Twitter Spotlight: Kristen Baldwin

Kristen Baldwin and I connected on Twitter over – what else – our mutual enjoyment of TV. Yeah, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette included.

Her excuse is that she’s Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo TV (after an impressive nineteen-year run at Entertainment Weekly).

Me? I have no excuse. Let me just sit here for a minute imagining what it’s like to get paid to watch TV.

BALDWIN

Don’t miss Kristen’s answer to the question about a new question. It’s terrific. Continue reading

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Today is #GivingTuesday

There’s #BlackFriday and #SmallBusinessSaturday. I find #CyberMonday particularly enjoyable, but let’s talk about the really important day: #GivingTuesday.

Particularly after my snarky post yesterday.

But I do have a heart and today I’m reminding you what’s in it.

First, Kenya. I think of those beautiful kids I met in July every single day.

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The Chicklette holiday gift guide

Unless you are new here, you know that I’m a grinch.

Sometimes the holidays sometimes make me cranky so no one is more surprised that I have created a gift guide than me.

Please enjoy. And maybe take it with a grain of salt.

For the friend who is a frequent traveler.

Via Despair.com

Via Despair.com

For your sister, the Solange wannabe.

For the grump in your life. h/t to @taniaha.

For the friend who watches Golden Girls reruns all winter long. Via Brandi Roberts’ Fantasy Floorplans.

For the narcissist you’re kind of dating, maybe.

For the vegan, gluten-free, soy-free friend.

For the coworker who never stops complaining about hating his job.

For the friend who loves to be shocking.

For the last person on earth without Amazon Prime.

In the comments, tell me about the hard-to-shop-for person in your life and maybe I’ll find the perfect gift.¬†

A letter to Dr. Oz and other good reads and clicks

I’m no fan of Dr. Oz so I found the #OzsInBox reaction hilarious. I really like the way Dr. Jen Gunter laid this out.

HuffPo laid out the top 50 cities to see in your lifetime. How many have you visited?

Yahoo’s guide to locations featured in Serial. Is it creepy that they included this in the Travel section? I think so.

This Shoshanna jumpsuit is gorgeous.

Image via Shoshanna and Saks

Have you seen #babycat?

Are you crafty? (note: not for the easily offended)

Uber: are you deleting it?

New York City is not a cold place

Empire

I had just crossed 34th Street at Park Avenue en route to the subway. Something made me look back to the north side of the street. That’s when I saw her.

The woman was lying on the sidewalk, her body stiff and twitching. I ran back across the street. I don’t remember checking for traffic.

While another woman called 911, I dropped to the sidewalk next to the woman who was still seizing, her lips turning blue. Continue reading

My twenty questions about @serial

This post contains spoilers so if you aren’t listening to Serial now, but might, stop reading!

It was @courtyforrest who first told me about Serial, the podcast presently sweeping the world. Courtney has made me aware of other good stuff in the past so I tuned in soon after.

I forget what I was doing while simultaneously listening to Serial Episode 1 in which host Sarah Koenig lays out both what Serial will be and the details of a closed case in Baltimore County involving the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee.

Via Reddit

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I went to London

London is awesome.

Even sick. I sampled the United Kingdom’s very best over-the-counter drugs.

Sick tableau

It could have been worse. I was the kind of sick you work through, not sick in bed. When I wasn’t working, I snapped a few photos.

I stayed at the elegant Landmark in Marylebone, and enjoyed meals at Roka, The Grazing Goat, and Coco Momo. And for the most part, I paid a pretty penny–London is not cheap!