Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hooray for the last day of february and getting paid on the 28th instead of the 31st! Spring is in the air and love in my heart. So, I managed to go to yoga twice this week, and am aiming for one more time on Friday! My Monday morning class really hit the spot, and the fact that it was extra light out and warm, made leaving the house at 6:40 AM totally bearable. It really is crazy how much light and warmth can make everything easier. My class last night wasn't as good as my Monday class. Maybe I just wasn't quite in the mood, but I felt like I needed a little less chanting and a little more vinyassa. But, I'm trying out this new studio with a groupon, so the point is to try as many different teachers as possible.

This weekend I'm going to Montauk for the first time ever! We are fortunate enough to have a free house to stay in with some friends. I can't wait to see the ocean. I will be channelling Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind the entire time.  Meet me in Montauk... And taking a ton of pictures, so stay tuned.

Yesterday's super raining day and super wet feet lead me to ordering these Hunter boots from Zappos- on sale!  They're supposed to arrive today, and even though it's not supposed to rain this weekend, I think they'll be perfect for traipsing around muddy, sandy and cold off season Montauk. Yay.

My birthday is next Friday and I'm keeping it low key, not like last year's 30th birthday bash.  Alex and I are going to go on a date here and I can't wait.

Okay, that's all for now, have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

This is me being completely sincere at age 15.
I just read a really great essay by Tavi Gevinson in her Rookie Year Book that inspired me.  I've always been a sincere person, as in I'd rather believe in things like Disney magic than scoff at it- which can be hard at times living in hipster-centric Brooklyn. I also like to think that I try to see the best in people and situations too. I think sincerity and optimism can go hand in hand. Tavi talks about how being sincerely obsessed with something (for her it was Bob Dylan, for me it was Audrey Hepburn starting in the 7th grade, among other things.) feels like a childlike thing that she can't ever go back to. She writes:
While this obsession had been pretty angst-ridden, it was also totally sincere. And, as the jadedness of growing to somehow understand the world has slowly made my enthusiasm for anything pretty rare, I do get a little homesick for that first phase of being a person who absorbs things and thinks about them. That first phase was a time when I was so much in my own world that I wasn’t aware of what a cliché that world made me, and so in awe of it that I wouldn’t have cared anyway. At the same time, it was the last time I would feel totally childlike in my outlook on something. And that’s, well, kind of a bummer.-Page 11 Rookie Year Book. Full essay posted here. You should read it.
Maybe loving sincerity explains why I write for tweens and young adults and love reading books written for them too.  Maybe it explains why I'm married to someone who is often described as "a grouch" aka usually leans towards pessimism rather than enthusiasm, but I try to hold on to sincerity as much as possible as an adult.  I agree with Tavi, I'll never be able to go back to that totally childlike obsession over something with true sincerity- and I don't think I'd really want to.  Tavi writes "I had found what made me feel like I was home, and I was serious about immersing myself in it."

I think it's important to always be looking for what makes you feel like you are home, and when you find it, to enjoy it as much as you can.  I don't think I can pull off teenage levels of obsession anymore, but I hope that I'll always live with a combination of knowing what makes me feel like I am home and the urge to keep looking for whatever makes me feel that way.

Do you ever feel homesick when you finish a really great book? Or listen to music you haven't listened to for a while (Joni Mitchell's Blue always makes me feel homesick). I think that's what I'm talking about.  I hope to always be able to have that homesick feeling sometimes while also finding what makes me feel at home.

I remember gathering things that represented everything my cousins and I were obsessed with when I was 14.  Things like an X-Files poster, an Audrey Hepburn biography and our Phantom of the Opera cd. We piled it all on the bed and then took a picture of it.  If that's not sincere, then I don't know what is. I'd love to hear about some of your angsty obsessions from your childhood in the comments.  Nothing ironic, what did you once sincerely love with all of your heart?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

For some reason I felt like blogging instead of watching the Oscars tonight. Did you watch? What did you think? image via this great pinterest board
Because it's Sunday night and I have a stocked fridge full of groceries (I love you Fresh Direct) and just bought this Groupon (gulps) I thought I'd do a Meals and Fitness For the Week post.  This idea is inspired by The Fitnessista!

I think I'm going to try and go to the 7:15 yoga class before work tomorrow.  If I write it down here, does that mean I will definitely go? Maybe! Other options for the week could be the Wednesday 7:15 class as well, the 6:15 PM (thank god) Thursday class or the Friday class! I did yoga a lot all summer long and really loved it, but once school started up again, I stopped doing it as frequently and then pretty much totally stopped.  Nothing like a Groupon to give you a good kick in the butt though am I right? Or maybe I should say a good kick in the downward facing dog.  I'll let you guys know how it goes at the end of the week.

For dinners, I took advantage of some of the Fresh Direct "ready to cook" meals and planning on making chicken shish kabobs on the Forman one night and lamb shish kabobs on another, yogurt chicken with roasted vegetables and tofu pad thai!

Do you guys have Fresh Direct where you live? Have you ever had groceries delivered before? It would have never occurred to me before living in NYC, but I'm totally hooked and love it.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Let me know if you're planning any meals and/or fitness this week in the comments! xo

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Everything was great! Until it wasn't. Click here to read!
Just wanted to check in to let you know the Downton recap will be going up today!  Being that Monday was a holiday and everything, it got a little lost in the shuffle, but I will post a link when it's up and we can all relive yelling "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" at the screen together.

In the mean time,Cats + French = très adorable.  Just watch.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

This past weekend my writer friend Josh Farrar had his book release party for his new middle grade novel A Song for Bijou and asked me to read as the opening act! I was beyond honored, excited and nervous.  But once I got there, and chatted with the friendly crowd for a bit, the nervousness faded away. I had so much fun! Below are pics from the reading (which also included amazing live Haitian music.)  I read an excerpt from my novel The Mad Ones- click here to read what I read. I'm currently in the process of revising before shopping around for an agent or editor.

I think the best part about reading aloud was the assurance it gave me that I really should keep working on this book- it's been a work in progress since 2008.  Hearing people laugh in the right places and tell me they enjoyed it afterwards was so encouraging.  That and the fact that I was having a really good hair day, were the best parts.

Afterwards, we got drinks and food nearby and I decided to order a cheese plate and eat the entire thing by myself because I was having a really great day and deserved a present for it.

Let me know if you read my excerpt, I'm excited to share it with you all!


Monday, February 18, 2013

This presidents day, Lana and I rose bright and early and headed out to Ikea! We parked practically right next to the door and were there for the 10AM "big breakfast."

Bam! (I just got all Emeril and early 2000s for a second there, but that's what the Big Breakfast will do to you.)  Sufficiently satiated, we breezed through the show room because what we were really there for was the market place.  Behold my wares now all cozying up my apartment!  Side note: I bought 6 vanilla candles and lit all 6 of them when I got home.  I now live inside of a warm, delicious cupcake.

We ended out day with brunch at Cafe Mogador.  Our original goal was to just eat breakfast all day long, but the big breakfast was enough.  I got the grilled salmon nicoise salad and it was delish!

Did you have the day off today? Let me know how it was!  Due to the holiday, my finale Downton recap won't  but up on xoJane until tomorrow.  I'm dying to talk about it with you guys! So stay tuned, I've got tons to say.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's at Lips was a success! Let's walk through it shall we?  We were so excited as soon as we got there and met our waitress Evangeline  who told us to call her Eva.  We let her know it was Tammy's birthday and she crowned her the birthday girl. Tammy made sure to do her best Queen wave for the camera.

Before the show started we got to know Madam B and couldn't resist the dirty balloon art.  When in Rome, right? Or something like that...We could not stop giggling.

And then the show started, opening with Cher! I was so excited! Followed by, can you guess each pic? Whitney, Dolly, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Joan Rivers, Katie Perry (who was our waitress) Mary J. Blige (who was the best) and Lady Gaga!  Also, Cher, Joan and GaGa are all the same person!

Then Tammy got to go up on stage and be personally wished happy birthday by Joan Rivers!


And then the weirdest thing of the night happened, which was that everyone realized there was a baby there.  When I have a baby, I'm totally bringing it to Lips.  Honestly, it's the only reason to have one, I think.

We ended the night giddy on all the silliness and took the subway home.  Thanks for lip syncing for your lives ladies! We had the best time!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I thought I'd share the card I had my friend Mandy make for me to give Alex as a Valentine's prezzie! Inside it says, "Happy Valentine's day from your favorite blanket thief."  I had the idea a while ago when Alex would wake up every morning and tell me I stole the blankets all night, but that he still loved me anyway.  And since I'm not that talented in the drawing department, I commissioned Mandy to make it for me, and she came up with the perfect rendition! (It looks exactly like Alex).

What are you guys up to tonight? Alex and I are not doing anything romantic, I'm choosing to participate in Gal-entine's Day instead.  Tammy, Angela and I are going to Lips! It's a drag queen restaurant complete with a drag show! The ultimate in drag dining! I am beyond excited. Tammy's birthday is actually on Valentine's day so it's going to be so great.  I highly recommend checking out the website.  It is out of control. Can't wait to share some fabulous pictures with you guys later!

Monday, February 11, 2013

My latest Downton recap is up on xoJane! This time I managed to make two Parks and Recreation references AND include a picture of Murdock! Click here to check it out! xoSarah

Sunday, February 10, 2013

This weekend, I managed to make it down to New Jersey to go Bridesmaid dress shopping at David's Bridal for my sister's wedding! It ended up being so much fun, so I thought I'd share some of the pics with you guys.

First of all, we went at 5:00 on a Saturday night when they close at 7:00 PM.  This is the best time to go to David's Bridal! We practically had the entire store to ourselves, it was so luxurious!

Things started out rocky for literally like one minute. Sorry Cait, had to post this pic to show that it wasn't ALL rainbows and kittens, otherwise people would hate us for being so perfect.

But then, like one minute later, we had found the dress!  The Bridesmaids fairy was shining down on all of us. We all ended up all loving the same dress! 

And OMG you guys, pockets.  Honestly, give me a dress with pockets, and it's like my life is complete.

We even decided on our shoes then and there.  Being the perfect sister bride bitch that I am, I only made a couple of faces about the fact that I never wear heels, and agreed with gusto to go with the flow.  I can't deny, they make my legs look good :)


Unfortunately, the didn't have the dress in our "canary" color.  But here's a pic of the swatch:

Rachel is totally like, give me some of that!  

This last picture came out really blurry, but I still think we all look really great and it captures the feel of the night pretty perfectly, so I'm posting it anyway.

We did a conga line on the way out of the store, because in case you couldn't tell, that's how fun we are.  No picture available, too busy congaing.

This wedding is going to be SO. MUCH. FUN.

Friday, February 8, 2013

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I don't know about you, but whenever I think about getting snowed in, I think about reading tons of books, drinking good wine with a stew or some roasted chicken followed by hot cocoa on the couch under a blanket while watching a movie.  Books! Booze! Food! Movies! Snuggles!

I am home right now, still waiting on Alex to arrive home safely (it's 7:00 and coming down!) I've got a chicken in the oven, a glass of wine next to my laptop and NPR on the radio.  But as I was waiting for my chicken to be done, I found myself reading the same boring status updates over and over again on facebook, mindlessly zoning out on Twitter and feeling a little blah.

"WTF.  A blizzard is happening.  This is special. Make the most of it!" My brain suddenly yelled at me.  So I have decided, right after I finish this blog post, to unplug for the weekend.  By unplug I mean take a break from the internet.  I'll still watch movies and TV, I'll still use my laptop to work on writing, but no online stuff for a few days.  No one romanticizes a blizzard by saying "I'm going to read a ton of shit on the internet  and be on Facebook all weekend!" Or at least I know I don't.

Will be checking in again on Monday.  I'd love to come back to comments, so please, tell me what you're up to this weekend.  What good books are you reading? I just finished this one.  And did you have the perfect snowed in weekend too?  I hope so.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

the Scared is scared from Bianca Giaever on Vimeo.

I know 7 minutes can feel like a big commitment, but I think it's worth it.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Are we really at Episode 5 already?! Luckily this was the most Mrs. Patmore-centric episode yet this season  (yay Patmore Wisdom!) which helped distract me from my Sybil sadness. That and of course, Granny hiding in the corner.

Head on over to xoJane to read the full recap!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

This image, which I found via the NYPL Facebook Page (which you should totally be following) was the complete and total inspiration for this post.
It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life. Happy Groundhog day everyone! As I'm sitting here typing this with freezing hands and accusing my thermostat of being a liar, because there is no way that it is 69 degrees in my apartment right now, I can only hope old Punxsutawney was right this morning!  In case you haven't heard, because you forgot it was Groundhog Day, because you're not a children's librarian who reads picture books about groundhogs every year during the week leading up to Groundhog Day (this one is my favorite, it think) and instead you're just a normal adult, spring is coming early this year!

But for now, it's still cold out and in typical winter fashion, it's 4:00, about to get dark, and I haven't left the house yet.   I did manage to make a delicious breakfast, drink lots of delicious coffee, be productive with writing stuff and then order sushi for lunch though!  And tonight we're going over our friends Mandy and Sean's house to watch Groundhog Day the movie together, which has kind of become a yearly tradition.  Do you love that movie too? Let's talk about it in the comments like there's no tomorrow.