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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
I was walking around the Village the other day and overheard two 20-something women whining about how much they missed their cars. Woman #1: "I hate having to walk so much. I'm lazy." Woman #2: "I know! I wish I... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Sweet Blog o' Mine
There are three new(ish) bars here in NYC that should be on your radar if they're not already. Need some plans tonight? Pick one and go grab a drink! Dear Irving -- this gorgeously decorated spot is conveniently located right... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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My new bike rack arrived last night so between that and the gorgeous weather, I decided to try bike commuting for the first time today. I thought that it would be cool enough to wear my work clothes instead of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Sweet Blog o' Mine
I stumbled across this amazing list of "time, energy, and attention hacks" the other day. It's chock full of information and links to articles about ways to be more productive. One tip that spoke to me was the concept of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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*throwback Thursday, for those out of the loop. Circa 2000. Originally taken for use as a head shot for my Rent audition . . . Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I *finally* got my windows cleaned. Such a huge difference. The view isn't any better, but still... Kicking myself for waiting as long as I did. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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photo by Arnaud's I'm feeling particularly bubbly today -- maybe it's the gorgeous weather, or my bright orange dress, or having gone for a swim before work -- but I'm pretty sure there will be some bubbles in my future... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
There are days when I walk around the city feeling like a pack mule. On a typical day, I'm carrying a purse of some sort (larger if I'm carrying work documents and/or my tablet), a coffee mug (because I cannot... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I don't know how he does it, but Elvis Costello just gets better and better each time I see him live. I had the privilege of seeing his amazing solo show at Carnegie Hall last night. *also the name of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
@Moxiemutt is keen on the paw recognition technology . . . #takeyourdog Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Perhaps it's the recent full moon, but I've encountered quite a bit of unchecked hostility and anger on the streets of NYC recently. Seems that many New Yorkers are generally pissed off, and will lash out at their fellow city-dwellers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I didn't have time for much of a recap yesterday, but I had a wonderful, relaxing weekend on Fire Island with good friends, excellent weather, a solid (if slow) run without any pain, lobsters and other tasty meals, late night... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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There are moments when only a plain slice from Joe's Pizza will do... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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About to head home from a wonderful week in the Loire Valley and Paris. See you soon, NYC! Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Getting my gear together (and getting my ass in gear) for a cycling trip through the Loire Valley -- I leave on Friday! Chateaux galore, wine, exercise, and gorgeous countryside, here I come. I'm a little sad, as the company... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Yeah, yeah, I know. I've already told you to have a negroni. This time it's for charity. During Imbibe & Campari Negroni week from June 2-8, over 600 bars worldwide are donating at least $1 per negroni to a charity... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
I still feel like I'm recovering from Portland and Seattle -- a week full of work inspiration, friends, laughs, and wonderful food and drink. Many thanks to those I got to see, especially to those who treated me to food,... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
My apologies for the radio silence. I have been crazy-busy preparing for, traveling to, and participating in the Equal Justice Conference in Portland, Oregon. While I've been here, I have also been trying to spend time with my cocktail and... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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 Apr 22, 2014 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