Notes for Men of Manhattan:

February 28, 2009

1. If you have stalked someone on facebook and know their name and run into them somewhere and pretend like you don’t recognize them, kudos to you. It’s a hell of a lot better than running up to them and admitting that you know their name from seeing them in pictures. Just tell his best friend that later and it will be a story you can tell your grandkids.

2. Do not tell a girl that she is unique. It is the equivalent of telling a girl she’s got “a great personality” – aka UGLY.

3. Flirting with a girl and realizing that you’ve already flirted with her, pretended to be someone you’re not, and didn’t call her after getting her number several months ago is not cute. It is best just to pretend you don’t recognize her instead of the “You seem really familiar… have I met you somewhere?” line. You just come off looking like a jackass when you remember who she is halfway through conversation.

Don’t worry guys. I’m here to help.


Last Night

February 26, 2009

It still smells sticky in the cracks in my fingers
and I’m still pulling you out from between my teeth.
I’m killing my dreams by trying to remember what the skin on the sides of your neck feels like and it’s frustrating to realize that the entire moment remains a blur.
I can’t even remember if you’re a good kisser.
But between the pages of our bodice ripping paperback I’m concluding that this is what I needed to remember
that my heart should remain in my own chest
instead of beating so loudly it shatters windows and makes babies cry.
Perhaps I should be more careful.

He’s the giant squid I see in my imaginary submarine as I explore the deep blue oceans. I dream of that moment in the dark when I see him through the thick glass and can sing me ocean lullabies.

and you’re that lobster at the restaurant I ordered yesterday.

February 24, 2009

Movie I still need to see:
Slumdog Millionaire
The Wrestler
The Reader
Revolutionary Road

Things I’m looking forward to seeing (when they’re released):
I Love You, Man
The Watchmen
Star Trek
Skills Like This
Transformers 2
The Soloist

no day but today

February 17, 2009

Today… in a nut shell.

So I woke up this morning a little off kilter. I made the mistake of passing out falling asleep with my curtains open, so I was up BRIGHT and early at 7am. It happens. I didn’t mind so much because I had gotten a solid 8 hours of sleep or so (fell asleep EARLY and only woke up once for a text 🙂 so I got up at about 7:30, and started working on my picture frames…


The color matches the wall I painted in my room… speaking of my room:

I’ve been telling people I wasn’t going to share any pictures until I was done, but what the hell. It’s in pretty good shape today. It’s a work in progress, but I’m getting there… Ugh, my desk looks hella cluttered. It’s not as bad as it looks, I swear.
Oh, and my closet, of which Martha Stewart would be proud (my roommate makes fun of me for labeling everything haha). But my jewelry organization is a solid success:

My mother would be proud as well.

David Chang, Chef of Momofuku (one of my favorite restaurants in the city) has been featured as one of USA’s characters welcome people for 2009. Great. Good for you, David. Now it’s going to take 45 minutes to get a table instead of 20 at Momofuku, which does not make me happy. However, it may be saved by the fact that they don’t mention his restaurant by name, so nobody will know where to find his food, unless they google him. And based on that promo, they’re going to have to want to be interested in pork butt and oysters to really be interested in what he’s got going on… apparently.

What’s up with “Spectacular” – MTV’s response to High School Musical? I won’t lie, the music sounds WAY better, but casting a 22 year old as the lead? Puhleeeze, Nickelodeon. He’s also not that good looking.

I would also like to add how much I like Skittles.

I discovered today that Padma Lakshmi is doing shampoo commercials. Alright lady, it’s bad enough you are the most annoying person to ever grace Bravo’s prime time lineup (except for that Millionaire Matchmaker lady… good LORD she’s annoying) but to now have you on normal television stations mucking up good commercial time slots? You stop it. You stop it right now, Padma.

So clearly I’ve been spending a lot of time in my apartment today, but I’ve got a solid excuse to be in on such a beautiful day. This weekend I woke up with a scratchy throat, and then this morning I woke up with an achy ear. After I went through that huge ear infection ordeal last spring, I am TERRIFIED of getting another ear infection. So I decided to give myself a lazy day eating jello and watching daytime television. So far, I’ve caught up on a lot of Law and Order and I’ve discovered I kind of like Burn Notice. Word.

And then I got an email from my mom saying “UPS says your package arrived.” Alright, well she mentioned several days ago that she sent me something in the mail and something via UPS. The mail thing arrived (really sweet valentine from my mommy) and I’ve been waiting to see what was coming UPS. So it arrived, but where was it? I threw on my robe and wandered downstairs to see if he had just left the packages inside, and indeed, there they were at the bottom of the stairs. Just as I was about to sneak back upstairs in my dirty robe and greasy hair, my neighbors who live below me appeared. They’ve been quiet in terms of saying hi and whanot, but the guy stopped me and asked if I’d seen Sal (the landlord’s son/building handyman). I told him I hadn’t lately, and he asked if there were things wrong with my apartment when I moved in. I told him about the letter I had written and the plaster on the heaters and whanot and it was funny how much in his apartment was like mine… Him: “Was your shower curtain rod broken?” Me: “You had a shower curtain rod! No fair!” Looks like whoever they hired to put this building together did a really shotty job. He was totally on the same page with me and it looks like we might be having a building mutiny in the near future.
After bringing the boxes upstairs I realized that the bigger, heavier of the two was a box for a kitchen aid mixer.
Mommy sent me the one appliance I’ve wanted ever since Martha Stewart had a baby blue one on her show.

Called my mother immediately. Almost in tears. She was so happy I was so excited and promised to bake cuban bread with me when she comes to visit.
God… it’s glorious.

Alright, so that’s probably the most “in” I’ve let the web take in my life… Pictures of my private quarters and whatnot. Whatever… share the fun I suppose.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Be Mine

February 16, 2009

Valentines Day this year was probably the best I’ve ever had. I’ve had Valentines Days with boyfriends before, and for some reason, this past weekend topped them.

Spending the weekend in this foreign country called “New Jersey” with two of the most wonderful boys I’ve ever known. The entire time I was there, I wasn’t sad I was single. In fact, it didn’t even cross my mind. I was very aware it was Valentines Day, but I was having fun with people who I genuinely love, and love me, so isn’t that what it’s supposed to be all about?

I feel like in the future, I’ll have a valentine who genuinely loves me as muc as I love them. But as far as single valentines days went, I was laughing hysterically for 24 hours, so my abs, and my heart, thank Jason and Ross for one of the best weekend I’ve had in a long time.

Think of 15 albums, CDs, LPs (if you’re over 40) that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums that no matter what they were thought of musically shaped your world. When you finish, tag 15 others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea now? Good. Tag, you’re it!

1. Daft Punk “Discovery” – I have such vivid experiences with this album. It might be because they’re fairly recent memories, and it might be because they’re such intense life experiences. The concert a year ago really accelerated and extinguished everything…

2. Radiohead “OK Computer” – Everyone has their own first Radiohead experience, and this was mine. This album shook me to the core… even that song with the computer voice all the way through (“Fitter Happier”) that I used to skip over for the first couple of listens. No specific memories associated with it. Specific people and specific periods in my life, but no real moments. Blurs, really.

3. Modest Mouse “Good News for People Who Love Bad News” – I believe this started out as an impulse purchase CD. It was also my first real introduction to Modest Mouse. I had “Sad Sappy Sucker” – that was the first album I bought at Happy Trails. It had to be special ordered… those were the days when I couldn’t buy anything on the internet by myself. Anywho, GNPWLBN (hahah LAME) really held together as more of an album though.

4. Ben Gibbard “Home” – Although I’m certain if the MP3 of “Carolina” was on vinyl instead, the needle would have worn straight through the track. The rest of this album got a fair share of plays, but I’m certain the number of times I’ve played “Carolina” is double the times I listened to some of the albums on this list.

5. Justice “†” – Fresh off my first Daft Punk binge of 07, I was introduced to Justice. Actually, I had been introduced to Justice earlier in the year, but for some reason, they didn’t appeal to me as much. (Maybe their myspace said “Christian Band” and so I’d ignore it… haha.) Justice kind of upped the ante… Daft Punk suddenly felt vintage.

6. Dave Matthews Band “Everyday” – It was my sister’s CD, but it was the first Dave Matthews I had ever been exposed to. According to critics, it was one of their worst albums, but I still like some of the songs on that album to any of their “classics.”

7. Jason Mraz “Waiting for my Rocket to Come” – These memories are so strong that I can smell some of them. I used to quote these songs in love letters. God, I sound like I just named an indie band.

8. Death Cab for Cutie “Transatlanticism” -My favorite all the way through. It’s so cinematic.

9. Eric Clapton “Unplugged” – There’s really nothing I can say about it, except I remember making up the words so I could sing with “Layla” while I was still wearing Hanna Anderson, the poor man’s Lily Pulitzer, stripped pajamas.

10. Girl Talk “Unstoppable” and “Night Ripper” – I got these albums at the exact same time so they kind of all blur together. I couldn’t even tell you the name of my favorite song… they were all just mashed up together in a musical stew…

11. Gorillaz “Demon Days” – Ugh. Talk about incredibly personal musical experiences. This was everything from graduation to starting college, which for those of you who know me more personally are aware that this was a really huge change in my life… I mean, it’s a huge change for anyone, but it was the year my parents got divorced, I thought I had discovered what “love” meant, and I discovered the friends from high school that I ACTUALLY keep in touch with (and there are few). This was every bit of frustration and excitement. I bought an $80 to the show in Harlem and ended up not being able to go, but I’m almost okay with that. I felt like I was supporting art in some way.

12. Gym Class Heroes “As Cruel As School Children” – I think it took me seeing them live in a tiny bar with a really good friend that made them a solid part of my life. I have really wonderful moments associated with this album.

13. DangerMouse/Jay-Z “The Black Album” – I think this changed a lot of musical perspectives.

14. Jimmy Eat World “Bleed American” – Intense high school memories… like sophomore year… which I don’t remember much of at all.

15. The Killers “Hot Fuss” – This was my summer at USC, which was also a really crazy growth experience. I think I came back from that summer a changed woman… a really emotionally changed person. I thought I knew what I wanted to do with my life.

Okay done. I tag… EVERYONE!

Little Bits

February 13, 2009

– the word I was searching for the other day and kept writing “soft underbelly” instead was “vulnerable.” go figure.

– there is some incredibly suspicious family stuff going on, and not in the good “we’re throwing you a surprise party” sort of way.

– I thought about losing my phone on purpose and then I realized that I would NEVER leave the house if I did that. New plan.

– Perchaps going to Jersey tomorrow with Jason and Ross for Valentines Day with Ross’s grandparents. I am looking forward to the madness immensely.

– I’m beginning to wonder if you really have to sleep around in this industry to get hired. I’m becoming increasingly discouraged by the day.

– Roommate moves in today. Woot.

– My mind is a little preoccupied with the life of someone else. I’ve been trying to train myself out of that, but it’s not really working. I’ve never been good at letting someone fight their own battle by themselves. Ironically enough, I can never ask for help in my own…

– The sky is so blue today. It’s probably cold as balls. Probably windy too (but not as balls.)

– I’ve been up for a few hours but I feel like I already need a nap. I should work on a project or something.

You know when you’ve said/written something and you really wish you hadn’t? It doesn’t offend anyone or make waves or anything, it’s flipping over the turtle – it’s exposing your soft underbelly and hoping someone rubs it and tells you youre wonderful instead of pointing and laughing and smashing your shell into a million tiny pieces.

either that or they run away at top speed, which, when youre a turtle, is really hard to catch up with.

i hope i havent exposed myself too much this time. this might be a dealbreaker.

Mucus Updated

February 11, 2009

nuff said.
Left a few things off because theyre far to incriminating to admit that I listen to them.

Grammy Thoughts:

February 9, 2009

In backwards order…

– Why are Robert Plant and Allison Kraus winning everything? I think maybe Led Zeppelin qualifies you to win every grammy your nominated for. Too bad. Team Radiohead!
– I think I am one of the only people in the world who isn’t into Green Day. Sorry.
– Allison Kraus looks like she’s had some work done. But I wont lie, she looks pretty good.
– Lil Wayne won? Ew. I wanted Lupe to have it. He’s lookin so hotttt. Why the fuck are there 300 people on stage for lil Wayne? Props for a concise speech tho.
– Is Solange Jay-Z’s date?
– will not shut the fuck up about Obama and it’s starting to piss me off. T.Pain just tried to make a joke about being on everyone’s album.
– I’m not really into this New Orleans tribute. These dancers with the umbrellas make it hard for me to take it seriously. Also the cameras are having a hard time following everyone… it looks UBER disorganized.
– why is lil wayne not singing the lady cop song? and good lord Robin Thicke has still got it… boners.
– this guy introducing lil wayne is really suffering through it hahaha
– okay i just read on Perez Hilton that Rhianna and Chris Brown aren’t there because Chris Brown got arrested for hitting Rhianna. What?
– WOAH BO DIDDILY TRIBUTE WITH JOHN MAYER, BB KING AND KEITH URBAN? You know, Keith Urban is really working his performance time this year. as is John Mayer, apparently.
– this “encore” thing is flying by… it reminds me of how intense the academy awards one is gonna be this year… one of the writer/producers of lil waynes “lollipop” died. go figure.
– this is like neil diamond doing a cover of a neil diamond cover band. i am eating up the fact paul mccartney looks like he’s having the time of his life. i feel like people are applauding for him because they have to.
– is Josh Groban balding?
– This four tops tribute is hysterical. Jamie Foxx and Neyo were interesting choices… hahahaha scratch that, Jamie Foxx was a poor choice. He just raped, I mean rapped, a verse of the song. Actually he spoke in rhythm… totally different thing.
-The head of the academy of recording arts, is the biggest dork ever. He tries so hard to be cool every time he’s on stage, but he just ends up sounding like the lamest stiff ever.
– But back to T.I., when he goes to jail, I think he’s gonna get props like Martha Stewart did. Badass.
– Still not over that Radiohead performance.
– T.I. and Justin Timberlake. I think that’s one of my dream threesome senarios. I gotta give T.I. props for going to jail with his head held high. This is a pretty sick colabo.
– I’m trying to think of significant acting roles that Samuel L Jackson has had besides that guy in Pulp Fiction, Shaft, and Snakes on a Plane. He gets a lot of street cred for not being much of an actor…
– OH Gwyneth. You look just silly. You sound silly. What are you doing.
– Oh GOD Adele is incredible. I can’t stop gushing about how fucking badass she is.
– Sugarland is growing on me? Both of those ladies voices are undeniably awesome.
– For the past few years they’ve been handing out Lifetime Achievements like condoms in the health center.
– John Mayer brought a man-date. But way to win buddy. It’s been awhile since he’s been recognized for anything I think. However, the suit he’s wearing is unforgivable. Let Jen dress you next time honey.
– Good lord thats the best Jack Black has looked in years. Attakid.
– Can’t wait for new survivor, amazing race, and Harpers Island.
– Okeydokey, why are the grammys showing rehersal footage of the upcoming performances before the commercials? I think thats a really shatty choice because they just showed Adele without her makeup and it really didn’t do her justice. It would be like showing Amy Winehouse sober.
– Paul McCartney made a brilliant choice: not playing anything off of his new album. Dave Grohl is still one of the badassest rockstars ever.
– MIA might be the most pregnant woman I’ve ever seen. The song, kind of an overrated performance, but entertaining, sure. Nobody got shot, I see it as a win.
– Totally fast-forwarding through Kenny Chesney, like most of America.
– Morgan Freeman is wearing a glove. Michael Jackson style. And he’s introducing Kenny Chesney. This is the weirdest Grammys I’ve ever watched.
– Holy crap. This preview for Watchmen is sick.
– Thank fucking CHRIST Adele won. Go girl. I wish she wasn’t chewing gum.
– Estelle’s backup vocal track is wayyyy too loud. Something is seriously wrong with this performance. I think it’s Kanye’s mullet. That is not a style that is coming back, you tard.
– Katy Perry: props for wearing flats. boo for trying to do choreographed dance moves.
– Jonas Brothers and Stevie Wonder? Good lord. Did Nick Jonas just forget the lyrics?
– Miley just called Taylor Swift her best friend. I’m trying not to cry I’m laughing so hard. I will give them props for a pretty good performance though… Taylor has been growing on me lately and it’s starting to scare me.
– Chris Martin is the only man in the world that can rock a belly shirt. Fo seriously.
– OMG we all know crack is whack, but Whitney is so banging right now. Ugh she’s a winner.
– Why is U2 opening with karaoke? Booooring.

For the most part, I feel like it wasn’t too bad. The show was pretty entertaining in terms of performances. I give it a 7 out of 10.