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Monthly Archives: August 2013
Every time I watched The Office, the character of Kelly Kapoor literally drove me crazy. Her crazy mood swings, all the emotional drama, the vicious mind games…she was a drama mama if there ever was one! So when I heard that Mindy Kaling was writing a memoir, I was skeptical to dive in. If anything, I thought it would read like an 8th graders diary, filled with “he said, she said” stories and decorated with little doodles and hearts in the margins.
Boy, was I wrong….sort of.
Filled with the same wit and cheeky humor that makes Mindy Kaling so darn loveable, albeit ridiculous, on The Office and The Mindy Project, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is a funny and enjoyable read, perfect for a day when you just need a simple distraction or a little harmless celebrity gossip. In her book, she talks about all kinds of topics, including being Indian, being chubby, doing what you love and loving what you do, her lady crush on Amy Poheler, relationships, rom-com’s, being unathletic, loving your nerdiness, and even how to deal with heart break. Her writing style is very conversational, so it feels as if she’s sitting right there telling you all about her embarrassing high school stories and the fun times she had hanging out with the old school SNL crew. You may even find yourself saying, “Me, too!” out loud as you read about her thoughts on body image, gym class, and stupid high school crushes.
Written in small essays that feel like you’re talking to your BFF on the phone or over lunch, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? covers everything from Mindy’s hilarious beginnings as a Ben Affleck impersonator to her work on The Office and The Mindy Project. Speckled with embarrassing photos from her BlackBerry, as well as quotes that can only be Kaling originals, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is proof that Mindy has some killer confidence and, unlike so many of her generation, has the ability to remain true to herself every step of the way.
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It was on this day in 1939 that the little town of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin changed forever. At the little Strand Theatre, a movie musical was shown on this night, starring Hollywood favorites like Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton, and a new-comer to the Hollywood scene…a little 16 year-old girl by the name of Frances Ethel Gumm (later to be known as Judy Garland).
Three days before its huge Hollywood premiere, and 2 weeks before its national premiere), The Wizard of Oz was shown in three small test market theaters, two in Wisconsin and one in Massachusetts. During its initial run in theaters, this beloved movie musical grossed approximately $3 million (about $50 million today) in revenue.
The Wizard of Oz was nominated for several Academy Awards that year, including Best Picture and Best Visual Effects. While it lost in both of these categories, it was awarded an Oscar for Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Music Score. Judy Garland even won a special Academy Juvenile Award that year, an honor she also shares with Shirley Temple, Margaret O’Brien, Hayley Mills, and Mickey Rooney. Although she was nominated for several of her other roles throughout her career, this would be the only award given to Garland from the Academy.
In celebration of the worldwide premiere of this magical movie classic, I’ve gathered up some tasty treats that are perfect for a Wizard of Oz themed party. From Yellow Brick Road bars to an out-of-this-world Rainbow Cake, this collection of Wizard of Oz party recipes will have you doing the Jitterbug in no time!
- Over the Rainbow Cake from Oven Love
- Cowardly Lions, and Tigers, and Bears from Kim’z Kitchen
- Scarecrow Cookies from Skip to My Lou
- Glinda’s Wand Pops from Sugar and the Spice
- Melting Witch Cookies from Eating &…
- Ruby Slippers Lollipop Guild Party Favor from Yvonne Byatt’s Family Fun
- Strawberry Hearts from 1 Fine Cookie
- Melon Poppies from One Lucky Pickle
- Yellow Brick Road Bricks from Sew Vintage Emporium
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