I’m Maddie, Not Maddy

I’m an awkward person. I get that. And today I think I discovered the cause of my awkward personality: the fact that 55% of the people I meet don’t get my name right on the first try. This is awkward for me because usually I wait awhile before I correct them or I wait until someone else corrects them; and when they are corrected after calling me the wrong name for a significant amount of time, an uncomfortable silence/nervous laugh follows immediately. Like I mentioned before, this happens quite a lot and, surprisingly, I have been called a number of different names:

  1. Maddy
  2. Maggie
  3. Matty/Mattie (I really don’t get this one since it’s usually a nickname for MATT)
  4. Katy (that’s my mom’s name and sometimes her co-workers and friends call me that)
  5. Amanda…
This post is dedicated to the employees of Starbucks
because they seem to be the only ones who get my name right;
and they give me iced green tea.

Leave a comment

Filed under aimless ramblings

The End of Days (And by Days, I Mean My Emotional Stability)

For the past month or so, Cincinnati has been experiencing a very mild winter. Surprisingly, I am not forced to walk to class looking like the Michelin Man with two hoodies and a winter jacket. While some may blame global warming or “the end of days”, I, on the other hand, know it means one thing: The Bachelor is back, baby! So here, my friends, are my thoughts on week two:
  • Stereotypical fly over of beautiful landscapes, welcome back, Bachelor.
  • I appreciate that producers decided to expedite the process and get right into a one-on-one date. I’m really not interested in listening to the women say how they’re “not here to make friends” or they “want Ben all to themselves”. Heard it before, over it.
  • Kacie B., like your shirt. Also, never saw anyone talk about twirling batons so seriously. But, hey, find your passion, girl.
  • I admire Ben and Kacie for their fearlessness; normally, I would need to know a guy’s mother before I hold hands with him.
  • “Ben needs a haircut” count: 1
  • You don’t need to play minute long “coming up on this episode” segments before every commercial. You have been whoring off a man to 25 women for 16 seasons, just assume that the same lonely female viewers are sticking around.
  • Kids writing a play — adorable; making the women act — redundant
  • Psycho Bitch #1 – Courtney
  • Psycho bitch #2 – Blakeley (side note: she says she is a “VIP Cocktail Waitress”, that’s like the classier version of a prostitute for politicians and athletes.)
  • I’m beginning to realize how exhausting this is just watching it.
  • Random thought, but, I am sitting in my bed, alone, at 10 pm eating chips and I am confident that I am not as pathetic as some of these women.
  • “Ben needs a haircut” count: 2
  • I’m constantly amazed by how many of these women cry every episode because someone said something mean. You signed up to live in a house with 25 other women who are vying for the same guy, you can expect passive aggressive bitches.
  • Ben keeps saying the day felt normal and I can actually relate to him; a day without my camera crew is freaking weird.
  • Courtney has very broad shoulders in that sweater.
  • “Courtney makes me think big picture.” Little picture – She’s a model, she’s pretty. Big picture – I’ve known this girl for three days.
  • “I feel like the other girls know Ben a little better than I do.” – Lindzi, I can assure you that you guys all know him about the same amount, unless you include the inside of his mouth, then you’re a little behind.
  • Every time Jenna speaks, I feel uncomfortable. But, hey, rep Cincinnati!
  • Brittany looks just like Aimee Teegarden from Friday Night Lights.
  • OMG ROSE CEREMONY
  • “Ben needs a haircut” count: 3
  • Wait, is this the last rose of the night??? If only someone could come out and tell us!!!!!
  • Buh-bye Jenna; I look forward to next week’s episode with fewer meltdowns and awkward conversations

Winners This Week

Kacie B and Nicki

K-Y Intense lube commercial – making people uncomfortable for years

Losers This Week

Whoever named Kacie, Lindzi, Blakeley, and Lyndsie

Ben’s hair

Leave a comment

Filed under aimless ramblings, unhealthy obsessions

I Want to be Liz Lemon

A lot of people always say that jr. high is the awkward stage in everyone’s life. Most middle schoolers have braces and glasses and they’re in that in between stage where you can’t tell if they’re a youthful midget or a very mature looking toddler. Then there’s the awful clothes. Like Sketchers or light-washed jeans that are too short. At my jr. high, the botched haircut was the big thing; on Monday morning there’d always be a different girl sporting a truly horrible hairstyle. On top of these unfortunate circumstances in the looks department, the hormones are flying and all anyone can talk about is Seven Minutes in Heaven and who dry humped who at the school dance (yeah, I went there). See, awkward times.

For most tweens, idolizing celebrities takes the sting, figurative and literal sting (talking about you, pimples), out of adolescence. For the sluts or “loose chicks” it was Britney Spears. Guys looked up to Peyton Manning… or some other famous athlete (OJ Simpson?? I don’t know, I don’t follow sports). And the “flamboyant” kids adored Liza Minnelli (I don’t get it either). Looking back I just wish I had Liz Lemon to look up to during those dark, dark times. I know she’s a fictional character but she is just awesome and here’s why:

  1. She is obsessed with food – Liz loves food; I love food. Therefore, we are one in the same. And it’s not just that she loves food, Liz isn’t afraid to admit it, something I find refreshing in world where girls fill their Pez dispensers with laxatives.
  2. Liz embraces her awkwardness – She isn’t afraid to be awkward, she owns it. And she dances like a boss.
  3. She is a nerd – Anyone who dresses up like Princess Leia to get out of jury duty is a nerd. Love it.
  4. Her vocab – “Ah, blerg!” “Shut up, nerds.” “Shark farts!” Genius writing, people.
  5. She looks like Tina Fey

Bottom line: Liz Lemon is real and not afraid to show her true colors. This is lost on most people these days.

Bonus Video!!!!!!!!!

There is nothing more funny, and pathetic at the same time, than Liz belting “Maybe” from Annie all alone in her office.

Leave a comment

Filed under aimless ramblings, unhealthy obsessions

Things

Today’s (2/25/11) Activities:

  1. Saw Blue Valentine - I just want to go cry in my room and slit my wrists to feel anything but my aching heart… Good movie, though. Kind of a downer. But Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams were at their best. If Natalie Portman wasn’t nominated for Best Actress this year, I would be rooting for Williams.
  2. Ate two yogurts… but then had a large Icee at the movie – I’ll start my diet next week.
  3. Words With Friends app for iPhone
  4. Yes, Mom and Dad, I went to class today
  5. Walked home alone. At night. In Clifton. – Okay, it was 9 p.m. And I was wearing my Rape Prevention outfit (jeans, big sweatshirt, hair in a ponytail, gym shoes) which kept the potential assailants at bay. I also pretended to talk on the phone. It worked.

Things That Baffle Me:

  1. The world’s fascination with the Royal wedding – Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally tuning in on April 29th. I still don’t get it.
  2. How cashews are grown – Is it a tree? Bush?
  3. Why more people don’t watch Parks and Recreation

 

 

UPDATE: Just Googled it. Cashews grow on trees.


Leave a comment

Filed under aimless ramblings, angst, unhealthy obsessions

I’ll Probably Be Tarred and Feathered But…

I hate Glee. Now, I know what you’re thinking; that I’m just another angsty person who hates on Glee but hasn’t really seen it. Well, you’re wrong. I’ve seen every single episode since day one (really since it was leaked onto the Internet but to avoid imprisonment we’ll just say since the time it premiered after American Idol). Confused yet? I guess to understand where I’m coming from I should give you some background information. So here it goes.

I have been a big fan of the musical Spring Awakening, and musicals in general, since my sophomore year of high school. I absolutely love it and have seen it twice. And as most of you know, Lea Michele originated the role of Wendla (interestingly enough, she had been playing the part for 6 years before it finally got to Broadway). During the severe stages of my Spring Awakening fever, I came across Lea’s Facebook page and friended her (side note: my Mac recognizes the word “friended”. Just proof that Facebook is taking over the world). I always wondered what she was going to do after she left the show and one day I found out thanks to her status. After reading that she was “shooting Glee!!” I went straight to Google to research. At the time, the show was virtually unknown, no release date or anything, so there was little information on it. All I knew was that Lea Michele was one of the stars and it was basically a musical on TV. Needless to say, I was sold from that very moment.

From the beginning, I loved Glee. I thought it was great; but it has gotten so ridiculous. So here is my list of ways to FIX IT:

  1. Make it more realistic – Though Sue says some great one-liners, there is no way any school in America would let her work for them. I’m sorry but it’s true. There’s a fine line between mean and sadistic. And Glee crossed it. So much more to say on this but I won’t bore you [even more than I already have].
  2. Enough with the auto-tune – This could be classified under the “realistic” category but I feel very strongly about it so it gets its own number. Most of the actors have enough talent to sing live in a take. And if they do then let them! It’s so obvious when the recording starts and gets on my nerves!
  3. Develop characters and focus on actual story arcs – The only character that really gets attention is Kurt, the token gay kid. We get it. Now can we please focus on the other characters as well; this is an ensemble, after all. Also, there is basically no such thing as a story arc on this show. Everything that happens is almost always contained and dealt with and wrapped up within one episode and not addressed in the next episode. Like whatever happened to Mercedes’s and Quinn’s friendship? They never talk anymore.
  4. More comedy – They claim this is a comedy but lately it feels like a drama. Granted, I get some laughs but not enough.
  5. Fire Ryan Murphy – Yes he’s the co-creater so it’s impossible. But the guy makes rash decisions that make no sense and ruin the show. Ex: Finn breaks up with Quinn for cheating and lying about who the real father of her baby was; dates Rachel; breaks up with Rachel for “cheating” (even though they were on a break); now he wants to get back together with Quinn (even though she’s with Sam) but is still pissed at Rachel. And now I hear Ryan wants to break Quinn and Sam up after a couple months because “they’re too perfect”. There is such a thing as happiness, Ryan.

Leave a comment

Filed under angst, venting

My Life Recently

In the days that I have been back from winter break I have done nothing but study and watch episode after episode of Friday Night Lights and Friends****. In only a week and a half, my roommates and I finished close to four seasons of Friends. Seriously. And now we’re working on knocking out three seasons of Friday Night Lights. Now if this were any other show it would sound pathetic and I would probably have to check myself into a psych ward. But if you haven’t seen either show then, I’m sorry, but you have no room to talk.

Friends – I’m not going to spend much time expressing my love for this show. I mean, it’s a timeless show that was a number one program during the 90s. Show me 30 people that hate, no, can’t stand Friends (I’m talking stick-a-fork-in-my-eye-cannot-stand) and I’ll show you a sober Charlie Sheen. Coherent Gary Busey? Soft-spoken Mel Gibson.

Friday Night Lights – I really can’t express how awesome this show is; but I guess I’ll try. FNL is funny, heartbreaking, engaging, fantastic. Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, and Zach Gilford are just three great actors out of the outstanding ensemble. Chandler and Britton give us the most realistic husband and wife duo on television; and with the help of Aimee Teegarden, who plays their daughter, Julie, we get to enjoy the best family banter ever. The dialogue, the acting, the story lines: all flawless in my eyes. And then there are the lovable characters. Throughout four seasons, the show’s writers have developed and transformed these characters into new people. The Taylors, Matt Saracen, Tim Riggins, Smash Williams, and Lyla Garrity are easy to love and hard to forget. It may be about high school but it’s no Gossip Girl or Degrassi. It’s a realistic show about middle class, football-loving families. If there’s one show that you have to watch before you die it’s Friday Night Lights.

So now that I’ve said my peace I’m going to go…and watch Friday Night Lights. I’m not kidding. It’s kinda a problem beautiful thing.

****Mom, if you’re reading this, I’m just kidding about watching FNL and Friends all day long. I made it up so I have something to write about.

Leave a comment

Filed under unhealthy obsessions

Golden Globes Tonight!

Things I want to see:

  1. Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Christian Bale win in their categories
  2. Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone win in their categories, surprising everyone – in a perfect world they would win and John Krasinski would be my husband (nothing to do with the GG but I just wanted to put that out there).
  3. Michael C. Hall, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Gosling – I just want to see them, period.
  4. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler – just because they are hilarious and I love them
  5. Modern Family wins Best Comedy
  6. Eric Stonestreet wins Best Supporting Actor
  7. Aaron Sorkin wins Best Screenplay – The Social Network had a flawless script

Things I don’t want to see:

  1. Glee wins Best Comedy – just no.
  2. Chris Colfer wins Best Supporting Actor – please.
  3. Ke$ha – I’d rather not see her at all for the rest of my life.

Yeah, try and tell me that you don't want to wake up to this every morning.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under aimless ramblings, angst, unhealthy obsessions