“I see that I am a little piece of a big, big universe, and that makes it right.”
Earlier this week, I finally got around to watching Beasts of the Southern Wild. I’ve wanted to see it since it began receiving so many nominations for various award shows (no, I am not going to try to pretend that I was “in the know” about this movie before then) however it never happened. I’d heard very negative reviews of the movie from some people and Matt didn’t seem too excited about it — apparently he is 6-year-old and he only wants to see super hero movies like Iron Man 3 and Man of Steal, the new superman movie. Anyway, I just never watched it. Then one day I decided to put it on our Netflix queue. It arrived on May 28th and has been sitting on my desk since.
Finally, on Monday night I decided to watch it because Matt was working late and there wasn’t anything good on tv. I can not tell you how amazing I found this movie. I can’t believe it took me so long to watch it and I want to do everything in my power to urge you to watch it.
If you aren’t familiar with the plot, Beast of the Southern Wild tells the story of a young girl (Hushpuppy) who lives with her father in “the bathtub.” The Bathtub is an off-the-grid, flooded Delta community in Louisiana, isolated from the rest of civilization by a levy. Those that live in the Bathtub eat chicken and shrimp, forage through garbage for supplies and drink whisky with abandon. They play music and set off displays of fireworks; children are reared communally. There is celebration when a baby is born and when someone dies and for the moments in between. The movie tells the story of their community and the threat it faces every time a storm comes through and completely floods the area.
The movie use both a magical and realist lens to capture Hushpuppy’s perception of her chaotic world. The film attempts to tackle a painful reality of this life through the understanding of a child (Hushpupy). The film presents beautiful imagery and characters that are so real, I was left in tears. I haven’t seen a movie this powerful in a long time – however, there is a bit of an artistic twist that might not appeal to everyone. But I still encourage you to see it as this is one of those rare movies that allows your to see the world through a very different lens and certainly made me think about things a bit differently.
New York City is often referred to as an Urban Jungle; however, this weekend we had the opportunity to visit the real Urban Jungle, the Bronx Zoo!
For Christmas this past year, Matt and I gave his younger sister a trip to NYC. At the time it was probably a let down. I mean, I would definitely rather get some new clothes than I lame book filled with IOUs. But hopefully, after a weekend jammed packed with fun (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Burgers at Shake Shack, the zoo, etc) the wait seemed worth it.
The Bronx Zoo was definitely the highlight of the weekend for me. Seeing all of the animals up close was truly magical. Of course seeing the giraffes was my favorite, but I think that seeing the gorillas was a very close second.
I am sure there are people out there who will argue that zoos are inhuman and what not. I’m not knowledgable enough to fight that fight. So I will leave that to PETA.
(I can’t even talk about this)
I made this for dinner on Monday and Matt LOVED it.
I made a big batch of this – I think it will last me a lifetime.
I’m confident Abby could have powered through a few jellies.
If you are looking to do some trespassing, here are some good destinations.
I think a cruise ship is the last thing I would want named after me.
Awkward Father’s Day photos.
Magical firefly forest.
Over the weekend Matt and I went to the Governor’s Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island in NYC. Despite the rain on Friday that created a 4-6 inch deep mud field the remainder of the weekend, it was a lot of fun.
I tried to embrace the ever popular boho-hippie-chic look, although I have to admit I didn’t try very hard. I took a sparky running headband and instead of wearing it push my hair back, I wore it across my forehead – hippie style. I quickly realized that this wasn’t the smartest decision since it left an indent across my forehead. And, I looked a little silly.
Thankfully, I have two more weeks until this music festival. Hopefully that will give me enough time to perfect my look ;)
Well, it didn’t take much, but Matt and I are officially drinking the controversial Citi Bike kool-aid. This weekend we took the bikes out for a spin and ended up signing up for annual memberships.
On Saturday, after running down to Cold Process Coffee and getting injected with caffeine, we didn’t really feel like running home. Instead, we decided to test out the city’s new bike share program. After dipping our credit card and agreeing to follow the traffic laws, we were given codes to unlock our bikes.
The bikes are definitely A LOT clunkier and slower than a regular road bike but it didn’t bother me much. They are perfect for commuting and I am confident that they will be able to stand up NYC’s weather and grime.
We jumped on the bikes and road home on the path that runs along the Hudson. In about 15 minutes we were home. We had some difficulty locking our bikes into the station at 59th and West End, but luckily there was another station around the corner that accepted our bikes just fine.
Since we purchased a 24-hour membership, we had access to the bikes again on Sunday. This time we rode the bikes from 59th and Amsterdam down to brunch at 44st and 9th. While we could walk this distance, it is nearly a mile and the bikes got us there in approximately 7 minutes. After a delicious brunch at Marseille, we grabbed two more bikes from the rack and rode up to Columbus Circle. The first station we went to (57th and Broadway) was full, so we ended up riding two blocks down to 55th and Broadway – no big deal.
The bikes definitely make commuting around the city a bit more enjoyable and the recently added bike lanes make it pretty easy. I love biking, so I knew this program was probably going to be something that I enjoyed. However, the thing that I liked the most was taking control of my commute. While I do think NYC’s subway system is amazing, you are never quite sure how long you will have to wait for a train or when there might be delays. And with the traffic in the city – taxis are a shot in the dark. However, if you are up for it, Citibikes allow you as the commuter to take control. You can decide which route to take and, for the most part, you are able to zip through areas with heavy traffic (of course, following the traffic laws!). That being said – like most things in NYC, it all depends on whether or not tourists try to take part. Right now it is mostly enthusiastic New Yorkers participating in the program. When the newbies start hitting the streets,things might get worse. But hopefully, the fact that they have bike share programs in other cities around the world bodes well.
So while I know not everyone agrees, I say “Long Live City Bikes!”
Earlier this year I wrote about a coffee tasting that one of our friends hosted with a new line of gourmet coffee beans, Lamill. Well, I’m not going to say that my blog post gave our friend, Eric, the “press” and start he needed to take Lamill to a wider audience, but I will definitely let you think that if you want.
Eric recently opened Cold Process Coffee & Tea as part of the redevelopment of Pier 57. Pier 57 is a 170,000 square-foot covered, open-air public market. Business are housed in recycled and creatively refitted shipping containers. The market is New York’s first large-scale concentration of year-round, affordable work/sell space for artisans and other small businesses. Cold Process Coffee & Tea made their debut last month and have plans to be there through October. There are currently 4-5 other booths in the space with room to add more.
Cold Process Coffee is a unique way of steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period. This lends well to an espresso based iced coffee with more flavor and certainly more caffeine than regular iced coffee.
On Saturday, Matt and I decided to run down along the Hudson River to Eric’s new “office.” As you can see from the pictures, it is an incredible space (much too hip for Matt and me). The only suggestion I would make would be to add some delicious treats to the menu. The counter space looked a little lonely and I bet a homemade chocolate chip cookie and would go great with the iced coffee… now I wonder who you could ask to make you some (wink, wink).
It was very inspirational to see our friend taking a passion and turning it into a business. We were psyched to support Eric and definitely encourage anyone to stop by and get your daily caffeine fix. And who know’s — you just might wait in line behind a celebrity!
Flattered that Philip Seymour Hoffman visited Cold Process Coffee and Tea and like our Iced Latte #amazingactor
— Cold Process Coffe a (@ColdProcess) June 8, 2013