Jul
01
2008

We'll Always Have Paris....And Rome....And Paris....And Crippling Indecision

Wow, you all have some strong opinions about Europe, huh? Thank you, thank you, thank you for those great comments and votes and suggestions; we were tickled pink to hear your thoughts, although REALLY, ARE YOU KIDDING ME, 48 to 52 percent? As Janet so eloquently said in the comments, "it's like a presidential election around here." Oh, I know: 52 trumps 48, but still, I was kind of hoping it might be more like 78 to 22 or something, so that we'd be forced to confront some sort of really clear-cut answer.

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Jul
02
2008

Parallel Universes

So do you ever do this thing where you picture something---a place, a person---for a really long time before you see it in real life, and then the time comes where you do see it in real life, and when you do, it's nothing at all like you thought you it was going to be?

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Jul
04
2008

I Think It's A Sign


On the pavement last night on the way to dinner. The Universe is definitely trying to tell me something.

(PS: Happy Fourth of July! Sean is 32 today and we are celebrating with some eight dollar beers at the baseball stadium while watching a bunch of grown men run around in circles chasing after a ball. I bet you can't guess which one of us thought that would be a really super awesome fun thing to do.)

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Jul
06
2008

Three Lovely Days

This is ridiculous, since I'm not even American, but the Star Spangled Banner always makes me teary. It's something about the pomp and ceremony, the earnestness, the way people take off their hats and put their hands over their hearts and stare straight ahead, and when it's played by a lone violinist flanked by a fully-uniformed representative of each branch of the U.S. armed forces, like it was at the baseball game we went to on the Fourth of July......well, let's just say it's a good thing I was wearing the biggest sunglasses I own.

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Jul
07
2008

Clean Sheets

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There's very little I like more in the world than slipping between clean sheets. They can't just be clean, though, they have to smell clean: you know, that perfect fresh-from-the-dryer smell that means all is right with the world. 

Right now I'm using Tide laundry detergent in Mountain Spring, and Bounce dryer sheets. This combination produces a pretty clean-smelling set of sheets, but I'm wondering if I can do better.

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Jul
08
2008

And I'm Even Too Old For A Quarterlife Crisis

Something is happening to me. Correction: something has happened to me. Two years ago, I distinctly remember feeling utter revulsion at the thought of owning a house. I believe I may have recoiled at the mere mention of ever having a mortgage. If you owned a house, I thought, you couldn't do anything: all your money went to roof repairs and broken plumbing and god forbid you ever wanted to just pick up and go traveling for six months and start all over again somewhere else when you were done. You couldn't.

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Jul
13
2008

Forget the Flowers For Your Hair, Just Don't Bring Your Shorts to San Francisco (Part 2)

When we left off last time, I'd just deleted my entire list of suggestions and recommendations for San Francisco, and I'm sure you could hear me screaming from here. Remember that eardrum-shattering shriek you heard while watering your backyard in New Jersey or vacuuming your living room in Minneapolis last week? Yeah, that was me. Sorry about that. And please apologize to your neighbors.

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Jul
14
2008

Hilarious Friends

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Jemima and Moose hug it out

On Friday night, we went to a bar in the Tenderloin to celebrate Moose's 30th birthday. When I first moved to the city last year, Moose emailed me out of the blue and asked me if I wanted to meet up for a drink, and after we had agreed on a well-lit public space where neither of us could chop the other into tiny pieces without someone noticing, we did just that.

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Jul
15
2008

It Isn't A Party Til The Cops Show Up

This past weekend was the Weekend of Socializing, which was only fitting, given that this week is destined to be the Week of Socializing, thanks to the fact that BlogHer is popping into town in about, oh, 24 hours, bringing with it a whole bunch of people I haven't seen in a really long time and whose presence in my city I fully intend to celebrate. And if that celebration happens to take the form of doing shots in a hotel room at 2am, then hell, it only happens once a year, SIGN ME UP.

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Jul
21
2008

Mighty Haus Party Favors

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The favors given out at the Mighty Haus launch party on Friday night were some of the cleverest and most creative party favors I've ever seen, and please remember that you're talking to a girl who used to attend copious social events in Charleston, South Carolina, where "How To Give The Best Party Favors On The Block" is pretty much one of the required classes in middle school, right alongside "How To Match Your Purse To Your Shoes" and "Manners: When Is It Not Okay To Send A Thank You Card?

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Jul
22
2008

How I Would Do BlogHer Differently Next Year

I WOULDN'T:

* Start using a new moisturizer three days before the conference. I hate you Mario Badescu Bee Pollen Night Cream! Why are you continuing to make me break out like a teenage boy? (Come back to me, Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream! All is forgiven! You don't actually smell that funny after all, I swear!)

* Talk about crack whores in my panel. Do I never learn?

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Jul
23
2008

This Ain't Your Momma's Department Store

Alright, I know what you're thinking: "JC Penney?Really?" I mean, I admit it, that's kind of what I was thinking too. I haven't been in a JC Penney since 1996, when a boy I met in an Internet chatroom told me he used to be a JC Penney catalog model, and I made my mother drive me to the JC Penney in the Stamford mall in Stamford, Connecticut so I could flip through all the back catalogs in the hopes of spying his picture. (True story! Call me, TJ Piciullo from Islip, Long Island!

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Alright, I know what you're thinking: "JC Penney?

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Jul
24
2008

Only 78 Days To Go

A decision has been made. And since I am me, it is hardly surprising that this decision has been made a full month after it first came up. Seriously, you should try choosing breakfast cereal with me in the grocery store one day. But make sure to Tivo your favorite shows first because we're probably going to be there until they kick us out. Unless it's a 24-hour grocery store, of course, in which case we'll be there until you give up around 2am, shove a box of Bran Flakes into my basket, and shout THEY ALL TASTE THE SAME, WHO CARES.

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Jul
27
2008

Extremely Shallow Film Reviews, Part 4: The Dark Knight, Starring Christian "Hottie" Bale and...Wait, Other People Were In It?

I'm not sure how, but on Friday night, I was coerced into going to see The Dark Knight. Sean has been looking forward to it for months, and since I've dragged him along to such cinematic masterpieces as Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2, I figured I probably owed him a favor or five.

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