Archive | March, 2009

Ten Things Tuesday – March 31

31 Mar

There really was nothing like TV when I was a kid. Shows were so much better, and had a lot more substance. For kids, anyway. Cartoons were funny and well-drawn; now they’re really sarcastic and poorly animated in a bland, uncreative style. Everything about Nickelodeon before it was bought out by MTV was great. They had the best game shows and series to watch after school. They had summer marathons with Stick Stickly. And Snick? Come on, you can’t get much better than that, with the big orange couch.

For today, I bring you ten old-school Nickelodeon shows I wish they would bring back:

1. All That. SNL for kids. We’re talking original cast here. Not that Jamie-Lynn Spears shit. I would love to get my hands on some of that stuff these days. I’m sure it really was as great as I thought it was back then.

2. Doug. The old Doug. Disney thought they could take over this show. Bad idea, friends. Doug really was the man. I’m sure most of us, at some point, have put a belt on our heads, a cape on our shoulders, and worn underwear over our pants to be Quailman.

3. Legends of the Hidden Temple. The greatest game show on earth. Those stupid kids could NEVER put together than damn silver monkey, even though it was only three pieces! I think I could have done a better job running through the temple. I would have been a green monkey, and I would have been awesome. This guy thinks it was pretty great, because he took the time to gather all the info you could possibly want: http://www.geocities.com/nicklegends/

4. Clarissa Explains It All. Melissa Joan Hart pre-Sabrina. She was just so cool, and funky. I never would have gotten away with it, but man, she had style. Her parents were big hippies, her best friend climbed up to her room using a ladder at the window, and she had a pet alligator named Elvis. So cool.

5. Kenan and Kel. They were so funny. And Kenan is really on SNL now! I love orange soda, too.

6. Hey! Arnold. I always kind of wanted these kids to be real. There was just something so suave about Arnold, even though he was sort of a goody-goody. He was still a great kid.

7. Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? OK, not technically a Nick show, but still just as kick-ass. Maybe this is why I’m very good at geography.

8. Salute Your Shorts. “It makes me wanna fart!” “It’s ‘I hope we never part!’ Now get it right or pay the price!”

9. The Secret World of Alex Mack. She turned into a big puddle of goop and had other weird powers, and somehow managed to hide that from her family.

10. As Told By Ginger. One of the later shows that I really liked. Ginger was so fun, in her infinite quest for popularity. But not in the obnoxious 80s teen movie way. Ginger was cool.

There are many more, but these were the ones that I really loved the most. Seriously, if they put all these shows on one channel, all day (and not just the game shows like Nick GAS), I would do nothing but watch it. There wouldn’t be any reason to watch anything else on TV. Just Nick shows from the 90s. It was the greatest era known to television. It completely defines my childhood, and I wish to have it back more than anything.

Matchmaker

31 Mar

So I’m starting to consider online dating as a new source for meeting men. I’ve heard about three or four more friends getting engaged recently, and I just don’t know if I can handle any more of it. I wouldn’t say I’m jealous in the sense that I, too, want to have a wedding and be in love, but more to the fact that I want someone to love me and have someone to love that much to make that sort of commitment. I’ve never, ever been close. And at the rate I’m going, I never will. Going to chick school for four years puts a serious damper on your dating life. I don’t know what I’m going to do next year when I’m living back at home and don’t really know anyone in town anymore (other than girls).

So, as of now, online dating is starting to look like my only serious option. I really don’t want to be single forever. I don’t feel the pressure at all to get married (I’m only 22!), but at the same time, it would be nice to get into the dating world again. If you could call it again. The last relationship I had ended almost a full three years ago, and there haven’t been any prospects since. This is entirely due to the fact that I haven’t spent any significant time around guys since then. And now I just feel awkward and completely socially inept all the time.

eHarmony, match.com. Maybe my soul mate is out there somewhere, waiting for me to sacrifice my morals and standards and sign up for an online dating service.

Not really. Internet dating is way sketch.

Errand Girl

30 Mar

My to-do list for today, which was very time-specific.

Go to bank and deposit Mom’s check
Drive to Hobby Lobby in Kingsport to buy mats
     Eat breakfast on the way
Back to JC for haircut at 11:30
Back to the bank to deposit more money
Take custom framing order to Michael’s
     Buy two extra frames I forgot yesterday
Come home for lunch
Mat and frame all afternoon
Wait tediously for dinner to be served much later than my stomach is programmed to get hungry
More matting and framing
Call James to wish him happy birthday

Doesn’t this all sound like fun? At least I was out of the house all morning. And, I now have everything I need to completely mat and frame my show. So hopefully no more running around for that stuff; I can just spend hours actually getting down to the work. Sometimes half the work (and half the fun) is just finding and collecting everything. Now that that’s overwith, I actually have to do something productive.

I really love making to-do lists. I wouldn’t get anything done if it wasn’t for them or my planner. Sometimes, though, when I’ve made a very detailed list and written out every little thing I have to remember (even something as miniscule as ’email x’ or ‘take vitamin’), I think that should be it. My list is made, and it’s beautiful. Now there’s no more work to do. It was a big effort to extract everything from my brain and write it down, and that should be it. I should be applauded for creating such a great list, and then shouldn’t be expected to do any of the things on it.

Life doesn’t work that way, though. Oh, well. Back to the grind!

Mat-erial Girl

29 Mar

Today I’ve spent a good bit of time working on matting and framing, without actually doing any of it. Mostly just planning right now. I’m getting up bright and early in the morning to drive to Hobby Lobby to get the rest of my mat board. Then to Michael’s to get the pieces custom-framed that I can’t do myself. I’ve only been home for two days but I’ve already been incrediby busy. Hopefully I can get this framing business knocked out by Tuesday night, and then can concentrate on other projects that don’t involve so much running around or intensive labor. You know, just writing the first draft of my paper; no big deal.

We bought all the frames (at least, I hope all) for my pieces, so all that’s left now is to get and cut the mats. This is the most complicated part, because it’s really obvious when you mess up. I hope I don’t do that; I fiddled with my mat cutter enough yesterday to get the hang of it, so there shouldn’t be any fiascos. My family has been incredibly helpful throughout all of this. It’s a big time and financial strain on them, and I’m really lucky that they’re so supportive!

Hope everyone who is currently on spring break is actually having something of a break! Not so much for me. But my senior show is going to be so great!

Starving Artist

28 Mar

In a few minutes, I’m off to Michaels to delve into the wonderful world of mat cutting. My original plan was to have all the mats professionally cut, but I have a feeling that’s going to cost me an arm, a leg, my liver, one kidney, and my firstborn child. So, I’ve decided to explore getting my own mat cutter, which hopefully won’t be that difficult to operate. And certainly will be much cheaper. Let’s hope I can figure it out well enough to get everything matted over break, and then only have to worry about frames.

Art is such an expensive habit! I don’t know how I can afford to do all this stuff. Hopefully I can sell lots of pieces at my show and make some of this money back! This show had better be worth all the effort.

Road Rage

27 Mar

I drove home today for spring break through torrents of rain for at least half the trip. It’s the third straight day of rain for me, with no hope of it letting up here in Tennessee, either. The drive wasn’t that bad; there wasn’t much traffic since it was Friday after work. The worst part about it was the rain. It was a pretty drenching rain, nothing overwhelming (I’ve definitely driven in worse!)

Because of the rain and fog, visibility was obviously lowered. But did that stop people from driving without their lights on? No, it did not! It irritates me to no end when people do not put their lights on in the rain. Especially when they are driving fog-colored cars, then you really can’t see them! I’m pretty sure I’ve written about this phenomenon before, but I just have to say it again: please put your lights on! It’s so dangerous to drive without lights in the rain!

I tried to keep a mental count going of how many cars were driving through pouring rain with no lights, but lost count around 30 or so. Really. At least 30, on a two-hour drive through the rain. It just doesn’t make sense to me that they wouldn’t drive with their lights on, if only out of courtesy to other drivers. Even if you can see through the rain just fine without your lights, there’s a very good chance that someone in another car can’t see you. Especially when you like to dart in and out of traffic like you’ve just stolen something.

Please, people, put your lights on! It’s so incredibly unnerving to be driving in heavy rain around cars you can barely see. That’s all.

And I know it’s very dangerous, but I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the road while I was driving. It was so foggy coming up the mountain at the SC/NC line that I could barely see in front of me. Thank goodness there wasn’t a lot of traffic like there usually is on that road, and no big trucks! This picture is actually better than what I could really see. I couldn’t see that bridge with my eyes when I took this.

Don’t worry, I was very careful.

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Out Like a Lamb?

26 Mar

I am very tired of winter weather, and seeing as it’s now officially spring (as of last week), there is no excuse for cold and rain anymore. But the weather doesn’t seem to be listening, or paying attention to itself. It’s very cold and rainy here today, which is the second straight day of rain. I don’t know how much more of this I can handle. Around here, it never rains for a few hours and then quits; it’s always two or three days straight of rain. Not fun. I’m so tired of being cold. I just want to be warm and be able to wear skirts again without all of my leg hair growing back in about five minutes!

Next week is spring break, and I’m hoping and praying that it’s going to be nice. Not that I’m doing anything remotely fun or relaxing…mostly catching up on schoolwork and framing everything for my show in a few weeks. Sounds like fun, huh? But at least it will feel more like spring break if there’s actually spring weather, rather than the extremely unwelcome return of winter. What a concept!

On that note, hasn’t it been about six weeks since that darn groundhog came out? Or maybe more than that? I think so. Winter, listen up. You should move south now, and bother the Australians for a while, OK?

The combination of the cold and rain paired with the fact that I went to bed late and got up really early very much makes me want to nap. I’m not much of a nap-taker, but my bed is looking really promising right now. I could get a quick one in before my 4:00 class…

It’s amazing how much freshman and senior years of college are just like preschool. All you want to do is nap all day long. I haven’t done much of my independent work lately, because I’m not motivated and have been extremely lazy. I think it’s a combination of major senioritis and changing weather. The natural world can’t make up its mind if it wants to be warm or cold; either way, I’m either suffering from spring fever or fighting the hibernation tendencies of winter. I can’t really win.