A Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Blogger
August 9, 2009, 11:04 pm
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Hello out there,

So it’s been over a year since the last time I posted on this blog. Why?? I like writing. I like Internets. It’s not like my life has gotten significantly busier or anything — I’d say things have slowed a bit, if anything. Actually, I’ve had a significant amount of change happen since the last time I posted which would have made for great blogging material…job changes, first wedding anniversary, weight gain, weight loss, new food discoveries, moving, last season of Battlestar Galactica, other points of general mayhem and debauchery, etc. All of which would have been very interesting blogging material.

So what’s my problem then? No idea…and I’m pretty sure that even if I figured out what my problem actually is, I would bore each and every one of you to death with the details. This posting is just to say that I’m back, and I’m sorry, and I’m hoping to stay for a while.

Cheers!

~Laura

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A Few Weeks Off…
May 20, 2008, 9:40 am
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Hey everyone!

I’m just posting to apologize for my recent absence and to let you all know that I probably won’t be posting for a week or two after this…I’m getting married on Saturday, and things are starting to get pretty hectic around here!  After that, Tim and I will be spending six days in Jamaica (yay!!) so I won’t even be in the country or have Internet access at all, for that matter…  =P

I just wanted to thank everyone, including everyone from WordPress, for making my blog so popular over the past few weeks…especially since I just started blogging two weeks ago!  I don’t think I really have that many interesting things to say, but seeing how many people view my page and comment on my posts really motivates me to post.  So, thanks!

And I’ll see you all in 2 weeks…with a different name, and (hopefully!) a whole lot tanner!  =)

~Laura



Shameless Plug of the Week (5/16)
May 16, 2008, 2:18 pm
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If you know me in real life, you know that I love to plug products that I try that actually work, or are actually useful in some way…just because I never expect anything to work/taste like/look like/be anything like what it claims to be in commercials or on the packaging, and if something proves me wrong then I want people to know about it. It’s a good thing, I swear!

So every Friday, instead of a regular post I’ll be putting up a “shameless plug” of a product I’ve tried that I really like. It has a twofold purpose — I’m lazy on Fridays and probably won’t have any good ideas otherwise, and maybe some of you can use these products yourselves!

Today’s plug is Healthy Choice’s Cafe Steamers frozen lunches. I know what you’re thinking — gross name! Heh…I’m real mature.

I had this one today called Chicken Margherita — it was a mixture of chicken, tomato, angel hair pasta, and balsamic vinegar sauce. On the box, it says that the ingredients were fresh, and I found it hard to believe — how fresh can they be?

Apparently, they can be insanely, awesomely fresh. There were like 5 whole garlic cloves in there…which might be bad for you if you’re not a big garlic person, but I was loving it. What other frozen meal do you get garlic cloves in? Crazy!

Chicken Margherita

How good does that look?? Well, it really was — and it filled me up to boot. And I’m a hard person to fill up!

So in conclusion — buy this product. It’s good for you (usually between 300-350 calories for a pretty decent serving size) AND it’s delicious and fresh. What more could a hungry luncher ask for?



Real quick…
May 15, 2008, 2:06 pm
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…my band’s having an awesome show tomorrow night at The Chance Entertainment Complex in Poughkeepsie, NY!  We’ll be kicking it old school with some great ska bands like Perfect Thyroid, Reegle Beegle, and Lemonade Grenade…I’m looking forward to it in ways that you can’t even understand!

If you’re in the area and you’d like to purchase tix, drop me a line or write us at contact@whatsinthisjuice.com.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!

(and with a band name like What’s in This Juice?, how could I steer you wrong??)  =D



Finally!…Q&A Response. =)
May 15, 2008, 11:59 am
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So I’ve waited long enough on this post…it had to happen.

I posted this a few weeks ago, hoping that someone would respond with similar feelings about what it had to say…and I finally got a response.  If you’re too lazy to actually click the link (which I probably would be — don’t feel too bad,) this is the general gist of what I said:

I had been searching around on TheNest.com, as brides-to-be are often wont to do, and found an interesting Q&A article on handling vacation time with your job.  It basically just said that you should work late nights and weekends to make up for the time you’ll be missing, just to show everyone that you know work comes first.  Also, give out your cell number so that coworkers can contact you while you’re on vacation, and email the office halfway through the week.  It also states that “you don’t have to take all of your vacation days, but then again a Pina Colada is a terrible thing to waste.”

Here we go:  Why I Hate This Answer.

I can’t believe that we’ve actually reached a point where people actually believe that work is more important than…well, life.  If you’re one of those people to whom your career is your entire life, this article probably works out just fine for you.  Maybe you get bored on vacations.  I know a few people like that.  I’m not friends with any of them, but I know they exist.

I, however, will take my vacations.  Here’s my take on things; I go to work to make money.  If I didn’t need money, I wouldn’t be working.  I show up to work every day with the brightest face possible on, and the company reaps the benefits of my labor and pays me for it.  They also offer me benefits, which I take advantage of because I earn them every day by being a good employee. It’s a give-and-take; I don’t owe the company anything besides my time, skills, and efforts, and they don’t owe me anything besides fair pay and benefits.

I live to be a good person, and to find out what living is all about.  I’m not old enough to know — perhaps I never will — but I do know for certain that living is not all about the place where you punch the time clock.  It didn’t take me too long to figure that out.  I live for my family and friends.  I live to experience happiness, elation, shock, disappointment, sorrow, love and peace.  I live to taste Velveeta macaroni and cheese…again and again and again.

Whether the company I work for believes it or not, work is a very minimal part of my existence.  It’s the five minutes of previews that I have to sit through to get to the full-length feature film that is life.  I’ll always work as hard as I possibly can while I’m there, but only because they pay me to.  If I didn’t work hard I wouldn’t be properly earning the money and benefits they’re giving me, and that’s just wrong.

So, yes — my vacation time is mine.  I don’t need to stay at the office nights and weekends to accommodate for the time off that is rightfully mine.  I refuse to hand out my cell number so people can bug me with work problems while I’m out enjoying my family…I won’t even have my cell phone on me.  Ha.  Take that.

So when I’m out for the next two weeks — you know, getting married — you can bet I won’t be anywhere near a computer or a cell phone!  And while I’m in Jamaica on our honeymoon, I’ll be helping the person who is the newest and greatest part of my life down all the Pina Coladas we want — but not because we’re on vacation.  Just because we can.  And believe you me, if the opportunity to have a Pina Colada comes up on a workday weeknight I’ll be grabbing the bull by the horns and sucking that thing down.

But I won’t let it effect work the next day — the same way I won’t let work effect my taste for Pina Coladas.



Woah…a blog post about me?
May 15, 2008, 9:24 am
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Before I post anything else today, I am so excited to announce that I’ve been chosen as the first review-ee on Yella Ojrak’s new blog “WordPress Inhabitants.”  It’s a blog that reviews one WordPress blog/user for every post (or “outs” them, if you will.)  Check it out here!

Thank you so much for deciding to review my blog on your site!  I don’t think I have to tell you that my views jumped substantially yesterday.

For all those who are new to my blog — thanks for checking it out, and I’ll try to keep producing entertaining stuff for you to read!  If there’s anything you’d specifically like me to talk about, feel free to contact me — I’d love to hear from you!  =)

~Laura



An unfortunate choice of typecast roles…

If you’ve seen a romantic comedy or a sitcom, you’ve probably seen Judy Greer. In case you don’t know who I’m talking about, here’s a picture:

Judy Greer

Not bad, right? She’s a pretty attractive woman, and you can tell that she has great comic timing and is probably a really great actress.

I say “probably” because I have literally only seen her act in one kind of role every time I see her, and I’ll bet you my ’94 Mercury Tracer that you have, too. If you recognize her at all, you know what role I’m talking about. It’s the overly slutty and usually super desperate supporting woman — the best friend, the secretary, the coworker.

For those of you who don’t believe me or don’t really know what I’m talking about, here are a few quotes from two of her most popular roles. Let’s see if you recognize a common theme…

“Casey” (27 Dresses): “He asks if you want a drink. You smile and say, ‘Vodka soda.’ If you already have a drink, you down it. Then there’s some flirting, some interoffice sex, an accidental pregnancy, a shotgun wedding, and a life of bliss.” (explaining how to respond to a man’s advances)

“The only point in wearing an awful bridesmaid dress is to have a drunken groomsman rip it to shreds with his teeth!”

“Kitty” (Arrested Development): “Well, this is the last time you’ll see these!(flashes boobs)

I understand that she’s a character actress, and that these crazy roles are part of what she does.  Character roles are fun, and are actually often more challenging than many other types of roles, believe it or not.  You have to have good comic timing and enough understanding of the role to make it a believable performance, not just a shell of a character that happens to be funny.  I know all of this.

My question to you is this; When do typecast character roles stop being good for an actor’s career?  It’s been working for her so far, that’s for sure.  But then again, take this guy:

The \"O\" Face Guy

No idea who he is?  Take another look — he’s Greg Pitts.  You may know him as the “O” Face Guy from Office Space…and that’s it!  There have been interviews with him in which he actually admits that his choice of character roles in that movie has essentially cost him his career.  He hasn’t appeared in hardly anything since then where he hasn’t played either that exact character, or something similar to it.  Don’t believe me?  Look at his role in a recent Sarah Silverman show episode!  Other victims of the Typecast Syndrome: Kelsey Grammer, Seann William Scott, and the entire cast of Seinfeld.  Most of these actors have tried to break their typecasting streak, but precious few have ever succeeded.

Some have embraced their roles and been really successful, like Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris.  When you look that those guys, though, who could blame them?  Being a hero is a cool typecasting groove to get into.  It lasts and lasts, and people love you more each time you play another one of those roles.

To me, though, the morally bankrupt, desperate slut role doesn’t really stick as a great typecast to get into.  Of course I’m no expert — but I feel that if Ms. Greer continues to take these types of roles, her career is probably going to end pretty poorly…with nothing to show for it but a career trail of mediocre characters.

So, my point is this:  Judy Greer, I like you!  I’ve heard you say in interviews that you’d like to move on to more serious roles.  Do it fast, before you become Kelsey Grammer…or the “O” Face Guy.