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Joke's on you, dummies, I'm not really a lawyer!
31 December 2013 @ 11:29 am
2013 was a mess of a year. I started it with a job, coming back to California from spending the holidays with my family for the first time in years, but that only lasted a few weeks. A week, actually.

I'm ending 2013 unemployed, living in Mississippi with my mom, my 17-year-old brother having more of a plan to get the fuck out of the house before I do.

And yet, I still...had probably the most fun I've had since 2009? A bunch of cool things happened to me even while shit was the worst. I had about two or three breakdowns and still 2013 is going in the "win" column.

I got let go from my nice part time job in the entertainment industry a week into the new year. It was very much a letting go and not a firing but it was still shitty and I spent most of January...not actually depressed, but. Close to it. Lizzie Bennet Diaries was the only thing that saved me, actually! It got dragged out during February/March, but. January was perfect. Twitter freaked out every Monday and Thursday and that was what I lived for, mostly.

I kept looking for jobs in the industry, but by March I was back to applying to Target and McDonald's and movie theaters. Luckily, the job I got in April was the movie theater at the Grove, an open-air mall that's frequented by tourists and the occasional celeb. Through that job I got to lock eyes with Zach Woods, Rebel Wilson, and Jesse McCartney, to name a few; I got to glimpse people like Paul Feig, LL Cool J, and Steven Tyler (which got "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" stuck in my head for three hours and also showed me how young everyone I worked with was); I got to exchange words (beyond what can I get you and how much is that popcorn) with Kathy Bates, Twitch from So You Think You Can Dance, and Eion Bailey, aka David Webster from Band of Brothers, who introduced himself to me when I said I loved Band of Brothers and also remembered my name when he left, like any good celebrity after an encounter. I ALSO got to spot four out of the five Backstreet Boys, who used our theater as the staging area before their free concert, and the pure joy I felt in my heart when I spotted Brian Littrell walk across the lobby was enough to retroactively make 12-year-old Samantha faint.

That job also allowed me to see a shitton of movies more than once, and contributed to my one and only drive-in experience so far. It was fun! We made hardcore fun of B-movie After Earth, because that movie suuuuucked.

The job definitely wasn't enough to, like, live on, and my dad said he was starting to run out of money to support me and pay my student loans every month (I am so very very lucky to have him, I know this) and the final straw was actually - my cat got a cold, and I was soooo worried that she was actually sick. I didn't have the money to take her to the vet; if something serious were to happen, I wouldn't have enough money for that either.

So I decided to take a step back from trying to make it out in LA, being absolutely miserable with hardly any friends and not being any closer to my goal than when I started. Los Angeles is a pretty terrible place, anyway. Besides celebrity spotting and getting to drop ridiculous amounts of money to go to panels and q&a's with your favorite cast and crew (if you know about it beforehand, that is), there's not much for it. It's hot all the time, it's so dry my windshield wipers dried out in two years, there is never any place to park, traffic is a piece of garbage and the city is laid out in the most convoluted way. I have no idea how to get anywhere that wasn't places I worked for months, and if I take a different road I still have no idea how to get anywhere. I can't get anywhere from the airports or even the interstates, really. The whole place is a mess.

I moved back home, with my mom, dad, and cat in the car for the three day ride, at the end of August/beginning of September. I spent a few weeks asking the local TV stations for jobs I was not at all qualified for (everyone here wants journalism degrees) and then eventually just tried for the movie theater and Target. I got interviews at both places, but the movie theater was more of a "great, you'll start soon" than "maybe we'll call you for a job," and I picked that one.

BIG mistake. Surprisingly, the management for a company that hires you on the spot, doesn't give you a start date, and then doesn't talk to you for over a week, isn't GREAT!! Within a month I was so worn out I couldn't imagine working there during Christmas, expected to work at least an hour and a half longer than scheduled, made to feel like it was my fault when we ran out of stuff in the stand, in a job where I still hadn't been on a tour of the actual theater, so I talked to my mom about it and. I quit. On the spot, one night after work. I even stayed an extra HALF HOUR after I was scheduled to leave and they wanted me to stay longer. It was super bullshit, I'm so glad I don't have that job anymore (I still need to pick up my last paycheck, but other than that I'm DONE).

Anyway. Let's talk about my experience in fandom this year! All the fun stuff is going behind a cut, OF COURSE.Collapse )

So far 2014 looks like this: Demi Lovato concert in Atlanta with my little sister in February (opening acts Fifth Harmony and Little Mix), which means we're driving up there Friday, going to the concert and then spending the night with my dad that night, and driving home Saturday; Captain America 2 midnight show with Elizabeth, Erin, and Molly in NEW YORK in April, which means I'm flying up there the night of the 1st and flying home the morning of the 8th and staying at Elizabeth and Erin's apartment for a week. I fully intend to spend like 80% of my time at least slightly buzzed, and I also intend on crying about Captain America with Elizabeth. I'M SO EXCITED. I'm also nervous; I've only been to New York without my dad one time, and I stayed in the Times Square area - I have still never been to Central Park, though I have seen something like 12 Broadway shows. ANYWAY, AFTER THAT IN SEPTEMBER IS THE ONE DIRECTION CONCERT WITH MOLLY AND RACHEL AND CAROLINE AND PROBABLY HER BROTHER MICHAEL, WHERE I HAVE FLOOR SEATS AT THE SUPERDOME RIGHT NEAR THE CATWALK.

2013 was a mess but ended up great; hopefully 2014 is all rise. 
 
 
 
Joke's on you, dummies, I'm not really a lawyer!
WHOA

TODAY WAS A THING THAT HAPPENED???? LIKE. I CAN'T. TODAY I WAS THE PHYSICAL EMBODIMENT OF "EVERYTHING HAPPENS SO MUCH"

FIRST WE'RE GONNA TALK ABOUTLBDCollapse )


And then I fell asleep and when I woke up: JOE JONAS SERIOUSLY?!Collapse )

This wasn't even that flail-inducing, it's just coming after THOSE LAST TWO THINGS UP THERE (keep in mind that I rewatched LBD on a regular basis while this was happening so feelings were already running on high):
Picture 2
Every time Messina looks at Mindy (whether in character or not) I just get this feeling that he's in AWE of her and also I just really like his goddamn face and remember that time he looked me in the eyes and I went weak in the knees.

AND THEN Teresa linked me to this buzzfeed article about what a great guy Chris Evans is.Here's one of my favorite parts of that post, and also how I feel about him.Collapse )

AND THEN I WATCHED THE LAST DISC OF THE FIRST SEASON OF NEW GIRL BECAUSE I HADN'T DIED OF FEELINGS YET  and did you know that after Jess dumps Russell because she wants "passion, even if it's hard" she IMMEDIATELY goes home and YELLS AT NICK JUST LIKE RUSSELL AND HIS EX-WIFE WERE YELLING AT EACH OTHER AND ALSO JUST LIKE THEY YELLED AT EACH OTHER RECENTLY OR SOMETHING I DON'T KNOW.

IN CONCLUSION:
I SERIOUSLY CAN'T BREATHECollapse )
 
 
Joke's on you, dummies, I'm not really a lawyer!
31 January 2013 @ 10:13 pm
I'm going to talk about TV!! (webseries count as TV, right?)

First: I don't remember much else about Go On that wasn't Lauren acting completely scandalized at the idea that she hates pizza. Things I started yelling for the next few hours!!

Lizzie Bennet DiariesCollapse )

The AmericansCollapse )

30 RockCollapse )

The OfficeCollapse )
 
 
Current Music: Archer
 
 
Joke's on you, dummies, I'm not really a lawyer!
30 January 2013 @ 01:30 pm
I CAN'T TALK ABOUT ANYTHING

I'M IN FICTION OVERLOAD

FIRST THE NICK AND JESS KISS

THEN THAT TIME BJ AND MINDY WROTE A TV SHOW WHERE SHE DRESSED UP AS INDIANA JONES AND HE PLAYED THE GUITAR

THEN THERE WAS A CUTE LITTLE VIDEO FROM PEMBERLEY DIGITAL TODAY ABOUT A SERVICE THAT AUTO-EDITS AND UPLOADS VIDEOS SO I WAS LIKE, OH, HEY, SECRET MAKEOUT VIDEOS, THAT'S AWESOME!!!!!

AND THEN

THE SHIT

HIT THE FAN

Lizzie's phone isn't working and Charlotte can't get in touch with her and was so freaked out she tweeted @lizziebennet instead of @TheLizzieBennet AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS ALL BUT

UM

THEN

lydiabennettape.com

IT'S LEGIT, IT'S OFFICIAL, BERNIE CONFIRMED IT

THERE'S A COUNTDOWN, IT'S GIVING US TWO WEEKS

DARCY BOUGHT TICKETS TO THE THEATER FOR HIM AND LIZZIE, THE PEMBERLEY ARC IS ALMOST OVER AND THEY'LL PROBABLY NEVER MAKE IT TO THEATER AND I'M GOING CRAZY
 
 
Current Mood: I'm TRYING TO CALM DOWN
Current Music: Everwood
 
 
 
Joke's on you, dummies, I'm not really a lawyer!
29 January 2013 @ 04:00 pm
Hi I'm here to yell about things and those things are as follows:

1. the flaily parts of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

2. the sad parts of The Lydia Bennet vlog

3. BJ AND MINDY BEING SOUP-SNAKES AND MARRIED AND THE WORST

4. I have a coffee date with a guy from OKCupid tonight and his name is the same as my long-time high school crush/current gay best friend and it's weirding me out a little

MOSTLY THIS GIF THOUGH. 
LEANING INVOLVES WANTING
no, really, LEAVE ME HERE TO DIE, I CAN'T GO ONCollapse )

Speaking of twitter, you guys, let's talk about the transmedia experience of the LBD. Honestly, this shit is so endlessly fascinating. Like, we haven't seen Fitz on screen or really even mentioned since late October (not counting yesterday's costume theater, obviously) but he's BLOSSOMED on twitter. It helps that he interacted with Gigi before she was ever on screen, but, like, there's a whole #TeamFigi thing that's come out of this and even did a little bit before we saw Gigi. AND IT ALL FEELS REAL, like, sorry for bringing up the Disney kids again, but it feels like Gigi and Fitz and Lydia and Wickham are all ACTUAL, REAL PEOPLE, having ACTUAL, REAL CONVERSATIONS on twitter, and it adds a WHOLE OTHER LEVEL to the experience. I'm not even counting Saturday's pictures (though obviously THOSE WERE THE BEST, see: my new icon) but Lizzie's tweet before they headed out had the hashtag #excited and Darcy tweeted her after their outing that it was "our pleasure" to show her around, and Fitz and Gigi's conversation that led to more Darcy pictures, like, it was like watching something in real time! 

And obviously this isn't something new: I've been following Erin and Ryan and Kelly from The Office on twitter for a couple years now, and right after Community started I think I was following most of those character twitters for a while, but this is like a huge, canon-related undertaking, kinda like the "next time on Arrested Development" in that they are not directly involved in the episodes but everything that happens in them is canon. IT'S JUST SUPER COOL AND I LOVE THE IDEA, I guess. Especially now that TV ratings are going to have twitter/social media buzz taken into account (Vampire Diaries broke records this week while their actual ratings went down) this feels kind of like a wave of the future, I almost wish I were in school right now so I could write a report on this or something (though I feel like a lot of that would just be random keysmashing about feelings I have and what could Pemberley Digital mean by their big exciting announcement this week?). 

Oh yeah, you know who else is the worst on Twitter Mindy and BJ. Collapse )

Anyway. I've been on OKCupid for a while and almost met up with a dude about a year ago, and then I got fired and felt like doing nothing and ignored OKCupid for a while, and then just a few weeks ago I started responding to messages and now one of the dudes I've been talking to invited me out on a coffee date tonight and his name's Don and I'm nervous but also not but also YES and it's driving me a little crazy. 

Also tomorrow I have plans to go to the comic shop for a signing of the next Hawkeye comic and for some reason I'M FREAKING OUT ABOUT THAT TOO, I wish I had someone who could go with me. :(

Plus I'm still slowly working my way through Everwood; I've finally picked up Photoshop again, though I'm still not great at it or anything; I applied for 8 jobs yesterday and 6 today; but really, my life is Lizzie Bennet Diaries and that one quote from While You Were Sleeping about leaning (that gif is saved as LEANING INVOLVES WANTING because I am who I am.
 
 
Current Music: is it a day that ends in y? then Mumford & Sons
 
 
Joke's on you, dummies, I'm not really a lawyer!
*Here's some emotional rambling, to start us off.Collapse )

* So, that's where I'm at right now. My life feels like a complete and utter shambles in real life (for instance: I left the house today to go to the library to try to figure out how to print something out, but was too nervous to talk to anybody so instead I just got some books and left? Which is weird because I don't usually feel like I have social anxiety but stuff like that has happened a lot more in the past year), but fictional characters, man, wow, they're great! 

* Also on Thursday, I started work on my Mindy Jones' Diary (or, The Mindy Project, if you want to use its actual, dumb name) spec script that's actually just me writing a great guest spot for Chris Evans (sample dialogue: "He was totally flirting with you, Dr. Lahiri." "He was, right? That's crazy, he looks like Captain America!") even though the number one rule of a spec script is to write a typical episode of a show. SPOILER ALERT: THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM WITH THE MINDY PROJECT IS THAT THERE IS NO TYPICAL EPISODE OF THE SHOW. It is actually all over the place, and I hadn't realized it until I started thinking about this script in a real way. So I decided, fuck it, and I'm writing an episode where Chris Evans is the brother of a patient, he flirts with Mindy a shit-ton, she thinks he's the dad and it's really skeevy but then after the baby's born the mom says he's her brother so Chris Evans and Mindy make out. IT'S BASICALLY MY DREAM MINDY PROJECT EPISODE, so I figured why not ACTUALLY write it? Now I just have to finish it. 

* I'm hoping to finish it before PaleyFest, which I just bought tickets to today! It was way too expensive, especially for someone who doesn't have a job, but they just raised the limit on my credit card so I thought I'd be irresponsible. I'm going to the Parenthood, Mindy Project, and New Girl panels, because I love those shows, there's a possibility Lauren Graham (my dream fictional mother for 12 years) will be there, even though Mindy's not doing a great job running her show she's still essentially one of my idols, PLUS she is in fact a female showrunner, as is Liz Merriweather over at New Girl (and they have SO MANY LADIES working on/writing for that show, which is THE BEST), PLUS Messina and Jake M. Johnson are almost definitely going to be there, so why shouldn't I spend $35 on tickets? That's my reasoning, anyway. 

* Let's talk about some of those fictional characters that are essentially saving me these days First: Lizzie Bennet DiariesCollapse )

And then yesterday Shameless was on!Collapse )

* Okay, well, I think I'm going to watch one of the numerous Showtime movies I taped during the free weekend, maybe eat some boiled peanuts (one of my faaaavorite things from home; it was IMPOSSIBLE to find raw green peanuts during peanut season this summer, but last week I went grocery shopping and Ralph's had bags of raw peanuts and yesterday I boiled them for hours and hours because you're supposed to soak them first but I didn't do that but anyway they came out a little too salty but also PERFECT), and then tomorrow I'm going to a screening of The Heat, that new Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy movie, because I no longer have to work on Tuesdays, so why the fuck not. 
 
 
Joke's on you, dummies, I'm not really a lawyer!
Happy 2013! I rang it in by coughing and being hopped up on cough medicine and antibiotics for an ear that was "about to blow up", whatever that means. It makes everything kind of sideways and earlier today I felt like the walls were breathing!

My hope is the superstition that says whatever you spent New Year's Eve doing is how you spend the New Year is wrong, because that's a shitty year. But I was sleeping at midnight, so maybe I'll finally get sleep this year (I doubt it).

Anyway. Would you like to hear about my year that was?

It's behind this cut.Collapse )

In conclusion, it wasn't a great year, but maybe some good things happened. Next year should be better (as long as jobs are kept and cars aren't broken into). Also, I REALLY WANT TO SEE THIS IS 40 and I don't understand why it hasn't happened yet.
 
 
 
Joke's on you, dummies, I'm not really a lawyer!
+ Hey, what's up guys?! Some of you are on the East Coast, I know. I hope you have power, and barring that, have books and card games and people to play said card games with! I feel like my twitter feed and tumblr dash are basically just pictures of New York City without power. 

Oh, but also, global warming is NOT a thing, of course. 

+ I'm really excited to vote this year. I've only voted twice before: once, at an actual polling place in Mississippi right after I got my voter's card, when my mom basically told me, "Vote for this guy, I wanna work with him. Don't vote for this dude, he's stupid and I don't wanna deal with that." (the joys of small government!) And then I voted in 2008 by absentee for Obama. This year I get to vote in a major election at a polling place, and I'm just super into it!

+ November's actually turning out to be a really exciting month. First there's voting, then 2 days later my mom's coming into town, and we're going to see The Monkees at the Greek theater and Book of Mormon at the Pantages, and then two weeks after that is Thanksgiving, and my whooole family's going to be there and it's going to be at my mom's house, so I don't have to spend hours in a car, and I get to help make dessert, and then two days after I get back from that THE JONAS BROTHERS ARE GOING TO BE GIVING A CONCERT AT THE PANTAGES???? I've already made plans to buy (the cheapest, if you can call $63 including fees cheap) tickets with a friend, AND SO I'M GONNA GO SEE THE JONAS BROTHERS AND I'M PRETTY EXCITED. 

So yeah. November seems great. 

+ TV is a thing! I watch it! Homeland makes me so tense that I just. I just can't. What are words? I also spent the weekend watching Jonas, and the first season was as great as I'd remembered (maybe greater: Nick: Brothers don't let brothers make fools of themselves. Kevin, I'm sorry I've let you down for so many years.) and the second season is as bad as I remembered. But I am prepared to power through!!! (the first episode of the second season had Emma Roberts. Just. No.)

+ And how are you today?