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Do This: Discovering Columbus

At first glance, you might think that scaffolding surrounding the statue of Columbus in Columbus Circle means the statue is under restoration.  Not so!  The statue is in fact the center of an art exhibit called Discovering Columbus.


The artist built a modern living room around the statue.  Before I went to visit, I had thought that the artist had built the Columbus statue its own living room, as though the Columbus statue was living in modern times and needed a living room, but it appears as though the Columbus statue is merely a feature of the living room.  (What gave it away: The statue could never fit into one of those chairs.)

Just because the Columbus statue can’t fit into the chairs, though, doesn’t mean that you can’t – you’re encouraged to relax in the living room and read the magazines and newspapers (but not the books!).  We visited a couple of weeks ago after work, and we found the experience really neat.  It’s pretty crazy being so close to a statue that you usually see from so far away.

Now, my fear of heights is well documented, and I’m sure you realize climbing the equivalent of six stories up some scaffolding was not really my cup of tea.  Once up in the exhibit, I couldn’t quite ever get out of my head enough to totally enjoy myself – which is kind of a shame because the views were amazing, the exhibit is a neat idea, and every detail deserves attention, right down to the pink Americana wallpaper.  Hey, the important part is that I got up there, right?  And now I’m sharing it with you!  Go visit!


world’s largest fennel

check out this fennel we got at the greenmarket for $2 this afternoon:


for comparison’s sake, that is a normally sized apple sitting next to it.  



Do you know what June 24th was?

if there was cake for my newyorkaversary, it would look like this!

It was my newyorkaversary! That’s right, it was two years ago that I packed up all my things in Chicago (well, not all my things … there was that horrible return I had to make in February 2010 to pick up after the Italian subletter and sell off the rest of the furniture) and moved to New York!

I wasn’t immediately smitten with the city, but it’s really grown on me and now it’s hard for me to imagine living anywhere else.

Book Review: I Was Told There’d Be Cake

I Was Told There'd Be CakeI Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun collection of essays. Some were clearly better than others, but, overall, I enjoyed the entire group.

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On March 12, 2011, I was exploring the remnants of Ancient Rome with my mom and dad.

So much can change in one year.

Anything I could say about what a great man my dad was wouldn’t do him justice – he was the best – and anything I could say about how much I’m going to miss him wouldn’t be enough.  I’m instead just going to share with you a picture I found at home of my dad drawing with me.  Drawing with my dad was always one of my favorite things to do.

Life’s just not very fair sometimes.

starting the year off with some bad chili

One of my 2012 resolutions is to cook more often.  More real food, less Thai delivery.

The first hurdle, of course, is purposeful grocery shopping.  I may love almond butter, Greek yogurt, and brussels sprouts, but it’s hard to assemble a meal from just those ingredients.  I need a plan when I enter the grocery store, which means that I have to sit down and come up with said plan at some point.  And summon the energy to brave the Pathmark.

It would be embarrassing to fail my first resolution on January 2 (the day that all real resolutions begin), and so I decided to make chili, made a list, rallied the troops, and headed off to Pathmark.  First hurdle cleared!

The next hurdle is following through with your plan.  That one was a piece of cake.  I was excited to both start my “cook more” resolution and eat chili.  Second hurdle cleared!

The final, and most important, hurdle is actually producing food that anyone wants to eat.  Fail.  I made some bad chili.  I grew suspicious of it when I noticed that the recipe only called for 1.5 teaspoons of chili powder, but I just dumped more in and called it a day.  It didn’t work.  We added more chili powder and more chili powder, but it still just tasted like limp tomato soup with chili powder, with random beans and turkey bits floating throughout.

At least there was cornbread.

Does anyone have a good chili recipe they want to share?  I refuse to admit defeat this early in the year.

coming soon …

Sorry for the radio silence – my weekend was PACKED, and I’m waiting to see if my friends who remembered their cameras upload pictures to show …