3 Great Podcasts

March 31, 2016

The City and Us | 3 Great Podcasts

What podcasts are you listening to these days? I listen to at least one episode every day during my commute, so I’m always looking for recommendations. Here are three great podcasts I’ve recently discovered and love…

Women of the Hour

Hosted by Lena Dunham and produced by BuzzFeed, this miniseries covers everything from friendship, to love, to work, to bodies, and features guests like Emma Stone and June Squibb. “Please subscribe if you like bad-asses, deep questions, giggling, sexual healing, Gaia life force, style, summer-camp, cute kids, the Internet and feminine power,” said Lena. I don’t know how I missed this when it was first released last winter, but I’m so happy I found it.

The City and Us | 3 Great Podcasts

Modern Love: The Podcast

This podcast brings to life some of the favorite essays from the NYTimes Modern Love column, read by familiar voices such as Jason Alexander, Emmy Rossum, Dakota Fanning, and Judd Apatow. Here are four episodes I loved: ‘Seesawing Libidos,’ ‘One Last Swirl,’ ‘A Millennial’s Guide To Kissing,’ and ‘Mom/Not Mom/Aunt.’

The City and Us | 3 Great Podcasts

The Intern

Allison Behringer tells her honest story of navigating New York City and a new career in tech and media in this new podcast. Until recently, I worked in the same office as Allison in the Meatpacking District, and funnily enough, our stories in NYC are similar in many ways. Allison explores what it means to find your place at startup, which can be challenging if you’re coming from a career that’s not related to startups (Allison worked non-profits before moving to NYC), the instability of startup jobs, and negotiating salaries. I’d recommend this for anyone interested in startups and NYC.

What podcasts do you love? 

 

PS. Another favorite podcast.

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How was your weekend?

March 29, 2016

The City and Us | Dartmouth College Campus

How was your weekend? Did you do anything for Easter? We planned to have a lazy weekend around Brooklyn, but instead, we took a bus early Thursday morning to Vermont for a few days. We haven’t been back since Christmas, it was so nice to see everyone.

I’m looking forward to catching up over the next couple days. Hope your week is off to a good start. xx

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11 Photos of Napping Humans & Tips for the Ultimate Nap

March 18, 2016

The City and Us | 11 Photos of Humans Napping

Are you a napper? Dan is a hardcore napper. I’d guess he fits in a good nap once each weekend, and when he’s lucky, he’ll get in a short 20-minute nap after work once every couple of weeks. Sometimes I wish I could fall into a dreamy sleep for 45 minutes as easily as he does, but I’ve never really been a good napper. I’m more of an “once I’m up, I’m up” person. (Except for in college, I napped a couple times a week. But didn’t everyone? ; ) What about you? Do you nap?

Since today is World Sleep Day, here are 11 restful photos of napping humans, and a Napping 101 guide by Casper, an online mattress company. The guide highlights the benefits of fitting in a nap on a busy day–like reducing stress, increasing productivity, and boosting memory–and tips for the ultimate nap–check it out below!

11 Photos of Humans Napping | The City and Us

A boy and his dog sleeping in the summer by Izabela Urbaniak.

11 Photos of Humans Napping | The City and Us

Tippi Degre sleeping with a lion cub.

11 Photos of Humans Napping | The City and Us

Boy in a diary farm in New Brunswick, Canada by Joseph John Kotlowski for National Geographic.

11 Photos of Humans Napping | The City and Us

Theo and Evvie.

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Weekly Mini Challenge / 04

March 17, 2016

The City and Us | Weekly Mini Challenge / 04

We spent a week showing our love for others, so it only seems fair that we take a week for ourselves, right? As Aziz Ansari and Marietta ‘Retta” Sirleaf say, ‘Treat. Yo. Self.’

Here are seven fun ideas…feel free to add more in the comments…

  1. Soak in a bubble bath with a glass of wine for as long as you want.
  2. Splurge on something you use every day, like lotion, mascara, or perfume.
  3. Buy a colorful bouquet of flowers for your bedroom.
  4. Netflix & chill.
  5. Go on a long stroll or jog around the neighborhood.
  6. Take a good book to the park, find a spot in the sun, and read for the afternoon. (Leave your phone at home.)
  7. Naps.

Have fun with this one, friends. ‘Treat yo self!’ x

 

(Photo by Vogue.)

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Weekly Mini Challenge / 03 Recap

March 12, 2016

The City and Us | Weekly Mini Challenge / 03 Recap

How’d you do with the one-line-a-day journaling challenge? I liked the low commitment of one or two sentences, didn’t you? At most, it took me a couple minutes to write an entry, and I learned that if I missed a day it wasn’t a big deal because remembering one detail from the previous day isn’t hard.

Here’s my week in one-line-a-day journal entries…

03.03: Ran three miles on the treadmill with a stomach ache.

03.04: TGIFridays IS FUN.

03.05: Intense games of Sorry! and Asshole at the bar with friends. Smooched on 8th Ave and 2nd Street on the walk home.

03.06: Delicious brunch of Huevos Rancheros at Grand Canyon Diner followed by NAPS.

03.07: Blarg…Mondays.

03.08: Ran the loop in Prospect Park with Dan; first outside run together in months.

03.09: Hello Spring! (Also, hot and sweaty ‘tempo run’ at the gym after work.)

03.10: Inside Out movie is great.

03.11: Ping pong. Fuseball. Gum ball machine. Red phone booth.

 

What’d you think of this short-form journaling? I’m going to try and stick with it.

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Etsy Find: Dinosaur Planters

March 9, 2016

The City and Us | Dinosaur Planters

What quirky little decor things do you have around your home? Any random colorful things on your shelves, hanging from your walls, lining your windowsills? The ones that add character to your space, spark conversation when friends are over for wine and cheese night?

We have two antique brass birds that catch the attention of visitors. I use one as a book end and the other one hangs out with the succulents. We also have a tiny gold-spray-painted unicorn figurine in one of the succulent plants that gets a lot of questions.

We’re loving these dinosaur planters from the Etsy shop Two Tress Botanicals. They’d be fun displayed on a coffee table, don’t you think?

The City and Us | Dinosaur Planters

The City and Us | Dinosaur Planters

The City and Us | Dinosaur Planters

The City and Us | Dinosaur Planters

Thoughts? Which is your favorite? I love the gold Triceratops and Stegosaurus.

See the whole collection of dinosaur planters, here.

 

(All images from Two Trees Botanicals.)

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Happy Weekend & Links

March 5, 2016

The City and Us | Weekend Links

What are your plans this weekend? We’re celebrating a friend’s birthday tonight at one of our favorite local bars, and laying low tomorrow. Hope you have a good one and here are some links from around the web…

 

iSideWith is a helpful site that surveys you on your political views and matches the presidential candidate that is best for you. I’d highly recommend it!

This video of the  U.S. women’s gymnastics team is incredible.

Wes Anderson tributes.

A pretty and simple master bathroom update.

Oleg Oprisco photography is some of the most beautiful I’ve seen.

What you’d have to earn to be in the top 1% in each state.

“Cut the beauty fat.”

LOVE these mermaid greeting cards.

“If men had periods – manpons”

 

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Weekly Mini Challenge / 03

March 3, 2016

The City and Us | Weekly Mini Challenge / 03

Do you keep a journal? I’m a sporadic journaler. There are some months when I’ll write pages and pages each day, and others when I won’t write a word. On my 26th birthday, I challenged myself to keep a journal for the entire year. (The first line reads, “Today is my 26th birthday. 26. I’m not sure I can believe it.” Ha.) I thought it would be fun to look back in 5, 10, 15 years and remember what happened that year–what I was like, what I went through.

I kept it up for a couple months, and then the holidays happened and I stopped. There are a few random entries–February 27th, March 21st, July 12th–but long breaks between. I’ll flip through the pages and start to really regret not writing something–anything–during those gaps. I think I put too much pressure on it; I thought I had to write a full page or nothing at all, and more often than not, I just wouldn’t write.

But the idea of keeping a one-line-a-day journal sounds like a perfect solution. It gives you the written record of your day-to-day but without the commitment of writing a long entry. There’s also a bit of strategy involved since there’s so little room. Short, sweet, and to the point! Sounds manageable, don’t you think?

Let’s spend the next week jotting down one line each day in a journal! Who’s with me?

 

PS. There are actual one-line-a-day journals that are super cute, like this one from Urban Outfitters that lasts five years and this one that’s specifically for Moms.

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What Are You Reading These Days?

March 2, 2016

What Are You Reading These Days? | The City and Us

I’m looking for book recommendations. What are you reading these days? Anything good? On Valentine’s Day, Dan and I randomly popped into a thrift shop in Park Slope on our way back from brunch and bought this copy of Withering Heights. It was only $3.27! Have you read it? I know the storyline, of course, but have never read it.

My friend raved about The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. The plot summary has me intrigued. Another friend, who recently made a bold career move, highly recommended YOU are a BADASS by Jen Sincero. My copy came in the mail this weekend, and I’m excited to start it. Dan is reading Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow and loving it.

What are you reading? Any good recommendations? 

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Weekly Mini Challenge / 02 Recap

February 29, 2016

The City and Us | Weekly Mini Challenge / 02 Recap

The second Weekly Mini Challenge was to say “I love you” without saying a word, think: leaving little love notes around the house, having a glass of wine ready after a long day at work, and putting toothpaste on his/her toothbrush and leaving it lying on the sink before bed.

We had two lazy weekend mornings of coffee and breakfast in bed–the best way to spend a weekend morning, and during the week, I did a boring errand and bought deodorant on my way home from work. If you’re playing along, how’d you do? Did you learn anything interesting?

The thing I remember most from this challenge is something that Dan did for me after a tough day at work. I was drained, so instead of my usual after-work run I planned to go home and turn my brain off, maybe watch some mindless TV and just chill. When I walked through the door, a bottle of my favorite red wine, crackers and hummus were waiting. It was just what I needed because instead of sinking into the couch and sulking for the night, we hung out in the kitchen and chatted, which instantly put me in a better mood.

What did you do to say “I love you” without saying a word? Leave your update in the comment section, if you’d like. I’d love to hear.

And check back on Thursday for the third installment of the Weekly Mini Challenge.

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