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 0Posted on Feb 22nd, 2013 | re: Enter The Videogum Oscar Pool! (75 comments)

Best Picture: Argo
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Best Original Song: “Skyfall,” Skyfall
Best Animated Feature Film: Brave
Best Foreign Language Film: Austria: Amour
Best Director: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Cinematography: Life of Pi
Best Costume Design: Les Misérables
Best Documentary Feature: Searching for the Sugar Man
Best Documentary Short: Mondays at Racine
Best Film Editing: Argo
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Best Original Score: John Williams, Lincoln
Best Production Design: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Best Animated Short: “Paperman”
Best Live Action Short: Curfew
Best Sound Editing: Argo
Best Sound Mixing: Les Misérables
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi

 +5Posted on Jan 31st, 2013 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (140 comments)

Work is definitely kind of key. I honestly meet a lot of people through the internet – The Hairpin has a pretty active group of commenters in my city and we have outings (I run the book club!). But I think if you live in a place that has readings or Nerd Nites or those kinds of things that’s a good place to start. You definitely have to put yourself out there though.

 +13Posted on Jan 31st, 2013 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (140 comments)

Ashleigh I hope you feel better. Some random person on the Internet hopes you feel better, just so you know.

 +7Posted on Jan 31st, 2013 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (140 comments)

Wow I dunno if maybe this is the best thing I could say but I think you are pretty brave? I would be screaming and crying basically constantly.

If people stare at you just stare at them back.

If people ask you what happened either make up an awesome story (good mood) or say in a real cold, deadened tone, “I don’t want to talk about it.” (bad mood).

I am an expert at making awkward situations even worse so this is A+ advice, right here.

 +5Posted on Jan 31st, 2013 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (140 comments)

Holy shit what is wrong with that book and/or the person who wrote it?

 +14Posted on Jan 31st, 2013 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (140 comments)

Hi everybody!

So I did go to my doctor on Tuesday and got a prescription for the medication I decided to try not taking two years ago (DID NOT WORK OUT). She sent two prescriptions to my pharmacy on file so I could move myself from the low dose to the higher dose after a week, like you do.
I forgot I used to call this place “Terrible Pharmacy.”

They totally fucked up and only gave me the higher dosage so I haven’t been able to start my medication. I called my doctor all upset Tuesday night and she called me back from her personal house the next day and was like “I did it right, fuck your pharmacy, tell them to call me” so I did and then THEY LIED TO ME TWICE AND SAID THEY CALLED HER WHEN THEY DID NOT. So I called back AGAIN today and they finally called her and my doctor called me after she got off the phone with them and told me to never go there again. But I am about to leave work and go get my medicine yay!

Also a bunch of other cool stuff happened this week. I decided to go to New York for my birthday in May and that will be really fun. I started posting the diary I kept from ages 5-8 on Tumblr for Comedy Reasons. I started working on my neglected website project (I am trying to write again/more, mostly for my own amusement but maybe one day I will be famous for being Internet Hilarious) again. And–and sadly this is huge–I am a big fan of The Chris Gethard Show and FINALLY got through on the phones for the first time last night and it was kind of great. Everyone watch it once it is online and try to guess who I am!

 +1Posted on Jan 28th, 2013 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (188 comments)

This was amazing and thoughtful and every single time I even glance at it I start to tear up. You are an amazing person and I hope something wonderful happened to you the day you wrote this.

 +1Posted on Jan 28th, 2013 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (188 comments)

Thank you! I was able to call my insurer and get my member ID number so that was good. My old doctor agreed to see me tomorrow so I can get back on some kind of meds (right now I take anti-anxiety meds for panic attacks but it seems to just be helping with the panic attacks/intense social anxiety when I take them instead of just drinking until I am comfortable which, you know, always works out and actually intensifying the crippling depression I fall into after most social events). I made some plans for my birthday in May and resolved to try and do more creative things and just try to be more honest about my feelings in general. My friend asked me if I was going to a thing tonight and I told her probably not because I have been really down lately and don’t really feel like talking to strangers and that is, pathetically enough, kind of a huge deal for me to even say that to someone who is probably a close friend.

So basically doing this helped and all the little thumbs up and responses helped and that is why this site and its comment section are really, really great.

 +8Posted on Jan 24th, 2013 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (188 comments)

Here I am, night commenting literally this second! I also comment a lot before work, which is just weird.

 +14Posted on Jan 24th, 2013 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (188 comments)

Hi guys! I kept missing these because things were REALLY CRAZY while I was changing jobs but now I am basically settled although now I am also in grad school so I’m just busy busy. Things were going pretty great until Sunday when a bunch of emotional stuff I’ve been pushing down so I could get through changing jobs and starting school welled back up and I’ve just been getting more and more depressed. Today was pretty bad, I cried in my office a bunch for no reason and previously I had kept it pretty contained to the subway going home. I am trying to get an appointment somewhere but it’s unfortunately not as easy as getting help probably should be, especially when people just have to take it at your word that you have insurance because you just started a new job. Finally I called my old doctor who I never really liked and the front desk was all weird about me not going there for two years. I will call a million more places tomorrow. It sucks to go through this in front of people who have known you for two weeks. It sucks to feel so bad about feeling bad that you don’t want to tell anyone.

Sorry to be sad, Internet, but vomiting this stuff out in total anonymity to complete strangers is weirdly therapeutic.

 0Posted on Jan 24th, 2013 | re: Parenthood Season Finale Open Thread (13 comments)

I actually thought two days ago was Monday (two days ago was Tuesday) and missed the episode and didn’t watch it until last night and I think a lot of people did that too and maybe that’s why this post only has 10 comments. ALL PARENTHOOD POSTS ALL THE TIME. PARENTHOODGUM.

Anyway, I think the show has always had problems wrapping up some of its storylines (remember “Jasmine and Crosby Suddenly Get Married”?) but this is maybe the first time it had such a hard time with so many of them. But I thought Kristina’s was fine and Drew’s (as much as he had one) was fine and Sarah’s was OMG GREAT, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. The Victor transformation was truly weird (although holy shit Sydney is turning into the biggest bitch on the planet) and Ryan/Amber was only bad because we never actually saw Ryan do any of those things he told Amber about (except harassing Joel into giving him a job). Overall, though, the rest of the season was super great and I am fine with everything.

 0Posted on Dec 12th, 2012 | re: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Is On Netflix Instant! (13 comments)

This is also VERY EXCITING for me as it was decided recently in our house to check this show out. That said, should we just plow on through from the beginning? Are there seasons that should be skipped (I feel like I heard there were a couple of bad seasons in there)?

 +9Posted on Dec 7th, 2012 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (146 comments)

I didn’t get to post this last night because I was busy with my bar trivia team coming in THIRD PLACE, YEAH! But I am so excited to share with everyone that I GOT OFFERED THAT JOB ON MONDAY. They are super excited about me and really want me to take it but they have to hold their horses because my current employer is making a counter-offer, so I feel like a really fancypants. I’m not going to take it (unless it is a million dollars and never having to work again), but it’s nice to feel wanted. And my boss was really cool about the possibility of me leaving and will not be a dick about it at all, I don’t think.

I am so fortunate in my life right now it is RIDICULOUS and I hope any monsters who are not having a good time of it can take my good fortune as a sign that they will have some in their life too, because my life has really, really sucked for about two years, I am not even going to get into it.

 +1Posted on Nov 30th, 2012 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (175 comments)

Thank you hotspur! I had to ride in a car with my boss to and from a meeting today and the potential awkwardness of THAT situation prevented me from making a bad choice.

THEN I got the call that my references were “glowing” (and one of my references emailed me to tell me that they asked “what they should do to make sure I stay with them long-term” which I thought was pretty awesome) and I am going in on Monday at 4pm for a final interview and basically if I do not fuck it up they will make me an offer. Conveniently, my boss is not in on Tuesdays and I have a meeting already scheduled with him on Wednesday. Erm, to discuss my job. Sorry, guy.

 +10Posted on Nov 30th, 2012 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (175 comments)

I missed this post yesterday because I was in a FOUR-HOUR interview where I was interviewed by eight different people, which should give you an idea for how my day was. This was the surprise phone interview people and it went REALLY WELL. DISTURBINGLY WELL. I NEED TO FIGURE OUT IF I SHOULD WARN MY BOSS BECAUSE THEY ASKED FOR MY REFERENCES AND ASKED WHEN I CAN COME IN AGAIN AND SAID THEY WANT TO MAKE AN OFFER BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK.

I feel kind of bad because my boss is new (two months), I applied for this job two months before he came (when I promotion I had been asking about for eight months got nixed), but he actually seems really interested in giving me what I’ve been asking for, so sorry guy? Which is why I’m thinking about telling him now instead of when I get the offer. Ahhh I don’t know, monsters! Also I am ridiculously fortunate to be in this position when so many people are stuck in jobs they hate/not having jobs.

 +7Posted on Nov 16th, 2012 | re: Thursday Night TV Open Thread (59 comments)

On the contrary, I want to smash the head of everyone who is keeping me from my boyfriend Ben Wyatt.

 +7Posted on Nov 16th, 2012 | re: Thursday Night TV Open Thread (59 comments)

I am in more of a Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead situation regarding this matter.

 +7Posted on Nov 14th, 2012 | re: How Was Everyone’s Day Today? (102 comments)

Oh good luck! I did this very recently and I promise you it was really not that awful. My interviewers at least kind of acknowledged they were asking me to do something difficult/stressful and were extremely nice.

 +11Posted on Nov 14th, 2012 | re: How Was Everyone’s Day Today? (102 comments)

Job interview saga update! My friend who works in the department I interviewed twice with emailed me to secretly tell me: 1) they have it down to two people and I am one of them and B) the hiring manager had to go on a sudden leave for personal reasons and they are putting off the hiring process for 6-8 weeks! Prior to learning this, my very new department head kind of told me he wants to rewrite my supervisor’s job description and give it to me (supervisor left due to serious illness nine months ago), so I was really not looking forward to the whole new job vs promotion thing anyway, so….

Horrible Coke ad update! It’s gone! Hooray!

Man, I was so glad Parenthood was finally back this week. So good! Rageful Adam is just the best. So surprised that Julia’s strange parenting plan of the week worked out for once!

 +4Posted on Nov 8th, 2012 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (145 comments)


I am so glad your pups is doing better!

 +5Posted on Nov 8th, 2012 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (145 comments)

I had ONE THOUSAND meetings today (1,000 = 4) but they were all pretty good. The one bad thing was my tights got a run on my way to work so I had to take them off and throw them away in the bathroom and since we just got Nor’eastered going home bare legged was less than great. The most hilarious part of my day was finding out I have my own personal travel budget, by virtue of being the only person in my office/budget line. I wore my Halloween costume shirt as a work shirt (Benedict Cumbercostume, you pay dividends!) and only one person noticed the slight fake blood stain I didn’t get out completely. I am going to drink a bunch of beers and watch Jonathan Banks on Parks and Rec soon, and right now I am going to watch the NBA on TNT because the combination of Shaq, Sir Charles, Kenny the Jet, and basketball commentary is an American treasure. The End.

 +8Posted on Oct 31st, 2012 | re: How Was Everyone's Day Today? (114 comments)

I am not in NYC or New Jersey so I honestly can’t complain THAT much but today was exhausting! Remember that second interview I found out about last week? That was today, and it was more of a presentation (by me) than an interview. By “more of” I mean that is exactly what it was, I had to prepare and give a presentation in the middle of the day in between doing my current job.

I actually thought it was a pretty cool second interview concept, but considering I have spent the past two days grading a hellish nightmare of an exam (after spending all of last week grading exams), it was kind of stressful. And I have a meeting tomorrow that I am completely unprepared for, hooray!

But the best part of the day was definitely the SURPRISE PHONE INTERVIEW for a job I applied to two months ago. Uhhh, great!

 +12Posted on Oct 25th, 2012 | re: How Was Everyone’s Day Today? (127 comments)

This week was so terrible until today! Today was fine. A meeting I thought was going to be awful was the opposite of awful! No one bothered me. I got called back for a second interview after telling myself I just didn’t get the job. And I have tomorrow off, and then it’s Halloween weekend yaaaaaaaay!

 +2Posted on Oct 19th, 2012 | re: What Is Your Pop Culture Halloween Costume? (78 comments)

I’m going as Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Holmes. We have the same hair! It is very exciting.

 +8Posted on Sep 23rd, 2012 | re: The 2012 Emmy Awards Open Thread (169 comments)