Sunday, December 1, 2013

That's Your Life

This Thanksgiving holiday was spent packing, in the Goldhollaman household. I got sucked into the vortex of looking through my box of all of the letters and notes and post cards and everythings people have written me since high school, like I always do every time I move. 90% of it was stuff from my high school boyfriend.

Sitting there, I kept thinking, this is it. I should bite the bullet. I'm 31 years old, married and buying a house and I'm going to move love letters from my high school boyfriend with me once again? That shit is weird. So I went downstairs to get a garbage bag, and Alex could tell by the look on my face that I was feeling "emotional."

Alex: What's wrong?
Me: Nothing just going through old letters and stuff. Going to throw most of it out.
Alex: Like what?
Me; You know, love letters from Dave.
Alex: That's your life. Don't throw that out.
Me: But isn't it weird to keep it?
Alex: No. That's your life. You need to keep that stuff.
Me: Ok. You're right.

So this blog post is about moving my box of various letters and things once again. One of them is very detailed hand written directions from Dave for how to get to the port authority to Arthurs which weirdly, or perhaps not so weirdly, I walk by all the time now since I work in the West Village. It also has the direction "you'll be going away from the twin towers" for how to get home. I'm really glad I kept it all these years.

Tonight I'm going to see the Rockettes with my beloved friend Dustin at Radio City, because after 9 years living here, there are still some touristy things that I will always love. Maybe that's the New Jersey girl in me- it's going to be almost exclusively "bridge and tunnel" people there tonight- how unsophisticated! But even though I've seen the show twice already, I know I'm going to love every gilded radio city minute of it. Before hand we're getting drinks at Bemelmans and then afterward going to peep at the Bergdorf Christmas windows! And then a late dinner downtown. (super hip, right?)

I just finished reading Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York and am psyching myself up to write my own essay on the topic (I think this blog post is a bit of a start.)

Okay, I literally have to run out the door RIGHT NOW!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

We're in Contract!

Hey lil' cutie! Can I come live in you?

I've been waiting to do a blog post about this, because I was convinced that something would fall through, but Alex and I made an offer on a house in Maplewood, New Jersey, it was accepted, and now we are officially in contract! Our closing date is December 13!

Alex wouldn't want me to share anything until we actually live there, because he's always so convinced that good news will turn bad. But I decided, if something happens that makes us not get this house, then I'll just have to blog about it, because that will be one of the few things that will make me feel better. And if I think about what "being in contract" means in a non-doomsday way, it means that people want to sell us and only us their house! So... let's talk about it, shall we?

I'm so glad our search is finally over, and am beyond excited- I just want to live there already! Of course, I've gone from obsessively reading Trulia, to now obsessively reading design blogs (my favorites right now are: Making it Lovely, i suwannee, Manhattan Nest and Our Fifth House) and starting a "room designs" board on Pinterest. Here are some of my favorite pins so far:




In case you haven't noticed, I like busy, bold and unique! Ultimate inspiration?


I can't wait to share pictures of the inside of the house with you guys! I think I'm going to take some during our inspection.

Here are the things on my mind:

  • The living room has red walls! Do we want to keep the red walls? I'm leaning towards yes.
  • Will my grandmother's kitchen table fit in the kitchen?
  • Will we be able to turn the "non-working" fireplace into a working one? Because if you ask me, nothing is sadder than a non-working fire place.
  • OMG a yard!
  • OMG a finished basement!
  • OMG red front door!
  • OMG down town Maplewood is so cute! And we will be living a short and scenic mile from it!
In the mean time, I know there is annoying stuff to come. Right now, we're scheduling our inspection and have to start figuring out home insurance, but so far, I'm still in super excited mode. And also in, "holy moly- we're going to live in a place with more than two rooms" mode.

Surprisingly, the idea of owning feels much more special than I thought it would already. Knowing that we're not going to want to move in a few years and that the house has room to grow, is such a comforting feeling. I can't wait to blog more about this as we go through the journey of home ownership! In the meantime though, you'll probably find me on Pinterest.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Red Wedding Dresses, Time Travel and True Love: Let's Go to the Movies!

Over the summer, while seeing a movie alone at 11 am on a Tuesday or something decadent like that, I saw a preview for the movie About Time and remember thinking, "yes, I'd see that" (as I compulsively must decide after every single preview that I see. Are you guys the same way?) It looked like it was on the cheesy side but also on the sweet, sentimental and funny side too, and the preview mentioning that it was written and directed by the same person who did Bridget Jones's Diary and Love Actually was another plus for me.

While I know a lot of people have fanatical love for Bridget Jones and Love Actually, I just have a normal love for those movies, but a love none the less. I was in Ireland when I saw Love Actually (actually) it was almost Christmas and the first and only one so far that I didn't spend with my family. I remember sitting in the back of a small and dirty feeling theater in Limerick and crying when the "All I Want For Christmas" scene happened, because if you know my family, you know we love that song. So cue homesick waterworks.

Anyway, I kind of forgot about About Time but then was given tickets to go to a free screening and remembered how I totally wanted to see that movie anyway. Score! I ended up also going to this movie by myself, which - seriously guys, it's the best- and it totally exceeded my expectations!

Not only is About Time not as cheesy as I thought it was going to be,but it really stuck with me. I found myself thinking about it throughout the weekend (don't you love when that happens?) I didn't roll my eyes once! And it was also laugh out loud funny and tear inducing too. The best combination!

Here's the preview if you haven't seen it yet:

What do you think? Do you think you'll see it? It comes out in select theaters November 1 and everywhere November 8.  Here's the official website and Facebook page, for more details.

Can we talk about how much we love Richard Curtis's other movies in the comments too? And can't you see yourself being friends with Rachel McAdams? Did you have a slight moment of regret for not having a red wedding dress too? If you had to have a British dad, wouldn't you totally want it to be this guy?

 Let's chat. I miss you guys!



Friday, September 13, 2013

This is a post about me.

Because I love this picture.

The first full week back at school is officially over and while it was exhausting it wasn't bad at all. This weekend is supposed to be perfect weather! Alex and I are having a picnic in prospect park with some friends who just had a baby named Cora (!) and then we're going to go back to Montclair on Sunday to re-look at a house we really liked.

Could it really be the one? Everyone keeps saying, "you'll know when you walk in." And while I really liked the house when I walked in, I didn't just know anything. I have a feeling that I'm not the "know when you walk in" type. I need to look at the trulia ad a million times to the point where everything is memorized, analyze the neighborhood via google maps, talk to a bunch of people about it for a week, realize I'm still thinking about it and then go back and look at it again and then still maybe not know. We'll see. Or maybe I am the "know when you walk in" type, and this isn't the one.

I'm now going to interrupt this post with links to things I like on the internet, not necessarily because that's what a lot of people blog about on Fridays, but because I feel like I want to tell you guys about cool stuff. So here goes:

This is the best essay I've ever read about abortion.

Alex and I are on the cover of this week's New Yorker (kind of.)

This is the saddest story about a house.

This Vine makes me love everything about life.

Best etsy shop ever?

Best thing on Youtube?

You should be listening to these podcasts: Holmes. Garlin. 

The thing about links posts is that I think I secretly view them as blog post cop outs. I should be writing a blog post about how much I love the medium of podcasts and their connection to radio and the internet, combining my love for the old and the new. Or how Vine reminds me of America's Funniest Home Video's and gifs and the same time, but in real time, and while they could be a total time suck, they also feel weirdly special. Or how I have no idea why listening to someone playing the flute over the 20th Century Fox theme song so makes me laugh so hard, but it does. But let's not talk about shoulds.

I was made aware of most of these links through Alex who is basically King of the Internet, or at least Mayor. (I like how I went from King to Mayor).

He hates when I share stuff about him, but too bad. If you liked these links, you should check out the podcast he will be doing soon. I'm thinking of it as a podcast for those of us who are not good at finding great things online on our own, but like enjoying the great things that are online.

I'm reading two books right now, the first is for work, since I will be doing a banned books curriculum with the 6th grade, called Places I never Meant to Be. It's a collection of short stories by censored young adult writers, edited and with an introduction by Judy Blume, of course. And it's really good. The second is what I guess would be called a self help book? Maybe pop- psychology- that I just started last night called Romancing the Shadow. My therapist recommended it and so far it's helping me think about how to be my authentic self. Something I'm always striving for. It very much connects your body and your mind (something my therapist has always done with me) and gotten me thinking about trying transcendental meditation as well.  This is starting to feel like another moment where I could try and write a longer post going deeper into these heavy issues, but look, it's Friday and it's 72 degrees out and sunny. So let's just end there. Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Today I went to vote and signed my name under someone else's! I walked into the auditorium of St. Cecelia's church with that feeling of nervous pride that I always get when going to vote. It's a mixture of getting all Lesley knope-ish and feeling overwhelmingly like a grown up at the same time.

So after the nice old lady told me what my district was, another nice younger lady found my name and told me to sign and I signed under the wrong name!

Me: Oh crap.

Lady: What?

Me: Um, I signed under the wrong name.

Lady:  Do you know who you are?!

To my defense, which I showed the lady and then the man that she called over, the name underneath mine was Shannon O'something and her signature was almost identical to mine! (Big S some squiggles, followed by a big O and more squiggles).

Me: Look at her signature! I thought it was mine.

The lady did agree that they were alarmingly similar and so did the man in charge who decided to just initial my crossed out mistake and if that other lady showed up to have her sign under my mistake. (I wonder if that was the official way to handle something like that. And I wonder if she ever showed up to vote)

Everyone in the whole auditorium laughed at me. Especially the old ladies. And it made me feel proud to be an American.

We looked at some houses with real estate agents this weekend and it went well! No dream house found yet, but we're getting a better handle on this whole house hunting thing and I think we're going to be able to find something special eventually. Right now we're feeling a lot of love towards Maplewood, but want to explore Montclair a little more too. Any readers familiar with either towns? I'd love to hear any thoughts in the comments! Also, thanks for the great comments on my first house buying post. I'm excited to keep you guys in the loop.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Were you AWARE of this?

Did you guys know that Barbara Streisand displays all of the wonderful things she's collected over the years in a mall in her basement in Malibu?

Barbara Streisand has a basement mall.

The mall also includes actual stores where she can buy new presents for her friends.
Along a cobblestone-paved, antique-lantern-lit “street,” a collection of turn-of-the-last-century-style shops beckons “customers” to step inside. Traffic is heaviest during screening parties, when the Sweet Shop does brisk business dispensing licorice, frozen yogurt, and popcorn to guests. Before going out to a dinner party or a friend's birthday, Streisand likes to duck into the Gift Shoppe to pick up a present—a soap dish or a pair of candlesticks—and tie it up with pretty ribbons at the wrapping table.
Other emporiums include the Antique Shop, the Antique Clothes Shop, and Bee's Doll Shop (in front of which she thoughtfully installed a bench for men to sit while the ladies are inside). The only items missing are the cash registers.
"You can do that if it's your own mall," Streisand explains to me on a September afternoon.

My friend Erika sent me an email with the subject line "Were you AWARE of this?" this weekend and the body containing just this link.

Like Erika, no, I was not aware of this. However I find it fascinating, like most things about Babs tend to be.

I'm an old school Barbara fan, with most of my knowledge and love about her focusing on the movies The Way We Were and Funny Girl. I remember watching The Way We Were for the first time with my mom in high school, because she was like, "you need to see this movie!"and not being able to get over how much Robert Redford looked like Brad Pitt at the time! But also just thinking Katie was pretty cool.

And then of course, Sex and The City had their great The Way We Were homage with Carrie and Big in the episode where Big marries Natasha. I love the scene where Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte try to explain the movie to Samantha, that's how I feel right now explaining it to all of you!

I just watched it again. It's so good!

Anyway, the point of this post is to say, isn't it totally weird that Barbara Streisand has her own mall in her house, but also, isn't she super awesome? Yes, I say yes to all of those questions.

Also, when you google "Barbara Streisand's Basement Mall" you find out that someone wrote a play imagining what it would be like to work there, and I have to say, it actually looks pretty good.

In connection to all this, Babs just put out a book about all of her dream homes that she's lovingly decorated over the years. I think I'm putting it on my Christmas list. I know it's only September but as we all know:

Monday, August 26, 2013

Emily's Wedding!

My sister used the ALWAYS AMAZING videographers Magic Flute for her wedding and they just finished her highlights video! This short video captures the entire day so perfectly and I loved what they wrote about it on the Magic Flute Blog:
What can we possibly say that would do justice to the O’holla/Zelinka wedding? These guys could tutor young couples professionally on how to fall madly in love, throw a party, and dance until dawn. We felt like just another family member in this warm embracing crowd as we captured intimate moments among sisters, skated down a fairway, and watched several generations collectively boogie the night way. Thanks guys for an unforgettable day!

If you're like me, you'll watch it at least 50 times in a row and still want to keep watching again and again. As my sister Rachel put it, in an email: me after watching the vid 117 times:

So please watch below. This is what my family is like, pretty special right? So happy to welcome Tristan into our clan.

Emily & Tristan in York, PA from Magic Flute on Vimeo.

PS- If you haven't seen it or are dying to watch it for the 118th time. Here's our wedding video!
PPS- Bridesmaids!