Sunday, December 14, 2014

What's Making Me Laugh: President Obama Delivers The Decree

This week Stephen Colbert brought The Colbert Report to Washington DC for his "Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington, See Ya Later...Great to Have Me With You" farewell tour with many surprising guests including President Barack Obama who delivered a hilarious yet informative version of The Word. Check out the clip below:

I'm so sad to see Stephen Colbert leave Comedy Central but I can't wait to see what he'll deliver to CBS.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

What I'm Listening To: The National (with Sufjan Stevens) "This is the Last Time"

Fun Fact: The first dance that my husband and I danced to at our wedding was a song by The National, so it was only natural that we would eventually have to see The National live in concert. 

Almost 2 years later we were able to see The National live at the O2 arena in London as the band concluded their Mistaken For Strangers tour with musical acts Wild Beasts (who totally blinded us with their LED lights) and Sufjan Stevens. It was a pretty magical evening (despite the blindness). 

Check out this fan footage of The National and Sufjan Stevens performing "This is the Last Time" at the O2 Arena below:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

What I'm Listening To: Passenger- "Ride to New York"

I don't want to brag or anything (but I'm going to brag anyways), but I've been going to quite a few concerts lately. Most recently I attended the Passenger concert at The Cambridge Corn Exchange and, in the words of Larry David, it was pretty, pretty, pretty good. 

Most of you might be familiar with Passenger's song "Let Her Go" but did you know that he has actually put out six albums!? If you like folksy, guy + guitar music, definitely check out this show live. Passenger is currently touring through the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa soon (see tour dates here) and you can watch a clip of Passenger performing "Ride to New York" from the Corn Exchange show below.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Virtual Paintout to Oia, Greece

Here's another drawing inspired by the Virtual Paintout. This time I painted a location in Oia, Greece using Google Street View. Do you want to know what inspired me to scout out Oia, Greece? I was totally inspired by Alexis Bledel (a.k.a. Lena's) scenes in the film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. For realz!

Oia, Greece
pencil, ink, watercolor, watercolor pencil
6 x 6 inches

Oia, Greece

Monday, November 24, 2014

Virtual Paintout Sketch of Chile

Last summer I told you all about about The Virtual Paintout blog that inspires artists to get together virtually and paint a same location virtually using Google Street View. In June I participated by painting an image of Vladivostok, Russia, but then my life started getting busy and I wasn't able to keep up month to month as I would have liked but I still noted what locations were being painted each month and attempted to scout out some potential painting locations via Google Street View in my spare time. 

Anyways, this weekend I decided to paint one of the locations that I scouted out back in May 2014 when the Virtual Paintout was painting scenes from Southern Chile. Something about the painted fence spoke to me and I had to paint it.

'Me Das Una Oportunidad'
Luis Baez, Cochrane, Chile 
pencil, watercolor and ink
6 x 6 inch sketchbook

Sunday, November 23, 2014

What's Making Me Laugh: "All About That Baste" Parody

Here's a little song that's being discussed around the water cooler at work this week. From the family that has brought you numerous parodies, comes a parody of Meghan Trainor's song "All About That Base" that's right on-time for Thanksgiving. The song is called "All About That Baste"

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

What I'm Listening To: Tove Lo "Habits (Stay High)"

Here's yet another song from my husband's mix tape, "Habits (Stay High) by Tove Lo. My husband likes to call Tove Lo his Swedish wife, but this song makes me question whether or not Tove Lo actually does the things she says she does in her song, because if she does my husband and her have nothing in common (except for maybe eating dinner in the bath tub. Please don't judge him). Enjoy the song!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

What's Making Me Laugh: The Adventures of Joey Ramone

This week I had the pleasure of attending Noel Fielding's Comedy Tour as it passed through Cambridge, which included one of my favorite skits from Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy show, The Adventures of Joey Ramone. Since I can't take you all to see Noel Fielding's Comedy Tour, check out this clip of plasticine Joey Ramone below and if you're in the UK you can check out Noel Fielding's tour dates here.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

What I'm Listening To: Ryan Adams "Gimme Something Good"

Hello readers! Around Halloween time I began listening to Ryan Adams' (not to be confused with Bryan Adams) song "Gimme Something Good" in heavy rotation- mostly because the video features Elvira (a.k.a. Cassandra Peterson). I'm not sure what the song really has to do with Elvira, but I love her so I'm into it.

Anyway, during the Halloween season my husband and I started to watch some of HULU's 13 Days of Elvira and I jokingly turned to my husband and said "Where's Ryan Adams"? Turns out, Ryan Adams did the theme music to Hulu's 13 Days of Elvira, too!

In case you're curious, here's a list of some of the Halloween movies I watched this year:

  • Seedpeople
  • The Gingerdead Man (featuring Gary Busey)
  • Hobgoblins (it's like a poor man's Gremlins)
  • Demonic Toys (Fun fact: The screenplay writer, David Goyer, is also a writer and producer for Batman Begins, Man of Steel, and The Dark Knight.
  • Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (This movie stars Shannon Tweed a.k.a.longterm companion to Gene Simons and Bill Mahar of Real Time with Bill Mahar. Despite the title, this movie only contains one scene of boobs).
We also watched several 90's TV Halloween specials like Roseanne and Home Improvement.

What Halloween shows did you watch this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Apples and Pumpkins

In October I decided that I couldn't let Fall 2014 pass me by without engaging in some fun fall festivities so I went to Apple Day at Burwash Manor and to the local pumpkin patch.

As you might expect, Apple Day celebrated all things apple with entry money going towards helping the Sick Children's Trust. There was a vintage ploughing competition, a hedge laying competition as well as apple identification, a make your own apple cider booth, tractor rides, live music, a mini-steam train, and traditional craft booths. 

admiring the local pigs

The following day my friend, my husband and I headed over to the local pumpkin patch where we navigated through a corn maize, had fresh donuts and cocoa, and picked out some pumpkins for Halloween. Fun fact: I decided to name my pumpkin Benedict Pumpkinpatch.

hiding in the corn maize
My friend and I on the spooky stagecoach 

Me and the husband
Did you partake in any fall festivities? Let me know in the comments below.


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