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March 23, 2009

Mrs. Obama Speaks Out About Her Household By Marian Burros, NY Times. I admit I am smitten with the Michelle-Barack relationship


Reporters are not the only ones with a particularly keen interest in what Michelle Obama wears. Her husband, Mrs. Obama says, notices everything. In fact, she has learned not to wear a certain gray metallic belt when the president is around.

“Barack calls it my ‘Star Trek’ belt,” the first lady said in an interview this week. “He doesn’t understand fashion.”

The interview, which started out on the subject of the new White House vegetable garden, ended up ranging over a variety of household topics, which Mrs. Obama addressed with substantial fun-poking at her husband, her mother and herself.

On the president and her wardrobe:

“He’s always asking: ‘Is that new? I haven’t seen that before.’ It’s like, Why don’t you mind your own business? Solve world hunger. Get out of my closet.”

She teasingly imitated him: “You didn’t need any more shoes. The shoes you had on yesterday were fine. Why can’t you just wear that for the rest of the presidency?”

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January 21, 2009

My brother was the most adorable kid!! 1992 represent!


January 9, 2009

Lily & Sandy's Rehearsal Dinner! September 2008










November 19, 2008

2008 Holiday Card: Get in the spirit, folks!

Somehow Duncan always makes it into our holiday's precious, enjoy!


September 18, 2008

"A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking." - Jerry Seinfeld.

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 6, 2008

Always avoid "always": So profoundingly true

One of five stressbusters:

Always avoid "always". One of the biggest booby traps in your life is over generalizing, first dates never work out, she always gets promotions before me, he always arrives at least 5 minutes late. Unconsciously, using "always" and "never" steers you away from feeling that you have any control over changing the things that stress or worry you, says Daniel Amen, M.D., author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.

August 5, 2008

Yours truly, 9th grade. Adorable. Say it with me. ADORABLE.


* Thanks to Maggie Hogan for the picture and the memories!!

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 7, 2008

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


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.

June 20, 2008

Ramen Bath: My two loves combined!!!


June 9, 2008

Sad social commentary: Walmart Cake



Thanks to a reader for catching this! It amazed me how angry I was when I first saw this. Now Jonah and I affectionately call each other Jeff and Lisa but I will still try to stir up as much trouble for them as I possibly can.


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.

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!

February 12, 2008

Hannah and her babies! are treasures.

Presenting Hannah, Tex and Theo in order of oldness to youngness:





February 7, 2008


Welcome to the year of the rat, the first sign in the zodiac!


February 1, 2008

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


* via Natalie/

January 29, 2008

Missing the ole family.





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!

October 15, 2007

Right Brain v. Left Brain Test

Update: I can see it turning counter-clockwise now - yay!!! Although, is it just rotating randomly and messing with us??!!


This test is incredibly frustrating to me!

I can only see it moving clockwise which apparently means I'm a right brained person. That's ok except that I've always thought of myself as both a left and right brained person. To evince that, it seems you must be able to also see it turning counter-clockwise too but I can't for the life of me see that or make it do that!! Can any of you???

* via Kottke. as a 17 year old

with Celeste, taken by Katy!

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October 10, 2007

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Static never looked so cute!!!


* via Natalie's blog!

October 8, 2007

Happy Columbus Day 2007!


October 3, 2007

Women Only/Only in Japan Train Car, Japan summer '07

In reaction to the almost epidemic problem of males groping women during subway rides, women only train cars have emerged. The cars are women only during rush hour times because most of these crimes occurred during the densely packed rush hour commute. In such a conformist society it would be unheard of for a man to enter those cars so I believe they have been effective at keeping the perverts at bay. The most disturbing part of this problem was that apparently most women kept quiet while they were being sexually harassed/molested/abused because they didn't want to cause a scene and I'm guessing they didn't want to be subjected to the probably pan-cultural phenomenon of women having to prove their innocence in situations in which they themselves are the victims! With the advent of this new system can you imagine a woman's relief??!


Dad checks it out...


Brother is titillated. LOLOL.


* On train ride home from Hakone hot springs vacay!

October 1, 2007

Dinner party @ David & Shani's!
















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

September 27, 2007

Men's Vogue 13 Visionaries articles online now!

The Men's Vogue article about my super hubby Jonah Peretti whom I am ceaselessly proud of is now available online so read up if you're interested!


Introducing Monte Michie!!

In case you haven't noticed...everyone's having babies!!! One of my oldest and dearest friends Stuart and his wife Erika just had a baby boy with a commendably cute name - Monte! Here he is the cuteness:




Corn Maze - Maze Me Crazy!

I so desperately want to do a maze!!! Perhaps I'm wanting to be Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth, perhaps not! I think I smell an field trip!!!


This lamp clearly belongs in my apartment


September 20, 2007

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!


September 13, 2007

Congratulations to Lily & Sandy, the newly engaged!!!

My heart flutters with delight - love you guys!!


* Nantucket Labor Day Weekend '07

September 11, 2007

Remebering 9/11 victims

This has been a very strange experience. I was listening to the names of the victims who died on 9/11 and it was absolutely devastating how long it takes to read them all. I wanted to do a blog post listing all the names so I started copying and pasting the names from but noticed it kept cutting off the names at Paula Morales from the World Trade Center group and I realized it was just too much text for the entry body of the Movable Type template. Depressingly symbolic. So here are the names and profiles of all that died that day.

September 10, 2007

In Polygamy Country, Old Divisions Are Fading by Kirk Johnson, NY Times


Nothing makes me wish I were a fly on the wall more than some good old fashioned polygamy.

Amber Clark, 28, an Army veteran who moved here from California about two months ago and who described herself as an active Mormon, said she thought polygamists should be left alone, so long as no one was under age or coerced into marriage.

“I’m liberal in that respect,” Ms. Clark said. “If it’s legal in some states for people of the same sex to get married, why is it not legal to marry more than one wife?” continued...

August 24, 2007

Hinoki! Japanese Cypress! Japanese bathtubs!

Oh make me weak in the knees...


During our trip to Hakone last week we stayed in a ryokan with several onsen and rotenburo (outdoor hotsprings which are my preference). While my mom and I bathed ourselves before stepping into the rotenburo we used the hinoki oil infused shampoo and conditioner the inn provided and the smell was divine. I fell in love instantly. Then my mom told me all about hinoki, its antibacterial qualities and its use in construction including for bathtubs (the one we were about to step into was made of hinoki). Of course I had to ask, "but how can wood withstand so much water?" and the amazing answer is that it's resistant to rot - some claim for over 1000 years! Incredibly durable, healing and fragrant.

A promise to no one in particular: If and when Jonah and I move into a place we own I will have a hinoki tub made and installed - preferably outside!!

* So psyched that BuzzFeed covered this - to learn more check out these links!

August 21, 2007

To Reap Psychotherapy’s Benefits, Get a Good Fit by Richard A. Friedman, M.D., NY Times

I've always been ambivalent about psychotherapy's efficacy. This article emphasizes a good fit which is of course important but I wonder about situations in which patients choose therapists that merely indulge them? For example I know of narcissists who (consciously or unconsciously) see therapists who feed their narcissism and simply make them feel good about themselves? I suppose there will always be outliers but interesting (to me) nonetheless to think about.


August 20, 2007

Are you little drunk or big drunk?


* A gem captured by The Cameronfactor.

August 9, 2007

Reunited with my mixed race family! Tokyo summer '07

It feels great to be back home in Tokyo. Woke up this morning with that deeply content and peaceful feeling to be back where you come from!

Not sure how this happened but...I am white.


My brother is brown. My mother is yellow.


August 8, 2007

Tokyo bound!

I will be traveling today and arriving in Tokyo tomorrow Thursday evening. Will post AESOP!


August 7, 2007

Lips make sexy lady


* Chinatown, NYC.

Eyebrow shows your elegant


* 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!


Look carefully:


Choose wisely:


August 3, 2007

It's strange to look at old pics!






August 2, 2007

Muse on South Beach, Miami '07

This woman conjured up images of an older Giulietta Massina. I was smitten. Look at how bold, beautiful and commanding she is!




Beach fun! Miami '07
























Legless on South Beach, Miami '07


Beach lazing, Miami '07







Armistead Maupin on Church of Scientology, the biggest ex gay movement in America

In light of Jeremy Blake's body having been discovered and the possibility that he and Theresa Duncan's deaths were instigated by Scientology harassments, here is some more Scientology madness for you:


* Dlisted via Katy.

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

Baby hopes: Kid's almost as cute as a puppy!

I dream of having a baby that looks just like this. Futile dreaming, sure, but fun nonetheless.


* Zee's mom's friend's baby Mai!

July 30, 2007

Flexpetz: Rent a pooch!

How do you guys feel about the dog rental thing? It's taken me for a roller coaster ride! My initial thought was that the service sounded like a fantastic idea and created especially for me! A second later it felt wrong and sad and bad. Who are these pups and where did they come from? Where do they live most of the time? I suppose sporadic human attention is better than none but what about the whole concept of attachment to an owner/companion? Oh this is just too much reality for me today!


July 20, 2007

Happy birthday to me!

In MyHammy for my birthday - off to the beach! Enjoy celebrating my birthday today! :-)


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 16, 2007

Cool Japanese dolls, Paris '07




* Window shopping in the Marais.

Paris apartment views, Paris '07






















* On the Rue des Archives in the Marais

New Parisian shoes - Bjork inspired, Paris '07

Someone got cute new shoes!


Alarm Rings!

This really makes me want to buy 10 of them and while Jonah's sleeping, place them on each unsuspecting finger...that's what's so fun about marriage - playing tricks!!


July 13, 2007

A Kitty and his Lily






July 12, 2007

How to eat oysters! 1, 2, 3!




* For more of the Huitrerie Regis dinner click here!

Huitrerie Regis, Paris '07

















* At the highly recommended Huitrerie Regis restaurant!

July 10, 2007

First day Cafe Creme & view, Paris '07



* In the Marais.

Prettier than US mail box, Paris '07


* In the Marais.

July 9, 2007

Parisian biker on bridge, Paris '07


July 5, 2007

Quote of the Day by Elie Wiesel

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

June 25, 2007

Hosting Etiquette: The 5 Gs

NYC06.07_GarlicBasilCherryTomatopasta1.jpg 1) Generosity, generosity, generosity. Generosity and only generosity should be in your heart and mind. Clear out the rest of the mess and let generosity inspire you.

2) Graciously decline offers from friends to bring something. This is not about sharing in costs for the evening. This is about providing for people you love. Some friends may still bring something but you should never count on it.

3) Give guests a drink as soon as they enter your home. It's all about making people feel welcome and comfortable so it's important to ask right away and be ready to provide.

4) Go above and beyond by buying too much food and drink. The goal is to end up with leftovers at the end of the evening, not to buy "just enough".

5) Gratify your guests beyond their expectations by seeing things from their perspective. Don't drink tea but your friends might? Have tea on hand. Even if you are an aggressive carnivore, keep your vegetarian friends in mind when making or ordering food.

* Thanks to the all the generous and atrocious hosting I've experienced over the years for inspiring this post! I may not always live up to these rules but I certainly aspire to them! Happy hosting!

June 21, 2007

Which Office character are you??!!

The release of The Office video game reminded me of a conversation I had with Mark and Chris the other day about The Office during which Mark said that if I were an Office character I would easily be Dwight Schrute. It's hard for me to describe the elation I felt upon hearing this. I would totally and completely be Dwight and the fact that he was able to so certainly know that and say it was well, beautiful and touching. Mark said he would be Stanley and Chris said he would be Angela. I nearly peed in my pants. So I ask you, who would you be??!! You have to be someone so pick!


Dwight: Don’t you want to earn Shrute bucks?

Stanley: No. In fact, I’ll give you a billion Stanley nickels if you never talk to me again.

Dwight: What’s the ratio of Stanley nickels to Schrute bucks?

Stanley: Same as the ratio of unicorns to leprechauns. via here.


Fantastic Flatware!

The minute I saw these and held these I was in love. It was as if I were transported to the forest where I joined my gnome friends for a feast on a large wooden table laden with goblets of wine, these utensils and whatever food gnomes eat. Jonah says "seems like we would need to listen to Bjork while we eat." Amen, JP, amen. I highly encourage everyone to fall in love with your very own, special flatware.


June 20, 2007


A new site promising to help you find where to go when you have to go! Personally, at any given time I know where the closest Starbucks and Banana Republic are but often there's not close enough so hopefully this will come in handy for those racehorse times.


* Thanks Jason!

June 13, 2007

Seeking: Gawande of bunion surgery


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!





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.


May 8, 2007

Global Warming confusion

You know what would be most confusing?!

Finding someone who's not at all confused by the weather and just A-OK with it! Then you will have met an alien - congratulations!


Crossword confession

I am an addict. Just as I truly enjoy my coffee addiction, I relish my crossword addiction. They are both innocuous, easily satisfied and fun! Not to mention how incredibly razor-sharp they make me! You can't touch me - I'm too pointy! The fact that I sit for hours at a time doing crosswords makes me fear for when I have children as I may or may not put down the puzzle - Can't you see Mommy's busy with her crossword?? Idiot!!

Jonah just alerted me to a cool little crossword constructed by Bill Clinton and of course edited by Will Shortz. It supposedly contains more word play than the usual puzzle - oh that Bill! Answers will be posted on May 11th.


In addition to the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday NYT crossword puzzles (I don't purport to even attempt the other days of the week), I carry around this little book - it's portable and about the same difficulty level as Monday through Wednesday:


Finally, a site I truly adore is Rex Parker's. I love his writing and thinking style - he writes about the puzzle's difficulty level, theme and noteworthy clues and answers, both interesting and frustration - always written with a fun flair. Plus, he's the 166th greatest crossword solver in the world!


Let me know if I manage to turn you into a crossword addict. I will sleep better at night knowing so!

May 7, 2007

Dreaming of this Woodstock cottage

...although I've realized I wouldn't be able to spend one night alone in the country.


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!


April 26, 2007

Asians are so weird.

Drinking video games - yum!



Medical restaurants - yummier!


Oh! Don't forget about air sex.

April 20, 2007

Happy 4.20!

4.20 is Hitler's birthday.

4.20 is National Smoke Pot Day.

4.20 is when the Columbine School Killings happened.

4.20 is when Jimmy Carter's rabbit incident took place.

4.20 is when the Civil Rights Act of 1871 was signed.

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.


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

Fish therapy on your face!


Omg, I am desperate for the fishies to nibble on my face of dead skin! No really, I mean that. I want to feel the suckling lips of fish and know that I'm getting the fishiest exfoliation treatment. I want fish to suck my face silly!!!

April 13, 2007

Hello Kitty Airlines??!!


* via BuzzFeed.

April 12, 2007

"God damn it," Vonnegut famously wrote, "you've got to be kind."

This is a welcome tribute to Kurt Vonnegut and his work.

Rest in peace, Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - 2007). You inspired millions.

For more good Vonnegut links check out BuzzFeed.

April 10, 2007

Are consumer products made to break? An interview with author Giles Slade

The reality of planned obsolescence is so deeply depressing to me. The environmental costs are obvious - the psychic costs may be less so but nonetheless harmful as we collectively partake in such depraved commercial strategy.


* via Kottke.

April 6, 2007

Baby disco!

I think baby disco is a fantastic idea! The future Michael Jacksons*, Ushers and JTs will know what to credit to their success! When I have a baby, it's going to be shuttling baby from disco to karaoke to disco to karaoke to disco to karaoke...


* I only wish his dance moves on your children.

Introducing Leni Yoshida!!

My Japanese brother Yasushi and his lovely wife Keiko gave birth to their daughter Leni so now I am Andrea obasan!


March 28, 2007

Panda porn & bamboo sheets

Strangely, after receiving this link about pandas being shown panda porn to help them get in the mood, I started searching for bamboo bed sheets. Have no idea how the connection was made but it was. When I took an informal survey in the office about bamboo sheets, Jason cleverly asked if instead of thread count, the bamboo sheets were measured in chute count - I only wished I had thought of that first! Here's the point of this post: What do you know about bamboo sheets? Good? Bad?? So-so?? Chute-perior (sorry, so so so good!) to cotton sheets?

March 27, 2007

Our long-lost sister

Last night was intense. My brother and I discovered that we have a sister. Our parents sent us a photo of her and her adopted mother.

Gnome be gone

I think of gnomes, adoringly, at least once a day.


March 22, 2007

Group Fun: Please let me be involved in a large-scale prank like this in the very near future.


* From Jonah via StumbleUpon.

March 15, 2007

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*??!!


* 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.

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 14, 2007

A.D.D & A.S.S.

I swing like a monkey between A.D.D. and A.S.S. I'm guessing this is a common, contemporary condition and that we all agree it's incredibly frustrating to communicate with people not knowing where they are on the ADD-ASS spectrum. My suggestion: Cue cards we hold up to communicate where we are on the spectrum so we have some hope of connecting with our fellow human beings.

Sample cue cards:

"Super ADD - don't even bother."

"ASS ASS ASS. Give me more in-depth conversation now please."

"Midly ADD. Interested but face may twitch from time to time."

"ASS but discerning. Depends on convo topic."

Salvador Dali on Spinach

"It so happens that I attach to spinach, as to everything more or less
directly pertaining to food, essential values of a moral and esthetic order." - Salvador Dali

I now feel a strange kinship with Dali. I too obsess and read deeply into vegetables and pretty much everything people see as mundane.

Thanks for this great quote, Katy!

February 12, 2007

Q: When does your partner leave you most powerless?

A: When he takes your laptop charger away from you.



February 8, 2007

Toilet for Kings, Queens and Bloggers!

If I lived alone, without a partner who would tell me this was entirely wrong, I would probably use this.


Thanks to my bro for this link!

February 5, 2007

Introducing my cousin Derek Davis the surfer!

I was already filled with pride when he founded the ping pong club in high school (staying true to our [half] Asian roots) but now he's founded the Cal Poly surf club!

Watch him go - I taught him everything he knows:


Sometimes boards break:

dd broken board.jpg

January 26, 2007

Hilarious/Horrific and Horrific/Hilarious

You'll notice that I use these self-penned expressions recently. Aren't they spot on? So many things are just perfectly h/h....or h/h.

Insider's note: You can tell if I think the described thing is a little more hilarious than it's horrific or a little more horrific than it's hilarious by which comes first. Lucky you!

December 18, 2006

Do I buy an exercise machine or continue my membership at the YMCA?

Update: I don't know enough to be able to compare these suckers. Anyone know more? I am looking at under $1000 and I don't need bells and whistles but I don't want it to fall apart anytime soon.

I really feel like I will use an elliptical machine in my house more often than I will run across the street to the Y. Should I do it? Apparently I am now unable to make decisions without consulting my fine readers.

November 28, 2006

How to write an email

Next time someone writes you a rambling, repetitive, waste of time email, respond with just this link.

Etsy, your place to buy and sell all things handmade

Other than the confusion caused by me thinking it's a site selling all small things (wait, I should do that) this online marketplace for all things handmade is awesome. It's designed well too which is a huge relief because you know how these craftsy things can be!

You will spend hours perusing but here are some highlights.

I want these guys - badly. I don't care if they're "reserved for Jenn!!


Pure awesomeness. Do they only sell stuffed animals and toys, you ask? No, it's just what I'm interested in.


Doorway Puppet Theater Set - fits into a little satchel to bring to every friend and acquaintance's apt - please share your talent!


Thanks to BuzzFeed for the Etsy Buzz!

November 17, 2006

Ray-Ban Wayfarers


I wish sunglasses looked good on me because then I would have bought these white.

Sometimes you'll be fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time and get a deep glimpse into the soul of a blogger. Like with this post.

September 1, 2006

Happy Birthday to Mom Annie Harner!!

Happy Birthday Momma!!


Love your daughters Andrea and Andrea:


May 6, 2005

Happy Birthday to my brother Edward!

My brother still acts surprised every time he's handed the baby that he is 50% responsible for creating...but whose counting (diapers, formula and child support)??

Happy Birthday, Dirty Eddie!!


Your sister loves you and apologizes for hijacking your good name for the sake of this hilarious joke!! :-)

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