So last night I had a really weird dream that my leg was literally falling apart and I had to run away from a fireworks display gone wrong. I am super confused about what that is supposed to mean. I realllllllllly wish that I had some type of control over whatever ridiculous dreams run through my head on a nightly basis. Here are the first few ideas that come to mind.
-I’m 11 and Jimmy Fallon is my older brother. We go shopping for Airwalks and make fun of the circus.
-I win a battle against LL Cool J. Doesn’t matter what we’re battling for/over/against, I win.
-I can fly, but only like three feet off the ground so I just zoom around and mock people on the street while feeling a LITTLE bit safer.
-I invented Orange Julius.
-I have a pet penguin that wears tiny tshirts and only answers to the name Uzi. He dances like Tracey Jordan on Conan on various street corners and we make a killing.
-I’m allergic to everything except marshmallows. (?)
-The picture frames on my apartment walls are never crooked and whenever someone walks in the door the first thing they exclaim is “HOW LOVELY!”
-I am a professional cake taster. I do not get fat/turn into Bruce from Matilda.
-My bangs always look great.
Maybe now that I’ve thrown them out there, they’ll all become real. Fingers crossed.
I cannot stop crying. It is 1:52 am and I am weeping over a woman I never came in contact with.
I think the best way to put things in perspective is by admitting I am crying more tears over Nora Ephron’s passing than my great grandmother passing away a month ago. This sounds harsh, but the truth is I never knew my great grandmother and she never knew me. Nora Ephron, I knew her and she definitely knew me. She knew my head. She knew my heart. She knew my strengths. She knew my weaknesses. She could take things we all have felt so deeply but couldn’t properly explain and put words to them. She had the perfect words for moments of anger, moments of joy, moments of utter confusion. She had words for what life is… your relationship with yourself and your relationship with others. Life is so damn messy and difficult sometimes. Relationships with the people you love unconditionally are what make life bearable.
This is why I love her films. The relationships are raw. The situations are honest. The characters are real. The characters have to figure things out as they go. You feel as if you are one with the characters. When Harry Met Sally came out the year I was born. I am not saying this as an exaggeration to honor her after her death. I am saying this because I have felt it in my soul since I saw it for the first time at age 9, When Harry Met Sally is the best romantic comedy of all time. I own three variations of it. I have a framed poster of it in my living room. I have deliberately never kissed a man on New Years Eve because it is such a special holiday to me because of the famous ”When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible” speech. Thus, I literally only want to share that midnight moment with the man I spend the rest of my life with. My perpetual singleness is due to the fact I have been waiting to find a Harry Burns my whole life. It is the perfect love story on film because you get to witness both sides. I can fully understand the term “chick flick” being thrown around with other romantic comedies, but if you dare say that about an Ephron one, you better check yourself before you wreck yourself. I will not judge you if you are more devoted to Sleepless in Seattle or You’ve Got Mail. They are equally magical. I think we can all agree on one thing, she just got it. She got what everyone is searching for. She could put herself in any characters’ shoes. That is a true writer; not just creating a world but being able to see it through several different perspectives.
I could go into great detail about her work. I want you to explore it yourself and be just as in love with it though. Please watch her movies. Please read her essays and books. Please be weird and rewind scenes. Laugh. Cry. Force yourself to think about your life. What do you want out of it? Make it happen for yourself. Realize the people you can’t live without. Spend lots of time with them and don’t waste your time on the others.
"You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting shorter, and you can’t put things off thinking you’ll get to them someday. If you really want to do them, you better do them. There are simply too many people getting sick, and sooner or later you will. So I’m very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it." - Nora Ephron
Can Someone Dress Me Like These Characters Everyday?
Any time we actually have to look presentable, Ash and I will yell, “Why can’t someone just do this for us? We should not be responsible for dressing ourselves!” I wish I had the effortless style of any of these characters, which under closer inspection lead me to believe that really I can’t decide whether I want to dress like a man or a baby girl/princess.
Over the past week or so it seems like Nate, Tay and I have found quite a few reasons to find ourselves at the movie theater. (You know, to see the moving pictures.) Let’s take a moment to reflect. Spoiler alerts?
Prometheus - Ok….Nate and I saw this one last Friday. Basically, it was just as terrifying as I thought it would be in the sense that I no longer want a pet octopus and I am 100% sure I would not know how to approach Michael Fassbender in an every day situation after seeing him in flip flops bleaching his roots. A ton of other terrifying things happen but I feel like that alarmed me the most. (Why can’t I find a picture of him with those crazy roots? I can’t let this go.)
Moonrise Kingdom - We talked about this briefly the other day but it is totally worth another glance. We are huge Wes Anderson fans (like every other person alive I believe) so this was a no brainer. After waiting for what felt like 22 years for it to be released in our city, we went opening night and cannot wait to see it again. Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. Um…obviously yes.
Safety Not Guaranted - Ok. If you’re not truckin’ along on the Mark Duplass train, you probably just haven’t had the chance to do so yet. Aubrey Plaza is absolutely wonderful. Jake Johnson is out of control. I was so nervous the whole time because i knew it was going to end. I cried probably three times (which is a definite improvement over my reaction when leaving the theater after Jeff Who Lives At Home which Duplass both wrote and directed. I could not control my emotions. At all.) Movies that make me fall in love with storytelling all over again are so dear to my heart. It took about 20 seconds for this one to be added to the list.
There are also a ton of trailers out right now that have us super excited to keep up the trips. I’ll leave you with one of our most recent favorites. We’re completely obsessed with both Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan (one of the cutest couples ever.) and this has just put us in a daze.
We saw Moonrise Kingdom on Friday. We bought beetle charms. We’re in love with everything about it. Edward Norton? Obviously. Bill Murray is always an OBVIOUS YES. Dancing on the beach. Daisies in their hair. We can’t get enough.
1. Mary Dodd. One of our besties, hailing from North Carolina, is partying it up with us this weekend. In her free time, she enjoys Lisa Frank, potato chips and being hilarious. You can creep on her here:
“She is a famous beauty. She is nine months old. [Model] Baptiste [Giaconi] gave her to me for Christmas to watch for two weeks when he was away but then I refused to give her back. I thought she was too cute. She is like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food. She doesn’t touch my food. She doesn’t want to eat on the floor. She sleeps under a pillow and she even knows how to use an iPad. She has two personal maids, for both night and day. She is beyond spoiled.”—Karl Lagerfeld on his kitten, Choupette (via megsokay)
First of all, that is the second time I’ve written “4EVER” today in a somewhat serious manner. I’ll never stop writing it. I will use the phrase “4EVER” for 4EVER. Booyah!
Moving on… everyone and their mother knows I have a long list of celebrity crushes. They range from Billy Burke (Otherwise known as Charlie Swan. Yes, Bella’s dad in the Twilight series.) to that guy in Beyonce’s “Halo” music video. Was he actually an angel? I basically gain at least one crush every day. Along with all of my male crushes, I have girl crushes too. I don’t want to kiss these ladies or you know build a life together with them or anything, but I would love to be their pal and share tips on how to look really great in mixed patterns. Now, I know you may not expect it, but there is a third type of crush. I have crushes on couples. This occurs when a man and woman are dating or married and I literally can’t make up my mind on which one is better or more amazing.
Here are some of my favorite things related to one of my top couple crushes, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. They are both gorgeous, silly, talented and seemingly two of the sweetest and most genuine people ever born. Honestly, I pretty much burst with rainbows and golden retriever puppies when I heard they were an item. I have been mildly obsessed with each of them for years. If they ever part ways, I will be in my apartment alone, eating my body weight in marshmallow fluff, punching threw walls and screaming into a Spiderman pillowcase.
Nascar version of Andrew:
Revlon, this was a genius move. I buy your products solely because she is a spokesperson.
Um, way to both be adorable in hats. Only about 8% of couples can do that.
One word. SASSY.
Laughter City! This almost made me cry. I really need to get a life.
Everything they said and did at the MTV movie awards a few days ago.
Please read this entire article about her. It is precious. And my life goal is for Steve Carell to make fun of me so I am very jealous.