Friday Afternoon Round Up


I am confused. Why don’t I live here?

This weekend’s craft project.

This could be a good alternative to the sugary cereals that I love

My favorite bloggers are featured on Joss and Main today!

I think Sherwood needs this (thanks Aunt Claudia for this find)

30th birthday party idea?

What do you get when a pancake and a cinnamon bun mate? This!

Hoping to watch this tonight during my sister sleepover!!!

 

An Interview with Big Bird

As I have written about many times before, I grew up in a cable free household. And not only was it cable free, but because of the poor antenna reception we received living out in the woods of New Hampshire, we only received four channels on our tv: NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS. This meant that I didn’t get Punky Brewster, the Smurfs, Gummy Bears or Duck Tails. As a result, both my sister and I spent nearly all of our television watching time with the characters of PBS. I can say without hesitation that the most influential television show, movie, music or theatrical performance in my life has been Sesame Street.

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This show and its characters exposed me to early reading and counting skills, songs and games as well as the ONLY bit of spanish I have carried with me into my adult life. It was also crucial in learning how to tell time – instead of saying that a car ride would take “an hour” which meant nothing to my 5-year-old self, my parents would say “one hour which is one Sesame Street.”

I’ve taken my love of the show into my adult life by learning as much as possible about the show, its creators, actors and supporters. I’ve read nearly ever book written on this group of incredible people, visited the Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image, and seen Being Elmo – an incredible documentary about Kevin Clash’s journey to Sesame Street. Two years ago Matt surprised me by taking me to see Sesame Street Live – and while we were certainly the ONLY adults there without a child, making us look a little creepy, it was one of the most amazing things he has ever done.

As I mentioned yesterday, I have a few things on my bucket list… near the very top of that list is visit the set of Sesame Street.

Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational foundation behind Sesame Street is one of the only blogs that I subscribe to (and I work in communications for a non-profit!) and I came across this post today. While I was sad that I didn’t realize the first day of Spring had already come and gone, I was happy to read this incredible article. I hope that all of you who also grew up watching Sesame Street enjoy it as much as I did.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG BIRD!

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Hiring Our Heroes

I watch the today show religiously. Every morning from around 8am until 8:45/9:00 I spend my morning with Matt, Ann, Al and Natalie. They provide just the right amount of news, weather and of course, gossip. It is a great way to start my day and is many times, where I get ideas for blog posts. One of my life goals, along with riding on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, is to be on the Today Show.

Back in June, and then again in September, when we (Robin Hood) were hosting the massive 60,000 person Black Eyed Peas concert in Central Park, we was getting a lot of press. I thought for sure that one morning I would turn on the tv and see my friends chatting about the concert and the incredible poverty-fighting work that Robin Hood supports. Sadly it never came.

But the past few weeks, I could feel something brewing…

For the past few weeks, Ann has been highlighting  “Hiring Our Heroes” a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.  By partnering with a network of 1600 state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes hopes to create a movement across America in hundreds of local communities where veterans and military families return every day.

This morning the show broadcasted aboard New York City’s USS Intrepid, which is hosting a Hiring Our Heroes job fair today. During the broadcast, Ann interviewed both Mayor Bloomberg and Dr. Jill Biden about their involvement in this mission. During the interview, Mayor Bloomberg gave Robin Hood a shout out for all the work we’ve done over the past year, specifically geared toward helping New York City veterans (at 2:45)

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It is pretty incredible to hear the Mayor of New York City mention your work on national television,  especially when you are part of the communications team! Of course, it just so happened to be on the ONE day when I actually didn’t watch the Today Show. Oh well – more fuel to make it happen again.

Waking up on the wrong side of the bed

Some mornings, I wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Which is funny because I alway sleep on the left and slide out of the covers on the same side of the bed – so I am not sure why some days it is “wrong” but it just is. Today is one of those days.

I tried to shake the feeling by getting back in the bed and snuggling under the covers for an extra five minutes. Unfortunately, that did nothing except take five minutes away from my “getting ready” time in the morning. So what can I do to shake that grumpy feeling? Here’s what I’ve tried so far – hopefully I can find something that works.

1. Treated myself to a fancy espresso-style drink

2. Listened to music – I suggest the Ron Pope station on Pandora or on Spotify

3. Called my best friend

4. Brain stormmed how I will start to  build in little daily luxuries in my life

5. Entered to win a KitchenAid mixer

6. Found a way to justify doing crafts at work

That’s all I’ve got… and it only 11am! It is going to be a long terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Friday Afternoon Round Up

Ellen is really weird, but I still love her.

Sea of Stars

As a self-diagnosed Kate and William stalker, how did I not see this until now?

Tell time in style.

I’m sorry, but this blows Sherwood (my beta fish) out of the water – pun intended.

This furniture makes living in a tiny NYC apartment much more appealing.

Some people think this is a reason to move out of Williamsburg. I say, you just made my decision to move there much easier.

Carly Rae, call me, maybe definitely.

In Search of a Byline

This is what my writing looks like after it has been read and edited by a former editor at the New York Times.

Yes — the second comment says “Credulous?? Gee Gosh Golly?”

And yes — I had to look up the definition of credulous.

I can only imagine what his comments would be on my blog posts… Looks like I have a long way to go. But I guess, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger?

Thank You Broncos…

for giving me, yet another reason, to hate strongly dislike a New York Sports team. I really needed that as I had started to become a Jets fan after watching Hard Knocks two seasons ago.



Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not a Peyton Manning fan (or Eli for that matter) but I might actually like him a little more than Tebow.

Stitch Fix

I recently learned about a new online site called Stitch Fix from my friend during my recent D.C. visit. Immediately, I was intrigued and gave it a try.

Stitch Fix is a personalized shopping service – all of which can be done from the comfort of your own keyboard. How’s how it works:

1. Request an account here – they are still in their Beta phase, so please be patient. They will reach out to you when they are ready for you.

2. After you receive your log in, fill out your style survey – indicating what style you are currently rocking, what style you really want to capture but don’t know how to pull off,  your pricing comfort zone for various articles of clothing and prefered color schemes.

3. Schedule your fix (i.e. monthly, 4 times a year, etc)

4. Receive your fix in the mail (Stitch Fix clients enjoy free shipping both ways as a benefit of membership!)

5. Be giddy as you open it and try on all the lovely designer brand clothing.

6. Decide what you want to keep and what you want to return.

7. Place any “I didn’t love it” items in the pre-paid USPS envelope and drop it off at the nearest mailbox.

8. Continue to build your style profile by providing feedback about the items online.

9. Wear your newest fashions around town and rave about your new personal styling service.

10. Repeat as often as possible.

The cost of this service in $20 dollars per fix; however, that fee is applied as a credit toward the purchase of anything in your Fix. So if you buy at least once thing over $20, you are essentially getting the styling service for free.

I am happy to report that I received my first fix last week and it was awesome. I tore open the package and tried on everything at once. While I only kept one of the five items I received, I was impressed with their selections. The stylist definitely got it right and if I had been more accurate with my sizing information, I probably would have kept a lot more! The top that I decided to keep was something I would NEVER buy myself, but something that I absolutely loved. I can’t wait to wear it. I honestly feel like I had Rachel Zoe right here in my apartment with me- only without the attitude and judgement at the fact that I am not a size 00 like her post-baby self.

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So jump on the Stitch Fix bandwagon. I promise you – you won’t regret it.

My Top Five Guilty Pleasures

Wikipedia defines a guilty pleasure as, “something one enjoys and considers pleasurable despite feeling guilt for enjoying it. The guilt involved is sometimes simply fear of others discovering one’s lowbrow or otherwise embarrassing tastes. Fashion, video games, music,movies and junk food can be examples of guilty pleasures.” I define it as something I like and get enjoyment out of, but would probably be judged for it and therefore, I don’t go around broadcasting it to the world…

or do I?

 

5. Rearranging the dishes in the dishwasher at work

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I’m not going to lie, we have a pretty crappy dishwasher at work. The “spokes” of the rack are spaced much too closely together and we have rather large/thick dishes in our kitchen. People are forced to shove their dishes into place and  the spokes become bent creating even more inefficiency. Regardless of the technical flaws with the machine, people just  pile their dishes into the dish washer, not really taking into consideration proper dish placement, an art form that I have definitely mastered. As a result, I spend approximately 5-10 minutes, probably every day, rearranging the dishes in the dishwasher. Honestly, it is really embarrassing when someone catches me doing this – I try my best to conceal. But the thrill of seeing all the dishes lined up properly, as well as the creation of more usable space, it really quite exhilarating. I know, working with me is pretty much a nightmare dream come true.

4. Refolding, sorting and color coding my clothing

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Every five or six weeks I tackle the project of reorganizing my closet. Most of the time when I begin this project my closet is pretty neat and organized. Or at least that is what most people would think, but not me.  I begin by piling everything onto my bed and begin folding, sorting, and organizing before putting it all back in place. The entire process can take a few hours. In the end, my goal is to have my closet look like the shelves and racks of a high-end designer boutique. I want all of my sweaters to be folder perfectly with a piece of tissue paper inside. I need matching coat hangers – at least within each “section” of my closets (i.e. dresses, skirts, blouses, tank tops, etc). And ideally things should be color coded. Basically, I want my closet to mimic that of Ms. Martha Stewart herself. When Matt and I moved in together this goal became much more challenging as I lost roughly half of the hanging space and now have to deal with his disorganized system, which includes metal hangers and shirts in plastic bags from the dry cleaners. I’ve yet to include his clothing in this re-org project, but I am not too sure how much longer I can hold off. Although Matt would probably be furious with me, the idea of having our entire closet organized is just too tempting.

3. Buying things on sale and bragging about it

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I love a good sale. The thrill of getting something at a discounted price is definitely a high for me. Even though there is typically a huge retail mark up, I think that because I am not paying full price, somehow I have “won”. After nearly every shopping trip where I have saved something, be in 5% off or 75% off, I need to brag about my accomplishments. Typically I call either my mom or my sister – they are the most likely to be impressed and make me feel good about my purchases. Sometimes, if I have purchased a really practical item, I will call my dad. I NEVER call Matt because he always makes me feel guilty about spending money – no matter how much I have saved (major buzz kill –  I guess it is something about perceived savings…) Just last week I called my mom to tell her about the great articles of clothing I got at the Gap, all at ridiculously discounted prices. She was appropriately impressed and even thought about making a trip to her local Gap store as well. Unfortunately in my haste to score a deal, I didn’t try on anything and ended up returning half of the things I purchased this afternoon. Sad. But hey, returning clothes is essentially like making money, right?

2.TLC

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Toddlers and Tiaras. Extreme Couponing. John and Kate Plus Eight. 19 Kids and Counting. Say Yes to the Dress. Sister Wives. Hoarding: Buried Alive. Sarah Palin’s Alaskan Adventure (I know, I just threw up in my mouth a little). You name it – I’ve probably seen it.

I’ve got nothing here – I just like trashy, low quality tv. John Hamm – please don’t hate me. I still love Don Draper.

1. Tween Music

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It began when I was a tween – New Kids on the Block, Spice Girls Britney Spears, ‘N Sync, Back Street Boys and 98°. It then progressed to Hanson, Mandy Moore and Jessica Simpson. Lindsay Lohan, Jesse McCartney and Hilary Duff rounded things out as I ended the teenage chapter of my life and entered my 20s. Unfortunately, my love of the tween pop sensation stayed with me. Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, the Cast of High School Musical, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber  all  make regular appearances on my iPod.

And now, there’s Carly Rae.

Please don’t judge me.

Friday Afternoon Round Up

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A little doorway flare for spring

A cool way to display your book art

Absolutely stunning snow circles

Forget St. Patrick’s Day – I’m ready for Easter!

I would like to put you in my dressing room – oh wait, I don’t have a dressing room

This is exactly how I want to decorate my next apartment

I love this girl – dessert extrodinaire, Patriots fan, and a witty sense of humor – you are my idol

How things have progressed since Kraft mac and cheese.