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Laren
NYC
A chronicle of life and times in sunny NYC. Alive and (sorta) kicking since July 29, 2002. So far, so good.
Interests: music, travel, food, friends, new adventures, blogging, family, cycling, cocktails, cooking
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The Schvitz The fact that I now have sriracha packets in my desk at my office This commercial: Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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No, I haven't been buried in the snow, just not motivated to write much. Had a lovely lazy weekend hunkered down during the blizzard, with a few trips outside to walk Mox. Saturday night I joined a friend at a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Starting off this blustery Monday with a heavy heart. Farewell, Mr. Bowie, and thank you for sharing your genius with the rest of us. This one's for you, Christopher. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
In a few hours, I'm flying to Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I'll be spending roughly 24 hours before heading to the Galapagos. Once I've reached the Galapagos, I'll have no cell or internet for about 8 days until I'm back in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
I've gotten into a habit of using a portion of my weekends to cook and prep meals for the week. This may mean cooking something like beef stew in large quantities and then portioning into smaller containers for the freezer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
I re-discovered this song a few weeks ago and it's been stuck in my head ever since . . . Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
With the new year approaching, I thought it was time for a (mobile-friendly) makeover. I'm not 100% done tweaking it yet, but let me know if you have any feedback. I'm also thinking I might focus more on posting about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Study Proves Only Jerks End Their Texts With a Period (I guess I'm a jerk.) Small Kitchens, By Choice (I would be thrilled if I could afford a renovation that allowed me to get a 24" stove rather than the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Things that are making me smile these days: New bike shoes on sale (for spin class and bike tour trips; keeping my racing shoes for the tri) Getting a mix tape that I can actually play This Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I had an incredibly relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with very little on the calendar with one exception -- workouts. As a ClassPass member, I have access to studios all over NYC (and other cities), so I decided to take advantage in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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via Instagram http://ift.tt/1jjDYWd Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Solidarité Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
On dreary, drizzly, gray days like these, we should all be allowed to work from home and/or in our PJs. #inmydreamworld Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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My birthday is at the end of December, which is one of many reasons why, when I walked into the 8th Street Winecellar last Wednesday night, I was completely shocked that my friends were throwing me a surprise party. It... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
I will never have an electric stove if I can help it. They are miserable to cook on. I love taking out e-books from the library, except that this time, I was 98% of the way through the book when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
As part of my current work, I do some career advising to first-year students who are seeking public interest jobs for their 1L summers. I realized yesterday as I was reviewing a student's profile in our career database system that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Last week's favorite invented cocktail at Chez Laren - Purple Drank: Concord grapes, simple, lemon, aged genever, Dolin blanc, lemon bitters. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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The other night, in need of some comfort (both physically and emotionally), I made myself one of my all-time favorite comfort food dishes -- carbonara. I know, I know -- I'm sure we could dive into why I seek comfort... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Had a wonderfully relaxing end of summer weekend on Fire Island, complete with a Saturday night dinner on the grill. If only I had a grill in NYC. . . The menu: Sweet and spicy ribs Iceberg wedges with grilled... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
I went to a 7 am pilates class this morning. I haven't gone to an exercise class that early since 2000, which I was training for my first AIDS Ride -- I was so terrified that I went to two... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I did my first triathlon in 2007 -- a sprint distance tri in West Point. Since then, I have completed one triathlon per year (with the exception of 2013): the NYC Triathlon, which is an Olympic distance -- twice as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
This year has been a bit of a break for me on the triathlon front. I went to a wedding in California the weekend of the NY Triathlon so had to defer (see you in the Hudson in 2016!), but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Sad to be heading back to reality today. Sigh. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I, like many, have strong feelings about everything bagels. I had one yesterday from Absolute Bagels that, in my opinion, was the perfect specimen. Given the many everything bagels I've had over the years, I've noticed a few things --... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
I've been playing in a shuffleboard league at Royal Palms the past few months (in Gowanus -- yes, I'm a hipster). It has been quite fun, and we did okay -- we won some and we lost some. I've met... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine