No Phone Zone

You see your phone lighting up. You hear the beep. Your ringtone is going on and on and on… You pick it up, read the text, and have to slam on your brakes because you just looked up from your phone and it’s a red light. You almost just crashed into the car in front of you. Your heart is racing, you start sweating and you think ‘Phew! That was a close call.’ 

Your thought should be ‘I need to stop texting while driving. No more cell phone when I’m in the car, unless I’m pulled over.’ 

It is unacceptable to read your texts while driving. It is unacceptable to text someone back while driving. It will cause an accident. Maybe it hasn’t yet, but it will – and you could hurt someone else, or even yourself. Put the phone down, put your hands on the wheel and keep your eyes on the road. That text is just not worth it. 

I’ve texted while driving. I think a lot of us have in our time. In today’s day and age we have millions different things begging to distract us while we’re trying to concentrate on something else. We always have to be up-to-date on everything, we need to be busy busy busy, always on our cell phones, always on the computer, always multi-tasking. Well, we need to focus while driving because honestly, everything could change in a second. That’s reality. 

“A call or text isn’t worth taking a life. We must not allow our mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers to die before we take action against distracted driving. Let’s put a stop to it now by joining together on April 30th for National No Phone Zone Day and by making our cars a No Phone Zone.” – Oprah 

Today is the first National No Phone Zone Day brought to you by Oprah Winfrey. I signed the pledge today, have you? Sign here – http://www.oprah.com/packages/no-phone-zone.html

Does this scenario ring a bell?  

These stories are devastating

Please sign the pledge. And please take the pledge seriously. 

On a lighter note… since tomorrow is my birthday, my work best friend Nicole made me cupcakes today and a birthday sign! She also brought me Fruity Pebbles - one of my favorite treats!!! Today has been a great day :) 

My sign!!

YUM!

Now, I’m heading out to meet Colin and get on the road to New York! Birthday celebration time with my parents, Colin, my grandfather and one of my best friends in the world, Heather – should be a great weekend! 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Enjoy the weather. Go take a walk, you need a break!

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Attention reality stars: Please don’t record music!

First and foremost – it was one of my favorite person’s birthday on Saturday, so…  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NUGE!!! I’m so sorry I couldn’t be in attendance at the festivities this weekend, but I hope you had a great time! Love you xox.  

X, Me, Nuge party hardying in college

 Also, while up in Vermont, we saw these REALLY cool dog statues carved out of wood. They were on display at my parents hotel and then we saw them in a little shop in Burlington. They’re awesome (but reeeally expensive!) My mom wanted to get one of our family dog Lola (Yorkie) but once she saw the price tag she figured just having the actual dog is enough! No need for a big statue even though they are great :)  

Mom & the cute pup

So cool!

Speaking of dogs, the Temple’s neighbor/Family BFF, Jean got a dog this weekend and we got to meet her yesterday! She is BEAUTIFUL! Her name is Dugan Mae and she is an Australian Shepard. She is just a little pup and it was so fun to watch her run and hop around (it was even fun to watch her snooze.) She is a gem :) Here are a few pictures that Mrs. Temple took –  

Picture of Dugan Mae by Nancy Temple*

Picture of Dugan Mae by Nancy Temple*

Next on the agenda… If you’re looking for a GREAT book to read, you need to RUN to the store and buy The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It.is.amazing. I LOVED it so much – one of the best books I have ever read. It’s also a soon to be major motion picture from Dreamworks! 

Here is the synopsis from Kathryn Stockett’s website – http://www.kathrynstockett.com/index.htm 

 Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. 

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. 

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken. 

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own. 

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed. 

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t. 

Copyright © 2010 Kathryn Stockett

  

I have such a love/hate relationship with finishing a great book. I obviously love finishing it because you complete the story, you finally figure out the ending, and then you get to imagine what you think the characters go on to accomplish in their lives. I hate the ending because I feel like I’m breaking up with someone, or that I’m moving away from one of my best friends. You don’t get to spend time with the characters anymore, you’re forced to go your separate ways. I will miss Miss. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny dearly and now I can’t wait to see them on the big screen (although the movie is usually never as good as the book!) Anyway, I’m thinking Oprah might be in this one – I could definitely see her as Aibileen. Maybe Mo’nique as Minny… Not sure about Miss. Skeeter, I think I could play her? I’m tall, gangly and awkward! :) 

Tips From Boston Tweet - 

Half Priced Appetizers: Mission Bar in Brigham Circle (2pm-6pm Monday-Thursday) http://www.themissionbar.com/ 

Red Sky Faneuil Hall (4pm-6pm daily) http://www.redskyboston.com/ 

Sevens in Beacon Hill (4pm-6pm Sunday-Friday) – Check them out! 

Salon 26 in the North End -
 
This Friday is the grand re-opening! They’re going *FREE* blow outs from 10pm- 6pm !
 
 
And lastly, I’ll leave you with this -
 
Countess LuAnn (from Real Housewives of New York) has debuted her new single – http://bit.ly/bEs812 (Via @VultureBlog)
 
It’s frighteningly terrible! Your ears might hurt after listening. Just an FYI to all – if you’re ever on a reality TV show, that doesn’t mean you should also record a single. It should mean that you are NEVER to record a single. What is this world coming to?!

Happy Earth Day!

10 Ways to be Green:

 

1. Public transportation. Gotta love it.

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2. Don’t use pesticides on your lawn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Buy a reusable water bottle and use it. All the time. Stop buying bottled water.

Cute one - Barnesandnoble.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Use reusable bags to carry your lunch in everyday and/or your groceries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Air dry your clothes! You have the right to Air Dry! (Vermonters will get this)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Ride a bike/walk if possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Keep your shower short (This one is VERY HARD FOR ME!) Or don’t shower at all? Hmmm, actually maybe not. People don’t like stinky people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Recycle. Duh! Recycle bins are everywhere. USE them. Put them in your home. They are necessary.

  9. Turn the lights off when you leave the room. Easy peasy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Never ever litter. It’s lame and out of style. How would you like if someone came and dumped their trash in your house? You wouldn’t. The birds, bees, squirrels, etc. don’t either.

ECO Runway from Rent the Runway http://www.renttherunway.com/ecorunway

Happy Earth Day from Nicole Richie! http://nicolerichie.celebuzz.com/2010/04/nicole-richie-earth-day/

Tomorrow is Friday, YAY! Do something nice for someone tomorrow in celebration of the weekend. Why not right? Here are some ideas from Oprah -

http://www.oprah.com/spirit/35-Little-Acts-of-Kindness/1

Today’s SAVE from Eversave -

http://www.eversave.com/boston/cqi-day-spa?ref=367725240&key=B4D7001C1F8665BA7A8658D2C1D20A18&sourceid=56812

Have a great rest of your Thursday/Earth Day :)

Lady’s day of surgery :(

As I was on the train home tonight – I looked out the window and saw this:

Very pretty. It made me smile.  :)

Another thing that made me smile on the train – I forgot my train pass/work ID badge at home today (switched jackets – always check the pockets when you do this!) – both this morning and this afternoon the awesome conductors let it slide and didn’t make me cough up another $12.50 on top of what I pay for my monthly pass. Thank you guys!

When I got off the train, Meg and Lady were waiting for me. Poor little Lady was spayed today. She is so tired and seems pretty sore. I feel so bad! I’ve been giving her extra hugs and kisses so hopefully that helps.

Little Lady

This poor little thing!

I held Lady's hand, um actually, paw... to make her feel better

Last night we had dinner with Fr. Jim for his birthday. We had a great time – it’s always so nice to catch up with Fr. Jim and all his stories.

We asked him what the key is to staying so energetic, active – so young - at the age of 80? Fr. Jim said simply being around young people, exercising your mind and making an effort to keep up with the times, with what’s going on around you, are all so important in feeling your best.

OK, down to today’s business -

Tomorrow is Thrifty Thursday’ at GSpa.  Here’s the deal, you get 50% off any cut and/or color. Bonus! 50% all facials/waxing.

http://bit.ly/9bswCZ

Tomorrow, get yourself a slice of delicious and *FREE* cheese pizza at G’s Famous Pizza – 1033 Mass Avenue, Boston (617) 442-9463. They’d like to thank everyone for their support in celebration of their one week anniversary! Congrats!

Brunello Bistro in Somerville serve up $1 appetizers Monday – Friday from 4pm-7pm. Score!
http://www.breadandcompanybistro.com/

Apparently, Monday – Friday the Harpoon Brewery offers *free* beer tastings. I wonder if they’re worth it? Sounds awesome… Anyone ever been/heard anything about them?

http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/index.cfm/page/Weekday-Tastings/pid/28488

Such an amazing deal – for the month of May, Masa in the South End have $5 margaritas!!! So pumped about this. And to top it all off, they have .50 cent tapas at the bar all week from 5pm to 7pm. http://ow.ly/1Bqh8

We finally did it! Colin and I have booked our flights to Ireland. We didn’t get an amazing deal but we are happy with what we found/paid. It’s so nice to have this taken care of – feels like such a weight has been lifted. Now we are even more excited for THE EVENT OF THE CENTURY!!! (Meg and Matt’s Wedding!)
Ok, early bedtime tonight – I have a half marathon to run on Sunday – woop woop. Goodnight!

The return of ‘Glee’

Yes – finally, ‘Glee’ is back!

The cast of 'Glee', Buzznet.com

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.

Zimbio.com

Zimbio.com

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.

'Tina', Starpulse.com


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!

Peace and quiet

I’m in the house by myself. I’m currently sitting in my room in peace and quiet. It’s honestly a miracle after the past few days I have had. I’ve been going non-stop and let me tell you – it is draining. Do you ever feel like all the energy is just sucked right out of you? Or that there aren’t enough hours in the day? Ugh, why can’t I be a superhero? They can do everything…

Anyway, I am SO SORRY for not posting yesterday and all of today! I’m not following the rules of ‘no excuses, blog like a champion.’ I’m ashamed of myself and will strive to be a better blogger everyday. Especially for you Jean!

So tonight I helped judge the science fair at Meg’s school (Bellesini Academy in Lawrence, all boys grades 5-8.) At first I felt stupid, ‘Wait what is the variable? The thing that stays the same or the thing that changes?’ ‘And the control is the opposite, right?’ Ugh, I was never good at science.

I learned a thing or two which was nice. The judging part was hard, they all did a nice job so I was throwing 5’s out left and right (scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest score.) I didn’t want the people tallying up the points to think my scoring was fishy, so I threw in a few 4’s and one or two 3’s – it was stressful. Oh, I also think it’s worth mentioning that the boys at Meg’s school all think Meg and I are twins – mainly because we’re white, tall and have blond hair. They get a reeeal kick out of saying ‘Miss Mescall ‘and having both of us turn around to respond. Oh adolescent boys!

Apparently today was National Beer Day. You have 2 hours left – go grab yourself a cold one!

http://mysecretboston.com/events/national-beer-day

Groupon of the day – hurry! -$25 for $50 worth of food + drinks at the Ashmont Grill

*Side deal, $8 for 2 tickets to The Comedy Studio

http://www.groupon.com/boston

The Save of the day – hurry! – $35 for a $75 haircut at The Salon at 10 Newbury Street

*5% of proceeds go toward Wigs for Well-Being!

http://www.eversave.com/boston

Coupme deal – $30 for a photography sitting ($285 value!)

http://www.coupme.com/

From Boston Restaurant Talk – 5 restaurants with outdoor dining on the water for the beautiful, summer like weather we had today (I’m sorry, but I just don’t think it’s OK for it to reach 90 degrees in Boston in April. Anybody with me here?)

http://www.bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com/2010/03/five-boston-restaurants-with-outdoor.html

The Russell House Tavern opens in Harvard Square tomorrow. They are now taking reservations (617) 500-3055

http://russellhouse.wordpress.com/

Round 1 Celtics playoff tickets are now available -

http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/805903?camefrom=CFC_NBACELTICS_BEAT&brand=celtics

Here are the ‘Beats by Dre’ Red Sox headphones I blogged about the other day -

http://www.thrillist.com/links/122054

Are you an old Italian man trapped inside a young 20somethings body? This might be just for you -

http://www.thrillist.com/links/122055

Wanna win a trip to the Valentin Imperial Maya Resort? I do! Tweet and you could win. Details here -

http://www.gadling.com/2010/04/06/tweet-and-win-with-the-valentin-imperial-maya-resort/

Pre-order the new Jack Johnson album, ‘To the Sea’ now!

http://bit.ly/tothesea

Daily Candy makes curling your hair look easy -

http://www.dailycandy.com/all-cities/video/82091/Teach-Your-Old-Do-New-Tricks?refcd=email:435623:11

More tickets WILL be available tomorrow for the Boston Bacon and Beer fest!

http://wheretoeat.in/boston/baconandbeer/

This Saturday, April 10th, the Phantom Gourmet Wine and Food Phest is coming to the Bayside Expo Center in Dorchester from 3:00 – 8:00 pm – tickets are $30 in advance.

http://wine.phantomgourmet.com/Home.aspx

Fashionably Late at the Liberty Hotel is tomorrow from 8:00 pm – 2:00 am. This event will benefit Ray Allen’s Ray of Hope Foundation as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Interested in fashion + music for a good cause? RSVP to Fashion@LibertyHotel.com. More info – http://twitpic.com/1coi5b

Are you a blogger in New York? This could be a perfect job for you! Check it out -

http://ow.ly/1vQop

Well, I’m pooped! Time for bed. Goodnight! :)

PS – I hope you caught the cast of Glee on Oprah today! I DVRed it so will have to watch it within the next few days!

A G-string and a mask?

Tonight I’ll be attending the Harris Center’s 2010 Public Forum held in the Burden Auditorium at the Harvard Business School at 6pm. The Harris Center at Massachusetts General Hospital is ‘dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with eating disorders.’ The forum topic is Health Matters: Weight and Wellness in the World of Fashion. The guest speakers are Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Magazine, Michael Kors, American fashion designer as well as a judge on Lifetime TV’s Project Runway, and Natalia Vodianova, a Russian model and Philanthropist. I am thrilled to be able to go – I was originally on the wait list for this but recently received confirmation of my attendance. I’m sure I will have a lot to say about this tomorrow…

Also, Thursday a few of my girl friends and I are going to the Shecky’s Girls Night Out event at Cyclorama – 539 Tremont Street – Thursday 5-10pm. They are also holding this event Wednesday as well as Friday, however I believe Friday is SOLD OUT. I’ve never been to one of these, but they sound fun! They showcase new Spring trends, new beauty regiments, beer & cocktails (with ticket) and goodie bags.

Check it out – http://girlsnightout.sheckys.com/

When do you feel most beautiful inside and out? Tell Oprah.com here – http://www.oprah.com/microsite/bali/beautiful-spa-sweepstakes and you could win spa packages with a $1,000 value.

RendezVous offers $5 tapas every Monday from 5pm-10pm (selection changes each week!) – 502 Mass Ave. Cambridge – Central Square (617) 576-1900 http://www.rendezvouscentralsquare.com/

Doing some Spring cleaning? (I know I need to!) Where to get rid of your stuff (don’t throw everything away!) –  

http://www.oprah.com/home/Where-to-Get-Rid-of-Your-Stuff/7

Wednesday, March 31st – Wine tasting (*free*) at Chiara Bistro – 569 High Street, Westwood (781) 461-8118. Reservations aren’t required, but you can call or RSVP to dan@chiarabistro.com 

Visit http://www.chiarabistro.com/home/ or http://ow.ly/1pkoQ for further information.

Some big news today is that President Obama will be signing the $875 billion healthcare reform bill at The White House tomorrow morning. Some people are over-the-moon happy and some people are beyond pissed.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/22/obama-to-sign-health-care-bill-tuesday/

I’m very interested in what everyone thinks about this. Have an opinion? Email me at thedailycraic.wordpress@gmail.com and I will feature some answers later this week.

On a different note, apparently a woman in Hooksett, N.H. was attacked by a man wearing only a G-string and a mask. Pretty creative and heinous all at the same time. I’ll probably have nightmares about this tonight, it sounds even scarier than a Komodo Dragon.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/22907198/detail.html?treets=bos&tid=26511418836813&tml=bos_12pm&tmi=bos_12pm_1_11000103222010&ts=H

I hope everyone is having a great day thus far :)

He was injured, injured bad

The Celtics/Knicks game last night was a fist-pumpin’ good time. Started off with a traditional Irish dinner (for St. Patrick’s Day) of pizza and beer at Halftime Pizza – it was delicious. We actually got a nice booth too which usually never happens, so we were off to a good start. 

The game was fun to watch, the Celtics played great – Paul Pierce had 29 points at the end of the game, KG not too far behind with 22. Last game we went to, the energy was low and people seemed disinterested. Fans were even booing the C’s. This time was very different, the energy was excellent; lots of fun. There were even Irish Step dancers at halftime! They were really good – very different from when I used to dance though. I guess I’m an old school step dancer, because from the amount of glitter on their dresses last night you would’ve thought we were at Studio 54. We didn’t do glitter. The boys especially did not wear rhinestone vests with hot pink ties (not that there’s anything wrong with that.) And wigs (they are so intense) didn’t make an appearance on the step dancing scene till I moved on to basketball in 7th grade. What happened to the old-fashioned way of curling your hair? I remember the good ol’ days the night before a feis (step dance competition) when my mother would patiently put curlers in my hair, I would sleep on them as if they were a bed of nails, and then in the morning my mother would not-as-patiently rip the curlers out as we rushed to get ready to leave (understandable – the whole process was relatively frustrating for both parties.) 

Anyway, I went to the Celtics/Bulls game last year (while I was volunteering in Chicago) on St. Patrick’s Day and now I went again this year. I was pumped I got to go, I think I’m starting a new tradition… Final score – Celtics 109 – Knicks 97 – must’ve been the luck of the Irish! 

Ready for the game

Adam & Colin ... I guess Phil didn't want to be featured on the blog ...

In other random topics – 

If you’re a country music fan, get your butt down to The Charlie Horse in West Bridgewater to see Darryl Worley for only $10. Doors open at 8pm, more information here http://www.wctk.com/extra03.php 

Paper clip root canal sounds fun doesn’t it??? (beware if you’re sensitive to disturbing teeth stories.) 

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/22874354/detail.html?treets=bos&tid=26511418836813&tml=bos_12pm&tmi=bos_12pm_1_11000203182010&ts=H  

Rogue Wave, new band I just found out about on the same label as Jack Johnson … I decided I really like them. They’re definitely worth checking out here – http://www.roguewavemusic.com/index.php 

Another pretty cool thing is that a family friend of ours, Johnny, is featured in a Cole Haan advertisement as well as this whole ‘Inspired Life’ thing they have going on. This is also worth checking out – http://www.colehaan.com/inspired/index.jsp?pi=Inspired_TopNav#Johnny 

March Madness is here – Cask n’ Flagon has a $5 basketball menu going on http://www.casknflagon.com/index.php, Game On has 90 hd tvs and will be playing every game imaginable http://gameonboston.com/. More suggestions here – http://cityvoter.com/ncaa-march-madness-bar-guide/list/535 

Eat, Pray, Love based on the novel (and real life story) starring Julia Roberts looks so good! I can’t wait; I love her :) 

The cast of ‘Glee’ is going to be on Oprah April 7th, so set your DVRs. http://www.gossipcop.com/report-glee-on-oprah/ 

My parents are currently in Vegas (because they are way cooler than me.) My mom has been relaxing by the pool which makes me quite jealous (it is well deserved on her part though!) and my sister Kelly along with my brother Patrick are driving from California to Vegas to hang with them this weekend. More jealousy ensues…. 

Free pastry day is next Tuesday, March 23rd at Starbucks! You have to buy a drink, then you get one free (nothing is really *free* is it?) It only lasts till 10:30am so hurry hurry. Heres the coupon – http://www.starbucks.com/blog/4983/free-pastry-day 

And, just because… 

I just went for a walk and it is GLORIOUS outside. I hope it stays like this! Pleeeeeeeeeease? 

Have a great day!