I really love right now:
(not me, sorry)
Uno: My bud, April. Okay - I really love her all the time, but especially right now. She's beautiful, brilliant, funny, flippant, and brave. So, so brave. She's living the life I thought I was going to (minus the apartment mice; no one ever fantasizes about apartment mice.) Reason for this ode? She's participating in National Poetry Writing Month, or NaPoWriMo. Never mind the fact that she's always been a prolific writer and featured in several poetry slam tournaments, a poem a day for thirty days is hard, people! You can check out her submissions via her blog, could it be? You could join the movement too, by carrying a "Poem in Your Pocket" on April 17th. Hey, just try it, will ya?
(One more thing: her work is represented in Fighting Words, a poetry slam/Rocky movie released about a year ago, now available on DVD. Here's the 'scrip: One of the most soulful poets in Los Angeles, April Jones has stolen the hearts of audiences with her descriptions of love, loss and other four letter words. April is an established poetry slam veteran whose passion strikes like lightning from the stage. April has appeared at various venues in LA including the Bourgeois Pig and Da Poetry Lounge. ) Yeah - I totally love this girl.
Dos: Jonathan Knight is still a hottie. Alright, I'll admit to NKOTB fanhood in my pre-teen years. I've mentioned that before, and I'm not ashamed to say it again. The fact that he is still so darn good-lookin' makes me feel better about the major crush I had, and the fact that I still know all the words to Hangin' Tough. As of April 2nd, NKOTB.com is a fully functional fan site, complete with blog, news updates, photos, and desktop wallpaper downloads. Ahhh, brings me right back to my awkward years.
Tres: PBSkids. Thank you for an entire hour of not-lameness that allows me to update this here blog . Err, I mean thanks for commercial free programming and educational edification. Love Ya!
Quattro: Blueberries. Particularly the genius who realized that freezing them makes them available year-round. My three-year old and I thank you. Also, Spray-n-Wash thanks you, 'cause I'm spending a fortune fighting that tell-tale purple all over her clothes. Still, they taste awesome and make my fiberlicious cereal palatable.
Cinco: Downtown Diane. B'more residents and visitors know that she's got her ear to the wall and can reliably fill us in on "What's Hot in Baltimore". Like the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival in Timonium, or Peter Max exhibit at the Light Street Pavilion, or even The First Ever Green Gala at The National Aquarium. Sign up for her newsletter for weekly updates, and get a shot at free tix to some of the great happenings around town. I won passes to The Baltimore Zoo's Reggae and Brew Festival last year. I can't tell you if it was any good, 'cause my kids decided to be very sick that day, continuing the tradition of my not ever being able to use tix I've won for some strange reason. (Included in that list are Jane's Addiction, Lenny Kravitz, Jingle Ball, and The Nutcracker.)
Seis: Airfare wars. This is when competing airlines try to out-cheap each other on domestic flights. Current participants are American and Southwest. SmarterTravel's Jessica Labrencis has written an article detailing the latest one. Hurry, though. Booking has to be made by April 17th. My sis-in-law just had a beautiful baby boy, so we'll likely be taking advantage of those cheap flight options this summer.
and Siete: Scribbit. My new fave blog. Written by Michelle Mitchell, a native Alaskan with great taste in both literature and music. (Any fan of Ella is alright with me.) I like her writing style, and I wish I'd found her sooner. She hosts a monthly "write-away" contest that I think I'm going to try to get in on. April's theme is going home, and Lord knows, I've got all kinds of feelings about that. So far I've only haunted her site, (I feel geeky writing comments, which I know is pretty lame, but hey, these are my feelings) but my personal fave post is titled "Ways you can die in Australia". Yeah, she's cool.