What to wear?

any more clothes

I never know what to wear in NYC.  It’s cold outside but since I am walking everywhere or on the subway packed like a sardine or going into buildings where the heat is on high it can get pretty hot.  So how do I dress? What do I wear? If I dress in layers then I always have to carry around a layer or two when I am in a building.  I don’t even like to carry my purse so adding something else to it is just asking for a grumpy girl.

hat and earmuffsThen there is the hat issue.  I wash and dry my hair in the morning and the last thing I want to do is wear a hat which can cause sweating and flat hair.  But I know my ears will get cold if I don’t.  I did find some very nice and big earmuffs in Chinatown to solve this problem. Yes, people stare but I decided not to take it as judgement but as, “ooh, look at those cool earmuffs.”  When it is really cold I double up and wear the hat and the earmuffs. It is a very attractive look.

Sometimes I wear the hood of my coat but that comes with its own issues. If4-up on 12-7-12 at 3.15 PM #3 the wind blows too hard then it falls off. If I tie it on then I get claustrophobic and somehow end up tying my hair into knot.

bunhead coldToday I woke up late and decided to wear my hair in a bun.  Bun-head and hat-head do not work well together.  Also I never realized how much warmth my hair actually gives me.  Luckily one of the layers I brought with me has a high collar and I zipped that baby up to keep my neck and ears warm.

If I’m not going to get another blizzard, so I can make my first snowman, then I want spring to come right now.  I’m not ready for summer because that also brings in a whole array of issues, i.e. sweating, makeup melting off, pit stains on nice work clothes, freshly washed hair looking greasy and wet from sweating, being on the subway with people who really need to invest in deodarant etc.

Any New York tips would be greatly appreciated!

My first NYC Blizzard!

Snow Angel

This is my first Snow Angel! I wasn’t really sure how to get out without messing it up, hence the footprints and handprint.

Snowy SidewalkWhen I went outside this morning New Yorkers were already out and about doing their thing shoveling and salting the sidewalk.  My sidewalk was still completely covered in snow. I decided to play by throwing snowballs which disintegrated as soon as I threw it. I made handprints in the snow and I jumped in and out of untouched snow (not sure why but it was fun!). Footprints

When I looked up, everyone down both sides of the street had stopped to watch me. It’s like they have never seen an adult woman make a fool of herself in the snow. I waved and continued to play!

I even talked my roommate and her beloved puppy to come out and running in snowjoin me in the snow. I think they had fun for about five minutes then the high snow became to much for the pooch.

Snow mushroomsThe next order of business is to make a snowman. I have never made one.  I am trying to bribe my roommate into helping me with a free sandwich from the corner deli. I’ll let you know if it works.

Pooch in snow

Speed Dating at The Strand Bookstore


I have always wanted to try speed dating.  On television and in magazines it always looks like fun.  You get to meet a lot of different people not just men but maybe some potential besties as well.

I was very excited when I found out The Strand Bookstore was holding a speed dating event. I love books and it will be a great conversation starter.  In my head I am imagining someone saying in a Joey Tribbiani voice “What are you reading?”

If you want to join in the fun click here to sign up.

Check back here to get a play by play of the event and to see if I made any love matches.

Union Square Excursion (part 3)

Union Square

The Union Square Christmas Market is in full swing. If you don’t know what to get that special someone as a gift, walk around the tents to get some ideas.

Hanami Real Flower Jewelry

Hanami Real Flower Jewelry

The first thing that caught my attention were these beautiful necklaces. They are real orchid flowers covered in resin from Hanami Real Flower Jewelry.  Not sure about the necklace? You can get earrings, broaches and hair clips too.

Sock Puppet Madness

I also came across these strange, yet adorable sock puppets at the Sock Puppet Madness booth. If you don’t want a Sock Puppet then you could get a Sock Puppet Portrait.

These pictures make me giggle.

Sock Puppet Madness

Monkey Business

Seasonal Illuminations Gel Candles

Looking for a more traditional toy for a kid in your life? Then what could be more traditional than a marionette?  Monkey Business has quite a few to choose from. They even have unique hanging art and ornaments.

Need to get a white elephant gift for someone at work? Get them a Seasonal Illuminations Gel Candle. It’s not an ordinary candle; these come with fruit or flowers inside, plus they smell very good.

Tribal Home

This Holiday Season why not give a gift to your home? Beautiful lamps with colors to brighten up any home would make the perfect gift FOR your home. Check out the Tribal Home booth.

Looking for art that is fun, colorful and calls out to the kid in you? Edie Art has some great pieces that I would

Edie Art

love to have in my home. They are imaginative pieces that will make you smile.

The Secret Life of Toys

Not sure what to get the man in your life who loves movies and their corresponding action figures. Then you need to check out The Secret Life of Toys booth.  Where else can you see Buzz Lightyear drinking beer and getting buzz? Perfect artwork for the man who doesn’t want to grow up.

The Secret Life of Toys


Now these are just a few of the booths they have available. So get out there and enjoy NYC by shopping at the Union Square Holiday Market.

While the market is fun and you may want to buy and buy. Beware. Check their return policy BEFORE purchasing. Yours truly did not and now I am stuck with something that doesn’t fit. I am looking into selling it on eBay or Craigslist.

Union Square Excursion (part 1)

Union Square

Today I enjoyed the beautiful NYC weather while visiting Union Square. My roommate and I got a bagel and coffee first at The Bean.

The baristas were very helpful.  I don’t like the taste of strong coffee, so I usually stick to Folgers Coffee or McDonald’s coffee. The barista recommended a café au lait with almond milk.  Once I added six Equal packets it was pretty good.

Strand Bookstore

After filling our bellies we visited Strand Bookstore.

The legendary bookstore boasts “18 miles of new, used and rare books.”  It does not disappoint.  I felt at home surrounded by all those books.  It made me happy to see so many people enjoying the books.  I did notice quite a few people get annoyed when I said “excuse me” to get by them in a narrow aisle, but I decided since they were enjoying the books so much to let it slide.

I found Christmas cards that were New York themed and a T-shirt that my brother will love. I also found a great collection of old books. They were

Inside Strand Bookstrore

leather bound with gold embossed pages.

While walking around I came across published versions of several of my Advanced Reader Copy books.  Many of my ARC copies did not have complete artwork so it was great to see the finished product.

I plan of visiting Strand quite often. If you are a bibliophile this would be a great place to visit on your next trip to The Big Apple.

Which U.S. President was born in New York City? Find out tomorrow when I tell you more about my Union Square Excursion.

Techno-dependent is my New Normal

Living in New York has brought me closer to my i-Phone, i-Pad, i-Pod and Macbook.  But sometimes I feel like I am half human, half (Apple) machine.  I feel the need to tweet that NBC’s Smash is filming at the Flatiron Building again or Facebook the crazy weather NYC is having. Now I’ve joined tumblr.

I just watched The New Normal on my i-Pad. In the episode the characters were spending too much time tweeting, instant messaging and shopping. The characters decided to give up phone, tablets, and computers for one day a week.  (It was a very good episode and I hope it stays around awhile.)

This time last year I would have said “that is so easy” but now I think it would be hard.

I live in a place where people are always using their phone for something; listening to music and using their Bluetooth device. (Confusion ensues when people use that thing).

When I first moved here I just watched, then I thought “why not?”. Now constantly using technology is my New Normal.

After I graduate I am going to give up technology for a whole day once a week.  (Just think how much reading I will be able to get done.)

I may learn to sew, start scrapbooking, or practice juggling. There are myriad possibilities.

What would you do if you had a whole day with out technology once a week?

Chili Today, Hot Tamale

You are probably going, “What does that mean?”  It’s something my dad would say when I told him I was cold. I never really got it either but I have come to realize it is really fun to say.

I’m not sure if I’m hot-natured or cold-natured but it has been extremely hot in my apartment. Even though we have the thermostat set at 50 it hasn’t moved from 70. Now I like to be cool when I sleep. If I am hot or warm I am miserable. I can’t breathe, I sweat and I have to sleep above the covers.

I even opened the window and I can still feel the heat sweeping over me.  The night it snowed here in NYC I had the window opened and it was the perfect temperature inside for me.

I am really hoping to getting a good nights sleep where I won’t wake up in a pool of sweat because of the temperature in my room.  Plus I really don’t like sleeping with the window open. I have bars covering it but I think I have seen to many Law and Order: SVU and Criminal Minds. Sleeping with the window opened makes me paranoid.

Any advice would be appreciated.

(NaBloPoMo: yes this is short but it is still a blog post)

The Road Back (part 1)

After my dad’s funeral I was unbelievably tired.  I hadn’t slept more than a few hours a night in weeks and it had been more than a year since I had a full night’s sleep. My dad’s illness consumed my conscious and unconscious life.

But through it all I truly believed my dad had years left even though the doctors kept saying he only had months… then weeks left. I believed that my father who had always been the strongest man I have ever known and who could do anything would beat the cancer coursing through his body.

It wasn’t until arrived in Texas the second week in October and he was already in hospice that I realized that the man who I thought would always be there for me wouldn’t make it to see another week. He looked so frail.

He was given pain medicine but the nurses had to sedate him because he kept moving when he was in pain and the doctors feared he would break one of his fragile bones. When he breathed it made this horrible sound; some call it a death rattle.

I spent days and nights at the hospice.  I wanted to be there for him. Then my mom came and said I had to go home and the doctor made me leave too. She said that my presence could be making him hang on instead of moving on. A few days later my father died.

After the funeral I start getting ready to fly back to NYC when my mother decides she needs to get out of the house for a while. We make a plan to drive across the U.S. Then Hurricane Sandy happened. The Super Storm had already battered the Caribbean and now it was making a beeline up the east coast.

We should have left earlier than we did but we were waiting to see what Sandy was going to do.

Our first day of travel we drove from Houston to Memphis, TN. You can’t visit Memphis without paying your respects to the King of Rock-n-Roll. I had a lot of fun learning about the Elvis but dad was never far from my thoughts and neither was Hurricane Sandy which was heading straight for my home in New York.

In my next post I will let you know if the plane made of gold rumor is really true, pictures of the room that Elvis decorated all by himself and some other facts that you may or may not have known.