Sunday, September 30, 2007

"Running to Stand Still"

The weather was pretty AMAZING here on Saturday. Davis and I got the scootsies and headed to the park. There's just something about Davis on the scootsies that makes me, and everybody else, giggle. Seriously.. you should see the smiles and looks we get as we scoot on by.
Anyways... We had some good times at the park.. reading, frisbee-ing, laying around, and staring at little dogs. We also met up with Slade and Andrea. They were skate boarding with Andrea's new "Tiffany" board. What kind of man wouldn't want a wife who would rather have a new board than jewelry for her birthday? Honestly, she's a gem.

Speaking of little dogs... I finally got somewhat of a fill with Theo this weekend. Theo is Ali's cute little friend she was babysitting all weekend. (You can check him out over on her blog.) I just wish he had let me hold him more. He was a little frazzled with me trying to lug him around like a child.. but what can you do? Isn't that what little dogs are for?

After the RS broadcast we headed to a rooftop party. Pretty amazing view, eh?
Right now I feel like I can't really complain about this dirty city. Saturday was a pretty good day.. I'm sure it beat the snow you suckers had in Utah...

In other news, my music is on random right now and Running to Stand Still just came on... Oh I LOVE THIS ONE. Is there a better song? I'm not sure there is. Those old goodies just do something to me I can't explain.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

"I'm Sorry"

Yesterday I saw The Jane Austen Book Club.... It was so cute... GO SEE IT!

plus, it has a really good Feist song in it.. HOLLA!

"Tears of Gold"

Two years ago the Holla House went to Cancun on a random, spontaneous trip, and we had the most amazing time. We spent our days laying out by the pool, playing in the ocean, and touring around, and our nights -- DANCING. It was definitely one of my favorite trips.

I was looking through some old pics the other day (which I don't have right now), but the first day of the trip I was in the background of every picture reading the Kite Runner. I COULD NOT PUT THAT BOOK DOWN. (BTW, the movie version of the Kite Runner is coming out soon. I saw the trailer yesterday and got a little teary eyed. It looks really good.) The pictures from that first day in Cancun are kind of funny to look at because they're of everyone running around being crazy, and there I am in the background, reading. Don't worry, after a quick 24 hours, I finished the book, and was able to participate in the good times of Cancun.

A couple of days ago Davis called me from work, and I guess my voice sounded stressed because he immediately asked me what was wrong. I tried to cover up my crying, but eventually gave in and told him I was crying about my book, A Thousand Splendid Suns.
There's just something about these two books that really hits me. They make me feel so silly for ever feeling down about my easy life. Even though I've seen it, sometimes it's just hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that people, especially women, still live in extreme poverty without any freedoms, are beaten daily, and are not allowed to go to school. Part of the reason I love to travel is so I have first hand experiences of these kinds of situations. Let's face it, it's easy to put my book down and continue with my good times in Cancun, or NY, or wherever, but it's hard to put the images of actually seeing this kind of life behind you. I just hope I never get too wrapped up in my own little problems to not see the bigger picture of things and continuously be grateful for what I have, and lose my desire to help, in some small way, others in need.

Monday, September 24, 2007

"So You Think You Can Dance"

This weekend MTV had a So You Think You Can Dance marathon. I turned it on a couple of times when we were in and out. Davis loved it, and he especially loves the way Cat says, "So you think you can dance."

Here's his best impersonation...

"It's a Hit"

The day I had been waiting for for years finally came on Saturday -- Rilo Kiley in concert! Seriously I've tried to see them so many times in the last few years... Kilby Court, 9:30 in DC, Jenny on her solo tour.. bla, bla, bla... the list goes on and on, but the stars never quite aligned for me to see them until Saturday at Webster Hall. I woke up on Saturday so excited for the show. I just tried not to think about it because I didn't want to get my hopes up and get let down, but let me tell you.. Rilo delivered, and there was no disappointment.

I'm pretty sure I could go on and on and on about how much I loved this show. First of all, they played an amazing mix of old and new stuff and the old selections were amazing -- Arms Outstretched, Wires and Waves, A Man/Me/Then Jim, It's a Hit.. bla, bla bla... And I really liked the new stuff live. It was a little more rockish and just a lot of fun. Gosh, all of their songs have so many memories for me. I felt like my mind was going crazy during every song remembering so many good times. The show put me in a really nostalgic mood.

Besides the music and energy being amazing -- I WANT TO BE JENNY. I really think if I could trade places with her right now I would. She's just so freaking cute I can't handle it, and Blake, the lead guitarist, he's not too shabby either. In fact, I can't quite decide who was turning me on more during the show -- Jenny or Blake.

We tried to get tickets to go again on Sunday, but it just wasn't meant to be.
Anyways... here's the pics from our amazing night...

Here's Ali with her ticket she got last minute for face value! The angel who sold it came out of nowhere after we'd been harassing the crowd for quite sometime.

Here we are waiting, waiting, waiting for the show to begin... I thought I was going to pee my pants I was so excited!

Randoms of the Band...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Davis just forwarded me this from Sports Illustrated.

If that's too long for you to read.. here's a little snippet of what he says..

"On Aug. 28, NBC released the American DVDs with a "satisfaction guaranteed" gimmick. Now if you continue to ignore FNL, it's only because you're trying to hurt me. If you do give it a shot, let me recommend the impeccable acting, the lively football scenes (although they tend to go overboard on exciting finishes), the risky story lines and especially Coach Taylor's family, the most authentic household in recent TV history. Every nuance is nailed, every hug seems genuine, every fight makes sense, every sarcastic barb and flustered reaction ring true. If there are better TV actors than Kyle Chandler (Coach) and Connie Britton (Mrs. Coach), I haven't TiVoed them. Pay particular attention to the astonishing two-parter in which an older assistant sets off a racial powder keg before a big playoff game. If FNL were Michael Jordan, Lyla Garrity's slam-page episode would be the 63-point game in Boston (the coming-out party), and the two-parter would be the 1991 Finals (the moment considerable potential is realized).

Look, I'm the biggest White Shadow fan on the planet ... and even I concede that FNL is the greatest sports show ever. Shadow died prematurely because the story line called for it to graduate too many key characters at once. I can live with that. FNL is going to die prematurely because five times as many Americans would rather watch an acerbic British guy belittle dreadful singers on a reality show. I can't live with that.

So please, please help me and every other FNL fanatic. Watch the show. Spread the gospel. You won't save the world as they did in Heroes, and you probably won't prevail in the end, but as Coach Taylor once told his team, "Every man at some point in his life is going to lose a battle. He's going to fight, and he's going to lose. But what makes him a man is that in the midst of that battle, he does not lose himself."

I pray we're not sticking that quote on his TV tombstone in two months."


"Let's Talk About Sex Baby"

So I think most of you know by now that I've been spending my unemplyed days with Carrie and the girls -- watching Sex and the City -- and I'M LOVING IT. I just finished season 5 a few days ago, and I can't wait to see how it all ends in season 6. For some reason watching this show makes me enjoy living in NYC more. I'm not really sure why, but it just does. After I watch an episode, or disc, or entire season, I get kind of excited about the city life.

There's so much buzz around the upcoming movie, it's getting me really excited. It's my new goal to find where they're filming and spot SJP! Anyways.. here's the first pic from the first day of filming... and don't you worry the other boys of the show are going to be in the movie too! HOLLA! I only wish Aidan could come back -- he's my new love.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

"Heavenly Day"

So my little girl Michele came to town this weekend, and we had ourselves some good times eating, shopping, watching FNL, and dancing. Here's some pics of our adventures...

Brunch at Bubby's

Our Favorite Cheap Shoe Store... Perfect for the Unemployed Budget

Street Festival in Little Italy

Ocean Grill.. Definitely one of the best I've had in NYC

Did I mention the seasons have changed? We went dancing and waiting to get into the club I was freezing my bones off!


Saturday, September 15, 2007

"Utah Man"


Oh my, on my.. I just got done watching the UCLA game, and I'm pretty much in shock. 44-6... THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' BOUT.

I can just add this to the reasons I wish I was in Utah right now... I miss football in the fall.. especially games like this one.

"Devil Town"

Kristan won a Friday Night Lights party from NBC so Thursday those who love the show got together. We saw a special sneak peak of season 2 and it looks oh so good. I seriously love love love this show.

Here's some pics from the big event...

Last night we decided to whip out the DVD and watch a couple episodes from season 1. I would be lying if I didn't cry at the end of the first episode. I'm basically in love with Coach Taylor and Riggins... AH... If you haven't seen the show you're seriously missing out. It's the best on TV right now. I don't think October 2nd, the season 2 premiere, can come soon enough.

Friday, September 14, 2007

"Oh Canada"

Last weekend we made the big trek up to CANADA -- Montreal to be exact. Luckily we had a native on board to show us around... Good job Karen!

Considering we were only there for two days we got a lot done...

Here's a dome from the Worlds Fair... Montreal is full of random stuff like this... It was actually really fun just driving around and looking at the city.
We also walked around Old Town. Montreal really is so cute. I could have spent hours walking, shopping, and eating... oh wait.. I did.
Supposedly POUTINE is a must eat in Montreal. It's fries topped with gravy, smoked meat, and cheese -- sounds kind of sketchy, I KNOW, but it was quite the tasty treat.
Now for the real reason we went... OSHEAGA
Osheaga delivered even more than expected... We saw some pretty good bands including The Stars, Feist, The Editors, Damien Rice, Smashing Pumpkins, and a bunch of other randoms...
Here's the two main stages...

Here's my boy Damien Rice who seriously BLEW ME AWAY. I mean I was excited to see him, but I had no idea. I'm going to post a few videos of him later so you can see what I'm talkin' bout. (Maybe if DB's computer was a little faster I could post them now!)

The weekend was topped off with a little Sex and the City marathon on the ride home. I'm not sure a weekend could get better than that!
Oh wait... Michele is Coming.. Michele is Coming... HOLLA!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

"Come On, Come Out"

sometimes we get out... and eat dinner with just the girls.. and i love it...


Last week Kellie and I went to see Nanny Diaries. Even though this movie didn't get very good reviews, I was pretty excited to see it, and can I just say that I quite enjoyed it.
This movie kind of hit home in many ways....

1. I loved this book when I read it. I read it a few years ago, and I can still remember crying at the end. I just felt so bad for the little boy in it... cheesy I know, but it's the truth.

2. Obviously, I live in New York. I kind of love seeing things that take place in NY.

3. Kellie just quit her Upper East Side, Billionaire nannying job, and of course, she could relate to every story in the little film.

4. Oh, and it also took me back to the days of Camp Pinecliffe. Oh... Camp Pinecliffe, full of snobbery, color wars, weird secret candle ceremonies.. the list goes on and on. I wish I had some of my pics of that summer.. but this one of the lodge will have to work for now.

Three years ago Nici and I headed to Harrison, Maine for the summer and spent it babysitting Upper East Side kids. It was my first experience with super super super rich people, and it was quite an eye opening experience.

There were times I wanted to kill my girls. Like when they asked me how to lay down a sleeping bag, or when I was asked repeatedly how much longer until we reached the end of hike, bla bla bla.... the list goes on and on. I had some good times with my girls, and in the end I really enjoyed them, even though sometimes they drove me nuts. I guess I can't really complain since I got to spend the whole summer hiking around Maine and New Hampshire, but that summer really did hit me. I realized how much New York really is a different world from anywhere else. I always felt bad for my "camp girls," that their parents shipped them off to camp to get rid of them for the summer, and I wondered what kind of people they would turn into.

Every once in a while it still hits me how different it is here. I was once down in SoHo and ran into some of my girls from camp. They had just returned from Europe and Africa for the summer (note: these are 15 year olds, not college students) and it cracked me up.

Since living in New York I've become friends with numerous "camp girls." Many of my friends from Columbia spent their summers in Maine. When I first found out they were "camp girls" it surprised me. How could I have anything in common with someone who spent their summers at camp? It kind of cracks me up thinking about it, but I guess over the last year I've come to somewhat understand the world of my "camp girls," and surprisingly they can turn out to be pretty cool.

Secretly though, I just hope that while living in New York I can remain a little Utah girl at heart, and that it never will seem normal to me to ship my kids off for the summer.

Thursday, September 06, 2007


Last Thursday we went to the US Open and saw sexiness Blake vs. Fabrice Santoro.

It was pretty much amazing. Blake, obviously, had home court advantage, but this little French man, Fabrice just had some way of winning over the crowd. They call him "The Magician," and honestly this is the perfect name for him.

By the time the match was over Davis was cheering for Fabrice, (He was cheering so loud, and talking about Fabrice like he was his best friend. At one point some random guy in the crowd said to Davis, "Hey do you know Fabrice?" It cracked me up.) and I think most of the crowd wanted him to secretly win, or maybe not so secretly. The match went on forever and ever and it seems that each point got crazier as the night went on. Here's an example of a typical point...

Anyways.. I was just pretty impressed that this little guy could win over a crowd like that. After the nearly four hour long match, I was ready to leave, but basically it was the perfect night to be there, and we couldn't have asked for a more exciting match. Now, if only Roddick could have pulled it off last night I would be one happy camper, wah wah.