“We need much bigger pockets, I thought as I lay in bed, counting off the seven minutes that it takes a normal person to fall asleep. We need enormous pockets, pockets big enough for our families, and our friends, and even the people who aren’t on our lists, people we’ve never met but still want to protect. We need pockets for boroughs and for cities, a pocket that could hold the universe.”—Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (via thechocolatebrigade)
Surfing , Flying (not in an airplane) That gigantic oatmeal cream pie from “Honey I Shrunk The Kids”
World peace Being a teacher and taking my speech team to State Finals 4 day work weeks, trips to Amsterdam, Owning a single family home in the city
The books Pillars of the Earth & A Wrinkle in Time.
Tapping the “play like a champion” sign at the ND stadium (an Irish National Championship wouldn’t be too bad either)
An alternate version of my life where I am a moderate to low-performer living in Miami spending my days with Simon laying on the beach.
The first time my daughter reads to us. Her first lines in a school play Hazel as a big sister.
A dinner party with My sister, Stephen Sondheim and Mary Zimmerman and Beyonce+JayZ and Chef Achatz (it could happen!)
Convincing the world to become organ donors. Eradicating cancer.
Getting a little frisky in the bathroom at Bar Centrale Earning 5x 10x my current salary
All things Tom Ford
CareBears… (not so much the bears, but the way they bounced around on clouds.)
A someday reservation at French Laundry Planning Outfits to wear to an afternoon at Dose Market or an evening at the Aviary. Being a(n original) cast member in the musical Rent. Being able to sing like Heather Headley.
Season Tickets at Next.
A perfectly organized closet Michael Jaskson Winning Family Double Dare (because you know we would!)
Hi Emily! Recently, all of your linked images haven't been showing up on my computer at work or at home. Your own pictures are still showing up okay most of the time, and I can click on them to follow the link, but I miss seeing everything at once! Do you know what could be causing this? Is there some setting I need to change?
Bollocks! Thanks so much for the heads-up….let me look into this and see if we can get the image train back on the virtual tracks.
Quick question for other readers - is anyone else having a similar issue with seeing my reblogged images? If so, are you on a mac or PC and what browser are you using?
I sat around a pool last night with some coworkers rehearsing slides for a pitch (We were in Florida meeting with a prospective client trying to win their business- their very significant piece of business.)
We brainstormed and gave each-other feedback. Figuring out how to make the message clearer, more compelling. (Isn’t it funny how saying something simply can often be so hard?)
We sat under that umbrella for hours
until all of our laptops ran out of power.
We drank beer out of paper coffee cups from the Miller Light Kegerator that the Hampton Inn rolled out for their complimentary happy hour (5-7 daily) and discussed our value proposition.
This whole exchange reminded me of my years as a consultant, That time in my early 20’s where I spent Monday-Fridays on the road, always preparing for high-pressure client meetings.
But there was one marked difference between now and (way back) then: I no longer feel like a kid masquerading as a “business person”
I now have some skills and some experiences and the word “Senior” before my title I now generally know what I’m talking about and when I don’t, I am not intimidated to say so.
When did that happen?
I have been in the work force for 9 years Which, if you think about it, is longer than I spent in High School & College combined (longer than I spent on the dating scene or sang in any choir or believed in Santa Claus, for that matter)
That is sort of a long time. Not a very long time but not a very short time either.
I have been having these moments with increasing regularity over the past year or so…Moments of elucidation where I realize I am, in fact, Grown Up.
I am an employee who gets to present slides in important meetings I am a wife. A mother. A person with health insurance and a 401K and maybe enough left over to take a vacation every now and then. A woman who’s smile is reinforced by the lines on my face. I am an adult. (how about that.)
No real point in any of this other than to say:It all moves so fast, doesn’t it?
When dining at a restaurant with a great chef - let him (or her) pick your dishes.
Watch Sound of Music (again). Sing along.
Puree your baby’s food, pour the mixture in ice cube trays and freeze. Store cubes of like-food in plastic bags. Microwave individual cubes before serving. It’s automatic portion control that stays fresh for weeks! Way easier/less wasteful than keeping Tupperware of apple sauce and smashed peas in your fridge.
Start a “charity club”…think book club, but instead of wine and novels, you get together with your friends to give back to the community. My commitment to our Children’s Choir was some of the most rewarding (and social) times of my life…mom, aunts, grandparents and friends all working together to put on a show!
Drink Lemon/Cayenne Pepper Water. I make this recommendation not because it is the staple of many detoxes but because it tastes like a delicious spicy (no-cal) lemonade!
Add “Run this Town,” “Empire State of Mind,” and “the Ballad of Sweeney Todd” to your running playlist.
Use an online stopwatch when trying to be super productive at work. Set the countdown clock and accept absolutely no distractions (no excuses!) while the timer is running.
Bust out 15, (30, 50!) push-ups before jumping in the shower each morning.
When someone does great work, write them a letter telling them so (the make-up consultant at Barney’s, the Chef at your new favorite restaurant, the security guard at your office…anyone.)
Don’t eff around when it comes to scheduling your annual women’s dr. visit or biannual teeth cleaning.
Keep spare lip balms in coat pockets, desk drawers, tote bags and the like. Same goes for rubberbands.
Invest in a killer pair of black pumps. I am thinking these Choos will do nicely.
"Don’t let the Bastards get you Down" (solid advice from my Mimi!)
Make-out with your husband (wife, boyfriend,girlfriend) often.
Tell your mom “I love you” before you hang up the phone, every single time.
Visit Miami. Have a drink poolside at the Delano after dark.
Start a blog.
Work hard. Be sweet. Do your best.
What have you got for me? Please share your good ideas!
Hello! I've been a follower of yours for a long time. I am seeking your advice. I'd like to start running, but I don't know how to begin. Every time I start, I try to push myself to run as far as I can, but I know that's not right. You should gradually alternate between walking and running?? Thanks :))
“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”—