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Over it

18 Sep

I’ve been out of commission for the past few days (third time I’ve been sidelined by a sinus infection this summer) and haven’t wanted to get off the couch and blog. You can deal.

There is a lot of stuff I need to catch up on but for time being, I’m watching my Bobcats be crushed by a bunch of OSU nuts … As I write, the band has begun to play Carmina Burana. As if I cued them. Great.

Til tomorrow, when I can actually get time together and write a proper post, I leave you with this video, shared by my high school friend Stan.

They have more available at upandoverit.com

unbelievable

16 Jul

The Informant

The Informant!

Julie & Julia is getting closer but my Mom just showed me this preview for Matt Damon’s newest, directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Looks pretty funny. Now I’m wanting to read the book written about the real FBI informant – Whitaker.

My library list is getting pretty long these days. A drastic change from last summer, which was all biographies, this summer is turning out to be more fiction driven page turners, though they are all still loosely based on real events. Julie & Julia ended up being pretty good. I still can’t believe some of the dishes she tried – every time I think about poaching eggs in wine I start to cringe – why would you ruin wine like that?! … … … … … … … … … … p.s. I hate eggs.

But I am going to try a bit of my own recipe book cook-off – non-alcoholic party beverages to be served at a couple of baby showers i’m either throwing or attending this summer. I’m sure the guy in my library is going to laugh when he sees this next batch of books I’ve got to pick up!

Busy weekend ahead – concert on Friday and another wedding on Saturday with Joe the Photographer – can’t wait! Should be a fun time!

How to get to Sesame Street

15 Jul
101 Muppets of Sesame Street

101 Muppets of Sesame Street

Between working weddings, working out and just plain working, I’m not getting anything accomplished that I want to.

The laundry is backing up – at this rate, it should do itself – the apartment needs a good cleaning – I should hire the dust bunnies – but I managed to find this today.

Anyone who grew up on the ‘Street’ will recongize some of these characters, but I was amazed at the characters I remember most that are rarely used anymore. And the descriptions of the charaters are great. My favorites are Prairie Dawn, The Letter W and Captain Vegetable.

See how many you remember!

Look Up at the Clouds

29 Jun
Disney Pixar's Up

Disney Pixar's Up

What a weekend!

Go see ‘Up’ immediately if you haven’t already. And if you have seen it, go and see it in 3D. Now.

Honestly, I think it’s Pixar’s best movie to date; I was in heaven from the very beginning. And the animated short – Partly Cloudy – that plays before is just another testament to the brilliant and creative minds that work for Pixar.

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

Partly cloudy is a short story detailing how babies are made – by the clouds – and how they make it down to earth – via Stork, of course!

The two characters – Peck and Gus – have a working relationship. Gus is particularly good at making dangerous babies – alligators, rams, sharks, eels, porcupines – you name it – and poor Peck has the task of delivering them.

Pixar’s animation is just so incredible that one doesn’t really pay attention to the scenery anymore – it’s taken for granted – but to see the birds fly against the sky in the opening credit is amazing – even more so in 3D! The story line is amazing with great interaction between the characters – including an endearing moment when Gus attempts to help Peck with a feather loss issue. It’s just over 5 minutes but it’s the little details, such as when Gus gets upset and cries, it results in a storm below, that really make this a gem.

Up was just as great – especially liked that Mr. Fredrickson lives in house number 18 – with the flying balloons and talking dogs, as well as the anticipation of where…

Dug

Squirrel

… John Ratzenberger’s voice would be heard.

I also admired how the plot handled the life and passing of Ellie with such ease and grace. It made a moment that you knew would have to happen to advance the plot bearable, though I did shed a tear.

Russell was a hilarious character to use to soften Carl’s heart – he talked nonstop, whittling down Carl’s nerve in an effort to get his ‘assisting the elderly’ badge – the only gap on his otherwise complete merit badge sash.

Since I walked out of the theater, I can’t help but look up at the clouds and dream about what I might see – a stork or a bazillion balloons floating a house away?

What a weekend

1 Jun

Going, going, going, Gone!

Time got away from me so quickly this weekend that I barely had enough to breathe, let alone do anything that wasn’t previously scheduled.

Kristin & Justin, courtesy Joe Appel Photography

Kristin & Justin, courtesy Joe Appel Photography

Saturday was my first day as assistant to my friend Joe Appel. I got to help him with the wedding photography of Kristin & Justin. Their wedding was in Heinz Chapel (my first time in the space – wow is it pretty!) and then their guests met up at Station Square for a reception on the Gateway Clipper. A great wedding to cut my teeth on as Joe’s assistant.

The excitement didn’t end there, either, as I also got to talk my way out of a towing and parking ticket for Joe’s car in Oakland – something that has never happened to me before – the talking my way out of it, I mean!

Coldplay

Coldplay

Then, after the wedding, I got to go to the Coldplay concert at PGP. It was a really great show with the band coming out into the lawn for a set of Green Eyes, Death will never conquer, and a cell phone wave/Beach Boys tune. It was really quite cool to be only 25 feet away from one of my favorite bands. The light show on stage was great, followed by confetti showers of tissue paper butterflies – a very cool effect.

Coldplay.com has a free album right now – Left Right Left Right Left – which they also passed out at the concert on Saturday – and it’s great. 100% Live. Give it a listen by going to their site and downloading the zip.

Work of Art Awards

Work of Art Awards

Last but not least – or, really, part of the weekend, either – Tonight is the Work of Art awards, hosted by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. I’m going, along with a few other Art All Nighters to accept 2 awards for the event. Red Carpet arrival, Awards and an After Party – should make for a great evening at the Pittsburgh Opera!

Hopefully the weather holds out a bit longer and we’re not all rushing the red carpet entrance too quickly – but it will definitely be fun to get to see my Art All Night cohorts one more time before the summer really takes off!

Just killing time

19 May

MazeDo you have 2 hours you don’t need anymore?

Seriously.

This is addictive.

And frustrating!!!

Anticipation

18 May
Julie & Julia trailer

Julie & Julia trailer

While I didn’t exactly make it to the movies this weekend, I did manage to watch quite a few previews. Some looked good to me – though some of those choices may not be blockbusters. I’ll see soon enough.

One movie that does look fantastic is Nora Ephron’s “Julie & Julia”. I’m in love with the trailer – especially the interaction between Paul (Stanley Tucci) and Julia (Meryl Streep)

PC: “What is it that you really like to do?”

JC: “Eat!”

PC: “And you are so good at it!”

JC: “I know!”

But I’m more enthralled with the character (or real life person, as it were) of Julie, played by Amy Adams. She’s trying to find something better in life, as opposed to being a lowly cubicle worker, so she decides to cook every single recipe from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking – 524 recpies!

I’m interested in Julie Powell for three reasons. First: I believe her kitchen would have been about the size of mine and that gives me hope; I am a decent cook – when I take the time to go to the grocery store – and my mother did recently acquire Childs tome. Maybe I can learn to grocery shop. And to better use the things in my kitchen. Maybe.

Second: She decided to write (and subsequently kept up with) a blog. Again. Hope.

Third: She decided to do all of this to engage herself from her lack-luster life. Hope springs eternal.

So what does this all mean? Well, I can keep blogging and hope that, at some point, Nora Ephron decides to adapt my blog for the second ever movie based on a blog – which might negate the plastic fast … Or, I can keep chugging away – on my own!!! sans Hollywood – at My Plastic Fast (no more polos, you hear me Karma?) and eventually, move on to my very own bigger and better.

Chug chug chug chug chug chug chug chug …

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