throwback thursday: dave and me

Last night was David Letterman’s last show. I can’t say I’m too torn up because 10 out of 10 times, I’m watching The Golden Girls at that hour. However, I do have two tidbits of coolness (my bar is set pretty low) that relate to Mr. Letterman.

One- When I was younger, my family got a Christmas card from David Letterman. jealous? My dad went to Ball State University for his graduate degree. My father doesn’t talk to many people voluntarily so I don’t know how this happened, but he was talking to someone who also knew Dave and knew that he also went to Ball State. Christmas time came around and in our pile of cards, there was one from a fellow alum. I was young when this happened so I assumed this meant that we would get one every year. It didn’t, but it was fun while it lasted.

I just checked to see if my college had any super notable graduates, besides me, of course. We had a few politicians, one of which I took a religion class with. The guy who invented monster.com, Sal Ianozzi also walked through my college’s hallowed halls. I mean, cool but meh. My high school, however, is a celebrity machine. Chris Rock, Carole King, Judge Judy, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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I’m getting off topic. Moving on.

Two- I went to a commuter college and didn’t see a need to stick around after my classes were over. I went from a huge high school to a very small college, which is a different kind of shock. I’m also a shy person so if I knew that all of my friends were gone, I probably wasn’t going to stay either. That being said, I don’t know how or why I found out about the David Letterman show filming in one of our gyms with the basketball team. But I did and I went to check it out, probably hoping I could ask Dave for the Christmas cards that must have gotten lost in the mail. It turns out that they were filming a skit with Alan Kalter and needed extras. So I stayed. I grabbed some pom poms and pulled on a Saint Francis shirt and took my seat in the stands. I played along, screaming and booing when I was prompted to. i was a natural.

When the segment aired, I watched with my parents hoping to see a glimpse of me and prove that I was trying to be involved. Every day when I got home my father would ask me “Did you talk to any strangers today? Make any new friends?” The answer was usually no. This seemed like a good way to get him off my back. Except I didn’t make the cut. You didn’t see me once. what a rip.

Here it is, my failed moment of glory.

Did I earn any cool points?

Let’s discuss!

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third time’s a charm!

I’ve been nominated again for a Liebster Award! This time by Meghan from Hey Meghan. Thanks so much for the nomination and for thinking my posts are witty! =)

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We’ve seen them before but I’m going to post the rules again. I feel like I should mention that I already plan on breaking # 3.

The Rules: (Feel free to break them)

1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
2. Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post.
3. Nominate 10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. 
4. Answer the ten questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make ten questions of your own for your nominees.
5. Copy these rules in the post.
6. ALL THE NOMINEES ARE FREE TO ACCEPT OR REJECT THE NOMINATION.

Now for the questions…

Why did you start blogging?
Whenever you want to make a change in your life and you decide to tell people about it, someone will always say something along the lines of “make sure you’re doing it for yourself”. Losing weight, quitting smoking, finding a new job, breaking up with your loser boyfriend, etc. I started blogging because I wanted something that I could see through to the end. I’ve always liked to write and have been told that I do it well so I figured, why not? I felt like I need to be held responsible for something. For the last few (more than a few but let’s pretend) years I’ve been trying to figure out a direction in life. I felt like I needed a passion to follow. I figured I’d throw some of my mind vomit on to the internet, get discovered, and never have to work for the rest of my life. Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, or so I’ve heard. That hasn’t happened yet but I’ve found lots of people who I wish I knew in real life. And a community that I didn’t think existed on the internet. People are nice and supportive. Ugh this was too long and rambly. Sorry. Basically, I wanted to see if there was something I wouldn’t just give up on. I started a blog and so far, it’s going well. I mean, this is my third Liebster Award. ;P

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If you could hang out with anyone for a day who would it be and what would you do???
Oh man. Ok, a real life person would probably be my grandma. We would do whatever she wanted, since she’s traveling from heaven only to stay for the day. If I had my choice of activity though, it would be to walk up to the pizza place and get a slice of fresh tomato and mozzarella pizza, go to Baskin Robbins for a cappuccino blast. We would then walk back to her apartment and sit at the table and eat and talk, like we used to. I can’t decide if I would want to be myself now and fill her in on everything or if I’d want to be about 7 years old again.

If I got to hang out with a celebrity, oh man. There are just so many. I would say Harry Styles because he seems like a good time but that would probably be an obvious answer coming from me. Then I was thinking Taylor Swift because she too seems like a good time. And I’d try to get the dirt on Harry. Maybe Mindy Kaling? Or Anna Kendrick? Melissa McCarthy? LEONARDO DICAPRIO?? No, I don’t think he’s taking his role of the new George Clooney too well. Maybe in a few years. Prince Harry? Kate Middleton? Ugh. I can’t choose.

What is your favorite “curse word” or insult. (ex: mine currently is asshat)
All of them. Every single one of them.

Tell me one weird fact about yourself.
I still get my photos “developed”. I order prints from Snapfish all the time. When they come, I have to write who is in the picture, the event and date on the back and put them in an album.

If you were one of the Avengers which one would you be?
Loki. I’ve never seen the Avengers but he seems pretty bad ass. And he’s hotter than Thor. #sorrynotsorry

Tell me about an awkward date or crush.
All of my crushes are awkward. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. How about the time I started to really like this one guy and I thought the feeling was kinda mutual but it turns out it wasn’t. I was friendzoned, BIG time. Long story short, he’s engaged now and I have this blog. i think we all know who the real winner is here.

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What is currently your favorite show to watch?
THE MINDY PROJECT. There are other shows too. Look though my past posts and you’ll find them. I watch wayy too much television.

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If you could get a free ticket to anywhere where would you go??
Of course I don’t have just one answer for this question. Domestically, California. I would just start up north and work my way down. Internationally, Europe. I’d Eurotrain my way through the continent. Hotel accommodations are included in this deal too, right?

What is one thing you could live without?
The need to work. amirite?

What is something or some place that makes you happy??
Even though I feel like I’m always annoyed at something, lots of things make me happy. Too many to name since I’ve already rambled through this whole thing.

Ok, now here are the questions that anyone who reads this can answer (you can answer them in the comments if you want!). Notice how I’m breaking rule # 3.

What is something that you probably should throw away, but probably never will?
What is your favorite town/city in the world? If you don’t travel much (like me), what city is on the top of your travel bucket list?
If you were to change your name, what would you change your name to? Why?
If you had a time machine, what time would you go back to? Or would you fast forward?
What was the best compliment you’ve ever received?
What is your favorite line from a film?
What actor/actress do you think is over-hyped?
What was your favorite book growing up?
If you had unlimited money and space, what one thing would you add to your bedroom?
What is your favorite smell?

If you want to answer these questions, be my guest! I can’t wait to read your answers!

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photo dump: all around central park

I know I post about Central Park excessively and today’s post is no different. I make no apologies.

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If you could only chose one of my many Central Park posts to read though, it should be this one. It’s worth it, I promise.

Lisa and I decided to take a trip out of our comfort zones this time. And by out of our comfort zones I mean waaayy out. Like to Harlem. I’ve been wanting to go to the Conservancy Garden up there because it’s absolutely gorgeous. Like, so gorgeous the pictures actually do it justice.

See? I told you.

A little hint to Central Park is that when you walk through the park, your walk goes faster. So, through the park we walked. And walked. And walked. Just to give you an idea, I’ve taken the liberty of highlighting our trail. This is a pretty rough representation, but you should get the idea.

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So, yea. Thank God for benches.

You know what’s funny though? Lisa and I both said that we didn’t want to walk the whole length of the park and that we would leave and get on the train when we were ready to eat or when we just had enough. That obviously didn’t happen. we do this all the time. everything is a production.

After the park we went for linner. Which we walked to. It was about 6 blocks from where we exited the park. I mean, go big or go home, right? Then I got it in my head that I wanted to go to Rockefeller Center. There was a mishap with a bus route so we ened up walking another 6-ish blocks back to Rockefeller.

Just keep in mind that we started out the day in Harlem, on East 110th Street. Now we’re on West 45th. That’s 65 city blocks (and then some) and across town. I should be 75 pounds with thighs that could crack walnuts.

Fifth Avenue, as usual, did not disappoint.

Yes, I know the Palace Hotel isn’t on 5th. It’s close enough though.

What a difference a season makes.

After Rockefeller we were pretty spent so we got a nice cupcake from Magnolia for the Express bus ride home. which is not so express. 

I didn’t know where to put these two pictures but I really liked them.

When we got home, I watched the end of “You’ve Got Mail”, which is the perfect New York movie. #lifeimitatesart

That wan’t too bad, was it? I have to go and put my feet up now. I don’t know if they’ll ever forgive me.

*All of these photos were edited with BeFunky. I was getting a little tired of PicMonkey so I Googled and found them. I totally recommend them if you’re looking for a web based editor. A premium subscription is the same price as PicMonkey so it’s definitely worth a try! And no, they aren’t paying me to say any of that. Although, I wouldn’t mind if they did.

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i love a happy ending

I hadn’t planned on two posts today but sometimes, you just get lucky. spoiler alert: there may also be one tomorrow!

I was scrolling through Facebook and I was one of those videos that everyone shares. You know, the ones with the titles like “Dog bites owner. You’ll cry when you find out why!” Anyway, I was about to pass it because I tend to ignore them. We all do, let’s be real. But whoever posted it said that the video was made in my local mall.

Now I’m intrigued.

I live in a nice neighborhood but the mall has been a bone of contention since it went up back in the 70’s. Recently, there have been mobs and riots there because apparently there’s nothing else to do in a mall but cause chaos. Like people aren’t trying to shop. My point is that sadly, I wouldn’t be surprised if this video ended in a serious confrontation. i’m really selling my surroundings, aren’t i?

By the end of the video I had tears prickling my eyes. It wasn’t an overly emotional moment by any means but it helped to restore some of my faith in humanity, which is always a good thing.

Did you think that was going to end as well as it did?

Let’s discuss!

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A month of Mindy?

Hey hey, it’s Friday!

I’m back again with my favorites of the week except until last night, my week was pretty uneventful, for the most part. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I only have two things to write about but they’re pretty exciting, I promise.

So, remember about two weeks ago when Fox lost their minds and canceled The Mindy Project? Sure you do. Well, our friends at Hulu swooped in a saved the day.

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They just ordered a 27 episode season! TWENTY SEVEN EPISODES! 

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That’s like, a month of Mindy!

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sure do!

My second favorite thing this week is that I entered myself in to a photography contest! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now but I never really felt comfortable to pull the trigger. I don’t really know anyone who has done this before to turn to for advice so I kept putting it off until finally, I found one that looked legit and was open for submissions with no certain theme.

I submitted two photos but the deadline is the 18th and there’s no entry limit (it’s just $5.95 an entry, but from what I’ve seen, that’s cheap) so I might sit on it for a day or so and maybe add more. Since another one of the draws to this contest was that I still own the rights to my photos, I’m going to share them here so you can tell me what you think!

I know you’ve seen them before in past posts but pretend you haven’t, OK? Cool.

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Actually, you only get one for right now. I edited the other one and it’s hanging out in my computer at home. excellent blogging skills, martina.

Anyway, even if I don’t win, I’ll get some sort of participation certificate and I believe my name will be listed under “Honorable Mentions” in the Photographer’s Forum magazine. My Field Day nightmares are starting to creep back in. participation ribbons for the losers everyone!

Winners will be announced in July so, for now, fingers crossed!

What are your plans for the weekend? How excited for Mindy are you?

Let’s discuss!
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“i can’t hear you, i’m trying to enjoy myself!”

Happy Mother’s Day!

What are your plans for the day?

Let’s Discuss!

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it’s friday. here are some things.

I swear, sometimes I think I should just hang up my blogging hat and walk away while I still have some of my sanity. I was off from work today so I decided that I was going to take a couple of hours and work on my post for tomorrow. That way I could do my nails tonight, which is something I haven’t done in like a week. and it’s driving me nuts.

Of course, that didn’t work out as planned. I was about 80% done when I CLOSED MY BROWSER.

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So here we are, back at square one. I’ve never been one for sports but there’s a saying about hopping back on the horse and leading it to drink. Yes? No? Whatever.

I was in Sephora with my mom the other day because I had a gift card that was burning a hole in my pocket. Except I forgot that I had used most of it already so I really had about $2.40 sized hole. I was hoping to find the Anime OCC lip tar, which I did and I love it, but that’s for later. Then I wandered over to the fragrances. I’ve been looking for a signature scent for a while now. I’m not picky but I definitely know what I like. Is it me or do most perfumes nowadays smell the same? Anyway, I was sniffing around and found Warm Cotton by Clean. WELL. I fell in love. It smells like fresh laundry but also perfume. It’s not overly fabric softener but that part of the scent is definitely unmistakable. I don’t even like fresh scents that much but this one, WOOF.

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Now, about that lip tar. Anime is a HOT pink. It’s perfect for summer. I can’t wait to have a tan, throw on a crisp, white tee shirt and some denim shorts, swipe on some mascara and this lip tar and be ready to go. ahh, summer.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a commercial that’s made me laugh. Or at least smile and blow extra air through my nose. The other night I saw this one and fell in love. It’s a six part series so be sure to check out the rest!

This is my favorite one. Terry, Mary, and Josie are my spirit animals. Especially Mary. My favorite line from this video is from Mary when she says “That’s my biggest nightmare, dying on an empty stomach”. i feel ya, mary.

Speaking of television, and I can’t believe I’m writing this, FOX CANCELLED THE MINDY PROJECT. 

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I was crushed this morning when I found out. But I knew Mindy would want me to summon my inner warrior and figure out a way to move on.

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I signed on to Tumblr to find out what was going on. I may be too old for that site but those 12 year olds know their stuff. It’s like a sweatshop for TV spoilers, gifs, memes and One Direction. Anyway, that’s when I saw the silver lining to this situation. HULU MIGHT PICK UP THE MINDY PROJECT. For at least two seasons.

There is a God.

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I’m excited because this means a lot of things. One, more Mindy. And Danny, Morgan, Jeremy, Tamra, and Bev. Two, more freedom. Hulu is like cable. We may be able to see Danny in his Diamond Dan thong. fingers crossed. Three, Mindy and Danny as parents. Four, a resolution to the Danny schelpping to India to meet Mindy’s parents cliffhanger. I mean, do I have to go on?

It seems like there won’t be a definitive answer until next month. So, now we wait.

What are your favorite perfumes/scents? Mindy on Hulu – yay or nay?

What else is going on?

Let’s discuss!

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