Book Club and Foods

I mentioned in an earlier post that I went to see the Eclipse Pre-Screening. If you want to read my thoughts about the book series, read that post. It was a super fun day. I even had my photo snapped with lead vampire Edward…er…I mean a cutout of Edward on the “red carpet.” Of course, I wore my British shirt and he loved it. :O)

Breakfast: Uhoh, I didn’t eat breakfast today. I was in a rush and didn’t have time to make my oatmeal. Forgive me!

Lunch: Lunch at the Tate with Marina. We enjoyed delicious Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches with Lettuce and Tomatoe on Wheat Bread, while overlooking the city view and enjoying a breeze. I also splurged and drank Diet Pepsi in a pretty wine glass filled with ice.

Dinner: Because I ate about 300 less calories today (since I skipped breakfast), I decided it was OK to eat some Chinese food for dinner. Orange Chicken and Brocolli.

Eclipse Pre-Screening

Don’t judge me! I love Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. As I mentioned in last week’s post, I was invited to a free pre-screening to the film because of my wonderful book club. I loved the anticipation of seeing the movie and getting an early preview of the movie before its opening the following day.

I know that it may be bizarre that at my age I love a story that was written for teens, but I find that a lot of people feel the same way. In fact, there was a great article written by Caitlin Flanigan in the Atlantic explaining why it is that adults love this series. The following quote really describes my own feelings about why Twilight is so sensational.

“Twilight is fantastic. It’s a page-turner that pops out a lurching, frightening ending I never saw coming. It’s also the first book that seemed at long last to rekindle something of the girl-reader in me. In fact, there were times when the novel—no work of literature, to be sure, no school for style; hugged mainly to the slender chests of very young teenage girls, whose regard for it is on a par with the regard […read more…]

World Cup Truck

Down in the Meatpacking District, I walked past this ESPN Match Truck, which is currently focused on The World Cup. For those that want to watch the World Cup outdoors and with others, this truck is located squarely in the middle of the street. Every day, the truck changes location. For more info on where it will be, click on the link above.

Morning Adobe Photo Walk

Though I appreciate my Saturday sleep in days, I was willing to give it up today for the Adobe Photowalk with Bryan O’Neil Hughes and Tom Hogarty. If you’re thinking most photographers are male, you’re right and the photo below is accurate. It always seems a bit unbalanced in that department. That’s why I’m here, to take it over! :O)

My hubby and I woke up and walked over to Fotocare at 6th Ave and 22nd St. We met a few people and walked over to the High Line Park, a park built over concrete and old railroad tracks that opened up last year around the Fourth of July.

As we walked there, I took a few photos of anything I found interesting. I thought this sign was funny and used a fish eye lens to create the distortion and capture the building behind it.

I took a few shots of flowers in the park. The first one just caught my eye. The flowers were beautiful and pink and immediately brought a smile to my face.

This second shot I took, my hubby likes to call “A Flower in a Tornado,” because of the grass twisting viciously […read more…]

Activities Galore

I stayed home today by request of my husband. He told me to stay in the living room and not to shower until a very important package arrived. Oh, yes, the iphone! For those that pre-ordered, we got iphones a day earlier than you could get them in long lines at the Apple stores!

As soon as I got the new iphone, I headed out the door to enjoy the gorgeous day. I took care of errands that I am normally not able to take care of and enjoyed myself immensely in the sun.

I had a very tough workout, which made me sweat unbelievably. Luckily, I had my change of clothes with me, took a “shower” with a towel, water and cologne and headed out for my active evening. The more active you are, even if it’s walking from activity to activity, the more calories you burn. Obviously, when I am active, especially within this goal of 90 days, I work hard to avoid eating out at these activities and I don’t touch any alcohol. I don’t love to “spend” my calories on a liquid diet, so I avoid juices as well. Though I am always tempted by mouthwatering […read more…]

Time to Film Again!

I was back in the Metrodaylight Studios to film again to show off all the fantastic weight loss! I’ve lost 16lbs to date and feel fantastic. I have about 10-12lbs to go until my ideal weight, which I was around 6 years ago. I fell off track and now I’m getting back on target. I have to say, we all have a time and place that works for us when we’re ready to get on the weight loss journey. We just have to find that time and commit to it.

This is a great photo displaying my favorite jeans. I love these jeans that I’ve had them for two years, even though I’ve had to patch the inner thighs several times! Here I’m in a size 12 jean and now that I’m a size 6, they are very loose on me.

Alby did my makeup and covered all those pesky blemishes.

After my weigh-in, I had some water and my snack, a green apple. I didn’t have time to have breakfast this morning. The night before I was at the Polish Consulate for the election and got home very early in the morning, with just enough time […read more…]

Polish Presidential Election

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 60 days since the Polish President died in a tragic accident. I wrote about it a bit in this post.

On Saturday, I woke up at 3:45AM, had a good breakfast and walked over to the Polish Consulate on 37th and Madison to take part on an election commission. I felt honored to be partaking in this momentous occasion for Poland. There were 8 of us selected to administer the voting process, make sure the records and details were accurate, oversee the vote and certify the results.

The process was really interesting; I’ll go into detail with photographs so you can understand how it works.

Voting always takes place in Poland on Sunday. All the Consulates in the United States did their voting on Saturday, so the time change would line up properly. By the time we were finished, Poland had already been voting for several hours.

The first people were allowed in to vote at 6AM, but when I arrived at the consulate, I saw several people who had been waiting to vote since 3AM.

When I came in, the setup process had just begun. I took a photo […read more…]

The Key to the City

I received my own “Key to the City,” this week, as part of an art project created by Brooklyn’s Paul Ramírez Jonas. It truly is a key to the city which unlocks places, events and items throughout the five boroughs.

With this key, I’ll be able to unlock secret boxes, walk on paths rarely walked on and do things that most people aren’t privy to.

I find this type of art fascinating and unique. I think it is very clever that Paul Ramirez Jonas made 25,000 custom keys that will open up portals all over this city. So, even if you are a local, you will get to explore your own city in a way like none other. So far, around 10,000 keys have been given away and there is a little more than a week left for you to get your key.

I had a chance to chat with Paul and get his thoughts before I received my key. He said that he got the idea for the project while thinking about the difference between city monuments and more intimate art, such as a painting. There are very few monuments that people connect with, whereas with a painting, […read more…]

Vaudeville in the City

Some days, you feel like going to a show called Banana Shpeel. Banana Shpeel is a Cirque du Soleil show currently being performed on the Upper West Side in a really gorgeous theatre.

The Beacon Theatre was completely remodeled and although it took 16 million dollars, it looks like a true Broadway theatre, with sparkling gold veneers and Egyptian statues overlooking the audience.

I was in awe of the theatre; however, the show itself was not like the Cirque de Soleil stuff I imagined. Admittedly, I laughed at a few parts, but I think what truly made it entertaining was the man next to me bellowing a very contagious laugh. I would say that it is a fun show for kids and if you’re in a giggly mood, but not for everyone.

Breakfast: Banana Pancakes with Lite Syrup. Appropriate filling for the later entertainment!

Lunch: I had lunch with a friend of mine. We had baked potatoes with chicken, broccoli and cheddar. I think I watched him douse his potatoe with salt and pepper! Anything to make a 300 calorie meal taste a tiny bit more exciting.

Dinner: Pasta with Broccoli and Chicken. […read more…]

Rain, Rain, Rain.

I had planned on going to the Norah Jones free concert in Brooklyn, but the rain made me change my mind. So, I met some friends for a drink. Well, let’s face it, since I’m on this 90 day kick, I’m not really drinking much alcohol, instead, I had a water with a bit of cranberry, a twist of orange and a twist of lemon. I had a few bites of a quesadilla, but quickly realized the calories weren’t worth it. If something doesn’t taste amazing to me, it’s just not worth wasting my calories on it.

I did enjoy the place on the Upper East Side enough to mention it. It was called Molly Pitcher’s Ale House (2nd and 85th). It was a great place to meet my friends and meet new friends–I even met a guy running for state senate. Good times!

By the time I got back to the Lower East Side, I was completely soaked. I walked past a local homeless man and decided that he needed my umbrella more than me–after all, I was heading to a home with a hot shower and he was standing under a dripping awning. I recognized him […read more…]

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