I received three emails about grilled cheese last week. One from a friend in London who seriously only emails me about this topic and two notifying me about “The Big Cheesy” this past weekend, from MK and Frousin Em. “The Big Cheesy” was a pop-up event by TimeOut New York featuring sandwiches from some of New York’s finest grilled cheese restaurants. In writing that sentence, I’m reminded how proud I am to live in a city with multiple grilled cheese restaurants.
I’ve been really into stories lately – I have been listening to the podcast of This American Life more than the new Taylor Swift album, making my mantra “Do it for the Story” (as inspired by Girls on HBO), and thinking about what story I would tell to Alex after the first commercial break if I were ever to make it on Jeopardy.
It is currently NY Fashion Week, which is why Fashion’s Night Out was Thursday. This event happens twice a year, in September, to showcase designers’ upcoming Spring collections, and in February, to showcase the upcoming Fall collections. CK challenged me to go to a NY Fashion Week Show as part of my 28 Things, and she had specified that it couldn’t be part of Fashion’s Night Out and had to be a real show.
The gals from work and I had *so* much fun at Fashion’s Night Out last year. We waited in front of Dash to catch a glimpse of Kim Kardashian (sorry), went to tons of stores’ parties in Soho, and were pretty well fed with appetizers and champagne all night long.
Many of my friends had more than one awesome suggestion for my 28 Things (to do before I turn 28) list, and Kater has the honor of being the first duplicate suggestion-maker (this is akin to being the most decorated Olympian in my world). She also happens to have two suggestions in a row, as she is who I have to thank for the Upright Citizens Brigade show (and I am now on 4 UCB shows and counting). Kater’s second suggestion on my list was to go to a book signing, which she said could be “weirdly inspirational” and she was absolutely right.
I am one of those people who says she doesn’t like Halloween. Everyone is always surprised when they learn that, inflating my ego with cries of “but you’re so creative!” I think there are two reasons behind this statement:
I’m kind of embarrassed to write this next post. You guys know I have a thing for seeing and taking pictures of celebrities. I equate it to wanting your own picture of Machu Picchu or one of you with the Great Pyramids. But I can’t really compare Kim Kardashian and DJ Pauly D to wonders of the world.
When I asked people to add to my “27 Things to do Before I Turn 27” list, Frousin Emily suggested to be part of a flashmob and gave me the link to ImprovEverywhere. I had seen “performances” by this group before so I of course agreed to add this item to my to-do list. On Saturday, we got to cross this off as we were a part of the Mp3 Experiment Eight in Battery Park City.
Kat and I may have broken two records this week. One, for hanging out twice in one week which we sadly haven’t done since college. Recently we’ve been keeping in touch mostly through our Words with Friends game, but we are luckily changing that! Two, for the amount of food we ate at Big Apple BBQ yesterday.
Since I work in TriBeCa, I have become excited about The TriBeCa Film Festival the last two years. Not necessarily because of the films (I have a really short attention span and basically watch three movies a year), but because of the celebrity sighting potential (as I mentioned here, I am not a cool New Yorker when it comes to this).
When Nicole and I moved in together in August we discussed how important it was to make sure we did not have any uninvited guests like rodents, Bronx Zoo cobras, or bed bugs. Therefore, instead of actually *participating* in today’s NYC Pillow Fight Day 2011 in Union Square, I just watched from behind the barrier.
Tonight’s “getting ready for the Holidays” event was Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square. The Winter’s Eve website claims to be NYC’s Largest Holiday Festival and was spread out on Broadway from 58th to 68th streets. This fair involved outdoor food booths, street performances, free offerings at stores in the area, activities for kids (make-your-own elf hats!), and a 25-foot balsam fir tree, which was lit at the beginning of the festival.
It’s pretty obvious that one of the best things about living in NYC is that there is always something to do. It’s not as obvious that one of these things to do would be to watch the International Quidditch World Cup. If you aren’t familiar with Quidditch, we probably aren’t very good friends. It is the game featured in Harry Potter, and while I don’t have a Gryffindor scarf (Emily), I did spend a good amount of time at my cousin Claire’s wedding right after the last book was released acting out spells with some of my other cousins. Yes, we are really cool and we are fully aware of this. I also have been frantically re-reading all seven books and re-watching all six movies in anticipation of HP and the Deathly Hallows (which Emily and I might go see after our Rockettes experience on Thursday).