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Just this weekend past was HALLOWEEN!

I could tell you about it, but it is probably best summed up in photographic form:

SATURDAY NIGHT: Halloween Party

I was a Cheerio from Glee! Hooray!

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Hell yes we had fun!

SUNDAY NIGHT: Trick or Treating (31st October)
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We got redressed up and were ready for free lollies!

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Brittney didn’t want to go, she was so embarrassed by Janeen and I…

SCORE
But we hardly cared… We scored like a kilo each in treats! Success!

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And saw a puking pumpkin!

First All-American Halloweekend Status Report: Complete Success!

I wish it was Halloween every weekend…

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Thursday 12th August 2010:

On the morning of our final day in LA, Emily and I headed down to the Fashion District… It was in the downtown area and was certainly a little shifty, especially as it was still quite early when we arrived. We wandered around and scored a few cute bracelets and some cheap socks, wondering why the travel guides raved so much about this area if all we could see was dodgy iPod cases and plastic figurines… We quickly realised we hadn’t quite hit the fashion district yet, but were still in generic Downtown.

The Fashion District is great… if you like rummaging for hours, but we had done so much of that at It’s a Wrap, where everything was so incredible, that the so called Fashion District felt like a little bit of a let-down – although I did buy a pretty sweet-deal headband at one little store.

We wandered a little more before realising it was high time we found a bus, as we had to get to Paramount Studios for our tour!

This was easier said than done, although we eventually hopped on a bus that told us it was going to Melrose Place (where the studios are located). It did get there… after a million years of driving through the underbelly of LA. We were concerned we were going to be late, and after accidentally hopping off the bus a stop early, found ourselves sprinting to the gate as we didn’t want to miss a second of the tour!

Well the fates looked kindly upon us that day and we arrived with time to spare – allowing Emily to buy a coffee and me to find some water.

Our tour guide was from Ohio, and one of the first things he did was list of the shows currently filming at the studio, Emily and I only knew Glee, but this was ok because we LOVE Glee and the tour guide was more than willing to indulge our obsession, pointing out everything Glee-related. It was great too, because the rest of the group were pretty passive and didn’t really seem all that interested in anything – we weren’t sure why they bothered to show up!

We were taken around the studios, saw the filming of a television program, met an actor from a new show that hasn’t aired yet (turns out he was the nephew of one of the families in our tour group) and saw sets being dismantled and reassembled.

We saw where Marcia Brady had her nose famously crushed by a rogue football in the Brady Bunch, we saw where Norma Desmond famously said “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” in Sunset Blvd and we sat on the bench from Forrest Gump. We were also lucky enough to walk through the set of a new show starring Chevy Chase and saw a small section of Law & Order (or was it NSIC?) being filmed.

But this was not nearly as good as the fact that the Glee Gods blessed our sick obsession with a day full of Glee-filled moments: our first was when we saw a truck labeled “Glee”, which was shortly before LEA MICHELE (Rachel) cycled by on the pink bicycle often seen in the show.

We were thrilled enough with that that we didn’t mind if we didn’t see anything else as exciting… but as our tour guide was explaining to us how the studio used a carpark as a “sea” or “river” (in films such as Benjamin Button), the Glee Gods blessed us again first with a sighting of Dianna Agron (Quinn) and Naya Rivera (Santana), both in Cheerio’s uniform (spoiler perhaps? as Quinn was kicked off the squad), and then Cory Monteith (Finn) wandered past…

But that wasn’t the end of our jaw-dropping, squee moments, no. Mere minutes later, most of the rest of the major cast (Kevin McHale – Artie, Jenna Ushkowitz – Tina, Amber Riley – Mercedes, plus Other Asian) drove by in a golf cart, before running onto set.

Unfortunately Em and I couldn’t take photos, but those moments are burned into our memories so well I hardly care that there is no physical record.

The only thing that could have made it better would have been a Chris Colfer (Kurt) or Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) sighting… But I’m not complaining.

After that we joked about sneaking onto the Glee-set, but it is so tightly patrolled it would have been impossible. Oh well…

We continued the tour, saw Ryan Murphy’s office (with his Golden Globe in the window), which is located right where many Brady Bunch scenes were filmed, and heard lots of really cool stories about how they adapt different parts of the film studio (like office fronts and staff car parks) into movie sets with little or no effort. (The main carpark is used as the McKinley High carpark in Glee)

Our tour ended with our guide (and new best friend) showing us the exact bench that Principal Figgin’s sat on to film the Mumbai Air DVT socks ad… Needless to say Emily and I felt compelled to sit on the bench, and we got our photograph taken.

Unquestionably, our day was pretty freaking perfect… Until we looked at the time and had to run back to the hostel, grab our bags and run to the train station to get to the airport. Our feet, backs and legs were nearly destroyed by the time we made it to the airport.

We finally got on the airplane and watched the Disney Channel on our way to San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO: Thursday evening.

Our first few hours in San Fran was probably the lowest point of our entire trip. The directions to the hostel suggested the walk wasn’t very far… But they lied. It was right up ontop of some of the steepest hills in the city, and with our heavy bags, we struggled to make it to the top. It felt like a thousands years before Emily finally spotted the GREEN TORTOISE sign. We were so excited… only to find we had to get up three more flights of stairs with our shit. Thank god the people inside were so helpful. (I totally recommend the Green Tortoise Hostel, just don’t walk from the train, pay a bit extra and take the shuttle! Your back will thank you!)

After finally being able to dump our luggage, Emily and I wandered down the road into a little burrito shop… that served $6 burritos as big as our forearms. Neither of us finished.

We called it quits not long after, exhausted from everything about the day gone by. Goodbye LA, hallo SF!

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Glee, I love you, I really do. I can’t express my love for you enough… And the finale was perfect. I could not fault it! (trust me, I tried)

But Glee, for all the love I have for you, why must you make me want really ridiculous things?

As it is, I am trying to give up my headwear obsession… I have banned myself from buying anymore, as I just have too many! And yet you make it so difficult:

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I WANT A SAILORS HAT AND I WANT ONE NOW! I think that I would look particularly fabulous in one, much like Kurt does here. Oh Kurt, you may be a boy and I might be a girly girl, but your ladyfabulous style has undoubtedly inspired me! If I were a man, I would dress like you… Hell I’d wear alot of what you do as a lady! (Especially that see-through D&G raincoat – but I do believe that was you wearing womenswear, so you know…) Please be my personal stylist. 🙂 I know make overs are like crack to you!

I must begin the hunt for this fabulous new headpiece right now… Then we can be twins. 🙂

x

Glee!
We are nearly at the end of the first season of Glee… We saw the pilot episode in the middle of last year, and it commenced towards the end of the year, going on hiatus in December before returning to us in April of this year. It has been the greatest thing I’ve seen on television in a very long time, yet I have never found the time to blog about the amazingness that is GLEE? Honestly! I must be insane!

I watched the pilot whilst babysitting back in June/July last year, and was instantly hooked. It only took 45 minutes of television for me to know several things: Sue Sylvester was to become my new hero, Kurt was going to be who I measured all my future fashion choices against (despite my being a girl) and I was really going to end up hating Will Shuester.
I’ve since watched that pilot episode, oh… a million times, and it never gets old. Nor do any of the other episodes I watch on repeat, which is all of them.

Today I downloaded the second last episode in the series (Australia is a week behind America, but I am too impatient to wait), and was thrilled yet disappointed for several reasons. There is only one more episode to go and yet there are still a million questions to be answered, how will they fit them all in?

I don’t wish to make too many speculations, but I do hope that if nothing else, the whole issue in regards to Finn’s living arrangements (was he allowed back into the Hummel’s house after he stood up for Kurt or what?) are cleared up. I do love any appearance by Burt Hummel, and this is no doubt the best excuse to bring him back one last time before the big break.

So anyways, with one last episode yet to air, I feel it is my duty to wrap up the best of what has been possibly the greatest show to come out of America in what seems like forever: (Seriously America, you give us so much shit tv, take note from Glee and other shows like Gossip Girl, Greek, Full House and 30 Rock: we don’t like your reality tv show crap, be gone with it!)

In the beginning: Hooray! We meet the people we are going to love (even if we hate them). Sue Sylvester and her Cheerio’s blow our minds with their insane cheer routines, and we hear the first of many iconic, politically incorrect lines to come out of Sue’s mouth: You think this is hard? Try being waterboarded, *that’s* hard! Sue, you are my hero. And the new Glee club are assembled by Mr Shu (who annoys me): the perfectly-irritating-leading-lady Rachel, the-super-closeted Kurt, the initially-slightly-creepy Tina, the loud-mouth-stereotypical-black-girl Mercedes and the weird-kid-in-the-wheechair Artie. Plus, the awkwardly-adorable-jock Finn is roped in to round of the six. (Five and a half if you ask Sue!)
Of course, little do we know (except we do know!), that the world of William McKinley High is about to be turned on its metaphorical head. Also they sing ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ which becomes an insta-classic all over again! It was all-round fantabulous and I was ready to give into my new found addiction.

So Glee was now upon us, we would see New Directions perform a shockingly grotesque rendition of Push It, to try and get more members.
We’d see both Terri and Quinn fall pregnant, except only Quinn’s was real and Terri plotted to get Quinn’s baby – which wasn’t Finn’s, it turned out.
We’d see Kurt come out of the closet to Mercedes and then his father, which was super cute.
We’d see Rachel try time and time again to climb metaphorically into Finn’s pants – only to be sabotaged by Quinn and Kurt. We’d be sad for Kurt, cos Finn would never love him.
We’d initially be worried by the appearance of Quinn, Santana, Brittany and Puck… only to be won over by them quite quickly (mostly cos Puck has a nice body).
We’d see Mr Shu try to start a boy band, but realise that he loved teaching and Glee more.
We’d become infactuated by Emma, mostly because of her OCD.
We’d be so proud of Kurt when he ‘auditioned for the role of kicker’ and helped the football team win, with a little help from Beyonce. (That was a favourite!)

HELL! We’d see lots of things! I’m not gonna list them all! What I will be doing is rewatching every episode and blogging a short piece on it. I hope this helps in getting us through the long-haul wait for the second season.

But for now, we await the season finale. Ryan Murphy, please don’t let us down!