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What has my slacker self been doing?

Hi friends,

This flu really knocked me for a loop – and I haven’t felt at all creative about writing. There are MANY unfinished posts hanging out in the Drafts section waiting to be ready. But rather than bore you with something potentially silly or rush the process, I have stayed rather quiet. Hope you understand.

Here’s what I’ve been doing recently.

Reading this book in preparation for seeing the much-lauded Hamilton on Broadway with Ms. Moxie. Before you get too excited, we’re going in NOVEMBER. Waiting is hard. Particularly given that my friends are always posting about it.

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The best blizzard ever

And you know how I love snow so if I’m saying this was the best snow, I really mean it.

My visitor (he needs a nickname, maybe) made it to NYC before the snow.

We ate here and drank here. And then it snowed, and snowed some more. I loved it.

Snow crop

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I wish

I wish one of you would go to the grocery store with me to physically prevent me from buying the avocados I never seem to eat before they rot.

pee wee

 

I wish this great Modern Love column had told us more about the hitchhiker. WHAT HAPPENED?! Continue reading

Your NYC must-do list

Remember my NYC to-do list?

NYC

Now I need your help. As a visitor to NYC, what would you want to do? I have a special houseguest coming to spend the weekend and while I have a handle on where we’ll go each evening for food, drink and general merrymaking, I’m not sure what to do with mornings and afternoons.

My guest has been to New York before so I’m not thinking of obvious tourist attractions like Times Square (ugh) or the Empire State Building. And given that it’s January, planning is tricky.

Whether you’ve been to NYC a lot or a little, or if you’re a resident of the city, I’m eager to hear your suggestions. xo

Who let these ads be made?

Here are two recent head-scratchers.

Invictus by Paco Rabanne

The good: the guy has a great physique and I *love* Kanye’s track, Power.

The bad: it’s just so…weird. The awkward motions. The references (I think) to Greek gods set in a sporting stadium. The cheesy act of walking with a trophy on his shoulder. And then, naturally, the hero gets to the locker room where the clothes of the waiting women just fly off.


 

Merci Chocolate

The good: hmm. Well, it IS an ad for chocolate. And about saying thank you to people. So that’s nice.

The bad: everything else. I swear, every time this ad starts, I think it’s a Saturday Night Live Sketch. The sing-song jingle reminds me of the Golden Girls (which I still love), and yet I hate this ad. My guess is that a US-based ad agency either wasn’t involved or got ignored when they recommended ditching this goofy creative.


 

Still, will anything ever top the creepy Folger’s ad?

Clever post title TK

h/t to Jennifer Mendelsohn

I’ve been trying to draft some clever, thought-provoking posts. A post to make you laugh perhaps. Something that sums up the year in a witty way. And nothing to do with grief – for once.

But, nope! It just hasn’t happened.

I have lots of thoughts and, as usual, a desire to share them, but right now, everything in my head is a bit…scattered. Plus if I take the time to think, you might end up with more sad posts like this.

Plane view

Part of it has been my recent travel schedule–Sacramento, San Francisco/Walnut Creek, LA, DC and the Scranton area for Thanksgiving. Fortunately none of my Thanksgiving fears came true. Continue reading