Sunny summer day in NYC. Long maxi dresses in the windows on Madison.
1. TX By Way of NYC
Every year, Pat Green plays a show in New York. Always a good excuse to round up the TX crowd and drink Lonestar. And then end up dancing ALL NIGHT.
2. Friends with Kids
Yes! See it. Good NYC rom com. Boys like it, too.
3. Hunger Games
The movie left me hungry. When I finished the book, I secretly wanted Rue to win the Hunger Games. When I saw the movie, I just didn’t care. But good work, Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks.
4. Da Silvano
Another amazing dinner. This is hands down, still my favorite Italian in NYC, and there’s outdoor seating. I had…wait for it…chocolate pasta with Boar ragut. Yes, this exists. Not sweet at all, but hearty. AND YUM!
5. Mad Men
Zoo be zoo be zoo…watch out, Draper. Make sure you read the weekly recaps at NY Mag. They’re poignant, and help pinpoint what gets you sucked into this show.
7. Austin, TX: Bachelorette!
I got back to Austin once again, although probably for the last time in quite awhile. This time the event was one of my best friend’s bachelorette party. I was honored to be asked to be a bridesmaid, and this weekend away was not only a nice vacation, but a great get away with the girls that has me even more excited for the wedding itself. There were dinners, dancing, karaoke, and a pontoon boat. The rest is for the books.
8. Supreme Court
The Supreme Court heard three days of argument regarding Obamacare, with D.C. folk lining up to sit in like it was the opening of Breaking Dawn, Part II. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, it will not only be a deciding factor in this year’s Presidential election, but arguably one of the more significant Supreme Court rulings of our time. The primary debate is over the individual mandate, that requires individuals to buy insurance and the constitutionality of this. And if this goes, what happens to the rest of the laws? Read up on this…
9. New Job
I made an internal move at my company into a new job! Woohoo!
I like a new boy. I also like a lot of iPhone cases (more on this in a future post), so let’s not get too excited. But he does make me feel like I’m living a teenage dream. Stay tuned.
IN YOUR EASTER BONNET
Spring is here! It’s still a bit chilly out, but nothing a trench coat can’t protect me from. And since I’ve learned from my last physical I’m vitamin D deficient (apparently rampant among New Yorker’s…does this make me an official New Yorker???) Here’s what Madison Ave. is looking like…COLORFUL and ready for Easter. Which I LUUUUUV. Since dying my hair red, I’ve been very drawn to brights. So these trends make for a stylish bunny basket. Enjoy the holiday weekend!
What’s amused me and what I am grateful for in February 2012.
The Harper’s Bazaar redesign is HOT. Loving fashion books in the larger trim size. The country’s oldest fashion magazine, and still an actual fashion magazine and not about fill in the blank socialite, is looking quite au courant.
Plus, the annual Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue. Working in mags, I’m picky about them for enjoyment purposes. Vanity Fair is still my favorite. I didn’t love this cover (I think it looks a little to faux), but love my girl Jessica Chastain and the general photography is gorgeous.
6. More on Movies
There are so many I’m looking forward to. Sundance reviews went down the last week of January, and here is what I can’t wait to see this year: Bachelorette, Shut Up and Play the Hits, Two Days in New York.
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9. Did I mention my mom was in town for TWO weeks? And there are four frozen mini meatloafs in my fridge? This is major.
10. It did not snow. Once.
Happy Happy, and onto March!
If you are a last minute shopper like me, and a bargain shopper like me (learn your lesson not use your credit card like it’s monopoly money during the holidays, NOW, twenty-somethings!), then you might be saying to yourself…Sh*t. I’m 24 hours from the first night of Hannukah and seven days away from Christmas. Fear not! See below! All $65 and under, but face it, you’ll have to eat the rush shipping or fight the in-store crowds (just swallow like a piece of chocolate gelt and move on).
I like these for year round ideas, but since we are obligated every December, here is a collection of the stuff that you don’t ever buy for yourself, but when someone else buys for you, you are SOOOOO happy you have it. These kinds of gifts are the best kinds, and inexpensive enough for you to get yourself a lil’ somethin’ for your troubles. Treat yourself!
FOR GOING OUT
As much as I am excited for my mom’s pumpkin cake for Thanksgiving, I am even more excited for The Muppets! Miss Piggy plays a high-powered fashion editor. From former movie star to model, to dating outside her breed, who doesn’t love tracking and admiring her career! Living in New York, I picture Miss Piggy…trying to make her return to Broadway.
Dear Wicked Producers,
Bonjour! Ca va? Now that some time has passed from our last meeting, I would like to revisit our discussion on my Broadway return as Galinda in Wicked. Once again, you have my apologies over the 2003 incident at the Russian Tea Room during our last casting meeting. While Page Six did seem to exaggerate the disagreement, it was wrong of me to have thrown the table while screaming HI-YAH!!! in response to your opinion that a pig could not play Galinda, and certainly a waste of delicious petite-fours. I believe in expressing my feelings at all times, unless you are trying to hide something. For the record, The Russian Tea Room has recently revoked their ban on myself and my entourage of kitchen rats, and I think Kristen Chenoweth, while quite skinny, was an excellent choice, and I enjoy her on Glee (the recipients of my next letter).
You may have noticed that I have returned to the big screen in the well-reviewed new film, The Muppets. New York Magazine kindly commented on how my previous work has stood the test of time. Furthermore, I have been part of a high-profile press tour. You might have caught my interview with the charming blonde tv host on her show, Chelsea Lately. I was the sought-after model of a stunning fashion shoot for In Style Magazine (who did not request I lose any weight, and the designers custom tailored gorgeous pieces to my size, which you should note to your costume department), and the Fug Girls (who I hear are hip) did a piece on my style evolution. I even inspired a shoe, which will hopefully resolve the issue of whether or not my hoof can support a glass slipper, ruby red slipper, or any kind of slipper required by wardrobe. I am a spokeswoman for MAC Cosmetics, supporting new beauty items inspired by Moi (please note to your makeup department, that MAC had absolutely no problem working with my allergies). While I at first thought it was invasive, but my people convinced me otherwise, Marie Claire wrote about what I keep in my purse. And while there has been ridiculous speculation about my relationship, Kermie and I are as strong as ever, and I would like to also formally submit him for the role of my love interest, Fiyero, even though he ends up with Elphaba (I think this would bring a powerful new meaning to “it’s not easy being green”). Clearly, my press is c’est bon. I even plan to write a book when I can find the appropriate writing attire and color coordinated pen. I am on twitter, which I don’t understand, but is more about my support of birds. But enough about my relevance.
I will briefly point out to you, ONCE AGAIN, my spectacular voice, as seen when we made out Broadway debut in Muppets take Manhattan. And let me say, ONCE AGAIN, that I am well-versed in the character of Galinda, having played her in The Muppets Wizard of Oz. While I realize this was for television, I did thorough research, including traveling to Kansas, and had flights been available to Oz, I would have traveled there as well, however my rats called every airline and it simply isn’t a real place. Most phone attendants even hung up on them. Hmmmph. Sadly I was overlooked for an Emmy, but awards? As I have said, what are awards? Mere baubles, mere bagatelles, mere brussel sprouts. I give no thought. And finally, let’s discuss my physical resemblance, ONCE AGAIN, to Galinda. My sparkling blue eyes. My blonde hair. I look great in pink and blue and taffeta, and the glove? I made the silk glove happen. And moi’s hair has natural curls, so does my tail. This should save pre-show prep time.
Most importantly, Wicked, is about a witch helping free animals from their cages, and allowing them the power of speech. As a speaking animal, I have always been a strong supporter of these rights. And the idea of my speech being taken away? Well, the horror. Although Kermie might approve! HAHAHHAHAAA! (Please note my knack for comedic timing). But in all seriousness, this musical will make a statement for animal rights, bringing the message full circle, by casting an animal. I am a pig, and as a pig, I have always stood out. Audiences will empathize more so than they have with your previous “actresses.” There is the satisfaction of providing your public with a vision of true beautology, true sytlisity, – how can I put it? – true glamorositude.
I look forward to further discussing the role, the complexities of portraying Galinda, and most importantly, my contract. I also welcome any gifts that may be sent to further entice me to agree to the role, especially working on Sundays, especially diamonds. I have long been waiting for a strong female pig role, and this is it!
P.S.- Enjoy the enclosed truffles!