leslie, the pilgrim

leslie, the pilgrim cooks here:

she prepares this:

she serves her guests here:

she wears this:

while she cooks, she jams to this:

she reads this (while recovering from turkey-coma):


voting, water, skyfall and busted metro systems

here’s my week in a list.

1. voting – on tuesday, like the majority of Americans i went to the polling station, stood in line and waited to make my voice heard.  i got a little teary-eyed when i thought about those who fought for the vote for all.  if you are a fan of women’s suffrage and/or lady gaga [you know i am], then you’ll love the video below.

2. water – this week i completed week 1 of the weekly wellness challenge.  i didn’t see a lot of differences in my wellness, besides being thirstier and having to use the lady’s room a little more than usual. this next week is going to be a real challenge. getting to bed early is hard for me, especially when there are so many things to watch on netflix.

3. art in the city – saturday i was supposed to meet my boss for an artist lecture at the national gallery. i didn’t want to fuss with parking, so i opted to take the metro. there was crazy construction on the metro line. long story short, i was an hour late for the lecture, so i decided to just skip and go to the hirshorn museum. i saw the exhibit of ai weiwei [a favorite of mine], clyfford still [a new favorite], and other fantastic artists, all of who i studied in school [think francis bacon and calder]. it was such a fantastic museum outing. huzzah for city living!

4. skyfall – like the majority of women, i have a weakness for men in suits, especially suits made by the exquisite tom ford. men of the world, tom for is who should be styling you.

i mean, come on. a well dressed man, sitting in the national gallery, staring at a turner. be still my heart.

and, like the majority of humans, i love a good action flick. and i love the new bond series.  daniel craig is a great bond. and eve was awesome as a bond girl  woman.  the plot was great.  the cinematography was great.  the action was great. the cars were great. in summation, everything about this movie was great. strike that, for about twenty minutes i was wondering why on earth anyone would let his keep that terrible fuzz beard.  thank goodness eve helped him shave it off.  it was seriously killing the mood.



lessons to learn in your early twenties

today my boss took me out to a delicious lunch to celebrate my birthday (which i celebrated in the aftermath of hurricane sandy).  while feasting on burgers with blue cheese [yum], she gave me the advice she wished she had known when she was my age.

1. work on making lasting friendships

since facebook was invented, my motivation to work on friendships has plummeted 200%. it’s so easy to have a virtual friendship. i stalk my friends, frenemies and outright enemies. instead of calling up a friend to get an update on her life, i stalk her for an hour, finding out very little, except that i’m jealous of her clothes.  i need to work on calling, writing and really communicating with friends.  yay for lasting friendships!

2. be open to dating/romantic possibilities

i wouldn’t describe myself as a romantically closed person. i love love. i love being in relationships. i don’t normally shy away from dating experiences. i used to have a rule to never say no to a first date. this past weekend though, a guy asked for my number. i got a weird vibe from him, and so i gave him a fake number.  this was not my most shinning moment.  

this summer i got so comfortable with being single that perhaps i embraced singleness too much.  i think it is important to be happy in whatever relationship status you’re in, but to also be open and willing to seek love.

3. try new things

explore, expand and experiment.  this is a time in our lives when we get to figure out who we are.  this requires exploration of ourselves, expansion of our comfort zone and experimenting with our current hobbies.  so, this year i want to travel, learn new things, and expand myself.