Monthly Archives: May 2010

Amanda Seyfried and I are the same person

At least when it comes to our exercise and food philosophies:

She takes a more moderate approach to her workout schedule — running for 30 minutes five days a week and doing Pilates on the weekends. (Hey, me too. Wow – look at me…all Hollywood. Whatever.)

“I mean, at the end of the day, if you can’t have a Girl Scout cookie and a piece of cheese, what is life all about?” (Right on, Sister Seyfried. Life’s all about eating shit that will eventually kill you. Though in my case, it’s Whole Foods Two Bite Brownies and Trader Joe’s olive oil gouda.)

Other than that, I don’t give a rat’s dinger about Amanda Seyfried. But kudos to her for loving cheese.

Well, this is totally fascinating

This little ditty called “The Science of a Happy Marriage” from the NYT. It will, of course, shortly result in a lengthy conversation with Jules (who sent it to me – thanks, m’dear). If we can ever get our dang podcast up and running, we could share that chat with y’all. (Soon, I promise. Really.)

One excerpt in particular struck a chord with me. It’s the concept I’ve tried to explain multiple times to people who just can’t fathom how I (or my ex-husband) remained faithful through a 15-year relationship. It’s something I call The Marriage Mindset, which translates as: THE SWITCH JUST SHUTS OFF.

A series of unusual studies led by John Lydon, a psychologist at McGill University in Montreal, have looked at how people in a committed relationship react in the face of temptation. In one study, highly committed married men and women were asked to rate the attractiveness of people of the opposite sex in a series of photos. Not surprisingly, they gave the highest ratings to people who would typically be viewed as attractive.

Later, they were shown similar pictures and told that the person was interested in meeting them. In that situation, participants consistently gave those pictures lower scores than they had the first time around.

When they were attracted to someone who might threaten the relationship, they seemed to instinctively tell themselves, “He’s not so great.”

“The more committed you are,” Dr. Lydon said, “the less attractive you find other people who threaten your relationship.”

The return of Daria

AKA My Alter Ego (a title also shared by Ms. Miranda Hobbes – more on that later).

Series just released on DVD. MTV petitioners prevail!!!!!

La la la la la.

Can’t get this outta my head

It’s been two months since this originally aired and Jules and I are still quoting it. Presented by Jenny Slate – one of the most amazingly talented comedy ladies I met at Rififi during my years in NYC.

Give me a couple glasses of wine and I’ll launch into my Tina Tina Shanoose impression. It’s totally weird that I do an impression of someone I know.

Supreme funniness.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

One of the greatest nights EVER

Yes, it’s taken me two weeks to post this.

Honestly, it’s taken me that long to get my wits back about me.

A bunch o’ my favorite things in one night: Conan, Pearl Jam, and Reggie Watts. Eddie and a couple tambourines. If Stone had been there – well, the McCaw Hall janitorial staff would’ve had to mop the floor with me.

Real Genius on the brain

CHRIS

So, if there’s anything I can do for you – or, more to the point, to you – you let me know.

SUSAN

Can you hammer a six-inch spike through a board with your penis?

CHRIS

Not right now.

SUSAN

A girl’s gotta have her standards.

Yes, I’ve seen it at least 40 times.

Yes, I know the entire script cover to cover.

No, I’m not ashamed.