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Tomato Sauce makes me happy

Believe it or not, this isn’t a post about eating, or weight loss, or cravings.  It’s a post about environment, and relaxation, and ritual. I made sauce today, for the first time since before we moved into this house, over three-and-a-half years ago.  My kitchen still isn’t done, but it’s almost there.  And after years […]

This Week’s Time Sucker: Times Square Cam

It’s Wednesday, you’re dragging, you’re not paying any attention to work.  You need a distraction, and I’m here to help. There are few things more cliched than visiting Times Square.  Plus it’s cold.  It’s much more fun to go to the HD Times Square cam and watch other people walk around in the cold. Or, […]

Jenny McCarthy is trying to kill me

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Renovation time warp

I started posting again yesterday on, an insanely popular Brooklyn website.  When our house renovation was in full swing I had a regular blog on that site (Gates Reno) chronicling the ups and downs of renovating a 160-year-old Brooklyn brownstone.  But when the renovation money ran out, I ran out of things to talk […]

Weight Loss Tuesday: A Little Better (and the scale winner)

So I listed two goals in last week’s Weight Loss Tuesday post: drink more water, and do my Your Shape exercises three times in the second week of the Your Shape challenge.  How did I do?  Well, I did better than the first week, when I only exercised once.  Last week I exercised twice.  I’m […]

Fashion Monday: Workout Clothes

Here’s what I do when I don’t want to do something: I convince myself I shouldn’t do that thing.  Workout clothes are not something I want to spend money on right now.  We’re redoing our kitchen, the kids keep stubbornly growing out of their clothes, our car is on its last legs (wheels?)…new workout clothes […]

The one where nobody is trying to break into my house

Had all sorts of problems loading my videos with Kaltura today, which is odd – I never had problems with Kaltura.  So hopefully all of the people who go around calling people names on YouTube have been taking their meds.  Or I might just close the comments on YouTube.  Those people are crazy and I […]

Great Deals Every Day from Juice Box Jungle

I’ve had a great relationship with Juice Box Jungle.  Their videos are irreverent and snarky, the people running the site are a dream to work with, and they have a great ad network, the Jungle Ad Network (look on the right side of this page, it’s right there). And now they’re launching another fantastic idea, […]

And now for my big appliance announcement

Renovation Miscalculation Three-and-a-half years ago, we were living in a condo with a huge balcony, new appliances and shiny granite counters.  We traded all that in for a run-down, four-story, 160-year-old brownstone a few blocks away.  We sold our condo for a big profit, enough that we thought we could renovate the whole house with […]

You’ve waited too long between waxes when…

you take off your pants and your waxer sucks in her breath and says a few words in Spanish that you’ve never heard before your waxer has to get out the trimming scissors before she can start with the wax you are able to read an entire NY Post cover-to-cover, even Andrea Peyser‘s completely obnoxious […]