Saturday, October 29, 2005

Happy Saturday

It is once again sunny and warmish in LA so the funk has lifted and I even convinced my husband to take a walk with me this morning. He will be going to a Halloween party tonight at his work but since I like to pretend this particular holiday doesn't exist, I will be staying home. He only decided to go this morning so his costume will be a a cowboy hat, a jean jacket and boots. I told him if anyone asks he should say he is going as Heath Ledger in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN...there's nothing like dressing up as a gay cowboy and he'd be promoting what I know will be my favorite Ang Lee movie ever!

Now onto even more exciting news. Celly attended last night's DM show at Bowery and has a lovely report on his blog, scary Dave Gahan pictures included. He says it ranks up there with our first Morrissey show at Jones Beach and the amazing Radiohead show at Liberty Island, both concerts are top of my list so that is saying a lot. He even got to see Carlos D. from Interpol, not my favorite of the band but anyone who comes out to support the Mode is a friend of mine. I'm sure Celvyn is still recovering from his night so I won't yell at him for not calling me yet to discuss in detail. P's friend Julie is a genius and decided that although she didn't have tickets she would go down to see what was going on, and low and behold, they let her in! God bless those resourceful fans.

Well, enjoy your weekend and eat lots of candy for me!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Cloudy Skies, Breast Pumps And Other Exciting News

You know how everyone thinks that it's sunny and 75 degrees in LA all the time? Well, they are sadly mistaken. It has been cloudy, chilly and just plain icky for over a week. Normally I would love this since it reminds me of an actual fall, but the truth is, I like sun. It cheers me up. It helps the grass grow. And it's one of the only pleasant things about this damn city. So if you're wondering why I haven't posted in a while it's because my funk has hit and I blame the weather.

On a happy note, all this is making me stay inside the house so I've actually started working on the baby registry. Camille was lovely enough to spend a good hour and a half last night over IM telling me what I should register for. It's all so overwhelming what with the health hazards and safety issues involved with some of the products. Who knew a little thing that helps your baby stay on her back at night could cause serious problems from the toxins in its anti-flammable material???? At least I've gotten some good advice on the breast pump issue from dearest Andrea. She says go for the good one since I could conceivably be pumping for a year unless I want to whip out the breast in public whenever my little dumpling cries for some food. I know you will all rest easy knowing that has been decided.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Welcome Home Damon!

A very close friend of the family who has been stationed in Iraq for the last few years is finally back in the US for a break from combat. I wish Eric and I could go to his "Welcome Home" party in November but unfortunately a trip to upstate New York isn't in the cards right now. My parents have had some bad news coming from friends in the last few weeks but this is really fantastic to hear and I hope all the McGurgans have a great time meeting Damon at the airport this weekend.

In other happy news, although I won't be going to the D-Mode show at Bowery, apparently Celvyn will be (as per his blog, not him actually telling me -- maybe he's still mad that I made fun of him for attending a Kelly Clarkson show). I would cry about how unfair this is, but he's an even bigger fan than I am so I'm not going to begrudge him his fun. Hopefully they'll play "Everything Counts" so he can do the whole "grabbing hands, grab all they can" audience participation thing. I of course would be too engrossed watching Dave's pelvic thrusting so up close to be able to concentrate on singing, but I'm sure Celvyn won't have that problem.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

War and Peace


I have been trying, for literally a year, to get through WAR AND PEACE, to no avail. I've read other books during this time, countless websites, hundreds of scripts, many an issue of W, Vogue and In Style, but I'm only on page 88 of the freaking Tolstoy novel. Not to toot my own horn, but I read both CRIME AND PUNISHMENT and ANNA KARENINA, both very long, very important Russian novels, as well as the mother of all books, ULYSSES, but for some reason I just can not get into what is supposed to be the greatest novel ever written. I'd say it was restlessness caused by the pregnancy, but since I've only been pregnant for around 5 months and this has been a problem for 12, that can't be it. Has California turned me from a reasonably intelligent person into a total moron or am I just a total lazy ass? So much to ponder, but I can't do it for too long because Access Hollywood is on soon!

A Sign of the Apocalypse?


I know there's a good reason behind this, but the idea of Bono having lunch with Bush just gives me the heebie jeebies. I read the NY Times Magazine article about Bono's crusade against poverty and AIDS and I know that he has to go through Bush to get money, but seriously, does Bush even know where Africa is? Do we truly believe he cares about helping a third world country when he can't even help his own citizens? I understand meeting with Clinton, I can even understand meeting with Blair, but meeting with Dubya is just soooooo wrong. I feel the need to take a shower now.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Baby!!!


We had our big Ultrasound today and took home this profile shot of our little baby girl! It seems Eric's dad was correct and it's a She!!! Blessedly she seems to have her father's nose and from what people are telling me, she has my mouth. How funny!!

In other baby news, I felt our little one move for the first time last night and it kind of freaked me out. I had to immediately call Andrea to confirm that what I felt was the baby moving and not my stomach having some kind of freak out. I think we have a dancer or gymnast on our hands because she's pretty much moving around none stop in there. Now we just need to decide on a name, which is proving to be more challenging than we had thought. I'm looking for an Irish name that isn't too long or too weird so that she will avoid years of ridicule at the hands of mean spirited elementary school children (not that I'm bitter). It's our first parental challenge but I think we're up to the task.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Let's Have a Black Celebration...


Apparently P's friend Julie was correct and DEPECHE MODE will be playing a show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Now, for those of you who aren't aware of just how amazing this is, it would be like seeing them play in a large living room, if that living room also had a balcony. You can only win the tickets through radio stations and our local LA pseudo-alt-rock station is in fact giving them away, the problem is I have no idea when the show is and since I can't travel once December hits, I don't know if I should bother trying. I know, my life just keeps getting more and more difficult. Let's go through the positive things about winning tix:

1. I've loved DM since I was 14 and have seen them 4 times, though always at huge arenas and never at an intimate club (except the Dave Gahan show at Hammerstein that Cel and I went to that was ultimately kind of lame).

2. The above mentioned Dave is off the smack and looking and sounding fantastic, so best to see them while he's still sober as opposed to the 1994 show when he looked like he might keel over and die at any moment.

3. I haven't really loved an album of theirs in many a year but judging from the first single "Precious", it sounds like they are back in fine form and I think this one might go on heavy rotation.

4. Bowery Ballroom is the place where my darling husband finally got up enough nerve to kiss me in 2001 and thus began our hot and heavy love affair.

5. I'd get to go back to NY for free!!

Decisions, decisions...

Monday, October 10, 2005

Poor Anna


Apparently the girl who wrote THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA isn't the only one who dispises Vogue's Anna Wintour. Peta let her have it, literally, with a pie in the face, for running fur ads in Vogue and denying Peta the chance to run anti-fur ads. Sometimes there is justice in the world. (Photo is from this article).

Rain, Schmain

Just returned from the trip to our beloved NYC, and I'm still basking in the glow. We had so much fun seeing all of the friends and my family and didn't let a little thing like torrential downpours stop our good time. Eric also quite enjoyed the U2 show on Saturday night and was sweet enough to call me during "One" (though I could only hear screaming) and "Whose Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" (the whole audience was clearly singing along and I got all depressed that I wasn't there with them). Despite missing the boys from Dublin I did get to see everyone I wanted to and was able to hit all my favorite spots (East Village, Lower East Side, Brooklyn, West Village, Tribeca and Soho) and blessedly avoided going anywhere above 14th St. except in the cab going back to JFK and for some cookies with Mary and Mille at City Bakery on 18th Street. My only regret is that the trip was so short and I only spent about 3 hours with my parents and sister, and we had others around us so there wasn't much one on one time. The time we did spend together was lovely (you can read more about this at CEL'S BLOG ) and we all enjoyed seeing Kimmy's little one Matthew who is one of the most well behaved 9 month olds that I've met. I like him extra because he boogies down in his high-chair. Thanks to the Madstone girls for coming out in the nasty weather to have dinner with me at Banania (where we got free dessert b/c I'm "with child"!!) and to the P for giving me a bed to crash in. Thanks also to B for giving me lots of cookies as well as encouraging me to buy the super cute boots I saw at Camper. I will say that some of the most relaxing moments were at Soho Sanctuary followed by the lovely lunch with Mille where she told me all the scary things I have to look forward to as a mom, like $5,000 summer camps...wahoo!!

I would also like to point out that I saw more actors this weekend in New York (Mike Myers, Billy Crudup, Gina Gershon and the kid from Everwood) than I've seen in my entire year and a half in Los Angeles. Very odd.

So, in conclusion, I have to say that despite terror warnings and 10 inches of rain, I still prefer New York to LA and can't wait to move back. I miss my family and friends so much and all the 70 degree weather in the world can't compare to the benefit of loved ones and an actual social life. No pressure, but someone please buy one of my husband's screenplays so we can move back!!!! Pretty please with cherries on top.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

THE CITY SO NICE THEY NAMED IT TWICE

So we are off to NYC tomorrow morning for a long weekend with friends and family (and U2 for Eric). I've been obsessively watching the weather and seeing as they change their minds daily (it will rain everyday, no wait, only Friday, no no, actually, everyday) I've banned weather.com from my computer. Rain or shine I will see a good amount of friends as well as my parents and sister, so weather be damned. Highlights will include a pre-natal massage at SOHO SANCTUARY (Camille, you are a genius) and dessert (which means chocolate cake!!!) at Bethy's apartment. It will be a glorious 2 and a half days.

Now, if only I could teleport myself to and from so that I didn't have to fly, all would be right with the world.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Sleep tight, grim right, dear Interpol

After what seems like years of touring, my favorite NY hipsters have laid down their instruments for a much deserved rest after their final show at Webster Hall last night. Since it was in the good city and I am in the bad city, I was unable to attend, but thanks to their amazing FAN FORUM i heard all the details. Apparently there was some group hugging involved...of course in my current hormonal state I probably would have burst into tears at this sight and Eric would have been mortified and so it's best that we weren't there.

Here's hoping they get themselves into a studio sometime soon so I can stop listening to the same two records over and over (and over) again. Sigh.

God, this pregnancy is making me so sentimental.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

THE SHINING Reworked as a Disney Film

Who knew someone could make the film that terrified me for a full year as a child look like this year's biggest heartwarmer? Now I know how they got me to see THE ISLAND.