Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Defying Gravity

In an answer to my long time prayers, Wicked has finally come to Richmond. And I finally have tickets to go next week (oh, there will be a long review afterwards, so look forward to that!)

Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast)
I can't even explain how excited I am! I have wanted to see this show since it's Broadway premiere, but have never had a chance. Considering I own the soundtrack and am in love with the music, it's about time I see the show. 

Of course nothing can compare to seeing Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth in the original cast, but I've been hearing nothing but great things about this touring company.

So, because I can't stop listening to it, here are some of my favorite lyrics from the infamous song "Defying Gravity":

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!

It's time to try
Defying gravity
I think I'll try
Defying gravity
And you can't pull me down! 

I'm through accepting limits
'Cause someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know!
Too long I've been afraid of
Losing love I guess I've lost
Well, if that's love
It comes at much too high a cost!
I'd sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I'm defying gravity
And you can't pull me down!

So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky!
As someone told me lately:
"Everyone deserves the chance to fly!"
And if I'm flying solo
At least I'm flying free
To those who'd ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I am
Defying gravity
I'm flying high
Defying gravity
And soon I'll match them in renown
And nobody in all of Oz
No Wizard that there is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down! 

Monday, March 15, 2010

A St. Patty's Festival With No Green Beer??

Richmond held it's annual Shamrock the Block festival this past Saturday, and left much to be desired. With the exception of thousands of people wearing green, there was nothing to distinguish this as a St. Patty's day event.

So... what was missing most, you might ask? No green beer. No Irish beer, for that matter... no Guinness, no Bass, no Smithwick's...

No... all that was available to the huddled masses were Budweiser brands... and oh yeah, nothing says "Luck of the Irish" like a tiny $5 Budweiser...

Richmond... you have something to learn from your sister cities. At least they know how to party properly! Oh well... at least my money went to charity.

So I guess I'll have to wait for Wednesday's actual celebration to have my official green beer.

Do I like food coloring in my beer? No... it's pretty nasty, if you think about it. But it's celebratory and necessary. A right of passage if you will.

So, raise your glass (and hopefully there is something better than Bud in it) and say with me "Slainte!"

Happy St. Pat's!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Goodbye, Lucas (aka Corey Haim)... you will be missed

Hollywood lost yet another bright star this week, and although many people were quick to say they saw it coming, it doesn't make it any less sad. Yes, Corey Haim did have some problems. Yes, he had fallen far from the stardom of his youth. But I will always remember him with fond memories, and I hope his tormented soul is finally resting peacefully.

Special savings for my lovely readers!

Normally, this is something I'd post on my other blog, The Bombshell, since it has to do with fashion.... and yes, I have posted it there as well. But I feel like it's such a great deal, I wanted to pass it on here as well. So enjoy the Amazon savings for a limited time and remember to check back from time to time... I may be able to help out again ;)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Iron Man 2 - New Trailer

I don't think I am more excited about any upcoming movie... this looks absolutely incredible.


Need to catch up before the sequel comes out? Go rent or buy Iron Man immediately... you will not regret it!

Thoughts on the John Hughes Tribute...

The 82nd annual Academy Awards (aka Oscars) took place last night at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

It was an elegant and well-done ceremony, that with the exception of one Kanye-esque moment, really seemed to go off without a hitch. Unfortunately, it was also unusually extraordinary. It just didn't capture my attention in the same way that previous Oscars ceremonies have.

However, it was the touching John Hugues tribute presented by the original Brat Pack (minus Emilio Estevez) that truly stole the evening. The montage was touching and highlighted all the reasons that so many of us love John's movies. He always seemed to capture the awkward teenage angst like no one else ever could.

Below is a partial video of the tribute:

I grew up with his films. I love and cherish them. Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off... the list of favorites goes on and on. Hollywood truly did lose a beloved icon, and I thought the tribute was a wonderful addition to the Oscars.

Yahoo! Movies also has a nice story about the tribute. You can read about it here.

So go find your favorite Hughes film, pop it in the DVD player and think about who you really are -- a princess, an athlete, a criminal, a basket case or a brain.

Sincerely Yours,

The Breakfast Club

Monday, February 8, 2010

Snow is evil... and good for ruining plans

So yesterday was the Super Bowl 44. Unfortunately, my Colts did not win... but I'm not exactly heartbroken that they lost to the Saints. They are a worthy adversary.

Yesterday was also my birthday. And what a crap day it was. Knowing ahead of time that I'd be sharing the day with the big game, I had planned a celebratory night out with my friends on Saturday instead. It was perfect.

I hadn't seen most of my friends in almost 4 months -- I have been recovering from a serious car accident and in rehab/physical therapy and out of the social scene -- so not only was this to be a great birthday night out but an excellent chance to reunite with all of my friends at once.

It was to be my reintroduction to the social scene, now that I'm almost done with my recovery and able to walk (and even dance!) again.

However... the damn snow had a different idea. Because of this stupid SNOWmageddon my entire weekend was spent at home. With no friends, no company, not even a drink to toast in my 28th year. How shitty is that?

So, yeah... friends have said we'll just celebrate later. And that's great and all... I'm just gonna be happy to see them. But when I was confined to bed with a shattered leg and foot, I dreamed of the day when I could finally be back out agin and I pictured this great "coming out" party. I figured what better night to do that than on my birthday.

So I have pushed myself so hard at physical therapy. I am doing better than they ever thought I would, and way faster than expected. And I did this with this weekend in mind. So, yeah, it's beyond a disappointment to instead spend all weekend stuck in my house watching Law and Order reruns.

Oh well... I'll live. It's stupid to be this upset about a ruined birthday weekend when you are my age... I know that. But it wasn't about my birthday. It was about reaching a goal that I'd worked so hard for and then having no one to share it with.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Fans to 'SNL': We want Betty White as host! (EW does, too.)

How AMAZING would this be? Have you ever watched her on the old 70's Match Game (on the game show network)? This woman is a comic genius!

Fans to 'SNL': We want Betty White as host! (EW does, too.)

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Really?? Taylor Swift!?

Did The Recording Academy not pay attention to Taylor Swift's off-key karaokesque performance?! ALBUM OF THE YEAR?!

Seriously... I am losing all faith in the American music industry.

So many things annoyed me about this years Grammy's, but Taylor Swifts multiple wins has to be the worst part.

Am I the only one that thinks this girl isn't all that?? I felt so bad for Stevie Nicks... Swift ruined her song!

Friday, January 22, 2010

I'm Really Gonna Miss Conan...

But he couldn't have done a better, classier job signing off... best of luck to ya Coco!

*So I did have the video of Conan's last words but of course NBC being the assholes they are, they took it down. Oh well, I'm hoping most of you got to see it. If not, keep searching YouTube. I'm sure someone will get it up again soon*

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Check out my other blog

Just a quick note tonight to promote my other blog, The Bombshell -- a beauty, fashion, style related blog.

I've been dedicating more of my time to that one lately, but mostly just because the rest of my random life hasn't been very interesting. I'm hoping that will soon change.

But for now, check out (and bookmark) The Bombshell and feel free to leave some comments for me. It's good to know I'm not talking to myself... or am I? Oh well, the delusion of an audience still exists :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Team Conan, Ya'll!

Don't get me wrong... I've always liked Leno. But give me a break... it's Conan's time now. You had your run, Jay. Give it up and let the man have the spotlight. He earned it!

This lovely picture courtesy of Patton Oswald's Facebook page

Monday, January 11, 2010

Job Searching is Rough

I've moved around a lot in the past 8 years, and because of this I've had to get plenty of different jobs. It's never been that hard. Within a week or two at most of looking, I'd have something. Usually, I went through a temp agency or something similar... that worked well.

It's just not the same anymore. I knew our economy and job outlook was bad, but it never really hit me personally until the past couple months. Even the temp agencies in the area don't have openings. How is that possible?!

I have even rethought what I'm willing to do or how much I'm willing to accept. I've applied for jobs that make less than I really need.... but still nothing.

It's scary -- and depressing. When will this ever turn around? I can't hold on forever...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Finally, good TV returns!

I love the holidays, I really do... but what I don't love is the endless re-runs on TV. I mean, come on.... I'm stuck at home with the family and don't even have a good show to look forward to!

Thankfully, this week marks the return of two of my favorites, The Big Bang Theory and Castle. Both on Monday night. I never knew I'd look forward to Mondays...