Friday, October 31, 2008
How could I forget? I can't believe I almost let Friday pass without doing a recap of my favorite tv show.
Poor Pam! It must stink going from the...odd little Scranton branch to the big corporate offices in NYC. I was surprised by her costume, though. She really put some effort into that. But don't you usually check to see if people dress up in your office? Just a quick, "Hey, Sheila. Do people usually dress up here for Halloween?" would have saved Pam a lot of pain.
I was a little disappointed we didn't get to see everyone all dressed up for the entire episode. And did we even see if Michael had a costume? I don't think so. And I would have loved to see a Michael/Holly couples costume. Jim's was my favorite, though.
MVP of the week: Dwight. I love his torment of Andy. I really hope that continues. Maybe he could even ask Jim for advice. Then we could have Jim pranking Dwight pranking Andy. Doesn't get better than that.
You know what else is not better than that? Jim's brothers. So far, we've only seen Pam's mom as far as extended relatives go. I was not impressed with Jim's brothers. And why wouldn't his whole family offer to throw an engagement party or something? Whatever. Not impressed with the extended Halpert clan.
Favorite part? Michael putting "Life is a Highway" on, only to have Holly AND Darryl sing along. Hilarious.
Overall: better this week. But I'm really hoping they knock it out of the park in the next couple weeks. And I hope that includes a killer Christmas episode (they're usually pretty good and I would hate to be disappointed).
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
My husband, Kent, turns thirty today. We've been together for over seven years, which means that he's spent about a quarter of his life with me. I'm very, very grateful he picked me.
Lots of love to my love on his birthday!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
MY Office. Blah.
Yes, I know. My office lacks...personality. Color. Style. But those are things that I don't really have either. I mean, I can match. I can pick out pretty things. But interior design is not my strong suit.
Luckily, I have all of you. Take a look at this video and then tell me what to do.
Apparently I can request that my office be painted. I'm not 100% sure if I can pick whatever color I want or not. (I'm guessing not.)
But I have several problems.
#1: The layout. Do I need to move things around?
#2: The windows. What in the world do you do with all these windows? My guess is that there's not really anything you can do. And the cabinets? They're not even fabric, so I don't know that I could re-cover them very well. (How would I secure the fabric? Hot glue gun? Geesh!)
#3. This isn't really my space. I mean, it is. But it's also very public. Professors come in and out to get their mail, print things off, get supplies. Students come in to ask questions, drop things off, etc. And it's very visible. So whoever is walking by is going to see whatever I do to it.
Really, this post is for Leslie. Cause I'm sure she would be geeked to get her hands on a room. But remember. We're looking at design on a dime here folks. No real budget. Just things I would do myself.
So. Ideas? Help!
Monday, October 27, 2008
I did something stupid this morning. I let a friend talk me into joining NaNoWriMo this year. It's all his fault. Okay, I didn't really put up a fight. Which was even more stupid of me.
What is NaNoWriMo? Well, November is National Novel Writing Month. See? Na No Wri Mo. Essentially, you go online and you commit to writing a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. They track your progress online and you can have "writing buddies" etc.
Now I'm rolling my eyes at myself. Seriously. What do I think I'm doing? I've never written a novel. I've never written 50,000 words in one month (well, I might have, but finals week as a senior in college is different).
The website is really very helpful. They assure you that everything is fine. They encourage you to just write. Don't critique yourself. Don't edit. Just write. A lot. Even if it's crap, that's okay. Because December is for editing.
But November? November is for writing.
Wish me luck! (And no, you can not read it when I'm done.)
Friday, October 24, 2008
I hate to say it. But I will. This week's episode was not my favorite. I don't know what it was. Am I still missing Jim and Pam? Is the Dwight/Angela thing stretching on too long? *Gasp* Do I miss Toby?
Whatever it was, I am still going to focus on the positive. Here are my top moments:
1. Phyllis and Dwight. That's a really funny little relationship. And it cracks me up that Phyllis seems to know everything.
2. The gavel. "That's what she said."
3. Jim not going to New York. "I'm not that kind of guy. We are not that kind of couple."
And... that's it. Again, not my favorite week, but that's okay.
P.S. Off-topic, but I am SO glad that Will Ferrell made a guest appearance last night on SNL. :-)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I don't typically dress up for Halloween. It has never been my favorite holiday (sorry, Leslie). Even as a kid, I didn't really like dressing up. Probably has something to do with the disastrous year when I decided (on my own) to dress up as a bag of jelly beans. Not my best idea.
This year, my department is hosting an open house on October 30 and we're doing a Halloween theme. People can trick-or-treat through professors' offices and we're dressing up.
I decided to get into it and I'm going to be Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. I figure, easy enough. I can probably just wear a black robe and carry a stick and people will know who I am. I might add a scarf in Gryffindor colors.
Here's Hermione as portrayed by Emma Watson:
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Last night Kent and I watched The Office with our sister Tori and her boyfriend, Caleb. We had a great time and laughed hysterically pretty much throughout.
Dwight giving birth to a watermelon was one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen in my entire life. Dwight should never, ever, ever take his pants off. For any reason.
I LOVED the fact that Jan had the baby and didn't tell Michael. I felt a little sorry for Michael, but I'm so glad that slap in the face caused him to wake up a little bit.
My disappointment at the lack of Jim and Pam storyline continued this week, but I understand and can be patient. I mean, this wouldn't be sitcom television if they didn't drag the relationship out as long as possible, right? I'm just looking forward to the day where Michael throws Jim a bachelor party. Oh, the joy.
The Jim/Pam phone call at the end was super cute and I absolutely loved it. But it was laying it on a little thick. I mean, we all know they're the cutest thing ever. Do we really need all the sap? I feel the Jim/Pam relationship is better served through scenes like the "Yup, I'm really passionate about Italian food. In fact, I'm in love with Italian food." scene from last season. That's the Jim and Pam that we love.
Other favorites? Jan and Holly. Andy and Angela putting Astrid in vegetables.
Ta da. Until next week!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
I didn't think The Office recap Friday was an appropriate post for my 300th, but OF COURSE I still need to talk about The Office!
Favorite moment: Michael finding out that Jim and Pam are engaged and hug-tackling Jim. Really, really classic cold-open. It brings out the best in everyone: "I thought you were already engaged." "No, Pam was engaged to Roy. That was Roy." "I already got Pam and Roy a present. Does this mean I have to get you and Pam a present now too?" . . . "Yes."
I did miss Pam this episode. I'm glad she's following her dream, but it's just not as fun without her around.
Next: I thought the next step of development in the Michael/Holly storyline was awesome. "I want to be dating her without her knowing it." And when Holly said "But this isn't a family, it's a business," Kent leaned over and said, "Toby." Which I know is exactly what Michael was thinking, but couldn't say because he's so in love with Holly. Lol.
My one pet peeve of the episode? Corporate would never, ever, ever react the way they did to Meredith's confession. I know that 99% of the things that happen on The Office would and should never happen in a real office. And if the whole Meredith scandal had stayed in Scranton, I could believe that they would sweep it under the rug. But with Corporate involved, I just can't see them ignoring this. They seem very interested in avoiding lawsuits and this situation just has lawsuit written all over it. Meredith totally should have been canned (she's not my favorite character on the show anyway).
And last but certainly not least: the Jim/Dwight prank. Kent and I were laughing so hard when Jim whipped out the stopwatch. Then we just about lost it when Jim started in on his Battlestar Gallactica/Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings conversation with Andy. Classic. However, a little disturbing to find out that it takes Dwight and Angela 19 minutes and some seconds to walk down to the warehouse, get it on, and walk back up. Something I really did not need to know. As Michael would say, "TMI."
Until next week, Office fans.
For the 100th and 200th posts on this blog, I did some fun "get to know you" things. But this 300th post snuck up on me. I watched it go from 290 to 291 and all of a sudden (you know how these things go), I'm at 299.
But I realize that the number three is really a theme this weekend. Today is my 300th blog post. Today we begin to celebrate Kent's 30th birthday by leaving for . . . 3 days in Boston!
I'm very, very excited. Ready to pamper my husband after looong months of working so hard at the golf course (he works there, people, I'm not suggesting that playing golf is hard work). Ready to see friends in Boston we haven't seen in years. Ready to walk the Freedom trail, eat pizza at Regina's, and get some leaf cookies at Mike's. All with my amazing husband whom I love very, very much.
So happy 300th post, my little blog. Happy 30th birthday, my favorite one (in 19 days). Happy road trip day. :-) And thanks very much for reading along.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Hello, my name is Sarah, and I'm addicted to desserts.
My addiction became clear on Saturday. I've known for a while that my inclination towards sweets was increasing (along with my waistline), but Saturday was a smack in the face.
I'm going to admit it here because admitting I have a problem is the first step on the road to recovery.
On Saturday, I ate: a piece of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, a big mugful of chocolate ice cream, a piece of apple pie, three lemon bars (small), one cereal/marshmallow bar, one toasted marshmallow, and three chocolate chip cookies.
IN ONE DAY!
That is wrong. It is unhealthy. And it does nothing for my mental state of being.
So I'm going cold turkey. Not on sugar, because sugar is EVERYWHERE. But Sunday, I declined birthday cake. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and today I avoided the ice cream in the freezer.
I hid the chocolate chip cookies behind the shortening in the baking cupboard so even if I attempted to retrieve one (which I didn't), I would have to move the big tub of fat in order to add to my big tub of fat.
I've made it approximately 76 hours without eating sweets. And it sucks.
This weekend Kent and I are going to Boston and I know that I will break my new resolution. But I will try to break it in moderation and I will remember that on Wednesday, I can go back to eating well.
If you read this blog regularly, you know that I will only last about 10 days on this new resolution. But at least it will be a healthy 10 days.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
It's probably about time. :-) This one is all about my husband, though. Enjoy.
1. He's sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?
Probably SportsCenter. Or The Office. Or Family Guy, The Simpsons, MacGyver, Friends (!), MythBusters, a football game.
2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad?
He wouldn't get a salad. He'd probably get soup. Especially if they had like a chicken tortilla soup.
3. What's one food he doesn't like?
There's more than one, but at the top of his list would be pickles.
4. You go out to the bar. What does he order?
5. Where did he go to high school?
West Ottawa High School
6. What size shoe does he wear?
I think he wears a 10.5
7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be?
He still has his collection of baseball cards from childhood, so I might stick with that. Otherwise, I would say he would collect golf clubs. :-)
8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?
I don't think he really has a favorite type (and it depends on the situation). But probably some kind of Italian trio sandwich.
9. What would he eat every day if he could?
Um. He does eat cereal every day.
10. What is his favorite cereal?
He loves practically all cereal. But he particularly likes Cinnamon Toast Crunch and the Captain Crunch cereals.
11. What would he never wear?
I'm not putting a limit on this because he's a good sport and would wear practically anything if need be. But he's pretty opposed to pink. And he really sticks to blue, black, grey, and orange.
12. What is his favorite sports team?
I'm not 100% sure. Probably either the Michigan Wolverines or the Detroit Pistons.
13. Who will he vote for?
I'm pretty sure he's voting for Obama, but last election he voted for Joe Dumars.
14. Who is his best friend?
I'm going to have to say me here (and he's mine). But outside of me I think Chris Klein comes in a close second. :-)
15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn't do?
Unplug the toaster.
16. How many states has he lived in?
I think he's only lived in two: Michigan and Colorado.
17. What is his heritage?
He's a little of everything, but mostly Dutch and Czech, I think.
18. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind of cake?
I don't think I would. I would get an ice cream cake. Or cheesecake. Or something chocolate. This is making me hungry.
19. Did he play sports in high school?
Yes. He played basketball and ran track.
20. What could he spend hours doing?
Watching football and/or playing video games (Lego Star Wars, anyone?).
21. Does he belong to any men's organizations?
This question cracks me up. Is this 1955? No, he does not, unless fantasy football counts as a men's organization.
Now you should know a little more about the person I come home to every night. :-)
Monday, October 06, 2008
For my entire adult life I've not remembered being a good sleeper. I usually wake up at least two to three times per night. Sometimes I have to get up and go to the bathroom; sometimes I switch sleeping positions; sometimes I have no idea why I'm awake and I'm extremely frustrated.
More often than not, I fall back to sleep pretty quickly. But other times I am awake. I lie there and think about the dream I just had or what I have to do the next morning. Last night I had a particularly vivid dream where I disappointed someone dreadfully and I could not fall back to sleep for the life of me. I felt terrible. It was just a dream!
This morning I woke up after a particularly bad night and I was tired (big surprise, huh?). But when I'm tired I have the tendency to be particularly rude to my husband. Such was the case this morning. I wasn't terrible (I've been worse), but I certainly wasn't a ball of sunshine this morning.
What about you? Are you a grumpy person in the morning? What do you do to get yourself out of that funk? Any tricks to sleeping better? (I've tried fan and no fan, windows open and windows closed, eye mask on and eye mask off, earplugs in and earplugs out, door open and door closed, and various layerings of blankets.)
Friday, October 03, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Each October I send out an email to my friends, family, and coworkers reminding them to take a minute to help save lives. Here's what I say:
Women: if you're over 40 or are at high risk for breast cancer, please make sure you schedule your annual mammogram. If you haven't had a mammogram in the last 12 months, pick up your phone right now and call your doctor. If you're under 40, remember to do your monthly self-checks and to report any suspicions to your doctor.
Men: take a moment right now and call your wives, your daughters, your mothers, your sisters, your aunts, any woman in your life, and remind them to do the same as above.
This is an issue close to my heart as my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 after her annual mammogram detected a lump. Her treatment was considered a success and she got to see both her daughters get married and she got to be there when both her grandchildren were born. The cancer is now back and is terminal. But through treatment, she's lived a year with her cancer and may extend her life many more months.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this email and for taking the time to act now in the fight against breast cancer.