Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wish List Wednesdays

1) Vintage Psychedelic Top - I just want to dance around wearing this on a beach. Case closed.
2) Frida Kahlo Sunglasses Case - My obsession with Frida runs deep (hence my cat named Kahlo) so anything Frida related I MUST have.
3) Mr and Mrs Sake Cups - We'd probably use these for tequila but these are just our style.
4) Sloth Sleep Mask - I want to hit snooze SO HARD with this mask on my face.
5) Personalized Handwriting Necklace - This necklace made me burst into tears. It's such a lovely idea. I can't believe I never thought of it. Also, I wish I could have stumbled upon this shop before my wedding so I could have made a necklace with my mother and grandmother's signatures.
6) Pizza Cats Mug - Cats + Pizza = my favorite things.
7) Vintage Circus Plate Set - How freakin' cute are these plates?!?! They make me think of fun children plates but for adults.
8) You Are My Favorite Card - Since I'm frequently away on location for work I like to surprise John with things in the mail from time to time. Sometimes a simple card with "I love you" written in it. This would be a perfect candidate for such a surprise.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Malick Mondays

"I hate you. Don't touch me. Put me down.....never stop"

Note: Last weekend when I was home, I drunkenly forced Malick to waltz around our house to "Moon River". She hated it and loved it at the same time. Thanks, John for capturing that moment in all it's blur.

Friday, July 18, 2014

My First Oyster/ Eating Fish Again

 Recently, I have started eating fish again. It's been very hard for me to deal with as I've identified myself as a vegetarian for over half my life. I was even vegan for 10 years. I never pictured myself eating any other way.
The last few months I've been having some health problems and issues digesting certain foods. It's been a process of learning what foods I can and can not eat. I'm still figuring that out actually. At a certain point I couldn't deny the fact that with all my research it sounded like I needed to add fish back in my diet. Upon doing so, I honestly felt just like Popeye eating spinach.
I've also learned that I've developed allergies from certain seafoods since giving it up when I was 10 years old. The body and aging is a interesting thing indeed.
When John came to visit a few weeks ago we went to The Optimist. It's a great place to find a wide selection of raw oysters from all over the US, Canada, and Mexico. Also, it's a perfect place to truly try raw oysters and learn about the different flavors certain waters bring.
I recently read the book Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm and become obsessed with researching how to identify different traits of oysters. One of John's favorite foods is raw oysters so it was very important to me that I tried them for the first time with him in a perfect setting. Honestly, I feel like the amount of thought and planning I did with trying these little creatures for the first time is the same amount a teenager does with losing their virginity. I realize I went a little overboard but hey, how many times do you get to try new things that are completely unique for the first time in your adulthood. It's pretty exciting to discover new food at 28. 
Much to my surprise, I actually LIKE raw oysters. I honestly had no clue what to expect beyond people telling me I probably wouldn't like them. What I have gathered so far is that I'm not a fan of putting anything but lemon on them. Also, the crunch of the middle and the slimmy explosion from the sides is so weird I love it.

Now I need to try John's other favorite food: SUSHI!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Life As Of Lately

1) One of the perks of working in Atlanta is being able to hang out with one of my besties and her little man Everett! 2) Long exhausting hours at work can always be brighten with fun shoes 3) A day without pizza is a rare day indeed 4) My amazing friend Amy made a terrific cartoon of me.
1) Cut off about 8 inches of my hair. Haircut may have roughly been inspired by pizza. 2) I've realized on each film I work I become fixated on specific food items. On my last show it was squeezable applesauce. On this show.....airheads. 3) Love being able to visit my hetero life partner in Tennessee. Quick little weekend trips revive me for my stressful work weeks 4) My friend AJ has a fun company y'all should check out: Beard Apparel. Love his new adds to his shop!
1) I live for Sunday brunches with this girl and her little man (Side note: OMG! I love The General Muir) 2) Revolution Doughnuts has extended there weekend hours which may be dangerous for me 3) One of the perks of my job is free products. 100% Pure has become one of my favorite make-up lines recently and I almost vomited from excitement when I was gifted with this stash. 4) I may order pizza to my "office" on the regular.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wish List Wednesdays

1) Haim Tank - These ladies are the theme music to my summer. This tank just oozes lazy beach trip cover up. I need it.
2) Yolo Bitches Cake Topper - I desire this for a Saturday night with my ladies.
3) Neon Bicycle Shields - I choose my sunglasses by how utterly ridiculous they are. These are a premium find.
4) Press For Champagne Ringer - How amazing would this be to have in your apartment and for it to actually happen! A girl can dream.
5) Lena Dunham Pillow - I desire to cuddle this while watching "Girls" and wishing Lena and I were actually friends. Mmmmmmkay?
6) Mesh Evening Bag - I swear my Nana had this same purse! Both my grandmothers had amazing style I constantly am trying to replicate.
7) Make It Happen Mug - Enough said.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Weekends at Home....

I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July weekend as much as I did! I still can't believe the amount of activities I crammed into one weekend. Not only did I hop on a early flight home after filming literally ALL night but upon landing went to TWO parties! I'm sure I looked like a zombie....but a zombie having a blast!
The following day we co-hosted a crawfish boil at our house. We had the intention to be done with the event by 7:30-ish and have a nice dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants but, well, that did NOT happen. Which we were both fine with as the boil was a great deal of fun.
Flying back to Atlanta the next day was hard but the weekend was utterly flawless and felt like the perfect dose to give me the energy to make it through yet another exhausting week.
And now the final stretch begins before I wrap up another project and return home to my husband.
(It's still so fun and weird to say husband. I love it!)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Quick Weekend Visit....

 There are so many pros and cons with working in the film industry. While it's amazing to travel and get to know new cities through out the US, it still takes you away from loved ones for long stretches of time. Your hours are extremely long and being able to talk on the phone for 5 minutes can be a challenge. But also you know that when you are finished with a project you will have time to catch up with all the people you didn't see/talk to for the 2-3 months you were working. It's truly a weird business.
John was able to fly in this past weekend to squeeze in a quick little visit.
It felt like a sigh of relief and a weight off my shoulders  instantly upon seeing him.

 A weekend for John and I isn't complete without delicious meals. It's safe to say that I made reservations at certain restaurants 2-3 weeks in advance and kept fine toning the weekend in my head up until his arrival.
Eater is basically my porn site.
 On a completely different note, I can't get enough of seeing a ring on John's finger. I think it's the sexiest thing ever.

While it's always sad to have a weekend come to a end this one was especially hard.
I'm truly thankful that I'll be flying home tomorrow for another food filled weekend with my husband in New Orleans!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wish List Wednesdays

1) Ooak Friendship Bracelet - I can't get enough of these. I want to get these for all my girlfriends!
2) Pennsylvania Map Art - No matter how long I've lived away from Pennsylvania it will always have my heart.
3) Pink Flamingo Brooch - Anything with a pink flamingo instantly reminds me of my Mom and I want it. (She was a big John Waters fan).
4) Skull Sculpture - This design is killer.
5) Large Einstein Bust - This shop is amazing. We actually registered for (and received) a item from this shop for our wedding. Everything is amazing, hilarious, and bright. Just what we love.
6) Bushel & a Peck Sign - Perfect for a kid's room. Love.
7) 8 Pastel Drawer Handles - Pastels are totally my jam right now. I wish I was crafty enough to fix up a old dresser and use these.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Legit Obsession: Revolution Doughnuts

I feel like every time I come to Atlanta for work or pleasure I end up making some kind of gushing post about Revolution Doughnuts but I seriously can't help it.
Revolution Doughnuts is amazing.
It just is.
It blows my mind. I seriously don't even normally LIKE doughnuts but I completely lose my shit over these delicious treats. It's gotten to the point that I can count the days or weeks since I had my last Revolution Doughnuts. In fact, I may have brought them to set the other week and forcefully told a award-winning actor or actress that they HAD to have one. These things are my crack and I push them on everyone.
Maybe I need help.....

"Hi, my name is Mo and I'm a Revolution Doughnuts addict"

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"There is no school, no therapy session, no amount of money that will earn you the wisdom and strength conferred by an epic-fail mistake. It's like when babies touch something hot and scream in pain. They'll never touch it again. And neither will you"

I read this quote this morning right after starting yet another chaotic day. The current project I'm on has had some, shall we say, "hiccups" within my department due to people either being new or not properly trained. This is by no means uncommon for me to experience just like I'm assuming it's like this in other job fields.
One of my bosses and I have discussed tactics that we believe could help train the staff properly. We both believe that yelling NEVER corrects problems. In fact, it just makes people shut down. I was lucky enough to be trained by a man who taught in what can only be described as a "supportive father" way.
He would ask if I believed that something was really the best solution for a problem and let me fail even if his years experience made him know I would. Upon my mistake he would calmly talk to me about it. The idea of letting him down would crush me and I NEVER repeated a mistake more than once. The mere thought of disappointment on his face made me work harder.

I have continued with the same form of training and am so proud when I see the people who I feel I've "trained" take off in their careers. I give compliments only when they are deserved so people know they are genuine. I also explain why I'm disappointed and no matter how many times someone says, "I know, I'm sorry", I make it a point to never say, "It's okay. Don't do it again". As it wasn't okay, hence why I'm correcting them. I've noticed it makes people uncomfortable (heck, sometimes it makes ME uncomfortable and I'm silently screaming inside but I know I have to stick to my guns) but it also tends to have success in not having the person do it again.
I truly enjoy being a leader and teaching people. I am a firm believer in supporting the ranking system in the job force while respecting each other and communicating. I believe hard work should be rewarded and promoted. I've worked hard to get to the position I'm in. For me, it's rare that this all falls into place with each project I'm on but whenever even a little hint of it shines through I try and take the time to appreciate it. 

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."
-Sheryl Sandberg