Trip to the Big Apple


DAY 1:
Thursday, June 16
  • We lived through a straight red-eye flight from 12:45a in Salt Lake to 7:30a at JFK
  • The very first thing we did was to buy the THICKEST bagel with the THICKEST cream cheese from a tiny shop on Times Square. Set apretty good precedent for the rest of the trip.
  • Took pictures by the Jack Sparrow Legoman and the life-size barbie mansion in theToysRUs on Times Square
  • We ate at the Vermillion, which was the sweetest Indian restaurant I've ever been to and will ever go to. And when I say sweet, I mean spicy and delicious.
  • Billy Elliot was fantastic. So glad we saw it.
  • Me + chocolate = happy, so Max Brenner's was definitely a highlight.
DAY 2:
Friday, June 17
  • I finally got to SLEEP IN, which was nice after coming straight off of finals.
  • We ate lunch at Grand Central Station. My food was unreal. A raisin walnut bran muffin, homemade yogurt and fresh OJ may sound simple but it was so goooooood!
  • The subway we took to Brooklyn went underwater. It made our ears pop.
  • We got to sit and people-watch New Yorkers for a while, whichwas cool. It's a different crowd out there.
  • There was a double rainbow!
  • I was in the actual presence of Zach Condon & BEIRUT!!
DAY 3:
Saturday, June 18
  • Me and Jord walked 3 miles through central park. It looks exactly how I pictured it.
  • Tony Award Winning play "The Normal Heart", starring LEE PACE and JIM PARSONS! It was so mind blowing, I just can't get it off of my mind. That's what theater should be all about.
  • John's Pizza was a legit New York Pizzeria. Thin crust margherita pizza with sausage and pepperoni. Plus grilled vegetables and juicy fresh mozzarella . So good!
  • "Importance of Being Earnest" starring Brian Bedford, who was the voice of Robin Hood in the Disney movie :D
  • There was a massive street fair on Times Square. Hundreds of stands selling corn on the cob, purses, jewelry, donuts, candied nuts, and a whole lot more.
Here's me actually MEETING Lee Pace: http://youtu.be/G0BFKj6dJPI

DAY 4:
Sunday, June 19
  • Church in manhattan. We crashed a singles ward at the LDS temple chapel a couple streets from Times Square.
  • Levain bakery was probably my favorite place we went to all week. We spent a total of 5 minutes inside and just grabbed a bunch of rolls, cookies, and scones. That walnut scone was the best thing I've ever eaten in my life. No exaggeration.
  • Walked through financial district in lower Manhattan. I saw the world trade center and the beginnings of the memorial that they're building to honor 9/11. So cool.
  • We went to the Museum of Modern Art and saw everything from Picasso to Monet. Twas insane. I can't believe I was in the same room as Starry Night.

DAY 5:
Monday, June 20
  • We took a long bike ride through central park. I haven't used those thigh muscles in a long time and my legs felt like jelly when I got off my bike, but it was so nice and warm and pretty.
  • We waltzed around the lower east side, china town, & little italy. On one side of the street was complete new york normalcy, and on the other was China. Cool beans. We bought stuff for cheap.
  • I got a legit Reuben sandwich from Katz Deli. Melt in your mouth pastrami with homemade thousand island dressing :)
  • Me and Jord took a break from the awesomeness to cool down, so we saw X-men in the theater on times square. Can't complain. It was neat.

DAY 6:
Tuesday, June 21
  • PLANES. JFK to Minneapolis, Minneapolis to St. Louis, then St. Louis to SL. 12 hours. That's a whole lot of the Office and Pushing Daisies. One of our planes was pretty coolio and we actually got to walk out onto the turf and up the stairs.
And there it is. My trip to NY. I wish I was still there. WHY AM I NOT STILL THERE? I miss it so bad. Wahhhh.

I'm going back there soon, and no one can stop me. However, if anyone feels generous and wants to sponsor my trip, you're very welcome to ;) Maybe I'll even let you come.


Awww Ned

All pigeon toed and adorable.

It's hard being productive when you have Ned & peach pie on the front of your mind all day long.

Somebody help me focus on a Greek and Roman Mythology final with Pushing Daisies on Netflix all day, every day.

Oh, and I watched The Fall. Again. New favorite movie, well, it's rivaling Eternal Sunshine.

Ohhhhkay. Time to focus.
On Lee Pace.


Ned, The Pie-maker.

For those of you who know me, you understand how I go through giant phases of obsession.

All through high school I had pictures of John Krasinski in my locker, and I would watch the Office episode "Casino Night" over and over and over because of that one scene in the parking lot (I still get chills when I watch it.)
After JKras it was Robert Downey Jr, then Ewan McGregor, then Ryan Gosling, and Jimmer (obviously).

Right now, it's Lee Pace.

If you haven't ever seen PUSHING DAISIES, then you haven't lived. It's on Netflix. Get on it. You won't regret it.
It's basically all I've been doing for the past week (besides preparing for finals........of course).

Ned is a character that rivals Jim Halpert and Chandler Bing. Seriously. The way he smiles at Chuck, and how he puts his hands in his pockets.....
The art direction of Pushing Daisies is so fabulous, it reminds me of Tim Burton. But that's sort of beside the point.

I just love Lee Pace.

And when I love something, I stalk it.

So I watched, The Fall last night.

How on earth have I not seen this movie before??? I have to watch it again, because I feel like I missed so much. It's like Big Fish on drugs. There is nothing else like it.

So cool. So beautiful.

And Ned, the pie-maker, was NOT Ned, the pie-maker (although I was missing him by the end of this 2 hour break I took from Pushing Daisies). Lee Pace played his part so well, I don't even want to get started. You just have to see it. Plus, the little girl Alexandria? How on earth did they find anybody so natural? I was wondering the whole time if anything she said was scripted.

ANYWAY, Lee Pace is also starring in The Normal Heart which is playing on Broadway right
now. It's nominated for a Tony for best play. Guess who's going to NY next week.
I'm going to see him AND Jim Parsons from Big Bang Theory live in New York.

You better believe it.

I'm indulging in my latest obsession, and I really don't think you'd do yourself any harm by looking this guy up. He's going to be big. He's going to be in 2 big movies next year: Breaking Dawn & The Hobbit. So do yourself a favor, and become obsessed with this guy, because he's the real deal.


Rachel Fredette

Doesn't that look gorgeous?

Before you sigh and roll your eyes, let me make a claim:
Jimmer is an adorable, hot, freaking talented dude who I love...But I realize he is a celebrity and I will never know him.
But let me ask you this:


I refuse to refuse to obsess over my deep obsession.
Figure that one out.

In the meantime, I will continue to follow his twitter and youtube channels. His picture will remain my phone background. I will constantly be searching for him on campus, and I will give up anything to watch the Jazz or Knicks or Suns or whoever once he gets drafted.

So there.

Let me love my Jimmer in peace, you hypocritical Belieber.


Billboard of Nothing

I found this coolio article about a controversial billboard in Washington that was funded by the government.

"Clearly it’s some kind of pinko Canadian stunt, right? A passive-aggressive commentary on Americans’ conspicuous consumption? Wrong! Non-Sign II is the brainchild of the Seattle art and architecture firm Lead Pencil Studio. Even crazier: It was commissioned by the federal government which usually regards high art the way one would a dead rat."

That's a different way to look at pollution issues.
If only the gov't would pay Banksy to do billboards.
Oh wait, Banksy is anti-government ;)


BANKSY, Favorite #7

I've really gotten into street art over the past couple of months. It's this whole culture that is so subtle it becomes overlooked. What's cool about street art is that it's not just graffiti. It includes everything from stencil and sticker art, to video projection and flash mobbing. It's an artist's chance to express their views and opinions to a large audience in an anonymous way. And everything is up to the people's interpretation; there's no explanation except for what you see. 

Banksy is basically the king of street art. He's super famous. Except that he's an anonymous guerilla artist. So nobody knows who he is. Mystery! What I love about him is 1) his style: He uses stencils 2) his anonymity 3) his satirical social & political ideas He's so brilliant. He can get any message across. I mean, check this out: He literally had people walking on eggshells. Plus he's in the middle of the whole argument of graffiti vs. art. 

Should graffiti be illegal? Or is it art? London has decided to treat all Banksy works as vandalism and remove them. His pieces last only a couple of days. (Which is another great thing about street art, is that it's so meaningful, but so temporary) So I had a REALLY hard time choosing what pictures to post. But I'll refrain from any commentary so that you can get the full effect:

Also, watch "exit through the gift shop".  Awesome documentary on street art.


Alex Pardee, favorite artist #24

At some point, I'm going to have a perfect list of all of my favorite artists. Until then, I'm just going to make up numbers.

So meet my favorite artist #24!


He's has the creepiest illustrations I've ever seen
and holy crap I love it.

Dude! Who thinks like this?

Usually, something is dim and dreary when it's creepy, but this guy manages to avoid basically all darkness and shadow and still make things repulsive. These characters are thrown into broad daylight and he uses every color in the rainbow and all of his figures are still so gruesome! I don't know how he can do that and not make everything cheesy or gaudy .

Hahaha there's a kid in his stomach. And his hand is its own character.

This is probably my favorite one. Look at the fingers! Look at the sqeezy thingy! It's so creepy but geez it's so cool.

More to come. I have so many favorite artists it's not even funny.