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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.
    **

I’m In! – NY City Marathon

So today I received the following e-mail from NY Road Runners:

Dear Kelly,
We are pleased to confirm that you have been accepted for entry into the 2008 ING New York City Marathon. Our records have been updated to reflect your acceptance. Your entry number is 237470.

I didn’t know whether to be happy or sad. I couldn’t believe my luck. And I couldn’t believe my bad luck. There’s just no excuse now, I just have to start running for REALS. Adios Shack Shack, adios Micky D’s. I shall miss you all, poisonous, but delicious food. Adios laziness. Now I have to get my $160 worth and get off my lazy butt.

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Week in Review

Mussels and McDonald\'s Fries

Mussles and Micky D’s fries

It’s been a pretty cool week. No celeb sightings yet (which people say is unheard of, being that we live in the hipster-infested Lower East Side, or LES), but this week was sunny, fun and I got to hang out with some cool people.

Monday – Met Molly, Wendy and two new girls for book club. It was a great meeting, as we all went off on tangents and started discussing The Real Housewives of New York, and other such important topics after our book Continue reading

Felix

K & I are heading to Seattle tomorrow, albeit on different flights. I’m going early enough to catch our company’s “Earth Day Lunch” in the Seattle Sculpture Garden, which means waking up at 4:15am to catch a 6:00am flight. The best part about early flights is that I fall almost instantly asleep. The worst part is of course, getting up at 4:15am. If I can’t sleep though, I’ve loaded my laptop with 7 more episodes of Friday Night Lights, which I started watching on my trip to Vegas last week. Not a bad show.

I also got tickets to the Mariners game on Tuesday night. Starting pitcher: Felix Hernandez, a 22 year old stud who might, in my biased mind,  be the best pitcher in baseball someday. As some of you might know, I’ve really gotten into baseball in the last few years (I used to think it was the dumbest, most boring game ever invented) and this year I’ve subscribed to MLB.TV to watch Mariners games from NY. It’ll be nice to catch one in person…

A Night in the Kitchen

Last night, I spent five hours in a working restaurant kitchen. The experience was interesting and enlightening and I’m glad I got the chance to do it. I hesitate to say which restaurant it was, but suffice to say it is a very well known Spanish tapas restaurant in Chelsea. A friend of Kelly’s knows the owner and soon after we moved here, connected us and the owner/chef was nice enough to let me come in and hang out in their 10′ x 5′ kitchen.

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Mom and Dad Sale in NYC

Mom and Dad were here for 4 days last weekend. We had a great time with them, and here are some of the highlights:

At Jules restaurant

Dinner and Jazz At Jules Restaurant

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Colorado Snow Trip

It is just my luck that the one year I leave Seattle, La Nina kicks in and the Northwest experiences one of the snowiest winters on record. It seems every day in December and January I would pull up the NOAA information for Mt. Baker and be greeted with 25 degree temps and 7″ of new snow. I was missing Mt. Baker powder days and somehow we couldn’t bring ourselves to make it up to Vermont.

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A Shake Shack Kinda Day, or Diesel Is Not Always Innocent

With the in-laws in town (highlights to come), we decided to show Mom and Dad Sale some of our favorite spots.

Enter David. The man that will turn a visit to Shake Shack into an event. He texted me in advance (2 days in advance to be exact) to inform me that he and Molly would be going to Shake Shack on Sunday, and that Diesel and I should come with the in-laws. I was fine with that, though a bit apprehensive, given my recent lack of self-control (per previous post). But Shake Shack DOES have some of the best burgers in the city, so I had to sacrifice myself for the sake of my in-laws.

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