May 28, 2008
So much stuff has happened,
but I've written so little these past two months. So
here's some of the stuff that I'll be "backblogging" about
(is that even a real phrase?) in the near future: The people
I''ve been hanging out with (new and newer) in the past 2
months. The "Coffee and tea festival". The Tribeca
Film Festival. The Pre-Hamptons party. Memorial
day weekend in the East End and EVERYTHING that happened
there (good and bad.)
March 10, 2008
So I'm finally back after a
case of the flu. It's funny, but I've never had the
flu before. I'd like to say that it was great to not
have worked most of the week, but I've got to say that I
would rather have worked than have fever, chills, cough and
cold and absolutely no energy to move or desire to eat a
So, before the week long
illness, I managed to become friends with a couple of new
people (NS, A? and SH), as well as sing some karaoke with
NS, SH, BM and SM. It was nice to get together
acquaintances old and new. We had a blast, especially
for a Wednesday night. Then, that Saturday I attended
Y2's big b-day bash. She looked fantastic, but I was
already feeling like crap. I drank two glasses of oj/cran
juice with club soda, but I think I was already so sick that
even an infusion of Vitamin C was too late to make any
difference. The next day, I was out cold.
January 31, 2008
There's nothing like a little
impetus every once in a while and in the past few days, I've
gotten more than my share. It all started Friday night
(only a few hours after I posted what I did below.) I
met up with A2 and KS at Verlaine. I hadn't eaten
dinner and figured that due to the frigid weather, the place
would only be half full and we'd get a table in no time.
After over an hour at the place, and two yummy lychee
martinis, we were still nowhere near getting that table.
I HAD to eat, so I suggested that we go to Pala instead.
The wait there was also a half hour. We kept walking
West on Houston until we reached a Spanish place with no
tables available. I knew of one other place that would
not be packed. I've been to White Rabbit twice before.
That place is always half empty (I don't know how they stay
in business) and they serve food. The three of us sat
at the bar and I finally fed myself (actually, I devoured
three mini burgers and a plate full of fries.) To the
right of us was a large group of people. It seemed
like they were celebrating something. My two friends
started talking with two guys who had come up to the bar to
order drinks while I ate. After an hour or so at the
place, we were ready to leave and head out to Tut's (a
couple of doors down). KS was in the ladies' room and
A2 was getting someone's number while I got dressed.
All of a sudden, something very shocking happened. I'm
not going to go into details, since those who needed to be
told, have been. However, I felt bad for my new
friends, because the situation required an explanation.
The day after, I met up with
S? and some others at Union Square. That group was
varied ethnically and age wise. We sat at Cosi across from
the movie theater for hours and got to know each other.
One girl in particular seemed very cool. We exchanged
phone numbers, but not emails since we figured that S? could
just send all of us one large email. Unfortunately,
that hasn't happened. I think that I'm going to call
C? and just give her my email individually.
There are two other people I
still have to meet. I think that's going to happen
Anyway, last night we had
dinner at Petrossian. It was completely delish, by the
way. I LOVE Manhattan below 14th Street, but every
once in a while, it's nice to go to a place uptown.
I got home and watched an episode of ""Law & Order" that
chilled me to the bone. It was so similar to my
situation, but of course on a much grander scale (add 4
figures and politics.) But, there were so many details
that were similar that it really rocked my world. I
have to find out who wrote that. Bottom line is, that
I now know what I have to do.
I guess I should thank the
powers above for: Giving me a group of acquaintances
who do not feel that they have to respond to a written
invitation. If it wasn't for that, I would not have
canceled my party Friday night. Also, for getting me
to realize shortly after the Evite went out, that this may
happen and getting me to look at the CL strictly platonic
section. Without that, I wouldn't have posted /
answered people's ads. Then, I would have not
had anyone to meet up with that night and would have stayed
home. Had I not gone to Verlaine...
January 25, 2008
In the spirit of cleansing, I
have deleted all of the contents of my blog from September
2004 to just before my last birthday (September 5, 2007.)
It was just time to let go.
January 24, 2008
I have to say that I'm
stunned by the death of actor Heath Ledger. I turned
on E! News expecting the lead story to be the Oscar nods,
but when they began with his demise I gasped. When I
heard about Brad Renfro, I was saddened, but not really that
surprised. This time, I was stunned.
I've seen most of the
nominated films. I'm missing "The Diving Bell and the
Butterfly" and "I'm not there." Maybe I'll get to
these this weekend.
I'm really excited about some
new social opportunities that are presenting themselves to
me. I feel like I've been stuck in a rut, but it's
about to end.
On MLK day, T2 and I went to
"Le Cirque" for lunch. I can't think of a better way
to celebrate the spirit of the day than what we did.
It was great to see her again. It's been a while.
It was also fab not to have to run off to work afterwards.
We took our time and must have been there for over two
hours. I'm also looking forward to dinner at "Petrossian
and lunch at "Barbounia".
January 2, 2008
Happy New Year (and Merry
I got so used to doing
nothing for 4 days in a row that coming back to work was a
real shock for the system. I did manage to see a few
good movies over both mini breaks. I saw "Sweeney
Todd" with the incomparable Johnny Depp, as well as "Charlie
Wilson's War." Still on my list are: Juno, There Will
Be Blood, The Kite Runner and possibly American Gangster,
The Savages and Before The Devil Knows You're Dead.
My plan to get my friends
together for dinner, gift exchange and the sneak preview of
27 Dresses didn't work out. This was hardly a
surprise, but the fact was that not one even emailed me to
say that she couldn't make it. I, of course did see
the film which I enjoyed tons more than Knocked Up.
I saw large groups of girls together at the practically sold
out show. It seems that other girls had the same idea
that night. I thought about having "girlfriends envy",
but didn't bother since I'm permanently jinxed in that area.
I spent NYE with friends of
the family on CPW. Believe it or not, I actually
missed the countdown (long story that I'm not even going to
try to get into), but was rewarded with a great view of the
Central Park fireworks from their living room windows.
December 4, 2007
Last Thursday night, I went
to the third screening at Bryant Park Hotel. This time
they showed "No Country For Old Men" and served Margaritas.
I love the whole private screening room idea, but they have
to be a bit more picky with the people who are invited to
attend. I realize that they really have no control
over this, but... The people sitting in front of us
got seriously sloshed and left early (thank God!) I
wonder what next month's film will be.
Friday was shopping day.
We went to a few sample sales. I tried on a shearling
that was cute, but would fit me if I were pregnant with
sextuplets. And that was supposedly a size small.
Then, we hit the jewelry stores, Macy's and Lord & Taylor.
I still haven't been to the Bees (Bloomies, Bendel's,
Bergdorf) or Sacks.
Sunday I saw "Awake", which
was better than I had thought (minus the very long written
explanation of the condition under which a person is given
general anesthesia, but is still awake and can feel
everything that is being done, at the beginning of the
Yesterday, KS and I went to
this shopping event at BLVD. It's funny, I've been to
that place a few times, but never just as a place to go at
night. Every time I was there, it was for a sponsored
event (shopping, entertainment industry...) Not that I
think it would have my type of crowd or anything.
Crash Mansion next door seems to have good bands, so that
might be worth checking out in the future. Anyway, I
bought a tye-dyed hat and a really pretty silver ring.
KS bought a dress that can be worn in summer or winter.
After work, I'm going to
Grant Wilfley open registration call. I hope that I'm
not there for hours and hours, but who knows. Normally
I wouldn't bother, but since they cast EVERYTHING from tv
and film to B'way, I really shouldn't miss this. Not
to mention that they're just blocks away from work.
I'm actually looking forward to this.
November 29, 2007
I had a nice, relaxing Turkey
Day until I found out that Rachael Ray claims that my
stuffing is her mother's stuffing. Now, I know that I didn't
invent the thing, but I'm sure that I got it off some
website totally unconnected to RR. Anyway, the day
after, we went to the mall and saw "August Rush". I
know that it got very mixed reviews, but I liked the film.
What I didn't like, was the fact that with all of these
Black Friday "sales", I was unable to buy the camera I
wanted at the price I wanted. Saturday, Y2 and I had
drinks at the White Rabbit and then saw "Lust, Caution".
I'm not sure why it got an NC-17 rating. It was just
two people having straight sex, in a variety of positions.
There was no full frontal male nudity and a brief glimpse of
the female's pubic hair. Big deal. I had a much
bigger problem with the ending, as did Y2. I was
pretty shocked to find out that the 2 1/2 hour extravaganza
was based on a SHORT STORY! Holy shit! How the
Hell did that happen?
That Sunday, I saw
"Enchanted." I know, I was prepared to hate it as much as
the next person, but it was actually pretty funny and sweet.
Amy Adams did steal the film. She is very good at
playing these innocent little minxes. Much better than
the horrible way she was miscast as Katherine Merzeul in
that prequel "Cruel Intentions 3" (or was it 2?) I
simply did not buy her as the bad girl for a second,
especially after the fantastic job that Sarah Michelle
Prinze (Gellar) did in the original.
I finally got the camera I
wanted on Cyber Monday. I'll have it by tomorrow,
which is great, because I have tons of stuff coming up and
having a camera will be priceless!!!
November 19, 2007
Three Saturdays ago, I had
brunch with SM, Y2 and BM at Pangea. We decided to try
"Eight minute dating", just for laughs. Years ago, OK
and FJ tried to get me to do it with them, but they were
much more serious about it than these girls, so I decided
not to even bother. This time, the prospect is much
more appealing to me.
Friday after that, KS and I
went to Ch'i Gallery in W'burg for an opening of a modern
artist named Alexis Portilla. The art was quite
interesting and expensive. KS and I had the same 5
favorites. We got to chat with CJ who works there, met the
gallery owner and the artist and had some champagne and
munchies. Afterwards, we went to Bacci & Abracci, an
Italian restaurant a few blocks away and had a fantastic
A funny thing happened on my
way to meeting up with KS that night. I was in a large
crowd exiting the PATH station at 14th Street when I saw
someone dragging a suitcase down the stairs headed for the
train. Since most people exit the station, he kind of
stood out. I then realized that I knew him- he was PE,
a guy I know from the house in Southampton (and the last
person I expected to see at that location, ever.) we
both did our double takes and said hello. it turned
out that he was on his way to Lehigh (his alma mater) for
Homecoming or alumni weekend or some frat reunion thing.
His friend was picking him up in Hoboken and I guess they
were driving or taking the train down. I told him
where I was heading and then we both had to go in our
separate directions. it was just really odd to see him
then and there.
The next night, Y2 and I met
for dinner at Suba on the LES. I hadn't been that far East
in years (on Delancey.) I was shocked at the amount of
new high rise building construction going on there. The
restaurant was beautiful, pricey and the tapas were
apportioned so as to be shared by two (according to the
waiter). In reality, not so much! The food was
really good and probably oozing with calories, but I think
that we mixed too much (fish, short ribs, lamb, cheese
plate.) A few hours later, I was feeling a bit
unsettled. Afterwards, we joined KS, SM and a bunch of
her friends at Arlene's for a "CD release party." The
band was called "Prankstar." The drummer is a longtime
friend of SM's. She told me that they were jazz, etc.
In reality, they were a mix of alternative rock with a bit
of a bluesy-ska feel. There was no real party, they
just did a set and then went upstairs where they sold their
cd's for $5 (should have been $10.) The band was good,
so I bought a cd as well. KS got hers autographed by
the entire band. Afterwards, we were all supposed to
go to a sports bar around the corner, but Y2 begged out
saying that she wasn't feeling well. The rest of us
continued on. I really don't know SM's friends too
well and they weren't overly friendly. I chatted with
SM and KS a bit, had a blueberry mojito which was horrible
and left a bit over an hour later.
Last Friday night, SP and I
went to the Billion Dollar Babes sale at the Altman
Building. SM and KS were supposed to come with me (you
had to RSVP), but both begged out. SP happened to be
free and we went. SP bought a Carlos Miele
cashmere/silk turtleneck and a beautiful brockade jacket for
very little $. Both fit her perfectly.
Afterwards, we went to Safran, a nouvelle Vietnamese
restaurant on 7th bet. 15th and 16th. The food was
delicious and the waiter LOOOOVED us. Of course we
tipped him really well...
So my cable is now working
once again (as of Saturday afternoon.) After 3 weeks
of not knowing what the Hell was going on, being able to see
all the channels clearly feels like a luxury!
Last night, my mother and I
went to the Angelica and saw "Margot at the wedding."
I have mixed feeling about it. The acting was superb,
the characters completely flawed and barely likeable.
My mother swears that she saw movement when Nicole Kidman
scrunched her forehead (maybe she was in between Botox
sessions at the time of the shoot?) It made me think
that intellectuals shouldn't have children. Then
again, I also think that stupid people shouldn't have
children. I'm not quite sure who's then left to
populate the planet. Afterwards, we went to Tsampa for
October 31, 2007
P2 came back to town last
weekend. It was great to see her again and hear all
about her new life in SF. She seems to be doing really
well out there, although she isn't exactly in love with SF.
She doesn't like the weather, the public transportation
system isn't that great and the lack of diversity was
culture shock to the girl. DK seems to be doing better
out there than here. He was cast as the lead in "A
Secret Garden" and has a really well paying temp job that
might become permanent. Clearly, the coastal change
did him a world of good.
Sunday was my mother's b-day.
We spent the afternoon opening her presents. Luckily
she liked most of them (which is good, since I spent all
previous Sunday walking around town getting them for her.)
I took her to "Matador" for dinner. They have a great
prix-fixe dinner menu that includes a glass of sangria and
coffee/tea. The food was fantastic!
October 19, 2007
So far, the fall movie season
has been quite disappointing. I saw "Michael Clayton",
which although entertaining is being way overhyped. It
was too long and not half as interesting as I had been led
to believe by all the press. I was also looking
forward to the "Elizabeth" sequel, until I heard the
reviews. I just read the NY Times reviews for both
"Reservation Road" and "Things We Lost In The Fire" and they
were very mediocre. This leaves me with "Rendition",
which seems both entertaining and well reviewed. Come
to think of it, the two best films I have seen recently were
"The Jane Austen Book Club" and "The Kingdom." I'm
also going to see "Gone Baby Gone" at a private screening
next week. I'm looking forward to that one, although I
think that the screening should have been last night (just
like "Eastern Promises".)
I have a week to get my
mother a birthday present. I have been sorely lagging
behind on that one. I knew what I wanted to get her
months ago, but didn't bother following up and now that item
is no longer in stores. I'll have to spend all of
Sunday walking up and down NYC stores looking for things.
Luckily I have no plans with anyone that day.
October 9, 2007
Sunday night, Y2, SM, KS and
I decided to watch "female amateur jello wrestling".
Why? because BM had been doing it for months. We
agreed to meet at 6:20 p.m. in front of Landmark Sunshine on
Houston. From there, we were going to walk to
Verlaine, have dinner and drinks and walk to Arlene's
Grocery. Why the hell this thing was being held in a
LES rock club is beyond me, but...
Anyway, at 6:10, I was at
14th and 6th ready to hop on the F. It turns out that
the F wasn't running (the booth guy didn't make it clear if
at all, or just at that particular stop.) I decided to
hop into a cab. Unfortunately, I couldn't seem to
catch one, so I decided to go to 13th and 5th (South heading
traffic.) Of course I called my friends and told them
to head to Verlaine. Around 6:30, after I had been
standing on 5th for 10 minutes, I got so pissed off that I
began walking South. I stopped every few blocks and
tried to get that cab, but to no avail. There were
plenty of cabs, but they were all full. Every corner
along the way had people trying to do the same thing I was.
I walked all the way down to Houston and Mulberry before I
was lucky enough to snag one (purely by accident, as a
couple was heading out and I jumped in.) I finally got
to the restaurant by 7:05!!! I was pissed off, let me
tell you. Dinner was fine and we began to walk East to
Arlene's. Then, Y2 told us that she was going to head
back uptown to meet up with her cousin. I was shocked
since I thought she was coming with us. After all, BM
is her friend as well, but whatever. The three of us
We got to Arlene's, paid the
$5 fee and got a good vantage point for the event. It
seemed that most people there were friends of the wrestlers.
There was definitely not enough jello and the "cubes" were
tiny, about a quarter of the size of a standard ice cube.
I thought that was a bit odd. Before the "show" a punk
all girl trio called "The Besties" went on. They were
ok, but more pop than punk (although they were a bit
Blondie-esque, so...) They did a good cover of
Berlin's "Metro" (which my friends didn't know the words to,
scaring me a bit.) The bouts themselves were rather
short, a bit boring and somewhat "fixed." BM wasn't
there, but we figured she'd be in round two. When
round two began (with round one winners) SM and I knew there
was something wrong. I went outside and called her.
She was at home. It turns out that she wasn't feeling
well and forgot that we were coming, she apologized up and
down... We had enough of the jello wrestling and got out of
there. We decided to go for dessert and found a really
cute place called Pala, right off Allen (below Houston).
They had really delicious looking gourmet pizza and I
decided to forego the dessert for a pie." We liked the
place and are definitely coming back there again soon.
As for the jello wrestling, probably not so much.
October 4, 2007
The Friday that "The Jane
Austen Book Club" opened in limited release, I, of course
went to see it. Afterwards, we used the Max Brenner
gift card that P2 had given me for a birthday, or Christmas
(or whenever it was, since it's been at least a year.)
Anyway, I had never been there before, but conveniently,
there is a restaurant right across the street from the movie
theater in Union Square. Not only was the food delish,
but as we were waiting for the waiter to bring us the
dessert menu, he came back with a small plate of gorgeous
looking candies. "You're in luck" he said. ABC
is doing a promotion and buying the first 75 women dessert.
Perfect, I thought. It turned out that the promo was
for "Big Shots" the new Dylan McDermott / Michael Vartan
show which I was going to watch anyway. This was the
icing on the cake. By the way the candies were
spectacular (and I'm not much of a chocoholic.) As it
turns out, Michael Vartan, who I always thought was French
(because he was born in Paris), is French only by
nationality. Ethnically, he is half Polish and half
Bulgarian. That would explain why his Russian was always so
good on "Alias".
I did watch "Big Shots", but
was surprised with the woman they had playing his wife.
She looked so much older than he did and was not hot at all.
Seriously, I can name at least 10 actresses who would have
looked so much better in the role, especially since SHE
cheats on HIM with his boss!
Getting back to Jane Austen,
I treated myself to the 10th Anniversary edition of "Pride
and Prejudice" BBC miniseries with Colin Firth and Jennifer
Ehle. Can't wait to get that in the mail! It's
so funny that I'm so obsessed with Colin AND Nathaniel
Parker ("Inspector Lynley Mysteries"). I'm not usually
into British men, but these two definitely meet the dark and
brooding criteria, so I'm adding them to my
exceptions list which also includes Hugh Dancy with his big
blue eyes (even if he is dating Claire Danes) and my
personal pick for James Bond, Clive Owens.
I had my hair done on
Saturday. As the thermal reconditioning took out the
last of my already nonexistent hair color, I managed to ask
the stylist if there was anything I could do to strengthen,
repair and moisturize my hair. She told me to start
using a protein treatment. I ordered Frederick
Fekkai's online and can't wait to get that shipped.
The situation with the
slightly unpleasant incident after my B-day party has also
been resolved as well. I'm waiting to get my money
back from LS.
September 17, 2007
So, my B-day party was
fabulous. Everyone was there: Y2, BE, SM, KS, LS, LJ,
NS and BM. We ate, drank and sang karaoke.
Last Thursday night, I was at
the Bryant Park hotel private screening room, sipping ZYR
vodka on the rocks and watching a private screening of
"Eastern Promises" a full day before it opened in NYC.
This was the life!!!
Friday, I saw "The Brave One"
with Jodie Foster. Saturday, I had brunch with KS, SM
and her brother and sister at Primitivo Osteria. Then,
I met up with my mom and saw "Silk" at the Angelika.
Afterwards, we stopped by
Sammy's Noodle Shop. The fortune cookie I got said "A
true friend will only ask for your time, not your money."
The fact that this little morsel came exactly two years and
one week too late, hasn't escaped me!
September 11, 2007
God bless all those who were
injured or died on September 11, 2001 in New York,
Pennsylvania and Washington, DC and their families and other
God bless the rescue workers
at all of the crash sites, as well as those who have
supported them materially, emotionally and physically.
God bless all of the US
soldiers who have died, been injured and/or are serving our
country domestically and abroad, as well as their families
and loved ones.
God damn to HELL all of the
9/11 hijackers, planners and all those who have and continue
to provide physical, monetary, psychological, emotional or
religious support to them and others like them.
God bless the United States
September 5, 2007
Today's my birthday and...
(O.K. So I totally forgot the rest of the Sugar Cubes
So far, it hasn't been half
bad. Let's see, most of the people I invited to my
party are actually coming. SM called me at work and
sang the birthday song to me. My cousin married a girl
who looks like Brooke Shields around 4 a.m. EST (but it was
10 a.m. in Heidelberg, Germany where he lives.) I read
OS's novel online (well, skimmed through it really.)
It was just fine for chick lit, but I wasn't overwhelmed by
I have now confirmed (well,
for myself anyway) that MW, my celeb crush is gay (boo hoo
hoo.) It's not that I tend to belive Mario Methhead
(sp?) However, in this case, it wasn't what he said,
but how he said it that had me convinced that this one time,
he's actually right. You have no idea how much it
pains me to admit this! I wouldn't mind this really,
had he just continued to skirt the issue (pun intended) and
not given a foreign mag an interview where he specifically
said "I know that there are rumors out there...it's all
about fantasy... it's o.k. if people imagine me with a girl
or a guy... I AM NOT GAY!" Maybe he's bi? A
smart journalist would then have followed up that question
with "O.K., so you say that you're not gay, but are you
straight?" That should have caught him off guard
enough for the interviewer to see which one he is.
Luckily, CD, my other celeb crush is very straight (and
seems to be quite single.) Now if I could just get my
butt down to LA and actually meet him!