What’s In a Name?

Legwarmers

So you’ve always wanted to be on Broadway (just like half the restaurant staff in New York City).  Maybe you played the lead in Guys and Dolls in high school, or maybe you’ve only ever had the guts to sing into your hairbrush. Either way, if you dream of making it big on the Great White Way, there’s one golden rule for auditioning: answer to whatever name they call you.  If your name is Howard and they call you Billy, your new name is Billy.

Years ago, when my only aspiration was to see my name in lights, I auditioned for RENT. To say I was excited would be an understatement – I was over the moon (get it Rentheads?). I had prepared “Take Me or Leave Me” as my audition piece and planned to blow the last few hairs off the Casting Director’s head. Only I never even got to the opening note.  Find out what happened – after the jump!

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Swing from the Chandelier

Chandelier

Happy Monday!  Wanted to share with you a song I am loving right now.  This oughta be enough to get you out of bed on this Monday morning (leotard and wig not required).

The video reminds me of how – as kids – we played pretend all the time.  We were astronauts, pop stars, and doctors.  Ballerinas, athletes, and explorers.  We’d go whole hog into character, healing friends with toy stethoscopes and taking slow, giant steps on the moon – with so much conviction that one day it wouldn’t be pretend anymore, it’d be real.

I think Sia’s new video does a beautiful job capturing all that energy and hope.  And, besides, us grown-ups would all benefit from a little pretend now and then.

Have a great week, my astronauts.  Let’s swing from the chandeliers, shall we? My Monday anthem after the jump!

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Friday, I’m in Love

Friday in Love

Friday’s here and not a second too soon!  I hope you all have a great weekend – may this classic from The Cure be just the beginning of your weekend shenanigans.  Let there be lots of eyeliner and hairspray in your immediate future!

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Head to the Beach!

Girls on Surfboards

If you’re anything like everyone else on the planet, you don’t enjoy getting dumped – especially when you moved all the way to Mexico for your boyfriend. But even more depressing is staying home in “Dumpsville”, wallowing in Ben & Jerry’s (and self pity) and watching Pretty Woman. What happened to being a strong independent woman?  I need Kelly Clarkson to tell me where can I find her again.

The honest answer is you probably won’t find her at home, moping around in your boyfriend’s old t-shirts surrounded by the artifacts of your relationship. Instead, get out of town for a few days – change your underwear and change the scenery.  No one can say you don’t deserve a getaway!

I certainly needed one after my recent break-up, and what better place to distract myself from all the tears in my beer than at the beach.  It is almost impossible to be unhappy when you’re covered in Hawaiian Tropic.  Here are a few other reasons why you should celebrate your single status at the beach: AFTER THE JUMP!

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Turtle Love

Turtle Love

If you were a young girl growing up in the 80’s, like me you probably had a little crush on a boy band – juuuust maybe not the same one.  I fell hard for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (you can imagine how popular that made me).  But now I have a scientific theory about that crush that I think may explain much about modern love.  (Okay, maybe not scientific, but I definitely made a lot of doodles about it in my Trapper Keeper.) …SO IT GOES LIKE THIS…AFTER THE JUMP!

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Easy on the Eyes

Roerich - NY State of Unwind

What do you get when a Russian, a mystic, and an artist walk into a room? - Find out after the jump!

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Favorite Books

Mini Books

If you asked me what my favorite book is, I’d tell you …find out after the jump!

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The Inner Monologue of a Toddler Using a Smartphone

Baby on Phone 3

What babies are REALLY thinking while they drool all over your phone… AFTER THE JUMP!

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Silver Linings

Silver Linings

What’s the worst thing that happened to you this week? An annoying co-worker? A rainy day? An apocalyptic zombie outbreak? Ugh, tell me about it. But why don’t we ever …more (about that zombie apocalypse after the jump!)

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Why the Airport is Heaven on Earth

Pink Airplane

Airports get an unfair reputation – but besides the foul-smelling feet in 15D and the accusatory TSA agent, I’m a little confused why. Sure, having to re-mortgage your house to pay those baggage fees is annoying…and traveling with that friend who requires horse tranquilizers to board a regional shuttle is a challenge.  Oy, and your mom who is so nervous about losing her boarding pass that she buries it in her giant purse at the bottom of the abyss and then panics that she’s lost it EVERY 5 MINUTES.

But, hey, all that aside, the airport is essentially an adult playground. For starters, it is absolutely the best excuse to …MORE AFTER THE JUMP!

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