Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Movie Night

One of the most exciting things about the summer as a kid was when my parents would take my sister and I to a drive-in movie. 

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Even without a retro finned convertible (we had a 1990 Toyota Land Cruiser) the evening felt so classically "summer" and my parents would really make an event out of it.

We would pack pillows, flashlights and sleeping bags. My mom would have snacks on hand and my dad would always make a point to take us to the snack stand for something special. Then, after it got dark, we would slip into our PJs, unroll our sleeping bags on the folded-down backseats and either finish watching the movie, or fall asleep. I definitely remember pretending to be asleep a few times so that my parents wouldn't bother me and I could ride home stretched out in the "way-back" (as it was before seat-belts were a mandatory practice).

Scott and I usually make a point to fit at least one drive-in movie into our summer, but depending on the location, it's becoming more and more difficult to find decent drive-in theaters these days. I suspect this summer it will be particularly hard for us to fit it into our schedule since we're schlepping all over the northeast as we move our lives to Boston.

This weekend we did a manage to at least slip away for a few hours to see a movie, albeit in a regular cinema. We saw the movie Chef, starring Jon Favreau (I remember him as Monica's boyfriend in Friends who leaves to become the Ultimate Fighting Champion, but, who knew, he also directed Elf as well as most of the Iron Man movies)Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, and introducing the very young, very funny, and very adorable EmJay Anthony. 

If you're looking for an entertaining feel-good movie, this is it, but the story doesn't take any twists and no line goes unresolved. One thing's for sure, it will most certainly leave you craving some delicious food-truck cuisine when it's over.

I love the onslaught of summer hits in theaters, and though I likely won't see more than one or two, some others I'm looking forward to this summer are :

A Million Ways To Die In The West (this one just looks hysterical)

Mood Indigo (because who doesn’t love a silly French romance with Audrey Tautou?) 

The Hundred-Foot Journey (another feel-good food flick, this one produced by Oprah & Steven Spielberg)

What If (a potentially edgy new take on the ever-existing question about whether men and women can just be friends)

Love Is Strange (this one's getting great reviews and a has a fantastic cast)

    and of course ... 

    The Giver

    It's going to be hard to choose! Have you seen any good in-theater films lately?

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    Winds In The East

    I can’t believe that it’s been a full month since my last post, literally and exactly 1 month, and so much has happened in the past four weeks.

    For those of you who know me well, you know there’s been a lot of excitement going on recently. First off, my boyfriend Scott had stealthily been looking to find a job near a city where the job economy is better for my career. I’ve been out of Manhattan for about 8 months, and while I’ve had a number of leads on employment, nothing has panned out. To be frank, it was getting outright depressing. 

    Then, 2 weeks ago Scott was offered a job just 30 minutes outside of this gorgeous city:

    Source: WedInBoston.wordpress.com

    Yes, that's right. We are moving to Boston, Massachusetts! There are so many exciting things about this move. In addition to the Boston job market being much more promising than where we are currently, a good number of our friends also live there, and we will both be much closer to our parents. We are SO pumped! And those of you who know me extremely well, you know that I've been semi-in-love with Boston since I first visited the city at the age of six. 

    And for additional excitement, our second piece of news is that we got engaged! After being in a relationship together for almost seven years, I knew marriage was on the table, but I wasn’t expecting him to propose when he did. He popped the question shortly after telling me he got the new job, and, oblivious as I am sometimes, it took me a while to realize it was even happening -- I hadn’t even noticed the ring! He also got home somewhat late that evening, so I was already changed for bed and curled up with a book. Plans changed a bit and we headed out to one of our favorite bars to celebrate instead.

    Source: personal photographs

    As you can imagine, since then we’ve been a bit busy looking at apartments, beginning to wrap things up in Pennsylvania, and relocating my job search to the Boston-metro area (and on that note, if you know anyone looking for a marketing or fundraising/development professional around Boston, I'd love to hear from you). 

    Depending on our current landlord, we could be moving anytime between July 1 and August 1, so things are a little chaotic and we’re just figuring things out as they come. I'll be sure to keep you all posted as everything unfolds. 

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

    Weekly Wrap-up

    Source: personally photographed

    Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! Are you doing anything fun or exciting for the holiday? We are heading down to Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of Maryland to spend today with my boyfriend's family (his youngest niece is turning 6!) and then hanging out with some wonderful friends for the rest of the weekend in Chestertown. After a number of stormy days here in PA, I'm looking forward to some sun and warm weather. 

    Hope you have a fantastic holiday, and in case you get stuck inside due to rain, here's a weekly wrap-up for your enjoyment:

    • Memorial Day weekend signals an onslaught of summer projects. If you're looking for inspiration, Sherry and John at Young House Love should get you in the mood. 
    • This week the National September 11 Memorial & Museum opened itself to the public. So how do you promote a site like this while paying due service to gravity of the subject matter? I’ll let you be the judge, but here’s a look at the new ad campaign.
    • Do you have your summer reading list already? I recently finished this book and loved it. Next up is Malcolm Gladwell’s new book (I just have to wait for my boyfriend to finish it first). 
    • Speaking of shopping locally, these guys are making it super easy to support vendors Nearby.
    • And, some words of wisdom to close the week on . . .

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

    The Best Commencement Speeches

    It's already late May and it’s officially graduation and wedding season. As it turns out, for the first time in a seven of years, I don’t have either type of event on my agenda this summer -- and I'm totally torn. While I’m glad to be saving some money and look forward to the extra free weekends, at heart, I’m just sucker for the pomp and party that comes with such occasions. 

    What I do love, without actually having to attend a ceremony, are all the commencement speeches available online. Perhaps you've seen, but recently a team at NPR handpicked the best 300 graduation speeches since 1774.

    Source: NPR

    I’ve been perusing through the list, but I think one of my favorites will always be Conan O'Brien at Dartmouth in 2011. He's included amongst NPR's selections, but here's the direct video from YouTube.

    The tried-and-true Vermonter that I am, I (not so secretly) love his shout out to the Green Mountain State/Ben & Jerry's. And as always, he's hysterical through the whole thing!

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    Discovery: An Awesome New Magazine

    Last month my boyfriend and I took off for a long weekend trip to visit my grandparents in Florida. It was an amazing trip. To be fair, it’s always an amazing trip, but I’ll get into my love affair with the Sunshine State some other time. For now I want to share an amazing discovery I made while searching for in-flight reading material.

    Source: personally photographed

    Now, I enjoy items like Vogue, InStyle, and Real Simple as much as the next person, but they always seem the rotate the same "articles" about the best eyebrow shape for your face and how to organize your life in 10 easy steps. I mean … enough is enough. Don't you agree? 

    If so, you need to check out renegade COLLECTIVE. I guarantee you’ll find it’s a much-needed breath of fresh air. 

    Source: Renegade Collective / Collective Hub

    RC is incredibly innovative and takes interesting perspectives on regular topics covered by mainstream women’s magazines. You’ll find pieces covering fashion, design, travel and food, but everything is more content based and truly tailored to the modern career woman. The editors also make an effort to blend hard-news issues with the regular fluff you find in a lot of journals, so instead of only profiles on film stars and supermodels, you also find personable interviews with people like Jennifer Robinson, renowned Australian lawyer and member of the legal team representing Julian Assange. 

    Source: HeraldSun.com.au

    As a result, you find yourself educated while being entertained, learning about things from entrepreneurism in fashion design to the delicate nature of navigating customs as a controversial human rights lawyer.

    Taking a note from Jack Kerouac, the RC Team describes that its magazine is for the “mad ones”, the “game changers, rule breakers, thought leaders and style makers”.  A bold statement, but I think it absolutely delivers. The reader comes away motivated. I felt inspired to push myself creativity in my work and in my personal life. How many magazines these days are able to provoke their readers in such a way?

    And not to stress the point further, but it’s also just a beautiful journal to flip through. I promise, I'm not being paid to promote this in any way and I don't work for RC (I wish!) It's just my favorite new thing to read. I hope you enjoy it too!

    P.S. It looks like they also have a total blast putting together the magazine.