Sunday, September 28, 2014

my 2014 to-do list: 8-month update


totally meant to do this like, in july, but oh well. umm ... it's almost the end of the year now, and i've only completed 13 (that's 32.5%) of my 40-item list. granted, some of them were pretty big items, but i just can't finish out 2014 with less than 50%. it's unacceptable.

here are the ones i've accomplished so far:

2. visit new orleans


6. finish my book proposal

it only took 2+ years! currently querying agents far and wide.

9. visit somewhere that's haunted

everything in new orleans is haunted, so ...

10. color my hair

decided on some red balayage highlights a few weeks ago, and i'm pretty happy with how they came out.




12. dine at 5 restaurants on the eater boston 38.

jm curley, hungry mother, highland kitchen, ten tables, and bergamot. boom!

14. watch a whole tv series that i've never seen before

watched all of HBO's "silicon valley" in a weekend.

15. take the jeopardy online test

this was like 6 months ago, so i doubt i made the cut.

19. do volunteer work

it took me a second to remember what i did, because it wasn't for charity or anything. i made grilled cheese sandwiches with roxy's grilled cheese at the boston calling music festival!

20. visit martha's vineyard


21. drink a "green smoothie"

only slightly ashamed to say that i've now had more than one. like, at least a handful in recent months. they just taste like juice!

23. write to a celebrity and receive a response (online or snail mail)

i think there was another twitter-related exchange that i can't remember, but i do know that i've been retweeted by both andrew wk and ludacris this year! woo.

28. buy a plant for my apartment (and don't kill it)

ok, so the flowers are gone, but the leaves are healthy as ever! it counts.

30. reconnect with an old friend or acquaintance

i got back in touch with my old coworker, kathleen, who actually helped me conquer most of the eater boston 38 restaurants.


here are the remaining items that i think i can knock off:

4. take a cooking class
7. learn enough french to get around (being optimistic here)
11. get business cards
13. make a collage
22. overcome my eyelash-curling phobia
24. see a non-musical play
25. say "yes" to something i want to say "no" to at first
26. make my own sushi
29. participate in a scavenger hunt
31. teach myself a dance routine via youtube tutorial
33. pack a picnic lunch and eat it on boston common
34. win at pub trivia (2nd place finish twice ... come on!)
35. go to an ice bar
36. make my own pizza
37. win money from a slot machine or scratch ticket
38. send christmas cards
39. go out to dinner by myself

...and these ones will be a stretch, pending some miracles and/or assistance and/or intense effort:

1. purchase a home
3. be in a music video
5. swim in an infinity pool
16. try air bnb
17. get something i wrote published on mcsweeney's
18. go to a state fair
27. crash a wedding 
32. go sailing (or at least, on a sailboat)
40. watch 5 movies on the IMDB top 250 that i've never seen before

help, guys! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"anybody order a loveburger, well done?"

it's national cheeseburger day, and i love me some cheeseburgers. let's celebrate with a smattering of the best burger-related things on the internet.


this insane(ly awesome) sweatshirt.



this pimped-out ride with all the fixins.


this classic film.



this delightfully weird print.


this beefy bling.



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

11 things you didn't know about me (maybe): liebster award nomination


haven't done a survey like this in a dog's age! the lovely marg b. of sugarskull industries nominated me for this neat liebster award thang, which helps readers discover new blogs. i've answered 11 questions that she had for me, revealed 11 facts about myself, and then asked 11 questions of two of my favorite bloggers. fun!

11 questions from marg b.


1. Favorite ice cream flavor?

mint chocolate chip.

2.  Do you mostly sleep on your side, your back, your stomach, or do you rotate all around?

stomach, with a lil' bit of side mixed in.

3.  What is your favorite thing about Fall?
PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES!! jk, they're nasty. can "boots and scarves" count as one thing? also, hot cider. sorry, i'm doing this wrong.

4.  What is the last movie you saw?
if i stay. i cried and cried and cried. so much that at one point, my mom told me, "you need to stop" and i think it triggered a migraine. good movie though.

5.  Where is the farthest you've traveled so far?
rome, italy.

6.  Are you crafty?  If so, what do you like to do? If not, what would you like to be able to do?

hell naw. i wish! i'd love to be able to knit or crochet, so i can make massive doilies and stuff.

7.  Any pets?  Any pet you'd like to have someday?

nope. definitely want to have an american eskimo someday, though:



8.  What tv shows are you watching right now?
umm, i watched the entire first season of silicon valley this past weekend ... super funny. if it can make me laugh out loud, i'm typically a fan. 

9.  Pick your poison; wine, beer, spirits, or tea?
i'm an equal opportunity drinker, but whiskey cocktails are my favorite.

10.  Favorite thing to do to recharge?
take a vacation! or even just a day trip.

11.  Favorite spot in your home or apartment?

definitely my living room:
















11 facts about me


1. my favorite song of all time is "waterloo sunset" by the kinks (followed closely by "freedom '90" by george michael).


2.  i'm adopted, so even though i grew up as an only child, i have nine biological half-siblings!


3. my biggest pet peeves: when someone doesn't say "thank you" when you hold the door for them, and when someone tries to make something more complicated than it is.


4. believe it or not, i've never seen harry potter, lord of the rings, the hunger games, twilight, or any of the star wars movies besides the original (which i went to see when they re-released it in 1997, and i fell asleep in the theater). i'm okay with it.


5.  i'd estimate that i've seen close to 200 bands live. the tinnitus in my left ear can vouch for this.


6. meat is awesome, but i could totally be a pescetarian if i had to. salmon, tuna, crab, lobster, shrimp ... love it all.


7. my middle name is louise, my great-grandmother's name. i used to hate it, but i think it kinda suits me.


8. i once interrupted story time in elementary school to ask if it was lunchtime yet.


9. i totally believe in the law of attraction/"the secret" -- basically that like attracts like. and someone on TV just said "secret" as i typed "secret." #proof


10. my idea of happiness is sitting with a cup of coffee, a crossword puzzle, and a great playlist.


11. pretty sure that i'm a misplaced member of generation x rather than a "millenial."  it would have been so awesome to be a teenager during the hair band craze, and in my 20s during the grunge era.

11 questions for my nominees


i'd like to nominate jennifer of one chicklette, and farah of la paradiddle! if you have a few minutes, it would be great to learn more about you ladies.


1. what was your first job?

2. is there a movie you can quote word-for-word? what is it?
3. what's been your favorite age, and why?
4. most attractive quality in the opposite sex?
5. how do you feel about oprah?
6. what destination is at the top of your travel wish list right now?
7. what's your sign/do you believe in astrology?
8. describe your perfect weekend.
9. bagel or english muffin?
10. what song would play during the opening scene in the movie about your life?
11. favorite amusement park ride?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

i can haz that house?


as some of you know, i've been looking to buy a house/condo/something that's not a cardboard box for about 7 months now. to paraphrase clueless, trying to find a nice, affordable place in the boston area on a single income is like trying to search for meaning in a pauly shore movie. i have, however, become crystal-clear about what i like and don't like. the conclusion? i either need more money, or the property brothers, or to move back to florida (NOPE). but i can still daydream. and i'mma do it right here, thanks to some pinterest porn. what's on your house wish list?


bungalow-style.

















a porch swing.





















butcher-block countertops.






















historic charm.























a fireplace.






















built-ins.






















a window seat or reading nook.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

(red) panda-monium

move over, boo and floppy bear. there are two new adorable animals in town: TWIN RED PANDA CUBS! apparently one is 2 kewl so there are only pictures of the attention-seeking brother. he's pretty much the kim kardashian of the red panda world.

i have some questions:

1) what are their names?
2) wtf is a red panda?
3) where and how can i obtain one?
4) are regular pandas pissed because red pandas have infinitely more swag?

but seriously.




ITS LITTLE PAWS!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

5 things i love: movie music scene edition

was originally going to do a rundown of my favorite movie scenes of all time, but realized that a good number of them involved music, so here goes. super honorable mention goes to the outstanding "faith"/dinner theatre scene from rules of attraction, but it's a little ... um, colorful for both this blog and a sunday morning.

1. wayne's world: "bohemian rhapsody"

i nearly forgot about this incredible moment in cinematic history until panic! at the disco performed a (surprisingly good!) cover of the queen classic at the concert i went to last weekend. brilliant from beginning to end.



2. sister act 2: "joyful, joyful"

SA2 is one of the few sequels that is actually better than the original. with great one liners like "go with god, crispy" and "yo' mama so fat, she sat on a rainbow and skittles popped out," and this uplifting performance of a hip-hop hymn remix that features pre-crazy lauryn hill and that dude from city high, it makes me so happy. AND THE CLOTHES. you down with G-O-D?



3. pretty in pink: "try a little tenderness"

ah, the good ol' days. before jon cryer headed down the dark path that was two and a half men. i don't think i'm the only one who's still a little pissed that molly ringwald picked the rich d-bag over duckie after he serenaded her like this. insane.



4. can't hardly wait: "paradise city"

unquestionably one of my favorite movies of all time. in this scene, the class geek gets some liquid courage and suddenly becomes the most popular dude around with this karaoke performance. the "this is the greatest night of my life!" kills me.



5. school of rock: battle of the bands

basically a rehash of the sister act 2 thing, but i'm a sucker for this stuff. the best part is that the top hat guitarist kid with the killer solo is actually a musical prodigy, not an actor, so it's legit. what am i doing with my life?!




Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"they said it couldn't be done": martha's vineyard in a day



after living in new england for almost two decades, i finally made my way to martha's vineyard on sunday with one of my best friends, sue, who had never been either. let me say up front that i now understand why everyone recommends that you take at least a weekend -- or a full week -- to explore the island, but i want to assure you that you can absolutely have a fun day trip if you pace yourself and plan ahead. sure, we drove 1.5 hours to a parking lot that was full, missed the 9:30 ferry, got lost on the nine-mile drive to the other parking lot, had to take a 25-minute shuttle to the ferry terminal, and barely made the 10:45 ferry. BUT STILL WORTH IT because we had a great day in MV.

  • the ferry

the ferry was a thing and it was actually kind of fun once we boarded it. there was wifi (good), annoying children (bad), a snack bar (good) and singing teenagers (bad). mixed bag, but it allows you to relax before beginning your adventure. pro tip: don't follow the people down the stairwell before the ship is docking, because they're not getting ready to disembark ... they're getting into the cars they drove onto the ferry. this mistake did help us come up with our hashtag for the day, though: #dontmindus. on our return trip, we had a nice man take a picture of us.

  • lobster rolls
we were a little miffed at the extensive travel hassles we had faced, so i utilized the free wifi on the ferry to find us the best goddamn lobster roll in vineyard haven, and it led us to the net result. it's a no-frills seafood market and takeout spot with a few picnic tables outside, but i'm pretty sure it was the best lobster roll i've ever had. barely any mayo -- score. some onions, lettuce, and tomato. and soooo meaty!

  • seafood shanty

after being deceived again by an MV transit staff member, we ended up in edgartown instead of oak bluffs and it started to rain. like a cape cod mirage, we stumbled upon this place called the seafood shanty that boasted a rooftop bar. 

as we ascended the stairs, we spotted bartenders wearing "sunday funday" shirts and two empty bar seats that backed up to the outdoor deck. as we sat down, we noticed that two fellows with perfect tans and vineyard vines attire were occupying some seats nearby. they basically could have been dawson's creek extras. i drank something with sweet tea vodka called a shan-tea, sue got a margarita, and we proceeded to chat with each other and make intense eye contact with our new friends but never actually talk to them, natch. we decided to press on when the weather cleared up, and when we realized we were exhibiting symptoms that chris d'elia describes in his "drunk girls" bit.  i can't wait to go back.


  • oak bluffs


our last (and my favorite) stop was oak bluffs. this town definitely felt the most "resort"-like to me, and there were a ton of cute shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, including the oldest carousel in america! which was actually kind of sad-looking. but still.

anyways, we grabbed some ice cream from mad martha's, and set off to explore the famous gingerbread cottages. 



not going to lie, the whole 'hood felt a liiiiittle cultlike, but i was still obsessed because the houses were so amazing. and people were making use of them, too! we saw several people on their porches reading, playing guitar, and just hangin' out. also, this dog:





i really wanted to find one particular house that i had read about last year on one of my favorite blogs, strawberry fields whatever.  and i did! this house was just so ridiculous and sweet and acid trippy and strawberry shortcake, and just the house i'd choose if i were to inherit a gingerbread cottage. obviously i had to get a picture in front of it (filtered to shit for that '70s virgin suicides effect).



after our little cottage walking tour, i bought a cottage magnet at one of the cheesy gift stores so i'll never forget them. we decided to stop for one final drink at this beachy spot called the sand bar that was completely dead and was playing reggae. the hippie-lookin' bartender chick carded us and said, in a low, dull voice, "you're both geminis." i was immediately so into this place. "are you a gemini?" i asked. "no, i'm a sag. but all my friends are gems," she replied, setting our seadog sunfishes in front of us and promptly disappearing. magical.

we hopped on the ferry and decided to grab some dinner back on the mainland at a place that overlooks the woods hole terminal, quicks hole. we ate at the "bar," which really just looks into the open kitchen, so it was fantastic and kinda fascinating. almost like hell's kitchen but with much less yelling. the perfect end to a vineyard day trip.