Fun in Bryant Park

Saw a lot of interesting things in Bryant Park today, while I was there eating lunch.

On Tuesdays in Bryant Park, Terri from the Arcadia Bird Sanctuary brings several birds to educate and delight park goers.

I didn’t have my notebook with me this time, but I’ll get back to her and ask her a bit more for a future post. What I do know is that she volunteers her time and has been doing so for 2 years. She clearly loves birds.

I loved the spacing of the people waiting for a bus on 6th Avenue.

Today’s NY Daily Deal was a $10 Hoola Hoop Class and in the theme of the day, I saw girls hoola hooping, but in Bryant Park, instead of Central Park.

Breakfast: Granola and Skim Milk

Lunch: Feta and Chicken in a 1/2 Pita. I brought my food to the park with me and enjoyed eating it outdoors. New Yorkers are known for their Vitamin D deficiency and I was told it might help me resetting my sleep cycle, so here we go sun!

Dinner: Chicken Lasagna

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Light a Candle

Photo of the Day: St. Patrick’s Cathedral (5th Avenue b/w 50th and 51st)

I decided to stop by St. Patrick’s Cathedral to sit in peace and prayer for my grandmother in the hospital. The good news was that later in the day, I found out that she’s doing much better and was removed from oxygen and is breathing on her own. Happy, glorious day and time well spent in one of the most beautiful churches in the country.

Reach for the Skies

Today was one of those days with beautiful skies, so I needed to take a photo of the sky in Madison Square Park to show off this gorgeous day. Short post today, since I posted three yesterday.

I worked out hard today and I’m ready to go to bed at a decent hour. Tomorrow, I’ll be up early to run at the Hudson River and continue working toward my goals because in a flash, this will all be over, and I want to feel great about my progress.

Breakfast: Cornflakes with Skim Milk.

Lunch: Meatball Sandwich. Anything warmed in a toaster oven is so tasty!

Dinner: Chicken Lasagna. I added red crushed peppers and it was wonderful. Remember all of these photos are on salad size plates, so even though something may look like it completely fills the plate, I am still not overeating. It allows me to eat a variety of foods, without overdoing it.

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The Randomness of New York City

I went to see White’s Lies on Saturday evening, which I highly recommend if you want a light sitcom type show that will make you laugh throughout the entire show.

After the show, I headed to a party and on the way to the subway, I pulled out the camera to catch some neat things as I walked along. In a 7 block span, I found a few things that really struck me.

The policemen on horses are always out on evenings and tourists and locals always approach the horses to get photographs with them or to pet these beautiful animals.

Now, there is a “naked cowgirl,” in town. Quite enticing.

I was walking past a cab and started taking photos. Inside were a few kids who weren’t very happy, even though they had a million balloons.

I was walking along and saw three friends from Hong Kong attempting to take a picture with their camera phones, so I snapped up some shots of them and promised I’d email them out!

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Lacoste, USA Network and Doctors Without Borders

New York is a great place to get good deals and support worthy causes at the same time. An example of that occurred on Thursday, June 3rd, with a fantastically organized event. Two great companies partnered together to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. Together, Lacoste and USA Network gave $10 to Doctors Without Borders for every shirt donated at Greeley Square (32nd and 6th Avenue) between 8AM and 6PM. In exchange for the donated shirt, donors received a $50 dollar gift certificate to Lacoste and could take a complimentary pedicab to whichever Manhattan Lacoste store they preferred.

When I arrived at 3:45PM, the line was 5 blocks long.

The whole event was really well done. The process was simple and, actually, rather fun! You stand in line, then enter the park area and get into a smaller line. The park had Doctors Without Borders Aid Workers greeting people, a lively band playing and lots of refreshments.

When you got in front of the line, you received a bracelet with the name of the show that USA Network was promoting called “Royal Pains” about a doctor who does house calls in the Hamptons. The theme of […read more…]

Relaxing Sunday

I mentioned in last night’s post that I would put up a few photos from the party that I went to last night, so here are a few photos of some friends.

To be clear, the party was for an art exhibition. A half dozen painters, dancers, singers and musicians were there to show off their art and music. Various bands played in this wonderful hidden schoolyard in the heart of SoHo.

The party also feel on the eve of the 201st anniversary of the founding of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, which was recently named a Basilica by Pope Benedict XVI, so it was another reason to celebrate in their schoolyard.

After being out late last night and blogging after I got home, today was a day of just relaxing and sticking to the eating goals. This is day 50!

Breakfast: Granola and Skim Milk. A measuring cup makes sure that you stick with your calorie range.

Lunch: Multi-Grain Bread with Beef

Dinner: Chicken Lasagna. There will be a lot of that this week. The great thing is makesomething delicious and low calorie (with whole wheat noodles and lean meat like […read more…]

Saint Gianna Molla

This evening was one of those perfect New York City nights, a cool breeze in the air, the smell of rain coming and definitely an evening that made you want to walk for a while. I decided to attend a Mass and event tonight where I was able to listen to Pierluigi Molla, the son of Saint Gianna Molla, speak about his mother. We were able to then be blessed by the relics of St. Molla and pray in the church after the Mass, followed by a lovely reception.

I remember my mom reading this book about St. Gianna a few years ago, and she told me her story. St. Gianna was a medical doctor and had been working and providing Catholic health care, meaning health care with a respect for life. She had three children and by the time she became pregnant with her fourth, she found out she had cancer. Doctors told her to abort the child, but she refused and told them when it came time to give birth, to save the baby and not her. Of course, they tried to save both the baby and St. Gianna, but she died that day on April […read more…]


This evening, I spent some time looking at paint colors. We just resigned our lease and I think it’s time to change the color of our bedroom. I’m thinking of a chocolate color. I’m also into grays, slate colors and minty greens. It’s a hard decision! All I know is that it’s going to be a HUGE pain to repaint a dark blue color into anything else. Right now, I have a baby boy blue in the room and I’m going to have to prime it and prime it and prime it again. What was I thinking with that color? A fun Saturday ahead of me…if it gets done tomorrow! I’ll attempt to take before and after pics and post them in a few weeks, when all my work is done! This weekend is looking quite filled with tons of errands and I’m ready to get paint all over me!

I wanted to post a couple of pics of a movie that was filming in the neighborhood. There’s always something being filmed in this city and this time I walked past “The Smurfs Movie,” although a bunch of people were trying to mislead everyone by saying it was […read more…]

Dumpster Diving

Photo of the Day! I received some great advice from my friend, Maureen Drennan, a brilliant photographer. The great thing about photographers is they are always friendly and willing to share information, unlike many other professions. She said, when you find something interesting, pull out your camera and wait for something to happen. So, I did that. I saw a huge dumpster on 23rd Street that has never been there before and I waited. What I snapped was interesting…!

Harajuku Girl on the Street

Mondays are always busier than the rest of the week. It’s the day to play catch up and I was swamped until my evening workout, so I told myself that tonight I would just get some extra walking in to get myself out on this beautiful day. I was doing that and then in the evening got to walk around for a few hours after my workout. I ended up doing a total of about 8 miles.

I had time to walk back from class with my good friend, Donnell, and then walked on by myself when she ran to an appointment. The song featured in the video above was created and performed by MARINA. It’s called “The Glory of Your Life.” That’s her playing the violin here and it’s perfect for a good walk around the city at 128 beats per minute.

I missed all the rain, so was able to walk with my umbrella tucked away and took some random shots with my point and shoot Canon G10 as I walked. New York always has some bizarre random things and you’re sure to get something interesting snapped up daily!

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