Do This Today: Buy Ticket to Comedy for the Holidays


Sadly, Comedy Bang Bang’s Christmas Pageant is no longer (I’m still sad about that). Wipe those tears away and make your “Do This Today” buying a ticket to Loud Village’s Comedy For the Holidays! The show is at the Troubador (great venue- not too big, not too small), it’s only $15 in advance (so cheap!), and it’s taking place on Tuesday December 17th. To clarify, the show is NOT tonight, but you should get your ticket today because it will probably sell out quick.

Who will be there? Um, everyone. Pete Holmes, Rob Delaney, Paul Scheer, Eric Andre, Brett Gelman, The Birthday Boys, Howard Kremer, Taylor Williamson, Emily Maya Mills, Joe Sib and hosted by Jeremy Burke.

Event: Loud Village presents Comedy for the Holidays (event link)
Location: Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Time: 8pm doors
Cost: $15 advance, $17 at the door (get tickets here)

Do This Today: Doug Benson Movie Interruption


What better way to celebrate pre-Valentine’s Day than with some comedians at Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption of Valentine’s Day? That’s right, tonight at the Silent Movie Theatre Doug will be screening this film with some comedian friends while they make funny remarks. It’s a great time, I swear, and for the price of a movie ticket you see the film and get a show. 

Event: Doug Benson Movie Interruption- Valentine’s Day (event link)
Location: Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater, 611, N Fairfax Ave, LA, CA 90036
Time: 8pm
Cost: $14 (tickets sold here)
FIY: Parking is tough in this neighborhood, bring quarters for the meter or allow extra time to circle the blocks.

DYI: Holiday Card Display

I’ve had this unused frame (awesome $10 tag sale find) that I repainted a while back. It’s been decoration and collecting dust. When my holiday cards came in this year, I decided it would be the perfect place to display them. All this empty frame needs is a backing, some twine, and clips to hold up the cards.


Taking inventory. I was lucky enough to have the empty frame, scrap pieces of foam core to use as the backing, and left over burlap from another DYI project. At the Etsy Rengrade Craft Fair, I picked up cute turquoise twine and mini clips for a cheap price.


Aren’t the twine and mini close pins adorable?


Next, I cut the foam board to fit the inside of this giant frame. It took two pieces to fill the entire frame and because I knew I would be covering it up, it’s alright that there’s a seem.


Then I cut a piece of the burlap to be a little larger than the foam board and used a stapler to wrap the boards and adhere it in place.


Once I turned the board over, it looks great (no one ever sees the back). Then I figured out how far apart to space the twine based on the average size of the cards I had and stapled the twine in place from the backside of the board.


Then just pop the board into the frame and you’re done!


Then as the cards came in, I just tacked them up. The great thing is that it’s not holiday themed so I can keep it up all year as cards come in for different holidays. Notice the matching burlap tree skirt. I got my monies worth with that burlap.


This was a fun 20 minute DIY project that didn’t involve any sewing or machinery. Please disregard the dust on the bookcase in the photo above… that was… intensional. Also, yes that is It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia on the tv.

Do This Today: A Very Ronna & Beverly Hanukkah Special


I love Ronna & Beverly (formally the All Jew Review) and tonight they have a special Hanukkah edition. Tonights guests are Paul F. Tompkins, Angela Kinsey and Paget Brewster and tickets are only $5! Such a good deal. I’ve been to so many of their shows and I LOVE them. Read more about that here.

Event: A Very Ronna & Beverly Hanukkah Special (event link)
Location: UCB-LA, 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 8:30pm
Cost: $5 (get tickets here)

Do This Today: Comedy for the Holidays


If you missed the Comedy Bang Bang Nativity pageant this year, today is another awesome and cheaper comedy event. Get ready for Tim Heidecker, Pete Holmes, Kyle Kinane, Neal Brennan, Eric Andre, DJ Douggpound, Garfunkel & Oates, The Birthday Boys, Emily Maya Mills, Brandon Johnson, Joe Sib and hosted by Jeremy Burke. It’s gonna be a fun night!

Event: Loud Village presents Comedy for the Holidays (event link)
Location: Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Time: 8pm doors
Cost: $10 advance, $12 at the door (get tickets here)

Holiday Blues


Now that you are caught up on the fun times of my Denver Thanksgiving, you can imagine the second part of that trip was not so much fun. Typically that Saturday after Thanksgiving is when I allow myself to start celebrating Christmas. I start writing Christmas cards and listening to holiday music. Since Saturday was spent in the hospital and then it was a mad dash to get back to Los Angeles once I was released on Sunday, that switch from Thanksgiving to Christmas never happened for me.

I’ve spent this weekend laying low (still fighting the allergy, although it’s getting much better) and I decided to let myself start celebrating. I woke up early today and went to World Market to buy Christmas cards. I dug out my old roommates mini tree (see above) and decorated while listening to the Holiday Pandora station and breathing in my cinnamon scented candle. It’s like Santa threw up all over my room.

In all this holiday cheer, I must say I’ve got a bit of the holiday blues. Maybe it’s being single around the holidays or perhaps it’s this allergy/cold issue that’s sucked away the past month of my life, but I’ve got the blues today. I’ve also come to the sad realization that I can’t finish all my Secret Stair walks by 2013. Having lost the last 4 weekends to this cold, I’ve fallen too far behind. It’s painful to admit this, but the only way to complete them by 2013 is to rush and that takes all the fun out of it. I don’t want the walks to be a chore, but something I look forward to enjoying. So that goal is being stretched into 2013, and since I’m back logged on those posts, you’ll get to enjoy those well into 2013.

This all has me contemplating my 2013 goals, as I’ve got one month to make next years list.  Have you started thinking about 2013?

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Another year, another Denver Turkey Trot! As much as I love LA, visiting my uncle (above) in Denver is one of the highlights of my year. It’s become our Thanksgiving tradition to get up early and Turkey Trot before we head to the days festivities (see last years post here). It’s a great way to feel good about all the food we are about to eat. This year I’m suffering from a nasty virus, so my trot was more of a speed walk, but I’m so glad I was at least able to participate. And Erica and I surprised our uncle with TURKEY HATS!

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! So much to be thankful for!

Christmas Day 2011

Christmas day began as it traditionally does, opening gifts around 10am with me in pjs and my family fully dressed in nice clothes. I got my parents dog a santa outfit, which we forced her into.

Instead of the usual “everyone opens one gift at a time, then we all look at the gift” (aka 24hr gift giving) we tried to mix it up by having everyone open a gift at once. Thankfully this saved us a lot of time and we all still got to see what everyone was opening. One highlight from the gift giving was grandma receiving a little purse (for an ID + cell phone) and her response of “this is so when Im at the bar and pass out, they can identify the body?” hahaaa.. she’s 93 and hilarious! It gives me hope for 93 year old Bethany. Around 1p we finished opening gifts and my mom prepared a delicious brunch. After that it was nap time!

Later in the night we went to see the Hubbard Park lights, which was a great activity to do with Grandma, so we could all enjoy it from the car. They had a ton of lights, my favorite being the globe of lights.

After dinner we (minus Grandma) went into the center of town to walk. I’m from a charming Connecticut town with historically old homes all dressed for the holidays. It was a beautiful walk and thankfully the temperature was bearable.

We made it an early night, seeing as Erica and I had a train to catch to NYC the next morning.

Weekend Recap

Did you go to the Etsy Renegade Craft Fair?! I did, and knocked a ton of gift’s off my to-buy Christmas list. Unfortunately, my camera is still out of commission, so you’ll have to settle for cell phone pics for the next couple weeks of posts. Check out the website HERE for a recap from the event sponsors.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite vendors. You see, I go to this event twice a year and I can always count on certain vendors to be back with new merchandise and also some new booths I’ve never seen before. Graze organic is one of these new (or at least new-to-me) booths. They make 100% organic reusable sandwich + snack bags. “Disposable” plastic ziplock bags are convenient but TERRIBLE for the environment. Everyday people use these bags to pack their lunches and then they toss them out at the end of the day. Graze uses organic fabrics to create snack and sandwich sized bags that you can reuse and wash with your clothes in the washing machine. It’s such a great concept. The vendor had one of her first prototypes to show how long they last. It was a tad faded, but considering she’s washed it tons of times, it was in great condition. Check out their website HERE, order them for your family for Christmas and help the environment.

Of course my favorite tee shirt vendor, Fuzzy Ink, was there with a few new designs. And one of my favorite jewelry stands, Love Nail Tree. Another great Renegade fair down.

From the craft fair I went to a sushi-making party at a coworkers place along the Venice Canals. What a beautiful night there, and they’ve put Christmas lights out on all the bridges. I highly recommend a twilight walk along the canals.

After Venice I headed to Largo for Paul Scheer’s Sexy Christmas Show, but that event deserves it’s own post 🙂

Halloween Recovery

It’s already November and I’m still recovering from October! I’m so pooped from Halloween festivities, I need a day off from blogging to catch-up.

One tidbit: tonight, Deer Tick is playing at the EchoPlex ($13 tickets if you get them in advance HERE). Alright, Im pooped and it’s not even close to the end of the day. All of my Halloween details are coming tomorrow, I swear. In the meantime tell me what you did! Did you check out the WeHo Parade? Any cool costumes?