First batch of tulips in my new place. More to come, I am sure, but these sure are cheery when it’s getting chilleh outside.
I luvvvvv my new rugggggg. The wool is grey/brown with cream and it makes me happy.
In the good news column, last night I won a major battle against the 3rd roller blind from the left that would only go up halfway. It took me a bit to figure out and I gave up on getting it to roll over instead of under but I remain victorious. My unblocked view and the near-uniformity pleases my dumb brain.
Tomorrow I get to pick up a rug I ordered for the sofa area. It is a neutral and very pretty and I can’t wait to roll it out and feel it on my feet. It’s taken me a long time to decide on seating for the dining area but I think I’m going to pull the trigger today. (I say this daily.) And if the media cabinet ever comes back in stock, I will eventually have something more suitable than a side table for my TV. Huzzah. Perhaps by January I will have everything in place. We shall see! Anyway, despite the fire alarm business and those impossible to keep clean dark floors, I still love my apartment.
I was jarred awake by a false fire alarm in my building at 3:30am and it kept going for 40 minutes. It was piercing and my brain is rattled so I am a little out of sorts. The end result is that I feel sad today and miss my mom and dad moreso than always. So, I am digging through my pretty pictures. I have lots and feel grateful for my travels and special people in my life. This is one of my all-time favourite pictures of Meagan. She has a softness of heart that is really beautiful and it shines through in this photo. And the beach above is my idea of true bliss. Warm sunshine, cool ocean air and nothing but the sound of the waves and sea birds. It’s good stuff.
Josh is an awesome boyfriend for a buncha reasons but this latest ranks pretty darn high. For my birthday, he surprised me with a training session in the pool with three lovely beluga whales at the Shedd Aquarium. I got to pull on hip waders, step into the frigid water up to my bewbs and have a one-on-one encounter with the whales. In the pool with us were Kayavak, Mauyak and her baby Kimalu. The first two gals weigh about 1100 pounds each and the baby is somewhere in the 300 pound range. She is still a little shy of humans so she swam right next to us with her trainer and came over a few times to check us out. They do a great job of making sure you know how to interact with the whales so everyone is comfortable and safe.
I got to boop our noggins together, touch their tongues, pat their tails, get a kiss, make them do awesome vocal calls, wobble their melons and get squirted repeatedly from a mouth full of water and unswallowed fishies. This is better than it sounds! It was fun learning the hand movements to get them to perform each task. Personally, I love that all of their training is to ensure that the whales are not only happy, engaged and stimulated but that they are comfortable receiving care and treatment as necessary. It was a wonderful, unforgettable adventure and I’m really grateful for my time hanging out with these beautiful creatures. It was the best and my face above is the epitome of sheer goofy bliss. Thank you, Joshy!
There’s only one movie poster at the Sandwich office and it hangs behind my desk (seen here)—a gorgeous Argentinean edition of my favorite ninja movie, 1983’s “Revenge of the Ninja”. Keep that in the back of your mind.
Today, NBC News is launching a brand new version of their Breaking News app, and they brought me in to make a video for it. Their whole thing is quality news you can trust, not a bunch of garbage. It’s based in a time-honored respect for journalism that reminded me of the old titans of news: Edward R. Murrow, David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite. So I pitched the client on the idea of having one of those salty old news guys present their app as the savior of news. And bless their hearts, they let me do it. So I enlisted my talented writing friend Joshua Allen to give the character a voice, and the next step was casting our news man.
Here’s the fun part.
Casting is never easy in these videos we make. Never. But every once in a while, a brilliant actor, a master of the craft who you recognize as having played the villain in your favorite ninja movie walks through the door to the audition and you try not to lose your shit, you try to pretend you don’t know who he is, but you know that voice, you know those wise, charmingly menacing eyes. This man is Arthur Roberts and he’s played a major part in your subconscious since the 3rd grade. He’s informed some important archetypes for you, as a storyteller. He’s Arthur Roberts.
So you cast him, of course. And he is simply a joy to work with. A gentleman and an artist and a pro in every sense of the word.
Breaking News. What a world.
Josh is so dang good at writing scripts and there are a LOT of his peppers in this gumbo. He makes me super proud. Great job, Adam, Josh and Sandwich crew! So funny and smart.