I went through a period in my late teens/early 20s of being angry at romantic comedies and fairy tales like Cinderella. I felt that stories of grand romantic gestures and utterly perfect men rescuing damsels in distress set us up for defeat in our own relationships.
Where is the brooding hunk breaking out into a rendition of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” in front of the entire school? Or the millionaire waving a bouquet of flowers out the moon roof of a white limo? I have yet to see, in real life, the geeky, bespectacled girl who tosses her glasses and lets down her ponytail, only to catch the eye of the most popular boy in school. Have you?
It wasn’t until I met my current boyfriend/partner of fourteen years that I started to figure it out. That we are all flawed and it’s figuring out which flaws are deal-breakers and which ones you can live with, that make relationships work.
It’s the exploration of these deeper themes, in a totally humorous way, that make Don Jon worth seeing. Yes, it’s a movie about a guy addicted to porn but that’s such a watered-down descriptor. It’s really about how the pop culture images that bombard us on a daily basis affect our views on relationships. How skewed our perception has become due to the false realities created in TV and film.
For his directorial/writing debut, Joseph Gordon-Levitt knocked it out of the park. Yes, there is a lot of porn featured in the film, so it’s not appropriate for the kiddos, but he cuts it in such a way that it’s not over-the-top or gratuitous. I’d say the montage at the beginning of Wedding Crashers, filled with nothing but boobs, was more graphic.
As a part of the Cleveland Cinemas member rewards program, Marquee Rewards, I’ve been lucky to see Don Jon twice in advance screenings and I laughed just as hard the second time and loved it just as much.
It’s one of those movies that sparks real conversations. And really, isn’t that the point? If you leave the theater with nothing to say about the film, why bother?
Have any of you seen Don Jon? What are your thoughts on the movie? Did you love Julianne Moore’s character and hate Scarlett Johansson’s, like I did?
Disclosure: I received free passes to the Don Jon screenings as a Cleveland Cinemas Marquee Rewards member but that has nothing to do with this blog.
Remember when I gushed about my adoration of Bethenny Frankel? Well, I was thrilled to get the chance to meet Bethenny when she came to Cleveland during her “Calling All My Girls” Tour to promote her new talk show, bethenny.
It was a fun event, filled with lots of Skinnygirl cocktails and wine. Side note: Prior to the event I had only tried Skinnygirl Margarita and was NOT a fan but, I’m happy to report that Skinnygirl Moscato is delicious (and I’m not really a sweet wine kind of gal)! I had a just-as-excited-to-meet-Bethenny date in Katrina and lots of our CLE blogger friends were in attendance. Bethenny sure knows how to throw a party.
My only disappointment was when it came time to actually “meet” Bethenny. It was a scene straight out of A Christmas Story, with handlers shuffling us along like cattle (Come on kid! Store’s closing!), grabbing our purses, cameras and drinks, while we got a whole second to take our photo with Bethenny. It happened so fast, I may have pulled a Ralphie and just spurted, “I’m such a fan!”
Granted, I realize her time is precious and the event planners needed to keep the line moving but I was still let down by that moment I so looked forward to. Plus, for some reason, they gave bloggers badges that said “Blogger” but it ended up meaning nothing as far as I can tell. At least I have a professional photo of it since the guy who grabbed my camera took a picture of someone else meeting Bethenny. Cue the sad trombone!
Regardless of that, I’ve been tuning in to bethenny every day during premiere week and it has not disappointed in the slightest. She’s her off-the-cuff, real self. A total natural, talking about women’s issues and topics in a way that feels like a typical conversation with my girlfriends. Needless to say, the show has a permanent spot in my DVR season pass list.
Have you tuned in to bethenny? What do you think of the show? Have you ever had a not-so-momentous meeting with someone you’re a fan of?
It’s been a rough morning at ALU Headquarters. Last night we celebrated the boyfriend’s birthday in a most intoxicating way. A small party at home to welcome him to a new decade.
One of the first things I learned about him, over fourteen years ago, is that the man loves ice cream. More specifically, ice cream cake. He used to buy ice cream cakes from Dairy Queen for no special occasion. Just to have them.
So when his big 4-0 rolled around, I knew he needed a special cake. And thankfully we have an amazing artisinal ice cream shop nearby that specializes in just that. Sweetie Fry in Cleveland Heights is known for their unique, handmade ice cream flavors and entree french fries. My personal faves, Maple Bacon and Goat Cheese with nuts and honey.
In addition to traditional potato fries, they make funnel cake fries that become the base of the Sweetie Fry Ice Cream Cake. Topped with a layer of French Toast ice cream (one of the bf’s faves), it’s one ridiculously decadent treat.
We served this to a group of about 20 last night and every.single.one of them RAVED about it. It’s truly phenom and takes ice cream cake to a whole new level. If you live in the Cleveland area or come for a visit, I highly recommend an ice cream pit stop at Sweetie Fry.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Do you like the more unique flavors or the old standards? If you’re from the area, have you been to Sweetie Fry?
So, I had planned for this post to be about all the fun I had running the Run or Dye race yesterday. But someone (that would be me), didn’t read the Groupon she purchased correctly and didn’t actually register for the race. Whoops! Attention to detail is clearly my strong suit.
Anyway, I think it turned out for the best that I didn’t run. I was in no way, shape or form prepared for it. And that needs to change!
Let’s back up a second. If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that over two years ago, I started a journey towards better health by joining Weight Watchers and exercising. In a year, I managed to lose 55 pounds, which was awesome. Then came last summer’s plateau.
Realizing that Zumba wasn’t cutting it, I decided to try the Couch to 5k running program. There are a ton of great apps that make it really easy to follow (search for C25K). I prefer RunDouble but there are free ones as well.
Now, let me preface this by saying that outside of “running” the mile in gym class, I hadn’t run at all since high school. But for some reason, this program worked for me and I found myself enjoying running. Not something I EVER expected to say. I wasn’t losing weight but I also didn’t gain while enjoying fun summer foods and my favorite craft beers.
Then, my friend Katrina convinced me to join the Liver Life Challenge program to run the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. I’ll admit, I was a bit into my cups when I agreed but I registered sober. As daunting as it sounds, the program was actually an amazing experience. I met some great people, raised money for a worthy cause and, thanks to the training program and the best coach ever, Heather, I was in the best shape of my life.
Then came the harsh, harsh winter. My clumsy ass was not about to break something running in snow and ice. I had already injured myself tripping on a perfectly clear sidewalk (just another in a long line of falls), so I wasn’t taking any chances. So, when I returned from Disney in January I threw myself, head first, into spinning. I have a great gym nearby and spinning is a fantastic calorie torch.
Oh, but spinning five days a week in no way prepared me for running outside once the weather turned nice and my gym membership expired. I went out, all cocky, thinking I could blow through a 5k with no problem. Um, running a mile made me want to pass out and die. Pathetic! So what did I do? Did I rally? Hell no!
Some major, life-altering shit was going down at the same time so I hung up my sneakers, found comfort in food and essentially buried my head in the sand (as I tend to do). I’m sure you noticed that posting was lax, to put it nicely, from April to June. Yeah, there’s a reason for that.
So that brings us to today. After ignoring the inevitable for way too long, I stepped on the scale yesterday. To no one’s surprise, it wasn’t great. It was, in fact, a giant reality check. Without running and exercise to offset my not-so-great, of late, eating habits, a few pounds crept back on (more like 10). Well, that’s just unacceptable. I worked too hard to go backwards.
So, starting tomorrow, rain or shine, I’m getting back on track with exercise and healthy eating. I’m going back to Day 1 of C25k and tracking everything I eat in my WW app and when I do my next 5k, I’ll be running the whole way.
Have any of you completed C25k? What about a half marathon? When you slip in your healthy living routine, how do you get back on track?
Unless you’ve never seen Bravo (in which case, WHAT do you talk to your friends about?), you know who Bethenny Frankel is. The quick-witted, driven, hilariously funny woman who worked her ass off to turn Skinnygirl into an empire.
To steal a phrase from Wendy Williams, Bethenny is my “friend in my head.” I’ve been following her career from Martha Stewart’s The Apprentice, to RHONY to Bethenny, Getting Married? and Bethenny, Ever After and even watched that horrifyingly bad Skating With The Stars because she was on it.
During the seemingly endless lull between seasons, I kept lamenting that there wasn’t enough Bethenny in my daily life. Well, that ends September 9th with the debut of bethenny, her weekday talk show. I.CAN.NOT.WAIT!!
The clip below is one of the many reasons I’m a Bethenny fan. She’s fearless, letting people to see her in her natural state and experimenting with beauty, not knowing how it will turn out. Is her hair perfect in the end? No, but it’s also not some contrived segment where, in the end, her hair looks red carpet ready in a way we can never recreate. It’s real, it’s honest, it’s Bethenny. Her site is filled with gems like this.
Even better news, she’s coming to Cleveland, August 26th, as part of her Calling All My Girls Tour. She’s hitting nine cities leading up to the premiere, hosting exclusive fan events in each one. You have to tune in to your local affiliate to get tickets so head on over to Bethenny.com for all the details.
I really hope I get to meet her. Even though August 26th is the boyfriend’s birthday, he told me I should go (if I get a ticket) because he knows how much I adore Bethenny. Is he the best, or what??