Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me, But Should

1. I hate the smell, taste, and texture of raw tomatoes. I’ll only stand them in guacamole. I will not eat lettuce that has touched a raw, cut tomato.

2.  I’m a little bit country. Not in a cowboy sort of way (though I live in my old gringo cowboy boots and listen to Keith Anderson and have always wanted a horse), more in a rolling hills, edge of forest, home rustic cooking in cast iron cookware, English/French/Italy countryside sort of way.

3. I never wanted to be a doctor. Up until I was 16, I wanted to be a fashion designer with my own line (which would have been named Anna Lynn). Regardless, I never intended to have a typical 9-5.

An original K.A Reckling design for Anna Lynn, c. 2003

An original K.A Reckling design for Anna Lynn, c. 2003

4. I have an unhealthy obsession with Muffins… bran-berry in particular.

5. My life goal? Make the cover of Vogue.

6. I became an econ major so I could become an art journalist. Seriously.

7. I have never seen Grease and don’t intend to. Ever.

8. I have always dreamed of having an Inn in upstate NY or in New England. Someplace with 16 rooms and a great restaurant that meets the standards of Relais & Chateau.

9. I believe flip-flops should be banned footwear on the streets of NYC.

10. I always planned to marry an architect or a writer. This is probably the most negotiable of the 10 items.

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Morning Rituals

Put on purple American Apparal t-shirt. Flipflops. Stumble to bathroom. Use bathroom. Step on scale. Groan, but at least those numbers didn’t go up. Convince myself it’s because of all the water I drank last night. Brush teeth. Wash-face. Take advair. Clomp down stairs. Pat dog. Say good morning to bird. Pat other dog. Check email. Pat 3rd dog. Put on Kettle. Put weatabix in bowl. add cranberries. pour boiling water over teabag sitting in favorite white mug. add milk to cereal and tea. Take bowl and cup to table. Spill tea enroute. Leave tea ring on table. Get up, slip enroute back to kitchen to get paper towel. Mop up lost tea. Sit down. Flip through New York Times. Leave news section. Read, in this order, Arts, Style (on Sundays – Vows), Dining and metro. Put kettle back on. Make another tea. Spill tea en route back to table. Dog laps it up this time. Play pull game with dog and her favorite rope. Realize it’s 11AM and need to actually do something productive. Change out of boxers and put on jeans. Realize hair is a bird’s nest. Contemplate going back to bed. Go to gym instead?

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