A List Of Things You Probably Don't Care About

It’s already 2010 so a list of things that I loved from 2009 is very outdated. Whatever. This is my buh-log. Plus, I haven’t updated in a long time.

Lists always pop up around the end of the year and I hardly agree with them. I understand Twilight was (still is) a huge hit but that doesn’t mean Taylor Lautner is going to be on my list of ’09 Hotties. That’s just not happening. Sorry Tay Tay!

That said, here is my list of 2009 Favorites and Bests!

1. Bobbi Brown lipstick in Pink – I’m really into lipsticks right now and fell in love with Bobbi Brown’s creamy semi-matte lipstick in Pink sometime during the fall. I’m not usually a bold lipstick wearer so it was quite a shock when I put it on. I thought it was too much but my friend, Bianca, insisted I buy it because it “gave me life.” I hesitated before handing over my debit card. I later texted her THANK YOU after I gave myself time to get used to the color. She was right. I no longer looked corpse-y. This particular pink color is so ridiculously ON it can make anyone look like a cute, fresh, 50s pinup. Especially good for girls who are on their way to transitioning to luscious bold red lips comme la lippy goddess Angelina Jolie. $22, Nordstrom.

2. ‘My Love‘ by The-Dream featuring Mariah Carey

Just about everything The-Dream touches is gold. Absolute gold. I mean, he is the reason Jesse McCartney’s ‘Leavin‘” is good. I actually perk up when I hear that song. Ok, I love that song. DON’T JUDGE. And this one. The moment I heard ‘My Love’ I could not stop replaying it. The-Dream has been out for some time now but he really blew up this year, which is why I will consider him ‘new’ for purposes of asking this question: Don’t you miss getting excited over a new artist? I do. That’s why I love The-Dream. He’s taking R&B to a whole other level while still maintaining that familiar classic R&B groove we know and love.

3. Thakoon for Target line

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Fun, fun, fun! I snatched two pieces from this line and they are holding up so well.  I still wear them.

4. Jeremy Renner’s performance in The Hurt Locker

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5. Mo’nique’s performance in Precious.

GOOD GOD SHE IS GOOD.

6. Robin Thicke’s falsettos in ‘Sex Therapy.’

7. Robin Thicke dancing at the :44 mark. Nicki Minaj’s voice (Not her best performance and say what you will about her being a wannabe Foxy Brown/Lil Kim I still don’t think she’s bad!)

8. The first 10 minutes of Up

9. Manohla Dargis interview on Jezebel.com.

Let’s acknowledge that the Oscars are bullshit and we hate them. But they are important commercially… I’ve learned to never underestimate the academy’s bad taste. Crash as best picture? What the fuck.

What a bitch. I love her.

10. Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody music video

11. Snooki

12. Keel’s Simple Diary by TASCHEN

I was reluctant to try this diary out at first but writing in it now has become one of the little things I look forward to on a daily basis. It is a day per page diary that is structured with a brief questionnaire and statement to get you thinking. The purpose of Simple Diary is to “help us look inside even when we are overloaded outside. The book offers structure for those who don’t have time to wonder, making it easy to record life’s moments. It gives the pleasure of a quick response and the sense that no matter what’s wrong, more is right.” Cheesy, yes, but it makes me feel like some of kind of significant public figure filling out Vanity Fair’s Proust questionnaire (Sample Simple Diary questions: What you don’t miss about the past; Your day was (only choose one): ( ) someone else’s, ( ) like two days, ( ) nowadays…Explain why; A character flaw that you cover up with a white lie). In other words, that I have something important to say underneath all my word vomit.

Too bad there is only one volume of this diary. Volume Two coming…??? Good for people who avoid writing in diaries because they feel they have nothing to write. Also good for people who want to feel like a character in a Nancy Meyers film seeking enlightenment, a brain tickle, or a chuckle. Not good for people who diary for pages and pages and pages on (un)lined paper. All jokes aside, like any diary, this will be a hilarious and insightful read ten years from now. Can run anywhere from $10 to $20 depending on where you buy. I bought mine from Barnes & Noble online for about $13. Check Amazon.com. Google is your friend!

13. Glee – I love the hell out of this show. Haters to the left.

14. The phrase, ‘Haters to the left.’

15. This gif.

16. And this one.

17. Jersey Shore

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THE SITUATION, SNOOKI, AND PAULY D WITH BEN MOTHERFUCKING SAVAGE.

Oh, I love this show.

18. This was not in 2009 but I caught up with Ugly Betty this year and died when I saw this.

19. Lollicup milk tea boba

I moved back home in late ’08 and have grown up in California all my life so it’s not like boba is a big ’09 discovery. Since moving home, however, I’ve been downing boba as much as I can before I move to who-knows-where. Look, I’m taking advantage of my location. This stuff was so hard to find in D.C. They sold it at my university but they called it ‘bubble tea’ and there were only two flavors that I can remember, taro and milk. Bor-ing! I’ve tried several boba places here in the L.A. area but Lollicup stands out for me. The milk tea is silky and creamy, perfectly sweet, and very well mixed. I don’t feel like I’m chugging milk tea powder mix residue. That’s gross. Oh, and the tapioca balls are black pearls of gooey goodness. That’s not gross.

20. Yogurtland

Again, this is another taking advantage of my location type thing. The place is self-serve with a dozen delicious staple flavors like plain (tart) and dutch chocolate and rotating other ones like mango and strawberry sherbet, and the most random topping selections (mochi, yogurt chips, brownie bites, coconut shavings) all at 39 cents/pound. Never mind the crowds of loud teenagers who either bring out the crabby old lady in you or bring back high school memories of busting through the local hangout like you owned the place. Sure beats Pinkberry any day. I love it!

Here’s to 2010.

Story of My Life

My favorite movie moments are the teeniest tiniest ones that don’t really contribute to the plot but make you go, “Oh my God, that’s what I’ve been trying to say!” or “Thank goodness I’m not the only one who does that!” The following scene is from Rush Hour, one of the greatest movies (IMHO) ever, and is a prime example of audiences (IMHO) “relating to the character.” Who HASN’T done this?!

Yo, Pixar!

I came across this open letter from NPR blogger Linda Holmes to my beloved Pixar calling for a movie “about a girl who is not a princess.” It was posted earlier this month so I’m a bit late, but it’s definitely worth noting.

Maybe I’m a “bad feminist” for saying that I love a good princess movie but an animated movie about a girl who isn’t a princess would be fantastic. Now that I think about it, I wonder what Up would’ve been like if (SPOILER ALERT) we had Ellie take us on this journey instead of Carl. Perhaps the same as gender shouldn’t matter. Yet, how great would it have been to see a lady holding it down? We hardly see that in animated movies let alone live action. I loved Ellie instantly because she reminded me of when I was in high school, daydreaming out loud with my best girlfriends about our ambitious plans and extraordinary adventures around the world. My after school friends, Shounan and Charis, and I would spend hours in the library telling each other that one day we’d meet in Belgravia for tea or rough it somewhere in China, all the while carefully avoiding the stern looks of Sister Joanne for talking above library volume level.

But back to Up. Yo, Pixar! Come up with a story about a character like Ellie. You all are so imaginative and zany and awesome. It shouldn’t be that hard, right?

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Ellie meets her match in the timid but equally curious aspiring explorer Carl. My heart. It swells.

SOURCE: Dear Pixar, From All The Girls With Band-Aids On Their Knees

On Fast and Furious

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“In the first one, Paul Walker was ‘The Fast’ and Vin Diesel was ‘The Furious.’ In the new one, Paul and Vin collaborate. There’s no ‘the’ in the title because ‘the’ separates one thing from the other. When you remove the ‘the,’ it’s not separating them but bringing them together. That’s my theory. I don’t know how I came up with it. This is a serious matter. Don’t laugh. You’re gonna blog this!”

-My 14-year-old brother on the difference between The Fast and the Furious and Fast & Furious

2009 Golden Globes Highlight

Aside from Kate Winslet’s tears, Tracey Morgan’s acceptance speech on behalf of the cast of 30 Rock, Ricky Gervais’ usual shenanigans, and the whole Slumdog Millionaire table being so goddammed happy for its own good…THIS. This made me all gushy wushy inside. Gahhhhh.

Mammut (trailer)

Mammut, or Mammoth for English audiences, explores the connections among its three main characters: an American on business trip in Thailand, his doctor wife back home in New York, and their live-in maid and her family in the Philippines. Stars Michelle Williams and Gael Garcia Bernal. Directed by Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson. Is set for Swedish and European release January 2009. Has yet to have a U.S. distributor.

He's Just Not That Into You

The most I’ve heard about this movie is its star-studded cast (Ben Affleck, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Connolly, Jennifer Connolly, the Mac guy…er, I mean, Justin Long). I also know this a line from that Sex and the City episode where Miranda is all hung up on this guy not calling her, wondering why he would say such a thing but not act on it days or weeks later.

He’s just not that into you,” says Berger bluntly. Yes, Berger, the man who infamously dumped Carrie via Post-It note. Awesome. Let’s take advice from a man who dumps a girl with a Post-It note. Wait, wasn’t he a writer? He could’ve at least written some tear-stained 10-page letter. Or maybe some agitated looking chicken scratch writing letter where he can’t even spell Carrie’s name correctly. He spells it “Cary” or “Karrie” or “Kerry.” SATC writers, do you know what that simple mistake would connote? *Shakes head* Man, that guy was certified asshole. Wow. Am I really getting this heated about a SATC character? Gross.

Anyway, I have my reservations about this upcoming movie. Partly because of this SATC reference, mostly because of this star-studded cast. If I was the director I’d feel like I was jinxing my own movie. Something about all those stars in that movie, half of which are paparazzi darlings. Seriously, how am I supposed to concentrate on Ben Affleck and Jennifer Aniston when all I think about is, Ben looked so cute carrying Violet from school the other day. Or, is Jennifer Aniston really taken with John Mayer? I wonder if he serenades her like he does the girl in his “Body Is A Wonderland” music video. Also, does Jen bring up kids on the third date?

Nonetheless, I saw the trailer for He’s Just Not That Into You and, OK, OK, OK, I kinda do want to see it. It doesn’t look as bad as I had imagined it to be in my head.

P.S. To anybody reading this, have you read the book? After reading that Godawful The Rules (for a freshman COLLEGE WRITING class at that!), I went through a phase of wanting to read “handbooks for women looking for Mr. Right.” Something about trying to understand how going Dutch emasculates a man or why a woman has to make herself look presentable at all times (i.e. wear makeup, up-to-date clothing) or else she will never snag her ring and end up an old maid, down on her luck, and blaming herself for her failure to get married and have babies protected by white picket fences.

Punked Out

There will be no blog about my Master Cleansing experience. I decided to opt out of this one after I did further research and found out I had to do a salt water flush and drink laxative tea in the morning and at night, respectively. Not only does that sound…uh, not good for the body to do for 10 days straight, but I don’t want to be going to the toilet every 15 minutes. Plus, my butt would hurt after awhile. Continue reading