I run around Queens. There are cemeteries everywhere.
Teaching has given me a serious reverence for learning; specifically, I'm always fiending for that moment when something snaps into focus. Running a classroom was the first time I actually felt like I was learning things. I spend considerable time studying/reading in pursuit of that snappy little moment of learning.
Coming off of a pretty serious Seamless addiction, I'm hellbent on cooking everything for myself. Those Youtube videos where somebody's hands make something are teaching me. I'm trying to stay grain free (paleo) because it keeps me relatively good looking. Spaghetti squash is amazing; cauliflower is even more amazing; zucchini is somewhere in the middle.
I'm trying to chill; it's not my native setting.
hoarding writing utensils. If I see a pencil on the floor it's going in my pocket. Unless it isn't sharpened. Then it's staying right where it is 'cause nobody's got time for all that.
saving shards of Dial soap too small for shower duty and mashing them together into a hand soap bar/ball. Gross? Probably.
ordering from Amazon and missing the return deadline. I somehow ended up with like fifty roles of paper towels.
wearing Crocs. I own like three pairs, and yes, one of them is those hideous, iconic sandal/shoe hybrids. I love them.
biking to places, even when the temperature is prohibitive and I get sweatier than is socially acceptable.
The Big Lebowski, Moonstruck, Goodfellas, This is Spinal Tap, The Lion King, Fargo, Adaptation, Wayne's World, Back to the Future, No Country for Old Men, The Godfather Epic
The West Wing, Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show, The Wire, Louie, 30 Rock, Friends, Breaking Bad, True Detective Season One, Silicon Valley, Antiques Roadshow, The Bachelor(ette), The Great British Baking Show, anything about how non-human creatures perform amazing feats, anything about astronomy
Prince, Paul Simon, Aaliyah, James Blake, Chance the Rapper, The Replacements, Future, Robyn, Roxy Music, David Bowie, LCD Soundsystem, Van Morisson, Girl Talk, Motown, "Don't Let Go" by En Vogue, "Dance Hall Days" by Wang Chung, "Hysteria" by Def Leppard, "Moments" by Tove Lo, "She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult, "Get a Job" by the Silhouettes, "Tenderness" by General Public, "Kiss Them for Me" by Siouxsie and the Banshees, "Hypnotize" by The Notorious B.I.G.
Prince is both my gender and music hero.
Podcasts: Radiolab, 99% Invisible, Planet Money, Radio Diaries, More Perfect, Reply All, Revisionist History, Criminal, Undone, plus the many other podcasts I don't subscribe to but from which I frequently cherry pick.
I've finished an issue of The Economist. I skipped a few of the letters to the editor, but it still counts.
If it happened in the 90s I'm probably into it. Especially if it's hip-hop, or video games, or pop music in general, or other things that are amazing, like pizza Lunchables or the Always Coca-Cola jingle.
Until way too recently I thought John Fogerty was saying "Yay me."
Something to read
A device for writing
Dancing terrifies me. I love it, but my skills are...not great.
I can't stop editing this thing.