If I had 400 Million Dollars

Every morning I walk by two newsstands that flash the lottery jackpots in my face. And at least once a week, I spend some time thinking about what I’d do with that amount of money. But I almost never buy a lottery ticket. Because I know I’m better off saving that couple of dollars and…

Always Be A Tourist

Tourist. It’s practically a dirty word in Manhattan. It’s the people who stop dead on the sidewalk to take a photo and New Yorkers are like “what could possibly be so exciting right here that you need to remember it?!” Just last week I was in Times Square (a hazard of seeing Broadway shows…normally I…

Best Laid Plans

At the beginning of this month I decided I was going to blog more often. I had plans in place and things were going well. But then I went off to celebrate my brother’s wedding and didn’t have time to do any “routine maintenance” for a few days. I got back to the city and…

Episode 3: Brenda Steals Stuff (Sort of)

Is Beverly Hills, 90210 secretly just one massive after school special? Because this episode was deep. We learned lots of lessons. Let’s begin with something we already know from the previous two episodes: LA is different from Minneapolis…and it is very hard to be “poor” here. I’m starting to wonder just how long we’re going to beat this dead horse…

Episode 2: I Found Luke Perry!

The second episode of 90210 started with a very exciting discovery: Seems he wasn’t in the first episode. But the opening credits happily pointed him out to me. They also did a very good job of reminding me that Brenda and Brandon moved from snowy Minnesota to sunny LA. Here are some other things we…

The Struggle Is (Not) Real

When I saw that today’s prompt was Struggle, the first thing I thought was: The struggle is real. It’s become a bit of a mantra for the millennial generation. And it’s hilarious. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve failed at something and said “oh man, I’m riding the struggle bus to struggle…

The Friend Crush

Remember when you were little and making new friends wasn’t even really your responsibility? You’d say, “there’s a girl in my class named Alice” and then your mom would call Alice’s mom and set up a playdate and the next thing you know, you and Alice are wearing these necklaces and fighting over the BE…

5 Things I Learned at Painting Lounge

One of my favorite things about the concept for this blog is that I get to send emails and texts that say “I found a fun thing, do you want to do it with me?” and see how quickly people say, “Yes!” I had seen friends in other cities do wine and paint nights, so I…

I’ve never seen 90210: Episode 1

I am an oldest child. There’s a lot that comes with that label. I took a child development class in college and I would be the first one to tell you that I fit my role in my family to a T. But through a very official study of “living in the world” I can…

Simple Pleasures: Pancakes

I love breakfast. I would eat breakfast food for every meal and sometimes I do. But during the week, breakfast is nothing fancy. So one of my ideas for this blog was to take myself out to breakfast on a work day. Meaning I would have to get up early, go to a restaurant (alone!),…

Movie Moments in Central Park

I spend a lot of time in Central Park. It’s where I go running. When the weather is nice, I take a meandery 45 minute walk through the park to or from work. It’s where I eat lunch when I brought something from home but I still want to get out of the office for…