You Go Girl

Blogon October 13th, 2011No Comments

You Go Girl

I took this photo in Bed-Stuy last weekend, and I kind of love the juxtaposition of all the text: “CARS KILL,” “You Go Girl” and “Liquor Store.” It could be read as a feminist anti-drunk-driving ad.

Why I’m Broke

Blogon October 13th, 20111 Comment


This little lady cost me $300 this week in vet bills and specialty food. She tears through my bedroom while I’m in bed, forcing me to sleep cradling a spray bottle, which I use multiple times during the night. She’s incredibly bossy and loves to whine, and she sheds on everything.

But look at that face.

Elissa T. Bone

Blogon October 12th, 2011No Comments

Elissa T. Bone

I spotted my name, along with my new nickname, on the sidewalk in Brooklyn. Just call me T. Bone from now on.

Foods I Hate

Blogon October 10th, 20111 Comment

Dough doughnuts

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a picky eater: I like weird foods and will try anything once. Sure, I didn’t eat meat for a long time and am still a bit iffy about some of it, but that has less to do with the taste and more to do with overthinking its origins. (I can’t eat chicken legs without picturing a chicken. And its legs. Running. And then I’m not hungry.) Some of the foods I eat the most — brussels sprouts, kale, tofu — are some of the top foods most people hate. My list? It mostly consists of things people really, really love. They include:

  • Doughnuts. Something about the texture — so fluffy, so formless — freaks me out, and a doughnut’s overt sweetness requires me to balance it with lots of black coffee. Frankly, I’d prefer to just have the coffee and leave the doughnuts for someone else.
  • Lamb. It’s often really greasy and slimy and guarantees I’ll have a stomachache within 20 minutes. Also, I spent too much time watching Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop as a kid, and I can’t help but picture his cute little sock face when I take a bite.
  • Cupcakes. I’m so often tempted by their cute designs and bright colors, and I’m almost always disappointed. One bite, and I remember: I don’t really like cake. I don’t really like super sweet things. I really dislike frosting. Cupcakes are just the trendy loser cousins to my beloved cheesecake.
  • Bananas. This comes and goes in phases. Sometimes I enjoy the occasional banana. But it has to be perfectly yellow: no spots, no green. The texture still freaks me out a bit, and halfway through, I usually remember that I’m not much of a fan.
  • Red Bull. This isn’t technically a food, but I hate it so much that when a bartender pours or even opens it, the smell alone turns my stomach.
  • Watermelon. I cannot comprehend why this watery, weird-flavored, squishy/gritty filler fruit is such a beloved part of everyone’s summer. If I order a fruit salad and it arrives with mostly melon, I’m pissed.

The most interesting food hatred has to belong to my roommate Kat, who despises citrus. She can’t even be in the room when I’m peeling an orange because it gives her a strong headache.

How about you? What foods do you hate that everyone else seems to love?


Blogon October 4th, 2011No Comments


My roommate’s dog, feelin’ emo.

Best Week Ever

Blogon September 30th, 2011No Comments

As you might be able to tell from the lag in posting, I’ve had a busy month filled with a lot of work, crazy deadlines and long hours. But this week is going to make up for it all. In the following week, I will be …

Going to a Cheech & Chong–themed movie and taco party …

Getting freaked out at Six Flags’ Fright Fest …

And seeing the musical version of Newsies, one of my favorite movies.

This week is going to rock. I’ll let you know how everything goes.

[Photos from here, here and here]

Gray Day + Random Linkage

Blogon September 15th, 20111 Comment

Rain boots

The skies outside the office are getting unnervingly gray, which reminds me that I forgot an umbrella, rain boots and a raincoat. With my luck, it will start pouring the moment I leave the office and will let up as soon as I’m inside again.

Now, for a few unrelated links.

Your turn. Send me some links!


Blogon September 7th, 2011No Comments

Flowers, Alpena

Hey, here’s another pretty flower to distract you from the fact that I have nothing to say that doesn’t involve work, Hunger Games, my cat, Ron Paul, cute boys, coffee, health insurance or how waking up early confuses me a lot.

Did it work? Are you distracted?

How to Make the Most of a Tiny Apartment

Blogon August 30th, 20117 Comments

Bedroom, new angle

My first apartment in Manhattan was about 270 square feet, and preparing to move was a challenge. I was moving from a giant two-bedroom apartment — with an attic — in Orange County, N.Y., to a shoebox on East 78th Street, and I had more furniture and stuff than I knew what to do with. I pared a lot of it down, but I still needed to be tricky to fit all my belongings into such a small area. Here are a few tricks I used to stay organized in a tiny space. read more

All Is Calm

Blog, New York Cityon August 28th, 20111 Comment

Evening after the stormMy neighborhood was largely unaffected by the hurricane/tropical storm that hit last night and this morning. One roommate and I slept in the living room, just in case the windows blew out (we’re on the 24th floor), while another toughed it out in her bed. This morning, most of my NYC friends remarked how unimpressed they were by the storm, which I thought was amusing.

My friend Krysten pointed me to a funny tweet from Brad Walsh that sums it up pretty well: “@BradWalsh: Like many young women before her, Irene came to NYC hoping to be as big as she was back in Carolina, only to be ridiculed by the locals.”

The photo at left was taken from my bedroom window this evening, long after the storm rolled away and left nothing but clouds and strong wind.

Orange Crush

Blogon August 26th, 2011No Comments

Flower, Alpena

It’s gray and heavy today, so I figured it was time to bust out another happy, colorful flower photo I took in my parents’ yard. It’s really ridiculous how many beautiful flowers are growing right outside their door.

To all my New Yorker/East Coast friends, stay safe this weekend! And for all my friends not bracing for a hurricane, what are your weekend plans?

Bracing for a Storm

Blogon August 26th, 2011No Comments

Taxi snowstorm

New Yorkers are in a tizzy as they prepare for the possibility of the city’s being hit by Hurricane Irene. I went to Target this afternoon, which was completely sold out of every flashlight, radio and D battery. The grocery store near my apartment is out of jugs of water. I’ve stocked up on my share of batteries, water and nonperishable food, and I have a backup plan if I need to evacuate the city (thanks, Tracy!). Maybe it’s excessive — and I’ve been mocked for my preparations — but I’d rather be ready just in case. Besides, if there isn’t an emergency, I’ll just have enough water and soup for, oh, a month.

The Grass (Water) Is Always Greener (Clearer)

Blogon August 24th, 2011No Comments

Thunder Bay River

New York City is one of my favorite places on earth, and I’m so lucky to live here. There are fun things to do at all times, amazing cultural experiences, great friends, delicious food, a breathtaking skyline. There are fantastic bars and interesting museums and gorgeous parks. But let’s be honest.

Nothing is better than Northern Michigan in the summertime.

Rock Out

Blogon August 23rd, 20113 Comments

Purple hair I spotted these two women on the Fourth of July, and I had to resist the urge to hug the one with the purple hair and perfectly matched T-shirt, opting instead to take a surreptitious photo once she passed. (Her hair is real. I spotted gray roots as she walked by.)

If I can be like these two women when I get older, I’ll feel pretty good about the life I’ve lived.


Shakin’ for Bacon

Blogon August 22nd, 20115 Comments

Bacon on the grill

I became a vegetarian in high school after sitting at the lunch table with a butcher and a farmer. The butcher explained how someone could easily lose a finger in the grinder and nobody would know. The farmer chimed in and told me how cows were slaughtered. I picked the pepperoni off my pizza and didn’t touch meat for years after that moment. Then one day, I started having weird dreams — about steak. And salami. And burgers. I tried eating leafy greens, which are supposed to replace the nutrients you’re craving when you crave meat. It didn’t help.

The day I woke up craving a Slim Jim, I gave in and ate a hamburger. It was delicious.

Cat’s Got Your Tongue

Blogon August 22nd, 2011No Comments

Holly Golightly

Not much to say today. I had a fun, productive weekend (other than the part where I dislocated my shoulder, but whatever). Now on to a productive week!

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Blogon August 21st, 20113 Comments

Dad grilling bacon
Some people’s fathers just aren’t nice people. When I hear them complain, it reminds me how lucky I am. Not to brag, but my dad is fantastic. read more

Heirloom Tomato

Blogon August 20th, 2011No Comments

Tomato and avocado

I ate this for lunch. It was so delicious, and the slices looked like lace. I really don’t want summer to end.

Summer Saturday

Blogon August 20th, 2011No Comments

Flowers, Alpena

It’s so nice when Saturdays roll around. I am going to spend the morning being productive — cleaning, setting up IKEA stuff — and then I will head to a community garden in Manhattan for a co-worker’s birthday. Later, I’ll trek farther downtown to hear my friend Ryan’s band perform. Should be a good summer Saturday, all in all.

(I took this photo in my parents’ yard. It’s insane how many gorgeous flowers are blooming right outside their house.)

Too Darn Loud

Blogon August 19th, 2011No Comments

Happy Friday, friends! Thunder and lightning are currently shaking New York City, making me unable to hear my co-workers. (Oh, and I forgot an umbrella. And my phone. And my ID. I’m a bit of a mess.)

Anyway, in the spirit of loud noises, I give you a collection of photos I took on the Fourth of July of various family members reacting to the ridiculously loud sirens of passing fire trucks.

Too loud for Lola
Too loud for Lola
Too loud for Grandma
Too loud for Grandma
Too loud for Matthew

Too loud for Matthew