Friday, May 31, 2013

Four Things Friday: The Happiness Project

this thing callled Twitter, Fonuts, Date Nights, Before Midnight
After a week of feeling sorry for myself, I've decided it's time to set a new goal for the summer: be happy.  I know it sounds lame, but I need to make a conscious effort to go easier on myself instead of getting all bummed out about career setbacks.   I'm also generally way too regimented with the set of rules I try to live by: don't drink during the week, skip the iced coffees and opt for green tea, exercise, eat healthy, blah blah blah.  None of that anymore (except for exercise, because endorphins make me happy).  I'm going to indulge and have a glass of wine on a Wednesday if I want to.  Basically, I'm going to live on the edge.  So, with that, here are four things that have contributed to my happiness project this week:
My New Twitter Feed (AKA shameless self-promotion)
I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never been very active on Twitter-- which is really shitty of me because my sister works there.  But I keep hearing about housewives in Canada getting book deals all from their hilarious use of 140 characters.  So I'm jumping on the bandwagon.  I only have 30 followers, so I doubt there's a book deal in my future, but a twitterer can dream.  And since I spend the bulk of my spare time writing about relationships and break ups on THE BLOW OFF, it's been kind of nice to explore a different subject: getting old, bitches.  So, after you follow us @theblowoff, follow me @ifeelreallyold. I might only be amusing myself, but it's been a nice distraction from work stuff. (Yet also a sad reminder of how i feel really old all the time).  Use Twitter, people.  And follow my sister too: @samira.
Fonuts (8104 West 3rd street, LA 90048)
Did somebody say baked donuts?  Hell, yes.  Fonuts is a little bakery in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles.  Instead of deep frying their donuts, they bake them.  If that wasn't awesome enough, they also offer a ton of vegan and gluten-free options.  Since I'm all about comfort food right now, their donuts are one of my favorite indulgences because I can delude myself into thinking they are semi-healthy.  That said, I usually don't opt for the gluten-free/vegan ones because I worry that they probably overcompensate with a shit-ton of sugar.  If you are in the LA area, make sure to try a Fonut.  They also travel well if you want to take any home with you.  Sadly, they are not cheap-- a baker's dozen will run you about $40.  But one donut is a mere $2.75.
Awning shot, octupus, milk & honey panna cotta, classic "i don't like having my picture taken" face
Date Night  (Black Hogg: 2852 west Sunset Blvd, LA 90026)
Back when the H bomb and I were merely dating, we decided to have date nights out every Tuesday and take turns picking restaurants.  But that was like, last decade.  Now we just stay home and cook and watch Dancing with the Stars.  So it was a nice treat to go out to a new restaurant in our hood and be forced to talk to each other.  If you live in LA, I highly recommend checking out Black Hogg.  The food was delicious, not all that expensive, and on Tuesday-Thursday nights they'll do free corkage off bottles of wine from Silverlake Wine.  It's also a great first date spot for any of you single peeps out there.   I know date nights might be an annoying thing to include in a break-up blog, but if it makes you feel better, when we got home I watched Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion, while he did some very strange hip stretches with some rolly-polly thing. 

Before Midnight 
When I was fourteen, I fell madly in love with Ethan Hawke. It was Reality Bites that really did it for me, but Before Sunrise and Before Sunset kept the love affair going. I actually blame Ethan for my preoccupation with sensitive, emotionally-tortured, creative types all through my teen years and my twenties. Anyway, I'd been looking forward to seeing Before Midnight ever since it got rave reviews at Sundance. Naturally, I had to watch the first two movies all over again in preparation. And that's when it hit me: there are nine years between each movie and I'm exactly nine years younger than the characters of Jesse and Celine (when Before Sunrise came out, they were 23 and I was 14, in Before Sunset they were 32 and I was 23, and in Before Midnight they're 41 and I'm 32-- it's called arithmetic, people.) So, every movie is sort of like glimpsing into what the future holds. Before Midnight is easily the best film of the three and has the MOST realistic argument I've ever seen in a film. I can't wait to see what becomes of Jesse and Celine when they're both fifty. This is excessive, but here are all three trailers. Avoid watching the third one if you haven't seen the first two cause there are spoilers. (side note: Celine & Jesse over Celeste & Jesse any day.)

                            
                         
                            

                            

7 comments:

  1. Cheers to letting yourself have that weekday glass of wine -- not to mention a fonut or two. Your new Twitter feed is called @ifeelreallyold (which, by the way, is ridiculous -- I am 40 and still plenty fabulous, as are all of my 40something friends). Well, one thing you will learn as you age is that the little, enjoyable things are what make our finite life so freaking sweet. Someday you won't be able to enjoy a glass of wine at all -- on a weekday or a weekend. Because, well, you'll be dead. And there is no wine when you are dead (that I know of, anyhow). So enjoy what life has to offer -- in moderation -- and ditch that denial attitude for the duration. It all goes by really, really, really, really fast. Really.

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    1. Is 40 really fabulous or are you just saying that and then when I turn 40 i'm gonna feel let down? Just kidding, I'm sure it is, and I know the 30s are still technically young-- but the last few years I just feel a little older-- like i can't drink as much or sleep in as late anymore and my joints hurt all the time. You are so right though, drink as much wine while we're living. that will be my new motto this summer! xo

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    2. Yes, yes, 'tis true that you might notice certain bodily issues that didn't exist in your 20s. Frankly, yes, you are obviously closer to decline and death. You're closer to that every day. And, yes, this is why you need to enjoy yourself while you can.

      The only kind of "letdown" with turning 40 was realizing that it didn't feel any different from 35. Not terribly dramatic. And, no, you are still not fully enlightened nor do you 100% "have it together" at 40. All of that is BS, anyhow. No one is EVER completely enlightened/has it all together. As soon as you realize that (and stop striving for that unrealistic goal), life is a lot better! In other words: We are all f'd up. Embrace it!

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  2. I have a good Ethan Hawke story for you. PS Julie Delpy goes to Rockin Models. Ha!

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    1. I used to see Julie Delpy all the time at equinox and always wanted to tell her how she was one of my writing idols, but didn't have the guts. I have weirdly probably seen ethan hawke in person at least ten times, but i swear it's not b/c i stalk him. Tell me your story about him!

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  3. I'm making you a cocktail the next time I see you on a WEEKNIGHT. Heyyyyyyyy!

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    1. Yes! i want one of your fancy cocktail concoctions please come July. Make it just how i like it: weak.

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