Post from December, 2003

can’t wait!!

Friday, 26. December 2003 0:34

Yay, what a nice Christmas! I desperately need to catch up on sleep, but I just wanted to pop in here.

Guess what? I’m getting the best Christmas present ever tomorrow. Ryan’s driving up here for the weekend! I am SO excited!! :)

I hope that everyone else had a good Christmas! I got some nice presents, but it’s not important what they are. I had a really fun time with my family today, at both grandparents’ houses.

::Yawn:: I really should go to bed. Tomorrow I have to clean my room up, so Ryan will be able to walk in here. Especially with all my new gifts, it’s very messy. Good night!

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i’m a brat

Thursday, 18. December 2003 21:57

I’m just plain old exhausted.

I had a foot doctor appointment this morning for the stitches to come out. (I had surgery 9 days ago). My foot was really, really, really swollen. It tooked like a latex glove was blown up into a balloon, besides the fact that it’s a foot. The bruising wasn’t as bad as last week, but it’s still there.

The worst part is that my big toe is still quite numb. When I told the doctor, he seemed slightly concerned and surprised. I guess I shouldn’t worry yet, because the surgery was very difficult. The doctor had problems getting the bone out and had to really move a lot of stuff around. Gross and traumatic to the nerves. He told me that it could take a few months for all the nerve damage to subside, so I just have to be patient in order for the numbness to go away.

It’s tiring to have to use crutches all the time and to make sure that I keep my foot as elevated as possible. My sister and I went to CVS and Ocean State Job Lot (crap store) this evening. She needed to get some small gifts and I decided to join her. I wanted to go into CVS first, so I told her we could meet up in a little while via cell phone, because she wanted to go in Ocean State Job Lot first. The two stores are fairly close together.

When I went in CVS, I realized just how hard it was to crutch around the store. I was planning on finding my sister a Christmas present (since this is my only opportunity, because I can’t drive with my foot like this). However, it was way too hard. So, I left the store to find her in Ocean State Job Lot.

It was very crowded and really big. I crutched around for a while and then called her cell phone. I knew I wouldn’t be able to find her. Problem: our little plan failed. Her cell phone wasn’t on. By this point, I was about to collapse. I’m not used to walking on crutches for so long! It’s tiring! I was starting to panic, because I didn’t know where she was.

I walked all around that freakin’ store and didn’t see her anywhere. I guess we missed each other somehow. I tried her cell phone again – still off. I went outside and crutched back across the parking lot to CVS. I looked in through the window and saw her at the register. Phew. I was so mad that she didn’t have her dumb phone on, but I guess it could have been worse. I was just so, so tired. When we got home, I collapsed in front of the TV with my foot elevated. Much better.

Later on, I checked my email.. Yesterday, I emailed the head of residence life at my university to find out where I’ll be living in the spring. Since I was abroad during the fall, I don’t have a room yet. I told her that I really wanted a single and I’d like to be in the same buiding as my friends. I didn’t really care about the building, but I totally want a single.

Well in her reply, she told me that all the singles are taken and that I’m going to be rooming with someone who had taken a leave of absence. Grrreat. A leave of absence? What the heck does that mean? Is she some pyscho? I know I shouldn’t jump to conclusions, but there is no way I’m living with someone who just came back from a leave of absence. I want a single, for crying outloud! I’m tired of sharing rooms!

It’s especially not fair because before I went abroad, I found out that I was lottery number 8. That’s how my school does room assignments. You get a lottery number and #1 gets first pick. In case you didn’t put two and two together, I would have gotten the 8th choice of what room I wanted. I could have lived anywhere. Shouldn’t that count for something now? I emailed her back saying so.. but I doubt it’ll help.

This better work out. AUGH!

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cellular

Tuesday, 16. December 2003 22:08

Last night, I got a new cell phone! I absolutely LOVE it! It’s the Samsung X427 and it’s wonderful. I’m really happy with everything about it, so far. It’s a really tiny flip phone – very adorable. The reception via Cingular service is great and it’s easy to use. It’s exactly what I wanted, so I’m very pleased!

Today was an exhausting day. Do you have any idea how annoying it is to use crutches or hop on one foot? Geeeeeze. Our stupid puppy had to go to the bathroom when I was home alone. I felt bad telling him no, so I tried to take him out. What a pain in the butt! Talk about a bad idea! I’m so glad that I didn’t fall; it was icy and snowy outside. I had a crutch in one hand and the leash in the other. And you know what? He didn’t even go to the bathroom!! Augh, it was so hard to do.

My foot was especially painful today. I think I’ll need to spend tomorrow in bed. These last few days I’ve ventured upstairs for the entire day. I think I haven’t been keeping my foot elevated enough though, which is making it hurt. I can’t wait until I can get the cast off and be able to walk on it. It’s driving me crazy.

And for a huge change of subject, I’m starting to get nervous about graduation. I can’t believe I only have one more semester left. I’m tired of being in school and I’ll be glad when it’s over. But… I just don’t think I’m ready. I have NO idea what I want to do, so how am I supposed to find a job? :-\

I *like* working, which is good. However, I feel very unqualified. I know that I’m a hard worker and a fast learner, but I don’t think I have any practical knowledge. Everything will have to be taught to me. So why would they give me a job over someone who knows stuff? It’s scary.

I’m planning on talking to the career center when I go back to school in January, but shouldn’t I know what I want before that? I don’t know why I majored in computer science. I hate it. How do I look for a job in something I hate?? I could always use my math minor and be a teacher.. but I suck at teaching. ::sigh::

I think I’m going to go to bed now. I’ve been staying up way too late these past few weeks.

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crutch needed

Sunday, 14. December 2003 0:04

I know, I know. I’ve totally been neglecting my diary. I just haven’t felt like writing.

My foot is starting to hurt fairly badly, from the surgery. Today I was getting lots of random shooting pains throughout my big toe. I can still handle it though. I’m only taking Advil. It’s getting really annoying having to use crutches. I don’t mind sitting in bed all day, but I hate when I have to get up. I’m looking forward to being able to put weight on it again.

I’m trying to cope the best that I can. Today was a good distraction day, because I had lots of plans. We went to my dad’s parents’ for lunch and then to my mom’s sister’s house for a December birthday party/dinner. It was a pain having to crutch around, but I had a good time. Lots of yummy food!

I should probably get to bed now. I’ve been staying up too late recently, which isn’t a good habit to get into. Perhaps I’ll start updating this more regularly, but I really haven’t felt the desire..

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in bed

Friday, 12. December 2003 0:08

I have been so lazy lately. I had surgery on my foot on Tuesday. It went very smoothly. Of course, now I’m stuck in bed. I have crutches, but I’m supposed to keep my foot elevated as much as possible. My sister is really cool and taped all the shows I usually watched since the start of the season. Since I was in Australia, I missed all of them. So, I’ve been relaxing in front of the TV for the past few days. It’s alright. I get bored sometimes, but it’s nice too.

However, since my life has been completely boring, I seriously have nothing to write about. Maybe things will get interesting soon, but I doubt it..

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today..

Tuesday, 9. December 2003 8:43

Yay! My missing suitcase came yesterday! So all is well! :)

I’m having surgery on my foot today, so I don’t know when the next update will be. I’m sure that I’ll be able to use the computer, but I just wanted to let you know in case I can’t.

Have a good day! :)

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home at last

Sunday, 7. December 2003 22:07

I’m finally home. Stupid winter storm.

On Saturday morning, Ryan and I successfully returned our rental car and took the shuttle to LAX airport. We said goodbye and he got off first at the Southwest gate. I went to American Airlines and waited in line for over an hour. No worries, I was plenty early.

My flight to Chicago O’Hare was fine. It hadn’t even mattered that my bags were too heavy! No charges, thank God. The flight wasn’t at all full and we landed on time.

The friggin’ snowstorm messed everything up though. My flight to Hartford was cancelled, so I went to Dallas/Ft. Worth instead, because there were available flights to Hartford the next morning (today). We were on a *huge* plane for that flight (Chicago to Dallas) and it was very, very empty. It was one that had TV screens for every seat!

When I got to Dallas last night around 9pm, the airport shops were all closing. I quickly went to McDonalds so I wouldn’t starve all night, and then called Ryan before I ate. He got home without a problem – I should have went with him! After my $1.75 ran out, we had to hang up the phone (only 7 minutes!).

I walked around the airport for a while, hoping to find a shop open to buy a book. Just as I was giving up, my name was called over the intercom. The lady repeated it SO many times; it was funny. The airport was empty at this time, so it wasn’t like I wouldn’t be able to hear it. I picked up the nearest courtesy phone and was told to call my father. I didn’t call home when I got there, because I thought it was too late.

I’m so glad my family got that 1-800 number a few years ago, because it makes it a lot easier when calling long distance. When I called him, he said that he got a reservation at the Hyatt Hotel for me. Woo! I called their shuttle and went to wait outside for it.

While I was standing on the sidewalk, I must have looked very distressed/alone/scared. I *was* pretty upset at this point. I think I must have looked that way, because a Comfort Inn driver pulled over and asked where I was going. When I told him the Hyatt, he offered to take me! Crazy.

Once I got in my room, I called my dad back to let him know I was safe. We were talking and he asked me where my bags were. Well, I didn’t know that I was supposed to take care of them! I assumed the airport was going to hold them and then transfer then. Grr. It had been a bad day. My luggage hadn’t even crossed my mind. So… I had to go back to pick them up. Ugh!

I went back outside and got on the shuttle to the airport (good thing it was a 24 hour service). The driver asked what terminal and I told him I didn’t know. I guessed at terminal A and told him it was a long story and I didn’t want to talk about it. :-P

He let me off and I went to A28 baggage claim, because it was the closest. I talked with the guy working there and he told me that my bags were in Chicago. He said they were going to be on the next flight to Hartford. That doesn’t get there until 2 hours after my flight lands though. Augh!!

I called the Hyatt shuttle to pick me up again, and it was the same driver. He was like, “No bags?!?” and I told him that they were still in Chicago. He must have felt bad for me, because he asked worriedly, “Are you going to be okay?” Ugh, I just really wanted to be home.

Back in the hotel room, I called to get a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and a comb. Thank goodness for hotel complimentary services! Once they came, I got into bed fully dressed. I had so much trouble falling asleep though. I was so wound up! I ended up turning on the TV and setting the sleep timer for 30 minutes. Usually I can’t fall asleep to noise like that, but I needed something.

In the morning, I took the 6:20am shuttle to the airport (with a different driver). My flight was taking off at 8:45am, so I was early enough. I sat around and waited with a lot of other passengers. Once we boarded, we were told that there was a “slight maintenance problem.” Great, huh? I think it was just a technical difficulty with the announcement system though. It only delayed us about a half hour.

The flight wasn’t too bad. I slept for most of the time, fortunately. When we landed in Hartford, I couldn’t have been happier. It seemed like forever until we could get off the plane. I walked down to the baggage claim area and my dad was waiting for me.

We knew my bags weren’t on the flight I came in on, so we decided to go to Friendly’s to get some food before the earliest flight from Chicago arrived. I talked my head off to him while we were eating. lol. I always do that after I come home from stuff. :-P

Around 3pm, we went back to the airport and the Chicago flight came in. We crossed our fingers that my bags were on it and after a while, I spotted one of mine. Yay! Then we waited and waited and waited. Hmm, where was my other bag? Definitely not on that flight. ::Sigh:: Figures, I thought I would get lucky.

I went to Baggage Services and they told me they didn’t know where it was. With the storm, there were lots of displaced passengers and luggage. There just were too many bags to fit on all the flights. Therefore, my bag is supposed to come in from Chicago at some point in the next few days. They told me that they were going to ship it to my house. It *better* get here. I was so upset! But at least I was home.

We drove an hour to my house and yay! That’s where I am now. It’s really nice to be here. :) I miss Ryan heaps and heaps, but at least I’m loved here too.

It was a very long two days of travel. Bah! It sucked. But hey, as long as my suitcase gets here, it’ll be okay. ::crosses fingers::

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sitcom time

Saturday, 6. December 2003 0:56

Ryan and I slept in really, really late today (actually, yesterday, since it’s after midnight). Considering that we’ve been waking up between 4am and 5am all week, 11am was quite a treat! We took our time getting ready, and then drove the entire length of Mulholland Drive.

We weren’t entirely sure what it was famous for (We figured something, since there’s a movie named after it). Ryan thought that it was dangerous, but it turns out that it’s only (we think) dangerous because the road is *very* winding and on the edge of a *huge* cliff/canyon. I was freaking out at several points, because people drive too fast for such a scary road! We made it safely to the end and then turned around and came the whole way back. It’s a pretty long road!

On the way back, we were able to pull over into a small “park” thing and get out of the car. We had an incredible view of the city.. and.. the Hollywood Sign. It was pretty neat being able to see that. We didn’t even know we’d get a view of it from there, so I’m glad we decided to drive on the road!

Afterwards, we made our way to Hollywood Boulevard to do the whole Walk of Fame thing. All of the stars are just on the sidewalk with people randomly walking down it and lots of shops. It was cool. I’m a little confused, because some people definitely had two or more stars. I don’t think that’s very fair, but whatever. We got to see the area where the celebrities put their hand and foot prints into the cement too. Today is our last day in Los Angeles, so I’m glad we had time for some of the typical tourist spots.

We had to rush over to Studio City when we were done there. Tonight we were in the audience for According to Jim, a sitcom on ABC. The episode that we saw is surprisingly airing this Tuesday at 9pm. So, listen for my laughter — ha ha.

It was very interesting watching the show being filmed. The half hour episode took just about 4 hours to tape. We got to see all the mistakes and re-writes, which was exciting. During the little breaks, there was a comedian/magician/announcer guy who entertained the audience. Also, the actors and actresses interacted with us quite a bit, especially Jim Belushi. The other celebrities on the show are Courtney Thorne-Smith (Cheryl), Kimberly Williams (Dana), Larry Joe Campbell (Andy), Billi Bruno (Gracie), and Brandon Griffin (Jonathan).

The other daughter, Taylor Atelian (Ruby) was sick today, so she had a double. In the beginning, they introduced all the cast and I noticed that she wasn’t there. I figured that she was just late or something. But then, during one of the scenes, the family is at the dining room table. Ruby was in the scene and when I saw her, I didn’t think that she looked liked herself. I couldn’t *really* see, but I was fairly certain that it wasn’t Taylor Atelian. Also, I looked up at the TV screens and I saw that they were only showing the back of her head. I told Ryan my hunch right before they announced that Taylor was sick. So, hey, if you watch it on Tuesday, you now know it isn’t the real older daughter. ;)

I’d write more about this, but I’m getting really tired. It’s past 1am and I have get up in 3 hours to go to the airport. There’s supposed to be a huge snowstorm on the east coast of the USA tonight/tomorrow. So… hopefully I get home safely and don’t get stranded anywhere!!

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“come on down!”

Friday, 5. December 2003 11:19

Yesterday, Ryan and I were in the audience for The Price is Right! I can’t wait until it airs on January 19, 2004, because I think we’ll be on TV a lot!

We woke up at 3am and were in line by 4:30am. There were about 30 people in front of us already, but we were really happy with our place. The gates didn’t open until 6am, so we had a while to wait. It was pretty cold before the sun came up! The couple behind us was from CT (same as me) and they were really nice. We talked with them all morning and then met up with them later too.

The way that The Price is Right works is that everyone in line gets priority numbers and those are basically their seat numbers. I was number 30 and Ryan was number 31. Once we got those numbers, we were free to leave until 10:30am. We decided to go back to our hotel to take advantage of our free continental breakfast.

After eating, we wanted to take a nap. We had only gotten 3 hours of sleep and were pretty tired. We set the alarm for an hour and a half later and immediately fell asleep. When the alarm went off at 8:30am, I turned it off.. and then fell back asleep. Ryan and I rapidly woke up at the same time at 9:30am and freaked out. We weren’t sure how bad traffic was going to be or if we had to be there before 10:30am, just to make sure we still had our seats. We quickly put our shoes on and ran out to the car. Fortunately, the studio was really close and it only took a half hour even with traffic.

There were A LOT of people there when we arrived at 10am. Fortunately, our priority numbers worked and we just sat on the outside bench in numerical order. From then, we just waited and waited all day long. They went through everyone and checked IDs and SSN cards. Then they went through and gave everyone nametags. Eventually, we were able to stand up and go through an interview process.

Since all the audience members could be contestants, they had to see who would be good on TV. They only asked us what we did for a living though, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. I didn’t want to be a contestant, because I would be too nervous (plus, I don’t really know how to play; I’ve only watched it maybe once). I just said that I was a student, so I knew I wouldn’t get picked. I would have had to be a lot more talkative and enthusiastic. Phew.

After the little interview, we were herded to another side of the building and had to sit on more benches. Finally at 2:15pm, we were allowed into the studio. Aaah, it was so cool! Ryan and I were in the 3rd row! We were practically right behind the contestant microphone area, so it was way cool.

The show was so much fun! I’m really glad that I didn’t get called down, because it was extremely fast paced. I wouldn’t have a clue of what to do. It was awesome seeing Bob Barker. He’s such a legend, you know? His 80th birthday is in a few days!

My throat and hands were really sore from screaming and clapping. It was great though. The entire time we just cheered the people on. I had a blast! I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to be on this show, since I don’t watch it. Ryan loves it though and that was the biggest reason that we came to Los Angeles. I’m so glad that we did it, because I had heaps of fun!

It was weird, because all of the contestants but one were people that had been sitting near us the entire day. It was almost as if we knew them! In fact, the guy who won at the end was only sitting 3 people away from us!! I was really happy for him. He said that he’d been watching the show since he was a little boy. His wife was *freaking out* when he was up there at the end. She was so afraid that he was going to lose. It was cute. I almost started to cry out of happiness when he won. (Oops, I kind of give it away by saying it was a ‘he’, but oh well).

It was soooooo cool! Wow. What a great day!

But now, today is our last day. Aw. :(

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elizabeth! gallant!

Wednesday, 3. December 2003 21:45

Today was one of the most amazing days ever. I thought yesterday was cool, when Ryan and I went to the taping of Jeopardy (meeting Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Cheryl Farrell, Jimmy McGuire, and Sarah Whitcomb).

Today was 100 times better though. We woke up really early and went to the NBC building to wait in line for Jay Leno tickets. It was a little confusing on where to go, but we ended up finding the ticket booth on California Street and parked on the road. We arrived at 6:30am and were 4th in line. The ticket booth didn’t open until 8am, but I’m glad that we got there early. Elijah Wood was on, so it got pretty crowded.

After we got our tickets, we went to WB and took the VIP tour. A bunch of us took a golf cart around the 100+ acre lot with a tour guide. This was thee coolest thing ever.

First, we went to the set of the Drew Carey Show. We couldn’t stay long because they were having a meeting with the entire cast and crew. We got to see what the different sound stages looked like though. They are so much smaller than what they look like on TV. It was really bizarre. The camera angles make the room look bigger and the actors take smaller steps to help the illusion. I couldn’t believe that Drew Carey was in the same area as us and would be coming out 3 minutes after we left. Even though we didn’t see him, the thought was pretty neat.

After that, we drove past the front of the White House for The West Wing. I don’t watch that show too much, but I’ve seen it before. As we were stopped listening to our tour guide, guess who walked by? Bradley Whitford (who plays Josh Lyman). He’s so famous! He was walking to his trailer with Janel Moloney (who plays Donna Moss). He looked at our tour golf cart and waved to all of us. Ryan and I were the only ones who waved to him though, because no one else knew who he was! It was so incredibly awesome. Bradley Whitford waved to me! He was all dressed up in a suit, so they were probably filming today. He had a cup of coffee, so I guess he was on break.

The next place that I recognized was one of the sets of ER. I am a *huge* fan of the show, so it was really, really incredible. The best part was that as we were walking towards the outside area of County General, Alex Kingston (who plays Dr. Elizabeth Corday) walked right by us!!! Oh.my.Gosh. I squeezed Ryan’s hand to let him know, but I don’t think the rest of the tour noticed. I gave her a big smile and just acted normal (they told us we couldn’t ask for pictures or autographs). She smiled back at me!! We made eye contact and smiled at each other. Woah. It was so freaking cool.

Just walking onto the set was really neat. We were in the ambulance bay area of the hospital. It’s funny, because in the show they make it seem like it connects right to the waiting room / triage area of the hospital. But guess what? It totally doesn’t. It’s just fake and leads to an alley. All of the props were totally fake too. For example, the dumpsters look really dirty, but it’s all painted on. It’s amazing what they do to make it look real.

After that, we walked to an area where they were filming another scene of ER. They were on a short break, so we were able to walk pretty close. It was in a street, with an ambulance. Mostly there was only crew around, but then I spotted Sharif Atkins (who plays Dr. Michael Gallant). He was eating a sub and laughing with some of the crew. I wasn’t as close to him as I was to Alex (Elizabeth), but it was still neat. He glanced at our group a few times and made eye contact with me, but that was about it.

We then took the golf cart to Stars Hollow. That’s the “town” where Gilmore Girls takes place. That’s another of my all-time favorite shows, so I was really excited. We got to walk around the area and take pictures (we weren’t allowed to on the sound stages because of copyright laws). I was in Stars Hollow. I saw Luke’s Diner, Taylor’s Ice Cream Parlor, Miss Patty’s, the grocery store, etc, etc, etc.

We also drove over to one of the sound stages for Gilmore Girls. We were able to walk through the grandparents’ house. Since there is no audience, it is an actual house with four walls. We walked through the living room, the dining room, the main entrance area, the patio, the driveway. Wow. You have no idea how cool this was for me. I love this show. I was inside Rory’s grandparent’s house. They are in that house in almost every episode. How cool!

The last really awesome thing was on our way out. We were being driven back to the parking garage and we passed by James Michael Tyler (who plays Gunther on “Friends”). He was taking a smoke break outside of the sound stage, so we just quickly drove past. I wouldn’t have even recognized him if the tour guide hadn’t quietly pointed him out. The only reason that he got the job was because no one else could work the cappuchino machine (because it’s real, not fake). He was just one of the crew people, until they couldn’t find anyone else to work it! Isn’t that neat?

After the tour was over, the day certainly wasn’t. It was around 1pm by this time and we headed back over to NBC to wait in line for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. We were about number 25 in line. Although we had a ticket, we weren’t guaranteed admission. Since we got there early though, we knew we’d get in. We had to wait until about 3:30pm until we were allowed in the studio.

We *just* missed out from being in one of the front rows and being able to shake Jay’s hand. Ugh. Instead, we got stuck in the first permanent (non-folding chair) row, all the way to the left side. Bah, I don’t think we got on TV at all (I don’t know yet though, because it hasn’t aired yet here).

It was still an awesome experience. Before the show started, Jay Leno came out and talked with us. He took some pictures with people (grr, I didn’t know we could do that, so we didn’t jump up in time) and then cracked some jokes.

Around 4:30pm, the show began taping. He gave his monologue and did a 99 cent Christmas present thinger. Then, the first guest came out: Elijah Wood. I’m not a huge fan of his, but it was cool to see him. The next guest was Jennifer Tilly. She was, er, interesting. She was showing major cleavage and was talking like she was a slut. The musical guest was The Counting Crows. Their one song was pretty good.

Overall, it was a little disappointing. When we were on Jeopardy yesterday, they were very interactive with the audience. However, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, it was more geared toward the cameras – for the audiences watching at home. During the commercials breaks, they didn’t talk with the audience at all. The band (with Kevin Eubanks) just played through the whole commercial time. I’m still glad that I went though. It was fun!

I cannot believe how many celebrities we saw today!

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