Monday, January 23, 2012

NYC Day 3 - Martha Stewart

The main reason I took this trip on this particular weekend was because I was chosen to be in the studio audience for the Martha Stewart show. I was so excited to be going to see her. I got in line very early - in fact, I was 5th in line when we started going into the building. You check your coats and are seated, signing a waiver saying that you're okay with being on TV. I was so excited!! I told all of my friends and family I was going to be in the studio audience and so many were watching. Here is a photo of me in the waiting room before we were seated.

This is one of the fake rooms in the set. When you are ushered into the studio you are seated in one of two areas - either in the main audience section or in seats on the floor. I was seated on the far left-hand side of the studio. I knew immediately - I would not end up on TV. At first I thought maybe Martha only wanted pretty, skinny, colorfully and well-dressed people to show up in her audience. However, when I looked up into the audience and saw some really nasty looking people up there, I seriously wondered why I'd been seated off camera. I was so disappointed.

So you'd think I'd have a good view of the part of the set where Martha hangs out the most. I did have a good view, until the cameras all started filing in and then I could hardly see her as my view was completely blocked. The work area is pretty though.

I was also so disappointed in that you are not allowed to look around the set. Once you are seated, you are told to sit. You aren't even allowed to stand up to take pictures, nor are you allowed to move around the set at all. I understand this before the show begins, but after the show is over it would have been nice if we could have at least stood in front of parts of the set to have photos taken and to just generally look at the studio rooms. The craft room was on the opposite side of the set from where I was sitting, meaning that I would not be able to see inside. We all know that would have been the one room I would have wanted to see and photograph! Again, so disappointed.

I don't think Martha was in a good mood this day. She seemed distracted and just generally unhappy to be there. It was the first day back to shooting so maybe that was why she seemed so grumpy. I was so sad, having really liked her for so many years. After she got out of prison I really cheered for her. I wanted to see her make a good comeback.

Oh well, the rest of the trip was a great success and I was completely worn out by the time I got home. That's really what matters.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

New York City Day 2

If I thought day one in NYC wore me out, day two brought me to my knees...haha. I started off first thing in the morning by going to the American Museum of Natural History. I got there about 10 minutes before it opened. The tunnel to the subway was covered in animals made of individual tiles. They were magnificent. You can see some of the animals here.

Ah, my lovely sauropods. I love, LOVE the sauropods! These are the big lumbering vegetarian giants. So adorable. How could you not love this face!

A nice person took my picture for me next to the beloved sauropod.

After several hours inside the museum I headed out to get a bite to eat and walk through a bit of Central Park. I stopped at one of the Sabrett hot dog trucks right outside the museum. I could have eaten two of was delicious!

Afterwards I wandered through Central Park for a bit then headed to a spice shop that I'd heard about online. Oh. My. God. this place was amazing!! It looks so unassuming from the outside, but I could have spent a week inside looking at each product they carry and still have some left to look at.

This is just one small bit of the eleventy-billion spice walls! Oh, and the prices were absolutely fabulous too! I got something special for my boys in this store.

After the spice shop it was off to Time's Square. I had a little something I wanted to get down there. I love this area. Love seeing all of the signs for the Broadway shows that are in town. Next year, if I am still in Connecticut, I will do the New Year's Eve thing. I stopped at a small bakery and picked up another Linzer Tart. $3.95 for a cookie but it was the best one I've ever had! I'd pay it again in a heartbeat.

I was surprised but the ball was still up in Time's Square.

Off to grab one of the things I was looking for and I headed into the M&M's store at Time's Square. I saw this guy and had to take his photo!

By the time I got back to my hotel I thought I would die. My legs and feet hurt so bad! I must have walked 10 miles that day. Totally worth every minute of it though. I settled for a sandwich from a local deli for dinner. It was disgusting so I didn't take a picture. In fact, I ate the meat out of it and threw the rest away. The bread was horrid.

Got to bed early...tomorrow is the Martha Stewart Show and then heading home.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New York City Day 1

I was selected to be in the Martha Stewart Show audience on Monday, January 9th, so I decided to take the train down to NYC for the weekend. The train ride was great! I just parked the car in New Haven and jumped on the train. A couple of hours later I was in Grand Central Terminal. I thought the subway system would be scary to figure out but I was very mistaken! A couple of short subway rides later and I was at my stop.

My hotel was nice. I stayed at the Four Seasons Sheraton in Chelsea. I chose this hotel because it was just a couple of blocks away from the Chelsea Studios where MS tapes her show. At check in I was given a complimentary "Welcome" cupcake. It was delicious!! It was spice cake with cream cheese frosting. I hadn't eaten since early morning (and it was now close to 2:00pm) but I wanted to save my appetite for my first stop. Here's a picture of my cupcake.

Stop #1...Katz's Deli! This is where the famous "I'll have what she's having" scene from "When Harry Met Sally" was filmed. While waiting in line I was able to snap this photo of the sign hanging from the ceiling.

So Katz's was packed...and I do mean packed!! There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the lines to get a sandwich, but somehow I managed.

This was my lunch...half a pastrami sandwich on rye and a bowl of matzo ball soup. The sandwich was absolutely divine...I swear it was the best pastrami I have ever had in my life. De-flippin-licious!! The matzo ball soup was new for me. The matzo balls were very light but they had an odd texture, and since I'm a texture eater, it wasn't very appealing to me. I did eat about half of it though. The broth was wonderful though. Enjoyed my lunch very much!!

Even though I was stuffed to the gills leaving Katz's, I stopped just a few doors down at a small bakery and had a cup of coffee and a linzer tart. They are one of my absolute favorite cookies. This hit the spot perfectly while I made my next plans.

I decided to head into Chinatown to see if I could pick up something for a friend. Unfortunately I couldn't find what she'd asked me for. But, I did see Zarin Fabric! This is the store that Jill Zarin and her husband own. Who is she? Real Housewives of New York. Anyway, it was closed so I couldn't go in to check it out.

After Chinatown I headed back to my hotel. Later I headed out and saw this pizza truck. One of my goals was to try a few food trucks while I was in NYC and was excited to try this one. Well, the pizza was definitely below par. The sauce was good but the crust was burnt as were the vegetables on top. The sausage seemed to be nothing more than store bought crap, sliced and thrown onto the pizza. So, if you're ever in NYC stay clear of this food truck.

That finished up day one of the trip. I was exhausted!! I must have walked several miles and boy did my feet hurt. Totally worth every moment.

I'll post Day 2 of my trip tomorrow.

Sunday, January 01, 2012


Happy New Year, my friends. I think that 2011 was a bit of a mixed bag. I was able to accomplish several of the items on my list of intentions, but failed miserably in other areas. I'm hoping that 2012 will be a much better year.

I chose another One Little Word this year - Self. I chose this because it's high time I started paying attention to myself and the things I want and need. This doesn't mean I'm not going to continue to do things for others. Instead, it's giving myself permission to treat myself with the same respect as I do with others. I want to focus on me this year. A few things on my list:

1. Eat less. It's time I paid attention to my food intake. Must reduce it greatly.
2. Move more. The gym is not too far away. I think the treadmill is calling my name.
3. Yoga. Found a once-a-week yoga class in the area. I'm feeling far too stiff and old for 47.
4. Travel. I want to go somewhere this year for vacation. Maybe a tour, but not to Europe.
5. Pamper. Buy myself some of those things I want.
6. Reduce. The amount of debt I have weighs heavily on me.

Those are my intentions for this year.