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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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This year, like most years, the 9/11 tribute lights took me by surprise.* My initial reaction is always deep sorrow, and then amazement that it was so much longer ago than it feels. Next, I feel pride in all the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
1) My blog went down while I was on my European bike trip. That said, I was so exhausted from the cycling that I could barely draft daily summaries anyway. I started on the first two days, then gave up.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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En route home from a relaxing weekend at the lake with family. We started off with a power outage, which made things a bit more rustic for the first 24 hours, but nothing the lake, some lobstah, and a G&T... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
This gem was resurrected from my memory by Aziz Ansari, who also gave Moxie a cameo in Master of None, season 2, episode 2. Now playing on repeat. Happy Friday, all! Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
The good news: I've booked a bike trip to Belgium, Luxembourg & Germany for late July! The bad news: I have tendinitis in my right ankle, likely caused from ramping up my triathlon running training too quickly. So . .... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Many thanks to Fur Coat and Pants for the photo (and for today's walk)! Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Some notable news tidbits: This is why I use the Oxford comma, and will always do so. Best health news I've heard recently. This is bullshit. One thing you can do is show your support for the Legal Services Corporation,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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This week, my family had to say goodbye to the lovely Lucy, who lived a long, happy life in Maine. I'm visiting this weekend, and it'll be sad not getting to rub your velvety ears and give you some love.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I adopted this sweet girl from Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue over MLK weekend five years ago. One of the best decisions I ever made. Happy adopt-a-versary, Mox! Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
And I've gotten a bit older. And my favorite birthday present this year was from my dear friend Anthony -- a UKULELE!!! He has one too, so prepare for some killer Uke jam sessions in the future. I've already learned... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
It's been a week. And what a week it has been. As a reminder, here's where I was a week ago (from my Facebook post): I can barely put into words how I am feeling, so I'll start by saying... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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This past weekend, Dad and I went away for a weekend in Boston -- mostly just to spend some quality time together. We each took the train from our respective homes (NYC and Portland) and met up in Boston, staying... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Perfect soundtrack for one's 40's. Hat tip to Dear Sugar. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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No, I haven't yet seen the movie (although I'd like to), but I often wonder what Moxie does all day while I'm at work. I know that she has a walk with the fine folks at Fur Coat and Pants.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Stay tuned for the gallery wall behind the couch! I've lived in my current apartment since 2001 -- 15 years. That's a long time to be in what's basically a studio, albeit one that is masquerading as a one-bedroom. During... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Thank you Spotify weekly playlist for re-introducing me to this 80's cheezball gem. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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At least once a season, I make sure to get the heirloom caprese salad at Otto. It never, ever, gets old. #perfection. If you haven't had it yet, go get it!!! Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Just got back from a week in Maine, relaxing and recovering from the NYC Triathlon. More on that later, but here are my results. Perhaps next year I'll focus on speeding up on one of the legs (just one .... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Hi gang! If all goes according to plan, I will complete my 7th NYC Triathlon this Sunday, 7/24, and I hope to see you there! All details can be found in this handy Spectator Guide. If you're an early riser,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Where to begin? Let's see . . . First, I just returned from a wonderful weekend celebrating my brother and Becky's wedding on a lovely farm in Western MA. Welcome to the family, Becky, and congratulations to you both! Also... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I know -- it's been ages since I've posted. One of the reasons is that I've been busy with triathlon training (it's on 7/24 -- 13 short days away!). This means that I'm spending a decent amount of time on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I was lucky ​enough to have a lovely and relaxing weekend up in Beacon. My initial impetus for the visit was the #AEKarpediem wedding (where I got to see many Tufts friends in addition to the groom), but I stayed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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photo courtesy uk.thebar.com The other night, I had a sip of a gimlet for the first time in ages. The gimlet was likely one of the first cocktails I ever had or made on the regular -- buying myself a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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And it was soooooo relaxing. I took an extremely long Memorial Day weekend to recover from an incredibly busy past month or so. In addition to a trip to Ikea and some continued work unpacking my kitchen, I didn't have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine