Tuesday, May 29, 2007

East Side Pics

Some pictures I took when Matt and I had lunch on Benefit St. the other day. All of these pictures are taken from Benefit St.

The "Secret Garden"

The castle on Benefit

View of the State House from College Hill

A RISD work of art that didn't make it


Saturday, May 26, 2007

Celebrity Spotting

Ok so it's not too often that we spot celebrities in Providence. With all the movies they film around here you know they're out there somewhere, but they're often elusive creatures... Today Matt and I actually spotted Katherine Heigl at Whole Foods checking out with some flowers and other eco-goodies. Matt was the first one to see her (he must be on the lookout after seeing her downtown recently) but I will definitely confirm that it was her. She's so much shorter in person! But still very cute, I must say.

This is an addition to yesterday's post....
I came across an article from Access Hollywood where Katherine talks about her plans on hanging out in Newport, with castmast T.R. Knight (aka George from Grey's).

One person who couldn’t come to the premiere was Katherine’s good friend (and “Grey’s Anatomy” castmate), T.R. Knight. “(He) totally ditched me for the Obie Awards,” she said in mock disdain. “What a bad friend. The Obie Awards, why? Why would you ditch me for that? Never forgive you.”

Her tune changed, however, when she was reminded that she’d be seeing him in a week. “Yes he’s gonna come and visit me. Okay, now I like (him) again, we’re friends again,” she said, laughing. “I’m doing a film in Providence, and he’s only coming so we can drive to Newport and hang out in Newport. He doesn’t want to see me; he wants to go to the mansions in Newport.”

Well, one thing is for sure. That shaggy guy we saw her with at Whole Foods definitely wasn't George...

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I bid you adieu..

Jacques Chirac bids adieu to his dear France today, more than a decade after he became president in 1995. It’s an interesting time for Europe now with Tony Blair’s resignation last week and the recent French presidential elections confirming Sarkozy as the next Président de la République française. I can’t even remember Europe without those two!

I wonder what Chirac will do in his retirement… after all; he was the mayor of Paris for 18 years before becoming president! Maybe he’ll go down to St. Tropez and spend the rest of his days lounging on the Med during the day and drinking his pastis and playing boules with the other old men of Provence? Or perhaps he’ll paint garden gnomes à la Monsieur Poulain (think Amélie). Either way, it will be a serious change of pace! 30 years in office! Mon Dieu!!

Monday, May 14, 2007

XO Steakhouse in Providence will be featured in upcoming '27 Dresses'

Some more movie news.... the upcoming '27 Dresses', starring Grey's Anatomy's own Katherine Heigl, will feature XO Steakhouse on North Main St as a "hip Big Apple lounge". I saw the movie crews hauling gear there last week so it looks like the footage has already been shot.

Boston Herald article

Friday, May 11, 2007

Lazy? or just reaaaally productive?

I saw this article on Lifehack.org this morning, Laziness is just another kind of productivity. If just reinforces a belief that I've held for quite some time. Just because I want to find that fastest, easiest way of doing things I'm being incredibly lazy and incredibly efficient!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

La Lohan

Right now I'd love to go to bed, but I'm intrigued to see how Lindsey Lohan presents herself on Letterman tonight... she should be up after this commercial break.

In other news... did anyone see Lost tonight??? Ahhhh I feel like it's a soap opera when you say but he can't die! We'll see won't we?

Ok here she is... orange as usual, or "radiant" as David says. Hahah aww some fatherly advice..."Don't let the bastards get you down." Love it.

Wow I really admire Letterman's ability to make people who are professional actors/actresses feel really uncomfortable.


So since I've been sitting in front of a computer for 40 hours (give or take, minus training time) a week for 2 years now, I've become addicted to "life hacks". Basically, tips, tricks, articles, etc on being more productive and getting things done. Now you'd think that I'm actually wasting time checking Lifehack.org all day but I've learned quite a few interesting things. This article right here, 28 Signs You're Becoming a Productivity Junkie sums it up well. Ok well if you read it I'm not THAT extreme! But I do love the tips and tricks!

In East Side News Today...

In the spirit of the new name, I'll be sure to keep you updated on the latest happenings here in Providence.

Today, Matt saw Katherine Heigl of Grey's Anatomy on hanging out in front of her trailer on the set of her new movie, 27 Dresses. Apparently she was smoking a cigarette and chatting up a co-star? groupie? production assistant?

Although the movie is supposed to take place in NYC, they chose to take advantage of the generous tax credits that Rhode Island offers. It's actually quite a draw to movie makers and now that the sun has come out, lines of movie trailers are often seen around town. In the fall, the movie carnies set up shop right across the street from my apartment for what I believe was Fred Durst's movie The Education of Charlie Banks.

Ikea Hacks

As a young person with my own place to call home, I have my fair share of Ikea furniture. I came across this site today on the Clutter Diet blog (I'm into organizing-in theory at least- lately). It's called Ikea Hacker and it takes your everyday Ikea purchases and turns them into something not so "Ikea" if you know what I mean. Check it out, the towel/wine rack is really cool and these lamps are pretty sexy!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Nom du jour

As you can see, I've changed the name of the blog. I discovered that my International Business Background is crap and useless and therefore SYWBAIBM (yeah see, ridiculously long even as an acronym)will now be East Siiiide. Why East Side? Well, that's where I live in Providence and it's a pretty cool place to be! Hopefully you'll see!

PS the chair hasn't arrived yet... :(