“Amy Poehler was new to SNL and we were all crowded into the seventeenth-floor writers’ room, waiting for the Wednesday night read-through to start. Amy was in the middle of some such nonsense with Seth Meyers across the table, and she did something vulgar as a joke. I can’t remember what it was exactly, except it was dirty and oud and “unladylike”, Jimmy Fallon turned to her and in a faux-squeamish voice said, “Stop that! It’s not cute! I don’t like it.” Amy dropped what she was doing, went black in the eyes for a second, and wheeled around on him. “I don’t fucking care if you like it.” Jimmy was visibly startled. Amy went right back to enjoying her ridiculous bit. With that exchange, a cosmic shift took place. Amy made it clear that she wasn’t there to be cute. She wasn’t there to play wives and girlfriends in the boys’ scenes. She was there to do what she wanted to do and she did not fucking care if you like it.”
Oh, god, another gem from the journal of my 14-year-old self:
Talking about how my parents got me a membership at a local swim club for the summer, I wrote, “I mean it’s fun and all since [my best friend] has a membership too, but I don’t like leaving the house.”
I just found my old journal from the summer before I started high school. It is hilarious. I basically spend the whole thing talking about Friends, Harry Potter, and complaining about my parents. 14 year old me sounds kind of bitter, but I don’t think I actually was. I think I was just a little stressed about starting high school.
My favorite part is when I started writing about obsessively watching the trailer for the 1st Harry Potter movie over and over, I wrote, “It’s turning fanatical. I’m even beginning to annoy myself.” 13 years, and much has changed, but my true nature stays the same. Obsessing over books, movies, and TV shows has always been what I do best.
Going to see Annabelle with my mom this afternoon, and I just got carded buying the tickets. That means the guy thought there was a chance I’m 16. 16! I’m over a decade older than that. Of course my mom thought it was hilarious because she’s always teasing me about looking young. But I don’t look that young!!
“I love this town. And when you love something, you don’t threatened it, you don’t punish it. You fight for it. You take care of it. You put it first. As your City Counselor, I will make sure that no one takes advantage of Pawnee. If I seem too passionate, it’s because I care. If I come on strong, it’s because I feel strongly. And if I push too hard, it’s because things aren’t moving fast enough. This is my home, you are my family, and I promise you, I’m not going anywhere.”
Lemon blueberry cake…final product!