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Stress Reliever

I’m not entirely sure of the cause, but I can tell I’m getting stressed about something going on lately. I’ve been excessively tired the past few days. I can feel myself sort of clenching my teeth, and occasionally my jaw hurts when I wake up. Both of those can also be affected by caffeine, but I’ve really been working to limit myself to on average 1 caffeinated beverage a day (sometimes 0, very occasionally 2), so I don’t think that’s really the issue.

I’ve been working on a couple of ways to unwind, though, that have definitely been helping a little bit.

My very good friend from college, Arden, was huge on manicures, especially during “talky” tv shows (i.e. Gilmore Girls) where you didn’t have to necessarily WATCH the show (like you do for, say, Lost, especially) to enjoy it. So, extra Fall-esque manicure it is!

I’ve also started sketching pretty regularly again, which was always a favorite hobby of mine growing up, and something that fell by the wayside (which I’ve talked about some before). As I’ve mentioned before though, nothing makes me happier at a Disney park than doing an art class at the Magic of Animation (a carousel is a close #2) so I’m glad I’m getting back into it, much like this blog partially started as a kick in the pants to write more. Some recent sketches:

Office Doodles...

...More Office Doodles

Ariel sketch

A more detailed sketch - Ariel!

Between these little things, a renewed effort to work out, and a bubble bath in my future, I’m hoping I get out of this funk soon! Grey’s Anatomy should help tonight too! And maybe I’ll dig out more of my old drawing books … 🙂

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Leave Brittany Alooooooooone. No, really. The overall internet world was pretty “omg Glee, stop selling out to big stars” about Britney/Brittany, but I found the random references, songs, and overall amazingness that is Brittany S. Pierce pretty great last night.

Favorite Moments of “Britney/Brittany”:

* UNCLE JESSE IS BACK EVERYBODY. I really hope that he gets to sing next week. I love that he makes Emma be more relaxed — mixing red grapes and green grapes in the same bowl! Letting her hair get windblown in his convertible! I will admit that his introduction to the Glee kids was beyond random — really, Will? That’s the best way you could think of to check out the competition? And if he was an actual dentist I would be concerned about those drugs he is handing out that makes you hallucinate Britney Spears. But still. Uncle Freaking Jesse!

* Favorite Song of the Episode: Tie between Baby One More Time and Stronger. Stronger actually advanced Artie’s plotline, and was a fun take on the song. But Baby One More Time was a nostalgia explosion, recreating my favorite music video in 4th grade basically shot for shot. So it kind of wins.

* Small Jokes that made me laugh a lot: Rachel’s post-dentist David-After-Dentist-esque comment; Sue’s snap that Will had more vests than the cast of Blossom; Emma’s crack about Will’s Toxic outfit reminding her of KIDS Incorporated; Santana’s reference to the Leave Britney Aloooone kid

* Speaking of Santana, I really love her more each week. She is SO mean, and it’s SO funny. “It’s a way better look than before, where you were dressing up as a very dark, specific Japanese businessman fetish” HA.

* I don’t really understand why Kurt was in so much trouble this episode for wanting to do Britney, or why he was SO adamant about it. Ok, he totally needed to go to the principal for freaking out on Mr. Shue (their teacher after all) but the rest of it? Confusing.

* Can I just stop and say, again, that I love and adore all that is crazy Teri? I seriously love her and the havoc she wreaks on the other people on this show. I’m glad she came back for a totally bitch-tastic confrontation with Will, and I hope she’s back for the rest of the season. Seriously. LOVE HER.

* While Rachel has turned up the annoying levels to 11 lately, I still actually liked the relationship twists they threw she and Finn in this episode. I was actually really worried when she pressured him about football that they were going to just break up, basically nullifying an entire season of build up to them dating in just under two episodes. Thank goodness they are letting them play out just a little bit longer, at least. Plus it meant that Rachel got a really belt-y romance song at the end, and she sure can close an episode.

* Ok, so. Brittany. I was worried that it would be too much, but she was awesome! Plus we got to see more of her very strong dance skills, which is a plus. And the quotes! Oh, how I wish I’d have written them down, but then, this whole post would be Brittany quips. My favs Brittany moments:

“This room looks like that one spaceship where I was probed.”

Demanding all the solos, because Britney made her realize how awesome she is.

“It’s like a puffy Jewish cloud” (re Jacob Ben Israel’s hair)

* The Britney Spears Sex Riot was a funny gag, but they made Jacob Ben Israel a little bit too much this episode. It was just…way too over the top to the point of creeping me out. Like actually creeping me out, not just “oh, that character is being totally creepy right now.” Legit creepy. *shudder*

* Actual Britney appearances were funny (especially her in the Cheerios uniform) but probably not necessary honestly. It was great that they could get her, but we didn’t need to see Madonna either for it to be a great episode. Her good breath comment in Brittany’s dream was hilarious though.

Well, that’s it! Next week, it looks like they’re bouncing back from funny, gimmicky celebrity episode to a Kurt/Kurt’s Dad episode guaranteed to make you cry buckets of tears. If Mike O’Malley is actually dead next week, I will be SO furious. That is all.

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I’ve decided I really want to try to keep up a 3-4 times a week pace on this blog, and have been building back up to that after a very weak summer. But after a weekend away I’m still in a “wow, I feel like nothing is going on right now!” kind of mood, and don’t have anything (until Glee tomorrow) to write a lengthy post on.

So, in the vein of two of my favorite bloggers: Katie at Marriage Confessions and the wonderful YA author Sarah Dessen, a LIST:

1. Despite looking like fall (at least, if we’re going by name of the month, and the decorations at Disneyland) it has been INSANELY hot in Los Angeles the past 3 or 4 days. All-time record breaking temperatures of 113, higher in the Valley (home sweet home) with the heat indexes. YIKES!

2. Speaking of Disneyland, I wore this t-shirt (below) there this weekend and at LEAST 8 different people, both cast member (aka, employee) and not, asked me if I was an Imagineer. When I tried to correct one cast member that, sadly no, I was not affiliated with Disney at this time, he then became convinced that I must be “good friends” with Wendy. Again, sadly no. I WISH I knew Wendy, or was an Imagineer, or could say in some way that I was back with the Mouse House. Maybe after person #3 I should have started agreeing with them. All the more reason to be continually pursuing my dreams and working on being able to say yes for real when the question arises in the future.
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3. The reason I was down at Disney this weekend though, was for this:

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A very good friend insisted that I go see his best friend Goofy and it could not have made for a more fun afternoon! It’s important to me to be able to support my friends in what they love whenever possible, even if it’s just going to visit THEIR friend for them 😉

4. Speaking of clothes (um, and I was…up there…promise) I’m kind of loving this Tucker for Target top.

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I’m loving Target’s dedication to really cute fairly cheap designer clothes in general, actually. This should not, though, be a free reign for me to start shopping again more frequently. Please, friends (and internet buddies?) do NOT let me become a shopaholic again!

5. Finally, thanks to Tumblr (because I’m not on enough bloggy/social sites, obviously), I found this really great new sneak peak of Tangled, coming out this November. I think my intense excitement over this film is reaching epic Meet the Robinsons levels, which is feat because that film was the first Disney film I’d been excited about after dark years, plus it had a dinosaur in a tiny hat, PLUS it came out on my birthday while I was on the Disney College Program. So yea, basically I’m really excited for this, from the voice casting to the overall look of the film and just…everything, pretty much. Except the music, because I haven’t heard any of it yet.

There are definitely more in the way of what could be spoiler info (?) in this one, so be warned before you watch!

Ok, that’s all. Glee recap tomorrow! Britney/Brittany!!

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