Tag Archives: Celebrities

RIP Whitney Houston

11 Feb

I just found out that Whitney Houston passed away today. I’m super shocked. It’s hard to believe that one of the biggest legends in music is gone at such a young age.

Any of my friends would tell you how much I loved Whitney. How can you not? Whitney Houston was the performer I grew up watching and listening to. There was never a song I didn’t like. As a child my friends and I would sit around in the summer listening to her tapes on someone’s radio. When I first got my license some of my favorite memories was driving and screaming “I Want to Dance With Somebody” with my friends on the way to the shore. Why just a few weeks ago I was jamming out to her music during karaoke.

This is the second of my music icons that have gone too soon to addiction in the seven months. It’s pretty heartbreaking to know another voice is silenced, especially one as legendary and breathtaking as Whitney Houston.

RIP Whitney. You’ll always be my diva, girl.

Vide-OH! of the Day!

7 Feb

Megan Mullaly… aka Karen from Will and Grace… aka Tammy 2 from Parks and Recreation… aka one of the cutest ladies on TV… is one of my favorite actresses. Growing up I wanted to be Karen. Fabulous, bitchy and acceptably drunk all the time with a wonderful gay best friend. All I had was the wonderful gay best friend… never got to the fabulous part.

Anyway, check out Megan (joined by a very young John Goodman at the end) in one of her first acting gigs here. That woman hasn’t aged a day… so fabulous.

The Post-Super Bowl Super Post

6 Feb

Like I mentioned before, I don’t really care who won the Super Bowl. I had friends that were Giants’ fans, but I hate New York sports so  I was pretty neutral on that, and I don’t have any feelings for the Patriots. Except that I don’t think Tom Brady is attractive at all and I don’t understand the hype at all, but congrats on landing Giselle. Still, it’s a fun day and a fun game, so live and let live!

Here is my roundup from last night’s big ol’ football game. The bests, the worsts and of course the commercials. Can’t forget the commercials.

Bests

1. Kelly Clarkson
I’m not even a Kelly Clarkson fan, and I can tell you that homegirl rocked it. Honestly, I was the first one to say how unexcited I was to see her singing the National Anthem, but she was awesome. She looked amazing and she didn’t do that annoying, famous chick-singer thing where they have to add a million “ooooohs” and “woooohs” after every syllable, turning the National Anthem into a bad skat performance. Get it, girl.

2. The Puppy Bowl!
A full day of puppies playing around, accompanied by micro pig cheerleaders, a kitten half time show, a tweeting bird, dog tailgaters and a hamster-powered blimp. What could be any better than that? Let me answer that: literally nothing.

3. Super snacks
We hosted the Super Bowl this year, and our foods were the best. I made my Buffalo Chicken Dip, which went over big. My brother’s girlfriend made awesome Taco dip, we had wings, shrimp, tons of chips, clams casino. Oh yeah, we kicked Super Bowl’s butt.

Luckiest ref ever.

4. Pre-Sports
This year’s Super Bowl day kicked off early for me, with a Chelsea-Manchester United game in the morning, followed by the Flyers-Rangers, followed by some pre-game Puppy Bowl action. Sure Chelsea ended up taking their 3-0 lead and flushing it down the toilet, and the Flyers lost (again), but a day of sad outcomes in sports is still better than nothing!

5. The beer spread
No Keystone at this house. Our party was packed with awesome beers, like Yuengling, Smuttynose and Yards. I even got to kick off the Super Bowl morning with Mikkeller’s All Other’s Pale Ale, a gift from my boss and fellow beer-lover. Delicious day.

Worsts

1. The Giants’ endless injuries
Don’t worry, I’m not so heartless that their injuries actually annoyed me.  I just hate seeing injuries. They stress me out more than they should for the average person. I spend the entire game thinking about the injured player, then pretty much bracing for the next injury. There was an insane amount of injuries yesterday. I was a total wreck.

2. Madonna’s weird dance moves
Maybe I’m not a Madonna fan. No, I’m definitely not a Madonna fan. And I really wasn’t into Madonna’s super-slow-paced, entirely-lip-synced performance last night. It’s a live performance, woman! Sing! Then she comes out in these crazy, gladiator-meets-who-knows-what outfit and does these crazy poses for five minutes, raising her arms up after every single move as if to say ‘Hey! Look what I did!’  Then MIA made a pathetic attempt at being edgy by- apparently- flipping off the camera? No one I know saw it, and it’s just plain stupid to try that hard. MIA, I used to think you were cool, but now I’m not so sure. The whole thing was one big borefest. Should have gotten Bruce Springsteen.

3. The number of times they played “Moves Like Jagger”
We get it, “The Voice” is on after the Super Bowl. Please stop reminding us every single time there is a break in the game! You just came off as desperate, NBC.

4. That rubber-band-jumping-guy during the half time show
Apparently he is called a “slack line dancer.” I don’t care what he calls himself, that dude was weird and pointless. The sneakers, curly hair and toga didn’t do much to help me not be confused. What a stinker of a half-time show!

Best commercials
I was not a fan of all of the Super Bowl promoters premiering their commercials online before the Super Bowl… mainly because I watched them all which took away some of the funny. I would have loved the Ferris Beuller spoof or Jerry Seinfeld’s zipline had they not already been available a week before yesterday. But there were some standouts, like Bud Light’s Wigo, and these others.

1. Will Arnett’s Hulu Commercial
I have been on an Arrested Development kick on Netflix recently, so I laughed way too loudly in front of the house full of people when Arnett dropped “THIS IS A $3,000 SUIT COME ON!” at the end. Anyone that has watched Arrested Development will definitely appreciate this.

2. Mr. Quiggly and his moon walk
Look at Mr. Quiggly!!!!!!! He’s so cute and speedy in his little sneakers!!!!!!!! Enough said.

3. Clint Eastwood going America all over the place
This commercial made me want to run out, buy a denim jacket, and build something. Props to Clint Eastwood, for totally bringing the America out in me with a raging passion.

4. The 30 Rock Pizza Hut promo
Lutz’s Pizza Hut shout out at the end was hilarious, as was Lemon’s awesome outfit. I have to admit, even the commentators’ tacky jokes afterwards warmed my heart.

5. Super dog
Put a dog in a commercial and I’m pretty much done.Especially when they’re so darn cute. When this little guy looks shamefully at himself in the mirror I almost cried. And then it ends with a Star Wars reference? You can’t go wrong in this commercial.

Best Part of the Super Bowl

5 Feb

I couldn’t care less for either team in the Super Bowl this year. Then again, it was still the Super Bowl, so of course we had a party, cooked a crapload of food and watched it.

My favorite part of the Super Bowl? Why, the NBC musical number of course!

http://www.nbc.com/assets/video/widget/widget.html?vid=1383310

Vide-OH! of the Day

31 Jan


I know I’ve been posting a ton of videos lately, and not much else, but I’ve been gearing up for my … drum roll… 100TH POST! Which is guaranteed to be big and long and full of awesome things. So here is my latest discovery.

Kristen Bell and Ellen are insanely adorable, and I was cracking up. Enjoy…

Just One More Reason to Love “30 Rock”

27 Jan

Check out my boo, the Phillie Phanatic making a PHANTASTIC appearance on last night’s episode of 30 Rock. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love every episode of 30 Rock, but with the addition of my Philly boyfriend and the mock-“Valentine’s Day” preview in the beginning, that might have been the best episode I’ve seen since the season 3 Christmas special.

Check out the (definitely pirated) video here!

The Laws of the Twitter-verse

25 Jan

In the last year I have really gotten into Twitter (see my tweets on the right). It was a great way to apply to jobs and stay connected to the news, plus sometimes celebrities post funny YouTube videos.

I’d love to say I’ve gotten pretty acclimated to Twitter.  I understand the unwritten rules, I know the best tweeters and I know which ones to avoid. So I’m here to spread my knowledge unto you, to broaden your minds with my tweetdom.

5 Twitter Don’ts

1. #LearnHowToHashTag
#PuttingAFullSentenceInAHashTagIsPointless. I’m sorry, it just drives me nuts. The point of a hash tag is to relay a topic that could interest other tweeters. If you click your hash tag, and there are no other trending tags, you are doing it wrong! For example, “Man I really love #WillSmith. Big Willie Style all the way!” Below is just one of the many bad hash tags I see every day. Learn from me, it will change your Twitter world.

2. Avoid shameless RT’s
Just because a celebrity RT’s your desperate cry for attention does not mean that they know or care about you. I feel like if the re-tweet option was used correctly, we could actually have celebrities give valid responses from time to time. And, no, I’m not saying it’s bad to give a shout-out to your favorite artist, (Will Smith, maybe? I love Will Smith too much and he doesn’t have a Twitter, breaks my heart.) I’m saying that posting “@Madonna RT PLEASE!?” is annoying for everyone, especially Madonna (but then again I don’t know her life).

3. Leave out the little details
I seriously don’t care what breakfast cereal you had this morning. I don’t need to know that you’re on your way to the gym and there’s sooo much traffic. I, and the rest of the world, don’t care. Found 50 bucks? That’s cool, let me know about it! Karate-kicked a martian? Post a pic! Baking brownies? Save it for a text to your mom.

4. Wrap It Up
There’s a reason tweets were made to contain 140 characters. Keep it short, keep it sweet. Like this segment, which is Twitter-size.

5. Stop being so cryptic
Oh my gosh, if another girl posts a quote from a Nicholas Sparks book about love. If you are trying to tell a man you have a crush on him, he will not be able to tell from your obnoxious song lyric that you posted on line. Save the drama for… anywhere but a public social networking site. It’s embarrassing, ladies.

5 Best Tweeters

1. @Old Man Search
Basically a man told his 82-year-old father that Twitter is the Google search bar, so it’s a collection of all the things he thinks he is actually Googling. I love the elderly. This will make you laugh, I guarantee it.

2. @Fake Yahoo News
I’m not going to act like I’m not still totally addicted to Yahoo news, but they are known for having some seriously stupid stories. This is a hilarious parody of all those crappy “newsworthy” stories that seem to be smothering our Interwebs.

3. @Kanye West
He doesn’t post too often anymore, but his tweets are so unintentionally hilarious and over-the-top. I like to picture him saying these things out loud in his rapper voice, makes me laugh even harder.

4. @Zach Galifianakis
Subtly hilarious, with a few of those moments that make you think, “Oh my gosh, can he say that!?” all while making you crack up. Check out his Tumblr too, just as funny.

5. @ Shit Girls Say
Yeah I know, I’ve already mentioned that this trend is donezo. But this is still undeniably funny. I say all of these things, often. And to make it better, I never ever hear men say them. I hope they never stop tweeting.

5 Worst Tweeters

1. @Ricky Gervais
Of course I am a Ricky Gervais fan. He’s hilarious and English. I actually met Ricky Gervais at the premiere of “Night at the Museum 2” (see the awesome picture on my right) and he was a genuinely nice and funny guy during the 2 minute conversation we shared. I love his work, love his Podcasts and hate his Twitter account. I tried to like it so badly, because I like him so much, but after several months of watching him argue about religion with a bunch of followers I couldn’t take it anymore.

I don’t follow any particular religions myself, but I also don’t insist on shoving my beliefs down anyone’s throats, and I can’t stand when anyone else (Christian, Jewish, Atheist, Agnostic, anything) tries to do the same. It’s a pointless argument with no end. I followed Gervais to laugh about his dumb friend Karl, not watch him fight about the existence of a god.

2. @Kim Kardasian
Kim Kardashian is a freaking idiot. That whole family is just plain unbelievable. I could rant and rave, but I’ll hold back. Anyway, if you want to see a spoiled rich girl whine about her big life issues while using bad grammer, be sure to follow Kim. Go to college, kids.

3. @Chris Brown
If you need a reminder of how much of a douchebag (and I use that word because I have no other way to really get across the personality of him) Chris Brown is, just look at his intro on his twitter account. Sorry, but I have zero respect for a person that beats women, then snaps every time someone calls him out on it, then just retweets all of the compliments other idiots send him. The guy obviously needs people patting him on the back reminding him of what he once was, it’s embarrassing.

4. @Alec Baldwin
I’m an Alec Baldwin girl. There are few things more attractive than a smooth-talking man with a nice haircut in a suit. But I’m also not into politics. This falls into line with the Ricky Gervais account. Too much politics, too much time spent forcing his ideals onto me, not enough “30 Rock” jokes.

5. @Paris Hilton
I know what you’re thinking, guys. Erica, how could you possibly name Paris Hilton as annoying!? Well, sadly folks, it is true. Strike one is when she brands herself as an “actress, singer, business woman and author” in her “About me” section. Strike two is her use of herself in underwear as her wallpaper. Strike three is her terribly repetitive use of smiley faces, exclamation points, and over-the-top optimism. And I’m out.

Cutest Book Ever

24 Jan

I’ve never been much of a girly girl.

Let me rephrase that: I am girly, but when around my female friends I somehow end up being extremely non-girly. That never seemed to be a problem when surrounded by my infinite number of gay friends in high school (oh yeah, I was the epitome of a teenage Grace Adler. I absolutely loved it, and my date and I looked awesome at prom, so there.), but now my conversations have switched from fashion and hunky celebs to finding out if Bryzgalov of Bobrovsky is in goal tonight. So, yeah, I’ve steered more towards the tomboy style in my later years, but I still love a lot of girly stuff. Fashion, shopping, adorable anything and Mindy Kaling’s book.

“Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? And Other Concerns” is a genuinely cute and funny book. Written by The Office’s Mindly Kaling (comedy writer who also plays ultimate girly-girl Kelly Kapoor on the show), it is basically a collection of essays about her life and personal beliefs and memories. Sounds heavy huh? It’s actually not, it’s just adorable. It’s a series of thoughts and stories that are so embarrassingly true to every girl’s own personal life, the things you were always kind of nervous to say out loud but were always thinking.

My favorite part? Definitely her chapter on love and weddings. It was just the moment for me that showed how much sense and how much heart she really had. In it she says:

“In real life, shouldn’t a wedding be an awesome party you throw with your great pal, in the presence of a bunch of your other friends? A great day, for sure, but not the beginning and certainly not the end of your friendship with a person you can’t wait to talk about gardening with for the next forty years.”

You. Go. Girl. Everything I’ve ever felt about love and marriage summed up into one neat mini-paragraph. Yeah, I got choked up when I read that for the first time, so what?

This book ends up putting you into a scene, giving you the general feeling that you’re sitting around on a big comfy (probably pink) couch with Mindy, wearing sweatpants, drinking wine and just dishing about life. Which is great because she seems like an all-around fabulous girl and the exact person I would want to force my girly side out. Homegirl’s got spunk, and she rocks it.

P.S. Mindy, if you happen to read this, it actually took me a little more than 2 months to read your book. Yes, I know there is something wrong with that, but I had a lot of episodes of “Bridezillas” to catch up on in between.

Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin!

17 Jan

That’s right everyone. It is Benny Frank’s b-day! Let’s go crazy!

I love Benjamin Franklin, he’s my dude. Seriously though, I’m his number one fan. So much so that I had his poster up in my dorm room until (several) room mates told me it was weird and I took it down. My pet turtle (may he rest in piece) was named Benjamin Franklin, and I like to think he was smarter because of it. And now, settled into my office like the working girl that I am, ol’ Ben sits behind me, looking great as always.

If you have the time or the enthusiasm, hop onto Amazon’s Kindle site. They have free classic e-books available, a really good spread that also includes Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography. It’s fascinating, and free, so give it a go!

Happy birthday, Ben. You’re the man.

She Has Arrived!

8 Jan

Praise the heavens! All Hail! Now Putchya Hands Up!

Jay Z and Beyonce’s child has arrived!

Who hasn’t been psyched about the birth of the music god and goddess’s child? Mainly because this kid is going to be so awesome in so many ways that I can’t even explain. Their first streak of awesomeness was expected to be her (a baby girl, obviously) name. Keyword: expected.

Jay Z and Beyonce could have named their kid anything amazing: Money, Platinum, Badass. Want to know what they went with?

Blue Ivy Carter.

Come on, guys! What a disappointment. Blue is a color, not a name. Where’s the  power behind that?

If you were super, duper rich, powerful, successful, and amazing what would you name your kid? I think I would name them something normal, like Anne or Mike or something, just to throw people off.