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During our recent anniversary lunch, Cool Mum and I reminisced about all of the homes we’ve had during our marriage. It took most of our lunch date to reconstruct the timeline.

In all, we’ve lived in 12 places over the 13 years of the Cool Marriage. And that doesn’t include the 12 or so places we stayed for anywhere from one night to a month when we had no place to call our own.

In chronological order with a rough estimate of size, we’ve lived in:

1. A 400 sq ft one bedroom, Gainesville, FL


A cozy starter place across the street from the UF campus. A family member may or may not have cried after seeing how cozy the apartment was. We were there a year.  Continue reading


Cool Newbie in Brooklyn Bridge Park, June 2013

When applying for my position as Oldest Social Media Intern Ever at Yelp, I had to create a Yelp account to show I could be proficient at all things Yelp. ‘Your Headline’ is part of a Yelp profile that at first seems like an afterthought, buried under 8 other fields on the form. But when you look at the public profile, it takes on an unanticipated prominence.


As you see, right under the heavily filtered profile pic of me in a fedora I bought from a street vendor in the East Village for $15 [-5 cool points] sits my headline.

“Turning life upside down on a regular basis”  Continue reading


I just found out yesterday that this week is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week! How did I not know about this sooner? It’s a shame that a day has already passed, and I haven’t started celebrating this very important holiday. I vow to change that right now.

I googled for news about National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week, and I didn’t find that much buzz. I can’t believe this isn’t a bigger deal – probably because most people aren’t as baked good-obsessed as I am. But it’s not like I’d bake cookies while Cool Mum moves around heavy objects, right?

I used to crave CCCs that were moist and chewy with a crisp exterior and melty chocolate chips, like your classic Toll House cookie. Those still sound really good as I’m wiping drool from my keyboard. However, I now really drool over dense, crunchy cookies with textured mix-ins like nuts, oats, and/or Rice Krispies. And that will be the last mention of my drool in this post. My friend made some cookies like this last week, and I promptly requested the recipe.

To start celebrating National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week, here are three NYC spots where you can pick up a great chocolate chip cookie.

1. Levain Bakery, Upper West Side – I documented our first trip to Levain in this post. Basically, they are warm, gooey mini-mountains of dough, chocolate, and walnuts (pictured above). I think they’re $4.00 now, but totally worth the experience.

2. Two Little Red Hens, Upper East Side – This bakery is known for its dreamy cupcakes, but their chocolate chunk cookies are my fav item. I don’t remember if they have walnuts or pecans. It’s been a while since I’ve had one because they’re always sold out by the time I get there. (Argh!!) Still, it’s a big, satisfying cookie for a mere $1.60 or so.

3. The Chocolate Room, Park Slope – We were on a day trip to Brooklyn and stumbled across this quaint cafe. (And yes, when you have two little kids and live on the Upper East Side, a visit to Brooklyn is a day trip.) We couldn’t resist a place called ‘The Chocolate Room’, and it delivered. Soft and crisp chocolate chip cookies for a mere $0.80. I ate a few.

Today, I’ll pick up ingredients for my friend’s recipe and let you know how it goes. Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week!