Halloweenies

October 31, 2011 § 6 Comments

Happy Halloween! Nick and I spent our pre-Halloween weekend in Toronto, visiting family and friends and seeing a few of his bands play for an incredibly enthusiastic crowd. Unfortunately, this means we missed out on any Halloween parties, but we’ve vowed to find a good party (or throw one) and dress up next year.

Until then, here are some weird and hilarious costumes from the past few years.

Me as a zombie, Sarah as a mermaid, Nathan as “Bad Brains” (?), and Karen slips into a children’s pumpkin costume

Perhaps my strangest role ever – Cheech Marin with Jayme as Tommy Chong

The year Angela and I just dug a bunch of weird clothes, wigs, and bronzer out of her costume trunk at the last minute.

Two of my favourite Halloween costumes ever: Chad cross-dressing figure skater and Julia’s worm!

I’ve seen so many good costume ideas this year including The Fantastic Mr. & Mrs. Fox, Toddlers in Tiaras, and more. What did you dress up as?

Also: Halloween or Williamsburg?

OWS

October 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

To those who are against or skeptical of the Occupy Wall Street movement: I think this excerpt will change your mind and help you understand what the fight is for. So much is broken. Let’s fix it before it gets even worse.

“…These are the goals the power elite cannot comprehend. They cannot envision a day when they will not be in charge of our lives. The elites believe, and seek to make us believe, that globalization and unfettered capitalism are natural law, some kind of permanent and eternal dynamic that can never be altered. What the elites fail to realize is that rebellion will not stop until the corporate state is extinguished. It will not stop until the corporate abuse of the poor, the working class, the elderly, the sick, children, those being slaughtered in our imperial wars and tortured in our black sites, stops. It will not stop until foreclosures and bank repossessions stop. It will not stop until students no longer have to go into massive debt to be educated, and families no longer have to plunge into bankruptcy to pay medical bills. It will not stop until the corporate destruction of the ecosystem stops, and our relations with each other and the planet are radically reconfigured.

And that is why the elites, and the rotted and degenerate system of corporate power they sustain, are in serious trouble. That is why they keep asking what the demands are. They don’t know what is happening. They are deaf, dumb, and blind.”

Read the rest of “This Rebellion will not Stop” by Chris Hedges in the Occupied Wall Street Journal.

[Photo: Occupy Wall Street on Facebook]

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

October 21, 2011 § 4 Comments

After reading her funny quips on Twitter and her hilarious recent New Yorker article, I have a feeling that Mindy Kaling’s new book will be the solution to “Bossypants” being too short.

Here’s the description:

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

What do you guys think? I love me a good slightly-neurotic, sarcastic, and funny read, especially when it’s by a lady! Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) will be released November 1.

Quitting your day job

October 19, 2011 § 4 Comments

Who hasn’t had a terrible job? If you’re not in one now, think back to that job you were forced to keep so you could pay your rent or advance your career. Remember how good it felt when you were finally able to quit? If you were like me, you politely handed in a letter of resignation and patiently waited out your last two weeks, knowing there was an end in sight. Well, this guy did things a little differently:

I don’t know this guy, but I love how excited you feel for him in the video. Also, this marching band should really go into the “helping you quit your shitty job” business!

Have you ever quit a job in a legendary way?

Pajama time

October 17, 2011 § 3 Comments

Fall is here and the cold weather is on its way. I will soon be spending more nights inside, watching movies with my husband in cozy pajamas with a glass of wine. My anchor-patterned Paul Frank pajama pants have finally fallen apart, so I’m in the market for some new ones. Here are some of my favourites…

Vintage Pajama Set – J Crew

Dot Boyfriend Pajama Pant – Steven Alan

Flannel Roll Up Pajama Pant – Gap


Chambray Sleep Pant – J Crew (my favourite, but they’re sold out!)

What do you wear to bed? Do you sleep in something you think I’d like? Please share!

Some hot cougars

October 10, 2011 § 2 Comments

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I was lucky enough to enter my thirties by celebrating with dinner and drinks alongside some great friends from both New York and Toronto! It was so nice to finally bring the two together and have new best friends meet old best friends. Thanks for coming out, ladies! And a special thank you to the teenage boy who yelled out his car window at us on our way home “Hey! You cougars are hot!”

Steve Jobs

October 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

After battling cancer for years, Steve Jobs has died. Many of us saw it coming after he recently resigned as the head of Apple, but it still comes as a shock. I personally find creative visionaries like Steve to be more exciting, relevant, and interesting than any rock star. For those of you who don’t believe the death of this man effects you, I have to say you are wrong. He changed the way so much of the media in the world works. He made other companies step up and improve by changing and adapting, not just repeating. I can only hope that there are some proteges Steve left behind who are ready to step into the spotlight and wow us.

R.I.P. Steve Jobs.

[Photo: Milton Tan Photography]

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