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Confessions of a Hypocrite

28 Feb
Who knew we had so much stuff.

Who knew we had so much stuff.

Hello? Are you still there? I have a confession to make: I’m a hypocrite. While I created this blog with utter devotion to the idea of making life in the city easier, I recently made a very deliberate decision to do something that will make it harder…much, much, much harder. And, for the whole of the winter thus far, planning for the consequences of this decision has wholly consumed me at the sacrifice of this humble, little blog. Can you guess what it is? Continue reading

Live in NYC? There’s an App for That.

24 Jul

One of my favorite iPhone apps: Train Delay.

There is probably no other electronic device that I love more right now than my iPhone. Could I live without it? Absolutely. I’m aware that once upon a time when I had far less knowledge about this city, I coped just fine without any cell phone at all. But, with that said, I also understand that this little pocket computer makes my life in New York City so much easier in so many ways. I use so many of its apps on a daily basis. It helps me when I’m in a hurry to get somewhere and can spare no time dealing with subway service issues. It helps me when I need to find a great restaurant or bar on the fly. It helps me pass the time when I’m attempting to mail something at my mammoth post office and trying to suppress my “line rage.” (Yes, that’s something like road rage.) Here are ten of my very favorite iPhone apps (some are also available for other types of smart phones) for making city life easier: Continue reading

Seven Ways to Stay Afloat When Life’s Waves Are Roughest

22 Jun

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse: Built to help guide distressed sailors through the dark and fog while on rocky waters.

For those of you who may not have noticed…I’ve been MIA from this blog for a while. For those of you who noticed, this post is both my way of an explanation and my attempt to offer you something out of my time spent away.

You know that phrase, “I’ll get to it when I come up for air”? I’ve used it a million times without really thinking about its meaning. Recently, the metaphor has meant more to me than usual. Have you ever been out in the ocean with tired limbs when the waves mysteriously picked up and you couldn’t get your footing…and then for just a moment or two you were pushed under by the sheer force of the water’s power and had to struggle to break through to the surface and catch your breath? This is how I’ve felt for the past two months. Continue reading

Space-Saving Ideas for the Kitchen

6 Apr

Welcome to my tiny kitchen: We hang almost everything--as you can see.

The other day I was in a friend’s kitchen in Brooklyn Heights, helping her prepare for a small gathering of friends. From the living room, she shouted, “Hey, can you put some crackers in a bowl to go with the cheese plate?”

“Sure,” I replied. “Where do you keep your crackers?”

Her answer: “In the dishwasher.”

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Making Friends in the City

27 Mar

My coed soccer team, which introduced me to several new friends, playing on the Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn–with the New York City skyline in the background and the music of TV On the Radio oozing from the outdoor concert venue directly adjacent to the fields.

I have to admit that as I wrote the title for this post, I felt just the tiniest bit silly. The term “making friends” sounds strangely juvenile to me. It instantly brings me back to kindergarten, where this objective was–according to our teachers–the purpose of the day. But, it’s a task that has become no less important as I’ve gotten older.

Up until the time when one leaves the educational system, finds a job, and moves into the workforce, there are almost always built-in social vehicles for meeting people with whom one has things in common and could likely form friendships. As a kid, you find your best buddies through your classes or your neighborhood. Even at the university level, the structure is much the same (just insert “dorms” for “neighborhood”). Continue reading

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