Monday, September 29, 2008

judge shows

You know, if I felt like it (and I don't) I could watch 23 of those judge shows every week day. That's right. I counted them. I was flipping through channels and noticed all these judges I'd never seen before. Are these shows really that popular? Oh! I forgot to count the ones in Spanish too. Pshh. . . then it's easily more than 30. Hmm, if I ever do, there's only one I watch . . . very, very rarely. Ms. Judy. I love to see her get mad at people. Still. How long has she been on, anyway?

feeling: really mellow with this coffee & music
listening to: Mazzy Star (Fade Into You)

Friday, September 26, 2008

what is the deal with . . . . . ?

Let me put on a skinny tie, wear a suit jacket with the sleeves rolled up, make my best 80's comedian voice and ask you "What is the deal with . . . . . . . . .

- kids and cereal boxes? Why must they have the box right in front of them when they eat cereal? It's the only food they do that with. Yeah, I used to do it too, but why? Are those the only entertaining packages? Hmm . . . a lot trader joe products have pretty funny packages, so why not those?

- hair salons and their have-to-be-witty names? Why do salon owners feel they have to name their salon something like The Mane Idea or Hair we Are or Live and Let Dye? Why? I don't even know if these are real places, but you get the idea right? What would you name your salon?

- the phrase "at the end of the day". I know I've written about this before, but this phrase really irks me. Not if you say something like, "I go home at the end of the day", but when it's used to mean something like when all is said and done. EVERYONE uses it. ARGH! I think one day I'll count how many times I hear it. I'm going to watch a news channel and take a shot whenever anyone says it. ;P

- living close to a foreign country giving you foreign policy experience? In that case, since I was born and raised on the U.S./Mexico border, I'm a foreign policy EXPERT! I could see Mexico while driving every day.

- this apartment? Ewwww. . . . .

feeling: ready for 2 digit temperatures, even if it's in the 90's . . . the low 90's
listening to: that Kings of Leon song. It reminds me of Dancing in the Dark

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Genius!!! Brilliant!

I love, love, love play lists. Yes, I was one of those kids who used to make mix tapes. So I am completely LO-VING the new "genius" feature on iTunes. If you haven't used it, do so. Basically, it makes playlists off your music library with songs that go well together. You click on a song, select the genius option and it customizes a playlist. Awesome.
Here's mine. I clicked on Touch Me, I'm Going to Scream Part 2 by My Morning Jacket (because I can't get enough of that song) and here's the list I got . . . .

1. Touch Me, I'm Going to Scream/ My Morning Jacket
2. Time to Pretend/ MGMT
3. No Brakes/ The Bravery
4. Tulips/ Bloc Party
5. Ladykillers/ Lush
6. Goodnight Moon/ Shivaree
7. Fascination Street/ The Cure
8. Gouge Away/ Pixies
9. World Wide Suicide/ Pearl Jam
10. New Slang/ The Shins
11. Trip Through Your Wires/ U2
12. Munich/ Editors
13. Tyrant/ The Bravery
14. A Certain Romance/ Arctic Monkeys
15. Burning/ The Whitest Boy Alive
16. Expectations/ Belle & Sebastian
17. Level/ The Raconteurs
18. Velouria/ Pixies
19. Vapour Trail/ Ride
20. Lazy Eye/ Silversun Pick-ups
21. Age of Consent/ New Order
22. Phantom Limb/ The Shins
23. Never Let me Down Again/ Smashing Pumpkins
24. The National Anthem/ Radiohead
25. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road/ Faultline & Keane

I love this feature! Did I already say that? No? Well, I love this feature. I love the new mixes it's making for me.

feeling: I love technology. I love Apple
listening to: Expectations (Belle & Sebastian)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

airhead yvett Part 75 million

I was having coffee at a nearby coffee house with a friend. I was desperately looking through the menu trying to figure out what I could have that was low-carb besides water. . . . . .

friend: (reading a sign that reads "We have Boba!") What's Boba?
me: bubble tea. It's really good. It has these little things called tapioca pearls and they're chewy and delicious
friend: sounds good. I'll try it sometime
me: you should. I love it!

Here the super friendly barista tells me and my friend how they use fat straws so that the pearls fit through.

me:. I tried making some once and it was horrible. I'd gotten some tapioca pearls. They were horrible. We had to spit them out.
barista: how did you cook them?
me: -blank stare-: excuse me?
barista: how did you cook them?
me: uh . . . cook them? (sheepishly) I didn't know I had to cook them. I just made the tea and threw in the pearls. It was awful
barista: yeah, I ate a raw one on a dare once. They're pretty bad.
friend: (laughing) that's AWESOME!
barista: didn't the package come with instructions?
me: the writing was in Chinese or something

They both laugh at me. Yes, I was laughing too. She was nice enough to explain how they cook them while my friend was laughing in the background and I stood there with egg on my face.

To Rodrigo: I'm sorry I had you taste raw tapioca pearls. I had no idea. Sorry!
To my friend: you can stop laughing now or next time you come over for dinner, I'll make you some bubble tea . . . . MY style.
To the barista: You're quite welcome for giving you a story you must have shared and laughed at several times.

feeling: I'm a dork
listening to: Morningwood (Sugarbaby) <-- this video is hilarious!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Yvett vs. Carbs

I finally broke down and decided to do the low-carb thing. Uh, it's torture. I started about two weeks ago and have lost ten pounds. I don't know where, but that's what the scale says. It's awesome, but I miss rice. Tasty, tasty rice . . . and bread, and potatoes, and fruit, and pasta. I still cook the same for the family, so they're not missing out. I'll keep you guys updated on the progress.
I know several people that have done this successfully. Have any of you? If you have, do you have any advice? I mean, I'm so bored already. I've never been much of a meat-atarian, so this is really, really hard. I've been having lots of beef and/or chicken with salad for dinner, tuna salad for lunch and eggs for breakfast. Any recipes or things you'd like to share. Help!

feeling: missing real food but it's for the greater good of looking super hot
listening to: Someone I call Jason Nesferatu (After Tonight)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Badger vs. P@lin

I swear I didn't do this on purpose. . . . . .
We were watching the convention last week and S@rah P@lin was giving her speech. Badger's ears stood up. I guess something about her voice bothers him. She's been on everything, so Badger started growling when he'd hear her speak. Maybe he's tired of the repetition (rimshot). Anyway, he moved on to barking at the TV whenever she was on. I pounced on that right away. I'd see that he would start barking and I'd egg him on. I'd say "It's S@rah P@lin, Badger, go get her!". He'd go crazy running around, barking and growling. We kept on saying it whenever he'd be barking and praise him afterward. Yes, I'm just using the situation to amuse myself. So now he's actually barking and going wild at the S@rah P@lin command. It's been several days and it still works. I think it really sunk in. Brianna started adding "she eats moose and puppies", so I thought we should maybe stop. I haven't though, I just asked Brianna to stop saying that. Not that I'm putting eating puppies beyond Ms. P@lin, it's just that I don't want Brianna saying that at school or something. (Yes, of course I'm kidding. No, I'm not calling anyone a puppy eater). :P
Anyway, so I guess now Badger is sexist or something, no?

feeling: like I exploit my puppy
listening to: Cold War Kids (Tell Me in The Morning)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sleepy Yvett

- As a kid, my mom and I would stay up all night some Friday nights watching movies. My dad used to have to wake up at about 4:00 a.m. and we'd stay up to wake him.

- In high school, I'd stay up to watch all the late night shows (unbeknownst to my parents). I especially did this once Conan went on the air. I had no problem waking up the next morning.

- My first "real" job's schedule was from 4pm-1am. I loved that schedule and would still go out after I got off work.

- As a flight attendant, I had the choice to pick either a.m. or p.m. flights. I picked p.m. They'd start off in the afternoons and with all the delays and everything, we'd usually end up flying all night. In one particular weekly trip, we'd arrive at Mexico City at about 6:00 a.m. After a couple hours sleep, we'd be out having brunch.

- When I first started seeing Rodrigo, I'd go into work at 6:00 a.m. This meant that I'd wake up at around 4:30 a.m. If Rodrigo and I weren't together, we'd be on the phone. Our usual hang up time was around 2:00 a.m. I remember one time that I had 20 minutes sleep before I went to work. He thought I was going to call in sick, but I had a meeting I HAD to attend.

-sigh- That's not me anymore. I'm soooooo behind on sleep. We've been getting by on very little sleep. It started off with the Olympics, went through the political conventions, and continued this weekend with a preview weekend my cable provider offered. I thought I'd have gotten some sleep by now, but we're addicted to the news. I am baffled, outraged and completely glued to the news channels. Ah, Election '08, the best reality show ever!
Plans for this weekend include sleeping, sleeping and when I'm done with that, sleeping. -sigh- I can't wait. I'm pretty tired of having my alarm go off and me just incorporating it into a dream.

feeling: sleepy
listening to: some song from Gene Loves Jezebel

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

TV Corruption

A while back, my Bestie and I were having a conversation about how she thinks that 90210 corrupted our youth. Even though we hadn't met at the time the show was on, she had all these hilarious examples that made me absolutely agree. I saw a marathon this weekend and was getting really upset. Even as a kid, I could appreciate that the Brenda character was a brat. Still, I thought Dylan was super dreamy and that Mr. Walsh was way harsh.
Pfft. That is hardly the case now. I felt sorry for the parents this time around. The whole Dylan & Brenda relationship was too intense and they were way too dramatic. Man, they were supposed to be in high school. Lighten up. I hate the way they spoke to the poor dad. I was telling Rodrigo to imagine them as Brianna with a boyfriend. We agreed he'd have been kicked out of our home a looooong time ago.

I brought up the whole TV corrupting our youth conversation with him. We didn't really get into an explanation then, but later . . . . . . So, we were watching music videos because we think we're still kids. We saw a video with some disturbing images. Things we agree should have shocked us, yet we were really matter-of-fact about it.

me: this is horrible
him: yeah
me: it looks like a type of video NIN would've have made
him: yeah!
me: or Marilyn Manson
him: oh, yeah, it does look like that
me: this should shock us
him: we're desensitised because we saw those kinds of videos already
me: no kidding
him: nothing's shocking
me: hey! that's the name of a Jane's Addiction album
him: I'm not surprised

We went on to talk about which videos shocked us back then. Our list is pretty much the same. I started feeling like I'm completely jaded then I saw a piece of a video that really disturbed me. It was in The Kill from 30 Seconds To Mars. There's a part where there's a guy in a bear costume. I gasped at the scene and immediately felt better. I'm not a totally horrible person afterall. -sigh- Now I'm going to start working on not being shocked by political news. That riles me up to no extent.

feeling: mad at an article
listening to: Faultline & Keane (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road)