Friday, December 31, 2010

Favorite Friday NYE edition

DRUMROLL..... My favorite Friday for new years eve 2010 is DJ Earworm's United States of Pop 2010.

Hope you're having a great last few hours of this year! See you next year, followers!

PS-wearing purple tomorrow would be appreciated by yours truly! Go frogs!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 in Review

Well, today was my last full day in Texas of 2010. Tomorrow I head to California to spend the New Year cheering for my Frogs at the Rose Bowl! I don't know if y'all really know how excited I am for this! Since I'll be traveling most of tomorrow and busy sightseeing Friday (I'm hoping I have time for my Favorite Friday post, I already know what it is!), I thought I'd do a review of my year. It's been a crazy one and I hope 2011 is even more memorable than this!

I started my last semester as a college student! A dear friend of mine, Josh, proposed to his lovely girlfriend, Rachael, and her friends threw a surprise engagement party. If you knew Josh first you were to dress like a rockstar and if you knew Rachael first you were to dress like a Hippie. Such a cute idea! Here's Brigitte as Gwen Stefani, Sara, me as Hannah Montana, and Bry at the party.

We were graced with two of the best snow days Mother Nature ever bestowed upon TCU. Since we didn't have a single snow day first semester, her 14 inches in Fort Worth were a welcomed blessing. Here's me and my roomies in front of the good luck frog statue on campus.

March was somehow a short month for me; it went by in the blink of an eye. To start off my spring break, I joined a few of my Tyler favorites in Shreveport for a night of ridiculous fun. This is Anna, me, and Kendall in front of the Million Dollar Wall at the Horseshoe Casino.

The last full month of school before the big G word (graduation). Although it included my FIRST blog post, April obviously saw a lot of lasts for me including my last HIS Inductions. Here is the (active) family tree at Inductions Spring 2010.

Graduation. No doubt one of my proudest moments this year, if not THE most.

CAMP! My 12th year there! My 11th full month. You could say I'm a camp addict and this year was by far my favorite as a counselor. Although it technically happened in July (only the first 2 days), Hurricane Alex ruined Round-Up so we smooshed it into ONE DAY all in Harrison Hall. It was insanity, but amazing. I was honored and completely shocked to receive the award for Silver M Old Counselor. My new friend, Katye, got another award given to counselors named after one of the first camp owners, the Ag Award.

Eventful month! My mom and I went to California, got stuck there after ridiculous Continental's issues, and then saw Lady Gaga with Kendall and Art as a late birthday present (and ran into my favorite Amanda sisters)!

My first August NOT to be in school. CRAZY, right? I went to Fort Worth to celebrate Maggie and Allison's birthdays. Here's me, Trevor, Clay, Sara, and Bry at Capital.

The month where every other weekend was a wedding! And TCU started their path to purple reign (and another perfect season) at Cowboys Stadium.

After watching all summer, SYTYCD finally went on tour and I loved it! I also got to see my grand-little from HIS and a few of her friends. Becky and I proposed a photo op to our favorite SYTYCD season 7 hunk, Robert, and he liked it! I also experienced my first TCU homecoming as an alum, but kissing Robert on the cheek is my October highlight.

Another randomly short month for me. TCU football played its last home game in Amon G. Carter Stadium as it was before being demo'd for a $105 M renovation. Here's my last shot of the west side before it went down three weeks later.

It's been a busy month! TCU found out we're going to the Rose Bowl, several of my friends graduated from their respective schools, Christmas (obviously), Tacky and Tasteful 2010, Christmas PJ Party, and after several years my best friend from elementary school, Anne, and I reunited! And it's not even over yet!

Hope your 2010 has been as fun as mine, and that I'm not the only one who feels like it started last week. What were your favorite parts of your year?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Favorite Friday

My second Favorite Friday! This week, in honor of Christmas, my favorite is A Christmas Story. Especially when it's on for 24 hours on TBS starting at 7 pm on Christmas Eve. Here's the trailer from this 1980's cult classic. My dad introduced me at a very young age and obviously, it's a tradition to leave you TV on TBS for pretty much all 24 hours with this in the background. Nothing says classic Christmas movie like a movie that includes a leg lamp, let's be real.

Target clearly knows of A Christmas Story's awesomeness and although I've only seen this commercial once, I'm pretty obsessed with it. I finally found it yesterday and since it fits with my Favorite this Friday, here it is.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your families this weekend.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Jimmy Fallon's Christmas Song 2010

I hope everyone is familiar with "I Wish It Was Christmas Today," from SNL and then last year Jimmy had Julian Casablancas cover, but this year we have something new from Mr. Fallon.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

2011 Wish List

Although we still have a few days left of 2010, I've been thinking a lot about 2011. I can't believe 2010 is so close to ending! It went by ridiculously fast and I know 2011 will too, but before it does here are a handful of things I'm hoping will happen (some sooner than later).

A paycheck (and job, obviously)!

I'm hoping the job search will come to an end soon so I can begin my REAL life as a big-girl and end this pseudo big-girl life I've been living for the past several months. I know I'll miss it after I have to start really paying bills and paying attention to how much money really is in my bank account, but I've had a few months buffer between school and the next step and I think I'm ready. Bring on the big-girl lifestyle!

A TCU victory and the Rose Bowl!

After last year's Fiesta Bowl, I think our boys are more than ready to show the world TCU belongs in the conversation about the big boys. I've started referring to the Fiesta Bowl as our BCS practice round. I truly believe my horned frogs are going to bring it January 1st and give the Badgers a really good game.

A puppy!

I know the breed, coloring, and name of my future puppy. All that's left is to find a breeder and hope for the best. Of course, getting a puppy means getting a job and a big-girl apartment, so like I said, bring on the big-girl lifestyle!

A manfriend.

Ok, I really don't want to sound like a whiny, bitter single person, but a manfriend would be nice. I don't want a boyfriend because I'm tired of immature boys. No one too serious though. Hence, the manfriend. I don't necessarily need to meet "the one," but would the one before "the one" be so much to ask? Or even the one before the one before "the one."

And of course I want 2011 to be filled with many, many, MANY memories with my favorites!

Here's a toast to 2010 and the great memories.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Favorite Friday

Favorite Friday is going to be my weekly post. I decided earlier today, well, yesterday. But as it is now Friday, I can officially post one of my favorite things. My aunt emailed me the original video of these cats, but then I found the extended and with someone's commentary and I died laughing.

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Excitement Can't Be Contained.

The countdown is on, kids. One of my favorite movie franchises is returning May 20 and the first teaser trailer already looks fairly promising.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pasadena Bound

TCU has SOLD OUT of the 20,000 allotted tickets to the Rose Bowl. My mom and I are two of the lucky people included in the sea of purple that will be taking Pasadena by storm for the last couple of days of 2010 and beginning of 2011. So excited! But of course, I must thank my ticket purchaser, Stef, because otherwise my mom and I would be traveling, but not actually getting into the game.

Go frogs!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

SO. Cool.

I wish I had seen this in person, but this will do. Sorry part of the video gets hidden - I don't know how to make the video smaller/what size to make it so you can see all of it.

And just like that, the Fort Worth skyline is changed. Video from KDFW Fox 4.

There's a neighborhood behind the stadium and this is an awesome view several families had this morning.

It's almost 8 minutes of footage, but the implosion is done in the first minute and a half or so.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

We'll Miss You, Amon G. Carter Stadium (of the past)

The implosion of the upper west side of TCU's stadium happens tomorrow at 8 am after our famed frog horn blows one final time in its home of the past. TCU has raised $105 M to renovate the 80 year old stadium. The west and south sides should be completed in time for the 2011 season, with the final product debuting in time for TCU's first season in the Big East in 2012. I thought it would be nice to chronicle a few highlights of the 5 seasons I've watched TCU play.

My first game was TCU vs. UC Davis. This was in the days I left before the fourth quarter had started, but it was definitely a W. Since it was our first game, TCU let the freshmen on the field to welcome the players. It was an awesome experience.

My first sold-out game happened when Texas Tech came to the Fort for Parents Weekend in a game with NO TDs - ALL field goals. It was insane. Another W for TCU, obviously.

My first homecoming game was against Wyoming (another win). Here's one of my favorite pictures from my four years at TCU.

Sophomore year was a year when I didn't go to a lot of games. That summer I had severe eye issues and standing in the student section (usually facing the sun) was just not what I called fun. Not to mention I just wasn't in Fort Worth many home game weekends (Rose Festival, a cousin's wedding/step-sister's birthday, etc). It was definitely the worst season (finishing 7-5) of TCU football while I was there.

My junior year was the first year the north end zone boxes were part of the stadium.

The Pink-Out game (or the first Frogs for the Cure not called Pink-Out) was a domination over BYU and my first time to stay through the entire game.

Senior year was the first undefeated season in 70 years. One of my amazing roomies was lucky enough to be on the color guard and go to the Fiesta Bowl with the team (TCU's first BCS berth).

I was also fortunate enough (please read sarcasm into this) to break my toe on the east side's stands at the Colorado State game. It was painful (an understatement), but it's a memory of my senior year I wouldn't give up (not to mention it's hilarious now and I left a piece of myself there). This picture is of the bolts holding up the stands on the east side, much like the bolts I broke my toe on, from Secrets of the Stadium.

Then there's the most amazing game I've ever been to: Utah at TCU, November 14, 2009. My second sold-out game. College GameDay was present. BCS bowl officials were present. Nike made us special uniforms. It was AWESOME. Here's the west side an hour and a half before kick off.

After the second half started. Still so full.

On the field at the end of the game looking at the final score.

My last game as a student was the last game of the 2009 regular season when the team won the Mountain West Conference.

In my first year of being an alum, I've been ridiculously proud to cheer on my Horned Frogs to another undefeated season starting at the new Cowboys Stadium and going 11-0 at home in AGCS's last game as is. This is my last shot of the west side as I'll always remember it.

It's been a fun 80 years, AGCS, the next 80 should be just was great! Go frogs!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tradition Takes a Holiday

Christmas lights are one of my FAVORITE things about the holiday season. When they're put to music, it's even better. Two of my best friends, Kendall, Katie, and I will spend hours looking at Christmas lights on any random night of the season. Literally. Katie and I have started "the Tacky and the Tasteful," we like Christmas lights that much. There is one specific house in one of the nicer neighborhoods here in Tyler that puts lights ALL over their house and yard. It's amazing.

Charlie Brown 2009 from Ken Good on Vimeo.

This would have been their SIXTH year, however Christmas at the Goods is taking a holiday and I'm upset. Slightly depressed, even. Not only because they are not doing it, but because of their reason. The Goods' 5-year-old daughter has been moved to Children's Hospital in Dallas for a bone marrow transplant. Seriously upsetting to hear that such a cute little girl and her family are dealing with this, especially during the holidays. I wish them a merry Christmas and hope that sweet Laurel gets better.

Monday, November 29, 2010

To Do's...

So, over the past few weeks, I see things and get excited about things and I'm like, "Oh, I should do that!" but then I forget. So, maybe if I blog about a few to do's, I'll be more motivated to them.

My goal to read the first half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows before seeing the movie didn't work out so well, but I'm still pushing forward and reading it and it's fabulous. There's a lot left, but I'm hoping to finish by this weekend (I'm a slow reader).

I also want to read the Dawn Treader before the next Narnia movie comes out (Dec. 10). The movie looks fantastic. Last Christmas break I read the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian and they are so good! CS Lewis has a way of painting pictures that is truly admirable.

A girl I went to school with for forever, Caroline, does a cute thing on her blog called Three Things Thursday. I love reading it every Thursday and want to do something similar so I blog at least once a week. Maybe something on a Tuesday? I think Tuesdays are always my off-days in this limbo between graduation and employment (which may be on the horizon but I don't want to jinx it by talking too soon). I always wake up moodier than usual and Glee seems to be the only upside, which I forget about until about 5 every week. Any ideas out there readers?

This is definitely not as important by any means, but I need ideas nonetheless. Ever since I was about 5 or 6, my mom has decorated her Christmas tree in 98% Santa ornaments. Since this is (hopefully) my last Christmas at home, I've started wondering what my future Christmas tree's/trees' theme(s) should be. I recently bought a really cute TCU ornament from a vendor at Mistletoe and Magic, the Tyler Junior League's Holiday Market. In addition, my grandmother gave me a cute star shaped Santa several years ago, so I wonder if I should do all stars.
TCU Star Cloissonne Ornament by Kitty Keller Designs
Definitely not as pressing a matter, but it is something to ponder, right?

Much more pressing than all of the above: I need to save my money! It's the holiday season which means shopping for presents for my family and friends. Holiday season also means college football bowl season and TCU looks to be going to the Rose Bowl. My mom and I have pretty much decided we're going and making this our 2011 vacation since I probably won't have vacation time yet next summer. As one of my first acts of grown-up-ness, I'll be paying part of my way to Pasadena. Basically, what this boils down to is that I need to learn to be more frugal with even more expenses soon to be coming my way if this employment opportunity works out (and I really hope it does).

Oh and Fort Worth: where the East end and the West begins, or the opposite for TCU as it jumps the MWC ship and joins the Big East.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Football Rants and Raves

I won't rant too long. In fact, I'll keep it short and sweet.

I hate the BCS. It is the most flawed part of college athletics. And since they support the BCS, I hate ESPN. The analysts they hire are soooo wrong it's ridiculous. This evening, several analysts declared that despite TCU going undefeated for the second season in a row and being ranked third in all of the polls, if Oregon or Auburn were to lose next weekend, TCU would not deserve a chance at the national championship game.

I'm sorry, what? Unless there is some seriously strange season where every team in the FBS loses at least one game, the national championship should be between two unbeaten teams.

With that said, I'll move on to TCU's football future. This weekend experienced a turn of events: Boise State lost to Nevada. According the the "experts," Boise's win of Nevada would have put them at number 3 in the polls, over TCU. But Nevada pulled through for TCU. With this event, TCU is almost certain to venture to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (as predicted by USAToday in the pre-season).

The more I think about it, the more I'm willing to drain my bank account and risk my personal space (to go through security) and watch my frogs at their bowl game (which if Oregon or Auburn loses cold be the national title, unless the ESPN "experts" get their way).

Ok, so not so short, but I can't be alone.

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Once upon a time, several years ago, a wonderful website popped up called ElfYourself. My dad discovered it and the family became obsessed. Every year we look forward to the time when ElfYourself reappears and we can be "Elf"-ed. A few years ago, OfficeMax bought it as a sponsor and ever since they've added a new dance or two each year. This year the new dances are 80's and Surfer. Here's my family, "Elf"-ed, dancing to Christmas music 80's style.

Go check it out and ElfYourself!

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I'm a little in love with Glee newcomer and star of A Very Potter Musical/Sequel, Darren Criss. And when I say a little, I mean a TON. He's so cute and his voice is to die for. So mix that with my love of Kurt (Chris Colfer) on Glee and this song and you get a taste of perfection.

Now if only the Texas weather would follow.

Friday, November 19, 2010

BBC Books

I saw this on Facebook and thought it was neat.

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES.

• Bold those books you've read in their entirety.
• Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read only an excerpt.

Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses! (Or not, after all reading is not a competition! I'm betting that we're all well over 6 books, and I am curious to see the common ground).

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma -Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

So I guess according to BBC I'm above average? Or maybe they don't understand how intense AP English is in high school?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

American vs English

I'm home alone right now, basking in my unemployment glow, and I'm dying laughing out loud at this.

A Very Potter Sequel

Ok, if you agreed with me and thought the first was hilarious, you'll die watching this one. It's a Very Potter Sequel!

Oh and 24 hours from now I'll be seeing Deathly Hallows Part 1. SO EXCITED!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Very Potter Musical

Ummmm, this is hilarious. And yes, that is Darren Criss aka Blaine from Glee. I'm a little in love with him and this.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I Solemnly Swear I Am Up To No Good

With just a few days (we can count on one had now) left until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I, I thought I'd pump up any of the readers out there for one of the movies I have been waiting for all year.

My goal over the next few days is to read half of the book to refresh my mind. The book came out 3 summers ago when I was having my amoeba issues and I had a lot of difficulty reading the book even with my little old person magnifier. Needless to say, with that much difficulty reading the book I don't remember a ton of it, just really random fragments. I do recall finishing the book and telling everyone if it wasn't two movies I might have to boycott.

A few weeks ago it was announced that the first part would not be in 3D and I'm a little bummed, but glad that they didn't push the release date to make it 3D. This will be my second Harry Potter midnight premiere and my third midnight movie in this weekend of November (Twilight 2008, New Moon 2009). My group at school made t-shirts both years for Twilight and the group here in Tyler has expressed an interest in dressing up, so I might be making another shirt. If we do, I'm excited about my idea.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Job Search Update

Oh, right there's nothing to update. Currently I'm looking at two of the local college's catalogues to figure out if it's possible for me to take a web design course since every time I look for jobs there are about a million and one listings for a web designer. If only I could rewind a year and tell myself to take that as an elective...

Hoping Glee being on for the first time in two weeks will help me get in a better mood since today's mood has been quite crappy.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Quidditch? NCAA? Shut up.

Just another reason I should have stayed in school and forgotten that whole graduation thing. There are Quidditch leagues in schools and the World Cup is coming up! This is crazy and awesome and ridiculous all at once and I envy the people at these schools playing Quidditch and vying for NCAA recognition.

Countdown to HP7 Part I - 10 days.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

In Case You Missed It...

TCU demolished Utah today. At Utah. Ruining a 21-home game winning streak. 47-7. In our last game as MWC's rivals.

This was my view (not my video however, although I do have one somewhere) last year when TCU rolled on over Utah at TCU, 55-28.

So proud of my horned frogs. 10-0, feels good to be back.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Oh, hello #3, nice to meet you

Dear Boise State,

I regret to inform you that you that been leap-FROGged. Except that I don't really regret it. At all. Go frogs.

TCU, home of the 3rd ranked team in the nation

Sign from Utah at TCU 2009

PS - How many times has College GameDay come to one of your games in the past two seasons because Saturday will be their third time at one of our's... Again, go frogs.

College GameDay at TCU at BYU 2009

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Short and Sweet...

Ok, am I the only one in the world who is tired of Taylor Swift? I really can't be the only one. Her new album came out yesterday, but the hype for it has been building since her last album came out. Maybe it's that I'm single and bitter and all of her songs are about finding love and whatnot, but seriously. Am I alone? In the past 24+ hours I've seen about a million and a half statuses on facebook/tweets on twitter about listening to Speak Now and how no one can decide what their favorite song is. News flash: they're the same 15 songs as were on her first two albums.

T-Swift is a cutie. I love her first few songs. I wish I had her fashion sense and my hair would curl like that. But damn, the girl needs to take a break like Kanye took after their incident at the VMA's 2009.

My rant is now over.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Epitome of SASS

Ok, I am FASCINATED by pop culture. I don't know why, but I just love it. Especially when it relates to movies or music (or in a strange twist of fate the two combined to make Glee, but that's a whole other topic). No doubt you've heard Willow Smith's new song "Whip My Hair" by now. I can't stand it. Or rather, I can't stand the "I whip my hair back and forth" that repeats about a million times throughout the song. She's amazing for a 9-year-old and it's a catchy song, but I can do without the repeats. I just watched the video for it though and I'm in love. It's a fun video and it makes me want to splatter paint with my hair. It's no "Single Ladies" video that people will mimic for decades to come, but damn, that Willow is SASSY. You cannot deny the sass factor. Anxious to see what else Will Smith's children come up with...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rocky Horror Glee Show... And the Original

So pretty much as soon as the preview for next week's Glee aired last week, I got on Amazon and bought Rocky Horror Picture Show on DVD. It got here Friday and my mom and I watched it that night. My mom and aunt used to go to the midnight shows all the time in the late 70's/early 80's and have fun yelling at the movie (not dressed up, but I'm sure the people watching there is almost as great as my Lady Gaga experience). Now, I made her sit still and quiet for my first viewing and all I can say is, "What did I watch?" haha - it was good, but several people have told me to watch it more than once, which I fully plan on doing. "Time Warp" was probably my favorite part of the movie and this article gives a preview of Glee's with the original just below it. I'm SO excited.

Kendall called me yesterday to see if I wanted to do a Girls' Night In watching Rocky Horror since we've been planning on making an event out of seeing the movie before the Glee-pisode. So my second viewing should be later this week. I'm really excited for the Glee version. Especially since Uncle Jesse, aka Dr. Carl will be singing in a leather studded, Elvis inspired, Meatloaf-ish costume.

Monday, October 18, 2010

We Fight Back by Tim Halperin

Like I said a few weeks ago, "We Fight Back" is a song my friend Tim has released on iTunes that benefits the Komen Foundation. This past weekend was frogs for the Cure at TCU and I'm so bummed I had to miss it, but luckily there's always YouTube to show me what I miss.

Seriously, buy the song if you haven't. Seventy cents of the ninety-nine cent song goes to Komen. It's a great song for a greater cause.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Sorry for the lack of posts this month. My life is REALLY uneventful right now. I've applied for jobs. I'm not getting any responses, which is becoming not only depressing but just plain maddening. I did find my Halloween costume, so that's fun. And my phone has become increasingly unreliable at home, dropping calls left and right. SO annoying.

However the next three weekends should not be uneventful! This weekend is Tyler's famed "debutante" ball, the Texas Rose Festival. My family has a cousin escorting one of the girls this year, so naturally we are attending just about everything. Not to mention two girls I've gone to camp with for a LONG time are duchesses in it this year so it will be nice for a little dose of camp in the midst of the Rose Fest madness.

Next weekend is TCU homecoming and I am thrilled to get back to the Fort for TWO nights and just be with college friends. Why they picked that game for homecoming, I'm really not sure since it is the third game in a row at home. But whatever, it'll be a great game (we're playing Air Force who is surprisingly amazing this year)!

Then the weekend following that is Halloween! Art and Kendall will be holding their third annual Halloween party complete with pumpkin carving earlier in the week. I've decided I really want to carve a horned frog in my pumpkin, but have yet to decide how that will work...

Anyway, these events are knocking on my door and I'm thrilled because I love fall! Not to mention, I won't be nearly as boring with these things in my life.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It's October! Which means Breast Cancer Awareness Month! One of my friends from TCU is the very talented Tim Halperin. For the Frogs for the Cure game he has written a song called "We Fight Back" which he will be performing during halftime at the game on October 16. I'm so bummed I have to miss his performance because he is SO talented. The song is on iTunes TODAY and it's one of the remaining 99 cent songs on iTunes AND 70 of those cents benefits the Susan G Komen Foundation and you just can't pass that up! It's a GREAT song for an even GREATER cause. I hope all of my readers will be checking it out ASAP.

Frogs for the Cure 2010 t-shirt

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Frustration and Glee

Two opposite ends of the spectrum: frustration and glee. Frustration because I'm so tired of dead ends in the job search. Glee because it come on tonight and it's the Britney Spears episode. Can we say amazing?

Almost a MONTH ago, I had a great interview for an unpaid internship in the Fort downtown. Sounded too good to be true! Well except the unpaid part. I was told I'd hear from the guy I'd actually be working with the next week so we could Skype interview (the guy I interviewed with was shocked to find out I drove through a tropical storm for an interview... My resume says TYLER on it, does it not?). Well a week went by and I finally heard from the guy I interviewed with, they'd been super busy and he'd pass my info along ASAP. Well, it's been almost three weeks since that and nothing. I've given up on it and talked myself out of it. As great as it would be to move back to the Fort, my initial goal, it's unpaid and I REALLY want a pet. Pets are expensive in the beginning, as is where I'd very much like to live. I've e-mailed a few places since then and still heard ZIP back from any of them. Is a courtesy e-mail too much to ask at this point? Even if it's a "We got your resume. Thanks, but no thanks." type thing, it'd be great to have it pop up in my e-mail. Depressing, but nice to know they go it.

On the positive side: Glee! Tonight! Britney/Brittany promises to be absolutely amazing. I just downloaded all the songs for tonight's episode - a FIRST in my love affair with Glee.

Also, please remember to send positive energy/prayers/whatever to the University of Texas at Austin after this morning's events.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pony Down

In honor of tonight's TCU game at SMU...

They passed these shirts out 2 years ago for the big Iron Skillet game, but I could NOT find one for myself. I was so upset. However, there' this fabulous graphic floating around in cyberspace and I'm thrilled to display it today.

If you're not in the metroplex, specifically driving around Dallas in the greater SMU area, you haven't seen the "Beat TCU," "TCU Sucks," or "Fill the Ford" sign around (nor the plane carrying one of said banners behind it). I wonder how much they've spent on all of that, not to mention the t-shirts they've supposedly handed out to students all week. I propose the boys at TCU try to beat the ponies by that much.

Monday, September 20, 2010

SYTYCD Tour 2010

In 48 hours I will more than likely be getting ready to head out the doors of Nokia (now Verizon, but I refuse to call it that) Theater in Grand Prairie to line up and meet my favorite dancers from season 7, the touring all stars, and season 6's winner. In honor of going to see my third SYTYCD tour, I'm going to pick a few of my favorite dances from this season (and one from last) that I hope are on tour. Also, sorry in advance for the ones people recorded from their TVs - they suck but it was the only way I could embed them on here.

Russell and Kathryn Hip Hop (Season 6)

Billy and All-Star Ade Contemporary

Robert and All-Star Allison Contemporary

Lauren and Kent Contemporary

Ashley and All-Star Dom Hip Hop

Top 11 and All-Stars Jazz

Yay! I'm glad this is on tour!
Robert and All-Star Courtney Jazz

If you're new to my blog or don't pay attention to my obsessions, I'm in love with the show So You Think You Can Dance on Fox. This summer was the 7th season (6th summer season, they experimented with a fall season last year). I got turned on to SYTYCD because I knew a girl in the top 20 in 2007. I've known several people to try out since and currently one of my steps-sister's best friends is considering trying out for season 8 and if she makes it to Vegas the family has already said we're going, haha.

Total Frat Move

I love when I know a TFM is from TCU. This one is TOO perfect for words. LOVE it.

I go to a private school whose football team is ranked number 4 in the nation. Not only can you not afford to go here, but we beat you at everything too. TFM
- gary fraterson

Go frogs.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bear Hunt

This is just TOO perfect for words. Especially today, the day TCU shuts up Baylor's trash-talking. Kick off is at 3:30 on Versus for those of us not in the Fort today. My mom bought the next level up on our satellite to get the channel (for a whole $10 more than she was already paying).

We're going on a bear hunt!
We're gonna catch a big one!
I'm not afraid!
Are you?
Not me!

Here comes the gate
Now we're on a bear hunt
We're gonna catch a big one
I'm not afraid
Are you?
Not me!
We're coming to a tall mountain
It sure is high
It sure is wide
Let's climb up it
Well, there's nothing over there
Nothing over there
Nothing back there
Hey! Wait! I think I see something
Quick! Everybody run down!

We're going on a bear hunt!
We're gonna catch a big one!
I'm not afraid!
Are you?
Not me!

This song is a kids song with echos(that I deleted), but how perfect would it be if Andy and GPat led the singing of this before running out of the tunnel today? Oh my gosh, I think I'd pay money. Go frogs!

Thursday, September 16, 2010


I'm fickle and I'm tired of the old look, so I'm introducing a new look! I'm a little bit in love with this, although it makes me feel really young, but I think it fits the "Welcome to GrownUpLand" theme in an ironic way. Let me know what you think, readers. I know you're out there.

I also made the title part of a collage! I've been trying to figure out how people have been doing this. I had no idea there was an option for it on the design part of blogger, so I made a collage at picnik and loaded it that way! I feel so resourceful! I deserve a pat on the back.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


It's over, thank God!

Day 30 - A photo of myself and 3 good things that have happened in the past 30 days.

You don't get the photo, sorry. It's almost midnight, I've had a bad day, and I look like crap. Deal with it.
3 good things?
1. I've had two job interviews.
2. I get 15 free downloads every quarter from Napster thanks to my mom's Best Buy Reward Zone points - yay new music!
3. TCU has won their first two games!

TH END, finally!!!

Next Blog >>

Have you ever clicked that little link up there that says "Next Blog>>" ? It's fantastic if you're bored like I am right now. However, sometimes I wonder how and why Blogger picks what the blogs to pop up on my screen. I know blogging about your upcoming family is a poplar thing for young moms and dads to do right now, and I think it's precious, but I went from random gamers dudes' blogs to upcoming family blogs, which were adorable, and then it went into random languages that aren't English blogs (I'm assuming most were French, but some weren't). How did Blogger decide to go from random gamer dudes to sweet little children on their first day of pre-school? There's just no telling, but I do highly suggest clicking that link up there when you have some time, you almost always come across one cute little blog about a family somewhere out there.

In other news, I'm in a bad mood. The cute little family blogs helped some, but I'm still not at a break even point where I'm neither unhappy nor happy. I'm finally feeling some serious frustration with the job search thing. Among other aspects of my life. I'm just ready for the next chapter to have already started. I hate beginnings. I like middles. I think one of the things I'm most frustrated with is how bored I am. I need something to keep myself busy. A book to read? A Chelsea Handler book perhaps? A GRE book to study? I don't know... What I do know is that in 7 days I will be getting ready to go to Grand Prairie to see the SYTYCD season 7 tour and my step-sister, Katy, will be 21. CRAZY.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day Twenty-Seven, Eight, and Nine

I told you I'm not motivated to finish this at all, but luckily tomorrow will be the last day and then I won't have to feel guilty any more...

Day 27 - A photo of me from last year and how I've changed...

This is exactly a year (and a few days) old. Most obviously how I've changed: I'm 22, not 21; I graduated from college; I'm unemployed; I no longer live with these two fabulous ladies because I live at home with my mom due to the unemployed-ness. I also think my temper has changed. I get frustrated over some of the most random things and way more easily than ever.

Day 28 - My favorite movie.
This is a toughy because I love movies. I'm obsessed. At any given time, there are at least 3 movies I'd love to see in theaters. Then I have to buy the ones I like when they come out on DVD. I am obsessed. I guess currently a few of my favorites include, but are definitely not limited to:
Remember Me

A Christmas Story


Day 29 - Something I could never get tired of doing...
Good question... I'm exhausting the list of my favorite things in my head and I can imagine myself getting tired of most, if not all of them. I guess what I'd get LESS tired of would be being creative. I love the creative process and being hands on while creating whatever it is I was thinking of.

ONE MORE DAY!!! I'm so glad. This 20 day blog challenge didn't sound too awful at the beginning but it's just bad now.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Day Twenty-Six

A picture of somewhere you've been to... recently? In my life? What?

I guess I'll do recently... Cowboy's Stadium... AKA: The Death Star, Jerry's World or Gary's World last weekend!

Currently, I'm listening to the game on KTCU. I had GameTracker up, but it gets so delayed... Middle of the 2nd qtr, TCU 21, Tennessee Tech 7. And it's... 3rd DOWN! Go Frogs!

Also, God bless America!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Day 23-25... I'm a slacker...

I'm so close to the end of this, but I'm just so NOT motivated to do it...

Day 23 - 15 fact about me
1. I want to be part of a Flash Mob. Real Bad. 2. I'm a huge movie person. I'll see almost any movie once, except scary ones. The really good ones I'll see at least twice. 3. I'm tired of this blog challenge. 4. I get paranoid about the weirdest things sometimes. 5. I change my mind about which pet (Russian Blue kitten or tri-color Corgi puppy) I want daily, if not more than that. 6. Even though I love my XM preview in my car, I still get really annoyed with it. 7. I'd love to relive the years 2005-2009. They were awesome and awful all at once. 8. I'm 22 years old and I still LOVE Disney. 9. TCU Stadium has the best hot dogs ever. And I hate hot dogs. 10. I love McDonald's breakfast! 11. I really like milk. 12. I want to take a cheesy roadtrip around Texas where I stop at random landmarks and other historical places. 13. I hate my fingernails to but cut down to the quick. I need a little bit of white. 14. I wish I had tried out for Showgirls when I decided to go to TCU. OR that I just hadn't stopped dancing when I got to college. 15. I like to blast the radio and sing really loud when I'm in the car alone.

Day 24 - A photo of something that means a lot to me...
I've never taken a picture of it and I'm lazy so you don't get one:My grandmother's wedding ring that she turned into a pinky ring after my grandfather died.

Day 25 - What's in my purse?
wallet, checkbook, pens, camera, cell phone (when I'm not home), keys, kleenex, random tickets from movies and other entertainment, hand sanitizer... more but I can't think of it.

less than a week of this left - thank God.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day Twenty-two

Day 22 - A letter to someone who hurt me recently.

That's a little personal. I don't think I'd have the guts to do that if I had a letter written... So instead I'll change it to a update on my life.

I've been on the hunt for jobs for over a month now. I've had one interview and I have another tomorrow. Tomorrow's interview is for an unpaid internship, but the place looks amazing and they loooove TCU grads, so it sounds really promising - and if not, then interview practice always helps. The first interview was in Dallas for a technology ad agency. I don't think it went badly, but it probably could have gone a ton better. I didn't get asked back for the second round, but by the time I had heard back from them I had talked myself out of wanting it. I love visiting Dallas, but I can't see myself living there. Ever. It's just too claustrophobic for me. After that interview, I drove over to SMU and had lunch with Molly! It was great to see her and catch up, hopefully it will happen much more often once I make I make it back up to the DFW. That weekend, I ventured back up to the DFW for a big-little bonding night in Arlington with Courtney and then FW for Maggie and Allison's birthday celebration. The next big thing that happened was the TCU game at Cowboys Stadium this weekend. Can we say "AH-MAZE-ING!"? Because that barely begins to describe the stadium, the game, and the turn out. Our boys looked like BAMFs in their new Nike uniforms, but I must say I like last year's just a tad better. In case you were in a hole or something this weekend, TCU won. Oregon St. kicked a safety for us and sealed the deal. That morning I went to Johnson's wedding in Plano. He and Allie are adorable! They both looked so happy all day. I left the reception early though to go to the game, so I missed out on some of the fun stuff. But the ceremony was really nice - especially when Allie's pastor pulled out her stuffed animals.

Gary is my homeboy.
That's pretty much it for now. As I encounter more big girl adventures I'll keep you updated.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Day Twenty-One

Day 21- A photo of something that makes me happy

old pictures and memories make me happy :)

Day Eighteen - Twenty? FAIL.

You'll have to forgive me! College Football started this weekend and I had to travel to the glorious Cowboys Stadium in Arlington to watch my amazing TCU Horned Frogs take on (and kill) the Oregon St. Beavers. Not only that, one of my dearest friends got married that morning in Plano as well! Needless to say, it's been a slightly crazy Labor Day Weekend. So here comes a big post of all the days I've missed!

Day 18 - Something I crave a lot.
I'm editing this to something I crave a lot lately.

I've been ALL about big soft pretzels from the mall kiosk lately. They're amazing. My mom tried to find some at the grocery store. Nasty. Nothing like the big soft ones at the mall.

Day 19 - Another picture of myself

Day 20 - The meaning behind my blog name
When I named my blog "Welcome to GrownUpLand'" I imagined a city limits sign on the side of the road with this greeting. Maybe a population count of 1. However, I am not the most artsy person when it comes to Photoshop and InDesign despite what I like to think - I'm totes the creative mind behind stuff, not always the creator. So I couldn't quite bring that to life, but I loved the name idea, so I stuck with it.