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