I'm Kate, a thirty-something New Yorker by way of Connecticut, Maryland, and Indiana. I live with my husband, longhaired miniature dachshund, and cats in a lovely Brooklyn brownstone. This blog is about the life we built in the city we always dreamed of moving to.
I maintain Embarrassment of Riches for myself. I'm thrilled to have a small handful of readers, but my goal is not to amass a large following, obtain swag, or use my blog to catapult myself into a more glamorous career. I do not profit off my blog. I don't use affiliate links to earn money (ie kickbacks) if you buy something that I recommend. I recommend it because I love it. Rest assured that if I link to something it's because I think it's worth checking out. Period.
Not-So-Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept advertizers?
I have no interest in monetizing my blog at this point. I also want my content to be ad-free, so I don't do advertorials. Here and there, marketing teams invite me to events; sometimes I go and sometimes I don't. On the rare occasion I attend and choose to blog about an event I was invited to as a blogger, I'll always disclose this. I do worry - at great length, believe me - about the appearance of a conflict of interest.
What about charity promotion?
I try to stay off my soapbox regarding causes I am passionate about, so please don't be offended if I don't promote your charity either.
How can I get ahold of you?
Feel free to contact me at embarrassmentofrichesblog [at] gmail [dot] com if you have questions or comments. I'm usually on twitter (@katenyland) but taking a break from it for Lent in spring 2012.
Where do you currently live?
Park Slope, Brooklyn
What do you do for a living?
I work in the field of clinical research training and education.
What camera and lens do you use?
A Nikon D90 DSLR, usually with a Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens.
How old are you?
How old do you think I am?
How tall are you?
What's your diet and exercise routine?
I am a strict ovo-lacto vegetarian (no meat, poultry, or seafood, but I do eat cheese and eggs) - have been for 14 years. I run [always outside - never on a treadmill] 6 miles a day, 5 days a week (more when I'm training for a race), because I love running. I also walk several miles a day in order to get around town.
How long have you been married?
Shawn and I got hitched in spring of 2005, after 8 years of dating. Our ceremony took place at Manhattan's City Hall, witnessed by my parents, brother, and two good friends. We went out to dinner that night and then departed for our honeymoon (in St. Barts) the next morning.
Why did you move to New York?
I visited New York City as a kid from my home in southwest Connecticut, but didn't fall in love with it til my post-collegiate years, when Shawn and I started visiting annually. We dreamed of living in New York, but the idea of "starting over" there (getting jobs, finding a place, the move itself) seemed so daunting. When we separated in 2009, I truly had nothing to lose. Moving to a new city didn't seem so impossible since I was starting all over anyway. By the time I secured a job and an apartment in Manhattan, we were back together. Being apart was a very hard time for both of us, but if there's a silver lining, it was the kick in the pants I needed to make the life I had always envisioned for myself.
I love Hall & Oates, waking up early on weekends, and salty desserts.
I hate truffle oil, Woody Allen movies, people who don't wash their hands after using the bathroom, and room-temperature fruit.