Sunday, November 30, 2008

92% yo!

Guess what I got on blu-ray?

(I've always been bothered by the poor/shameless photoshopping of JL Hewitt's knockers on this cover. Couldn't they have fixed it for the 10 year reunion?)

Also... Observer writingz.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Few will understand this but those that do will TOTALLY get it

Broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl from Panera is one of life's little pleasures. It can't be done very often but every now and then it makes the perfect cold day lunch. I took a picture of said lunch to send to Missy the other day (it's one of our things)...

Then when I got down to only bread (don't judge) I decided to tear out one last little piece from the bottom and look what happened...

I didn't do it on purpose, swear! But it's true... I do so love Panera. Not to be confused with Pantera... who I never loved, no matter what my journal from junior high says.

An open letter to my last paycheck

Dear Village Voice Media 11/27 paycheck,

You never stood a chance. You came to me on Thanksgiving day, the day before Black Friday. While I did use $200 of you to pay my student loan, I don't believe that any part of you will get to rest peacefully in my Credit Union savings account or snuggle up for hibernation in a CD as originally planned.

No, you see, I am a low maintenance kind of girl and as such I require spending exorbitant amounts of money on my hair so that for the next year I don't really have to do much to it. One visit to Matthew Tully (thanks Melina!) later and my hair was back to its natural color but you were severely hurting. (Alas, so am I right now... haircolor remorse I think. I hope I get used to it...)(Sorry, there's really no way to not be awkward taking a picture like this but I needed to show the hair for the full effect.)

The next place you went was significantly less necessary. ModCloth.com is heaven's gift to our gender and they're having an unheard of 50% off sale for one day only. What's a girl to do? I do believe, dear paycheck, that this vintage-inspired handbag for 21 bucks will answer your question....
Sal's pizza was definitely not necessary, but lunch with my co-workers is an important part of the creative process and studies show that these office outings lead to greater in-office productivity. Promise. Plus, there's nothing better than mushroom + black olive + laughter for the day after a crappy Thanksgiving, let's be honest.

Those two sweaters from Gap.com at buy 1 get 1 half off were really unavoidable. Everyone needs winter clothes. Whaddaya want me to do? Freeze?! Plus, look....


RIGHT??

So, I know I'm saving for all those big life changes and what not but how often do I get to spend you on myself? From here on out I promise to only spend you on gas, food and bills... and other things that are necessary to survival. Also, if you could work on learning how to double yourself, that would be awesome.

Sincerely,

Brittan

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

www.criterion.com (another reason Criterion is the best)

Criterion launched their new website and it is everything one could hope for. My favorite part is the CURRENT section which features excellent reviews and gives everyone a chance to weigh in. I love the one that's up right now for Bottle Rocket (the blu-ray of which is next on my list of Criterion purchases). Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

for Aunt Bonnie





short film repost/update, or how my film school jealousy was momentarily quelled

Recap: mad dash to the hellhole that is WalMart, 7 yards of black polyester because that's all they had, sew sew sew, sleep sle--alarm, Denton, do something that mildly resembles acting, HOOYA! (or hoo-ha's as Jamie calls it), video games, sleep.
Update: Here's an idea of how the costume turned out...and a comparison for those not familiar with The Seventh Seal...

hmm... could have been less flowy. Oh well. It was fun and I can't wait to see the finished product... although I can do without my scene.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

also... street urchins.

Seriously... where do these children come from?? Some little girl called Amber blew snot--SNOT!!--all over Bradley's favorite hoodie (see above) because he's a boy and boys are "gross". You're gross, you little cretin! Ugh. He was pissed but didn't do anything back to her because he is N-O-R-M-A-L.
And, yes Katie, he has a neighborhoodie with his favorite song on it.

Oversleeping + 1 hour 15 mins in traffic =


<--- Ew.











I feel like I have a hangover this morning. Well, I'm not quit sure what a hangover feels like but it's probably something like how I feel. God bless my sweet sweet boss and his obsession with feeding me cookies.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Out of the darkness comes _____

Well... I don't know.

But I will tell you where I have been all these days that I've not be blogging. I've been right here. Having my little world flipped all around.


This has been the craziest year of my life and, honestly, not much comes as a surprise anymore. It's almost like I'm waiting for the next curve ball, the next layer of confusion and upheaval. Some days it's immensely frustrating and others (like today, which is probably why I'm choosing to share this) I feel content to ride the wave and wait for the next adventure.


The current adventure involves the biggest mystery of my life: my father. I've never known anything (ANYthing) about him but the door was finally opened and I was able to get in contact with the man who has gone 23 years without knowing that he has a daughter. Well, a fourth daughter. Yes, I also technically have three sisters, a niece and a nephew. Crazy, right?


It's all so new that I'm not sure what else I can say at this point. I will just say that I am at peace with my mom and feel that the big missing piece of the puzzle is now in place. I realize that this is just the beginning of a whole new part of my life but it feels more like a resolution. I suddenly understand so much about my past and who I am.
I can see more clearly who matters and who doesn't.

Now that I've shared the big thing, I feel like I can resume talking about the little things. The weekend was rough but maybe I'm ready to resume functioning in the real world now.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

photobucket gold

Ever notice how much better a picture is when you find it after a few years of forgetting it existed? Here's Bradley at our first apartment, 3 1/2 years old, shaking his booty (whilst singing the KC and the Sunshine Band song).

Join Me!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Atmosphere at House of Blues (unfortunately)

Despite the gum on my boots, loss of hearing from sonic screamer girl and overall feeling of annoyance toward people who can't contain themselves, I had a lot of fun last night. Also, I wrote my review in 45 mins which could either be really good or really bad... you be the judge.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

also, random week wrap up or "no thanks, i'm busy tonight"

Observery goodness here and while you're at it give ye ole food blog a go. It's new and exciting and Bailey's boyfriend will LOVE it. Also, Bonnie, read this.

In Bradley news, apparently I am a dictator. Or a "king from another country who tells everyone what to do." Once he got out in the cold in his t-shirt he decided that not only was I right about the long sleeves, but maybe he could handle tyranny for a few more years.

Also, yesterday I was putting some stuff away in his room when I discovered a pile of napkins. Napkins? Napkins. See, every morning I write him a note on his napkin before I stick it in his lunchbox. Usually it's something about that day like "have fun in P.E." or "great job at piano last night." It's frequently "don't forget to bring your hoodie home today!!!!!" and sometimes it's just random like today's:


I didn't realize how much it meant to him till I saw them stashed away in his "secret drawer" (which usually is reserved for bubble gum that he thinks he's hiding from me, random playing cards and his rock collection). I feel not so bad about being a dictator.

Greatest invention since MTV!!!

MTV has heard our cries and has answered!!! Behold:

http://www.mtvmusic.com/

This is so much better than them playing more music videos on TV because now we can watch whatever we want, whenever... and no commercials or rich Hills kids!

Here's where I began:

PIXIES!!!

It was blissful. What will you watch first???

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Maestro!



He whizzed through his first two piano books in a month and now he's writing his own songs... and he can actually play them. I knew he was musically inclined but....

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Where to begin...

All day long I've been trying to wrap my mind around the fact that Californians took away a basic human right from their fellow citizens. How are we ok with the fact that $75 million has been poured into a campaign of hate while we are facing a global financial crisis and people are dying every day because they can't afford food, shelter or medical care. After talking it over with anyone who would listen and arguing it out with plenty of Prop 8 supporters, I am appalled, disgusted, saddened and out of things to say. Someone please help me understand why equality does not apply to everyone...?

This is big....


If you've come in contact with me at some point in the last eleven years, you probably know of my unhealthy obsession with Baz Luhrmann. If not, take note... this is a key element to understanding Brittan.

So I've been trying to avoid any and all information about Australia (Luhrmann's latest film, a departure from his "red curtain trilogy" that began my infatuation, come on people, keep up) so as to go into the theatre with no expectations, prior knowledge, etc. This is how I operate, don't ask questions.

However, I was coerced (tricked even!) into looking at a few stills and now I can barely contain myself! I wasn't sure how he would make the move into an epic period piece but I am happy to say that by the looks of things Australia will be 100% Baz in all his beautiful, theatrical glory.

It opens November 26th so I'm taking reservations now but seating is limited. If you'd like to accompany me on this historic trip to the movies, please tell me why you would be a good companion and I will consider you for one of the prime seats, either to my left or my right. Popcorn included.

See the stills for yourself here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Liberty and Justice for ALL


I'm proud to say that I voted for him and my son voted for him in his class election -- and he won in both cases. I really have no words. Today has been such an emotional day from start to finish. I am just happy to see it end this way. Here's to moving forward to a brighter future.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I have promises to keep


I went into the woods with my friends this weekend and it was wonderful. We laughed and danced and sang and played red rover. We explored caves and climbed trees. I saw stars like I've never seen before and felt butterflies as I wished on one that shot across the sky. I sat there by the fire watching my best friends sing Voxtrot and was smitten. I love these people but best of all... I love me. I feel like I've found that girl again and I'm so happy to have people in my life who allow me to be myself and love me for who I am.



On the drive home I had a lot of time to think
about my life and how full it is. I have friends who keep me free and remind me who Brittan is. I have a family that supports me even though they don't understand me. I have had amazing adventures and have loved another person deeply and selflessly, in ways I never thought possible. I have a Bonnie on the other side of the country who is my sister and soulmate, and I have a little boy who is my life and breath and heart and bones and every part of me. He brightens every day and reminds me that I have to keep going when my heart is broken and my days are long. I'm smart and honest and full of life. I love with all my heart and am fiercely loyal. And right now I have a whole world in front of me, waiting to be conquered.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween: Dunham style

Let me start off by saying I did not approve of this costume. I hate cheap costumes with cheap masks and would have preferred (since he absolutely HAD to be something Star Wars related again) to at least attempt making a Clone Trooper costume... but Grandma bought him this one without me and he loved it. Bleh. Ugly costume aside, he was stoked to get to go trick or treating with the neighborhood kids.


He also insisted on carrying that bag they gave him at school rather than his pumpkin. Whatev.


He LOVED those pumpkins. They looked really awesome and sparkly but my camera doesn't do anything justice, so you can't really tell.




Treat overload... the Empire is defeated!

Finally, I had to share this... A picture of Bradley ringing Gma's doorbell as his last trick or treating stop on Halloween 2003 and then again on Halloween 2008. *Insert mommy tears here*