On to our second refrigerator tour! The next contestant is someone I have known since birth– my kind, generous cousin Meredith.
Name: Meredith (Mere; Mary Jane; MJ)
Occupation: Assistant Editor at New York Mag; copy edits the weekly publication and sometimes writes about drinking and food; also freelance copyedits at other publications (See her amazing work HERE or HERE!)
Location: New York, New York
I like when people say I am nice, thoughtful, considerate, caring, and loving.
If you weren’t working at the job you have now, what would you want to do?
I love my job! But if I were forced to leave, I’d like to go to law school to be a public defender.
Name your favorite five things about where you live:
- Its history: The Lower East Side has a long history of being a home for recent migrants to the country. Most of my neighbors and their families have lived in the area for decades, making my years here seem puny in comparison
- Proximity: I can get anywhere in the city relatively easily
- The water: my apartment overlooks the Williamsburg Bridge and East River and I love spying on people and boats out there
- The bars and restaurants: There are just so many! Being from a small town with just an Applebees basically, I remain amazed at — and overwhelmed by — how many options i have.
- Home: it’s my home! Is that enough? I’ve lived in New York about a decade now and the place I’ve spent the most time is the Lower East Side, in three apartments. I feel so welcomed there and truly feel like I fit in. It’s stereotyped as a bro-filled nightlife area but it’s actually a dynamic, beautiful, historic neighborhood that has a very proud, involved community of residents.
Name your least favorite five things about where you live:
It’s not cheap? Not many complaints about the Lower East Side I guess.
What are the biggest challenges in your life right now?
I am really, really busy: I work too much, like most every New Yorker. I wake early to work and get home very late so I don’t have much time to, for example, do laundry or cook.
What do your weekdays look like?
I wake around 6, work from home for a few hours, bike into the office, stay until somewhere between 7 pm and 10 pm. Then if I’m reporting a story, I go out to bars or restaurants. Very occasionally I see friends at night during the week. I try to go to bed by 1.
What do your weekends look like?
I give myself Friday evenings to blow off steam, usually (aka have lots of beer, and not worry about writing about it or taking notes about the bar), and on Saturday mornings I watch Shonda Rhimes shows. Then I try to do a little reporting and writing work the rest of the weekend and see my close friends at night.
Tell me about your refrigerator:
It’s a disaster! It’s filled with takeout from when I’ve been out reporting in restaurants. There’s a bottle of champagne with a spoon in it from NYE. As if putting a spoon in that will keep it sparkling for a month. The milk, I have no idea how old it is. I’m scared to smell. I’m truly ashamed of how I eat at home! Not only is it nutritionally awful, but I waste a lot. I know better!
What does your refrigerator say about you?
That I am busy, I think, and that I never have a chance to cook at home except for at parties
Name five things that are always in your refrigerator (or that would be if you could keep up):
- I wish I kept yogurt–I always want yogurt with olive oil for breakfast but never get home from work in time to go to the grocery (lol).
- Worcestershire (for any and everything)
- Cans of club soda
Name your favorite five things to eat:
- Fresh peaches
- Goldfish crackers
- Caviar with butter and bread
- Haribo spaghetti or raspberries (can’t pick!!)
- Corn with butter
Thank you SO much Mere for opening up your refrigerator to us!
In case you missed the first refrigerator tour with Emily, you can check it out HERE.