s is for sicily [and superhero].

Zoinks! New York, NY

So tomorrow I leave for London to meet up with my sister and then we’re going on a week-long vacation to Sicily, Italy.  Since our childhood was filled with vacations to places like Los Angeles, CA and Houston, TX to visit our [feuding/crotchety/judgmental] relatives, real vacations to places outside of our [weirdo] family tree make me wanna speak in Superhero.  Zoinks!  Kablam!  Zooooom!  Kapowow!  As you can see by my pedicure and my [unopened] Lonely Planet: Sicily guide, I’ve done quite a bit of planning.

Wabamo! Yuck!  (“Wish me luck!” in Superhero)

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unruly tweens.

the 7
The 7. New York, NY


I love riding the subway.  love.  love .  love.  So many exciting things happen while riding the subway.  Like losing my balance!  and staring at strangers!  and listening to disembodied voices reminding me that unwanted touching in the subway is sexual harassment and should be reported!  My usual train of choice during the workweek is the R/W from Times Square-42nd Street (Hell’s Kitchen hates to admit that it’s subway stop is Times Square-42nd Street, but it is and we all just gotta deal with it) to 23rd Street.

Today, however, started off spontaneously (last night I forgot to turn on my fast clock alarm) forcing me to make some serious last minute morning decisions (do I have enough time for my friday swim? no? something else then? what? it’s raining? straight hair? no? aggghhhh think faster!).  This rapid-fire whoosy whats-its switcheroo to my constant, unchanging, totally awesome morning routine resulted in me not only bringing a caravan of curly hair products, a blow dryer, and a diffuser to the gym, but also deciding to revert back to my super old school subway route (the 7 to Grand Central followed by the 6 to 28th St) since last leg of the trip dumps me right in the basement of my office building.  (more like awesome building).  oooohhhh zing!

Anyways, I only stopped taking this route after I realized if I took the R/W to 23rd Street I wouldn’t have to transfer and I would get to walk through Madison Square Park that has, in my most humble opinion, the GREATEST DOG RUN IN THE WOOOORLD.  These dogs are the dogs that dog dreams are made of.  They’re HUGE (I think partly because they live in multi-million dollar converted lofts in the Flatiron District and have lots of space to drink their milk and grow big and strong).  They also make the beginning and end of my work day a bazillion multi-million times better.  Did I mention I LOVE DOGS?  Cause I do.

You can probably imagine, then, why it takes seriously awful/dangerous weather conditions (like drizzling!) for me to take the 7 to the 6 instead of a one-stop shop on the R/W (with dogs!).  While I was thoroughly displeased as I hopped onto 7 this morning, the corrected “If you see something, say something” poster hanging in my subway car made the trip downright pleasant.  Thanks, unruly tweens.  You’re awesome.  Except when you’re not…awesome.

view from the top [drawer].

there’s no place like the 25th floor…

there’s no place like the 25th floor…

there’s no place like the 25th floor…

Through the Looking Glass [Conference Room]. New York, NY


The view from my cubicle makes me swoon.



9 to 5-ly.


what would my ipod do?


RESPECT – Aretha Franklin (2:29)

sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me…

Activity:  Make sock puppets and then mail them to myself or someone with the initials ME.  or both!  with a note!  about RESPECT!  zing!  I wonder what Matt Edwards is doing right now…

Length:  2 hrs and 29 min


phil-collins-a-groovy-kind-of-2792424A Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins (3:28)

Wikipedia says that Collins recorded this song for the film “Buster.”

Activity:  Come up with a DIY recipe for Dairy Queen’s totally awesome Buster Bars.  Use a fruity, Tom Collins-esque ice cream as the Buster Bar “philling.”

Length:  3 hrs and 28 min


benfolds1Trusted – Ben Folds (3:36)

It seems to me if you can’t trust, you can’t be trusted.

Activity:  Obvs – trust falls with boys named Ben.  Depending on how many Bens I know, it might be necessary to make a folded finger box thingy to help me decide which ones to invite to Trust Fall 2009.

Length:  34 min

i’m the new rich.

spears and [l]imes

“working?  that’s the new rich!”

– as proclaimed by one of Dan’s many Bikram instructors

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Jenny and Amy. Houston, TX

This picture of my big sister Jenny (she’s the one not eating candy) and me was taken in Stanley and Honey Epstein’s living room in Houston, TX.  In order to open their garage door you had to know the secret password (open sesame) and be able to say to it at just the right time (approxamitely 2-3 seconds before Honey would hit the red button on the garage door opener).  This photo makes me feel awesome and tingly.  So does this article my sister sent me:


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patrick: amy, i’m really sorry, but i accidentally ripped up all the [rent] checks.
amy: {heart leaps out of chest}
patrick: just kidding! april fools! they’re off in the mail. have a great day and see you later!

what would my ipod do?

img_0043It’s been almost one year since I graduated college.  And while there are many many things that I definitely do not miss (homework, packing up all my belongings every 9  months, a capella), I sometimes wonder if my brain is getting mushy.  You know, like an under-used muscle or a cucumber past its expiration date or a pretty big pile of poo.  So one day on the R/W, after a totally brainless day at my entry level 9-5, I used my mushy brain to think about its mushyness and ended up with at least one decent solution.  I call this game “what would my ipod do?”  and here’s how it works:


1.  Turn on iPod
2.  Play songs in Shuffle Mode
3.  Spend an entire day doing things based solely on the randomly selected song
4.  Length of the activity/decision should also be inspired by the length of the song
5.  No skipping songs. Use your imagination, okay?
6.  Game ends when the day ends

For instance, if I followed these rules based on what was playing on my walk to work this morning, my day would probably start off like this:

your song“Your Song” – Elton John (4:05)
I don’t have much money… = something cheap
Yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen… = something sweet that starts with the letter “i” or is kinda Asian or both
Activity:  Get ice cream from the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory!
Length:  40 min and 50 sec (includes travel time)


michael“Michael” – Franz Ferdinand (3:21)
Activity:  Go to the children’s section of a bookstore and read “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf to whomever will listen. Afterwards, quiz the children about the story, but only address them as “Michael” or “Franz.”
Length:  32 min and 10 sec (does not include travel time)



goodnight and go“Goodnight and Go” – Imogen Heap (3:52)
Activity:  Steal “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown and go.
Length:  3 min and 52 sec


and so on.
and so forth.