She was there. All pink and gold and glittery.

Month: May, 2012

We’re here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so that death will tremble to take us

It’s been another week full of celebrities here in London.  Last Saturday Tom and I went to a taping of “The Voice”.  We were meant to have seats but because the priority guests entered first, they were all taken by the time we got inside the studio.  So, we ended up in the dancing section, which meant we were leaning right against the stage.  I have not watched the entire episode, but we are featured here in this group performance video:

The Voice

-At 0:14, there is a guy in a plaid shirt to the left of the frame.  I am directly to his right (only the top of my head is visible) and Tom is directly to my right in a blue baseball hat.

-At 0:53, you can see Tom’s head and once the camera pans a bit more, my head is visible.

We were in other shots as well but it was too dark to make us out, I think.  We ended up seeing recordings of two episodes- one live and one taped.  Entertaining as it was, I did not enjoy standing for 5 hours while they filmed.  And this was in addition to the 3 hours that we had to stand outside while we waited to get in.  And did I mention that once the studio doors were closed we could not use the bathroom? That is the business they call show.

In addition to all of the contestants, we got to see Will.I.Am (of the Black Eyed Peas), Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones, and Danny O’Donaghue (lead singer of The Script) and a performance from the Scissor Sisters.

A few days later, Tom and I spent the day in Central and I dragged him to the premiere of Snow White and the Hunstman.  It was a last minute decision so we did not get close, but I managed to see Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth.

Because I can’t get enough, on Wednesday Tom and I went to the premiere of Men in Black 3.  This one we were prepared for.  After our warm-up marathon of standing at “The Voice”, we were well prepared for the 6 hours we stood in Leicester Square waiting for the celebs to arrive.  It paid off- we got front row spots and I was able to say hello to Alice Eve, Josh Brolin and Will Smith.  No, I did not get to tell him I’m from Philadelphia (nor did I get to let him know that the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song is the only reason people from Europe know where I’m from), but I did get to say hello.  The audience went wild when he walked by our section and the poor man had enough people screaming in his face.  I figured he didn’t need another.

Men in Black 3: Blue Carpet

Alice Eve

Josh Brolin

Will Smith

Finally, to top it off, last night while I was walking around Covent Garden with some friends, we saw Imelda Staunton, who played Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.  And Monday night, I will be spending a few hours with Jay-Z and Kanye West at their Watch the Throne tour.  It’s a good week to be in London.


What the world needs is people who have come alive.

I have to apologise for the fact that this is WAY overdue, but April proved itself to be a very busy and eventul month.

The first week of April meant the last week of class.  Hard to believe that the reason I came here was for school and now that part of the adventure is over (save for my 15,000 word dissertation).  I have met some amazing people from all over the world and it’s comforting to know that wherever I travel next, it’s safe to say I will probably know someone from that part of the universe.  On the last day of class we celebrated like any good group of students would…a night out for dinner, drinks and debauchery.

The following week a miracle happened.  My mom got in a plane and travelled 7 hours over the Atlantic to see me.  I think I can speak for her when I say her first trip out of the country was a success.  I’ll admit, playing adventure guide is not easy, but I’m thrilled I was able to share London with my mom.  I don’t think we’ll ever witness that kind of miracle again, but I’m happy I got to see it happen once.

After I put my mom back on a plane, I got my stuff together and five days later, put myself back on a plane.  Unbeknownst to one of my closest friends, I was headed home for a two week visit, which happened to fall over her 21st birthday.  So in quite a dramatic fashion, I turned up to her birthday dinner.  I never thought Delaware would be a vacation, but it was nice to get out of the city for a bit.  But not too nice- I was thankful to be heading back to London.

Because there is no rest for the weary, I landed back in London on May 3, dropped off my suitcase and headed to Leavesden Studios with Jordan and Tom- the soundstage where they filmed Harry Potter.  What a day.  The sets are unreal, much smaller than one would believe.  But who am I kidding, the highlight of the day was getting to put on a Gryffindor robe and ride a hydraulic broom and then put on a Slytherin robe and get my photograph on the front of a newspaper from Hogwarts.  Sometimes it’s okay to act younger than your age.

The past week has been settling back in and starting to write my dissertation.  I don’t want to think about it, but if I write 1,000 words a day, in 15 days I won’t have to think about it.  As much as I’d love to put it off, it’s not possible.  I was offered a position at Wimbledon and once the 14-hour workdays start, everything else in my life stops.  But I’m happy to sign my life over for an invaluable experience.

Here’s hoping the past month has been as eventful for you as it has been for me.  And if not, like vicariously.