Thursday, May 31, 2012

Things I Love Thursday: I Want Candy!

You guys, I gotta be honest with you.  If you give me unlimited candy, I will literally make myself sick.  No, really!  It just happened.  I have no regrets!  I love candy.  Here are some of the best candies IMHO!

Peanut Butter M&Ms - Superior to Peanut!

Twizzlers - the ultimate movie candy!

Cinnamon Bears

Grapefruit Slices

Chocolate covered Sunflower Seeds

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

7 Things Link-Up #13!

Guess what guess what guess what!  It's Wednesday and that means it's time for Seven Questions with Gentri Lee!  And a goofy photo, from the American Museum of Natural History!  3,089 lbs?  I sure have let myself go...

1. If you were to start your own business, what would it be?
Ugh!  No thank you!  Having worked for many a small business, I would never, EVER have one of my own.  Sorry!  I've done corporate taxes, been responsible for payroll, played every role possible.  I hath not a business head.  I have a creative head.  Let me think up your jingles, or be a part of the team.  But I don't want to have to be the 24/7 responsible one for ANYTHING.  What a nightmare!

2. You wake up on the wrong side of the bed, do you embrace your grumpiness or try to fight it?

Apparently, I stomp around.  Eli and I laugh about it.  Whenever I'm in a bad mood, he makes Skipit imitate me - stomping around and then keeping perfectly still and then EXPLODING with rage.  It usually goes away by noon, though.

3. What's the very first memory you have?

I may be fabricating this memory out of a photograph, but I vaguely remember standing in front of a big, sunny window, holding my younger brother when he was a baby.  But that may have been concocted.

4. The world is ending, what do you do? Allow yourself to die? Fight? Hide? Etc.
I'd proudly hide!  I'm okay as long as I have Eli with me.  I guess I have separation anxiety?  But I always worry that something catastrophic will happen and I can't get ahold of Eels.

5. What is your favorite meal of the day?
Dinner!  Breakfast is when I have to eat something nutritious, lunch I'm lucky to get at all.  But dinner is awesome because I can do whatever I want!  I can cook something special, of just have a cheese stick and a spoonful of everything in the fridge.  Wooo hoooo!

6. How do you best learn? Visual? Listening? Hands on?
I'm really good at memorizing patterns, mnemonic devices, and gimmicks.  Or relate new information to things you already have memorized.  Like Nancy Spungen was found murdered the day after my dad's birthday in 1978?  Easier to remember if you already know the date!

7. What is your favorite joke?

Not sure if it's my favourite, but here's a good one:

Why did the hipster burn his mouth?

He ate pizza before it was cool.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Falling In Love Again

This is a photo of me from January 2011. The last time I enjoyed acting.

Or so I thought.

I've said before that it's hard to get excited about acting anymore.  There just isn't a lot of interesting work being done, at least as far as I have seen.  All the good plays, I thought, were OLD.  Not just that, but to quote a great, old play:  "Hell is other people."  The folks involved in the "business" were often shallow, dismissive, and self-centered.  Maybe the line should go, "Hell is other actors?"  Not to mention the main qualification people seem to be looking for in actresses is not talent, as I had hoped, but "hotness".  Every ad wants a "fit" or "athletic" or "model-type" actress.  It's not a job, it's a lifestyle choice - one that requires a BMI of less than 10.

But...maybe things are turning around.

Last week, I had the good fortune to attend a script reading for a new theatre group my friends are starting up.  I read scripts - lots of them! - some were meh, but some were really exciting!  I got to put on my "acting hat" and take on some characters...  The only way I could describe it is, it's like being a dancer, breaking both of your legs, then finally being able to walk without crutches again.  It was a glimpse of hope that someday, maybe, a part of me that was long missing could return.

Maybe some day, I'll be on the stage again...without the crutches.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Not Dead

Trust, I have been WAY busy this week. Follow my FourSquare account if you don't believe me! I am entertaining an out-of-town visitor! I started a new job! But don't worry... I've been taking pictures...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Fill in the Blank Friday #7

1.  The best surprise ever would be,  winning the lottery! I want money, doo doo doo, doo doo doo, that's what I want.  I mean, I'm totally happy.  But for the rent .

2.   Getting lost in Paris  is my most favorite memory .

3.  The hardest, but most worthwhile thing I've ever done was   move to New York City.  It's tough here.  But totally worth it.  If you can stand the smells.

4.  The best part of my day is   the coffee time.  I heat up coffee (or brew it fresh), recline on my sofa, rest it over my heart and inhale deeply.  The smell, the warmth, it's a gentle wake-up.

5. Something I like that most people don't is vegetarian food.  It's delicious!  There's just no meat.  Which most people DO like, but I DON'T.  To each their own.

6. Something I am willing to fight for is   living in New York City.  I've worked terrible jobs (done terrible things) but I am here and I'm STILL here!

7.  Something you might not know about me is  I never go to the movies.  I can always predict the ending in the first ten minutes ("Why is he acting like he doesn't know who Kaiser Soze is?  HE IS Kaiser Soze!") so I don't go.  Older movies sometimes trick me, so I enjoy them.  New movies are all the same.  TRY HARDER, HOLLYWOOD!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My Biggest Fan

Last Memorial Day, New York City had a MASSIVE HEAT WAVE!!!

Temperatures outside hovered around the 90's.  Inside the apartment, where the heater ran constantly despite our best attempts, temperatures were WELL over 100 degrees.  SO HOT!  Hot hot hot, miserably hot.  Too hot to sleep, which is the point of the story.

A little background:  sometimes, I'm weird when I sleep.  I used to sleepwalk all the time as a kid.  I'll often wake up kicking my legs violently, dreaming about falling down short flights of stairs.  On a couple occasions, I've woken up screaming (and scared the crap out of people, trust).  Story, resume!

After trying fitfully to get to sleep, on this hot hot hot night, I had some nightmares.  I don't remember, but apparently I talked to Eli in my sleep.  I told him I had a nightmare, that I was burning in hell.  According to Eli, I said the nightmare happened because it was so hot in the room.  He offered still-sleeping me to go buy a fan for the bedroom, and in my sleep, I thanked him and here's what he did.

Bitch called a cab, and rode to a Rite Aid in Harlem at 3:00 in the morning, bought a big electric fan, got back in the cab, carried it up four flights of stairs, plugged it in, aimed it at still-sleeping yours truly, and turned it on.

At this point, I woke up, noticing how suddenly cool it was, and asked, "Where did you get a fan?"  He told me what had happened, and after I stopped being furious with him for going to Harlem in the middle of the night, I was beside myself with thanks.

I think that guy likes me.  I might even go so far as to say...

...he's my biggest fan.
(the feeling is pretty mutual, too)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

7 Things Link-Up #12!

Wednesday again means linking up with Gentri Lee for Seven Questions!

First, the silly photo - of me in Amsterdam.  Eels was all "Get in the shoe!" but I was afraid of getting arrested by like, Interpol or something, so I just leaned on it quickly.  HE got in the shoe, and almost got stuck!  Lesson learned!

1. What's your favorite style for home decor?
Modern, all the way.  But cozy.  My big red couch is the perfect example.  It's bold and stylish but, as people say, it's the type of couch that sucks you in.  I love this couch.  It's like practically our only piece of furniture!

2. What is the best trip you have EVER been on?
Without question, that was my 3-week jaunt around Europe.  Starting in London, 3 days in Amsterdam (see photo!), 6 in Paris, 3 in Rome, 4 in Venice.

3. If you could have an exotic pet, what would it be and why?
I've always wanted a pig, kinda.  Hamlet, I would call him, because I have no shame.  A little cute curly-tailed piggie.  But I would be happy with a cute, curly-tailed PUG!

4. Do you snore?
I probably snore when I'm sick, but everybody snores when they have a cold...right?

5. Your car breaks down on the side of the road, what do you do?
Call for help?  I don't have a car anymore.  When my "car" breaks down, it's the A train, and it makes the NEWS!

6. What's one item that has been on your wishlist lately?
Hmm, I guess I should say "new jeans"?  I noticed the other day that there is a hole in my jeans along the back of the thigh, an inch above my knee.  I probably snagged on something and it ripped.  When I can afford luxury items, I will buy some new jeans. 

7. It's almost Summer, what are you looking forward to most?
I spend most of the year looking forward to my Grandmother's birthday!!!  Every year, the whole family gathers up in Buffalo and we all visit and have cake and swim and play card games and shop and sometimes there's fireworks and it's wonderful!  I'm so excited, it's still like two months away, but I can't wait!  I think I'm more excited about Grandma's birthday than about my own, the week after!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fifty Shades of Green

Since apparently the surest course to fame is erotic fan fiction, I have decided to tackle the subject myself.  And you, my loyal blog followers, get to have the first preview.  Enjoy.

Fifty Shades of Green

Chapter Three - Argh!

My eyes widened in fear, my breath caught in my breast.

"I...I could never..."  I stared into Samuel's cold, green, eyes.  He tilted his head, and I felt so, so small and petty in the presence of his manly manliness.  I thought I even caught a glimpse of sadistic sparkle in his smile.

"That is to say, I have never..."  I trailed off.  I could scarcely force myself to finish the sentence.

"So," Samuel chuckled, "You've never had green eggs and ham?"

My jaw dropped.  I'd never heard anyone talk so frankly about green eggs and ham before!  In spite of myself, I blushed.  I blushed at his boldness, and I blushed at my own arousal.

Samuel ran a hand down the edge of my cheek.  "You're blushing," he observed.  I turned my gaze downward, and wished he would too, so he would not be able to see through me so well.  Samuel had that way about him:  I could never keep anything hidden.  It was as though I was constantly naked in his presence.

"I've never really thought eggs and ham,"  I mumbled under my breath, still avoiding meeting his gaze.  If he couldn't see my eyes, I hoped, he couldn't see the truth in them:  that I had thought about green eggs and ham.  I had thought about it a lot.  But I could never admit that.  Not to Samuel.  Not even to myself.

"Then how do you know you wouldn't like them?"  Samuel smirked.   taking his hand off my cheek and brushing my hair behind my ear, he leaned in close and whispered tersely, "How do you know you won't love them?"

Even in the noisy restaurant, I could hear my own heart beat faster.  I didn't dare breathe, Samuel was so close to my face.

"I know you.  I know what you like.  You're like me," Samuel's whispers came faster and faster.  "You like green eggs and ham.  You love green eggs in ham.  You think about them all the time.  On the train.  On a plane.  You want them here..."  Samuel's finger drifted back across my cheek and lingered across my lips. 

"You want them there..."  his finger traveled across the neckline of my blouse and settled above my heart, which was beating so loud I worried he would even feel it.

"You would have them anywhere.  You want green eggs and ham.  And I...want you."

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mani Mondays - Hot Hot Summer

Summer is totally here!  Something about not being restricted by scarves and jackets unbinds one's lust for life.  Everything's busting with verve, excitement - and colour.  And so are my nails.

99 Hollaaaaa!

I've seen this meme popping up around blogland lately, and wanted to share my answers!  Copy, paste, play along!

1. Started your own blog 
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band - it was a fake band in a movie, but I was lead singer!
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightening storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train - if you can call it that, claustrophobic nightmare!
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason


64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square - duh cuz I live there

74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - ewww and I would never!
88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby - no, thanks!
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Let's Play Saturday! iPhone vs. Reality

Wow!  What a week!  Some ups, some downs, but I am SO ready to cut loose and relax!  The return of - dun-da-da-DUN! - Let's Play Saturday!

You know, sometimes I wonder how we ever lived before iPhones.  They make everything so much better!  Hmmm....let's analyze, shall we?


In my experience, real-life Pictionary is fraught with conflict.  Time limits, allegations of cheating, rampant corruption.  Draw Something keeps you honest!  However, the vocabulary to choose from is often repetitive and limiting...I've drawn "wedding" four times already.  However, you do get to CHOOSE your word in Draw Something, whereas Pictionary politics would NEVER allow for the choosing of a word! 



Words With Friends is a low-key, play-when-you-want version of Scrabble that seems to be WILDLY popular, meaning I just started playing this afternoon.  But really, can you beat the fun of those iconic wooden tiles?  Playing Scrabble makes you feel adult, and smart, and it's easier to cheat by insisting that Jlawl IS, contrary to your opponents' belief, a "real" word.



Get it while it's hot!  I just got this app FOR FREE for a limited time and man, it is ADDICTING.  I downloaded it just three hours ago and I've already played four games!  It's easy to play if you've played in real life first, though the interactive tutorial should make the game easy enough to follow for a beginner.  But the app wins, hands down!  No dealing with piles and piles of messy cards, or all those meddlesome little trains!  One game only takes a few minutes, and it's sooo gratifying!

WINNER:  TICKET TO RIDE!  (err...the iPhone version)

Play along!  Link up! 
How do you unwind/occupy your time spent in elevators?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fill in the Blank Friday # 6!

1.  Something that is very near and dear to my heart is   my scrapbooks.  Yes, physical books with photos!  It's awesome to see photos from college all the way up to last year in one place.

Being done with two job interviews in one morning  is good cause to celebrate .

 The most fun I ever had was  visiting Europe.  Whenever the sun shines, I think of springtime in Amsterdam.  When a chilly breeze carries the smell of flowers to my nose, I dream of Paris.  In the dreariest rain, I'm visiting Venice in my mind.  And in the most frigid cold, I recall the February I first went to London.

True friends are  unwavering in their support and they build you up after you've been cut down!

Something that makes me terribly happy is napping in the middle of the day when Eli's home.  We're both so busy, and never see each other, it's nice to forget all our worries (and catch up on sleep!) for an hour or two.
6. A good way to spend a sunny day is  wandering around New York City, taking pictures of the architecture and sneaking photos of cute dogs walking around!!

 My favorite celebratory food is  champagne - tres cliche!  I like a nice, sweet bubbly on New Year's, my birthday, and anytime we're kicking back!  It also pairs well with chocolate cake, hint hint!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Things I Love Thursday - Sniff This!

Confession:  I'm a total smell-o-phile.  WHAT?  I just like smells.  I think they...smell nice.  I can easily spend a day in a candle shop, or in the perfume aisle of Sephora.  You like smells?  Hang with me here, let's rap.

It's a highly controversial smell, but I love it.  Eels claimed to hate the smell of patchouli for months until I told him I wear Patchouli perfume.  He no longer slanders the good name of Patchouli.

Febreeze Spring Renewal
The only acceptable smell for sheets.

This incense comes from Pearl River Mart downtown, and takes you instantly to a place of relaxation. 

Baking cookies
Eels and I used to buy tubes of pre-made cookies and just bake up a couple every now and then from the tube, for the smell, and for the practical reason that if we were to make a whole tube of cookies at once, we'd eat them once.

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin and Spiced Cider room sprays from Bath & Body Works

Fall smells are the best.  I usually try to pull off my fall smells around my birthday, halfway through summer.  It doesn't feel good.  But it reminds me of pumpkin farms, warm sewing rooms, a new school year, Halloween, new beginnings, etc.  I suppose fall is always my favourite season, so it only makes sense that the smells of fall would be my favourites, too.

The strong smell of oregano coming from a pizza place or restaurant is sooo seductive.

What about you?
What do you smell like?
I mean...
What smells DO YOU LIKE?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

7 Things Link-Up #11!

Wednesday again and that means 7 Questions with Gentri Lee!  First up, the goofy photo:

...which was taken while I slept by my lovely boyfriend, Eli.  Apparently, I consented to having my picture taken, but when he offered to Instagram it from my phone, I politely declined.  I, of course, remember none of this.  But I DID remember to answer the seven questions!:
1. Are you a thrift shopper?
Thrift stores in NYC tend to be VERY expensive because thrifting is so trendy.  Used t-shirts are like $30 and up!  It's cheaper to buy them new and make them "used" yourself!

2. You just had a very bad dream, what do you do?
Wake Eli.  He always knows what to do.

3. What is your favorite flavor of Ice Cream?
I *love* Ben & Jerry's "What A Cluster"!  Basically any exotic flavors, like ginger or vanilla with weird ingredients mixed in, I'm always down to try new ice cream!

4. What do you do with your money? (spend it, save it, invest it, bury it, etc)
Pay my half of the rent, save whatever's left over.  The rest goes to public transportation and emergencies, like laundry and medicine?

5. What was the last quote or statement you heard that really hit you?
"I'm just a normal, functioning member of the human race and no one can prove otherwise!"  That's Mark Corrigan from Peep Show.  Don't we all feel like we're just trying to pass as normal sometimes?

6. What do you do when you're driving alone? (ex: dance, sing, listen to talk radio, etc)
Oh, I sing.  I miss that, singing in the car!  It's a great mood boost, to be able to get out your emotions and psych yourself up.  Sometimes sitting on the subway while people rock back and forth muttering next to you can be kind of a buzzkill.

7. Did you watch the premier of Bachelorette? If so, who was your favorite bachelor?
I've not seen The Bachelor...I don't really watch reality dating shows.  I know it's not popular to say, but I don't think love works like that.  I don't think you can just dump 12 dudes or 12 chicks in a petri dish, add booze, and one attractive stranger, swish it around with a swizzle stick, and wind up with true love.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Awesomely [BAD] Movies

Okay, so I'm gonna level:  I have been having what Eli has cheerfully described as "a string of bad luck."  I lost my mind in an interview, left my keys at home by mistake this morning, and of course, there's the haircut!  Overworked, Underslept, I could do with some escapism.  And that's when we turn to the movies.

I'm gonna tell ya, don't waste a dime on any of that crap Hollywood's churning out.  Mincing hipsters acting uncomfortable with adulthood?  Bleagh.  Michael Bay-directed 3D movie based on toys from your childhood?  Barf.  You'll forget these movies before the end credits are finished rolling!  Don't even bother.  Stay in and watch something you'll regret for the REST of your LIFE!

XANADU  (1980)
If you love the tackiest parts of the 80's without shame, this movie will put a song in your heart (ELO!) and give you reason to go on..."really believing"...and confirms what we already knew from Grease:  that Olivia Newton-John is a goddess.  Okay, a muse.  Whatever.

Source: via Scorpion on Pinterest

GREASE 2  (1982)
If you liked Grease, but wished there were more overt sexual innuendos, might I introduce you to Grease 2?  See if you can spot all three songs that are unabashedly about doin' it.  It's just as catchy, just as campy, and Michelle Pfeiffer plays the ingenue.  Genius!

You'll never be able to watch Sex and the City reruns in the same light again after you see Kyle MacLachlan violating Jesse Spano from Saved By The Bell.  If nothing else, you should pick up a few great dance moves...not that I recommend doing them all topless.

In what was to be the year of my birth, a comet passed too close to the Earth and turned all who witnessed it into coffee grounds.  And occasionally zombies.  Who's left to fight them?  A Valley Girl prostitute, her cheerleader sister, and an overdrawn stereotype named "Hector Gomez".  If you're one of those girls, like me, who sometimes can't decide between a horror movie and a chick flick, this is a really great compromise.

It's a sci-fi musical.  A SCI-FI MUSICAL!?!?!?  Geena Davis.  Jim Carrey.  A Wayans.  And JEFF GOLDBLUM.  There are makeover montages.  Dance battles.  And oh did I mention IT'S A SCI-FI MUSICAL?!?!  If you watch it once, I guarantee you'll come back again and again.  This gem sits in the Netflix instant queue to be watched anytime I'm feeling low.  Consider it my gift to you.

Source: via Marianne on Pinterest

This movie actually isn't bad at all - but it's AWESOME.  Geena Davis again, this time in a deadly assassin capacity.  When your significant other tries to convince you to watch Die Hard for the fourth time this week, try suggesting this movie.  It's amazing to think we don't have more action movies featuring fierce and kickass ladies, but if that's something you'd like to see, you will LOVE this movie.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

True Life: Bad Haircut

There are worse things in life. Far, far worse. But maybe the stress of juggling jobs, eating too many meatless corn dogs and too much Speculoos, and PMS made me go a little crazy today...

While getting a trim, I tried to communicate what I wanted to the stylist and I guess I did a bad job (Rule #1: always bring a picture) and four inches later I was all "Wait, WHAT?!"  leaving me with, ahem, much shorter hair than I intended.

Lady felt so bad.  She confessed "This isn't my best work" and promised me "I won't let you leave looking like this" (which almost makes it worse?  Isn't that like the dentist interrupting the drilling to say "Oops!") and said she wouldn't charge me, but I gave her tip money for spending so long trying to fix it. 

Then I ran home and cried. 

Yes, there are far worse things than looking like Dora the Explorer on meth for a couple of months.  And now I can laugh about it.  And post overly staged photos trying to make myself look pretty with short(er) hair:

Which, it turns out, looks longer when photographed from above!

Be real with me people...have you ever cried after a haircut gone horribly wrong?  Be honest!  I know at least one of my readers must have had a hair-raising bad experience. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Little Red Lighthouse

You guys, I hate to whine, but life is a mess for me right now.  Everything is up in the air, nothing is for certain, and it's all new and scary.  I've been working so much there's scarcely been a moment to myself.  Whine, whine, whine.

So yesterday, instead of waiting on the clothes in the dryer at the laundromat, I popped in 8 quarters and Eels and I took a walk down to the Little Red Lighthouse. Just under the George Washington Bridge, which is across the street from my apartment.

It was windy, sunny, and just warm enough not to need a jacket.  Watching the water flow calmly by was a nice reminder of how life continues to flow by, even while we're preoccupied by things like money and jobs and backstabbing and guilt.

No more words.
Just pictures.
(As it should be)

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