In which the author tells you how to run your life -- or at least how to make the most of the fun parts of it.

For instance, inside these pages you will learn how to weather a mortar attack in good spirits; how to avoid booking yourself on the Internet into a bed and breakfast full of twee quilts and dusty tchotkes; and how to plan a dinner party that will stun your guests with deliciousness and style and not destroy your will to live with the amount of work you have to do to pull it off.

These are things I know firsthand, and things people who know me often ask me about (though I usually just book them into bed and breakfasts myself -- identifying ruffled death traps is an acquired skill). I am almost always right about everything (food, style and travel-related, anyway, and often many other things) and if everyone would just do as I say, dinner would taste better, cupcakes would not be dry, your parties would be more fun (for you), and mortar attacks... well, they always suck. I can't do anything about them.

*except laundry. I can't manage my own laundry, much less yours.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Most of my readers are foot fetishists.

I'm pretty certain. I'm pleased -- whatever gets you here, and hopefully you are interested enough to stay and learn how to make stock or not get fired or whatever. But week after week, my stats tell me that my most read post is  How To Walk Around In High Heels All Day and you got here by doing a google image search of high heels.

There was a time when my second top search was "Nate Berkus Bare Feet"... This one's for you! Thanks for reading! Happy new year!


  1. This is so hilarious! That is exactly how I ended up on your blog. I fell in love with these shoes and followed the link to your site. Thanks for giving me a a great laugh.

    On a completely different topic - I have to tell you I am totally envious of the varied and exciting career paths you have taken. My top "dream" jobs were to work as a war correspondent or as a reporter in Washington, D.C., and you've done both. Color me enviously green!

    Pardon me now while I live vicariously through you.....

  2. Ha! Hi Deborah! Thank you, and I have been very lucky, career wise... things just kind of lined up for me (that's not to say I didn't work hard... I did -- industrial trade press for 6 years learning the ins and out of the Pentagon budget, stealth technology and horribly boring computer things). They were all really fun, though... aided by the fact that I didn't have kids (or even a boyfriend for about 10 years...) I think that helps a lot in journalism, which is a pain in the ass and very demanding -- no split loyalties!