Sunday, September 20, 2015

2015 Sundance Film Festival, Part 3

I mean for reals, can I get a holla!!!  No, for reals, holla I am finishing up our Sundance Film Festival adventures from...ahem...just a tiny bit ago...Whatever, year I will make you help.  I feel certain this morning started with a stop for lattes at our most favzy little coffee shop in Park City, The Java Cow and as usual we hit the ground running in search of all things celebrity! 

Adam Scott.  I was super excited to ask when
season 2 of  Tell Me You Love Me, would premiere 
even though it hasn't been on for like 8 years, I just 
hopefully assumed it was on hiatus.  He had to break
the news to me that the show was canceled.  Womp Womp.
Netflix season one (assuming it is on Netflix, no clue)

Anyhoo, I know my homies love him on Parks & Rec.
He was at the festival to promote the buzzed about film,
Sleeping With Other People.

What the heck is Chris Pine in?  Who cares, he 
was annoying.  I am not going to even Google him.

 Connie Britton.  Stunning.  Her hair was flawless. 
I do not watch Nashville, but I hear she's on it.
I also hear she was on Friday Night Lights. I actually
didn't hear that, I totes read it in US Weekly at one point.

In town to promote Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Gina Rodriquez and Hailee Steinfeld
Besties, I assume.

 Zoe Kravitz.  Of course she is flawless, look at her
parents!!  Just...please don't...look at her dad's 
too tight pants split on stage, that shiz went viral.

Jason Sudeikis.  More often than not, it's the SNL
alums that prove to be our favorites at Sundance,
and that was of course true with him.  Presh.

Yes, he was our favorite.  Hands down.  Even in this most wildly
overexposed photo, are you wondering why my chin is buried in all
things scarf?  The world's biggest zit.  Like, it is being researched
by the doctors who brought us Proactiv.

 James Franco.  He maj bugs.  I can't think of one
time I have enjoyed him in a film?
 Maybe someone can jog my memory?
OMG wasn't he on Freaks and Geeks (checking)
Gaaaaw, I DO LOVE HIM circa 1999.

Man, I don't think I like anything Tobey Maguire
has been in either.  This is sure turning negative.

Although his hat is about the stupidest thing I have ever
seen in my whole life  (I swear, I am about to change
my tune), who doesn't love them some RHOBH
husband Mauricio!  Amanda and I were so excited
to see him and ask where Kyle was at (shopping, of course)
No worries, we saw them that night at a party (Amanda
wouldn't let me bring my camera to the party...she's
def the brains of the operation) but we talked all things RHOBH
with pint size Kyle Richards at the party, and it was fabulous.
Then at the end of the party we thought they were nearly as
stupid as this here hat, when they cut the line to hop a shuttle out.
We were totally on their shuttle (so, yay for cutting) and
got to listen to them argue the whole ride down.
This my friends, was heaven to the ears of two 
Bravo TV sluts Amanda and me.

 Thank the good lord above I DO LOVE KEVIN BACON.
May my negative spin take the effing back seat instead of
the wheel for a bit. Of course, I wanted to footloose for
him...but I didn't.  Instead I told him that I once saw him in
Costa Rica and that I told my husband I was thinking about
footloosing for him and that my husband informed me
he would leave me at customs, without a passport,
if I did. This was clearly snapped before I shared
that story (from my honeymoon, ahem...nice husband)
as I am certain he was rolling on the sidewalk after
my storytelling.

We geeked out!  Then, we googled his name.
We loved him on Homeland, but then after
googling him realized he acted in Life of Pi.

Love Love Love
Jeffrey "there's money in the banana stand" Tambor.
He is a legend in my books.

I also love Kathryn Hahn!!!

 Peter Sarsgaard. I may have been eating an ice
cream cone when I snapped this.  That garnered
the thumbs up.

 Lena Dunham!  I think most straight men think
she is the most ridiculous thing to grace HBO
(opinion, clearly not fact...other than my 
research subject: husband)

I looooove her!

Mindy Kaling! She is brilliant!

Scott Mescudi "Kid Cudi" is clearly one
dapper dude.

Molly Shannon.  Once again, SNL alums are
always the nicest!!

Rashida Jones.  I think she is brilliant.  We saw
her later that night at a party and while we roasted
1300 marshmallows she had zero.  This my friends,
is why she is the size of my 6 year old.  Who on
earth, in real life, can sit by an open fire, with a
ginormous s'mores bar set up with absolutely
anything you could ever imagine smushing between
two graham crackers...and have not a one!?!

 Toni Collette

If you didn't heavily quote Muriel's Wedding in the 90s,
we probably weren't friends at that time.
Tom Cavanagh. 
I haven't a clue what he has been up to since Ed and
Scrubs left the airwaves...but those shows super boss.

A late night out and a next morning early screening
a coffee to go, on the theater shuttle.
 Ryan Reynolds. No comment. Well, actually...he
did look a wee bit manorexic.
 Be still my (college) heart.  Ewan McGregor.

As much as I adore Lena Dunham, homegirl
needs a stylist.  She looked a wreck.
Johnny Knoxville, producer of the documentary
Being Evel which was award winning, at the festival.

I excitedly snapped this pic of a pirate man, who is
called Jason Momoa because some of my girlfriends
love him on a show.  Fun fact: in googling the spelling
of his name, I come to find out he is married to
the one and only, Denise Huxtable. Which then
makes him stepdad to Zoe Kravitz. Here's me 
guessing he is closer in age to his stepdaughter, than
he is his wife???
 Sarah Silverman.  I'd be waving too, if I was wearing
two (because one down jacket would just be absurd)
new-free of charge-jackets.

Well, that's a wrap!  I will try (no I won't) to be
more timely with photo sharing next festival. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Online Shopping Finds

I am searching for a rug for a girlfriend, and of course come across a thousand different things I am absolutely crazy about.

For starters. these stacking kid chairs!  I love the industrial look of them and would totally pair them with an old table. Hack the legs off a standard size table if you need and distress paint it.  Would look killer with these chairs from Overstock.  Just please don't ever pay a ton for a kid table and chair set (read: one from Pottery Barn Kids).
This mirror.  Don't even get me started.  I am obsessed.  Let's be real, what don't I feel a slight obsession over, from West Elm...but this mirror is top notch ridic.

I am looking to update my farmhouse table.  I dreamed of benches since I was probably 14 (true story), but 10 years in, I am kind of over them.  These chairs are not a 'win' for my update...but they are maj on about 13 levels.  And at this price, on Wayfair, a real option for someone looking to update without breaking the bank.

   I mean, for reals.  2 chairs for $110. 
Other colors too.  The mustard color is 
also a favorite.

I have yet to see a throw blanket from the Faribault Woolen Mill that I don't covet.  It's a real big love.  A 'hometown' (Minnesota) love that always has me excited for what they will produce next.  I love this map blanket.  Folded up it looks like a cool, patterned, geometric throw...but open the blanket up and it is a map of the city of Minneapolis. Love.
Years ago I stumbled upon this simple poster, at one of my favorite little bakeries in Minneapolis.  I still love it. Still think about it. Still try to live my life by these simple words.  Mark my word, SOMEDAY I WILL ACTUALLY OWN THIS PRINT.

THIS.RUG. from Lulu & Georgia. NEED.

Dear Husband, do not worry...I am only 'online browsing and dreaming'  I did not buy one thing.  I repeat, NOT.ONE.THING.  But now, who's with me...these are all pretty amazing, right?


Monday, July 20, 2015

Picnic BLTs

Several things in this great life give me great happiness, and I feel so lucky that I got to enjoy a few of my favorites, all squished into one night last week.  A picnic at Chatauqua Park in Boulder with girlfriends, before catching one of my favorite musical groups, The Indigo Girls, play at the auditorium at Chatauqua (which after Red Rocks is my most favorite of concert venues as it feels so very much like the mess hall at the summer camp I grew up at).  Oh, and I made BLTs for said picnic, so that is a grand tally of 4 of my favorites, in one night.

BLTs are classic.  They are summer.  They are picnic.  But...are you like me and are kind of ruded out by how soggy the bread is by the time you open your picnic basket, because of the (delicious, summer time favorite, for reals...just not here) tomatoes?  Well, I solved that problem years ago with delicious sun-dried tomato mayonnaise.

What you need:
3 T brown sugar
cracked black pepper
sun-dried tomatoes
loaf of bread (ciabatta was my pick)
lettuce greens

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and a piece of parchment paper.
Place bacon and sprinkle with 3 T brown sugar and a very generous
crack of black pepper.

Bake in a 375 preheated oven for 20-23 minutes. If you 
want crisper bacon, watch oven closely as the sugar
will cause a quick burn, towards the end of bake time.

Delicious peppery, sweet bacon!  This is after 20 minutes bake time.

I promptly prop the baking sheet, so all the bacon grease will
drain off to the bottom, as it is impossible to 'blot' bacon that
has been baked in sugar...unless you love eating 
delicious peppery, sweet, PAPER coated bacon!

 Place 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (drained) and 1 cup mayonnaise
in a food processor.  Pulse until the tomatoes are fully 
broken down and incorporated throughout.

This recipe will make much more that you will need for this Picnic
BLT, but be prepared to thank me as it is good on everything!

 I placed the sun-dried tomato mayonnaise in the deli container that
first housed the oil soaked tomatoes.  I did drain off most of the oil
before pulsing, but did not think to wipe the container clean.
But...a little sun-dried tomato infused oil will do zero harm to
this goodness.

I like to make in advance to allow the flavors to love each other up,
at least over night.

 Holy Toledo, this might be the best store bought 'artisan' bread
ever.  I picked it up at King Soopers (Krogers).

I used a serrated knife to slice the loaf in half, then popped it in the
oven (with the loaf closed up) to allow the outside to toast up a bit.
350 degrees for 8- 10 minutes.  It was good and crusty on the
outside when I pulled it out.  I then opened and gave the bread 10 minutes
to cool down then generously slathered the bread with the sun-dried
tomato mayonnaise.

Layer on the candied bacon and a huge, heaping pile of greens.

 No words!  Cut how you wish OR pretend you are Rodney
Dangerfield in the 'sandwich scene' from Back to School
and eat the whole thing!  Here is the clip from the movie, if you
are all like, this B be crazy!

I wrapped each cut of sandwich in parchment.

The sandwiches joined iced coffee, palmier cookies and raspberry
and dark chocolate brownie & mousse trifles, as my picnic
contributions.  My girlfriends and I were so on point with our
picnic planning that our spread was one for the books.
I will later blog the palmier and trifle recipes, but until then
try these legit BLTs! Oh, and as usual...The Indigo Girls
were AmazeFest!


Saturday, July 18, 2015


I am so angry.  I want nothing but time to sit with my father-in-law to tell him what he means to me.  I know he knows, as they took me in as family nearly 17 years ago and I have thanked him endlessly ever since.  I love him so deeply because he is a good man.  He raised a good man, who I am lucky to call my most significant of others.  He is a hardworking, honest, selfless man.  I do not want him to go away.  I want him here with us.  I want Benny to have his best friend, Papa, to talk about tractors, trains, hammers, swings with.  I want him to take Logi to the park, like he has done for her life (until this last trip home when she would cry daily because he couldn't take her).  I want our hearts not to hurt so deep that it stings in our stomachs.  I just want him here.  I want to chase after him on the ski hill, as he still rips in his 70s. I want him with my mother-in-law.  I want their union to continue here on earth, not put on pause for eternal life where they will meet again.  I just want him to be okay.  I want the last 9 months to be a horrible dream. He is so good.  He is just so good.  I just want him to just be okay.

Unfortunately every bit of selfishness I can muster up will not keep him here with us.  He is dying.  He will die soon. Cancer has stolen him. I can't believe this is real life that I type this, but I need to write.  It helps me process.  So as tears poor like a heavy spring storm from my eyes, I am flooded with happiness, sadness, more anger, more sadness for my children and so much respect for this wonderful man.

I have been caught in a roller coaster of grief since they day my husband stumbled down the stairs, like a zombie, after receiving the news that his dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  I could barely hold him up, but I did.  We cried and cried and booked him a flight home.  Since then our tears have subsided in great moments of happiness, as little kids so graciously bring to daily life, but the pain has cut so deep that it has never left us.  We have traveled homes several times in the last 8 months to spend time time with my in-laws (and on each visit I have thanked and praised them for their ever-presence in our lives.  We did not have to bum rush memories, photos with him being sick...they have just always been with us, so we have all the wonderful memories that will carry us through). In this process I have also realized I have never watched someone die.  I have only lost those closest to me in tragedy.  That seems crazy, but that is truth.  My grief usually begins with the phone call that someone is gone (all too young and soon) and I never knew how to handle that shocking, life altering grief. Time to figure out grief management (there has to be cliff notes on that, right?)

We were going to head back to Minnesota in a couple weeks, on Zac's last day of work. Instead we are heading home Monday night, giving Zac that day to wrap up work (however that may look, it will have to be good enough) so we can get home and be with them.  How can this be?  We were just there less than two weeks ago.  I even asked my MIL, pretending she had the power of a crystal ball, if he would be okay when we returned.  I guess I asked that because I knew.

Man, I am not good at this stuff.  If I could please ask you to surround Jim, Joan, Zac, Rocky, the grand kids and all all those who love Jim so deep in your prayers.  I am praying for peace and comfort for Jim in these final days.  I am praying for love and support for Joan, as she cared for him so courageously and loved him so big.  I am praying that Zac will not close himself off.  I am praying for the little hearts of Benny and Logi and their cousin Roisin, who will miss their papa.

 Benny in his happy place.  With his best pal, papa.
I cannot believe we snapped this just 2 weeks ago.

A heavy yet overflowing heart, when I look at these.

Will forever treasure this trip to the woods.