Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Gwen Stefani Reads This Blog

She totally doesn't by the way.

Last year, in my annual Halloween post, I joked that Matt and I decided to put together some sort of duo costume, and I showed this picture:



Of course it was a joke and we opted instead to glam it up as David and Victoria Beckham.



However, the Bacon and Egg idea did not go to waste! It's not even officially Halloween yet, and already those costumes were utilized this year by one Miss Gwen Stefani and her husband, Gavin Rossdale -- a fact which I find hilarious.



Of course, Gavin was far too cool to actually put his on until it was absolutely necessary, but I still totes love the fact that they rocked these costumes that anyone could pick up at their local Halloween Adventure!! Seal and Heidi Klum, they are not!

Speaking of Heidi Klum, for the last 2 months or so, Matt and I had totally planned on being her and Tim Gunn for Halloween this year. We were having trouble coming up with something that would work as well as our Beckham costumes, and that was the best we could come up with. We toyed around with being Lindsay and Samantha, but then we decided that it might just end up looking like us on any given night!

(Well, but for the fact that, while I've had my ups and downs, even I apply fake tanner better than the mess that is Lindsay Lohan! I mean, not to go off on a tangent, but behold:



SERIOUSLY, Lindsay? You thought that was okay? You look like you have socks and kneepads on! And why have I read a half billion times how you've been axed from Ugly Betty, but no one ever really talked about this tragedy? But I digress.)

So yeah, we nixed that idea pretty early on and moved on to Heidi and Tim. I liked the idea in theory (it was actually mine to begin with) but not only wasn't I sure if people would know what we were, but I was also having trouble coming to terms with the inevitable ass and thigh comparisons that would have been going on all night. After all, Heidi Klum, I am not.

So, while I thought it could ultimately work, particularly if I carried this doll, I was never that excited about it, and I want to be excited about Halloween.

The other night, while catching up on the celebrity blogs, I had an idea that I thought could work MUCH better. I thought we'd be a lot more recognizable, for one thing, and it would also allow us to include another one of our friends in the idea. Matt was totally down with it, and we started on it right away.

Of course I'm not going to tell you what it is. You've only got a few more days, and if all goes according to plan, it just might be worth the wait!

In the meantime, you can read the previous Halloween posts to kill time. :-)

Spooktacular
Spooktacular II
Halloweekend

Oh, and of course, look at the pet costumes here. So fabulous!

This Makes Me Extremely Happy




Especially after this.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Go Simon(s)... It's Ya Birfday...

My baby turns 11 years old today!!!



Happy Birthday Simon!!!! Here's hoping you're around for another 11 years!

In a related story...

Namesake Simon LeBon celebrates a birthday today as well, turning a ripe 50 years old.



So in dog years, he's 350. In Duran years, he's about 18.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Completely Random But Also Completely Fabulous

Yesterday, a very nice commenter alerted me to something unlikely but pretty freaking cool in my own little world.

Go to Google and search: Tim Rice Oxley (no dashes, no quotes).

Click the Images tab.

Peep the very first image.

Hell yes.

edit: Sometimes it's second for some reason.

I Can Haz Update?

Well, here I sit on this fine October evening, finding myself with some true free time for the first time in a while. Of course, by "free time" I mean "I have so much work-related stuff I could be doing but choose to procrastinate instead" but I personally can't think of a better time to catch my faithful readers (yes, both of you!) up on the latest in El Mundo de Marnie.

As we all know, I haven't been particularly good at posting for a while now. (Some would argue I was never particularly good at posting, but I've been decidedly less frequent in the last year). So let's catch up, shall we?

First off, I'm a Brooklynite now. After my London plans went the way of Amy Winehouse's liver, I decided to make the move to New York with Matt and so far so good. I managed to fracture a toe on my first week here, fainted and almost give myself a concussion on week 2, and by week 5 I was lucky enough to meet the world's CREEPIEST guy in a midtown subway station, but so far Matt and I haven't killed eachother and the good has far outweighed the bad.

We've had a few good nights out. You know the kind.



If I wasn't so lazy I might Photoshop that visible bra out of the shot, but I am so I won't. And anyway, it's classy.

Last week I had Simon up here with me, and we frequented the various dog runs of the city. I think he's decided that Cooper Park in East Williamsburg is his fave.

On our first trip there he played the shy "I'm just gonna sit on your lap and watch" act at first...





But then he seemed to really take to little Harper the pug...



As well as another Simon...



Before coming home and passing the hell out.







The next day we went to Tompkins Square Park to relive our weekend from last year, but he wasn't having it. He just wanted to stare at the big dogs and have me tell the little dogs leave him alone.



Before long he started frantically scratching my purse, prompting me to wonder if I had some old treats in there or something, before realizing he actually just wanted his leash! We were out.

We went and dined at Sidewalk Cafe where, for the first and last time in his life, Simon was used as an example for good behavior. Another woman's dog was misbehaving and she was told to put him on the other side of the barrier. She angrily pointed at Simon and said "That dog's on this side of the barrier" when the waiter issued the verbal smackdown, "That dog's not bothering anyone!". Zing!

Once we got home Simon made himself comfortable...



And *suprise!* passed out again.



On days when the dog runs got to be too much for him, we just chilled in our backyard, which I think he liked almost as much...



And that pretty much sums up our week. I was so sad to see him go though. Aside from our week-long dog-owner bonding sesh, sending him home has certainly stifled my burgeoning New York social life. I met more normal, fun people in 7 days of dog runs than I have in any human-oriented situation in ages!

Sadder still, is the fact that I really don't have that much more to update you on! While I've certainly been busy, the vast majority of it has been boring work stuff that's hardly worth doing, much less writing about.

Mind you, that will change in the coming months!

My beloved Keane, as you know, have just released their fabulous new album and of course, will be touring in support of it. We had the time of our lives last year on our mini tour, so after much thought (read: no thought at all) Kat and I decided that we would be remiss and borderline blasphemous if we didn't attend each and every North American show this time around.

And well, it's actually very likely that we'll hit up much of the UK tour as well. Insane? Certainly. But I personally can't think of a better way to spend my birthday than dancing around like an idiot and singing along with my less than stellar voice at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. I just warned Tony yesterday that he and the guys will be seeing plenty of mine and Kat's smiling countenances beaming back at them from the front row in the coming months. He replied, "Fantastic. Wouldn't want it any other way!".

Me neither, Tony. Me neither!

If they hadn't canceled the Jimmy Kimmell appearance for this Friday that we had tickets to, we could have it that way a little sooner, but patience is a virtue, as they say.

So that's all for now. I know this blog has been pretty much a boring pile of shite for a while now, but things are looking up. Watch this space!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

I'm Gunna Kick Some Ass With My Own Pipe Wrench

I so needed this laugh today...



The genius that is "Dustin McNeato" over at YouTube created this HILARIOUS video that totally almost caused me to soil myself with laughter.

(And by "almost"...)

Anyway, watch it, die laughing, and then check out his other great stuff at DustFilms!

I think I'm in love.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Perfect Perfect Perfect Symmetry

For the love of all that is holy, get thee to Last FM to stream Keane's new album, Perfect Symmetry, a full week before it comes out.

It's sooooooooooooooooooooo good.

Not that I wasn't already jumping out of my skin at the prospect of the upcoming tour (Kat and I are going to do, at the very least, every single North American show), but now I'm so excited I could actually cry. *

They have truly outdone themselves.



*Okay, so I actually did cry. But did you really expect anything less?