Monday, March 31, 2008

checking in

i am probably the most boring person you know right now. i'm laying in bed watching dancing with the stars. i have some assignments i could do to get done early, but really... HA! but it actually wouldn't be that early because 46 days until graduation!!! (haha, good thing i re-read this because i spelled graduation wrong the first time. holy crap and the second time too. i am so smrt.) and to add to the already pretty strong senior-itis (which i've mentioned a few times...) i've been accepted into my top choice program for grad school!! i will be going to Niagara for their school psychology program. yay! i'm very excited for the program, and verrrry happy i can stay in buffalo. i think i was more nervous than i thought about my plans for next year, because now that i know what i'm doing it feels like a thousand pound weight off my shoulders.

mikey and i are graduating the same day, which means the most boring day mom and dad will ever have. seriously though, sitting through one graduation is bad enough, but 2 in one day? it does mean that we will have one kick ass grad party. we're in the planning stages, but here are some things the two of us have discussed, over a fabulous celebratory dinner, so far:
  • an old time family party at mom and dad's. hot dogs, hamburgers, lots of beer. this, you would think, would be the easiest and most low maintenance. but really, a party at our house is never low maintenance.
  • move the party somewhere else where we wouldn't be have to spend hours scooping dog poop off the muddy, doesn't-dry-out-til-august yard.
  • our dream menu may or may not include corn dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy.
  • a text from mike: "and we should have donkey rides!" 'nuff said.
  • there will be no "your presence is your present" crap on this invite. ha, just kidding. (no but really...)

so get ready for the donkey rides, because this is gonna be an awesome party.

Monday, March 24, 2008

excuses, excuses

To Whom it May Concern:

Please excuse Mary's laziness this week as she is on spring break and suffering from a severe case of senior-itis. She has not left her bed or the couch in many hours. No trips to Florida or Mexico, just hours and hours of nothing and loving it. She finished one tacky, easy-to-read book and is on to the next. She has not, however, looked at any homework assignments that are due when she returns. In fact, she didn't even bring them home. She'll be watching Dancing With the Stars, the Bachelor and the Hills tonight, so maybe she'll be back tomorrow. But don't count on it...

girl on spring break

Friday, March 14, 2008

Technically I haven't been blogging for even close to a year. But this is how my blog was born, thanks to Mikey, almost a year ago. Things I'll be looking back on a year from now? That's easy:
  • I'm graduating in May (so scary) and going to grad school next fall. Which one? I don't know yet. I'm still waiting to hear from my top chioce. Will it be the right decision? Let's hope so...
  • Where will I be living a year from now? This depends on school... Buffalo (hopefully) or Rochester.
  • Hm... I guess that is all that's going on right now in this exciting life I lead.

Not to toot my own horn (ha, I said toot) but I'm impressed with myself for writing every day for 2 weeks. So long BufBloPoFo... I don't think I will miss you.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

tv junky

Well, my friends, I must disagree with my dear brother. I love reality TV. I am most definitely NOT sick of reality TV. But I do watch my share of real TV too. Here’s a list, in no particular order, of some of my favorite non-reality tv shows.

The usuals… Grey’s, Desperate Housewives, Private Practice. I actually really don’t like Private Practice, but I feel like I might miss something if I don’t watch. Grey’s needs to just… be good again. I haven’t been that impressed with the past few episodes... scratch that... seasons is more like it. I heard a rumor that Julianne Moore is going to be on Desperate Housewives as Bree’s sister, which would be interesting.

Dirty Sexy Money. This was only on for a little while, but I loved it while it was on. I don’t even know if it’s coming back but I sure do miss the Darling family.

In all my spare time (ha) I have been watching Cashmere Mafia and Lipstick Jungle online. They’re pretty good, but mostly because I’m just hooked on the sleazy, cheating-on-your-spouse story lines. Yes, they are pretty much the same show and toned down versions of Sex and the City, but I loves me some drama. And SATC is one of my all time favorite shows.

I don’t have HBO at school but I always find time to watch Entourage and Big Love when I go home. Lou and I can spend hours watching past seasons of Entourage. I hate waiting this long in between seasons though because I forget what happens… hence the marathons.

If I had more time to waste watching tv, I’d love to get into Pushing Daisies. I tried to watch an episode at work one day on a computer, but those damn kids were too loud. It’s like they expect me to actually do stuff while I’m there…

I am quite the tv junky. If I added all the reality shows I watch too, you'd be impressed. Unless you're you or you or you because you get it. it must run in the family...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

about me

some not-so-secret things about me:
-this is very un-PC of me, but i think midgets (i mean, little people) are creepy. there's no real reason for this. they're just... so tiny. and really, when i picture them in my head this is what i think of. and he is friggin creepy.
-i dislike birds. if this doesn't scare you, i dunno what does.
-i have an unhealthy obsession with celebrities. i spend more time here and here than any one person should.
-i love reality tv, lifetime movies, romantic comedies, cheesy romance novels... don't judge me.
-i'm a water snob. i don't drink tap water if i can help it.
-i have a killer case of senior-itis.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

day...? i lost count

I just remembered I have a paper due tomorrow. Crap. I'll make this fast...

1. What is your favorite word? What is your least favorite word?
Favorite word: at the moment, "congratulations on your acceptance..." are pretty good words to hear.
Least Favorite: Lots of them. Peeve (as in pet peeve) is one of them. Anesthesiologist is another, mostly because I can't say it.

2. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? What turns you off?
On: my nieces and nephews. my ghetto fab kids at work. candle lit mass at Canisius.
Off: watching the news, reading the paper...

3. What sound or noise do you love? What sound or noise do you hate?
Love: Babies laughing. A baseball hitting a bat. crickets and frogs in the summer nights.
Hate: My alarm clock. The trucks backing up into the parking lot across the street from my house all morning long (doubles as an alarm clock…) Crows.

4. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?
Like: a wedding planner, JLo style.
Not Like: this

5. What is your favorite curse word?
Oh, balls.

6. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
"Papa's right over there waiting with a beer."

Monday, March 10, 2008

because i'm tired...

i'm posting just for the sake of posting right now. i haven't been to bed this early since i was like, 4 and i am super excited about it. i had another grad school interview today, which went well but i'm not sure i love the school. i was up at 5 a.m. and out the door by 6, went straight to work from the interview and didn't get home til after 6 p,m. so

BUT! i did get accepted to another school today! yay! so far that's 3 interviews(including today), 2 acceptances, and another interview tomorrow (my first choice...) :)

i have no no brain power to write anything else worth reading, so i'm off to build up my brain cells for tomorrow.

cross your fingers for me...

Sunday, March 9, 2008

home sweet home

Ditto to Cecilia's reasons.

I’ve been thinking about good old Buffalo a lot lately. I’m going through grad school interviews, few of which are in the area, and the thought of moving away makes me sad. In fact, I found out today that I was accepted to a school (yay!) a few hours away and in the middle of no where (boo). So yes, I’m very excited and for 2 years I could suck it up and get myself an ed-ju-ma-cation, but I would miss Buffalo and everyone in it.

My first favorite Buffalo memories probably started at Garvey’s restaurant. Nothing like a bunch of kids running free in a bar, overdosing on Shirley Temples peanut butter pie and chicken fingers. This really didn’t seem odd to me until I met normal families. One of my favorite days was the St. Patrick’s Day parade. We spent the day at the restaurant listening to bag pipes and watching all the crazies drink the day away. Now that I’m old enough to enjoy the parade just like those crazies, I always wish the restaurant was still open. It would definitely be a different experience now though.

I love having four real seasons and having the extreme heat in summer and feet of snow in winter. Even though my arms are aching from shoveling my driveway all day long, I do love the Buffalo blizzards we get. As long as everyone is home and safe, I love being snowed in. My roommates and I made the journey to Rite Aid and bought their remaining beer and had ourselves a party. Then I made it home to East Aurora and had some quality time with the family.

I can’t forget about East Aurora. Vidler’s, Bar Bill, Toy Fest, and our white trash summer days at the community pool. So even if I do end up having to leave for a few years, you can be sure that I’ll be back.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

day 8

since i'm feeling like crap and about to go to bed (yes, 10:30 on a SATURDAY night.. something really must be wrong with me) i'm cheating a bit on this post.

keep in mind that I:

  • got a new computer for Christmas and haven't really put the time or effort into rebuilding my music library. I have been using Pandora a lot more lately, too.
  • am known for listening to crappy music.

itunes on shuffle, and off we go:

  1. Air Force Ones by Nelly (haha horrible.. what a great one to start with)
  2. All Mixed Up by 311 (my dorm room sophomore year was 311, so i have an abundance of 311 songs now)
  3. All My Life by K-Ci & JoJo (sadly, my favorite song ever. i can't believe i just admitted that)
  4. Travelin' Soldier by Dixie Chicks (probably my favorite song they sing)
  5. Back To You by John Mayer (i lurve him)
  6. Crush by Mandy Moore (hey, at least i admit i listen to some crappy music)
  7. Nothin' Else by Justin Timberlake
  8. Straight Up by Paula Abdul (straight up shameful)
  9. Proud Mary by Ike and Tina Turner
  10. Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional
  11. Drink the Water by Jack Johnson
  12. My All by Mariah Carey (everyone has to have a little Mariah on their ipod)
  13. Papa Don't Preach by Madonna
  14. Crazy in Love by Beyonce
  15. At Last sung by Joss Stone (i love this version)
  16. Sunday Morning by Maroon 5
  17. Kiss the Girl from Little Mermaid
  18. Celebrity by NSYNC (not even ashamed about this)
  19. Don't Turn Around by Ace of Base
  20. Spice Up Your Life by Spice Girls

so there it is. let me know if you want me to burn this fabulous playlist for you.

Friday, March 7, 2008

day 7

Things in my gigantic purse (which also doubles as my school bag)

  • 3 subject notebook (for abnormal psychology, child psychopathology, and misperceptions of psychological topics) and my child psych book.
  • debit card, license, canisius ID, a couple dollars, lots of gum... the normal things
  • car keys and keys for my house, esther's house, and mike's house
  • hand lotion and an abundance of lip glosses and chap sticks
  • a gift card to jim's steakout (i know, it's awesome)
  • and this... one of the most amazing things i own

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Day 6

This one was easy for me. I spent every minute of the day with my siblings and cousins. If we weren't playing Colored Eggs in the backyard, then we were most likely watching TV or movies. We watched Peter Pan, Singing in the Rain, and Music Man over and over and over.... I watched TGIF every Friday. Now we live on ABC Family reruns of Full House and Saved By the Bell. I found this on Facebook and it sums up my childhood pretty well:

You Know You're a 90's kid if:
  • You can sing the rap to "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air"
  • You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey from "Blossom" and that "How Rude!" comes from Stephanie from "Full House" (want to feel old... look at THIS!)
  • You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
  • You remember reading "Goosebumps"
  • You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, wax off"
  • You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school.
  • You danced to "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls (Because I would never do that now...)
  • You remember the craze, then the banning of slap bracelets and slam books.
  • You still get the urge to say "NOT" after (almost) every sentence...Not...
  • Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? was both a game and a TV game show.
  • You knew that Kimberly, the pink ranger, and Tommy, the green Ranger were meant to be together.
  • You remember when super Nintendo’s became popular.
  • You remember watching home alone 1, 2 , and 3
  • "I've fallen and I can't get up"
  • You remember boom boxes vs. cd players
  • You remember New Kids on The Block when they were cool
  • You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell"
  • You played and/or collected "Pogs" (um, yeah, I had a pog maker)
  • You had at least one Tamagotchi, GigaPet or Nano and brought it everywhere
  • You watched the original Care Bears, My Little Pony, and Ninja Turtles
  • All your school supplies were "Lisa Frank" brand.
  • You remember when the new Beanie Babies were always sold out.
  • You used to wear those stick on earrings, not only on your ears, but at the corners of your eyes.
  • You were creeped out by "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"
  • You know the Macarena by heart.
  • "Talk to the hand" ... enough said (also, "loser, whatever, fly away forever...)
  • You thought Brain would finally take over the world
  • You always said, "Then why don't you marry it!"
  • You remember when everyone went slinky crazy.
  • You remember when razor scooters were cool.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

day 5

raise your hand if you're shocked i'm still blogging.
(hand raised)

ok so this is gonna be short and sweet. i have a grad school interview tomorrow and i need to go get my smarty-pants sleep.

in the perfect world of nothing-bothers-mary, nobody would ever do these things. (yes, i know. this isn't so much a "make the world a better place" post. more of a "things that annoy the crap out of mary" one.)
  1. if you go through the trouble of taking the toilet paper out of the cabinet, unwrapping it, and using it... then just PUT IT ON THE TOILET PAPER ROLL. it'll take you, what? 20 extra seconds?
  2. i hate when people smack their gum or crunch their food extra loud, especially things like chips or pretzels. pretty much, if you're eating, i really don't like to hear it. going to the movies will drive me nuts sometimes just listening to people eating their popcorn.
  3. don't drive slow in the fast lane.
  4. along the same lines as the toilet paper, if the garbage can is full, just change the bag. shoving garbage in the can until the bag falls down the sides will not make it any easier to change.
  5. this one, unfortunately, will probably never change unless i move out of buffalo. i hate when the bottom of my pants get wet and salty when i walk outside. i'm not exactly what you would say the tallest girl you know, so a lot of my pants drag a tiny bit. that line of salt once it dries drives me crazy!! (because that means i must do wash more than once a month...) also, take your snowy boots off at the door because i hate when my socks get wet. (sorry, esther. i must've passed this one on to julia!)

so, that didn't turn out to be as short and sweet as i'd hope. more dragged out and bitchy. see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

my hollywood family

I have spent waaaay too much time writing this post in my head today. I’ve neglected my homework, much needed laundry, and time I could be SLEEPING to think about who my Hollywood family would be. I still thought this was super hard, but here ya go…

I don’t know if you knew this, but Mike and I were actually already in a movie before. (Don’t ask... it’s a long story.)

Me: Even though she kind of annoys me, I think Drew Barrymore would play me. Reece Witherspoon would be good too, but really just because she's my favorite actress. I cheated and used this and the celebs I match up with are:

  • Rachel Bilson
  • Alyson Hannigan
  • Hayden Panettiere
  • And a lot of Latin actresses I’ve never heard of…
    (uh, show’s how accurate that is…)

Dad: Jack Nicholson
Mom: Diane Keaton
Esther: Winona Ryder maybe? (Before she was kinda crazy…)
John: A much younger Hector Elizondo. Or Bruce Willis
Mike: I’ll be a follower and say Kevin James. But I could also see Ryan Reynolds. And I've always thought you were a perfect mix of Ross and Chandler.
Lisa: Tina Fey
Cecilia: Chloe Sevigny
Lou: Andy Samberg or Giovanni Ribisi. Or Johnny Knoxville.

Monday, March 3, 2008

not my usual monday

Today was a pretty normal day, but when I really think about it there were lots of good things that happened to me. Usually Mondays kind of suck but, maybe because of the awesome weather, I was in a really good mood.

  • I went to church last night and it was a really nice experience. I love the Canisius chapel and always feel so at peace when I’m there. Last night was the candle lit mass, which is my favorite. But it was extra special last night. My friend is going through the classes to be confirmed and as part of the class they have to go to church every Sunday night. They are incorporated in the mass someway every week which is really nice. Last night, they lined all the candidates in the aisle to be blessed and asked everyone to stand next to their friends to show their support. My friend didn’t realize I was at mass so when I walked up next to her she was really surprised and happy. It was just very meaningful and I was happy to be part of it.

  • Today started out as a really good day. You know how some morning are just easier than others? Well that was what today was like. My alarm went off (I usually loathe my alarm) and I was wide awake. I strolled to class in the beautiful weather and was just in a good mood. The best part though? Remember this exam? Wellll... I did fail it with less than a 50 the first time I took it. The professor gave me an extension to retake the exam this semester. It took one frantic night of studying with Mike for me to learn enough to pass. I returned the book today, so the class is literally out of my hands now!

  • I had a good day at work too. I worked with 2 girls on their homework then helped them study for a math test. Math is definitely not my strongest subject but I can handle the 3rd grade curriculum. Studying turned into playing school and I became the student. (Playing school is still way more fun if you get to be the teacher…) I solved a division problem the girls thought was especially difficult and I became the class genius! They even gave me a parade for solving it! (Someone should tell my logic teacher I deserve a parade for passing!) But more than just getting praised for solving a problem, I really got through to these girls. It was nice to see that I could make learning fun for them and actually have fun myself.

  • 1 grad school interview down, 3 to go!! Yes interviews suck, but at least I got this far! :)

  • Now I’m ending a good day with a great night. I have an early doctor’s appointment tomorrow so I’m home for the night. I got a real home cooked meal and I get to sleep in my own bed. Which I am going to do right now!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Esther and I go to a step aerobics class together on Saturday mornings. The first session just ended and Esther asked if I wanted to rejoin. I hesitated because I never know what Friday night will bring, and being energetic that early in the morning is just not my thing. Those of you who know me realize that sleeping in makes me very happy. I decided to stick with it again because, in my exact response to Esther, “I HATE it sooo much” but I really do feel good afterwards. We also do weights and abs that always leave me sore. We also started swimming lessons with Julia and Miles yesterday so we were at the Y for hours.

Jump to today where I had to participate in a bowling tournament for work and well, I’m ready for bed. The bowling tournament was actually pretty fun, despite the fact that 90% of our staff members are in college, therefore hungover on Sunday mornings. Our boss was so proud of us as we guzzled our Gatorade. :) I actually had the highest score on my team (which isn’t saying much) and won a party for 10 at Coldstone in a raffle!

Moral of the story: Lifting weights and being in a bowling tournament will leave your arms feeling like jell-o. Also, getting 4 hours of sleep and having a killer hangover really suck.

While I'm still at theBloFoYoMoFos:
My favorite gift was from the same Christmas as this.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

BufBloPoFo.... maybe

She was a BufBloPoFoHo... FoSho
Well, I’m not too sure I’m ready to commit to such a serious blog event, but I’ll play along until I get bored with it.

I didn’t technically start my own blog. Being the brat that I am, I always made fun of Mike for being such a blog nerd. He always tried to convince me to start my own but I refused over and over. So one day I was reading my email and saw that Mike sent me something like this: “hey how’s it going, blah blah blah.. oh yea, I made you a blog.” And, uhh, that’s it. That was almost a year ago but I didn’t even know about it until months later. So here I am, a converted blog nerd.
See you tomorrow...