Life lessons for today

Don’t steal. Especially very expensive necklaces a la Lindsay Lohan. It’s just not worth the jail time, is it?

If you don’t listen to my advice, and you go ahead and decide to steal a $2,500 necklace…make sure you do a damn good job so that nobody catches you (especially if you’re rich and famous like Lohan…embarrassing!).

Ok, so if you’re a terrible thief and you get caught…at the very least, don’t wear the sluttiest dress you own to court. Keep this in mind: when in court, dress as though you’re going to church, temple, your grandmother’s house, etc.

What not to do/wear:

Such an unfortunate choice for the occasion

Oh, will she ever learn?!

In other news, have you heard Gaga’s new song Born This Way?

Check it out here.

Very reminiscent of Madonna’s Express Yourself. Is Gaga the new Madonna?

The ‘Best Effort’ Award

I gave myself an award this weekend. In the ‘Running Category’ I received the ‘Best Effort’ award (hey, you gotta do what you gotta do to stay motivated…)

Wow, I am shocked! What an honor this is! I never thought I would be accepting the ‘Best Effort’ award. Jeekers, I didn’t even prepare a speech or anything. Well, I couldn’t have done this on my own that is for damn sure. I have so many people to thank. I’d like to thank God along with the Academy. First, I’d like to thank Colin for always giving me great pep talks and for showing me some good stretches this weekend. I’d like to thank Matthew for giving me advice (he is a pro at running), my fabulous parents, my siblings, Meg, Mary, Heather, Nuge, Christine, LVP, the Temples for the extra encouragement, Lady (the dog) for licking me while I was stretching, the people who honked and waved at me while I was running and the cool breeze for keeping me from keeling over. Thanks to Fitness Magazine for their amazing half marathon training schedule! Also, let’s not forget those people who were following me my whole run – Fatman Scoop, Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Miranda Lambert, Timbaland, Ke$ha, LMFAO, Stevie Wonder, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, y’all my peeps. This was a team effort, so THANK YOU ALL!

I ran 11 miles yesterday, with no walking, and under 9 minute miles. I am so happy with my run yesterday, I can’t even fully explain. I didn’t want to run AT ALL, it was rainy and gross which made me just want to sit on the warm, comfy couch and catch up on the DVR. But, I knew if I did not run the 11 miles, that I would have a real tough time at the half marathon next weekend. I kept delaying all day yesterday. Colin motivated me by asking, ‘You know what the difference between good and great is?’ No, what? ‘Doing something when you don’t want to do it. Anyone can do something when they want to do it.’ Very true. I’m going to keep those words with me this week.

This is how I felt:


Anyway, Matt showed me a great loop to do, so I had half of an avocado + a Kashi Go Lean crunchy chocolate and caramel bar, drank some water, put on my gear, downloaded some new tunes, stretched it out with Colin, and got on the road.

I felt good the whole run, which kept me feeling pumped up. Everytime that devil appeared on my shoulder urging me to walk, I checked in with myself, ‘Does anything hurt?’ ‘No’, ‘Are you still breathing okay?’ ‘Yes’, ok then – shut up devil, I’m running.

When I was done I felt like this:

But, my foot felt like this:

Because of this:

Sorry, I realize that picture is both TMI as well as relatively disturbing, but it is necessary to show in order to prove my commitment to running. I got the blister half way through my run which kind stunk but it kept my legs from feeling completely numb which I think is a good thing…. Colin and I are going to go to New Balance after church to look into new sneakers. I really should have thought about getting new sneakers when I first started training but I’m a fool and didn’t. I’m not sure if it is the best idea to get new sneakers with only a week till the half marathon but I guess I’ll ask the people at New Balance… If you have any thoughts/suggestions on this I welcome them.

The other day I was talking to someone about the New Balance ‘love/hate relationship with running’ commercials. I think almost every runner can identify with this. I know I can!!!

So, the race is next weekend and I’m getting more excited rather than nervous! My mom is coming up to Boston on Friday to ride up to VT with Colin and I, my dad will be in England this week for work (as long as he gets on a flight!) so he will fly into Boston next weekend, then up to Burlington. Meg and Matt, along with his parents will be coming up to VT on Saturday and Colin’s parents will already be there of course! It’s going to be a lot of fun and I am so thankful that Matt will be running the race as well and that all our family will be there cheering us on. :)

Other than running yesterday, we also went to Merrimack last night to hang out with Colin’s sister Liz and her friends. We kept saying we will definitely come hang out/drink with them before they graduate and it’s already halfway through April! They’re graduating in a month! So we decided last night was the perfect night to make good on our promise. We headed over there around 8, Liz had made sauce and Colin made the dough + pizzas. We ate, drank, played games and had fun! It’s always funny to be back on campus and I think that was our last time ever! Once Liz graduates I just don’t think it will be acceptable for Colin and I to go back. Miiiight be a little creepy….

Friday night I went out with some co-workers after work for some drinks. We decided to go over to Faneuil Hall. First try was McCormicks and Schmicks – too crowded, next stop Kitty O’Sheas – dead, third stop McFaddens – decent amount of people, plus Nicole scored a table = win for McFaddens (even though I truly, truly dislike McFaddens. Sorry if I’m offending anyone.) We had a such a great time at McFaddens that we decided to continue on to Hennessy’s around 9:15ish to see Fast Times, the best 80’s cover band ever. My friends and I used to pretty much stalk them in college and had way too much fun doing it. It was great to see them but a little weird without my girls!

Overall, a very good Friday night.

We’re heading to church in a little bit, then New Balance. Later, I’m meeting up with Nuge and Christine for dinner. I can’t wait to see them and catch up!

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday :)

I’ll leave you with a few little tid bits –

  • Twitter is awesome:

  • Unemployment rate falling in MA:
  • The Material Girl herself approves of the all Madonna episode of Glee:

To all those running the Boston Marathon tomorrow: you are extremely impressive, I admire you, you should be proud of yourselves and I wish you all the best of luck! I give you my ‘Best Effort’ award!


The return of ‘Glee’

Yes – finally, ‘Glee’ is back!

The cast of 'Glee',

Tomorrow after work I can go home and plop myself on the couch in anticipation for the premiere of the spring season. It’s my new favorite show and apparently many others. Attracting between 7 and 8 million loyal viewers each week, ‘Glee‘ is doing quite well among the 18-49 year-old bracket. Ryan Murphy (of ‘Nip/Tuck’) creates a world filled with drama, geeks (or should I say ‘gleeks’) vs. jocks, teen pregnancies and high school crushes. This one hour musical-satirical program has shown it’s stuff with performances ranging from ‘Push It’ to ‘Proud Mary’ to ‘Endless Love’ and everything in between. The cast is brilliant, the show is refreshing and most importantly it’s a huge hit!
I got the chance to talk to Jenna Ushkowitz, one of the shining stars of ‘Glee.’ Jenna plays Tina, the punk chick who faked her stutter to impress her fellow gleek Arty who is confined to a wheelchair. Jenna grew up on Long Island, New York. She attended Holy Trinity, a performing arts high school, studied musical theater at Marymount Manhattan College, has appeared on Broadway in productions such as ‘The King and I’ and ‘Spring Awakening’ and has also dabbled in independent films as well as television prior to getting cast in ‘Glee.’ Jenna Ushkowitz is a name you will be hearing more of; she has a great deal of talent along with a warm, bubbly personality and a ton of promise.

Let’s get started…
CM: How did you get into acting at such a young age?
JU: I was one of those kids who would walk up to strangers tables at a restaurant and say hi, so my parents put me into modeling at 3. I started off doing Commercials and Print ads like Jello, Hess Truck.. then i got into Musical Theatre and that sparked my love.

CM: Do you have a say in Tina’s wardrobe?
JU: I really trust our wardrobe ladies but sometimes, since Tina has so many accessories, they’ll pick out the outfit and I’ll be able to choose what jewelry goes with the outfit. But, they are really great and would never make me wear something I wasn’t comfortable in.


CM: So, how do you feel about Tina lying about her stutter to impress Artie? Do you think they will eventually get together?
JU: I wouldn’t say it was to impress Artie, she just thought she found a real friend in him and thought he would relate to her but I don’t think she saw the consequences or how he would truly feel after the reveal. I thought the revealing that the stutter was fake was done in a tasteful manner and I really trust the writers with the writing they give us. We hope they get together, we’ve been calling it Team Artina or Tartie, Kevin and I love working together.

CM: Tina was pretending to have a stutter to be ‘different’, can you relate to that, to feeling different?
JU: Absolutely. The first thing that comes to mind was being in 4th grade and doing a Broadway Show and auditioning. Other kids were playing sports and doing afterschool activities and I was working a professional job with adults. It was such a wonderful world but the kids at school didn’t really understand it so- it was weird being torn between two completely different worlds.

CM: Did you do anything like ‘Glee’ in High School?
JU: Yes, I was in “Select Choir” and I did all the school Musicals. Select choir was very much like Glee. We performed numbers and put on reviews at the end of the year.

CM: Seeing as it is typical for older actors to play younger characters on television, is it funny to be back in the world of High School? Bring back memories?
JU: It’s really great as an actor to be able to pull from real experience, as ‘Glee’ is pretty similar to my high school experience. I feel like I’ve gotten to go back to school in someone else’s shoes. It brings back memories but I was not like Tina at all, so its really fun to relive it differently.

CM: How is working on a hit TV show different from working in musical theatre? Similarities?
JU: They are completely different. TV is pretty new to me. I love working in Musical Theatre and that’s always been where I feel most at home, but I’m really enjoying being a sponge and watching people like Jane Lynch work. It’s much smaller for the camera, all your moves and actions and faces. But we get to sing and dance on TV so it’s a whole new genre we are experimenting with. I can’t really say which I like better. I love aspects of both.

CM: Are people starting to recognize you? How does that feel?
JU: People are beginning to recognize me a little. It’s weird and rewarding at the same time. People actually care about my life and our show which is weird but so cool at the same time. But it doesn’t really change things, I just appreciate the acknowledgment, I guess.

CM: How are your cast members? Does everyone get along? Any funny stories from on set?
JU: We are one big happy family.  Everyone is so dynamic and different, but it works. We all love each other and actually hang out all the time on and off set. There are so many good times on set but in between takes we all sit in “club cast,” and play mafia since there’s usually about at least 8 of us on set at a time.

CM: Are Corey and Lea dating in real life?
JU: No, Cory and Lea are NOT dating in real life haha.

CM: You have known your castmate Lea Michele for a while now, right? How did you two meet? (It must be nice having someone from ‘home’ out in LA with you..)
JU: We met when we were both working on Broadway around the ages of 8-9. She was doing Ragtime and I was doing King and I and the ‘Broadway Kid’ community is pretty small. So we’ve known each other for a long time. It was very comforting having someone around in LA when we first came out and not knowing anyone else. I joined Spring Awakening and our time there overlapped– so we got to do that together and then she got Glee and then not long after, I got Glee!

CM: Have you enjoyed the musical selection on ‘Glee’? What has been your favorite song to sing?…Your performance of ‘True Colors’ was great! It was really nice to see you do a solo. Should we be expecting big things from Tina as the show continues? Will we find out more about her background, her story?
JU: I hope in future episodes you will learn more.  The musical selection has been quite incredible and I’m so grateful for the amazing classics we’ve been able to do, but ‘Somebody to Love’ is one of my favorite songs in general, so be able to do a really great rendition of it was very cool. We also felt like that was one of our group numbers that really brought us together and we felt like a group.

CM: I really love how diverse the cast of ‘Glee‘ is, you guys really cover a large spectrum. How do you feel about this?
JU: I think that’s what makes it work so well, our chemistry and dynamic is made off of us all being so different. None of us look or act the same. Our personalities are so different and we are so lucky because it really works. The show reaches out to so many different people and I think its great that people see themselves in us.

CM: Do you all film Monday-Friday every week? What is your schedule/a typical day like for you?
JU: When we got to the last few episodes, we were working 5 days a week, 12 hour days. Typically, it takes 8 days to complete an episode and if we are not shooting a scene, we are in dance rehearsal or in the recording studio putting down a song. It’s hectic and crazy but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Luckily, we usually have our weekends to ourselves.

CM: What type of music can we get excited for upcoming episodes? I heard there will be an all Madonna episode which sounds awesome…
JU: Yes, there will be a full Madonna episode which will be A LOT of Madonna music!

CM: How does it feel to be working alongside 3 guys voted on People’s ‘Sexiest Men Alive list?’
JU: Haha – Well, they are more like brothers to me, so ….weird. No – haha – its awesome, im so happy for them and they look great!

CM: Have you ever been starstruck? Met anyone cool?
JU: Of course, Everyday! haha. Josh Groban, Kristen Chenoweth! All of our guest stars! but they all end up being amazing and so lovely. I also met Terri Hatcher who is a Gleek which was amazing!

CM: How was singing at the World Series? (Yankee fan right??)
JU: I am a Yankees fan! And it was INCREDIBLE! a dream come true, really. It was surreal and amazing! We sang the day of the rain delay, so we were like down in a basement locker room with no cell service and then they were like, ok rains done! GO! haha! So much fun.

CM: How is LA compared to NY?
JU: LA is sunny! haha – No LA you drive, it’s a different vibe. It’s really chill and just everyone is really lax. NY, your heart beats differently there. It’s so cool to be in the city and be in the middle of chaos and it’s just home for me, so they both have their perks.

*Sidenote – I really like that, ‘You’re heart beats differently there’ [in reference to NY]… It’s true :)

CM: What was the first major difference you noticed about LA (vs. NY) when you arrived?
JU: Driving! Because I lived in NYC for so long and was so used to the numbered streets and walking everywhere!

CM: What do you miss most?
JU: The busy vibe. Everyone is always moving and everything is always open.

CM: How do you deal with homesickness? Do you do anything to feel connected to home?
JU: It’s so interesting, because you leave for college and home is never really the same, but then you move across country and home seems so far away but I am lucky enough to be able to get back and I have an amazing support system and family that keep in touch with me always so its been a lot easier. When I first moved it was really hard but I get back enough now to NY. I come as often as I can and when I need to go, I do, even just for a weekend. I use email, facebook and my phone to keep me in touch and I have also gained a new foundation of family and friends here from Fox and Glee, So I’m doing alright.

CM: Do you have any siblings?
JU: 1 older brother, Gregg. He’s 33 and he’s the best.

CM: What do you do to stay healthy?
JU: I eat well, I drink a lot of water, I exercise as much as possible (Yoga, Running) I try and walk as much as possible, since I tend to use my car everywhere haha.

CM: What are your vices?
JU: I’m a total coffee snob, I can’t go without it. I occasionally love my sweets and I eat a lot of sushi, probably more than I should.

CM: What do you do to relax and unwind?
JU: I am addicted to my DVR, so I tape all my shows, sit on my couch with my snuggie and just read or watch TV. I also love twitter and facebook, so it’s a nice time to just surf the web and not think about anything else.

CM: Do you have any favorite new shows on TV right now?
JU: Flashforward, Modern Family…

CM: Where do you go to have fun?
JU: We love hanging out at each others’ apartments, I love wine bars, karaoke, bowling or the beach.

CM: Who do you go to to tell your secrets?
JU: My best friends. I have an incredible base of friends who I tell everything.

CM: Who do you look up to?
JU: My dad.

These are a few of my favorite things…
Favorite Movie? Dirty Dancing
Favorite Singer /Band? Right now? Lady Gaga
Favorite Play? Play – Hamlet or Steady Rain (I just saw both) and musical is anything Stephen Sondheim
Favorite Actor/Actress? Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep
Favorite Color? Black
Favorite Athlete? Jorge Posada

Gleek Out!
Mr. Schue with Terri or Emma?
Mr. Shue and Emma of course.

Do you think Sue should have a love interest? What about Kurt or Mercedes, do you think they will eventually have love interests? And of course Tina and Artie will happen!….
I think Sue should have a few love interests but nothing substantial, it’ll kill it for now i think. I’m sure in the future she will. I hope that Mercedes and Kurt each get boyfriends. I can’t wait to see what they do with Tina and Artie! We have no idea! I’d love to see Mercedes’ get a boyfriend and Kurt maybe a sugar daddy haha.

Should Tina wear less black? How do you feel about it? Will she be trying other colors in her hair or just sticking to blue?
I hope she can try some new colors eventually but I’m loving the blue right now. Tina has “pops” of color. I like the black base. I’m a fan of black, grey and white though as Jenna, so I don’t mind it!

Should Artie miraculously be able to walk?
No, I don’t think so. I think that Kevin is a great dancer, but it would take away the reality that Artie really is in a wheelchair and that would kind of be an insult to what he’s representing. I was almost scared of Tina faking the stutter but I think it was done tastefully.

Should Quinn keep the baby?
I don’t know. I don’t think so.

Lastly, a few random factoids…
I’m actually shy
I love rollercoasters
I love to clean
I’m a Vegetarian
I am terrified of spiders
What a year it has been for Jenna along with the rest of the cast of ‘Glee‘! I mean, Golden Globes, performing at the White House, going on Oprah?! ‘Glee‘ has become a total phenomenon. It’s a great show with a ton of tricks up their sleeve for the spring season… Stay tuned!
Glee premieres tomorrow (Tuesday, April 13th) right after American Idol on FOX at 9:28pm!

And it’s just another Manic Monday

When I say ‘this weekend was a busy one’, I mean it. We had so much to do which made those two precious days go by so fast!

Friday I got to leave work a little earlier than usual, got on an early train and had time to relax before I headed out for the evening. It was so nice! I just vegged out in front of the TV – caught up with the cast of ‘Glee’ on Oprah. After spending time with Oprah, I spent time with Danielle. D and I grabbed some delicious sushi then headed to Merrimack to see their performance of RENT. It was excellent; I was very impressed – such amazing voices!

Saturday morning I woke up with a migraine. TERRIBLE! Like, seriously – why on a Saturday? I slowly got it together and made some moves. First move – buy Jack Johnson tickets for July 12th. CAN NOT WAIT for the concert – I loove me some Jack Johnson and I’ve never seen him perform. I have however met him at the Pearl Jam/U2 concert in Hawaii a few years ago. That was one of the best days of my life. Second move – go run important errands and browse a few shops. Since I dropped the ball on Rent the Runway, I figured I might as well have a look… I found a really cute dress to wear to the wedding so I was pumped!

Not the best picture, but you get the gist...

Saturday night was the wedding and although I had a migraine I powered through and we had a great time – so much fun! Bim looked gorgeous and extremely happy – her and Scott seemed to really enjoy the whole evening.

It was funny to be socializing/drinking/dancing with ‘work people.’ Colin was a huge hit as usual! I love having him with me at social events, he is so good – talks to anyone, doesn’t mind dancing, just likes to have a good time. He makes everyone laugh and people generally love him (especially me!)

OH! Also… I caught the bouquet! This little man visiting over from Thailand (Bim is Thai) caught the garter. I had to sit on the chair in front of everyone while this man put the garter on my thigh – in front of work people. Pretty interesting…

Sunday morning we got up early and hit the road – destination, St. Johnsbury VT for Colin’s grandfather’s birthday party! It was a really good time – I love getting to see all of Colin’s family. The drive back was beautiful (and I was actually awake for most of it.)

Still a little snow on the mountain...

Now, onto today’s business –

On 4/15 bring in a reusable tumbler and Starbucks will fill it for free in an effort to get rid of paper cups!

Conan just announced today that he will have a new show on TBS at 11pm starting this November – pumped!

Congratulations to Phil Mickelson for his Master’s win!! The good husband, dad, son, person, etc. won and that is something to celebrate. After a tough year supporting his wife as well as his mother with their battle against breast cancer, he won a battle of his own. He might have even taught Tiger a thing or two about karma.

Great article here –

Today’s Save – $25 for a trial membership at the Cambridge Athletic Club (25 day pass + 1hr free personal training session.) Not too shabby!

Also, check out Eversave on –

Today’s Groupon – $5 for $10 at the Pita Pit – 479 Harvard Street, Brookline.

Today’s deal on is a discounted cleaning service – Crystal Clean Home Cleaning Service*new customers only.

Today on Buywithme, $15 for $30 at Savenor’s (market) in Cambridge or Beacon Hill –

Wine Riot – Saturday 1-5pm and 7-11pm at Cyclorama –  539 Tremont Street, South End (617) 426-5000. Eats from Tremont 647, Red Bones and Masa.

Get tickets here –

Go for a run tonight with Boston Community Runs. Three, five and seven mile runs are offered around the Charles. After your run you’re rewarded with complimentary appetizers. This happens every Monday at 6:30pm – meet at McGreevey’s (911 Boylston Street, Back Bay) and go from there…

Attention all ‘Massholes’, get ready to become a star!

Tomorrow, Glee is back with an all Madonna episode! More info here –

And here is a preview from Broadway World –

Lastly I leave you with these two pictures…

Denise Truscello - Wire Image - From

Why Heidi? Why? I’m sorry but this extreme boobage, extreme blonde, extreme sparkle, etc. is just not for me…


Kim, your heiney is showing a little bit…

Have a good evening! I have a Glee-ful surprise for you later… Stay tuned :)

Crocodile Rock

I got up early today, went to the gym, had a lovely breakfast and made my train on time – such a great start!

I overslept today and missed my train again.

Oh well, at least there is sunshine!

I had to drive in, otherwise I would have gotten to work too late for my liking. Luckily I didn’t even need my iPod because the radio gods were on my side. I played another amazing concert for my non-existent fans. I started the set reenacting the last scene from Dirty Dancing with, ‘Time of My Life’ then I Journeyed along to, ‘Don’t Stop Believing,’  next up – I turned into a young black man performing a little hip-hop with Young Money’s ‘BedRock,’ then I quickly threw on my funkiest shades and some glitter, turning into an older, gay man with Elton John’s ‘Crocodile Rock,’ more English men – the Beatles’ ‘Here Comes the Sun’ (appropriate for today), I belted out ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,’ I danced while driving to ‘Borderline’ by Madonna (can you get a ticket for that? Maybe with my moves you can?…), I saddled up my horse with Big and Rich, I really sounded great with Vanessa Williams ‘Save the Best for Last’, I re-lived my old guitar playing days (I think it was one summer when I was about 10) with ‘Smoke on the Water’ (my bad-ass Dad taught me that one), got a little trippy with Steve Miller’s ‘Fly Like an Eagle’, sang about Cecilia breakin my heart with Simon and Garfunkel, also sang about Sally with Eric Clapton, serenaded ‘My Boo’ with Alicia Keys and Usher, had an 80’s flashback (I mean, I was born in ’86, I was probably rockin out even then) with Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long,’ I acted like a ‘Basket Case’ with Green Day, honky tonked with the Doobie Brothers, had an excellent guitar solo with The Eagles on ‘Hotel California,’ and closed the set with Bachman Turner Overdrive’s ‘Takin Care of Business’ cause when I finally reached my office, that’s what it was time to do…

Proof that I once was a rock star

Things I’ve learned about –

Awesome Larry Bird t-shirt

Tonight at Zing Pizza they have all-you-can-eat pizza for $10 from 6pm-9pm – 1925 Mass Ave, Cambridge

Tonight from 8pm-11pm at The Midway Cafe – 3496 Washington Street Jamaica Plain / 617-524-9038 – they’re having ‘No Hunger No More’ – a benefit for Meals on Wheels of Dedham and Jamaica Plain. There will be three local bands playing Irish music – The Unholy Mackerels, The Boys of Town, and Maguire, Fitzpatrick and Frey.

Tickets are $10, get them here:

The Groupon for the day is $40 worth of food for $20 at Tavolo – 1918 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester

Jerry Remy just recently opened a bar and grill in boston – 1265 BoylstonSt – tonight they’re serving up a dozen free wings with your first draft beer purchase!

Spa Week is April 12-18 –  you can start booking now / Spas are offering services for $50 all over the US

Filling out a bracket? Might want to check out SOBE’s bracket contest for a chance to win up to $10 million

Free Redbox rental tomorrow March 17th with this code:
*They have a ton of new releases – Up in the Air, Precious, etc..
Lastly… More free burritos at Boloco tomorrow from 11am-8pm at their location on the Common – 2 Park Plaza, along with their Cleveland Circle location – 1940 Beacon Street. Definitely worth it!