Storied Lives

Telling stories is just in my blood, I guess. As a child, my dad’s autobiographical rambles were often met with groans at the dinner table.  Yet I remember them now.  My mother was a professional storyteller – she even got paid!  Sometimes in pie.  That’s a true story.  So I[…]

Brooklyn Flea

Yes, folks, Brooklyn Flea is bizarre.  Uh, a Bizarre Bazaar.  And it suits me just fine. I made the schlepp out to BK on a very sunny Saturday morning and was stunned to find first, the Brooklyn Flea is…kind of hard to find.  I had to walk several blocks along[…]

#tbt Carousel Rider

The other night, my aunt texted me this picture completely out of the blue!  I have no idea when it was taken (judging my the blonde boy in the background, possibly 1987? 1988?) but thought I’d share.  I’ve been really nostalgic for carousels lately.  My hometown of Binghamton is well[…]

Trader Joe's Tuesday: Coconut Body Butter

Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter Tastes Like:  DO NOT EAT THIS PRODUCT!  Dab a little of the rich, thick-churned creaminess onto your skin and rub it in and you’ll feel good enough to eat.  And you’ll smell like a pina colada. Great With:  Itchy, dry, or cracked skin. Perfect For: […]

Diggin’ on Degas

My favourite collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is unquestionably the Degas pieces.  There’s a couple of rooms of sketches, statues, and paintings by the Impressionist master Edgar Degas just close enough to the rooms housing your big names – Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso – but secluded enough that[…]

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

It wouldn’t be a trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden without taking a photograph of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.  The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is free on Saturdays from 10am-noon.  That’s the time to get there – the paths aren’t crowded, and you can get close to take photos! The real[…]

#tbt Sweaters in July

July 2012 Doesn’t this totally look like a book jacket photo?  It was taken on the deck out back of my parents’ house and speaking of jackets, I am freezing in this pic.  It’s my late-July annual Trip Up North and climate change is for real, y’all.  I left NYC[…]

Trader Joe’s Tuesday: Green Bean Snack

Trader Joe-san’s Green Beans Tastes Like:  Nothing else you’ve ever had.  Closest thing I can figure is either veggie straws, or non-cheesy Cheetos Crunchy.  Hard and salty outer shell, light and crispy airy insides. Great With:  A side for a sandwich, maybe some of the smaller pieces would be nice[…]

Identity Crisis

So much is said about Identity Crisis when really, so little can be said without revealing major spoilers.  Let me introduce you to a couple of very special ladies.  First of all, meet Sue Dibny. Adoring wife to Ralph Dibny, The Elongated Man.  I’ll let you go ahead and stare[…]

Central Park Conservatory (Secret) Garden

The Central Park Conservatory Garden is a tiny surprise located near the Upper East-Corner of the park.  With an entrance on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets, it’s secluded enough that tourists can’t find it, and that makes it feel like a delicious secret. There are distinct separate “areas”[…]

#tbt 2007 Knows No Cool

September 20, 2007 Oh my word.  What have we here. Lately I’ve been missing my hometown a lot.  That’s not to say I love New York any less, but I sometimes want to sojourn back to simpler times.  When an afternoon of fun was as simple as going to the[…]

Trader Joe’s Tuesday: Yogurt-Covered Raisins

Trader Joe’s Yogurt-Covered Raisins Tastes Like:  Soft, supple, yeilding.  Sweet and creamy and a little tart.  Plump, juicy raisins lushly coated in a thick layer of creamy yogurt.  Snackity, snackity heaven. Great With:  Dark Chocolate Edamame and almonds as a trail mix, or just by themselves with a cup of[…]

Hangin’ Tough at MoMA

If you wanna survive UNIQLO Free Friday Night at the Museum of Modern Art, ya gotta be REAL tough.  I mean, the line wraps all the way to the end of the block – even in the rain!  So come early, stake out a spot, and don’t let nobody nudge[…]

Batman: Hush

Do you have that friend?  Of course you do.  That friend who can only ever talk about their boyfriend/girlfriend to the utter and complete exclusion of absolutely everything else? In Hush, that friend is Batman. Oh don’t give me “spoiler face,” this shit happens in like the first ten pages. […]

#tbt Ring-A-Ding DONG

27 April 2010 Guys, I really need a vacation.  Like really really REALLY.  I need to get the hell outta dodge, away from these stupid tourists, and my heart longs to go all the way across the ocean, back to Europe.  In April 2010 I was in Amsterdam, where the[…]

Trader Joe’s Tuesday: Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole

Trader Joe’s Reduced – Guilt Chunky Guacamole Tastes Like:  Sour cream and guacamole blended together with strong overtones of red onion.  If you blended a perfectly piquant guacamole with a summer cloud, it would be this.  Tangy but light and refreshing. Great With:  Carrot sticks, probably chips also.  I can’t[…]

Currently…in June 2014

FEELING:  What a change from last month!  Suddenly I feel inspired and accomplished.  My plan to do a ton of little creative projects has meant I’m now having more and better ideas.  I feel like I’m back to my creative self.  WATCHING: Now that I’ve finished Attack on Titan, I’m[…]