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Thursday, October 27, 2016

It's Raining, It's Pouring

I've been writing hard, cooking dinner, alternating w H. on both doing dishes and shepherding Punch to after-school activities. Tomorrow is a busy day, with Halloween parade and fall harvest party in classroom, school Boogie Bash at night, etc. I just made 25 fruit skewers for the children's party, threading strawberries, pineapple chunks and a chocolate-dipped marshmallow on each slender stick.

I powered through my day in pumps and my mocha fall sweater, which upped my ante. Took those off by kabob making time!

I better get some rest.

Good night.

  1. Steamed broccoli to have w dinner.
  2. Had a Farm Scramble for breakfast at Raymond's, with kale, sweet potato, tomato and Swiss. It was good.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Good Night, Fair Maidens and Fine Men

I don't know why, just felt like writing that title! Maybe because I was working on an article about a hip restaurant in London--maybe England made me think of Shakespeare? Good night.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Only Thing I Exercised Today Was My Fingers

Working on tight deadlines for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME Magazine. It's quarterly, but the deadlines seem to come up so fast every time. Also, I'm writing six pieces for this issue. When I worked on staff at monthly magazines, we must have had zero down time, or been very, very organized [the latter]. Plus, I have to fit in work for three other clients, too, and one is pretty demanding.

I won't lie, it's fun to write for the magazine about a Brooklyn soft-sculpture artist; an artist and shopkeeper in the Catskills; and an architect and designer based in Montclair. Writing is a craft, and that parts feels rewarding and proficient. Besides, magazines are my first love, and you never forget your first love.

But my shoulder wings are tired, and I swapped my beloved heels [which I even wear to work at home] for sneakers, for better grounding. And my babysitter/friend Elaine said I look tired.

I'm ready for a good night's sleep.

  1. Figgy made us a healthy, yummy vegan supper. Wraps filled with pan-browned, curried tofu slices, red cabbage, cilantro, pickles, tomatoes.....really good. H., Punch and I all really liked them.
  2. Healthy snack: almonds and raisins.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Morning After That Sugar Crash

It's true, if you eat sugar, you crave sugar. And if you avoid it, you crave it less.

The fallout from yesterday's Italian desserts at 4 p.m. lead to a grab of 2 leftover goblin green sugar cookies, half of a Parisian Florentine and a couple stolen bites of the donuts Punch decorated at party. This all happened at about 9 a.m. I was still tired but pushed myself out of bed earlier to get Punch off to school. Being tired is always a red flag for me. If there is sugar in sight, I will make a mad scramble to get my hands on it and gobble it down. As if sugar is an energizing fuel--not a sedative.

Start fresh now!!!! The important thing is that I am at my desk now with a tall glass of ice water and I am working. I have healthy foods planned for the rest of the day....sweet potato, red pepper, turkey, hummus, etc...

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Dollars & Scents Report Tomorrow

Broome Street in SoHo, about 5 p.m.

It was a pretty day to walk around SoHo and the Village with Sis, sniffing and sipping and shopping. The lunch was at La Mela on Mulberry Street and it was ample and excellent but I allowed myself to indulge in the dessert platter. Hard to resist. Then I felt:
  1. Self-conscious, thinking my belly grew noticeably in my DVF pale gray wool wrap dress. Thank God for smoothing gray Wolford tights.
  2. Ungainly when walking all of those subway steps and ramps between the N train Times Square stop and the Port Authority. Take it easy, the man in the little subway snack shop said when I bought a cold Peach Diet Snapple. I thought I must have looked tired, dragging and heavy to him.
  3. Kind of sick. Had to lie down on couch when I got home 2 1/2 hours later.
  4. Irritable, picking fights with my family.
Better days ahead. Memo to self: Skip the cannoli. There's no such thing as a free dessert.

What I did resist that the Former Me would not have: Li-Lac Chocolates, Amy's Bread pastries, Billy's Bakery layer cake, Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, rice pudding store, glossy dark chocolate dunked espresso beans from Porto Rico Importing Co.on Bleecker Street and palettes of pretty macarons everywhere I turned. Also, back at the ranch: Goblin green sugar cookies from Halloween party Punch went to and box of four donuts she decorated at her pal's bday party at Montclair Bread Co. 

Good night. Live and learn, as my mother used to say.

1. Logged over 14,000 steps on my Fitbit.
2. Salad. 

On Bus to NYC to Meet Sis and Sniff!

We're heading to the Sniffapalooza Fall Ball, first stop Annick Goutal on Bleecker Streer! More whiffs of fun and flora to come!

Big Screen: The Girl on the Train

Figgy and I went to see this thriller at 10:15 tonight. I was sitting on the edge of my seat and clutching her arm part of the time. Excellent mystery with Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Allison Janney, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow. So many twists and turns on a train ride along the Hudson and a close, raw look at the blur of alcoholism. Rating: 10 popcorn buckets and a giant soda. I haven't read the book, but maybe I should.

Good night.

  1. Morning support group. Nurturing, enlightening.
  2. Punchy's Mimi and Poppy came to visit and we went out to lunch with them and Figgy at a Thai restaurant we love in town. The hot tea, pad thai, dumplings, even Fig's spicy vegan tofu curry--all delicious. Then Mimi and Poppy took Punch out for a few hours and we got to take a Saturday nap on a rainy afternoon.