Why aren’t you listening to this?

earSometimes we need to hear something at the right time for it to click. Here are two things I listened to recently that I had to share with you and I hope it falls on your ears at the right time as well.

In this brief, one-minute illustration, Ira Glass speaks of the difficult growth processes of creativity. What he says is so obvious and true but I never thought of it that way.

Are you done watching it? Great! What did you think about it?

Next up, is a podcast my friend, Tricia recommended. A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment is by Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter, two accomplished and incredible authors. I loved hearing their candid view of the creative struggle and their vulnerability in sharing works in progress. The episodes are about an hour long, but well worth it.

I’ve been slow to jump on the podcast bandwagon but I’m starting to appreciate them. (In case you’re not familiar with the term, a podcast is simply a recording online. They’re usually free to listen to or you can pay to download them).

Do you have any podcasts you’d recommend? What do you like about them?

Potatoes, Santas, and Christmas Lights

Last Friday I wanted to surprise Mike with a walk through Dyker Heights Christmas Lights, but I got sidetracked  On the way there, Mike mentioned that Papaya Dog had the best french fries in NY. I could not let him get away with such a bold lie, so I delayed the Christmas lights extravaganza for a fry off. First we went to Papaya Dog on 14th st and 1st ave, and got his lame excuse for fries (can you tell I’m biased?):

Mike eating the Papaya Dog fries

Mike eating the Papaya Dog fries

A close up:

I must admit I've had these fries sober. They're a great late night snack after dancing

I’ve only ever had these fries after a long night of drinking.

Then we walked down to Pommes Frites and got real fries. Located on 2nd ave. between 8th and 7th st, this has long been my favorite spot for fries. Twice fried, they are crispy but they maintain the potato’s integrity. My eyes say it all:

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I was begging Mike to take the picture quickly so I could start gorging on fries.

Not only are the fries amazing, they also have over fifty delicious condiments to try. I always recommend the sweet mango chutney, but I’m also a fan of ketchup and mayo.

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So many options! They’ll let you try any condiment for free.

I was the clear victor, but Mike was stubborn and clung to his claim. Well I’m writing this post, so I won.

As we walked back to the subway, painfully stuffed with fries, we noticed a ton of Santas walking around. Apparently it was Santacon, and we did not get the invitation. It must have been very confusing for little kids to see so many Santas all at once, especially the Santa throwing up next to the dumpsters.

This was the saddest Santa I saw

This was the saddest Santa I’ve ever seen.

I guess he wasn’t invited to the party:

Who knew Santas love BBQ?

Who knew Santas love BBQ?

After another 40 minutes on the subway we got to Dyker Heights which is known for putting on quite a spectacle. I will leave you with these pictures:

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My favorite one.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!