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