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    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall - (K) Humorous and thorough history and science behind ultrarunners and long-distance running
    *****
    Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela - (K) An autobiography covering his childhood, years as a freedom fighter and incarceration. Inspiring and informative
    *****
    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - (K&T) A mystery set in Barcelona involving an old book, a failed writer and murder
    *****
    Lush Life by Richard Price - A Lower East Side tale of cops, drugs and drinking
    ***
    The Chinese by Jesper Becker - (K&T) Modern history of my peeps, from the cultural revolution to the many failed economic and social attempts to move the country forward
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    Setting the Table by Danny Meyer - A "how-to" on hospitality and business acumen by the restaurateur behind such NY institutions as the Shake Shack and Union Square Grill
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    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama - Obama lays out what is wrong with the current government and how, vaguely, to change it.
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The Mighty IKEA Bus

I was dreading that moment. But alas, on the very last day the superfluous IKEA stuff that Diesel and I bought on move-in day was eligible for a return, I finally decided to bite the bullet. Yes, I found myself in no other than the famous IKEA bus.

People in NY learn how to live without a car. And businesses in NY learn how to lure shoppers by offering perks; in the case of IKEA, a FREE bus that leaves from Manhattan every weekend from 10am – 2:30pm.

After saying goodbye to Diesel (who was going to Seattle for work), I took the train to the Port Authority Terminal on 42nd St. There, at gate 11, there it was, standing in all its mightiness: The IKEA BUS.

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My Pick for American Idol This Year…

David Archuleta

is David Archuleta. With a voice that tickles your ears, and looks that make your heart beat faster, he’s become one of the judges’ darlings and will certainly become one of America’s sweethearts. Plus, doesn’t he remind you of a young John Mayer (pre-bimbos such as Jessica Simpson)?

Must. Find. This.

So I’ve been reading blogs from random women who are part of a design/sewing/arts/crafts community. It’s all fascinating…

I came across this toy, which I think would be PERFECT for any of my little nieces.

Mausens Klamottenkiste

The only problem is, I’ve only found this Mausens Klamottenkiste on German online stores…Anybody knows where I can find this here in the U.S.?

New Running Partners

As it turns out, Doree, whom I had been running with, can no longer do morning runs. Luckily, I had several runners respond to my Craigslist and RoadRunner “Looking for running partner” ads, and after my vacation and recovering from a weird bug, I decided it was time to start a little e-mail list and organize some runs.

At 7am today, I met with Holly and Shelley in front of Katz’s Deli (yep, right where they filmed the When Harry Met Sally scene where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm). We did a 4-miler and got to know each other. Continue reading

NY Library Card!

NY Library CardLast month, I got my NY Library card. This month, we’ll be reading Middlesex for our book club, so I went online and got the book from my local library. As it is in Seattle, everything is so easy (reserve it online, pick it up in person), not to mention environment-friendly, clutter-free and cost efficient. I just love it!

The Bet

Tonight on the way back from dinner, Diesel and I somehow got to talking about our friend Cyrill and his dad. Neither of us could remember Cyrill’s dad’s name, and the following conversation ensued:

K: “His name is ‘Heiko'”

T (rolling his eyes): “What? It’s not; it’s ‘Hirim’.”

K: “What kind of name is ‘Hirim”???”

T: “Well, ‘Heiko’ isn’t even a German name”

K: “It’s very German. And that’s Cyrill’s dad’s name!”

T: “It’s not. If you’re so sure, then what do you want to bet?

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Currently Obsessed with…

Recognize the catchy tune? That’s cuz it’s the song, “New Soul,” that is in the new MacBook Air commercial.

If you haven’t heard the other stuff by the Israeli-born Yael Naim, check out YouTube for a clip of the French singer’s unplugged version of her other single “Far, Far.” YouTube also has Yael’s live performance of “Toxic,” originally recorded by our fave white-trash pop diva, Brit herself. It’s all folksy, jazzy, really good stuff!