Wednesday, April 30, 2008


morning train. 9:10am. listening to "heartbeat" from madonna's new album. (obv)

apparently, i was involuntarily shaking my booty. caught myself dancing and silently reminded myself that the train is not the best place to dance. but then the people next to me ALSO started dancing.

contagious madonna dance party on the subway? why yes. yes it was.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

i love this commercial

hard candy makes me happy

madonna's new album "hard candy" dropped today in the states. and i really like it. there's DISCO! serious tracks for dancing!! i can't wait to have madonna dance parties in my room to this album. standout track is definitely "beat goes on" with kanye west. i was really afraid this album would be overproduced and disappointing. but it really is hard candy. im gonna dance around my room now.

here's an interview with madge about the album

Monday, April 28, 2008

missed opportunity

today, a frenchman/hipster flicked a cigarette at me outside the grocery store.

it kind of happened in slow motion. he threw the thing directly at me and then apologized a lot. i just laughed. but i think if there was an appropriate time to headbutt someone, that would have been it.


come baaaaaack

the boy, arson zarley, was here this weekend.

we ate delicious food, watched movies and bummed around williamsburg. i would prefer that he come back and continue the uselessness and perpetual cycle of eating-drinking-shuffling down bedford-sleeping.

although this time, i wouldn't eat 4 cheese pizza.

life agenda for next few weeks

1. accomplish all school tasks. get B or better in each class, and consequently graduate.


2. celebrate my status as Lola Firmingham, MPA. purchase gratuitous business cards and sign all documents with credentials.

3. interview for jobs. start new job.

4. make serious monies, buy grills

Thursday, April 24, 2008

i don't know about you, but everything is better in the springtime

it's sunny out. 64 degrees right now and it's gonna hit 77! i love spring. this is my favorite time of year. seeing leaves on trees always gives me a renewed sense of optimism. (i also got another invitation to interview for a job, so that helps! it also helps that the job starts at $65K)

here's some daft punk to start the day with a dance party.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


i just received this e-mail. and it is a completely awesome e-mail. there is hope for me yet!

"Dear Candidate,

Thank you for submitting your resume to the New York City [Government Office.] Currently, the [Unit] is looking for a [position] and has identified you as a qualified candidate. Attached is the job description. Please let me know if you are interested in this particular position and if you are willing to meet the 90-day New York City residency requirement. Thank you.

[Person in Charge]"

Monday, April 21, 2008

song memories: radiohead's 'creep'

when firminghams take tests, we do quite well with mnemonic devices. it's easier to remember things with little songs and rhymes.

my brother stuart was listening to a lot of radiohead's 'pablo honey' when i was studying for my big global studies test. he changed the words of the song "creep" to help me study. it was a very successful tactic, as i will never forget that the indian rebellion of 1857 (or the sepoy mutiny) brought down the east india trading company. the sepoys rebelled due to a rifle greased with cow lard. and cows are sacred in indian culture.

lyrics? try singing this around 2:25


sushi love

my favorite food right now? sushi. specifically maki rolls: avocado, cucumber and shittake. and with that delicious ginger. xoxoxoxo


Sunday, April 20, 2008

sunday deliciousness

today i just made some kickass sangria. i took a recipe from and made some adjustments. it's not bad.

1 bottle red wine
1 lime
1 lemon
1 can mandarin oranges
1 can dole mixed fruit
splash of orange pineapple juice
2 tbsp sugar
as much rum as one feels necessary

mix together, stick in fridge for a while. then add.

1 cup sliced frozen strawberries
4 cups ginger ale

then drink!


Saturday, April 19, 2008

swedish chef

note: this might be the biggest clue you will ever get as to my real identity.

pictures of gorgeous puppies







Friday, April 18, 2008

a beautiful day in the neighborhood

today i went to work and did lots of crazy research


then i went to dinner with jen in noho. i fell down some stairs at the restaurant and bruised myself up pretty good.


then i walked around the east village and saw jimmy fallon...


and julia stiles


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

taking stuart down a notch


today, i applied to work at american apparel. yikes.


the academic countdown

19: Group Presentation for Program Eval
24: Mayor, Media and Politics Outline and short papers due
26: Program Eval RFP paper due
30: Policy Presentation on Alternative Medicine

8: Political Economy Final, Mayor, Media Final Paper due
10: Program Eval Final, Program Eval Group Paper due


sorry for being m.i.a.

i went home to buffalo for the past few days and decided to take a break from most technology (with the exception of gmail.) it was very nice, but i'm glad to be back in warmer weather.


Friday, April 11, 2008

celebrity sighting!! yes!

jim gaffigan! on e houston and mott in soho. it was awesome! he was on his cell phone and passed by pretty quickly. very exciting stuff.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

guilty pleasure songs, feel free to judge me

i'm not screwing around with this. i honestly feel guilty about these songs. and not in an "amanda perez - candy kisses" way where liking something that ridiculous makes you cool and ironic. this stuff makes me uncool.

1. akon - mr lonely.
i know i'm a little late with this song, as it was released quite a while ago. but i dig it. say what you will about akon, but using this sample is pretty cool. production-wise, it wins lots of awesome points.

2. simple plan - addicted
why the hell do i like this song? i hate pop punk/emo/whatever the hell this shit is. but it was popular during the summer jen and i drove from pittsburgh to los angeles. so whenever i hear it, i am reminded of that awesome trip.

3. crazy town - starry eyed surprise (paul oakenfold remix)
shut up. it's a great song.

let donna martin graduate!

Pittsburgh has royally crapped all over my graduation paperwork. I will not be graduating in May. I may possibly be graduating in August. And it is very likely that I will have to sign up for a summer class (in Pittsburgh! WTF!) just to get myself graduated. After signing off on all previous paperwork in December and giving me the green light, they are now changing their tune. Just let me graduate you evil beasts!! I feel like Donna Martin in 90210, except for the whole drinking at the prom thing.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

this guy is awesome!!

there will be blood reenactment

pan's labyrinth reenactment

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

ironic tshirt spotted in williamsburg triggers panic of fading youth

while walking vincey to the park, i was shocked to see a guy perched outside the turkey's nest (local dive bar) in an Austin 3:16 shirt. at first i was perplexed. why was this guy wearing a stone cold steve austin shirt post 1997? did i really stumble upon a steve austin fan in williamsburg? and why the hell did i know what this shirt meant?

after initial confusion and mental discomfort, i realized this guy was wearing the shirt ironically. this guy wasn't a fan. in fact, over 10 years has passed since austin's epic rise in the wrestling world. (has it really been 10 years since that obnoxiousness!?!) 10 years is an adequate period of time for pop culture items to rise, fade, die and experience rebirth in a sarcastic hipster setting. witnessing this firsthand makes me feel old.

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lola's first celebrity sighting

don't get too excited. i did not see madonna or john krasinski like i've been hoping. i saw a lady from law and order. this lady to be exact. and she is so skinny in person that it made me uncomfortable. i thought about giving her my carrot muffin.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

snippet of the new nkotb song "click click"

i feel like they need to come out with something a lot stronger. i want step by step 2008.

a sad cookie


video for 4 minutes is out!!

what are you doing with your sunday?

i'm nursing my hangover by downloading reggae, new and old, bad and good. the weather is getting nicer and i need a soundtrack to embrace it. reggae is a lovely way to welcome spring.

in one of the many (many) crashes of my various computers, i lost my bob marley collection. today marks its return. bob marley makes me happy and brings lots of good memories from summer 2002, which was arguably the best summer of my life. so cheers to that


the only limit is yourself...

thank you stuart. i forgot how much i love that website.

Friday, April 4, 2008

very awesome

hopefully this will get the song out of my head... and into yours?

Shawty wanna thug... Bottles in the club...

lola's first rejection

Dear Lola,

Thank you very much for your interest in the Program Associate position at X Company. While your application was impressive, we are unfortunately not able to offer you a preliminary interview at this time. However, we will keep your resume on file in the event that other positions become available that might interest you. Please visit our website at to view all job opportunities currently being managed by X Company.


X Company

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

metal dog

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

travel company rips off women, finds one night stands profitable

High-end travel company offers $24G for 'Sex and the City' tour

"Want to live out the glitzy "Sex and the City" dream? A high-end travel company will give you the chance to walk, shop - and even flirt - like TV's most famous single women in all their favorite New York haunts."

"Even though the tour organizers aren't promising a Mr. Big, they do vow to give the out-of-towners a chance to hook up with real New York guys."

seriously? SERIOUSLY? the chance to hook up with real new york guys? does that really need a middle man? let alone a $24G middle man? i should run this bullshit myself. i'd send all the women to murray hill, already drunk. easy as that.