‘For A Good Time Call’ Your Best Friend

August 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Thanks to the always incredibly awesome Alamo Drafthouse, (seriously, how does that place just keep getting better. I hope they take over the city – like a Drafthouse Disney World), my bestie Leanne and I got to watch ‘For A Good Time Call’ before it comes out on Friday.

Let me just start out by saying that while the prim and propers of the world might want to avoid this flick, they should drag their blushing selves to the movie theater, order a glass of wine and prepare to giggle.

It’s all about Lauren, a stodgy, good girl coming out of her well manicured shell and really experiencing life for the first time. Her roommate, Katie, is the complete opposite and helps pull out the “creative” juices that Lauren didn’t know she had.

The phone sex scenes are pure gold and an awesome background to the movie, but it’s mostly about friendship, overcoming pre-determined roles and standing up for what you want out of life.

Oh and did I mention that Justin Long possibly graced us with his best performance yet? I can’t give you details, but he’s perfect in every sense of the word and he pulls off cropped pants. You go, Justin.

While I will never operate a phone sex business out of my house, some of the scenes aligned pretty closely with the relationships I have with my girlfriends. At one point, Lauren awkwardly shimmies around Katie for five minutes, showing that she is finally comfortable in her own silly skin. I’m constantly dancing about for Leanne while she says, “Stop. Ew. What are you doing. You’re a weirdo, etc.” But SOMETIMES she silly dances for me too and I love it.

Halfway through the movie the girls are swapping clothes and calling each other “sisters.” My roommate and I live in each other’s closets and she’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a sissy poo of my own.

Moral of the story: Whether you run a phone sex business or not, best girl friends are just about the only way to get through life.


Before it comes out on Friday, treat your ears to the soundtrack (My Spotify Playlist: For A Good Time Call). ‘Back and Forth’ is my new favorite tune and if Generationals and Los Campesinos! are not already regs on your playlist, add them right now.

Speaking of movie soundtracks – does anyone remember the days pre-iTunes or Spotify when you’d watch a movie and then spend hours trying to find a song you heard? And then you’d go and spend $12 on the full CD, only to tire of it after 500 straight listens. I created this entire Spotify playlist in 5 minutes. I almost miss the hunt and satisfaction of finally finding the song I was lusting after. Nostalgia.


1. Back and Forth – Operator Please
2. I Promise – Generationals
3. Come Alive – Hanni El Khatib
4. Stick Together – Mack Winston & The Reflections
5. Side Saddle – People Get Ready
6. Blackwater – The Dig
7. By Your Hand – Los Campesinos!
8. He Knew – Chalk & Numbers
9. Operator – Mary Wells
10. Flowers Bloom – High Highs
11. Come Come – Hot as Sun
12. Black Water – Timber Timbre


Elevator Encounters

August 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

My company just moved into an office building that hosts all of our sister brands and it’s much bigger than our old spot on Congress. We’re on the 16th floor and spend a lot of time going up and down the various elevators. Watching the floors tick by is one of the most tedious parts of the day, but if you make a game out of it, then whammo bammo your morning just got a whole lot more exciting.

One of my elevator games is to think about what might happen if I fell in love with someone on one of my rides up to our suite. It’s hard to meet professional men these days and the elevator at work seems like a very logical place to run into someone with similar life goals as myself.

Just last week a boy walked in from the garage elevator and said, “Hey, were you listening to Beirut back there?” My first thought was to apologize for my loud music. I try to keep it under wraps, but the Golfie has some serious speakers. So I said, “Yes, I’m so sorry if it was loud! Santa Fe comes on and I can’t help myself.” And his response was, “It wasn’t too loud, I just noticed because NPR was talking about Beirut the city earlier and I thought it was a funny coincidence.” Me: “You’re kidding! I was listening to Beirut BECAUSE they were talking about it on NPR…” Are we meant to be? Maybe. Maybe if I see him again, we can have another cute-meet and discover that we also both like The Walkmen or something equally as pretentious. Or maybe he isn’t into ladies. You never know in Austin, especially since we work in a building filled with creative/digital agencies. He was wearing skinny khakis, but in the creative world, straight boys have to look stylish too.

Unfortunately, this occasion was probably a once in a lifetime elevator encounter. Usually the rides up are dull and awkward – I spend the minutes catching up with Politico and the New York Times (ahem, it’s possible that I’m actually only reading Hello Giggles) and checking my email. I run into one handsome boy pretty regularly, but I’m always doing something incredibly weird when he steps in. Once, I was eating a hunk of Gouda covered in wax. Another time, I was furiously powdering my face before a meeting. And then there was the time that I had my leg up on the wall trying to pop my hip. I didn’t have time to explain to him that I dance and run and I have to pop my joints on a regular basis or else they lock up…

I think meeting my soul mate in an elevator would be much more adorable than meeting him in a bar or somewhere less glamorous. Someday when little Kristen Elizabeth Jr. looks up at me with her big ol’ green eyes and asks me how her dad and I met, I don’t want to say, “Well…mom was sipping on a 7 and 7 and daddy was on his third beer…” “But don’t drink kids!” It’s just not a cute story. I’d have to lie and that’s not one of my strong suites.

INSTEAD, re-hashing the tale of how Mr. Right rode the elevator up an extra 10 floors just to talk to me would be really perfect. And just to remind myself that I’m living in a fantasy world made up of chick-flicks and ridiculousness, I think we should all watch a few cheesy elevator scenes. Enjoy. Oh and if you’re a handsome man reading this and you want to stage a real-life elevator encounter, I wouldn’t mind one bit.

When Harry Met Sally: Scroll to 2:30.

Adorable old couples are, well, adorable.

The Ugly Truth:

I love everything about Gerard Butler. He’s handsome, he has an accent and he’s your stereotypical bad boy with a tude. I would kill to make out with a Gerard Butleresque man in an elevator. I’d also kill for Katherine Heigl’s dress in this scene.

500 Days of Summer:

Because The Smiths are awesome. And also because Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks like every hipster-professional in Austin and my chances of meeting someone like him are high.*

*Probably not really, but a girl can dream.

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