Archive | March, 2011

Black Swan and Brother Ben

29 Mar

With all the build-up I’ve been providing via this blog and Facebook, I kind of had to post an update to let everyone know that all is right in the world — Black Swan is FINALLY in stores and in my hands.

Today was production day at Miami Today, but I left for work about half an hour early so I could stop by Target on the way in. It was about 8:30 a.m. by the time I got there, and for a second I was worried that the place wouldn’t be open. I was one of about three shoppers, and it took me a minute to find the electronics section, but it was definitely worth the trip. I’ve had the movie propped up on my printer as inspiration to get me through my busy work day.

And as if I needed any more inspiration to make it through my work week — apparently Ben, Addam’s little brother (for those who don’t know), is driving down from Virginia as I type. I don’t know what is inspiring the trip, but Addam texted me around noon to tell me that Ben was packing up the kayak and would be in town within 24 hours.

I don’t really get it, but I’m really not complaining. It’s been about two weeks since anyone’s come down, and I was starting to get a little bored. Not to mention, it’s been more than a year since I’ve seen Ben, so it’ll be nice to catch up.

But alas, my stories have been returned to me, meaning it’s time to bike my butt home to enjoy the genius that is Darren Aronofsky.

“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.” — Walt Disney, (1901-1966).

My “Ultra” fun weekend with friends and festies

28 Mar

Bear with me guys. It’s been a long week, and I’m going on a very minimal amount of sleep. That being said, I’m going to do my damnedest to write a full, coherent blog post.

After five or six years of service, Friday was Danae’s last day at Miami Today, so after work a group of us went down to Tobacco Road to celebrate her new opportunity. Addam got off work early, so he came out too. We spent a couple of hours hanging with the news crew before we decided to head down to Ultra, Miami’s very own, mini-Lollapalooza.

We couldn’t get in, but we hung by the fence in the hopes that someone would either drop or give us a ticket. Neither happened, so after an hour or so we headed home.

Once we got home I got a text from Danae, who said that she and her husband, Adrian, her friend Stephanie, who used to intern for Miami Today, and a few others were all heading to Churchill’s for after drink-drinks. Addam and I met up with them but didn’t pay the $8 cover to go in because we planned on crashing relatively earlier. (You know, 3 a.m. or so…)

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“And yes, Virginia is the best.”

15 Mar

At one point this weekend Addam made me take a second to appreciate being exactly where I was. We were sitting on South Beach, the sun was setting, and he said, “Take a minute and look this. This is what you work all week for.”

While most nights I would have probably laughed it off, this weekend I completely understood what he was saying. For two and a half days, I was exactly where I wanted to be. And I knew it.

One of my closest friends from Virginia, Krysti, came to visit me this weekend. I know, I know — sounds like a long drive, right? But she moved to Florida when I moved to Chicago and has been residing in Polk County for the past three years now. So — what would have been a 14-hour drive became four, meaning this will (hopefully) be the first of a long line of visits.

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Much ado about everything

6 Mar

Well, I didn’t get nearly as much done as I had hoped this weekend, but it was a pleasant two days all the same.

Addam was off on Friday night, and while we stayed up late, we really didn’t do much of anything. We watched a few episodes of Scrubs and a movie or two and called it a night.

Saturday, however, was very fun. Addam woke me up early to do some laundry and pick up around the house. We took a Subway break between loads and have a very relaxing, slow morning.

Tatiana came by around 2 p.m. for some dress shopping, but it took us a long time to figure out the quickest, least confusing bus route to Coral Gables. By the time we figured out our way we had missed the bus, so we went to the nearby Walgreens and bought a bunch of magazines and junk food instead. I got a bridal magazine, and we compared notes on what we liked.  We were both up late the night before, so Tatiana headed home around 5 or 6 p.m.

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How do you Roo?

6 Mar

Well, folks — it’s that time of year again. The preliminary 2011 Bonnaroo line up has officially been released, and Addam and I are putting all of our ducks in a row in the hopes that we’re going to be able to attend. It would be our fourth trip to the festival, and despite all obstacles, we’ve come too far to ever look back. We may not have a car, we may be planning a wedding and we may have more expenses than we know what to do with, but come hell or high water we’re going to figure out a way to make it to Tennessee in June. After three years, we know exactly what we’d be missing, and not Rooing  is not an option.

That being said, I wanted to do something different with this post. Rather than reminisce on past shows, I wanted to offer a glimpse into the artists that I’m most excited to see this year. Some I’ve loved for a long time, and others are new to my playlist — but all should make for some exciting performances. My list is as follows:


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