Tag Archives: New York Times

My fancy $6 manicure

Staci and I met in new employee orientation. She was about to start work as a marketing assistant for the magazine. I would be the newest advertising sales assistant, joining a team of twelve. In the beginning, I envied Staci–the other women (and they were all women) in my position were a few years older than me and I found their existing friendships intimidating.

Plus I looked goofy like this:

Me

Staci and I were the low women on the totem pole, just weeks removed from college graduation.

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NY Times takes a group of 7 year olds to Daniel

I didn’t want to like this NYT video because it struck me as a blatant rip off of The Bold Italic‘s recent post about a four-year old’s reaction to The French Laundry.

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For more than a year, The Bold Italic has been featuring cute little kids dining at San Francisco dining establishments that are all the rage among adults. Click here to read more of the cherubs’ opinions. Continue reading

Something to think about

Happy Friday, friends.

As you head off to start your weekend, consider these words:

youarenotyourworstthing

I read the words “you are not your worst thing” in a recent New York Times Social Qs answer by Philip Galanes – in which he paraphrased the terrific show, Masters of Sex – and I thought that was a lovely sentiment to keep in mind.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Currently reading

Via TheAffluist.com

Have those of you who live in NYC ever wondered about the giant, graffiti-covered building 190 Bowery? It’s a homeClick here.

I hope these two get to marry in North Carolina – via TPM

“You’re in love with that cat!” my then-girlfriend Margot once accused me. To be fair, she was a very attractive cat.

A Man and His Cat by Tim Kreider – so evocative and sweet. I’m a sucker for a great cat (in spite of being allergic).

“I bleed therefore I am” by SamaraSpeaks via Stories That Must Not Die.

How to be friends with another woman by Roxane Gay. Bad Feminist is on my To Read list.

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Tavi Gevinson’s New Direction via Rolling Stone. I find her so charming!

Fill me in: what are you reading?

Would Chris Harrison be The Bachelor?

One of our favorite television hosts was featured in the New York Times Magazine Sunday.

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An excerpt:

Would you ever be the Bachelor?
Now that I’m divorced, it’s feasible.

Alas, he continued:

But there needs to be a level of innocence and naïveté when you come in to be the Bachelor, and I have none. I have seen how the sausage has been made for 12 years now, and I helped make that sausage and so it just wouldn’t work.

Keep dreaming, Bachelor fans.

The interview has some other gems. My favorites involve egg whites and having hair on his chest. Click here to read it.

Family, Christmas, expectations and that sort of thing

This Modern Love column Carolyn S. Briggs really held my attention and brought back some old feelings about family, holidays and expectations.

Consider the opening:

MY three vegetarian, activist, urban, multi-degreed, agnostic, adult children have rejected Christmas as a consumerist sham of a holiday, one in which they will not be participating. Oh, they’ll take the day off and drink organic wine, but they won’t be buying presents, putting up a tree, baking cookies, lighting candles or decking any halls. There will be no taking of a family picture for their card and no sending of that card or any other.

My parents didn’t have a Christmas tree this year. When I visited for Thanksgiving, my mother gingerly broached the subject.

“How would you feel…if we didn’t have a tree?”

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You keep your name, I’ll keep mine

When I was a little girl, I told my father “Daddy, I’ll never change my name.” I felt bad about him not having a son to carry on our awesome, made-up-at-Ellis-Island last name. Dad hugged me, I remember. I think he remained silent or said something like “Oh, honey.”

By the time I was a teenager, I panicked. Changing one’s name was what women did when one got married, right? Could I break my promise to Dad? Would he care?

Some do. At least it’s a choice now. But some people are making other choices that make me strain my side-eye muscles.

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