Last summer I was e-mailing with an old friend from high school that I hadn’t spoken with since graduation.  His Facebook account was hacked, which led him to post a very random “happy birthday” on my wall (it was a number of months after my birthday).  My response helped him figure out his account was hacked while also leading to a conversation via FB messaging that turned into e-mail correspondence.  The communication fizzled pretty quickly at that point; but, one thing stuck with me.  I had sent him a link to the blog and his response was: “I totally checked out / stalked your blog the day that I got your email.  You’re very forthcoming and honest!  I don’t think I could publish a blog and share my innermost thoughts publicly.”

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2016’s Goals

When my alarm clock went off at 6:30 this morning, Finn was still sleeping wrapped in my legs.  I just couldn’t wake her for the sole purpose of writing this post.  So I’m sitting at my desk at work.  I finished my breakfast.  I put on the “Wake Up Happy” playlist on Spotify (trying something new here).  I’m slowly sipping my tea (Tazo Organic Peachy Green, if you must know).  And I’m working on today’s post.  Shhhh, don’t tell my boss.

Here we go.

I had a very difficult time coming up with my goals for 2016 (in case you don’t remember, here’s why I set goals and not resolutions).  It had nothing to do with last year’s lack of success.  Trust me, that wasn’t a confidence killer nor did it instill doubt in myself.  I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to get out of the new year.

I finally realized what this year’s goal should be when I was writing the Facebook post for my new painting hobby, if you can call it a hobby:

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I’m supposed to be writing tomorrow’s post right about now.  You know the one for 2016’s goals?

Well, here’s my current situation:

Finn is curled up in my lap.  Literally.  Typically she’s facing the other way.  For some reason, she’s facing me tonight.  It’s only slightly creepy but a whole lot of adorable.

Regardless, this is an issue because my lap desk won’t fit in my lap with Finn.  My lap is only big enough for one.

Fitters, I think I’m going to call it a night and wake up early to get the post done.  Would you do the same?

Sweet dreams.

*Author’s note: This was typed on my iPhone.  My apologies for any typos and poor formatting.

Edit: Formatting as been fixed as of early am Wednesday 1/13.

PSA: NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2016 Restaurants Are Announced

As you know, NYC Restaurant Week is my favorite time of the year (see here and here for proof).  nycgo.com has the list of participating restaurants on their site with menus for those that have published them.

You’re welcome.

NYC RW Winter 2016

As always, if you plan on paying with AmEx, make sure you register your card for a $5 statement credit for any meal at any participating restaurant where you’re paying at least $25, up to 4 times.

Leave a comment with where you plan on eating.  I’d love to know.

Long Weekend at the Beach

I went to Israel with my father for a week just before Thanksgiving to see my brother before his IDF draft date.  When I got back, I checked my days in my company’s payroll system and saw I used 18 days this year and had 17 left to use.  17 days????  There weren’t even 17 workdays left in the year!!!  What was I going to do?  5 days roll over, which leaves me with 12.  My company doesn’t pay you for days you don’t use.  I decided to use 1 and lose the remaining 11.  Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I was fortunate to be able to take the day of Christmas Eve off and have a 4-day weekend.  Finn and I headed to my family’s beach house.


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