I got obsessed with finding the perfect coffee table. I'd actually been on the hunt for years, but could never find one quite right. Then I went to ABC Home & Carpet in NYC (fancy store filled with silk pillows that cost hundreds of dollars, rugs that cost thousands, and furniture). I found a few cool ones that weren't quite right but I thought maybe I could settle with––the cheapest was 350 I think. Then I went to the store next door called Environment Furniture. They had some "reclaimed" wood furniture that caught my eye:

And then my friend Julia sent me a link for coffee tables made from bowling alley wood, which was super cool. The trim on one of them caught my eye:

So, after price checking, I discovered that these small tables run from 1,000 to 3,000 dollars! Yikes! Wow. Therefore I concluded that the only smart thing to do would be to make my own. My father found some spare would in the house the bought last year––old floor boards––perfect! Then my father and I made a trip to Home Depot. I grabbed some plumbing pipes, metal strips, some stain and silvery-black spray paint, and I was set to go. My dad cut the wood and metal and I did the spray painting and putting together. This is the final product:

Not to bad, right? And I saved a lot of money!

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I've been taking photos of street art - graffiti and such - for a while. I'm working on compiling it all. Check out some photos of art I took in Brooklyn here.

There's much more to come!

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I had about a week and a half of saved voice mail that I deleted and recorded at the same time. It's ridiculous. It's ALL doctors, except for the occasional idiotic sister message thrown in for a good laugh. For the funny/sad listen, go here.

Also, this is a brief conversation I had a while ago with my little sister regarding her birth certificate, or lack of.... Listen here.

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If you've been a reader of my Fireside Chat (I promise there will be new stuff soon!) then you may recall that I put up a video of how to moonwalk. If you don't recall, here it is again:

 

So a while back a fellow author/illustrator––Daniel Mahoney––wrote to me explaining how enthused he was about the moonwalk I posted on my blog. He sent me a video of himself and a coworker practicing in the hallways. This cracks me up!

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So project one is definitely to get better at the moonwalk. Everyone watching the video above should be encouraged to do the same! Project number two for me involves a Unicycle. I ordered one on ebay and I can't wait to start practicing! I was encouraged to take up this new challenge after meeting up with some of the Blue Rose Ladies this weekend. Linda, our circus-savy puppet master brought us to watch a unicycle group that meets every Sunday by Yale in New Haven. It was so cool to watch!

unicycle

 

unicycle

Below is what I ordered.

unicycle

It's obviously a hard skill to acquire but I know I can do it. I can already juggle and do stilts so I know I can do this. Stay tuned to watch my progress!

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Lastly, I'm working on a book about garbage. This is a fun Sesame Street video on the topic:

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