“’Cuz we gotta hook up our people with a Burberry in the afterlife! I don’t know if it’s funnier that we want to send our dead with flat-screens to the other side or that NYPD counts cardboard luxury purses as actual counterfeiting.”—
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, for her overall badassery as a woman in tech. Plus a whole lot of female founders (see: Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilson of Gilt Groupe; Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman of Rent the Runway). From a health/fitness perspective, Karena and Katrina of Toneitup.com - watching their YouTube videos can inspire some serious workouts. Sidenote: What’s with the alliteration here? I’m going to start searching for a future biz partner whose name starts with T. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey - women who are funny as shit. Michelle Obama for obvious reasons, and also those guns. Beyonce, because… seriously? Girl is fierce.
This list actually makes me sad because I just realized I have no Asian American role models. Womp.
“[T]he first three days were brutal, so painful I doubted the whole endeavor. By mid-day 2, I had to sit down every hour or so. I was distracted and had a hard time focusing on anything but how much my feet hurt. At night I sat on the couch with my feet elevated. I collapsed into bed totally exhausted. I never appreciated sitting as much as I did the first three days.”—
I recently switched to a standing desk after all those terrifying articles came out about how sitting will kill you, and I definitely feel the difference when I spend the day upright. You’d be surprised how fatigued your legs can get from standing eight hours a day. I also find myself in a more focused state because letting your mind wander causes you to think more about your tired legs - it’s easier just to zone in on work instead.
(OK I will admit I also cheat because mine’s adjustable… so sometimes I get tired and sit. But I give myself an A for effort! Or at least a B.)
All rain and no sunshine makes me a grumpy girl - luckily Friday and Saturday were picturesque or I’d have a real bone to pick with Mother Nature over the downpour we’ve had in the last 48 hours.
On Friday, we had a team off-site on Governor’s Island. We picnicked in the grass, played games in the sun, and I rode a bike for the first time in probably a decade (may or may not have hit a sidewalk while doing it).
My team and the Statue of Liberty (real tiny in the back) after our bicycle ride around the island.
Playing on the swings!
An engineer saving the ladder ball, which I accidentally threw into a tree… twice… (physical activities / games involving throwing objects are not my strong suit).
Friday afternoon happy hour? Don’t mind if we do.
Enjoying beauteous weather and an amazing view with my teammate Julio at Le Bain.
On Sunday, the weather caused our plumbing to take a turn for the worst. Annie and I took the indoorsy weather as an opportunity see Crazy, Stupid, Love. I rarely, if ever, have celebrity crushes but oh my gaw Ryan Gosling!!!!! THOSE ABS.
I know this is super random, but I think I recall you had a broken iPhone screen and had someone in the city fix it? Do you know where that is? (I unfortunately dropped my iPhone and now the screen is a mess and need someone to fix it without going to the Apple store.)
Yes! (I really need to add a search bar to my blog so you can find the posts you’re looking for.) It’s called Dr. Brendan Mac Repair. Info is below, and details about pricing are on the site. I’ve been multiple times, since, well, I still haven’t mastered the art of texting and walking simultaneously. Tell Brendan I sent you!
Non-NYC readers: You can mail in your phone to get it fixed, too.
Phone: (917) 544-5949 Hours: 10am – 8pm M-F, 12pm – 4pm Saturday & Sunday Address: 8 Saint Marks Place, Ground Floor, New York NY 10003 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“New York is a city of strivers notorious for their competitiveness, but what I found instead was a kind of relief from the constant pressure of exceptionalism. I will never be the most talented writer in this town, the most successful, the richest, the prettiest—nor will I be the least successful, the poorest, the ugliest. Trying to be better than everyone else is a loser’s bet, a surefire recipe for misery, because it’s just too tough. Instead, you must strive to be something very different: Be yourself.”—