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Undead in Reading, Pennsylvania

Undead in Reading, Pennsylvania

A friend and I were official registered zombies for the 5K obstacle course Zombie Mud Run in Reading, Pennsylvania, part of the 26-year running premiere haunted attraction Shocktoberfest.  Our task: arrive early, become a zombie… and grab the brains, heart and entrails (flags) of the registered human […]

The Great American Eclipse is here!

The Great American Eclipse is here!

I spent my day in Gallatin, Tennessee in the line of totality during the Great American Eclipse.  Since I traveled far and prepared a lot, I thought it best to get there at 2:45 a.m., joined only by singing crickets and several other eclipse chasers […]

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 3: What to Pack

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 3: What to Pack

Water/water thermos Mini cooler to keep your water cold Coffee thermos Sunscreen Sunglasses for sit/wait time Brimmed hat Bug spray Blanket Snacks Roll of toilet paper Cell phone & charger, though cell service will likely be jammed up Plastic champagne flute Solar glasses White towels […]

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 2: We are the Dreamers of Dreams

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 2: We are the Dreamers of Dreams

First: you know how you hear stories of people who try frying turkeys during Thanksgiving and cause an explosion? Or Meth producers who blow up their homes?  Like that, you risk catastrophic consequences if you go staring at the sun willy-nilly without protection–or looking through […]

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 1: Making a Solar Filter for Camera

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 1: Making a Solar Filter for Camera

I made my first reservation related to Great American Eclipse travel in September 2016 …like a big nerd.  Now that it is almost here, along with growing media coverage including its own section in the New York Times last Sunday, I have to make sure my […]

Mermaid Outtakes, Mermaid Parade 2017

Mermaid Outtakes, Mermaid Parade 2017

I’m officially sick of seeing pictures of me as a mermaid “blowing up” on social media (i.e. more than 5 likes). But for posterity, I’ll include some fiddled-with outtakes on you, dear blog. Starting with my at-home mermaid hair. Then, at Coney Island, we got […]

November’s Blur

November’s Blur

For perspective, a stop at Long Island National Cemetery during menial errands on Veterans Day. So many lives. Savory crepes at Lil Choc Apothecary before Choir! Choir! Choir! in Brooklyn. Pulling beets prematurely. Educating the youths.Soon after he raked the yard. #futureman Dinner party planning with the […]

Grape Stomp / Lagusta’s Luscious / New World Home Cooking <br>{Upstate Adventures}

Grape Stomp / Lagusta’s Luscious / New World Home Cooking
{Upstate Adventures}

Robibero Family Vinyards in New Paltz, New York had its annual grape-stomping festival this weekend, the first weekend of autumn. It was the perfect excuse to run north for the day with CP. After managed expectations, I was delighted by the peaceful, bucolic property and the opportunity to check […]

Freezin’ for a Reason, Coney Island New Years Polar Bear Swim

Freezin’ for a Reason, Coney Island New Years Polar Bear Swim

On a beautiful New Years Day 2015, Fluff watched and wondered why we packed up towels, swim caps and a change of clothes. She wondered why I was walking about in my robe, thermal socks and water booties. Starting 2015 off with a splash, we […]

March of the Mermaids

March of the Mermaids

There is nothing that says summer more loudly, perhaps brashly, than Coney Island in Brooklyn. And on the first day of Summer, the day of the annual Mermaid Parade, a merfriend and I took the streets to join the masses of scantily-clad seamen and women, including […]

My First Long Island Vegan Meet-up Event!

My First Long Island Vegan Meet-up Event!

It was a awesome afternoon at Sweet to Lick, Long Island’s first all-vegan bakery! Amazing vegan treats for 25+ Long Island veg-friendly new friends. The place was fully stocked with tons of decadent treats that were sure to have made plenty of repeat customers. We […]

Day 7 in Deutschland, Baking a Cake

Day 7 in Deutschland, Baking a Cake

Today was a special occasion for my friend’s family… so we made a vegan cake! I was excited to use Biovegan’s Zuckerstreusel on top which I had picked up at Bio Bio. We used a coconut-rice milk with the only vinegar in the pantry, white vinegar, […]

Birthday Luau

Birthday Luau

My mother has been looking forward to throwing my sister and father a birthday party for months. My sister’s 40th and my Dad’s 70th are, after all, big milestones. I signed on for the planning fun and it almost swept me away. Luckily, I’m on […]

Self-evident

Self-evident

With original copies of the Declaration of Independence & Bill of Rights on display at the New York Public Library, I knew I had to seize the rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of America’s most important historical documents on display together for the first […]

A Vegan Wedding!

A Vegan Wedding!

My beloved friends Andrea and Tim tied the knot this past Friday! If that isn’t happiness enough, the bouncingly happy couple brought the quasi-wedding party and both sides of the family to the beloved Candle 79, New York City’s best vegan upscale restaurant. The very […]

Vegan New England, Part 2: “This may very well renew my faith in humankind.” – M. Berman

Vegan New England, Part 2: “This may very well renew my faith in humankind.” – M. Berman

Cohasset, Massachusetts is an idyllic setting for New England lovebirds. The ceremony took place in the town’s common, a collection of charming buildings, in a church with a tall steeple poking at the sky. The staff of the Barker Tavern in gorgeous Cohasset, Mass. were […]

Caribbean Chicken Zombie Brain Cupcakes

Caribbean Chicken Zombie Brain Cupcakes

My very dear and talented Artsparrow hosted a book release party for her first published book, The Zombie Autopsies. But first! 200 undead mini-cupcakes were needed, grey in color and with bright pink brains. The gals and I spent the evening before working through the […]

Birthday Part 1: The Kids & The Cupcake

Birthday Part 1: The Kids & The Cupcake

I haven’t worked on my birthday since “working” was hanging out behind a cash register with a group of sneering misfits rolling our eyes at Celine Dion cd purchases. In between then and now a work day consisted of upholstered cubicle walls, nonsensical meetings and […]

Spoiled Sweet

Spoiled Sweet

I am going to try to milk the graduation thing much longer than today. Yeah, why the heck not? I’ll have it preemptively excuse my raucous behavior come Friday, when the official celebratory drinks are set, and use it to collect long complimentary comment strands […]

Vegan Cupcakes For Haiti

Vegan Cupcakes For Haiti

With a generous contribution of ingredient mula from J. “Whoa Whoa Whoa” Roth and a pint of midnight oil, I whipped up 2 batches of vegan cupcakes (VCTOTW‘s basic vanilla with chocolate ganache and basic chocolate with buttercream) for Vegan Drinks‘ Vegan Bake Sale for […]

Giving Thanks, Part II: Food Not Bombs

Giving Thanks, Part II: Food Not Bombs

I am thankful for the ability to put my ideals in action. This past weekend I had the chance to partake in a very special event hosted by Long Island Food Not Bombs. I helped share thousands of pounds of packaged foods, hot, prepared vegan […]

VeganMoFo #19: Medieval Times?

VeganMoFo #19: Medieval Times?

Yes, Medieval Times has vegan options. It was mostly irony that compelled me to partake in their Birthday Fellowship deal, which entitled me to free admission. And luckily I knew an enthusiastic group willing to partake in the tournament and dinner show in the castle […]

Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island / VeganMoFo #5: Karen Zucchini Muffins

Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island / VeganMoFo #5: Karen Zucchini Muffins

/ I often feel I was born in the wrong era. Though I have taken to the 00’s I suppose, I pine for old time aesthetics. I love the smack of a type writer, tintype photography, cloche hats, Ada Jones. From the satisfying scratch of […]