living & dying in New York

designer of children's books (and other things), reader, writer

I know we use our blender a lot more than the average couple, but I feel our upstairs neighbors are really going overboard with the blending tonight. It sounds like they’re trying to dispose of a human body using a vitamix.


The origin of the world


America’s First Cat Café Opens: Drink Coffee Alongside Adorable Cats

Yesterday, America’s first cat café opened in New York City. Cat lovers, you now have only three more day to sip coffee and eat pastries alongside adorable cats! Purina One teamed up with the North Shore Animal League, the country’s largest no-kill shelter, to create this pop-up café that’s the temporary home to rescue cats. While the concept of a cat café has been around for a while, with Asia and Europe leading the way, this is the first time one has opened in the United States. Two permanent cat cafés are scheduled to open in San Francisco this year.

The concept is simple. Visitors pay an hourly fee or cover charge to sit and lounge with cats. This one, on 168 Bowery, is free. Sixteen cats roam the premises and you’re welcome to pick one up and snuggle with it. If you fall in love with a particular one, you can even adopt it! (Read about each individual cat, here. Looks like “Sushi” is featured in the photo, above.) To get your feline fix, stop by the store from 10a to 7p each day till April 27. If you’d like to learn a little something, you can listen to different cat experts talk about cat health and behavior. The store’s capacity is limited to just 65 people, so you may have to wait in line.

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eeeeeeeee!!!! ( lavieestjessiebelle/ fathappyhippo/ who wants to go with me)

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People have been living where London now shines for 6500 years or more. Currently choosing night cities for the book.


People have been living where London now shines for 6500 years or more. Currently choosing night cities for the book.

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lavieestjessiebelle was right - In The Woods is exactly the Irish murder mystery detective novel I needed at this point in my life. It’s like Gillian Flynn plus The Fall. There are definitely some moments of failure in the writing (over-writing/clichés, much like in Dark Places and Sharp Objects), but for the most part it’s amazing.
Reading books that were recommended by my friends and actually really liking them is the best feeling.

Beyoncé covers TIME Magazine.

Beyoncé covers TIME Magazine.

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Take your kids to work day recap:

I saw a toddler running down the hallway with a stapler. An hour later I saw another toddler wiping her face with bleach wipes. Luckily and somewhat surprisingly, no serious injuries were sustained. Unsurprisingly, absolutely no work was accomplished.


The paranoid hermit in me loves this just as much as the elegant lady in me does. 

I used to do this with colored tissue paper (double stick tape around the edges) for a cheap (but beautiful) stained glass effect!

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Me and my hunky photographer boyfriend went to the park this weekend :3


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It’s “take your kid to work” day, which means that everyone in the office is going to have to pretend to be nice and sane for a few hours.
Also, we just signed Jason Segel to write another children’s book. Not too bad for a Thursday morning.