pics post: unedited

More photos from the archives, in all their unfiltered glory.

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lately on netflix

Here’s what I’ve been watching when I’m not being productive (i.e., in all my spare time):

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


I actually watched the first two episodes online when the show first started, and I found them…kind of boring. But when Netflix added AoS to their library I decided to give it a second chance, and boy am I glad I did. Action! Mystery! Witty one-liners! Fitz-Simmons! Once again Marvel has completed sucked me into their universe.

They Came Together


Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are adorbz, and this rom-com parody does a good job making fun of the genre. Not all of the jokes landed, and I could have done without some of the more R-rated humor (not because I’m a prude or anything, but because I just didn’t think it was very funny), but overall this movie had me laughing.

Malcolm in the Middle


This is a favorite from back in the olden days (the 2000s), and I find it just as funny now as I did back then.

What are you watching lately?

hurray for…


Sleeping with the windows open.

The first sip of coffee in the morning.

Discovering the above view, right in my neighborhood.

Thunderstorms that start right after you go to bed.

pinsday (aka pinterest wednesday)

Here are my favorite finds from Pinterest this week:

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top 5 american cities i want to visit

My desire to travel abroad is strong, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be just as happy exploring some of the cool places in my own backyard. I’ve already checked the Big Three (L.A., Chicago, and, of course, New York) off my list, but here are some more American cities I’d love to see:

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1. Austin, Texas


I’m not a huge fan of the American Southwest, but for the birthplace of modern roller derby I’d certainly make an exception.

2. Portland, Oregon


I want to find all the hipster hangouts!

3. New Orleans, Louisiana


One word: FOOD.

4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


I’d like to explore the Northeast more while I’m here, and I think somewhere that’s only a short train ride away is a good place to start.

5. Seattle, Washington


The location of one of my favorite shows (Frasier) and the birthplace of Starbucks? Heck yes!


Which cities (American or otherwise) would you like to visit?

the art of writing letters


Instant gratification or the joy of receiving something you’ve been waiting days for? Quickly tapping a response on a keyboard or taking a moment to thoughtfully compose a sentence in your head before putting pen to paper? I love texting, emailing and Facebook messaging. But whether it’s the written correspondences between me and my mom when I was in college, hand-writing and mailing thank-you cards, or my current pen pal-ship with my halfway-across-the-country buddy Kit, I don’t think the art of writing letters has completely gone out of style yet.

where are you from?


One question I’m never really sure how to answer is, “Where are you from?”

What do you mean by “from”? Is it the place I was born? The place I lived first? The place I lived the longest? The place I lived last? The place I live now? Because the answer to all of those is different.

No wonder I can’t sit still.

library haul


If you’ve read some of my other book-related posts or follow me on Goodreads, you probably noticed my taste in books runs decidedly YA. But this last library trip I was feeling less young and more adult, so I made some more “grown up” selections:

Downtrodden Abbey by Gillian Fetlock: “Against the wishes of literate individuals around the globe, Fetlocks welcomes us into an estate so full of deception, secrets, and disloyalty that even its residents have trouble following their stories.” (book jacket)

I should probably admit, for some reason I thought this was a Jane Austen parody even though it’s obviously a Downton Abbey parody (which I’ve never seen). Close enough though, right? I mean, Austen had an Abbey too…

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast: “Roz Chast and her parents were practitioners of denial: if you don’t think about death, it will never happen.” (book jacket)

I didn’t even look to see what this was about before I checked it out. I just saw that it was a) a graphic novel, and b) a memoir. And I thought, Hey! Fun Home and Persepolis were good books! This probably will be too!

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt: “The only person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus is her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss…So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down.” (book jacket)

This was definitely a judged-a-book-by-its-cover situation. So pretty…

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding: “Lurching from the cappuccino bars of Notting Hill to the blissed-out shores of Thailand, Bridget Jones searches for The Truth in spite of pathetically unevolved men, insane dating theories, and Smug Married advice.” (book jacket)

I actually read this Bridget Jones sequel a long time ago, but I had to reread it (I reread book 1 a few months ago) so that I would be prepped to read…

Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding: “Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of loss, single motherhood, tweeting, texting, technology, and rediscovering her sexuality in–Warning! Bad, outdated phrase approaching!–middle age.” (book jacket)

I was super surprised when Twitter informed me that there was a third Bridget Jones installment, so many years after the second. I have this character so thoroughly associated with the 90s/early 2000s that it will be interesting to see how Bridget holds up in modern times.

& Sons by David Gilbert: “The funeral of Charles Henry Topping on Manhattan’s Upper East Side would have been a minor affair but for the presence of A.N. Dyer, the notoriously reclusive author whose novel Ampersand stands as an American classic. But as Dyer delivers the eulogy for his oldest friend, he suffers a breakdown over the life he’s led and the people he’s hurt.” (book jacket)

Over 400 pages of tiny print and a non-action driven plot…why did I pick up this book? I honestly don’t know. Maybe because of the pretty picture of New York City on the cover?

What are you reading?

pics post: springtime in brooklyn

Apparently wonky weather isn’t confined to the Midwest, because while it was a lovely 60+ degrees when I took these photos last week, the last couple of days have seen me huddled under my comforter in my warmest hoodie. But today I’m back to cracking the window open just a little bit and hoping we finally get a decent spring before the brutal New York summer kicks in.

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top 5 recipes i want to try

I got really hungry writing this post (oh wait, I’m always hungry). To make you hungry too, here’s the top recipes burning a hole in my Pinterest board that I want to try:

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1. Homemade Pop Tarts


2. White Cheddar Lobster Mac


3. Coffee and Donuts Cupcakes


4. Shrimp Bisque


5. Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies


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