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It’s Friday night, and I am parked on the couch.

There’s no place I’d rather be.

nyc montageIt feels like I have spent the past two months on the road.

A week in Japan.

A long weekend in Kentucky.

Another week in Boston with Rory Dog.

Don’t get me wrong — I enjoyed all my trips, even the days and nights when I had to work. But I have missed my apartment and my adopted hometown.

When I moved to New York City eight years ago, I wanted to live in my favorite place to visit.

Time to play tourist right here at home!

Truth in advertising

I recently ordered new chairs for the dining nook of my apartment. When they arrived, I had to perform minimal assembly — attaching the wooden legs and adding some bolts under the seat for extra support.

Now, I’ve assembled a lot of furniture in my day. The packaging and instruction sheet typically leave a lot to be desired.

This one got it right.

The instructions were clear, concise and included an illustration for every step. Most importantly, the teeny tiny parts were clearly labeled and packaged together.

No searching through the box for tiny bags. No trying to match bolts to numbers or hard-to-read graphics.

Easy peasy.

furniture tool kit

So that promised ten-minute job?

It actually took ten minutes.  (Maybe less.)

Tinkle, tinkle

The acoustics in our hotel meeting room today were not ideal.

Microphones popped. Feedback screamed in our ears. And still other presenters were impossible to hear.

But in the back of the room, we were soothed by the delicate clink and tinkle of…

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Crystal chandeliers.

Although located high above us in the ballroom, their sway in the air-conditioned breeze was both soothing and unexpected.

Wonder how my living room would look sporting one?

Sliding doors

klemens torggler evolution doorI want this door.

Now, there’s sentence I never thought I’d say.

But once you watch the video below, I’m pretty sure you’ll want this door, too.

Currently only a prototype, the Evolution Door by Austrian designer Klemens Torggler is sleek, modern and requires no floor track to make its way cool transition from side to side.  It also has rounded edges so you or anyone in your house don’t lose any fingers walking into a room.

Seriously, watch the video.  Then join the ranks of people, like me, who –

WANT THIS DOOR.

Witchy woman

I can’t believe The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been open for four years, and I still haven’t gone.

So I’m going in the next couple of months  — before the summer crush of kids and family.

Or am I?

harry potter worldUniversal Orlando announced just yesterday that the park is launching a new expansion…

This summer.

Can I really go now and miss all the cool new attractions?  We’re talking the actual Diagon Alley, a fully functional Hogwarts Express train that connects the Universal parks, more shops and restaurants from the books, and a new ride called “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.”

Of course, if I do wait and go this summer, all those kids will be there….which means ginormous crowds and lines and heat and sweat and regret.

Perhaps I can wait a bit longer — what’s a few more months at this point — and go between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  That is supposedly the slowest time at the park.

Decisions, decisions.  OH WAIT –

I’ll got twice!

Pancakes!

I helped my friend Stephanie at her store Stoopher & Boots today.

My favorite find?

Zara Terez

Is that sweet or what?

Shiny, shiny goodness

My sister hasn’t taken down her Christmas lights yet.

Lou's lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think she should leave up everything — except the tree — year round.

Who’s with me?