Friday, August 28, 2009

Good News Friday

Ryan and I have decided to reinstate Good News Friday, which I think is very good news. Here are a few choice items for you on this lovely, rainy, quiet kind of day.

1) Farmville. I mostly joined this app on Facebook to make fun of my coworker whose Newsfeed let me know that he was "givin' up city life and startin' a farm!" SO lame that I couldn't help but mock. However, once I started a farm of my own (expecting to delete it 5 minutes later), I admittedly got a bit hooked. And apparently I'm not alone. According to this article, 11 million users are joining Farmville daily, and in two months it will rival my other favorite, World of Warcraft, for highest online play. Probably because unlike WoW, Farmville only requires you check it daily and harvest whatever crops have bloomed. Pretty simple, pretty fun.

2)The original Winnie-the-Pooh drawings. These are so adorable, and I haven't seen them in a long long time. There's something simple and pure here that makes me very happy. Enjoy.

3) Sorry I Missed Your Party. It's pictures of other people's parties, from Flickr. Some of these are great. My favorite one is: "The 2nd worst rave I've ever been to."

4) The reason some girls stay single. HILARIOUS. Apologies if I already passed this along to you (namely, Ryan), but it's so great it's worth listening to again.

5) Baby Alice. My sister keeps rick-rolling me with this video, which I know Ryan has seen but it is oh-so-adorable, so I thought I'd post it here too. It makes me smile. Cutie pie.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Rockstars

I just saw this Intel ad on Pandora. Love it. Enjoy:

The great return. Again.

I've been gone for a while, I know. Just to catch you up, here are some things that have been going on since the last time we talked:

1) I moved into Manhattan. Which is incredibly exciting, mostly due to the travel time it has saved me in all aspects of my life. I'm 3 blocks away from work. Need I say more?

2) I have completely lost touch with all news, blogs, trade publications, The Daily Show, Colbert, Conan, Twitter, and everything else I used to follow religiously. I basically live in a cave at this point. I plan to reconnect with the rest of the connected world as soon as possible. In similar news, the New York Times has not processed my change of address and therefore I couldn't read the weekend paper even if I wanted to.

3) My coworkers and I have started Thirsty Thursdays on the rooftop of our new building, and I am loving it. I've complained for a year now that our team is not social. I think the open floor plan I had been dreading has actually contributed greatly toward increased socialization, which I am grateful for.

4) I went to Six Flags with my sister last weekend, and as we drove through Wild Safari we saw a horse eat a baby. Well, not a horse per se, I think it was technically a 'Mongolian ass,' and it was actually not eating the baby, it was murdering it, and the baby was not a human baby, it was a baby "Black Buck"... which oddly enough was white and brown. But no matter how you spin it, it was deeply disturbing, and quite frankly I think Wild Safari should give us our money back. For reals.

5) I've seen several movies and shows lately that are noteworthy. In terms of shows, I saw Next to Normal last night (read the post below for more info). I also saw Songs for a New World last weekend. It's one of my favorite shows but the performance was horrible, which was very entertaining. As far as movies in the theater go, I saw The Proposal and The Ugly Truth - terrific romantic comedies. I highly recommend them. As far as DVDs go, I'm way into documentaries lately, and pretty much all I've been talking about since I saw it is a documentary about the Jonestown massacre. If you don't know much about this cultural happening, please go read/watch about it. It's fascinating and frightening.

6) I've been tackling several books at once. Right now I'm reading Rabbit, Run; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Jane Eyre; and Condensed Knowledge. Of course, I've spent too much time going out with friends and not enough time actually reading any of these books to make any progress.

And just a final thought in closing. I hate hate hate when people ask me what my hobbies are. Someone asked me that this weekend. What do you mean, what are my hobbies? Is working a hobby? What about drinking beer? I basically work a million hours, go out after work, and crash on the weekend. Dear world, please stop asking me what my hobbies are. I'm an adult, and I have no answer to that question.

Monday, August 24, 2009

"close enough to normal to get by"

Tonight I went to see Next to Normal. All I can say is... Go. See it. Now. Please. It is phenomenal, and all other musicals on Broadway should take notice.

1) Alice Ripley. Living legend. She was fantastic.

2) The set and the lights. Oh. My. God. Did these people win a Tony for that? They should have.

3) The story. Who writes a musical about bipolar disorder? Seriously. But wow I am so glad they did. It was gut-wrenching (I cried straight through the last 25 minutes or so and teared up multiple times before that), but it was also hopeful at the end. Done and done and done so well. And I read in the program that it was based on a 10-minute play these guys wrote for some class based on an article they read about electroshock therapy. Crazy.

4) The music. As my sister pointed out, the music was incredibly disjointed, disrupted, interrupted, which perfectly portrayed the story. And the vocals were hot.

Seriously, go see this show. I haven't seen a musical like this in a long time, and I'm sure I won't see another one like this for a while. It says something. It means something. It grabs your heart. And it's worth every penny. It's a musical done the way musicals should be done. So please go see it. And bring some tissues.