Do you want to see Hamilton?

I have a pair of tickets to the most popular show on Broadway and I’d like to give* them to you.

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Details here.

You’re probably wondering why I’d give up my tickets. In the interest of full disclosure, I have a pair of nosebleed seats for a November show so don’t feel too bad for me.

But more importantly, I knew having an asset like Hamilton tickets would allow me to do something special in memory of my Dad (more about him here).

And if you don’t win, you can always buy some Hamilton swag for enjoyment at home.

Bidding ends 8/24/16. Bid early, bid often, bid now!

*In exchange for a winning bid on ebay. This is a fundraiser for science, after all.

My first seven jobs

The Twitter trending topic got me thinking – and laughing.

 

I got working papers the summer when I was fourteen. My childhood friend Earl’s family owned a local restaurant and they were kind enough to hire me even though I had never worked. The restaurant didn’t serve alcohol which is part of why I could work there. In my home state of PA, you had to be at least eighteen to wait tables in a place with a liquor license (at least then; not sure about now).

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I wasn’t the most attractive hire. My parents wanted me to learn about responsibility and “the value of a dollar.” But Mom also didn’t want me working more than ten or twelve hours per week. Additionally I had an active schedule between summer dance workshops and performances and cheerleading practices, not to mention chasing boys.

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Current obsessions: cutoffs, #BachelorinParadise & Lemons

You know I hate it when people say “I’m obsessed” but here I am, doing exactly that.

Here are a few things currently occupying my thoughts.

What happened to my awesome old cutoffs?

I had two pairs I loved. Perfect for knocking around the neighborhood on hot summer days. But both are gone. Just gone. I suspect my mother of junking them at some point.

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Via Madewell

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I made it!

Ever since I moved to my new apartment, I have cooked more and ordered less. Sorry Seamless, but this is a good change for me.

Recently I tried this recipe for a Mexican casserole from Joanna Goddard’s blog by Jennifer Farley of Savory Simple.

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Via Joanna Goddard

I added ground beef to my version, but it would also be great with pulled chicken or chorizo. It was easy to make and I had meals for days. If one were inclined to make this lower fat or to hide vegetables inside, that would be simple to pull off.

It had been a while since I did much baking so I also made an apple-pear-blueberry crisp from my old standby desserts-only cookbook.

If you have any cook-ahead go-to meals, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

Good food: Market Table in NYC

It has been a while since I posted about food. Two recent meals reminded me that I was overdue.

One restaurant, Market Table, was so good that I had to go back for seconds.

First, I dined there with Adrienne. Situated in the charming West Village, Market Table is a cozy nine-year old restaurant that I had somehow overlooked all this time. And it was simply through the luck of OpenTable that I picked it at all.

My friend and I had some serious catching up to do so I didn’t take any of my own pics. Fortunately Instagram came to the rescue.

 

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Now I want a new bed

Setting up my new apartment is slow going. Part of that is because I am, by nature, LAZY (remember the mirrors issue?). But part of it is that as soon as I tackle one project, I find another.

For example, I sold one of two nightstands only to realize “Oh, hey! A new headboard would really help my bedroom look great.”

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