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It has been eight days since my last bout of uncontrollable crying. So… progress! I am also happy to report that this is not the result of any prescription, but is completely natural. I have not felt sad. I’ve felt a little angry because of some things that are happening at my job, but not sad.

It has been a good past week. Last Sunday, I got to visit with Jennifer and her newly adopted kitty, Sadie, before Jennifer had to return to school. It was so great to see her, because I hadn’t since my Labor Day party. We just sat and talked for a few hours (and I fawned over her Sadie because I really wish I was in the position where I could adopt an animal right now), and I think that’s some of what I needed – just some social interaction.

Alex came up last Monday after he got off work and stayed the night. I made turkey broccoli fettuccine and garlic bread, we watched television together, played Words with Friends on his phone, and ran out to get Blizzards from Dairy Queen. I accidentally fell asleep on the couch with him, and I ended up going to bed at 10:00. Again, I was sort of lame and we didn’t do much, but all I needed was to be around him, and I felt better.

Tuesday, my day was pretty normal. I hung out in my pajamas, watched television, and knitted. I laid down for a nap around1:30, aiming to sleep until 4:30. I woke up at 5:00 when Mom came home. I had enough time, though, to take my shower and get dressed.

We had dinner at IHOP, where I had pumpkin praline pancakes with eggs, bacon, and hash browns. Then, Mom and I went to the movie theater to see The Muppets. The clerk said we had missed the first twelve minutes because there is a discrepancy between the times on the mall website and a normal Google search, apparently. We still took the chance (and got a discount on our tickets), and it was perfect. We didn’t miss any of the movie, just the previews and the Pixar short before it. There were only two other people in the theater. And the movie? It was magical. I would say that if you are a person who has ever enjoyed the Muppets, you would enjoy the new movie. They’ve done a wonderful job of mixing the old material with the new, the cameos were great (Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Alda, and Jim Parsons FTW) and there were several times where I was in a laughing fit. I am certain that I was grinning from ear to ear the entire film.

At the end of the movie, there’s a bit that might make you tear up a little. Not because it’s sad, but because it’s such a display of how the Muppets will always be in the hearts of those who grew up with them in their households (like my mom and myself), and there is room for them in the hearts of generations to come. I could hear my mom sniffling next to me, and I reached out to pat her leg, as I understood what she was feeling. Then I shed a few tears myself, because I felt like it was okay to. These weren’t tears of frustration, pain, and sorrow like they have been, but tears of love, for beloved characters I was glad to welcome back

The rest of my week has been pretty decent. I’ve wrapped the majority of my presents and put them under the tree (why yes, I am an overachiever), Mom and I have figured out what Christmas goodies we are making, and then we took our Christmas card picture. Yes, that’s right. We have a bunch of Christmas cards with photo frames, and since this might be the last Christmas my mom and I have while living under the same roof (as I’m hoping to move out next year), we took a Christmas picture together to put in our cards for the first time EVER. Yeah, this Christmas season has been full of weird twists this year, and it’s not over yet.

My nights at work have been okay. We haven’t been too busy. I loathe Thursdays and Fridays, but once I get over that little hump, I only have to work Saturday night until I’m free. This past Saturday night was a nightmare. We were not only full, but a lot of my co-workers on other shifts neglect to pass messages on to other shifts, or they don’t pay attention and it trickles down to our shift. I was so glad when my relief came in on Sunday morning. It was one of those mornings I was surprised I made it home because I was so tired, and I’m surprised I just didn’t lose control of myself because it was just such a long night.

When I came home, Mom just pulled monkey bread muffins out of the oven. Even though I probably shouldn’t have, I ate three and then went to bed. I woke up in the afternoon, got ready, and Alex showed up. We ran to Goodwill because I was trying to find something for a project with no success, and when we returned to my house, we had dinner. We didn’t do much, but I did have him try on the sock that I’ve been knitting for him and finally figured out how I can make them fit him. I will try finishing that up today so maybe I can actually finish the pair of socks before our anniversary – or, even better, before the end of this year!

Alex and I cuddled and played one of the games we used to play when we were first dating – a line of questions. We went camping once and walked around in the woods, just tossing questions back and forth about our favorite childhood memories and books and Thanksgiving traditions. This time, we asked Christmas-themed questions, even though we knew some of the answers already. However, I think we were meant to be when I asked him what his favorite Christmas movie was and he said that it was Love, Actually though he also likes the original animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas. My sentiments exactly.

In the past few years, Christmas has made me miserable with everything we’ve had to do and all the presents I’ve had to make, but this year, I think it has brought me a sense of comfort that I’ve needed for a while. I look forward to the next few weeks full of Secret Santa trades (OMG SOCIALIZING WITH MY FRIENDS!), actually allowing Christmas music in my car, holiday baking, and finishing up the rest of my gift buying/making and wrapping. Before I know it, I will hopefully be in Lexington, celebrating with my family.

This girl’s not a Scrooge this year, that’s for sure.

Well, it doesn’t usually happen, but once in a while, a weekend ends up being rather lousy. Not to say it wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t what I was hoping it would be.

On Friday, I read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde during my shift. It was short but interesting, and now I am reading The Picture of Dorian Gray. After my shift, I had lunch with Mike at the Pita Pit. I had never been before, and I found it tasty. Then I went and hung out with boyfriend for a little bit, watched Casino Royale with the guys, and had a short trip to the store for ice cream thrown in there as well.

Saturday, I worked, and I picked up a shift for next Friday. So nine hours of my day this upcoming Friday will be spent at Bracken Library, and approximately twelve hours after my shift that night, I’ll be going back for another round. Oh well. It’s a good job, and I need the hours.

I ate lunch and hung around Bracken some more, knitting and listening to my iPod for an hour or so while waiting for my laptop to charge. I needed to go grocery shopping, but the bus schedules are different on Saturdays, so I didn’t get to go. My next best chance to go will probably be on Monday after work, when I will be hungry.

Anyway, boyfriend called to hang out. We went for a walk because I needed one, then came back and he ordered pizza with the guys because I already had dinner. We watched Muppet Treasure Island, and I’m pretty sure it’s been years since I’ve seen it. Tim Curry has such a good evil laugh! I was highly entertained, and Lemmy, Matt, and I all agreed that Beaker was probably our favorite. I also like Animal and the Swedish Chef, though they don’t come close to my love for Beaker.

Beaker and Bunsen

After the movie, boyfriend went back to his room to sleep, and I called Teddy because I just needed to talk to someone and I figured he would be awake. He wasn’t, but I woke him up and he kept talking to me. I stood outside talking to him for about an hour. I needed that; it was a good conversation. I made him laugh, he made me laugh, all was good. I miss that kid.

The house was dark and locked when I was going to go in to sleep, so I called Dom and he let me in. I went to bed, but there was a party going on in the house next door. Their music was so incredibly loud. I think I might have turned most of it out, but at 4:45 this morning, I heard them playing “I’m on a Boat” and I started laughing when I heard a very drunken girl singing along to it. Then I realized it was almost 5:00 in the morning and they were playing their music too loud and not letting me sleep. Rawr.

Today, even though it was my day off, I decided to come to Bracken and charge my laptop with one of the chargers available for checkout in my area. During this, since I had not received enough Muppet entertainment the night before, I checked out The Muppet Movie, which I had never seen, and The Emperor’s New Groove. I watched them both while knitting.

As for my project, it’s a scarf – yeah, another one. This is the pattern, and it is really easy to memorize. After watching two Muppet movies this weekend, the color of the yarn is really starting to make me think of Kermit the Frog. Haha.

Well, tomorrow is another day, and the beginning to another week…