7 Things I Learned about Parks & Recreation and the Cast at PaleyFest 2014

Alec and I went to the Parks & Recreation panel at PaleyFest this week at the Dolby Theater, and it was a pretty great way to spend a Tuesday evening. If you can get tickets to a fun panel, I suggest trying it, if only to see a new episode of the latest show a few days early. (But no spoilers, which co-creator Mike Schur requested). Oh wait, I have to mention that it was moderated by freaking Patton Oswalt and he was a hilarious genius, of course.

1. Amy Poehler is hilarious and clever and cute all time, especially two glasses deep into a nice white wine, which she had on stage and didn’t hesitate to pour for other cast mates.

2. Nick Offerman’s favorite guest star on P&R was Megan Mullaly (obvs).

3. Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) and Mona Lisa (Jenny Slate) are often asked if they are brother and sister in real life because they look so much alike. Alas, they aren’t.

4. Mike Schur, P&R co-creator, insisted that if Jerry (Gerry or Larry)’s work life was going to be so pathetic, than his home life had to be unexpectedly better than anyone’s. Hence, Christie Brinkley.

5. Back to Nick Offerman, who, with a full-grown beard (and just a bit of silver fox mixed in) is extremely handsome, especially in a well-tailored suit. Also, he’s done full-frontal (in Deadwood) and all the shots on the show of him wood-working are done in his personal wood-working studio at his home.

6. Amy Poehler was blown away by the amount of love fans started offering once the mic went to the crowd and almost teared up on stage.

7. Also, more Amy Poehler stuff: She said she felt like she and Leslie are almost the same person: “I love her exuberance. I’m a little lazier and more cynical and more checked out than she is,” Poehler said. “She tells everyone all the time what she’s feeling. What’s cool about her is there’s nothing cool about her.” Poehler also said that the P&R season finale was “bonkers” and would have “a lot of change.”

Can’t wait to find out about that tid-bit!

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Let’s Talk About this V-Day Thing

When I tell people that my hubby and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, I sometimes get weird looks. Confused looks. I-don’t-actually-believe-you looks. But we just don’t feel like it. I don’t have a good answer for you on why not—we just don’t. But here’s the thing: I’m pretty sure that a lot of you agree with me. That after all the flash and expense of your major, end-of-year holidays and then New Year’s Eve, it’s just exhausting to celebrate something else that’s really like a lot of the other days of the year.

I’m sure when we have kids, this will change. We’ll want—need—at least one designated day a year that is just for the two of us to spend an evening together. But for now? We like watching scary movies and cooking dinner. Which, by the way, happens a lot to begin with. But it’s become our default V-day tradition. (Except for this year. Until the marathon is over and my Saturday mornings are no longer reserved for long runs, my Fridays are exclusively “eat carbs” and “go to bed early” nights.)

Another exception to our tradition this year, though, is Galentine’s Day. I suggest you click on over to Netflix and watch the Parks & Rec episode where Leslie Knope takes her lady friends to breakfast and celebrates how wonderful they are by showering them with gifts, candy and love. It’s the day before V-day and it’s Galentine’s Day. In that spirit, my hubs got me Leslie Knope stickers in celebration of both Galentine’s and Valentines Days.

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Now I’m just trying to figure out where to put them. But I know you’re jealous! I’m like the coolest fourth grader you know—remember how great stickers were? Lisa Frank truly instilled a special sticker love in us all.