Monday, May 31, 2010

kyndell.

the jupiter to my moon.
the willow to my buffy.
the poison ivy to my harley quinn.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Prom Weekend

This was my last weekend in Texas so I spent it in my favorite city - Austin - with my favorite people, celebrating my birthday (which is actually June 19th but I'll be in Hawaii then, far away from everyone I know). I'm turning 25 and am not sure how I feel about it yet, so I decided to celebrate it by doing something I've always wanted to do -- go to prom!

I missed my high school prom for obvious reasons. (My son just turned 8, I am nearing 25...) It never really bothered me but I love a chance to wear a fancy dress and dance, and how many chances do you get to do that in life?

We threw my prom at the American Legion in Austin, a ridiculously awesome old building with lots of space, an incredible view and a giant front lawn complete with a train car and cannons. Annie Ray came and took pictures, which I'll put up as soon as I get them, and a bunch of 20-somethings got to re-do prom. (How hilarious is this picture?)

Can we talk about my dress for a second?

I have dreamed of wearing a Betsey Johnson dress since I was 12 years old and would press my nose against the window of the BJ boutique at the Dallas Galleria and drool. This was literally a top 5 bucket list wish until a couple months ago when the glorious city that I now live in had a Betsey Johnson sample sale and I walked away with THREE BJ dresses for a quarter of the price of one. I wore two at TCM but saved the third (and best) for the big 25. Let's all ignore the fact that I'm pumping gas in that picture and marvel at the awesome stitched into every inch of that dress. I stuffed two sets of petticoats underneath it and spent the rest of the evening spinning in circles (and probably showing off my undies) like a 5-year-old.

I had so much fun and fell in love with Gregg, Justin, Adam and Greg all over again. All the usuals plus some new friends were there and two of my favorite girl friends, Kerie and Kyndell, came this time. My buddy John from New York was there and Black Mike donned a Blondie shirt just for me.

I had delicious vegan orange chocolate and chocolate coconut cupcakes (finally!) made by Meghan at Sugar Tooth Bakery.
I danced all night with the Prom King.

Justin got ICED like a bro.

All the best parts of high school and some of the better parts of being out of high school.

I really couldn't have asked for more.

a first look at my prom!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

It turns out...

Cherries are extremely difficult to pit
but make being vegan and sugar-free rather enjoyable.

Toms are the answer for a kid who hates socks.

And having your mom ride her bike to your school for lunch three times a week is still cool when you're in second grade.
Especially when she brings avocados for your veggie burger.

In other news, in the next two weeks:
B will have some major orthodontic work done.
I will have a major (early) birthday party in Austin.
We will leave for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Exciting times around these parts!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

More, more, more!

This is the other Britt. He is the greatest.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

haiku #2


a light flickers above heads
your hand touches mine
SMPTE 301 three beep

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

the quiet life, or the most boring post ever

Thursday B had his second ever Cub Scout den meeting. He is super embarrassed by his uniform and (as you might be able to tell) did not want me taking these pictures. Whatevs, that's my job. Minus the scowl in the first two photos, is this not the cutest Cub Scout you've ever seen?!
After Scouts my buddy Matt and I decided we needed a little country livin', so we got in the car and drove till we found a suitable place to stop for lemonade and a game of catch. It was good for the soul, and I took lots of pictures on film that I can't wait to see.
Friday my migraines came back so I spent the day reading/napping and the evening watching Hitchcock movies with B. I think I was in bed by 9:30.
Saturday we went out to my mom's house and made fresh limeade and a from-scratch Mexican dinner. We cooked for a solid 3HOURS. How do people even do that?? This is why I prefer to eat so simply, but I digress. It was noms and my part of it was vegan. I didn't get a picture of the finished meal because by the time we were finally done I was tired and just wanted it in my belly.
We talked and watched TCM (The Blue Dahlia and the original Thomas Crown Affair, starring my favorite actress Faye Dunaway) and a BBC miniseries all night (hello Byron, whoa!) while B and my 12-year-old bro played. It was nice to catch up and have someone to play with my hair and not judge me when I stuffed my face and then spent the rest of the night on the couch watching movies.

The rest of my time here has just been spent with B--riding bikes, going to his school for lunch, reading, laying in the grass, watching him play piano. Last night as I was putting him to bed he had a moment of pure comedic genius that sent us both into one of those incurable laughing fits. I am so content with this. I feel extremely fulfilled both in the fast-paced, exciting parts of my life and in the lazy weekends and early bedtimes.

(Full disclosure: I did go out to Denton last night after B went to bed and spent the night at a bad karaoke bar with the other Britt and his friends, having maybe a little too much fun. There is video.)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Wish Splinter well.

She had to go back to the doctor today and is on lots of drugs, but no cone this time! Yay!
Just for today I am going to NOT harass her.

Let It Be

I accidentally uploaded the wrong video the first time. Here's the whole thing.
This video is six months in the making. For months he refused to let me get the camera anywhere near him when he played it. In the last couple weeks he finally agreed but freezes every time the red light comes on. He has stage fright anyway, but is especially nervous because this is the first song he learned by ear. He doesn't get it exactly right, but that's because he figured it out just by listening to The Beatles' version. There are a couple small cuts when he froze, but this is the best he's done so we went with it. I think he got the ending just right.

*beam*

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Train Song

Quite glad he didn't pass out. It was touch and go for a minute there.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Piano Recital

Items of note in this video:
1. His lackluster introduction of the pieces he's playing.
2. The baby running across halfway through.
3. His refusal to take a bow at the end.
4. His mad skills.


(I was in New York when this was taken so blame the poor quality on the fact that it wasn't taken on my baby HD.)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I went outside to write with my toes in the grass

but i was discovered doing something else
and forced to wake up and attempt productivity once more
after stealing a snapshot of my own.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hendrick's second to last show

City Tavern wasn't so bad but downtown Dallas made me miss New York so much.
No need for expensive valet in New York.
No bougies in their teeny dresses stumbling across a tasteless red carpet in front of a horrible club called Plush with gawdawful music blaring from its doors.
No stretch hummers running over flowers as they try to turn corners.
At least not where I hang out in New York.

Sigh.

But Jay was there playing his last show (that I'll be here for) with the band he's been in for 8 years--as long as I've known him--and I would cross the desert on my knees for him.
Also Ashley Hall and her boobs were there.
It was like travling two summers back in time.
It was equal parts awkward and cool and maybe a little sad, though the guys seemed okay with the break up. And Josh Hendrick is still going to be my leading man in the movie I'm writing.

Mostly it was just nice seeing the look on this dude's face when I popped in to surprise him. I love you, Jay Briggs!

"Anyone Else But You" from Brittan on Vimeo.

(Side note: we made this video to cheer Ashley Hall up forever ago. I just remembered that. Cute!)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

my ovaries are doing backflips

I love being mom to a little boy and could not be happier...
but these two little peaches below belong to my two best friends who are moms...
Emelia, Bonnie's daughter
and (my bff) Lainey, Katie's daughter
...and I can't even handle it.
I mean, right?!

Happy Mothers Day Double Grape Slushies

Serves 4 (or 2 if you're us)

Ingredients

1/2 cup concord grape juice
1 cup seedless red or green grapes
1 cup honeydew melon chunks
2 cups ice cubes

Method

Pour juice into a blender. Drop in fruit and ice. BLEND! If you do want it sweeter, add a touch of agave nectar or grape fruit spread.

Nutrition

Per serving (about 5oz/163g-wt.): 60 calories (0 from fat), 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 15g total carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 14g sugar), 1g protein

(From WholeFoods.com)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

it's oh so quiet

I am back in the Lone Star State and it's... eh... you know. It's Texas.

So far I have:
Been lectured about my tattoos and life choices.
Eaten my weight in the best queso/guac/salsa in the whole world.
Biked all over creation.
Finished(ish) writing the last of my papers.
Fallen asleep next to B before 10pm every night. WHAT?! ...I know.
Gotten some sun on these pasty legs.
Been freaked out by how quiet it is here.
Wished I was back in NYC.
Started back on my vegan diet/daily workout regimen (salsa pigout was the last hurrah).
Listened to lots of classic country and American roots music.
Obsessively checked Twitter to see what's happening in NYC.
Harassed my cat.
Hmm. Yep, that's about. Nothing exciting to report, just getting back into the groove of normal mom/kitty friend life. I have missed these two so very much. I suppose now I know why I've been such a dysfunctional freak of nature all semester. (I've tried to leave that out of the blog dialogue with the exception of some whining here and there but, yeah, it's been not the best semester of my life... "Not the best" being Southern for "the worst.")

As awkward as it is being at home and as difficult as the past few months have been for me, I can honestly say that I am feeling at my very best these days. It will be a lovely summer and there is so much to look forward to in my academic, career and personal life when I head back to the city in the fall. I feel capable of just about anything right now.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

TCM Film Fest Day 4 and Closing Night

Everything ends.

We got up early (looking a little worse for wear, dresses packed in our TCM bags) for Fragments, screenings of incomplete films or small fragments of films that have been found. This was, of course, right up our alley and reminded me of Orphans. The sincere interest and questions from attendees who knew nothing about preservation was a nice reminder of why we were really there.

Sunnyside Up, a MoMA print (shout out!), was next. It was cute, sure, but I was shocked by how delightfully dirty-minded it was. Picture that demure little lady below gyrating around while extremely phallic trees sprouted out of the ground. Weird. Also, the...well...annoying songs our darling lead girl sang repeatedly throughout the film have been stuck in my head ever since and I kind of want to punch her.

The next event we can file under "things I didn't see coming" along with several experiences of the last month or so of my life... It was a screening of The Good Earth at the Egyptian with Luise Rainer in attendance.
We figured we should go because she's 100 years old and the opportunity is most certainly not going to present itself again. She hobbled out to the stage with only a little help and sat gracefully down across from Robert Osborne. When the applause finally died down she apologized for her inability to walk as quickly as she once could, and told us that four years ago she "idiotically" fell and hasn't been as quick on her feet since. There was collective agreement that she should definitely not be apologizing for this. (I don't think anyone expected her to be on her feet at all.) She had lost her hearing aid just before the show and kept forcefully asking WHAT?? WHAT?? in her amazing German accent after every question. It was really quite hilarious but Bob-O saved the day by grabbing a pen and paper and having her read the questions. I can't even describe what happened after that. It was like sitting in front of an angel and having her tell you all the secrets of life and eternity. She talked about being a woman in the business, her career decisions (she peaced out of Hollywood at the height of her career because she wasn't intellectually and emotionally fulfilled), her first love and the beautiful 50-year marriage to her second love that defined half of her life. She told us about the importance of being kind and loving, happy and fulfilled. It was like she was talking right to me about my own loves and life... but I'm sure everyone there felt the same. It was one of those moments where you feel connected to everyone in the room as humans and you leave wanting to be better. There was not a dry eye. Robert Osborne cut her short when it was time to start the film and every single person in the room protested. She said she would stay as long as we liked and answer our questions, and we all begged for the movie to be cancelled so we could just stay with her a little longer... but the powers that be said no. There was no photography or video allowed so I am left with the image of two empty chairs and a memory that I won't soon forget.
We had to book it out of there before the film started to wait in line for Metropolis. Whilst in line we enjoyed the sweet sounds of the worst bongo player of all time and I made Luise Rainer proud by behaving like the super refined and classy lady that I am.

We filed into Grauman's possibly more excited than we'd been all week. We'd already seen our "favorites" but this was the big one, the North American premiere of the most complete version of Metropolis seen since it was released in 1927 Germany. As I've mentioned, oh, I don't know, a billion times before, the missing footage was found by a graduate of our little MIAP program. This fact makes me very proud and very hopeful that my own career will not be a complete failure. The Alloy Orchestra provided intense, haunting, perfect live accompaniment that really brought the film to life on screen. The missing footage (very easy to distinguish because it came from 16mm) really filled out the story, particularly the ending, but that's all I'll say. Ashley and I were on the edge of our seats (literally) for the entire 2.5 hours. There were extended sequences where I couldn't even breathe. The audience was completely silent the entire time, which I found incredible, and there was an atmosphere in the room that I have never felt before--it was the unmistakable feeling that we were witnessing something major. Everyone sat in silence for a few seconds before standing and giving the film and those who worked on it the biggest ovation of the entire festival. Ashley and I went a little crazy when Paula's (our MIAP hero) name finally came on screen.

I feel so lucky to have been there for that experience and for the entire first ever TCM Film Festival, one of the coolest experiences of my life. We went to the closing night party and then crashed the exclusive party afterward, danced the night away and didn't sleep till we were on the airplane the next morning. It was sad saying goodbye to the beautiful Roosevelt Hotel, decked out with that iconic image of Gene, and to Club TCM inside.
Thanks for reading and thank you, Swinny, for this memory.