Saturday, August 20, 2011

It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights...

I went to the Museum of The Moving Image today to see the Jim Henson exhibit. If you are in the NYC area and have ever cared about anything Muppet/Henson related, you MUST go see it. I grew up on a lot of things Muppet-related, especially Sesame Street, all of the Muppet films (AND Labyrinth & The Dark Crystal), Fraggle Rock, even Muppet Babies so I was really excited to go see an exhibit about the creation of the characters & worlds that I grew up loving.

I was also fortunate enough to pick the weekend that they were screening my favorite Muppet film "The Muppets take Manhattan" - I was 5 years old again and loving every minute of it. The production designer of the film & one of the costume designers were in the audience and did a Q&A session afterward. It was great to hear some of the experiences they had while working not only on the film itself but with Jim and the rest of the Muppet family.

While in the gift shop, this conversation took place:

Me: "I don't really have a favorite Muppet. I like Gonzo, Animal, Cookie Monster & Rowlf a lot but I can't just pick a favorite."

Carrie: "I'm pretty sure your inner spirit animal is Animal from The Muppets."

Me: "Yeah, that sounds about right."

I had to get it - my 'animal' instincts just couldn't resist.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

insomnia wins this round.

it's 5:30am. i've been up for about a half hour for no valid reason. my alarm isn't supposed to go off for another hour and a half (and again a half hour from that). i've had a lot on my mind the last few days (weeks even) so my lack of sleep right now is not surprising. that doesn't make it any less annoying or inconvenient though.

i just got reintroduced into the fantastic world of graphic novels. i had forgotten how amazing they can be.

my father and i definitely have a love/hate relationship right now. he loves me and i hate him.

ringworm is a bitch. i've learned more than i ever wanted to know about it in the last week or so. fact: ringworm has nothing to do with worms but has everything to do with being AWFUL.

i dislike talking on the phone. i especially dislike having to make phone calls at work mostly for lack of privacy - if i absolutely have to make a personal phone call during the work day, i end up locking myself in the bathroom or going into one of the emergency stairwells. the only person that i feel comfortable having a long conversation with on the phone is my mom.

i just had one of the best birthdays i've had in a long time. spending it with amazing people definitely helped make it that way.

i'm pretty sure i have found one of the last genuinely good guys left in the world.
i hope i don't scare him away.

all this talk of football & seeing back to school (and even halloween!) stuff in stores makes me want to scream. and learn how to stop time.

i have insanely talented friends.

i need to buy new tap shoes soon. breaking those in are going to be a bitch.

i recently learned that my cat snores. it's hilarious.

bruises and aches from The Cyclone rollercoaster out on Coney Island are little reminders days later of how awesome it is. and also of how old i'm getting.

Friday, July 29, 2011

it's ALIVE!

it's 4:25pm on the last Friday of July in 2011. i'm currently sitting in my cubicle at work listening to music and doing a half dozen things that are not work related. i'm bored. i'm antsy. i want to get the fuck out of here and go see the McQueen Exhibit at the Met. so i start to write... something i haven't done in awhile.

just this week I realized that not only is it halfway through the summer but it had been quite some time (almost 7 months) since i typed some of my thoughts into my dear ol' blog. and then i realized i haven't really done much writing at all in the last few months. THEN i remembered i'm lazy and like to watch that black rectangular object in my apartment that shows images & sounds of things that entertain me and that i believe i have adult ADD and i always have to be doing 8 things at once or doing absolutely nothing at all. also, i like to nap.
so is my life.
and here i am.
almost another year older but not so much wiser. my hair is a bit longer. my skin has more ink on it. i'm still not smoking (almost 7 months!), my heart seems to have started to mend, my hearing has probably gotten worse from shows and my butt is definitely a bit bigger (ice cream & i have had real quality time in recent months.) i've had my ups and downs, but all in all, i'm alright.

even though you thought i was gone, i'm not. i'm here.

i just do my own thing sometimes.
and if you know me, then you already know that's just how i am.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Picture Day

This past weekend I had the pleasure of being a subject to New York based portrait photographer Bill Wadman and was also given the honor of being his portrait of the day as part of his '365 Project' of 2011.

You can follow his 365 projects on his blog where he also posts his podcast "Circuitous Conversations" or check out his previous work/editions on his website.

You can check out a few other photos he took of me here.

Thank you Bill, for showing that sometimes a tomboy like me can in fact clean up nicely.
(I do not thank you for making me put on makeup though - no matter what the occasion, that's never fun.)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

you want resolutions? i'll give you resolutions.

I originally didn't want to make any sort of formal goals this year. I was just going to let the year take its own course without my yearly restrictions or demands. But then I actually thought to myself "wait, some of these things I actually want to do, not just force myself to do because it's the New Year and I want to fix or work on something."

So in no particular order, here are the things that I will attempt to do & work on this year:

1) challenge/push myself more creatively (mainly in writing & performing)
2) see more - as in see more of my friends, see more live music, more off-off broadway shows, more Art in general, more of Brooklyn.
3) save more money. not for something specific but just to put aside.
4) 'experiment' more with cooking. friends of mine will know exactly what I mean by experiment.
5) NO MORE CIGARETTES! - I'll need all the support I can get with this one, people.

ok, the next 2 are a bit more extreme, 'high unlikely to happen' goals but I want to throw them out there:

6) get a job with 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'.

I'll give you all a moment to stop laughing before I continue.

7) find an occasion where I can re-meet Tina Fey and tell her the following things:
*Since she won't have the slightest idea who I am, I would first explain that I was an intern on SNL during the 2001-2002 season when she was the head writer. Hence the re-meeting.
* even though we probably always messed up all of her lunch & dinner orders & would run around the city aimlessly for any sort of prop &/or graphics for update the writers could imagine, I would thank her for always being so nice to all of the interns in the writing & research department.
*please don't ever stop making 30 rock. EVER.
*please don't ever stop being you. you are amazing.

I had a few more but let's not go crazy.

Alright. I'll see you all back here next year, if I make it through this one alive.