A year ago I heard about the Internet Cat Video Festival on the Huffington Post. It was odd enough for me to remember when 6 months later when my boyfriend and I made a short movie about our cat Rita—I proclaimed, “We should enter this into the Internet Cat Video Festival!”
The Girl From Normandy, the premise of which is a french girl who is from Norman, Oklahoma (aka Normandy). She is a normal girl in every regard, except for the fact that she is a cat.
The festival premieres in Minneapolis, where it was founded by Scott Stulen. Proceeds raised at the festival go to local animal shelter efforts. The festival then goes on the road, and cities from across the country get to enjoy watch cat videos as a mass.
It’s a genius idea, and David and I both were thrilled to even be a part of it.
To our surprise, we were featured in an article from the NY Daily News. The funniest part was actually getting a physical copy and seeing this…
Rita was a star! Well, even for 15 minutes, but she was wonderful in those 15 minutes.
In fact, I was so inspired by her that a few days later she became my Halloween costume. It was a hit—and I thought I wouldn’t be the only Lil Bub out there, but I was…and I never found my partner in crime—Grumpy Cat. I guess people really wanted to be Miley Cyrus at the MTV Music Awards.
We could all learn a lot from the feline fancies on the internet. Fall with grace, remember to play, and look out the window more.
The other day my coworkers and I ventured to the Lower East Side to check out a Banksy installation that had popped up the earlier week.
As we ventured through the streets for a 20-minute walk, we discovered more street art than Banksy, and a funny fruit.
You know how you sometimes see the weirdest looking fruits and think to yourself, “One day I will try that fruit”? This was the day to try the dragon fruit!
My coworker Tricia was confident that I would love it—and I did! It was very mild tasting compared to it’s appearance. The texture is like a kiwi, but peeling it was my favorite part!
In Chinatown these run $1 a pound. She bought three for $4.
After commandeering some dragon fruits, we discovered some more street art to feast our eyes on!
And here’s the Banksy piece we saw. The doors had already been stolen, but it was still fun to see in person.
“The art relates to a 2007 US attack in Iraq. The call signs of the 2 helicopters involved were “Crazyhorse 1/8” and “Crazyhorse 1/9.” At least 12 were killed, including 2 Reuters journalists.”
Foursquare made an awesome Banksy list for everyone to find the fun stuff.
What are you favorite spots for sightseeing street art in NYC?
Ikea is a magical place—but it’s also the most stressful shopping experience (most likely) of your life. Thousands of people weaving in and out of each other over amazingly made, uniquely designed and highly affordable Swedish goods. It’s the kind of magic only a place like Disney World offer—if you can stomach the lines.
It was a Sunday morning, around 10 a.m. when my boyfriend and I ventured towards the Red Hook Ikea. I heard through the grape vine that there was a free ferry on the weekends to Ikea.
We got off at the South Ferry stop and went looking for this mysterious free transportation. Some wonderful MTA employees pointed us to Pier 11.
The Water Taxi came about every 15-20 minutes. We hopped on after waiting for about 15. Check out the schedule here.
Something I didn’t realize, but I’m telling you so you can learn from my mistake! The Ferry first docks at the Red Hook Fairway Market. If you stay on for one more stop, it will literally drop you off at the dock of Ikea. This is more helpful information once you have all of your Ikea goods, since I guarantee walking another 10 minutes to the other dock won’t sound appealing.
5 Tips for Your Brooklyn Ikea Adventure
(How to Ensure You Won’t Want to Kill Yourself or Others When Venturing to the Brooklyn Ikea)
1) Start early. Try to get there around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday to give yourself the advantage.
2) Take the Water Taxi. It’s relaxing, free, and a beautiful view of the city. It makes it feel like you are doing something fun.
3) Go in with what you want to purchase already in mind. It’s the worse trying to make decisions at Ikea. Do your research ahead of time, so once you get there you can get down to business. Get in, and get out!
4) Don’t go in hungry. Or do, but go to the Ikea cafeteria for a bite to eat before you shop. Nobody is a happy camper when they are shopping hangry-style (Hangry= anger induced by hunger).
5) Just try hard to keep it all in perspective. It’s Ikea in New York, after all. I’m sure you’ve embarked on harder things in your life, although they are all comparable to an Ikea experience. Just take a look out the window—you can see the Statue of Liberty and she will keep you on from losing your mind and your dignity.
Tweets started rolling in, then the Facebook posts…it was all too real. I had only been in NYC for a few months, but it was the end of the May—the peak of tornado season in Tornado Alley. In the middle of it, Moore. Fighting for its survival. My heart felt ripped out of my chest, as the pictures of ripped up homes came flooding through the news. HuffPost, NYTimes, they all were writing about it, and I was just sitting there reading about it. There was nothing I could do.
Over the past year I have made a point to seek out my fellow Okies living in New York. I knew there were a ton of us out here. I knew they felt the same way…helpless.
10 text messages and a few phone calls later, I had rallied a group of Okies to put together a benefit something here in NYC.
Three months later, we did it.
This Sunday, August 25 we are rocking out at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC to raise money and spirits for Oklahoma. While the tornado cleanup has lost the favor of the media, we know how long it takes to rebuild. This is not just a concert, but a chance to bring together Okies (and friends, of course) in New York City. When tragedy strikes we do what we know best, band together and do something about it.
Can’t make it out to the concert, but still want to show some Okie love?
Special thanks to the following people who made this happen and supported it:
David Rosfeld, Meredith Meyer, David Bizzaro, John McLaughlin, Sara Ganus, Angela Cohen, Sarah Beth Hill, Christa May, Anna Adams, Tracey Zeeck, Amy Gifford, Brittany Kelly, Brent Moss, Sean Brennan, Peter Musante, Great Lakes, Kenny, Young Unknowns, Jessie Kilguss and Her Band, Alyson Greenfield, CJ Macklin, Brandon Bales, Darian James, Brooklyn Yelp, Julie Porter, OU Alumni Association, Bill Moakley, University of Oklahoma, Kam Stocks, OSU NYC Alumni, NYC Sooners, and Mandy Hardin.
Summer in New York is quite delightful so far. There were about 2-3 weeks of sweltering heat last month, but since then…it’s been the most beautiful weather. And with that weather, summer in New York is winning over my heart.
Last weekend some friends and I gathered ourselves up at 8 a.m. to trek to to 33rd and Park Avenue to hang out in a tunnel. Usually closed off to pedestrians, the Summer Streets in NYC opens up the tunnel for people to experience. This year we experienced the installation work of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.