GIVEAWAY: The Week That Was… January 3rd – 9th, 2016.

Here in early 2016, it’s a different kind of hustle than the one we saw closing 2015 out. In that last stretch, there was no end to the work on my plate, keeping me hustling at all hours to keep my blog on point. I had a list of things I wanted knocked out of the park before the year’s end, using every free moment I could find to hit my intense deadlines.

Now that it’s January, in some ways things are more relaxed — I mean, sure, any day now I’ll be racing to the hospital to welcome our second child into the world; and though I got a lot done in the weeks that just passed, there’s still plenty of unfinished business that’s followed me into 2016 — but I can hack away at my ideas gradually, taking my time to find the truth in my half-formed ramblings, not forcing square pegs into round holes and rush it all.

It’s giving me the time to build foundations, putting all the pieces in place so I can finish 2016 with a bang!

And this week was just another step towards that goal.

The Week That Was... January 3rd - 9th, 2016 — A Second Breakfat at The Great Steak Company
The most important meal of the day… for the second time in a day. #TeamNoShame

Why We’re So Impressed By Emma Stone

Though I’ve sadly yet to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Emma’s Stone’s role as Gwen Stacy isn’t the only attention she’s been getting lately.

“It was all good just a week ago.”

— Jay-Z, A Week Ago (featuring Too $hort), The Life and Times of S. Carter, Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (1998)

Unless you’ve lived under a rock this past bit, you’re likely one of the millions who saw an unexpectedly amazing display from Emma Stone’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last week (watch all the way to the end if you know what’s good for you!)

Despite both her songs being technically difficult, requiring speedy syllabic control and a ton of inflection and lyrical complexity to memorize, Emma performed damn near flawlessly, surprising us with the tongue-twisting outro to Blues Traveler’s “Hook” and Ludacris’ blazing first verse from DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win”!

Question is — why do we love it so much?