Friday, May 15, 2009

The Big 2-5..

5/14/2009

Today one of my co-workers asked how I was feeling about turning 25 this summer. I started to tear up. I am usually so excited about my birthday! I start planning in February and I revel in the one day the world revolves around meee!!! Okay, okay -- the one day where it's socially acceptable to think the world revolves around me! LOL But this year.. (Sigh) Not so much. Everyone has an age or two that speaks louder than the others; ages that we feel point out what we don’t have or what we don't want. And 25 is mine. I'm not looking forward to it. But I will still take presents..

Thursday, May 07, 2009

I had Oprah tickets within my grasp!!! Why, oh why!?

Okay, ladies.. this may bring a few tears.. (Big breath) Here we go:


Yesterday I was called by an Oprah producer (Dana Levitz, I believe) with two tickets for the Oprah show, which would have aired today.. Here's what happened:

My brother Tommy has been accepted into the Second City program in Chicago. For those of you who don't know (get with it -- LOL), Second City is an improv theater where many Saturday Night Live actors get their start. In fact, many, many actors -- of all backgrounds -- get their start at the training center that Tommy is going to be (Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Bonnie Hunt, Stephen Colbert, Halle Berry, Sean Hayes, Amy Sedaris, Jon Favreau, Hinton Battle, Jack McBrayer, Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, etc.). Tommy is meant to do this. He is the most brilliant commedian that I have ever known/heard/seen. He will make it big. So obviously, we're excited for him.

As for me, I am a huge Oprah fan. I have the DVD set that came out for her 20th Anniversary, I schedule my classes so that I have the opportunity to watch the show, I have the audience reservation line saved as "Oprah" in my phone and, about once every two weeks, I go to Oprah.com and respond to some kind of call-out for audience members with a certain love for something or experience in their lives. I have never been to the show but someday, I will. Oh, yes. I will.

So on Tuesday, after Tommy got accepted into Second City Training Program, I was doing my usual Oprah.com check and found that there was a call-out for people who are fans of stand-up commedians. Um.. yes, thank you? Tommy and I are HUGE fans of anyone with a good sense of humor! So I wrote an email telling of Tommy's acceptance into Second City and saying that, since it's in Chicago, it would be a great opportunity to celebrate his acceptance with Oprah!

And it worked. Just to give you a frame of reference, I have answered call-outs for so many shows! Mind you, the only time I lied is when Michaela and I really wanted to go and we said we read some book that we actually hadn't. (Sigh) I regret that.. Especially after we found out that the book was about a transvestite lesbian or something.. Yeah, not my brightest moment. But I literally answer at least two every month. This was BIG NEWS!

Unfortunately, by the time I got the message, Miss Levitz was gone for the day and (though I called like 30 times -- yeah, I went a little crazy) I missed out. I was sooo upset.. really bummed! Sad, sad day. But I realized that I can't just say, in my call-out responses, that I really want to go, I have to have a story that correlates and gives me a reason to go! Next time, Dana Levitz.. next time!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

A Movie For You To See!

5/5/2009 3:20 am

Okay, I know I just posted, but I have to share this movie! Have you seen "Happy-Go-Lucky"? It's so cute! I watched it after my friend said that he was sure the main character was written as me. LOL I'm not sure about that, but there are some similarities.. :) Watch the preview and rent it soon!

P.S. Sometimes it's better with subtitles if you're not as familiar with English accents.. LOL

Survey - Tips for the ladies!

5/5/2009 3:00 am

It's been awhile, I know. So much has been going on I don't even know how to catch you up. So I took a major survey and thought I'd post that to get back in the swing of things!

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Your Secret Tips! Tell your friends the little tricks of the trade you use for things like:

Shopping -- When ordering ANYTHING online I open a new tab and google coupons for whatever place I'm ordering from. I can almost always find a coupon for free shipping, 20% off or a free gift with purchase. One time, I just typed "coupon" into the promotional code space and got 15% off my order! Ya baby!

Style -- Guys' "wife beater" shirts (seriously? Is there not another name for these?) are awesome additions to any girls' wardrobe looking to add a little modesty to cute tops. I have a long torso and short.. neckline? Like.. from the base of my neck to the middle of my chest ain't that far a drive. Let's just say, a low cut top shows a little too much bellybutton, if you know what I mean. LOL These guys' tanks are awesome for filling in the gaps. ;)

Movies -- Bootleg movies usually have bad sound quality.

Restaurants -- When I go to a coffee shop and order a new drink and the barrista says, "Hmm.. I haven't made that one yet.. Let's see..", I IMMEDIATELY CHANGE MY ORDER. It WILL come out tasting like he just dipped the cup in mop water.

Kids -- When caring for an infant at night (specifically, someone else's -- in my case), I've learned there's no need to have the monitor on the highest volume and right next to the bed. The kid is going to make little noises at night and I'll just wake up every time and wonder, "Is he gonna cry? Should I make a bottle? Does he need a diaper change? Did I put that load of laundry in? Did Britney Spears seriously just make a comeback?" Put the dang thing across the room and on low. You'll hear the important stuff.

Conversation -- When I really want to say something and I get interrupted, it's usually God's way of saying, "Shut the heck up, Caitie." I have found that I am almost always about to say something that I might regret when I'm interrupted and I have learned to take it in stride and rethink what I "need" to say.

Gifts -- Next time my BFF is prego and thinks it MIGHT be a boy, I won't buy cute boy things until the kid is out and about. It will be a girl. And it will be WONDERFUL! :)

Beauty-- For eyebrow shaping, I use this Conair Shaper. It's easy to use, compact and very precise. I have my grandfather's eyebrows.. They're like two (okay, sometimes one) catepillers crawling across my forehead. Plucking, for me, would be like saying, "Okay.. we're gonna cut the grass with a scissors." Ha -- Well then, see you next Tuesday. The Conair Trimmer-thing is a life (and time) saver! :)

Friends -- I think that there are three kinds of friendships.. the differences are tiny but distinct. You have friends who are takers and require your full attention, friends who are givers and give you their full attention, and friends who require the same things you do and will engage in a consistent give and take relationship. Some friendships shift between the first two types but the best friendships are the kind that consistently give and take, and you'll only need a few of these in your whole life.

Gossip -- Gossiping is the hardest habit to break. I told a friend the other day that it will be the sin that I take to the grave.. the one that I'll give up last. LOL I'm not malicious about it.. I just happen to be informed of a lot of information and I firmly believe in the phrase, "knowledge is power". LOL But it really is a horrible thing..

Entertainment -- Netflix is amazing. Even if you don't have movies sent to your home, the "Instant Watch" library is awesome! I'm semi-obsessed. Okay, fully obsessed.

Family -- I am becoming my mother. And I don't mind too much.

Internet -- Bearshare used to be so great and now it.. is not. I use Limewire to "share" music now, but I will always be disappointed that Bearshare sold out to the man.

Relaxation -- The three CDs that I always listen to when I'm feeling super sappy are Carly Simon, A Woman's Heart (1&2) and Maura O'Connell. These ladies always bring it in perspective and make me embrace my moody, irrational (at times), high maintenance self.

Risks --
Don't ever get a tatoo that is not cute cuz after 8 and 1/2 years you will get it covered up with another tatoo and it will hurt soooo much worse than you remember. Plus, when you look at it, it'll be like a haircut that gives you a totally new look and even if it looks good, you'll kinda freakout. But, like, 100 times worse cuz there are no hats for ankles (aka: hankles). Just some advice from me to you.

Okay, this is as far as I got. I'm back in the blogging world, for sure! :)