February 12, 2014
You can search for a place that recycles them by using the search tool at Earth911.
If you’re in NYC, you can also check out the NYC Department of Sanitation’s website for Household Special Waste Drop-Off Sites. Just make sure you look at the bottom of the page for the days they’re open (because it’s a strange schedule), what you’ll need to be allowed to drop off (such as ID and proof of address), and what the limits are for each type of special waste (you’re only allowed to bring two compact fluorescent lights per visit, for example).
Thanks in advance for recycling!
Just a cool pic I took this morning. Only with some creativity can you even try to relate it to this post.
February 6, 2014
I absolutely love the new KEF M500 headphones my wonderful husband just gave me. He searched high and low for a pair of headphones to replace the Sony MDR-V700s I was using. Since I switched to the KEFs, I now realize how heavy and uncomfortable the Sonys were. The KEFs are light, ridiculously comfortable and the sound is perfect. I also love the way they look – they’re on the smaller side of full-size headphones, look like on-ear headphones, and sound like over-ear headphones. They are sleek, and best of all, they don’t have a brand plastered all over them! (There is branding on each side, but it’s acceptably minimal in my opinion.) The device-side of the cable has an angled L-plug, which I find convenient especially when plugging into my laptop, since I’ve got a very cluttered desk and it’s a tight fit. These headphones retail for $299, but I have seen them on Amazon for as low as $249. Keep watching!
If you’re looking for a masterfully beautiful album to listen to on such wonderful headphones, I would like to suggest HD from ATOM™ if you like minimalist, pristine, scientific, electronic music that wrenches the soul out of machines and feeds your heart through your ears. (I’m kind of in love with this particular album.) The quality of this release demonstrates the quality of the headphones particularly well.
Picture of the box
What you get in the box.
How the headphones are put together.
How the headphones fold up for easy storage in the hard case.
To give you an idea of how they fit on your head (you don’t need to see my face!).
December 9, 2013
Someone could drown hours after they’ve accidentally inhaled water, even if they’re able to talk and walk. This could be a risk for anyone who has accidentally inhaled water or has pneumonia – whether they are an adult or a child, even if is a fairly small amount of water we’re talking about. This article and this article have things to watch out for (not all of these need to be present to indicate trouble), but here they are, in case you don’t have time to look at an article:
* difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
* extreme tiredness/fatigue
* changes in personality/behavioral issues/confusion
* vomiting or involuntary defecation
* persistent coughing and/or pain in chest
What happens is a small amount of water in the lungs can block oxygen from being absorbed, and you could eventually suffocate. And, it gets worse when the person lays down (because then the little bit of water covers more of the lung surface). It’s just something to be aware of, because even though it is RARE, if it does happen, it can be remedied by very quick medical intervention.
I hate to send out warnings like this (this was not a forwarded email though it really sounds like one), but I just found out about it and thought it was important enough to post. (I researched it first to make sure it was not a hoax, which is what ALL of us should do before we pass along/repost anything that we read online.)
December 8, 2013
People, it’s the coolest music store in NYC. 18% off everything to celebrate their 18th Anniversary – today (Sunday, Dec 8, 2013) is the last day. In store and online code is ANNIVERSARY. Store is at 15 East 4th St (near Lafayette) in Manhattan. Online at www.othermusic.com.
December 6, 2013
That place is Pushcart Coffee on 9th Avenue and 25th Street! It’s my new favorite spot to get some tea, meet with writing partners or clients, or get work done on my own. Nice people, nice vibe, there is tea I like (the green jasmine), they don’t use toxic tea bags, their snacks are great (my son loves the pumpkin bread, and I love the Brooklyn-made Rawpothecary Juices they carry), and their soup is wonderful (thanks for making me try it, Ashley!). They also have a bunch of fancy ways of making coffee that boggle my tea-drinking mind. There is a community work table, a few individual tables, a comfy corner spot in the back and counter seats and there is free wifi (you have to sign up for it, but it’s free). Go there. You know I know what I’m talking about.
Pushcart Coffee, 25th Street and 9th Ave in Chelsea.
This is where the Rawpothecary is. Notice how it’s almost sold out.
Right on the middle shelf, over to the left, there are energy bars that I like. I think they’re homemade.
This is a comfy spot, back in the corner.
It’s a nice place.
These are friendly people who work there.
They have a pushcart. See?
December 4, 2013
I just saw this info in the back of the Chelsea Wine Vault (which is in Chelsea Market-it’s a great wine shop, btw) 2013 Holiday Gift Guide and I thought it was Stuff You Need To Know:
If I am coming to your party, you can buy a maximum of two drinks for me, because I usually only have one (sometimes none), but two is pretty much my max. Just saying.
In NYC, no one drives to a party (no one I know, anyway), so it’s usually not an issue , but if you’re having a party with alcohol where people are driving, you should have really compelling non-alcoholic drinks. If you end up with too much red wine, you can make Tom Colicchio’s short ribs recipe. It’s really good and it uses a whole bottle of red wine! If you’ve got too much vodka left over, you can use it in pie crust, but that doesn’t use up much vodka.
November 22, 2013
GREAT GIFTS! And SUPER USEFUL!
I struggle with this every year, and in theory, I believe cash is usually the best gift there is for anyone, anytime, anywhere, but I feel really awkward when I give it to certain people. So, that being said, here are some gifts I’ve bought for myself and given out to teachers and other really helpful special people that you really can’t spend a fortune on (not that they don’t deserve it)…
- Aglove texting gloves – I use these ALL THE TIME! Seriously. They keep your hands warm, they’re comfortable, they work on an iPhone or touch screen, and they’re thin enough for me to keep them on AND get a MetroCard out of my wallet. If you know me, look at my hands in any kind of chilly weather. You have seen me wear these gloves. And, if you’re actually interested in the accuracy of using an iPhone in them, these are the best of the bunch. The link I gave is for Small to Medium gloves (I have these, they are stretchy). Here is a link to the Medium to Large ones. In general, I would get the Small to Medium for women and the Medium to Large ones for men. At under $10 a pair, they are a nice, useful, relatively inexpensive gift.
- Toshiba 16 GB USB Drive – There are a bazillion USB drives out there, people. This is the specific one I like best. It’s around $16. Here’s a link to an 8GB one for around half the price. I like these for a bunch of different reasons. One, I own two of the 16GB ones and they’ve never let me down. I like the way they feel in my hand. I like the little covers, but they’re not attached, so they are easy to lose, if you’re prone to such things. Also, there is downloadable security software, if you choose to use it (but NO onboard software, which I HATE in a USB drive). Tell me this, what teacher couldn’t use a USB drive, even if they already had a bunch? In fact, what computer-using person couldn’t use one of these. I am all about the useful.
- Especially for teachers… Quantum Thera Zinc spray! I mean, come on! They are exposed to gross kid germs all day long, in closed rooms. If they attack a cold or flu right at the outset with some zinc, there’s a chance they won’t get sick, or at least not AS sick. That’s what I’ve heard on good authority, anyway. Look, it’s under $10 a bottle, and here’s a link to a 3 pack, which brings down the price even more. Get some for yourself. I’ve blogged about this particular zinc spray before (follow the link for a picture), because it’s my favorite. It’s strong! It helps with sore throats, too. It’s a gift that says “I acknowledge your selflessness in remaining in proximity to my little snot machine. Thank you.” This could be an awkward gift though, so if you do feel awkward about it, just think “well, it’s not as weirdly awkward as cash.” Hope that helps.
- If your teacher/helpful person likes tea, this Trendglas Tea for Two set is the best tea mug I’ve found (unfortunately, it’s currently out of stock, but it’s worth waiting for – here’s a similar one for just under $20). Regarding the Trendglas mugs, I have bought three so far, and I truly love it and so does everyone else who ever comes to my house, plus, it can double as a gravy boat in an emergency! WHAT?!If you’re going to go this route, make sure this person loves tea. With a glass infuser, four things are important, IMHO –
- 1. some of the tea will come through the infuser – not much, but some, but you’re avoiding toxic tea bags (just google that to become scared out of your mind). You’re welcome!
- 2. it’s important to have a flat top, not a decorative ball top or rounded top because the top is important as the thing you rest the wet infuser in when you’re actually drinking the tea.
- 3. The infuser should reach to almost the bottom of the vessel it’s in, for a full brew.
- 4. In sets like these, the infuser is the most likely thing to break, so make sure there are replacements available. Here’s a good replacement for the Trendglas mug infuser, though it comes with the not-as-useful ball-top (see sub point 2, above).
- Lastly, when I really don’t know what to buy and I need something *nice* (you know what I’m saying), I buy a box of chocolates from Le Maison du Chocolate. They are expensive, so I tend to keep the boxes small, but they’re really good, high quality, beautiful chocolates. They have a little-known and little-advertised “frequent buyer” program, so if you tend to buy a lot of these types of gifts, you can get a tiny box of free chocolates for yourself after spending an ungodly amount on other people (story of my life).
If you decide to buy any of these, can you please buy them from the links in this post? After four years of blogging, I’m finally starting to try affiliate links (though some of the links above are not affiliate links – like the Trendglas one). I would be recommending these products nonetheless, since I own all of them, and LOVE them and honestly believe they’d be great gifts (even for yourself).