January 30, 2013 § Leave a Comment
After seven years of making me laugh on a weekly basis, 30 Rock is ending. Tina Fey’s masterpiece (yes, I think it deserves that title) and my blog’s namesake will have a one hour season finale tomorrow night. Only a few TV shows have made me laugh in a way that 30 Rock did; including Arrested Development and The Simpsons in the mid-90s. I will really miss this show.
There’s nothing left to do but drown your sorrows in some classic 30 Rock moments on Youtube, and join me (physically or via text message) tomorrow night in watching the series finale at 8:00.
Chocolate chocolate chocolate ack!
Happy Valentine’s, no one:
P.S. did anyone else almost tear up last week when Kenneth became President of NBC and Liz adopted mini Tracy & Jennas? No? Just Me? G.D., I love that show.
October 10, 2012 § 3 Comments
Yesterday’s birthday was wonderful. Having a birthday on a Tuesday kind of takes the pressure off, you know? Instead of planning anything huge for it, I used my day to its full potential, concentrating on doing what I wanted to do instead of what I should do.
I woke up at 6:30 to get ready and head into Midtown for Grind’s “Rethink the Interest Graph” at 8:00, which was a talk about online social media content. Noah Brier spoke while I sipped Intelligentsia coffee and ate a bagel.
I decided to take the 7 train home specifically because I’ve been meaning to take photos of the group of buildings it passes in Long Island City that are absolutely covered in brightly coloured graffiti. Gotcha!
Daytime was work as usual, but broken up by constant Facebook comments, Tweets, Instagram posts, emails, and phone calls wishing me a happy birthday. You guys sure know how to make a birthday girl (or should I say lady? 31!) feel special. Also thanks to Starbucks for my free birthday drink and don’t mind my yoga hair-do.
Nick came home early to make me feel even more special. Roses!
A Howard Wolowitz bobblehead!
A Kate Spade wallet!!!
And then we ate pizza.
One of my favourite birthday gifts was just this video of my niece and nephew sent from Jenn. I mean….!!!
I wasn’t called a cougar this year, but what a great birthday. The celebrations continue tonight at a Yankees game as we head into Nick’s birthday tomorrow!
August 10, 2012 § Leave a Comment
The first time I heard Mitch Hedberg‘s goofy observational stand up was driving in a car with my friend Amy Taylor. He was the first comedian I ever wanted to listen to full albums of; his style definitely spoke to me as a silly girl in her early twenties who liked to laugh. At one point, I was listening to him so much at work that I started to talk like him. Unfortunately, by the time I got into him he had already died so I never got to see him live. Lucky for me, he released three comedy records and every once in a while, something like this video pops up.
Lynn Shawcroft was married to Mitch for the last six years of his life and seems pretty funny herself. In this mini-documentary, she remembers some of his quirks, shows us some of his many notebooks, and tells us his secret to writing: write down anything funny and don’t be lazy! Makes sense.
See also: The Mitch Hedberg Joke Collection!
May 1, 2012 § 1 Comment
For those of you wondering how the World’s Largest Rainbow Parade went, let me tell you – in photos!
We gathered under the Manhattan Bridge to prepare.
Jessi Arrington, parade founder, gave us a pep talk and went over the parade protocol.
Jacob Krupnick of Girl Walk All Day got his camera ready to film.
Soon, we were in rainbow order and escorted by police to the Brooklyn Bridge, where we began our march.
Shortly after this photo was taken, my camera strap came off and my camera went skidding across the bridge. I put it away until we crossed after that. Luckily it’s fine except for a few dents.
This is what we looked like from an apartment balcony. (Photo)
Thanks for getting a picture with me in it, Underground Dining NYC!
The record was a success! 179 people dressed head to toe in a solid colour marched in the World’s Largest Rainbow Parade.
Sure, it’s an activity you could have easily completed in kindergarten, but what a fun and funny way to spend an early Saturday afternoon. The best part of the event was seeing strangers’ surprised smiles as we passed them on the bridge. I was expected far more annoyed bikers and walkers, but everyone seemed to be genuinely happy to see us! Who says New Yorkers are grumps?
April 24, 2012 § Leave a Comment
This event is free and open to people of all ages and will kick off in DUMBO’s Brooklyn Bridge Park at noon. Dress in your favourite colour of the rainbow and be prepared to march across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan behind a marching band, while dancing and waving flags.
You might remember my enthusiastic post about the Creative Mornings Rainbow Parade I participated in in November – well this one should be even better! I hope to see you there – I’ll be green :)
February 22, 2012 § Leave a Comment
The new HBO series, “Girls”, looks hilarious! Judd Apatow is producing and I’m crossing my fingers that this show has a longer life than his previous ones I loved, Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared. We may even see some of the same characters – it looks like Hannah’s mom is played by Becky Ann Baker, the mom from Freaks & Geeks!
The series kicks off Sunday April 15 at 10:30pm EST.
February 3, 2012 § 2 Comments
My brother and I see eye-to-eye on the topic of pants and working from home.
Also, despite my brother’s lack of pants, he’s a great animator and creator of digital graphics. Check out his reason for working for himself here.
December 31, 2011 § 2 Comments
Happy New Year’s Eve! As Nick and I prepare to do our traditional New Year’s watching of “When Harry Met Sally” and make/share our lists of goals for 2012, it seems like a perfect time to look back on 2011. Even though this year seemed to fly by, so much happened!
- After the holidays, returned to work at Insound to find approximately a trillion online orders for the new CAKE album that had to be processed and sent out
- It snowed and snowed and snowed
- I spent most of my mornings holding on to the iron gate below so I wouldn’t slip and fall on my way to work
- Nick and I attended our first New York Knicks basketball game, which was a ton of fun.
- We celebrated our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple at – where else? – Peter Luger!
- I changed positions at Insound from White Label to Fulfillment.
- The Japan earthquake and tsunami bummed me out
- After a few weeks at my new job, I started to experience serious leg pain. Turns out, my hips and knee joints were inflamed from over use. My body was very unhappy with my new job, working in a warehouse and running around all day. I started to get hives and thought I had shingles!
- Needless to say, I gave my resignation. I need legs more than I need discounted records.
- I planned a trip home to Canada the weekend after my last day at Insound. I needed some family, friend, and Canada time, big time!
- Coincidentally while in Toronto, my old employer of 6+ years, The Agency Group, was throwing themselves a 15th anniversary party! I was invited and of course I went.
- An old coworker from The Agency Group who now manages bands got a hold of me and hired me to do design, web, and social media for one of her clients, USS!
- I also started doing a freelance wedding planning assistant job for an older couple from New York
- By April, my freelance work was really coming along and keeping me busy. I stopped applying for other jobs.
- Experienced the best “April Fool’s Joke” ever – Elvis Costello playing three of his best songs before The Strokes hit the stage at Madison Square Garden!
- Nick and I moved into a fantastic new apartment, just one block away from our old one. Check out our sweet “box blinds” above!
- I attended my first of many Creative Mornings in DUMBO
- Started doing Ashtanga yoga, instead of the usual Vinyasa, and fell in love with it. Have been practicing 2-4 times a week ever since.
- Celebrated Cinco De Mayo with Kate and some Mexican wrestlers
- Kate & I continue our fun by attending a Seychelle’s party. We drink free vodka, eat a free dinner, then later pay $25 for a glass of champagne, justifying we would have normally spent more than that anyway!
- My sister, Jenn, comes to visit for a weekend. I take her to Babycakes for gluten-free treats, Risotteria for gluten-free dinner, then help this hard-working mom get drunk for the first time in 7 years on red wine!
- I attend Smorgasburg in Williamsburg and fall in love with all the food stands
- June’s Creative Mornings helps get me a few other jobs when I meet Mark from BCS Interactive while waiting for the lecture to start. We nerd out on fonts, design, and then he and his partner Lou hire me to do Social Media for some of their accounts.
- Julia and Jay visit, Nick and I get to feed them all our favourite things. Of course, this includes another trip to Smorgasburg.
- Nick and I spend the 4th of July weekend in Lancaster, PA with Nick’s Dad
- Went to the beach in Long Island a few times and actually got a tan
- Nick and I fly up to Toronto, just in time to experience the hottest day ever! Luckily, we later go up to my parents’ cottage and swim in the river under the shady trees for relief.
- While in Toronto, we celebrate our first wedding anniversary
- Canada’s NDP Leader Jack Layton passes away
- Courtney and Jesse move away to Atlanta
- In preparation for mine & Nick’s trip to Europe at the end of August, I read an entire guide book on Paris and create the most-organized and complete trip itinerary of my life.
- Attend limited-time dumpster pool party “The Palms” in Long Island City with Olivia.
- I read most of The Girl Who Played With Fire on the plane, train, and our Parisian balcony and decide there’s something to this novel series.
- Nick goes on his yearly “man beach trip” with his best friends so I decide to treat myself to a bonus Canada visit
- Get to attend Julia and Jay’s engagement party while in Toronto
- I manage to get a ticket to one of the unattainable, sold out in 31 seconds Radiohead shows in New York. Go to the show solo, but end up chatting with Rolling Stone’s David Fricke.
- We mourn the death of Steve Jobs
- Julia and her two other bridesmaids visit, I finally have an excuse to go to Lovely Bridal shop and watch her try on dresses
- I luck out and get another trip to Toronto! My fourth of 2011. It’s a quick one though, just two days, but still enough time to see two shows, friends, and a family dinner at a steakhouse.
- While we’re in Toronto, New York gets a freak snowstorm! The snow melts in approximately one day.
- Nick and I finally try out the Grand Central Oyster Bar
- I take part in a Rainbow Parade
- We finally get to see Louis CK do standup live during the New York Comedy Festival
- We spend Thanksgiving at home, celebrating with a trip to Central Park, another Jim Jeffries comedy show, and turkey tacos for dinner
- I realize now that I work freelance from home, I have no Christmas parties to go to! Then I get invited to The Agency Group NY’s party. Phew!
- Nick and I go to Lancaster for an early Christmas to visit his Dad. We scope out the mall, find Simpsons DVDs on sale at a music store, and the biggest assortment of gummi candy ever!
- We go see the Rockefeller Center tree a mere 3 days before Christmas and it’s a mob scene!
- Fly up to Canada for Christmas with the family. Spend 4 out of 5 days living in a cabin in the woods and have 5 moose keep us from being able to get to the grocery store.
How was your 2011? What was the best part?
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