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.


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.



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.