September 27, 2013

Jason Derulo and Trident Gum at Fuse Studios

Well, on Tuesday I went to Fuse Studios to see Jason Derulo perform, thanks to my darling friend Amy. It was for the release of his new EP, Tattoos, and was a lot of fun! Unexpectedly so.

We met up after work and waited in line for about an hour, catching up and talking about our social media craziness. Amy is one of those people who completely understands and shares my obsession with social media -- I didn't feel bad spending ten minutes after we got out on my phone, trying to Instagram, tweet, and Facebook photos. We were retweeting and being silly the entire walk over to the train.

The performance was a lot of fun, the dancers were hilariously talented, and a lot of unexpected things happened. We were harassed by security guards who were adamant that they saw our wristbands every second we were waiting in line (which was a bit of a struggle since we both had jackets on) and we sang along to some songs.

I was disappointed that Jason Derulo didn't say his name at least five times. That was the one thing I was really excited about, to hear the infamous "Jason Deruuuuloooo" but it didn't happen. At least not as much as I had hoped.

Though it's all good, we got free gum from Trident! Which we should all know, was the most exciting part of the night for me. Is that sad? That I was more excited about free gum than I was about Jason Derulo? Maybe. He took his shirt off and all, which was great, but oh. Gum. Delicious.

While I have to admit, I wasn't the biggest Jason Derulo fan, I was grooving to some of his new songs, so definitely go check out his EP Tattoos. Not going to lie, Talk Dirty was one of my favorites, but you know. Go listen and see for yourself.

Also, sorry about the quality of the photos. We weren't allowed to bring cameras so I relied on my phone for all of these. Have a great weekend everyone!

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September 25, 2013

Mini-vacation from New New York?

I'm pretty sure most people will say that they need a break from New York once in a while -- at least those who didn't grow up living in the city. Everyone I know says every so often, "I need to get out of this place!"

Sad as it is, it's only been two months since I've been back and already I'm itching to get out. Maybe it's because of everything that's happened within those two months that have made my time here seem much longer than it actually has been. People have come and gone, and I have barely had time to blink.

On Saturday, my darling friend Roxy (I know what you're thinking, and yeah, I pretty much only hang out with her -- but at least you get to see photos of her pretty face, right?) and I went on a little adventure. It turned into my idea of the perfect all-day date, but you know. You can go on friend dates.

We met up for brunch and ended up just getting lunch at this little Thai place with an awesome lunch special. Then we went and got pie. I then proceeded to flail and gush over how much I loved pie and pie was going to be the only thing I ever ate again. Really though, I had triple berry pie and it was divine. Roxy had sour cream apple walnut pie? I think? I don't know, but that thing was a little piece of heaven. Sigh.

Then we went to Governors Island and much to my delight, they had an antique carnival thing going on. Carousels, rides, and attendants all dressed in faux-Parisian uniforms. They had music streaming through speakers strung around the area and it was very romantic. And before you say anything, yes. I know that my fashion choices as of late have been...a little more daring. And not necessarily in the good way.

I got my butt kicked by one of the rides there. It was called Le Dragon and I almost fell off of it the second time around -- they should have a sign! Beware those who have weak arms and/or thighs: you will be in for a rough one. There was also a bicycle ride that was made in 1892, that was just darling. We rode in a spinning-cup on the carousel (I know, right?), and one of those swing rides that made you feel as if you're flying.

I closed my eyes, stretched my arms out, and smiled. It's the little things in life that make me feel alive. Being on that ride, spending my day with one of my best friends, it was lovely. It made me think about all the things I had been stressing about, all the things that have made me sad during my time here in New York, and I felt it all drop from my body as I flew through the air. There are so many more things to be thankful for -- what is the point in focusing on the negatives?

We finished off the night in Brooklyn with one of our co-workers, and I fell in love a little bit. Brooklyn, you're winning me over, with your Mexican restaurants and your cute little Shake Shack. I may have to make the move out there soon. Maybe.

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September 20, 2013

Thanks to Klout, I got to see Don Jon

I don't know why, but Klout is one of those things I never link or talk about. I have a profile, of course, but I never talk about it. Deciding to change that up now, since I got to go see an advanced screening of Don Jon thanks to Klout! I've never felt so special before. I even got a plus one, which obviously meant I asked Roxy if she wanted to go (aka as far as you all know, my only friend -- she's the only one I ever take photos of!).

The system was a little hectic. My friend and I left work and made our way to Downtown Brooklyn. We got to the theater right at 7:00 and thought we were safe -- the email they sent out did say that as long as we got there by 7:00 we would be guaranteed seating. But of course, true to the nature of any free event, they ran out of reserved tickets and we had to wait in line anyway. Which was okay, because by the power of all that is good in the world we still got in and only had minimal neck aches by the end of it. But I still may have tweeted about the fail that was the reserved ticket system.

Which brings me to this tangent: there is no point in having those seats at the front of the theater. It hurts. It's not good for your eyes. Especially with a movie that has flashing scenes, I felt like I was having a seizure. No me gusta.

Anyway. The movie was great. I saw a few friends in the theater who were smart enough to get there way early, and laughed because we made jokes about how Klout wanted us to tweet about the event but they stuck us in a theater with no cell phone service. Womp.

Afterwards, Roxy and I walked on over to Shake Shack and enjoyed not one, but two rounds of Shackmeister Ale (if you have not had this before, you need to). We laughed, had honest talks, and had an altogether fabulous Tuesday night. Who cares that I didn't get home until midnight?

If you're curious about what I thought, or if you're on the fence about watching it, I wrote a review over on Media Milk Bar that you can go check out. In a quickie version: yes, go watch it. Don't go with your parents. But go watch it.

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September 18, 2013

Taste Talks Brooklyn Conference, All-Star Cookout

I mentioned this briefly in this week's MM, but this weekend I had the opportunity to go to Taste Talks Food & Drink Brooklyn Conference, All-Star Cookout. It was amazing. I got to go with one of my amazing friends, Roxy, much to my delight and the misfortune of her boyfriend, Micah (sorry man -- it was awesome, and I wish we could have all gone together).

But oh, so much food. I stuffed my face with beef tongue, rabbit, hard cider, and so much more. It was a little piece of food heaven, and I had a ticket to be there from 1-3:30...though we ended up leaving at around 4:30 due to a combination of food coma and waiting in line for ice cream (it was mint chip, by the way, and I lost two-thirds of it after I took that top photo because it fell out of the cone. Forceful licking?).

It was a gorgeous day, perfectly in between summer and autumn. The sun was warm, but there was a breeze and plenty of drinks to keep us cool. Acqua Panna (fancy bottled water!) and San Pellegrino in buckets usually reserved for soda and generic bottled water. How fancy.

We barely sat down so that we could go to every station during our two and a half hour window -- you'd think two and a half hours would be more than enough time, but it really isn't! We quickly learned that the best way to go about it would be to grab food and then wait in line for the next station while eating..which is why I only have photos of half of the food we ate. I had too many things in my hands!

They stopped us to play a game for a free sign-up for car rentals? I think? I don't really know, but we just wanted to play the game they had so we did it. And of course, my homegirl won on the first try. So she gave me the rest of her chips and I didn't have the same luck so quickly -- it happened on the second go!

We've now decided that we have a reason to go on road trips now, so we're planning on heading out in the near future. I'm voting for Chicago.

I've also decided that while I have never been a huge fan of hard cider, Strongbow is my go to. We got a free drink when we first got in (we were promised two free drinks for the event and weren't given our vouchers, which was unfortunate. The entire sign-in process was far from efficient and they forgot to give us lanyards or tote bags -- needless to say, we were mildly upset) and liked it so much that we bought ourselves another.

And like true champs, we conquered all of the stations. I thought my belly was going to burst from all the food, but it was so, so worth it. Roxy's favorite was Tom Mylan, Brent Young, and Francis Mallman's rib eye with chimmichurri and chapa bread. Mine was Chris Bear and Sean Rembold's kentucky mutton burgoo with corn bread. You have not lived until you've had peach butter.

Also, can I just say that Questlove is awesome and very kind for letting me take a photo. I felt a little bit like a butthole for asking, but it's Questlove! I had to! Shame, I know. I'm sorry. Really though, I felt bad afterwards and thought maybe I should've kept my fangirl inside and just smiled. Ah!

All in all, it was a fantastic event. I had so much fun, and it's not something I would have normally done. A huge thank you to Roxy for taking me on this little Sunday afternoon adventure.

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September 2, 2013

And now I present to you, the new blog...

Why hello! Geez, what a project this has been -- not that I'm complaining. I am extremely proud to officially announce my blog, as it's been renamed from Almost Giant to Dear Skim, and now has its own domain. What a darling thing to be able to present to all of you.

It's a little bit sad, to leave Wordpress and my very little number of followers. I was incredibly thankful for every follow, every like, and every encouraging comment -- I hope that I can find some of you here on Dear Skim, too.

In terms of content, nothing has really changed. I am hoping to post more photos and have everything make a little bit more sense, but I'll still be talking about what's going on in my life and my ridiculous thoughts. I need to finally write out that post on what my plan of action is in the event of a zombie apocalypse, and my attempts at the infinite number of recipes I have bookmarked. Ah, we'll see.

Anyway, here's to the start of a new journey! While I still have all of my posts from Almost Giant, I'm marking this as a new start: the birth of Dear Skim. And I'm so, so excited about it. I will continue with Marvelous Mondays next week -- until then, thanks for stopping by!

(Also, cue awkward photo I took for a digital photography class my senior year).