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Hello and welcome! I'm Andrea Reiser, happiness coach and author, and I'm here to help you cultivate lasting happiness in your life. Sometimes you just need a little encouragement and guidance to look for the simple joys in each day, to express gratitude for life's abundant blessings, to spread kindness and to savor both the ordinary and the extraordinary. You can do it—and it's my pleasure to guide you and cheer you on.
The best meal I ever had was at Pierre Gagnaire in Paris.
I think kissing is highly underrated.
I was stuck in an elevator in college and have been claustrophobic ever since.
I have a thang for pink champagne.
I use an electric toothbrush.
I have two little girl doggies named Phoebe and Maisie.
I have a secret instant-off button.
The infrastructure of Manhattan fascinates me.
I sing in the car, loudly.
I think the world would be a better place if people wrote more thank-you notes.
I have stolen a stop sign.
I would love to see The Eagles and Prince in concert (but not together).
Well more than half my boyfriends were southpaws.
I used to listen to Andrew Dice Clay doing his naughty nursery rhymes while in the carpool line at preschool pickup.
I sleep with the sheets tightly tucked in.
I wore my Mom's wedding gown but the crinoline got left behind and I didn't realize it until our first dance.
I scream and hurl things when I'm livid.
I've played piano since I was six.
I'm an oldest child.
One of the most poignant TV moments for me was Steve Martin's tearful "Dancing in the Dark" tribute to Gilda on the Saturday evening she died.
Thinking of my Mom's radiant smile at any given moment fills me with comfort.
My special stuffed Grover doll has had a place of honor in every office I've had since 1988.
My feet are quite ticklish and I have one outrageously ticklish vertebra.
I giggle uncontrollably on roller coasters.
My favorite shoe designer is Christian Louboutin, and Manolo is just a step behind.
It always made my day when my Grandpa surprised me at the junior high bus stop, and I can still hear his signature five-note whistle.
I've worn contact lenses since I was 14.
Myers-Briggs accurately pegs me as an ESFJ.
My guacamole is so good it almost makes people faint.
Best concert I've ever seen? A tie between Billy Joel's "Last Play at Shea" and Sting's 60th birthday at the Beacon.
I once spontaneously co-choreographed a musical to the song "Daybreak".
I've been a devoted Mac user since 1986.
I've been parasailing.
I dig bald guys.
My middle name is Robin.
My favorite TV series finale was "Newhart," when Dick Loudon woke up as Bob Hartley and found it had all been a bizarre dream.
I know the words to "Rapper's Delight."
I am often politically incorrect, and fairly unapologetic about it.
Incompetence outrages me.
I delivered one of my kids breech.
I think most bad behavior is rooted in jealousy.
I make off-the-hook chocolate-chunk cookies.
I once met someone at the airport wearing only high heels and a trench coat…and shortly thereafter married him.
I have a Mary Tyler Moore pin that brings me good luck.
Cuddling makes my heart smile.
I won a Royal Caribbean cruise at an insurance marketing convention, but ended up giving it to my sister and a friend.
I love fried pigs' feet, but think they taste more scrumptious when they're called "pieds de cochon."
I wrote Adam Sandler a fan letter way back when he was just a featured player on SNL and he sent me back an autographed picture telling me I sounded like an adorable girl myself.
I'm a sucker for celebrity-chef cookbooks.
I periodically go through my keyring and throw out keys that I don't remember what they open.
I once threw a brick at someone when we were like 8, and he's still one of my dearest friends.
I can't fall asleep (or go back to sleep in the middle of the night) without a sitcom on in the background.
My favorite flowers are peonies.
I was rescued from a burning boat when I was almost 12.
My favorite number is 18.
My favorite color is pink.
I detest snooty people, phony-baloneys and "friends" who talk about you the moment you leave the room.
Sushi and sake made me the mother of twins, and no, twins didn't run in the family.
I wore a plastic cockroach on my mortarboard at BU graduation as part of a group tribute to a freshman-year prank.
I have a beauty mark behind my right ear that I'll never see in person.
I'm fairly certain there's another woman out there walking around with the rest of my ass.
I can knit but I can't crochet for shit.
Don't come near me if you've eaten tuna salad within the last 12 hours.
It skeeves me to use the tethered pen to sign the electronic credit card screen.
My first concert was Barry Manilow at the Providence Civic Center in 1978.
My high school English teacher insisted I was a lousy writer and I still have his comments to prove it.
I can't pee in a public restroom unless I cover my ears.
One of my ultimate joys is watching my babies sleep, no matter how big they are.
I love to throw parties.
I collect antique teacups and rolling pins.
When climbing a flight of stairs, I either silently count them or step to the beat of whatever song's in my head.
I am highly influenced by attractive packaging.
Since nearly the turn of the century, my sister and I have had a weekly email ritual to celebrate Mondays.
I have an unnatural obsession with typefaces.
I lack patience for people who lack the silly gene.
I love Thanksgiving.
If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be my Nana Caila.
Fuzzy peaches scare me.
I'm a quintessential Taurus, and my Chinese astrological sign is the horse.
I'm a side-sleeper.
I have a theory about people who don't like shaved truffles.
I have a fragrance collection in the several hundreds, but I always seem to return to Chanel No. 5.
I'm a popcorn snob and I order my kernels online.
I'm right-handed, except when attempting to do cartwheels.
I obsessively organized by year my playlist of 500+ songs from the 70s.
I can French-braid my own hair.
I adore being an aunt.
I've lived in five states.
Spelling errors in published materials or on signs make me insane.
I think precious few things are more sublime than laughing until you nearly wet your pants.
I was born on a Sunday.
I shaved my legs in front of my Oral Presentation class in college.
Romantic = city lights + rainy night.
If I could be a cartoon character, I'd be either Pebbles Flintstone or Judy Jetson.
I could live on a diet of great bread, great cheese, great wine and great chocolate.
I love the smell of cigars and my babies' heads.
I used to bowl in a youth league.
I still have an original Cabbage Patch doll from the 80s. Her name is Alyssa Elaine.
Best wishes for a healthy, joyous, peaceful new year.
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