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Laren
NYC
I'm a semi-hip, semi-dorky bon vivant living life in NYC. Taking it one day at a time.
Interests: music, travel, food, friends, new adventures, blogging, family, cycling, cocktails, cooking
Recent Activity
After a super-busy week last week (Passover, work event, reunion with high school friends, Easter with family), I'm doing my best to lay low this week. In addition, a few weeks ago, I ran on the indoor (banked) track at... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Another blast from the past for you. Anyone else know it? Little known fact: I used this song for one of my Amalgamates auditions . . . Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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If you're like me and hate shopping (and feel somewhat un-stylish), you may want to check out Stitch Fix. It's a service that, for a $20 charge, picks out clothing and accessories for you based on an extensive survey. They... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Sing along, kids: "A brand new record, for 1990, They Might Be Giants' brand new album: Flood!" Great soundtrack for a dreary Friday morning. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Not only did I start my morning at the dentist (not particularly fun), but then I got to work and realized that I had left my travel mug full of coffee at the dentist. Grrrrr . . . At least... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
I'm a huge fan of writing angry letters to people and then not sending them. It's absolutely cathartic. I highly recommend it. Apparently, butter is back (was it ever gone?). Disturbingly, health insurance for dogs (including Moxie) is often more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
So after a lovely weekend visiting my family in Maine I was felled by some sort of stomach bug. While recovering, I'm obviously not having a cocktail tonight. On those nights when you might not necessarily feel like drinking something... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Was just reading this article about tracking software for pets. Is it wrong that I now want one of these? Not sure it's my best use of $149 to watch Moxie sleep all day. . . Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
I love this recent NYT article about how your tastes in food evolve over the course of your lifetime. I always make a point to taste foods I don't like (or think I don't like) every now and again just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
I didn't write this, but I truly wish I had. Props to you, Jean Grae. Get a loaf of great bread. From a bakery. Or a supermarket. Whatever you want. I don’t know what you want. Something with olives in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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My photos from January's Oaxaca trip are up! Finally. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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photo courtesy of cocktailia.com It's Friday -- time for a drink. @daisy17 and I are already plotting and planning this evening's post-work drink destination. Despite the slightly warmer temperature, I'm still in the mood for brown & stirred drinks. This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
My friend Beth wrote a great piece in the New York Times about the joy of car radio surfing. We were commenting back and forth on Facebook about it and she mentioned that in an earlier draft she had mentioned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
and generally a good philosophy, V-Day or not. Spread love, y'all. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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To put it mildly, I am not a morning person. Minor annoyances -- like when the top of my leakproof coffee mug decides that it doesn't want to seal shut properly, thereby rendering it UN-leakproof -- send me into a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
This one keeps popping up . . . Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
It's amazing how quickly one's thoughts about winter in NYC can shift from "the snow makes everything look so lovely and serene -- it's a winter wonderland!" to "how am I expected to get around with these massive piles of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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until I get my act together and post my pictures from Oaxaca . . . Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
One of the albums I remember most from my childhood is Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie Together in Concert . RIP, Pete. You made the world a better place. My uncle would have been very sad to hear that you're... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Last night a neighbor and I were talking about music from our childhood days and he remembered a song from Sesame Street that I hadn't thought of in years called "Someday, Little Children." We then discussed some other gems, including... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Tomorrow I leave for a week in Oaxaca, Mexico. As you may know, Oaxaca is ground zero for mezcal, and I'll be spending a great deal of time visiting palenques and learning about mezcal production (this is, after all, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
As you may recall, I was the lucky recipient of a Fitbit One this year (thanks, Mom & Stephen!). One of its features is sleep tracking -- it tells you how many hours you slept, how long it took you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
2014 isn't treating me well so far -- although New Year's Eve was lovely and filled with friends, food and laughter, I've been hit by a cold that keeps me up coughing all night. This was fine when I could... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine