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Comedy, writing and thought

10 Jun
image: Mario Testino for Vogue
I feel like an idiot sharing this revelation, but I never realized that comedy is writing. Maybe it’s not so idiotic though since the end process of stand-up or a sitcom used to feel so separate from the writers.

I never particularly gave much thought to standup, improv or comedic writing until Louis C.K, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling or even James Lipton of Inside the Actor’s Studio came along.The latter in particular has been eye-opening because it gives such insight into something I love (films) but have, up until now, known so little about as far as the actor’s process is concerned.

Reading Tina and Mindy’s respective books shed light on their process and taught me rules of comedy that I wasn’t familiar with, like Tina’s rules of improvisation. And watching Louis C.K’s self-title show is like peeking behind the curtains as he’s working on a bit, but not just as he develops it, but as he’s on the subway, observing people. Or walking around, analyzing.

As I crave more time to write each day, I’ve realized it isn’t the act of writing itself that appeals to me; writing can be an incredbily frustrating process. But writing is expression of thought—processing; analyzing; learning. That is what I crave each day. I don’t know how I feel or what I think until I write. Talking helps too, but if I haven’t had time to think  something through with words and get it on paper (in this case, my laptop is my “paper”), I don’t know how I feel about something.

Food is Love: Valentine’s Day 2014

17 Feb

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We went big. Not quite as big as 2012, but as always, the day and weekend largely revolved around food. (And Brian spoiling me WAY too much.)  Since we had a very late dinner reservation, we snacked on crudites and prosciutto at home while we sipped some wine before heading out for cocktails at a cute spot Brian thought I’d like called Cuchi Cuchi in Cambridge. The atmosphere was retro-glam/old-Hollywood so it was right up my ally. Any excuse to wear some fur…

IMG_9441_editdress: Cynthia Rowley/jacket: Anne Taylor Loft (old)/belt: BCBG

All their fruit purees are made fresh so I was excited to try the “Brain Teaser” with caçhaca rum, strawberry puree, lime juice, and champagne. Brian had “The Avenue” with Maker’s Mark, Daron Calvados, passion fruit puree, orange blossom water, and pomegranate. His was a little too “alcohol-y” (is that a term?) I thought, but I’ll definitely try to re-create mine at home sometime soon, it was so fresh and fruity. After we snagged two bar seats, we happily sipped our vintage cocktails before heading to dinner at Scampo in the Liberty Hotel in Boston.

20140218-231412.jpgThe wine selection at Scampo is vast and thoughtfully chosen

Dinner was absolutely delicious though we had a bit of a rocky start when we were seated 45 minutes late. Nothing a few glasses of wine and some incredibly creamy, oozy burratta and prosciutto flatbread couldn’t fix though — we’re easy to please. As much as I loved our entree, (we ordered the same), I think the spaghetti bolognese was the highlight of the night for me. Well, that and the Super Tuscan I drank with our apps.

20140218-230843.jpgSo thrilled we finished off leftover Valentine’s-themed gift wrap. Finally!

Wow, three whole paragraphs devoted to food. Priorities, right? I suppose you might also be interested to hear what we gifted each other? I’ve almost given up on ever outdoing Brian’s incredible thoughtfulness when it comes to gifting because he blows me out of the water every.single.time, but I’ll share more details on that later this week… there was chocolate involved.

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Weekend recap…

21 Jan

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What a lovely weekend. We saw friends, had a few dates (aka we ate delicious food), finally played “Quelf” at a friend’s house, watched the game, and took advantage of free admission to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and enjoyed the Sargent exhibit. After making an enormous pancake/egg/bacon breakfast of course. As much as I crave expanses of time to be at home, sometimes a weekend of busyness can be completely restorative.

20140121-100442.jpg{Bri meeting Avery for the first time}

Our friends Shawna and Sterling has their first child last week so Brian, our friend Michelle, and I went to visit Saturday. She’s so sweet! And teeny! And peaceful! She slept in our arms for what seemed like 2 hours. We brought them some “Girl Scout Stew,” one of my favorite recipes from Brian’s mom, and I dropped off a bound book of “wishes for baby” I’d collected from friends and family at Shawna’s baby shower last fall.

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20140121-103733.jpg{game day snacks / brian’s honey marinade, omg}20140121-104105.jpg{free admission days at the Museum of Fine Arts are a zoo}20140121-104056.jpg{Sargent’s “Melon Boats” – one of my favorites so I bought a print for our place}  20140121-102604.jpg{sampled some vegan, coconut milk ice cream at Allston’s FoMu}

We didn’t snap pics on our pizza date to Cambridge 1 (or during our game night at our friends’ Casey and Chucks), but anytime charcoal-grilled pizza is involved, particularly when it’s topped with spinach, artichoke hearts, chevre, and slow roasted tomatoes… pictures don’t do it justice. Likewise, no picture could have captured the magic of playing boardgames like Balderdash or Quelf so I posted a video on Facebook.

Aren’t long weekends the best? Happy Tuesday everyone. Have a great week!