Things I Love Thursday

America — I am so proud of my new home. Enough said.

Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen — Meeting them the other day was so exciting. I didn’t get to see them for very long or anything, but they are ultra-cute; even more so in person than in photographs. They were also completely charming & sweet. Don’t you just love it when people live up to your expectations?!

Hallowe’en in America — I was REALLY EXCITED to have my first American hallowe’en, & it was EVERYTHING I could have ever dreamed. Dude, it was amazing. New York City pulled out all the stops. I saw 200 people do the Thriller dance all the way down 6th Avenue. They closed off all the streets around my house & it was like martial law with costumes. People roaming in huge packs, yelling & screaming & dancing & posing for pictures. It was totally amazing. The Village Hallowe’en Parade was so, so good. It’s a huuuuge event, attracting 2 million (!!!) people every year. People line 6th Avenue & stand there for 4 hours (!!!) as the procession goes past. I saw all kinds of crazy things. Huge, moving skeletons, mariachi bands, a Ferris Bueller re-enactment, Pacman, a portable haunted house (complete with spinning chairs)… I sat on my fire escape, which had an awesome view, & surveyed the scene. It was SO exciting to me. I couldn’t even express it. As soon as it started I was just like, ‘Oh my god, I cannot possibly live anywhere else ever’. New York City is so incredible, there is so much energy here, & there is so much hard work going on everywhere, it is unbelievably inspiring.

I made a silly video of it, too.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall — One of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a really, really long time. If you haven’t seen it, you should. I thought it was hilarious.

Pumpkin pie — I had my first slice of it the other night. I took a bite, & then said, “Oh my god, are you serious?!” Aloud. To no one in particular. I was standing alone in my kitchen. Okay, so this might be going just a little bit too far, but I think pumpkin pie might just be the food of the gods. If you have never had it — which is probably almost all of you outside of America — you should make some yourself & experience the sheer delight of it. The piece I had was vegan & it was absolutely incredible.

American Psycho — The book is one of my favourites (which is something you might not guess from reading this website!), but the movie is pretty excellent too. I watched it again for about the gazillionth time last weekend, & enjoyed it as always. “That’s a very fine chardonnay you’re not drinking.” Oh, Patrick!

Vampire movies at midnight — Truly, midnight is the best time to indulge in a little macabre cinema. I saw Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre at midnight last week, & it was so much fun. I think I am going to see either Otto or Let The Right One In this weekend at midnight as well. There is a Dracula sub-plot in Forgetting Sarah Marshall & I swear it pushed me over the edge. So, my point is, I am becoming obsessed with vampires. Seriously, I am, I want to buy a pair of plastic fangs & paint on a hot pink widow’s peak. I seem to recall wearing plastic fangs as a child & drooling uncontrollably, but maybe technology has advanced since. I want to watch Buffy, & speak in a silly accent, & swoop around! What a NERD! Um, I also really want to buy this t-shirt. Ahem. — I found out about this from Darren Rowse, & I am obsessed. It’s not a complicated concept, just streaming webcam action, but I love it! I watched him open his Macbook Pro (yes, really!) & the quality was really high, with no crazy buffering madness. It was just like watching television, except you can chat at the same time so it’s not all one-way. I’m thinking of doing a regular “show” that you can all tune into! Tell me what you think & what you’d like to see!

Honourable mentions Adorable tattooed Virgo hairdressers who make house calls!; Jake One’s White Van Music (I’ve been listening to it all week, & it’s totally worth your hard-earned coin!); people telling me they’re dressing up as me for hallowe’en (what?!!! Amazing!); fun dates (ahhh I love New York & the people in it!); getting new shoes in the mail; Otis Redding (Cigarettes & Coffee!); bat signals; Red Bamboo (I have eaten there at least four times in the last week or so); surprising phone-calls; ridiculous invitations (like uh, Mariah Carey’s hallowe’en party); planned ice-skating trips; blueberry bagels with strawberry tofutti; Blueprint – Big Girls Need Love Too; chocolate-covered goji berries; finding cute little vegan restaurants close to my house; Greek (I still love it, you should check it out); 24-hour diners; Quintessence; High Fidelity (“I will now sell 5 copies of The 3 EPs by The Beta Band.” “Do it.”); interviews; foot massages; sequinned everything!

“Our time here is magic! It’s the only space you have to realize whatever it is that is beautiful, whatever is true, whatever is great, whatever is potential, whatever is rare, whatever is unique, in. It’s the only space.” — Ben Okri

& now, sweetness, your list of delight, if you please! What is the best thing that happened to you this week? Bring on the love-fest!