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dogs + water = yes

4 May

Let’s be honest folks, how many of us never open the forwarded emails that our mothers/fathers/uncles/aunts/grandparents (a.k.a anyone born before Sesame Street first aired) send? If you’re like me, you kinda get the gist of the email from the “Fwd:Fwd:Fwd:” subject line and probably don’t click through to open. [My apologies to any of my forwarding-friendly readers/Mom.] So, imagine my surprise when my mom sent me an (forwarded) email the other day that I not only opened up. but genuinely appreciated.

Because it was full of dogs. Crazy, underwater, half-frightening, half-ridiculous dogs.

And because I like to share, you can see them too.

I really like his nose.

I did a little web research and found the photographer’s name and website. If you’re interested, go here:!/home


all about me

13 Mar

I thought this post needed a picture. This is me in Germany. I am indicating that this is my second gigantic pretzel of the day. You can probably tell from my face that I am very serious about this pretzel. The picture has nothing to do with the post.

My friend Quiana of the blog Harlem Love Birds recently asked me to participate in a “getting to know you” type of bloggy “tag.” And when I say recent, I mean, like, a month ago. You can see her original post here.

The object of the game is to answer the questions and then posit more of your own to send to your particular blog-friends. Obviously, I am not timely with these sorts of things. I can remember dozens of unanswered chain letters – actual letters- sent to me in my youth warning me of unspeakable horrors if I did not send them to five/ten/a million of my closest friends and relatives. I’m pretty sure I will be smote down any day now. However, as a woman of my word, I will not let Quiana down. Below are her questions and my answers followed by a few questions for YOU, lucky readers. I promise you won’t be graded on them. In fact, you don’t need to respond back with your answers, or even say them out loud. They are just a couple of things (hopefully nice things) that you might like to think about today.

Quiana’s Questions for the 5 Bloggers She Tagged:

1.  Did you watch the Super Bowl? If yes, did your team win? If no, what were you doing instead?

Yup. I was with my in-laws in Arizona, routing for the Giants. I was the youngest person in the room, the only female watching the game, and I knew the NFL rules better than the old-timers. Take that stereotypes!

2. If you could be a female pop star which one would you be and why?

I’m assuming that Miss Piggy doesn’t count. So, I will say Lady Gaga. I think it would be fun to be so shocking. I would sing better than her, though.

3. If you weren’t doing your current job/role what else could you imagine yourself doing?

I’d like to have my own travel show. It would involve me saying, “wow!” and “that’s so pretty!” a lot of the time and making faces as I attempt to eat strange things. Sounds fascinating, no? 🙂

4. What’s the last great book you read?

Oh gee, I love books. I would eat them if I could so they would literally (pun intended) be inside of me. I recently read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” which satisfied both the historical/voyeur part of me as well as my science-y nerd-y self.

5. Share an interesting dream you’ve had. 

I just had an angry dream where popular (and bad) actors were misquoting Shakespeare all over the place (I was somehow in charge of auditioning them for a part that I wasn’t allowed to play) and they were all so stupid and wrong but smug about it. I was about to freak out on them (in my dream, of course) until Emma Thompson came and saved the day.

Please analyze.

6. What’s your favorite restaurant and when you go what do you order?

That is so tough because I like to eat. a lot. I am going to cop out by saying the best meal I’ve ever had at a restaurant was at Blue Hill in NYC. The dessert was so good, I came very very seriously close to licking the plate.

7. What part of your home do you hate to clean?

The toilet. More specifically, the base of the toilet.

8. Are you a fan of Valentine’s Day? Why or why not?

Um hum! I love pink and red together and flowers and candy. But I think Valentine’s Day should be for everyone, not just couples.

9. What grade of elementary school was your favorite and why?

Fifth grade. My teacher was cool.

10. What’s the next vacation destination you’d love to go to?

Anywhere warm and beachy.

11. What made you smile today?

The sunshine! It’s so nice outside today!

Ok. Enough about me, now some questions for you!

1. Who is your best friend? Have you told them you loved them lately?

2. When is the last time you gave someone flowers?

3. What is the nicest thing anyone’s done for you? (If that’s too hard, how about the nicest thing that’s happened to you this past month?)

4. Who is your hero?

5. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?


music master

14 Feb

from “Music Master” by Rumi:

The minute I heard my first love story

I started looking for you, not knowing

how blind that was

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.

They’re in each other all along.

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things to make you smile

31 Jan

Hey all!

At my last job in New York, there were times when I would be super grumbly about some inner-office shenanigans. Usually Tim would come to the rescue and email me a silly/happy picture (usually involving puppies or CareBears or some combination of the two.) It almost  always worked to turn my frown upside down so today I want to share a few things with you that are currently making me smile in case you’ve got the Tuesday blues**.

(** Can also alleviate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday blues. Not guaranteed to work on Saturday or Sunday blues.)

First of all, there is a reason that I have been a lazy blogger: there is a little wiggly puppy sitting on my arm (no, we didn’t get a puppy yet – I’m just puppy sitting for a friend) and he makes it difficult to get anything done because he’s so darn CUTE!  As you can see, he’s very good at snuggling. It’s his favorite activity.

yup, he's sleeping on me

I had seen this next one before a long time ago but forgot about it until my super wonderful Heather sent it to me again. I scoured the interwebs but couldn’t find where it was from/who took it. I think maybe she is Mongolian? Wherever it is, it’s an awesome picture.

This next one is a video especially for all of you New Yorkers. It made me laugh (although I felt a bit defensive about Queens)…

And finally, as a special treat, my favorite bit of bathroom graffiti ever. Found in a tiny hole-in-the-wall dive bar on the Lower East Side (NYC). You’re welcome.

the words of the prophets...

That’s all for today. I am heading off to Arizona to see the in-laws on Thursday so postings will continue to be light.