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Posts from December 2009


In keeping with the theme of two-word resolutions, I offer my resolution for 2010:  Let Go.  I was inspired by this article, which I hope can inspire many of you as well.  There are certain things articulated in the article that I can certainly focus on more than others, but overall, the message is to let go.

I am going offline until 2010.  I wish you all a happy, healthy New Year and, as always, I am grateful for all the magnificent people who have made my life so amazing thus far.  See you on the flip side.

Puppy Love

Considering getting a dog by the end of 2010, which will give me enough time to build up a budget for a dog-walker, doggie insurance, food, and the occasional kennel/dog-sitter when I travel.  Thoughts?

Older, and Hopefully Wiser

It was my birthday yesterday.  This is the first time I genuinely was not particularly looking forward to it, but that said, it turned out to be a chance to reflect and to be reminded of how amazing my life is and to treasure the people that are in it.  Now, granted, Facebook makes it very easy to wish people a happy birthday, but that doesn't make receiving the birthday greetings any less special.  Several of those who took the time to post a note on my wall or on Twitter were people I didn't even know a year ago -- this year I've met more people than any year in recent memory.  Others who reached out both there and by phone and email were people who have been in my life for a very long time.  I hope they will all be in my life for the rest of it.

A special thanks to Jenn D., Sara & Arlan, Lauren, Caroline, Kim & John for closing out the day with great company and Momofuku fried chicken.

My Backyard


All dressed up for the holidays! Yes, I know it's blurry -- still getting used to the camera on my new phone, but if you look hard you can see the Empire State Building through the arch, and, of course, my apartment on the left.

Here's to a Merry Xmas for those who celebrate!

Kitchen Bitchin'

There are times I hate my kitchen.  It's tiny.  It barely has any counter space.  The cabinets are awkwardly designed.  There's no dishwasher.  It's practically impossible to have more than one person cooking in it comfortably (well, there are exceptions).  That said, the one thing I absolutely love about my kitchen is the fact that absolutely everything you need is within arm's reach.  Literally.  And it's microscopic size has never stopped me from tackling a meal!

New Short-Term Goal

#1 -- Save up for a new computer, as mine is very quickly becoming a sluggish paperweight and I'm not sure how much longer I can stand it before hurling it at a wall.  Would do it sooner if only my entire life weren't on it.  How is it possible that a device purchased in January 2006 can become practically useless in four years?  Longer-term goals and New Year's resolutions to come.

#2 -- Regain ability to breathe through my nose.  Seem to have lost it for the past three days.

Latke Love

Want.  Now.  Chanukah is almost over and I haven't had any latkes yet -- I used to have a latke party for years until I got sick of having my apartment smell like a fry-o-lator for days afterwards.  I will love you forever if you can get these into my greedy little hands today, especially if I don't have to make a special trip to Russ & Daughters to pick them up.  (PS --  My birthday is coming up, in case you need extra incentive). 

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

I love getting holiday cards.  It's truly wonderful to see my friends families and how big their kids are getting -- it always brings a huge smile to my face.  I even used to send my own cards, although I don't think I've done that since law school, when I had much more time.  Last night, I got a card that made me laugh out loud.  It was a photo card from my friend Nikki, covered with photos from trips she had taken this year. The caption was what threw me over the edge, though: "Vacations I took while you were raising your kids."  That is one of many reasons why I love Nikki so much!


I have a strange breed of insomnia -- or maybe it's not, I haven't really discussed it that much with others so I don't know how common or uncommon it really is.  I can usually fall asleep just fine, but I wake up at 4 a.m. and then am unable to fall back asleep.  To make it worse, it generally only happens when I have to work the next morning.  I'm thinking I need more exercise, including the possible addition of a weekly yoga class, to combat this.  When I wake up, I actually use a guided meditation CD to help me try to fall back asleep.  Any other suggestions?