Unapologetically Mundane

Entirely Unembarrassed to Be Fascinated by the Boring

Katie Ett

Katie Ett
Brooklyn, New York,
December 31
I grew up an Ohio farmgirl but left the country behind for the bright lights of NYC. I'm a blogger of city life (unapologeticallymundane.com) and super-fine food (donuts4dinner.com).


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JULY 25, 2012 12:11PM

Keeping Classy on the Bus

My bus has really quieted down in the mornings now that school’s out, so there are many fewer people being pushed back outside onto the sidewalk just as the doors close to make more room for the people inside, homeless dudes in plastic-bag-shoes being dragged off by cops, and standing riders… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2012 9:31AM

What is Art?

I love art, and I love to make fun of it, too. When my friends Ellie and Kinard came to visit late last year, we went to MoMA one afternoon, and before we left, we had a long conversation with my roommate about who gets to decide what art is.… Read full post »

A couple of weekends ago, Kamran was reminded of a drink he had on his grandfather’s farm back in Iran as a kid. He remembered tiny orange seeds that stayed suspended when stirred into sweetened water, and Google confirmed that this is in fact a real thing–khak shir–and not just… Read full post »

JULY 17, 2012 9:52AM

Bad Girl Gone Good Gone Bad

I started being a little hardcore in the gym a few weeks ago. “Hardcore” for me, of course, is a relative term, and you’ll note that my hardcoreness conveniently coincided with packing for the Jersey shore and realizing–oh, crap, a whole week in a bathing suit. I’ve been g… Read full post »

So . . . the Jersey shore is better than the Hamptons. My friends and I went to Avalon, which we basically knew nothing about except that renting houses there is about $21,000 cheaper per week than in the Hamptons. And after I signed the lease with our rental… Read full post »

Three times in the past two years, my friends and I rented a Hamptons beach house in a lazy part of town mere steps from the ocean. It was more impressive than any of our wildest dreams had imagined, and it was $900 per night the first two times and… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2012 11:14AM

An Excuse Me Excuses All

Kamran and I were recently lamenting the loss of the phrase “excuse me” in NYC. I’ve heard people say that with this many people, it’s just impossible to say it to every single person you ram into on your way out of the subway, but I like to think that because… Read full post »

On Friday night, my co-workers and I went to Mario Batali’s Otto for pizza and pasta and cured meats and gelato in flavors like OLIVE OIL and CREME FRAICHE. My friend Ash took awesome pictures of the meal, including some of me pretending to eat an entire plate of salad… Read full post »

Between the East coast of Manhattan and the West coast of Queens is Roosevelt Island, a strip of land two miles long and 800 feet wide. You can walk from one side of it to the other in literally five minutes. It’s considered part of Manhattan, so the… Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2012 11:39AM


PURGE DAY! Here are some things I’ve had sitting around in my “to blog about” folder, some of them literally for four years (look! not all of them are even watermarked!): Read full post »

In NYC, when you want car service, you usually stand at a streetcorner with your arm in the air and engage in physical warfare with anyone who attempts to steal your yellow cab. It’s certainly convenient to be able to step out the door and into a cab, but try… Read full post »

Last night, Kim came over with Big Gay Renly Browniesâ„¢, and we finished this season of “Game of Thrones” (I fell in love with Khaleesi all over again), and then my roommate/landlord/co-worker/friend, Jack, and I watched the last three episodes of “Girls”, all of which were s… Read full post »

There are a lot of things I love about Ohio, neither ironically nor just out of sentimentality for the first twenty-four years of my life. Of course because my family and my lifelong friends live there, but also because the people are kinder, everything’s wildly inexpensive, and it’s jus… Read full post »

MAY 25, 2012 3:30PM

Gone Fishin’

I’m going to Ohio for a week to see my friends and family and let them grill meatz for me on Memorial Day.

I keep thinking that this is a real holiday, like Christmas or Pumpkin Show or the 4th of July.


But people are going to be… Read full post »

Sometimes I feel like I don’t live New-Yorkily enough. Every time I go straight home after work to catch up on “Law & Order”, a part of me thinks about all of the girls my age who are sitting at swank bars with their swank friends trying to get boys… Read full post »

MAY 17, 2012 1:00PM

You Push Down Everyone Around You

Sometimes I feel more powerful than most women. Sometimes I feel like I’m more capable, that I’m stronger and better able to handle myself in tough situations. That I’m quicker-witted and slower to get used or walked on. Sometimes I think that being sharper, better at arguing, fu… Read full post »

Adventure Time

The Main Library of the New York Public Library system is located approximately 3.5 steps from Kamran’s front door. A door that he has lived behind for approximately six years. And yet up until a couple of weeks ago, he’d never been there. Truth be told, I’d… Read full post »

MAY 7, 2012 10:07AM

At the Moment

My favourite things of the moment are featured in a beautiful layout by Lisa of Elembee today! Here’s a little taste:

See me talk about things I’m “crushing on” and what’s on my “bucket list” and other words only Lisa could coax me into using.

Related Pos… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2012 11:23AM

Do You See?

This morning, a woman ambled out of the bus and onto the sidewalk in front of me without checking to make sure she wasn’t cutting anyone off. I wasn’t in a hurry, but she was walking so-o-o-o-o-o slowly that I couldn’t bear to match her snailish pace. She walked… Read full post »

APRIL 27, 2012 11:58AM


I don’t use things. I collect them. Buy me a maple bacon lollipop, and I’ll display it on my bookcase for years, waiting for the right time to enjoy it. Buy me robot window clings, which are meant to be used and reused, and I’ll hang them with… Read full post »

The following is an except from today’s Examiner.com post, which I admittedly only wrote because they threatened to give my column to someone else if I didn’t produce. But all of the great things are born of desperation, right? Like Weezer’s “Pork and Beans”, Gwen Stef… Read full post »

APRIL 24, 2012 10:01AM

Winning Your Love with Puppy Pictures

Since Kamran spends all day sending me photos from the Aww subsection of Reddit, I decided to take some of my own puppy pictures while we were out walking this weekend.

Bulldogs, especially French bulldogs, are my absolute favourites, so we followed this waddling little fella for a few blocks before… Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2012 2:42PM

My Weekend in Not-Pictures

On Friday night, Kamran and I went to a restaurant that I spent all day maligning and all night half-maligning and half wanting-to-exclaim-openly-and-not-quietly-about. Only everyone around us was actually doing just that, and it seemed so ungainly to me. It’s funny to see your own awful qual… Read full post »

APRIL 13, 2012 11:28AM

Fotodump Friday

Sriracha Wall at Rickshaw Dumpling Bar
the wall of Sriracha at Rickshaw Dumpling Bar

Mural in SoHo
a mural in SoHo

outside the subway during my college friend Sarah’s visit in January

Rockefeller Christmas Tree
the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree during my NYC-turned-SanFran-friend Beth’s visit in December

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