Sunday Social

I officially need to pre schedule all of my link up blog posts because I am just never around the day of! I did have a legit excuse this weekend though, I was in the lovely city of Pittsburgh helping my brother move into his new apartment. Specifically, I spent Sunday moving his friends heavy couches up 8 twisty flights of stairs and cooking 100 meals for all the boys. Have I mentioned I’m the BEST sister?

Sunday Social

What were you like in Middle School/HS? (pictures)
I was weird. I mean, I’ve always been weird. I was really shy and quiet and only came out of my shell with my best friends or onstage or at work where I ran birthday parties for kids. I was always super busy between 30 hours a week of dance class, play rehearsals, choir practice, color guard, working, teaching Sunday school, and fitting in time for friends. I read a ton and saved up my money to see Broadway shows. I loved doing things for my friends – throwing surprise parties and making creative gifts and silly parodies.
At least this is one step up from a mirror shot.
I thought I was a Hollister model.
8th grade graduation dance with my two besties ❤
This is me doing a yak impression and my friends being afraid of me. Typical.
Obsessed with slash terrified of dinosaurs
lovies ❤
Spent my life in stage make-up
What were your favorite past times?
Performing, in any aspect. Even if it was just re-enacting a funny incident for friends. I loved being onstage – acting, singing, and dancing. I was the first student to ever be in all four plays and all four musicals in high school. When I wasn’t performing or rehearsing, I loved going on crazy adventures with my friends. We used to have dance parties in the Dairy Queen parking lot where one of my friends worked. We had crazy themed parties (ChristmaHannaBirthdayka) and went to all the dances and school functions together. We also spent weekends playing card games and hot tubbing. I loved my job, even though it was pretty crazy running birthday parties for 30 five year olds. I loved being creative and acting like a kid. I also liked teaching Sunday school – my class was four and five year olds and they were so adorable. Traveling was my biggest passion and I was so lucky to go to places like Hawaii, Mexico, and Europe throughout middle school and high school. I also spent lots of summer weekends on the lake boating, tubing, and water skiing with friends.
With friends in Athens. Don’t worry, I’m not naked – those are khaki shorts.
Lake day!
Celebrating a friend’s 16th birthday
My friends all loved to ice skate, but I am terrible at it and would hide on the side of the rink until one of my friends agreed to tow me around the ice like a child.
Climbing Mt. Everest aka the giant mountain of snow in the movie theater parking lot. So very cool.
Taking the train into the city to see Spring Awakening!
Sneaking a peek at Tom’s cards during Mao.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Bracelet ❤
What songs were you obsessed with? (Backstreet Boys anyone?)
My best friends and I had a whole dance routine to Mambo Number Five which we HAD to perform every time we heard it. I also loved B*witched, N*Sync, Britney, Chrisina, and LFO. I spent most of high school listening to Broadway soundtracks: Les Mis, Aida, Rent, The Apple Tree, The Drowsy Chaperone, Chicago, Spring Awakening, 42nd Street, and many, many more.
What fashion statement do you look back on and cringe?
My middle school/high school style wasn’t too bad, but back in 5th grade I decided I was too cool for jeans and refused to wear them. This resulted in a lot of black sporty striped pants paired with nice tops. Yikes.
fashion model.
Who was your celeb crush?
I didn’t really have celeb crushes. Instead I pined over boys at school who I would never actually have the courage to talk to. I was super cool.
What were your favorite tv shows/movies?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (and everything Audrey), White Christmas, The Charlie’s Angels movies, Spice World, Blue Crush, Finding Nemo, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
TV I was obsessed with Everwood, Friends, and TGIF

The One Where I Met Courteney Cox

Saturday night was one of the best nights of my life.

I’ve been a fan of Cougar Town from the get-go. Even though I wasn’t crazy about the first few episodes, I stuck with it because I adore the actors and have always been a fan of Bill Lawrence’s work (Scrubs, Spin City, Friends).

The show really came into its own about halfway through the first season. It completely abandoned his premise of Courteney Cox chasing after guys half her age and became a wonderful show about the fun, cooky relationships between a group of neighbors. I like to describe it as a grown-up Friends with more wine, but it’s honestly better in some ways. (This is crazy for me to say because I LOVE FRIENDS and I own every episode and know every line. So obviously, Cougar Town is good.)

The past few months, the producers and actors have been running one of the best guerilla marketing campaigns I have ever seen and something completely new in the world of television. Cougar Town has been running viewing parties across the country complete with free booze and all on the producers’ dime. ABC has not endorsed these or paid for them at all. The producers have also taken to twitter to interact with fans, run giveaways of wine, t-shirts, and walk-on roles, and generated a ton of buzz for this struggling sitcom.

And it’s working.

By repaying their most devoted fans with personal viewings and free alcohol, Cougar Town has pushed us to be even more devoted and spread the word. I have recruited almost ten new fans in the past couple weeks, including my best friend who I brought to Saturday night’s viewing party.

Speaking of: I had submitted to win tickets to one of the NYC viewing party weeks ago. Last Wednesday, I finally found out I had won two tickets to the formal event at the Paley Center. This event was special since it featured a screening of two new episodes and the ENTIRE cast. I sat thirty feet away from Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, and Busy Philipps. I got to hear them talk and joke around. It was amazing. Also, the two episodes they showed were the funniest yet. The first one (which is on tomorrow, Tuesday, February 14th at 8:30pm) is pilot-esque in order to introduce new viewers to the show. I also got to see the 5th episode which pays homage to Scrubs in an amazing way.

After the screening, I rushed outside to where I hoped the cast would be exiting. The dark-windowed SUVs along 52nd were a sure sign. I was able to squeeze to the front and was right next to the doors. Since the show features a lot of wine drinking, I brought along a wine glass and permanent marker for signatures. I was able to get three of the guys to sign: Josh Hopkins (Grayson), Ian Gomez (Andy), and Bob Clendenin (Tom). I really wanted Busy, Christa, and Courteney as well, but they were rushed out surrounded by security. When I realized I wouldn’t be able to get their signatures, I yelled out to Courteney: “Courteney, I’m Christine and I absolutely adore you!” To my surprise, she turned quickly, smiled and responded: “Hi Christine! Oh my gosh you’re so cute!”

I almost cried from happiness.

Later on, after my bestie and I stumbled across Cello Wine Bar on the East side, I realized something. I was surrounded by candlelight, sitting on a cozy hand-carved stool, guzzling delicious red wine, and engaged in great conversation with a wonderful friend. That’s when I realized: this is why I love Cougar Town. It’s about getting to a place in your life where you accept everything about the people you love. There’s none of that “will they, won’t they” teenager-y angst that’s ever present in every show on tv. Relationships are established and you get to see the goofiness between great friends. And that’s something I love about my own life.

So, I will now post a challenge to all of my adoring fans. Watch Cougar Town. Tomorrow (Tuesday February 14th) at 8:30pm EST on ABC. Seriously. Watch it. Put it on as you eat a pint of ice cream alone, DVR it for after date night, or use it as background during your V-day nookie. Give this little show a chance and I promise you won’t regret it.

If you pledge to watch it and prove it by telling me your favorite scene or line on twitter (@ictine) or here, I will send you a drink. I am completely serious. I’ll respond and get your address and send you a delicious adult beverage to enjoy before the following week’s episode.

Obviously this is only for 21+, but if you’re under 21 I will send you grape juice or write you a haiku.