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June 15, 2010

You can't pick your family but you sure can pick your nose!

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February 10, 2010

Ofuro Yoshi, February 2010

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February 1, 2010

Lazy Sunday in bed with babies!!

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January 24, 2010

A & Y are 8 months old!!

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December 16, 2009

Thank you Tam for these awesome hats you made the boys!!

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December 5, 2009

Art's new art!! Thanks Cory Arcangel - you're the best!!!

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November 23, 2009

Artie & Yoshi's 6 month old birthday outing to Prospect Park! Thank you Gabby for the awesomely adorable sweaters!!!

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Artie & Yoshi love their stroller from Kenny & Katherine (colors are Michael Jackson inspired of course!) & giraffes from Katy!! Thank you all!!!

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October 30, 2009

Babies in uniform, Happy Halloween 2009!

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October 23, 2009

Art & Yoshi's 5 month old birthday @ DUMBO park!!/Thank you Mark, Tam & Josie for the Thing 1 & 2 onesies!!

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Art & Yoshi's 5 month old birthday @ DUMBO park!!/Thank you Mark, Tam & Josie for the Thing 1 & 2 onesies!!

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October 1, 2009

Jonah, Art & raspberries

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A mom's love can border on the crazy!

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We love the crocodile pjs from Grannie Annie!!

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September 11, 2009

Art & Yoshi love their Cute & LOL shirts and their leg warmers! Thanks Chris, Amy, Natalie & Hannah, John, Tex & Theo!!

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September 9, 2009

Art & Yoshi say LOLOLOLOLOL!

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August 21, 2009

Art & Yoshi, my favorite subjects!!

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July 29, 2009

My favorite thing in the world: My babies sleeping on my chest - this one's Art!

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July 17, 2009

Yoshi & Art are ready for the dojo/cult!

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Scallion pancakes, My mom's cooking series!

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Beef noodle soup, My mom's cooking series!

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July 15, 2009

Art or Yoshi's budding fauxhawk, June 2009

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July 10, 2009

Art & Yoshi, Granny and Mommy, July 7, 2009/My mom left this morning and I can't stop crying.

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June 29, 2009

Happy new mama & papa

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Lift those legs! Work those abs!!

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June 28, 2009

Sweet peas!!

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June 23, 2009

Our sleeping beauties (if I may say so myself!)

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Josie the Tile Queen: One of my favorite pictures of all time!

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June 17, 2009

Yoshi & Arthur in weiner outfit from Mary!

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June 11, 2009

Thumbs up! says Yoshi!! June 2009

And Art says, fight the power.

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Jonah decorates boys' room with zebra stencil (while I micromanage), March 2009

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Brooklyn Bloom, Spring 2009

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Atlantic City trip via Chinatown bus! July 4th 2008, Better late than never series!

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June 4, 2009

World's Cutest Foot: Don't remember if it's Art's or Yoshi's! :-)

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May 28, 2009

Thank you everyone, for your sweet congratulations on our little family!! :-) xoxoxoxoxo

May 25, 2009

Jonah, Art & Yoshi: What my boys do all day long. Slackers. May 25, 2009

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May 15, 2009

What is the best bluetooth headset?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!!

Belly at 31 weeks!

One week and counting!!

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* Taken by the one and only Andrea Spratt

April 30, 2009

Feet so swollen I may not be able to identify them as mine in a line-up.

April 2, 2009

Best car service in Brooklyn???

Fast, plenty of cars and not a rip-off is preferred. Thanks!!

March 24, 2009

Andrea Spratt/Flatty's 33rd birthday!!

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March 23, 2009

Pretty awesome, very New York story. Leap to Track. Rescue Man. Clamber Up. Catch a Train. By Michael Wilson, NY Times

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Subway heroes, as they are inevitably tagged even before the grease from the tracks is rubbed off, come along every now and then — indeed, as the story of Chad Lindsey suggests, perhaps more often than we know.

Minutes after rescuing a man who had fallen onto the subway tracks at the Penn Station stop on Monday, Mr. Lindsey managed to melt back into the anonymity of the city, escaping the notice of the police, paramedics and subway workers.

“I’m of many minds of being in the spotlight,” he said after a call from this reporter, whose short account of the accident on The New York Times’s City Room blog on Monday prompted one of Mr. Lindsey’s friends to disclose his identity on Tuesday. “But what the hey,” he said.

Mr. Lindsey, 33, is from Harbor Springs, Mich. He moved to New York City three years ago and settled in Woodside, Queens.

He can take it from there:

“I was waiting for the C,” he said from his office on West 30th Street, where he works as a proofreader. “I’m an actor — shocker.”

He said almost everyone seems to be an aspiring actor nowadays, but in this case, it is a critical point to the story: Mr. Lindsey currently appears in an Off Broadway show called “Kasper Hauser,” in a role that requires him to repeatedly lift a character who cannot walk.

On Monday, as he waited for the train, about 2:30 p.m., he was thinking ahead to the reading he was heading to. “I’m kind of zoned out, and I saw this guy come too quickly to the edge,” he said. “He stopped and kind of reeled around. I felt bad, because I couldn’t get close enough to grab his coat. He fell, and immediately hit his head on the rail and passed out.”

Mr. Lindsey said he sensed a train was approaching, because the platform was crowded. “I dropped my bag and jumped down there. I tried to wake him up,” he said. “He probably had a massive concussion at that point. I jumped down there and he just wouldn’t wake up, and he was bleeding all over the place.”

He looked back up at the people on the platform. “I yelled, ‘Contact the station agent and call the police!’ which I think is hilarious because I don’t think I ever said ‘station agent’ before in my life. What am I, on ‘24’?”

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March 20, 2009

Not sure who's more retarded: AIG security or employees. Really?? I shouldn't wear my AIG pins for flair?? Or my AIG backpack and the AIG totes I sling on each arm?? Shucks!!

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* via BuzzFeed!

When you're pregnant, be prepared to cut your nails every three days.
God!! Can people who call in to NPR stop asking how the host is doing? THEY'RE DOING FINE. Ask your question already!
This morning's falling snowflakes reminded me that today is the Vernal Equinox. Way to go, spring.

March 19, 2009

Jonah Peretti, HuffingtonPost.com & Time magazine. I'm proud of my hubby series!

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There is flattery, there is shameless flattery, and there are conversations with Arianna Huffington. She'll talk to old men about their libido, beautiful women about their intelligence, the unemployed about their talent and the wealthy about their artistic depth. In her hands, a compliment is the social equivalent of a Tomahawk missile, launched in stealth at a heavily researched target and perilously difficult to defend against.

As recently as five years ago, this ability — plus a native braininess and a healthy dose of opportunism — had earned her a regular seat at soirées in the Washington–New York City–Los Angeles triad, as well as a modest media profile. She was once referred to as "the most upwardly mobile Greek since Icarus."

Today Icarus is in her shade. In February the Huffington Post, the website she started in 2005 with Ken Lerer and viral-marketing guru Jonah Peretti, became the 15th most popular news site, just below the Washington Post's and above the BBC's. It garnered 8.9 million unique users that month, according to Nielsen — more than double what it attracted a year ago. It gets a million-plus comments from readers a month. A business newswire recently valued the site at more than $90 million. Only one independently held online-content company (Nick Denton's Gawker properties) is worth more.

HuffPo, as it's known, has reached this level of prominence with 55 paid staffers, including Huffington. Twenty-eight of them are editorial, compared with more than 1,000 at the New York Times. Open the site on any given day and you will be greeted with copy from the Associated Press, contributions from unpaid writers, stories whose legwork was done by other news outlets and a smattering of entries from the site's five reporters. In terms of traditional newspaper content, that's about the level of a solid small-town daily.

But some people believe this model may fundamentally change the news business. When the Seattle Post-Intelligencer became the first large daily newspaper to stop printing and move entirely to the Web, on March 18, the new site was structured uncannily like HuffPo, its original content reduced and jostling for space with guest blogs, wire stories and links to other news sites.

The success of her site has allowed Huffington, 58, to reinvent herself again, from Bush-bashing pundit to media mogul and digital pioneer. But as the enterprise grows, even a pedigreed networker like Huffington may find that it's hard to keep friends in the media when she's killing their business.

Necessary Huffness
All the residents of Huffington's large romantic stone house in Brentwood, Calif., are female: Huffington, her sister Agapi and her two daughters Christina, 19, and Isabella, 17. The walls of the living room are adorned with paintings by Françoise Gilot, one of Picasso's lovers, and Kimberly Brooks, the wife of actor Albert Brooks. Isabella's room is covered with photographs by Annie Leibovitz. Most members of the house staff are women — Huffington even uses her housekeeper as chauffeur when necessary. "My mom's not good at driving," Isabella says. The matriarch is a deft hostess; there's always something to eat and, in the way of female gathering places, lots of conversation.

The Huffington Post was hatched at a party here not long after the 2004 presidential election. Former AOL executive Lerer, who professes to hate parties and to barely have known Huffington at the time, had already launched an anti-NRA site. He saw the need for a counterpoint to Matt Drudge's popular right-leaning website. "For about half an hour it was called the Huffington-Lerer Report," says Lerer. "But I'm shy." He and Huffington raised a million dollars, and Lerer brought in Peretti, his buddy from the anti-NRA website. The Huffington Post was to have three basic functions: blog, news aggregator with an attitude and place for premoderated comments.

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NY Times Music Review, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Our very own Peggy Wang is blowing up!!!

Yaaaayyy!!! Peggy's band is getting love from critics and fans and deservedly so!! We are so happy for you Peggy!!

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Excerpt:

And the band appears comfortable with its pop instincts: a pair of new songs, played midset, were even frothier and looser than its album. They helped the band build momentum, which was high toward the end of its 45-minute set, when the group deployed its two best songs. “Everything With You,” a wistful love poem, was big and bright, and “A Teenager in Love” sounded like an optimistic Cure record, with shuffling beat underneath swooning keys.

But those songs only shine on the surface, their good cheer masking a cynical core lurking in the lyrics. Warm on the outside, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart seethe with refreshingly mordant wit. Some of their most clever lyrics appear to limn transgressive shades of intimacy. There’s incest, maybe, on a jangly song with an exuberant, unprintable title, and teacher-student love on “The Tenure Itch”: “His indiscretions you don’t mind/He says your thoughts need form/But your form’s not hard to find.”

But it’s not that Mr. Berman isn’t capable of seeing the bright side, or celebrating how it arrives in brief flashes. “I can’t see into the sunset,” he sang on “Come Saturday,” which was the loudest the band got all night. “All I know is that you’re perfect/Right now.”

March 12, 2009

Belly @ 26 weeks! Photos by hubby, of course

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March 11, 2009

AndreaHarner.com pregnant with Dwight Schrute

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* The Dwight t-shirt and the heart glasses are both recent gifts from the best hubby in the world! That is Jonah.

Evolution of a Sunset, March 2009, Sunsets from Brooklyn apt series

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March 9, 2009

Fantastic Metropolitan Diary entry! March 9, 2009, NY Times
Dear Diary:

On early mornings, the path ringing the Great Lawn in Central Park is densely populated with unleashed dogs and their owners, all busily interacting. Trying to maintain a semblance of discipline amid the canine and human socializing can strain communication between master and dog.

On a recent outing, I heard someone calling, “Chester! Chester! Chester!” first sweetly, then with increasing intensity, and finally, angrily.

When no Chester appeared, the frustrated caller tried a new tactic: “O.K., Chester, I’m leaving. Goodbye. Have a nice life.”

Henry Sacks

March 5, 2009

Sunset #27, February 2009, Sunsets from Brooklyn apt series

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March 4, 2009

Trip to Southhampton w/ Lily & Sandy, Summer 2008!

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March 3, 2009

3 Point Scrabble Victory!! If you knew how hard it is to beat Jonah at anything, you'd understand this post

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A Nonfictional Jason Bourne in NYC: A Life, Interrupted By Rebecca Flint Marx and Vytenis Didziulis, NY Times, The City

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The young woman was floating face down in the water, about a mile southwest of the southern tip of Manhattan. Wearing only red running shorts and a black sports bra, she was barely visible to the naked eye of the captain of the Staten Island Ferry: When he caught sight of her bobbing head, it was like glimpsing the tip of a ballpoint pen across a busy city street. Less than four minutes later, a skiff piloted by two of the ferry’s deckhands pulled up alongside the woman. One man took hold of her ankles while the other grabbed her shoulders. As she was lifted from the water, she gasped. Skip to next paragraph The City Go to Section Front » WABC

A flier posted during Hannah Emily Upp's absence.

“I went from going for a run to being in the ambulance,” the woman said several months later in describing her ordeal. “It was like 10 minutes had passed. But it was almost three weeks.”

On Aug. 28, a Thursday, a 23-year-old schoolteacher from Hamilton Heights named Hannah Emily Upp went for a jog along Riverside Drive. That jog is the last thing that Ms. Upp says she remembers before the deckhands rescued her from the waters of New York Harbor on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Rumors and speculation abounded about what befell Ms. Upp. She disappeared the day before the start of a new school year at Thurgood Marshall Academy, a Harlem school, where she taught Spanish. She left behind her wallet, her cellphone, her ID and a host of troubling questions.

It was as if the city had simply opened wide and swallowed her whole — until she was seen on a security camera at the Midtown Apple store checking her e-mail. Then she vanished again. And then reappeared, not only at the Apple store but also at a Starbucks and several New York Sports Clubs, where news reports said she went to shower.

Was she suffering from bipolar disorder? Running away from an overly demanding job? Escaping from a city that can overwhelm even the most resilient?

Other questions lingered. Did she forage for food? Where did she sleep? Most baffling of all, how did she survive for so long without money or any identification in one of the world’s busiest and most complex cities?

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February 27, 2009

Belly @ 24 weeks in sushi pjs!

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Sunset #20, Sunsets from Brooklyn apt series, February 2009

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Air Traffic Controller Tells Gripping Tale of Hudson Landing By Liz Robbins, NY Times

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Most touching part, excerpted - warning, tears may fall:

But it was Mr. Harten’s testimony that gave a new perspective on the conversations leading up to the water landing. He said he had worked in 10 to 12 emergency situations, but never one like that. On the tapes, Mr. Harten was the last person to speak to Captain Sullenberger, when he said the plane was going into the river. “I asked him to repeat himself, even though I heard him just fine. I simply could not wrap my mind around those words.”

The plane disappeared from his radar, Mr. Harten said. “It was the lowest low I ever felt,” he said. “I wanted to talk to my wife. I knew if I spoke or heard her voice, I would completely fall apart. I settled for a hasty text message — ‘Had a crash. I’m not O.K. Can’t talk now.’ ”

He said his wife, Regina Harten, told him later that when she received the text message, she thought he had been in a car accident.

“The truth was, I felt like I was hit by a bus,” he said.

As he put it: “It may sound strange, but to me the hardest, most traumatic part of the entire event was when it was over. During the emergency I was hyperfocused, I had no choice but to think and act quickly. But when it was over, it hit me hard.”

He added, “Even when I learned the truth, I could not escape the image of tragedy in my mind. Every time I saw the survivors on television, I imagined grieving widows. It’s taken me over a month for me to be able see that I did a good job. I was flexible and responsible, and I listened to what the pilots said, and I made sure I gave him the tools he needed. I was calm and in control.”

Mr. Harten is scheduled to return to the job on Thursday after 45 days of paid leave. Mr. Harten admitted that “it might take me time to regain confidence,” adding, “I know I will get there.”

After Mr. Harten finished, Captain Sullenberger told him: “This is the first time I’ve heard the detail of your experience, and I’m greatly touched by it.”

February 25, 2009

Brunch with Annie & Omar & Melon Drop Demonstration! February '09

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* Thanks to Omar Wasow for the great pictures!!

February 20, 2009

The light in our Brooklyn apartment!!!

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* Thanks to Jaime Fazzone for the daffodils!!

Wildlife Conservation Society Event, February 2009!

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* Thanks to Mary Dailey Pattee for the invite!

Can you help a girl out? Message from a long-time reader and therefore I'm flattered enough to help out :-)

Hi Andrea, This is off this topic, but...since I don't know any people in New York City I'm grasping at straws. Nothing ventured nothing gained. I've been a regular visitor to your blog for years, writing occasional comments - or emails when you had your address on this blog. I have an amazingly talented young singer friend who needs to be in NYC during the month of March and part of April to mix her recently recorded cd. Do you by any chance know anyone in New York who could offer accommodation for the month of March and part of April to Emily Braden, a young (27)amazingly brilliant singer/musician from Victoria, BC, Canada (originally from Boise Idaho)? Emily is a good friend of mine and a major talent. She's having a tough time finding a place to stay. She is sweet, clean, tidy and respectful and just needs a place to sleep at night. Of course she is willing to pay (though she's certainly not hugely wealthy.....yet. If there is any justice in the world she will be one day.) Here is a link to her myspace page, which features some of her music. www.myspace.com/emilybraden

Anyone I have ever known who listens to Emily falls in love with her and her music. She's a special human who is obviously born to sing and entertain. I know she sang around NYC in various places while she was there last - living in Harlem and recording her album. Even if you're unable to steer Emily towards accommodation I hope you'll be able to see her perform there sometime.

The upcoming cd is going to be brilliant - definitely goosebump inducing Grammy worthy material. I've seen Emily play with the best of the best (ie Wynton Marsalis and co and others) and seen their obvious respect for her musical talent and work ethic.

As I said, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Sorry if this is irritating, but I know Emily is having a tough time finding a place, and it kills me to see such an amazing person have to stress out about things that should be easier for people like her (who give so much to the world through art).

February 3, 2009

True Stories in Just One Sentence! I love this kind of stuff

Thanks BuzzFeed! Here's a sample:

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January 27, 2009

Shower conversation this morning: The Universal Dream

Andrea: You know what I want?

Jonah: What?

Andrea: To give myself a back-cial.

Jonah: That's what everyone wants!

Andrea: It is??!!

Jonah: Oh yeah. It's not just the American Dream, it's the Universal Dream.

January 26, 2009

Jonah skydives! Sandy's Bachelor Weekend, September 2008

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January 21, 2009

I cannot handle this picture/this expression.

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January 17, 2009

The Four Musketeers John, Susan, Jonah and Andrea: Lily & Sandy's Wedding Weekend, September 2008

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January 14, 2009

Congrats gift from Evan Roth & Michele Walther!

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Duncan Watts is going to change the world!

Yaaaaayyy! Our friend Duncan is nicely featured in this week's NY magazine (photo and article pasted below) and in a Discovery documentary coming out soon - you can catch the first part of it below. Nice work Dunks! Doesn't mean you'll be too busy to babysit though...sorry!

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When compared with the ways it has transformed dating, shopping, terrorism, and interpersonal communication, the fact that the Internet is changing how a few social scientists work may not seem like much to get excited about. But if Duncan Watts is right, it should be. The Columbia University sociologist is among the most active and imaginative of a group of scholars who are using websites like Facebook, eBay, and Amazon to try to answer some of the most basic questions about human behavior—why ideas spread, what we look for in choosing friends, how we decide what things are worth to us.

Few have embraced the Web as a research tool quite like Watts, who’s taken a leave from Columbia to work at the New York lab of Yahoo Research, in large part because of the trove of data that it allows him to work with. Among his recent projects is Music Lab, a music-downloading site he co-created where thousands of users get to listen to songs they’ve never heard before. The site has allowed Watts to study how a song becomes a hit. In an experiment described in his most recent paper, he took the popularity rankings of the songs on the site and, unbeknownst to the users, reversed them. What he found is that while there is a self-perpetuating quality to popularity, we’re not utter lemmings—people will like something more if you tell them it’s popular, but they won’t like it as much as something that actually is popular. What’s more, the manipulation seemed to drive people away from the site—they didn’t look around for songs they liked more than the artificially popular ones; they just gave up and left.

If it seems like the popularity of songs is slight subject matter for a serious sociologist, don’t be fooled. “Changing how people think is the biggest business that there is,” says Watts, “for governments, for philanthropies and businesses—for everybody.”

January 8, 2009

Move into my apartment starting February 1!!

As you know, a little bump has entered our lives so are making the move to (gasp) Brooklyn! This apt is great and I doubt we'll ever live in a place with such high ceilings again! Check out our craigslist posting and let me know if you want to move in!

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Great quote on respecting and learning from your mistakes/People who post GMail quote of the day's are cool.

Not admiring a mistake is a bigger mistake. - Robert Half

January 7, 2009

Watching 5 hours of Real Housewives of Orange County makes me feel intellectually and morally superior but also dirty
Memo to the MTA: Ever consider adding WD-40 to your budget? Spring Street station tracks and my bleeding eardrums are begging for it
Best quote ever about concise writing

If I had more time I would write a shorter letter. ~ Mark Twain

January 6, 2009

Latke Party December 2008!

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January 4, 2009

Smoothie #5992 from #1 Hubby Jonah

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December 17, 2008

Interesting article on behavioral changes in this economy and my friend Beth is quoted! And see how easily psychology can become forensic psychology?!

Downturn spurs "survival panic" for some. By Nicole Maestri, Reuters.

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A paralegal, recently laid off, wanted to get back at the "establishment" that he felt was to blame for his lost job. So when he craved an expensive new tie, he went out and stole one.

The story, relayed by psychiatrist Timothy Fong at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, is an example of the rash behaviors exhibited by more Americans as a recession undermines a lifestyle built on spending.

In the coming months, mental health experts expect a rise in theft, depression, drug use, anxiety and even violence as consumers confront a harsh new reality and must live within diminished means.

"People start seeing their economic situation change, and it stimulates a sort of survival panic," said Gaetano Vaccaro, deputy clinical director of Moonview Sanctuary, which treats patients for emotional and behavioral disorders.

"When we are in a survival panic, we are prone to really extreme behaviors."

The U.S. recession that took hold in December last year has threatened personal finances in many ways as home prices fall, investments sour, retirement funds shrink, access to credit diminishes and jobs evaporate.

It is also a rude awakening for a generation of shoppers who grew up on easy access to credit and have never had to limit purchases to simply what they needed or could afford.

Instead, buying and consuming have become part of the national culture, with many people using what is in their shopping bags to express their own identity, from the latest gadgets to designer handbags.

For those who need to abruptly curtail spending, that leaves a major void, said James Gottfurcht, clinical psychologist and president of "Psychology of Money Consultants," which coaches clients on money issues.

"People that have been ... identifying with and defining themselves by their material objects and expenditures are losing a definite piece of their identity and themselves," he said. "They have to learn how to replace that."

DEPRESSION TRIGGER

Beth Rosenberg, a New York freelance educator and self-professed bargain hunter, said she stopped shopping for herself after her husband lost his publishing job in June.

She is now buying her son toys from the popular movie Madagascar for $2 at McDonald's, and is wearing clothes that have hung untouched in her closet for years. She said it has been stressful to stick to an austere budget after she used to easily splurge on $100 boots.

"I miss it," she said of shopping.

Resisting temptation now could be even more difficult, as struggling retailers roll out massive discounts to lure shoppers during the holiday season.

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December 12, 2008

THE OMG CUTEST BEST FUNNIEST AWESOMEST PICTURE EVER.

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December 6, 2008

Anyone know of a good Ear, Nose, & Throat doc in Manhattan? Recommendations much appreciated!

October 17, 2008

Shani Ankori was a beautiful bride!

I have been SO BAD about blogging photos. I apologize but school has kept me so busy!! This morning Jonah said the state of my blog makes him sad so I had to post at least one photo! Here's a teaser for so so much more to come when school calms down a bit: me and Shani at her and David Fenkel's awesome wedding!

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October 16, 2008

Drunk pumpkins are funny!

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September 24, 2008

TAXPAYERS SHOULD NOT BAIL OUT WALL STREET!!!!!

I am sickened by the idea that taxpayers may be bailing out high-flying investment bankers who made millions and millions of dollars over the years. And all this may happen because one guy says we should do it quickly! and "trust me". What is happening to our country?

Bob Herbert wrote a great piece on this yesterday:

A Second Opinion?

By Bob Herbert

Does anyone think it’s just a little weird to be stampeded into a $700 billion solution to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression by the very people who brought us the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression?

How about a second opinion?

Everything needs much closer scrutiny in these troubled times because no one even knows who is in charge, much less what is going on. Have you ever seen a president who was more irrelevant than George W. Bush is right now?

The treasury secretary, Henry Paulson — heralded as King Henry on the cover of Newsweek — has been handed the reins of government, and he’s galloping through the taxpayers’ money like a hard-charging driver in a runaway chariot race.

“We need this legislation in a week,” he said on Sunday, referring to the authorization from Congress to implement his hastily assembled plan to bail out the wildly profligate U.S. financial industry. The plan stands at $700 billion as proposed, but could go to a trillion dollars or more.

Mr. Paulson spoke on the Sunday morning talk shows about “bad lending practices” and “irresponsible borrowing” and “irresponsible lending” and “illiquid assets.”

The sky was falling, he seemed to be saying, and if the taxpayers didn’t pony up $700 billion in the next few days, all would be lost. No time to look at the fine print. Hurry, hurry, said the treasury secretary.

His eyes, as he hopped from one network camera to another, said, as salesmen have been saying since the dawn of time: “Trust me.”

With all due respect to Mr. Paulson, who is widely regarded as a smart and fine man, we need to slow this process down. We got into this mess by handing out mortgages like lollipops to people who paid too little attention to the fine print, who in many cases didn’t understand it or didn’t care about it.

And the people who always pretended to know better, who should have known better, the mortgage hucksters and the gilt-edged, high-rolling, helicopter-flying Wall Street financiers, kept pushing this bad paper higher and higher up the pyramid without looking at the fine print themselves, not bothering to understand it, until all the crap came raining down on the rest of us.

Yes, the system came perilously close to collapse last week and needs to be stabilized as quickly as possible. But we don’t know yet that King Henry’s fiat, his $700 billion solution, is the best solution. Like the complex mortgage-based instruments at the heart of this debacle, nobody has a real grasp yet of the vast implications of Mr. Paulson’s remedy.

Experts need some reasonable amount of time — I’m talking about days, not weeks — to home in on the weak points, the loopholes, the potential unintended consequences of a bailout of this magnitude.

The patchwork modifications being offered by Democrats in Congress are insufficient. Reasonable estimates need to be made of the toll to be taken on taxpayers. Reasonable alternatives need to be heard.

I agree with the economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, that while the government needs to move with dispatch, there is also a need to make sure that taxpayers’ money is used only where “absolutely necessary.”

Lobbyists, bankers and Wall Street types are already hopping up and down like over-excited children, ready to burst into the government’s $700 billion piñata. This widespread eagerness is itself an indication that there is something too sweet about the Paulson plan.

This is not supposed to be a good deal for business. “The idea is that you’re coming here because you would be going bankrupt otherwise,” said Mr. Baker. “You’re coming here because you have no alternative. You’re getting a bad deal, but it’s better than going out of business. That’s how it should be structured.”

The markets tanked again on Monday as oil prices skyrocketed. Time is indeed short, but alternative voices desperately need to be heard because the people who have been running the economy for so long — who have ruined it — cannot be expected to make things right again in 48 or 96 hours.

Mr. Paulson himself was telling us during the summer that the economy was sound, that its long-term fundamentals were “strong,” that growth would rebound by the end of the year, when most of the slump in housing prices would be over.

He has been wrong every step of the way, right up until early last week, about the severity of the economic crisis. As for President Bush, the less said the better.

The free-market madmen who treated the American economy like a giant casino have had their day. It’s time to drag them away from the tables and into the sunlight of reality.

September 22, 2008

Overheard at Whole Foods Columbus Circle

A completely non-descript and normal looking young man and his wife are quietly eating lunch. The man says to her, "I am watching all these people around us and you know how in the East Village people may look strange on the outside but they're pretty normal on the inside? It's the opposite here. People appear normal but actually they're dysfunctional and yet overly confident."

HA HA!

September 14, 2008

Law & Order's Kathryn Erbe and her absolutely adorable rescue puppy!

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While Jonah and I checked out the Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill neighborhoods this weekend, I spotted the. cutest. puppy. walking towards us (easily as cute as the puppy above although I couldn't find a photo that really looked like him). As usual, I stared down the pooch with no regard for the human being walking the fluffiness. My googley eyes met puppy's heart-shaped eyes and there was no stopping the love fest that ensued. I was practically making out with the pooch when I finally looked up at the human holding the leash to ask what breed her dog was...and I noticed that her face was the same face I watch hours of every week on my murder wall (what Jonah calls the wall onto which I project my assortment of DVR'ed crime shows)...Detective Eames!! So cool!

She was super nice and the best part is that her puppy is a rescue! Go Kathryn!

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August 20, 2008

How to feel less depressed about being stuck in Manhattan in summer: Remind yourself you are an islander!

The other day I overheard a woman ask another woman, "Do you live on the island?" and I thought, "Island, what island?" Oh, right!! How exotic and tropical! We live on Manhattan island - not a concrete jungle!!! All of a sudden, pollution was replaced by a coconut scented breeze and my hand was fisting a Strawberry Daiquiri instead of a Red Bull*. The honking, pushing and rushing? Just mellow islanders going about their laid-back lives... Witness the delusional power of words.

Word of caution: If you overstate this point to friends, family and even to yourself, this tactic will turn pathetic in a New York minute.

* I do not drink Red Bull. I just know too many people who do.

How to feel less depressed about being stuck in Manhattan in summer: Remind yourself you are an islander!

The other day I overheard a woman ask another woman, "Do you live on the island?" and I thought, "Island, what island?" Oh, right!! How exotic and tropical! We live on Manhattan island - not a concrete jungle!!! All of a sudden, pollution was replaced by a coconut scented breeze and my hand was fisting a Strawberry Daiquiri instead of a Red Bull*. The honking, pushing and rushing? Just mellow islanders going about their laid-back lives... Witness the delusional power of words.

Word of caution: If you overstate this point to friends, family and even to yourself, this tactic will turn pathetic in a New York minute.

* I do not drink Red Bull. I just know too many people who do.

August 15, 2008

Diaroogle.com!!!

I am loving this site I found via * via BuzzFeed! And it's not just because of its great name - it actually seems to works and you know if you're needing this service while on the go, you really really need it to work.

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* Thanks to Thrillist for the image!

August 8, 2008

10 mispronunciations that make you sound stupid, Word Nerd Series!

From Toni Bowers' list of commonly mangled words:

Previously, TechRepublic ran an article about 10 grammar mistakes that make you look stupid. The examples cited involved the misuse of words in written and verbal communications. I’d like to go a step farther here and talk about words that may be used correctly but are pronounced wrong. They also may be much more flagrant examples of stupidity.

A caveat: My ear may be abnormally sensitive to mispronunciations since in college I developed an unnatural affinity for linguistics (can you say “Get a life?”). However, people often make snap decisions about character and intelligence based on their language biases, so it’s something you should be aware of. Here are some of my pet peeves, which you may or may not ever use in your life.

Note: This article originally appeared in our Career Management blog.

#1: Realtor

Many people — I’ve even heard it from people on national TV — pronounce this word REAL-uh-ter. Is this a case of wide-spread dyslexia, transposing the a and the l? It’s REAL-tor. That’s it. You’d think only two syllables would be easier to pronounce, but apparently not.

#2: Nuclear

Do you know how tough it is to be an advocate for the correct pronunciation of this word (NU-clee-er) when the president of the United States pronounces it NU-cu-lar? I don’t buy that it’s a regional thing. Ya’ll is a regional thing; nu-cu-lar is not.

#3: Jewelry

It’s not JOO-la-ree, it’s JOOL-ree. Again with the making things harder by turning a word into three syllables. What’s with that?

#4: Supposedly/supposably

The latter is a nonexistent word.

#5: Supposed to/suppose to

I think this one is more a matter of a lazy tongue than of ignorance. It takes an extra beat in there to emphasize the d at the end, but it’s worth it. And never omit the d if you’re using the term in a written communication or people will think you were raised in a hollowed-out tree trunk somewhere.

#6: Used to/use to

Same as above.

#7: Anyway/anyways

There’s no s at the end. I swear. Look it up.

#8: February/Febuary

As much as it galls me, there is an r between the b and the u. When you pronounce the word correctly it should sound like you’re trying to talk with a mouthful of marbles — FEB broo ary.

#9: Recur/reoccur

Though the latter is tempting, it’s not a word. And again, why add another syllable if you don’t need it?

#10: Mischievous/mischievious

I know, I know, it sounds so Basil Rathbone to say MIS cha vous, but that’s the right way. Mis CHEE vee us is more commonly used, but it’s wrong.

And last but not least, my personal all-time pet peeve — the word often. It should be pronounced OFF un, not OFF tun. The t is silent.

* The Word Nerds thank BuzzFeed!

August 4, 2008

Courthouse Confessions: An incredible project!

This is great. I only wish I had thought of it!!

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July 29, 2008

Montauk Monster: Is this a joke or proof of aliens?

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July 28, 2008

31 Simple Ways to Prevent Cancer: Small changes to inoculate yourself against the Big C.

Reduce Your Risk

Consider this number: 10 million. That's how many cases of cancer are diagnosed worldwide each year. Now consider this number: 15 million. That's how many cases of cancer the World Health Organization estimates will be diagnosed in the year 2020 -- a 50 percent increase -- if we don't get our act together.

Most cancers don't develop overnight or out of nowhere. Cancer is largely predictable, the end result of a decades-long process, but just a few simple changes in your daily life can significantly reduce your risk. Here are 31 great tips.

1. Serve sauerkraut at your next picnic. A Finnish study found that the fermentation process involved in making sauerkraut produces several other cancer-fighting compounds, including ITCs, indoles, and sulforaphane. To reduce the sodium content, rinse canned or jarred sauerkraut before eating.

2. Eat your fill of broccoli, but steam it rather than microwaving it. Broccoli is a cancer-preventing superfood, one you should eat frequently. But take note: A Spanish study found that microwaving broccoli destroys 97 percent of the vegetable's cancer-protective flavonoids. So steam it, eat it raw as a snack, or add it to soups and salads.

3. Toast some Brazil nuts and sprinkle over your salad. They're a rich form of selenium, a trace mineral that convinces cancer cells to commit suicide and helps cells repair their DNA. A Harvard study of more than 1,000 men with prostate cancer found those with the highest blood levels of selenium were 48 percent less likely to develop advanced disease over 13 years than men with the lowest levels. And a dramatic five-year study conducted at Cornell University and the University of Arizona showed that 200 micrograms of selenium daily -- the amount in two unshelled Brazil nuts -- resulted in 63 percent fewer prostate tumors, 58 percent fewer colorectal cancers, 46 percent fewer lung malignancies, and a 39 percent overall decrease in cancer deaths.

4. Pop a calcium supplement with vitamin D. A study out of Dartmouth Medical School suggests that the supplements reduce colon polyps (a risk factor for colon cancer) in people susceptible to the growths.

5. Add garlic to everything you eat. Garlic contains sulfur compounds that may stimulate the immune system's natural defenses against cancer, and may have the potential to reduce tumor growth. Studies suggest that garlic can reduce the incidence of stomach cancer by as much as a factor of 12!

6. Sauté two cloves of crushed garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then mix in a can of low-sodium, diced tomatoes. Stir gently until heated and serve over whole wheat pasta. We already mentioned the benefits of garlic. The lycopene in the tomatoes protects against colon, prostate, and bladder cancers; the olive oil helps your body absorb the lycopene; and the fiber-filled pasta reduces your risk of colon cancer. As for the benefits of all of these ingredients together: They taste great!

7. Every week, buy a cantaloupe at the grocery store and cut it up after you put away your groceries. Store it in a container and eat several pieces every morning. Cantaloupe is a great source of carotenoids, plant chemicals shown to significantly reduce the risk of lung cancer.

The Power of Antioxidants

8. Mix half a cup of blueberries into your morning cereal. Blueberries rank number one in terms of their antioxidant power. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are unstable compounds that can damage cells and lead to diseases including cancer.

9. Learn to eat artichokes tonight. Artichokes are a great source of silymarin, an antioxidant that may help prevent skin cancer. To eat these delicious veggies, peel off the tough outer leaves on the bottom, slice the bottom, and cut off the spiky top. Then boil or steam until tender, about 30-45 minutes. Drain. Dip each leaf in a vinaigrette or garlic mayonnaise, then gently tear the fibrous covering off with your front teeth, working your way inward to the tender heart. Once there, gently scoop the bristles from the middle of the heart, dip in a little butter or lemon juice, and enjoy!

10. Coat barbecue food with a thick sauce. Grilling meat can create a variety of cancer-causing chemicals. But researchers from the American Institute for Cancer Research found that coating the meat with a thick marinade and thereby preventing direct contact with the charring flames reduced the amount of such chemicals created. Another tip: Precook your meat in the oven and then throw it on the grill to finish.

11. Every time you go to the bathroom, stop by the kitchen or water cooler for a glass of water. A major study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 1996 found that men who drank six 8-ounce glasses of water every day slashed their risk of bladder cancer in half. Another study linked the amount of water women drank to their risk of colon cancer, with heavy water drinkers reducing their risk up to 45 percent.

12. Take up a tea habit. The healing powers of green tea have been valued in Asia for thousands of years. In the West, new research reveals that it protects against a variety of cancers as well as heart disease. Some scientists believe that a chemical in green tea called EGCG could be one of the most powerful anticancer compounds ever discovered.

13. Have a beer tonight. Beer protects against the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, known to cause ulcers and possibly linked to stomach cancer. But don't overdo it. Drinking more than one or two alcoholic drinks a day may increase your risk of mouth, throat, esophageal, liver, and breast cancer.

14. Throw some salmon on the grill tonight. Australian researchers studying Canadians (go figure) found those who ate four or more servings of fish per week were nearly one-third less likely to develop the blood cancers leukemia, myeloma, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Other studies show a link between eating fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, halibut, sardines, and tuna, as well as shrimp and scallops) with a reduced risk of endometrial cancer in women. Ah, those amazing omega-3s at it again!

15. Take a multivitamin every morning. Many studies suggest getting the ideal levels of vitamins and minerals can improve your immune system function and help prevent a variety of cancers.

All Together Now

16. Get about 15 minutes of sunlight on your skin each day. You've heard of the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D haven't you? Turns out we've been so good at heeding advice to slather on sun lotion and avoid the sun's rays that many of us aren't getting enough of this valuable nutrient. Researchers find that getting too little vitamin D may increase your risk of multiple cancers, including breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, and stomach, as well as osteoporosis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and high blood pressure.

The best source? Exposure to UVB rays found in natural and artificial sunlight. About 15 minutes a day ought to do it. Avoid overexposure, of course. That can increase your risk for cancers of the skin. You can also get vitamin D in your calcium supplement if you choose a supplement that contains both.

17. Carry a shot glass in your beach bag. Then fill it with sunscreen and rub it all over your body. A shot glass holds about 1.5 ounces, which is how much sunscreen dermatologists estimate you need to protect yourself from the cancer-causing UV rays of the sun. Repeat every two hours.

18. Cut a kiwifruit in half, then scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Now eat! Kiwi is a little hand grenade of cancer-fighting antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, and copper. You can also rub a couple of cut kiwifruit on a low-fat cut of meat as a tenderizer.

19. Use a condom and stick to one partner. The more sexual partners a woman has, the greater her risk of contracting human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes cervical cancer. Having an unfaithful husband also increases her risk.

20. Cut out high-fat animal protein. A Yale study found that women who ate the most animal protein had a 70 percent higher risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, while those who ate diets high in saturated fat increased their risk 90 percent. So switch to low-fat or nonfat dairy, have poultry or fish instead of beef or pork, and use olive oil instead of butter.

21. Have your partner feed you grapes. They're great sources of resveratrol, the cancer-protecting compound found in wine, but don't have the alcohol of wine, which can increase the risk of breast cancer in women. Plus, the closeness such an activity engenders (we hope) strengthens your immune system.

22. Sprinkle scallions over your salad. A diet high in onions may reduce the risk of prostate cancer 50 percent. But the effects are strongest when they're eaten raw or lightly cooked. So try scallions, Vidalia onions, shallots, or chives for a milder taste.

23. Make a batch of fresh lemonade or limeade. A daily dose of citrus fruits may cut the risk of mouth, throat, and stomach cancers by half, Australian researchers found.

Unecessary Chemicals

24. Take a 30-minute walk every evening after dinner. That's all it takes to reduce your breast cancer risk, according to a study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Turns out that moderate exercise reduces levels of estrogen, a hormone that contributes to breast cancer. When 170 overweight, couch potato women ages 50-75 did some form of moderate exercise for about three hours a week, levels of circulating estrogen dropped significantly after three months. After a year, those who lost at least 2 percent of their body fat had even greater decreases in estrogen. Another study linked four hours a week of walking or hiking with cutting the risk of pancreatic cancer in half. The benefits are probably related to improved insulin metabolism due to the exercise.

25. Buy organic foods. They're grown without added pesticides or hormones, both of which can cause cellular damage that may eventually lead to cancer.

26. Learn to love dandelions. Using commercial pesticides on your lawn may increase your risk of cancer, since most contain pesticides such as 2,4-D (linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma) and MCPP (associated with soft-tissue cancers). Plus, pesticides used solely on lawns don't have to go through the same rigorous testing for long-term health effects as those used on food. And, as E/The Environmental Magazine noted in a 2004 article, no federal studies have assessed the safety of lawn-care chemicals in combination, the way most are sold.

27. Buy clothes that don't need to be dry-cleaned. Many dry cleaners still use a chemical called perc (perchloroethylene), found to cause kidney and liver damage and cancer in animals repeatedly exposed through inhalation. Buying clothes that don't require dry cleaning, or hand washing them yourself, can reduce your exposure to this chemical. If you must dry-clean your clothes, take them out of the plastic bag and air them outside or in another room before wearing.

28. Choose cucumbers over pickles, fresh salmon over lox. Studies find that smoked and pickled foods contain various carcinogens.

29. Switch from french fries and potato chips to mashed potatoes and pretzels. A potential cancer-causing compound called acrylamide forms as a result of the chemical changes that occur in foods when they're baked, fried, or roasted. Not surprisingly, many foods with the greatest amounts of acrylamide are also some of the worst-for-you foods, such as french fries, potato chips, and baked sweets. Although the results aren't final yet, Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, estimates acrylamide causes between 1,000 and 25,000 cancers per year. His agency has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to set limits on the amount of acrylamide foods can contain. The FDA is studying the issue.

30. Go for a spray-on tan. They're available in most tanning salons these days and, unlike tanning beds, there's no evidence that they increase your risk of skin cancer.

31. Call up your bowling pal and hit the lanes. A study from the State University of New York at Stony Brook found that men with high levels of stress and those with less satisfying contacts with friends and family members had higher levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in their blood, a marker for the development of prostate cancer.

* via BuzzFeed!

July 24, 2008

The thought of cellphone radiation almost keeps me up at night.

There's a list to help you avoid cellphone radiation but number one is so frightening I couldn't read further.

10 Tips: Cell Phones & Limiting Radiation Exposure (KDKA) There is a new warning about the health dangers of cell phone use. The director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC Cancer Centers has issued the new advisory.

Practical Advice to Limit Exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation Emitted from Cell Phones:

1. Do not allow children to use a cell phone, except for emergencies. The developing organs of a fetus or child are the most likely to be sensitive to any possible effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields.

My right ear feels a little throbby and hot right now...

July 21, 2008

Lily & Sandy Engagement Party!! May '08

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July 16, 2008

Funny & cute! Dress your kid in a Chinatown outfit!!

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July 8, 2008

Please call me Veronica Mars

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I am so completely obsessed with Veronica Mars. I'll admit that when I started watching the show, which I did simply because I love and have to watch all PI/sleuth/detective related shows, I wasn't immediately captured by it. It was easy to mock the oh-so-clever writing and the silly setting but last night I had a major realization: Veronica Mars is the coolest girl on earth. The character really is an impressive blend of precocious, sarcastic, funny, sweet, not syrupy sweet and delightfully devious. If reincarnation is true, please please please let me be her (or Jerri Blank of course)! Thank god I have a job because otherwise I would have spent today stalking my postman for the season three dvds I ordered last night.

July 7, 2008

Jonah Peretti talks viral videos on NPR, I'm a proud wife series!

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Talk of the Nation, June 30, 2008 · When a video clip on the Internet gains widespread popularity through e-mail and other venues of Internet sharing, it becomes what's known as a "viral video." The often highly pixelated and wobbly images have such an air of authenticity about them that it's hard to watch without thinking, "Maybe I can make a video that goes viral!" The truth is, it's not only harder than it looks; people are paid a great deal of money to make things go viral.

Internet entrepreneur Jonah Peretti, hula-hooping viral video star Lauren Bernat and TV Week contributing writer Daisy Whitney talk about the highly controlled world of "viral video" and what's real, what's fake and how video became a big gun in the online marketing arsenal.

July 1, 2008

Momofuku Ko review

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We dined at Momofuku Ko last night to celebrate our 3-year wedding anniversary (actual date is 7/7 but trying to get a Momofuku Ko reservation on a specific date is impossible so...) and it was pretty amazing. The dishes were delectably tasty (David Chang seems to have cornered the market on this culinary skill). My favorites were the fluke in buttermilk and poppy seeds, the split pea soup with crawfish and mushroom, the soft-boiled egg with caviar and chips and the short ribs. While the wine pairing was worth doing once and certainly fun - we made it more fun by ordering two levels of the wine pairing and asked not to be told which level we were getting so Jonah and I played the taste-test game! - I have to say it was too much booze for me. Next time, I would love to share a bottle of wine or sake instead. What also made the experience phenomenal was watching David Chang in action: It's crystal clear that he is having the time of his life doing what he loves and being adored for it. So cool to see people glowing in their spotlight. Also, a typical New York restaurant thing happened. The couple sitting next to us told us that two women had posted on craiglist saying they had a Ko reservation for four for that night and were looking for two men to join them and that those interested could send along their photos. Of course we eagerly anticipated watching this group walk in and scrutinizing their dinner partner choices but alas they must have arrived after we left. The guy who told us this also reluctantly admitted that he had tried for over four months to get his reservation. Lastly, I was tickled to find that David Chang was pretty shy upon being asked which parts of Japan he liked most. He timidly responded that he loved Tokyo but not Osaka and the Kansai region. Hoped for more (in my efforts to have us become BFF) but I suppose the chef's gotta cook!

P.S. Taking photos wasn't allowed which is why there are not photos.

June 25, 2008

Josie & Angus: The only thing that makes a dog cuter is to have a cute kid kissing him!

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June 24, 2008

Deliberations begin in Columbia student rape and torture case

While running an errand to court today, I saw a gaggle of cameras and reporters and learned that deliberations begin today in the unimaginably horrible rape and torture case of a Columbia grad student.

June 19, 2008

Michael Grey & The Barroness Hairy Von Merry: Unreal cuteness!!!

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* Thanks to Michelle for the photo!!

June 18, 2008

There's a lot of pain behind these poses. Namely that this dog isn't real.

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Andrea Spratt: My twin sister from another mister...and mother

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~~~Welcome to my karaoke club~~~!

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Josie Wilkie: If I could hug and squeeze and bite this bundle of cuteness without it being weird or bad I would!!!

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June 10, 2008

This is a photo I wish I had taken!

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May 28, 2008

John Jay Fall 2008 classes!

Excited for fall classes!!

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May 22, 2008

Schoooooooooool's out. for. summer!!!!!!!

Update: No 'Where in the world is Andrea Harner?' photos available so I will just tell you that we are in St. Barth's and it is fantastique bien sur! We've made many fish friends whom we will post and introduce you to in a few days.

Just finished my last final and am now packing for a one week trip to a warm and splendid place thanks to incredibly generous friends!! I will post pictures and have you guess where I am!

Also, since we're BFF I wanted to update you on my summer plans. I am so excited to tell you that I have a summer job at an investigative firm!!! The name of the firm need not be disclosed, nor does my PI name :-) I will be working there from June through mid-August.

Hope everyone has a fantastic week and that New York's weather controller realizes it's time to move away from the rain and cold to sun and warmth!

May 16, 2008

A great quote about Mothers

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. - Tenneva Jordan

This couldn't be more true could it? Until a few years ago I couldn't understand why my mom would act this way at the expense of what I perceived to be her not getting what she wanted. Then I finally realized that she would act selflessly because what she wanted most was for everyone else to be happy which in turn made her happiest.

Trees: Pretty from head to toe

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May 13, 2008

T Mobile's Share the Love: If you hate your friends this is a good thing to share

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Flowers are as close as I get to believing in god.

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May 9, 2008

Holy Trinity of Sanity and a bonus!

I am nearing the finish line of semester end and am busy writing a term paper and studying for finals. What's strange is how calm I have been. For anyone that knows me this is entirely uncharacteristic and thus I have even pondered, "am I ok?" The truth is that I have never been better and there are three reasons why (actually there are four but that breaks the brilliant holy trinity analogy so let's say it's three plus a bonus). Perhaps these can be helpful to you - hope so!

1) Nightly baths. I grew up surrounded by the Japanese tradition of nightly ofuro and was always told it's the best de-stresser and I am telling you, it really is. The key is to take hot baths and to submerge fully so that the heat of the water literally forces your neck and shoulders to relax. Every night as I immerse myself in the ritual, it feels like I am adding days to my life. I also sleep better and wake up without any neck tension!

2) Exercise. Jonah's suggestion that we buy an elliptical machine was one of his best ideas (and he has a million for me to choose from!). Consistently working out at least 3 days a week has worked wonders for my mental health.

3) Acupuncture. Call it what you will but it works. I found an incredible practitioner who, just by her nurturing personality does double duty as a therapist. After every weekly session I walk out of her office feeling truly grounded and calm.

Bonus: Switching from coffee to green tea! I was in love with coffee but I've since found a better paramour. Aside from all the well-documented health benefits of green tea, it is delicious and gives me the kick I need to start my day without the edge of coffee. I used to feel anxious while riding the subway but since the switch I almost feel physiologically unable to be anxious anymore! Warning: Most green tea sold here is no good. The green tea I devour every morning is sencha sent from my family in Japan. In terms of flavor and probably greater health benefits, try getting your hands on sencha or macha from Japan. You know you have a good green tea when the color is in fact very green!

May 8, 2008

Fat Choy

I'm sure this is for "gun hei fat choy" but it's more fun to think it's the car of a big guy named Choy.

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* Spotted in Chinatown. Of course.

May 7, 2008

Eyebeam Benefit: Freedom & Creativity! May 2008

The Eyebeam Benefit last night was radical!! It highlighted Eyebeam artists' works, honored Craig Newmark of Craigslist, featured a thought-provoking and inspiring speech by Founder John S. Johnson, showcased Comedy Central's John Mulaney and the band The Walkmen. It was fun and money was raised for freedom and creativity - mission accomplished!

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May 5, 2008

Exercise Your Brain, or Else You’ll ... Uh ...by Katie Hafner, NY TImes

I am both a firm believer in the preventative medicine power of exercise (both in terms of physical and mental health) and a total sucker for these "keep your brain sharp" products. I figure there are worse things I could spend my money on...until I can't remember what I spent all my life savings on!

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SAN FRANCISCO — When David Bunnell, a magazine publisher who lives in Berkeley, Calif., went to a FedEx store to send a package a few years ago, he suddenly drew a blank as he was filling out the forms.

“I couldn’t remember my address,” said Mr. Bunnell, 60, with a measure of horror in his voice. “I knew where I lived, and I knew how to get there, but I didn’t know what the address was.”

Mr. Bunnell is among tens of millions of baby boomers who are encountering the signs, by turns amusing and disconcerting, that accompany the decline of the brain’s acuity: a good friend’s name suddenly vanishing from memory; a frantic search for eyeglasses only to find them atop the head; milk taken from the refrigerator then put away in a cupboard.

“It’s probably one of the most frightening aspects of the changes we undergo as we age,” said Nancy Ceridwyn, director of educational initiatives at the American Society on Aging. “Our memories are who we are. And if we lose our memories we lose that groundedness of who we are.”

At the same time, boomers are seizing on a mounting body of evidence that suggests that brains contain more plasticity than previously thought, and many people are taking matters into their own hands, doing brain fitness exercises with the same intensity with which they attack a treadmill.

Decaying brains, or the fear thereof, have inspired a mini-industry of brain health products — not just supplements like coenzyme Q10, ginseng and bacopa, but computer-based fitter-brain products as well. Continue reading...

April 23, 2008

NYC --> SF today

En route to SFO. Why of why does the weather in SF have to be colder than in NYC? It's an awesome 78 degrees in NYC right now...be back Sunday!

Olivia is proof of Asian baby cuteness superiority

My cousin Roy's daughter (what does that make her in relation to me?) is proud of her mouth cavity:

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* via my cousin Angelina!

April 22, 2008

Three most commonly misused words, Word Nerd Series.

In just the past week I've heard all these words incorrectly used. I venture to say that they are misused so often I bet you can easily guess what the speaker actually intended to communicate.

1) NONPLUSSED

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2) HEADY

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3) UPPITY

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April 17, 2008

I am in FBI workshops all day today and tomorrow!

So far this seminar has been incredibly illuminating and engrossing! I want to be a forensic interviewer of children!

Forensic Interviewing of Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Sponsored by: The FBI New York Office Victim Assistance Program

Thursday, April 17, 2008

8:30 am - 8:45 am Sign In
8:45 am - 9:00 am Opening Remarks
9:00 am - 10:30 am Forensic Interviewing of Children and Adolescents,
Martha Finnegan, MSW, LCSW, Child Interview Specialist & Catherine S. Connell, MSW, ACSW, Child Interview Specialist
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Martha Finnegan, MSW, LCSW, Child Interview Specialist & Catherine S. Connell, MSW, ACSW, Child Interview Specialist
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm Martha Finnegan, MSW, LCSW, Child Interview Specialist & Catherine S. Connell, MSW, ACSW, Child Interview Specialist
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Touring the Home of the Internet Child Pornography Pedophile, Special Agent Timothy Wittman
4:30 pm - 4:40 pm Interviewing Infants & Talking with Toddlers: Assessing Safety and Risk for Children Ages 0 - 3, Selina Higgins, LCSW-R, MSW, MA

Friday, April 18, 2008

8:30 am - 9:00 am Sign In
9:00 am - 10:30 am The Sexually Exploited Youth: Redefining Victimization,
Sharon Cooper, MD
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Sharon Cooper, MD
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm Interviewing Parents and Other Adults Suspected
of Sexual Abuse of a Child
, David Mantell, Ph.D
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm David Mantell, Ph.D

April 11, 2008

Three new fish haiku

A thrilling trio!
so painfully cute to watch,
nose grease smudge on glass.

April 9, 2008

Meet my Irish twin!

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April 7, 2008

The Artistic Spectrum event this Thursday!

April is National Autism Month so let's take this opportunity to learn! Check out this Thursday's event my friend Beth Rosenberg helped organize!

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For more info click here.

March 25, 2008

Jonah Peretti & Huffington Post in New Yorker magazine, I'm a proud wife series!

My hubby is in this week's New Yorker magazine!

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March 17, 2008

Psych & Law midterm in an hour

Wish me luck. And if you are interested check out the following:

Frye standard
Daubert and Federal Rules of Evidence
Dusky test
Civil commitment
Jackson v Indiana
Riggins v Nevada
M'Naghten test
NGRI
GBMI

March 13, 2008

Unwelcome Surprises by Gail Collins, NY Times

All the Op-Eds are great today but this one is especially apt and funny.

No more electing prosecutors, NYC! Too high-strung!!

March 12, 2008

Broken phone haiku

Blackberry broken
Jonah asked, how will we text?
Cold turkey my dear.

March 10, 2008

I like when people take pictures for a change!

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* At Duncan's birthday party. Thanks Sal Pal Sally!

February 19, 2008

Zee's shoes and panties!!

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February 14, 2008

4:30 am wakeup call!

Arising before 5 am really shouldn't be undervalued. You feel one step closer to death which then makes you want to live more! I imagine the feeling is similar to that experienced while fasting. So as I head to the airport and then on to a top-secret location that's my prescription for you folks!
Xoxo,
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February 11, 2008

Flo & Fro: Reunited at last!

BFFs when we lived next door to each other from 10-12 years old and here we are now. Oh deer!

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* Thanks for the pic Kei!

February 5, 2008

It felt exhilarating to vote for Obama!!!

Guaranteed that if you vote for Obama you too will fly out of the polling place high on inspiration!

February 1, 2008

If only I could do this face...priceless!

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* via Natalie/

January 31, 2008

It's hopeless. I thought Charles Schwab was the one company from which I could expect good customer service because that had always been the case until now.

The doomed conversation began like this:

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Schwab rep: Ok, Australia.

AndreaHarner.com: No, Austria.

Schwab rep: The wire is coming from Australia, right?

AndreaHarner.com: No, Austria.

Schwab rep: But is it in Australian dollars?"

AndreaHarner.com: No, they are two different countries. Austria is next to Germany and Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere.

Schwap rep: So what kind of money do they have?

AndreaHarner.com: Aren't you the bank?

More and more I see how growing up in Japan has handicapped me when dealing with the rest of the incompetent world.

January 29, 2008

I've been attacked by Norovirus

Jonah had it a few days ago and surprise now I have it.

Missing the ole family.

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January 25, 2008

Fish Bet Booty

While in the Bay Area over the holidays, Annie Maxwell so awesomely drove up from Santa Barbara to hang out with us! However, she not so awesomely bet against our fish parenting skills. Over dinner she bet that one of our three fish would be dead upon our return to NYC. It was a $10 bet and we were very serious about it. Who ended up winning the bet? The answer lays within this little piece of mail I received about 10 days after the bet.

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January 23, 2008

How to transport goldfish 101

Dip the Brita pitcher gently...GENTLY!! all the while muttering soothing sayings like, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, fishies..."

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Once CAPTURED!, gaze at them through the embossed Brita logo and ponder if they know what's happening:

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Do not forget to bring at least a third of their tank water. Be prepared for your hubby to complain about how heavy the water is and for you to grab it out of his hands and carry it yourself and to wake up sore the next morning.

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LOCK THEM IN in case of nasty fall which would be their certain death:

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Embody a loving and optimistic attitude as you embark on their transport:

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Heath Ledger dies, RIP

The scene at his 421 Broome St. apartment at 6 pm last night.

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For all the latest, check out BuzzFeed.

January 16, 2008

Nick Denton's Balls - your thoughts??

As you may know, BuzzFeed asks bloggers if they've written about trends that have been covered by BuzzFeed. Some comic relief amidst the realization that Scientologists are taking over:

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January 11, 2008

Rich Kid Syndrome by Jennifer Senior, NY Magazine

This is a very good article on the struggles of raising rich kids and it begins like this: "America’s burgeoning money culture is producing a record number of heirs—but handing down values is harder than handing down wealth."

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Quotes:

Recently, I phoned Andrew Solomon, heir to a substantial pharmaceutical fortune and author of the beautiful depression memoir The Noonday Demon, and asked if he’d discuss the psychological effects of inherited wealth. In the most gracious way, he declined. I pointed out that in his book, he was willing to talk about a depression so profound he attempted to contract HIV in order to have a reason to kill himself; yet he was too shy, on the phone, to talk about his inheritance. Why was that?

In Manhattan, one might argue we’ve already evolved from a borough of aspirational wealth to one of inherited wealth—if the average price of an apartment is $1.3 million, who besides investment bankers can afford one without parental assistance? “There are already examples of whole societies out there like this,” says Dalton Conley, chairman of the sociology department at NYU and author of the forthcoming The Elsewhere Society. “Like the Gulf states. I’ve compared Manhattan to the United Arab Emirates before. They have a nonnative working class that comes in and does all the labor, and the natives don’t have to do anything.”

“I just met this morning with a very sharp 48-year-old,” says Charles Collier, author of Wealth in Families and senior philanthropic adviser at Harvard University. “And he said to me, ‘I don’t want my children to be entitled, but I want to have a jet. I came from nothing. Haven’t I earned my jet?’” (Family advisers to the megarich say you’d be amazed how often this comes up, this question about private jets. Anxious business executives raise their hands in almost every seminar about it, seeking expiation.) And perhaps this fellow has earned his jet. But his children haven’t. The problem with money, as he doubtless discovered, is that it sets up its own paradox: Hard work may yield it, but growing up with it often discourages hard work.

December 21, 2007

Jay-Z's 40/40 club rulz! Omar & friends holiday-birthdays party!

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Thanks to Omar and other hosts and guests for a super fun night!

December 20, 2007

The Golden Suicides by Nancy Jo Sales, Vanity Fair

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December 19, 2007

Question: Know any good movers in NYC?

We are moving about 5 blocks south and need to secure movers right away! Know any dependable movers that you've had a good experience with? Please let me know! Thank you and last final tonight so I will be able to blog again - may need to enroll in a refresher blogging course!

December 18, 2007

Status: Three finals down, one left to go and then it's happy holidays time!!!

Remember when I used to blog??!!

December 17, 2007

Shout out to BFFs Mod & Kei!

From the ages of 5 - 9 I lived in Nagoya, Japan, attended Nagoya International School and had a BFF named Mod Noranitipadungkarn (believe it or not I am still able to spell this correctly). From ages 10 - 12 I lived in Tokyo for the first of several stints in this great city, went to Seisen International School (an all-girls Catholic School!) and my BFF was Kei Petersen - our nicknames for each other were Flo and Fro...obviously. Well, within this past week I have reconnected with both of them! Mod is living in Bangkok and Kei lives here in NYC! It is so exciting. I especially liked being reminded by Mod that I used to "like Madonna and love to sing". Ummm, good to know my inner child is still alive!

December 11, 2007

Status: Studying for finals

The one luxury I still afford myself everyday is the NYT crossword puzzle! Have I converted anyone to this lifelong hobby? Hope so!

Crime Buster With Eye on the Future by Michael Powell, NY TImes

Interesting article on Giuliani's tenure as mayor.

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He was, to the popular eye, Eliot Ness reincarnated, an unsparing prosecutor for a crime-shadowed age. And when the United States attorney in Manhattan resigned in January 1989, he earned a tabloid salute:

“Good News for Bad Guys,” The Daily News proclaimed. “Crimebuster Giuliani Steps Down.”

Rudolph W. Giuliani waved his prosecutor’s scythe in the 1980s, and Wall Street barons, political bosses and Mafia dons seemed to fall in serried rows. He inspired cinematic characters, took ovations in restaurants and battled the Reagan administration officials who had appointed him.

Michael Dowd, a streetwise lawyer whose trial testimony about bribe-taking exposed the ethical rot afflicting New York politics, found shelter beneath Mr. Giuliani’s cloak. “No one was going to back him off,” Mr. Dowd said. “He was charismatic, relentless and endlessly loyal.”

There was, however, another side to the young prosecutor, a moralistic and carnivorously ambitious man who desired public office. Mr. Giuliani, who was 38 when he became United States attorney in 1983, threatened his targets with long prison sentences, and he infuriated judges with leaks of grand jury testimony to the press.

His agents handcuffed Wall Street arbitrageurs before prosecutors investigated them. Apology was weakness; skeptics were “jerks.”

Like a medieval crusader, he rarely flinched at hard tactics in pursuit of exalted goals. Continue reading...

December 6, 2007

Neighbors Reflect on a Death No One Noticed by Andy Newman, NY Times

This is a very sad and very lonely story.

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For the last years of her life, Christina Copeman kept to herself.

She stopped answering the door shortly after her estranged husband died in 1990. She turned away from her friends and neighbors in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, ignoring their hellos.

So when Ms. Copeman dropped out of sight altogether, people were not immediately suspicious. Perhaps she had gone back to Trinidad for a vacation, they said. Maybe she had gotten sick there, or decided to stay.

That was nearly two years ago.

Outside Ms. Copeman’s brick row house on East 92nd Street, the days grew longer and shorter again. Mail piled up in the vestibule behind the glass front door. Neighbors collected trash from her porch so she would not get summonses.

Ms. Copeman was upstairs, dead, curled in a fetal position in the hallway, where the police found her skeletal remains on Monday morning, said Peter Bishop, her nephew. She was dressed to go out, in a coat and a beret, Mr. Bishop said.

“Winter clothes on,” he said yesterday, “so I guess she died in the winter.”

Ms. Copeman had died of heart disease, the medical examiner said yesterday. The police said she had been dead between a year and 18 months. Continue reading...

December 4, 2007

Status: One paper down, home stretch of the term paper

Here's something LOL in the meantime, courtesy of Beth Rosenberg!

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TO: All Employees
DATE: October 01, 2007
RE: Christmas Party

I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23, starting at noon in the private function room at the Grill House. There will be a cash bar and plenty of drinks! We'll have a small band playing traditional carols...feel free to sing along.
And don't be surprised if our CEO shows up dressed as Santa Claus! A Christmas tree will be lit at 1:00 pm. Exchange of gifts among employees can be done at that time; however, no gift should be over $10.00 to make the giving of gifts easy for everyone's pockets. This gathering is only for employees! Our CEO will make a special announcement at that time!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Patty


FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director

TO: All Employees
DATE: October 02, 2007
RE: HolidayParty

In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees. We recognize that Chanukah is an important holiday, which often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year. However, from now on we're calling it our 'Holiday Party.' The same policy applies to any other employees who are not Christians or those still celebrating Reconciliation Day. There will be no Christmas tree present. No Christmas carols sung. We will have other types of music for your enjoym e nt.

Happy now?

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Patty


FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director

TO: All Employees
DATE : October 03, 2007
RE: HolidayParty

Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non-drinking table ... you didn't sign your name. I'm happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table that reads, 'AA Only'; you wouldn't be anonymous anymore. How am I supposed to handle this?

Somebody?

Forget about the gifts exchange, no gifts exchange are allowed since the union members feel that $10.00 is too much money and executives believe $10.00 is a little chintzy.

NO GIFTS EXCHANGE WILL BE ALLOWED.


FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director

TO: All Employees
DATE: October 04, 2007
RE: HolidayParty

What a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20 begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating and drinking during daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously, we can appreciate how a luncheon at this time of year does not accommodate our Muslim employees' beliefs. Perhaps the Grill House can hold off on serving your meal until the end of the party - or else package everything for you to take it home in little foil doggy baggy. Will that work?
Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit farthest from
the dessert buffet and pregnant women will get the table closest to the restrooms.
Gays are allowed to sit with each other. Lesbians do not have to sit with Gay men, each will have their own table. Yes, there will be flower arrangement for the Gay men's table.
To the person asking permission to cross dress, no cross-dressing allowed, though. We will have booster seats for short people. Low-fat food will be available for those on a diet. We cannot control the salt used in the food we suggest for those people with high blood pressure to taste first. There will be fresh fruits as dessert for Diabetics, the restaurant cannot supply 'No Sugar' desserts. Sorry!

Did I miss anything?!?!?

Patty


FROM: : Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director

TO: All Fucking Employees
DATE: October 05, 2007
RE: The Fucking HolidayParty

Vegetarian pricks I've had it with you people!!! We're going to keep this party at the Grill House whether you like it or not, so you can sit quietly at the table furthest from the 'grill of death,' as you so quaintly put it, and you'll get your fucking salad bar, including organic tomatoes. But you know, tomatoes have feelings, too. They scream when you slice them. I've heard them scream. I'm hearing them scream right NOW ! I hope you all have a rotten holiday! Drive drunk and die,

The Bitch from HELL!!!!!!!!


FROM: Joan Bishop, Acting Human Resources Director

DATE : October 06, 2007
RE: &nbs p ;Patty Lewis and HolidayParty

I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Patty Lewis a speedy recovery and I'll continue to forward your cards to her. In the meantime, management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party.

November 26, 2007

Back from England...

and have many observations and even theories!!

Stay tuned and alert.

November 13, 2007

Sushi & Goldfish

I woke up this morning in my sushi pajamas and walked up to the fish tank to feed the cute fellas and Jonah goes, "woah. stop right there." And I was like, "what?" and he pointed to my pajamas and said, "you don't want to traumatize them!"

:-)

Excellent point!!

November 12, 2007

Status: Upper respiratory infection

I so rarely get sick. This is reminding me that I am a pathetic baby when I'm ill. The only nice thing is that my hubby babies me by doing things like making me green tea even if he put too many tea leaves in and thus the tea was too strong...not that I'm critical or complaining!!!

:-)

Perilla Restaurant, Harold Dieterle's Top Chef creation!

With fellow Top Chef enthusiasts Kenny and Katherine (the group photo was simply too special to share) we tried out Top Chef Season One winner Harold Dieterle's restaurant in the West Village called Perilla. From the moment we sat down Katherine and I hounded our waitress, asking about Harold and if he was cooking in the kitchen that night and in fact he was! Just knowing that hot Harry was cooking for us and having such engaging conversation (Katherine couldn't get enough of my forensic psychology classes) took my mind off the food a bit but I remember it was good! Also, the restaurant's ambiance is nicely unpretentious and the music isn't so loud so you can actually enjoy conversation! Here's what we ate:

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November 9, 2007

Blackberry Curve

I've finally retired my ancient Sidekick II for the Blackberry Curve. Although the Sidekick's keyboard is far superior and unrivaled in the current pda marketplace, I am pretty happy with my new gadget.

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Disturbing dream about a needy pigeon

A pigeon had attached itself to my elbow by locking its beak around my elbow skin. I was completely confused, grossed out and generally traumatized. For some reason I had to go about my life like this for what seemed like an entire day. When finally I was able to ask Jonah to pull the pigeon off my elbow, it ripped apart leaving its body in Jonah's hands and it's beak to neck still attached to my elbow. It was something.

November 8, 2007

Apples to Apples, Head to Head

This game is so much fun. It is as they advertise: A Game of Hilarious Comparisons! The judge of the round (changes every round) can either put one or two green adjective cards down and then the players play one of their subject cards and hope that particular judge likes theirs the best! What I like is the subjectivity of the judging and the opportunities for lobbying! I highly recommend it as a gift for the holidays! Here are highlights from an Apples to Apples death match from this past weekend.

Jonah listens to lobbying!

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THIS WAS THE TOUGHEST OF THE NIGHT!

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First time but not last time! player Amanda:

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When your card is just so off the mark it may get embarrassingly shut out like this:

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Cameron's Apples to Apples face:

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Jonah's Squid Ink Scallopini Pasta!

If this is making your mouth water just looking at the pics, imagine what it was like placed in front of me! So delicious and beautiful.

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Don't Die Britney!/Smart Advertising!

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* Monday's NY Post.

November 7, 2007

SOS! Goldfish names please!

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This past weekend we bought three goldfish for the 10-gallon tank we had been prepping for three days (having goldfish isn't as easy as you may think!) and we are head over heels in love with them and are loving having a fish tank in the apt.! They are lively, cute little fellas and I have spent long periods of time just watching them do their thing which consists of sucking at the top of the water which creates bubbles, doing the cutest little shimmys, inhaling little plant leaves then spitting them back out whole and seemingly searching for food all. day. long. They are all personality but lacking names! So I ask you, based on the photos and descriptions below can you give me some suggestions??

Fantail Fish: The most typical looking goldfish of the bunch. Fastest swimmer, clearly most clever, at one feeding he ate almost all the food (consequently the longest poops!) which is when we realized we may have to feed each according to their intellectual ability and some as you will see need more help than others. Clearly he's the alpha of the group but whether or not he's superior or a bully depends on your political perspective!

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Oranda Fish: Orange guy has a carrot top fro that I can't wait to see grow!, has a flat face like a bulldog and is the most beautiful glistening gold color. He gets just one or two fewer food pellets during free for all feeding frenzy time. He likes to hang out with the "alpha" fish and I think of him as the middle child of a sibling trio - not as aggressive at his older sibling nor as slow as his younger - just in the middle and consequently gets passed over a bit while attention is mostly paid to the sibling drama between the oldest and the youngest.

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Moor Fish: Black beauty with a pea brain. He swam against the filter current once or twice which may not seem like such a weird thing to do but trust me, it's a little special. He swims backwards sometimes which is of course adorable although it was less adorable the time I saw him bump his head into the branch sitting in the middle of the tank - ok so it was newly placed there but the point is that the others have not come close to doing things this little guy does - he has his own marching band whose offbeat he follows. His inbreeding takes the heaviest toll on his...eye sight! Goldfish are near-sighted to begin with but man is he sight-challenged. Food pellets will be sprinkled evenly in the tank as instructed and this guy doesn't see them while his mates are feasting and once he does figure it out he still can't get to the pellets most of the time. Of course this was distressing to us so we bent over backwards as only ridiculous parents would and Jonah has taken to custom feeding him - this involves placing the pellets at just the right angle in front of him as he happens to be swimming towards us. This has seemed to work and of course as he is our special needs baby we can't help but favor him a bit. Just a bit.

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November 6, 2007

Must have been a hell of a party...and I mean that!!

Whoopee cushion left in apartment building hallway:

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November 5, 2007

Close up of my love George

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* You're jonesing for more George. Here it is.

Evan Roth & James Powderly Jowler - Enjoy!

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Partytime in Brooklyn above Dashing Diva!!

The moment I set eyes on the large gray kitty George, I was in obsessive love. He was gregarious, hilarious, filled to the brim with 'tude and even though huge, he thought he was svelte and sexy. Unfortunately he terrorizes Black Cat - the only black cat in the photos and whose eyes you see in the background of a photo in which she sits atop a dresser, her only "safe place". George doesn't realize his awesomeness nor his terrorist tendencies. He may be looking for a new home. If and when that day comes it will be a fight to the death to see who gets to lay their paws on George first!

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* Thanks again to Evan Roth & Michele Walther for a fun party!

November 2, 2007

Blue Ribbon Sushi treat!

Thanks to Amy Wood (pictured on the right, Nectar on the left), we enjoyed a delicious feast at the always great Blue Ribbon Sushi! Thanks again Amy!

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October 30, 2007

Dinner Party, Oysters & Scallops Style!

A few notes:

1) Thank god for Jonah who is skilled at and loves to cook because it means you can still throw a dinner party even when you selfishly but necessarily opt out because of midterms.

2) My one regret: I forgot to photograph the chanteurelle mushroom crostinis, garlic tomato salad and cucumber-mint-feta salad he made and the strawberry shortcake I love from Ceci Cela bakery!

3) It's obvious from these photos that Sparky is a wonderful dinner party presence!

4) Don't know what to cook for a dinner party? Themes can be helpful and fun! Ours was an outdoor, summer Parisian dinner. Raw seafood, meat and cheese. All pure, fresh yummy food.

5) Michael Jackson's Thriller creeped into our dinner party.

6) We had a Pinot Noir taste test and we all agreed that Cameron's mom's Bernardus Pinot Noir was the winner!

7) It is great fun to bring together friends who've never met who you think would get along.

8) Thanks to Shani and Fenkel for taking some mighty special photos - they are mixed in below!

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October 29, 2007

Boring dreams are the worst.

I woke up this morning remembering that part of my dream last night consisted of me saying to Jonah, "New York magazine sometimes has interesting articles, doesn't it?"

Ugh.

Hopefully after my last midterm today my burnt out subconscious will be less willing to entertain mundane and unimaginative real world thoughts!

AndreaHarner.com in 50 years.

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* Thanks for the photo, Lily!!

October 24, 2007

Overheard on Lafayette & Houston

If only the Pope were Japanese!

Oh, if only...

I love people...sometimes.

October 23, 2007

Have not stopped studying all day!

Midterm 3 of 4 (Social Psychology and the Legal System) is tomorrow at 2pm and last midterm (Statistics) is Monday evening.

I miss blogging!

I plan to blog tomorrow night with a glass of wine in hand.

Nighty night,
A

October 22, 2007

Status update

MIDTERMS.

October 16, 2007

Some eyes just won't open for the camera!

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* Fabio Blancarte, an old high school friend, who came to NYC to use my Hello Kitty on a piece of sushi phone.

October 15, 2007

Josie soooooooooooo sleeeeeepppyyyyyyyy.

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* Thanks to Tam and Mark for knowing I'd love this photo and for each sending me this photo independently!

October 12, 2007

False Confessions by Saul Kassin, John Jay School of Criminal Justice '07

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This was a fantastic talk. I mean, why on earth would an innocent person confess to a crime he/she didn't commit??!! For as long as I can remember I've been reading about this stuff so I knew about The Innocence Project (only reason I ever wanted to go to law school was to work for them!) and the frightening number of people they've successfully exonerated thanks to DNA (keep in mind that if and only if the crime you were falsely convicted of still has intact, testable DNA, often after decades, could you even harbor the remote possibility of being exonerated). What I didn't know continues to shock me to this day. Did you know that interrogators are legally allowed to present false information to a suspect in order to secure a confession????????!!!!!!!!! Here's an example from the well-publicized case of Marty Tankleff. Marty was 17, 17 years ago and awoke in his house to discover his mother and father lying in pools of blood. Right away he was nabbed the prime suspect even though there was another person who was glaringly obvious as the real prime suspect but we won't visit that aspect here. His mother was pronounced dead on the scene and his father who was barely still alive was rushed to the hospital. Marty was interrogated using the standard physical and psychological deprivation techniques I'm sure you all know just from watching Law & Order but basically you're deprived of any physical and psychological comforts like extra clothing, jewelry or belongings, you are stripped to your basic necessities, have no visible phone as a reminder of contact to the outside world and you are only given minimal water, food and bathroom privileges. On top of this, imagine Marty having just learned that his mom is dead and his dad is near death. After hours of unsuccessfully trying to get Marty to confess, one of the detectives, likely the bad cop in the routine (Mutt & Jeff routine is what we call it in grad school), left the room supposedly to take a call and upon returning tells Marty that his father has emerged from his coma and has named Marty as the murderer. Marty fell apart and thought if his own Dad said he did it, he must have done it and not remembered it. The "good cop" then wrote up a confession for Marty to sign but when it came time to sign it, he came to and refused. Nevertheless the harm had been done and Marty is on record as partially confessing. To this day, the "good cop" who was present when the "bad cop" came in with news from the hospital, says that what he heard about Marty's dad seemed so real he even believed it at the time and only found out later it was a lie. Marty's dad never awoke from his coma and died two weeks later. Still, the partial confession, garnered out of a straight up, bold-faced LIE, still stands and the Innocence Project is fighting to free Marty who has already done 17 years for a crime he didn't commit. There are numerous examples like this one that highlight the deeply disturbing fact that it is entirely legal to lie in order to gain a confession from a suspect. And of course while lies are being used to gain false confessions, real murderers remain free.

I can't hold back - We Are So Cute!!!!!

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* En route to eating adventure in Queens!

Indian Food Outing at Jackson Diner in Jackson Heights, Queens!

The food was delicious and I'm counting the days until we go back to the strangely named Jackson Diner! Plus, they were so baby friendly it was not only sweet but effective!

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* Thanks to Andy for the Jackson Diner suggestion and to Mark & Tam for driving!!

October 8, 2007

Happy Columbus Day 2007!

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October 1, 2007

Absolutely terrifying New York City Policeman

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* Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Dinner party @ David & Shani's!

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* Thanks again to David Fenkel and Shani Ankori for a fun night!

September 27, 2007

This lamp clearly belongs in my apartment

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September 26, 2007

Last night's dream: Peace! Peace!! Peace Peace!

I dreamed last night that I flashed the peace sign everywhere and all the time. I'd flash it tilted of course and I'd say it like I thought I was cool, not hippie. It was kind of liberating to just be that person who does that. I may have been brain damaged too.

September 25, 2007

Suspect interview & diagnosis, Kirschner's Psych of Criminal Behavior class

It's remarkable how much I am stimulated by and thoroughly enjoy every one of my classes! I come home from school super energized (almost manic) about all that I've learned that day and I recount every detail to Jonah who fortunately is the most intellectually curious person I know and delights in seeing me so happy! My most intriguing class continues to be Kirschner's Psychology of Criminal Behavior. We've watched videos of prime suspects in recent homicide cases being interviewed by an Assistant District Attorney after which Kirschner drills us, in that laid-back Socratic style, on what mental illness or illnesses we think the suspect has (in each of these interviews it's clear the subject is the killer). All the interviews we watch are from cases for which Kirschner was retained, either by the prosecution or the defense, to evaluate the suspects mental state at the time of the crime . The following image is from the first interview we watched and did our best to diagnose.

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This was a fascinating case (oh wait, I use that descriptor for all the interviews but this was especially fascinating!). The story goes like this. 19 year old Mr. Smart (real name) was charged with killing his grandmother by beating her to death with a mallet in the Bronx apartment they shared with some other relatives. Mr. Smart who was neither loquacious nor clearly withholding information and more just kind of there, explained with the help of the ADA's focused questions, that he woke up at around noon, hung out and watched TV then left the apartment at 4:30 and strolled around his neighborhood, got some rolling papers, smoked two joints, said "what's up" to a few people but never engaged in conversation with anyone and then returned to his apartment at 9pm to discover cops there wanting speak with him about his grandmothers dead body, his clothes sitting in the building incinerator covered in blood and the blood splatter on the bandanna he was still wearing. He claims that he didn't do it and that someone must have taken his keys when he left them somewhere, had them copied, then returned to him without his knowing and then using those copied keys entered his apartment, put on his clothes and murdered his grandmother. Even after repeated questioning by the ADA that went something like, "Mr. Smart, do you understand that it's hard for me to believe that that's what really happened?" he would answer, "Yeah but that's what must have happened." The questioning went on like this for a few minutes and then concluded.

Our class made fools of ourselves trying to diagnose him considering we still know nothing! but it great fun nonetheless. In the end, Kirschner told us that of course he knew much more about this case than we were exposed to and had met with Mr. Smart on several occasions to evaluate him and this is how he diagnosed him: Schizophrenic with some elements of Antisocial Personality Disorder and Mild Retardation. The strange thing was that he was below average intelligence (quite clear in the interview) which most schizophrenics are not. In line with typical onset time of schizophrenia he was 19 and I asked if he had any record of criminality in the past and sure enough, there was nothing. What was plain to see above all was his utterly flat affect, lack of emotionality and his delusion that enabled him to sincerely believe he did not commit the crime.

Kirschner then asked us if he seemed dangerous and we unanimously agreed that his mild manners and all 150 lbs of him on his 5'9'' physique did not seem threatening to us. Kircschner then told us that while Mr. Smart was being held in jail awaiting trial, a 250 lb, 6'2'' guy who had violated a restraining order was put in his cell with him. Mr. Smart stomped the guy to death. When the guards got there and he was questioned he said, "I didn't do it. I don't know who did it but someone must have come in here and done it."

So how did you like your terribly abridged, blog version of Psychology of Criminal Behavior 101??

Keep in mind that only a small percentage of crimes are committed due to mental illness versus character pathology but more on that later!

Another delicious homemade pasta dish!

Yay for JP!!

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Ethiopian Food at Meskerem!

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September 24, 2007

Jonah & Duncan are twins, Duncan's Yahoo! Party

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Jonah would like to state for the record that he was wearing his shirt first when he showed up at Duncan's shortly before the party started. Then Duncan changed from a t-shirt into this shirt and when asked why he chose a nearly identical shirt to Jonah's he replied that he had to wear a purple shirt to represent Yahoo!

Best host award goes to Duncan! Duncan's Yahoo! party

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Great Jones Brunch w/ Cameron & Amanda! Post-Duncan Yahoo! Party

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Duncan's I've joined Yahoo! Party

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September 20, 2007

Upscale Movie Theaters

You know how I know I have good ideas? Because the few I've thought through seriously have been implemented several months later by people and companies in much better positions than I am in to do so. Case in point:

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Upscale Movie Theaters

I've always said this would be a good idea anywhere there are lots of wealthy people. I'm certain that wealthy people in New York would prefer to dish out more money to guarantee a nicer movie going experience. While it may be sad for a minute to squash a democratic vestige - movie theaters - people will get over it in a quicker minute. And us plebeians can overcompensate by repeatedly mentioning how great Loews theaters are.

Cutest sleeper ever

Rarely is a parent empirically right when they say, "my baby is the cutest dancer!" or "my kid is the smartest second grader" but in this case Jason & Meg may in fact be correct in saying Ollie Kottke is the cutest sleeper ever!

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Teeth grinding = Morning headaches!

Apparently I sometimes grind my teeth while I sleep and Jonah's stopped me a few times, mid-grind. It's unfortunate that I'm such a stress case even while I sleep - one's nature is a bitch, isn't it?!

Any suggestions for for the teeth grinder??

P.S. All my teeth have become nubs.

September 18, 2007

Jonah Peretti in Men's Vogue - Apparently Men's Vogue agrees with me that Jonah's a visionary!!

Oh wait, that's me! How did Andrea Harner finagle that, you ask??!! Answer is I was fortunate enough to be asked to join the photo shoot (wearing my favorite color!) so now you know what the mystery event was! And here's the accompanying article!

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September 17, 2007

Separate strollers can't stop BFF!!

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* Thanks to Lily for this photo!!

Q: Mouse or Rat??!!

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A: Rat.

Salvatore Newport Ferragamo, Paul's new shoes

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Models can't be bothered to carry their portfolios so the FedEx man does it

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* Broadway & Prince.

This is what happens to your Jewish name when you're in business with Chinese people.

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* Elizabeth & Grand.

September 14, 2007

Yesterday was Stripes Day! Did you obey?!

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NoNo Kitchen in Brooklyn (yes, we went there!)

Loved these until I found out they were Alligator Sausages. Then, all I could imagine was that I was taking a bite out of an alligator's side. Still pretty yummy - just more weighty of a bite/thought:

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My favorite were these Jambalaya Won Tons - delicious sauce:

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Seafood Gumbo:

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Shrimp Po' Boy:

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The cutest thing in the restaurant:

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Chicken Po' Boy:

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The End!

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* NoNo Kitchen in Park Slope!

September 11, 2007

Remembering 9/11

This captivating image reminds me of a similar image seared in my brain from that day six years ago. After walking around in a daze for the few hours after the towers went down I stumbled into Duke's Deli on Broadway between Prince & Houston which is usually maniacally busy and frantic but was eerily quiet and close to empty that day. The sense of numbness I'm certain all the patrons and workers felt that day was broken when a firefighter, covered head to toe in dust, debris and ash walked in and sat down. His face struggled to carry the horror that had already changed him. A deli worker swiftly brought him something to eat and drink - she intuited exactly the right thing to do and performed her task with an elegance one evinces only when guided by their heart. He gratefully and silently ate and on our way out the few diners including myself each walked past him either touching his shoulder or whispering thank yous.

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Remembering 9/11

This captivating image reminds me of a similar image seared in my brain from that day six years ago. After walking around in a daze for the few hours after the towers went down I stumbled into Duke's Deli on Broadway between Prince & Houston which is usually maniacally busy and frantic but was eerily quiet and close to empty that day. The sense of numbness I'm certain all the patrons and workers felt that day was broken when a firefighter, covered head to toe in dust, debris and ash walked in and sat down. His face struggled to carry the horror that had already changed him. A deli worker swiftly brought him something to eat and drink - she intuited exactly the right thing to do and performed her task with an elegance one evinces only when guided by their heart. He gratefully and silently ate and on our way out the few diners including myself each walked past him either touching his shoulder or whispering thank yous.

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September 7, 2007

Japanese Date with Zee/It's so cool to be friends with an anime character

Once a week Zee and I get together to drink bubble tea and speak only in Japanese. This treasure can only be credited to too many bubbles/too much caffeine.

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Brunch in Stuyvesent Town!

Had a lovely time getting to know Stuyvesant Town and its great communal resources and soaking up Fenkel/Ankori hospitality - thanks again Dave and Shani!!

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Lightening Bolt Heels, F train

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Chicken aorta, Dean and Deluca

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September 6, 2007

Dinner at Josie Wilkie's

Had a great get-together at Josies (aka Mark & Tams)...thanks again guys!!

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August 28, 2007

First day of grad school update

My first two classes, Psych of Criminal Behavior and Statistics were fantastic and my Criminal Behavior professor charmed me off my feet! I had just purchased a globe so I walked into class carrying a big box. I suppose I could have alluded to the box containing my ex-boyfriend's head but I held back. It was only my first day of class!

For those of you curious what my courses are this semester click here.

Finally, did you know that John Jay (since it's a CUNY school) is costing me Jonah $3000 a semester, $6000 a year??!! Pretty great huh?? Yeah CUNY! YEAH JONAH!!

AndreaHarner.com in action

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* by Zee.

August 27, 2007

It's BTS (Back To School) Time!

First day of grad school...wish me luck!!

August 20, 2007

Back from Japan

This family vacation was deeply satisfying - it felt like one big love fest and silly fest - the best fests! Missing them and Japan a lot right now - I hope to spend more time with both in the near future.

I don't think I've spent a happier night than last. After delighting in the surprises Jonah presented upon my arrival of an utterly delicious mushrooms-clams-corn-basil-onion-garlic-black pepper pasta he cooked for two hours, a bowl of strawberries for desert and fresh flowers!, I snuggled into the sanctuary of his arms, reveling in memories of this family trip and quickly drifted into dreamland with an unfettered smile.

Conspiracy of Two by David Amsden, NY Mag

Still as intriguing as ever, here's New York Magazine's take.

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Jet lag is a ...

Give me a B! Give me an I! Give me a TCH!

Anyone wanna hang out tomorrow at 4:40 AM?

August 14, 2007

Spandex can never be too small, Paul Ohan

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* Early August, uptown Bloomingdales.

Swastika at Bloomies

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* Spotted by Paul Ohan at uptown Bloomingdales.

Dinner @ Alex Galloways!

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* Thanks to Alex for a deliciously fun evening last week!

August 10, 2007

Umbrella by Rihanna & Andrea

The other day while singing Rihanna's Umbrella in the shower, Jonah busted in, flung open the shower curtain and shoved this umbrella at me...here's Andrea's Umbrella, photographic version:

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August 9, 2007

Breakfast bounty

Missing Jonah and our fun, colorful breakfasts together!

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August 8, 2007

American Apparel Cameltoe shorts

American Apparel continues to gross me out.

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August 7, 2007

These Converse aren't going to clean themselves!

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Queer straws

New Yorkers are silly and easy to love!

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* Two Boots on Bleecker btw Broadway & Lafayette.

Lips make sexy lady

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* Chinatown, NYC.

Eyebrow shows your elegant

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* Chinatown, NYC.

August 6, 2007

Which banana would you choose?

Two of my many banana designs I like to present to Jonah as part of breakfast party-time!

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Look carefully:

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Choose wisely:

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Self-aware idiot in Chinatown

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NY Aquarium with Willa!

If you haven't yet been to the NY Aquarium, you should!

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August 3, 2007

It's strange to look at old pics!

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August 1, 2007

Best bed sheets - updated with confession

Update!!! The 70% pima cotton 30% seaweed sheets I mention below have been found at the 6th Ave Bed Bath & Beyond store! AND, they are now $100 instead of $200!!! The sales associate told me that they are in fact the best sheets they sell but their customers just weren't buying them at $200 so they are now clearance items for half off. I highly suggest buying a set if you are in the hood! I am going to buy another one while they are still around!

There comes a time in every blogger's life when she has to admit a mistake and apologize to her readers. My time has come. I have learned that the bed sheets I thought I was reviewing were not in fact the the sheets I was challenged to review. I have slept on the aforementioned sheets since realizing this mistake and can no longer stand behind them as the best sheets. They are fine and undoubtedly good quality but they are not nearly soft enough for my liking. The sheets I thought were the best bed sheets were sheets I purchased from Bed, Bath and Beyond a while ago. For some strange, unknown reason, BBB no longer stocks them nor can I find them anywhere online - this mention is the best I can find and as you can see the links don't satisfy. Jonah says, "they've probably been recalled!" Probably.

The good news is that this past weekend while staying at The Standard Miami I discovered delightful, heavenly sheets by Fili D'oro. I researched them and discovered they only sell to hotels (The Standard and The Ritz-Carlton among others) however I just called The Standard and asked to purchase a set and they say that upon receiving their next shipment of sheets, they will sell and send a set! The Fili D'oro sheets and the elusive Seacell sheets are truly the softest, loveliest sheets.

For those of you who bought the Thomas Lee sheets based on my recommendation (I already know of one) I truly apologize for my erroneous review. They have a 30 day return policy so that's an option or if you love the sheets, well then perfect!

Apologies again.

July 31, 2007

Theresa Duncan & Jeremy Blake deaths

Update: Jeremy Blake's body identified. RIP.

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I am obsessed with this case of apparent double-suicide. Journalists are suggesting that harassment by the Church of Scientology and other seemingly paranoid thoughts as detailed in Theresa Duncan's blog post from May feuled this tragedy. I can't stop scouring the internet for updates because there are so so many unanswered questions and it's plain creepy.

Did she really kill herself? Her blog doesn't seem like the blog of someone who would kill herself - obviously one can beguile their readers but still...she didn't seem in the depths of despair. If so, then why? There must have been a trigger. Did she have a history of depression? Pills and booze found next to her body plus the conspiracy stuff...conjures up a little Marilyn...A long suicide note? What does it say?

As a romantic it fits in my world view that Jeremy Blake was unable to fathom living without her so he took his own life. I can get that. Or...he faked his death for an art piece about death and fame. It's his final act in resignation from the art world. He killed her. He broke up with her and his guilt overwhelmed him. The body that washed up onshore that they're suspecting is his probably is...otherwise, is he sipping on a pina colada on a remote beach?

Who knows but why aren't more people talking about this online? It is because the art world is snooty and insular and private? Or is this all a hoax?

Mystery event hair & makeup!

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The mystery will be revealed in the fall!

July 30, 2007

Meet my new friend Meathead!

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* Thanks to Bram for the introduction of a lifetime!

July 26, 2007

Central Park Zoo with Zee!

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Peach is the new pink!

Another in the very exciting subway series of guess who?!...

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Duncan party #5733

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Chevy's! Anniversary Day 07.07 '07

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* At the yummy Chevy's in Battery Park City.

Lloyd the female parrot

One of New York City's many weird and cute offerings:

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* Thanks to Lily for the photo!

July 25, 2007

It takes balls to walk around connected to your spouse by a balloon hat

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* Spotted outside of the Bodies exhibit.

Oily face + hot day = very oily face! Anniversary Day 07.07 '07

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Andrea, Jonah & Lady Liberty, Anniversary Day 07.07 '07

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Battery Park City Koi Pond, Anniversary Day 07.07 '07

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Bodies Exhibition & Southstreet Seaport, Anniversary Day 07.07 '07

The Bodies exhibition was awesome and holding up the bridge was tiring!

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Battery Park City flowers! Anniversary Day 07.07 '07

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Battery Park fountain fun! Anniversary Day 07.07 '07

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July 18, 2007

Dream: Horse sign language

I had the awesomest dream last night. I was riding my grandmother's horse Foxy (who after a lifetime of being ridden a lot then not so much is almost feral) bareback which I've never attempted before. What amazed me was that even without reins and a saddle I was able to navigate Foxy and we had a great system down pat. At the end of the fantastic day I jumped off her and while trying to hold back tears of joy I signing her: I (I pointed to myself) love (I crossed my arms as if hugging myself) you (I pointed to her). Foxy then picked up her front legs and signed the same message back to me. We beamed and embraced and I was the happiest girl on the planet.

July 13, 2007

A Kitty and his Lily

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Jonah makes a mean fish, avocado, tomato, garlic, basil, multigrain bread open-face sandwich

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July 11, 2007

Josie & Andrea's feet are identically cute!

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* Great discovery made during dinner with the Wilkies.

Dinner with Josie Wilkie!

We had a nice dinner with Mark and Tam and Josie last week - thanks for bringing giggling Josie and beautiful flowers!

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June 25, 2007

Child labor can be so cute

While away this week we hired a gardener to take care of our sprawling gardenS.

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June 22, 2007

Wd~50, a curious molecular gastronomy experience

Our dining experience last night at Wd~50 was well, quite an experience. We went all out and indulged in the tasting menu although opted out of the wine pairing. Let's just say that towards the end of the evening we equated this type of food, molecular gastronomy, to new media art: An honorable exercise in innovation, some of it's delicious and awe-inspiring and some of it fails miserably. An absolutely worthwhile experience for the curious and adventurous - you are guaranteed a memorable time!

Here it is in chronological order with dishes listed as they appear on menu.

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The hungry!

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Nice earthy, textured placemats and wooden tables to off-set the less than natural food preparation:

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A toast to the curious!

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Hamachi, fried corn, lime pickle, grapefruit - delicious:

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Shrimp and tarragon macaroons - these were divine and incredibly fun to eat (think cheese puffs):

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Foie gras in the round - hated the watercress dollops but otherwise really interesting rice crispies version of foie gras that enabled me to enjoy foie gras - the cacao balls were an incredible pairing that worked magnificently:

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"I'm now a yuppie. Not sure how I feel about that..."

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Sweetbreads, cabbage-kaffir, water chestnuts - pretty good although I am not entirely comfortable with sweetbreads, the greatest euphemism of cuisine:

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Beef tongue, fried mayo, tomato molasses - the tongue resembled a cow tongue too much for me to enjoy it - otherwise the tomato molasses and fried mayo were good:

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Miso soup, sesame "noodles":

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Interactive food!

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This Japanese-inspired dish was greatly appreciated, yummy and fun:

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DIY noodles!

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Surf clam, watermelon, garlic chive, fermented black bean - this was mediocre:

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Lamb belly, black chickpea, cherried cucumber - the lamb belly which was basically bacon was very good but otherwise the dish was only alright:

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Cameranda:

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Argan oil horchata, cantaloupe, carob - was delicious:

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Fried butterscotch pudding, mango taro, smoked macadamia - this was disgusting - the fried butterscotch tasted like hotdogs:

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Soft chocolate, avocado, licorice, lime - was remarkable:

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"Cool" black currant jelly - pretty cool:

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The chef Wylie Dufresne himself:

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The satiated foursome:

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June 19, 2007

Top of the Rock!

It was that time of the year again this weekend when my spoiled, jaded ass declared, "there's nothing fun to do in New York City!" and thank god for Jonah's better attitude because he suggested we finally do the Top of the Rock and it was super fun! P.S. We took advantage of a special deal combining Top of the Rock tickets with the Bodies exhibition tickets so that will be blogged when we do that too!

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Kang Suh Korean BBQ!

After Top of the Rock fun, we knew we wanted to eat Korean bbq but didn't know how to pick one restaurant in K-Town so we used our trusty sidekicks which yielded good reviews telling us to go to Kang Suh. Other than service that would have been appropriate had we asked them to please leave us alone, it was totally delicious. Highly recommended!

Sometimes you're so hungry and happy eating that you end up with only three photos that scream, "afterthought!":

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June 14, 2007

Eyebeam 10 year anniversary benefit: A mash-up!

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* May 17, 2007.

June 13, 2007

Seeking: Gawande of bunion surgery

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Soba Koh brunch!

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June 12, 2007

Prom night success? Or failure??

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* Houston & Lafayette, NYC prom season '07.

Omar's Dinner + Dance Party!

Thank you to Omar Wasow for the fantastic hosting and fun party!

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Ed's Lobster Bar

Update: One of the owners of Ed's tells me, "They are live and are so right up until the time you order one." I suggested he amend their menu so that the word 'live' is all over it.

Other than the fact that we're pretty sure their lobsters aren't live lobsters and are therefore frozen lobsters, it was mediocre.

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June 8, 2007

Crossword compliment

On Wednesday night I forcibly snuggled up to Jonah with a 70% completed Wednesday crossword and said we were going to complete it by team work! As I figured out some tough answers we both remarked how I have gotten noticeably better since I started hard-core crosswording 6 months ago. Just as I began to revel in this, the greatest compliment of all came. "You're really going to be good when you're an old lady," Jonah said. If you were in the apartment across the street you would have been momentarily blinded by a flash of light coming from our apt. because I was beaming.

Funny Faces!

My love of Funny Face extends to an insatiable appreciation for funny faces made by little people!

Natalie!

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Josie!

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June 7, 2007

Chibi in your face!

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* Chibi of Chibi's Sake Bar.

Mo' Momofuku Ssam Bar!

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Brooklyn visit to Gabby & Frida!

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June 1, 2007

Fall 2007 classes at John Jay!

Man it feels good to be registered! I've been realizing recently how much I have loved being back in school. Can't wait to get my dirty paws on these subjects in the fall!

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May 31, 2007

Help! My friend got made out with last night!

The sheer size and pattern of this nearly tips it over into NSFW category. Ow. Ew.

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May 29, 2007

Lunch date with Paul: Bergdorf Brunettes

You know when people say, "you can't order the same thing!"?? Well they're wrong.

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Apparently the ladies next to us did the same thing with a different dish and drink so Paul's pointing and saying, "they're us."

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Can you guess what this was?

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Club soda and cranberry. Note to self: Next time, club soda with just a splash of cranberry.

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This is how you pose for a photo when nothing else will work:

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Do I see a guy who will begin a creative writing MFA program at the New School this fall??!! I do! Congrats Paulito!! Now you're gonna bring in the big buckeroos!!

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It's ok to resort to the do you like seafood?/ to see food? level when all else fails:

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May 25, 2007

Gucci Girls

Who are the Gucci Girls?! You're dying to know, I can feel it.

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Me and my mom! We should be paid by Gucci...in merch:

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Yankees Girls

From left to right: Hot! Hot! Hot!!!

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May 4, 2007

Being a photoblogger has paid off - big time.

In the midst of completing my final paper for school, I received a D80 as a gift-loan, as part of a sponsorship PR program from Nikon (THANK YOU, Nikon!). Now that school's out for summer! I have finally had the time to "make it my own": inserted the charged battery and the memory card (double thank you to Nikon), strapped on the strap and set my custom settings.

Off to the Jersey Shore later today - I'm sure that location is what Nikon had in mind for my inaugural photo shoot with the D80!

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May 3, 2007

Bjork @ Radio City Music Hall 5.2.07!

Even though I don't love her music since Vespertine, she remains an inspiration and proof of a creative genius fairy on earth!

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Thanks to Flickr for the first and second to last photo!

May 1, 2007

My all-around favorite Japanese restaurant in NYC: Marumi

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April 30, 2007

Saturday Lovefest with Greta

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Washington Square Park Sunday!

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April 27, 2007

I always love the brave, young bloomers!

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* In front of Grace Church on Broadway & 11th.

Jordan All-American Classic at MSG!

We went to the Jordan All-American Classic last weekend which showcases the nation's best high school senior basketball players at Madison Square Garden...imagine being one of these kids, knowing Jordan's watching you! It was fantastic - as Annie says, having tickets to something is the best feeling because you know you're in for something new and exciting! P.S. Tickets started at $10!!

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Be on the lookout for MVPs (pictured above) Corey Fisher and Donte Green - you may just see them in the NBA!

April 26, 2007

Last weekend on the Upper East Side

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April 25, 2007

You can (sort of-not really) pretend you're in Paris at Balthazar!

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April 23, 2007

Overheard in Nolita cafe, 2 minutes ago

Guy #1: There's an acoustic, Fugazi cover band from Austria! Isn't that insane?

Guy#2: I don't know, is that insane?

Guy #1: It's insane. Trust me.

Guy #2: Ok.

Beautiful NYC day!

Check us out at Central Park!

Thanks Kenyatta! LOLOLOLOLOLOL.

April 19, 2007

Earplugs. Love 'em.

I've noticed something peculiar as I've gotten older - I can hear things more acutely and this is not a joyous occasion (even as Jonah says I'm turning into a superhero!). As a consequence I've taken to wearing earplugs to sleep, to study (I snuck them in to my GRE test!) and to read. The effect is immediate and soothing. The world is at a safe distance and I can finally focus and relax. If you are a reader who is at all tempted right now I highly recommend it!

The best part of these particular earplugs is that once you've smushed the little fellas and fit them in your ear holes (it will become a sacred ritual in no time), the package itself becomes a real source of entertainment. Just as your spouse gets quiet and unwinds into sleep mode, firmly say your spouses name in that tone of voice that makes them think something's wrong. Then grab the package with one hand, hold it up and with your other hand point aggressively to the QUIET PLEASE! and then you and your spouse can laugh and laugh and laugh. I have endless fun doing this to Jonah every night.

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Excerpt from a fellow fan's musings and a brief history of earplugs (Thanks to Jason for the link!):

Concentrating was easier, and I began to leave the earplugs in to write. Errands in the city, or when I had to take the subway, were much more pleasant at a slight sonic remove. It's like listening to music on an iPod, but instead of filling your head with sound, you fill it with your thoughts and your own breath. continued...

P.S. If anyone can help me find cute, dangling earplugs like the ones Audrey Hepburn used in Breakfast at Tiffany's, please let me know!

April 17, 2007

Rhizome Benefit '07

We attended the Rhizome Benefit last night and while it was fun, that fun was unfortunately not captured in photos. Sorry guys. Sometimes a shutterbug doesn't shutter so much. This is all I got for you.

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April 12, 2007

Dinner party with Cyrus Klinenberg & Korean Food!!

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Thanks for a great night, Cyrus, Caitlin, Eric and Leslie!!

April 11, 2007

Juiceboxxx @ Webster Hall, March '07

Juiceboxxx was great as expected and I'm proud to state the obvious which is that this site is quickly becoming a Juiceboxxx destination!

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Jimmy Kimmel vs. Gawker Stalker

Wow. I had never thought about how Gawker affects celebrities (that could be because I never think about Gawker) but Jimmy Kimmel made me do so for the first time and in the process, won my sympathy.

Texting tournament!!

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Thanks to BuzzFeed and Jason for encouraging me to enter and acknowledging my texterity- I'll text you if I do!

April 6, 2007

Warning: Tom Cruise attempts to suck the life, blood and money out of New York City

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Prince in 1981, NYC

This to me, is proof of genius. That may be perplexing or just overly simplistic to many of you but it's fact to me. From the beginning Prince was a dizzying, unbound artist, unique even then when there were more true artist-musician-performers than today. Baby you're a...star!

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Thanks for the link, Jason!

April 5, 2007

First cherry blossom tree blooms in Brooklyn!

His big eyes darted around nervously, scoping out his fellow trees, scrutinizing the temperature, feeling the vibe...making sure his timing wasn't egregiously off. He reminded himself that others before him had done it and survived...some were even lauded for their perfect timing! And...he...bloomed...just a little shy bloom at first...but then he couldn't stop blooming and he knew then, that for the first time in his young life, he was a leader.

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April 4, 2007

Plans for Revamped G.R.E. Are Abandoned by Julie Bosman

I was so in fear of the revamped GRE that I knew I had only one chance of taking the current GRE which is shorter than the revamped one and doing well enough not to retake it . Even though that test isn't rearing its ugly head after all, the dread of it served me nicely. Thanks ETS - owe you one.

After spending four years and $12 million on research, the Educational Testing Service has abandoned plans to introduce a revamped Graduate Record Exam this fall.

The new version, planned to be the biggest overhaul in the test’s history, was designed to prevent cheating and to produce a more accurate measure of students’ ability. But it would have been longer, more expensive and more difficult to administer.

It included revised sections on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing, totaling four hours in length. The current version is two and a half hours.

“The fundamental obstacle that we ran into was finding enough testing sites that we could ensure access for test takers around the world,” said David Payne, executive director of the G.R.E. program at the Educational Testing Service, in a telephone interview. “We know now that we simply can’t provide access for all the G.R.E. test-takers using that approach.”

The Educational Testing Service had wanted to administer the test on only 35 days a year. That would have allowed E.T.S. to create original tests for each day in the hopes of preventing cheating. In 2002, for instance, the testing service discovered that some people in China, Taiwan and South Korea had taken the test, memorized questions and answers and posted them on Web sites, allowing other students to log on and see the questions in advance. continued...

Greenwich Village Shooting aftermath

Thank god something good came of the shooting: Now auxillary cops get bulletproof vests.

The Village Tannery:

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Upclose:

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* Bleecker between MacDougal & Sullivan.

April 3, 2007

Scale for Marital Happiness & Spousal Choice

In my Experimental Psychology: Research Methods class this semester I've been learning lots of scales to measure various things such as depression, OCD and anomie. It occurred to me yesterday that I have a profoundly simple, highly unscientific scale I'd like to propose to measure marital happiness. The scale consists of one question and the way it's rated is that if you answer yes to the question then you are happily married and made an excellent spousal choice. Ready for the scale? The one big question?? The Super Duper Unscientific yet Intuitive Measurement for Marital Happiness and Spousal Choice???

HAD YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE KNOWN EACH OTHER AS KIDS, WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN BFF?

If you answered yes, I suggest you call your wife/hubby now and express your delight in having found them.

April 2, 2007

Metropolitan Diary: April 2, 2007

From today's Metropolitan Diary...

Dear Diary:

As more people tried to squeeze into the last possible crevices of a particularly crowded Flushing-bound 7 train during the evening commute, few passengers were in good moods.

That is, until we all heard in a drily sarcastic voice over the subway announcement system: “This train is full. Please wait for the next one. There is another train behind us with empty seats, carpeting and color TV.”

Cheryl Chan

Do I have something in my teeth?

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* Photo by Zee from our bubble tea date the other day!

March 29, 2007

A Scarface fan

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* Times Square, March '07.

March 27, 2007

Seredipitous Pictionary

What began as Duncan dropping by early Sunday evening turned into a six-person hang-out fueled by wine, noodles I cooked!, dinner and a Pictionary game lasting several fun hours. My highlight was drawing "metal detector" by drawing an airplane, a runway and a terminal (more like a box to which the runway ran into) which had my team correctly screaming airport. Since they had the right context I then drew a stick figure and an arrow towards something that slightly resembled the metal detectors we all suffer through at the airport. "Metal detector!" someone screamed on my team - "Bingo!" My lowest of lows was when I tried drawing the essence of "Michael Jackson". I must remind you all that the Pictionary timer is extremely short and unforgiving. So I started out drawing jerry curls on a face and an arrow from the hair to a fire - remember the Pepsi commercial??!! - and that wasn't successful so I moved onto the nose. I mean, THE NOSE. I circled where the nose would be and then drew an x through it. Still nothing. Which is when I resorted to drawing a penis on the figure and drawing a really small stick figure next to it and then well, you can imagine what I had to do. Still nothing. Lots of laughs but nothing. The timer ran out which is of course when I realized all I ever needed to draw was THE GLOVE. All this is to say that Pictionary is super fun - I encourage you to buy the game (and a white board!) and sic it on your guests!

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Air Guitar Nation

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I love good documentaries which is why I loved Air Guitar Nation. My cousin Harmony suggested we see a movie and said she'd see anything that wasn't a horror flick so I chose this movie and didn't tell her what we were going to see. It's safe to say she had no idea what was in store until the first few seconds of the film when the air guitar-ness thrashed onto the scene and from that point on we as well as the whole audience were riveted and laughing for much of the movie. This doc follows the inception of the US Air Guitar Championships in 2003, the characters that bring it to life and then culminates with the US stars entering the World Air Guitar Championships in Finland. The story is incredibly well woven and I found myself feeling so happy for the filmmakers for making such a successful story and thoroughly enjoying their creation. I highly recommend you seeing this!

P.S. Asians and half-Asians will delight in and feel endeared to C-Diddy. Asian pride!!

March 26, 2007

Metropolitan Diary March 26, 2007

Always one of my favorite sections of the NY Times, Metropolitan Diary captures some of that New York City magic!

Dear Diary:

One morning in mid-February, on my way to work on a crowded F train, I started to doze as I read my book. Suddenly I was awakened by a woman’s voice loudly noting the presence of a rat in the train car.

Many shrieks and gasps and screams followed, and the car emptied by half when the doors opened at the next station. People at my end of the car stood and looked toward the other end, where the excitement had originated, and then the remaining passengers parted, as if Moses were walking through the car, to allow the rat to run about in its terror.

As the excitement transferred to my end of the car, I heard the following exchange from the far end:

Woman No. 1: “What station was that? Forty-second Street? Oh, I missed my stop.”

Woman No. 2: “How could you miss your stop with a rat in the car? Don’t you want to get off the train?”

Everyone laughed, both at the comment and at the second round of shrieks and screams that accompanied the rat’s exit from the train at Rockefeller Center.

Stephanie Andriole

* More of this week's Metropolitan Diary here.

March 23, 2007

John Jay Forensic Psychology, here I come!!

I was recently accepted into John Jay's Forensic Psychology Masters program!! I am eager and excited to begin classes in the fall.

Here are my main areas of interest - perhaps one or two of you out there has similar fascinations!

The indeterminate art and science of jury consulting: Unnatural Selection by Matthew Hutson. Jury selection took its first halting steps toward science in 1972, when seven Vietnam War protesters were charged with conspiracy and put on trial in conservative Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Pretrial polls indicated that 80 percent of potential jurors would vote to convict. Social scientists armed with community surveys explored which backgrounds and attitudes suggested sympathetic jurors (good: women and Democrats; bad: the religious, college educated, subscribers to Reader's Digest). In the end, the Harrisburg Seven received only one minor conviction, and a field was born.

Psychopathology of cults, especially the Aum Shinrikyo: Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami. The sarin attack exposed Tokyo authorities' total lack of preparation to cope with such fiendish urban terrorism. More interesting, however, is the variety of reactions among the survivors, a cross-section of Japanese citizens. Their individual voices remind us of the great diversity within what is too often viewed from afar as a homogeneous society. What binds most of them is their curious lack of anger at Aum. Chilling, too, is the realization that so many Aum members were intelligent, well-educated persons who tried to fill voids in their lives by following Shoko Asahara, a mad guru who promised salvation through total subordination to his will.

Serial returners: Chronic Returners May Be 'Bulimic' Spenders. Dr. April Lane Benson, a psychologist who authored "I Shop, Therefore I Am," said serial returning is a well-kept secret because it carries so much embarrassment and shame. It's "something people don't tend to talk about because the person who is the compulsive returner is often very perfectionistic and feels that they should be more in control," said Benson, a psychologist who specializes in treating compulsive shoppers.

Blue Ribbon & Room 4 Dessert

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* My favorite sushi in NYC: Blue Ribbon & a delightful new dessert place: Room 4 Dessert for Jonah's birthday celebration. NY, NY, February '07.

New Yorker Conference / 2012: stories from the near future

Tickets are only $1200!!!!!!! Get 'em aesop!!

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March 19, 2007

Best clue in today's NYT crossword

33A: David Sedaris's comic sister

I filled in Amy with glee.

March 16, 2007

Follow up on Greenwich Village Shooting

Background on the auxilliary cops:

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Retracing what happened:

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Background on the gunman:

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March 15, 2007

Greenwich Village Gunfight Leaves Four Dead

We were very close to this terrible incident last night as we returned from dinner and were parting ways with friends when one cop car and then undercover cop car after another raced past us. Standing on Houston & Mott I commented that if I took down all the license plate numbers of the undercover cop cars and posted them it would sure be a stellar blog post! But then things started getting freaky when the cops cars, vans, emergency units and even an under cover construction van with ladder on its roof continued to speed by with no sign of relenting. Then helicopters started swarming and shining a spotlight as if looking for something or at least illuminating a really bad situation. When Jonah said that there still were more cops, helicopters and commotion on 9/11, I was not soothed. We walked west to investigate and stopped a block away from where it all went down (unbeknownst to us at the time) and turned around deciding, mostly subconsciously, that sometimes it's better not to know the whole story. On the way back at Houston & Broadway, two cops were frantically directing traffic while closing off Houston west of Broadway and I couldn't just walk away from panicked cops because there's nothing like people of authority panicked - instant panic attack for Andrea! The cop responded to my question of what was going on by saying, "several of our officers have been shot." He looked shell-shocked and I felt a chill through my body. A second later our friends who we dined with who continued west towards home called to say they heard that a guy held up a pizza joint on Houston & Sullivan and shot two undercover cops in the process and that there was a manhunt for him. When we got home we learned the full story via NY1. It's very sad.

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5 seconds with Josie

It is highly irresponsible of Mark and Tam to post these photos of their daughter on the internets. Don't they know that this much cuteness increases her chances of getting kidnapped*??!!

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* I may have crossed the line with this comment. Sincere apologies to M & T! ...but really, too much cuteness can be dangerous and I know this because I am the country's preeminent cuteness connoisseur.

March 5, 2007

King Lear at the Public Theater

Update: Although I don't have any other King Lear performances to compare this one with, I'd have to agree with this NYTimes review that is is "King Lear Lite".

I had never seen King Lear performed live before so when Jonah asked if I wanted to join Kenny and Katherine to see King Lear at the Public Theater on opening night(!!!) I said sure...why not... Having accepted their invite to last summer's Mother Courage, I became forever spoiled by primo seating - I knew we'd be equally spoiled this time and we were. The Anspacher Theater is incredibly intimate - at one point I had to dodge some spittle while I was busily comparing the looks of the Edmund character to Jason Priestley - aaaahhh, the blending of high and low brow delights me!

If you have an opportunity to see King Lear (Kevin Kline and a great cast), do so!

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Thanks again to K & K for the great experience!

March 2, 2007

Ugliest buildings in New York City

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* via Kottke.

February 26, 2007

The Oscars are great for movie, fashion and gambling lovers!

The way we structured the betting pool was by ranking in terms of likelihood, the results of the Hollywood Stock Exchange. So, if you vote for instance for the most likely to win best movie, The Departed, you only get 1 point but if The Queen had won for example, you get 5 points because it was least favored to win. Basically, we pegged to the HSX and rewarded people for predicting long shots. I won mostly because I was the only person who had money on Alan Arkin for Best Supporting Actor and since he was second favored to win, I got 2 point for that category!

'm still in shock that I won the Oscar betting pool last night - I never win these things! ...which is why I woke up this morning with a nasty little smile on my face, fondly remembering my winnings...but the smile was soon erased when Jonah reminded me that everyone kind of hates the person that wins...and I thought, oh, that's true - I do always kind of hate the winner. So I'm now saying for the record, I'm sorry I was that person (winner) and rest assured that victory (when stepping outside of the victor's perspective) is bittersweet!

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* If you can make sense of the above photo, I'll split my winnings with you.

February 22, 2007

Stairway to Hell: Warthog, the World's Greatest Metal Cover Band!!

For Duncan's birthday we took up the Thrillist guys on seeing Warthog and boy are we delighted we did! '80s metal and strippers - no complaints here!!

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Public response to comment on "Happy life tip..." post

Well said! I encourage you to begin an "Ask Andrea" side blog. Posted by: demelza sato at February 21, 2007 02:16 PM

What a fantastic idea!! Most of my life energy is spent 1) over thinking every little (and big) thing and 2) trying not to express my every thought at every moment, simply in efforts to maintain some human relations. Perhaps instead I should harness these special talents and let it all flow in the Ask Andrea corner!!

Grazie mille, Demelza! It will happen.

February 21, 2007

Happy life tip: Thank the couple and not just the primary breadwinner for dinner

We took friends out to dinner last night and we paid and by we paid I mean Jonah used his credit card to pay. Then, it happened. Jonah was thanked for dinner. Only Jonah. This of course reminded me of Larry David's question in season three of Curb Your Enthusiasm, "When a husband pays the check, do you have to also thank the wife?" Yes, Larry David and yes, everyone else, you do. The reason is simple but apparently not obvious. A marriage is a partnership. Regardless of who makes most of the money, it's all coming from the same pot, so to speak. One never really knows how the couple splits up the rest of life's duties such as managing the finances, cleaning the house, etc etc, so it's best to assume shared work and to see couples as a unit. And thus, to thank them both for dinner.

Sound good?

February 20, 2007

Experimental Poetry Class Plea

Completely understand why this teacher is pleading for attendance:

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* New School Spring 07 semester

February 19, 2007

Happy Presidents Day!

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For a more thoughtful treatment of Presidents Day click here.

February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day, New Yorkers! It's your lucky day!

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Freezing rain + sleet + snow = CUDDLE TIME!!! anj_heart.gif anj_heart.gif anj_heart.gif

Just remember to mention these things to your valentine on repeat:

1) It's soooo cold
2) Brrrrrrr
3) I desperately need to be loved ~ hold me ~

February 13, 2007

Colbert Report was too much fun!!!

Thanks to lovely Leila, I got to go to the Colbert Report last night with Lily!! It was too much fun. The only downside of the experience was that as typical but still unfortunate nonetheless, they don't allow you to take photos inside the studio - so you'll just have to make do with these photos and watch the show!

Eager beavers:

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Oh god. You really let us down last night by not saving us from these people. I had never actually met this specimen before so I didn't have evidence that they existed until last night - they actually believe Colbert's persona and think he's an awesome far-right republican like O-Reilly who speaks the truth. They were drunk and so irritating. The warm-up comic had to bring out a humongous shotgun prop to attempt to silence them. In the end, social pressure and the buzz wearing off sort of shut them up...sort of.

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And look at who we befriended! A cute fluffball that most likely belongs to someone working at the Colbert Report. I'm jealous of this person for two reasons.

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On the way home Lily, a long time lover of Montel, was psyched to find his studio!

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Colbert and his team were fantastic - Colbert is of course blessed with the most hilariously expressive face and bundle of talent, mega-brains and star power. His production team was impressive - organized and communicative and seemed to be having a great time working! The warm-up comic was hilarious. It was a super fun experience - highly recommended!

Thanks again to Leila for the great gift and to Lily for being my date!

February 12, 2007

I can't believe the Aussies finally found a way to make this: Abo roll

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In case you were wondering what an Abo is...

Happy Monday Crossword Day!

I finished the crossword in 15 minutes. And I wasn't even rushing. Can you? Huh? Huh?

Yes, I'm trying to start a crossword war with you.

I apologize for my jejune behavior.

February 9, 2007

BuzzFeed on BuzzFeed & looking to hire

BuzzFeed is awesome and looking for awesome people to join the team!

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February 8, 2007

Bad tippers should have their diamonds stolen from them

but fortunately for them, there are honest and un-begrudging* NYC cab drivers!

Cheap woman who's also a diamond seller (and loser apparently) gets her rocks back even though she only tipped 30 cents on an $11 cab ride!!

* I will replace un-begrudging with a real word with similar meaning when one occurs to me.

** Thanks to my bro for always keeping his ear to the ground!

AndreaHarner.com dishes it out for Soba Koh

Delicious, authentic soba can be had at Soba Koh. Yes, it's pretty cool to be in online proximity with David Chang of Momofuku Ssam Bar. You may recall a post in the past about this yummy restaurant!

February 7, 2007

Best way to start your day? With grapefruit!!

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"I have to go now - they're calling my flight." (No airplanes were observed in the vicinity).

The Metropolitan Diary section of the New York Times provides a good little glimpse into my love affair with Manhattan.

Dear Diary:

On the bus: Lady enters with very small dog held in bag and stands in front of undersigned and kids.

Kids: "What's the dogs name?"

Lady: "Zac."

Kids: "As in Zachary?"

Lady: "No, as in Prozac. He's my Prozac."

Roger Bernstein

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February 6, 2007

How quickly I fade into dream land where all statues are animal statues...I WISH!

Jonah told me this morning that 10 minutes after I fell asleep last night while Jonah was still reading we had this conversation:

Andrea bursts out laughing.

Jonah: What's so funny?

Andrea: The monkey statue is so funny!

Jonah: Why is it so funny? What does it look like?

Andrea: Ugh. God, I'm trying to sleep!

No idea what the monkey statue was but I bet it was funny!!

February 5, 2007

What I've learned while studying for the GRE

1) I hate math more than I thought I did.

2) I love words - so much so I now subscribe to dictionary.com's word of the day and carry around this dictionary for fun.

3) Doing the New York Times crossword puzzles is up there in my top three favorite pastimes. Unfortunately I shouldn't have rediscovered this while studying for the GRE.

You know you have the right accountant when...

This quote adorns his otherwise busted website:

To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.

-Bette Davis

* His expertise is accounting for people in the creative industries such as artists, filmmakers, and actors. Let me know if you want his contact info!

January 29, 2007

NYC's True Graffiti Problem: Ain't this the truth!

A fantastic Graffiti Research Lab (of Eyebeam) & Anti Advertising Agency collaboration:

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January 25, 2007

Ziggy Sobotka & Andrea Harner: BFF

At Mary's birthday dinner last night I had the good fortune of running into accosted Ziggy to take a picture with me. I was slightly embarassed at my audacity and borderline rudeness but secretly proud of my audacity and borderline rudeness.

I wonder if I'll ever think of him as being a real person named James Ransome, or PJ as Mary calls him or if he'll forever and always be Ziggy to me, the total fuck up son of Sobotka who nevertheless occupies a special spot in my heart (the part of my heart reserved for The Wire characters).

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Thanks for the picture Zig! It made my night! I hope I didn't ruin yours! :-)

The Three Faces of Mary & There's Something About Mary for sure!

Last night was Mary's super fun 55th* birthday dinner (I know, she has aged well!) - not only did about 300 people show up but a very exciting (to me) presence was also there - that was your teaser - stay tuned for the next post to find out (people expect too much instant gratification these days - not here, not on AndreaHarner.com!). This will be the format of this blog going forward - I string you along with a teaser you're barely interested in, then when I reveal it to you, you discover either that you're even more uninterested in my niche obsessions or that you're into it too!...about half as much as I am. We are a partnership - let's keep it up!

Pretty Mary:

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Shy Mary:

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Dirty Mary:

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* JK...Rowling. She turned 30. We all have to face the music sometime.

MySpace for Dummies: Really???!!!

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* Bed, Bath & Beyond, Sixth Ave @ 18th St.

January 24, 2007

Momofuku Ssam Bar was deliciousS!!

We made the brilliant decision last Saturday evening to check out the Momofuku Ssam Bar which recently received a great write-up in New York Magazine. It included this great photo of the unapologetically carnivorous chef David Chang:

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We got there at 7:15 and the place was packed - mind you it was Saturday night in NYC (we thought it was highly unlikely we'd be able to be seated but figured it was worth a shot) and were told it was a 45 minute wait. We put our name down and walked down a block to a wine bar, had a glass of wine and 30 minutes later returned. We waited 5 minutes and then were seated - a surprisingly pain free experience! Plus, the vibe was fantastic - the excitement as a result of the NY mag coverage was palpable:

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The restaurant is primarily a long counter with a few tables behind the counter:

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We were seated at a great spot at the counter, in front of the bright, open and bustling kitchen:

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And look who we saw hard at work:

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The famous (infamous to vegetarians) chef David Chang himself!

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I was slightly worried because contrary to everyone else in NYC I am unimpressed with the Momofuku Noodle Bar. I am a noodle connoisseur and can bore you to death with the subtleties of every kind of noodle dish and let me tell you - that ramen is bland and fatty - not yummy. Nonetheless we ordered full speed ahead!

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First came the oysters for Jonah which he, before devouring, made me taste one and it was the first and only oyster I've ever enjoyed. Jonah popped it in my mouth and said, "close your eyes and imagine you're in the sea" and that's all it took. I could hear the Little Mermaid soundtrack and I was an octopus, dancing and singing and having fun with my ocean friends. That's how it has to be for me ~under the sea~ !

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Then came the brussel sprouts and squid salad which were both so flavorful and tasty! These two adjectives are a thread in this meal - nothing bland here!

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The Korean burritos which this restaurant started out serving exclusively were truly delicious;

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This is what it looks like to eat a korean burrito with hoochie nails:

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Here's a ham eating a korean burrito:

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The pork sausage wraps were also to die for:

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And finally for dessert, the mochi ice cream was not great but was good. The salted apples were interesting and quite good.

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Super duper contented and delighted...we'll definitely be back!!

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Virtual nails are a great reality!

I have wanted to try long, acrylic nails (aka hoochie) for the longest time...I finally did it! It's important to notice however that I made a very clever decision which was to choose the healthier alterative: Virtual nails from Dashing Diva which don't necessiate you shaving down your nails to glue on the acrylic - virtual nails need no shaving down, just glueing!

I did made the horrible mistake though of asking for them to be long - I coudn't text, I couldn't type, I couldn't button my jacket, I COULDN'T PUT IN OR TAKE OUT MY CONTACTS - I never realized that women with these nails are effectively, cripples.

I've since had them cut down but here they were originally:

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And here's me, the nails and looking like a tranny!

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You too can achieve this look - good times!

January 23, 2007

Another bad sign for my GRE score

Constantly open in my browser and often referenced:

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January 19, 2007

Sweet and Vicious the other night

Couples swap! JK ROWLING!!! How dare you think such an unseemly thing! Shame on you.

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Look at how cute these people are...especially in the middle and to the right:

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Can you guess which liqueur I'm most intrigued by but also know that it's certain to taste disgustingly like egg???

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Boozy lunches are fun!

This past Sunday was one of those perfect Sundays. Everything seemed on the up and up so I suggested to Jonah, "let's have a boozy lunch!" We headed to Otto where we've had fun memories of eating and drinking at and around the bar...on weekdays only. New York is of course almost entirely unmanageable on the weekends due to crowds, too many drunk people and crowds. Sunday at 3:30 at Otto almost counts as a weekday because it's such an off time - we successfully had a weekday-like experience.

There are few things more exciting then sitting at one of the window nooks by the bar, studying the menu in great anticipation:

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Champers!

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An ad for Otto:

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All done! Satiated...

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This new camera is perfect because it doesn't capture life as it is, it captures life as a drunkard sees it!

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Contented couple:

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* It's a bit of a splurge but highly recommended for special occasions!

January 18, 2007

I knew I was in trouble when...

I found myself looking this up while studying for the GRE:

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There was a time when this would have been metaphorical Mecca for me

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* Chinatown, NYC

January 17, 2007

A(ndrea) to Z(ee) Productions

During a jaunt back to NYC, Zee paid me a visit - she also managed to lose her passport but who needs to bring that up?!

It is always a true pleasure to play with silly Zee.

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OK. Over. We're easily bored.

Thanks to Andy Ortiz for the photos!

Take it from Mii - Wii will kick your ass

We played Wii at Meg and Jason's the other night and ow, it still kind of hurts to move my right arm around. If you're like me and like to be dramatic with your tennis serves and hardcore in your upper cuts you'll be extremely sore for days. I think that using the elliptical machine at the gym might be easier than a Wii Fitness Plan. Never thought the gym would be the easier option.

January 16, 2007

Introducing Natalie Johanesen!

Late last year, this little baby was born to Chris and Amy. I am delighted to see that she is already a very funny gal and am looking forward to more! Congrats on the great procreation, guys!

My all-time favorite of Natalie so far:

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Yay! I'm the ruler of this household!

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~Feelin' irie~

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Sometimes I fear people. They're still new and weird to me. NJ, take it from me - it doesn't get any better!

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Mirror image of me sleeping:

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P.S. I had a strange but certainly true premonition when looking at the Natalie's Funny Faces page: I am certain that when I have a baby my photo albums will consist of only that category, the best category - funny faces!!

January 15, 2007

Happy MLK Day!

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January 12, 2007

Best Pain au Chocolat: Dean & Deluca

It has two strips of chocolate and it's hearty and fluffy. It is divine. $2.50 plus tax.

January 11, 2007

Alas, my black laptop has a fine black camera accompaniment!

Thanks to Jonah I now have this gorgeous little camera to replace my old Pentax point and shoot. The Zeiss lens and the interface are already extremely promising and it's gorgeous of course.

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My laptop is still nice to look at but the static sound problem persists and is so annoying! What is wrong with Apple?? Design doesn't have to be at the expense of function!

January 10, 2007

I just started taking the Kaplan GRE course and I hate it.

Took the diagnostic test on Saturday and am certain when the teacher passes back my test this Saturday she'll be looking around the room for a retarded person to hand it to.

January 5, 2007

Self-congratulatory post

For acing my classes last semester!

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January 4, 2007

Creme brulee in a box

Those who are fortunate enough to know me get to hear me go and on about how I don't like sweets. Well...As Walt Whitman wisely said, "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes."

So here is one of the few sweets I adore - the creme brulee - this one is a mini one from Ceci Cela on Spring & Lafayette - the cuter the better of course:

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P.S. In case you were gearing up to say creme brulee is like pizza in that 'pizza is like sex, even when it' s bad it's good'...stop, you're dead wrong. Bad creme brulee is horrific and no cute analogy could save it.

Thanks to Jonah for surprising me with this the other night - deeelish!

January 3, 2007

Jet laggin': Wide awake at 3:09 am

Update: Never went back to sleep. Operating on 4 hours of sleep. Fun!

Thoughts of a jet lagging fool:

Am I using too much of my GMail storage? I should check on that.

Living in Tokyo again would be great. I hope it happens.

Jet lagging during the day yesterday was fun because it felt like I was slightly sedated. GOOD TIMES!

I'm sad the holidays are over. Now I'm a freak if I have holiday cheer. Sucks.

I miss Japanese melons. A $15 slice at breakfast was RIDICULOUS! but it didn't change the fact that it was delicious. And juicy. And perfectly sweet. And a great green.

I miss my family but happy to have had a great trip with them. Mom's still in Japan but is my dad on his way back to Shanghai right now? I hope my brother isn't partying too much now that all his business school applications are in. Am I an over-protective sister? Is that bad?

I'm so grateful to have Jonah in my life. WAIT. How is it possible that Jonah doesn't ever have jet lag!!?? How can he sleep through it all??!! Maybe I'll wake him up, lunge my probing eyes to within an inch from his, and grill him on his jet lag avoidance secrets...

I love the name Miuccia.

I can't wait to be a mother.

Maybe I should pluck my eyebrows. Yeah, I should get up and pluck 'em. Leave them thicker where they begin but thinner as they go out. Yeah, that's gonna be AWESOME!

December 22, 2006

Don't be shy with your holiday spirit

Just arrived in Shanghai. Going to bed and am almost guaranteed to dream about the $5, hour-long massage my mom suggested me getting tomorrow...in the meantime, here's a little New York City for you!

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* Mott between Prince & Houston.

December 21, 2006

Jonah's tomatos

are delicious!

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I'll be dreaming of them while eating coach plane food - yay!

December 20, 2006

Question regarding holiday bonus

I have a Q and I'm hoping you'll have an A.

We have three "building guys". One is the super and the other two are like handy men who also give you your packages. Our super was recently fired and a new super started about a month and a half ago. So far he seems better than the last super. Last year I gave $60 to each guy. This year two things have changed: 1) I've been told that it's customary to give the higher up guy, in this case the super, more than the other guys and 2) the new super just started which changes the equation if holiday bonuses are for work done in the previous year. What do you guys think? How much should I give to 1) super and 2) building guy and 3) building guy?

Thank you, my generous readers!

December 14, 2006

Do you also have MacBook static noise problems??

Updated update: This problem can't be fixed because I'm on my second new laptop with the same problem and other people have the same issue. I think it's clearly a manufacturing defect.

Update: Jason heard the noise - I'm not crazy in case you thought I was!

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I recently purchased a cute little black MacBook. It was great except for one thing: the static noise that invariably sounded every time I opened the laptop and woke it from sleep. A second or two after opening it I could hear a static sound and then another static sound and that's it. It wasn't the most annoying thing in the world but considering how much laptops cost it was worth trying to fix the problem. But first, I had to make sure someone other than me and Jonah heard it (you never know, he could just be humoring his high-strung wife) so I had my IT friend Jorge listen for the noise and thank god he heard it. Being the no-nonsense guy that he is (that's why we're friends - that and our love of Bette Davis movies) he suggested I take the laptop to the "Genius" Bar and since I had just gotten it it was likely they'd give me a new one. The next day I showed up for my appointment at the "Genius" Bar and the guy took the laptop away from the crowd assuring me he would go to a very quiet room to listen for the problem. Of course he heard nothing. After a few more unsuccessful auditory tries and a checking of the hard drive which turned out to be ok, I left with my tail and MacBook between my legs.

Ok but that couldn't be the ending. A few days went by and I was pissed. I have to get the "geniuses" on my side! I made another appointment and trekked back there determined to make this work. I insisted that I accompany the guy to the quietest room available and we entered a top-secret back room with two guys working hard (on a new purple MacBook which comes with an operating system called Mac Paisley Park and it's main feature is that all your operations and commands are narrated by Prince's voice - sorry, I digress and fantasize). We all became intently quiet as I opened my laptop and thank god they all heard it. My genius led me back to the bar and ran the disk to check the hard drive (again) to make sure everything was working properly and of course it was. The genius/guy with working ears who was a little stand-offish in the beginning was now interested in the freshmen chicks he was simultaneously helping so he flexed his authority muscle (yay! flex! flex!) and got me a new laptop. After a few hours of transferring all my files onto this new laptop, I was good to go! Thank you Apple, thank you! And I don't mean you, Apple Martin.

I came home, opened my brand brand new laptop and...static, static. SAME STATIC NOISES.

Geniuses! I give up!!! I can't take it anymore! I'm tired from oscillating between hating Apple, loving Apple, hating Apple....I've been taken for a ride. I'm just tired. I want a laptop without defects. Is that possible? Genius? Genius?? Genius???

December 13, 2006

A special glimpse into my life

...my desktop wallpaper:

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December 12, 2006

Forensic Psychology at John Jay?

Thank you everyone for all your great feedback! I have an appointment to speak with the director of graduate admissions tomorrow at John Jay. Some of you know that I recently visited John Jay but that time I, for what's still an unknown reason, visited the Criminal Justice department. Then, I was horrified to discover it was Police Academy. Not sure what I didn't understand about criminal + justice in the program description. Anyway let's hope this works out - this blog could get very gory very quickly - yay!

Amy in China, I look forward to discussing creative projects with you in Shanghai on the 23rd - soon!

P.S. Sitting in the passport agency waiting for my number to be called is not as much fun as you'd imagine. Really looking forward to the wait at the Chinese Consulate tomorrow!

We're on #620 and I'm #682 so just 62 people to go!! So so so close I can taste it!

You really need to buy socks when...

you reach for that Japan Airlines in-flight kit for the socks contained within because it's the only clean pair of socks within sight.

Must buy socks today. Must buy socks today Feel free to chant along. Must buy socks today.

They're just so boring to buy. Any ideas for how to jazz up sock-shopping?

December 8, 2006

Today. Cold.

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You know how you can tell just by peering out your window that today's an especially cold day? Not only are people dressed like eskimos, you can see that their lips are moving as they mutter to themselves, "holy f8&^)ng sh-t, it is cold today."

December 7, 2006

The short-fingered vulgarian fingers back!

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Back in the '80's Vanity Fair EIC Graydon Carter and gal-pal Kurt Andersen started a satirical magazine called Spy. As publications of this nature are wont to do, Spy had a bunch [OF] targets whose skin it liked to get under, as it were, but none more than the man himself, Donald Trump (who the mag affectionately referred to as a "the short-fingered vulgarian"). One of Spy's more famous pranks (which we *won't* be shamelessly ripping off at some point in the near future) was sending 64-cent checks to a bunch of millionaires (see: today's billionaires) to see who would cash their respective pots of gold. Whoever did so was subsequently sent a 32-cent check, then a 16-cent check and so on and so forth. According to Carter, Trump and one other cheapskate Saving Susan were the only ones to cash in all the way down to 16. The other day, Trumpskie denied having done so, shared TMI, and offered a scathing and hirsute observation:

You'll have to click here for his humble refutation!

P.S. [OF] was inserted by yours truly. Dealbreaker, you have a great site but man, proofread! Edit!! It's not just this post but all over!

December 5, 2006

Merry Christmas from Andrea, Jonah & Santa!

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I realize this greeting is early but it's better to be safe than sorry! Remember that when you're messing up in 2007.

* Taken at the College Humor Christmas party over the weekend.

December 4, 2006

Crochet Kitten

Meow.

Here's my favorite artwork from the BuzzFeed office. No doubt it will now be yours too.

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Thanks Mark for taking this glam shot!

December 1, 2006

It's December 1! Christmas Music Appreciation Day!!

Go out and buy this album right now and play it on repeat. Just so you never have to miss a beat. Christmas music everywhere you go and then the Chipmunks when you're in your office or home.

I love Christmas music!!!!!!

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It's weird - Christmas time is the only time I have fantasies of living uptown. It must be the 80s movies I watched as a kid that imprinted the Christmas music, snow and uptown New York City connection in my little brain.

~Ding, dong, ding, dong, Christmas bells are ringing!~

P.S. Only if you're a true hipster do you admit to the truth - you love Christmas music.

November 30, 2006

The couple look is not ok.

Unsuspecting European tourists engage in what's called the "couple look" in Japan and it's not pretty, folks.

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* Union Square

Thanksgiving 06!!

Hope your Thanksgiving was as fun (endless stories of Thanksgiving past) and loving (lots of public making out) as ours was!

Our delicious dead bird:

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Our dead bird fister:

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Sally's butternut squash inspired me to become a soup maker in my future - high hopes abound!

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Nixon's Red Snapper was a delightful albeit untraditional addition to the table:

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Our feast - more food than these skinny New Yorkers knew what to do with!

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Duncan's eating style - it's a lot for us to endure but we do it:

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Duncan, Leila, Nixon, Sally, Jeff and Jonah:

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Peretti-Harner:

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Thanks to Duncan for hosting (for the second year in a row!) and for Sally and Nixon for cooking!!

November 28, 2006

I hate being discriminated against because I'm skinny

What often happens is that I'm standing in a pizza line next to a big guy and two pizza slices come fresh out of the oven for us. The server takes a look at me and then at him and gives me the smaller piece and him the bigger piece.

JUST BECAUSE I'M THIN DOESN'T MEAN I LIKE SMALLER FOOD!!!!

November 24, 2006

Happy Black Friday. Let's all get along.

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November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving! Let's all get along.

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* Angus (showing tongue) and Ruby courtesy of Julie.

November 22, 2006

BuzzFeed Office Warming Party!

Mr. & Mrs. BuzzFeed who will be your hosts for the evening!

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Introducing Peggy's pooch Lambert!

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And here's Peggy (left) and her band The Ethnic Strokes. JK! That's a joke band and not her real band but they look like rockers and that's what counts!

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People and Jay-Z:

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The preppies:

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They always stick together:

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Hanging out:

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Sweet:

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Not sweet:

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Jonah talks to Bill while Lead Designer Chris and his very pregnant wife leave us early to give birth:

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Two cute things:

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Two even cuter things!!!

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I think someone's not allergic to Lambert! And someone loves Lambert!

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Look at how blue Meg's eyes are!

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Doublemint twins:

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Having Lambert/Lammy/Lambchop around was too much fun:

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The End:

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November 20, 2006

Jay-Z concert, free!!

New York City is so awesome sometimes it's hard to believe I get to live here. This Saturday while finishing up a lovely, leisurely brunch Jonah got an email saying Jay-Z was about to give a concert on the pier at 13th Street. We walked over there and because Jay-Z's on tour promoting his new album Kingdom Come, people got in for free (your price of admission was being bombarded by aggressive and ubiquitous brand marketing). The next thing you knew we were waiting for Jay-Z to come on stage. I love Jay-Z (not as much as the girl 10 feet behind us standing on a platform screaming and crying that she loved Jay-Z) and I love outdoor concerts (even if it wasn't the warmest day) so I was very happy. After the concert, still unable to wipe the grin off my face nor quell the excited squeals, "I can't believe we just got to see Jay-Z!!", we poured out with the concert crowd into the meatpacking district where we discovered we were in the middle of a movie set. Judging by the crashed bus and blown up cabs, it was either that Will Smith movie or Speed 5.

Only in New York City. I love you New York City! I love you Jay-Z!

Diamonds in the sky!

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There's my boy! He was wearing a dope white jacket with safety pin emblems all over it.

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30 is the new 20! Sally's eyeballs are very shy.

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Thanks to Evan for the email!

November 16, 2006

BuzzFeed is live!

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Jonah's new site BuzzFeed just launched and it's a super fun site if you like good things and the internet!

Currently I'm most excited about Casino Royale, Unboxing and Oxfords. Ooooh, Eating endangered species really hits the spot too though...so tough to choose my favorite!

How bout you?

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun screening party!

You know it's a good sign when the only photos you have from your big night that you promised yourself you'd document the crap out of, are these.

This is how to drink a car bomb - watch closely, it's complex:

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Let's get in an awkward line!

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The carbombed happy filmmakers - Smile, Sally! You're having fun!

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Post-party involved a scenic walk through Chinatown in my Prince heels. Thanks for pointing out the giant crab, Duncan and Anne!

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun will be posted soon! We're just waiting on Cyndi Lauper's approval.

November 13, 2006

Get therapy. Not a puppy.

We saw this sign on display in front of a gaggle of puppies for sale in a pet store on 6th Avenue.

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I walked over to Bellevue.

November 10, 2006

Why can't all toilet seats be Japanese??

I miss a good rear cleaning:

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* Taken by Megu (Meg in Japanese) at Megu .

You know what I get a lot now that I'm in school again?

PAPER CUTS.

November 9, 2006

Prophetic dreams? - Cheating husband & Heroin problem

Last night I dreamed that my friend's husband was a philanderer. I was over at their house and my friend was asleep because she was pregnant and tired. I soon discovered that her husband was also expecting a child with the woman he was cheating on his wife with. This woman was also there and starting to get crabby - might have had something to do with being pregnant and in the house of her 'boyfriend's' wife. I remember thinking I have to tell my friend about this! But isn't there some conventional wisdom about how you'll never be appreciated as a friend for exposing that sort of thing and that it's better to let her figure it out because it's just a matter of time before she does anyway? Anyway I woke up stressed about this wondering what I should do...

...which reminded me of a dream I had a few weeks ago. I discovered that a friend I haven't seen in a long time was a heroin addict. I remember thinking it's not that suprising that she's a heroin addict but it's still horrific of course and I was trying to figure out the best way to help her. When I woke up I told Jonah about it and was really getting into various ways of addressing the situation and he said, "you know, _____ isn't a heroin addict." And I was like, "oh right."

Yet I continued to imagine how I would break the news. I'd handwrite a letter with a quill pen beginning with the line, "all my dreams come true" and then "I dreamed your husband is having a child with another woman" or "I dreamed you love heroin."

But then I think better of it of course as I'm reminded that although they seem as real as my waking life my dreams are just dreams. I just hope that one day I won't slip up and say,"hope you kicked that cheating bastard to the curb!" or "are you on methodone yet?"

* Names have been withheld to protect the poor, innocent, unsuspecting souls who have their reputations tarnished by my subconscious.

November 1, 2006

Country House Hunt!

Last Saturday, after a ferocious celebration on Friday night of a certain event which I am not yet at liberty to tell, we headed to the country in search of a fun time checking out country houses - this is a New Yorker's idea of window shopping.

But of course we first had to suffer through the rental car experience...so much apathy behind the counter, so much frustration in front of the counter. Remember, we were also "reduced" that day thanks to secret celebration the night before (stay tuned, the reason will be told!).

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My head hurt which made it harder for me to be the charming 'backseat driver in the passenger seat' person that I am but I managed.

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Even though it was a sporadically rainy day the drive up was beautiful:

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Duncan our happy navigator was also in on the celebration hence the red eyes and hanging-on-for-dear-life expression:

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We were an hour and a half from the city and there were trees. Trees! TREES!! We talked a lot about trees that day:

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We met with the broker to see the place that looked good to me online - what they call a log home - there's the old nestler!

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Except it wasn't that much of a nestler you see - notice the road - this was a major dissapointment as my whole point of a country house is to leave the city noises such as cars, behind. Also, the cabin albeit cute on the outside would have needed work on the inside - not a perfect fit:

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Canadian flag:

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It had a cute shed:

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And better yet, just behind the house, atop the hill was a treehouse! Well, a treehouse platform.

Treehouse shenanigans:

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There would never have been enough goading to get me up there:

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Never:

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The view from the bottom of treehouse if you're too scared to climb up :

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Orchards!

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View from the treehouse:

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Zoomed in:

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When the broker realized I wanted to be as far away from the street as possible she showed us a plot of land for sale, further in from the raod and adjacent to the log home land - they are for sale together if anyone's interested! - I work on commission.

The only problem with this land was that there was a McMansion (ok, almost a McMansion but not quite - still offensive though) bordering one side of the land. We realized it would be possible for the devoted to buy both plots and carve out a different entrance to avoid ever seeing the McMansion - it would still keep me up at night though - but otherwise the land was ideal:

The path in:

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Cute mushrooms grow wildly in the country!

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The beautiful view from within plot of land:

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Assessing the situation - so if we went in on this together, how much would it cost to buy both plots of land, have the cabin be for guests and build a dream cabin here?!

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More awesome tall trees!

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Needless to say we left the country empty-handed but exploring the country and country houses sure is fun - highly recommended activity for city mice!

The End:

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* Red Hook, NY in Dutchess County.

October 31, 2006

CHRW interviews AndreaHarner.com!

I enjoyed being interviewed last night by the cool chicks Jackie and Lisa at CHRW's Broadly Speaking show. For a listen, click here!

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October 30, 2006

Since when are horses sexy?

I came across these horse photographs in a Soho gallery and corresponding Guess ads flashed before my eyes. I think you'll see how this makes sense. Enjoy the exhibition.

This beautiful and wistful horse:

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flashed this before my eyes:


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and this horse love image:

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conjured this image:

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Agreed? Thank you!

October 26, 2006

Thrillist 1 year anniversary party!

A male oriented site that I happen to love for its writing and impressively good picks is Thrillist. The site turned one years old yesterday so we celebrated by drinking free bud lights and suffering for it today. Sure was fun though!

Teeth! Show me teeth!!

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Jonah's a good sport about advertising the sponsor's product:

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It was suprisingly fun for being in a club in Chelsea - good music and good vibes - although it's my loss for getting there too late to see Throwdini in action.

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Duncan was mesmorized by the pretty ladies until I told him they were really young. Then he wasn't interested at all.

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October 23, 2006

If you wanna say, "Hey, I'll meet you at Rat Corner!"

You should go to Bond & Bowery and you will not have lied.

Rat party 24/7.

October 20, 2006

911 call the other night

The other night we were hanging out in our living room when we heard loud, angry yelling that sounded like this: "Bitch, I know you live on the third floor!! Why won't you come down here, you slut? Are you too fucking scared, you cunt? Tell me what apartment you live in! I've gotta gun on me. I swear I'll come up there!" Except I missed the gun part. I was so annoyed at how loud and offensive he was being that I yelled, "shut up!" out the window which of course riled him up (good job, Andrea, lots accomplished!) He then repeated the gun thing and Jonah suggested we call the cops. I was completely amazed at this option which I hadn't even remotely thought of. So he called and reported this guy. I heard him describe him as wearing as a white hat, white sneakers and black t-shirt and jeans. Then he answered what was obviously a question about the boy's race and said, "white or hispanic...can't really tell, maybe sounds hispanic...not sure". He then declined to leave our phone number and when he go off the phone he said, "Isn't it funny that the race options were black, hispanic, white and no mention of asian?? Especially since we are so close to Chinatown???" And I thought, MODEL MINORITY!!!! YEEEEAAAHH!!!

October 19, 2006

Call to Action!! NYC NEEDS MORE MOVIE FILMING DISCRETION!

Listen up people. The buck stops here. And now. The New York City filming commission (or whatever) needs to exercise *a lot more discretion* when deciding what movie can film here!!

Let me explain: After class last night I walked down Fifth Ave towards Washington Square Park to meet Jonah on the other side of the park for dinner (sushi for two is an easy, rewarding and romantic menu choice). I was about to cross the park when I was stopped by kids (ok fine, early to mid-twenties PAs) waving red flags saying, "there's no southbound traffic through the park, but you can go east and west!!" People were generally compliant and complacent although a few people nearly wrestled the PAs to get into their building - their residence - their home. I made the mistake of asking, why the disruption? The answer: "It's a Will Smith movie about how he's the last person alive in Manhattan with zombies!!"

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME??!!! A WILL SMITH-ZOMBIE MOVIE???!!! AND HE AND THE STUDIOS MAKE A GAZILLION DOLLARS WHILE THE FINE, TAX-PAYING PEOPLE OF NEW YORK ARE MORE THAN TRIVIALLY INCONVENIENCED IN THEIR OWN CITY???!!

Now do you understand??!!!

P.S. Had it been a Woody Allen or Scorcese movie it would have been fine.

Sugar Bar

We had one of the most delightful nights at the Sugar Bar a few weeks ago. It's all about great live open-mic music (but it doesn't suck, it's fantastic), mostly oldies but goodies like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder...and if you're lucky...

This lovely lady will sing Janet's What Have You Done For Me Lately? again:

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You'll terrify that she'll fall during one of her dance convulsions but mostly you'll feel invigorated by her red hot energy:

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Ladies of the night:

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Yes, Sally and I always coordinate wearing a single, dark, luscious color plus gold earrings.

October 18, 2006

Soho Park

is a new burger joint down the street.

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It elicits varied responses:

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My two-second review: Nice, relaxing, spacious atmosphere, burgers are ok considering they make the serious mistake of not asking to what degree you like it cooked because they cook it their way, and the wait staff needs more experience.

I'm hot and hungry

Oh! Perfect!

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* Broadway @ Spring

October 17, 2006

New York City is a great city to come home to

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October 11, 2006

Mark & Josie

I am loving Mark's blog even though ever since the birth of his baby Josephine (nickname Bean) he only blogs about his ____ (insert the obvious). But you know what they say about good writing, food, etc! It doesn't matter what the subject is if it's done well! Well, I have evidence of that...not to mention that it's delightful to see a friend and new father enjoying his new ____ so much.

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Side note: I have realized the only way to scare off the few remaining readers of this semi annually posted weblog is to post only about the new baby.

Side note side note: It is not lost on me that I have become a guy that lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, has a baby, and blogs about her. My dreams of moving to the lower east side and contracting hep B in the bathroom of some hipster bar somewhere are lost forever.

I won't ruin the surprise of the animated gif which aptly demonstrates baby goggles.

October 5, 2006

Octopus's Bathtub

I get so much joy from this little octopus living in our bathtub. Every morning it's like, "Hey, Octopus! So happy to see you! What's shaking this morning? I love you, I love you, I love you!"

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Your very own bathtub friend can be adopted here.

Gettin' Ziggy in Chinatown

Two nights ago while Jonah and I were walking up Elizabeth street from Canal, we crossed paths with Ziggy Sobotka at around Grand street. Ziggy and I met eyes and I thought, Ziggy doesn't seem nearly as dumb as he is on the show and that folks, was my first lesson in 'TV is not real and actors are not their characters'.

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If you don't already watch The Wire, do it now! Tell your boss with a really grim look on your face that you have to leave as "there's been an emergency" and don't say "emergency", spell it out like it's just too emotionally heavy to say ("there's been an e-m-e-r-g-e-n-c-y") and he won't question you further. He'll also never want to talk to you again for putting him in such an awkward situation.

October 4, 2006

Sidekick post: Overheard at Spring & Lafayette

One guy to his friend: "Your nose is what I want. Like, seriously".

Frida Nicosia is really this cute

This is not photoshopped. This is not staged. This is this cute. And I know cute.

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Thanks to Gabby for popping this puppy out!

September 29, 2006

Cyrus Klinenberg endorses Alex Galloway's new book!!

Alex's new book is out and we went to celebrate at his book launch party!

Cyrus Klinenberg was also in attendance because he's an alert fan:

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Although he got distracted at one point and started playing baby whisperer to mother on the verge of delivery Sue Murray:

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Sounds healthy...Sounds CUTE!

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It's inevitable that your son morphes into you at some point - here's a physical example:

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Congrats on your book, Alex!

September 27, 2006

Arianna's On Becoming Fearless book party

While celebrating Arianna's new book On Becoming Fearless at a frightfully fancy and fantastic Upper East side home, I bumped into my ex-husband Charlie Rose:

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Arianna spoke, Paul Hipp sang:

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And we posed with a chandelier - it's simply good PR:

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Talladega Tights party

I usually don't like themed parties, or rather, I was never that girl that got super into it and hoped everyone else would too but I have to admit, it certainly changes up the environment and gives your eyeballs a treat! Jonah and I cheated because we had just been to Arianna's book party so were dressed up.

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Slim Jims'll keep you slim and happy!

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And gross:

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Jonah and his new company's science advisor! Are they ahead of the curve or in trouble??!!

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For the record and total transparency, I would have worn these green tights in the 7th grade when I went through a psychadelic colored Benetton clothing phase - I would have paired it with a magenta top:

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Sssshhh, don't tell:

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Hey, let's hang out in the kitchen! It always was the most fun place at house parties:

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These boots are made for sitting:

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Oh dear. Do you prefer the armpit-baring flex?

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or the more civilized flex? Or no flex at all? That's ok too.

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Oh my gosh, Bud Light is sooooooo good!

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Hey qt!

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HEY QT!

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September 26, 2006

Remember: JC Loves U

Through thick and thin (stealing a cab from someone who was clearly there before you and wife beatings), JC Loves U.

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September 25, 2006

~One More Saturday Night~

Interspersed through photos of last last Saturday night are photos of the Old Police Building on Centre St. which we were across the street from half of the evening, sitting/standing on a fire escape and is the building that if I had my wish, would be my residence.

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* Those of you who picked up on the title of this post as being a Grateful Dead song, congratulations, you're also a hippie.

September 20, 2006

Observation from the New School Quiet Room

People reading Kant, Hegel and Kierkegaard dress in all black.

September 18, 2006

Bush getting told on 9/11

A new and awesome addition to the corner of 23rd & 10th Ave is this piece of art. Talk about something to look at and think about...

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*"The Memory of Truth" by Ligorano/Reese at the Jim Kempner gallery.

September 13, 2006

I Heart Chrysler Building & Cranes

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September 12, 2006

Rattail represent!

I tear up imagining his sweet morning ritual - brushing out his locks, one stroke, two strokes, 100 brush strokes, encasing the heart and soul of his rattail and voila, leather and feather extensions!

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* From Coney Island '03. I saved this photo for years, just waiting for that right time and I know you're thinking, she really picked the right time to share this with us! You're welcome.

** More on rattails.

September 11, 2006

Remembering 9/11

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September 7, 2006

See you fellow Star Wars Kids at Washington Square Park!

Back in NYC...just in time for the Washington Square Park Star Wars Kid Convention!

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September 6, 2006

Project Runway Time Capsules!

Who's going to be eliminated on Project Runway tonight??!!

Last week our friend Annie Maxwell came over to watch the show and it was then that we wrote our guesses for the final three contestants - so far so good but will our cute little time capsules make it past tonight??!! Only sweet sweet time will tell...

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September 5, 2006

How To Roll A Blunt For Dummies

Alright, people. It's....back to school time!!! Lesson #1: How to Roll a Blunt

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Now this is the kind of entrepreneurial spirit I like! Take a common human problem (ie blunt rolling ignorance) and meet that with a clever solution (instructional booklet).

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It's especially entrepreneurial in my book if you engage in some degree of copyright infringement:

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Jonah said he thought I'd really enjoy doing something similar to which I replied, "you mean like write a book and sell it on the street?" And he said, "it doesn't have to be a book but I think you'd love the hustle." Noted and noted!!

August 31, 2006

Message to the otherwise cute, punk-rock hipster girl on Broadway smoking while pregnant

It's neither cool nor punk rock to smoke while pregnant.

August 30, 2006

The Best Game: Apples 2 Apples

The other night we discovered how fun of a game Apples 2 Apples is. There's no right and wrong, just plenty of room for creative word association and subjective judging!! For example, two cards from which the players had to play off of were put on the table : Casual and Demanding. Is there any other game where you can put down your Anne Frank* card and get rewarded for hilarity?? No. Another good play was in response to the cards, Elitist and Lucky...of course Ghandi was the obvious choice. Love this game!!

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* Although Jason reluctantly put this card down as as he's more of a logical player, the best play of the night award still goes to him - congrats!

** Meg gets an award for deeming HMOs the winner in face of Creative and Frazzled cards instead of Indiana Jones and the award goes to Jonah for successfully lobbying for his HMOs card as the obvious choice over Indiana Jones.

USA Beauty School

FYI, Mondays through Fridays almost 24 hours a day, I can be found on the 1st or 2nd floors of 87 Walker Street.

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Please don't let me become a beauty school drop-out. Please don't let me become a beauty school drop-out. Please don't let me become a beauty school drop-out.

August 29, 2006

Lizards & Snakes ALIVE! at the American Museum of Natural History

This weekend we went to see the Lizards & Snakes ALIVE! exhibit at the Natural History Museum and let me tell you, it is snaketacular and totally worth slithering.

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We started out in the earth and space center and after a quick weigh-in, that was enough of that jazz for me - we were off to find the animals!

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On our way to the more interesting stuff I noticed this - a photo of a packet of photos that an astronaut left on the moon. I don't appreciate this glorification of littering, Natural History Museum!

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The Giant (ly Awesome) Squid:

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In its grand, fake entirety:

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Then it was time for some IMAX: A Journey into Amazing Caves. IMAX is as always visually stunning and it never gets old to watch it surrounded by tons of kids, all asking their parents questions every second of the movie (I find this truly adorable - no joke!) But why does the narrator sound normal while the featured characters always talk so slowly and weirdly? Jonah explained that they talk that way for children to better understand - well, it's creepy.

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And then we were in the special exhibit - no line really - probably because it's a pretty small exhibit which is unfortunate but it's still worth visiting to check out the lizards and snakes up close!

Jonah and the Whale Burmese Python:

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I love this posse of folks:

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I'm stuck on you too, boo.

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Gecko!!! Look at how big and cute your paws are!!

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The Blue-Tongued Skinks are a beautiful pattern of pink and black. I can see the beautiful handbag already - that's how my mind works - I'm very creative:

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Hey, Mean Green Machine! aka Eastern Green Mamba. Green suits you.

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My favorite was the Gabon Viper. His head was wide and flat which made me think the Viper is the snake equivalent of the Hammerhead Shark - get it?

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Thanks so much to Kathy Brew(sky) for hooking us up with tickets - really appreciate it!

Brooklyn vs. Manhattan vs. LA

This is pretty funny! Appreciate the 'tude!

But let me remind you, LA...You're talking about us! You're thinking about us! We occupy your thoughts!!*

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* I have no idea why I'm harping on this East coast - West coast thing. I don't really care because...East Coast and Manhattan represent! :-)

Thanks to BrandSpankin for creating this and to KO for spotting this!

August 28, 2006

Dinner Party + Dictionary Game = Fun Night

I don't know what's happening to me but instead of my usual way of documenting every second of the evening and then constructing a story out of that, I've been taking just a few photos. I strongly suspect it's my memories of spending hours and hours, sorting through thousands and thousands of photos that has haunted me into reduced photo taking. It's nice but then I need to get more creative as I try to construct something, anything, out of these random shots. The profound question to ponder here: "Is less really more??"

We were off to Michael and Michelle's for a dinner party!

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Excellent work, Michelle, excellent.

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There were other guests present whom I enjoyed meeting and hanging out with but this was the only guest's photo taken:

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The dictionary game consists of picking a word that you think no one's ever heard of (most often, you should avoid words with latin roots - too easy!) and then you write down the correct definition while everyone else writes down a made-up definition. All the definitions are read and you do well if you are able to guess the correct definition or if your fake definition is able to fool lots of people.

Where's the photo of us playing the dictionary game?? What do you know? No photo of us playing the game. This photo, courtesy of google images, should serve as a good departure point from which you can imagine a photo of us playing the dictionary game!

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Andrea, we all love the dictionary game but it's 3 am. Why don't we let our hosts sleep so that we can play the dictionary game again soon, all recharged!

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Thanks to Michael Grey & Michelle Siegel for great company, delicious food and fantastic gaming!

CollegeHumor.com has grown up and gotten itself sold

In celebration of CollegeHumor selling to Barry Diller's IAC (the newest IAC employees chanted IAC as they took shots - it was teamwork like I've never seen), they threw a party...at Chevy's no less. Unfortunately and fortunately the drinks were so massive that I snapped a few photos and then I forgot to snap any more after that. Jonah told me I was doing the drunk Andrea thing which is to have a perma-grin, speak slowly and have droppy eyelids to which I defended myself, "NO! My eyelids are just relaxing." FYI, I had two drinks - that's how much it takes to get a thirty year old drunk - you too can look forward to turning into a cheap date.

Chevy's doesn't mess around - I was a happy customer:

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So was Jonah:

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So was everyone else - open bar, open buffet and not too crowded - first time in Manhattan!

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Jacob and Jonah discussing the new mnemonic device contest. Sorry Jacob! Yours was good and clever with the napster theme which would have taught kids well but I guess Michael Jackson's illegal interests trumped that.

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Thanks to Ricky (the Ricky that's nowhere to be found in the pictures) for the hospitality and great Chevy's choice - we've dined there every night since Thursday!

August 24, 2006

Parrot Guy

Let's discuss, in terms of personality and psychopathology, how a guy with a parrot on his head is different from or similar to a guy who wears a snake around his neck, shall we?

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2 nyu students smoking outside barnes & noble astor place

Clarification: I realized I'm old because conversations like the one below are had by young people who view drinking as a worthwhile activity in and of itself and that's highly irritating to me.

1st girl (in an like, oh my gaaahhhhd! voice): I just can't take shots of vodka anymore!

2nd girl (curious as can be): What about tequila???

1st girl (solemnly earnest): Not even tequila.

I walked by, rolled my eyes and realized I'm old...and thank god for that.

August 23, 2006

Sleep Talk: So white and squishy!

Jonah told me this morning that I sleep talked last night and it went like this:

Andrea: His skin is so...white and squishy!

Jonah: Who's skin?

Andrea looks confused then frustrated. Furrowed brow.

Andrea: Ugh. Squid!

Jonah: It's funny because you're sleep talking so I don't know what you're talking about!

Andrea continues to be frustrated, utters ugh again and rolls over.

The End.

P.S. I love squid - alive and dead.

August 22, 2006

Coney Island & The History Boys!

The perfect day is saturated with both low brow amusement and high brow enjoyment!

Start in Coney Island, only exactly 45 minutes on the D train from Broadway-Lafayette and you're there (Oh my god! It's soooo close! I'm going to come here all the time!!)! Stand under the Cyclone and you can get a feel for the relaxing childhood home of Alvy Singer and of course you can enjoy the deliciously politically incorrect Shoot The Freak while pondering how the poor freak kid nuances this summer job.

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Admire the strange architecture:

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Then dip your twinkle toes in the water and meditate on how often you're really going to make the trip out there:

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And it's off to The History Boys a play Celeste and I heard good things about and I'm relieved to say it was good and definitely worth seeing. Parents in town?? You're rich enough to go to the theater?? You're just so sick of only seeing movies and you've decided against the interests of your bank account to become a theater-goer?? You won't be disappointed. I was rather surprised and impressed by the hip use of multi-media against the backdrop of an age-old story (particlarly British) of high school boys prepping to get into college (Oxford & Cambridge of course). Mysteriously light-hearted and strangely grave, this play will have you discussing it for hours! Until the discussion goes back to the Freak of course...

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* Thanks to Celeste for a wonderful day of high brow, low brow and everything in between!!
** Please don't forget to eat a Nathan's hot dog while in Coney Island but be warned, have a gallon of water on hand otherwise you'll be parched and your tongue will feel like's a cat's for the next 6 - 8 hours - guaranteed.

August 21, 2006

Plaza Private Residences: Enough is Enough!

Let me tell you, it's been a real bitch waiting for these private residences to be ready.

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Get that scaffolding off there and let me move into my peeeeeeenthouuuuuuuse!!!!!

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I already have the blonde kid and the Versailles furniture ready.

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West 4th Street Courts

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are a fun place to watch basketball!

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* P.s. hope you're looking forward to more posts of the obvious variety!!

August 17, 2006

Everyone needs sushi pajamas

While not exactly the same, these should make their way onto your nighttime body. It's especially delightful to wake up and crave raw fish.

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* Thanks to Jonah for the best present, a year after we met.

The Bubble Project by Ji Lee

I love this sort of project - it gives voice to people and enable creation as opposed to consumption. It's fantastic - I only wish I had thought to do it!

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There's much more here.

Thanks to Lauren for the link!

Congratulations to Project Runway

You kicked off the wrong person:

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August 16, 2006

Disturbing to be on hold with Time Warner

Update: As Monkeyface suggested in his comment, there are newly released tape recordings of 9/11. I never thought I'd say this but after imaging what it would be like for the loved ones of 9/11 victims, it would behoove Time Warner to program their radio station for holding customers to easy listening.

This just happened and I'm not sure what to think.

In between pressing 1 for English and 0 for Operator were two recordings:

1) Narrator voice: "The call came from the 75th floor of the tower..."

2) Panicked voice: "I can't see and there's smoke." Operator voice: "Is there smoke? There isn't smoke, is there?"

...and then a customer service rep picked up.

I think it's reasonable to say that these were transcripts, real or dramatized from 9/11 but was this a movie preview for World Trade Center? It never said it was. Was this accidentally played to customers on hold?? I couldn't help but think this experience would have been utterly traumatic for someone who was directly affected by 9/11. This experience, meaning, to be on hold with Time Warner. Life is so weird.

Mother Courage and Her Children - Shakespeare in the Park 2006!

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Last night I experienced my first Public Theater event in Central Park's gorgeous Delacorte Theater. We saw the debut performance of Mother Courage and Her Children starring the indomitable Meryl Streep and the always commendable Kevin Kline among others. The play originally written by Brecht and translated by Tony Kushner was poignantly directed by George C. Wolf. There were moments when it all seemed too fortunate and too surreal to be sitting in a divine open-air theater, under the stars, witnessing such great actors. To top off the evening as we walked through the serene and magical Central Park near midnight, Jonah explained Brecht's Marxist background, his intentionally didactic play writing and play directing style which forces the viewer to feel alienated and disengaged from the characters and story in order to recognize and be critical of the effects of capitalism on our lives. It was a truly fantastic evening.

If you're a fellow New Yorker who even after five plus years of living and loving NYC has yet to experience Shakespeare in the Park, do so!

Thanks for the unforgettable experience, Kenny!

August 10, 2006

Bachelorette Party!!

After over one year, here are the pics from my hen party!

I'm a hen! I'm a bachelorette! I'm a princess. Wearing more makeup than I've ever worn:

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Wow! Such useful goods! Penis lollipop, penis necklace, penis tarts. Thanks friends!

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Hey, it's a whip gift! It's now in a shambles from overuse:

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Plaid, schoolgirl underwear! Sexy!

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Small animals are a must at every bachelorette party! You may recall them in action here.

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And a t-shirt I continue to glean advice from:

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Polaroids, always a crowd-pleaser!

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Hey, where's Andrea Spratt??

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A quick but necessary photo shoot of me and my lollipop in public:

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And then we're en route to the Beauty Bar!

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Our cabbie begged to come along with us:

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While they got their hair done:

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I got my nails done:

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And as it always does at hen parties, the conversation steered towards the personal and the profane:

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Really?? None of you have ever ______???!!! exclaimed the manicurist:

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I swear, I've never ________! I'm so lame.

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Stop me.

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Gabby's last beer before her pregnancy which recently resulted in this little thing!

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Our best Jerri Blank impresson - good? Bad:

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Half the hen house:

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The other half:

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Look at Andrea. That neck. You are the funniest. I miss you, leave LA and come to NYC!!

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Since the day we met as 14 year olds, we've been highly attractive, sophisticated individuals:

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Easily the craziest of the bunch. They may or may not have ended the night by dancing on stage with the stripper pole, kindly provided at Plan B:

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Onto Sing Sing!

This is why I have deep furrow lines!

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Get the lady on the right a mic! Quick!!

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Work it:

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Where's Spratty??

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Passion of different degrees:

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What, me?? A mic hog??!!

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Look at that finger work!

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I popped a blood vessel:

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Feeling, woah, woah, woah, feeeeeeeeling

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Endless Love. Andrea is Lionel Ritchie and Lily is Diana Ross:

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Intensity!!

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Enough is enough!

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The night really should be coming to a close...how about now?

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End of the night group shot - who are those other people???

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* Thanks to Andrea, Lily, Celeste, Mary, Gabby and Zee for the gifts, the good times and the LOVE.

August 9, 2006

Homeboy (Amigo) Jewelry

can be found on Canal Street:

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Help! My professor friend has become an investment banker!

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* great shot of Duncan by Jonah.

August 8, 2006

I woke up this morning with a smile on my face

and drool covering the left side of my face and I was happy - the happiest I've been at 8:30 am in as long as I can remember.

And what do I have to thank for my good fortune?? A big black sheet, tacked over my windows. I hadn't been sleeping well for a while and I couldn't figure it out. I felt like there wasn't enough separation between my waking life and my sleeping life. My stress and anxiety spilled over into my dreams and I was stressed about being that stressed! I'd go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and feel 100% awake and alert which is no fun at 3 am. Then I'd wake up in the morning with a furrowed brow that would remain all day and I'd feel tense from not getting to experience the escape that sleep should provide!

Well folks, take it from me. If you're someone who experiences similar sleeping problems, I strongly encourage you to black out your room as much as possible and let yourself enjoy your first good night of sleep in a long time...even if you drool buckets - it's a sure sign that you're deep in drool sleep.

P.S. I might have overlooked one integral ingredient to last night's sleeping success. Jonah sang Bob Marley medleys to me until I fell asleep. One song seamlessly into another! With extreme emotion and rich accent imitation! That must not be overlooked.

August 7, 2006

A rabbit in the wrong hands can really suffer

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* Andy & Jonah a while ago. Speaking of Andy...if you haven't yet seen The Yes Men, rent it already!

August 4, 2006

Introducing Frida Ava Nicosia

Frida and roses for size. The roses were older than the less than 24 hour old Frida:

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She broke free of her cocoon:

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Frida and Mommy Gabby!

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Me and Frida, old friends:

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Congratulations to Gabby, Stephen and Luca Nicosia!!

30th Birthday Surprises!!

It was very sweet. Jonah planned a whole evening of surprises.

It began at Balthazar with a kiss for making it to 30 and still looking 19 (just leave this statement alone):

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Delicious Steak au Poivre:

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And then surprise! Meeting up with friends at Bowlmor Lanes! I was so happy not to be sitting in a bar, drinking with friends and not doing anything besides drinking and talking...I think someone's really turned 30!!

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In case you forgot how old I turned...

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Forget 'birthday'! Let's just celebrate the person!

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Duncan lit the candles - he's had a thing for fire since a very early age:

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Do I have to turn 30?? Yes.

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Summoning up the breath...it's tough after 30 years of bong hits (hilarious!):

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Freshly whipped cream and my favorite...strawberries!!

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Every party needs cartoon plates:

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Time to get serious:

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Guess who??

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Team huddle!

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Another bunion (albeit smaller) in the midst! Don't worry, I won't tell who it belongs to...Annie.

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They've been married for 5 years and been on the same bowling league for 10:

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Duncan dislocated his shoulder and we had to pop it back in, Lethal Weapon style - he stops at nothing for bowling:

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Annie and Sally and Strawberry:

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I do a real disappearing act when I bowl:

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Lily & Sandy:

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Mary 'Ball of Fire' Patterson:

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You can do it, sweet pea.

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To each his own...

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Sally & Tosan:

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The Passion of the Bowler (Sandy):

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Peace signs are contagious - spread the cheer:

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Thanks hubby!

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End of the night - time to walk into traffic - j/k.

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Everything good must come to an end...in the garbage shoot:

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Thanks to Jonah and friends for a super fun evening, for contributing goods, for the photos (I didn't take a single one!) and for the LOVE.

* For those not yet 30, know that the pain is temporary. The week leading up to and then the culmination on birthday day is painful but the next morning it's all gone...and so are your 20's.

August 3, 2006

Introducing Josephine Rose Wilkie

Congratulations to Mark & Tamara Wilkie on the arrival of their little qt!!

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Josie, now we've just got to get you a bunch of pussycats and you'll be all set to rock 'n roll!

Help! I think the mannequin's dead!!

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* Elizabeth & Houston

August 2, 2006

August 2, 2006: Extreme Weather in NYC!

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Don't worry about me - I'm doing just fine!!

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August 1, 2006

To keep heat stroke at bay...

think about what it was like today in 1964:

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July 31, 2006

Ganglion Cyst Support Group?

Any of you also have one of these?

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July 26, 2006

Dinner party with baby

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Thanks to Baby Einstein Cyrus Klinenberg for hosting us!

Camera's night mode was on!

Jazz hands never fail!

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Ditzy and fierce!

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World Cup Celebration, Italian Style!!!

You know you've taken way too long to download your photos when there is picture proof of a major event weeks ago.

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*12th btw University & Broadway after game watching and Zidane head-butt analyzing at Meg & Jason's.

July 24, 2006

Do you have the best dentist & dermatologist in NYC??

I'd love to get to know them intimately.

If they accept HIP Prime insurance you can expect a finder's fee - copy of mouth xrays or fungal photos.

Thank you resourceful readers!

July 21, 2006

Gift Guessing Game

Can you guess which gift came from a stand up comedian and which came from a stay at home mom?

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B) GiftfromChelsea.jpg

Answers:

A) Gabby Nicosia, stay at home mom, soon to give birth any day now!

B) Chelsea Peretti, stand up comedian!

Irony folks, IRONY!!

More irony: Miami has been cooler (temp wise) than NYC.

July 20, 2006

Off to My Hammy!

Just kidding guys...Miami!

* Enormous thanks to my friends and family who have made me feel loved and made this birthday as painless as possible.

July 19, 2006

Sleeping less

I used to need a solid 8-9 hours of sleep but these days I'm happy with 7-8. Does this mean I'm successfully aging?

P.S. Your favorite blogger is turning 30 tomorrow. Calm down. It is ok.

July 18, 2006

Whoever guesses closest to when the blackout in NYC's going to happen,

wins $5!*

* less shipping.

You know it's bad when the temperature increases throughout the day

And anything that begins with Record ____ is no good either. Hey global warming, nice to meet ya!

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July 13, 2006

Trump University, PhD Candidate

It feels great to have been hand-picked by The Donald...September '06 enrollment.

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July 10, 2006

Dream Whisperers, now's the time to show-off your skills

Woke up this morning from this dream:

I walked out into a street area that looked like it might go up in flames at any second given the number of people smoking and recreationally bomb-making but then I saw a canal nearby so I thought, "at least there's water nearby which could quell the imminent explosion." Then I spotted a really cute old man with his really cute puppy - breed unknown. I met up with the guy and said it seemed scary back there and he said, "we're safe as long as we're with my pooch because she's Hebrew and God loves them." I must have looked skeptical and confused so he explained, "well, of course if she's in dangerous situations enough her chances of getting hurt increase." We continued walking away from the chaos and the old man told me he used to be a calligrapher and stenciler (don't think these are related trades) for the New York Observer where he gave "very specific examples of this and that which is how we used to do it in the old days." (what???) Then I asked him what his dog's name was and he replied, "Stretch."

July 7, 2006

Sweetest email from my parents

"We both want to wish you and Jonah a hearty congratulations on your first anniversary. Just remember, as wonderful as it has been, it keeps getting better."

Happy 1 year anniversary to Andrea & Jonah!!

Hey, it's us! A year ago today! How about that?!

Hey good-looking! Wanna get married today?? Do I see some nerves in that smile??

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We were off - you'll see a lot of the back of my dress in this post - I couldn't resist:

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Thanks for stopping for us cabbie! You were pretty integral to our plan:

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Taxi moment:

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It seems like someone realized once they got to City Hall that she forgot her license that her hubby went back for:

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Most romantic part of wedding - writing check to the cashier:

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It's getting hot (and silly) in here!!

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Snoozing while waiting to get married:

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It's important to crack yourselves up!

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It was our turn - sometimes dresses get stepped on in the process:

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The rings fit:

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It was official!

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Officially sweet post-marriage kiss:

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Yay!! Jonah was on the phone to coordinate with our friends and family and strippers - j/k!

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Hey! There's the back of that dress again!

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We had a meeting of the minds with our bus guide Rockwell who posed and rehearsed in style:

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Remember, it's important to have your friends throw bird seed and not rice, because rice supposedly makes the pigeons explode, which could have been cool but would have taken the spotlight away from us:

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Hugs all around! Jonah and his Mom:

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Jonah and his Dad:

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The Sisters in Law hug it out:

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Jonah's new extended famiglia!

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The bus adventure begins!

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And from behind!

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Appetizers before dinner - me and my bro:

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That's a pretty bride face, Andrea!

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My Pops:

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Don't let Jonah's Mom's sleepy face fool you - she was ready to party!

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Dinner was very sweetly all about toasts,

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toasts,

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toasts,

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and more toasts!

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After dinner we went to the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park and noticed that the ducklings received our wedding invitation!!

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Here's the documenting of the group photo that never turned out:

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We played a shoe game that I swear wasn't done just to show off our hot shoes:

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Kerroppi umbrellas should make at least one appearance at every wedding:

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Have I mentioned that I loved my dress?

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My parents, happy as clams:

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Woooohooooo!!!

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Happy times:

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The End:

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* To our friends and family who might not have seen enough representation of themselves in this post: Having over 1000 photos it was easiest to pick out these few for this post but don't worry you'll see more of your fine selves in the wedding album (s) that you'll get to look through for hours and hours and hours and then you can take a break and by then you'll be ready for the second and third volumes.

A big shout out!

To the friends and family who have so sweetly congratulated us today.

Thanks for the reminder!!

ha ha ha ha.

July 5, 2006

A way to feel awesome about yourself*

At lunchtime, sit next to someone who is audibly and frantically speaking into their phone saying, "I am so filled with self-hatred right now. I just got this awesome job where I have more responsibility than I've ever had...so much so that I feel like they must have mistakenly hired me... and then I go out and get wasted last night, show up at work late this morning and feel like death right now. I have no one to hate but myself."

* Unless you did the same thing the night before.

** Overhead in Duke's Deli on Broadway

June 29, 2006

New York City is the most courteous place on the planet.

It's true!

And the Reader's Digest Courtesy Study said so:

"Beneath that gruff exterior, New Yorkers really are a polite bunch: 90 percent held the door open, 19 out of 20 store clerks said 'thank you' and 63 percent of men and 47 percent of women helped with the papers. In total, four out of every five people encountered by Reader's Digest passed the courtesy test -- making New York the most courteous city on the list," the survey stated.

via Jason.

June 28, 2006

Was anyone else in the NYC area awakened by the weird torrential rain and heavy fog last night??

Jonah says that he never knew how much fun it was to be awakened at 5 am by Andrea the Meteorologist whose commentary is limited to, "it's so wierd isn't it? it's so wierd! I mean look, it's so wierd!"

June 27, 2006

A Trip to the Allergist: Will It Cure Jonah??

Yesterday we took a trip to Long Island. Not because that's the ultimate destination but because Lily told us of an allergist (he accepts insurance!) there who provides an alternative to allergy shots in the form of a nasal spray. We were curious city mice headed for Long Island country!

The total of twenty pricks into the arms and the enormous reaction to the grass, trees, cats and dogs wasn't precise enough to figure out Jonah's specific allergies so...

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we moved on to the harder stuff...little did the poor guy know what was in store...

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Note: brave Jonah casually reads Duncan's manuscript of his new book (watch out Amazon rankings!) while getting injected...

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At first it didn't look so bad:

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But then he started reacting:

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So a second round was necessary:

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And oh dear, the second round of shots was also reacting so a third round in the other arm was needed:

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Tough guy:

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Poor JP:

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After getting measured for the third arm he finally wasn't reactive anymore so the nasal spray could be custom mixed for this allergic guy!

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This morning - and he's still swollen:

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All for this:

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And because it's preservative free it needs to travel with ice packs - like a fresh kidney:

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Will it work??!!

In the meantime while Jonah snorts the nasal spray every night and we book extra seats on flights when we travel for the cooler with the nasal spray on ice, we've filled our apt with carpets filled with mold, bedding ripe with mites and a farms worth of animals...we'll see!

June 26, 2006

Dr. Sanjay Gupta & one fiesty goat

WERE ALL UP IN MY DREAMS LAST NIGHT.

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June 22, 2006

Strangers with Candy Movie Premiere - WOULD I LET YOU DOWN???

NEVER.

Andrea Harner, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris, old friends.

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From the beginning...

We were on our way out, in our glamorous hallway when I took a similar shot with the little digital camera I was bringing to capture the evening. Upon taking the pic I noticed the low-battery sign (it was in the charging cradle but wasn't properly latched in - damn!!!) So I calmy ran back into my apt, very collectedly tore through my chest of cameras from over a decade ago and found my little, trusty, real film point and shoot camera that ended up saving this night. (I've long ago resigned myself to the fact that I believe that if it wasn't documented it never happened.) Judging from my uncharacteristic patience while waiting for these important photos to be developed, I'd say I would have been a much more patient person had digital cameras never been invented.

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Confession: As a serious fan of the TV show I was nervous that the movie wouldn't do it justice.

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Paul Dinello said he would thank all the people that were integral to getting the movie made except that would take away from him so...and then Amy dedicated the movie to, "ugly people".

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I am happy and relieved to report that it's a good, funny movie definitely worth going to!! My two complaints are: 1) the Sarah Jessica Parker role is utterly and painfully unnecessary and 2) I don't think the reasons why Jerri Blank is 46 years old and going back to high school after 32 years of being a "user, a boozer and a loser" need to be explained. I was never concerned about that while watching the TV show but I suppose for the mainstream movie-going public they felt that some explanation was necessary. Oh! And why her Dad is in a coma. These things just seemed perfectly normal to me! Other than that aspect which felt contrived, it was truly funny, raunchy and inappropriate - bring the whole extended family!

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As soon as I spotted the trio at the afterparty at Dylan's Candy Bar I headed off to do my photoblogging duties and Jonah's too smart to be anywhere near me when I'm in that spastic mode so there he is! Over there!

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I can no longer deny it - I am paparazzi:

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I'm even better than traditional paparazzi because I get them in there too - so meta!!

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It's true - Buddhist paparazzi exist:

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Cute moment between geniuses:

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Enter her butt for more fun movie stuff and go see Strangers with Candy opening June 28th!

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Thanks to Think Film for buying this flick and finally distributing it! It felt like a lifetime of using and boozing, waiting for it!

June 21, 2006

God! The day is dragging on today!!!

Oh. Summer solstice.

June 20, 2006

Seeking Video Editor!

Sally and I are finally ready to work with an editor to cut our Southern Documentary. If you are A through C, send me an email and we'll discuss more details!

A: An editor who loves working with creative, smart, fun chicks
B: Have at least an ounce of activist spirit in ya
C: Appreciates the rampant irony in life

I can't wait for tonight - SWC Premiere!!

No, I won't stalk her. I'm going to follow her around and repeatedly recite one of these great Strangers With Candy lines though:

A: "How's it going, Susie? Nice camel toe."

B: "Hmmm, that's funny. Why does your finger smell like his ass?"

C: "Greeks are just Jews without money."

Help me choose which!! Rock the vote.

My wallet pic - it's a great reminder not to overpluck my eyebrows - and you shouldn't either!!:

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June 19, 2006

Michael Jackson Party!

Nick threw a party for the Other Michael Jackson which was fun and a lot less raunchy than an Original MJ party would have been.

Me and my twin Arianna - identical except for the numerous published books, the formidable social network, the inspiring career, etc:

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Jonah's women - don't make him choose:

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Me and the respectable looking Ben - you'd never suspect he runs Thrillist:

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Thank god for these guys (the drinks)!

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TEQUILA!! Doug!! Jonah!! TEQUIIIIIILAAAAA!!!

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Too much tequila...off we were to Lure Fishbar. Shrimps for Andrea, Martinis for Rachel:

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Hey, how about we drink more, Ricky??!!

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We're only getting FUNNIER!!

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Shrimpy Mary!

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And the oyster shot side dish that came with it!!

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I hope he doesn't turn towards me when he vomits...

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Nick sticks to tequila and Jonah has oyster shot eyes:

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You (Jonah) can never have too much oyster:

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TORO!!!

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Soft shell crabs - everything you wanted to know about them:

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The ladies were sexy and sweaty (from left to right) at the end of the night:

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I felt about 50% reduced the following day.

June 16, 2006

Another article in the I'm proud of my hubby! series

Update: Here are the ads.

JWT Puts a 'Roadblock' on Huffington Post by Julie Bosman.

June 14, 2006

Sexy heels are the sexiest

Ladies, you need a pair of heels like this. They will make you feel so damn sexy you might just stay home and have your way with yourself...and let me tell you, that's probably a better option than going out and walking if you have a bunion to contend with.

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* On my way to the Webbys afterparty which I foolishly thought maybe, just maybe, Prince would do what he never would do, which is to attend a big, loud and crowded afterparty instead of showing up at the luckiest little bar/club of the night to play an impromptu set...probably acoustical and certainly radically awesome. Sweet.

The Webbys - Prince Reigned

I was purple with envy that Jonah and the rest of the Huffington Post got to go to the Webby's since they won 'Best Political Blog' (CONGRATULATIONS, you guys deserve it!) and they saw Prince perform...

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But I was also grateful as a purple grape that Jonah took pics for me:

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The Webbys famously ask their award recipients to limit their acceptance speeches to five words so consequently some clever five words have been strung together!

Some highlights from this year:

Arianna Huffington: Darlings, make blogs not war

Bill Simmons on behalf of Mark Cuban: Mark Cuban is not here

Prince: Everything you think is true

NPG Music Club: Prince says...eliminate the middleman

Thomas Friedman: The world really is flat

For more five word acceptance speeches and more about the Webby Awards click here.

June 13, 2006

Cyrus Klinenberg

This weekend I gave birth to one cute little baby named Cyrus Klinenberg.

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Jonah was a little shocked:

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But got over it and look at how happy we were...

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For having kidnapped our friends' newborn - it was a real laughing matter:

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Jonah and Cyrus worked out some issue:

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While I giggled - that's what mom's do, they just sit around all day giggling with their newborn - don't let them tell you otherwise!

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There are some things that only his rightful mother can do and they involve breasts so I had to give him back:

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And they were relieved:

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Congratulations again to Caitlin Zaloon and Eric Klinenberg!!

June 12, 2006

GUESS WHO'S GOING TO THE STRANGERS WITH CANDY PREMIERE & AFTER PARTY THANKS TO HER INDUSTRIOUS HUSBAND???!!!

ME!!!

WITH MY HUBBY OF COURSE AND MY CAMERA SO STAY SHARPLY TUNED.

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June 7, 2006

Bunion Pride

This x-ray was taken at the foot doctor yesterday and ever since I've become obsessed with foot x-rays. Now when I see bare feet, time stands still as I jump the person, hold them down and stare at their feet while imagining what the x-ray would look like.

Mine look GOOD!!

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Now if you wear corrective shoes and you got big bunyons,
Toenails smell and look like onions,
Don't doowutchyalike--
Go see a foot doctor tonight!

Thanks, Digital Underground!

June 5, 2006

Me and my Mom, Weird Sock Models

My mom prefers the classy cute kind:

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My one good-looking foot feels alive in sexy socks:

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June 1, 2006

The Marriage of Figaro & Sidekick

Thanks to a suprisingly good idea by Duncan (whether the opera was surprisingly good or whether it was surprising that Duncan came up with such a good idea is for you to decide!) to see the The Marriage of Figaro performed by Modus Opera (yes, cute name) we had a lovely night at the opera!

The cool thing about this opera company is that their mission is to revitalize opera culture in this country by getting people younger than 150 years old to enjoy the fantastic art form that is opera! $35 tickets help a lot. It was indeed splendid.

Unfortunately this was the best photo I was able to take during the four hour opera:

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Look at Jonah, respectfully clapping. Little did I know it was a front...

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DAMN THE SIDEKICK!!!!!

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Who knew that Shannon Doherty is now Patricia Wexler?!

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May 30, 2006

Toothpaste shouldn't be limp

I walked into the bathroom, saw this and felt too discouraged to brush my teeth:

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It's astounding how similar my mom and I look!

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* The Asian courtyard in the Asian section of the Met, May 06.

May 26, 2006

I knew it was going to be a great day when...

I awoke and upon seeing that Jonah had a rip in his boxers, I exclaimed and sang, "you look like a pauper! would you like me to darn your boxers?" I was pretty pleased with my choice of words and my vocal style.

And Jonah said in reaction, "just because you've started doing crossword puzzles doesn't mean you should casually drop words like pauper and darn..."

:-)

Girl names for baby

I can't believe I'm just a few months away* from giving birth and Jonah and I still haven't come up with a girl name!!

Can you help??

* Just kidding! I'm 9 plus months away from giving birth but thought it's never too early to plan right?!

May 23, 2006

What I am currently

Rhymes with Fizz + shortest nickname for drug that temporarily makes one ecstatic = _____

You got it!

BUSY!!

May 19, 2006

Defiance

My parents are in town this week which means that we got to see a play!

Defiance, written by John Patrick Shanley who also wrote the Pulitzer award winning Doubt, was quite good. It's clear that the playwrights main interest is authority which is the central theme in both these plays. Doubt deals with the Catholic church and Defiance takes on the military. Time flew right by and afterwards I was left to ponder authority, morality and existentialism.

If you're expecting your parents, better buy those theater tix now!

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May 18, 2006

YMCA stands for FLAIR!!

I just joined my neighborhood Y which is brand new, right across the street and fantastic. I started swimming with a regular bathing cap but something wasn't right. The imprint it left on my forehead and the lack of style chilled me to the bone.

Finally, I found some flair to make swimming those laps glamorous!

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Don't worry, I would never get this in rainbow colors...I chose the all blue so it's classy and sexy.

May 16, 2006

She looks American to me!

This is intended as a departure point for a discussion about obesity in America.

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* The Immigrant March 05.06.

May 12, 2006

Mother's Day Card for my Mom

Dear Mommy,

Thank you for everything you have taught me. As I've gotten older I hear your wisdom ring in my ears whenever I stray. When I was younger it seemed annoying but now I agree with your often blunt, but profoundly true outlook and advice.

You taught me first and foremost that I should take care of my body and mind. I take a multi-vitamin everyday although that doesn't seem to stop you from asking me on our weekly phone calls if I'm taking my multi-vitamins :-) I eat well though I know I should eat more fruit! I exercise, not as much as I should, but I do! I don't drink too much, certainly less than I did when I was a naive youngster, because as you always said, it's not hard to understand that alcohol beyond moderation becomes a poison.

You've taught me to love myself even with my flaws. Physical "flaws" can be tough for a girl but you always told me uncomplicatedly that the most important thing was that I was fortunate to be in good health and that I was beautiful no matter when anyone or any "beauty authority" said. When I cried about my pimply teenage skin you said that I was blessed with oily skin which meant I would have less wrinkles as I aged. When I was a teenager mortified by my bunion you said, "hey, you may have ugly feet but you have a pretty face!" I look at how you hold yourself and how you've aged gracefully and I'm in awe at your strength and beauty.

You always stressed that education and being smart was the most important thing. I thank you for always expecting me to get the highest grades and for all the times you said, "you're smart and you speak and write well so you should be a lawyer!" :-) Although I haven't become a lawyer and instead have recently taken up cartooning I know you're proud of me because you now think I'm as good an artist as Picasso :-) Thank you for always valuing brains, a healthy, holistic lifestyle and imperfect, natural and true beauty. You are a living inspiration to me and I'm grateful with all my heart that you are my mother.

Love,
Your daughter

You know where to find me tonight at 9 and on May 29thth!!

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May 11, 2006

Cokehead Clues

We always suspected cocaine use in this apt but the nerve to put it on flagrant display like this!!

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We knew this was a cry for help so we swept it up and left him alone.

My new favorite drink: Kir Royal

The color which this photo doesn't do justice and the taste which this photo also doesn't do justice are heavenly:

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May 9, 2006

Diagnosis Allergies or Cold?

Update: I had a fever and a sore throat so I had a cold. Happy to report I'm feeling better now. Thanks for everyone's input except the person that scared the shit out of me with the viral meningitas talk.

My symptoms:

Severely congested. Snot Factory. Runny nose. Headache. Sore throat. Not painfully sore but persistently uncomfortable and slightly swollen glands. Some sneezing but not a crazy amount.

Diagnosis:

Allergies or Cold?

Stumper:

No itchy or irritated eyes.

May 8, 2006

Manhattan to Brooklyn: Are we there yet??

For a Manhattanite, the journey from Manhattan to Brooklyn can be and often is a traumatic experience. What adds to the trauma is that it's not as if Manhattanites like to be ridiculously difficult and Manhattan centric so it is unpleasant for Manhattanites to see themselves in such unfavorable light (ultimately it's most important to understand things from the Manhattanite's perspective). But it is nonetheless a stressful experience especially when on the weekends it's not uncommon that two of the four subway lines you would take are not operating and then you discover once on one of the two subway lines that are supposedly operating that the only other supposedly working subway you planned to take is under construction and thus non existant. After three transfers and many more unhappy comments we emerged in Brooklyn.

And look at what that far away land holds! Nature! Beauty! Pollen!

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May 3, 2006

Just STOP at 2 cats.

This article contains so many depressing aspects and is also gross.

Thanks to Annie Maxwell for the link!

And Annie, don't worry, you won't end up a cat lady. Just think - if you do, I'll sell them on ebay for you so don't worry!

May 1, 2006

KeywordCartoons Launched!

Hellllloooo sophisticated, sexy AndreaHarner.com readers!!

I'm very excited to announce my new project KeywordCartoons featuring the adventures of a cute, weird and monstruous little purple-haired girl named GGirl!

While my obsession with cartooning was developing, so was my sense that I'm like a border collie!, desperate for fun! and challenging tasks! so voila! I've been tasked with drawing a daily cartoon inspired by the most valuable words and concepts on the Internet. Thanks to Jonah for transforming me into a border collie.

You can visit KeywordCartoons for brand new daily cartoons or follow a link to the latest installment where they will appear daily right here on AndreaHarner.com. I hope you enjoy the trials, tribulations and twisted thoughts of GGirl!

Concept: Jonah Peretti
Cartoons: Andrea Harner
Code: Andy Yaco-Mink

I really hope Google supports me on this project - we'll have to wait and see!

April 25, 2006

Revlon Run/Walk for Women, Join the Fight!

Update: Della Peretti from Oakland, CA has donated $50 for this cause!! Thanks Della, aka awesome mother in law!!

On May 6 (Happy Birthday Bro!!) I will be walking with my dear friend Celeste in the Revlon Walk Against Women's Cancers starting in Times Square and ending in Central Park. I figured, what better activity do I have to do that morning? And the answer was, "nothing".

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You can support me via my fundraising page or join the walk! My friend Sarah Verdone will also be walking and you can read about her very interesting personal story here.

April 24, 2006

Night and Day

When you're up late working until 4 am on an exciting new project that will launch soon, it's fun! When you wake up the following morning and your eyes hurt and you feel slightly nauseous it's not nearly as fun. You also think, "It never used to feel this bad to not get enough sleep. I must be getting older." And that thought process isn't much fun either.

Hint: The project involves cartoons!! Look forward to it. Please.

April 21, 2006

Cherry Blossoms @ Brooklyn Botanic Gardens!

Check out the CherryWatch at the lovely Brooklyn Botanic Gardens! Looks like they've started blooming and peak bloom will hopefully be during next weekend's Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Longtime readers may recall a little love affair I had with the gardens back in the day...it looked like this:

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I can't wait for next weekend!

April 20, 2006

Riverkeeper Benefit

I have figured out the best way to reenter NYC after a vacation! Go to a benefit, two hours after landing at JFK!!

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As guests of Katherine Sailer and Ken Lerer we attended the Riverkeeper Benefit which was hosted by SNL comedian Darrell Hammond (he does the best imitation of Clinton), featured musician Carly Simon (and her kids!) and honored Veronique & Bob Pittman for their philanthropy. The highlight for me was hearing Bobby Kennedy Jr speak as he is an impassioned speaker and his knowledge of all the ways our waters are being polluted and how we can help is inspiring. Although when he spoke of our fish being the most polluted they've ever been, I wished we hadn't had fish as our entree...

It was fantastically fun and an important event that raised a significant amount of money. If you're so inclined, please support this great organization. I'm pretty certain it's a great investment in our future.

Look how happy I am to be back in NYC. That's the great thing about living in New York. You can have great vacations but always be excited to come home!

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April 13, 2006

Mind Colonization

I woke up this morning and said to Jonah, I dreamed about Top Chef last night! That aggressively annoying character Stephen was proving all that he knew, the other character so and so were doing blah blah blah and then the judges were like this and that" and Jonah replied, "Congratulations, your mind has been colonized by TV".

And that is just one of the gazillion reasons I love my hubby :-)

Yochai Benkler's 'Wealth of Networks' Book Launch Party @ Eyebeam!

Nerds! This is a call to meet!

This event at Eyebeam tomorrow evening will be fun. Jonah hosts the remarkable Yochai Benkler as they discuss his promising new book.

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Refreshments will be served. If you only come for that, you're pathetic. Or very very thirsty and hungry.

April 10, 2006

Chamber Magic!

This magic show is pretty awesome:

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The magician Steve Cohen does magic in a suite in the Waldorf Astoria every Friday night. It's a cool 19th century parlor atmosphere in which he does slight of hand and very weird mind-reading tricks. The $55 ticket price is a little steep but it's worth dressing up and enjoying an evening of good old fashioned magic and wows.

I suppose because he describes himself as the Millionaire's Magician it made sense to have a framed Forbes list.

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Here we are, all fancied up! Oh, too far away.

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Too close!

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I was reprimanded for trying to take photos (yes, I was trying to catch his tricks on camera!) so I'll just have to make do with photos from his site.

Here's a drawing of him and let me tell you, you know magic is involved when he's drawn like this...

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And really looks like this! Damn, me!

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It was very fun. Highly recommended.

We then had dinner at Basta Pasta, an Italian restaurant run by Japanese people which is recommended too!

April 7, 2006

Can you guess which TV shows I'm loving?

Update: I love The Apprentice & Wife Swap too. Yes, I am addicted to reality tv but only *good* reality tv.

Hints, in order of my affections:

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April 5, 2006

Thank you Prevage, My Face Rash Allergy Itches

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For making me look like this:

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Notice my red inflamed skin on my face versus my non rash skin on my neck:

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It itches like hell:

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And continues to itch:

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And itch:

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Here are the ingredients - let's try figuring out which is the problem! I have my money on the parabens.

Purified water (aqua), glycerin, cetyl ricinoleate, isohexadecane, ceresin, glyceryl stearate, water. titanium dioxide (C177891), propylene glycol, styrene acrylates copolymer, hydrolyzed corn starch, ammonium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethyl-paraben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isopropyl lauroyl sarcosinate, sericin, hydroxydecyl ubiquinone (idebenone), sodium PCA, steareth-2, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, PEG-100 stearate, glycosaminoglycans, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, tocopherol, millet (panicum miliaceum) extract, cholesterol, ceramide III, dimethicone, PEG-50 dipolyhydroxystearate, magnesium aluminum silicate, xanthan gum, cetyl hydroxy-ethylcellulose, disodium EDTA, BHT, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben.

~Sometimes it snows in April~

Prince understated it a little. As far as I can remember, it's always snowed in April.

Earlier today:

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March 31, 2006

Rose at Door

Just when you think no ones loves you, just think, at least someone loves this person:

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* Taken a few years ago in Jonah's old apartment building.

March 29, 2006

Um, can I get an awning in this awning?

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* Canal & Broadway

March 28, 2006

Andrea, Air Guitarist

Prince brings it out in me every time!! Jonah is incredulous at my finger work.

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* At Meg & Jason's wedding over the weekend.

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When I have kids I'm going to homeschool them and choose their hobbies but *this* is too much!

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March 22, 2006

Jonah in Stay Free Magazine!

That's my boy!

Yes, I know that the magazine is unfortunately named but it's a truly fantastic magazine and we're just going to have to suppress our giggles and be adults about this...

March 21, 2006

Tourette's in Aisle 1

I was in Duane Reade the other day when all of a sudden I and the 50 people in one inefficient line all heard and saw a woman walk into the store, crying and wailing, her face contorted with pain. She looked like the average 50 year old Jewish New Yorker. Prematurely silver hair, black full length puffy coat, black boots caught in between snow boots and stylish boots, carrying a hippieish beige satchel purse. I stood there thinking, "I have to ask her what's wrong. I have to help her. If I don't what kind of person would I be? Would I even be a human being if I didn't?" and as she balled and moaned and walked by me my thoughts turned into "I'm sure the reason people don't approach this sort of sisutation is out of fear. And it's understandable. I mean, how do I know she won't lash out at me or maybe even hurt me?" and just like that I went from being a caring person to a rational, cold person. She walked down the long makeup & shampoo aisle and the weird thing was that she stopped crying but after a minute or so would start up again. I and one other person in line were traumatized (visualize our furrowed brows and frown lines) and captivated and kept turning around to observe her. My curiosity got the best of me and I stepped out of line and found myself downstairs in the cleaning products aisle where she was narrowing down detergent options. I walked by her slowly and she seemed fine. If I hadn't witnessed her sobbing upstairs a few minutes ago I would never had known that anything was wrong. And then it occurred to me that she probably has Tourette's and I felt better for being a cold-hearted person with a detective mind.

March 17, 2006

Snot Rainbow

I know that as loyal readers you care so much about me and you try not to overstep boundaries like asking for the details of my nasty cold/flu/whatever this is. Well I love you too so I'll satisify your latent curiousity with the latest developments:

This morning I woke up with a burning sensation in my chest and sure enough there was a snot factory brewing within.
I blew my nose and was happy to see a whole mess of yellowness.
I said to Jonah, "Isn't it good that it's yellow?"
Jonah to me: "Well, you want clear."
Me: I know but doesn't yellow come after green and then comes clear?"
to which Jonah replied, "I don't know the colors of the snot rainbow, my sweet pea."
And I fell in love all over again.

* I layed out the episode the way I did because it's poetry. 2006 kind of poetry. Pre-divorce Nick & Jessica kind of poetry.

Harner-Peretti Taste Test Challenge Party 2006!!

It always begins so clean, so nice, so simple...

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But you could read between the coke and pepsi lines and sense the fierce ensuing competition:

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The wines - St. Aubin vs. Peter Vella box wine (their graphic design is so inspired!):

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The vodkas - Grey Goose vs. Smirnoff and the cokes - Pepsi vs. Coke:

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My dear friend Sally Rumble comes through with her homemade blindfold!!

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I obviously think this is a cute look:

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Cory Arcangel's arrogant "give it to me":

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Here it is, Cory, can you do it? Sniff away boy!

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Haaa, harder than you thought huh?! Beer was his palette cleanser.

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A lot harder:

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Ok, I know which is which!

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WRONG:

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Cory: Here Lauren, have a sip of my beer. It's good! Lauren: What would you know? You have no taste buds.

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Oh we had high hopes for Lauren Cornell being a classy lady who grew up in NYC...

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But hopes are often dashed:

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And squashed as if they never existed:

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Jacob, the Drinker:

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The Thinker:

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The Stinker:

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Jamie Rollins had a special kind of challenge:

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Guess if it's your friend James Powderley or your girlfriend Rebecca Bureau kissing you? He was stumped.

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In the drink challenge too.

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Rebecca on the other hand...being half French...

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Knew a box wine from a French wine...

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And the differences between American Colas AND the subtleties of a pretentious vodka versus Smirnoff. Hooray!! First person to win the triple challenge!!

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Sally's a great blindfold maker. Let's just leave it at that.

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Why does this boob/wine glass photo seem wrong?

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Lily Whitall read somewhere that looking like a blonde pocohantas would give her a leg up in the challenge:

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Let's take a sniff:

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Let's really get in there...oh well.

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Ok John, Mr. Conoisseur.

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The stars just weren't aligned:

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The stars were bad:

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He guessed the Colas correctly:

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But the wine mistake will take time to heal:

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With only one person, Rebecca, having met the challenge, Jonah was amped.

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Intensity:

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INTENSITY:

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That's my boy!! He became the second (and ssshhh, last!) person to win the challenge!

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Dalton Conley represented NYU by attempting to cheat. Just kidding. He didn't cheat.

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In the end he gave the party a 50 minute lecture on how if you cheat you only cheat youself...and then tried for another sneak peak. Just kidding *again*!

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Duncan represented Columbia by being big - too big for his whole head *and* body to fit in a picture:

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The only person to ask for a refill:

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Duncan confessed to us that he really likes challenges involving drinking. We had no idea.

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Whereas the majority of players got 1 out of 3 right, Natalie Jeremijenko made a name for herself by getting all 3 wrong! That's my girl!

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Friend from high school, Tosan Omabegho (my nickname for him: Toaster OnABagel), giving it a go:

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He was introducing me to his date who he brought named Vasolina - no joke - she was very sweet and very sloppily named - pun intended.

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Thanks to whoever took this picture - you really captured nothing special. BTW, I got 2 out of 3 right and will now be sticking to box wine since I apparently prefer it.

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If you look past the mess,

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You'll see THE RESULTS!!

6/16 GUESSED THE WINE CORRECTLY = 36%

8/16 GUESSED THE VODKA CORRECTLY = 50%

11/16 GUESSED THE COLA CORRECTLY = 70%

IMPORTANT NOTE: IT TOOK TWO PEOPLE OF FRENCH AND OF ITALIAN ANCESTRY TO HAVE PALETTES DISCERNING ENOUGH FOR THE WINE, VODKA AND COLA TASTE TEST CHALLENGE!

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The point is that this challenge was A LOT harder than people expected. A LOT. I dare you to give it a try and report back here please! Good night!

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March 15, 2006

Elevator Button No-No

Wow, this may be the longest I've gone without posting! Apologies, loyal readers. My hiatus is over. I've had the flu and since I'm suffering and it's important that we share, here's a little post that may make you suffer too - enjoy.

There's *got* to be a better place to put your gum.

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Thanks to the building guys for taking care of this within 12 hours but I want to see flyers of the culprit in handcuffs posted all over the building. ASAP.

March 3, 2006

This Brian Lehrer segment about Annie and Danny broke my heart.

Storycorps is one of the most inspirational projects out there.

Spring Boots Procured!

Spring? Where are you? I just bought boots to wear when you're around. They're gonna look great with you. Where are you???!!!

Mine are a more eggplant color and I bought two, one for each foot.

Guess who's going to have to take off their shoes for airport "security"?*

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*Sorry, I don't believe that when I take off my boots I'm improving airport security in any way.

February 21, 2006

I knew I found my future husband when...

I found this on his bookshelf. I smiled, cried with joy and tried, unsucessfully, to clean off the dirt from his days of rapping on the dirty streets of Oakland.

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February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day!

aka

Happy You're Getting Laid Day!

or

Happy You Feel Alone Day!

February 13, 2006

Vitamin Secrets

Q: Hey Andrea! You go on and on about how important it is to take vitamins. What kind do you take?

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A: Well, if you must know, I take a big fish oil pill, a vitamin c and a multi-vitamin.

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Q: What's that other thing?

A: Oh, why that's my vitamin secret! It's a 3d print out of Jonah's World of Warcraft character, Gnome Chomsky, in a Venus de Milo edition. It hurts a little going down but well worth it.

February 6, 2006

I've been known to pass out while watching movies.

Althought I'll never agree with Jonah that I pass out 75% of the time that I watch movies at home at night, more like 50%, here's some recent (and rare) evidence.

My friend Paul Ohan had recommended the movie on the computer screen. He lied to me when I asked if it was good and worth renting and he said yeah but we've been friends for a long time so Paul's still a pal.

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All together now...PASSED OUT!!

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Not even the camera's repeated flash will wake me from my cherubic slumber, dreaming of Paul being forced to watch Waterworld over and over while being deprived of water and toilet.

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February 1, 2006

'I WISH THIS WEREN'T A TRUE STORY' COMIC STRIP

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January 26, 2006

Graffiti Goes Electric at EYEBEAM

Nice mention in the Gothamist of a cool project from the EYEBEAM OpenLab:

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January 17, 2006

Surprise! From your Body.

It's official. I have dandruff.

It look like this:

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Pot of Tea Contains Multitudes

The nice thing about making an entire pot of tea for yourself is that you're able to enjoy the full spectrum of tea beginning with a nice cozy cup of hot tea...to a refreshing iced tea!

January 16, 2006

Happy MLK Day!

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* Yes, I really did post this the day after MLK Day, and pre-date it for posterity.

January 12, 2006

Savion Glover at the Joyce Theater

Thanks to Annie Maxwell for the wonderful Christmas gift of a Savion Glover performance at the fantastically intimate Joyce Theater.

It was truly delightful to watch this guy in action - on until the 15th - catch it if you can!

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January 11, 2006

OPERATION INFILTRATION: We've got NYC Real Estate by the balls.

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January 10, 2006

Is it true that catching a cold has nothing to do with being out in the cold?

We can finally put this to rest!!

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Continue reading "Is it true that catching a cold has nothing to do with being out in the cold?" »

January 7, 2006

F the Suburbs.

I am pretty sure I would feel the same way as these Manhattanites if I ever made the mistake of moving out of the city.

We city folks need people and culture!!...and to feel like we don't understand anything outside of Manhattan.

Good quotes by kindred spirits:

It's like death out there...They seem like normal people but they spend, like, hours working on their lawn...

Even the playgrounds were desolate....And on the rare occasions there was somebody there and you struck up a conversation they would literally move away...

You go to these little towns and they are very charming and sweet and have all these cute little shops...But I think when you live in these areas full time, those neighborhood shops aren't so cute. And those neighborhood restaurants that look so great, you know how bad they really are.

[On selling their suburban house at a loss and moving back] We lost a little bit of money...For a lot of people that would be kind of torturous. For us, I didn't care about the money. I wanted my life back.

It's definitely someone's dream; it's just not our dream.

December 21, 2005

A Clarification

Apparently there was confusion...then the highlighter pen stepped in to clear things up:

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* Women's Bathroom in El Rey Del Sol on 14th St.

December 20, 2005

The Strike is On~ The Strike is O~On

You can give this old guy a rest today!

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December 16, 2005

Treo from Snickers!

I now have a Treo 600 thanks to little Snickers!!!

He nudged me and nudged me, "Just take it...I told you I'm now a sidekick guy..."

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A million, treollion (sorry, couldn't resist) thanks to Snickers and his companion Jenna Gates!

December 15, 2005

Somewhat interesting convo on Brian Lehrer right now...

with Douglas Rushkoff.

December 13, 2005

Thesis Defense Attire

I am nervous! This Thursday I'm going to my dear friend Celeste Peterson's thesis defense at Princeton. She's nervous, sure, but I'm really nervous. What do I wear?!

It's in the subject area of Molecular Biology. Repeat after me - Mole Ecu Lar Bi O Lo Gy. The study of the biology of moles.

I'm considering these seven looks.

1) The obvious choice might be good in terms of showing solidarity like Yeah, I'm a scientist too! Chemistry set!

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2) Or I could be hard core but instead of fag I'd write SCIENCE (I'd keep the framing of the word the same).

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3) How about an inspirational vision of purple/Prince so when she looks over I can throw her the 'I Would Die 4 U' signs at her?

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4) Potentially too racy but could get the blood flowing in the room and have the judges (whom I'm certainly will be mostly male) to remember me, and hence Celeste, fondly.

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5) Or I could just be professorial and ooze judgement...but show my softer more fallible side by making the mistake of wearing a beret.

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6) Celeste and I got married within 2 weeks of each other so I thought as a way of remembering that sweet time I could wear my wedding dress?

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7) Or I could just try to blend in:

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Which should it be?? I'm stuck between 1 through 7.

December 8, 2005

It's a Sad Day: John Lennon was shot 25 years ago today.

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Any sidekicks, blackberries, treos floating around???

Great! I'll take it off your hands!!

I know you're thinking, why doesn't she just buy a new one and not be so beggy and annoying and all I have to say to that is I'm feeling strapped for cash and I'm sorry for being exactly as I'm coming across.

Anyone?? Anyone??

Thanks for your love.

December 6, 2005

"Hi, it's the nude guy"

He's called us at EYEBEAM a number of times to ask when he can come, take off all his clothes except socks and shoes in the bathroom and then check out the art.

Quotes by the nude guy:

"Am I making you uncomfortable?"

"Think there are people here who are awfully clothes-minded", he said as he leaned in to drop the pun of all puns.

The sad thing is that I think he's a little loco in the cabesa and is rumored to have a disturbing thing going on in his nether regions...elephantitis comes to mind.

Hey, of all the craziness out there, it could be worse!

Hamburgler

Maybe it's because I grew up in Japan. Maybe it's because I'm little so little things feel akin to me. Anyway, I love little things...especially little burgers!!!

Little, cute, gorgeous meal, right folks?!

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Beautious side shot:

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Hamburgler Jonah was on the scene. P.S. I didn't trust that smile.

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He wasn't fooling me...I saw his hand moving in closer...

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But what was he gonna do?? He couldn't, he wouldn't...

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Oh no, he didn't!!

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And there went the third burger...and our marriage...

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P.P.S. Hamburgler and I have since made up and we've now teamed up as a Hamburgler team...WATCH OUT.

First snow in Manhattan

And now we're snow covered - Yippeeeeee!!!!!!

From my living room:

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SAFE @ MOMA

On Sunday we went to MOMA and it was spectacularly awesome. We checked out the first floor (Charles Ray's Family Romance and James Turrell's A Frontal Passage stuck in my mind) then headed up to the sixth floor for the SAFE: Design Takes On Risk exhibition. It was delightful. We spent a long time in there checking out things that have been designed as conceptual art pieces or as functional consumer objects for these modern, perilous times. If you haven't already I highly recommend this exhibit.

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December 5, 2005

Favorite part of Thanksgiving

Every Thanksgiving, I hope and pray and throw temper tantrums to get put on turkey cavity duty however I did something in '01 that resulted in me being deemed unfit for duty in '02, '03 and '04. In '05 I was back on, a little better behaved and all up in it!!

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December 2, 2005

On Brian Lehrer now...

interesting show on the increasing trend of raising kids in Manhattan as opposed to the suburbs...

and now, the show is about whether cable companies should have to offer viewers a la carte options as opposed to packages as they are now...

and NOW, after talking having guests on about the foster care system in NYC, he's discussing the Op-Ed piece from yesterday's New York Times by a friend of ours, Dalton Conley and boy is Brian giving Dalton a beating...what do you guys think??

I LOVE the Brian Lehrer Show. I also love when Brian gets a little snippy once every few months...it's like a special awkward and uncomfortable moment - it's funny!

December 1, 2005

Darwin exhibit @ American Museum of Natural History

We went to the Darwin exhibit this weekend and it was great. Of course we got there at 3:30 and all tickets until the 7:30 showing were sold out...very New York experience that I complained and complained about in typically bad attitude fashion until I realized it wasn't so bad to get coffee, get an attitude readjustment and walk around the rest of the musuem until 7:30 even thought it *was* a full four hours later.

Did you know that on Darwin's five year voyage around the world he discovered penguins in the tropics that had evolved to hold out their wings/fins over their feet in order keep their little feeties from getting sunburned??????!!!!!!!

Too cute. I love penguins and I *know* that everyone's riding that bandwagon after March of the Penguins but I really do love them ok??!! Leave me alone.

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An External Hard Drive is a girl's best friend.

Just bought this 300 giger yesterday and am gleeful:

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Best makeup products: girliest post ever.

Apologies. I'm really going to bore some of you.

Everyone else...let's talk MAKEUP!!

As many of you ladies out there know it takes a *lifetime* to find makeup products that work for you. Not only are we overwhelmed by choice but we also have to figure out what our makeup threshold is. For example, I'm just not that girl that spends hours putting on her face in the morning. Not only is that a heinous look but I just won't spend that much time on makeup because I'd rather be doing other things. Also, I don't wear foundation nor powder (you're really not fooling anyone...you can see it) so here's a short list of what I use and frankly, it's true: Less is more.

In order of application:

Post moisturizer primer-I love this stuff: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.

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Best undereye concealer: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit - I don't use the powder but the concealer really is creamy and sits well when applied by dab dab dabbing your finger.

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Best redness concealer - I love the color red but not on skin: BenFit You're Bluffing.

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Best eyeliner: Estee Lauder Artist's Eye Pencil in SoftSmudge Black.

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Best eyelash curler: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler.

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Best mascara for fine, almost non-existant lashes like mine and it won't make you look like a whore although it's possible I do and no one's bothered telling me: Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Black.

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Best mascara if you have normal lashes: Maybeline Great Lash.

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Best blush - I'm all about sheer, sheer, sheer!: Tarte Cheek Stain in Tickled.

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Best blush with staying power for dancing until dawn: Mac powder blushes - they last *forever* - I've had mine since fifth grade.

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Best inexpensive lipgloss - it's that perfect, almost natural lipcolor red and it feels gooooood: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Cherries in the Glow.

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Best for that pretty peach color - super soft and great consistency: Chanel Glossimer in Sirop.

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Best way to maintain lip color during a long ceremony where you don't want to reapply like your wedding - wear this on its own or add gloss or whatever on top: BeneFit's Benetint.

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Best cream eyeshadow that will last the entire day and night without creasing or disappearing (I used this and the two items above at my wedding): Mac Paints in Stilife.

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Any thoughts? Anything I should try?? Ladies, let's not hate, let's share!

November 30, 2005

A New York Moment

Last night as we walked down our hallway towards our apartment, we couldn't help but notice a rancid smell. It was strong, musty and almost sour...definitely something natural. Later in the evening we heard two women walking past our door saying, "Oh my god, it smells terrible!" and Jonah and I looked at each other and there it was, the unspoken...that was then spoken, "Someone on this floor may have died." And it was a sad moment but a New York moment nonetheless.

On further thought, I think one of the models in the building finally croaked after 2 years of a sparkling water and saltines diet. Oh wait, nevermind, we're on the 5th floor and the models are on the penthouse floor.

November 29, 2005

Know Thyself! Love Thyself!

This is how I'm feeling...

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so I bought this!

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Yaaaaay for me!! I know how I feel and just how to fix it!!

I'm my own best friend.

Luv ya! No, love *you*!

Being crazy is fuuuuuuuun!!

November 17, 2005

Missed Connections on Craigslist is a goldmine.

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It's fun being married to me because...

Jonah says it's fun being married to me because all the annoying things we go through everyday like screeching subways, taxis that splash you with rain puddles, etc, etc, are magnified by my incessant complaining about them. So it's like he gets to live them twice!

November 10, 2005

Rings = Conformity?

I had never heard of this writer but the article pulled me in and one thing really resonated with me...the point about how once she donned her engagement and wedding rings, she felt immediate, almost unsettling acceptance from society and that that somewhat transformed her. I'm sure she and I are not alone in this. Ladies?

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November 9, 2005

A little misbehaving

One morning I thought I was clever and funny by arranging our innocuous little figures* into one on one 69 positions. As the 5 year old I'd become, I hooted and hollered to Jonah about my hilaaarious creations. When I returned from a run a little while later, Jonah looked at me gravely and said, "I had to take apart the little figures. It was just too disgusting" and then I felt a sinking, horrible feeling that maybe Jonah and I were not compatible after all but then a glint in his eye made me run to the bathroom counter (home to the little figures) where I discovered that he had taken it a step further, entirely in the right direction for us to be compatible. Enjoy.

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*Thanks to my friend Mary Patterson for the little gifts! You must be proud.

November 7, 2005

Dreams (said in Jerri Blank way)

I dreamt last night that Madonna walked into wherever I was...I think she was in a track suit but I really don't think this was a surreal dream that might have me in a gym...she had intensely piercing Siberian Husky ice blue eyes and when I finally finally mustered up the courage to ask her for an autograph[You have to understand. When I was younger and she was actually the coolest person ever I was truly obsessed with her....and she turned to me and in an tone half indifferent, half bitchy, she said no. I was devastated.

I'm still devastated.

November 3, 2005

Come listen to this guy tonight!!

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He's not gay, he's not gay, he's not gay...he's just an Aussie willing to do anything for a drink...even a tiny little one.

Here it is again...hope to see you tonight!

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November 2, 2005

Which is healthier? Candy Corn or ???

Yeah!! Halloween won't be back for another year!!! (This misrepresents me as a Halloween Grinch when in fact I'm more just indifferent).

Oh but candy corn!! I WILL MISS YOU!!! Especially since there's a little game we now play isn't there?? It's called...Which is Healthier? Candy Corn or ???

The jury is out on almost all of these "plays" so let me know how you vote!

Dammit, Harner! Do you have to begin with a brain stumper??!!

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Corn versus Corn!?

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CornS versus Corn! I'm pulling my hair out.

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Chicken and egg scenario?

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East meets West:

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Very similar, very difficult.

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Who's not fantasizing about rolling that little candy corn around on that butter stick and once its smothered enough, popping it their mouth?

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Toughie but I'm not interested in easy games.

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Wedge that little CC in that bun, fry it up and you can call yourself a bon vivant.

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Consulting ingredients labels required:

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Impossible.

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Cute. It's like they're siblings.

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Now the older sibling has a lover.

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Cute versus cute!

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?

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???

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One might make you feel better afterwards but that's not what's important...it's what makes you feel good during so yay for candy corn!!

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October 31, 2005

I know what you're doing this Thursday night!!!

Here's your incentive besides listening to a bunch of very interesting people talk about this topic on everyone's minds: FREE DRINKS, you cheap, lushes!!

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October 28, 2005

Know of any great foot surgeons in NYC??

I may or may not have a bunion to remove from my otherwise beautiful and highly functional feet.

Help!! I'm stuck in a maple syrup bottle!!!

This is true!!! We went with some friends to a Democratic Fundraiser last night and afterwards we grabbed a bite to eat. We found it extremely odd to be on the Upper West Side and enveloped in a strong and distinct maple syrup smell! I think we downtowners thought it was a weird UWS thing that we couldn't even begin to understand...turns out the smell was first reported downtown...

New York City has many odors, but when the city began to smell a little too good, New Yorkers became alarmed...LOL.

Here we are, serving our country proudly a.k.a eating hors d'oeuvres, drinking white wine and listening to Senators.

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Here we are with a guy we think is stalking us.

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If you know what's causing this smell, report it to the authorities immediately!! Rotting trash in Chinatown and dog piss in Chelsea I can handle...sweet Vermont like smells??!! Make it go away...

October 25, 2005

Here's more sumo than you asked for.

I'm not fat! I'm in training to be a sumo wrestler.

Suuuure:

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The first thing that clued me into how different sumo in the US is from the sport in Japan was this aggro, blonde dude named Hans Borg (ass facing the camera) who riled up the crowd like a WWF wrestler:

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The crowd loved him and couldn't get enough of him lifting his leg and slapping his butt cheek which of course is a normal, subtle warm up tradition in Japan but when done by Hans it was a kinky crowd pleaser.

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He won this match...

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and actually pointed at his bicep in attribution.

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I was grateful he was Norweigian because had he been German his "Heil Hitler" would not have been palatable.

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The Half-Time show was special:

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The Taiko Drummers were radical:

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Clearly this Japanese guy was going to kick ass...little did we know that we were looking at the future winner!!! [So sorry to have spoiled that for you!]:

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I can't get this image out of my mind:

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And the suspense was building...

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...in this second to final match:

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Would the Japanese guy move onto the final match?!

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Of course he would:

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That's what's called a Japanese ass whooping:

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And now for the final match to determine the winner of this bizarre sumo league of mostly Eastern Europeans...

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Japan vs. Republic of Georgia:

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And the Japanese guy pushed the Georgian out of the rink...

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To become the Winner!!

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And in the most anti-climactic fashion, our Japanese winner and runner up stood there in near silence for what felt like 5 minutes as the announcer was nowhere to be seen nor heard...

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Until he made promises of a check for a "large amount"!! What would it be??!! $10,000.

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I don't think our Japanese friend understood a word that was spoken.

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But thank god he won and didn't shame his entire nation.

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October 24, 2005

2 of my favorite things combined! The empire state building & the color purple

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Does anyone know why for the past few nights it's been purpley lit??

October 21, 2005

Sumo @ madison square garden this saturday night!!!

While google image searching sumo for this post, I came across a bunch of pictures of sumo wrestlers in various poses...as one would expect, yes? [Ok, where's she going with this??!! What's this crazy girl up to!!??]

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But then there was one poor girl who appeared as the last image on the bottom right hand corner :-(

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But back to the issue at hand!!

If you've never been to a sumo match...you've got to take my word for it and go!!! It's super fun in Japan...I'm sure Madison Square Garden will provide just as much classy minimalism and subdued style as Japanese sumo venues.

Caution: As Jonah noted, the really expensive tickets actually seat you in the crack of the sumo wrestlers so albeit intimate, your view is limited to the audience. You may want to consider the $15 - $50 tickets...

October 19, 2005

I'm dying for a sync up!!

Has anyone used this to sync their Sidekick to iCal and if so, what do you think? Are there other options I can waste my time exploring only to come back to this?

October 17, 2005

Genetic Musings...

Update: I've received cute pics from Jade and my dear friend Celeste Peterson brought to my atttention Keanue Reaves so I am encouraged so far! I also hear loud and clear CC's comments.

Jonah and I are deciding whether or not to procreate at some point in the future.

It comes down to this: What do 1/4 Asians look like?

If you know any, send me pics and I'll upload them.

We'll then be able to make an informed decision.

October 14, 2005

Salesperson's bad math.

I'm in Williams & Sonoma and a saleswoman whips up a nice little cup of espresso for me.

I start admiring the coffee machine and ask how much it is. She replies jovially, "$3200!"

My face falls and she says, "You know, if you're someone who buys Starbucks coffee everyday, it adds up! and within a year, buying this is *a lot* cheaper!"

I said, "Riiight! That's truuue!" when really I should have said, "$4.00 x 30 days = $120. $120 x 12 months = $1440...soooooo...how is $3200 less than $1440??!!"

October 13, 2005

Thank god for the pissing rain to remind me of Milli Vanilli!!

You said you didn't need her
You told her good-bye (good-bye)
You sacrificed a good love
To satisfy your pride
Now you wished
That you should have her (have her)
And you feel like such a fool
You let her walk away
Now it just don't feel the same
Gotta blame it on something
Gotta blame it on something
Blame it on the rain (rain)
Blame it on the stars (stars)
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you
Blame it on the rain yeah yeah
You can blame it on the rain
Get
Ooh, ooh (ooh)
I can't, I can't. I can't, can't stand the rain
I can't, I can't. I can't, can't stand the rain
Yeah, yeah
Should've told her you were sorry (sorry) huh
Could of said you were wrong
But no you couldn't do that. No, no
You had to prove you were strong ooh
If you hadn't been so blinded (blinded)
She might still be there with you
You want her back again
But she just don't feel the same
Gotta blame it on something
Gotta blame it on something
Blame it on the rain that was falling, falling
Blame it on the stars that did shine at night
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you
Blame it on the rain yeah yeah
You can blame it on the rain
Cos the rain don't mind
And the rain don't care
You got to blame it on something
(Blame it on the rain)
(Blame it on the stars)
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you
Blame it on the rain yeah, yeah
You can blame it on the rain
Girl
Ooh, ooh (ooh)
Girl
I can't, I can't. I can't, can't stand the rain
I can't, I can't. I can't, can't stand the rain
Get
Girl
(Whatever you do...)
(Blame it on the rain yeah, yeah) x 3
You can blame it on the rain, blame it on the rain,
blame it on the rain baby
(Blame it on the rain yeah yeah)
Blame it on the stars that did shine that night
(Blame it on the rain yeah yeah)
Blame it, blame it on the rain
woo
I'm walking
I'm walking
Walking in the rain
Walking in the rain
(Rain, rain)
(Stars, stars)
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you
(Blame it on the rain)
yeah yeah
(Blame it on the rain)
that keeps falling, falling
(Blame it on the stars)
that did shine that night
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you
Blame it on the rain yeah yeah
Blame it on the rain (rain, rain)

Sure, they were super straight!

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This guy's been trying to auction off his arm on ebay forever:

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Can you guess what it's doing in NYC??

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October 11, 2005

I can't get enough of NYC

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October 10, 2005

You know things could be better when you're directed by this little sign here:

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October 7, 2005

Chocolate Cake and Rose Petals

Jonah brought this over to me at my blog studio.

Yes, I have the sweetest hubby.

No, he wasn't just hoping for something.

Maybe, we're ridiculous and silly in love.

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Wow, now that I'm married these are the posts I do?! Help. I'm obviously losing my edge.

October 6, 2005

Sometimes you can't be bothered, even when you've been hit by a car.

If you look closely you can see that the biker down! is on his cell phone...presumably with 911 or something...

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But then, emergency workers get there and are ready to spring into action! But he's too busy casually yacking to wife on his celly:

I like that dish you made the other night with the watercress, eggplant and lots of garlic...be sure to make me an extra big portion...afterall, I *was* hit by a car today...

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* Off Lafayette St. on my walk to City Hall for grand jury duty.

October 4, 2005

Alexander McCall Smith & me.

Here I am with the author after his reading at Barnes & Noble Union Square the other night. He looks angry which he wasn't, I promise. My craned neck makes it look like I was struggling which I was...trying to perfect the 'taking pictures on my own with my arm outstretched' thing with my new, bigger camera.

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In response to a question from an audience member (male) as to how it is that as a male writer he is able to write women characters (his main characters are all women), McCall Smith replied, "it's actually not difficult for me to write from the perspective of women...as you can see, I am wearing a skirt."

It's official: I have a crush on this old Scottish writer, philosopher, charmer.

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IHere are a few of his books that I adore.

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Buy 'em, read 'em and let's have ourselves a little online book club, shall we?!

September 25, 2005

Birth control pill blues.

I walked into the ever so pleasant Duane Reade establishment today at 5:34 pm to refill the prescription pictured below when I was told that the pharmacy closed 4 minutes ago.

Ok, I told the lady, I'll just get pregnant then, I chided with her in good humor...I laughed uproariously, she laughed uneasily. I leaned into her space and whispered conspiratorily, "I just won't have sex for a month, just in case." No laughs, no shared moments.

So anyway, my dear readers, is there like a birth control pill black market?? Yasmin...where can I find you?? Yasmin, I need you!!

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September 21, 2005

Bob Saget can gross me out anytime he'd like.

This event at the 92nd Street Y last night was great. Not only were the participants hilarious but the audience members consisting 98% of old, rich white & Jewish ladies and that reality bumping up against the raunchy, funny talk was priceless. Everytime I laughed the woman to my right would fling her head around to stare incredulously at my profile, aggressively sigh and then gaze at the enormous amount of rocks on her fingers for comfort - and what's obscene?! "That is not true! We don't all tell dirty jokes!" ejaculated one woman seated behind us but when Bob Saget mentioned something about his father's testicles she was in stitches. It's like Matt Stone of South Park said...something like if the rules didn't exist, South Park wouldn't exist...so there it is...

Here's me and my new BFF:

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September 20, 2005

This looks like the beginning of a very bad scene...

Guy: Yeah!! We're gonna paaaaaartay!!

Girl: Ow, you're hurting me, please let me go.

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Rest easy, Duncan and Anne are good friends who've known each other forever so don't worry...she fully indulges Duncan's indiscretions, time and time again...ha ha HA!!!

This cat is money.

Yeah, I'm money!!

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Sometimes I do naughty things for money (sigh).

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* Tom & Jerry Bar on Elizabeth & Houston.

September 19, 2005

This is the male dress code for entering my APT.

They got the memo:

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September 15, 2005

He's a Leg Guy

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* corner of 1st & 1st.

Chinatown, Froggy Style

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September 14, 2005

Sigur Ros concert last night

Sigur Ros was great last night at the beauty full Beacon Theater.

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This is how we started out.

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And this is how animated we got.

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My favorite was how they all came out at the end, stood in one line together and bowed and bowed. Very modest and very sweet.

After serving my second day as grand juror, I take back my original enthusiasm. This flawed system is horribly pedantic and unconvincing.

September 13, 2005

Who's the Original???!!!

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* a year or two ago at an EYEBEAM talk.

September 12, 2005

I thank everyone involved with the NY State Grand Jury process for giving my life a purpose.

Update: I'm a Special Narcotics Grand Juror and the only thing that's a bummer is that after serving this time, I won't be called back for 8 years!!

I have been selected to participate in our grand legal system as a grand juror for the next four weeks...count 'em up! FOUR weeks! I am going to be a freakin' lawyer by the end of it! Consider yourselves warned!!!

Of course my instict is to blog the whole thing but even I can rise above my petty needs ok? So I won't live blog the proceedings I'll wait until I get home to spill/blog the beans...ha ha ha ha HA!!

For the difference between a trial juror and a grand juror I suggest googling "difference between trial juror and grand juror" or something similiar to that.

September 8, 2005

Any illustrators and animators out there looking to work for certain fun and uncertain fame?!

I have a bunch of comic strips written and (roughly) drawn and hope to find someone with a 'wierd and cute' aesthetic who loves to draw, draw, draw!!!

:-)

That smiley face is the extent of my illustration skills.

Does life feel hard to handle sometimes? Situations and relationships harder to navigate?

It feels that way to me these days.

A to A: Very depressing post, Andrea!

A to A: I KNOW!!

A to A: Will you be ok??!!

A to A: I'll have to be...this blog needs me.

September 2, 2005

Sweet and Sour Sauce is Unacceptable

Jorge Gonzalez, this is disgusting...both what you ordered and your excitement for it.

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It took 20 minutes for all the contents to transfer:

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September 1, 2005

I'm sipping my hot coffee through a straw so that I don't stain my teeth...

Has my vanity gone too far???

I've got more rhetorical questions if you're interested...

Happy September 1!! Here's a mean present for you!

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekends, readers!!

Just know that not long after you get back, it's going to be like this:

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And Happy Birthday to my mom, Shanghai Annie!!

August 26, 2005

NYC is beautiful.

I heart.jpg NYC

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I'm the biggest flirt when it comes to the Empire State Building:

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Clouds!! Are you trying to kill me with this pointilist pattern?!

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Grace Church (who knew city search had a religion section?) on Broadway & 10th is magnificent. Swear to God.

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Close up:

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Close up with its bangs cut:

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My (Rear Window) view from my living room.

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View from my blog studio (desk):

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August 22, 2005

I just joined a gym so I can be healthier!!

JUST KIDDING!

August 16, 2005

Soba Koh is Soba Delicious.

Soba Koh is a delightful new soba restaurant on 5th St. btw 2nd & 1st Aves.

Rolling it:

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Cutting it:

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You can see the soba maker if you go for brunch:

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Here's a cold soba dish for dinner:

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And a warm one:

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~slurp, slurp~

August 2, 2005

Mailbox snooping & judging...

...yielded a big fat TV Guide sitting in front of someone's mailbox because it was too big to fit in the box. There's something really depressing about someone subscribing to TV Guide. It can only mean that you're really really into TV right?

July 29, 2005

Homeless man in Sales

I walked by a homeless man sitting in a big red armchair on the sidewalk, waving around a brown paper bag in one hand and gesticulating madly with the other hand while bellowing "Only 25 cents and you can have this beautiful red chair!!" and I couldn't help but think it's probably not the best advertising strategy to be sitting in it. He should have been standing next to it pointing to its pristine promise.

July 28, 2005

Arianna Huffington is a Yogi.

Yesterday I found myself looking up the yoga class I had committed to taking with Arianna. When I found the class description online I blinked three times in rapid succession. It was titled ADVANCED YOGI and TEACHERS PRACTICE and the format was described as: Although it will not be "formally" instructed [WAIT, WHAT DO YOU MEAN?! FORMALLY INSTRUCT ME PLEASE!! I NEED FORMAL INSTRUCTION!!!], it will be led by the teachers in the room in a round robin format [ROUND ROBIN FORMAT]. All are welcomed to contribute an asana [WHAT THE F IS AN ASANA??!!] or a sequence. Come join us as we strengthen our community bond [THE COMMUNITY THAT VIRANCHYASANA'S TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER I GUESS] and take our practice to the next level [YOU MEAN MY SIXTH YOGA LESSON RIGHT? BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE MY 'PRACTICE' IS AT]. It's gonna be a blast! [BLAST ME TO THE NEAREST EXIT PLEASE.]

I explained to Arianna that as a five time yoga practitioner I didn't think my participation would be appropriate. It turns out she's quite advanced from doing yoga for many years now...and I thought to myself, "I know she's a blogger, an author, and a political activist but who would have guessed she's also a yogi??!!" What else do I not know about this tremendous lady? Who is the real Arianna??!!"

July 5, 2005

Andrea and Jonah are getting married on Thursday!!

We've got the requisite marriage license!

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And Jonah + Andrea is immortalized on the wall in the Office of the City Clerk so we're good to go!

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June 28, 2005

XXX Sneak Peak at Honeymoon

You've all been bugging me for previews of me and Jonah on our honeymoon! Gosh! Well here it is.

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P.S. Taken in Paris '04 on our honeymoon test run.
P.P.S Jonah never ever takes his shirt off.

June 21, 2005

Better see you on Thursday...or I'll eavesdrop on you for the rest of your life.

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June 20, 2005

Please keep your BJs to yourself.

This weekend, these two people seemed to think it was ok to come into EYEBEAM, an Art & Technology Center (not a Drop Down To Your Knees & Give a BJ In The Bathroom Center) drink the champagne served at the Contagious Media Awards Ceremony, get all turned on by the art and technology and make our bathroom theirs. Classy, lassies!!

Thanks to Gabby & Natalia, two brave do-gooders, we have this pretty photo. They promise that next time, they'll reach over the stall and snap the photo !flash! and run like the wind...

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I suppose we should all be a little more careful when extending the 'make yourselves at home' offer...

June 17, 2005

Contagious Media Awards Ceremony tomorrow at EYEBEAM!

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June 15, 2005

Have you ever Movie Toweled??

If you freeze in movie theaters I now have a solution for you...Movie Toweling!

It all began when we tried desperately to see Brad & Angelina (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) on opening night, before we could benefit from any word of mouth wisdom. Tickets in hand, we realized since we were wearing tanktops and skirts we either had to go home and call it a night or freeze through the movie...

Not if there was a Rite Aid nearby! Towels were in aisle 13 and Lily checked for wrapability.

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No problems and attractive too!

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This is what a successful movie toweling looks like!

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One limitation of this method: It provides warmth only and does not protect you from bad movies.

June 14, 2005

Pardon me, but I have the cutest shoes on the planet.

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June 13, 2005

My thought for the day:

If I could capitalize on all the in-efficiency around me I would be rich!

June 9, 2005

I'm one of those girls...

who's always cold, no matter what so I realized the other day why I haven't minded this NYC weather that's been persistently hot and humid for days: I'M FINALLY NOT COLD!!!!

Bring it on, weather!

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June 8, 2005

To allow comments or not to allow comments?

Sometimes comments are interesting, more often they're not and most often they're a forum for haters and psychopaths. My Dear T-Mobile post made it to the front page of the Huffington Post and of course I had naively allowed comments as I once thought that was the true, democratic spirit of blogging but you know what? I'm over it. In my everyday life I choose not to hang out with annoying or stupid people so why would I open myself up to that online? Good question. Done. Maybe in the rare case where I am asking specifically for feedback on a focused topic I may allow comments but until then....poof! It's as if they never existed.

Those who have commented on topic, kindly and interestingly, thank you! Everyone else, you can suck the big one.

June 7, 2005

Dear T-Mobile,

I recently received a text message from you kindly alerting me to my overdue bill. For this courtesy SMS, I thank you.

I called 611, the convenient 3 digit number you graciously provide for the ease of customers, and an automated voice told me that my account was overdue $857.00 due to 'minutes overage'.

IF YOU CAN TEXT ME THAT MY BILL NEEDS TO BE PAID WHY CAN'T YOU TEXT ME THAT I'VE GONE OVER MY MINUTES?????!!!!!!

YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE A HANDLE ON THE TECHNOLOGY!!

I REALIZE IT'S HARD TO SPEAK UP WHILE YOUR POCKETS ARE GETTING FATTER AND FATTER BUT WHY??? WHY??? WHY???

Perhaps I hadn't reached the $1000 mark when the courtesy text message kicks in.

Thank you for your consideration. Please don't shred this.

Sincerely,
Andrea Harner
Customer #IAMSOFUCKINGPISSEDATYOU.

June 6, 2005

Packages from Japan are great!

My Obachan is the best. I only wish she lived closer so we could hang out instead of me missing her and salivating over everything she sends me.

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June 2, 2005

Join us for a fun event 3 weeks from today!!

What I've been working on...

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June 1, 2005

Yay, it's June!!!!!

Summertime is near!!

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*22nd btw 10th & 11th Aves, NYC

May 27, 2005

The best ad.

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* Lafayette btw Houston & Bleecker.

Preferred Wake Up Call

There's nothing like waking up to the crying, wailing and moaning of a homeless man right outside your apt building for a good half hour.

So energetic, so passionate, so fun!

Oh New York City!!

May 24, 2005

Everyone should have a BFF nearly 20 years younger.

It looks like we're on a European Vacation (one of the greatest movies) doesn't it??

Gotcha! We're in NYC!!

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Andrea & Willa Rubin LOVE New York City!

May 20, 2005

Did you drop your dental floss??

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May 18, 2005

Contagious Media Showdown Launch Party tomorrow night!

For a guaranteed fun time, join us tomorrow night, Thursday, for the Contagious Media Showdown Launch Party which follows my favorite type of event model: Panel + Party (learning + drinking!)

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May 17, 2005

Lili Taylor @ EYEBEAM

At the Contagious Media Workshops at EYEBEAM I met Lili Taylor of Six Feet Under, Say Anything, I Shot Andy Warhol, High Fidelity, and Dogfight fame and hammed it up for the camera with her.

The only point of this post is to say that exciting things happen at every moment at EYEBEAM events, so join us on Thursday for the Contagious Media Showdown Launch Party!

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Note to self: Work on reducing face shine.

May 16, 2005

I love The Cloisters & Fort Tyron Park

I was in a bit of a state Sunday morning, bitching about everything under the sun including 'the state of things' (this should never be left out) and thankfully Jonah suggested solving this discontent with a trip to The Cloisters which of course at first I was like, "A solution?! But I'm content to just sit here and complain! I'm good at this! Don't take it away from me!!" I snapped out of it and was intrigued. We had always wanted to go to the cloisters so finally we did and it was DIVINE. It's now my new favorite place on the island of Manhattan. Once you enter Fort Tyron Park which is just seconds away from the A train - 190 St. stop you are on a hill and feel far, far away from all the grittiness that we love and loathe about NYC.

It will be clear from this post that I had not been in nature for a while and that I love old things.

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May 11, 2005

It takes a real man to wear purple tights...and a hot pink and hot yellow Marilyn Monroe jacket.

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May 10, 2005

WASPS don't do this.

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*21st between 10th & 11th Aves.

May 9, 2005

The Huffington Post has launched!

Update: Larry David's first blog post ever and it doesn't disappoint!!

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Why three head shots? Because more Larry David is always a good thing. Is this necessary? Yes, unquestionably. How does it feel to be obsessed with someone? It feels very very good and true.

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You may have picked up on the fact that there is never a shortage of projects Jonah is involved in...

One of them just launched...The Huffington Post!!

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Get up to date with breaking news and read the posts of movers and shakers who underneath all the glitz and glamor, are just bloggers afterall.

I'm an eager beaver for Larry David's first post...on that note, gotta get back to clicking refresh, refresh, refresh...how many refreshes can you do in 2 seconds? I'm at 10 per second.

May 5, 2005

Tylenol & American Spirits

If there ever were a mating call...here it is, on plain view!

It screams, "my lifestyle consists of partying and hangovers hence the tylenol and I enjoy good conversations over natural cigarettes...are you a Tylenol & American Spirits person too?"

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*Chelsea, NYC

May 4, 2005

Here's your guy for cotton candy.

He assured me that amazingly, he doesn't get mugged for his goods....

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* The N or the R train

May 2, 2005

~Let the sewers flow~

The title of this post should be sung to the tune of ~let my people go~...you know this biblical slow jam right?

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* East Village, NYC

April 29, 2005

You can tell a lot about a man by his shoes

Please discuss.

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These are Duncan's shoes, in case you were wondering.

April 27, 2005

Contagious Media Show opening tomorrow night!

What began with Jonah's Nike email asking Nike to stitch sweatshop on his pair of Nikes has launched the term Contagious Media and we're all better off for it!

He then went on to create projects such as Black People Love Us and Rejection Line with his funny sister Chelsea Peretti and Fundrace with super hacker Mike Frumin.

Check out how these projects transform an otherwise stiff museum setting, tomorrow night at The New Museum!

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April 26, 2005

Mystery in Chelsea

What's happening here?

Please discuss, my readers...this is a safe space and my goal is to community build.

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April 18, 2005

Music & Money

Wear your passions on your sleeve or head!

Just try not to get the musical note backwards...

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*Mott & Houston

April 15, 2005

Spring is here!!

Spring drama...

Is that blue sky peaking out behind the naked trees?? I wasn't going to be fooled by a little 'blue sky' so I waited...

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Sure enough it's been beautiful for a straight week so it's now safe to say spring is here!

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:-)

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:-) :-)

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:-) :-) :-)


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*Chelsea, NYC

April 14, 2005

The World's First Contagious Media Showdown!

Do you have what it takes to corral enough traffic to win the cash prizes? Can you make the next Dancing Baby, All Your Base, or Star Wars Kid and ride into the sunset with the bounty? This is your chance to prove you are the best in the West.

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If you think you have the smarts, the wits, the drive to enter the contest, be sure to sign up before April 30th and anxiously await for the winners of the most contagious sites to be revealed at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony!!

Come to the launch party & panel and learn how to make your projects and ideas spread by attending these great workshops!

Contest rules, the concurrent exhibition and all other info can be found here!

April 12, 2005

Jason Kottke's New Blog Studio!

Jason Kottke has a new blog studio at EYEBEAM!

His only request was that we allow him to install his disco ball...

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April 5, 2005

Rico Puhlmann Exhibit @ FIT

Meg & I went to see the Rico Puhlmann Exhibit at FIT the other day....here are highlights and thoughts:

I love, love, love, everything about this photo and all it suggests.

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This is fantastic. I was the woman in green in my most recent past life.

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I really really hate this color palette.

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This is an aspirational image for me.

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Bring back this design aesthetic! But never again Mel Gibson!

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March 18, 2005

Prince's Assistant

Prince!!! You need me as your assistant!!

Look at how I would report to duty every morning at Paisley Park!

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Passionate in purple and ruffled blouses! Just like you!

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So professional!! So purple!

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Don't you see it?! Don't you feel it?!

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I'd always point you in the right direction!

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Purple suede tassled heels!!! We're perfect for each other!!!

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* Photography and therapeutic support by Jonah.

March 9, 2005

Ultra Hanami, Ultra Memories

It was an Ultra Benefit!

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March 7, 2005

Vote Here?!

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*Houston & Mulberry 03.05

March 4, 2005

Perry & Barkums

A girl has always got to help her gay boyfriend attract more and more boys.

So I picked up this piece of mylar at the Azabu Juban Festival in Tokyo last summer...

It now looks like with dog in tow, Perry Lowe's gonna be a ho! Celebration!

They make their acquaintance:

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It works out:

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Making sure he doesn't poop and no dingleberries. All clear.

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Look at those paws!

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Perry whispers in a deep, dark voice, "You better get me foxxy men or I'll cut you loose, Barkums."

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All tied up and still a good boy. Wait, I was talking about Barkums, not Perry!

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February 28, 2005

Oscar Party 2005!

How to be good Oscar Party hosts brought to you by Andrea & Jonah:

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*Good viewing. You must use a projector, God's greatest gift to this earth:

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Check out projector power - This really isn't fair of me to put Kathy Griffin up against Sparky just to demonstrate this point:

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The boys always choose Sparky over Kathy:

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*Enough seating. Living room turned home theater with seating for all!

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*Be prepared for that one guest who shows up early and sneaks in a "Reserved VIP" sign!

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Duncan isn't a tenured professor for nothing!

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*Good drinks a aplenty! Jonah is a man of many talents however we found his true calling last night - rum punch maker. Recipe in the spirit of the Open Source movement: Strawberries, oranges, blackberries, mangos, fresh fruit juices, good rum and dry champagne:

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Here's the cutest person in the world sampling his creation. It's still delicious as I drink it now!

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*Appropriate reading material must be assembled and displayed within easy reach for quick conversation starters. The bobble headed Arnold is the special touch that brings it all together:

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*Dress the part. Even if no one else does and you're quickly becoming that delusional friend who thinks she's at the Oscars, you must be true to the glamourous integrity of the Oscars:

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*Betting opportunities. Human beings are competitive and money hungry. Work with that. In the end, no one guessed that it would be such a sweep for Million Dollar Baby! Go Clint!!

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*Let your guest have a crazy eyes moment. Sally Rumble, ladies and gentlemen:

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*In the name of art, harass your too cute guest into picture after picture...Lily Whitall in front of a Cory Arcangel poster:

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End of hosting lesson but continued fun!

It was a little wierd when Sean Penn and Hilary Swank got in that tug of war with the Oscar, wasn't it?

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Hilary, Hilary, Hilary...you did it again!! I didn't know you grew up in a trailer. Was that really you or Mo Cuishle? All I know is that you are: A phenomenal actress. Classy. Solid. Good person - I can tell. Look like a horse but in a beautiful way.

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Johnny Depp is still the hottest...even fuzzy and in wierdo clothing...although...Orlando Bloom, I've caught on to your star quality!!

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Ok, we get it! YOU'RE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN ON EARTH.

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Prince was the highlight of the Oscars and is the highlight of this world. He strutted all 5 feet of his fine ass self onto stage in a purple blazer, pink pants and pink heels:

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Now, back to planning for Oscar Party 2006!!

February 22, 2005

The Gates & The Other Gates

Here are the original Gates in Central Park. Made for $20 million, they still look like shower curtains or train window curtains and as many times as the artists say they're saffron, they're still orange. They have however provided a nice bonding experience for New Yorkers for which I'm grateful:

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And here are the other Gates, biaaatch! Made for $3.50 here's the Somerville Gates story.

Click on the little gates for more little gates:

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Where do you stand on the Gates??

February 21, 2005

Jonah fights the telemarketers!

~ring ring~

Caller ID says: Arizona

Jonah picks up and says: Arizona Better Business Bureau, how can I help you?

Arizona hangs up.

~ring ring~

Caller ID says: MCI

Jonah picks up and says: ATT Wireless, how can I help you?

MCI hangs up.

:-)

February 17, 2005

People really are sheep!

SPIRITS OF THE TIMES; A Humble Old Label Ices Its Rivals
By ERIC ASIMOV (NYT) 1889 words
Published: January 26, 2005

IT was not exactly a victory for the underdog, but chalk it up as a triumph of the unexpected.

The idea for the Dining section's tasting panel was to sample a range of the new high-end unflavored vodkas that have come on the market in the last few years in their beautifully designed bottles and to compare them with a selection of established super-premium brands. To broaden the comparison, or possibly as a bit of mischief, our tasting coordinator, Bernard Kirsch, added to our blind tasting a bottle of Smirnoff, the single best-selling unflavored vodka in the United States, but a definite step down in status, marketing and bottle design.

After the 21 vodkas were sipped and the results compiled, the Smirnoff was our hands-down favorite.

Shocking? Perhaps. Delving into the world of vodka reveals a spirit unlike almost any other, with standards that make judging it substantially different from evaluating wine, beer, whiskey or even root beer. A malt whiskey should be distinctive, singular. The same goes for a Burgundy or a Belgian ale. But vodka? Vodka is measured by its purity, by an almost Platonic neutrality that makes tasting it more akin to tasting bottled waters, or snowflakes.

Yet in just a few decades vodka has become the most popular spirit in the country. It is now the default liquor in cocktails once made with gin, and with its glossy merchandising it has set a marketing standard for high-end spirits that the other liquors are all struggling to emulate. It's quite an achievement for something that the government defines as ''neutral spirits, so distilled, or so treated after distillation with charcoal or other materials, as to be without distinctive character, aroma, taste or color.''

A lack of distinctiveness is a separate matter from a lack of distinction. The vodkas we tasted had character and their own flavors and aromas, even though the differences among them were often subtle and difficult to articulate.

''I'm looking for interest,'' said Eben Klemm, a cocktail expert who joined me for the tasting, along with my colleagues Florence Fabricant and William L. Hamilton, who writes the Shaken and Stirred column for the Sunday Styles section. ''Some were so unique that they stood out,'' he added, ''while others were pure, simple and austere.''

Mr. Klemm, whose heady title is director of cocktail development for B.R. Guest, a restaurant group that includes Dos Caminos, Fiamma and Vento in New York, found himself torn in two directions in assessing the vodkas. Because we tasted them straight, he judged them as solo beverages yet could not help extrapolating how they would taste in cocktails, which are overwhelmingly the vehicle for consuming vodka.

Mr. Hamilton, too, wondered whether his perceptions might change. ''When deployed in mixed drinks, these slight flavor profiles that I enjoyed might cause trouble,'' he said.

Ms. Fabricant, on the other hand, dismissed such existential issues. ''Go with the flow,'' she suggested, adding that the qualities she sought in the vodkas included elegance, neutrality and balance. ''As a vodka drinker who likes vodka on the rocks, I picked out what I would want to drink,'' she said.

I'm not much of a vodka drinker myself, although I do like a good bloody mary. I prefer gin in classic gin drinks like martinis and gimlets that have largely evolved into vodka cocktails. But I appreciate the purity and depth of a fine vodka. Those I liked best were all smooth rather than harsh, and balanced and harmonious rather than burdened by alcoholic heat. They had a presence in the mouth that we sometimes referred to as texture or substance.

That being said, at the end of our tasting it was Smirnoff at the top of our list, ahead of many other names that are no doubt of higher status in stylish bars and lounges. Some of those names did not even make our Top 10. Grey Goose from France, one of the most popular vodkas, was felt to lack balance and seemed to have more than a touch of sweetness. Ketel One from the Netherlands, another top name, was felt to be routine and sharp, although Mr. Klemm did describe it as ''a good mixer.''

More than 300 vodkas are on the market now, and of course we could not taste them all. Notable brands that we omitted included Chopin, Finlandia, Rain and Tanqueray Sterling. But our tasting included 5 of the 10 best-selling unflavored vodkas in the United States and the 5 best-selling imported vodkas.

What set Smirnoff apart, we agreed, was its aromas and flavors, which we described as classic. Smirnoff of course has a long history. The company was founded in Russia in the 19th century, and after the Russian Revolution the family, then spelling its name Smirnov, left the country and eventually ended up in France. The brand, now owned by Diageo, was introduced in the United States in 1934 and eventually became the best-selling brand with the slogan ''It will leave you breathless.''

Perhaps our description of Smirnoff as classic was nostalgic, possibly a result of the imprinting of its flavors and aromas on our brains in some early quest through our parents' liquor cabinets. But its smooth neutrality and pleasing texture also won it points, and its success illustrates a vital truth about vodka.

Unlike most other spirits and certainly unlike beer and wine, vodka does not necessarily benefit from artisanal manufacturing. The bearded bumpkin who minds the barrels in the ad campaigns for bourbon has no place in the production of vodka. In fact most so-called vodka producers do not even distill their own spirits.

In the United States almost all vodka producers buy neutral spirits that have already been distilled from grain by one of several big Midwestern companies like Archer Daniels Midland. The neutral spirits, which are 95 percent alcohol or more, are trucked to the producers, where they are filtered, diluted and bottled. In our tasting only one brand, Teton Glacier Potato vodka, was distilled by the producer. Another producer, Hangar 1, distills a portion of its spirits and buys the rest.

What sets vodkas apart from one another are essentially the base ingredients used in the distillation and the water. Most spirits can be made only from certain prescribed ingredients, but vodka can be distilled from just about anything that can be fermented into alcohol: grains, vegetables, even fruits.

Our tasting included vodkas made from wheat, rye and potatoes, even a couple that used grapes. Hangar 1 is distilled partly from wheat and partly from viognier grapes, which perhaps lend the slight sweetness the panel detected. Possibly the combination results in a complexity, which we all liked. Another vodka, Croc Snap Frost from France, is distilled entirely from grapes, but we sensed a disjointedness in it that kept it off our list.

Like gin, vodka can be produced just about anywhere, and our tasting included four from the United States; four from Poland; three each from Russia, France and the Netherlands; and one apiece from Switzerland, Estonia, New Zealand and Sweden. Russia and Poland both claim to be the originators of vodka. None of the Russians made our list, but two of our Top 3 were from Poland. The Wyborowa, which comes in a striking bottle designed by the architect Frank Gehry, was elegant and mysterious and seemed to keep drawing us in. The Belvedere was exceptionally pure and smooth.

All four entries from the United States made the list. In addition to Smirnoff and Hangar 1 they were Skyy, which Ms. Fabricant suggested would be superb ice cold, and Teton Glacier Potato vodka, which seemed to conform to the government definition of tasteless and odorless.

While we chose to focus on unflavored vodkas those blended in the factory with flavorings like lemon, black pepper and even chocolate may be the fastest-growing category of all. Given the government definition of vodka, the success of such flavored vodkas may raise the philosophical question one day of exactly what constitutes a vodka.

The prices of these vodkas ranged from a low of $13 for the Smirnoff to a high of $34 for Potocki, a Polish vodka that did not make our cut. The Belvedere also cost $34, but that was for a liter rather than the usual 750 milliliter bottle. Imported vodkas tend to cost more, partly because of taxes levied by various governments, currency exchange rates and, not least, marketing concerns: as has been proved in many industries, wine not least of all, raising the price of a product increases its status among consumers.

Possibly with that in mind Stolichnaya has just introduced a new vodka, Elit, for $60 a bottle. Because Elit was not available in New York at our tasting, the panel did not sample it. Its marketers say it is ''carefully crafted using a centuries-old Russian recipe and a revolutionary 'freeze filtration process.''' The bottle is certainly sleek. What's inside may be another matter.

Tasting Report: In the Best-Selling Category, a Best Seller Stands Out

BEST VALUE
Smirnoff United States Grain $13
[Rating: Three Stars]
80 proof
Pure, clean and ultrasmooth, with pleasing texture and classic vodka aroma.

Wyborowa Poland Single Estate Rye $30
[Rating: Three Stars]
80 proof 1 liter
Elegant and intriguing, with mild flavors and great persistence.

Belvedere Poland Rye $34
80 proof 1 liter
[Rating: Three Stars]
Great smoothness and purity, with good texture and body.

Absolut Sweden Level Grain $24
80 proof
[Rating: Two and a Half Stars]
Smooth and substantial, with flavors of flowers, lemon grass or nuts.

Hangar 1 United States $30
Straight Wheat and Grain
[Rating: Two and a Half Stars]
80 proof
Pleasing, with complex flavors and a suggestion of sweetness.

Vox Netherlands Wheat $23
80 proof
[Rating: Two and a Half Stars]
Smooth and neutral, with savory flavors and a touch of alcoholic heat.

Olifant Netherlands Grain $17
80 proof
[Rating: Two Stars]
1 liter
Subtle, yet rich and complex.

42 Below New Zealand Wheat $24
84 proof
[Rating: Two Stars]
Straightforward, pure and smooth.

Skyy United States Grain $16
80 proof
[Rating: Two Stars]
1 liter
Unusual flavors of mint and lime.

Teton Glacier United States Potato $20
80 proof 1 liter
[Rating: Two Stars]
Clean and light on the palate; odorless and tasteless.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN
(None) Pass it by
* Passable
** Good
*** Excellent
**** Extraordinary

Ratings reflect the panel's reactions to the vodkas, which were tasted with names concealed. The panelists this week are Eric Asimov, Florence Fabricant, William L. Hamilton and Eben Klemm, director of cocktail development for the B.R. Guest restaurants. The tasted vodkas represent a selection generally available in good retail shops and restaurants. Prices are those paid in liquor shops in the New York region.

Tasting Coordinator: Bernard Kirsch
nytimes.com

Recent wine columns from the New York Times are online: nytimes.com/wine. This week, members of the panel discuss their favorite vodkas.

Photos: SIPS DON'T LIE -- In a blind tasting of 21 vodkas, Smirnoff was
favored over newer brands. (Photo by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)(pg. F1); PRETTY BOTTLES, BUT ... Differences among the vodkas that were tasted were subtle, but each nevertheless had a distinctive flavor and aroma. (Photo by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)(pg. F8)

Copyright 2005

February 4, 2005

I'll be in Costa Rica for a week with this guy

I really don't think it's my fault. I gave Perry a gift in a Bliss bag and there was a banana in reach and this is what happened.

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We're off tonight to Nosara, Costa Rica for a one week work retreat!! / I'm accompanying Perry in search of a rare Costa Rican banana...

February 2, 2005

02.02.05

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February 1, 2005

28 year old girl killed on Lower East Side.

This is so fucked up.

I just want to go on the record as saying I will never say to a mugger, "What are you going to do, shoot us?"

:-(

Happy Birthday Harmony Davis!!!

You're the best cousin & friend ever and I love you truly...

I'm a really good cousin so that's why I won't just post this photo of you with a cold...

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I also have the heart to post this sexy pic...

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Happy Birthday Harmonious!!!

How Q Found Her Groove

The draw of New York City for Japanese youth and older.

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Personally I am so grateful for the slice of home-Japan that exists in my new home-New York City!

January 31, 2005

Stop the Death Penalty in New York!!

Against the death penalty??

It's time to sign up in opposition of it!

Join Andrew Cuomo, Russell Simmons, the League of Women Voters of NYS, among others to put an end to the death penalty in New York State now!!

It takes two seconds and I'm able to see who has and hasn't signed up so be intimidated into signing if you haven't already! :-)

Scarface Car

This is just like plastering your car with a Grateful Dead sticker or one of those Christian fish things right? No, not really.

It scares me so if I were a cop, I'd pull over the car, plant a gun and arrest the sticker sticker.

Harsh, I know.

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* Lafayette btw Prince & Houston 01.05.

January 28, 2005

Biking Tall

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*Elizabeth & Houston, 01.05

January 18, 2005

Disturbing Sight

While all of us freezing New Yorkers, breath visible and all, scrambled to find the hottest meal at the deli, most women were still in their stilletos eating cold, cold salads. I nearly wept into my noodle soup but didn't want to dilute the piping hot broth.

at least it's sunny.
New York City: February 18, 2005

Weather: Arctic winds, High 18

Todd Barry: Falling Off The Bone

Comedy Central and AndreaHarner.com give a big thumbs up to...Todd Barry: Falling Off The Bone, a hilaaaarious CD by an incredibly funny man.

Best thing: You can hear teasers that will prove I'm right so take a listen and if you are bitten by the dry, dry bug that is Todd Barry, support him by buying this double disc CD!

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January 17, 2005

2005 New Years (Blog) Postcard!

I didn't manage to send holiday cards this year so here it is...our belated new years card to andreaharner.com readers!

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Wishing you the best in 2005 and may you all find someone who loves you unconditionally or a good dentist.

January 12, 2005

Brilliant New Domestic Strategy

So here's my brilliant new strategy for addressing a messy apt that I may or may not be entirely responsible for.

When Jonah comes home and says, "Oh my god, the house is so messy!" I say, "I KNOW!!!!" and then nothing.

This approach communicates that I am in total agreement with him and that I am also incredulous at the mess and how it could have happened. The silence then caps it off by implying that I had nothing to do with the mess and make no promises of cleaning.

I am a born housewife.

Moments after the cleaning lady has left:

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Other times:

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December 31, 2004

Pinot Surprise!

After seeing the excellent movie Sideways, I thought, "I would love to wrap my arms around that movie!" and I thought, "I'd love to stick my nose into a Pinot." Unfortunately my mom and dad don't really drink and Jonah had a cold so I was left to jones for Pinot all by my deprived self...that is until last night when a certain someone surprised me with a very special Pinot and feast!!

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Jonah, you and Pinot are the best.

December 30, 2004

Welcome to my home. Watch the closing doors.

aaaaahhhhh!!

It feels so good to be home and not driving, driving, driving everywhere and all the time as it goes in CA.

Here's an oldie but a goodie...

I missed the subways....nailclipping activity and all...

December 17, 2004

The Fancy Fruminator

Ladies...stop looking.

He's been found: