A Sad Day

As long-time readers of my blog know, I’m a big fan of Harris Wittels. He played the drums in the comedy band “Don’t Stop or We’ll Die”, did stand up around Los Angeles, has written for many comedy tv shows and even invented the Humblebrag, all before 30. He was the “Flight of the Concords”, to my “Mel”. He even once commented on this very blog (check it out HERE). Getting that notification email “Harris Wittels has left a comment for you” was the best day (I still have the email saved). He was the type of guy that cared enough to find his fans and talk to them, which is incredibly rare.

He was always open about his drug use, as he talked about it candidly in different podcasts. Back in November he was a guest on Pete Holmes’ “You Made It Weird” (find that HERE), where he talks about when recreational drug use shifted to addiction and then took over his life. He was working on recovery and died too soon. This is such a loss for the comedy world, as Harris had so much comedy left in him. It’s a sad day.

imag1109 Harris doing stand up at UCB’s Comedy Bang Bang Wednesday show in Los Angeles.

imag1074 Don’t Stop or We’ll Die performing at the Meltdown Theater in Los Angeles.

adamscott Harris Wittels (right) with Adam Scott and Scott Aukerman at the Comedy Bang Bang LA event as part of the IFC Tour (Aug 2012).


226283_504893182859027_1782309762_n Above is the band Don’t Stop or We’ll Die performing at the Comedy Bang Bang 2011 Nativity Pageant at UCB in LA (Harris is in the center on drums).

February Check-In

How is everyone keeping up with their resolutions? Can you tell that my blogging goal has fallen to the wayside? There just aren’t enough hours in the day, and trying to find balance has been a struggle for me. Plus being new to the city at a time when walking outside is almost deadly (it’s in the negatives here) has made exploration on foot a real challenge. Don’t get me wrong, the snow is charming and I don’t mind the cold… other than the fact that I can’t explore the city on foot the way I’d like to. Thankfully we change the clocks soon and afterwork walks will begin as spring starts to creep up on us. It’s soon, I swear.

This is completely narcissistic, but I just need to publicly have a “check-up” on my list of resolutions. It’s the best way to keep myself accountable.

Work goals:
O Make 2 new items to sell every week (so 100 items for the whole year). I was good about this until I started renovating Meyer Wire. Physical labor is exhausting, so I’ve had to pace myself. Once Meyer Wire is better taken care of, I’ll go back to my 2 projects a week schedule that I maintained for Dec + Jan.
O Keep good records on these projects (which I currently suck at). I’m doing my best with this. It’s a challenge to find the time.
O Make my business official- get tax ID etc. Get on the grid! I submitted the paperwork for this, but I’m still waiting for it to be official. It certainly cost enough to do, so it better happen soon.
O Join the New Haven Collective. Done! Now I just need to time attend more events!
O Shop local. Done! I’ve been hitting up a bunch of local shops here in New Haven and feel good about it. I love the farmers market too!
O Get business cards made. Still need to do this, but waiting on the LLC to be final.
O Clean out my emails and take myself off e-lists. Yikes, this is time consuming so I’ve been working on it in blocks of time.

O Lose that holiday weight. Working on it! Trying to hit 100 miles at the gym in the month of February. So far I’m at 35 miles… I hope to be at 55 miles by Saturday.
O Join a sport/club/group. Dodgeball? I still need to do this, as I think I’ll feel better if I join a group activity where I can start meeting new people.
O Hike Sleeping Giant. In spring.
O Hike East Rock. In spring.
O Situps twice a day. I need to do this more!
O Go running! I have a gym membership now, so use it. Check!
O Walk the neighborhood at night- 5 times a week. No excuses. I will when it gets warmer. (That’s a valid excuse)
O Sign up at the Rock Climbing Gym? Need to do this when I have the time and funding. Soon enough.
O Water! 4 big bottles a day! Working on it. It’s more like many cups of hot tea.
O 1 drink a week rule back on! I’ve been pretty okay about this. Not perfect, but I’ve been trying.

O READ MORE. 1 book a month. That’s doable. Check! Just finished Gone Girl and Amy Poehlers autobiography is next.
O Rosetta Stone at least once a week. Je ne ai pas fais.

Life Goals:
O GET A DOG! In the spring, so a couple months but soon. Can’t wait!
O Get an apartment and make it look nice :) Check!
O Visit the Farmers Market in New Haven. Check!
O Go out 3 nights a week. Comedy, music, new bar etc. Find it and do it. I’m working on this. Trying to find balance between spending and saving, and dieting and indulging is a struggle.
O Be Ballsy! I need to do this more.

Money Goals:
O Pay off all student loans. I will by the end of the year!
O Pay off all car loans. I will by the end of the year!
O Save up for a house, but do invest in the business as needed. Find balance between the two.

Travel Goals:
O Travel to NYC once a month (for comedy, museums and to see friends). I’ve already been twice! Check!
O Travel to Canada (Montreal for a 3 day weekend?) This will happen later this year.
O Go to LA 3+ times in 2015. Visit 1 is booked! I’ll be there in March for a week.
O Go camping in New England. Waiting until it’s warm
O Explore the Wine Trail! Still need to do this!
O Explore the beer trail- brewery visits! Still need to do this. Anyone want to join me?

Blog Goals:
O Write a Do This Today, 5 days a week. Fail, super fail. I’m doing my best but it’s been hard coming up with winter activities.
O Do an additional 2 posts about life/events each week. Also fail. I need to focus myself and get this done.
O What is there to do in New England? Find it and do it! I’ve got a to-do list going and I’ll start making myself cross items off the list. Hopefully this weekend I’ll go skiing (which is on the list).

Okay, that’s enough of my failing resolution list. I promise more will get done when it’s warm. In the meantime, try to stay warm, positive and productive.

Surviving Blizzard Juno


People keep asking me about the blizzard Juno, which was actually just an awesomely fun snow storm. We got a ton of snow, but power didn’t go out, no accidents in front of our house (there’s a bridge that people slide on all the time) and it made for a fun snow day.

On Monday I left work once it started snowing and headed to my parents house in Wallingford. I was dying to spend a snowstorm at my new apartment in New Haven, but with the threat of power going out, I figured being alone and trapped for days would be so lonely. Plus I didn’t do anything to prepare for the storm. My parents suggest I come over to their place where if power went out we could at least play boardgames via candlelight, which sounds like the best day ever.

I took the photo above from their cosy living room as the snow started slowly piling up. Of course that night we played boardgames for hours and did a little shoveling. Shoveling is the ultimate workout… great for your core!


I took the above photo around 2pm on Tuesday once the snow had stopped. It was so beautiful out, that I needed to go for a photo-taking walk around their neighborhood. The temp was around 30 degrees, which made it actually really comfortable outside. The snow was like a light powder, and not crisp or icy. It really was perfect.


Above is a photo from the bridge across from my parents house. Off in the distance is the waterfall and upper lake.


Part of their neighborhood is an expanse of farmland. I needed to see the many acres of fresh untouched snow.


Their neighborhood is so pretty, especially blanketed in fresh powder. Another bonus is that 2 of my best friends live a 10 minute walk away, so I was able to meet up with one of them for a walk too.


This is the local farm where they sell eggs, honey, maple syrup (on the honor system) and grow Christmas trees. They live my dream life and live in my dream house with a big red barn.


And to top off this gorgeous day, the sunset was this deep pink/purple. My walk was over and it was time for hot cocoa and more boardgames!

Hope you enjoyed your Juno vacation, East Coasters! Now it’s back to the grindstone and time to play catchup! Yesterday, I spent time replacing ceiling tiles at Meyer Wire and today I’m painting! I’ll share before and after photos soon. Time for another coat!

2015 New Year Resolutions

Well, I know Im missing a bunch which Ill add as the year goes, but here’s my 2015 resolution list. I feel like I made it too hard… like sometimes I throw in some easier things to make the list feel more manageable. This list doesn’t have those items. 2015 is going to be exhausting, but better to be exhausting than boring, right? Here goes…

Work goals:
O Make 2 new items to sell every week (so 100 items for the whole year)
O Keep good records on these projects (which I currently suck at)
O Make my business official- get tax ID etc. Get on the grid!
O Join the New Haven Collective
O Shop local.
O Get business cards made
O Clean out my emails and take myself off e-lists

O Lose that holiday weight
O Join a sport/club/group. Dodgeball?
O Hike Sleeping Giant
O Hike East Rock
O Situps twice a day
O Go running! I have a gym membership now, so use it
O Walk the neighborhood at night- 5 times a week. No excuses.
O Sign up at the Rock Climbing Gym?
O Water! 4 big bottles a day!
O 1 drink a week rule back on!

O READ MORE. 1 book a month. That’s doable.
O Rosetta Stone at least once a week.

Life Goals:
O Get an apartment and make it look nice :)
O Visit the Farmers Market in New Haven.
O Go out 3 nights a week. Comedy, music, new bar etc. Find it and do it.
O Be Ballsy!

Money Goals:
O Pay off all student loans
O Save up for a house, but do invest in the business as needed. Find balance between the two.

Travel Goals:
O Travel to NYC once a month (for comedy, museums and to see friends)
O Travel to Canada (Montreal for a 3 day weekend?)
O Go to LA 3+ times in 2015
O Go camping in New England
O Explore the Wine Trail!
O Explore the beer trail- brewery visits!

Blog Goals:
O Write a Do This Today, 5 days a week.
O Do an additional 2 posts about life/events each week
O What is there to do in New England? Find it and do it!

Last year was all about the working leading up to my big career change (as big changes require a lot of leg work and time) and 2015 is about seeing out those changes and embracing it. 2015 will be the year of exploring a new city, getting a DOG, living alone for the first time ever, facing adulthood, and hopefully figuring some big things out. It’ll be a year of change for this blog too. I’ll learn about New Haven and New England and I’ll take you along for the ride. I hope it’s a very productive time for building furniture. I’m currently a big believer in blind faith and things “working out as they are meant to be”, so we shall see if I feel the same way in 2016.

Get out there and kick 2015’s ass.

RECAP: 2014 New Year Resolutions

It’s here. The day of reckoning. How did I do with my long list of 2014 resolutions? I’m very nervous to look over this list as with all of the changes that happened this year, I lost track of how I was doing. Moment of truth.


Digital Resolutions:
X  Figure out how to update computer in a cost effective way. I added memory and made more space. Baby steps, but in 2015 I’ll have a new computer and all will be better.
X Find a solution to a music hard drive, a work hard drive, a photo hard drive, and use bridge to organize it all AKA Digital Organization. I’m going to give myself this one, as I cleared out a lot of space and came up with a better organization system for my photos.

“Working toward my Future” Goals:
X Can my passion become my job? YES! I made it happen! 2015 will be the year of making that business grow. Yay small business!
X Keep building! Keep my skills growing. I made so many pieces in 2014.
X Develop my art shop website and launch it. Check out bmeyerstudio.com!
X Work on my networking skills. Ive got a good plan to help grow business in 2015.
X I’ve wanted a property for years and it’s time I crate a plan to make it real. How much more money do I need? While I can’t buy property right now, I have a plan in place. I also learned a lot more in 2014 about purchasing property and the process. My friend Patty does free seminars in Los Angeles. Email me if you’re interested!
X Create “dream” renovations via pinterest and then break down what that will cost by room (aka bathroom, kitchen, living space) knowing that it will change by the location. Still need to do that cost portion of this, but at least now I know what I want.
X Practice what you want to do by finding a house on zillow and draw out + illustrate the changes you would make to it and try to attach numbers to those changes. It’ll be a great exercise. I did this in photoshop, and recommend this activity for anyone interested in renovating real estate.
X Figure out how to make buying a property and also developing my own business a reality. :) I’m currently making this happen.

Design Goals:
X Build a console table
X Make a headboard
O Design 2 bedside light fixtures for myself (but also to sell). Made these but didn’t install them because of my move. You’ll see them in 2015.
X Redo my bathroom to be more in the “Spa lifestyle”.

Exercise Goals:
O Fit into my 2012 jeans! Ive decided to burn those jeans lol. I lost weight in Africa, but I’m sure I just gained it back over the holidays. Cheeeeese.
X Buy a juicer! and use it!
X Running- you hate it, but you must Ran 5ks and even a 10k! Thanks for the push Amber!

Money Goals:
X Pay off my 4.8% interest student loans in 2014. DID IT!!
O Finish paying off all my student loans? I’m so close, but I decided not to pay it all off yet to put that money towards starting my business.

Reading/Mental Goals:
O Read my Susie Orman Book. I still need to do this!
O Become more active in book club
O Even read books outside of book club
O Read my blogging and starting a business books
X Do more Rosetta Stone. I did this but need to do more. Clearly I failed at my reading goals for 2014. I’ll have to focus on this in 2015.

Social Goals:
O Volunteer!
X Play more dodgeball Did this! Played in all the seasons I could. And I actually got pretty ok at it. Less hits to the head.
X Go to even more comedy shows. I’m already finding comedy spots in CT, so 2015 should also have some comedy.
O Use my trapeze coupon

Personality Goals:
O Be more patient This needs to be on my 2015 resolution list, for sure.
X Don’t be a stick in the mud. I think I was stick-in-the-mud-less in 2014.

“Upping my Skills” Goals:
O Take at least one woodworking class. This will happen in 2015.
X Take an Illustrator 2 Class. Did it!
O Take a Sketch-up Class. I changed my goals, and decided not to spend the time doing this.

California Goals:
X Visit places I ddn’t get to in 2013 (Reagan Presidential library) Loved it!
X Revisit that Palos Verdes Beach with all the animals! I went at least twice in 2014.
O Visit Wolf Mountain? Did get there, as it’s far away.
O Elmers Bottle Tree Ranch?
X Gamble House Tour (Pasadena). Thanks to Amber I did this in the last week before I left.
X Take a weekend trip north? I did a 2 week trip north! It was awesome. Plus Erica and I did a weekend beach camping trip north too.
X Weekend trip in Palm Springs. Kelly’s bachelorette weekend happened in Palm Springs.
O Visit Salvation Mountain
X San Fran? Or a road trip north? Yup, and it was super fun! We visited so many places.

O BLOG MORE- be more active in the blogging community. Fail. I promise in 2015 Ill be better.
X Keep making/updating/editing my vision board. Im always working on that.
X Grow a PAIR! I grew such a pair! My horoscope said that I would rock the second half of 2014, and boy was she right. I kicked Kilimanjaro’s ass, went on a safari in the Serengeti, did a camping road trip north, drove cross country alone, went to so many national parks, moved to a new city, and made a huge career shift. 2014 was a year of kicking ass.

I actually crossed off a lot more than I thought I’d be able to. Wow, it really has been a big year. Some of these goals will definitely be shifting over to my 2015 resolution list. Speaking of that list, expect it here tomorrow. Tomorrow’s a new day, new experiences ahead! Cheers to a fabulous 2014, and cheers to adventures to come in 2015!

Moving Stress

10431838_283329348544158_2140352278_n (Hot Tub Comedy at the Virgil November 17, 2014)

I’m sorry that I’ve been so quiet since my big move announcement. I’ve been dying to tell you about my road trip to Portland and back, as well as all my tips for how to move cross country on a budget. Unfortunately, this move is taking up 100% of my time. Between waiting for craigslist people to show up (hint: they only actually come 5% of the time) and getting everything ready for a massive Salvation Army truckload donation, I’m out of time completely. With what little time is leftover in the day, I’ve had to spend it packing boxes and getting the car ready for the big cross-country drive. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. And of course the most important thing I’ve been trying to do is spend as much time with friends as possible. Thankfully I got to see my favorite LA comedy show, Hot Tub, at the Virgil last night. I’m supposed to hit the road in 5 days and I’m currently surrounded by belongings. STRESS!

Okay and whiningggg, done. I just wanted you to know you haven’t been forgotten about and when I’m writing to you from back east in early December, I promise the following posts:

– Road trip LA to Portland and back to LA (up the coast, down through the state parks)
– What’s the cheapest way to move from coast to coast? I know the answer!
– Road trip from LA to Connecticut. Follow the journey!
– Renovating Meyer Wire: The Before

Halloween Costume 2014

Before I talk about this years Halloween costume, I thought we should look back at past costumes. Remember when we were featured in last years BUZZFEED article about costumes. That was an awesome day. You’ll notice that I take Halloween seriously and I’m anti-sexy-halloween. I use this dress-up opportunity to represent strong female leads and role models for young women.


Here are my RISD friends and I as the Golden Girls.


Above I’m dressed as Nancy Drew (from the books not the movie).


Here is my boss and I as Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop in 2012.


Here I am on Halloween night as Shari Lewis.


This is my costume from 2013, when I went as…


Angela Lansbury! Specifically, I went as her as Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote.


Can you tell who I’m going as this year? It seemed like an obvious choice given my recent travels…. I’ll make the announcement when I add a picture of me in the costume after Halloween.

Have fun, be creative, and enjoy dressing up!

UPDATE: Here’s my official 2014 Halloween photo! We went to rainy West Hollywood for their parade of costumes. It was great people watching and a handful of people recognized this Jane Goodall.