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TENS In My Twenties: April 2012

1. 101 list, #72! Attend a meditation class.

On a random Wednesday when I was feeling a bit down, for no particular reason, and my thoughts seemed to be racing more than usual, I did something revolutionary. I googled. I found meditation classes for beginners from the Kadampa Meditation Center in New York. Ever since my 60 days of Bikram Yoga (and yes, after reading Eat, Pray, Love), I’ve wanted to try meditating. Because we should have more control over our ever changing thoughts, and it helps to look at the bright side and always stay composed. In The Tao of Pooh, Hoff writes about steadying your mind to be like the ocean. No matter what is going on on the surface, waves crashing, turns of tides, etc., deep down, you are solid and still. Guided meditation helps reach this and gives you a moment to step back, away from whatever is going on. I really, really liked it. Partly because I liked the instructor (I think this is a big deal- one of the classes I did, I didn’t care for the instructor as much), and I absolutely felt decompressed. I only laughed in one class (when I brought a friend- correction “drug a friend”). And it was easy, what with this, “google.” Find a class in your neighborhood and give it a try. Mine was easy- I just sat there and listened to a lecture, bookended with guided meditation. Namaste.

2. Red Ball Project
I am now privy that this has been happening, and I love it! It’s whimsical!

3. Cooking IN with Girlfriends
In New York, we eat out all the time. It’s my favorite thing to do, and 90% of my social activity. This is not only because of the restaurant selection, but because apartments are so small, making it difficult to cook or entertain. But not for my good friend, who has a huge, manicured, outfitted with outdoor dining furniture rooftop that overlooks the Brooklyn bridge. My “big ‘sis” had a group over for homemade pesto and fresh proscuitto over egg pasta from the nearby Italian market, over a fried egg. Delish! And went nicely with the wine. 🙂 Cook with your girlfriends! It’s fun, comfortable (you can have more pasta if you want more pasta!), and a change of pace that brings everyone together.

4. 101 List, #100! Give a Speech At A Friend’s Rehearsal Dinner

One of my best friends got married, and I had the priveledge of being a bridesmaid. Which meant…SPEECH! Having been an actress, I don’t mind public speaking, but finding the right words was something to think about. I tag teamed with another bridesmaid, and together we represented the friends. Most of which, all live in different cities than the bride. We spoke to how when we all come together, it’s like old times, and how great the bride is about keeping in touch, and always does her part in the friendship. And she will in her marriage as well! It was fun, a special memory, and everyone was far enough away to not smell my beer and barbecue breath.

5. My Little Brothers Are Grown Ups.
And that makes me old. Two of my three brothers celebrated their bdays this month. I still think of them as kids, and my jaw drops a little when I think that they are out there navigating their twenties as well. Here are their birthday cakes.


6. 101 List, #20: Learn My Blood Type and Donate Blood

I did it at work. And I’m A-positive. I received a donor card, the below note, and an orange juice.
We would like to thank you for your support at the Hearst blood drive.  One donation can save up to three lives; this means our donations have the potential to reach up to 141 people!  New York Blood Center alone requires over 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in close to 200 New York and New Jersey hospitals.  

7. Easter
Pastel dresses! Baskets! Brunch! And our dog in bunny ears.

8. Girls on HBO

Hilarious, genius. Dark, I warn you. But NAILS IT.

9. The Brain on Love
Great NYT Article by Diane Ackerman.


This is real, and not some email scheme about giving to Nigerians or receiving a gift in exchange for my social security number. I WON SOMETHING in a raffle at work! And it’s a brand new, iPad. Oh, snap. iPad has since been outfitted in a high-end case, app’d out, and renamed, iJack.


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TENS in my Twenties: March 2012

1. TX By Way of NYC
Every year, Pat Green plays a show in New York. Always a good excuse to round up the TX crowd and drink Lonestar. And then end up dancing ALL NIGHT.

2. Friends with Kids
Yes! See it. Good NYC rom com. Boys like it, too.

3. Hunger Games
The movie left me hungry. When I finished the book, I secretly wanted Rue to win the Hunger Games. When I saw the movie, I just didn’t care. But good work, Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks.

4. Da Silvano
Another amazing dinner. This is hands down, still my favorite Italian in NYC, and there’s outdoor seating. I had…wait for it…chocolate pasta with Boar ragut. Yes, this exists. Not sweet at all, but hearty. AND YUM!

5. Mad Men
Zoo be zoo be zoo…watch out, Draper. Make sure you read the weekly recaps at NY Mag. They’re poignant, and help pinpoint what gets you sucked into this show.

6. March Madness
Have to confess, I wasn’t as invested this year as I have been in the past, but still love a good basketball game.

7. Austin, TX: Bachelorette!
I got back to Austin once again, although probably for the last time in quite awhile. This time the event was one of my best friend’s bachelorette party. I was honored to be asked to be a bridesmaid, and this weekend away was not only a nice vacation, but a great get away with the girls that has me even more excited for the wedding itself. There were dinners, dancing, karaoke, and a pontoon boat. The rest is for the books.

8. Supreme Court
The Supreme Court heard three days of argument regarding Obamacare, with D.C. folk lining up to sit in like it was the opening of Breaking Dawn, Part II. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, it will not only be a deciding factor in this year’s Presidential election, but arguably one of the more significant Supreme Court rulings of our time. The primary debate is over the individual mandate, that requires individuals to buy insurance and the constitutionality of this. And if this goes, what happens to the rest of the laws? Read up on this…

9. New Job
I made an internal move at my company into a new job! Woohoo!

10. Falling…
I like a new boy. I also like a lot of iPhone cases (more on this in a future post), so let’s not get too excited. But he does make me feel like I’m living a teenage dream. Stay tuned.

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TENS in My Twenties: February 2012

What’s amused me and what I am grateful for in February 2012.

1. Giants WIN the Super Bowl!

2. Magazines
The Harper’s Bazaar redesign is HOT. Loving fashion books in the larger trim size. The country’s oldest fashion magazine, and still an actual fashion magazine and not about fill in the blank socialite, is looking quite au courant.

Plus, the annual Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue. Working in mags, I’m picky about them for enjoyment purposes. Vanity Fair is still my favorite. I didn’t love this cover (I think it looks a little to faux), but love my girl Jessica Chastain and the general photography is gorgeous.

3. Valentine’s Day
Drank the night away at Giorgio’s of Gramercy in NYC.

4. The Artist and The Oscars
Girls night screening of The Artist, and made the below Snicker’s cake.

5. Tree Hotel in Sweden
I’m never going to do this because I’m not a cast member of a Katherine Heigl movie, but this is pretty cool.

How do they get up there? Click for more.

6. More on Movies
There are so many I’m looking forward to. Sundance reviews went down the last week of January, and here is what I can’t wait to see this year: Bachelorette, Shut Up and Play the Hits, Two Days in New York.

7. Death of A Salesman
My mom visited NYC and we saw Death of A Salesman with Philip Seymour Hoffman…directed by my ALL TIME favorite director, Mr. Mike Nichols.

8. Pinterest
Obsessive fun filing and inspiration. Follow me here.

9.  Did I mention my mom was in town for TWO weeks? And there are four frozen mini meatloafs in my fridge? This is major.
10. It did not snow. Once.

Happy Happy, and onto March!

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TENS in My Twenties: January 2012

I admittedly screwed the pooch when it came to keeping up with this in Q4 2011. I apologize. Since I only have 9 mos left in my twenties, I promise to be on this like Seal on a divorce attorney (too soon?).

Here is what I have enjoyed and am grateful for in January 2012.

1. The Houston Texans Make the Playoffs
This was a big deal for my family. We grew up on the Oilers, they peaced out. When Houston got a new football team, the Effenson season tickets were lined up quickly (thanks, Papa Bear). This year, the Texans made the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. After watching airfares the entire week, by Friday tickets were low enough, miles were forfeited, and I had a ticket booked by 12 noon. I had just enough time to run home, throw some close in a bag, and get to JFK for a 9pm flight. And that’s how it’s done.

Texans vs. Bengals

2. Atlanta
The very next weekend took me to Atlanta to kick it with Phaedra Parks. Not really. I went to visit my best friend from childhood, her husband, and their 1-year old, Jack, who I had only met once before, and otherwise when he was in his mommy’s tummy. He gave me a hug when the Texans lost to Baltimore in the second playoff round. Also, I had Chick Filet and it was smashing.

Adorable Jack. Don't even act like you're not jealous of his outfit. It's Marc Jacobs. Just kidding.

3. Napa
My third travel weekend in a row was to San Fran for another besties’ 30th birthday.

4. My Little Pony
If you didn’t notice on Facebook, I made myself a custom My Little Pony and am fine with that.

5. A Hippo Bar
This bar from Lauren Santo Domingo’s apartment is cool on so many levels. One: invisioning drunk hippos. Two: The opportunity to say, have some brandy straight from the hippos butt. Best bar EVER, and you know I love my home bars.

6. Donuts at Hearth
These were delicious, as was the entire meal. Definitely recommend Hearth as a spot to try in NYC.

Apple cider donuts. I shared, but didn't want to. (My life in six words of less).

7.  Bargain Buys on Kelly Market
Money saving: Yes! Cute: Absolutely!

I'm in to this highlighter yellow thing. As the classic highlighter color, I feel that it will garner obnoxious attention toward me.

8. Kitchen Sink Cookies
Inspired by Momofuku Milk Bar’s Compost Cookie (name change, guys), I made my own kitchen sink cookie for a treat for a super bowl party this Sunday, a thoughtful gift, and leftovers went to the office. Here’s the lowdown: Mix 1 3/4 cup flour with a touch of cinnamon, tsp baking soda and powder, and sprinkles if you so chose (I did. I truly believe that when in doubt, go sprinkles). Separately mix a cup of sugar, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, tsp corn starch, tsp vanilla, and 1 1/2 sticks softened butter. The separately, mix the junk: favorite candies, chips, pretzels, granola, peanuts, chocolate chips, toffee, butterscotch…however you want to fly that kite. MIX TOGETHER and experience beautiful gooey integration. Throw that blend in the fridge for 30 minutes+ (a must so they cook right) and watch an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Bake for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Chow.

9. Loving the Kid Inside
Vanity Fair’s lovely nod to childhood on Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday. Read it here. You’ll be happy you did.

10. Orangatans on an iPad
As they should be.

Do you think he's reading Chocolate vs. Sex? Click the pic to read the story, pretty good.

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TENS in my twenties: June 2011

1. Artist Hani Shihada
Artist who does sidewalk chalk art. Bumped into him just north of Washington Sq Park during a work in progress. BEAUTIFUL stuff, and so great to stumble upon as you’re walking through the city!

The first one I ever saw...a Picasso copy in front of the Carlyle Hotel.

What Hani was working on when we encountered him downtown.

The artist himself.

Where to find him next...

 2. Peonies
My favorite flower in season. 

L.A. Peonies

NYC Peonies

3. Saturday Night at Chateau Marmont
The outdoor garden is still one of my favorite places in L.A. Had dinner there this month with family and friends. 


There's a strict no photography policy...but oh well. Our twenties are for breaking the rules.

4. Abacus in Dallas
One of the best meals I’ve ever had. It went like this:

YUM. Was too full for dessert, but little truffles came out with coffee. Yeah, those went down.

5. More treats from Dallas: Homemade Poptarts!
Will have to make these one day!

Homemade chocolate pop tarts from Breadwinners in Dallas

  6. Storage Box Craft Project
While I’m not crafty, introduction to spray glue helped. I had these leftover Anthropologie boxes from the holidays that we so cute. Picked up some pretty paper, and turned them into storage boxes for my headbands, sunglasses, and makeup.

Boxes before.


7. 60 Day Bikram Challenge
I started on Monday, June 20th. By August 18th I will have sweat off chocolate, vodka, and my ass. Namaste.

8. McQueen at the Met
Always packed, exhibit honoring the late Alexander McQueen. On the summer weekends, the roof is open for drinks. Where you get great views and can drink off aggravation from the crowd with equally aggravating over-priced cocktails. Worth it for one and the ambiance!

McQueen at Met.

My all time favorite McQueen gown- I think from 2003.

View from roof of Met.

Delicious way to take a break during the day.

Aggregate of recipes- great idea resource.

 10. Oscar De La Renta Dress
Still loving the blue one.

Oscar de la Renta. I WANT this blue dress.


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