August 26, 2008

Atlantic City, New Jersey


Jon and I spent a couple of days in Atlantic City and boy was it fun!!! We got back last night and I'm still working on the pictures. I'll replace this post with a summary of our trip, later - after I upload our pictures to Flickr.

Gosh. Blogging is a lot of work.

August 23, 2008

Etsy Treasury

Etsy gives members opportunities to show off their favorite items in their treasury. I made one yesterday. This is it. Please visit my treasury and support the great artists who made the great pocket mirrors that are featured. Stuff and Things

Senator Joe Biden

So. What do you think? Will Joe Biden be our next Vice President?

Saturday Morning

It's early Saturday morning. I'm fooling around on the Internet. The blue sky is dotted with cottony white clouds. I hear birds singing. And I also hear an intermittent beeping sound that's been going on since last night. Every thirty seconds - beep. I'm sure the whole neighborhood can hear it. I wish it would stop.

In the last two weeks, I've discovered Facebook. I know I'm the last one to the party on this one. Facebook is great. It's better than MySpace and it's way better than Friendster. But the novelty is finally starting to wear off.

I've been keeping up with my diet. I'm not journaling every day but every other day and that seems to be working. My nutritionist offered that up as one of the solutions to my problem of having stopped keeping track of my diet altogether. But I'm still having trouble breaking the 35 pound barrier. Sometimes, I'm down 40 pounds but then the next day I'm back to being down 35 pounds. It's annoying.

ILouis Lapin sent my grandmother in France a rabbit like monster that I named Louis Lapin (pictured right). I received word through my mother that Grandma really liked him. And that she was laughing when she was describing it to my mother.

I sold three more monsters last week, Which prompted me to call my accountant to make sure I'm doing everything right. I honestly don't know what I expected when I started my Etsy site. I certainly never thought that I would sell anything. Mostly, I thought I would just showcase my work. I'm surprised anyone has bought anything but totally pleased.

August 19, 2008

Olympic Judging

I'm disappointed with the Olympic judging in gymnastics.

If a gymnast deserves a high score then they should get one, but when a gymnast makes obvious mistakes that even a lay person like me can recognize, they should not receive a high score.

This is what seems to be happening with the Chinese gymnasts. Again, I don't want to begrudge anybody who is actually performing well but in the case of the women's vault and the uneven bars, there was a clear bias toward the Chinese gold medalists.

Not fair.

August 18, 2008

August 14, 2008

Central Park - Very Hilly

Jon and I rode our bikes in Central Park yesterday. We had to carry our bikes up two flights of steps to the subway platform at 30th Avenue and then up and out of the station at 60th St. and 5th Ave.

I completely forgot how hilly Central Park is and I struggled through the entire 7 mile bike ride. We stopped and rested at this lovely pond at 100th Street on the west side of the park as evidenced by this photograph.


I am feeling the after effects today mostly in my right knee.
I figured a hot shower would set me right, but today the boiler is working in improperly, meaning no hot shower. I just took shower and the water did warm up after five minutes but by then I was already finished. The water wasn't freezing, just a little cool to start. Not the hot shower experience I was seeking.
Tonight, I'm working at Gypsy again. That show is sooooo long. Go see it, but don't go see it that often. If you see it too many times you won't like the show anymore.

August 07, 2008

Nutritionist

Good news from the nutritionist. I'm down another five pounds since my last visit two months ago. Now that I've lost a decent amount I'm ready to tell you what my starting weight was.

When I first saw the nutritionist October 18, 2007, I weighed 195.6 pounds. Two weeks before that, I was a couple of pounds more. I had also attended a friend's wedding and looked heavy in the photos. At my checkup, shortly after the wedding, I had my yearly checkup. My doctor told me I was obese. And when I told him I wanted to lose weight, he told me about my current nutrionist.

Today I weighed in at 159.6 pounds. That's 36 pounds that I've lost since October. My body fat percentage is down to 36.4% from 43.9%. And BMI is now 26.6, down from 32.5.
My weight loss has slowed down but the nutritionist wasn't concerned because I'm still losing weight. We discussed why my weight loss is slowing down. Basically, I've gotten lazy about keeping track of my food and to tell you the truth, I'm not eating enough. When I don't eat enough, my rate of weight loss slows down. I asked her to remind me of all that I'm accomplishing health wise by losing weight. And she did.

The risk that concerned me the most, my chance of contracting diabetes is now greatly decreased. My resting blood sugar was very high at my last checkup and could have been considered pre-diabetic by some doctors. There are other health benefits as well that I won't bore you with. Diabetes was my concern because that's in my family health history.

I don't underestimate the value of the vanity benefits. Generally I feel better about myself. Physically, I'm in the best shape I've been in since I finished college and I like the way I look now.

I feel good because my weight was a problem that bothered me for a long time but I took responsibilty for myself and found a way to solve the problem. It gives me the confidence to tackle other ongoing problems. Yay me!!

In The Heights

This week, I'm back at In The Heights at the Richard Rodgers theater. The show has been out a while, so I wasn't expecting to see any celebrities this week. But I saw a couple of big time celebrities on Tuesday night and one amazing pair of shoes.

John Lithgow - who I just love. He's really talented and he's incredibly hard to miss because he is a very tall man. He looks good for his age but his age is showing. He won a Tony for his lead role in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Funny, funny, show. And of course he was in Third Rock From The Sun, in which everybody remembers him. Speaking with people that night, I pointed out to several of them that John Lithgow was there. When they asked me what he was in, I offered the movie with which I thought they would be most familiar - The World According to Garp. Alas, most people only remembered him from Third Rock. I'm not sure if that's sad or not. But I do know that he deserves remembered for his greater body of work. He's a good actor.

Isabella Rosselini - She's just lovely in person. I saw her on a talk show the other day talking about a project she's done recently where she had herself filmed dressed up like bugs. I'm not sure what the film was about honestly because I was distracted by the fact that she felt like she had to explain to the host and TV land that her mother is Ingrid Bergman. I guess I could let her get away with that because it's possible not everyone follows the famous children of famous people. What was truly amazing is how she explained that her mother was in Casablanca. To me that was completely unnecessary. But she was very nice and unassuming and down to earth and like I said earlier, just lovely. Sure enough, I was working with people who didn't even know who she was when I pointed out to them that she was there.

A pair of Christian Louboutin shoes - I suspect that most people know about this designer and his shoes. The only reason I know about them is because one day I watched Oprah Winfrey give away a pair of his shoes on her talk show. Did she interview him that day? My mind is never fully on these shows when I have them on the boob tube. Usually they just provide background noise when I'm doing other things. But I remember that they are expensive and that the shoes are unique and easily identifiable as Louboutin. All his shoes have bright red soles and incredibly high heels. They are the kind of shoes starlets like to wear on the red carpet because they are very distinctive. The signature red soles came about because Mr. Louboutin ran out of the necessary materials for the bottom of a pair he was making. The rest is history.

Anyway, I saw the shoes on a tall, impossibly thin woman. The heels were four inches high and the bottoms were distinctively red. Somehow she was walking around in those shoes like they were sneakers. Amazing. Actually, I didn't like them because they were made from leather with an animal print. If they had been solid colored I probably would have loved them.

August 05, 2008

Subway Spider

One of the absolutely coolest things we saw yesterday was a spider making a web in the subway. Jon got this picture. I tried to get a better one but that was just the competitor in me trying to show him up. He definitely got the best shot.

Coney Island

Jon and I went to Coney Island yesterday. We saw many cool things. For a New Yorker, it's inexecusable that I haven't been to the boardwalk in 18 years. We were there last year for a baseball game but that was not quite the same because we didn't walk around.

The weather was perfect and the clouds contributed to some great photo captures. To look at the whole set of photos check out my Flickr set. But here are a couple of shots to get you started.
Coney Island
Coney Island

August 03, 2008

The Beach

I shot this a week ago Friday - the day I came down with the flu. It's also the day that someone drowned in Long Beach. Sad. It was blamed on rip currents and I can attest to the fact that the currents were very strong that day. Anyway. Here's a moment of relaxation for you.

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August 02, 2008

Cirque Dreams

With all my whining about my cold, I forgot to tell you about the show I'm working on this week. Cirque Dreams is playing at the Broadway Theater. If you've got kids who can sit still for two hours, then definitely take them to see this show. With the exception of the music which is geared towards children, Cirque Dreams is a wonderful experience. If you throw out the cheezy costumes and turn off the sound track, what you have left is a good old fashioned circus.

The acts include contortionists, aerial artists, trapeze artists, clowns, balance artists, etc. And everybody is phenomenal (with the exception of the singer whose maple sweet voice is hard to swallow and meant for children, but even she is well trained singer).

My favorite act is the Froggler - a juggler dressed up like a frog.

Slowly Feeling Better

Today I felt better than yesterday. My cough has been deep enough to give me a back spasm. Oy. But I had a little more energy today. I almost went bike riding, but I'm still having some trouble getting air. Monday. I'll go out on Monday.

August 01, 2008

Water on Mars

Hey. There's water on Mars. Great news.

Now I can continue living the rest of my life knowing that there is water on Mars.