My NYC To Do List – Progress Report

As you may recall, I started My NYC To Do List not long after moving back here after ten years in DC. My attention to The List has been, well, haphazard at best.

But I’m focused now. Ready to tackle stuff and add new To Dos.

1. Check out Sleep No More - accomplished!

2. Eat at Traif - achieved, more than once.

traif

3. See the Radical Camera exhibit - missed. That will teach me to pick things with realistic deadlines. Maybe.

4. Attend a Saturday Night Live taping (Click)

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In case you’re new here

I’ve seen you new folks lurking (and I love you for it).

Today in lieu of a new Twitter Spotlight, I thought I’d point out some posts from the past that shed a light on what’s going on here.

Is that cool with you? Good.

First, please read my post about Shame Sex and tell me who you would do, even though you know it would be totally wrong. Also, I totally hit that.

Via HBO

Next, let’s flash back to Prince Harry in Vegas. Just because.  Continue reading

The Mother’s Day gift my Mom isn’t getting

And yes, I know Mom isn’t supposed to be capitalized when preceded by ‘my’ or ‘your’ but it just feels wrong not to capitalize it. I will break this rule every time. 

Spring for me is the triple whammy of gift giving: Dad‘s birthday, Mother‘s Day, parents’ wedding anniversary.

M&D

Finding gifts for the people I love more than bacon and naps, who have the means to buy themselves whatever their hearts’ desire AND who always proclaim that they don’t want me spending money on them is hard. Continue reading

How was your weekend?

I had the lovely low-key weekend that I set out to. Already I was trying to be more frugal than usual because of the Kenya trip.

But guess what? I went and booked a cheap Caribbean trip for Memorial Day Weekend with one of my good friends. Maybe we’ll see a shark like I did in Grand Cayman.

The shark

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The end of the Letterman era. Who’s next?

Letterman is retiring. I think it’s for the best. He used to be so lively and fun.

Via David-Letterman.com

Now? Cranky, sometimes mean.

On one hand, I hope women are in the mix for the new host of Late Night.

Very much so.

On the other, it’s a very specific career path. If you’re good at it, you hold the post for the rest of your active career. If you’re bad – rather, if ratings aren’t stellar – you get replaced and your image takes a hit.

Via Wikimedia and NBC

Why would someone like the awesome Tina Fey set herself up for that while also potentially limiting her ability to work on other projects like television show development and films and best-selling books?

Via THR

Johnny Carson occasionally had guest hosts cover for him. Reruns are the worst. Who wants to sit through, say, Russell Crowe promoting Noah months later?

Is it time for the talk show model to change? If so, how?

Update: Ellen would be perfect for this. 

I want Botox

Just a little.

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Right between my eyebrows.

Crop

I generally feel fine about how I’m aging. But that crease near the start of my left eyebrow has been bugging me recently.

One thing holding me back? Spending money frivolously. Kenya is $$$$.

Have you tried Botox? Good experience/bad experience?

Obviously these are my PRE Brazilian Blowout pics.

Twitter Spotlight: Jolene Mottern

Joey as she’s known, warns us from the start: hers is one of those “disgustingly blissful” marriages. And even when Joey is speaking honestly about the messiness of being a parent, you can tell she has plenty of love and pride too.

Joey

How does she do that? Joey is just real–as well as a darn fine writer.

Get to know her here. Continue reading