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Fostering Cats and Dogs to Save a Life

This past weekend Mike and I volunteered to help The Animal Project. They trap stray cats/kittens and get them the medical attention they need, then they try to find them a home. They put cats and kittens up for adoption every Saturday from 2pm to 6pm at the PetCo on 92nd and Broadway. These kitties need love, so stop by and play with them!

This is a gorgeous kitty who’s about 5 months old, waiting for someone to come and love her:

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If you have space in a room of your home, it would help save lives if you would take one or two cats in until they can find a home. Read more

A New & Fun Holiday Tradition

So… Mike and I were in the shower this morning, talking about our charitable gift giving tradition, and I admitted that, even though I love it, part of me still feels like we should have some sort of gift for Christmas.

Soooo here’s what we came up with: each Christmas Eve, we’ll go on a little treasure hunt, wearing Santa hats, of course (this year we couldn’t find any last minute, so that part we’ll start next year). We’ll finish at about 4pm, in time for afternoon tea at a fancy hotel (this is the best deal ever – for $7 or $8 a pot, you can sit and hang out for hours, but make sure to arrive between 3pm and 4:30pm). We’ll set a spending limit (an amount that allows us to buy something nice, but not crazy) and only allow one item each. We’ll walk around Madison Ave and see what we can get for that amount.

In front of Barneys, on our treasure hunt :-)

In front of Barneys, on our treasure hunt :-)

A great bonus: this’ll take all the pressure out of having to find something the other person will like, since we’re picking our own gift.

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Got Pets? You’ll Want to Read This.

Adopting my cats was, next to marrying Mike, the single action that has brought me the most happiness through my life. However, if you live in NYC and have pets, then you know that vet bills can be craaaazzzzyyyy expensive. Like, nutty expensive. Think $1000 to have teeth cleaned, $5,000 to $10,000 to have bladder stones removed, and hundreds for a general “wellness” yearly checkup. Yikes!

Well, I did my exhaustive research and found out how to avoid this. But first, some important stuff you should know…

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Our adorable rescue cats: Dinah (from Alice and Wonderland) & Oscar (from Oscar: Cat-About-Town)

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5 Steps to Finding Lasting Love in NYC (& Why It’s Been Hard)

I was at a cocktail party on Friday evening with my friend Andrea Syrtash (the real-life Carrie Bradshaw), and had a conversation that echoed what I have discussed with so many friends living in lower Manhattan. The topic: Why it’s hard to find love while living in downtown New York City.

Models getting ready for a video shoot on a New York street

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Best story ever?

I was out for dinner last Friday night at the Waverly Inn with my husband and another friend. It was a great scene, a who’s who of the fashion & media elite. Rumors have swirled that the Waverly had lost it’s cache, but it certainly seemed to be it’s normal celebrity-heavy self that night. We walked through the maze of closely aligned tables, nearly butt bumping everyone along the way. Which is saying something, because I’ve got a pretty small tooshie, LOL.

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It felt so nice being there. The fire was lit, the room felt warm, and the ivy on the brick walls added a lovely feeling of being outdoors. As always, the food and wine were amazing, and the young modelesque boy who served us was very charming. The night had been amazing up until that point, but the best part of the night was yet to come. I can’t recall what we were talking about, but my husband began telling two inspiring stories that had me and our friend teary by the end. Read more

Matt Damon, Chris Rock, Kids and Happy Marriages

About an hour ago, at 9 AM, I went for a little walk to the Green Bean to get my interns some organic vegan muffins (they are so delicious!) On the way, I must have heard about five different kids screaming for one reason or another. Now, I know that having (or not having, rather) kids is a delicate subject. But here’s the thing: I think I would be a lot happier being childless. I like my life how it is. I don’t want it to change. My marriage is a happy one, and I don’t usually subscribe to this philosophy, but if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

Don’t get me wrong — I wanted kids until I was 30. Then I realized that I live in NYC where marriage-minded men are scarce, and marriage-minded men that would click with me (I may be easy to get along with, but let’s be real – I’m a strong woman) and my values and genuinely love me felt like finding a needle on an island of haystacks. So I started thinking: what would I do if I didn’t meet my soul mate? So being 30 and single in NYC forced be to evaluate my life. What did I really want, and how did I know that’s what I really want? And most importantly: why do I want that?

What I came up with is this: Read more

Hollow-f&*ing-ween!

Hilary Rowland Michael Rowland

Ok, so where do I start? Halloween used to be one of my favorite holidays, but since moving to the Upper East Side… well… not so much. Besides the fact that you’ve got hordes of crazy kids from ages 4-14 (isn’t 14 a little old to be trick-or-treating??) running all over the neighborhood, they’re all high on sugar like cracked-out zombies. Instead of brains, it’s brownies they crave. Their poor parents!

You can see these poor bastards shuffling along behind their children with a “kill me now” look on their faces. You could even forgive them for putting sleeping pills in their Kool Aid. I know, I sound like the Grinch that stole Halloween, right? But this year, that was the least of my problems. Read more

Banksy’s NYC Art Truck: Slaughtering Ignorance

Banksy-Truck

I’m VERY excited because one of my favorite contemporary artists, Banksy, is in NYC for the month of October. If you caught The Colbert Report (my favorite TV show) last week, you’d already know that he’s in town. He’ll be adorning random buildings with his famous (and valuable) “street art” (which instantly make that part of the wall worth millions, so don’t be surprised if you see big chunks of buildings suddenly missing!)

NEW YORK IS IN A CITY-WIDE SCAVENGER HUNT

One of the main reasons I love Banksy is because his art carries a message, and is usually tied to an ethical question. His latest is no different in this department. Check out this video to see the truck, and the ‘animals’ (and their puppeteers), in action:

I was browsing through the YouTube comments, and about 1 out of 50 comments seemed to ‘get’ it. For the other 49, the point was not only completely lost, but they seemed to think that the best way to react is to mock  animal suffering, profess their intent to immediately go eat some bacon, and then ignorantly state that animals either don’t have feelings or aren’t intelligent enough to warrant our compassion. Yeah, right on dudes. Smart. :-S

Believe it or not, people used to think that babies don’t feel pain. Really. Read more

A Princess and a Party

New York is a magical place. There are very few cities where you can have such diverse, random and wonderful experiences. Thursday night was a perfect example.

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We started out the night at Cinderella on Broadway. I wasn’t sure what to expect, after all, I’ve never been a big fan of Disney. Even when I was a child I thought that the concept of being ‘saved’ by marrying a wealthy man was a dangerous message to send out to young girls. So I was happy to see that the modern Cinderella has several twists I didn’t remember… Read more

Centers of the Universe?

New York City is home to some of the most influential people in the world. It also attracts a large number of them from abroad. What’s interesting is how their importance seems to rub off on the rest of us.

New York City attitude

Walking down any busy street in Manhattan, you get the feeling that everyone is operating with a heavy dose of self-importance, on their way to some important meeting. It’s like NASCAR without the cars. Walking in this city is a contact sport, and you’ll get run over if you’re not careful.

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2013
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