My Desperate Attempt to Channel Warm Weather

26 Apr

Posted by: Alex

This is what its come to.

I should begin this post by saying that for those of you reading this in any state other than Minnesota, you will find what I am writing to be inane. You may be thinking, “channel warm weather, you say? Why, I live in New York and we’ve had warm weather for weeks now!” First of all, stop talking like you are a character on New York’s version of Downton Abbey. Second of all, screw you! I live in Minnesota and it has been one f-ed up winter. And I am saying that as a person who loves the seasons and is meant to live in Minnesota. I am one of those people that goes along with the collective complaining because I don’t want to be left out of the fun (sidenote: this reminds me of Barney Stinson’s motivational office poster on How I Met Your Mother that says: ‘Conformity: it’s the one who is different that gets left out in the cold’), but inside I think the snow is really pretty and it doesn’t annoy me at all. And I like cold rainy days because then I can sit inside and not feel like I should be doing anything else. Forced laziness is my jam.

But this winter has lasted for 86 months and I can no longer roll with it. Just four days ago, on APRIL 22, there was a snow storm, for the god sakes. All my husband and I want to do is take our infant son out for a pleasant walk in the stroller, but instead we have to cover his head for fear of ice pellets, and our stroller gets stuck on little snow hills every 10 feet. I want to sit out on our deck and drink a beer, but instead I sit on the couch, holding tight to my warm and comforting glass of wine, whilst covered by a wool blanket. I’ve even been forced to use my less favorite bathroom at work because I don’t want to walk outside to go to the building across the way. ITS BEEN PURE HELL!!!

This is Sven Sundgaard with a goat.

This is Sven Sundgaard with a goat.

But both Sven Sundgaard and MPR (the two most trusted media outlets) assured me earlier this week that the winter is over and that the sun is coming out today, and it may even stick around for longer than the weekend. So to kick-start the spring/summer seasons off right, here is a list of some things will bring me joy for the upcoming months:

Pop Music

I wrote an entire post last year about how much I love summertime pop music. There is nothing that makes me happier than throwing all of my pride out the window by blasting KDWB and happily singing along to every catchy song that comes on. Here are a couple of tunes that I will play loudly and will have you saying, “Hey, who’s in that jive talking Mazda coming down the road, spitting out all those jams? That’s one cool car, with one cool driver!”

Justin Timberlake: Pusher Love Girl

Justin doesn’t have a video for this song yet, nor is it on the radio, but I am telling you that once they edit out about 6 minutes worth of music, it will be the next hit single. And those 6 minutes are really good, so it’s worth listening to the whole thing here. Love you, JT. Love you.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Can’t Hold Us

I didn’t realize that when I was hearing Thrift Shop 100 times a day that I was listening to the same person behind this song, which I was hearing on a completely different type of radio station. I immediately listened to the the whole album and became obsessed. I mean, Thrift Shop is catchy and all, but Macklemore is talented. He is way beyond a one-hit wonder and I’m kind of a super fan. I say all of this after I saw his SNL performance that made me cringe because his outfit was so douchy and he looked like Eminem’s weird second cousin that was owed a favor so he got a record deal. I now retract those feelings!

Selena Gomez: Come and Get It

I don’t care if Kevin Jonas thinks that Selena Gomez is the most overrated pop star. I think he’s the least cute Jonas Brother, so there. I love Selena Gomez and I am known for always supporting the singing careers of my favorite Disney stars (you’re welcome, Demi Lovato and Vanessa Hudgens. You’re welcome), so Selena is no exception. She is young and very pretty and maybe can’t sing live as well as not live, but who can? My live performances are much worse than what’s in my head, so I totally get it. Sit back, listen to this poppy gem, and enjoy.

Movies

The Internship

YUP. Vince Vaughn (another one of my boyfriends) and Owen Wilson are back together, Wedding Crashers style, in the movie Internships. I am so glad to see Owen Wilson back where he belongs, as the smooth talking sidekick to Vince Vaughn, who is looking for love and uses his sweet and quirky charm to acquire it. I far prefer this to movies where he plays his real age and has kids and you’re supposed to feel bad for him because he’s  a loser dad with no game. That is so depressing. And Vince Vaughn…oh, Vince. Just use your Vince Vaughn delivery to say everything and I will laugh and swoon, all at the same time. You can do no wrong, in my book. Except for Couples Retreat, which was wrong.

The Great Gatsby

I am very trepidatious about this movie. The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books and I love the original movie with Robert Redford. I like Leo DiCaprio and all, but he his no Robbie Redford. Besides that, Baz Luhrmann’s style is not always my cup of tea and I feel like he might ruin something I love with crazy, over the top party scenes and distracting noises. But this trepidation is why I must see it, and I’m sure it will be beautiful to look at, so it’s on my summertime to-do list.

Books

Fortress of Solitude

I chuckle at the thought that I will actually ever finish a book again in my life, but my goal is to complete just one. I recently started reading Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem. A few months ago, I read Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. I wanted to give Jonathan Franzen another chance because I think this book was a little trendy, and his other stuff might be better. I then became very confused and thought that these two writers were the same people, hence starting to read Fortress of Solitude. They are actually two different writers. And I realized that Jonathan Lethem wrote Motherless Brooklyn, which I didn’t like. So! I’ll give you an update when I finish reading some book in the year 2016.

Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Right before we had a baby, I was getting really into cooking. Well, I was getting really into cutting out recipes from my Food Network Magazine and watching my husband cook them. And now, as with other things that require time, cooking has gone out the window and has been replaced with Chipotle and a lot of chips and salsa and beer nights. A friend introduced me to the Smitten Kitchen blog, and not only do I find it thoroughly entertaining, but I actually have cooked the food! And it’s always good! Deb, the adorable blog writer, just published her first cookbook and I can’t wait to start making the recipes. If there’s any that are based around the ingredients chips and salsa, even better!

What are you excited for? I want to know! The more things to look forward to, the better…

4 Responses to “My Desperate Attempt to Channel Warm Weather”

  1. Felicia April 26, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    I hated Freedom and felt like I was the only person in the world who didn’t “get it!” Damn you Oprah for recommending it to me through the TV set I watched her on!

    • athed April 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      Ha! I was not that into it, and kind of felt bad about it. Then I read the NYT Book Review section and they interviewed an author who said that Jonathan Franzen is the most overrated author and that Freedom isn’t a good book. Then I stopped feeling bad.

  2. Camacho April 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Alex, you speak in gold. I will do everything you recommend because you are like a God to me. Plus, completely spot on. So, thanks for the recommendations!

    • athed May 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

      This makes me feel really powerful and it’s going to my head…

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