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My roommate met Brandon from Humans of New York

My roommate Katie recently spotted Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York in Chelsea. I was excited for her, impressed that she spotted him and a little jealous to boot.

“Did you ever see the pics from the time you spotted the Humans of New York guy?” I asked my roommate Katie.

“Uh, yeah. It was the one with the young girl coming to New York to meet the 55 year old guy she met on a BDSM site,” Katie said.


Alas, yes.

“I interrupted an awkward conversation,” she added. “Brandon was awesome and we hugged.”

I love HONY, as it’s known, for its ability to remind me of the breadth of the human experience. And I’m not alone: HONY has 12.5 million Facebook fans, 2.7 million Instagram followers and two successful books (with another one on its way this fall).

But I do wish Katie had been able to meet Brandon on this day instead!

This adorable pic is the property of Humans of New York

This adorable pic is the property of Humans of New York



Twitter Spotlight: Carrie Brown

You lucky buggers are getting a special Tuesday Twitter Spotlight.

@BrizzyC and I started following each other when she was making plans to move to NYC in association with her exciting new job. We talked real estate and such. Now she’s here, launching an exciting new graduate program at CUNY.

Welcome to New York, Carrie Brown. Hope to grab beers with you soon!


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Twitter Spotlight: Lizz Winstead

I still can’t believe she said yes. This is all so exciting.

Lizz Winstead, comedian, author of Lizz Free Or Die, co-creator of The Daily Show and co-founder of Lady Parts Justice and contributor at Blue Nation Review is in the Twitter Spotlight.

Lizz Winstead - Brunch with Lizz - May 6, 2012

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Things that are hard to explain to a Kenyan teenager

You may have read this list elsewhere. However, this is an edited version with new! exciting! items. OK?

Some things are hard to explain to Kenyan teenagers.

  • Skyscrapers
  • The subway
  • A dog as a pet versus one who herds cows, goats and sheep
  • A dog wearing a coat made for a dog

dog in a coat

  • Snow (which is how I ended up showing them the picture above in the first place)
  • Why I have pictures of food in my phone
  • Being child-less and husband-less
  • Not living with my parents (which is where Kenyan singles live)
  • Being an only child – polygamy is the norm, as are large families
  • Seamless.com
  • Same-sex marriage

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Twitter Spotlight: Beth Lyden

Beth and I met eons ago thanks to the Village Voice. Yes, the Village Voice. At that point, CraigsList was nothing but a listserv so some of us used the Voice to find apartment shares.

Beth and her roommate Kristen were looking for someone to replace their third roommate who was moving out of NYC. Fortunately for me, Beth and Kristen picked me out of the people who paraded through their apartment at The Wellesley on the Upper East Side.

We have been friends ever since!


OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@Beaker4369: The ability to make me laugh. Make me feel comfortable in my own skin so that I show them all of me, from the inside out. 

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Twitter Spotlight: Jenna Sauber

How to improve your odds of being in the Twitter Spotlight: live in DC (or have lived there previously), be named Jenna, post about food. I’m only half joking.

Jenna moved to California somewhat recently so I missed her during my DC days. I hope our paths will cross in the future though.

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@CajunJen: adventurous, ambitious, loves a challenge, knows how to live a full life, keeps me laughing, keeps me grounded


OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@CajunJen: sentimental

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No dogs allowed

When I was a kid, I desperately wanted a dog. My mother’s mother Nana lived with us though. Well, technically we lived with her but that’s another story.

Dad loved dogs, still does, and supported my interest in having one, but Nana either hated dogs or was afraid of them. Mom told me the latter.

“One day when Nana no longer lives with us, Daddy and I will get you a puppy.”

She didn’t wink or elbow me in the ribs while saying it, but the message was clear: when Nana died, I’d get my dog. Even though I was only five or six at the time, wanting a puppy became inextricably linked with a guilty feeling: “you want Nana to DIE!” I tried hard not to think about puppies. Continue reading

Twitter Spotlight: Melanie Spring

I gain something from each of the participants in the Twitter Spotlight. I’m grateful for the time they give to answering my little questionnaire, and the words of wit and wisdom they share stick with me beyond their week on the hot seat.

This week, the words that resonated with me from Melanie Spring, principal of marketing/branding agency Sisarina, are about happiness and contentment. Melanie managed to say what I strive for in one simple, perfect sentence.


Get to know this cool entrepreneur, runner and dog-lover here:

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@MelanieSpring: They don’t make me listen to talk radio, believe in me and tell me so, and are ambitious in life and love.

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@MelanieSpring: Daring. (OK, I almost said ‘overwhelming’)

OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends

@MelanieSpring: Their authenticity. Being real is a big deal to me and my friends are no-BS people. They show up as they are and keep me authentic.

OneChicklette: Your idea of happiness

@MelanieSpring: Contentment. I met a man on the Live Your Brand Tour who told me “Most people look for happiness their whole lives. What they really want is contentment. But you can’t search for contentment; you just have to be content.”

Now I am learning to be content with where I am, what I have, and who I am.

OneChicklette: Your idea of misery

@MelanieSpring: Having nothing to occupy myself. I have to stay busy. I’m like a fish, I have to keep swimming or I die.

OneChicklette: Your favorite fictional character

@MelanieSpring: Sisarina. She was my imaginary friend as a kid and now she’s my business. She’s real and buys me coffee a lot. Best boss ever.

OneChicklette: Your favorite thing to eat, and also to drink

@MelanieSpring: EAT: Avocado. I don’t share them. My best friend got part of one once and said “The Few. The Proud. The Avocado’d.” DRINK: A Pimm’s Cup. Mmm…

OneChicklette: Five tangible things you can’t live without


  1. My MacBook Pro, Lilly. She has my whole life on her.
  2. My dogs, Bailey & Griffin. They keep me responsible.
  3. My FiveFingers. I LOVE to run and since I recently moved, I have been exploring my new neighborhood in them!
  4. My Moleskine notebook. I now have a place to put all of the things I need to remember.
  5. My Nutribullet. That thing has changed my life and eating habits.

OneChicklette: What’s the number one item on your bucket list? (question via @SaraLang)

@MelanieSpring: Well, it was to see the Grand Canyon but I crossed that off last month. Now it’s to hike it.

Grand Canyon

@OneChicklette: Who do you know via social media that you’re dying to meet in real life?  (this question came via @floridagirlindc)

@MelanieSpring: @BarefootTed – he’s the revolutionary behind barefoot running and although I’ve always been barefoot, he created a shoe (Luna Sandals) allowing me to feel like I’m barefoot.

OneChicklette: A question I should ask the next participant

@MelanieSpring: What did you parents give you (good or bad) that made you the person you are today?

OneChicklette: Random shout out (can be a person, your business, a web site, a favorite product or brand…anything)

@MelanieSpring: To the incredible team at Sisarina who daily makes me a better boss.


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Frenchies at play – just for you, @blairdc

Today my neighborhood pet shop had a new batch of puppies on display. Two were Frenchies, the absolute favorite of @blairdc so I shot this little video of them desperate to play. The fat bellies are my favorite part.

I reluctantly admit it: French bulldogs are super cute*.

*Their breeding process is what makes me sad, ok?