Girl Crush: Mindy Kaling + Harvard Law

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Mindy Kaling addressed the 2014 graduates of Harvard Law yesterday and I must admit, not since Elle Woods have I been more interested in Harvard Law. Thanks to Al Gore creating the Internet, we can all enjoy the speech without having to be a graduate or sneak our way into the commencement! The American Dream!

Kaling called them nerds, made fun of Obama (he says he went to Harvard Law), pretended to accept an honorary law degree, said the phrase “iTunes may own my ovaries” and threw out a spoiler or two for the next season of The Mindy Project. All in all, it’s wonderful so please pause for a few minutes, grab some chocolate and laugh with my girl.

XOXO,

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Nerd Alert: An App To Track Your Love Life?

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Leave it to Glamour to educate me on the latest part of life to track on the ole’ smart phone! Sure, I like to be aware of patterns so I can make note of what’s working and what’s not, and thanks to all the  recent apps it’s a whole lot easier to pretend to have pristine self discipline. I can get on board with tracking calories and sleep (or lack there of) but I’m not sure I can get on board with The Boyfriend Log. Yes, that is its actual name and yes, it does exactly what you think: monitors your day to day feelings for your bf.

According to Glamour, it goes like this:

Each day, you answer the question “How was your relationship today?” with a color-coded response that indicates if you’re feeling sad, happy, romantic, angry, or otherwise. Then, when you look back at the history of a month, you can see what the predominant emotion was.

Hmm. Call me old fashioned, but I much prefer scribbling in a journal the good, bad and funny of dating rather than tracking emotional patterns with colors a la first grade. Also, if you’re happy in said relationship is it really necessary to track how you both feel on the daily? I just can’t imagine any guy loving the idea of being more of a case study than a boyfriend, especially when the app requires a code to see daily progress. Awkward.

All in all I rather be spending time with my guy than analyzing how we spend our time.

Can I get an amen? Would you use this? Of course I want to know.

XOXO,

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Girl Crush: Barbara Walters

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This woman is a machine.

I affectionately call her Babs and often joke that she’s so old producers simply prop her up and make her mouth move, BUT let’s be real. Barbara Walters is the best in the business, and today, she’s signing off after five decades in television. FIVE DECADES. Do you know how much has happened in that span of time? She’s interviewed every president since Nixon, Monica Lewinsky (an estimated 50 million people tuned in), Fidel Castro, the Dalai Lama and every political figure and celebrity you can remember. In 1976 she became the first TV news anchor to make $1 million and in 2014 she’s leaving “The View” after producing and co-hosting since 1997. In true Barbara Walters fashion, ABC threw a massive last episode party with all her bffs and past co-hosts, oh and Oprah, to bid her adieu. Will this really be her retirement or will she pull a Larry King and just start an online show?

“I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain,” Barbara told the NYT. “I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women — and OK, some men too — who will be taking my place. I can’t wait to have unstructured time – to have lunch with the girlfriends, to go to a matinee if I feel like it, just to have that kind of freedom.”  

This September, I’ll turn 28 and Babs will turn 85. We both feel our legs are our best feature, enjoy interviewing interesting people and have an affinity for pearls paired with a nice pencil skirt. Thanks for the memories, Barbara, and here’s to being half of the BOSS you are.

Let’s go see a matinee soon.

 XOXO,

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What I’m Not Reading Right Now

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I love to read – when I have time, which usually means a few minutes before I fall asleep each night OR when on vacation. (Business trips are for magazines – ahem, research.) Next week I head to the beach for a little family time + R&R (!!!) so of course I’m gathering up some solid reads for my week in the sun. While it’s tough to pick just a couple to take with me, I’ve narrowed it down to a few I will not be reading anytime soon.

The Fault In Our Stars

I adore John Green and all of his fantastic nerdiness but I cannot bring myself to start this one for fear of slipping into a serious depression. Maybe I’ll make a rule that Friends has to be playing in the background while I read it in hopes of balancing out my emotional state?

Divergent series

I saw the first movie and actually really enjoyed it so why ruin the fun of the next movies by reading ahead?

Proof of Heaven

The whole premise of this NYT Bestseller is a neurosurgeon recounts his near death experience during a coma in hopes that we all might believe in heaven. Do we really need a paperback to persuade us to have the hope of heaven? I hope not.

Any book in the Game of Thrones series

I’ve seen all the previews and heard too many albeit entertaining synopses of the HBO series but I rather read Fifty Shades of Grey than embark on that series. Well, that’s a little dramatic but I have no interest in red weddings and seven kingdoms.

Stories I Only Tell My Friends

Rob Lowe gabbing about his journey from “painfully misunderstood child actor” to teen idol to overgrown teen idol. Also, that cover. I’ll pass.

If you’ve read any of these please feel free to convince me to change my ways. Your opinion matters.

XOXO,

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My Tattoo & Other Reasons My Mom Loves Me

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To know my mother is to love her, and while we’ve had our fair share of growing pains and yelling matches – I’m sure Kate and Goldie had plenty! – I love her beyond words. I don’t know if it’s becoming an adult (well, sort of) or the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday but I wanted to pass the mic to Cathy to share a little insight on being my mom. My only regret is that I didn’t record these so you lovely people could listen to her responses in that Southern drawl we all love and affectionally try to imitate…

B: What did you say when you found out you were pregnant with me?

C: I was so shocked….20 tests later.  I couldn’t wait to tell your father because we had waiting 2 1/2 years for that day!

B: Initial thoughts once I arrived?

C: When you were born, I kept thinking someone was going to come and get you.  I couldn’t believe you were mine and I really wasn’t sure what to do with you.

B: Hardest age to love me?

C: It’s never been hard to love you…now liking you was hard at times from about puberty to a few years ago…HA!

B: Did you absolutely hate when I would constantly remind you how old I was when I wanted to do something my own way? Example: “I know I’m 17, Mom.” 

C: We became very weary with the phrase ” I’m 18 and I can take care of myself!” It quickly moved onto age 19, 20… it reminded me when you were two and would stand and pout and say “NO” or “I do it by myself !”

B: Last time you wanted to kill me?

C: I guess the last time you mouthed back at me at church in front of the sweet little church lady, Mrs. Johnson. I think we were discussing the lack of length in your choice of skirts or it could have been the scoop of your neckline. *B: I have zero recollection of this.

B: Your thoughts when I got a tattoo?

C: I ate crow real fast, because a group of middle-aged moms had just discussed this topic the night before and I had made the statement that my daughter “would never” because she hated pain.  Well, never say never.  All I could think was that my beautiful daughter was now branded with a dirty looking expression of independence.

B: When did you realize I wasn’t a complete moron?

C: I have never thought you were a moron but your father and I did think you had been kidnapped by aliens at around age 16.  It has been nice to see you grow over the past few years and your about face in attitude, awareness of others needs, and depth of thought has been so wonderful.

B: How did I end with blonde hair and blue eyes? 

C: When you were born with blonde hair and blue eyes I was taken back a bit because your father and I have such dark hair and eyes.  However, I quickly learned that your great grandparents on both sides sported cool blue eyes and they had passed this beauty onto you.  As you grew and your hair darkened some it was clear that your personality needed the blonde hair to support itself..( remember the German Shepherd story) …so your stylist will be able to send her children to college with your highlight bills through the years.  That look perfects you!  *B: I will never tell the German Shepherd story – sorry I’m not sorry. 

B: Describe being a mom in one sentence.

C: The hardest job on earth with the greatest return!  Being completely absorbed in a precious soul 24/7 until death – you knew I had to get death in there…

B: Your most fun memory of us to date?

C: It’s hard to think of just one…I love all the fun things we share and am looking forward to many more!  One of my fondest memories is you singing at the top of your voice – up and down the aisles at Wall-Mart from the buggy.  You were about age 4 and people would stop to hear you and get onto me for trying to get you to sit down and sing quietly.

B: What do you most look forward to in our mother/daughter future?

C: Watching you become a mommy one day and being able to laugh as your little clones renact your childhood follies.  Also, I hope we can travel some together!

I’ll love you forever and always, Mom.

XOXO,

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Hello, May

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Warmer weather is finally here and in the words of Penny Lane – “It’s all happening.” This past winter felt like some sort of cruel joke but now with the longer days and the sun showing its shiny self more often than not I can’t help but be fifty shades of thankful.

Have you been outside lately? Make it a priority and soak in all those rays (with SPF, please). I spent the better part of Sunday at the park with the necessities – big blanket, good friends, big shades, solid book – and it did my soul, and freckles, so much good. There’s something about the first signs of summer that get me all warm and tingly for the coming months of fun. So gear up, break out the sundresses and seersucker, and welcome this new season with open arms.

If you need me, I’ll be outdoors until further notice.

XOXO,

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