Geek Out

I try to keep this blog professional (-ish), fun, and entertaining.  I try not to spread the geek on too thick, but it happens sometimes.

Like tonight.

I met Wil Wheaton today.

He was on the lot again to tape an episode of the funniest comedy on TV (The Big Bang Theory) and I ran into him (and Bill) outside the commissary while on a dinner break.  Bill and I are old acquaintances, so we fell into easy conversation, with Wil interjecting every once in a while (I agree, Wil, Tim Burton’s Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is a classic).

It wasn’t a long conversation, I didn’t even properly introduce myself to him (hi, Wil, I’m Emily!), but in those few short minutes, I learned a lot about him.

He’s very sweet: he was on a well-deserved break after 5 days of rehearsals and was about to perform live in front of an audience full of die-hard fans, but he took the time to just chill and chat with Bill and I.  No rush to get back to stage, no impatience, he seemed very content just to hang out for a bit.

He’s a super fan: he was following Bill around like a puppy.  Wil has proudly proclaimed his love for The Big Bang Theory on his blog, and I’m sure he’ll continue to do so for as long as the show is on TV and probably even after that.  Wil is a BBT geek. He was also, I’m pretty sure but my memory could be fuzzy, wearing some shirt that had something to do with sci-fi, computers, or science. I could be totally wrong, but I do remember that his knapsack thingy had an old-school seatbelt buckle.  He looked like a college student who was on the lot to shadow one of his favorite producers of his favorite show.

He’s cute: Yes, the man is, according to IMDb, 37 years old, but without the beard, he’d look like he was only 12. It’s strange for me to think that Wesley Crusher, the heartthrob of my youth, is all grown up, is a husband and a father, is playing evil incarnations of himself, but it’s all true.  He’s still handsome!

He’s a great writer: I already knew this just from reading his blog, but hearing him speak only confirms that he’s smart, reads a lot, and is a great writer.  I’d love to just grab a cup of coffee with Wil and pick his brain about writing.  Mostly, I’d ask him how he tricks himself into just starting (that’s my big problem).

In conclusion, Wil Wheaton is everything I’d hoped he would be.

Wil, if you’re reading this, I’m in the Eagle Rock area every weekend – let’s grab coffee sometime!

Whirlwind Week

Well.

Where to begin.

Last week was a crazy week.  Some major changes started happening at work (I don’t want to go into it here, but if you want to know, email me!), so it was nice to have two days off from work.

Wednesday:

Lunch at the Disney lot with my friend Heather was really fun. I actually spent about an hour and a half there. We accidentally walked through filming of a scene of Brothers & Sisters (look for me!) and accidentally walked into a screening of Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland.  We also ate at the commissary – always fun to eat good food with good friends.  And then, my favorite part, she took me the Lost writers’ office!!  It was magical. 🙂

After lunch, my aunt Lauri and uncle Dave from San Jose met me at Warner Brothers and we spent the afternoon poking around at Gilmore Girls and Chuck sets. They’re big fans of both shows, so it was fun.

The highlight of the day though was getting great seats to a taping of The Big Bang Theory that night.  A friend of mine (he’s awesome and shall remain nameless) got us seats to the show and we spent four hours busting our guts. It was seriously one of the funniest episodes of television I’ve seen in a long time.  I love this show!

Thursday was work again – bleh – but then I had Friday off!  Spent the day doing a lot of chores and errands, which wasn’t as fun. But at least it meant that my weekend was truly my weekend.

I had a great weekend with friends and family and Marvin (my new/used MacBook Pro).

This week has already flown by – turns out days spent working and nights spent with good friends makes for a quick week.

Tomorrow is Friday and I have plans to hang out with a friend until the wee hours of the morning, Saturday morning will find me running around the Rose Bowl, Saturday night I’ll be with my kids, and Sunday I’ll be running at Lake Balboa in the morning and church in the evening!

Whew!

What are y’all up to this weekend?

January, where hast thou gone?

Seriously, time flies!

January has been a crazy month.  I’ve done things I’ve never done before, like play broomball – it’s so much fun!  I’m still running – training for a half marathon and beating personal records.  I’ve also become a big fan of the dash – though I don’t think I use it correctly all the time. Katie, I should’ve paid more attention in college! 😛

Work has been tough this month.  Spiritually and emotionally, it’s not a healthy place for me anymore.  I’ve been really struggling, because I genuinely love my co-workers and manager, and the job itself is still fun.  But there are bigger, stronger things that are overshadowing the joy I have at work, and it makes me sad and sick.  I’m doing okay, still trying to excel at my job, nurture relationships, and love my colleagues.  But I’m also actively pursuing my true passion and calling – TV!  I’m hoping that pilot season gives me an opportunity to work on a TV show at Warner Bros.  Ideally? I’d LOVE to work on The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist, Shameless, Chuck, or Cold Case, in that order.  I just hate the wait-and-see part.

Luckily, February is here and things are already getting better.  Why?  Because Lost starts again in two days.

Finally!

This is the sixth and final season of Lost, and it’d better be a good one!  I have faith in the show though – I went to a panel with the writers/creators a while ago and just hearing them talk shop for a few hours told me that they are all over this final season and have great things in store for the show.

If you haven’t been watching Lost, then, well, that’s ok.  There’s still plenty of other great TV you can be watching.  To list just a few: The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist, Caprica, Community, Burn Notice, White Collar, Psych, 30 Rock, and of course, there’s always ER.

But Tuesday night at 9:00pm?  I’ll be watching Lost.

From Wil Wheaton

I grabbed this directly from Wil Wheaton’s blog. Enjoy!

“The Twelve Days of Pirate Christmas”

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me …

12 ships to plunder,

11 cannons firing,

10 crewmen leaping,

9 sharks a’ swimming,

8 rum-filled bottles,

7 lusty wenches,

6 jolly rogers,

5 gold doubloons,

4 eyepatches,

3 earrings,

2 wooden legs,

and a parrot for my shoulder – Arrr!