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Out of office

Our vacation tally thus far: three naps, two runs, four frankfurters, one trip to Target (just one!), and countless negronis. I've made it my mission to grill everything, which, if our pizza is any...

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Lazy summer days

Had I been more ambitious, perhaps I would have used my mother's sewing machine to whip up some new living room curtains. Instead, we're nearing the end of vacation and all I have to show for it is a...

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Blast from the past

Growing up, I lived in six different houses (IBM's nickname, "I've Been Moved," is certainly apt). I was therefore surprised to happen upon a treasure trove of games and toys from my childhood while...

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My current craving

My kitchen counter is crowded with piles of Trader Joe's Wasabi Roasted Seaweed Snack packages. They're only 99 cents each, pack an eye-watering wallop, and eating them imparts a (perhaps misguided)...

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Some thoughts...

Shawn has considered upgrading our DSLR camera for a while now, but I've been cautioning him not to on my account. After living in New York City for over three years, I have finally reached a point...

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The skin I'm in

True story: my skin has plagued me much of my life. I had acne all the way back in third grade, when I remember frantically rifling through my mother's makeup drawer the morning of my school's maypole...

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Happy Friday

It was one of those mornings when oatmeal just wasn't going to cut it. Tonight Shawn and I are going to Coney Island (I've only been once and it didn't end so well). I'll be waking up early tomorrow...

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Off-leash

Until recently, Chloe had been off her leash outdoors a grand total of one time. Because she used that opportunity to take a flying leap from my parents' deck, she has remained tethered to either Shawn...

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Featured on...

During a chance encounter in the Flatiron District with Laura last Friday, she invited me to answer her five simple questions. Her blog offers a peek at a diverse bunch of folks, and I'm honored to be...

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We can pickle that

As a child, nothing sent me into full-on meltdown mode at a restaurant like the pile of pickles tarnishing my sandwich basket. Pickle juice is a fast-traveling, pungent contaminant whose only antidote...

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Running in Riverside Park

When it comes to running, I am not a meanderer. My course is planned out the day before, and I don’t veer from it if I can help it. See, on long runs, I switch into auto-pilot mode to conserve my...

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Shoe Shopping

Brooks: Run (Un)happyAfter what has seemed like an endless training cycle, my next marathon is seven days out. As if sick cubiclemates, the impending Frankenstorm, and the reemergence of some...

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Returning to Indianapolis

I lived in Indianapolis for almost 8 years after college. During that time, I scored my first grown-up job, married Shawn, bought a home, and got a dog. The city is also significant to me because it’s...

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Marathon #4 (spoiler alert: I didn't collapse this time)

I started training for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in July, and although the heat took a toll on me and my pace slipped, my enthusiasm never flagged. This time around, I needed no extrinsic...

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Best Laid Plans

A while back, I emailed a grocery list to my mom so that we'd have all our usual favorites on the Thanksgiving dinner table. Shawn and I spent last week rhapsodizing about mashed potatoes and dressing...

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The 25 days of Christmas: 2012 edition

Last week, I realized with a start that the clock was ticking: if I was going to make an advent calendar for my overgrown child (Shawn), I needed to get my ass in gear and have it ready by December...

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Bergdorf Goodman's Holiday Windows

Our field trip to view Bergdorf Goodman's holiday windows was the advent activity for December 2. We both agreed this year's display wasn't quite as show-stopping as last year’s (also here and here)....

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Delaware Day Trip

Despite spending my adolescence in Maryland, I never had been to Ocean City, Dewey Beach, or Rehoboth. (Booze-filled trips to the Eastern Shore were a rite of passage for my high school classmates, but...

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Marathon #5

I finished the Indianapolis marathon hungry to run another, so I signed up for my spring race right away. It soon became clear that I couldn't wait til March to scratch the itch. A crazy plan began...

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An Update

Here's what I've been up to...Following the Rehoboth marathon, I took a two-week hiatus from running. Shortly after resuming my favorite pastime, my right knee decided it had other plans for me. I had...

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San Francisco: Where We Stayed

Shawn and I spent last weekend in San Francisco, and since a highlight of the trip was the very first place we landed (not including the airport), I thought I'd start there. When I visited my friend...

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A Day and a Half in San Francisco

I had an incredible tour guide on my first trip to San Francisco, so for Shawn's inaugural visit, he and I essentially retraced the steps Lauren took me on. From our hotel, we walked up Fillmore to the...

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Day Trip to Napa

About a week before we left for San Francisco, I confessed to Shawn that I had done something a bit impulsive related to our trip.  "Tell me you didn't register for a race there, did you?" he asked...

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Ice Cream Social

After a year and a half of living in our Park Slope apartment, I decided it was high time to entertain. The house was coming along (I'll share some photos soon!) and I had several separate groups of...

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The lost days

I developed chest pain two Saturdays ago while lying in bed (we had slept in instead of going on our usual run). I gripped my chest all the way to Fort Green for a doughnut at the Brooklyn Flea. Surely...

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