More Harry Potter news!!! Man, it's on a roll this week. Thanks to Trentfor sharing the news that JK Rowling is planning on using Amazon to distribute copies of Tales of Beedle The Bard to the public!

"A British charity said Thursday it hopes to raise $8 million through sales of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard." Rowling co-founded The Children's High Level Group charity, which supports institutionalized children. She has signed over her royalties.

The book is a collection of five wizarding tales referred to in Rowling's Potter saga. It was initially produced in an edition of seven handwritten copies. Six were given away by Rowling as gifts, and one was bought by retailer Amazon at an auction in December for almost $4 million.

Rowling said the new edition would include her illustrations and introduction, the stories themselves and commentaries ostensibly by Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, "which appear by generous permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters' Archive." [source]

Is it wrong for me to be super excited for this? I hope not!

New Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince trailer is out!!!

Oh-EM- GEE....I'm such a nerd.
You know, I complain -- a lot. I complain about my car, I complain about my hard drive (may it rest in peace), I complain about my brothers, I complain complain complain. I've been trying to focus a lot of my energy to not complaining, but often times that just ends with me complaining about not complaining.

A couple weeks ago I discovered Matt, Liz and Madeline, and after spending hours clicking through the heart-breaking posts and beautiful pictures, I realized, my life is so good. Matt and Liz were at the peak of life, high-school sweethearts, married in 2005, expecting a baby and deliriously happy. Then within a brief blink of an eye, their entire world fell apart - Liz passed away the day after the baby was born. This blog is a chronicle of a man struggling to make sense of what's just happened while trying to raise an infant all on his own, from picking out girly outfits on his own to dealing with strangers giving him funny looks.

The poetic prose is tragic and inspiring all at the same time. It's hard to get through an entire post without tears rolling down your face. Yet, I also find his strength and courage to look into the future to be that extra something special that only few are blessed with. His daily updates with accompanying photos and sometimes video, can't help but make you smile at the incredible beauty that is Madeline. The outpour of support for these two is incredible. Strangers friends from all over the world send their love, encouragement, and gifts for baby Madeline. It's kinda cool, actually. One thing is for sure, that baby will not suffer from any lack of loving. She's barely 4 months old and she's loved by hundreds.

It's a huge reality check for me. It brings me back to earth and makes me see everything that I do have. My Mom is one of my best friends, and I can't even begin to imagine my life without her in it. I encourage all you readers to take a few moments and read some of his stuff, it'll really open your eyes to the beauty of life.
Have you guys ever heard of the show MXC? How about Ninja Warrior? They're Japanese shows that involve awesome obstacle courses, and hilarious contestants.

MXC is from the 80s, and was recently brought over to the US and dubbed for pure entertainment purposes. The commentators are so funny, and the stupid things that they have dubbed over these poor Japanese people's real comments are the best part.

Ninja Warrior is similar, but is taken much more seriously in Japan. These men train for these courses and try again and again and again to finish them. I think there have been 18 "seasons" and only 3 people have actually finished all of them.

Well, this summer, ABC worked to put both of those shows into one for American audiences called Wipeout...and folks, it's AWESOME. Maybe it's the Japanese in me, or maybe I'm just an awful person and like to see people fall, but watching this show has me in tears of laughter. While MXC may be funny because of the dubbing, half the fun of Wipeout is that these people really are saying these stupid things. And of course, their wipeouts are the best. There are four rounds, and only the top scores or times from each round move on.

It's hosted by John Henson from Talk Soup and John Anderson from Sportscenter. And then Jill Wagner is on the field talking to the contestants. Ah, I wish I had her job. Just standing and watching all these people bounce off a row of huge red balls and then fall into the water...it never gets old!

The other show that has caught my interest is I Survived a Japanese Gameshow. Which is an American reality show where the contestants are put through hilarious tasks that only the Japanese could think of. This one is funny too, although a little too much American drama.

So, thank you ABC for enhancing the summer TV schedule with two new fabulously awesome game shows.

Here's a clip from the first show. The fun starts with Jen at the 1 minute 30 second mark.
It is with a heavy heart that I report that Dr. Randy Pausch has passed away. He was 47. I've blogged about him before, he delivered a "last lecture" in September that swept the nation. His mantra on life was truly inspirational. I'll never forget his lecture, and the messages he delivered with just a few words, "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand".

Here was a guy who had only months to live, yet he was choosing to live, not to die. He could have given up months ago, but he fought to give as many memories to his children as possible.

How awesome it must have been to have had a dad like that.
Because I'm kinda in love with this routine....if for no other reason than the pure fun of the whole piece.

COMFORT needs to GO! I'm sorry if she's your favorite and you think she is just AH-MAZING, but I, personally, can't stand her.

She looks like a really nice girl, fun to hang out with, and yadda yadda yadda, but the hard truth is she's just not up to par with the rest of the girls! For her to stay and Courtney, Chelsie or Katee to go would just be a travesty. Think about it, three out of the four got positive reviews on BOTH routines, one was ripped apart. Guess WHO.

She was kicked off once already!! She really should have been kicked off last week, but she got lucky with the hip-hop (which, btw, she's gotten like 3 times already...). Granted, homegirl can hip-hop her booty off. She knows how to work it. I was even mildly impressed with a jazz here or there in the beginning. But after that, it just falls apart. Her feet are sickled and, her arms are bent, and I'm just tired of her non technique-ness. I'm sorry, I really am. But she never should have been allowed to compete again. When Jessica dropped out, Comfort should have been brought back as a filler only. Not to compete again (plus not to mention Jessica didn't even get a "goodbye" video. I don't think we were told the entire story...fishy fishy). It's not fair that she be considered "top 8" when she didn't even make the "top 10". My jaw hit the floor last week when Kherington went home. If I were her, I would have been upset.

It just frustrates me to no end.


I did really enjoy everything else. Word to the Mia Michaels routine. My favorite of the night. I loved the funkiness and it really looked like a lot of fun. Twitch didn't have much to dance with technique wise, but it was still a great performance! And that kiss?! Definitely made me go o_O and say whoa! Who wouldn't love that routine? I really liked the incorporation of the door. I hope we see it again!

Courtney and Will's Samba was pretty hot too. I've said it before, but Courtney is awesome. I've liked her since day one. I even daresay she's better than Katee? Don't get me wrong, Katee is a great performer, she makes everything look so easy, but I don't know...I definitely enjoyed Courtney's solo more. The NappyTabs routine was cool, but not my favorite by them.

I'm not a fan of disco. at all. I think I made that clear before.

There's going to be a bottom two for both the boys and girls, and I know Mark and Comfort will be one for each. But I can't decide who the others will be. Maybe Chelsie and Joshua? Maybe Courtney? I don't know.

All I know is that I'm anxiously awaiting Comfort to be voted off...again.
You know how when you get a new laptop or computer you just plug it in and open it up and you can use it that same moment? Yeah, I miss that.

This is, I hope, the last chapter in the neverending saga of my journey through hell with Dell. Hah, I rhymed.

So last night I spent an ungodly amount of time on the phone with Roxy in India trying to load operating systems and drivers to my brand new hard drive. I used my mom's laptop to look up a website that connected the computer to Roxy's and then let her take over. It was kinda cool/creepy to see the mouse moving and clicking all on its own.

I'm sure my mom's company would LOVE to hear that happened, oopes.

Did you ever watch that show Ghostwriter as a kid? The one with the group of kids that solved "crimes" and mysteries with the help of a "ghost" who would help them out by hacking computer files and spying on people and whatnot. To get answers they would just write a question, then the ghost would rearrange them (and sometimes bring in new ones) to form coherent full sentences. And there was even a hint at a blossoming romance between two of the youngsters...Alex (the cutest kid on the show) and Tina (the token asian, therefore my favorite character) it was cheesy. I think the whole point of the show was to get kids to use their reading and writing skills.

Now where was I going with this? Oh yes, well while Roxy from Dell was clicking away on my computer I lost the call (thanks T-Mobile. You're on my shitlist right underneath Dell). I panicked for maybe 5 seconds before I realized she could see what I could see on my computer. So I brought up notepad and typed her a little message saying "I lost the call, could you please call me back at ??" And the words "k thanks" magically appeared directly below. 5 seconds later my phone was ringing. It was creepy/really interesting all at the same time.

And it all reminded me of Ghostwriter.

After all the drivers had been downloaded on the good computer, I had to save them all on my flashdrive and then put them into the bad computer. Then upload them in a very specific order. I ended up rebooting my computer like 12 times last night because you have to do it after EVERY DRIVER. That was most of the work. Then I just had to put icons on my desktop, make sure the internet was connecting, and then start to download my tools for survival, like Mozilla and AIM, because really? what good is the internet without those two things? I also had to re-download my school's Anti-virus protection, but that didn't work, so I just did a temporary 90 day free trial with Windows just so I could have SOMETHING.

I've still yet to acquire Microsoft office, so I have no Word, Excel, or any of those fun things. I'm ready to rip my hair out strand by strand. But I do have a working laptop with internet and aim, for that I'm grateful. It's weird because it looks like my computer, but it works a little differently, so it almost feels like a new computer, then I remember all my lost files, and then I weep a little.

The moral of the story is...if you have to get another hard drive, make sure it comes fully loaded.

Or buy a Mac.
I decided today would be a fun day Monday, and we'd get to know yours truly a little better.

1. This morning I flipped back and forth between the ladies of The View and the boys on 1st and 10. The tension was getting a little too high between Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck when they started talking politics (what else is new) so I switched over to ESPN to watch an in-depth analyzation of the fight between Danika Patrick and Milka Duno.

2. I don't think Iphones are overrated. In fact, I often find myself thinking, "damn, if I had an iphone, I could totally look up that piece of information rightn now".

3. By 10:45 am I had already had a cup of coffee, took some pool water to be tested, and done some grocery shopping. It actually felt kind of good.

4. I love movies like Ocean's Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen so much. The elaborate plans and how they all work out and completely fool the bad guy...I never get tired of them.

5. The Lean Cuisine Cheese Ravioli is delicious, and I eat it for lunch at least once a week. I also enjoy the Swedish Meatballs. Don't hate.

6. Who's excited for football season? I'M EXCITED FOR FOOTBALL SEASON. Redskins are playing the opening games for both the pre-season AND regular season. I may have a slight crush on the Mannings, but I have full confidence that the 'Skins will rock them. Sorry, Peyton and Eli. Two woots for Jason Taylor joining the ranks and Jason Campbell being healed and ready to play!

7. Not gonna lie, I'm a liittle excited for the new Mummy movie. I have multiple reasons: Jet Li is in it, Brendan Fraser is always funny, aaaand there's a rumor that the new Harry Potter trailer will be debuted with the release of it. I'll gladly trade an hour and a half of my life for a combination of all those three things. Did I mention Jet Li?

8. Did you know that Don Cheadle is NOT credited in Ocean's Eleven? It's a weird, random fact I learned this weekend.

9. Sometimes I question the value of the human brain. Who sends a blank harddrive without the accompaning CDs for the driversn and operating system? And on that matter, if you had just sent me a fully loaded hard drive (with all the right pieces!) the first time around, we wouldn't be having this problem right now. Oh DELL, how I despise you.

10. And finally, today is my baby brother's birthday! The little bugger is 16 years old, drivers beware! I still remember when he was born, and they wouldn't let me stay in the hospital with my mom (they told me that if I stayed, I had to get shots in the middle of the night. I think I was the first one in the car ready to go home after that). My darling brother, who boasts about his stellar grades, just came upstairs and seriously asked, "Who's presents are those downstairs??".
At the beginning of each yoga session, we're asked to set our intentions for our practice, lately mine has been peace. I've been doing a lot of soul searching and praying. I feel like up until this point of my life I've had a lot of turmoil. I separate my life into two sections; life before I moved to Japan and life after. My time there was just a filler and setup for my life after.

With the crashing of my hard drive last week, I've been struggling with coming to terms with losing certain documents and files on there. It may sound silly and inane, but it's how I feel. Certain conversations I had saved long ago, and random things like that, are most likely gone forever. But I realized that there's no use holding on to the past in any way, shape, or file.

I've had a lot of people walk in and out of my life at their own choosing. I have a difficult time letting people in because I'm afraid that I'll do something to screw it up. It's an interesting kind of pain because you feel so helpless. I used to think that there's obviously something wrong with me that certain people choose to wash their hands of me. As a child I would spend nights thinking about what I could have done differently so that my dad wouldn't have left.

As I've grown and matured, I've been able to recognize and appreciate those that have been there the whole way. I'm continuously amazed by some of the people in my life right now. I know that people come into my life for a reason, and I know that they leave for a reason too. If for nothing else, it's to teach me more about myself. It's something that I'm really starting to come to terms with. I can't change the past, that's for sure. So instead, I'm trying to focus on the future.

My brothers frustrate me - a lot. It's a lot of little things, but sometimes I just lose my cool with them. It gets annoying when I run an errand for one because he "needs to clean his room" but then I find out that he went swimming and sat in front of the computer instead. We all live in our own little worlds and rarely think of the needs of the other two. I'm trying to be better about that, but it's difficult. I think if I can destress that area of my life, things would be a lot calmer.

Finally, I know that God has a purpose for me. What exactly that is, I'm not sure, but I'm trying to take life one day at a time. For the past few years I've been trying to do my own thing. I think it's time that I sit down and analyze some options in my life. Focusing on the day-to-day choices I make will help me be more at ease with my overall decisions in life.

Just recognizing these areas has helped a lot already. I'm not in control of other peoples' lives, and sometimes life just happens.

I've come to realize that peace isn't a goal or destination, it's a journey, it's a constant struggle to maintain that balance, and I'm definitely it in for the long run.
There are two things I physically hate. Only two. Spiders and Snakes. The thought of them both make my skin crawl and my insides turn. God forbid there two in the same area, I think I'd hyperventilate myself to death. Both are just hideous creatures and if I could go a single day without ever seeing one, I'd die happy. Did you know that in some places of the world there are spiders as big as DOGS? Like, they eat people.

And snakes, o don't get me started on them. In the Museum of Natural History, there is a room you go into, and right above this huge display window is a giant python on the wall. I damn near jumped out of my skin when I saw it. I can't even watch them on tv. I remember once when I was a kid, we were at the mall and for some God forsaken reason there was an animal trainer guy there with his 20 ft long snake, and he lined up all the little kids to help hold it. I refused. I sat there in my spot and RE-FUS-ED. My mom tried telling me it wasn't slimy or anything, and they felt "really cool" nope. Not buying it, lady. Not. At. All.

There are two spiders living in my garage. One right above the door, and the other right to the right where the light switch is. I usually open the garage door super quickly and RUN out. They're not just tiny spiders either. They are like queen bee spiders.

About two days ago, I noticed a HUGE spider on my WALL. my BEDROOM WALL. I froze up. Physically could not move. Then I watched it fall off the wall. Onto a cat. One who will gladly eat spiders. She sits up, stares at something for a few seconds and then goes to drink water. I assume she's eaten the spider because who wouldn't want to drink a gallon of water after eating a spider? I'd want to wash the taste off my tongue too.

Well, tonight, my friends, I have just learned that no, she did not eat the spider. It appeared on the OTHER side of my room. It fell off the wall again, I hope it's dying. Why might I wish for a sudden death on a creature of God? The answer is simple. BECAUSE IT'S IN MY CLOSET. I can never go in there again!

I don't know what to do....what if I wake up and it's, I don't know, on my FACE or something? I think you'd hear my screams all the way in India. My useless brothers refuse to help me out. What good does it do to have a man around the house if he does nothing? Nothing I say! He falls asleep wherever he pleases and he uses clean laundry as his pillow. Then he flat out refuses to help me out. I'd go sleep upstairs, but no, he's chosen to sleep there. Why? I'm not sure, it's not like he doesn't have his OWN ROOM or anything. And I totally didn't give him my SUPER COMFORTABLE feathertop for his bed. Nope. Nope. Why use that when there's a perfectly not as comfortable futon upstairs?

A message to my brother: when your sister is going out of her mind because there is a huge ass spider in her bedroom, don't get up too quickly to help her. You might trip and fall over your own ego.

Ugh. Every twitch I feel on my body now I freak out. It could be the spider climbing up my arm trying to eat me or something!

I hate spiders
Update: it is dead. i killed it. but now i feel remorse. damnit, i hate feelings. more on this later.
If there's one thing I hate more than admitting I'm right, it's admitting someone else is right. So when my mom suggested that going to the gym and doing some weight lifting would help alleviate my bad mood, and I kicked and dragged my feet the whole way there, I was slightly annoyed when I had to admit that it had indeed made me feel better. Slightly.

My mood did eventually improve to what could be called a "good" mood. A great big THANK YOU to the makers of Vicodin...ha ha just kidding. Actually, to my dear readers who wrote kind comments and emails, you guys rock.

You know what the best way to end a gross mood? It's to discover new frozen yogurt places like CeFiore. My brother had youth group downtown, and because it's a bit of a drive, my mom and I scouted out a place to hang for a bit while we waited. It was deeeelicious. They have four flavors, Green Tea, Raspberry Pomegranate, Original, and Acaiberry. Then let's not forget the up to three toppings. We sprung for a Raspberry Pomegranate with coconut, raspberries, and crumbled oreos on top. Are you jealous yet? You should be. Especially since it's nonfat, and there are only 25 calories an ounce. We shared a 7oz cup, you can do the math. Mmm mmm mmmmm.

I've been thinking about rereading Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows for a few months now, and I finally got around to it last week. I read about 150 pages in a week, meh, it wasn't a big priority, I'd read it before. I started back up again yesterday. I finished the book this evening. All 800 some odd pages.

That's how I spent my Monday. Oops.

Then I went to the gym and, as Dr. Bolte likes to say, punished the treadmill. Well, kinda. I thought I did worse than I normally do, but the clock told me I shaved 5 seconds off my time. 5 seconds! woot woot!

That about sums up my weekend. How was yours?
Warning, I'm in a crummy mood and there is an occasional use of the "F word". If easily offended, maybe skip today's blog.

So you know that slump I was in? Yeah, it's definitely taken a turn for the worse. For some reason, I've been mad at the entire world for the past few days.

It's pretty much been if you so much as breathe at me in the wrong way I'll bite your face off. I've been a real peach to be around.

I'm not really sure where this gross mood came from. It might have been on Thursday. I had dropped my car off the day before for a tune up, and when I get it back and drive away there's this awful screeching noise coming from it! Um...what? So I drove it all the way back to the mechanic the next day for him to look at it again. The whole thing just pissed me off. My car should not come back with problems after I just paid you a significant amount of money to do minor things to it. ARGH.

From there my mood just dived, and it's been on a continuous drop ever since. My brothers came home Thursday night, that probably didn't help. They can be such jackasses. They come in, drop their stuff IN FRONT OF THE DOOR and then walk away. And when I say "stuff" I mean two large duffel bags and backpacks. Thanks guys, my life isn't complicated enough without you leaving your stuff in my way.

I went to yoga last night, and that helped slightly. I came out in a much better mood. But then I went home. I came home from yoga at 6:55 and I was out the door by 7:15 and that includes a shower. My hair was not what I wanted it to be. The movie started at 7:20. We got there at 7:36. Then at the movie theater (which only has student rates on Thursday nights I might add...) the group I was with was sitting THREE ROWS FROM THE FRONT so I got a little lightheaded when I tried to follow the on screen action. After the movie, we went to chili's where the conversation was filled with the current state of our economy and how our whole system is bad now, but how it's about to get really bad. This was the analogy that was given to me: "Imagine there's a huge anaconda trying to swallow a whale. Right now, it's just trying to get the first bit in it's mouth, and it hasn't even begun to split it's guts yet" Um, thank you good sir for that lovely picture. Waiter? I'm going to need more liquor in this beverage. Thanks.

My friends don't call me back. This annoys me to no end. Even if you're super busy, can't you just send me a text or something? Please?

A few nights ago my laptop did some "automatic updates" and had to restart. That's fine, I was
going to bed anyways. The next morning I go to use it and all I see is the mouse on a black screen. So I restart. It never gets past the "Windows is loading" page.


Let's try uploading it in safe mode. Nothing.


Yesterday I wanted to use the upstairs computer and my brother (who was doing nothing besides staring at the screen) refused to let me on, saying that my computer not working wasn't his problem.

I finally call Tech support and after about 20 minutes the guy tells me it's most likely a hard drive problem and he'll have to send me a new one, and I'll lose all my files.

At this very same moment the television was playing, my mom was talking, and my brother was trying to ask my mom a question. I could feel my blood start to race through my veins and begin to boil. I had reached my breaking point. I cut the man off, asked him to hold on for just a sec, and then threw the phone at my mom and told her to deal with it because I just couldn't take it anymore. In my head I was screaming, FUCK YOU DELL. AND FUCK YOU WINDOWS. I HATE YOU, AND I BET MACS DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN. I'M SO BUYING A MAC NEXT TIME.


Then I went to bed.

Today has only been marginally better. I went to yoga, but it was especially hard and although my intention was to gain peace, I was again rushed out of the studio and then out of the house to go downtown to pick up the stupid car.

I have not been pleasant to be around, something I've been told multiple times the past few days. I do feel bad about that, which just further upsets me. I don't like being in a bad mood, and I wish the whole world wasn't pissing me off.

Please bare (bear? I'm not sure...) with me for a little bit. Any mood lifter suggestions would be highly appreciated and might even win you a spot on my "do not hate" list. Just try not to breathe in my direction and maybe we can get along.

I'm looking forward to Church tomorrow. I need some good stuff in my life, and I'm clearly not getting what I need right now.

Has anyone else been feeling the slump? I don't know what's wrong with me. Maybe I just don't have anything to say anymore? Hah, my mom wishes. No, in all seriousness, I just haven't been able to find the right words to make sense of my thoughts. My life right now is pretty boring. I'm at home, not doing much of anything. At night, I either work out with my mom at the gym, or I go to yoga, it depends on the day.

Jon and Kate Plus 8
Does anyone else watch this show? I think I've talked about it before. I've been catching it more and more lately, and the little boy with the glasses is my fav (and not in a creepy kind of way). He's just simply too adorable for words. The whole dynamic of the show interests me. Life is definitely crazy in that house, but I like how the parents make such an effort to put an emphasis on the family because that's what they are and that's what they'll always be to each other. While the kids are cute now, I pity their poor parents when they are all teenagers. My mom nearly died when it was just 3 of us, and we were all different ages. Just imagine if there were six 15 year olds all at once? Oh the drama of it all...I find myself relating a lot to the twins. I can see parts of my own older sister personality in the both of them. A lot of people criticize the parents for A) having that many children and B) putting them all on television. But I find their situation to be very unique. They are by no means anything like the crazy Duggars, who purposefully keep popping out kids like bunny rabbits (That family is SO WEIRD). No, the Gosselins just had two pregnancies....that resulted in eight kids. The parents are really down to earth and it's refreshing to see that they aren't perfect, nor do they try to be. The parents snip at each other, the kids have meltdowns, and the sisters are worried about being associated with "the babies". Also, they are Christians, and the family works very hard to instill that into their lives. People are naturally curious creatures, and I think that they were very interested to see how exactly a family made up of twins and sextuplets survives. I think it's cool that they've opened up their home to give others a small glimpse of their lives.

Did anyone else have a hard Monday? Man, I didn't even do much and I was pooped. The gym totally kicked my ass tonight, the weights seemed about 10 lbs heavier than they were last week. Monday nights are always a treat though because both Weeds and The Secret Diary of A Call Girl come on. Is it sad that when I ordered my cable last year, I spent the extra money to have Showtime so I wouldn't miss Weeds? Yeah, I thought so too. Oh well. But the show is so funny, it's worth the absurd amount I pay to Directv...kinda.

Quaker Mini Ricecakes: Chocolate Drizzle
Has anyone else discovered these little bags of heaven? Oh my, if you haven't, I highly suggest you hurry up and finish reading this post, grab your keys and RUN to the grocery store to find them (they're in the ricecake/oatmeal aisle). Then come back and tell me how much I've changed your life by introducing you to them. They. Are. Amaazing. Amazing. Yeah, I said it twice. A bag contains about 20 mini cakes and they have enough chocolate drizzle on them to make them ever so tasty. Here's the best part, THEY'RE ONLY 90 CALORIES A BAG. That's so good, you could even eat two bags and still not feel guilty about it. When I die and meet St. Peter at the pearly gates, I'm going to see if I can request a room with a neverending supply of these things. If chocolate's not your style, no worries, there's mint, butter popcorn, caramel, and some other things that I never notice because I'm too focused on the chocolatey ones.

Anyways, I think the day has been long enough, I'm going to call it a night so I can wake up tomorrow and do a whole lotta nothing.

P.S. about Gev's solo last week? I might have watched it twice. Or three times. Why? because I LOVED IT THAT MUCH. That's why.
I first saw this video the other day, and my first reaction was "hmm...ok". I put it in the back of my mind and went on with life. I just saw it again a few moments ago, and I had a completely different reaction. I'll be honest, I kind of teared up a little bit. I think the whole concept is really cool, and the message that it gives is even cooler. Take a look...

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

To me, what was so cool about it was the fact that all around the world, people are the same. They like to laugh, and giggle, and make funny faces at the camera, and have a good time, and dance. How cool is it that he not only got to travel all over the world, but that he showed how connected everyone can be, and all it took was a few silly moves and a camera.

Just a little food for thought.

Happy 4th.
UUUUMMMM.....how much do i love summer? THIS FREAKING MUCH.

First, how much did Courtney rock tonight? Her hip hop was just awesomeee! I have been waiting and waiting for the judges to sing their praises for her, and man she rocked it tonight. I really liked the broadway number too. I was totally convinced they were in NYC seeing everything for the first time. I agreed with Tabitha though that I thought they should have brought it down a notch for that one section. To me, the music made me think of the couple taking an afternoon walk in Central Park, maybe after a picnic. But other than that, I loved it.

Mark and Chelsie? Kiss kiss is now my myspace song, thanks for the introduction. I don't think I could have loved that routine any more than I did. It was all the little things that really sold it for me. The *muah*s and lip smacking, it really pulled the peice together.

Mia + Katee + Joshua = amazingness. The assisted run was my favorite part. I think she was running on air. I just got into some of Adele's music, and I really like Hometown Glory. I also recommend Chasing Pavements and Best For Last. Both are fabulous songs. The only thing I didn't really like was Katee's hair, I've never really been a fan of the "poof" on top of the head. Maybe it's because I can't pull it off. Did anyone notice the ring on Katee's finger? Is she married? engaged? She looks far too young to be either. Who's got the gossip on that?

The Mia routine saved Twitchington for me. Who can't relate to having a broken heart like that? When I was going through my breakup, that song was on constant rotation on my playlist. Everything about that routine was something I could relate to. Both of them played their roles well. My favorite move was at the beginning when she was on the bed and he turned around and jumped on as she jumped off. Like she was so real he could feel her behind him. I hate heartbreak.

I'm over Kortni and Matt. And even though I really liked their routine, I think Jessica is holding Will back. 100%. They'll probably end up in the bottom 3 again. Comfort and Thayne, meh. I appreciate both of them and their respective styles, they're just not my favorites. So any of those could go and I'd be happy.

Just some random thoughts....is Cat Deeley pregnant? Does she look pregnant to anyone else? I can't make up my mind. Some weeks she does, some weeks she doesn't.

Thoughts on tonight my dear freaders??
Like my title says, I like to steal things. Ok, not really, but I saw this on Carmen's blog, and it looked like a fun thing for Wednesday.

The rules are simple. Answer each question, plug your answer into Google Image Search, and pick a picture from the first page of images from your search results.

1. Your age on your next birthday

2. A place you'd like to travel

Hello TAHITI!! who doesn't want a little hut ON THE WATER?!

3. Your favorite place

It's actually the entire city of Rome, but you get the picture...ha ha I made a funny.
4. Your favorite object

I love taking pictures!

5. Your favorite food


6. Your favorite animal

OK, he was actually the third picture to pop up, but it was sooo adorable!

7. Your favorite color

8. The town that you were born in


9. The town where you live


10. Name of past pet

Whiskey was the name of my cat in Japan.

11. Name of past love

Oh Leo....

12. Bestfriend's nickname


13. Your screenname

This is actually a picture of mine. My screenname is pretty unique, and all my own pictures popped up.

14. Your name

15. Your middle name

It means Child of Light in Japanese

16. Your last name

Muwahahaha you'll never figure it out!

17. Bad habit of yours

18. First job

19. Name of grandmother


20. College major

It's actually Marketing, and this is the actual picture that popped up first. Google, you know me so well. I'm flattered.

I do not tag anyone, but feel free to play!
Today's post is from Liz at WhatLizSaid! She's a member of 20somethings with me, and we participated in The Big Blog Swap. Leave love for her!

Dear Diary,

MomLiz is apparently too busy with "work" and her "job" and "meetings" to write something herself, so she's leaving it up to me. I swear, this woman wouldn't remember to feed me if I didn't ram my bowls into the wall when they were empty. One time I had to drag a 44 pound bag of food out into the middle of the floor and spill it everywhere.

Humans. We have to do everything for them.

So mom has been "working" from home with her new "job", although I'm convinced this is just a ploy to keep from catering to my every whim, but whatever. I've found some new ways to get attention. If there are any dogs reading, take note.

My newest thing is paper. Everywhere. It's amazing really. You're not destroying anything of any real value, but you can coat an entire apartment with shredded paper. Just the other day, they just had to "go on a date" so they came home to shredded boxes, newspapers, and a Netflix envelope for kicks. It's minimal effort with maximum impact.

Although yesterday I had to teach mom a lesson. She got mad at me because apparently it's some big "no-no" to growl and bark at the television whenever someone says or does something on a show. I don't see why she can bitch, yell, curse, and moan whenever she's watching one of her sporting events (glorified fetch; way to be original, humans), and I can't.

As her punishment I shredded her first paycheck. That'll teach her.

What's the best part of all of this? I'm cute as hell and they can't stay mad at me. She tried ignoring me this morning, and where am I now? Cuddled next to her on the couch with her scratching my head.

I rule.