Monday, December 29, 2008

Beans, Beans, The Comical Fruit!

The Beans are BACK, and you won't need any Pepto for these babies.

From the farthest corner of the universe, Beanworld's 'Chow'-munching race of beans have re-emerged into the world of comics for their latest romp since the 1990's in Dark Horse's Beanworld Holiday Special.

Creator Larry Marder has harvested Beanworld into an eco-system bustling with lovable, playful nuggets (who, frankly, I want to keep as pets - especially the Pod’lPool Cuties. So I keep a few lentils in a cage on my desk, big deal).

Find everything you need to know about the Tales of the Beanworld comic series and this most exciting new release at Larry Marder's blog or here at the Beanworld Wiki. You can also follow Marder and his clan on MySpace and Facebook - who knew beans were so technologically advanced?

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Brief Life Update in the Ancient Japanese Poetry form of Haiku

Threw up for three days.
Then painted nails "whore-y" red.
Got sweet bling from Luce!

Wow, that ranks as one of the worst Haiku poems ever. Let's try again.

Vomit everywhere.
My nails look like a hooker's.
Unicorn jewels rule!

Still bad. Sigh, I give up.

Click "Read More" to find out what I'm currently reading!! HINT: It involves Bryan Talbot and it rhymes with Malice Son Blunder Sand. Whaaaaaat??

Doyeee it's Alice in Sunderland: An Entertainment! This is my very FIRST time reading it, and I'm already foaming at the mouth at page 5.

Here's the typical lazy-man synopsis:

Alice in Sunderland
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alice in Sunderland: An Entertainment is a graphic novel by comics writer and artist Bryan Talbot. It explores the links between Lewis Carroll and the Sunderland area, with wider themes of history, myth and storytelling — and the truth about what happened to Sid James on stage at the Sunderland Empire Theatre.


The artwork for the main cover was by graphic artist Jordan Smith. His daughter, Kaya Anna Lawson (Smith) is the model for Alice. She is featured on the front cover as Tenniel's Alice, as well as inside the book[1] as her normal self.

The work relates local history. It focuses upon the eponymous city, but also covers other towns and cities in North East England, such as Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Hartlepool. Local legends and tales are documented, including The Lambton Worm and the monkey hanged in Hartlepool. In parallel, Talbot relates some history of comics in Britain, with occasional pastiches of other artist's styles and a guest page by Leo Baxendale

It is published in the UK by Jonathan Cape, and in the US by Dark Horse.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Pow! Bam! Whaam! OUCH!

Random, yes. Just wanted to share with everyone what Lucy Vonne got me for Hanukkah: Ouch! Comic Strip Bandages. Now I can outfit my entire body with comic book phrases such as "Bam!" "Aargh!" and "Pow!"

It's taken my strongest will to avoid "accidents" like: "oopsie, I decided to wear 4-inch heels with no traction to walk through the accumulating slush/black ice," and "what is this loose razor doing out in the open like this? I should bring it over to the trash can while clutching it tightly in my bare hand," and even "whoops, I threw myself knees-first onto the linoleum floor/gravel."

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Look What I Just Got! The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 Hardcover!!!

Jahfurry, you've outdone yourself once again. I can't believe what I just received in the mail: THIS!

For you n00bz who don't know, Neil Gaiman is one of the most prolific writers/story-magicians of our lifetime; and The Sandman series is one of his most celebrated works. It's a comic book series from Vertigo, published as a monthly serial; this hardcover volume that I now proudly own is the collection of the first twenty issues.

This is also amazingly timely, because just last month I attended the CBLDF (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund - event celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Sandman. The event featured talented voice actors performing selected scenes from the books while the pages were projected on-screen, something I've never seen done before and REALLY enjoyed. Gaiman also humored us with a Q & A afterwards, and shared an off-the-record new book that will be coming out very soon. On that same note, you really should check out the CBLDF, because they put on ridiculously marvelous events just like this ALL THE TIME. Go to the website, become a member...donate!

Anyway, if you can't reach me for the next few weeks it's because I'm hunched over this beauty. Happiness!

Click "Read More" for a bit of the lazy-man's summary (Wikipedia) of Gaiman's The Sandman series.


The Sandman's main character is Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, who is essentially the anthropomorphic personification of dreams. At the start of the series, Morpheus is captured by an occult ritual and held prisoner for 70 years. Morpheus escapes in the modern day and after revenging himself upon his captors, sets about rebuilding his kingdom, which has fallen into disrepair in his absence. Gaiman himself has summarized the plot of the series (in the foreword to Endless Nights) as "The Lord of Dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision."

The character's initially haughty and often cruel manner begins to soften after his years of imprisonment at the start of the series, but the challenge of undoing past sins and changing old ways is an enormous one for a being who has been set in his ways for billions of years. In its beginnings, the series was a very dark horror comic. Later, the series evolves into an elaborate fantasy series, incorporating elements of classical and contemporary mythology, ultimately placing its protagonist in the role of a tragic hero.

The story-lines primarily take place in the Dreaming, Morpheus's realm, and the waking world, with occasional visits to other domains, such as Hell, Faerie, Asgard, and the domains of the other Endless. Many used the contemporary United States of America and the United Kingdom as a backdrop. The DC Universe was the official setting of the series, but well-known DC characters and places were rarely featured after 1990, with one exception: Lyta Hall, formerly Fury of the 1980s super-team Infinity Inc., figures prominently in the "Kindly Ones" story arc. Various characters from the series did appear in other DC Universe comics however, including an appearance by Daniel during Grant Morrison's JLA run. Most of the storylines take place in modern times, but many short stories are set in the past, taking advantage of the immortal nature of many of the characters, and deal with historical individuals and events.

For the full Wikipedia article, click here.

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*sniffle sniffle* ACHOO!

This will be a short, pointless entry, as I'm completely abusing my blog and using it as a vehicle to complain about my head cold. I've got so much work to do and I can't think clearly. And I don't think I've ever sneezed so much in my life, although...I admit I enjoy sneezing every now and then. Feels funny. It's really the nose-blowing and the voice modulation that's frustrating; I sound like a recently-changed transvestite with Down's Syndrome.

Two cups of coffee (Bustelo ONLY) and my brain's still foggy - which is why I may need to head to the coffee shop next door and do it Italian-style: take shots of espresso. I could handle throwing back a couple of those; if I can do Patron or Jager I most certainly can handle THAT.

I think I've actually hit the "coffee" wall: complete immunity to the effects of caffeine. Does this mean I need to find some other stimulant?

Achoo. Achoo. Okay, gotta get ready for work now.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Adri Leya and the Case of the Purloined Perception!

Now that I’ve dipped my big toe into the world of Alan Moore’s comic series, Promethea (see previous blog entry for deets), I have a couple of questions. Okay, only one.

Where did my IMAGINATION go?

As an offbeat, introspective kid (growing into an even further offbeat, mildly/pleasantly disturbed young adult) my mind swirled with magic, story fodder and faith in different, expansive worlds. I believed in unicorns for real. At way too old an age, I would creep into the woods behind my house and sit, waiting for a unicorn to approach. Sometimes, I tried planting little flowers or even singing, hoping to affix a horned beast to my childhood posse.

We all know how THAT story ended.

SIDENOTE: One day, however, I did happen to stumble upon an odd, magical discovery at the large rock where I would sit: a fully intact pair of monarch butterfly wings. I still have those wrapped in Saran, tucked away in the treasure drawer or box that every girl had (or still has – guilty). Among the other treasures: a loose Mother of Pearl button; a rock from the top of Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire, the first mountain I’d climbed; a fistful of realllly old chestnuts; Mancala beads (remember that game?); random foreign coins and sea glass.

Even after the Unicorn Rejection Period of my life, my imagination trudged on. I would write for hours - short stories, poetry and attempts at “chapter books.” I wrote the endings first, then took a stab at the beginnings; very rarely would I make it to the middle. I have, thusly, a pretty impressive collection of story twists with mediocre intros.

I’m proud to say that, over time, my little yarns became increasingly disconcerting, and clearly influenced from the breed of mystery novels I was getting my hands on from used-bookstore scavenging. Stories like dizygotic twins experiencing death telepathically; women with personality disorders who believed they were Biblical characters, or the ghost of a young girl searching to be brought back to life to exact revenge on humanity. I think I was about ten years old at the time.

Ask me to write something fictional now, I'll sit for hours on it. I'll sift through any strange dreams I might have had, books I've read. I'll come up with mind-blowing, incredible ideas - and then realize they're actually the stories of Narnia, or X-Men, or Dahl's Matilda, or something.

When you’re reading a book, or a graphic novel, or a poem or see an amazing illustration or piece or art, do you ever wonder how the HELL they did it? Are you reminded of the times in your life where ideas like that grew, and blossomed and were nurtured by outlets like coloring, or painting, or penning – even typing on your shitty typewriter, armed with White Out? How do these men and women SUSTAIN the visceral force to construct entirely NEW worlds and ideas?

Landlords. Cable + Phone + Internet. Heat, hot water. Supermarkets. Department stores. Deadlines. Taxes. THEY have stolen my imagination! This massive, seemingly inexorable new breed of Super Villains have succeeded in pilfering my punch!

They must be stopped. MUST be apprehended! But HOW?

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Look What I Just Got! Alan Moore's "Promethea" Comic Series

Ridiculously late, shouldn't be writing, blah blah...but I just HAD to tell you that I got some saweeeet reading material in the mail tonight from Jahfurry: the entire Promethea series created by Alan Moore. Super excited. Got to go to bed now - but how CAN I??

Click "Read More" for the lazy man's summary - a clip from Wikipedia.

Here's some of the Wikipedia article on it in case you need to know more!

Promethea is a comic book series created by Alan Moore and J.H. Williams III with Mick Gray, published by America's Best Comics/Wildstorm. Serialized in 32 issues on an irregular schedule from 1999 to 2005, the series explores Moore's ideas about art and magic, combining elements of superhero action, metaphysical theorizing, and psychedelic revelation, all focused on the adventures of Promethea, a metafictional character that possesses magical power over the real world. Promethea is also notable for wide-ranging experimentation in visual style and storytelling technique on the part of Williams and Moore.

Promethea has been organized into five books. Books 1 and 2 mainly deal with Sophie Bangs becoming Promethea, while Books 3 and 4 show Promethea/Sophie working her way through all the Sephiroth of the Qabbalistic Tree of Life, passing beyond death and the Immateria before returning to earth for a confrontation with Stacia. In Book 5, Promethea brought on the Apocalypse, the end of the world - or the entire ABC universe, to be precise - not by destroying it physically, but by tenderly introducing its inhabitants to a new world of imagination, wonder, beauty, belief, and acceptance. Here Promethea truly delves deep into metafiction - the title character addresses the reader directly in her explanation of the Apocalypse, and points out that she is fiction, and fiction can be magic and be believed.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

My New Boyfriend!

Hands off, beotches. Oh, and you don't need to click "Read More" because there's nothing else.
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

PDA with my PDA : Blackberry vs. iPhone

I'm Anti-iPhone. There, I said it. Yeah, I'm weird. Yeah, I'm missing out on cool applications like "Virtual Beer" and "Tap Tap Dance" and "Virtual Monkey in a Bubble Going Down Slides."

But I'm not missing out on my cheek accidentally calling that dude I met last month at the bar that I said I'd call but never did. I'm not missing the grease spots on the screen after I eat a delicious slice of ricotta and broccoli pizza from Danny's Pizzeria around the block. I'm really not missing the muscle strain I'll develop from having to crane my neck for all those flip-flopping, sliding, draggable screen-thingies.

And no other handheld device has ever been haunted by Apple founder and billionaire Steve Jobs, which says a lot (although, having your phone haunted by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would be cool, and - I'll admit it - arousing).

Frankly, I'm a Blackberry kinda girl. Give me email, internet, and a scroll wheel. Plus, those Blackberry device names are sexy - Pearl, Curve, Bold, Storm; they sound like the monikers of hulking male exotic dancers, glistening with body oil and man sweat from sexydancetime exertions.

The Blackberry Bold, Storm and Curve, respectively.

So, while all you iPhone users are flitting your greasy appendages over that touchy-whatever-screen, I'll be having practical PDA with my shiny new hunk of a PDA.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Comix Review: Army@Love by Rick Veitch

A tale of steamy romance, thrills, battles and non-stop adrenaline; no, this isn’t Desperate Housewives. It’s Army@Love, the monthly series from comic icon Rick Veitch and Vertigo/DC, pairing the hilarity and irony of U.S. war politics with fiery soap opera-esque dramatics.

Set in the not-so-distant future where war continues to thrive in the Middle Eastern region of “Afbaghistan,” Army@Love spins the satirical tale of an American government roping in recruits with the marketing of a perpetual ‘Spring Break’-style army, where the booze flows, the sex is wild and cell phones still get service, even in the midst of battle.

The first six issues, condensed in Army@Love Vol. 1: The Hot Zone Club, introduces us to the outrageous cast of characters, and continues their stories in the following collection, Army@Love: Operation Pwned.

Among heated extramarital affairs, hypnotist magicians, malevolent Wiccan charms and gun-toting robots, Army@Love offers a mix of the ridiculous amongst potent social commentary – and it’s a veritable M16 blast to read.

They have it on for ten bucks here - check it out!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Wocka wocka, fools.

A lot has changed since we last spoke, my friends.

1) It is now WINTER.

2) Lucy Vonne now has her own blog, part of the Blogtime family, called Sexy Blogtime! Visit her spot for all that is sexy - toys, testicles, and most of all, trouble.

3) I have a new freelance job, working with the ultimate of PR, social networking and marketing gurus, Jeff "Jahfurry" Newelt (check out some dirt on him here). We work with the best of comic book writers, artists and graphic novelists, in addition to non-profits, performers and other select clients. I've FINALLY found a job at which I can get paid for reading comic books all day, and mama likes.

4) I have long bangs that I wear swept to the side.

5) There's probably a lot more.

And here's what hasn't changed....

1) I am still 30lbs overweight and I think that's swell.

2) Lucy Vonne and I re-signed our lease for another year, so we're still the lovingest of roommates you've ever met. Not to mention the ridiculously expansive porn collection she's accumulated - I've had to explain that one away to the couple of guys I've had over for dinner dates. You'll find "Cuntourage" right next to "Liar Liar" on our DVD shelf.

3) I still don't have a dog. And I said to Lucy the other night that maybe if we had a dog, we would be happy all the time.

4) I'm still painting my fingernails in fall colors and I shall do that all year round.

5) I'm still a sexy Jew.

6) Still poor.

7) Still denying that I listen to Paramore.

So there you have it, a lil' recap for yo ass. Expect more from me sooner than later, lovers.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Visceral Manhattan.

Today, a very close, wonderful friend nudged me to an important realization.

New York has changed me; and it's not New York's fault - it's mine. Through all this internal clutter - job hunting, money scrounging/wasting/making, life's little stresses and life's big ones - I've lost track of what's really important. I've neglected my loves, my relationships, my friends. I've become so consumed with living, growing into this strange mutant version of myself, scrambling for success, survival on my own terms, that I haven't been there for the people that I love and the people that count on me. And, wow, learning that really hurts.

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This cerebral black hole I've created needs to implode on itself. The tunnel vision needs to stop - the mixed metaphors need to end NOW! Instead of obsessing over what I don't have or what I need to attain, I will nurture what I DO have. I will enjoy where I am and the people around me. I will not take for granted the love in my life, and I will invite new love in.

Thank know who you are.

Oh, and all these photos are ones I've taken here in NYC....except for the last one, which is my Mom on the beach in Massachusetts. Love.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Kit Kat Bar Flavor Craziness! Huzzah Japan!

Judging by my buxom figure, you shan't be surprised to hear that I loves me some candy. So thank you, once again, to one of my all-time favorite blogs, A Rinkya Blog, for turning me on to these amazing chocolate concoctions from Japan: odd-flavored Kit Kat bars in varying shapes and sizes! This cornucopia of delight doesn't just end in Japan, but you know how I feel about the Land of the Rising Sun. Kit Kat bars should start wearing ironic t-shirts that say "I'm Big in Japan." Like the one I have about Everybody Loving a Jewish Girl. It's funny because it's true!

Check out the Wikipedia article here to see a full list of the craziness, and click "Read More" to see a list of my favorite Japanese Kit Kat creations.

Kit Kat Sakura (Cherry blossom)
Kit Kat Iced Tea
Kit Kat Caramel and Salt
Kit Kat Kinako (soybean flour)
Kit Kat Wa Guri (Chestnut flavour)
Kit Kat Green Tea — Japan
Kit Kat Apple — Japan
Kit Kat Café Latte with Hokkaidō Milk
Kit Kat Kiwifruit
Kit Kat Strawberry
Kit Kat Gold — petits with fudge like covering and dusted cocoa powder on outside
Kit Kat Cantaloupe
Kit Kat Triple Berry
Kit Kat Azuki (Red Bean)
Kit Kat Watermelon Minis
Kit Kat Green Grape Muscat
Kit Kat Black Sugar Minis
Kit Kat Big Kat Bitter
Kit Kat I-Stick — Japan limited edition — Creamy bitter chocolate between wafers and dark chocolate coating — two stick format sold in cooler or freezer section of stores
Kit Kat Stick Almond — Japan
Kit Kat Stick Half Bitter — Japan

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Putting the "Fun" in Dysfunction - Adri Leya Style

I don't like to discuss my love life publicly at Happy Blogtime - I've clearly never made mention of it previously (not even my sex life - you can turn to Lucy Vonne for THAT). I don't think broadcasting my romantic ventures is fair to the other person (or people??) involved - so I kiss, but never tell.

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For over a year and a half, I've purposely abstained from any sort of "real" relationship beyond casual dating. I've tried to take this time to gain control of my life without any emotional roadblocks to stifle me, and attempt to experience an independence that's not possible when you're in love, or trying to be in love.

After this seemingly long hiatus, and a developed comfort with myself that I never before had, I've decided to take a dip into the dating pool once again. And let me tell you, sister friend - the guys here in New York are either all very colorfully disturbed, or I'm simply falling into my old habits. A motley of men have entered my life with the issues that I've painstakingly "tried" to avoid: guys cheating on their girlfriends; bad boys trying to turn good but not quite cutting it; emotionally retarded/unavailable men who communicate only via text message; serial male whores trying to score a nut, and so on.

I'm not surprised that people do these things (I've had my fair share of awful relationships in the past - guys with 5 secret girlfriends; guys stepping out from our hangout session for a quick BJ from a disgusting pig-faced skank, etc., etc.). I don't like who I become when I'm with these men - suspicious, jealous, and stressed out. It drives me absolutely nuts to have to worry about whatever crap they're going to inflict upon me next - hence, why I took this extended dating hiatus.

Now listen, I'm not whining. I know that pretty much every other girl in the city of New York share these qualms, concerns, blah blah. I fall into the category of women, I suppose, who bitch about awful men, but place ourselves knowingly into these situations. I'm quite aware that I find myself in these circumstances because I'm attracted to them, for whatever latent psychological reason therin lies.

That being said, I'm hoping to Bejesus that I'll eventually fall for a respectful and honest guy who treats me like the gold I certainly deserve to be treated; but until then, I guess, (as dear Cara says), I'll just continue to keep putting the "fun" in dysfunction.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Brief! Celeb! Spottations! (Liev Schreiber)

Liev Schreiber gettin' his herr did in SoHo on West Broadway. Pretty psyched that he's going to be Sabretooth in the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine - and that I met him. Awww yeah, mutants are HAWT.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Relationships vs. Doin' it. Riddle me this...

Quickly, people, cause you know this chick's bizzay! Was just reading Time Out New York on the can and read this question/answer in the "Get Naked" section...I want to know what my readers think of this! And I want ACTUAL OPINIONS. Comment on this, dammit - let's get a convo brewin'! Jamie Bufalino, TONY's sexpert, is he genius...or an ass?

Click "Read More" for the intriguing question - and even better answer.

Q: I'm 20 years old, attractive and accomplished, and I recently split from my boyfriend of two years for absolutely no reason other than that he is afraid of getting too tied down so early in his life (we had a flawless relationship otherwise). So like a rational girl, I've reentered the dating world, but found all of the guys falling woefully short of my ex. Also, I've been spoiled with great sex on a regular basis for the past two years, and being single is an unpleasant shock. My feelings (not to mention my body) are all telling me I'm meant to be with my ex, perhaps forever. But how exactly do you get a 22-year-old man in the most adventurous and flighty stage of his life to realize this?

A:...What if, instead of completely breaking things off, you and the ex opened up the relationship a little? You guys would have to come up with the precise terms of this arrangement (when you can sleep with other people, how often to get STD checks to make sure everyone's having safe sex, what the level of disclosure would be), but if it's the concept of being completely tied down that's freaking him out, why not give the guy a little slack? Since you can't fight his biological urge to have sex with as many women as possible, just roll with it while providing him with something the other girls can't: a nurturing relationship that seeks to accommodate the needs of both people involved (I can already hear the feminists screaming at me for letting the guy get the better end of this deal). Obviously, this arrangement would not be for everyone, and perhaps he was just using the "I don't want to settle down so fast" excuse, when in fact there were other reasons he no longer wanted to be in a relationship with you. Still, if you're happier having him in your life than out of it, there are ways to make that happen so that everyone gets what they want.

- From Jamie Bufalino's "Get Naked" column, Time Out New York, Issue 674


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Friday, August 29, 2008

Home Shwet Home: One Night in Suburby, MA

After a six freakin' hour bus ride from NYC to Boston on Thursday (Labor Day traffic - nice one, Adri Leya), I arrived home just in time to celebrate my lil' bro's 22nd bday. Had a fantastic dinner with Jake and the parentals, and I cheerfully gorged on more than I have all week. We started with tapas: yucca and chick pea fries with a spicy mango dipping sauce; then mixed greens with farmer's cheese, grilled pears and a honey pepper vinaigrette; and then Jake and I split a pizzette with goat cheese, roasted red peppers and basil, and he had lamb sausage on his half. A day's worth of calories in one meal? Yes. That's how we do.

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Then, back home for birthday treats and gift exchange! Check out these chocolate covered strawberries my Mom and Dad got instead of a cake - they have mini tuxedoes on them!

After mauling those dapper berries, I gave Jake his gifts - a Miyazaki DVD he wanted, Whisper of the Heart, and (my favorite thing ever) a Wee Ninja by Shawnimal Smith. Look, this is us playing with it! Booyah, my nailz is STILL lookin' pro.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

FYI: Pro Nailz

Did mah nails last night. Hollerrrrr!

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Adri Leya vs. Cara: Movie Time!

While Lucy Vonne's away for the most of the week, I'm been filling the void with my darling friend Cara - not that the cardboard cutout of Lucy Vonne isn't doing the trick, but she's really just so quiet. Today, both Cara and I had the day off, so we decided to have a movie marathon and pick one out for each mood. Turns out that Cara and I have drastically different taste in film.

Quick Mad Lib Bio on Cara: When Cara ________ here to New York from San Diego in May, she felt ________. She loves _______ and singing to her favorite _______. Her favorite food? _______ of course! She's a beauty expert, certified hair colorist, and ______!

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Cara's Movie Picks vs. Adri Leya's

When You're Feeling Down:

Adri Leya: Requiem for a Dream. I like to keep the shitty mood intact by watching drug addicts and hookers destroy themselves to a killer soundtrack. I'm going to go cut myself now.

Cara: Dirty Dancing. When I'm in a funk, I like to get funky!

When You're Feeling Romantic:

Cara: 50 First Dates. I find this movie easy to relate to, because I've literally been on fifty first dates. Unlike the movie, however, they've been with different men - and involve walks of shame and sobbing.

Adri Leya: Natural Born Killers or True Romance. Nothing says 'I love you' like psychotics on a killing rampage -and they do it together. Aww...why can't I have that?

When You're Feeling Silly:

Adri Leya: Pee Wee's Big Adventure or Uncle Buck. I don't consider you a friend if you haven't seen either of these. Needless to say, gigantic pancakes make me feel great.

Cara: Dumb and Dumber. Because the Soup du Jour sounds delicious.

When You Feel Like Scaring Yourself:

Adri Leya: The Mothman Prophecies or She's the Man. Oh, and that French horror film I saw in the artsy theater, L'Interieur. If you want to frighten yourself into speechlessness, pick up this winner.

Cara: I'm like a 5-year-old, so even some scenes in Disney movies still scare the shit out of me. We'll play it safe and go with The Care Bear's Movie.

When You Feel Like Being Cerebral:

Adri Leya: Momento. WTF is going on here? And on a serious note, The Fountain is one of my all time favorite thinkers.

Cara: The Usual Suspects and American Beauty. Kevin Spacey in both - coincidence? I think not.

When You Feel Like Watching a Chick Flick:

Cara: Steel Magnolias. Sigh. "Our ability to accessorize is what separates us from the animals." [Editor's Note: Cara just pulled several quotes from this movie out of her ass - from memory.]

Adri Leya: Kung Fu Hustle, Boondock Saints or Reservoir Dogs. Ergh fiiiiine - you know me, I abhor chick flicks. But if I must, hands down, Mean Girls. That movie is so underrated.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Yo, Ponyo!

Nerds, brace yourself! You're most likely already aware of the new Studio Ghibli project, Gake no ue no Ponyo or, Ponyo on the Cliff By the Sea, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film was release already in Japan this past July, and now I'm anxiously awaiting its UK release, which isn't happening until April 3, 2009. Damn time - I need some mufuggin' 1.21 Jigowatts.

Click "Read More" for the Ponyo plot synopsis and Japanese trailer.

Per usual, I'm too busy/lazy to paraphrase the plot, so here it is from Wikipedia:

The plot is centered on a girl fish who runs away from her home in the sea. She ends up stranded on the shore and is rescued by Sōsuke, a five year old boy who lives on a cliff. Sōsuke names her Ponyo (pronounced "Po-Nyo", not "Pon-Yo") after taking a great liking to her, and promises to protect her forever. Meanwhile, her father, Fujimoto, is looking for his daughter, upset that she ran away. He calls his wave demons and has them take Ponyo back to him, since it seems he has an aversion to land. Sōsuke is heartbroken by this, and goes home crying to his mother, Risa. Risa tries to cheer him up, but to no avail.

Ponyo and her father have a confrontation, where Ponyo refuses her father to call her Brünnhilde and declares she is Ponyo, and voices her want to become human, because she has started to fall in love with Sōsuke. Her father silences her with difficulty and goes to summon Ponyo's mother. Meanwhile, Ponyo, with the help of her sisters, breaks away from her father's barriers, and mixes herself in with his magic, becoming a human girl. This causes an inbalance in the world, which in turn results in a tsunami. Riding on the waves of the tsunami, Ponyo goes back to visit Sōsuke. Risa, Sōsuke, and Ponyo stay the night at Sōsuke's house, hoping the tsunami will be over, whereupon Risa leaves the house to check up on the residents of the nursing home she works at.

Granmammare, Ponyo's mother, arrives to Fujimoto's submarine. Fujimoto notices the moon is deorbited and the satellites are falling like shooting stars. Granmammare declares that if Sōsuke and Ponyo succeed a trial, Ponyo can live as a human, and the world order will be restored.

Sōsuke and Ponyo wake up to find that the most of the land has submerged. Risa has not come home yet, so, with the help of Ponyo's magic, they turn Sōsuke's toy boat to life size and set out to find Risa.
After going through a tunnel, where Ponyo loses her human form and returns to a fish, they arrive to the nursing home and meet Granmammare. Granmammare asks Sōsuke if he can love even if Ponyo is a fish or mermaid. Sōsuke answers he likes all form of Ponyo. Granmammare allows her to become human.

PONYO PONYO! So friggin' cute.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bobby Trendy, Is That You? Cut it Out!

Lucy Vonne and I have reached a new level of friendship. We sat down, had a heart-to-heart, and decided to make custom cardboard standups of eachother so that when one of us is away, we can fill the void. Not to say that I won't try to hump my paper doppleganger, or even Lucy Vonne's (cardboard smells really good. Really good.). While we're at it, we also decided to get a new roommate, and we're now deciding between Fabio and and Lorenzo Lamas. Or both - one for each...ahhh, the sleepless nights to come!

Click "Read More" to see some of my favorite cutouts/masturbation fodder.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

This Week's News: Adri Leya Gains Weight, Lucy Vonne Goes on Talk Show?

I haven’t blogged in over three days. As you can see from my last post, I got a little overwhelmed by my current “career” situation and had a minor, shall we say, motivational breakdown. Which means, yes, I punished myself gastronomically: pizza, peanut butter M&Ms, Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream, mozzarella sticks, chips and guac, pretzels, hummus, burritos. You name it – I ate that mofo. And if you know me, you know that most of what I consume is either fruit, vegetable, or grain; organic, vegetarian, clean....Klingon. And coffee. LOTS of coffee.

Click "Read More" for the rest of my self-loathing, this week's top news items, and find out why Lucy Vonne's going to be on a national talk show next week. WHAAAAA??

Yeah, it’s not drugs or booze, but it’s still so bad for my body; I feel bloated, sluggish, and 5lbs heavier – I gained a pound a day, to be exact. Sweeeeet, especially after being so proud of this past year’s 25 lb weight loss. I even popped Super Size me into the DVD player to snap myself out of this bizarre slump – but it made me hungry. I ended up munching on some vegan lemon squares and pretzels. WTF!!

Anyway, I did better today, but not as well as I usually do. We’ll see how quickly I can drop the 5 lbs – by this Monday I’m hoping to get this gut back into six-pack form. Like it was before, clearly.

On to some NEWS! This Week's Headlines:

Adri Leya Paints Fingernails Purple
Yeah, I just gave myself a manicure for the first time in a month. I'm sexy.

CitiBank Calls Adri Leya 5 Times This Week to Collect
Don't ask me how much. Gulp.

Adri Leya Scans "Adult" Section of Craigslist for Discrete "Jobs" - Then Remembers Morals
That one explains itself.

Lucy Vonne to Appear on TYRA BANKS Show Next Week As Panelist in Roundtable Sex Discussion
Yep, you heard me! Looks like all that Sexy Time has paid off! Lucy Vonne has been selected to grace the Tyra Banks Show with her presence to discuss her views on sexuality with Tyra and a few others with differing views - I'm expecting to see some majah dramz. Will blog more about this as it gets closer...

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cupcakes! Cupcakes!

This one's for Lucy Vonne, who has a penchant for delicious cupcake treats. These confections are after my soul - decorated with video game characters and cartoons? Hello, weight gain!

Here are some photos I found on from hello naomi on Flickr. Click "Read More" to see some of my favorites!

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