*Concentrates really hard...

Must. Do. Adulting... Must. Not. Purchase. Senselessly, Giant. Stuffed. Cupcake...

Form over function

The coffee here is just ok, but the place they built to drink it in is soooo lovely that sometimes I forgive it.

A plausible hypothesis.

"Purple hair? What, did you eat too many blueberries?" --the office cleaning woman

Game face on

Every year around v-day this sweet little restaurant gets all romantic and I think it's adorable.

The thing is seriously so cute.

I have the cutest stuffed snowman ever because one day little Amanda plucked it off the walmart shelf, and, even though it was no particular occasion, her parents supported adopting it.

The good ol' days

Every so often I get back together with my old friend, colored pencils, and we always have such a good time.

Matching Cuteness

Saw a dog who had dressed its human in a matching outfit, which somehow more than doubled the adorableness of the situation.

So handsome

One more shot of the city flaunting its handsomeness yesterday...


I was just crossing the street and all of the sudden I was in this golden glitter wonderland that was so pretty my brain almost exploded.

We ain't 'fraid of no snow

Even if they are a little crusty.

Probably the most charming thing about working in Times Square is how the bits of leftover rainbow confetti sneak into the office in the days after new year's.

The future is bright.

The psychic down the street just went all in on the rainbow neon. I obviously approve, particularly of the diagram that depicts the soul as a series of rainbow bubbles. I'm pretty sure that's what my soul looks like.

The great chase

The bakery man is so nice that he chased me halfway down the block when he realized that he gave me the wrong sandwich. 

Oh so pretty.

Beautiful flowers from a beautiful hearted friend.

The happening place to be today

10 degrees? If you need me, I'll just be over here chillin' with the radiator.



One in 8.5 Million

8.5 million humans live in NYC, so running into a delightful one you know on a random train in a random neighborhood at a random time is a pretty wonderful surprise. This morning my work friend Yong Hwa and I crossed paths on a train we both almost never take, and we were both super pleased about the encounter. 

So close, and yet so far.

I love how the downtown buildings are all cuddled up so close together like they really all want a group hug but somebody was like, no guys, we need streets.

Who would have guessed?

Want to meet the friendliest and most helpful humans in Manhattan? W 52nd st post office. Go.


If you just stand in front of this white building you can pretend that this cute sprinkle is actually a snowstorm.

Bring it on, winter.

I got this.

Fa la la la laaaaaaa....

The random massive herd of carolers came with a brass band, had extra song sheets, and stopped right at the door, so of course we got in on that action.

Hugely Adorable

The bean bag boulder my friend gave me may take up 50% of my apartment, but it occupies 100% of my heart.

Hidden Talent

My mind was blown by my colleague's amazing gift giving skillz when I watched every single person on our team open the perfectly perfect thing for them.

The Prettiest Tea That I Ever Did See

One day my work-friend Yong Hwa took us on an adventure to Cha Cha Matcha, which makes the prettiest drinks I've ever encountered.

Here is my matcha latte:

Family Baking Time

A high honor

My friend's 7-year-old included me in her Christmas money giving! Given her likely finances and priorities, I thought the 7¢ was totally awesome.

Birthday, yay!

I decorated a birthday gift bag for my work friend Yong Hwa. It's colored pencil on a brown paper bag—I really love how the colors look against the brown. 


The holiday party coat check guy saw that I had nowhere to put my cotton candy, so he offered to help me with my coat.

Amanda meets Hanukkah

We all thought it was so neat that Allison let her work family join in her actual family Hanukkah celebration.

Here to Help

The next time Yong Hwa's ramen is too spicy, Kate and I have a plan.

Amanda Goes to the Holiday Party


Bus buddy

Guardian of good times

There in my heart

Party spirit

Master photographer

Escape archiect

Coffee Cone

Today we went downtown on an adventure—to get coffee in an ice cream cone! The lovely man who made them for us threw out his first try because he didn't think it was pretty enough for our pictures. The ones we received were indeed beautiful, and they tasted great too!

Go, Mark, go!

Today marks the last day at Nickelodeon for my longtime friend, mentor, and boss. I will miss my fellow maker oh-so dearly, but I can't wait to see what magic will happen when he follows his dreams. 

Morning Commute

My friend Swati, pondering more desirable transportation options than the rush hour L out of Brooklyn. Bling the Magic Drag-n was definitely a contender. 

Serious work business going on here.

My office friends are fun, and it is not infrequent that the costume onesies come out at work.

We took a photo yesterday, and when I saw it, I thought, I wonder what the cartoon version would look like?

Why else?

Walkin' in the winter wonderland...to get to the mocha and cookies.

Dreams do come true

I found a wig that is exactly how I wish hair would grow out of my head. It make me look weird, but it is SO PRETTY.

Random act of cardinal

I have a facebook friend who quite frequently posts pictures of cardinals. I always think, I'd like to try to draw one of those someday...