premiere week, part 2

Many thanks to Alyson for teaching me how to “add friends” on MySpace. 🙂 I only created it because a friend of mine made hers private so I could no longer read it! (You know who you are, hehe). I probably won’t use it very much but if any of you have one and want to be friends, let me know in the comments. Or you can find me here. No Facebook yet, Alie — I don’t need another site to become addicted to!

I am *so* dreading work tomorrow. 🙁 I’ve been having a rough few weeks. My boss recently had surgery so she hasn’t been in the office very much. Because of this, there are buying responsibilities for a major client that have filtered down to my desk that honestly, I’m not comfortable with handling. I’m only a junior Media Buyer — I really shouldn’t be making some of these decisions. And when I turn to upper management for help, I don’t think they take my concerns seriously. It’s unbelievably frustrating. To make things worse, the planners at the agency that we work with are some of the most uptight, unfriendly people I’ve ever had the (dis)pleasure of working with. It doesn’t make for a fun work environment. I think I’m going to look for a new job after the wedding. I just have absolutely no idea what I want to do. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to stay in media. I hate the long hours and the stress. But I’ve been in this industry for 5 years… I don’t really know anything else. Maybe I can be an assistant again (this is how I got my start after college)… is that weird? You’re supposed to move up the corporate ladder, not back. I just don’t know. *sigh*

Anyway, new TV always cheers me up! (Comments on Dirty Sexy Money, Private Practice, Gossip Girl, Smallville, CSI).

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ootp thoughts

Aahhh, 3-day weekend for me. YAY! I took Friday the 13th (!) off from work as my “summer Friday.” We get to choose 5 Fridays to take off from Memorial Day through Labor Day. It’s a nice little perk to have a breather once in awhile. 🙂 I didn’t do much… went over to a crafts store to pick up some new rubber stamps (I’ve become obsessed recently — I don’t know why) and then went home and watched 8 straight episodes of The OC season 3. I love the show but wow, s3 was pretty awful. I need to get the s4 DVDs so I can watch that the next time a summer Friday rolls around.

I also started re-reading the Harry Potter series. Finally! I quickly finished Sorceror’s Stone so now I’m on Chamber of Secrets. I don’t think I’ll get through them all this week so after book 2, I might jump straight to Half-Blood Prince. Ack, I can’t believe Deathly Hallows is almost here. I don’t want the series to end. *tear*

So today I went to see Order of the Phoenix again with some friends. I liked the movie the first time around but I liked it A LOT better the second. Some spoilery thoughts (in list form like Sarah because it’s easiest)…

Things I Didn’t Care For
1. Sirius’s death. I just… it’s not how I pictured it. I thought the curse was instant.
2. Details that were different from the previous movies. For example, both the Dementors and Sirius communicating through the fire were executed differently in Movie 3. I like consistency. :/
3. Cho selling out the DA. I know it’s easier for the storyline not to introduce another character and it makes it clear that a romantic relationship between her and Harry didn’t work out. But I have a soft spot for Cho.
4. Not enough Occlumency!
5. I missed Quidditch and Ron and Hermione being prefects.

Things I Loved
1. Dumbledore’s Army. SQUEE. Exactly how I imagined.
2. The casting of Professor Umbridge, Luna Lovegood, and Bellatrix Lestrange was spot on. They were all pretty darn perfect.
3. Daniel Radcliffe. He really just keeps getting better and better. ILUFFHIMSO.
4. The kids in the Department of Mysteries holding out their wands ready for battle. It seriously gave me chills.
5. The Dumbledore/Voldemort fight was SO AWESOME.
If anyone else has written a blog about the movie, let me know in the comments! I love to read everyone’s thoughts. But for now, I’ve got to get back to my reading… 😀

summer movies

Haven’t been doing much except HATING WORK. Argh. Clients are especially needy and my boss is all strung out and getting on my nerves. 🙁 SUCKS.

AND my company just won the California Lottery as a client so guess what?! That means I can NO LONGER win the lottery. Sure I can play, but I won’t be seeing any money should I happen to win. GREAT. How am I going to finance my wedding now?! GUH. (Sorry for all the CAPS. I can’t help it).

Speaking of the wedding, Rob and I are going to be in Southern CA visiting our dads this weekend for Father’s Day so we’ve picked 6 venues to visit. I’m crossing my fingers that one of them will work!

Anyway, it’s the movie blockbuster season and so far, I’ve checked out 2 of the billion sequels that are coming out this summer…

Pirates 3
Meh. There were too many things going on and it was waaayyy too long. Plus, the multiple Jacks were totally weird. :/ I did find myself feeling so sad about the fate of Will and Elizabeth, though. That is ROUGH.

Ocean’s 13
Well, OF COURSE, I loved this movie. 😀 George, Brad, Matt… awesome! It was so much better than Ocean’s 12. Thank goodness. I mean, it’s not an original movie and it was pretty darn predictable, but WHATEVER. That’s cool with me. I still highly recommend it for a rockin’ good time.

Next up… I totally want to see Ratatouille!

feeling drained

I can’t believe it’s February already. January flew by so quickly.

So I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately. I just… I’m not really all that happy. :/ I think it’s a combination of things, really.

Work.
I don’t know if my job suits me. I’m shy and quiet and I much prefer being in the background most of the time. That’s always been my personality. But my job forces me into a position where I make important decisions and frankly, it makes me uncomfortable. I’m horrible at making decisions! It doesn’t help that I constantly second guess myself. I can’t deal.

Friends.
I’ve never had a huge group of friends and that’s always suited me just fine. It’s the introvert in me. But recently, I don’t feel all that close to even the few friends that I have. I’m horrible at keeping in touch and as much as I enjoy my alone time, sometimes I just want to call up a friend without wondering if they’ll even care to hear from me.

Weight.
I cannot fit into, like, half of my work pants. Getting dressed in the mornings is painful. I want to blame it all on the holidays but I can’t. It’s me. I haven’t been taking care of myself. And I can’t seem to figure out what I need to do to get motivated.

There are other things but I’m starting to get sick of my whiny ramblings. I’m not usually this dramatic! Really! But it feels really good to get it all out.

holiday party

Work is making me so stressed this holiday season. I’ve been incredibly busy and I still feel like a total newbie. And I’m dealing by EATING JUNK. Clients have started sending holiday gift baskets to the office and I don’t seem to have any self-control when stuff like chocolate is staring me in the face. In the past week I’ve received a Tower of Treats from Harry and David, an enormous basket of assorted cookies/pretzels dipped in chocolate (so good!), a huge box of Hershey’s chocolates, another basket of goodies from Coffee Bean, and other stuff I can’t remember right now. I stuck everything in the office kitchen to get it away from my desk. As if I need to be eating all this stuff and packing on more weight. I could stand to lose about 10 pounds actually. 🙁

Enough of the pity party.

What else have I been up to lately? Let’s see… Oh! My company had its holiday party this past Thursday. In LA. And I found out I had to fly down for it on Wednesday. The day before! So yeah. I had to finish all my work on Wednesday since I would be out of the office for the rest of the week. STRESS. !!! But I had a great time and I got the chance to meet the President, the COO, and most of my co-workers from the other West Coast offices. We started off at Chaya in Beverly Hills. I’ve been to the San Francisco location a few times and it’s AMAZING so I was really looking forward to dinner. We all shared an assortment of sushi roll appetizers and then I had the BEST kobe beef entree ever (it was so tender and juicy!). For dessert I had the butterscotch creme brulee… OMG, yum. There are no words.

Next we went over to the Hotel Roosevelt for drinks at the Tropicana Bar. It was a zoo because the premiere for We Are Marshall was just finishing up across the street at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and people were making their way over to the Hotel Roosevelt to continue the party. The bartender told us they expected Matthew McConaughey and Kiefer Sutherland to make appearances. I would have DIED and gone to heaven if I saw Kiefer. Sadly, though, I didn’t see him — I don’t even know if he showed up… but I did see Slash! Though that’s not nearly as exciting. 😛 Our last stop for the night was a club called Les Deux, which was interesting but not really our scene. It was so crowded that there wasn’t enough space to dance and if you tried, you’d inevitably elbow someone. We only stayed for about an hour, long enough to have a few drinks and marvel at all the girls in ridiculously short skirts. I felt completely overdressed.

Finally, at 2am, we all headed back to our hotels. I was staying at the Bel Age Hotel, which will always remind me of Beverly Hills, 90210. ‘Cause if I remember correctly, Dylan used to live there, right? I know the hotel was mentioned or featured in the show in some shape or form, heh. It was so nice to rest finally after a loooong day of traveling and hanging out. Ahhh.

Now it’s back to reality and… Christmas shopping. !!! I haven’t even put a dent in my list. It looks like Rob and I are spending our Sunday at the mall. EEEK.

Photos for the meme coming tomorrow…

paris day 2

Why didn’t I find out about this sooner?!? JOSH JACKSON is doing a Q&A session in Berkeley tonight!!! Maybe I can find a way in…

Work is kicking my butt. And I’ve only been there 2 weeks! The hours are long and when I get home, I don’t have much energy to do anything besides watch TV before heading to bed. So I’m tired. But I’m loving it… I’m learning a lot (media buying is very different from the sales side), I’m working on some great accounts, and maybe best of all, I get to be back in San Francisco. I just wish that I didn’t have to wait so long for my first paycheck, lol. I have another week and a half to wait, which seems like forever from now. Especially since I spent a good portion of my last paycheck while I was in Paris. EEEK.

I officially dropped Las Vegas and Six Degrees from my regular TV schedule. I’m still not completely caught up with TV after missing a week and a half worth of shows while I was in Paris. And I just have no desire to figure out what’s going on with these 2 shows. Plus, I’m very tempted to catch Day Break (Taye Diggs!!!) when it premieres so I figured I had to get rid of something if I was going to get invested in another show.

I read that The CW cancelled Runaway. HAHAHAHA. I bet they’re wishing they renewed Everwood. I’m still a little bitter. I don’t let go of things very easily. :/

So anyway, more Paris stories, anyone?

Sat, October 14: Day 2
We woke up at 7:30am after a really restless night. I kept waking up in the middle of the night and would stare at the ceiling before drifting off to sleep again. Damn jet lag! Anyway, after showering (OMG, the shower is about as small as the elevator!) and getting ready, we went down to the breakfast room. There was a beautiful spread of baguettes, croissants (so flaky and buttery, YUM), hard-boiled eggs, milk, coffee, and orange juice. I’m usually too rushed in the mornings to eat breakfast so it was a pleasant change to sit down and eat before heading out for the day.

It was time to conquer the Metro. We somehow figured out how to buy a carnet of tickets but then we almost got on the RER instead of the Metro train. OOPS. After that first mix-up, we got on the correct train, even managed to transfer trains, and ended up at the Eiffel Tower, which was the meeting point for the tour. We spotted our tour guide as he rode up to the base of the Tower on a segway. Hee! We went over to introduce ourselves and we found out that his name’s Mike and he was originally from Sacramento. Small world!

As soon as the rest of our group arrived (2 other couples from CA and South Africa), we walked over to the City Walks Headquarters to practice on the segways. Mike showed us how to go forward and backward, turn and stop. I WAS AWFUL. At first. To go forward, you have to lean forward just slightly. I was totally overdoing it. I would lean forward too much, which, of course, propelled me forward *really* fast. Plus, I was also pretty bad at stopping. To stop, you have to shift your weight backwards quickly, by leaning back or kind of sticking your butt out. I almost hit Mike because I couldn’t stop and I was going too fast. Hehe. But after a few more minutes of practice, though, I got the hang of it and I loved it! 🙂 Once Mike deemed all of us competent, we were off for about 3 hours of riding around the city. I had 1 “moment” at the beginning of the tour — I think I was getting *too* comfortable with the segway and I started going faster and faster. I didn’t realize that Mike had stopped at Les Invalides to talk a little bit about it and I ran right into one of my fellow tour mates. OMG. It was one of those situations where your mind is telling you to do something (in my case, STOP!) but my body couldn’t react quickly enough. Neither of us fell off our segways or got hurt so it was more embarrassing for me than anything else. We had a good laugh. Anyway, the tour took us from the Eiffel Tower, through the Les Invalides area, along the Seine and to the Louvre, where we took a much-needed lunch break. It’s much more tiring than it looks! I guess because you’re putting so much pressure on your toes and heels. We had lunch at a cafe in the Tuileries Gardens. I had a ham and cheese quiche (amazing!) and Rob had a hot dog. It sounds strange since you know, we’re in France and he’s having a hot dog. But surprisingly, they’re really popular there. And they do serve them differently — the hot dog is in a baguette with melted cheese on top. YUM.



We were tired after the Segway tour so we went back to our hotel to get some rest before going out for dinner. It’s funny because Rob and I have completely different travelling styles. I like to be out all day and see as much as possible while Rob needs to have a break in the afternoon so he can rest and take a nap. We definitely had to make compromises in the way we spent our days! After Rob’s nap, we took a walk down Boulevard St. Germain and went to Pizza Vesuvio for dinner (I was craving Italian food). I had Spaghettie alla carbonara and Rob had a pizza. He also ordered a Coke, which cost 3.60 euros. That’s like $5!!! I was forewarned that sodas were expensive in Paris but that blew us away, lol. The food was excellent, though. And I was so proud because we managed to order everything and ask for the check all in French. Following dinner, we headed down to the Seine and strolled along the river for a bit. Paris is so beautiful at night! *sigh* Then we grabbed Haagen Dazs ice cream (strawberry for me, cappucino caramel truffle for Rob) on the way back to the hotel.

Up next: More walking!

birthday

It’s my BIRTHDAY!!!

Yay. Well, except for the fact that I’m sick. YUP. Been sick now for 2 days. I was sick for my last day at work! So I was sniffling from being sick and teary from all the emotion of leaving. My own office totally spoiled me with a going-away/birthday party and great gifts. I got a spa treatment and also a gift certificate to a dinner cruise while I’m in Paris. *sniff* I’m going to miss them all so much. 🙁

Anyway, I’m still not feeling 100% but I guess I’d better get up and start packing and doing laundry… 1 more day til I leave for Paris! I just hope I feel better for the flight. Guh.

mini golf birthday

I’m heading into the last 2 days of work at my current job. It’s a very strange feeling… I’m sad to leave all my great co-workers, I’m scared that I might be horrible at my new job, but I’m really excited to be doing something different. I’m totally all over the place. :/

I had a really fun (early) birthday shindig today with some friends. We played miniature golf down in Castro Valley (I SUCK) and then came back up to Berkeley for pizza at Zachary’s (OMG, SO GOOD). Rob also got me the yummiest strawberry cake from Neldam’s Bakery. Aaaahhh, I feel so spoiled. 😀

Anyway, I thought I’d upload some of my recent favorite songs since I haven’t done a music post recently…

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Fergie – Fergalicious
Fergie – Clumsy

These Fergie songs are damn catchy.
JoJo- Too Little, Too Late
Michael Buble – Home
(I just discovered Michael Buble and fell in love).
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars (Acoustic) (This song makes me go… GUH. Note: this file’s in m4a format).

Countdown to Paris: 4 days!

new job???

Someone tell me…

WHY I AM WATCHING DANCING WITH THE STARS??!!?

Anyway.

Life has been feeling a bit like a whirlwind lately. After a couple of weeks of communicating back and forth with an old manager of mine, she officially offered me a job today! I had been toying with the idea of starting the search for a new job (feeling a little bored at my current job) but this opportunity pretty much came and dropped itself in my lap. It’s in the same industry (media buying), the position itself is a promotion, and the salary is about 30% more than I’m making now. It’s pretty much a no-brainer. It’ll definitely be more responsibility and more hours but I’m ready for a change. Now I just have to give my notice. My boss is the BEST and I adore working for him… it’s going to be so hard telling him I’m going to leave. Ack. Just thinking about it pains me. :/

Ok, must think happy thoughts…

OMG. Just one more month ’til Paris! Woot.