It was Bana-anas

So yesterday was just a typical Wednesday. I went to work as usual, and on my way home, ran into Eric Bana (Troy, Munich, Funny People), and ate dinner. Yes, I ate dinner.

Attending the NYC premier of "The Time Traveler's Wife," Eric was very nice, taking pictures with anyone who asked. I, who only had my phone, snapped this shot. Hot. Hot. Hot. Australian. Hot.
Roomie then ran into his co-star and one of our favorite actresses, Rachel Mcadams. You may know her from "The NoteBook,"Mean Girls" or "Wedding Crashers," but we know her simply as the girl who stole the heart of our man - Ryan Gosling. Heather said she was just as beautiful as person as she is on screen, and that she know believes her chances with Ryan are out the window. I say, "Phooey!"
Whether it be Roomie or me that Ryan would choose, I say we are more than woman enough to handle that gorgeous work of human art - afterall, we know how to shimmy-shake.



This post is long over due but proves if you put things out in the universe anything is possible.

When Carly and I first moved to NYC and realized our office is located just blocks from Bar Americain, we knew our dreams of meeting Bobby Flay could be a reality. That's right, the ginger throwdown grill master Iron Chef could cross our paths at any moment if we were lucky. Well, it didn't magically happen but we kept hope alive. I mean, I even created a Bobby Flay cupcake during my office's Halloween cupcake decorating contest. Again, putting it in the universe. Delish!

But then, on June 23rd it happened and we got to meet one of our FoodNetwork favorites. Hello Bobby...

My favorite part of the experience came from Carls who said to Bobby - we are the roomies, you should meet us, we love you. haha. Ain't that the truth. The stars really did align.

Thanks to Betty Boop for taking the pic. ;)


Will he ever forgive me?!

Umm...in a strange turn of events, I didn't go see my future husband at the Letterman show today...just steps from where I work. I took the day off to do my best to see him, and failed. I'm now at home and am actually feeling under the weather. I think I may skip trying to stalk his entry to the show (on 53rd). Gasp! I know...I know. First I don't go to Jones Beach last week, then I don't even see him next door to work...what is wrong with me?!

Dave, I'm sorry, and I love you. My tummy hurts, it looks like rain is coming, and I didn't get tickets. Sometimes you have to meet me in the middle...like Paul did. Play the marquis already!

Anyways, I'll be watching you tonight - see you in Fresno and Chi-town.


Dancin in the street

Too funny and forgot to mention...

On my way into work yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of walking behind a girl about my age who was illustrating the power of morning music. She had her iPod with her and was dancing along to it as she walked. And not just a toe-tap or finger-snap here and there, it was literally a show stopping performance.
There was one point where I actually had to back up because she had stopped in her tracks and was doing a side step move - all while shaking her head to the music. Arms were flailing, hips were shaking, it was a sight to see for sure! I'm pretty sure parts of her dance were choreographed.
What made it the most strange/awesome was that she would bust a move on an 8-count (or I assume an 8-count) and then continue walking as if nothing had happened. Then she would bust out again, and proceed as before. This went on until I crossed the street and escaped her dance party. Mind you, this is all before 9:00 am.
I did want to make sure to note however that she was no Roomie who blew away MS&L yesterday afternoon.


My Roomie Can Dance...Dance...Dance

Watch Roomie at the MS&L Talent Show working it out with Brian! Work. It. Out. You think you can dance? Well I KNOW my Roomie can dance!

Video coming soon - technical error.

Ever hear the one about the rabbi...

This has to be one of the best/saddest stories of all time! I can't even make this up...rabbis and politicians selling kidneys...

"Three New Jersey mayors, two state lawmakers, a deputy mayor and five rabbis were among 44 people charged Thursday" for being allegedly involved in money-laundering and an illegal human organ-selling ring.

Oh this is just too rich. Can't even make any funnies on it...the story speaks for itself.
Read the whole story here:


Hometown proud

Well it didn't take Lincoln, IL as long as I thought to make it into Perez Hilton, but guess I always assumed I'd be the one to make it on there due to my high profile romance with Dave Matthews. Instead, this dude beat me to the punch...suppose there's always People.com

Oh and I know what you're thinking...and NO he wasn't my prom date...that is, at least for my Junior prom date...


When he was 64...

So here's the low down - Mama was sick. Mama had called off work because she had worked almost 4 weeks straight, and it had finally caught up with her. I had awoken to a damaging headache and weak stomach ache, but received a call from Roomie that my Paulie was playing the Letterman show. Umm...hello...next door to where we work. Go figure.
I jumped into action. I slept for 3 hours, drank OJ like no other and did the best I could to better myself before 4 pm. I then cabbed it to Broadway to see the man who opened so many musical windows for me. Paul "effin" McCartney. The man. The legend. The Beatle. OMG, OMG, OMG. Let me just say this: There would be no Dave Matthews-lovin if it weren't for this man (and 3 other lads just as talented). I swear to you, he has been essential to my being. True it was Richie Valens (Richard Valenzuela if you're nasty) who jumpstarted it, but my view of music forever changed at age 11 when John, Paul, George and Ringo entered my life. In 4th grade my friends were annoyed when I tried to play "Help!" and "Hard Days Night" at slumber parties. In 5th grade, I taught friends "Yellow
Submarine" during recess to which we changed to "Pink Submarine, "Blue Submarine" and such. Because of these four men, my music life has formed the way it has. I remember my aunt taking me to a record store in Peoria, IL (that had a mural of Beatles of course) to get 45s (for those who don't know, small records basically). I would get 45s from the Beau Brummels to the Kinks, but always had to get some token Beatles - amazing. My love for Paul purely comes from Mama and Aunt Becky, so I thank them and wish nothing short that they had experienced what I just did.
This is my first experience with Paul - on stage (a top the Sullivan Theater's Marquis) - hitting Sullivan theater for the first time since '64 when he was joined by John, George and Ringo. OMG. OMG. OMG.
Can I put this in the atmosphere? Paul plays Ed Sullivan Theater (next door to work) within one year of me arriving to New York. Paul hasn't played it since '64. I'm just sayin. I have proof that Paul is not dead.
P.S. Oh yeah, Bruce Willis was next to me.
P.S.S. And I have more pics and video (woo-hoo), so will post them when we have internet that works.



Oh my peeps, it's been so long. I just got back from a vortex of work, and promise to keep up from here on out!
With that, here's a quick recap of what's been going on:

May & June = blur. In May, went to see my husband at the Pete Seeger show, went to see Heather's husband the night before that, was in Miami for brother's wedding and then in Illinois for almost 2 weeks for his reception.

First week of June, came back and stood in the rain for 5 hours to see David at the Today show (got in line at 3 am), went to work directly after (looked like a drowned rat), and then went straight to Harford to see familia (Nicky and Mia are insanely cute!), and listened to a little Dave with the sissy (totally walked a bridge near his show and could hear it!).
Came back, had one weekend off and then had an event at Giants stadium. Following weekend went to Orlando for work, but got to hang out with Katie (yah!), then went to Baltimore this past weekend over the 4th. So....that's where I've been. :)

Looking forward to the move - can't wait to see where Roomie and I end up next!


HAPPY 4th of JULY!

So it's officially been a full month since you've heard from either of the roomies. What can I say we are busy girls. But I hope you've enjoyed your freedom from us as much as you are enjoying Independence Day.

Here's to seeing fireworks where ever you may be spending this holiday! (Carly is in Baltimore while I am in Atlanta - see I've told you we've been busy.) But in addition to fireworks, here's to seeing more from us. We've had and have some exciting things coming up. God Bless America!



They've done it again. Dead Man's Bones is back (this time featuring the LA Inner City Mass Choir and the Silverlake Conservatory of Music Children's Choir) with a second song and accompanying one-shot video for "Name in Stone." It's quite lovely if I do say so myself. You can check it out below but I hope to check out the band in person sometime soon. Come to NYC boys and put your name in lights.

DEAD MAN'S BONES - "NAME IN STONE" from biz3 publicity on Vimeo.



I'm keepin it Superfraiche and you should too.

SUPERFRAICHE is a new series of live shows in NYC curated by the Arjan of
ArjanWrites.com. This blogger/tastemaker (and all around fabulous guy) has chosen many artists that have gone on to greatness and the ones playing this SUPERFRAICHE series are on their way!



Featuring... Del Marquis - Scissor Sisters + Embryoroom, Fritz Helder + The Phantoms, Kate Havnevik, Avian X, Noah, Scott Simons, Kaci Battaglia with Dangerous Muse and DJ Lind$ay Luv Sketch, Projection by Shantell Martin

Purchase tickets before June 5 and get a limited-edition Superfraiche Mixtape Vol. 1 at will-call!!

You better believe the roomies are attending. Will we see you there?



After a wonderful trip to Florida (which I'm sure Carly may chat more about), coming back to the city during Fleet Week may just help the transition from beach to concrete go a little easier.

Today is the day! New York City kicks off its 22nd annual Fleet Week celebration with a parade of ships along the Hudson River.
According to Newsday, thirteen vessels, including five Canadian ships, are slated to parade up the Hudson River at 11 a.m. The largest and most familiar ship is the USS Iwo Jima, a 40,500-ton assault helicopter carrier.

It's my first time being in NYC for Fleet Week but I understand events will include a military aircraft flyover (which our office wisely sent out an email about as a heads up that there will be low flying planes), free tours of the ships at docks in Manhattan and Staten Island, military band performances and tactical demonstrations by troops. With all that, I may have to wonder down and tour a few ships -- who knows, maybe I'll even hook a sailor.


We're back baby!

Didn't make the tournie in March, but are currently the #1 recuiting class in the nation...
Behold the era of Calipari!

"Kentucky is going to be very good at basketball this year" - Yahoo! Sports



Oh say can you see, the view from the top? Now you can.

The Statue of Liberty’s crown, which was closed after the 9/11 attacks, will reopen to the public on July 4, the White House announced this morning. The decision, by the Obama administration, is a reversal of the previous policy.

It apparently takes 146 steps to get to the crown but I'm sure the view is worth the hike. I can't wait to see it for myself.


Pistol Pete's Birthday Party

As some of you may know, Roomie and I went to Madison Square Garden on Sunday to celebrate Pistol Pete Seeger's 90th birthday...got that -


The show was nothing short of amazing! From John Mellencamp to Arlo Guthrie to Bruce Springsteen to Joan Baez to Ben Harper to Kris Kristofferson to Ani DiFranco to Dave Matthews, it was incredible! Pete is truly an inspiration and think I can speak for Roomie as well that we walked away with a new found perspective on one of music's finest.

The show started at 5:00 and didn't end until almost 9:45. Throughout the night, clips of Pete's life were shared between videos, family recollections (sister Peggy was amazing!), and those who had the pleasure of working/singing with him.

The best quote of the night had to to go Bruce Springsteen who described Pete as "a stealth dagger through the heart of our country's illusions about itself" and "... gonna look a lot like your granddad that wears flannel shirts and funny hats. He gonna look like your granddad if your granddad can kick your a--." He also went on to talk about how Pete "had outlasted the bastards" when discussing Pete's civil rights advocacy.

President Obama also sent some sentiments for Pete (via a letter), and although not as hard-hitting as Bruce's, it was awesome just the same!

One of the best collaborations was Kris Kristofferson and Ani DiFranco who sang "There's a Hole in my Bucket." Truly amazing.

Not to be biased, but a highlight for me and I would hope others, was Dave's version of "Rye Whiskey." The man made mama proud...and the man in front of me liked it for sure! He was roughly 75.

There are so many moments I wish I could highlight (Amazing Grace with Pete leading the audience, This Land is Your Land with everyone on stage, Oscar the Grouch appearance singing "Garbage," etc.) but I will hold off. Rather, I encourage you to watch the PBS special in early June...it wil be well worth it!

Clips of the night can be found here: http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/springsteen-honors-pete-seeger-at-madison-1003968856.story

Pics of the night & an article here: http://www.rollingstone.com/photos/gallery/27954855/celebrating_seeger_springsteen_m

Some of my favorites pics of the night below.

Hello, I love you

It was Jim Morrison who crooned, "Hello, I love you. Won't you tell me your name?"

This past month, those lyrics have gone beyond awesome keyboarding and into my heart as the truth...for I have found the father of my children, and I do not know his name.

What I do know about him is that he is an actor with a soft side for children. Though he is definitely a hottie-tottie in this commercial, I do believe he is also in a Time-Warner commercial. I am still investigating this.

If you know this man, please share with me for I am ready to settle down and begin my new life with him.

To refresh your memory or if you have not seen this commercial, you can watch him here with what I take as his nephew because it is not possible for him to have children without having met me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_BfTr4ShMs

Suburu man: Hello, I love you, won't you tell me your name? Hello, I love you, let me jump in your game.



Wouldn't it be funny if ... I would have gotten a backstage pass to meet Dane Cook at the Isolated Incident Global Thermal Comedy Tour in New Jersey?

Well, that was the hope. DC put out a call to his peeps to send a photo with their tickets and with the help of roomie, I submitted a pic - get under my umbrella, ella, ella, eh, eh. As you can see mine was probably super PG compared to the ones he received but that's how I roll. Worth a shot, right? Regardless, I really thought this was going to be it. I had hope. I was nervous. But alas, it was a no go. I guess he just wasn't ready.

Even without a golden ticket the show was good. What’sHisName (seriously, I didn’t catch it and couldn’t find it online) and Robert Kelly opened and the laughter began. I think I owe Robert an apology. I’ve said in the past that I didn’t think he was that funny but he totally changed my mind. Losing 70 lbs … don’t worry I’ll be back … and getting married must have done wonders and gave him hilarious material.

But after the initial ha ha, it was time. Dane came barreling down the isle and took the stage – the stage I was 8 rows away from!! There is no doubt he brought the funny, mixing some old with some new, and was true to style. No topic was left untouched and he, of course, was heavy handed with the sexual bits – hell, I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t. However, I couldn’t help but hope the tweens sitting in front of me didn’t know what he was talking about. God, I’m old. But no, shut up, wait ... the BAMF actually came out for an encore. Gotta love that! More Dane, yes please!

All I gotta say is I can’t wait for May 17th, Comedy Central, Isolated Incident. Enff said. You hang up, no you hang up …



1 more day until Dane Cook in Jersey +
2 more days until Pete Seeger's Birthday Bash at MSG =
A whole lot of heaven



Speaking of photo ops, this one is just down right tacky and poorly planned. If you haven't heard, an Air Force One lookalike flew low over parts of New York and New Jersey this morning, accompanied by two F-16 fighters. Why you may be asking? Apparently, so Air Force photographers could take pictures above the New York harbor.

As a result, this stunt left the mayor "furious" and New Yorkers frighten. According to a Reuters article, employees at the New York Mercantile Exchange, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and other institutions evacuated their buildings, and hundreds of others called the 911 emergency response line, which City Councilman Daniel Garodnick wrote in a letter of complaint to the FAA.

Check out this YouTube video posted in a NY Times blog article to truly understand witnesses' gut reactions:

Of the situation, Bloomberg also said, "The good news is it was nothing more than an inconsiderate, badly conceived and insensitive photo op with the taxpayers' money."

Though I personally didn't feel the airplane and just heard the buzz through the grapevine, I agree with Citysinned, who elegantly commented on the above YouTube clip:
"You can't blame New Yorkers for shitting themselves."



Spring is FINALLY in the air!

Along with a ton of fellow New Yorkers, Carls and I took to Central Park to soak up the sun this weekend.

But randomly in the mist of our outing a fashion photo shoot popped up right next to us.

So I took it upon myself to show the models how to eat. Hey, I'm here to help.



So much to say ;) ;) -- it's been a while and I've been a busy girl. After visiting friends from the North (Lancaster, PA) to the South (Atlanta, GA) I've had a crazy month full of fun with more to come now that I'm back in NYC.

Actually, I was fully reminded that I'm back in the city yesterday when Carly and I ran out to grab a bite for lunch. When heading from the restaurant -- yummy Q2 Thai again -- to the office a gust of wind came whipping through the buildings to which I reacted by making an annoying, high-pitched brrr sound, because I'm classy. Regardless, the man walking in front of us heard my lovely noise causing him to turn and smile. That man was Anthony Edwards. Only in New York!

Also in random New York City celeb news, it looks like we are getting a new neighbor. Apparently Madonna just purchased a brownstone on the Upper East Side, E. 81th Street to be exact. Let's just say we are close people, very close. But that begs the question, do you think the Material Girl would prefer for us to stop by with a pie or a basket of muffins to welcome her into the neighborhood? Seriously, only in New York!


I will not dwell...

But he played Crush AND Dancing Nancies again...and he played Grey Street...and he played Stay or Leave...and he played All Along the Watchtower...and he played Burning Down the House...and Satellite...and the Maker...and Bartendar...

Lovely show. Just lovely.


Oops I did it again...

Just bought a ticket to go see Dave tonight in Jersey... life is swell.

The Dreaming Tree in fact did not die....

**Warning, have not proofread yet**

Kids, it happened. Me. Dave. New York. Tour Opener. Dancing Nancies.

Interestingly enough, this is the #200 post for Peaches to Apples, and I couldn't think of a better way to use it! Last night was what dreams are made of...well Carly dreams that is.

During the show, Dave posed a question to me (and I suppose the others attending the show) - "Who starts a tour at Madison Square Garden?" Roomie and I were oh so proud to answer, "You do Dave, you do!"

Dave started the show with "Don't Drink the Water" and I tell you now, the better question would've been, "Who starts a tour at Madison Square Garden and proceeds to start the show with Don't Drink the Water." You do Dave...you do.

He went on to some more of my faves like "Cornbread." But then he started playing "Raven," a song that I hold near and dear to my heart in my NYC experience. I quickly ran to Roomie and said, "I know we're only about 3 songs in, but this may be one of the highlight of the night." I have never heard him play it, and it was nothing short of lovely.

It was then that I heard it, "Dudda dudda," "dudda dudda." The guy behind me (who is actually my soulmate it turns out) grabbed my shoulders and goes "I can't believe it!" for he knew what was about to happen.

For those of you who read the blog often or know me in general, it's been an ongoing battle between Dave and I for the song, "Dancing Nancies." Last summer, when I missed the Lousiville show because I was moving to NYC, he played it. Yet in the many shows I have been to, he has never played it for me. But I am so happy to say, that changed last night.

As soon as the band started it up, it was as though I could die (as soon as the song was over of course), and I wouldv'e died so incredibly happy. Roomie ran over to me and hugged me for she knew...oh she knew, what was happening. Once the song was done...Dave launched into "Pig" - are you kidding me sir?!

Although I am still coming down from the "Dancing Nancies" high, I will move on to the rest of the show because I tend to lose concentration when I think about this portion of the show. Do note, because I am not one to dwell or get dramatic, but Dave playing "Raven" followed by "Dancing Nancies" shorly followed by "Pig" was one of the most perfect moments in time. It is up there with the creation of fire.

The band went on to go into 3 news songs from the album, including "Funny the Way It is," (all AMAZING). I can NOT wait for the new album! He also went on to play "#41," "Two Step," and many other perfect classics. But then he asked Gregg Allman to the stage...and together they sang, "Melissa."

Okay kids. This means that Roomie and I have seen Dave and Gregg do "Melissa" twice (first time at Piedmont Park). This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing that they have seen twice...OMG.

He ended the first set with "Ants Marching," and hit the stage for an encore of "Sister" and "Tripping Billies (Eat, drink and be merry!)."

Mama is happy. I don't know that I can not deem this as the best show I've ever been to. I know I typically say that after each show of his that I attend, but this is for real. "Raven," "Pig," and "Dancing Nancies" pushed it over the limit. Tears of joy. Tears-of-joy.

Can I also mention that I was wearing my trusy and favorite owl necklace...yes...my owl bling. As we walked into the show, guess who has a new freaking shirt with an owl on it?!! Then as I was cruising for reviews from last night, came across this poster for a promotion - guess who is getting it?!

Oh David - You make me so happy.



The day has arrived. I am sitting in my DMB t-shirt from the '06 tour, listening to the new single, Funny the Way It Is, getting ready to order Thai. My Christmas/birthday has arrived.

First and foremost - download the new single! Dave is so sneaky. He knew how upset I was that the album wasn't coming out today, so he released a new single. Thank you Dave. Listen to it. Love it. It is truly great. I have it on repeat and truly love it!

Download at: http://www.rcarecords.com/cgi-bin/dm/download.pl

Second, thank you Roomie for getting me the link first. I had a late night and had to work early this morning so I could concentrate on DMB-goodness the rest of the afternoon. I took a short nap after I finished up work, and so when I awoke, there was two emails from Roomie, both in regards to Dave.

The first of the two was actually from Mama D who after reading the past few posts, said "Enjoy DMB tonight and help Carly keep her blood pressure in check. I wouldn't want her to collapse during the first song and miss the rest of the concert." Oh Mama D - the picture to the right is for you (the one on the right is for me - heyoh!). This is sure to be my face before, during and after the show, only I won't be red/tan from the sun, that will indeed be my blood pressure.

Last thing - tonight is THE night! I just got another wave of super excitement, so I can't type anymore. I must go dance to "Funny the Way It Is." But let me leave you with this: Tonight is sure to be magical.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry.

Download the song.