Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another memo from the building

Read this:

Why would I be removing my heating unit now? I'm so confused.

But there's no need to be discussing heat today. It's ridiculously hot and humid for the last day of September.

Birthday month begins tomorrow (and the expiration date on the milk is now up to mid-November)...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010


At one point early today, I was walking by a window at work and I noticed it was snowing. Then I realized that it's only September so it probably wasn't snow. Upon closer investigation, we realized it was smoke pouring out of the building across the street. Fire trucks came and had the situation under control but there was definitely some mass panic. I think we're all a little sensitive. It is, after all, September in New York. I didn't even stop to grab my camera. That's when you know it's bad!

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010


I had a blood test this morning.

Next to a dumpster. Really gives you a sanitary feeling, right?

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Fun fact

Thanks to Scoutmob.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Whose rickshaw is it anyway?

This bicycle carriage is always parked on 2nd Avenue at 21st Street.

It's gone during the day, but every night it returns to its streetpost parking spot. I've never seen it out and about, I have no idea who drives it, but I always chuckle when I walk by it. I wonder if I'll ever find out who the owner is?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Flashing Lights

After a long day out and about, I met my cousin back at my apartment for dinner. We decided to order in and eat on the roof. It is, after all, still 80+ degrees out there.

My newly opened roof deck features a great view of Midtown Manhattan and the Empire State Building.

It was a really clear night and the lights were great. But every few seconds, there would be bursts of light from the top of the ESB.
It took me a few minutes to figure it out but I realized that it's camera flashes from the observation deck! Very cool!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Peep show

There's an apartment building across the street from the office and my window looks into someone's bathroom.

Can you see him? He's there. Just hanging out. Topless. He caught me trying to take a picture this morning. Teeheehee.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

One Episode In...

And I can already tell that Season 2 of Modern Family is going to be as funny as the first.

I left work early enough tonight to go for a run. 3.62 miles/29:27, up 2nd Avenue to 53rd Street and back. The left lane of 2nd Avenue is closed for this week's UN festivities so I was able to run pretty much straight through. And it was delightful.

And that, unfortunately, is pretty much all I saw today.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What's going on here?

I walk through Madison Square Park at least once a day. Today there's orange tape all over the grassy area in the center.

I'm wondering what they're planning. There are frequent art installations on the lawn. Some I've liked (the metal trees) and others I haven't. Can't wait to see what's coming next!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Green Machine

As spotted on NYC's 5th Avenue.

This one was just too good to save for Fashion Faux Pas Friday. But even if she has bad taste in fashion, she's got good taste in groceries. Please note the Trader Joe's bag!

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The one from yesterday

I don't have an excuse for not blogging yesterday. I didn't get abducted by aliens, I didn't stay at work all night and I didn't run away to Fiji. Or Bora Bora. I just plum forgot. How does one forget something one's been doing for the past 200 days? Who knows. That said, yesterday was officially the beginning of birthday season. I got a gift from my mom and then had an (early) birthday dinner with a friend and then we shopped for my present.

Yes, that's a faux fur, fleece-lined, extra-long hoodie from Armani Exchange. Who knew you could get non-clubbing clothes there?

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Minus 1

Never thought a 1 could make such a difference.

I'm not sure that a 0% cashmere sign is a huge selling point.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010


I'm one of those expiration date freaks. Foods, beverages, medications, I check the date before consuming just about everything. Which is why I was fairly surprised when I found this at Costco today.

Yes. That's a four pound bag of shredded mozzarella that expired several weeks ago. Now I'm sure it wouldn't kill anyone but it's something I would expect to find in Grandma's fridge, not the grocery store.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

How Puzzling

My mom is in town visiting. I was gifted a 1,000 piece puzzle earlier this summer and I decided that tonight would be the perfect time to whip it out. I haven't been able to do puzzles in years, Pollie would always try to help and we'd both get frustrated, and I was definitely a bit rusty.

We made a bit of progress tonight. Most of the border is done. I wonder how long it will be before I get my dining room table back?

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Smelly dog!

If Phoebe was singing about a dog in Smelly Cat, this is the one.

I generally let the elevator go if she's in it. I had to ride up tonight with her (and her equally smelly brother and owner) and I nearly gagged. She doesn't make eye contact. Ever. I think she's embarrassed by her own stench. Dogs should be required to ride in the service elevator. I'm just sayin'.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Meal Companions

In some offices, people have Breakfast Buddies. Others have a Lunch Bunch. But not at my office. We have Dinner Dates. This afternoon, one of my co-workers messaged me saying, "What's for dinner?" It wasn't even a question that we'd both be here for dinner. When did it happen that I started eating dinner at work every night?

Here we are tonight. In our usual picnic spot. We've added a blanket so that we no longer eat on the carpet. It seems classier this way. And the real plates- those definitely formalize it a bit.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Night of Gilty Gatherings

Tonight's first stop was the Gilt City Launch Party on 27th Street. Employees came dressed as their favorite Gilt Cities: we had Oprah from Chicago, Sarah Jessica Parker from NYC, a lobster from Boston and a few beach clad bods from Miami.

The second event of the evening was the Jetsetter First Anniversary Party on 21st Street. We toasted the evening with Jetetter-eopardy where we answered trivia questions about the company and our colleagues. The bar had ping pong tables set up and there were games going on at all times. Not much different than the office, I guess!

And the best part of the evening? Someone invited my two new hires and they fit in with the team seamlessly! It was such a fun night! There's more treats in store for tomorrow...I can hardly wait!

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Dear Pollie

Your food bowls are still on the floor in the kitchen. I even see a crumb of tuna left from your last meal.

Your toys are scattered through the apartment. Your favorite little brown mousie is in front of the bathroom door but your new pink mouse that I bought last month is MIA. I'm sure I'll find it one day.

Your scratching post remains in the living room. It's tattered and worn but you sure did love that thing. Even though it didn't keep you from scratching at my couches.

When I got in the shower this morning, I automatically left the sink on for you. You always loved your fresh water.

The indentation on the top of my couch cushion remains. And it's still covered in fur. So soft and silky.

You were a good cat, sometimes more like a roommate than a pet. And you'll be missed.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Gilt for the Cure!

A bunch of Groupies ran the Susan G Koman Race for the Cure this morning in Central Park.

Running in memory of loved ones and in honor of survivors (both those sharing the course and those in my life), I tried to convince myself that my sniffles were rather insignificant. I ran faster than ever before in an effort to get inside and warm.

I spent the rest of the day at work, although I enjoyed a brief Sunday Funday break at Manny's/Blondie's. Now it's 7:09pm and I'm running back home to bed. Hoping to feel better tomorrow. Busy week ahead. Have a good one, Bloggy Buddies (Mom, Angela, Erinn and Elliott).

P.S. Shout out to Ange who completed her 3rd and final tri of the summer this morning. Congrats!!

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Still adjusting

Sometimes I catch a glimpse of my reflection and don't recognize myself with short hair.

Tonight, for instance, my own shadow took me by surprise.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Snack mix

Why is it that every snack mix always has one undesirable component?

This Oriental rice cracker mix is delightful. Spicy wasabi pees mixed with light, provides the perfect balance of heaven and sinus clearing. But then there's a pile of peanuts. Why?

And Chex mix? Whose idea was it to add pretzels?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Cigar man

Now that smoking has been banned in most buildings in NYC, I wonder what the chances are that there could be an ordinance banning it from the streets, too?

While walking between offices this afternoon, this dude was walking down the street in front of me, smoking a cigar, and I swear I nearly passed out from the smell! Although I guess that's not too likely to happen on public property, or is it?

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

SEL's Adventures: Wall Street to the Bronx

I started out the day on Wall Street for the Ryder Cup Captain's picks press conference. And no, I don't remember the picks. But I did get a pin. And a plaque with my name on it for the closing bell ceremony at the end of the day.

Tonight, we ventured to the Bronx to watch Corey throw the first pitch at the Yankees game.

But my view was blocked by this sitting on my legs and bouncing around the seats.

But that's ok because she was the happiest little clam at the ball park and kept us all entertained well into our departure during the 7th inning stretch.

I'm bummed to go back to work tomorrow. I'm sad to leave behind my little shadow. I can't believe my relaxing weekend of spa treatments, playgrounds and carnivals is over. The good news is that there's only three work days until the weekend! Thanks heavens for small favors.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

How many manicurists does it take to paint a toddler's nails?

Not 1.

Not 2.


They painted teeny, tiny hearts on her fingers and flowers on her toes.

And all for the bargain price of $10. How much did my pedicure that took 1/4 as much time cost? A whopping $18!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Many Mannequins of Barney's New York

I made some new friends today.

Unfortunately they weren't very talkative.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

SEL's (2nd) trip to Victorian Gardens

For those of you who don't remember, I had a great visit to Victorian Gardens over the 4th of July holiday. Well, the same little two year old sweetie is back this weekend and we returned to the carnival today (my idea, not her's!). Since her dad was with us, I once again got the chance to do a few rides myself.

I have to admit that the views from the tops of some of the rides are really incredible. It's a great way to see the skyline: if you're not prone to motion sickness, scared of heights or weary of rickety carnival rides!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Waiting for Earl

I left the house this morning ready for Earl.

By day's end, I looked like an idiot. There was no rain, no wind and certainly no hurricane. It appears that despite his numerous threats, he read my letter and heeded my warning. Earl did not make an appearance in NYC, Lisa and baby Alexis' plane made it in (early!) and we saw a gorgeous sunset on the way home tonight! Thank heavens for this 4 day weekend ahead. I feel more relaxed already.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Letter to Earl

Dear Earl,

You are not on my list of welcome visitors this weekend. Please take your rain and gusty winds and head east. I have some fun friends headed in tomorrow afternoon and it sounds like you are going to try to stop them. Actually, according to NBC News, it sounds like you are going to try to halt all activity in the tri-state area tomorrow: trains have already been canceled, island vacations have been advised against and boats have all been docked. After a summer of beastly heat, don't you think we deserve a bit of a break on this last weekend? Please go easy on us.


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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Would it be weird...

...if I swiped this chair and brought it to work?

Maybe if I did, and told people I pulled it in off the street, they'd stop taking my chair!!

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