Wednesday, January 25, 2012

random round-up!

1. i made a lil' spotify mix for your (and my own) enjoyment.

2. this video is badass:

3. i want to have like 10,000 of shemar moore's babies:

4. i also want to live in this apartment.

5. i walked 7 miles this past weekend on cady way trail and saw a mini-orange tree. a MINI-ORANGE TREE! just fantastic.

Monday, January 16, 2012

campaign to bring anthony bourdain to orlando: a plea

look, i get it. when most people think "orlando", they think of big mouse ears, big-box chain restaurants, big populations of old people, and big dummies like casey anthony. but it's so much more! i'm talking to you, anthony bourdain.

you might have to look a little bit harder for it than in places like, say, new york or san fran, but o-town has a culture all its own that extends beyond boy bands and theme parks. among the hidden gems:

-a burgeoning food truck scene: peddling everything from chicken and waffles to sushi to gator tail and swedish fare, orlando's food trucks are delicious and varied. weekly "food truck bazaars" bring them all together like one big, happy, gas-powered family.

-great dive bars: will's pub, eye spy, bar-b-q bar, underground bluz. to name a few. plenty of places around town to kick back with a few brews and get weird. can't you just see A.B. hanging out at the lodge among the moose heads?

-MEAT: from the freakin' awesome barbeque at four rivers to the perfect roast beef sandwiches and creepy clown decor at beefy king, there are no shortage of places to enjoy some mouth-watering meaty goodness. rumor has it that the cheesesteak at laspada's is better than pat's in philly, tony...

my point? i'm spreading the word about a great campaign to bring anthony bourdain to orlando. the man's been all over the country and world, but has skillfully evaded pretty much everywhere in florida besides miami. join the revolution, "like" the page, and help us get tony down here, will ya?! mickey and i thank you.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

love in the idol line: american idol's sexiest performances

it's baaaaaack! well, next week, anyways. as someone who's only voluntarily stopped watching during two seasons (the fantasia fail and the lee dewyze disaster) i will forever love american idol no matter what any haters say, because it's pure entertainment at its best. there are sob stories, success stories, seacrest wearing fake beards, steven tyler making up nonsensical phrases, randy saying "pitchy, dawg" and all sorts of other whimsy and wonder. my previous roommate had never watched before last season, but by the end of it she was proclaiming her love for ryan seacrest and voting feverishly.

forget "glee" other show has the power to make me download a clay aiken rendition of "don't let the sun go down on me" and revisit youtube clips years later. speaking of which, there have been some sexified performances that the fangirl within me will never forget (um, not by clay aiken, though). i give you, fine people, the top 3 sexiest idol performances of all time....OF ALL TIME!

3. david cook (season 7) - "daytripper"

i had a mostly hate relationship with david cook, mainly because he seemed super-arrogant during his season. but he brought out the voicebox for this performance and reduced me to a teenybopping mess with his bedroom eyes. ugh.

2. scott dangerfield (season 10) - "dreamin'"

this dude dropped out of the competition before hollywood week because he was a student teacher (aw!) but...DAMN. coulda won the whole thing. this whole clip is fantastic, but steven and randy's reaction at 1:05 is spot-on. love this man.

1. ace young (season 5) - "father figure"

i still remember sitting and watching this with my suitemates during my sophomore year of college. we were chatting and not really paying much attention, but all of a sudden we were all...."whoa. WHOA. why do we feel dirty in a good way?" and proceeded to watch it about 20x on youtube the next day. as someone in the comments section so beautifully summarized: "this song is so bizarre and sexual but hot damn when he sings it.." YEP!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

100 things to do in 2011: month (and year) in review!

ok, so i made my list for 2012, but i couldn't let the year pass without figuring out just how many things i actually accomplished in 2011. in december alone, i:
-applied for my passport (1/2 of #4 - but the dept. of state is now giving me the spanish inquisition for reasons unknown)
-volunteered with my mom at an alzheimer's group (#16)
-drank an egg cream (surprisingly not bad - like chocolate milk soda! - #34)
-hung out around a bonfire (#85)
-learned the thriller dance (i'll perform upon request - #98)
-requested ace hood & chris brown's "body 2 body" on jam'n 94.5 (and heard it played! - #99)

i can proudly say that some of the less tangible items, like "improve my posture" and "cultivate a great new friendship", were successful, too.

the grand total? 41.5 (completed items bolded below). seems low, but i'm pretty pleased with the results. if i'd have listed 50 things, i'm sure it would be a lot lower. :) i'm also even more motivated to knock out the items on my list for this year. let's goooo!

1. go to south by southwest
2. visit chicago
3. meet andrew jenks
4. get my passport (counting this as .5 - i applied!)
5. dance on stage
6. host a dinner party
7. take a cooking class
8. go on a picnic
9. complete my book proposal
10. party with celebrities
11. go on a cruise
12. finish the crossword every day for a month
13. see 50 new movies
14. dine at 50 new restaurants
15. sell something on ebay
16. do volunteer work
17. sleep under the stars
18. visit 1 new state
19. win a contest
20. get a tattoo
21. perfect a dish
22. go to the cape
23. visit providence and newport, r.i.
24. see 10 bands live
25. try 5 new foods
26. go to a celtics game
27. skinny dip
28. go hiking
29. take a dance class
30. kiss in the rain
31. go to a drive-in movie
32. try one new recipe a month
33. take a duck tour
34. drink an egg cream
35. bake cupcakes
36. see a stand-up comedian
37. cultivate a great new friendship
38. get 100 blog subscribers
39. get a spray tan
40. visit a local winery/vineyard
41. take a guided tour
42. learn the "single ladies" dance
43. go swimming at night
44. go fruit picking
45. audition/try out for something
46. go out for fondue
47. spend a day in newburyport
48. reconnect with an old friend
49. get a psychic reading
50. yelp about 10 places i've been
51. go to a strip club
52. be on tv
53. win at trivia
54. tailgate
55. eat at pinkberry
56. learn to parallel park
57. lower my cholesterol
58. read one book per month
59. make my bedroom a cozy sanctuary
60. sing karaoke
61. make $1,000 in freelance
62. tone my stomach
63. floss once a week
64. eat at ruth's chris for free
65. hit 4,000 twitter followers
66. improve my posture
67. get a mani/pedi
68. go to a book signing
69. nurture a plant
70. go to a farmer's market
71. go out for tapas
72. visit the isabella stewart gardner museum
73. assume a fake identity for one night
74. play a board game
75. go to a jazz brunch
76. perform a random act of kindness
77. eat breakfast daily
78. take up a new hobby
79. watch an entire tv series on dvd
80. go backstage at a concert
81. whiten my teeth
82. ride in a limo
83. smoke a cigar
84. eat fried pickles
85. hang out around a bonfire
86. go to an art gallery opening
87. organize my itunes
88. write a fan letter and get a response
89. participate in a flashmob
90. kiss a foreigner
91. go on 2 dates with the same person
92. visit a historic landmark
93. donate money to a charity
94. go a month without fast food
95. see a sunrise and sunset in the same day
96. balance my checkbook
97. win money at a slot machine
98. learn the "thriller" dance
99. request a song on the radio
100. make a toast