My Friend Maxwell
Hey Everyone, how's it going? It's been a few weeks since I've done a Throwback Thursday post, sorry about that! Today I have a cool photo to share though. Do you all know Maxwell The Pig? You probably do, even if you don't know his name. He's also known as The Geico Pig, and he has been starring in Geico's commercials for a while now. He is a good friend of mine and this photo is of the two of us at the famous restaurant and "celebrity hot spot" The Ivy a few years back:
I took him to The Ivy to celebrate when he found out that he booked the Geico gig. Actually we were both up for that job, as were several other animal friends, believe it or not, but if the job wasn't meant to be for me I'm so glad it went to my good buddy Maxwell! He's so charming and funny and I think he does just a fantastic job! Check him out in action below and have a great weekend everyone!
Summer Is Here!
Hey Guys! I hope everyone had a nice long weekend. It was sunny and warm here in NYC yesterday, and for the first time after this long winter and cold spring I felt like summer just might be on its way. That made me happy because I am a summer-lovin' gal for sure! Here are a few of my favorite summer activities:
Mmmmm, ice cream, I love eating ice cream! I don't know how to decide which one I want though, guess I'll have to eat them all!
Amusement parks! I LOVE amusement parks, especially roller coasters. I've been on the Cyclone down in Coney Island about 87 times (roughly) and I can't wait to go again this summer! I don't recommend doing these first two summer activities in order though, you should probably wait until after the Cyclone to consume 6 ice cream cones. And speaking of consuming a lot of food, you should stay away from Coney Island on July 4th if you're squemish, that's the day they hold the hot dog eating contest. The guy that won last year ate 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes - gross!
Camping! That's me on the left (duh!) poking my head out of the tent during a camping adventure last year. I may be a city girl now but I love getting out into nature and getting back in touch with my earthy side, which is what I was doing in the photo on the right. That's a pretty advanced yoga move I'm doing though, so don't try this at home kids!
Fresh fruit salads and smoothies - I practically exist on these when the weather's hot and I don't feel like eating anything else. And nothing wrong with spiking your smoothie with a little rum or tequila at night, (or during the day - hahaha!) it's still got the nutrients from the fresh fruit and will help you get the party started!
Outdoor movies! I love movies, I love the outdoors, combining the two is a no-brainer! My local outdoor movie location is in Brooklyn Bridge Park and of all the outdoor movies in the country I think we might have the most spectacular view, wouldn't you agree?
And finally, my very favorite thing about summer is that you can go to the beach! I love the beach! All winter long I fantasize about burying myself in the sand, frolicking in the water, having Aziz Ansari rub suntan lotion all over my body........................................ Wait what? What happened? So sorry, I must have trailed of there for a minute. Anyway, to summarize - beach: good, Aziz Ansari: good, Aziz Ansari with me at the beach: Best Thing Ever! Happy beginning of summer everyone & I'll catch y'all later!
Just one more photo, I couldn't mention "My Man" without showing a photo of him. There are still no photos of Aziz shirtless, unfortunately, but he's looking pretty summery here.
Hey Everyone! Oh boy, is today an exciting day, it's May 22nd! A lot of important things have happened throughout history on May 22nd. Here is a selection:
334 BC: The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeated Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus. The Battle of Granicus was the first of three major battles between Alexander and the Persian Empire, and among many other battles that this handsome badass fought.
1570: The first atlas was published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp, Belgium. It contained 70 maps and I still can't figure out how they made maps before google satellite existed!
1803: First public library in the United States opened in Salisbury, Connecticut. I hope whoever checked out that first book didn't lose it, can you imagine how much that fine would be?
1892: Dr. Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube. I guess before that toothpaste came in jars? I'm glad Dr. Sheffield invented the tube, it'd be hard to squeeze a jar - hahaha!
1967: Mister Roger's Neighborhood debuted on television. What a wonderful day that was, I watched his show almost every day when I was a little kid and I wished so much that I could go visit his neighborhood!
And finally, (and maybe most importantly - hahaha!) on May 22nd, 2013 a little mule named Apples sat down in front of her computer in Brooklyn, New York, and started a blog. That's right people, it's been a whole year since I started this blog - can you believe it? I want to thank everyone who has stopped by the blog to read my anecdotes and check out my photos and videos. I have loved doing this blog and I'm excited to keep on going with it. It's been a great year but it's only the beginning. Watch out world, Apples is coming!
Hey Everyone, Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. Just a quick post today with my thoughts on whether or not you should care about the upcoming wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, aka "Kimye." Enjoy and please feel free to tell me what you think, whether you agree with me or not, I'm always up for a good debate!
Hey Everyone, happy hump day! How's your week going? Today I'm going to talk about twitter. Are you guys on twitter? I was initially not a fan, it seemed like just another unnecessary social media annoyance, but I have changed my tune over the past few months. I found some people, mostly professional comedians but some non-comedian people too who write really clever tweets and I realized that when done right twitter can be an art form. It's a lot harder than it seems to write something clever using only 140 characters, but I'm working at it and building my twitter followers steadily. Here are some examples of what I think are really funny tweets:
So those are some tweets from the pros, now here are some of mine:
So what do you think? Are my tweets good enough to be up there with the big boys and girls? I hope so! You can check out all my tweets at https://twitter.com/ApplesTheMule, and if you're on twitter definitely follow me and I'll follow you right back! Have a good rest of your Wednesday everyone!
Bring Back Our Girls
Hey Everyone, hope you had a good week! Just a quick post today, check out my latest "Should You Care?" video. And -spoiler alert- you should definitely care about this one..... Have a wonderful weekend!
Hey Guys! How has your week been? We had an exciting Monday here in NYC, dozens of major celebs were in town to attend the most glamorous event of the year: The Met Ball. It's a fundraiser event for the costume institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but really it's just an excuse for celebs from movies, modeling and music to get dressed to the nines and rub elbows with the richest of the New York City rich. The gowns at this event are often over the top and extreme, here are a few examples of what has been worn over the years:
I didn't get an invite this year (I guess it got lost in the mail? - hahahaha!) so I decided to do a little dressing up and come up with my own Met Gala inspired looks. Check them out!
What do you think, would I have made the best dressed list? The Met Ball is all about pushing the envelope but somehow still being elegant and classy so your guess is as good as mine! Playing dress up sure was fun though, maybe I'll throw on one of these looks when I go out this weekend. I think the lesson is: don't wait to get invited to a ball to treat yourself like a princess!
Feliz Cinco De Mayo!
Hola Everyone! Are you planning on doing anything to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? I know a lot of people will probably have a photo that looks similar to mine - big hat, big margarita. This was from a few years ago and as you can see that the drink is actually the size of my head! I don't remember if I finished it all by myself but I definitely gave it my best shot! And I also probably stood on the table and sang mariachi music, after a margarita that big who really knows? Hahaha!
Since most people just associate Cinco de Mayo with drinking too much tequila I want to take a second and explain what it's all about. Contrary to popular opinion, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's independence day, that's on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo originated in Mexican American communities here in the US to commemorate Mexico's unlikely victory against the French in the battle of Puebla in 1862. Apparently Mexico had only 4,000 troops to France's 8,000 but somehow pulled off the victory. I think they all deserved a nice cold margarita after that, don't you?
And speaking of margaritas, now that we all know the history behind the holiday I think it's time we joined in the celebration. Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone, go get yourself a margarita!
April Showers Bring....
Well, it's been a rainy couple of days here in NYC, about 3 inches yesterday alone, but since I'm from Portland I'm handling it like a pro. And honestly I don't mind the rain because rain helps flowers bloom and aren't flowers just the best thing ever? Here are a few photos of some beautiful flowers that I photographed on a trip home to Portland a couple of years ago. And Mr K, these photos are for you. (you might recognize some from your yard!) Happy Happy Birthday Mr K!
And finally, of all the flowers in the world, I think some of the most beautiful are dahlias. My Grandma was a prize winning dahlia grower who had the most beautiful backyard garden full of dahlias. My Grandma passed away a couple of days ago and I would like to post these next few photos as a tribute to her. I'll miss her lots but she made the world a more beautiful place because she was in it and every time I see dahlias I'll think of her.....