So what were you doing when you were 15 years old? I was sitting around listening to KKRD (probably NSYNC never mind you the Backstreet Boys they sucked), pining way for Justin Moody and fighting with my mom (sorry about those years ma). I was also wearing semi-baggy jeans bought at Maurices with my plaid shirt tied around my waist. I was trying so hard to emmulate Angela Chase but embarrassed to admit it. Laura and I were also pretty busy with Titanic. Hell we are still busy with Titanic as some things never change.
My cousin Katie's cousin Lindsey...what is she doing you might ask? Oh you know just opening the Prada Spring 2010 show...thats all. No biggie...she probably likes KKRD as well...so basically we are the same!
Not having the internet at home has done a lot of things to me. For one I can't online date like I used to...there was a time when I was going on date after date after date after date...and now...I sit at home and watch Band of Brothers or The West Wing. I am not really complaining about this though. Most of those dates were BAD dates and I don't really have it in me to go on another bad date...so I guess this aspect of being internetless is a good thing. The downside is that I have been missing some quality NPR time. I miss listening to This American Life and All Songs Considered. I am now out of the loop news-wise and this is something that I am ready to have change.
Today at work (where I have the internets) I listened to the new album from Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver). Its from his newish(?) band Volcano Choir and I am just smitten. You can go to NPR and listen to the whole thing...about 24 minutes is my favorite bit.
After looking at what was done this past weekend...I am pretty sure it is an addiction...my love for all things pumpkin...
PUMPKIN WHOOPIE PIES: Were made on Saturday night. I had just seen Julie and Julia and felt a great need to cook/bake something. I read an article, this article, in the New York Times about how the Whoopie Pie is having its moment. So I used this recipe and had myself a great big ol' tummy ache...but it was so worth it!
PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE: I generally don't like Starbucks. Actually its not a general thing...I don't like Starbucks. That is until September. September equals Pumpkin Spice Latte Time! Also known as "Mary is always happy time". My favorite thing about this latte (besides the fact that it taste so f-ing good) is the story that Audrie tells me about when she worked at Starbucks. Just saying that this syrup and ebay are destined for each other!
PUMPKIN ALE: I have said often times that I don't like beer. I actually managed to go all throughout college and grad school without playing beer pong, flip cup, etc...in fact I have no clue what these games mean, I just hear them talked about on This American Life. I have always thought that beer was disgusting and said that I would get my bread in a solid form thank you. That is until Ben and Martha and Audrie wore me down. I have finally started to appreciate the liquid. Monday Audrie and I had a picnic in my park and she bought this beer...it is the best thing since sliced bread I tell you! Who knew that beer would taste better with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg? Well I guess the fine people at Kennebunkport did!
Today marks a sad day...the death of John Hughes. Mr. Hughes taught me what being a teenager really mean and taught me that it was ok to be different, hell it was better! I forget how much I love Pretty In Pink, that is until I watch it. I still think it is ridiculous that Andie chose Blaine over Ducky...but deep down I know that Hughes wanted the underdog to win. So thank you for all my great childhood memories.
I have an obsession....ok I have more than one. But today I will share two with you. The first is...well its taking pictures at the Mac Store. What can I say...I think I look best on the camera contained within the lovely new MacBooks ok!
Ok and my next obsession....ok not obsession but crush...HUGE CRUSH....Illinois Airship....oh goodness....
This morning Ben and I meet up at The Grind Cafe for a morning coffee and to say good-bye (I will be in Kansas for a week and he just got back!). We need a little friend time. The Grind always has art work up, but I generally don't really care for it. Not that it is bad art, it just usually doesn't appeal to me. Well today it was a different story! The featured artist is Laura George and it was ADORABLE! I am pretty certain that when I get back from my adventures in Kansas this little guy will be coming home with me! In other etsy news....Kate from For you, For me has created a line of jewelry. I have been quite a fan of her prints for awhile and have at many times decided that I need one. But now I am certain that when she makes more of these lovely necklaces I will HAVE to purchase one!
There are only a few people that I really look up to in life, most of them being real people (my mom, sister, grandma, Laura....etc), but there is one fictional character who takes the cake...LIZ LEMON! My love for her is un-matched. What got me thinking of her today is this website: Scanwiches! It just seems like her cup of tea, which of course makes it my cup of tea!
I am ready to move...not because my building smells (which it does), or because I am sick of living alone (which I am), or because I am tried of having the same people as me for money every single morning (totally over this), but because I want a reason to buy new "art" work for my home. I want more walls to hang it on and more space to fill up. Here is what I am thinking I need.... SFGirlByBay
This first print I am really in love with. The story behind it is as follows "Commissioned by the British Ministry of Information in 1939, the original poster was meant to be distributed in the case of a catastrophic event, such as a German invasion. That invasion, of course, never happened. The 2.5 million copies of the posters were never distributed, never seen by the public and were eventually pulped." No not only would I have a great print hanging on my wall, I would have a great little tidbit of history...and who doesn't love that????
In the time of a recession I think this message is quite important...sure I may not be able to buy those Christian Louboutin shoes that cost $1,200, but I can buy this poster for $8 and feel mighty good about myself?
And then there is this beauty. I heart Sufjan Stevens...but even more I heart HAMMERPRESS...AND THEY ARE FROM KANSAS CITY!!!! True I am not from Kansas City and I no longer live in Kansas, but I love looking at their posters and knowing exactly what the venue looks like that the concert was in. It just feels like home....So if anyone was thinking to themselves "you know that Mary Rose sure does need a gift..." holla at a girl!
There are just a few things in life that can make me really really really happy. There are just days where I get really down and need something to pick me up...one of those things is of course the musical episode of Buffy Once More With Feeling. To me television has never been better and I am instantly in a better mood. Another of my pick-me-ups is any kind of cupcake. No matter how blue or how down I am, put a cupcake in front of me and I am five again and instantly think..."wow things...don't suck....". But the end all be all of my pick-me-ups is....This program just feels like a best friend. The one that makes you get out of bed and take a walk with them when all you really wanted to do was lay around and be sad. It is the best friend that makes you laugh and cry at the same time. It is the one thing that has never ceased to bring a smile to my face. I think that a radio show might be my best friend. Or my devotion might be because of this guy...
Oh Ira...how I love thee....So the point of this ramble is that This American Life is going to have a live broadcast (which is not something rare...they do this on occasion)....BUT THE BEST NEWS EVER????? It is going to be broadcast live to theaters across the nation....and one of the guests is JOSS WHEDON. As Ben put it...this is like a Mary-gasm! So on April 23rd I know that no matter how bad my day might be...I will have the best night of my life!
The first is that I cut it off....ALL OF IT (ok all but maybe three inches).
The hair was cut by the ultra cute Brad Hough at Sine Qua Non Salon. It is the best haircut i have had in years. Two: It is almost spring here, which means the return of my flats and (my favorite part) no socks!
Also I have "Nasty Boys" by Janet Jackson stuck in my head. Have for three days now...I really need to get a new song stuck in my head....
I was recently tagged in a Facebook Note by a new friend here in Chicago (yes I am branching out and opening myself up to the possibility of making new friends...it is my Spring-Time resolution, since I don't believe in New Years Resolutions). It was a note about classic books that apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books on the list. I have read quite a few more...but Harry Potter alone would put me at 7!!!
My love for Harry Potter is a bit silly I suppose...being that I am 27 and count the series as my favorite book (because I like to think of it as one LOOOONNNNGGGG book). Or the fact that when Book 7 came out I was at the Borders on Michigan Ave. dressed as a Hogwarts School girl... But I digress...so what had me thinking about all this (other than the fact that I am usually always thinking of Harry...) are the fantastic covers that artist M.S. Corley created...if you wanted to get me a gift...one of these prints would totally be boss!
It is very nice to see a young girl in Hollywood actually look like a young girl. Too often I think these girls cake on the make-up and borrow their mom's push-up bras....Dear Dakota Fanning...she has done it right. She looks 15 and yet still looks stylish!
After many, many, many months of neglecting my hair I made an appointment with the Aveda Institute (home of the $16 hair cut!)...granted it is a school and I am always a bit nervous about this...I figured "hey its just hair right?". So at 8:30 on a Saturday morning I went from this...
I kind of feel like a 12 year-old with the new hair and new glasses. But last night Ben told me I looked like Amelie...So I am going to say the haircut was a success!
As a blogger I would say that having a working computer is pretty key (that and a strong internet signal)...well my friends I have neither.
So this is a bit dramatic and my computer looks nothing like this one...but you get the point...broken
Poor Gertie (yes I named my computer) is in need of repair. However those money-grubbers over at the Apple store want to charge me anywhere from $150 to $300 to fix her and well I just can't afford that right now. Why you might be asking? Well because in the same week my phone decided to stop working as well. Yes I have had the same beast for the past six years and it was bound to happen, but seriously...both in the span of 14 days? It just seems unfair....So now I must wait until I get my income tax return and hopefully this will purchased to solve all my problems (well at least my techy problems right?????).....