Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thirsty Thursday: Happy Things!

Thirsty Thursday is back again! This is a link-up through Jenn at Going the Distance and Trish from Tales from Trish, come link up and see what's going on in our virtual happy hour!

What's In My Cup?

Vodka Martini Dirty

Recipe and picture via

Basically it's a traditional vodka martini but you pour a little of the olive juice in at the end (YUM!).  I first tried this in my "Search for My Martini" back in 2010, where I decided I would taste-test different versions of the drink to find my preferred version.  This lasted very briefly as I discovered Martinis can be expensive, beer not so much.
I rediscovered this drink at the wedding last weekend as I was burned out on orange juice (too many mimosas) and didn't want too much sugar or something that would drastically show if I spilled on my dress (I'm nothing if not pragmatic about my tendency to be clumsy).  Let me tell you, it hit the spot and has solidified itself in my shortlist.

What's On My Mind?

Since I missed you lovely people last week, this might be an extra long post to make up for it =)

Susie's Wedding!!

It was absolutely Magical!
Some ladies in the bridal party (pre-party on thursday)

The bride and groom (pre-party on thursday)

My and my lovely sisters at the reception


on the bus back from the reception, party glasses ON!

some mischievous people decorated the groom's truck

I WISH I had more pictures (especially with more of the bridesmaids, the groom's sisters are FABULOUS new friends) but since I was in the wedding I couldn't lug my camera around with me the whole time =)

Web Series

Regular TV seasons have wrapped up (except for Game of Thrones... we get ONE more episode to the season although it seems too soon to end) and I definitely don't have time to get involved in a new summer show with all my studying this summer.  So I've discovered a wonderful alternative to fulfilling my need for scripted stories: Web Series! Episodes are typically less than 10 minutes and provide a great diversion from work, without taking up an hour of time.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
This is a re-imagining of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with a modern twist.  It has been modernized in that instead of a novel it is a pretend video blog (or vlog) by Elizabeth Bennet (or "Lizzie"), all the actors are super engaging, and each episode leaves you wanting more. I'm hooked! Check out Episode One below:

New Episodes Mondays and Thursdays!

The Flog (not necessarily scripted but fantastic nonetheless)
Felicia Day is my total nerdy girl crush, like if I could be any celebrity it would be her. She's so adorable and has been in a few mainstream productions Bring it On Again & episodes of Buffy or Supernatural but has worked really hard and pioneered lot of on-line web series.  She starred in one of the first scripted YouTube sensations: Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, created 2 web series of her own The Guild and Dragon Age: Redemption, and now a channel on YouTube called Geek & Sundry.
The highlight of this is her weekly vlog called The Flog where each week she shares her Fave Five on-line things of the week (how I discovered The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), learns a new skill set (such as cooking or ice sculpting), and answers a fan question.
Even if you're not a nerd like me, you can totally appreciate how candid demeanor and how well produced each one is.
Here's an episode where she learns to crochet (she makes an Iguanaswanguin, an animal she decided she had inadvertently created in a previous episode when trying to ice-sculpt a swan, like I said, ADORABLE):

New Episodes every Monday

Job Hunters
This series takes place in a dystopian future where to fight overpopulation, all 22 year olds must enter a fight-to-the-death competition to prove their worth to employers.  Sounds kinda Hunger Gamesy but it's very different both in tone (pretty comical & satirical) and plot (it follows 6 job-hunting hopefuls).  I find this particularly entertaining since I'm currently in a jobhunt myself
What's really  neat about this is it started on Kickstarter, and it seems like it has taken the next evolution of scripted entertainment in that it is completely grassroots funded created by and watched by a particular niche of people, and potentially A LOT more, with worldwide FREE viewing.  Can you imagine this on a larger scale? It's neat to see people taking such a hand in creating entertainment that reaches a larger audience.
Here's episode 1:
New Episodes every other Wednesday!

Great New CDs

A review will be forthcoming in the next Musical Monday post but suffice it to say that Ramona Falls' Prophet was the BEST unexpected musical find, Kimbra's Vows were worth the wait, The Lumineers  are happy folksy foot-stomping perfection, and the only regret I have about Of Monster's And Men's My Head Is An Animal is that I did not pick it up sooner.
Tune in Monday for a bit more in-depth reviews of the albums including my favorite singles if you just want some song suggestions

What songs have gotten you through Spring? I'd love to know!




Jenn said...

I LOVE me a dirty martini! Sometimes I ask for it EXTRA dirty! I love olives...could you tell? :)
I'm kinda glad that some of the regular season shows are over. My DVR was getting hard to keep up with. Now I have time for all the episodes of So You Think you Can Dance....and all of the Real housewives too of course! :)
Thanks for linking up, chica! Hope bar review goes well!!

Bitzy said...

Olives are THE BEEEEST! And I can't believe I forgot to say something about SYTYCD, it is my summer ADDICTION! I was (and still kinda am) OBSESSED with Melanie, her "statues" duet with Marko: goosebumps every time! Thanks for the well wishes!