...but what was scary (and kind of sad), was my imagination afterwards. As predicted, I ended up having nightmares last night. Randomly waking up during the whole night, which has left me exhausted today. Typical since we are going out tonight. I'll be the sleepy old lady in the corner, yawning all night.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Only four days left to Halloween and I still have not made the alterations to my costume. I can feel the pressure building. In typical fashion, I didn't try it on until after I bought it. I have come to the conclusion that it must have been made for girls with short torsos, cause the costume is only covering 80% of me. (Or maybe I'm the freak and have an abnormally long torso. Not sure) Bottom line: I don't want any nip-slips at the party, thank you very much.
So the sewing needle have to come out and make some changes. Have plans every day this week, so I'm assuming that I'll be the one late for the party cause in home trying to get the stupid costume together.
Stopped by the garment district yesterday and got some really cool add ons. I just may go a little crazy with the hot glue gun one night!
So we are heading out to see a Paranormal Activity tonight . Although I'm not a huge fan of scary movies (and, yes, I do get nightmares after seeing them), I just had to check out what all the hype was about. From what I can see on the trailer, it's going to be pretty scary...
Buy designer kids clothes is absolute insanity, but that doesn't mean the stuff isn't adorable. If I had $330 just laying around, I would get my niece Ella this Alice+Olivia puff sleeve cardigan. (Although she would probably grow out of in in about 3 months!)
Monday, October 26, 2009
I guess we can stop stealing subway signs now. New York Post reported today that the company Underground Signs are manufacturing replica NYC subway signs as well as customized versions. Little pricey ($99-$400) but super cool. I would love to have one of these in my house!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Just saw a photo of the Olsen twins from some kind of party or premier last night. I don't know what to think about their sense of style. Both of them can at times look absolutely fab, and other times (like last night) horrible. These two girls are 23 years old but looked like bitty old ladies.
I'm confused how it can swing like that? Fab to drab in two days?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Apparently there are no more flu shots available anywhere. How can that even be? (And I'm not even talking about the precious swine flu vaccine, but just the regular seasonal flu shot.)
Just today I've called 30 places, and all of them abruptly told me they had no more vaccine available. But my persistence has paid off—I finally struck gold! I've found one place that still have some.
I was warned that they actually might be out of vaccine by Saturday when I was planning on getting it. I don't understand, It's almost like NY is getting ready for an outbreak of plague. I have never heard of so many people getting the shot. Anyway, after work, I'm scampering off and get a little injection.
Kick off your Halloween night with something really fun—the Village Halloween Parade. 7 pm-10 pm along 6th Avenue, Spring Street through 21st street.
[Or if you dare, join the parade. Line up along 6th Ave, Spring-Canal Street, 6:30-8:30]
For more details, click here.
I've been looking for a few pairs of great fall shoes the past few weeks. On the list, a great pair of black pumps. Classic, no frills, not too expensive—just a great go-to shoe. Well, I think I have found them.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
To get the hype going for the new TV show "White Collar", USA network and Thomas Pink are giving away free custom fitted shirts. (I'm assuming there will be some restrictions on the number of shirts they are giving away.) Tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday only at Rockefeller Center, Manhattan.
Thursday, October 22, 10 AM-6 PM
Friday, October 23, 8 AM-6 PM
Rockefeller Center (Enter on 5th Avenue)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Now I'm actually a 100% sure one whole box of winter clothes is missing. Three pairs of black leggings and a pair of caramel colored skinny cords are definitely missing. And I know for sure that I didn't get rid of any of those. This weekend it will be scavenger hunt at my house in hopes of locating the missing box. I mean, how far can it really have gone? Worst part is that I have already looked through the whole house, including basement and attic. I don't know where to start...or should I say continue.
My boss just told me that the best food of all times any place in the world (and she's been a lot of places) can be found at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, up by Tarrytown in Westchester. Now I'm dying to try it out.
The restaurant is situated at the Rockefeller Stone Barns built in the 1930s depression when there was a general consensus that the world was coming to an end. The farm was constructed to be completely self-sufficient and is still today a working farm.
The coolest thing with Blue Hill at Stone Barns (there is a NYC version too, but it's not supposed to be as good) is that there are no menus. Every month there is a list of fresh produce from the farm that will constitute this ingredients for all the meals. They only serve tasting menus—8, 5, or 3 courses ($75-$135 per person). Reservations can be made 60 days in advance, but I have heard they go like hot cakes so you have to be ready to go the second they open up. Reservations can be made through opentable.com, so be ready at midnight!
I've been so lazy with the blogging the last week. One hundred million things flying around in my head, and just as many things to do, so the blog had to play second fiddle for a bit. Started to make some fall plans. I'm super excited that Em and Erik is coming this weekend, even if it's only for a week. So fun shopping, good food and touring around.
We managed to get reservations to The Standard Grill. Apparently the cost for a reservation is your first born! Ridiculously hard to get a table. I thought we were in a recession, but I guess the hot restaurants continue to be packed. I heard that the food is good (maybe not great), the service is somewhat slow (but I'll sit there all night long if they insist), but the crowd and decor are supposed to be great. We'll see—it should at least be fun just catching up all four of us.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Swedish Lucia Christmas concert on Saturday December 12 at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on CPW and West 65th Street, in Manhattan.
Three shows, 4 p.m. (for families with kids), 6 p.m., and 8 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Nov 20 at 11:00 am for non-church members (Nov 1 for members) at the Swedish Seamen's church in midtown Manhattan (5 East 48th Street).
$30 for adults, $5 for kids 4-12, under 4 free.
This concert is amazing. Comprised completely of Swedish guys and girl living (often temporarily) in the NY metro area. Nothing puts you in a Christmas mood like this!
Want more info? Click here.
Friday, October 16, 2009
I'm all giddy—I found Tintin posters for sale at art.com. Like any child born in 70s Sweden, I was obsessed with Tintin and Milou (or Snowy, as he was called here in the US). I had all the comic books (and I mean all), and I had read them about one million times each. Never got sick of them.
I even found all the comic books on amazon.com. Just classic 1930s Belgian comic books—can it get any better. (I know, I'm a dork).
I just asked my friend if she remembered Tintin, and she had no idea what I was talking about. Now I'm starting to wonder if it was maybe just me and my family that loved Tintin? Does any of you remember those books from growing up?
Rainy day in New York today—it's freezing and gray. And it's going to continue for another three days. What's up with that?! Ugh, I just wanna go home with cupcakes and crawl under the blanket in my bed. Put on a good movie and pig out on sweets in my sweatpants. That sounds a little gross, I know, but it's the absolute best thing on a rainy day. No need to be social or look pretty. Perfection!
Just got a huge order of sushi delivered. Like a little ray of sunshine—this will make everything better.
A quick correction to my post earlier this week. The cupcakes are from Butter Lane in Manhattan's East Village. Cupcakes made only with organic fresh ingredients. Yum!
Friday night treats: Chocolate with vanilla icing, Vanilla with blueberry icing and Vanilla with raspberry icing. I think this is going to be a home run!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Against my better judgement, I have promised myself to make both a la vodka sauce and apple cookies this weekend. I have not baked anything forever. I used to be really good at keeping up with my wifely duties, but after the summer I have been super lazy.
Apple cookies (makes 17 cookies)
2 tablespoons of sugar
3/4 cup of sugar
1 stick of butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup of flower
1. Cut the apple into wedges. Place the apple wedges in a plastic bag and pour in two tablespoons of sugar and ground cinnamon to taste.
2. Grease an aluminum muffin tin (use PAM, it's the easiest)
3. Mix eggs and sugar until it's a light batter. Mix in the melted butter, flour and baking powder.
4. Pour the batter into the muffin tins and place a piece of cinnamon/sugared apple in the middle.
5. Place the cookies in the middle of the oven at 395F for 15-20 minutes
6. Once they have cooled off a little, place them on a cookie sheet, then dip each cookie in a little bit of sugar.
These are super tasty. I promise.
New highlights...and new low lights. Decided to try a new combination when I got my hair done this weekend. I think I am actually pretty happy with it.
I always feel like a pill when I'm at the colorist. No, not to light, but still blond. Definately no reddish tint. No that's to dark. No, I don't like that. When I was there on Saturday they had to redo the front of my hair—way too dark. When I pulled it back in a ponytail it looked like I had dark roots, which kind of defeated the purpose of the appointment. They probably dread when it's time for my appointment. Oh great, the lady that is never happy is here!
(But don't worry, I tip very well to make up for being a pain)
I go to tons of sample sales, but recently I have actually left empty handed. I'm trying really really hard no to buy things I don't need (or sometimes not even want)!
Last year doing my annual closet clean out, I noticed tons of stuff never worn. Tags still attached. So embarrassing! And what a waste of money. I have this bad habit of panic buying non-returnable items at sample sales and I never wear them. I do have the best intentions to, I really do. But I guess in a chaotic dressing room, half naked in front of a hundred other half naked women, it's not easy to make a wise decision—especially when there are ten other women waiting like vultures for you to put your items down so they can snag it. I'm thinking "maybe I better get it, cause if these other women want it, I should probably want it too. I better get it...just in case."
Once in a while I actually do manage to find things at sample sales—without regrets. I scored major brownie points today, when I found this Bugatti leather weekend duffle in cognac leather for only $129 for the hubbie. He has wanted one forever.
Beautiful styles from JImmy Choo for H&M, but I'm not sure about the quality. Maybe it's just H&M quality with a Jimmy Choo sticker—which doesn't make it a good shoe. I guess we'll see if I really end up getting anything. Plus, it's not that cheap either.
In stores November 14. Be prepared for madness. Apparently the first 160 people on line will get a band to shop the store first, and then it will be opened up for everyone.
For more info, click here.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Gosh, what pointless drama The Hill show has become. Caught up on a few episodes on my DVR last night. Kristin is a conniving man eater, Heidi has become obsessed with babies, and Spencer is an even bigger jerk than before. Every day life in LA, right. I don't know why I even bother watching this show anymore. Like, does anyone really care about these people anymore? It's the same 8 people in different places. No wonder they had to bring in Kristin to create drama, otherwise no one would have anything to talk about. All their lives may take place in the lap of luxury but they are all kind of boring. It used to be my secret indulgence, but it has become a bunch of nonsense. It can't even hold my interest for the 30 minutes that it is on!
(The best part of the show was the showcase of the band Vedera—they are great, esp. Satisfy!)
The City one the other hand is surprisingly good. (It's kind of sad when a show spin off is actually better than the original.) I guess because they actually have real lives (I know they are staged for the benefit of the show, but still, at least the main characters have more than one dimension.)
I mentioned last week that they were setting up a for a food and crafts market in Madison Square Park. Managed to sneak out and check it out during lunch. Interesting food and cute stuff. It's not that big though, but enough to keep you occupied for a an hour or two.
They actually did have meatballs, but they were Danish, not Swedish (not sure of the real difference)—but delish nonetheless. Served with potato salad. Tons of other yummy foods—waffles, Texas BBQ, and above all CUPCAKES from Stumptown. They best I have had in a very long time. Not too sweet, just right.
Booth with cute jewelry, handmade soaps, sea salts from the dead sea and french truffles. Perfect to find some Christmas gifts.
Located 5th Ave/Broadway and 23rd/25/26th streets in New York City