Monday, December 31, 2007
Anyway, there are some things of the year worth noting.
I made a huge leap in leaving the corporate world to start my own thing with three business partners that were, at the time, total strangers. Launching our business has taught me so much about endurance, faith, trust, and venture capitalists. It has been the most challenging endeavor of my career thus far. And I’m really looking forward to what the new year will bring to our business.
I experienced heartache that I never thought possible. While this is one of those negative things that should be forgotten, it has some positive outcomes. I now know what it feels like to love someone to your full capacity. It gave me a peek into what is possible when you totally open your heart to someone. Though it would’ve been so much cooler had his heart not belonged to someone else. However, I learned to love AND that it is okay to be sad. And that you just have to let the sadness play out because it always gets better.
I saw some fantastic live music. Even though I'm the only person I know in NYC that missed the Daft Punk show. Thanks to EW, I discovered the Vanmega monthly mixed tapes which brought some great new music into my itunes. My favorite album of the year was The Reminder by Feist, even thought there is a song on that album I can’t listen to without crying.
I got to see my Dawgs stomp Auburn live. It was extraordinary.
My sister had major brain surgery this fall. This event brought on a feeling of fear that was almost suffocating. It was a feeling that clouded my world for weeks. Therefore it seems to be worth noting. She is fine and this surgery will probably change her life forever – which makes the whole thing worth it.
Finally, I’ve had more time than usual to spend with my amazing friends. I’m one of the luckiest people in the world because I have the best friends. Ever. And through my travels I’ve been able to see my non-NYC crew more often. My flexible summer schedule gave me more time to spend with my NYC friends, who, honestly, may be the largest and most amazing collection of people on the planet. We have the most fun.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got. Now I have to get ready to go to a New Year’s Eve party which I’m dreading. Not because I don’t want to go, but just because I hate New Year’s Eve. Talk to you next year.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I love to shop. And though I ripped on them a few weeks ago (details), I love Neiman Marcus. One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting their Big 100 booklet. It’s as if the featured items were picked for me. It is too bad I couldn't find the time to look through it before Christmas so I could add some stuff to my list for Santa Claus. Here are a few of the things that would make the list:
- Valentino Patent Histoire Handbag (check it out) - $1,795: It would fit my laptop and an extra pair of shoes.
-Prada kit Jacket and Pants - $1,735 + $645: OMG! I would look so good on the slopes at Sundance sporting this get up. I wish it was still available at NM so you all could see how awesome it it.
- Christian Dior Purple Tote (check it out) - $990: If I were totally ridiculous, I'd get both the purple and the pink.
- Burberry Cape - $665: Amazing...trust me.
- Yves Saint Laurent Patent Leather Tote (check it out)- $1,895: Another handbag perfect for porting around my macbook.
- Gucci Clutch in gold (check it out) - $495.00: You could stomp around town wearing a potato sack and still look amazing if you were carrying this bag.
- David Yurman Sea Urchin Dog Tag (check it out) - $625: I actually love this one AND the dinosaur one. I heart David Yurman bling.
- Jessica Kagan Cushman “You're not the Boss of Me” Bangle (check all of them out) - $125: I say this all of the time...what a perfect accessory for me to wear.
- NM Exclusive Leather Jacket in teal (check it out)- $225: Only $225. It seems like a bargain. Maybe it's a typo. jk
- Burberry Slippers (check them out)- $150: Love these!!!!
- Fendi leather clutch in gunmetal (check it out) - $1,180: And I double love this!!!!
- Nambe Marupe Bowl (check it out) - $600: I've already mentally cleared a spot on my coffee table for this.
- Burberry Check Scarf (check it out) - $160: This scarf totally matches my snow boots.
- Juicy Couture Sequin Hoodie – $389: God, I love hoodies. I am having to put myself on hoodie restriction as I just realized I have over 20 of them. How did that happen???
- Tory Burch Tote in black - $425: I'm not usually fond of the TB wares. But this tote rocks!
- Prada Tote in brown - $1,595: This would be my everyday bag. Although I'm totally loving the bag I got for Christmas this year.
Grand Total of my Neiman's wish-list = $13,694. I need to find a rich Santa for next year.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I've always been a LA hater, but the past few times I've been there have made me see the light. Maybe I'm still high from the sunshine and fabulous dinner EW and I had, but I was actually sad to leave yesterday.
When I do make it back, I will be stay here, do a better job of seeking out LC and Brody Jenner, AND eat at A.O.C.
It is so amazing!!! From the same folks that own Lucques, this small plate heaven isn't by any means light fair. This food was so perfect, I wish I'd worn sweat pants to dinner.
The things we ate that were delicious:
- three cheese platter (goat, cow, sheep)
- prosciutto di parma
- leek and cantal tart with thyme and pancetta
- balsamic braised brussels sprouts with pancetta
- oxtail shepherd’s pie with grated horseradish
The things I will eat next time that looked delicious:
- haricots verts, burrata and pounded hazelnuts
- fried oysters with celery root remoulade
- grilled skirt steak with roquefort butter
- chanterelles, ricotta gnocchi and sherry cream
- steamed fingerlings with crème fraîche
- cauliflower, curry and red vinegar
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
We started off on the right track with MES reading the directions and properly measuring the pieces of gingerbread while I whipped up the paste-like frosting used to hold the thing together. Once we loaded up the pastry bag, we were set to start building. Well, except during the initial construction, MES broke one of the walls. He was not keen on my suggestion that we just forego the fourth wall and build a gingerbread lean-to. So we “icinged” the wall back together and began the build. After hours of building and waiting, building and waiting we were ready to let it set so we could start decorating. And then it all came crashing down, breaking the other wall in the process.
We rebuilt the thing and let it sit overnight. Finally late Sunday evening we took a chance and started to decorate. We had some grandiose plans for our gingerbread estate. Some of the houses in the booklet look like they are straight up out of Southern Living, so I figured we could pull off something similar. No such luck, but the final result was quite so bad.
Honestly, I bet it is easier for a kid to decorate the thing because their hands are small making it easier to hold onto the little sugar decoration balls long enough to attach them to the house. Maybe next year we can find some kids to help us with the delicate decorating.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
And, quite frankly, I think Petrino is smart for getting the hell out of Atlanta. Good call, Petrino. Go Hogs!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
You'll only find this clip funny if you're willing to admit that you watch The Hills. Since I’m brutally honest about my recent liking of worthless TV, I can honestly say I thought this clip was so funny, that I watched it twice. Okay – three times. (Maybe Four)
I’ll be the first one to admit that this show is ridiculously lame yet I find myself a tad bit (read: very much) obsessed with it. I even watched the two-hour special this weekend, recapping Lauren Conrad’s journey from Laguna Beach to her current stardom in LA. It was two hours I'll never get back, but I HAD to see it. What is wrong with me? This show is stupid and I'm REALLY busy. But there are so many people I know that feel the same way, yet find themselves glued to the TV on Monday evenings.
There is something about the show worse than Spencer, worse than the poor acting and that's the grammar used by the show's stars/actors/pawns. I make grammatical errors often, but I get a pass because I'm not on TV. I thought Lo’s constant use of the word “romantical” in an episode a few weeks back was the worst thing I’ve ever heard. That was until I caught an exchange in the 2-hour time suck show between LC and Lisa Love, Editor-in-Chief of TEEN VOGUE, during her initial interview at TEEN VOGUE. This made my skin crawl:
Lisa Love: This job requires lots of writing.
LC: I love to write.
Lisa Love: Do you write good?
Weezie: (hits pause on DVR and screams at TV)Do you write WELL????
Seriously, Lisa Love – you are an editor of a magazine!!!!
Anyway, this just proves that I should be spending my time doing something productive instead of watching this half-scripted reality show. But I can't help it. I'm sucked in. And I can't wait to get home to watch the season finale!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Dear Willie Parker,
I think you are amazing and have proven that there are some good football players that graduate from UNC. But could you do me a favor and PLEASE HOLD ON TO THE BALL THIS WEEK??????
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Monday night is the awards ceremony. It's in NYC and I was actually invited this year, but I'll be out of town. While it would be cool to muck it up with the attendees at this event, the $500 ticket would be better spent on someone other than me, as I'd rather burn my shoes than sit through a ceremony honoring a jean shorts & keds wearing Gator.
If I could choose, I would not choose Tim Tebow because I hate Florida. I would not choose Chase Daniel because he's a whiny baby. I would not choose Colt Brennan because he wears jean shorts.
If I could choose, I'd select Darren McFadden. Why? Because he is the best running back in the country. In fact, I think he's the best offensive player in the nation.
But I don't get to decide. Hopefully next year's candidates will be more exciting and the winner won't be someone that makes my skin crawl.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
In my last post I touched on the chaos surrounding the selection process for the BCS bowl games - particularly around the at-large selection which would determine who gets bids to the bowl games aside from the National Championship game. That's because I thought that Missouri and West Virginia had the lock on the NCG. However, both Missouri and West Virginia lost their Conference Championship games yesterday. So now what?
Who are the number one and two teams in the nation?
Full disclosure: I'm one of the world's biggest Georgia fans, so I am totally partial to the bulldogs. So my two cents - whatever it is worth - is obviously clouded by the love and loyalty I have for my team. But here is what I think.
Going into last week, Ohio State and Georgia were numbers 3 & 4 in the BCS poll. One would think that since the number 1 & 2 teams lost yesterday that Ohio State and Georgia would move up, taking the 1 & 2 spots and play for the National Championship. But neither Ohio State nor Georgia played yesterday for their Conference Championships. So do they really deserve to be in the 1 & 2 spots?
If I put on my fairness cap, I'd say - No, they don't deserve to automatically move into the 1 & 2 spots. Ohio State is NOT the best team in the country, but they will probably move up to the 1 spot. And if that happens, Georgia should take the 2 spot. It isn't fair to move Ohio State up, not having played for the past two weeks, and not move Georgia up for not playing this weekend. But life isn't fair and this is what will probably happen.
Ohio State will move up to the 1 spot. And LSU will move up to the 2 spot, putting Ohio State and LSU in the National Championship Game. I like LSU. They are my second favorite team in the SEC and they've had a very strong season. The two games they lost (though they are still losses) were all lost in overtime. They've played great football in the most difficult conference in the country, beat VA Tech by 41 points, and won the SEC Championship. But I wasn't impressed with LSU yesterday in the Championship game. And I know I am biased, but Georgia would've whomped the LSU team that I saw play Tennessee yesterday.
Some people think VA Tech should be a contender. But COME ON! They play in a weak conference AND it bears repeating LSU beat them by forty one points. FORTY ONE points!!!
Oklahoma is also a contender. If LSU doesn't get the 2 spot, I'm hoping they do. They are good - no they are GREAT! And they beat what was the number 1 team last night. No wait - they crushed what was the number 1 team last night. CRUSHED! It was fantastic. (more full disclosure: I'm also an Oklahoma fan. They are my second favorite team in the NCAA. *not to be confused with LSU, my second favorite team in the SEC.)
If we put all of the computer scoring and voting aside, I'd say with all honesty that I think Georgia and USC are the best teams in the country and would make for the most exciting National Championship Game. Kirk Herbstreit agrees with me.
USC lost to Stanford, but they had a hurt QB. They've played a tough schedule and they're good. Really good. I firmly believe that USC could beat any team in the nation right now - even Georgia.
Georgia is one of the top two teams in the country right now. My reasoning is not based on loyalty or bias. It's based on these facts:
- We play in the most difficult conference in the nation.
- We are the only team that has won our last 6 games
- We are 4-0 against ranked teams.
- We beat Florida by 12 points.
- We beat Auburn by 25 points.
- We held Kentucky to 13 points.
- We lost to South Carolina (sniffle, sniffle) early in the season, but that was before the BCS even started the voting process, so it shouldn't really count. (a little far fetched I know)
- Jesse Palmer says Georgia is the hottest football in college football right now. And he is so hot that his opinion should count more. (ok - i know this isn't exactly an argument)
Again, I know this isn't going to happen and I'll just have to wait until the BCS selection show tonight to find out where the cards are going to fall. And I'm okay with whatever happens (unless VA Tech gets a bid to the NCG) as I'm certain our young team will get their chance to play for the National Championship soon...probably next year. Although I feel like we are always saying - wait 'til next year.
Monday, November 26, 2007
The whole selection process is pretty confusing. I was trying to explain it to a friend this weekend and while I was pretty much right about it, I checked out the official site to see how they explained the process. They only did a slightly better job, but here is what it looks like.
There is an automatic qualification which states that:
1. The top two teams in the final BCS Standings shall play in the National Championship Game.
2. The champions of the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, and Southeastern conferences will have automatic berths in one of the participating bowls after the 2006 and 2007 regular seasons.
3. The champion of Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, or the Western Athletic Conference will earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game if either:
A. Such team is ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS Standings, or,
B. Such team is ranked in the top 16 of the final BCS Standings and its ranking in the final BCS Standings is higher than that of a champion of a conference that has an annual automatic berth in one of the BCS bowls.
No more than one such team from Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, and the Western Athletic Conference shall earn an automatic berth in any year. If two or more teams from those conferences satisfy the provisions for an automatic berth, then the team with the highest finish in the final BCS Standings will receive the automatic berth, and the remaining team or teams will be in the pool of teams eligible for selection by the bowls as at-large teams.
4. Notre Dame will have an automatic berth if it is in the top eight of the final BCS Standings. (NOTE: I THINK THIS IS NUTS BECAUSE I CAN'T STAND NOTRE DAME AND I THINK IT IS RIDICULOUS THAT THEY'VE GOT SUCH A SWEET DEAL, UNFAIR THAT THEY ARE TELEVISED EVERY WEEK EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE HORRIBLE, AND THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO PLAY IN A CONFERENCE)
5. If any of the 10 slots remain open after application of provisions 1 through 4, and an at-large team from a conference with an annual automatic berth for its champion is ranked No. 3 in the final BCS Standings, that team will become an automatic qualifier, provided that no at-large team from the same conference qualifies for the national championship game.
6. If any of the 10 slots remain open after application of provisions 1 through 5, and if no team qualifies under paragraph No. 5 and an at-large team from a conference with an annual automatic berth for its champion is ranked No. 4 in the final BCS Standings, that team will become an automatic qualifier provided that no at-large team from the same conference qualifies for the national championship game.
But some years (like this one) there aren't clear cut candidates for automatic qualification, so bids are given to teams that qualify At-Large which means the qualifying team:
A. Has won at least nine regular-season games, and
B. Is among the top 14 teams in the final BCS Standings.
No more than two teams from a conference may be selected, regardless of whether they are automatic qualifiers or at-large selections.
If fewer than 10 teams are eligible for selection, then the Bowls can select as an at-large team any Football Bowl Subdivision team that is bowl-eligible, has won at least nine regular-season games and is among the top 18 teams in the final BCS Standings subject to the two-team limit noted above and also subject to the following: (1) if any conference has two or more teams in the top 14, then two of those teams must be selected and (2) from the teams ranked 15-18, a bowl can select only a team from a conference that has fewer than two teams in the top 14.
All teams ranked in the top 14, other than those from conferences which have already had two teams selected, must be included in the bowl selections.
If expansion of the pool to 18 teams does not result in 10 teams eligible for selection, then the pool shall be expanded by blocks of 4 teams until 10 eligible teams are available subject to the two-team limit noted above and also subject to the following: (1) if any conference has two or more teams in the top 14, then two of those teams must be selected and (2) from the teams ranked 15 or lower, a bowl can select only a team from a conference that has fewer than two teams in the top 14.
And so from those two pools of teams, the selection process begins which goes like this:
The bowls will select their participants from two pools: (1) automatic qualifiers, all of which must be selected, and, (2) at-large teams, if fewer than 10 teams qualify automatically. The following sequence will be used when establishing pairings:
1. The top two teams in the final BCS Standings will be placed in the National Championship Game ("NCG").
2. Unless they qualify to play in the NCG, the champions of selected conferences are contractually committed to host selected games:
Atlantic Coast Conference-Orange Bowl
Big Ten Conference-Rose Bowl
Big 12 Conference-Fiesta Bowl
Pac-10 Conference-Rose Bowl
Southeastern Conference-Sugar Bowl
3. If a bowl loses a host team to the NCG, then such bowl shall select a replacement team from among the automatic-qualifying teams and the at-large teams before any other selections are made. If two bowls lose host teams to the NCG, each bowl will get a replacement pick before any other selections are made. In such case, the bowl losing the No. 1 team gets the first replacement pick, and the bowl losing the No. 2 team gets the second replacement pick. If the Rose Bowl loses both the Big Ten and Pac-10 champions to the NCG, it will receive two replacement picks.
A bowl choosing a replacement team may not select any of the following:
A. A team in the NCG;
B. The host team for another BCS Bowl;
C. When two bowls lose host teams, then the bowl losing the number one team may not select a replacement team from the same Conference as the number two team, unless the bowl losing the number two team consents.
4. After steps No. 1, 2 and 3 have been completed, any bowl with an unfilled slot shall select a team from the automatic qualifiers and/or at-large teams in the following order:
A. The bowl played on the date nearest to the National Championship Game (for 2008, Orange Bowl) will pick first;
B. The bowl played on the date second-nearest to the National Championship Game (for 2008, Fiesta Bowl) will pick second;
C. The bowl hosting the game that is played in the time slot immediately after the Rose Bowl game (for 2008, Sugar Bowl) will pick third.
The rotation noted in paragraphs A, B and C is as follows:
January 2007 games: Sugar, Orange, Fiesta
January 2008 games: Orange, Fiesta, Sugar
January 2009 games: Fiesta, Sugar, Orange
January 2010 games: Orange, Fiesta, Sugar
All teams earning automatic berths must be selected.
5. After completion of the selection process as described in Paragraph Nos. 1-4, the conferences and Notre Dame (BARF) may, but are not required to, adjust the pairings taking into consideration the following:
A. whether the same team will be playing in the same bowl game for two consecutive years;
B. whether two teams that played against one another in the regular season will be paired against one another in a bowl game;
C. whether the same two teams will play against each other in a bowl game for two consecutive years; and
D. whether alternative pairings may have greater or lesser appeal to college football fans as measured by expected ticket sales for the bowls and by expected television interest, and the consequent financial impact on Fox and the bowls.
So there you have it. Both West Virgina and Missouri are playing fantastic football lately and deserve to play in the National Championship. But if they happen to lose and the BCS gods decide that Georgia needs to go to the big dance, it would more than make up for the fact that we lost to Spurrier at the beginning of the season.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Originally uploaded by Chelsa Skees
I hosted Thanksgiving at my place. We ate, drank, laughed, and played Guitar Hero III.
- Mashed Potatoes
- Cheese Grits
- Leek & Swiss Chard Tart
- Broccoli Quiche
- Butternut Squash Gratin
- Green Beans
- Citrus Cranberry Sauce
Then we headed to Tile Bar to meet up with some other friends and eat dessert. This was my plate.
It's no surprise that my jeans are too tight.
Monday, November 19, 2007
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Thursday, October 04, 2007
Okay, I'm tired of beating around the bush. I'm a beautiful (spectacularly beautiful) 25 year old girl. I'm articulate and classy.
I'm not from New York. I'm looking to get married to a guy who makes at least half a million a year. I know how that sounds, but keep in mind that a million a year is middle class in New York City, so I don't think I'm overreaching at all.
Are there any guys who make 500K or more on this board? Any wives? Could you send me some tips? I dated a business man who makes average around 200 - 250. But that's where I seem to hit a roadblock. 250,000 won't get me to central park west. I know a woman in my yoga class who was married to an investment banker and lives in Tribeca, and she's not as pretty as I am, nor is she a great genius. So what is she doing right? How do I get to her level?
Here are my questions specifically: - Where do you single rich men hang out? Give me specifics- bars, restaurants, gyms
-What are you looking for in a mate? Be honest guys, you won't hurt my feelings
-Is there an age range I should be targeting (I'm 25)?
- Why are some of the women living lavish lifestyles on the upper east side so plain? I've seen really 'plain jane' boring types who have nothing to offer married to incredibly wealthy guys. I've seen drop dead gorgeous girls in singles bars in the east village. What's the story there?
- Jobs I should look out for? Everyone knows - lawyer, investment banker, doctor. How much do those guys really make? And where do they
hang out? Where do the hedge fund guys hang out?
- How you decide marriage vs. just a girlfriend? I am looking for MARRIAGE ONLY
Please hold your insults - I'm putting myself out there in an honest way. Most beautiful women are superficial; at least I'm being up front about it. I wouldn't be searching for these kind of guys if I wasn't able to match them - in looks, culture, sophistication, and keeping a nice home and hearth.
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AND THE RESPONSE SHE GOT FROM SOME DUDE
I read your posting with great interest and have thought meaningfully about your dilemma. I offer the following analysis of your predicament.
Firstly, I'm not wasting your time, I qualify as a guy who fits your bill; that is I make more than $500K per year. That said here's how I see it.
Your offer, from the perspective of a guy like me, is plain and simple a crappy business deal. Here's why. Cutting through all the B.S., what
you suggest is a simple trade: you bring your looks to the party and I bring my money. Fine, simple. But here's the rub, your looks will fade and my money will likely continue into perpetuity...in fact, it is very likely that my income increases but it is an absolute certainty that you won't be getting any more beautiful!
So, in economic terms you are a depreciating asset and I am an earning
asset. Not only are you a depreciating asset, your depreciation accelerates! Let me explain, you're 25 now and will likely stay pretty hot for the next 5 years, but less so each year. Then the fade begins in earnest. By 35 stick a fork in you!
So in Wall Street terms, we would call you a trading position, not a buy and hold...hence the rub...marriage. It doesn't make good business sense to "buy you" (which is what you're asking) so I'd rather lease. In case you think I'm being cruel, I would say the following. If my money were to go away, so would you, so when your beauty fades I need an out. It's as simple as that. So a deal that makes sense is dating, not marriage.
Separately, I was taught early in my career about efficient markets.
So, I wonder why a girl as "articulate, classy and spectacularly beautiful" as you has been unable to find your sugar daddy. I find it hard to believe that if you are as gorgeous as you say you are that the $500K hasn't found you, if not only for a tryout.
By the way, you could always find a way to make your own money and then we wouldn't need to have this difficult conversation.
With all that said, I must say you're going about it the right way. I hope this is helpful, and if you want to enter into some sort of lease, let me know.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Now I'm out in California for the DEMOfall show. We launched RelevantMind (our company) yesterday and this morning my partner and I presented our product to a group of 700 entrepreneurs. Our demo went REALLY well and we spent the rest of the day talking to VCs and the press.
The last few weeks of script re-writes and press interviews have paid off as we've been included in at least 30 articles and/or blog posts (we've posted links to some). It's been a great two days and I'm looking forward to tomorrow...although I'm totally exhausted.
This trip has been great for our company and has made me feel much better about the future of our business and confident that it was worth six months without an income.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Although it sort of creeps me out that he wrote at least 80% of it while in the bath tub. It's just a mental image I didn't need and one I can't forget. And am I the only person in America that didn't know AG was married to Andrea Mitchell? Well, I'm sure Miss South Carolina didn't know that...at least I'm not alone.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday night was nice, but I couldn't shake all of the things bouncing around in my head so I could really enjoy it. I made dinner for some of my favorite friends at Mr. Crowley's place. It was awesome because it was the first time I've served dinner in NYC for more than four people where everyone could sit at a table. It would've been a perfect evening if I hadn't been such a grumpy smurf.
But I was awakened this morning by the phone. And it was my sister! And she's out of ICU and doing GREAT! I cried happy tears for about 10 minutes and then reminded myself that life is too short to let yourself wallow in a funk. So I snapped myself out of it and ended up having an amazing day!
Hunt and I headed to Harlem for the African American Celebration Parade and Festival (photos here). At least once a month we try to plan an adventure and this is, by far, our best one. We watched the parade and saw some great step shows and band performances.
My favorite performance (f-forward in about 30 seconds to get the good stuff)...
African American Celebration Parade from Weezie McS on Vimeo.
And we ate some amazing food - including fried shrimp and grits at Fishers of Men.
We chatted with the owners for a bit and it turns out they're from my hometown. They've got a great story - one that I hope to include in my cookbook - about their secret seafood batter and how they turned this one recipe into three restaurants and a catering business.
After the festivities ended we headed back downtown, enjoying a nice ride on the 6 train with a guest entertainer who delivered an excellent a capella version of Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All." (sidenote: when laughing about it later we couldn't agree if the entertainer was male or female)
Hunt was in need of some hangover grub. Though I'd already had my fill of fried food for the day, I REALLY wanted some ice cream. So we made a pit-stop at The Shake Shack. The line was long, but pretty interesting as Chelsea Clinton was in front of us. That's no big deal really, but eavesdropping on the two Japanese tourists behind us was pretty funny. Here's a snippet:
Tourist 1: Is that Chelsea Clinton?
Tourist 2: I think so. But she got a nose job.
Tourist 1: I thought she was fat.
Tourist 2: No, just ugly
(By the way - Chelsea looked great)
Anyway, the long wait made us really hungry and my "just an ice cream" plan turned into a burger, cheese fries, and a delicious ice cream concoction called The Concrete Jungle.
It was a
Monday, September 10, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
I thought I had somehow been taken back in time and was 21 again (though I was actually more well-behaved then) until I woke up this morning feeling like my body was shutting down on me...though I'd slept for 13 hours. Although we are moving into my favorite time of the year full of birthdays (mine included) and football Saturdays, I'm vowing to take a break, as to avoid feeling like I do at this very moment. In the meantime, I've got a hot-list full of fun to remind me why I'm totally worn out.
The mojito crawl, the National at South Street Seaport, Meghan’s bday shindig, Forbidden Broadway, Labor Day shenanigans, visit from my Austin cuz, celeb spotting Jemaine from Flight of the Concords at Caracas, Aunt Mary returning to town, a fun-filled Friday night with Kooz, fun first dates, random Wednesday night dance party at Solas, Margs at Tortila Flats, Georgia football, spontaneous wine bar hop, and Australians (who can party like no humans I've ever met).
Discovering I SUCK at fooseball, having to bail on my trip to the ACL festival, hangovers, and missing a girls' weekend away.
Despite all of the outings, drink-a-thons and evenings with cute boys, the spotlight falls on the kickoff of football season. Most of my friends are shocked by my obsession with football. As one friend says, “it doesn’t fit in with the indie rock, tech-nerd, manhattan socialite thing you’ve got going on.” I think the shock comes because most of my friends equate die-hard SEC college football fans with white trash rednecks. And while I may have a subtle southern accent, I’m far from anything closely resembling a redneck. Anyway, I love football and I look forward to gameday Saturdays for the next 14 weeks. Georgia looked pretty good during the home opener and as long as they keep it up, I will be a happy girl and it will be a fantastic fall!
What I’m listening to
I'm still rolling through the vanmega mix. But I've been going back to the Odelay album quite a lot lately.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Usually by the time I wake up on Tuesday mornings, I have recovered from whatever trouble I got myself into over the previous weekend. And so I get up early and head to yoga. After yoga I swing by the farmer's market and pick up whatever veggies strike my fancy and head home for a shower and breakfast.
Tuesday are the days where I work from somewhere in the city (besides my kitchen table) which helps me feel less lonely and forces me to actually wear real clothes during the day. I don't usually schedule calls and, therefore, end up getting about 150% more work done. Then I head home and cook whatever it was I picked up earlier in the day at the market.
It is usually a good day. Today it was a great day.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I never really thought about it before, but I get WAY too many magazines. Here's the list:
- Business Week
- Revenue 2.0
- Real Simple
- Southern Living
- Jane (going out of business)
- Business Traveler (Thanks, Delta)
- Redbook (no clue why but it has really good recipes)
- Ski Magazine (Thanks, Deer Valley?)
Making this list got me thinking about all of the information I consume. On top of all of these, my Netvibes tabs are full of feeds from over 45 blogs that I read religiously.
It's no wonder I usually feel like my head is going to explode.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Last night I went to see Forbidden Broadway. It was amazing. And I'm not just saying that because it stars Hunt's brother, Jared. It was truly amazing.
The show is a simple, yet brilliant roast of all of the Broadway shows from Avenue Q to Jersey Boys. No show is safe from their witty and (most often totally justified) ridicule. While every scene was hilarious, two of them - The Lion King and Grey Gardens - were so hysterical that I laughed so hard I snorted...oh wait - no, that was Hunt! I'd give more details, but don't want to spoil anything for those of you who want to see it. Because you HAVE to see it!
Check out the details on Socialight!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Trip back to Athens GA, bringing sexy back at JT, Court's new fantastic roomie, Kevin K being back from LA, seeing Ratatouille, eating arepas twice in a week, finishing Harry Potter, and a fun-filled Saturday which included - lunch at Caracas, The Simpsons, a failed trip to PS1, Water Taxi Beach, exploring Queens, a nice walk, and a yum dinner at Atlas.
Being one of the few that missed the Daft Punk show and discovering that "my bar" had become infested with a douche crowd while I was away.
This is going to sound weird. BUT I think the thing worth noting and applauding is the fact that a year ago this week I officially got out of my relationship with Either/Or...for good. There's something powerful in loving someone so much and feeling like you can't imagine your life without them, yet still having the strength to walk away from them. And I did that. I walked out. A year ago. And I am 987 times a happier, nicer, more sane person because of it. YAY!
What I've been listening to
The VanMega August 2007 Mixtape
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
I've been at my parent's house for 4 days now and am pretty much bored out of my skull. But I'm well-rested. Last night I slept for 11 hours. The night before I slept for 9. It has been good to detox from the past three weeks of debauchery. I've got nothing else but the hotlist.
Seeing Grey Gardens before it closed, Arepas (otherwise known as the best thing I've eaten in a really long time) from Caracas, impromptu Mojito Crawl, Cuz's new job, visiting with High School friends, hanging with mama, and not drinking for five days.
Not drinking for five days
Having my BFF in town for a long weekend. It was a great time, although I was a little grumpy from serious lack of sleep. But she put up with my grumpy ass and we laughed for five days straight.
What I'm listening to
Someone gifted this song to me on iTunes
They sent it from an email address I didn't recognize and signed "Guess Who."
Dear Guess Who,
Thank you for the gift. You reminded me that I love The Fratellis and this song, in particular. I have listened to it about 500 times. And even though it was driving me crazy trying to figure out who sent it, I'm just satisfied knowing that someone would think of me when they hear it.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
EVERYONE has seen the Prison Thriller video. It still makes me laugh out loud thinking about it. And this one isn't bad.
I'm amazed that this is real or even legal, but I don't care as long as it keeps me entertained.
I have some questions:
1. What genius thought this up?
2. Who gets to choose which songs are performed?
3. Do they take requests?
4. How long does the choreography take?
5. How does one go about getting arrested in the Phillipines and end up at that prison?
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
These 15+ writers make great use of blogging software to give whatever and whomever a heads up that for some reason they need to get it together – or tighten up. Every once in a while, someone gets a high five for being tight, but it’s usually just a series of hilarious and often cynical rants. A few of my favorite include:
- Cherries need to tighten up and Lose the Pits
- U.S. Mail
- VP Finds New Way of Ignoring Iraq Disaster
- Dear Wilco,
- Lardbucket Republican tight-ass surprisingly loose with facts
Thanks for creating a bright star in a blogosphere full of mostly crap. Just knowing that the stupid people/companies/etc I’ve encountered may be called out and ripped open on the TUP has made sucky experiences a bit more bearable.
Monday, July 30, 2007
I want one. Really. Really. Bad.
I told myself I wasn’t going to get it when it first came out for two reasons. First I currently have no income. So it makes no sense to shell out $700 for the phone and pay t-mobile $200 to get out of my contract. It would be unreasonable especially sense I have a perfectly decent phone that was the “hot new gadget” almost a year ago.
Secondly, I am a little bit of a gadget dork. And I always get them as soon as they come out...most often before everyone else. And while I'm the first on the scene with the cool toy, I usually have to deal with the first generation flaws. But the cool factor outweighs the headache. However for once I decided I wasn't going to jump on the cool gadget bandwagon. I was going to prove that I’m a big girl and I CAN do without. I CAN be comfortable in being the one who doesn't have the cool new toy. I CAN be the one that carries around last year’s news.
But then everyone started getting them. And using them in front of me. And they were so pretty. And functional. And the earphones even fit my tiny ears.
And I felt like Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
“I WANT IT NOW!”
But I kept my word to myself. And was even more committed to waiting when EW (one of my business partners who is also an early adopter) decided he was waiting too. A few weeks back we went back and forth for an entire day about it over email. Here are the excerpts:
(EW to Weezie)
I don't know much about garage door openers (I was having a problem getting my corporate mail on my sidekick…which he calls the garage door opener), but you should be able to set it to check your RM mailbox. That or you could glue swarovski crystals all over it like the kids at the mall.
I'm having trouble not getting an iphone. Maybe that is the solution to your problems?
(Weezie to EW)
I hear you on the iphone. I didn't want to get one b/c I'm always the first one to get stuff and end up getting the defective one. But this time, I'm not sure how long I can hold out. Plus, my iPod was stolen in SF, so if I'm going to replace that, I might as well just add in the extra cash and get the iphone, right?
I've been reading about it all day. Of all the things I've read - check this and this. If Eric Peterson can fold, it can happen to anyone.
(EW to Weezie)
Yeah - getting the iPhone does make sense. Besides, it is so damn cool. Have you used it yet? My only problem with it is that $700 for a cell phone is kinda retarded. You might as well buy the Vertu. Besides, $700 is only $500 less than the new watch I want.
I am going to wait a couple months to see if the battery issues get worked out. My only other hesitation is that for some reason it only keeps 200 emails. That should just about get me through a day and a half.
I'm waiting for now. Or at least until I pass an Apple store, slip / fall and accidentally buy one.
(Weezie to EW)
ok. Let’s agree we will wait. I’ll feel much better if I know I’m not the only one living without it.
BUT THEN LAST WEEK
I got an email from EW about a call we had scheduled. And the last thing it said was "call me on the Jesus phone."
And I knew at that moment, he had betrayed me. I was the only one left standing...all alone with no iphone. EW (or Judas) had caved.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Good things are happening with my new company, meeting new people and spending lots of time with little cuz, PS 1, Trout, Georgia's Eastside BBQ, fun dinner parties, new shoes, Whiskey Town (new awesome bar opened nine seconds from my apartment) AND I've developed a mega crush on a very cute boy.
Aunt Mary left town for a month and my crush has yet to fall in love with me.
Bastille Day!!!! It was the most fun. Although surviving the Monday after was horrible. Here are the pictures:
What I'm listening to
I'm still listening to the Spoon album, am trying to warm up to the Wilco album still, and have been giving the Elliott Smith "New Moon" Album some serious playtime.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Regardless it makes me laugh because I think my cupcakes are better because my cakes don't taste like cornbread and I serve them on a tree!
Friday, July 13, 2007
1. 1st generation.
2. Traded up for 2nd generation.
3. Traded up for 3rd generation. Had him for a good while, but dropped him on the ground - broke city.
4 - 9. Bought the Video ipod, ruined it by erasing the hard drive with the hardware on my handbag. Blamed it on iTunes and Windows not playing nice.
After four more iPods realized my pretty Marc Jacobs bag was destroying them. Had Video iPod #5 for a while until I left it on a plane.
10. Bought another one and kept it until it was stolen three weeks ago in San Francisco.
I also have a shuffle and thought I could just use that little guy for a while. I was wrong. I caved. I had to buy another one. Today. The bonus (if there has to be one) is I got out of the Apple Store without buying an iPhone too.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
In the past 10 weeks, I’ve been to Columbia, Sarasota, Orlando, Nashville, Raleigh, White Lake (NC), LA, Chatanooga, Atlanta, Austin, and San Francisco. I’ve also been to Brooklyn more times in the past 10 weeks than I’ve been in my lifetime.
I’ve been vacationing, working on my cookbook and trying to raise capital for our new company. It’s been fun, yet exhausting and I’m sooooo thankful to be back in NYC. With that, I’ll leave you with a 10 week Hot List.
No job, good dates, trips to visit friends, Den’s fun bday, so much fantastic music released, beach vacays, family vacays, coming back to NYC
One REALLY bad date, getting my stuff stolen in SF (totally awful)
The Bright Eyes show was probably the best I’ve seen in years. Mr. BE was great – he could’ve used a haircut, but he is still so damn purty! My love for MR. BE aside, it was a spectacular show. Gillian Welch was awesome. And Britt Daniel was hot and perfect and also awesome. And I was so close to the stage I could barely believe it. I was like a kid in a candy store…it was a perfect ending to what so far has been the best week of 2007.
What I’m listening to
The new Spoon album…all day long.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Why you should use protection... from Weezie McS on Vimeo
I do have to admit that even though my friends are moms (or soon-to-be moms), they haven't changed all that much...especially JSM. She still drinks beers, acts silly with me, and does/says the funniest things. For instance, we were all treking back from a mid-day walk with the two big-ass strollers in tow, when some red trash dude in a low-riding truck peels around the corner on which we were standing. So JSM yells at the top of her lungs, "These are babies, YOU FUCKER!" I think we all almost tinkled in our pants.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Unfortunately, here are the only ones I could remember and/or wrote down:
At the dinner table (where no pickles were present)
CF: Would you rather have a bad kisser or a bad pickle? (and she really meant pickle - like dill or whatever.)
At the pool
ZK: I totally want to destroy this guy's raft.
CF: And by "this guy" you mean that four year old?
About inside jokes
ML: Shares an inside joke
CF: Now that's an inside joke you can get
SS: Seriously, it's the worst when you tell an inside joke and no one gets it. Then you have to tell the whole back story and, still, no one thinks it is funny.
CF: Yeah, like you tell it all and there is nothing but a cricket riding by on a tumbleweed playing a harmonica.
CF: The first time I got fired was from volunteer work...showing cows at the state fair.
Sitting in the living room (my fave)
ZK: (eating ruffles chip) Man, these chips are so fresh.
ML: (trying a chip) They are fresh.
ZK: I mean these are the freshest chips.
ML: These chips are so fresh the have a born on date in the future.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Today is my last day at Pokemon. I couldn't be more excited and ready for my summer of travel and leisure, as well as the new gig that kicks off this fall.
Since I'm a fan of lists, I made a list of the things I wouldn't miss (read: glad to get rid of) and the things I would about working here.
Things I won't miss:
- The barber shop flyer man that steps in front of me every morning to give me a flyer I don't want
- The crowds in Times Square
- Having to take the stinky F train every morning
- Executive Managers meetings
- Stupid people and their stupid business decisions
- HBX Report Builder Templates
- Angry Parents
- Fulfillment Centers
- Language Barriers
- Video Game Police
- Dealing with so much unnecessary bullshit
Things I will miss:
- My Team
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
This past weekend I went to the beach in Florida with some friends. Court’s parents have this new house (totally rad – btw) in Watercolor…a private community next to Seaside (where the Truman show was filmed). It was a super weekend. I’d forgotten how relaxing it can be spending the weekend with people you love (that aren’t related to you…well - except cuz, of course) We sunned, played, drove around on our rental bikes (which I LOVED!) and ate and drank until our little hearts were content.
Here are the pics:
The last time I remember eating and drinking that much was two years ago in California with JSM. She was living in LA and I was headed to the Pokemon World Champion Trading Card Tournament. So I flew into LA and made her go to San Diego with me for the Nerd Prom 05. The tournament, as you can imagine, was totally boring. The only think mildly exciting was talking to William Hung (yes, he was in the tournament) and acting like we were fans. But when we weren’t interviewing dweebs for new product ideas, we were eating and/or drinking. We consumed so much that we began keeping a food diary, which I found yesterday while cleaning my office. Here is what it said:
Lunch: Pistachios and beer (like two 12 packs)
Dinner: Pasta (JSM) and chicken (me) and pocketfuls of M&Ms
Breakfast: Cheese and meat omelettes, bagels and toast, coffee, hashbrowns, candy
Snacks: Caramel corn, fire cheetos
Lunch: McDonald’s nuggets, fries, and sodas
Dinner: Beer, margaritas, chips, salsa, guac, AND combo Mexican platters
Dessert: Ghiradelli’s cookie sundae and wine at the hotel bar
Breakfast: Diet cokes and caramel corn
Lunch: Bloody Mary’s, Seafood Salads, Calamari
Snack: More Ghiradelli sundaes (I remember we got out of bed from a nap, went to get them to-go and brought them back to the room and continued watching Dirty Dancing and napping)
Dinner: Pre-dinner cocktails, three apps, bread, butter, a bottle of napa wine, steak, scallops, and fish. We had dessert and I think I remember it was crème brulee. We ate with a co-worker who said, "i've never seen two girls eat and drink this much" as he picked up the tab!
Post Dinner: another bottle of wine and 5,000 cocktails. That was before they closed the bar downstairs and we went up to clean out the mini-bar in my room and created our own party with these new friends we met.
Lunch: Hooters wings and fries served by the World’s Dumbest Hooters Waitress (that is saying a lot)
I am grossed out. Totally.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Anyway, I almost didn’t make it on the trip. Our flight was at 6 AM. ML was going to meet me at my place so he and I could take the same car, which I scheduled to pick us up at 4:30. The plan was set! Yay! – except for the fact I woke up at 4:47…with 10 missed calls on my phone. I was like a crazy woman – running around my apartment, grabbing things and throwing them in the suitcase.
I was out the door and hailing a cab at 5:06 and, finally, after three cabs refused to take me to the airport, I was in Omar’s cab at 5:13 on the way to JFK. I travel a lot, so I know that it takes at least 30 minutes to get there from my apartment. I also know that the flight closes 10 minutes before departure and that I didn’t have any cash with me. So essentially, Omar and I were both screwed. I was certain I was going to miss my flight. So certain that I’d already made a plan as to how I was going to somehow make the Crown Room feel like a beach while I sipped “mile-high” mojitos all day waiting to be re-booked.
But, alas, Omar came through in the clutch and got me to the airport in 17 minutes. SEVENTEEN MINUTES!!! I have no idea how this even happened as I was too busy working on my “Crown Room” beach plan to pay attention. And when I explained my cash situaion, he even agreed to let me send him the money…gave me his address and everything. I gave him a credit card – yeah, I obviously have no fear of identity theft – and told him that he could trust me, but just so he knew I was serious, if he doesn’t get anything from me in a week, he can use it. (it has a low limit and I never use it and I know it was a stupid idea, but my brain wasn’t on yet…remember I hadn’t even been up for an hour.) I threw his address in my bag and ran into the airport – with 20 minutes to get through security and to the gate to board.
I’m a professional traveler. So I pack just like the TSA tells me to and can usually fly through security. But it was today that the TSA dude needed to check my bag. I couldn’t imagine the reason – it was the small one that I always travel with, containing my laptop, little travel pillow, about 47 magazines, 5 charges, my DS Lite, and, oh yeah, a plastic bag of grits. Yup! He thought the grits might be drugs.
It was a pretty funny conversation, once I told him what they were. It went something like this:
Mr. TSA: You travel with grits? Now that’s a first.
Me: Not usually, but I’m writing a cookbook on Grits and I’m going to the beach (in…er… like 2 minutes) and I wanted to make them tonight for dinner.
Mr. TSA: What kinda grits are those?
Me: Yellow stone-ground.
Mr. TSA: Them ain’t real grits. Real grits come in a blue box.
Me: Those are instant, these take an hour to cook (why am I even having this conversation?).
Mr. TSA: I should make you some real grits. You want some real grits?
Me: (no – I want to get on my plane) Sure.
Mr. TSA: (walks over to counter, writes something down and comes back to hand it to me) Alright, well you call me when you’re back and I’ll make you some grits.
I think Mr. TSA was hitting on me – maybe I’ll invite him and Omar over for a fantastic grits dinner.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
"Outsource your: Research, Moving, Chores, Reservations...Life"
This is brilliant. It is basically a site for busy (or lazy) people to have other people bid on tasks that they want done. I signed up just to check it out and some of the tasks I’ve seen so far are:
Healthy Cooking: “The task is cooking for two people. We have a large kitchen with all necessary implements except for a dishwasher. The diet is basically defined as "healthy." We can talk specific recipes with someone interested. The location is corner of Grand and Forsyth in Manhattan. Less than a block from B/D trains. You would be responsible for groceries and receipts. Obviously, we reimburse you.”
Find my adopted brother: “My Mother had a child 5 years before I was born w/ someone other than my father. All I know is that he was born in December of 1979, and his name was Randall William Card, but I don't know if he was put up for adoption, and what his name was changed to if he was adopted.”
Dog Retail Store List: “I am about to launch a fun dog community website for dog lovers. I am seeking someone that can gather a list of all the dog retail stores in the 50 states. I need the list to be sorted to each state and into two categories: upscale and regular.”
Find a place that sells ketchup chips: “If you can find out where I can buy Ketchup Chips within a 30 minute drive of 94043, I'll pay you $10. I'll pay you after I have eaten the delicious Canadian chips. I'm only interested in Lay's or Old Dutch ketchup chips, like these:
These are the tasks I would have people do for me:
Buy stamps: My rent is almost always late. Why? Because I HATE to buy stamps. And when I buy them, I lose them. Which means I have to buy them again, which I hate doing.
Organize my storage unit: My storage unit is a mess to say the least. I hate going to the storage unit (which is only two blocks away from my apartment) and I hate it even more now that it is such a disaster. After carefully packing my winter coats in proper hanging bags for storage, I ended up cramming them into the unit and quickly slamming the door because I didn’t have the patience/interest to move things around to make room for them on the hanging rack.
Repairs: I need someone to send my watch back to Marc Jacobs so he can personally fix the leather that ripped. And my suitcase has been sitting in the corner of my room for four months since Delta tore off three of the four wheels. So I need someone to take it to the Samsonite repair location. But before it can be dropped off, I also need someone to call the repair shop and ask them what type of documentation one needs before dropping an item off for repair.
Apartment Decor: I need someone to hang the antique mirror I’ve had for 10 years and never hung. But before they can do that, they need to help me decide where to hang it. I can’t make that decision without determining what piece of furniture I want to go on the same wall where I want it to hang. I also need someone to wait at home for my new bed to be delivered because none of the available times work for me.
Laundry: I don’t need anyone to do my laundry. But after I wash my clothes and put them in the dryer, I have a horrible habit of letting them sit there…in the basement of my building…sometimes for up to three days. Likewise, I have no problem dropping my clothes off at the dry cleaner, but am so bad about actually picking them up…I’m expecting to see one of the homeless people sporting my ski jacket around the hood.
Anti-stalking measurements: I really need someone to call t-mobile and have a few phone numbers blocked. And then plan a fake going away party so my ex thinks I’ve already moved to San Fran.
Monday, April 30, 2007
This is the big news. I quit my job and am not starting my new gig until the fall. So this leaves me with two and a half months of doing whatever I want (except the occasional trips to the bay area for VC meetings for the new gig).
So look forward to regular posts documenting the trouble I’m bound to find with such a large amount of free time on my hands. In the meantime, here is the Hotlist from the past 8 months!
Turning 30 – really fun party with my really great friends, Sundance – 11 days in Park City spent eating, drinking, skiing, and oh yeah – watching movies, a trip to Palm Desert with 80 degree weather while it was snowing in NYC, another trip to Utah for the last bit of snow, quitting my job, BP moving back to NYC, ending my six month travel stint.
Six months of constant traveling, working through the most painful of holiday seasons, Rockelle moving to SF. (short list of lowlights = very good thing)
Catching SNL a few weeks back with Lil’ Cuz, Court, and Chelsa! It was awesome.
Crazy Work Story
There has been so much crazy stuff going around at work that I don’t even know where to begin. And since I’m not going to be working, I’m dropping this section off the hotlist.
What I’m listening to
The question really is, what am I not listening to? There is so much great music on my iPod right now that I’m having a really hard time deciding what to listen to. But if I had to guess, I’d say that the new Bright Eyes Album, Cassadaga, is getting a lot of attention because it just came out. But the Cold War Kids and Snow Patrol Albums are getting their fair share of play time. Ohh – and The Shins latest album, Wincing the Night Away, is totally awesome.