Archive for June, 2007

You Had To Be There

This exchange happened between me and my hubby while eating dinner Thursday night.

Me: I bet B. is going to be very busy tomorrow with the iPhone being released [NOTE: B. works at an Apple Store].

Hubby: I spoke to him today and he said he is getting off work at X:XX and doesn’t expect to have to wait to get one because he’s an employee.

Me: You mean he’s actually buying one of those things?!?!?

Hubby: Yeah…he drank the Kool-Aid.

Friday!

It’s Friday and I’m running around like mad again, but I get tomorrow off! Yea! We are going to hit Busch Gardens in the morning and then travel over to the St. Pete Pride festival, weather permitting!

So I leave you all with this link to interviews with the cast of Young Frankenstien. (I can’t wait!)

I Yam What I Yam

I hate lettuce. I really do. It tastes like grass. I can barely stomach it slathered in salad dressing I like. I can’t tell you how many subs or sandwiches I’ve had served with lettuce on them because I didn’t specifically ask for “no lettuce” – and even the taste of a little bit can ruin my dining experience. Blecchhhh!

But now, there’s something that allows me to get more vitamins in me when I eat out…at least at Subway: spinach! Yep, they have spinach to put on your sub. Cool!

So bring on the leafy greens! (So how long before my arms get all freakishly bulgey?)

Popeye

Finally!

OK. I’ve finally a selection of cruise pictures together. Just click HERE to be whisked away. There are a few photos I’ll post here sometime soon as I want to add some snarky comments to them.

And if you can’t view them, then you guys probably used up all my bandwidth. 😉

I Need It

Yes…a rare Sunday post. I’m sitting at work taking a breather from inventory. I worked yesterday, too. There will be more OT this coming week. Let’s say that my next paycheck will have enough in it to pay for the Broadway season tickets I talked about a few posts ago, and also enough for me to get a massage after work today…a 90-minute one. I so need it with all the climbing under desks and moving monitors. I just called and set it up this afternoon.

Massage Hotties

By the Four Arms of Vishnu, It’s Bigfoot!

I saw this on the Discovery News site:

India ‘Bigfoot’ Sightings Prompt Probe

June 11, 2007 — Claims by terrified villagers that “bigfoot”-type hairy giants are roaming the jungles of India’s remote northeast have prompted authorities to order an investigation, a local official said.

The bizarre sightings have been made in the Garo hills area of Meghalaya state, close to the borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan, with villagers calling the mysterious creatures “Mande Burung” — or Jungle Man.

“A team of wildlife officials and other experts will conduct a study to find out if there is any truth in the locals’ claims about these hairy giants,” said Samphat Kumar, a district magistrate in the West Garo Hills district.

The creatures have apparently been talked about and occasionally spotted for years, but sightings have increased in the past month, prompting authorities to look into the matter.

One local farmer, 40-year-old Wallen Sangma, said he had seen an entire family of the creatures.

“The sight was frightening: two adults and two smaller ones, huge and bulky, furry,” he told a reporter who visited the remote area on Thursday and Friday.

“Their heads looked as if they were wearing caps, and their colour was blackish-brown,” he said, adding the four “monsters” were about 100 to 130 feet away from him as he looked for firewood in a forested area.

“The four of them quietly vanished into the undergrowth,” he said of the recent sighting.

One Garo Hills group, the Achik Tourism society, has been trying to verify the creature’s existence for the past 10 years, photographing footprints and “nests” reported by locals.

The group claims to have hair samples of the creature taken from the forest and will send them for DNA testing.

Bigfoot

Of Orphans, Receptions, Beggars, Divas, Knights, and Wizards

Work was another whirlwind day. Class was uneventful, so it was pleasant. Rain moved in while I was in class and was glad I had my umbrella as I walked back to the car. I called Mark and found out he had gotten together with some of the “girls” we met on the cruise. I met them at the Greens & Grill by the snobby mall. We had an awesome time just shootin’ the shiz-nit. The really good part is we nailed down the night we wanted for this season’s Broadway Across America series at the Bob Carr. Yeah, the theater is far from first class…but it’s the only place close that has Broadway touring shows. God, Orlando is so starved for culture….we got to get it where we can.

Well, let me go through each show and tell you what comes to mind for each one.

Annie

OK, this will probably be the clunker in the series, but I still want to see it. I am so hoping they have Joan Collins as Ms. Hanigan!

The Wedding Singer

I’ve never seen this movie, and the show did not run for too long on Broadway, but I’ve heard several numbers on XM’s showtunes channel and they were cool. The “Come Out of the Dumpster” song got a chuckle out of me.

My Fair Lady

I know I blogged about this ages ago, and I go off on a rant often…but I hate the ending to this musical! The music is wonderful, and I hope there’s some great star playing Professor Higgins or Eliza, but the ending will grate on me. The ending to the original play, Pygmallion, is just right. Having Eliza go back to Professor Higgins is just so…obnoxious! He treated her like sh*t and she comes back because Lerner and Loewe needed a happy musical ending? I think not.

The Drowsy Chaperone

This is one show I can’t wait to see (actually, the final three are the ones that got us to buy season tickets). I only wish it had been with the original cast. The interesting thing about this show is the storyline could not be told on the CD soundtrack. I listened to a Downstage Center podcast interviewing the man who created the show (he’s also in it…or was), and he said they tried 6 different times to put this show down on a CD so people could understand and enjoy it. I am intrigued and can’t wait to see it for myself. The hubby’s niece saw it in New York and raved about it. My mom saw it and didn’t like it – but my mom seems to hate everything, pretty much (It’s not a grouch factor but more of a clueless factor – she just doesn’t get a lot of stuff she sees).

Spamalot

The second show in the “Triple Crown”. I love Monty Python, and I’ve heard this soundtrack. Some funny, funny stuff. I’m curious if M. will like it because he’s never watched Monty Python.

Wicked

Yes…If I had to say which show really sealed our decision to buy tickets, it was this one. I’ve wanted to see it since I saw Idina Menzell sing Defying Gravity on the Tony’s – it sent shivers down my spine and brought tears to my eyes. I didn’t get to see her or Kristen Chenowith on Broadway perform it, but that’s OK. I will finally be able to say I saw the show. And the info says the show is 2 hours and 45 minutes! I’m sure I won’t look at my watch once during that time, I’ll be so enthralled. I really want to see how they stage it all. I’ve read the script (yes, I know all the spoilers in the show) but I want to see how certain effects are done that are described. But then there’s the phenomenal score, too. And I’ll bet you a dollar there will be people attending dressed up like Elphaba and Galinda. No, not me, you bitches. LOL!!!

Busy, Busy, Busy

Yes, that’s work for me right now. Our newest guy went on a week and a half vacation. That wouldn’t be so bad (I was gone for 2 and a half weeks on the cruise), but our boss wants inventory done by the end of the month…something that has fallen by the way side for the past 3 years. So it’s basically starting from scratch.

So I worked yesterday for almost 6 hours. Thank god I get over time now. And there will be more for the coming weeks. At least I can just focus on what I’m gonna buy with the extra cash.

We saw Ocean’s 13 Saturday night and we enjoyed it. It won’t win any Oscars, but it was just fun to sit back and watch the hot guys (Clooney and Pitt, oh my!) swindle the bad guy.

You Say “Potato”, I Say “Vodka”

Here’s a recent article that got me so excited when I read it I almost peed a little! You can read the full story here at Broadway.com .

Bart, Mullally, Foster & More Set for Young Frankenstein’s Fall Broadway Bow

Roger Bart, Megan Mullally and Sutton Foster
The new musical version of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein will open at Broadway’s Hilton Theatre on November 8, 2007, with previews beginning October 11. The production is set to star Roger Bart as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Megan Mullally as Elizabeth, Sutton Foster as Inga, Shuler Hensley as The Monster, Fred Applegate as Kemp and Christopher Fitzgerald as Igor.

Wow! We will be getting tickets to go up and catch a performance. This is one show I have to see the original cast performing. And you know I’ll be waiting by the stage door for Megan Mullally’s autograph. Maybe she can sign my butt?

The Horror

The following is true. It happened to me last night.

I was at home after work. It had been cloudy most of the day with occasional rain showers. I had made a list of tasks I needed to do as I kept putting them off: read my school text and answer review questions, start studying for my certifications, start burning the huge pile of LP’s to CD…stuff like that.

It was almost 6 PM and the kids wanted to be fed. I try and feed them as close to 6:30 as I can so decided to get some dinner cooking for me and they would eat when I did. I go into the garage to get some fish out of the freezer. When I lift up the lid I see (and hear) water coming from inside the lid and dripping down the back of th freezer. I kind of shrug this off and grab the box of Mrs. Paul’s fillets. Something’s not right here. The box is too warm. My body rushes with adrenaline as I realize the freezer is off! I look down at the front corner and little orange indicator lights is off! The freezer has broken down!, I think. I rip open the box and touch the food…yep. There’s no hope of trying to get this stuff crammed into our inside freezer. I then dug to the bottom of the freezer for the two huge tubs of cranberry sauce my step dad made and had us store because they didn’t have extra space. These things, when frozen, are lethal weapons of solid fruit ice. I grab one and feel it. It’s barely cool. If anything gaged the coldness in the freezer, it was those tubs.

Another thought crosses my mind: maybe it’s a blown break and not the freezer. I check the breakers and none are showing they blew. I even turn them off and on just to make sure. Still no orange light or soft compressor hum. I grab a long extension cord and plug the freezer into one end and run the other end into the house to the nearest outlet. The freezer comes on…but too late to save the food. I plug it back into the dead outlet and go searching for other reasons for this bad plug. I reset all the GFI switches in the house and nothing. The outlet on the opposite side of the garage and the washer/dryer are working. So I chalk it up to a lightning strike. I’m just kicking myself for not noticing it sooner.

I packed all the food into garbage bags (Oh, the pain as I put in those 5 DiGiorno pizzas I bought on sale!), drove out to B’s place, where there are construction dumpsters on all the new home sites, and tossed the bags in. There was about $150 to $200 worth of food. I then visited with B. and C. for a bit to calm down, and then drove home. When hubby called he had heard the voice mail I left him as he got off his flight back. He then told me there was another GFI switch in the garage, quite well hidden. THAT turned the outlet back on. So I mopped out the water that had pooled in the bottom and told Mark to pick up a pizza on the way home.

So it’s time to start restocking the freezer this weekend.

I hope they don’t find that dead body…and now I need to find another one to take it’s place.

[For my clueless readers, I’m joking about that last part]