Tag Archives: Mad Men

Taking the Throne

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I appreciate great TV dramas. From Mad Men (back April 6!) and Downton Abbey to The Good Wife and Homeland, I cannot get enough. Which is why I found myself wondering what was next when I finished The Newsroom series (note, I love everything about that series). After perusing on HBO OnDemand, I figured it was time to see this Game of Thrones business.

I’ve been fighting the GOT lifestyle for a while. After seeing a few clips, I thought there’s absolutely no way I can get in to this show. I had no idea who was who, who was related to whom and what storyline each character carried until probably the seventh episode. But I’m hooked. I cannot stop. While I’ve never really been a fan of medieval period pieces, I cannot turn away. The storylines are deep and rich and frankly, completely unpredictable. While I have yet to find a character that truly “gets” me, I still constantly think about what’s going on in the Seven Kingdoms. Though I think that’s because I’m so drawn to Peter Dinklage‘s character:

After successfully powering through the first two seasons, I find myself eagerly awaiting season 3’s return. Thankfully, a trailer leaked today. Just have a month and a week to hang tight.

The Return of the Rock

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After a long hiatus (but not nearly as long as Mad Men‘s), 30 Rock graced the screen again. Amanda and I ordered takeout, uncorked some wine and enjoyed seeing Liz, Jack, Tracy, Jenna and Kenneth all together again. There’s just something about a comedy that you can comfortably watch with your parents, friends, partners, bosses, etc. The writing is just fantastic and it’s a show I’ve never been disappointed with, especially with all of the guest stars that just happen to swing by.

While watching, my friend LeBaron texted me saying “Um. The day is almost coming when I may think about comparing you to Liz Lemon…” It’s an honor many people have told me. Mainly because we both wear glasses, are funny, witty, completely comfortable with ourselves, have just bizarre dating stories and dance to our own beats. But as LeBaron pointed out, these aren’t the things that sealed the deal for him. “The dancing and spraining the ankle did something to contribute. And the joint pain medication.”

Could this be the season Liz finds love while dealing with arthritic joints?

Weighing In

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It’s day three of the New Year, which means gyms are still packed beyond belief and everyone’s still believing that this is the year I will change _(insert something). I’m all for people making a positive change in their life, but I can’t help but wonder at what price they take their bodies, minds and emotional well-beings to get to this idea of “perfection.”

Case in point: While biking and waiting for my laundry to finish, a girl, in her pajamas, walked into the workout room, stepped on the scale, made a humph! noise and stormed off.

As I saw all of this go down, I felt so incredibly sad for the girl. It wasn’t because she wore her pajamas out of her apartment (slippers included), though that makes me sad too. It was the fact she felt compelled to storm down there at that exact moment in time to find out her number. I’m not a pillar of physically fit, but I’m healthy. Could I stand to lose a few pounds? Sure. But my clothes fit me and so do my curves.

I fear the New Year and the fact we become numbers obsessed, and it’s not because tax season is right around the corner. Because the number and your happiness don’t always match up. That being said, while I’d love to lose XX pounds for Lisa’s wedding in July, I just want to be able to build up my endurance to climb a Fourteener with Jeremy. Some of us were just made to have curves, which is why I know I would have rocked the offices of Mad Men.

In My Own Words

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This is pretty spot on. And as everyone will tell you, my accessory is for sure a British Accent. Or singing Disney songs. via copyranter

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

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Your It List had a bunch of their contributors write in on their favorite things of 2010. I wasn’t asked this year, but there’s always next year, so I stole their questions and will answer them here.

Favorite Film
As a film addict, this is a dangerous question. A very dangerous question. We saw two much anticipated serial movies in Harry Potter and Toy Story. Black Swan is just as crazy good as everyone says it is. And the Film Fest delivered some gems in Trust and Nice Guy Johnny this year. If I’m going mega blockbuster style, I’ll have to throw in Inception as well. So really, this year delivered in movies for me. But okay, hands down favorite that I want everyone to see?  Conviction and/or The Town. Ben Affleck proved he’s still got it in Town (both on camera and behind) and Hilary Swank delivers another character driven piece in Conviction.

Favorite Album
It’s no surprise how much I love Mumford & Sons. But sadly, Sigh No More came out in 2009, at least, that’s when I first heard about it, then it crossed over the pond to here. That’s probably the album I listened to the most this past year. And then David Gray‘s Foundling wasn’t a personal fav, but it sure was when he played it live in Millennium Park this past summer. But Brandon Flowers‘  Flamingo was quite surprising and duh, Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy proved he’s still got it. Favorite: Kanye.

Favorite Book
I really got into non-fiction books this year and the best was Jerry Weintraub’s When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead. He literally knows or did know anyone worth anything in Hollywood. And his stories are insane. He’ll make you rethink your sales techniques. Close runner up: Jonathan Tropper This is Where I Leave You.

Favorite TV Show
30 Rock will forever be a favorite/staple in my life. But I’m so excited I finally hopped on the Modern Family bandwagon. Also to note: Mad Men really delivered this past season. So props goes out to the people of Sterling, Cooper, Pryce & Draper.

Favorite Twitterer
He was late coming in the game, but man, he is fantastic. @lord_voldemort7

“Horcruxes before hoes”

Runner Up: @preschoolgems

“I fell because I high-fived so hard.”

Favorite YouTube Video
Every week a fantastic one comes out. But this one from Google that premiered during the Super Bowl is epic. And it also has paved the way for the latest Google Ad.

Most excited for in 2011
Having one W-2 form. After multiple years of multiple jobs, I’m ecstatic to have just one for the 2011 year.

Who you want to kiss at NYE
Jake Gyllenhaal. But I’m sure he won’t be where I am. But just in case, I’ll be sure to curl my eyelashes!

Holiday Gift
Seeing as Edward Burns broke my camera during the Film Fest (yea, I’m never going to let this one go or stop believing it), I should probably get a digital camera. But Mom did get me some stellar rubber boots for the Chicago winter!

Do and You Shall Reap

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It’s no secret. I am an addict. Like the first time I hear it’s available, I just start twitching for it. It replaces my sleep, social life and eating habits. It’s volunteering.

I’m not sure at what point in my life volunteering became such a big deal, but alas, it did. And since I’ve moved to Chicago, I’ve done some pretty cool things, from tutoring, to reading programs, to newspaper reading with Seniors, to the Marathon, to Art on Track, to the Half-Marathon, Urbanathlon, to the Film Festival. I just can’t turn down a chance to get out of my comfort zone and do something I normally would never do.

Not to mention, I have met some fantastic people. Insanely fantastic people. They’ve become a new circle of friends in my life and frankly, I couldn’t imagine a life where they didn’t exist. And reaped some pretty stellar benefits.

Case in point: this past weekend, I used vouchers for a Chicago International Film Festival show, Nice Guy Johnny, directed by Edward Burns. Last year, I dragged Maggie to a terrible film (Mammoth), so I knew I really needed to make it up to her.

I noticed they also were having an after party with Edward Burns right after the film showing. So I finagled to get us on the VIP list. It only worked since the staff regards me as a SuperStar Volunteer, a title I’m happy to wear.

Needless to say, after the fantastic film (it’s available on iTunes, so hop to it!)  and Q&A, Mags and I headed to Sub51 for the all-inclusive party. We sipped some fantastic Grey Goose cocktails and caved and bought food (it was a smart move for sure). We sat across from Mr. Burns all night and finally, I had the courage to go up to him and talk, while bringing Maggie with me of course!

Hanna: Hello Edward Burns, my name’s Hanna and I simply loved you in Saving Private Ryan
Edward Burns: Thank God you did not say The Holiday or 27 Dresses.
Hanna: Hahahahaha. I seriously loved Private Ryan! Oh, since you’re leaving, real quick, a picture?
EB: Of course!

(Insert camera breaking, insert phone camera not working)

EB: Oh sorry ladies.
Hanna: What did you do to our technology pieces?!
Maggie: Get Mary to take it!
Hanna: Edward, third time’s the charm! And let’s get Mr. Mad Men in this photo!
EB: Yea, Don Draper, get over here!

A few things happened before we got this gem.

1) I put in some serious hours with the Film Fest, both this year and last year.
2) I asked and I received. And more importantly, I asked the right people.
3) The Staff was carting EB out of the party (he’s an old 42 after all!), but let Maggie and I be the last ones to receive pics with EB.
4) I struck up conversation with a random girl next to us, who in turn, became our photo angel and emailed me the photos immediately.

Moral: Get out, do things. Befriend someone you normally wouldn’t.

Note: Last night, Maggie and I went to see David Schwimmer‘s film Trust. And I befriended the most giddy girls in the theatre. I mean, thanks to them, I got red carpet photos without looking like a psychopath. And his film was fantastic. It gets distribution next Spring, so be on the look out. I can’t remember the last time I saw a film that just left me utterly speechless.

Up next: Dinner at the Four Seasons for Chicago Cares (the volunteer organization I work on behalf) award ceremony. I think it’s safe to say, Maggie and I would normally not spend a Monday night at this establishment.

Almost time for some Pete, Don and Roger

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I can still remember the first summer Mad Men came out. I didn’t know if I could like a show from AMC (they showed old timer movies), but figured since it was about the ad world, I would probably like it.

I loved it. Became addicted from the get go. Got my dad addicted, then my mom (she waits until they come out on DVD for Netflix since she doesn’t have cable…dedication). The characters of the show are so intriguing and the actors really dive into those characters and deliver. I feel like every episode I have a new favorite character to watch.

My two staples are Pete and Joan. Joan, for obvious reasons (one being when I wear a high-waisted skirt like her, I tend to look like her): from knocking some sense into her hubby with the vase to the accordion skills to the way she talks to Peggy on her first day, I just cannot get enough of Red. Pete, despite being pretty sleazy from the first season, I think has grown the most as any character on the show (aside from Betty). He’s got some fantastic one-liners and I always enjoy his facial expressions when Don or Roger put him in his place. Plus his dancing with Trudy last season was just too fantastic.

AMC now has a job interview quiz to tell you where you would fit into the new agency of Sterling Cooper Pryce Draper. And mine? Copywriter. Let’s hope Marketing Werks feels the same way.

Here’s a nice little bit from one Jessica Liss. The cast:

Betty—-Jessica
Don—–Gordon
Joan—-Hanna
Roger–Tyler

Per usual, click here to be directed to the vid.