Monthly Archives: February 2011

And the winner is…

…not Anne Hathaway and James Franco. I mean, for those who watched, Franco seemed quite stoned, no?

All day yesterday, I was looking forward to watching the Oscars, and despite the shaky performances given by hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, I wasn’t disappointed.

I was rooting for Natalie Portman and Colin Firth (Best Actress, Best Actor) and for “The King’s Speech” (Best Picture) and they all pulled through (yay!). Although “Black Swan” was just a little too freaky for me, I thought Natalie Portman was fabulous–she really can’t go wrong. Plus, her acceptance speech was truly touching. Catch a glimpse here. I only just saw “The King’s Speech” this past weekend, but it was definitely worth all of the praise it was given. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the trailer. It will give you goosebumps, literally!

In other news, I won my Oscar ballot! I was only competing against one other person (Josh), but I never win anything. Seriously. I had 13 correct picks out of a possible 24 (not that great), but it still won me some much-deserved bragging rights. MUAHAHA.

And of course, my picks for best dressed: Halle Berry and Mila Kunis. Simply stunning.

Catch a complete review of the show from the Chicago Tribune here. They were pretty spot-on, in my opinion.

And just for kicks, check out my Oscar treat. Yes, I ate more than one. Oops.


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The Gilmore way

Ever since “Gilmore Girls” debuted just over ten years ago, I’ve been obsessed and Rory has become my idol. I used to anxiously await each week’s episode and instantly crave more once it ended; my mom and I would literally be glued to to the TV.


Last Sunday when I all I wanted to do was lay around and do nothing thanks to a brief, but blah-inducing cold, I began watching a few episodes. This past summer I re-watched the entire series and repeat episodes are regularly aired on SOAPnet and ABCFamily, so it’s not like I’ve been deprived, but once I start watching I just can’t seem to stop. This show never gets old. And so now, with an incredibly busy, stressful and potentially rejection-filled day ahead of me, all I can think about is watching right where I left off.

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Looking for Alaska

A few days ago I started a new book and I can’t get enough of it. Looking for Alaska by John Green is another young adult book (a few weeks ago I read this YA book) and I’m loving it. The book is the winner of multiple awards, including the Michael L. Printz Award, and it’s also an LA Times Book Prize finalist.

beneath the willow tree, Flickr

I’m not sure what it is about YA books that has me so intrigued lately, but I have a feeling it’s something to do with the fact that they’re usually a quick and easy read, but still juicy enough to keep me wanting more. As Groucho Marx once said, “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend.” He also said “inside of a dog it’s too dark to read,” but whatever, I’m entitled to agree. About the friend part at least. Check out Looking for Alaska on Amazon here.

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Walking on water

Last night I saw the Jewish film, “Walk on Water”, at the Israeli Film Festival here on campus and it was SO GOOD. It was so good even despite the fact that my 5’2″ Catholic self mistakenly sat behind the tallest Jew in the room and I had to crane to see the subtitles (it was crowded/no other seats were available/I have to sit on the end of the row so I don’t feel claustrophobic). Much of the film was in English anyways and the rest was in Hebrew and German so I didn’t mind the subtitles much anyway.


I haven’t seen many foreign films in my mere 23 years and those that I have seen have mostly been Spanish films. After seeing “Walk on Water” though, I think everyone should make an effort to see more foreign films. They’re so much different than American ones. Duh, I guess. But still. “Walk on Water” won three Israeli Academy Awards and it really made me want to travel to Israel someday. Check out the trailer here.

I also think it was fitting that I saw this Jewish film on the very same day that Chicago elected its first ever Jewish mayor.

However, there is an election coming up in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst that is infinitely more important–my friend Rachel is running for 6th ward alderman!!! Check her out here. She is fabulous and if you live in Elmhurst, you should vote for her!!


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Sometimes homemade is overrated

In terms of fresh and delicious food, Madison has a lot to offer. From the Dane County Farmer’s Market and food carts that are staples when the weather is warm and sunny (wishful thinking right now), to the abundance of fine restaurants around the Capitol Square (Francesca’s al Lago is my new favorite), there really is something for everyone.

Except when it comes to tacos. In my four years living here, I have not found a taco that can rival one from home.

Fortunately, when my dad visited this past weekend, he brought with him six tacos from the best new place to get Mexican food. Taco Burrito King (try to ignore the not so authentic sounding name) seriously has some of the yummiest tacos. We usually get the tacos from their location on South Harlem Avenue near Archer, but they have 11 other locations around the Chicagoland area. Yum!


The necessary hot sauce.

And sometimes, you just want a nice warm corn muffin to accompany your taco, but you don’t want to spend hours making them. So you use Jiffy corn muffin mix, add some milk and an egg and you’re done! Easy as pie (only way easier).


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The weekend that wasn’t

This past weekend was supposed to be my epic weekend of giving back/volunteerism/free events. But it didn’t quite pan out that way.

The Madison Winter Festival was originally scheduled for this past weekend, but all of the events, including the Frosty 5K Dog Jog, were canceled due to the continuing protests around the Capitol Square. Well, the snowboard and ski rail jam competitions and the snow carving events weren’t canceled, but let’s be honest, all I really cared about was the dog jog.

WPS Bank/Madison Winter Festival

My dad and Frasier even came up to visit on Saturday in the hopes that we could participate in the jog, or at the very least, allow Frasier to watch from the sidelines, but it was a no-go. Even though the jog was canceled the weather was still nice and we had a good time; Frasier was dead to the world by the end of the day and slept the whole way home back to Chicago.

Saturday night Josh and I volunteered for the Dane County Humane Society by selling programs during the Wisconsin hockey game against Minnesota. We’ve sold programs for several games this season, so we’re basically old pros. Plus, going to any sporting event is an excuse to eat nachos. We caught the rest of the game after we finished selling, and it actually turned into a good game. Hockey is one sport I can actually watch without getting too bored.

By Sunday morning I had somehow convinced Josh to volunteer with me at the Madison Kid’s Expo, also in support of the DCHS, but I woke up to a sore throat and a case of the blah’s so we ended up not going.

And finally, Sunday night I had reserved a free ticket for a movie being screened as part of the 2011 Israeli & Jewish Film Festival. Unfortunately, I still wasn’t feeling up to it and the weather was just plain nasty so I ended up not attending. Fortunately there are other films being presented this week that I may try to attend; basically I’m a sucker for anything free.

Anyways, Happy Monday! Here’s a somewhat bizarre/cool story about how an Egyptian baby girl was named Facebook (literally) after the revolution.


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Bonus round

I just love animals so much I had to keep talking about them. Ha! Kidding (sort of, but not really).

As the snow begins to melt and the nights stay cold, slippery patches of ice seem to abound. And so then, does salt and other ice melts, which can be a toxic hazard to your pooch! Click here to learn the five things you need to know about ice melts, courtesy of the ASPCA.

And if that’s not enough, check out this Boston-based program that helps abandoned dogs and homeless people build trust, together!

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