! Or get reading.


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Sunday, April 6, 2008

New iPhone Coming Soon?!

So for a while now I've had the ridiculous quality of possessing two, yes TWO cell phones. The reason being that T-Mobile and my Sidekick 2 (much love T-Mo) have an incredible data and texting plan. One that, in my texting prime, could not be passed up. At the same time, the rest of my family has AT&T and therefore in order to get free mobile to mobile and not rack up the minutes on both of our bills, I needed an AT&T phone too.

But that's all about to be solved (allegedly) because some old guy in an important-looking business meeting said that the iPhone is going 3G within 60 days. And since I refused to buy an iPhone until the 2nd version came out (so I didn't get Appled like I did with my iPod Photo when they released the iPod with Video a month later), I can finally go iPhone!

I know you're all happy for me. I know I am.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Cooking with Karen

From my website, RuckitUp.com... Learn how to make wontons!

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Wall-E is Gonna Be Freaking Awesome

So I'm pretty sure if I had any potential in drawing skillz, I would definitely find a way to make it to Pixar. To work. And even though I can't draw, I might just find another way to get there. Emptying trash bins? That would be totally fine with me. I'd end up saving every trashed storyboard for my own "memorabilia" collection. And if you were thinking "Ya.. they probably wouldn't let you do that." Don't worry, I'd find a way.

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DailyGame.net has a pretty cool article along with some pictures from the Pixar Animation Studios when they went to see a preliminary screening of their upcoming film Wall-E.

http://www.dailygame.net/news/archives/007495.php

There are a couple of spoilerish moments in the article but you can anticipate them coming and just skip over that paragraph.

I for one cannot wait for Wall-E (out June 27th), and I think I'll spend the time until then working on my drawing.

Hey, I can dream.

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Grey's Anatomy : Bring Burke Back!

So I was watching an episode of Grey's Anatomy tonight, (Season 3: Some Kind of Miracle) and I couldn't help but think about how crappy it is that they got rid of Dr. Burke. And for that matter, I don't really like that Addison is gone either. Ya ya, there was drama, whatever, Burke was really good and the show is really different without him.
They've replaced Burke with Dr. Hahn who made a couple of guest appearances in the past. I like her, but in small doses. And not every day. She certainly doesn't replace the hole left by Burke.

Addison's found her home in Cali at Private Practice but if I'm being completely honest, I don't love that show and I think her character was better on Grey's. But the writers didn't ask me.

I am excited though that since Private Practice won't be returning until the Fall, Addison will be guesting on a couple of Grey's episodes this season.

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Hannah Montana 3D Blu Ray: Best of Both Worlds

Just when you think Hannah Montana is done revolutionizing the world, she goes and does something else crazy. Something else that may speed up my ultimate purchase of an HDTV and Playstation 3 (Blu-Ray Disc player).

According to WENN, IMDB.com's entertainment news provider, when Disney releases the DVD/Blu Ray of the Hannah Montana Best of Both Worlds Concert, it will be the first high definition Blu-Ray disc that you can watch in 3D. It'll also have songs from the Jonas Brothers and some sort of behind-the-scenes documentary.

If all that doesn't make you want to go out and spend $3,000 on a new TV and BluRay player, I don't know what will.

No word yet on where to get the glasses though. Good thing I saved mine from the theatre!

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Adam's Advice: What to do... Adventure

Today's question comes from YouTube viewer, Zach.

Which reminds me, if you've stumbled across this page not having visited my website or YouTube channel, check them out!

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Anyway, here's the sitch:

I've been in college for 4 years, and in the fall I'm off to graduate school for another 5 or 6 years. Trouble is, I'll be OLD by the time I'm done with that. I think my youth is very precious, and having just seen "Into the Wild" and read "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac, I just want to adventure while I'm still young. At the same time, I shouldn't pass up this opportunity of graduate school. And I have this summer to go do something crazy. The question is: what should I do? Where should I go? Should I bring anyone? Seeking fun, adventure, and advice, Zach

OK well first of all, I have to say: congrats on being about ready to graduate college. I myself have two years left and I know how hard it is to focus on anything during that time so good for you on getting that far.

I think I enjoyed your question so much because it's what I'm going through right now as well. Though I'm still in school, I'm trying to decide where to go to finish my degree, whether or not that involves moving, what I'll study, etc. It's all too much for me to decide at such a young age. Though I'm beginning to realize that 20 isn't exactly "young," I still don't believe I should already know what I want to do for the rest of my life and be stuck with it forever.

Not to mention: once you graduate college, you ain't a kid no mo'. Which means you have to get a job and stay there for a while. (Which, I'll be honest, is not that easy for me to do. Not cuz I get fired, but because I get bored). So I'm not in TOO much of a hurry.

But back to you, I definitely think you should go on some sort of adventure. I myself took two semesters in the last few years to take a break from the monotony of school and do something that I considered crazy. (WARNING: THINGS THAT SEEM CRAZY TO ME MAY AND PROBABLY WILL NOT SEEM 'CRAZY' TO YOU) The first, right out of high school, I got a job at The Olive Garden and took vocal and acting lessons, rather than going straight into college.

After this semester I know several things:

  • A lot about wine (from The Olive Garden)
  • I'm not a very good songwriter
  • I will never work in the food service industry again
And I'm grateful for that.

Another semester, I took an internship at Walt Disney World and moved to Orlando for four months. An adventure that I'm sure everyone that knows me is already sick and tired of hearing about but one about which I will probably never stop talking. I could go on and on about what I learned during that semester, but I won't, just trust me.

I probably learned more about myself and life in general during those two semesters than I will in the remaining time I have in college. Which is why I'm highly supportive of your decision to do whatever it is you decide to do.

My recommendation for you:
I recently watched The Darjeeling Limited, and although I didn't necessarily understand everything in the movie, I did come away with one thing: it would probably be freaking AWESOME to take a long trip on a train. You know, where you have your own mini-train-hotel room and everything. I would probably take some cross-country trip to Chicago and then DC just in time for the 4th of July celebrations.
If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, road trips of any sort can always be fun. Just keep the driving to 8 hours or less, something you can do in one day. Anything more and you'll want to run your car into a wall by the end, which you might do anyway on accident for being so tired.
I like photography so I'd probably go somewhere picturesque but not necessarily tourist-happy. Tourists can absolutely drain the life out of you. They're always in such a hurry to get somewhere ELSE rather than just slowing down and enjoying where they are.

And as far as bringing anyone with you, that's up to you. Ultimately this trip is about you. So if there is someone or someone-s that you can bring along with you that you KNOW there won't be any issues of annoyance with that could potentially ruin the trip for you, then great, they will only add to the enjoyment. (Author Note: the previous sentence was RIDICULOUSLY long). Otherwise, 86 the companions.

I myself would probably find a friend to go with. I can only go so long singing to the same songs on my iPod to entertain myself.

Some ideas to consider:
  • Get your kicks on Route 66
  • Take a hot air balloon ride
  • Hike/Camp in a National Park
  • White water rafting
  • Disney World...
  • Go to Idaho.. I don't know anyone that's ever been there (no offense if that's where you live)
  • Help build a Habitat for Humanity home.. they build them everywhere and that would definitely be a moving experience..
  • Find an upcoming concert that you want to go to in ANOTHER city and use that as a basis for your road trip to wherever that may be.
Whatever you decide to do, have fun. Use the time to NOT focus on everything else (SCHOOL). Don't take your laptop, don't check your e-mail, let your phone go to voicemail. There will be plenty of time for that when you get back.

Just enjoy the moment.

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Chipotle!

Nothing really special, I'm just on my way there for lunch. Chipotle is my face.

Oh and a little factoid: Chipotle is one of the country's largest purchasers of humanely-raised meat. So.. that's pretty cool.

And they make a darn good burrito~

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Turn and Face the Strange Ch-ch-changes... NBC New Fall Lineup Edition

NBC announced the additions and changes to next season's fall lineup today and according to Variety, it's gonna be pretty weird. NBC has had a pretty rough last few years as far as new series go, but who knows, this could be their year.
New shows My Own Worst Enemy (starring Christian Slater), Kath and Kim, Knight Rider,and Crusoe will begin in the fall. And a show called Merlin will make its debut in the winter.. It's supposed to be about Camelot... Look for this to be next year's Bionic Woman.

I'm excited about Friday Night Lights being renewed because it's a really good show, though I honestly haven't watched at all this season.. whoops. The last shows I really care about being back are 30 Rock and The Office.

And then here's where it gets weird: NBC is planning on debuting a SPINOFF of The Office after the Super Bowl.... There aren't any details about the spinoff, but that's just weird to me. I'm sure it will be wonderful.

Weird thing/really cool thing #2: in October, NBC is planning 4 weeks of SNL: Thursday Night Lives to be aired in primetime.. Looks like they'll mostly be politically themed to coincide with the election in November. Random, but cool.
And then finally #3: they're claiming that next season will FINALLY be E.R.'s last season. Which is good, because I didn't even realize that was still on. They've been claiming that every season for the last 5 years was their last, so who knows what'll happen. Either way Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) will probably be looking for a new job...