Sunday, April 15, 2012

dark and stormy date night

Source: imgfave.com via Kelly on Pinterest


As my regular readers may know, I just love date night and I love night caps.  And there is nothing I love more right now than a good Dark and Stormy cocktail. (Yes, I tend to obsess over certain drinks the way most people obsess over new bands or movies. Sorry, liver!)  So I thought why not make one for Friday date night?

A true Dark and Stormy is made with Goslings Rum (are they related to Ryan? LOL), ginger beer, and lime juice. Apparently the Gosling company, which is based in Bermuda, has trademarked the Dark and Stormy cocktail so you can't even use that name unless your cocktail is made with Goslings rum. Omigod, who knew Bermudians were so litigious? Then why does everyone go to Bermuda to evade their taxes???

I've been on the hunt for a good Dark and Stormy in the city but they're either a) hard to find cus not many places have ginger beer or b) you do find them at seafood/maritime themed restaurants and they're either too sweet or too limey. The key to the ideal Dark and Stormy is the perfect proportions of rum, ginger beer, and lime. The richness of the rum is buoyed by the spiciness of the ginger beer and then all topped with a refreshing twist of lime. Just a TWIST. This is not a margarita!

So my variation on the Dark and Stormy is with Meyers Dark Rum, Fentimans ginger beer, and a twist of lime.  I guess I can't technically call this a Dark and Stormy or else I'll get sued (I have no money!) so let's just call it a Dark and Jinius.

Sooo I don't really measure things in ounces but I usually count one one thousand, two one thousand, etc  while pouring. It's very important to say the "thousand"!  My boyfriend didn't say the thousand and it messed up the whole drink!! And almost ruined date night!!! Ha ha. Just kidding. Kinda.

Now pour all these ingredients into a tall glass full of ice (preferably crushed) :

Meyers Rum- count to four one thousand

Fentimans ginger beer- count to five one thousand

Twist of lime

You can find Fentimans ginger beer at most delis or markets. The Gracefully near me sells it. It's crucial you get a good ginger beer because a bad one can make your drink too flat or sweet. 

Okay, enjoy! I better hear you guys counting one one thousand!!!

inspirational quote

“life is not easy for any of us. but what of that? we must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. we must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie

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Friday, April 6, 2012

hi there!

Wowee zowee I feel like so much stuff has been going on the past few weeks that I haven't gotten a chance to process everything and update my little blog. I've missed you blog! And I've missed you, dear readers and spam bots!

Let's see...

1) Shut Up Storytelling

- Last night I did some storytelling at Shut Up! at UCB East hosted by two hilarious ladies, Erin Barker (mentioned before in the Story Collider post) and Caitlin Brodnick. Catilin ended up hosting solo since Erin was sick (get well soon!) and she is just SUCH a warm, positive, and friggin hilarious lady. I was so honored to be part of this show not to mention so nervous because it would be my first time performing at UCB! My previous shows were as a writer so I could just hide backstage and drink my nerves away with Tecate.  But now I had to be onstage! With people looking at me! Eek!

So for this show I let myself have one glass of white wine (no red wine cus we don't want red wine mouth for photos!) and just really rocked my positive affirmations before going up. I was also really nervous cus I was worried my story wasn't totally LOL  and had some quieter moments. But luckily that's where a good host comes in and Caitlin did a TREMENDOUS job of creating this warm atmosphere and building this connection with the audience that I felt comfortable to tell my story. 

Last night was just the perfect alchemy of great host plus awesome storytellers plus amazing audience--a wonderful evening that still gives me warm, fuzzy feelings when I think about it. I love warm fuzzies! 

2) Storytelling with David Crabb
-And on Tuesday night I had the grad show for my storytelling class with David Crabb. Oh, you guys, I have so many wonderful things to say about this class and David Crabb that I don't think this blog post will do it justice. 

I had been a big fan of David for a while after having seen his storytelling at The Moth. When I found out the PIT was offering a storytelling class taught by him I jumped at the opportunity. I had done a couple of storytelling shows before the class but I felt like I wasn't bringing my A game. I wasn't feeling confident as a performer and writing wise felt that my stories could use some help with structure. David was such an unbelievable help in both areas. He is one of the most supportive people I know and by asking the right questions would help you figure out the emotional truths of your story. This is a really simple thing that not a lot of teachers do. And this is so important in storytelling because not only are you putting yourself out there as a writer and performer but you're putting your LIFE out there. If someone criticizes your story they're basically saying your life experience sucked.  Oh, god, why am I doing this again?!

I remember in one class David talked about how an audience appreciates a story because there will be some universal truth they can connect to. Like, heartbreak or a horrible job. And it will be your individual, specific details that draws the audience in even more because they are interested in hearing about something new that they haven't experienced. I think it's this combination of universal truth and your truth that makes really powerful storytelling.

And if I may just also take a moment to thank my classmates for being so positive and supportive as well. We were such a motley crew of weirdos and crazies and I love each and every one of them for that.  This class was seriously the highlight of my week and a big life highlight as well :)

Some stuff I'll always carry with me from this class:

Don't just talk about the characters, BE the characters

It's not the what of the story but HOW you tell it

Breathe

Whew. That was a lot of writing! I deserve a treat like a big steak dinner cus that's where I'm headed to now! 

Anyway, Im so so so grateful for the opportunities I've had so far and for all the people I've met in the storytelling community. You guys have no idea how much you've inspired or touched me. 

(Omg you guys there's a full moon tonight! No wonder I'm even more emotional than usual!!!)

xoxo
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