Sunday, January 26, 2014

"One More Thing" by B.J. Novak

Just when I thought I couldn't possibly be any more excited for B.J. Novak's new book than I already was, this book trailer was released, and now my psychitude has grown beyond measure.  Snooty French accents + Mindy Kaling + B.J. Novak = Absolute Perfection.

My personal favorite line: "I know every word that Sartre said and he never said that." 
One More Thing hits shelves on February 4.  But if you want a sneak peek beforehand, check out this hilarious excerpt here.  B.J. will thank you for it. (See below for shameless documentation of that time B.J. and I chatted on Twitter like a couple of old friends.)

See?  We're basically one matching tattoo away from BFF status now!

Friday, January 24, 2014

New Coldplay Album?

Word on the worldwide web is that a new Coldplay album may quite possibly be released in 2014, and I think I can speak for everyone when I say that this news makes me feel like I’m in Paradise. (See what I did there?) This Grammy award-winning band of Brits has always been a favorite of
mine—a staple for my Spotify playlists and mix CDs—and the prospect of new Coldplay songs to add into my rotation in the coming year brings waterfall-sized teardrops of joy to my eyes. (Too much?)

Be that as it may, it doesn't take a Scientist (last one, I swear) to figure out that the placement of Coldplay songs throughout playlists is a refined art—a delicate balancing act, if you will.  When properly peppered throughout a playlist, Coldplay can provide the perfect variation to a mix—invoking inspiration, motivation, and contemplation in all the right places.  Yes, I would daresay that in moderation, a healthy dose of Coldplay can enhance even the weakest of playlists. 

Take caution though, Coldplay listeners, for the key word here is moderation.  Binge listening is
another beast entirely, and let’s just say it’s a slippery slope from feeling pumped (Viva la Vida), to mellow (Yellow), to hugging your knees while sobbing in the shower. (Fix You)

Who better to illustrate some of the more…interesting…side effects of Coldplay listening, than America’s sweetheart, Adam Devine!  Enjoy!

Monday, January 6, 2014

An Open Letter to Prince Harry's Beard

Your Royal Beardness,

It is with great shock and trepidation that I’ve come to learn your promising young life may soon be “cut off” all too soon.  The internet is abuzz with rumors that Queen Elizabeth has requested Prince Harry to shave you from his face.  Words cannot express how deeply I will miss you.

Prince Harry’s was a face that, up until a few months ago, I naively thought couldn’t be improved upon.  But you proved me wrong, dear beard, rendering Prince Harry’s face more marvelously studly than ever before.  For that, I am forever in your gratitude.

Ours was a classic, whirlwind romance—like that of a fairytale, or Nancy Meyers rom-com.  You sprouted into my life in November of 2013, and my abounding love for you blossomed at once.  Never had I seen facial hair so gloriously scruffy, so deliciously stubbly—the perfect balance of well-kempt and devil-may-care.  And the color—oh, the color!  A resplendent, burnt orange, like that of a perfectly ripened carrot, or the sky during a majestic Hawaiian sunset.

Now, on this cold day in January of 2014 (a mere two months into our romance) I find our relationship to be in grave danger, and I fear our time together may soon come to an end.  I just wish I had told you sooner, how deeply I cared for you.  You always think there’ll be more time, you know?  Therefore, let this letter serve, not only as a tearful farewell, but also as a lasting testimony of my deep appreciation, admiration, and affection for you.  

How cruel, how downright unjust, that a love as pure and as selfless as ours should be thwarted, ruined, “sheared” away, by royal protocol!  To be fair, the situation is a bit “hairy.”  I understand the Queen’s need to keep up appearances, and her desire for a clean-cut royal family.  But at what cost?  Are two clean-shaven cheeks really worth sacrificing a lifetime of magical, scruffy bliss?  I think not!

Despite all this, I know my lamenting is an exercise in futility (as the Queen of England's opinion on this matter admittedly holds more weight than my own).  And so, it is time to say goodbye, sweet beard.  Perhaps someday I will see you again—maybe Harry will go on a long camping trip, or a sudden shortage of facial hair trimmers will occur in the UK.  I welcome that day with open arms.  Until then, just know this: though we never met in person, and our time together was short, that doesn’t make our romance any less magnificent, beautiful, and deeply “rooted” in love.

Yours always and forever,


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Frozen Confusion

So here's a fun fact.  There are two very different movies called Frozen: one from 2010 starring Emma Bell, and one from 2013 starring Kristen Bell.

And here's some free advice.  If you find yourself home alone on a snowy day, in the mood to watch a fun, wintery movie, don't mistakenly watch the 2010 Frozen movie.  Unless your idea of fun is watching stranded skiers suffer horrible frostbite and eventually get eaten alive by wolves.

Not that anyone I know has made this mixup recently or anything, but,'ve been warned.


Happy New Year!