Thursday, August 8, 2013

New York City Finale


Hey friendlies! As well as writing up my daily blogs for My New York City Adventure, I also made this little video while I was there. Now, I don't have the best quality camera or the steadiest hand, but I did my best. I really enjoy watching it and I thought I'd share it with you guys!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Vacation Day 4

By Sunday, my feet were feeling the pain. Luckily, Daniel is the sweetest and was okay taking it easy. We slept in and went to Maya on the Upper East Side for unlimited brunch. This may be a little tedious and overwhelming, but I want to remember everything so here's what we ate:


  • fresh fruit seasoned with "chile limone
  • chipolte crispy bacon 
  • arugula salad with slivered almond, cranberry, chipolte balsamic, and panela cheese
  • smoked brisket tacos with creamy chile slaw and pickled onion
  • chicken tinga tacos with pico de gallo, crema fresca, and black bean
  • chicken enchiladas: corn tortilla, tomatillo sauce, gouda, crema fresca, and pickled chiles
  • huitlacoche and wild mushroom enchiladas: corn tortilla, chayote salad, roasted garlic, mexican ricotta, chile sauce
  • chicken tamal: corn masa, shredded chicken, chipotle tomato sauce
  • pan dulce: mexican french toast, chipolte cajeta, nutella, bananas, topped with whipped crema fresca
  • chilaquiles divorciados: poached eggs, tortillas, red sauce, green sauce, black bean


And we both had margaritas for our drinks. We hung out for the whole two hour limit chatting and eating, then we made our way down to see Potted Potter, an unauthorized Harry Potter experience. It was literally none of the funniest shows I've ever seen.


After the show we headed to Roosevelt Island. This was another one of my "must see" things on the list and I was so glad Daniel enjoyed it too! From the tip of the park you could see Long Island and just feeling the wind and smelling the salt water was amazing. We sat for a while watching the waves and talking about the trip. It started to sink in that I was leaving the next day.


We headed back to Williamsburg to eat at Juliette. According to their website, it has original French lighting, table stands and signage to create an authentic French brasserie atmosphere. Our antique bar – circa 1930 – anchors the entrance. When we sat down I saw escargot on the menu and was instantly excited. I begged Daniel to try it for the first time and he obliged. I also got homemade parmesan gnocchi with imported speck and peas. After the first bite I decided I needed to know how to make this. 
 
On the way home we stopped at Williamsburg Creamery and got delicious butterscotch swirl ice cream. We ate as we walked and I tried to take in every detail of Daniel's streets. I hardly fell asleep that night knowing that at 4 am, it would all be over.

I woke up on Monday and packed the last of my things. Then I sat on the couch with Rachel's cat and ate my left over tiramisu. I went through the pictures on my camera and rewatched my Vine videos on my phone. When the car company called to say they were downstairs, I quietly say goodbye to Daniel. I made my way down the dreaded stairs for the last time and watched the skyline pass as I rode to the airport.


My trip to NYC was absolutely amazing thanks to my best friend Daniel. I'm so lucky and grateful to have him in my life. Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about something we did while I was there. On the flight home I was already planning my next trip! Maybe around Christmas time next time...

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Vacation Day 3



On Saturday, we were some lazy bums and slept in until 11ish before heading to Pies-n-Thighs for brunch. I got their scramble - eggs with zucchini, goat cheese, and basil with home fries and a biscuit. Daniel got a fried chicken basket with a side of bacon. We both got Wamosas (watermelon puree with champagne) and split a pecan crunch donut.Then we headed to Artists and Fleas, a weekly artist, designer, and vintage market in Williamsburg. I found a sweet necklace: gold plated TRex skull with a gold plated pig in it's mouth; however, at $120, I decided it was not that cute. The market had a lot of cool vintage wear and lots of eclectic booths. If I was living in NYC, I would definitely head there at least once a month. Then we walked a very short ways to the East River Waterfront.The view was gorgeous and we got some very nice girls to take our picture with the city in the background.

Then we headed to Union Square to, very randomly, meet one of my absolute favorite Viners - Rudy Mancouso. Daniel watched as I pushed my way thru the crowd to get a seven second video of myself with him, mostly to make my dad's day. That was an experience all on it's own; girls were crying! If you have a vine, you must follow him. Rudy's funny, talented, and now I can say - a genuinely nice guy.

Next we headed to the Gansevoort Hotel rooftop. You guys. If you go on one rooftop, make it this one. You can see just about everything you could ever need from here. They have ample seating, though the pool is just for guests, and a bar so you really could stay up there all day.

We, of course, had to stop by Carrie Bradshaw's apartment while in Greenwich Village. Funnily enough, the first time Daniel laid eyes on it in person, it was on accident! Then he took me to Big Gay Ice Cream. It was so hot outside, I just got plain vanilla in a cup, but what I wanted to try was a Bea Arthur. Along with vanilla ice cream, a Bea Arthur is infused with dulce de leche and covered in crushed 'nilla wafers. Daniel got a Salty Pimp, which seemed to be a very popular choice. It is once again vanilla ice cream with dulce de leche, but also sea salt and then covered with a hard chocolate dip! It looked so yummy! Their logo has rainbows and unicorns, so you know I was all about that!

Then we headed to Central Park to see She & Him. This concert was how Daniel tricked me
into visiting him in the first place. He bought my ticket for my birthday and how could I possibly let that go to waste?? The concert was absolutely amazing. Camera Obscura opened and then She & Him played for about two hours. Two of my favorite parts were the most stripped down. For one song, Zooey Deschanel sang with her two back up singers and for another just Zooey D and M Ward sang. They're all so talented, to hear them without all the extra instruments for a change was lovely. Don't get me wrong, the rest of the concert with all the instruments was extremely amazing too, I'm just a sucker for the simple.

For dinner we headed back to Brooklyn, an Italian place called Acqua Santa. I had "petto di pollo al salmoriglio" which is a chicken breast brick oven baked with an infusion of garlic, oil, vinegar, mint, and herbs. It's served with roasted potatoes and a mixture of zuchinni, squash, and carrots. The chicken was tender and delicious, everything I wanted. I got a tiramisu to go and it was the perfect breakfast a few days later.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Vacation Day 2




  Friday we woke up oh so early and headed to Central Park. On the way, we stopped at D's favorite bagel place, Bagel Smith and got a sesame seed bagel with bacon scallion cream cheese to split. Oh yes, it's as heavenly as it sounds. Every day I've been to work since I got back I stop at Old School Bagel Cafe and get the closet thing they have: sesame seed bagel with chive and onion cream cheese.

After the bagel filled subway ride, we waited in line to see Imagine Dragons on Good Morning America. It was quite the experience, seeing the crowd cheer on command and dancing through sound check only to hear the same four songs when we went live. I was not disappointed at all of course, just a different kind of concert than I'm used to. That being said - Imagine Dragons was incredible. They have great energy and seemed so chill. I want to see them in a real concert setting for sure! Then Daniel took me on a mini tour of Central Park, leading to one of the "must see"s on my list - the Alice statue. I could've sat there for days! We then went to the Central Park Zoo which I was really excited about because, even though it's smaller, they have an arctic and a tropic zone! We didn't get to see the snow leopard, but the penguins were in full comedic force and the red pandas actually moved around! We also saw a swan bite a guys shoe! Luckily, he was holding his son - I can only imagine how awful that would've been.

 


We explored 5th ave, stopping at Tiffanys for an obligatory picture of course, but what I ended up being most excited about was the Louis Vuitton window displays! I had read that they were going to be using dinosaur skeletons painted gold, but didn't know when or where and lo and behold - we found them! I hadn't even said anything to Daniel about them, we just happened to walk by! We went to the Apple Store also which was just massive and overwhelming, granted I think that about the one in Penn Square mall!

We went to St Patrick's, Daniel's favorite cathedral and I can definitely see why. I lit a candle for my grandma there and just gaped at the fantastic architecture and stained glass. The amount of effort and time put into churches always astounds me; how much we as humans are willing to do to show our love.

Then came Rockefeller Center, the Lego store, NBC studio store, and the Gorilla Cheese Truck. We both ate smoked gouda with bbq pulled pork and onions on wheat bread; mine with a sweet thai chili sauce. We took our sandwiches back to Smack Pack where Daniel works and ate in the AC. I loved his office, almost homey with doodles on the white board and every one's desk area just a little personalized.

After our little rest, we headed to the New York Public Library with one thing on my mind: Pooh Bear. The original Winnie and friends that inspired A.A.Milne to write the book are housed in the children's library; however, after we made our way downstairs we discovered that they were not. Going back to the main floor, we found The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter, a special exhibit. Not only did we find Pooh, but Alice (in Wonderland) and Max (Where the Wild Things Are)! They even had one of my favorite books as a kid on display: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. It was another unexpected treasure of our journey. The exhibit is on display until March 23, 2014 if you happen to be in NYC.

A quick stop at Grand Central station before heading to the MOMA for Uniqlo Free Friday... But wait. The line for "free Friday" was almost circling the entire block! Even though I didn't get to go the MOMA on my first trip either, we both decided it wasn't worth the wait and headed to Greenwich Village. A little ahead of schedule, we decided to get some Starbucks and chat before going to see The Accidental Pervert, an off-off-Broadway one man show. The show was definitely an experience. I found the content funny, but at times the delivery was a little awkward. The third wall was broken a little too often for my taste and took me out of his story. The ending was kind of abrupt, but I won't ruin it for you. The show itself was hilarious and interesting, but I just wish he would've stuck to the "script" a bit more. We met and took a picture with him afterwards and I found him to be a very nice stand up guy.


We stopped at a pub to split a salad and get a round of drinks before making it to Marie's Crisis. This was definitely a highlight of the trip. Marie's is a little dive bar, said with all the love in my heart, that is loudly and proudly "pro-gay". The bar itself is nothing impressive, take a few steps down to a room with a piano and not fifteen steps across the room is the bar. They only serve two ingredient drinks - rum and coke, vodka tonic, gin and soda - the fanciest drink I saw made a Bloody Mary. But baby, you don't go there for the drinks! You go for the singing! Broadway show-tunes, new and old; from Oklahoma to Annie to Les Mis, there's something for everyone. And surprisingly, in a a crowded loud bar, we met and talked to three of the nicest couples, all together 15+ years. I mean good conversation too about the hardships of being a gay couple in the south to the differences between our generation and their's. It was absolutely incredible.

Tipsy, tired, and thoughtful we took a cab back to Brooklyn.
I feel asleep humming "raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens..."

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Vacation: Day 1

 On the Fourth of July I woke up in Williamsburg.

Daniel and I got ready and made our way down to Soho. The Strand book store wasn't open yet, so we slipped out of the heat into a small cafe across the street for coffee. I saw a butter croissant and couldn't help myself. I also bought my first macroon which I tucked away in my purse for later (it was lemonade and delicious). We sat for about an hour and just chatted. It wasn't anything that they would put in a guide book, but getting to catch up with one of my best friends was definitely a trip highlight. The Strand opened at 11 and we headed inside to browse. I ended up getting two of the three souvenirs I purchased for myself here: the Pride and Prejudice with the cover I've been looking all over for and a Strand tote.

We left and as we walked the streets, I couldn't help but pause and take pictures: the architecture, the graffiti, the street signs! We ate lunch at Katz deli (made famous by When Harry Met Sally) which won my heart over with pastrami on rye with mustard. Then we headed to the National September 11Memorial. I can't really describe how that experience was. I can't say it was "fun" or "great", but I'm so glad we went.
Next, to lighten things up, we headed to the Museum of Sex. My favorite part of the museum was the exhibit: The Sex Lives of Animals. Description: From same sex pairings and masturbation to dolphin blowhole sex and panda porn, The Sex Lives of Animals establishes a “new natural history” and exposes how humans may not be the only species in the animal kingdom engaging in sex for pleasure. I really liked the sculptures that were featured in this exhibit but I also just liked reading all the different facts. If you know anything about me you should know that I fucking love nature; as long it's not crawling on or biting me.

After we looked through the three exhibits we headed to the basement where the museum bar was located. I had a Sweet Tits which tasty like minty Christmas perfection. TVs around the seating areas were showing pivotal sexual moments in cinematic history (think Lolita and Mrs Robinson). The movie Daniel and I wanted to see based on its description was Caligula. The clip they kept showing made no sense to us and we analyzed the logistics of the sexual act being shown.

After our drinks, we headed to Eatly after this to browse all the yummy foods and of course we couldn't leave without some gelato. My chocolate chip was outstanding. Then, both tired, we headed back to Brooklyn to take a nap. Daniel woke me up just in time for fireworks on his rooftop. It was such a nice night, just sitting out and chatting. Definitely one of my best fourth of July's.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

My Vacation: Day 1/2


My mom dropped me off at the airport and I found my flight was delayed an hour due to rain in Atlanta I settled in with "Wolf at the Table" by Augusten Burroughs and some iced coffee.

When we landed in I got some lunch and people watched while I waited for my flight to LGA to start boarding. I had a window seat for this ride and was able to take some cloud pictures which are some of my favorite things. I was listening to "Welcome Home Son" by Radical Face when I got my first glimpse of NYC. Even though I was tired and ready to see Daniel when I saw the skyline my brain was instantly quieted. New York City! We landed, I got my little suitcase and got in a cab. The cabbie was talking to me, asking where I was from, etc etc, but I was just trying to take it all in. We were on the highway and there was not a very good view. Finally, a break in the concrete barriers and I saw it - The Empire State building (along with the Chrysler building of course). Again, my brain was silenced. I was here!

I got to Daniel's building and walked up his 5 story walk up for the first of many times on my trip. I was definitely not prepared in my maxi dress and roller bag. I tripped and almost fell many times as I slowly made my way up to his apartment huffing and puffing. (very important tangent: my phone had died or else I fully assure you D would've been helping his poor little fat friend up the stairs) I knocked pathetically on the door and his roommate Rachel let me in. I'm pretty sure I said something like "hiyou'rereallyprettyican'tbreathe" and walked right past her. I gave Daniel a nod and collapsed on his bed. Oh yeah, your girl needs to start exercising. After I stopped hyperventilating, we said our proper hellos. Then the three of us headed down the street to Traif.


We had a longer wait, but the manager offered to comp a round of drinks and dessert so I didn't really mind the wait. (Plus, I was in NEW YORK CITY.) I have to say this place was the perfect first restaurant. It's a tapas restaurant (small savory dishes, think appetizer size) and they have a mix of "heavy" and "lighter" options. We all picked a heavy and light option, sharing all six plates between the three of us. Here's our menu, light to heavy:

  • blistered shishito peppers, cantaloupe, marconas, feta, mint, orange
  • green asparagus, pistachios, shaved radish-celery-carrot, yogurt, tarragon, citrus vin.
  • baby spinach, sugar snaps, red grapes, currants, sunflower seeds, feta, spiced vin
  • bbq, braised short rib sliders, sweet potato fries, smoked paprika aioli
  • seared foie gras, yukon potatoes, bacon, sunny egg, maple, hot sauce
  • dayboat scallops, snap and english pea risotto, lemon-caper brown butter

The drink I got was a Dutch Apple Cider (new amsterdam gin, laird's applejack, jk's scrumpy cider, honey, lemon, and peychaud's), but the one I really loved was what D and Rachel got on their second round: a Red Pearl (chili-infused vodka, thai basil, kiwi and citrus sour). It was just so fresh and perfect. Get that drink if you ever go there. The food was all amazing too. For dessert we had bacon donuts, but I could only eat a bite or two after all the delicious food we had.
We headed back to the apartment and I made my way up the stairs again, Daniel assuring me that it would get easier by the end of the trip. This is going to sound cheesy, but I was so happy to be there I would've walked up 10 flights. I would've had to take some breaks but I would've made it. Shower, some planning, getting acquainted with Rachel's cat, and then bed time.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

a little nature

The sun is shining and school is out, it's unofficially officially summer time. I met my cousins this past Saturday and we decided to bring a little of the outdoors in. That's right, we made terrariums. It was more expensive than I thought it would be - averaging, between the four creations, $20 each. However, we all spent different amounts on decorations and containers so individually I'm not sure how much they cost.

First, what do you need? We did succulent terrariums so we had to get:

  • open glass container
  • stones/rocks
  • activated charcoal/carbon
  • succulent soil (has sand in it)
  • succulents/cacti
  • decorations (optional)
We headed to Home Depot first where we got our succulents, but they did not have the specialty soil that we needed. The plants cost about $4 each. Then we headed to Dollar Tree where we found small rocks, large rocks, and seashells (which were not used in the end). All for a dollar of course. Then we headed to Hobby Lobby where we bought our decorations - flowers, plastic animals, model cherry blossom trees - and our glass containers which were 50% off. We also all checked out separately and used our 40% off coupons found on their website. Then we headed to Lowe's where we were able to find our specialty succulent soil which was $5. Finally to the fish aisle at Petsmart where we found our activated carbon for $12.

When we got back to the house we unwrapped everything and headed to the patio. First you do about a 2 inch layer of stones/rocks for drainage. Then a layer of carbon to help aerate the soil, followed by a layer of soil. Then you just get your plants, loosen the root ball and plant. Decorating and arranging in your glass container however you see fit.

I think it took longer to shop for the supplies than to actually make our little gardens but we had a lot of fun creating them.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Baby O is on the way!

This past Sunday, I hosted a baby shower for my best friend Rachael. We did a Dr Seuss theme and stayed relatively cheap with the help of the Dollar Tree and free printables!

We held it in a conference room at the Best Western and it ended up being the perfect size and a convenient location. Rachael found the spot!

This was the table you first came to when you walked in the room. It had the photo booth props on it, advice cards, and the "how many fish game", along with pens. The advice cards were designed by our graphic designer friend, Daniel!


The bowtie and the cat in the hat hat for the photo booth are from here. I tried to print out the Lorax moustache but ended up having to free hand it as well as the Thing 1 hair on some foam. I glued all of the cut outs on to poster board then taped to a dowel. The foam we had at the house, poster board was $3 but I used every bit of it, and the dowels were $3 for a pack of a million and four. I don't know what I'm going to do with all of them!

The yellow and green pom poms on the wall were from Hobby Lobby, $5 for a pack of 3. The yellow plastic tubs and the red bowl that you see holding the leis were all from dollar tree (as the leis, the fuzzy flamingo pens, the blue hat, and the windmill flower you will see later).

The Dr Seuss character graphics we used for the poems, advice cards, and food labels are from here.



Next to the first table was the dresser thing with the party favors on it and then the present table. The Dr Seuss books and stuffed animals, Rachael brought. She had all of the books already and the stuffed animals were from Kohls and Ebay. They were great props to set around on the tables with their brights colors! We also hung up pictures I had taken of Rachael and some of her and her husband Brantlee on clothesline to show them off. I hadn't put them on Facebook so they were a surprise for everyone at the shower! Rachael provided the Dr Seuss onesies and the bibs shown, which are reusable obviously. She also the super cute diaper cake that everyone was talking about with Horton on top!

Another thing I made was the balloon wreath. I bought balloons at Dollar Tree, I used about 4 packs, and straight pins at Walmart for $3. Then I went to Hobby Lobby to get the floral foam wreath and the O. Then, while watching Game of Thrones, I stuck the wreath like crazy. I used all of the balloons I could fit on the sucker! The only downside I noticed was that the pins didn't stick super well and I had to reattach a few after transfer. It was cute for the shower though and Rachael took it for her house. I did warn her about the fragility of the thing, but I'll have to ask her how it's doing with her.


The poem by the sanitizer, which was the shower present read: The shower was good, the party was great! Thanks for coming to celebrate! Here's a treat to clean your hands, when you meet the cutest new baby in all the land. Rachael picked out the gift and I loved how she got the four colors we were focusing on in our color scheme! I also found some Dr Seuss "Read More" bookmarks that I set in a, you guessed it, Dollar Tree watering can.



Onto the food right?? We kept the theme going with green eggs and ham (pinwheels and deviled eggs with green food coloring), Truffala tree fruits and dip, poodles noodles (pasta salad), Katroo cake (cupcakes, not pictured), oh the places you'll go cookies (recipe here), moose juice (sprite with lime sherbet), and pink's yink ink drink (pink lemonade. It was all really simple food that everyone knows and enjoys. We didn't have really anything to throw away when the shower was over. We tried to stay true to keeping the characters on the food labels consistent with the book the name came from but sometimes we improvised.


 The paper lanterns on the table were from Michael's
craft store, 2 for a $1. That's where I got the "Horton" mask from too. Rachael's mom got all the plates, forks, napkins, table cloths, cups and the jugs that the drinks went in.

Besides the guess how many fish game, we only played one game: Present Bingo. We printed out empty bingo cards on cardstock and told the guests to fill them out based on what presents you think the baby to be would get. Examples included bottles and diapers. As Rachael was opening her presents, the guests would mark along with her. It made for a very spirited and engaged present opening. My only complaint was that it was over too quickly, as the first three people won prizes and then we were out! Everyone seemed to have a good time with though.

The photo booth and the advice cards were our other activities. Everyone eventually got in the booth once they saw how fun it would be and I told them, blantantly trying to guilt then, "it's for Rachael!". The advice cards weren't such a hit though which kind of bummed me out. I think we got about half of the people to fill them out which I'm so glad, but I was hoping everyone would! I don't have any kids so I get not feeling like you have advice, but I wrote down something that I learned from my mom: make sure your kid always knows they're first. My mom always told me that she would believe me over anyone and that she would protect me no matter what. I believed her and knew that if anything bad happened to me she would always stand behind me and help me out. Just the way Rachael's talking about the baby, I know she's going to be an amazing mom. She hasn't even had it yet and she's already sacrificing for it! (By the way, I'm allowed to call it an "it" because they chose not to find out the gender and I'm trying not to get too expectant for a boy OR a girl.)
I'll leave you with some silly pictures from the photo booth and the shower fun!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"We don't have answers, we have questions."

I heard that on NPR this morning about Boston. What was trying to be conveyed was that all the options for who and why were just speculation, that they had no concrete evidence yet. It could be Al-Qaeda, an American anti-military group, or just one lone man wanting to hurt a lot of people. Even if we do find out who did this, why they're saying they did this - will we ever really understand?After every man-caused tragedy (whether it be a bombing, a mass shooting, a rape or a murder) I never understand why it happened.

In Steubenville they were drunk, they didn't know any better - those were the reasons I was given. I still don't understand why someone would think what they did to that victim was fun, why someone thought it was okay. The attacks on September 11th in New York City happened because of the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia, US support of Israel, and sanctions against Iraq is what Bin Laden told us. I still don't understand why almost 3,000 people had to die for him to show us he was upset. And whatever answer they give us for Boston won't be enough for me.

I don't think I will ever be able to comprehend why someone would want to hurt so many people. Because it's not just the people that were there that were affected - their family, their friends, coworkers, Bostonians. It was also me, sitting at home - no ties to Boston at all, watching the blast on the TV over and over on the news. Feeling my heart break a little every time. Watching the people in shock running away and the people running towards to help. Being overwhelmed in the same moment by human cruelness and decency. And whoever did this knows that I'm hurting. They knew there would be cameras and coverage and that this would affect our nation deeply. They fully knew how devastating this would be, that's why they did it. That's why they call it an act of terror; an act done to use extreme fear to intimidate people.

But I won't be intimidated. In the act of all these terrible things that we do to each other, I'm reminded every day to love. I remember that is does not take a lot to be kind to someone. I try to remember that life is fleeting and not to waste it, not to be scared to say "I love you" or the gooey things I'm usually embarrassed to tell my friends. Maybe I'm more sappy these days, but no one I love will ever say that they don't know how I felt about them. In the wake of these acts caused to promote fear, I am scared. Scared I'm not doing enough to help, scared I'm wasting my precious time here and not following my dreams, my purpose for life. But I am not scared for us as a people. We are strong. We are kind and we always step up to help each other when it comes down to it. There may be a few bad apples in our bunch, but we don't have to give into their hatred.

We may not be close to Boston but we can still help someone today. Give blood, volunteer, donate a bag of old clothes, hold the door open for someone. Keep your hearts soft my loves.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Presidents Day y'all!

When I was in 6th grade, Bill Clinton's face was everywhere because of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. I was not old enough to know anything about lust, but I did know that he was attractive and a captivating speaker. He left office but the jokes did not die down quickly and I continued to see his face for some time. Hillary Clinton announced in January of 2007 that she planned to run for president. This was to be my first time voting in a presidential election and I was very keen to stay up on the candidates. This once again, brought Bill to the forefront of my mind. Though the focus was mostly on his wife, I used this nudge to research my favorite president a little more. I bought his audio book My Life on iTunes and was thrilled to hear it was him reading. I could literally listen to him speak all day.

Bill was our 42nd President, the third youngest president, inaugurated at age 46. He served at the governor of Arkansas for twelve years before becoming president. He's always had a love of reading, learning to do so at age three! He met John F Kennedy at a tour of the White House and after shaking his hand, knew he wanted a career in public service and eventually run for an office. He jogs almost every day and plays golf whenever possible. His favorite color is blue. I know, real hard hitting facts.
Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any US president since World War II.

Since then, he has been involved in humanitarian work and public speaking. He created the William J Clinton Foundation, which addressed issues of global importance. This foundation includes the Clinton Foundation HIV and AIDS Initiative (CHAI), which strives to combat that disease, and has worked with the Australian government toward that end. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), begun by the Clinton Foundation in 2005, attempts to address world problems such as global public health, poverty alleviation and religious and ethnic conflict. In 2005, Clinton announced through his foundation an agreement with manufacturers to stop selling sugared drinks in schools.

He's authored four books, three of which I have yet to listen to. I can fully recommend My Life though and for any one who works in an office like me, I push for you to get the audio version. I love hearing someone tell their own story and Clinton does it like no one else. From 2001 to 2013 that man could say anything and I would just sit back and listen. I don't know why, but his voice calms me. Also, I know he's 66, but I still think he's pretty fucking sexy.