March 9, 2018

Celebrating Turning Thirty-Three

Last Sunday was my thirty-third birthday and in honor of turning a year older I spent the day before with some of my favorite people in New York City. Here is a little recap of how I celebrated...

We started off the day (Way too early because the only time I could get a reservation for ten people was 10:00am) with brunch at Maya. Where we took full advantage of their selection of bottomless Mexican food and drinks, which were delicious and I would highly recommend if you a looking for a brunch spot in New York City.

After brunch we headed downtown for a few drinks (I ended up sharing a Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita out of a brown paper bag with Toni on a stoop because I ran away from my friends to find a bathroom) before it was time for us to attempt an escape room. The specific room we did was "The Rec Room" with Escape The Room NYC. And because I don't want to give anything about the room away, all I will say is that we escaped the room with like two minutes and fifty-seven seconds left and we had a great drunken time.

High off of our escape room victory we headed over to Fools Gold for more drinks, snacks and board games.

After a couple of hours of drinking and many loud games of Connect 4 and Jenga, we decided to head over to The Late Late for even more drinks and rounds of Super Mario/Duck Hunt on the Super Nintendo at the bar (That is until I knocked into it and it wouldn't work anymore).

Eventually we decided that we wanted to dance but it was kinda too early, so we headed over to Pianos and endured the DJ they had. We had an okay time there. I would have had a better time if I didn't have a bunch of twenty-somethings trying to make me dance with them to shitty music. But I did get a wonderful Boomerang of Justin, Ryan and Day dancing because of our time there.

Once we had our fill at Pianos, we decided to find some food and ended up at some shitty pizza place where I refused to eat anything at because I wasn't drunk enough to do so. 

When those who wanted to eat that garbage looking pizza had their snacks we got an Uber and headed to Penn Station so we could head back to Long Island.

I can't speak for any of my guests, but I had a great birthday outing (Especially in comparison to my shit show of a birthday last year). And I'm so grateful for my wonderful family and friends who came out to celebrate with me.

March 1, 2018

Month In Review: February 2018

♥ Celebrating mine and Justin's fifteen year dating anniversary.
♥ Visiting Lisa, Andrew and Luna at their house with my sister and Nick.
♥ Spending a random Sunday just bullshitting, eating and drinking with Day, Toni and Liz.
♥ Having a mini Super Bowl party at Toni and Tom's house.
♥ Seeing Alma and Chady even though the circumstances surrounding their visit sucked.
♥ Booking brunch and an escape room for my upcoming birthday.
♥ Hashing out some details for Bianca's sweet sixteen.
♥ Discussing future vacation plans with Justin.



The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018)
Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation (2017)
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (2017)

The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2017)
The Good Place (2016 - Present)
Ink Master: Angels (2017 - Present)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015 - Present)


February 28, 2018

March Photo-A-Day

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for March 2018...
How To Take Part In March Photo-A-Day    

  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

February 18, 2018

Sunday Steal

1. What Is Your Middle Name & What Is A Middle Name You'd Rather Have Instead? Why? 
If I won't tell you my first name, why would I tell you my middle name? I don't mind my middle name. It's actually the name my mother calls me unless I'm in trouble, and then she calls me by my first and middle name.

2. How Would You Spend $1MM (You Have To Spend Every Penny!) 
 Traveling around the World and eating amazing food.

3. Yellow Light - Speed Up Or Slow Down?? 
Depends on how far away from the light I am.

4. What Was The Last Movie You Saw & What Did You Like/Dislike About It? 
The last movie I saw in a theater was The Shape of Water (2017) and I enjoyed it very much so. But I tend to enjoy most of the films that have Guillermo del Toro's name attached to them.

The last movie I watched at home was The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) on Netflix. It wasn't amazing but it wasn't a total piece of garbage and I enjoyed it for what it was.

5. If A Movie Was Made About You, Who Would Portray You In That Movie? 
A younger Janeane Garofalo.

6. What Is The Strangest Thing You've Eaten & What Did It Taste Like? 
I tried Durian (Which is a smelly fruit native to Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia) while I was in Hong Kong. I was made into desserts, so I didn't get the pungent smell that is the biggest complaint about it. But I don't remember enjoying it. It's definitely an acquired taste.

7. What Color Is Your Bathroom? 
Dark teal-green color.

8. If You Could Vacation Anywhere In The World RIGHT NOW, Where Would It Be & Why? 
Right at this very second, I guess I'd wanna be somewhere warm because it's winter. Maybe like somewhere in South America or Australia. If it wasn't cold and I wasn't thinking about it in terms of being in a warm environment, I'd wanna be in Croatia. Which is hopefully going to be our next vacation destination.

9. What Is Your Least Favorite Thing To Cook? 
I don't like cooking meat because I don't eat it.

10. What Is The Dish You Make That Your Family Rolls Their Eyes At? 
Nothing to my knowledge. My family likes my cooking and I always ask what people want to eat.

11. What Are Three Things On Your Bucket List? 
  • Visit where my family is from in Cuba
  • Become a certified scuba diver
  • Take a submarine to where the Titanic currently rests
12. How Many Skeins Of Yarn Do You Think You Are Currently Hoarding? 
I might have like two or three scattered around my apartment. Not too many.

13. Today Is My Birthday. What Virtual Gift Are You Going To Give Me? 
Well my birthday is in less than two weeks, what are you gonna give me?

14. What Is Your Favorite Candy? 
I don't really do candy often but when I do I'll go for like a Take5 candy bar.

15. What Is Your Favorite Time Of The Day & Why? 
The time I get to go home from work, because I'm free...

16. If You Could Call In Sick For A Day, What Would You Do With The Time? 
If I call in sick and I'm not actually sick I'm probably doing something cool. Like that one time I called in sick and waited in line for hours to get tickets to see Foo Fighters at Irving Plaza for the tiny pop up show they did when their HBO documentary/miniseries Sonic Highways (2014) was on.

17. How Much Did Your Last Crafting Run Cost You? 
Um, the last time I crafted something was mine and Justin's Halloween costumes. So like less than $100 for both of us to be The Keymaster and the Gatemaster from Ghostbusters (1984).

18. Can You Play A Musical Instrument & If So, Which One? 
Nope. Which is really sad because my father is a musician.

19. What Is Your Least Favorite Craft That You Still Do? Why? 
I don't do anything that I don't enjoy.

20. If You Could Have Any Job For Just One Day, What Would It Be & What Would You Do?
Maybe a Homicide Detective or an FBI Profiler. Something like that would be fun for a day because murder and stuff like that is fascinating to me (Yes, I'm a creep).

February 12, 2018

My Favorite Podcasts

As you may or may not know, I really enjoy podcasts and because I have a decent commute to and from work I have a lot of time to listen to them. So I thought that I'd share my current favorite podcasts, as well as my OG favorites.

Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and some insane stories about what fuels these professional ologists' obsessions. Hosted by humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward.
Ologies is hands down my favorite new podcast. Alie (Whom I'm a big fan of from Slumber Party with Alie & Georgia) teased this podcast forever before it dropped and it was so worth the wait. In each episode Alie talks to a different ologist about their field of study and it is so fucking fascinating. She has managed to make me interested in things like Horology (Which was the answer to a question on HQ the other day) and has made me want to study Thanatology (Like I took an introductory webinar on it from the Art of Dying Institute in December). It is just so captivating and funny, and I honestly look forward to each new episode.

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Comedian and self-proclaimed "beauty passionista" Jackie Johnson attempts to take the seriousness, mysteries, and intimidation out of makeup and skincare as she gabs with fellow artists about what beauty and self-care means to them. 
This podcast is vegan and cruelty-free.
Those of you that have been here for awhile know that I love love love makeup and all things beauty, so when I first heard an ad for Natch Beau while listening to My Favorite Murder I knew I had to give this podcast a try. Especially because I fell in love with Jackie Johnson after listening to her on an episode of Slumber Party with Alie & Georgia forever ago.

Natch Beau is the perfect combination of beauty talk and comedy, which are two things that I enjoy very much so. And don't let the name or description above dissuade you, even though Jackie is a vegan she isn't an obnoxious vegan. It's just a super fun podcast that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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Deadly Manners is a 10 episode, dark comedy murder-mystery series set in the winter of 1954. It follows the events during the night of the affluent Billings family annual dinner party with their distinguished, eccentric guests. However, all is not fun and games as shortly after the party starts, a snowstorm begins to rage outside, trapping all the partygoers inside their host’s mansion. When a murderer starts killing off those in attendance, the guests must figure out who is responsible, or at least how to stay alive -- lest they be next. Deadly Manners was created by Ali Garfinkel and Alex Aldea. Deadly Manners stars Kristen Bell, Denis O'Hare, Alisha Boe, RuPaul, Anna Chlumsky, Timothy Simons, Michelle Visage, Alona Tal, David Cummings and is narrated by LeVar Burton.
When I heard RuPaul and Michelle Visage talk about Deadly Manners on their podcast, RuPaul: What's The Tee with Michelle Visage,  I had to give it a shot even though I don't typically listen to fiction. And I'm so glad I did because this podcast was so much fun. The story was intriguing, the actors where amazing and I couldn't wait for each week's installment.

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Some of my other favorites that I've mentioned before:
 Do you have a favorite podcast or a recommendation for me? Lemme know!

* There are no new episodes of these podcasts, but I still think you should give their back catalog a listen

February 11, 2018

5 Ways To Enjoy Valentine's Day At Home

As someone that refuses to go out on Valentine's Day, I thought this article from one of my partners had some good ideas for those of you looking for last minute at home Valentine's Day stuff.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and with that many people will be making reservations and flocking to restaurants for that romantic night. To avoid the crowd, you can opt for a Valentine’s Day at home that can be as exciting, romantic and entertaining without having to fight the crowds or pay for an expensive pre-fixe meal at a local restaurant.

Below, find five easy ideas to have a fun Valentine’s Day from the comfort of your own home:

Romantic Dinner Delivery
This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, and for those that work a 9-5, cooking a romantic dinner isn’t the easiest option after work. We suggest using Postmates, which offers first time users a coupon of up to $100 worth of delivery credit. All you have to do is download the app, decide what you feel like having for dinner and order! Don’t forget to use the code “TKYEU” to redeem the free delivery.

Disconnect & Reconnect With Your Significant Other
If you have Xfinity, you can disconnect from your WiFi and reconnect with your loved one! All you have to do is download the xFi app. This app allows you to “pause” your WiFi connection from whichever device you want. It is a great way to ensure that you’re completely present with your significant other and not glued to your phone.

Romantic Night of Streaming Latin American Films
Who doesn’t love to stay home and watch movies? There’s so many great streaming services out there, but you definitely need to give Pantaya a try. Pantaya is a platform that streams the best in Latin American film; there’s nothing like a Latin American romantic comedy! You can download the streaming service through any mobile device, and you’re in luck because here’s a free trial to check it out. Below are two Valentine's Day-themed releases worth checking out: 
Tales of an Immoral Couple (Drama)
Lucio and Martina had a passionate romance during their youth at a strict Catholic high school. 25 years later they unexpectedly run into each other in the city of San Miguel de Allende.Their immediate reaction is to pretend to be happily married and even with children on the way. As they try to maintain their false lives in a comedy of errors, we find out just what happened between the young couple so long ago.

El Que Busca Encuentra (Romantic Comedy)
El Que Busca Encuentra tells the story of Marcos (Claudio Lafarga) and Esperanza (Ana Brenda Contreras), two children who fall in love when they lose at Estadio Azteca during a football game. More than 20 years later in which they have not been seen again, life has taken them by different paths, but the memory of that infantile love is so strong that they are able to find again and to have a magic appointment. However, through a terrible confusion they separate again, so they will have to find a way to get back together.
Winter Olympics 2018
It’s very common for couples to have opposite taste when it comes to sports. Women might like to watch sports games every once in a while, meanwhile some men watch every game religiously, but everyone seems to find a middle ground when it comes to the Olympic Games. Find that middle ground this Valentine's Day by tuning into the Winter Olympics & watch the alpine skiing finals or women’s ice skating. Team USA will be playing hockey against Slovenia that day & the men’s team will be in the finals for halfpipe snowboarding. If you have Xfinity cable service, you can use the Sports app which allows you to watch any game & keep up with the scoreboard

Smart Home
If you like to keep up with the latest technology, there are various products that you can add to your home so that you can have a futuristic romantic evening. If you’re reading this, you still have time to go out and buy the latest technology to enhance your evening. You can buy a Nest thermostat that allows you to adjust the temperature from your phone. You can also install the Xfinity Home service and control your Phillips Hue lights and dim them to set the perfect romantic setting.
I don't know about you but I'm down with these ideas. I love the idea of "pausing" the wifi because I am very guilty of looking at my phone while I should be paying attention to actual people. Also, I've never used Postmates but I'd be down to try it. And I love love love smart home products, so I would love to be able to dim the lights and change the temperature from my phone before I pause my wifi.

What do you think? Lemme know!

February 6, 2018

La Boda de Valentina Trailer

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and you know what that means, it's Rom-Com season. And I know I don't mention it often but I do enjoy a good Rom-Com in between all the bad horror movies that I love so much.

Recently I was sent the trailer for the upcoming film La Boda de Valentina (2018), which is a bilingual Rom-Com hitting theaters February 9th, and I just thought it looked so perfect for Valentine's Day that I just had to share it with all of you.
What would you do if your fiancé asked you to get married in your home country, but you know  that the  moment  you land your ex (and love of your life) is going to try to win you back? This is exactly what  happened to Valentina, played by Marimar Vega, in Pantelion Films newest “La Boda de Valentina,” in theatres February 9, 2018. 
Valentina seems to have the perfect life in New York, with a perfect job and a perfect boyfriend, Jason  Tat e (Ryan Carnes) — far, far away from her scandalous political family in Mexico. When Jason proposes  to her and wants to go to home to meet the family she has been keeping a secret, her two worlds clash. At first she refuses to go but unforeseen circumstances force her to go to the motherland. 
As soon as she arrives, she discovers that her family set her up in a fake marriage with her ex - boyfriend,  Angel (Omar Chaparo) to help her father ’s political  campaign .  Even though the sham was supposed to  be temporary and kept secret,  she soon realizes that the “divorce” papers are not going to be easy to  get.  Meanwhile in New York, Jason sens es that there’s something wrong and decides to surprise her. It is  then that he meets Angel and  realizes he’s still madly in love with Valentina and is willing to do anything  to win her over.
Between arguments and fights, Angel and Jason want to prove who Valentina has had the most fun  with. Jason took her to a Coldplay  concert  but with Angel she drank a whole bottle of tequila, Angel took  her to swim in Cozumel but she went scuba diving in Aruba with Jason. Somehow by the time the night  had ended they had gotten drunk together and even started a fight with some Lucha Libre  wrestlers.
Valentina quickly realizes that she  cannot run away from her past and that she needs to decide who her  heart belongs to.
Here's the trailer for anyone interested...

Release Date: February 9, 2018 
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rated: R
Cast: Kate Vernon, Ryan Carnes, Omar Chaparro,  Marimar Vega, Jesús Zavala, Tony Dalton & Christian Tappán
Directed by: Marco Polo Constandse
Written by: Beto Gómez, Santiago Limón & Issa López
Produced by: Tania Benítez, Marco Polo Constandse, Angela Donald, Henry Less, Issa López, Avelino Rodríguez & Carlos Taibo

Personally I really enjoy that it's a bilingual film with a familiar concept that has some spice to it. It's nice, at least for me, to see a Rom-Com without your typical players and an all English speaking cast. I really do look forward to see this because it just looks like so much fun, especially for the season.

Lemme know what you think!

January 31, 2018

February Photo-A-Day

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for February 2018...
How To Take Part In February Photo-A-Day:     

  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

January 30, 2018

Stuck In My Head: Finesse (Remix)

For the first time in a long time I have a song stuck in my head. Literally for the entire past week I've had "Finesse (Remix)" by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B playing on loop in my brain. It's just so damn catchy and reminds me of the early 90's R&B and rap songs that I love so much.

So here it is to get it stuck in your head...