Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My First High School Dance...

The other day, one of the secretaries at work was asking me about high school dances because her son was going to his very first one. She was worried that he was going to be awkward with his date and that he wouldn't have any fun. I assured her that he would be totally awkward and only have a little fun...that's what high school dances are for (especially Freshman year). However, while we were talking about this I started thinking back to my first high school dance (one of only af ew that I attended). I went with a friend of a friend's date. My friend was crushing hardcore on this girl and being a good friend I decided I'd take her friend and we could all go together. I had met this girl several times before and she was very nice. However, it all went down hill as soon as we picked the girls up.

I had expected the night to be awkward. Not only had I never really been on a date before, but also I had a feeling this girl was way more into me then I was her (bow-chicka-bow-wow). Anyway, my friend and I pulled into the girl's drive way and as we exited his mom's mini-van we walked up to the door to get our dates. (Side Note*** I was wearing a three piece khaki suit because I was the shizz) Anyway, the girl's mom answers the door and invites my friend and me in. She then says, the girls are ready...you can go get them from her room. Alright, no big deal, right? Wrong. My buddy and I walk upstairs to her bedroom and when we come in we notice how nice the girls look...and then I noticed the gigantic bulletin board hanging above the girl's bed that was covered with 100s of pieces of paper that read:

"I love Brian"

" (Girl's Name) + Brian = 4 eva!"

and the real kicker...

"Mrs. Brian U'Sellis"


WOW! CREEPSTER ALERT! I was terrified. Absolutely scared for my life. I made some lame/uncomfortable joke about it and she giggled a bit. But, needless to say the rest of the night was full of her trying to be my girlfriend and me acting "cool" and trying to get it across that it wasn't gonna happen.

I felt bad about it...I did. She was very nice and she wasn't bad looking or anything...I was just trying to do my buddy a favor by kinda being his wing man, I wasn't trying to get married.

Yikes! Anyway, I was just reminded of that story today and I thought I'd share it with you guys. I think if there are any lessons to be learned today, it's these...

1.) High school dances are awkward and terrifying, especially freshman year.
2.) If you wear a khaki 3-piece suit...expect girls to want to marry you...they can't resist.

Oh, those were the days.

Song of the Day: Avett Brothers - Tin Man
Beer of the Day: Schlafly - Pumpkin Ale

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Big news today...

* You are currently reading the 300th post on this blog! Holy Cow! I mean, that's a lot of blogging. So yeah, I guess we should all celebrate or something! Congrats everyone.

* Happy Avett Brothers Day! Their new album, I and Love and You is out today and you should buy it. In honor of the album being out, I've undergone the "Avett Brothers Experience" at work today. I'm on The Second Gleam and it looks like the new album will get a spin as soon as I head home. Woo Avetts!

* The CrapBags lost again this weekend and looked a whole lot like actual bags of crap while doing it. The team needs a shake-up somehow, but I can't put my finger on what's wrong. I'll keep you posted.

* Today's weather in Louisville is about as picture perfect as it gets for me. It's like 58 degrees, it's cloudy and grey...it's amazing. I think a porch nap is in my near future.

* It was brought to my attention that my 1/2 birthday just recently passed. Thanks for the card...none of you! But yeah, 23 and 1/2...that's another reason to celebrate today.

* Don't look now, but you might want to get out your foam tomahawks because the Braves are making a late season push for the playoffs.
Just when I thought Baseball was about over, it managed to peek my interest a bit. They're 2 back in the wildcard with 6 to play. Go Braves! Boo Rockies! (Because I mentioned this, the Braves won't win another game this year.)

* For all you Centre folk out there...here's a nice picture of Old Centre that fits the season. I found it on Centre's website and then edited it a bit to make it look cooler.
I love that place...I really really do.

* Paste.com has a great article about their 10 favorite Arrested Development moments. You can have a laugh with it here.

* Finally, I know most of you think I'm a dork for my weekend bender of Beatles Rock Band...but check THIS out. Yeah, that's Alyssa Milano playing Beatles Rock Band! She can be my Ringo any day.


That's all for today gang. Enjoy the wonderful Fall day.

Song of the Day: The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
Beer of the Day: Dogfish Head - Punkin Ale

Monday, September 28, 2009

Weekend Recap

Good Monday blog readers, how were your weekends? Restful I hope.

Here's a recap of mine.

The biggest thing about this weekend was my GRE test. I laid low Friday night and studied and such. Then, I awoke on Saturday ready to roll. I got to the testing site a little early and was able to go on in and start my test. While I felt I was doing well the whole time I was bothered by two things: The heat and the annoying lady next to me. Honestly I think it was 85 degrees in that room, I was sweating from the get go. Then, a lady sits down at the cube next to me and proceeds to "whisper/read" all of the directions and questions out loud. Plus, she would groan and such whenever she was faced with a question that made her think...which was all of them. They give you these mega noise cancelling earphone things to block out the sound...but those made me sweat even more. Needless to say, I had some distractions.

The good news is that, even with those distractions, I still got a good score on the test. I surpassed the score needed to get into the Sports Admin. program and I missed my "goal" score by a measly 10 points. So, things are looking up in regards to grad school.

So with the GRE out of the way I went about the rest of my Saturday as a free man...which meant hours and hours of Beatles rock band.

Lautaro was at his dad's so I knew I would have to tackle Beatles Rock Band alone...so I stopped at the Doo Wop Shop and bought a microphone stand so I could sing and play guitar at the same time (because I'm a total stud and I'm not dorky at all). Then I proceeded to go home and drink beer while beating Beatles Rock Band! Yup 45 songs, all sung by me at the top of my lungs...alone. I'm awesome. For the record, Beatles Rock Band is amazing!

Later on Saturday I went to my Mom's with Ben and Megs for some Chili and UofL football. The Chili was good, the football was awful. Steve Kragthorpe is a moron.

After a long awesome Saturday I headed to the Marra family reunion on Sunday with my mom. Family reunions are generally lame, but I always have fun at this one and yesterday was not any different.

So, now it's on to another week and as we move into October there is a lot on the horizon:

* Dude and Melissa's wedding this weekend, which will be made especially awesome for me because Ben and I get to play guitar at the wedding. It's our first gig.

* Wedding planning. Taylor and I are doing as much as we can via the phone route. Luckily she'll be in town in a few weeks to scope out some venues. Holy Crap, I'm getting married! It's pretty awesome.

* Finishing my grad school application

* Getting ready for Centre homecoming

* Celebrating Sherwood Forest's 1 year anniversary

* Enjoying the fall (today is gorgeous in Louisville)

So yeah, lots of busy and fun times in the near future. Glad the GRE is out of the way and looking forward to seeing some close friends and loved ones in the coming weeks.

Woo-hoo Fall!

Also, no more GRE Words of the Day! Back to Beers of the Day instead, all is right with the world!

Song of the Day: Josh Ritter - To The Dogs or Whoever
Beer of the Day: O'Fallon - Pumpkin Ale

Friday, September 25, 2009

GRE

24 hours from now I'll be finished with the GRE...it will be nice.

I'm not really nervous about the actual test, I've been studying off and on for like 3 months now so I feel like I'm prepared properly. I'd say I'm more anxious than anything.

The biggest reason for my anxiety is the fact that I haven't taken a test in about a year and a half. It shouldn't hurt me too bad, but I'd feel more comfortable if I was coming fresh off a school year or something.

Another reason for my anxiety is the fact that they give you your score as soon as you finish. Now I'm not saying I'd want to wait 3 months for my results, but maybe a few days. I'm gonna be super pissed if I don't do as well as I would like and then I don't even get to enjoy being finished.

Luckily, I don't get too worked up over this stuff. It's an important test, sure, but if I don't do well I'll pick myself up and move on...no big deal. I tried my best and that's all I can ask of myself.

So yeah, I'll do some more practice questions tonight, get a good night's sleep, eat a good breakfast and give it my best shot. It's a just a test.

Plus, as soon as I'm done...I've got a fresh copy of Beatles Rock Band sitting at my apartment...courtesy of my wonderful fiance. She sent it to me hoping it would get here on Saturday, but it came earlier. She told me I could play it tonight if I wanted, but I'm gonna stay strong and wait until after the test...then I'll unleash my inner Beatle.

Alright, have a good weekend gang. Wish me luck!

Song of the Day: Monsters of Folk - Baby Boomer
GRE Word: Erudite - Scholarly; displaying deep intensive learning

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Modern Family...

Last night ABC's new sitcom Modern Family premiered. I had decent expectations going into the show and it was 100x funnier than I expected.

I would try to give you a brief summary of what the show is about, but I'll just let this video do the work for me...


After seeing the preview I originally thought that it might be one of those deals where the preview contained all of the funny parts...not even close. I think I laughed out loud at least once at every character.

I don't want to say too much more because I don't want to get your hopes and I don't want to spoil the episode for those who may want to watch it...but I just wanted to let you know that this is a show that you should watch...it's 100% LoB approved (after 1 episode at least).

They're replaying it on Friday at 9 (I think) or you can watch it online right now

If nothing else...watch it because Julie Bowen is and always will be a hottie.
I've had a thing for her ever since Happy Gilmore.

Have a good Thursday people.

Song of the Day: Monsters of Folk - His Master's Voice
GRE Word: Fervent - Greatly emotional or zealous

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Top 5: Albums to Listen to in the Fall...

There are many things to love about the Fall, but one of my favorites is the fact that certain music just sounds better in the fall. Here are 5 great albums to listen to as the leaves change.

5.) Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
I was going to put an Avett Brothers album here, but I couldn't move this album out of the top 5. Band of Horses' first album is great for Fall too.

Two to listen to: "No One's Gonna Love You" and "The General Specific"


4.) Neko Case and Her Boyfriends - Furnace Room Lullaby
It takes about 2 seconds for this album to get good...because that's how long it takes for Neko to start singing. Her voice is so good it's unfair.

Two to listen to: "Set Out Running" and "Twist the Knife"


3.) Jeff Tweedy - Sunken Treasure: Live in the Pacific Northwest
This isn't actually an album, it's the soundtrack to the DVD of the same name. The DVD comes with a free download. I bought this on impulse Junior year of college and it is now perhaps my favorite Wilco related material. It's just outstanding from start to finish.

Two to listen to: "Radio King" and "One by One"


2.) Neil Young - Harvest Moon
The song "Harvest Moon" is the greatest fall song of all time. It's also the first song I learned to play on the guitar. It's also one of my 10 favorite songs of all-time.

Two to listen to: "From Hank to Hendrix" and "Harvest Moon"


1.) My Morning Jacket - Acoustic Citsuoca
While I love MMJ's more rockin' side, their softer/acoustic side has always been my favorite. Jim James' voice shines on this 5 song-EP, which was recorded on Halloween in 2004 (if that doesn't scream "FALL" nothing does.)

Two to listen to: "The Bear" and "Golden"


There you have it my 5 favorite albums to listen to in the Fall. Now, go grab a Pumpkin beer, bourbon or Pumpkin spice latte (those things are amazing) and put on one of these albums as you take in the greatness of Autumn.

Have a good one.

Song of the Day: Neil Young - Harvest Moon
GRE Word: Specious - Seeming true, but actually being false; misleadingly attractive.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Hold out your hand, say please...

* Happy Monsters of Folk day everyone!
Not only does the album drop today, but also they are going to be on Conan tonight. Seriously, go buy this album...you won't be sorry. Here's a video to give you a taste:


* In some other really awesome music news...The Avett Brothers' new album, which is out a week from today, can now be streamed for free on NPR. I gave it a quick listen while working today and my initial review is positive. I had some fear with this album that it wouldn't sound "Avett" enough, but I think it's going to be just fine. I need to listen to it again before I make a final decision.

* The CrapBags moved to 1-1 on the season with a big win over the Rickety Crickets. Tom Brady was extremely poor this week, but luckily Frank Gore and Andre Johnson were in total beast mode. Go Bags Go!

* So I need to get a new cell phone. I'm eligible for a free upgrade so there are several phones that I can get without any charge. However, all the phones these days come with like crazy slide-out keyboard things. I'm not sure that I want one like that because I'm not a ninja and I'm not sure I can handle it. Any advice or help with this crazy phone upgrade dilemma would be appreciated.

* Have you guys seen the new ESPN commercial with, my favorite anchorman, Scott Van Pelt (shout out to Da Kaizah)? It's hysterical...here it is:

Shaz-Bagl!

* 3 more days until the GRE, let's get that sucker over with.

* Finally, today is the first day of Fall! Woo-hoo! Fall is the best season, by far, hands down, no question. Expect a fall blog celebration sometime soon. Also, fall doesn't really begin in my mind until October 1st, but who's counting?

That's all the tidbits I've got in store for you, have a great rest of the day.

Song of the Day: Monsters of Folk - Whole Lotta Losin'
GRE Word: Salubrious - Promoting health or well-being

Monday, September 21, 2009

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday gang, you guys doing well? Good to hear.

Overall my weekend was pretty good. Here are the highlights.

* Yes the Cards failed once again to beat the Cats in football. I went in the game not thinking we'd even come close and I had hopes that no matter the outcome...I'd still be in an ok mood. I was wrong. The problem was that we actually played better than UK. We made big plays on defense, we showed emotion, we were flying around the field. However, we have a coach who continues to do things that are inexcusable. a 4th and 1 option pitch to the back up running back...to the short side of the field? Boo! Wasting timeout after timeout...boo! But here is the thing that really bothered me, Victor Anderson ran the ball 19 times and ended up with 110 yards and a TD...he was unstoppable. Bilal Powell ran the ball 7 less times for 108 less yards....yup 12 rushes for 2 yards...TWO! So on our last drive, WHY THE HELL WAS BILAL STILL GETTING THE BALL? I firmly believe that if you gave me the playbook (or anyone who has played Madden more than twice) UofL wins that game by 2 TDs.

But hey, I thought we were going to get drilled by 30+, so I'm more optimistic about the rest of the season then I was before.

* The rest of my weekend was spent studying GRE crap. I had to pass on a chance to hang with some good friends in Lexington, but I did get a lot accomplished on the GRE front and after Saturday all of this garbage will be over and done!

* Here is a list of other activities that occurred this weekend:

- Practiced Guitar with Ben for Dude and Melissa's wedding...we're starting to sound pretty good.

- Made some Chili last night. They didn't have my usual Chili seasoning so I went with a different brand and I got "hot" instead of medium. Also I had to use Busch light instead of PBR. It actually turned out to be pretty good, the hotness really kicked it up a bit. I'll have to have another bowl before I decide if it's better than the other recipe.

- Watched the series premiere of "Bored to Death" which stars Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis. It was pretty good. I think you can download the episode for free off i-tunes right now...it's worth 30mins of your time. Also, Ted Danson is on the show and he's hilarious.

- Witnessed Frank Gore and Andre Johnson be awesome at football.

- Saw a gusto-less Tom Brady for the first time ever.

- Still refrained from buying Beatles Rock Band...although it was very very close.

- Determined that the weird fish smell in our apartment is coming from either the "Falls City" or the "Old Style" beer light.

- Played sand volleyball in the pouring down rain.

- Ate Qdoba 3 cheese chicken nachos and got annoyed with the massive amount of teenagers that loiter in front of Ear X-Tacy.

So yeah, overall...a decent weekend.

Song of the Day: The Avett Brothers - Gimmeakiss
GRE Word: Tyro - Beginner; person lacking experience in a specific endeavor

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Facts

I'm a man, I'm 40! I'm not a kid!!! So you better get your facts straight!

* Today is the longest day ever. Usually the hours after lunch on Friday are the longest of the week, the weekend just can't come soon enough. Well, today is the worst...I feel like I ate lunch about 15 hours ago.

* Steve Nash is hilarious.


*Today's weather in Louisville is fan-spankin'-tastic. It's overcast, it's cool, it's kinda rainy....it's my kind of day.

* The GRE officially sucks. I haven't minded the whole studying thing so far because I've been able to just kind of take it easy. However, I've been making a big push since I've been back from vacation and as it turns out...it is not fun. I just want to take the stupid test and be finished. Bring it GRE!

* The fact that I haven't been able to buy the Beatles Rock Band is starting to get to me. I keep seeing commercials and such for it and it's terrible. I mean in all honesty, I think that game was made just for me. Let it be known that next Sunday (after the GRE) will be an all day Beatle fest at Sherwood forest.

* Monsters of Folk is probably the best album of the year. I can't officially give it the crown because I don't own it yet, I've just been streaming it on Myspace. However, the album is awesome...it's a masterpiece. Everyone should go buy it on Tuesday.

* The Office was hilarious last night. Andy was the highlight for me, but Michael's face and reaction when he takes the call from Stanley's wife was pretty good.

* Always Sunny was great...but weird. It said on my TV that Always Sunny was going to be an hour long last night, that had me excited. However, after 30 mins the show ended and some strange adult cartoon came on...it was disappointing. Luckily, Charlie's talk about filibusters and bird law was classic....so I didn't mind the weird cartoon.

* Tomorrow may not be the best day UofL fans have ever experienced. It might get ugly...in a hurry. However, this is no way means I won't be cheering for my Cards. I'll be cheering my heart out...I just don't have high hopes. All those little whiny UofL "fans" that are rooting for UK so Krags will be fired...well, you're pathetic and I hate you for it...so does your mother.

* One last thing, if you're a UK fan and you insist on talking smack about the game, do me a favor...get creative! I saw this facebook status earlier this week, "there is several bus loads of cat food being delivered to commonwealth stadium for the lunch buffet on Sat @ noon!!" Huh? I think this person was implying that UK is going to eat us for lunch on Saturday...but it could have been conveyed in a better way (not to mention a more grammatically correct way). But yeah, it's fine if you trash talk...but use some creativity....that's all I ask.

That's all for today gang. Have a great weekend.

Go Cards!

Song of the Day: Phantom Planet - Anthem
GRE Word: Fawn - To seek favor or attention

Thursday, September 17, 2009

End of the Decade lists...

I'm not in a very bloggin' mood today.

However, it came to my attention that the end of the decade is rapidly approaching! How crazy is that? 10 whole years in the 2000s. I for one was expecting flying cars by now.

Anyway, I want to start thinking about top10 lists for the decade. I'll probably start doing them in November or so, but I want to start thinking about them now.

Here are the ones that I have so far:

Best TV shows:
Best Albums:
Best Movies:
Best Sports Moments:
Best Moments in The Life of Brian:
Best Inventions:

So now here's the deal...I want you guys to share any ideas you have for other categories. Then, I'll post like 2 a week or something and I want you guys to share your top 10 as well. I'm just curious to see what music, movies, etc. will be remembered the most from this decade.

Also, here's a fun fact for this decade...when it began I was in the 8th grade...now I'm out of college and engaged! Crazy what can happen in 10 years time.

So yeah, just start thinking about categories and your personal top 10s for each of the ones above. I'll share all suggestions with everyone and then we'll have a killer end of the decade celebration.


Also also also, don't forget that The Office and Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiere tonight.

Take care gang.

Song of the Day: VHS or Beta - She Said
GRE Word: Occlude - To close or shut off; to obstruct

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I Used To Have Awesome Hair...

We all know that I hate haircuts. But, remember the time I went over a year without one?

I was looking at some pictures last night and I stumbled across some from the Fall of my Junior year of college. For whatever reason, I just kinda let my hair grow that summer and by the time school came around...I looked like a total bad ass!

Here are some pictures to help remind us all of how cool my hair was...

*NOTE: These are from college and as most of you know...you don't take many pictures when you're sober in college.
Seriously, look at that hair?

Not even a hat could contain it.

Not really sure why I'm breaking that rod over my head...but look at the hair!

This was taken during an activity in college known as "Dammit-ing" it was much cooler with such kick-ass hair.

Head banging is fun anytime...but it's even more fun when you've got locks like those.

The reason I wanted to talk about this today is because looking at all of these pictures makes me a bit sad. No not because I looked so creepy, but because I'll never be able to grow my hair out like that again. I never really made a decision to grow my hair like that, I just did it because I wanted to...and because I could. College was great for things like that, just doing something because you can. It's what I miss most about my time at college.

Also, no picture will ever portray the "only in college" feeling more than this one:
That's when I was in a mustache contest for charity. I came in second to a guy with no mustache...but a nice mullet. It was rigged.

Just for the hell of it, here are the runners up for the "Only in College" award:
The Sea Captain!

The Doc Holiday
(Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), my mustache is really red/blonde...otherwise I'd have a stache like this at all times.)

That was me inducting the new members of our fake fraternity...and wearing the awesome dress thing that Will brought me back from India. V-V-Bounce!

Those were the days...

Song of the Day: The Beatles - Come Together
GRE Word: Rarefy - To make or become thin

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Now let me clear my throat...

* So Football season is back and while it's not the same as it was in previous years, Fantasy Football is back too. Although the CrapBags lost in week one....so I'll save the CrapBag talk for a more upbeat day. But, I do have this guy on my team again:
What you don't see in this picture is the gorgeous woman that Tom is pointing towards...as a result, she lost all of her clothes do to his abundance of gusto! I love Tom Brady and the old school Pats unis.

* It has come to my attention that the upcoming Basketball season is the last that UofL will ever play in Freedom Hall. It has also come to my attention that Saturday March 6th the Cards play Syracuse in the last ever UofL game at the Hall. It has also come to my attention that I lack tickets this year and simply have to go to that game. So, keep your ears open friends there will be much reward for anyone who can grab some seats for me. I'm happy to pay you money and make you a pot of chili if this all works out.

* Taylor and I are putting together a wedding website that will contain info about our wedding. Since we don't have any info set in stone yet...the website is a bit empty. However, as soon as it gets rockin' I'll let you guys see it.

* So The Beatles new reissued cd's and RockBand video game came out last week. I want to spend all of my money and buy it all, but I'm trying my best to be good. If anyone wants to buy me a gift for some reason...feel free to go Beatle crazy. I'll probably by the Rock Band game, but I'll wait till after the GRE, otherwise I'd get a 16 on it.

* Speaking of the GRE, it's a week from this coming Saturday! Yikes! I've got a bit of studying to do, but I think I'll be able to get most of it taken care of. I've been getting my application together recently so hopefully I'll have it all finished in a few weeks and then all I'll have to do is sit and wait and hope...and bribe.

* Speaking of this coming Saturday. UofL plays UK in football. I'm guessing the Cards get drilled, but I hope I'm wrong. Believe it or not, there was a time (not so long ago) when playing UK was a laugh-fest for Cards fans (in a good way)...see:
Oh how I miss you 2006...

* The Monsters of Folk cd comes out a week from today. I'm a very very excited about this record. Every thing I read about it makes waiting for next week that much harder. Luckily, they released the artwork and a full album stream to keep me calm for 7 more days!
* Last but not least, here is the best commercial from Week 1 in the NFL:


* Oh yeah, The Office starts this Thursday...don't forget.

Until tomorrow kids!

Song of the Day: My Morning Jacket - Dear Wife
GRE Word: Peccadillo - A small sin or fault

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Life of Brian

So yeah, I'm back from the beach and I'm all tan and rested and...

Engaged....to be married!

Yup yup, last Saturday at Pawleys I proposed to Taylor and she accepted (Thankfully, otherwise the rest of the trip would have been awkward).

Now I get to come back home and share the good news with everyone and answer questions about how I did it and if I was nervous and how long I'd been thinking about it and so on. So now, I'll try to fill you guys in as much as possible.

I had been thinking about proposing to Taylor for some time, I knew how much we loved each other, I knew how comfortable we were with each other and I knew that she was the only girl for me. So, a few weeks ago I decided to share the news with my immediate family and then go on over to her parents house and ask permission. Everyone was excited and everyone was extremely happy for the decision I had made, which was great.

I had saved up some money for a ring and a few weekends ago I purchased a nice ring from a friendly jeweler and that was that. (Here's a picture because people keep asking Taylor and me about it)
Bling-Bling!

The biggest problem in the whole development was that I had to keep all of this a secret for about 2 weeks. When going through all of this I can say I was rarely nervous, but often anxious. There is a lot of pressure on the guy during the whole proposal thing, but the excitement that follows is well worth the bits of anxiety and nervousness.

Now then, we got to Charleston on Thursday and I had decided I wanted to propose at the beach, so I'd have to wait until Saturday. So Taylor's parents and I kept our mouths shut Thursday, Friday and most of Saturday as I waited for the right time. We got to the beach on Saturday and decided we'd order pizza for dinner, which was supposed to arrive at 6:45. I thought it would be perfect timing to eat with everyone and then head for a sunset walk on the beach after dinner (thus avoiding the whole, "Will you marry me? Now let's go eat some pizza" situation). However, the damn pizza didn't arrive until 5 minutes til 8. It was dark by the time we were finished, so I began to think that I'd have to wait until Sunday. However, soon a big full moon popped up over the ocean and I grabbed a flashlight and Taylor and I headed out to the beach. We walked and talked for a bit and then I cheesed it all up by telling her I needed to get seashells for something. She shined the light on the sand as we walked and then I bent down to grab "something" and told her to shine the light on it. Boo-Yah! Engaged!

The story was much less smooth in reality, I was pretty nervous. And while the whole "looking for seashells" story is a bit cheesy, I had to do it...if it weren't for Taylor understanding my need to be cheesy/goofy we would have broken up long ago.

So yeah, now we're engaged and we get to plan the wedding. This is cool for a few reasons. 1.) We get to plan a friggin' wedding! A big time party with our family and friends to dance and drink and celebrate our marriage! What could be more fun? 2.) Ben and Megs, Dude and Melissa, Dan and Jess, Jake and Leslie, etc. We have quite a few friends and fam who are either newly wed or engaged, so we get to pick their brains for info and suggestions. 3.) There is going to be a whole new part of my life to blog about! This won't turn into a wedding blog by any means, but when decisions are made I'll be sure to let you know...and as it turns out, there are lots of decisions to be made.

All I can say about the whole thing is that I'm extremely excited. When it comes down to it, Taylor is my best friend and knowing that she'll be mine forever is something that will put a smile on my face regardless of what else is happening in my life.

The next few months are going to be crazy, exciting and awesome as we get deeper and deeper into the many decisions that go into planning a wedding. I'll keep you guys posted as much as possible. It's gonna be fun!

Song of the Day: The Platters - With This Ring
GRE Word: Impecunious - penniless, poor

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Vacation!!!!!!

Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!

Tomorrow morning I leave on my trip to South Carolina to spend 10 days with Taylor...I'm what we in "the biz" call, muy excited!

I usually get pretty excited about vacation, but I'm even more excited then normal because I haven't seen Taylor in a while. We'll get in to Charleston about 6 or 7 tomorrow and we'll eat, drink and be merry until Saturday when we head to Pawleys for some beach fun.

Yeah, 10 days of nothing but beach frolicking...
it's going to be fan-freakining-tastic.

Now then, while I'm all excited about my trip I realize that this leaves you all blogless for a good amount of time. So, here's the deal. I may try to sneak in an update post sometime over the trip, but I'm not making any promises...I may be enjoying myself to much to even touch a computer....but it may rain or something and then I could find myself with a few spare minutes on my hands...so stay tuned.

In addition, you guys should be happy that there is football on this weekend! UofL plays at 7 on Saturday and at 8 on Saturday Bama plays Virginia Tech. So, while you're missin' the blog...watch a ton of football and let that be your entertainment.

For now though....I bid you adieu. I'm off to see my lady and lay on the beach! Talk to you folks later!

Song of the Vacation: The Avett Brothers - At the Beach
Beer of the Vacation (sorry GRE): Busch Light

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Yeeeeeeaaaahhhhh Booooooooooyyyyyy!

* Football starts this weekend, it's gonna be awesome.

* LoB approved actor Jason Schwartzman apparently has a music side project. He used to be the drummer in Phantom Planet, but now he has a solo project by the name of "Coconut Records" and it's pretty good. Check out some jams...here.

* Beatles Rock Band comes out one week from today. Sadly (but not that sadly) I'll be at the beach so my geek fest will have to wait a little bit. Check out the awesome TV commercial for the game:

I think we can all agree that it's going to be the best thing that ever happened....ever.

* So guess which rookie has the fastest selling jersey at the NBA store in New York? Actually, I'll just tell you...T-Will. However, it's a bit misleading because he actually went to the store and bought all of his jerseys and is giving them away to fans via his twitter page and such.
He's awesome.

* The world's oldest dog died today at the fine age of 21. I don't really have anything interesting to say about this...I just thought it was important that you all know.

* So CBS sports.com has ranked all 120 division 1 head Football coaches based on how hot their seat is for the upcoming season. They ranked them on a 1-5 scale with 5 meaning that the coach's tushy is burning badly. The cool thing is that they only gave out one "5" out of all 120 coaches. The less cool part is that Steve Kragthorpe received that 5. Come on Kragglerock...prove 'em wrong!

* Be sure to check out the "song of the day" today. It's from a band that Lautaro told me about called, "Dead Man's Bones"...which consists of the dude from the Notebook and his other acting buddy...but the song is super creepy and awesome. I'll link the song to a free download.

* ABC has a new show set to debut this fall called, "The Middle" it looks pretty funny...mainly because of the little kid:


* Have I told you guys that on Thursday I'm leaving for a 10 day vacation where I get to see Taylor? Because I totally am...and it's going to be awesome.

Have a great Tuesday people!

Song of the Day: Dead Man's Bones - My Body's A Zombie For You
GRE Word: Descry - To make clear, to say