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So after getting pretty at Eden Salon & Spa, I got ready for a night out with the girls at The Greene.  We started the evening at Pasha to eat before the show at Funny Bone.

We were going out for Jeanine’s birthday month and she seemed to love her “dream card” (she told us one day 3/4 the way through a jumbo margarita that it’s the card she’s always wanted to receive – the Mother’s Day card with the wire hangers mom on the front [my sister had to make it because it’s September and it’s hard to find humorous Mother’s Day cards this late/early depending on how you look at it]).

So where were we?  Oh we haven’t left Pasha yet.  We loved the food, as always, and the requisite Turkish coffee afterward (Tip:  Don’t drink it to the bottom, just don’t do it).  We took our first group photo of the night.

We made it to Funny Bone in plenty of time to be seated in the front and get our drinks ordered.  The show was super funny, which is great because we were all a little worried we wouldn’t know how to handle the situation if our friend, Corey, didn’t turn out to be very funny.

He was, so all awkwardness was avoided.  We took our second group photo of the night.

By the time we left Funny Bone, we could have called it a night but Jeanine was the lady in charge and she said Wine Loft so we walked briskly in the rain to the Wine Loft where no more organized photos were taken.

We did, however, get to try the mini Guinneys (instead of a little beer, it’s a miniature Guinness, get it?) and they were a really interesting take on the probably very fattening shot.  This is where I leave the story because my husband came to pick me up, which ended up being a good idea because I didn’t wake up with even a little hangover.  Hallelujah

Cheers!

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There are sadly so many books, movies, and TV shows that when I was a kid I found so funny, I can remember crying laughing so hard but when I go back to read or watch them now at 25 years old they are no longer funny to me.  That’s why a few weeks ago, while working the evening shift, I was nervous to reread Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey.  One of my favorite coworkers brought it in for me because we had been talking about it a few days before then.  I was so nervous that I wasn’t going to like it anymore because I remember almost losing the ability to breathe laughing with my friends about each page of that book in middle school and I wanted to keep those memories relevant for as long as possible.

As it turns out, rereading Deep Thoughts was a great idea!  In middle school my friends and I almost had the book memorized so reading it again after so much time made many of the pages fresh again and I was amazed at how funny it was to me.

So here’s one book from my childhood that I can read as many times as I want and still enjoy.  I can’t wait to check back when I’m 50 to see if I still love it.

I recently wrote about middle school, but now I’m going to take it back 4 more years to elementary school.  From 2nd grade to 4th grade, the “smart” kids in the gifted program were shuttled to a different school once a week to take on more enriching lessons than say long division (which I still have a LOT of trouble with, by the way.  Although my knowledge of Renaissance era England is still going strong…).  Every day that we were there, we spent a lot of time thinking about things and writing about them in creative ways, like taking something you see every day and imagining new uses for it.  In small doses, this precocious activity was fun and enjoyable – but read all of these exercises back to back in book form:  Tedious.

Sorry for the long story but you have to understand that part of my background to get why I only half liked This is a Book by Demetri Martin.  You see, this book is exactly like if we were to take all of the creative writings we did in the gifted program and bind them into a book.  There are some items that are so funny you want to call 10 people to read them a section out loud and there are whole stories I had to skip because it was too much like what we did in the gifted program and I couldn’t read them while rolling my eyes that much.

Here are some of the bits I loved (not the tedious ones):

“An a cappella group performs and somehow manages not to irritate anyone.  Everyone is secretly confused.”

And:

My Friend:  I don’t ever get to travel.

Me:  Yeah, except for around the sun, every day, all the time.”

“Presenting a handmade knitted object to my parents was actually like handing them a detailed backlog of my idleness.”

-Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns)

I had no idea how lucky I was to have parents who supported me 100% whether I was engaged in productive endeavors or idle ones.

Also, I just started reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? because my awesome friend, Jeanine, got it for me for Christmas and I really like it so far – especially when she says that an alternate title for the book could have been So You’ve Finished Chelsea Handler’s Book, Now What?  Hilarious!

“This is what I tell young women who ask me for career advice.  People are going to try to trick you.  To make you feel that you are in competition with one another.  ‘You’re up for a promotion.  If they go with a woman, it’ll be between you and Barbara.’  Don’t be fooled.  You’re not in competition with other women.  You’re in competition with everyone.

“Also, I encourage them to always wear a bra.  Even if you don’t think you need it, just… you know what?  You’re never going to regret it.”

– Tina Fey, Bossypants

I started reading Bossypants today by Tina Fey and have had a hard time putting it down.  I thought it would be really funny, and it is, but it’s also full of actual work advice based on her experience directing other people while still being liked by her co-workers.  It’s sort of like having a serious conversation with Liz Lemon about work issues – obviously it can only be so serious before returning to hilarity but if you pay attention, there is a lot of wisdom there.