Fake Out

I thought I had to go back to work tomorrow, but guess what – it snowed! The fashion school closes at the first sign of a flurry, as the sidewalks are too slippery to navigate in those stilettos… 🙂 Looks like I get to stay on my sleep-in schedule until Friday.

IMG_3499This week I did a Goodwill crawl on Monday looking for new black shoes to wear to work. Pretty much every woman in America wears a size 8, so this was a true treasure hunt. However, after visiting five different Goodwill stores, I think I found a winning pair. Why the Goodwill? 30% off everything in the store for MLK Day! Because everything was so cheap, I picked up a few extra things I didn’t exactly need but sort of wanted. The navy blue flats are actually waterproof! This will come in handy with our current slush situation.

IMG_3277.jpgOn Tuesday I hosted a live TV show at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s hospital. They do live programming so that kids undergoing cancer treatment who can’t interact with people can still call in and participate. It’s a lot of fun. I do it with my friend Susanna, who is also an actor and a college professor here in NYC. My favorite show to host is Disney Mania, because I’ve seen all the moves and I know most of the songs. I’m not so great with historical trivia, or spelling bees, but I do my best. I mean, these kids are battling cancer.

pecheurs_de_perles_04.9.jpgWednesday was much more glamorous. I love an excuse to dress up, so I was thrilled to go see Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Metropolitan Opera. It’s a French piece, set in Sri Lanka. The set was gorgeous, and they had some ariel dancing to simulate pearl diving that was artfully done. We ate at The Grand Tier beforehand, which is a restaurant inside the opera house. The food was divine, and it was presented so prettily. We ordered dessert for the intermission, which is 30 minutes at the Met. It was just enough time to really enjoy a Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé with Crème Anglaise and mint herbal tea. Mmmmmmm

starwars.jpgOn Friday we were expecting a huge blizzard, so everyone was rushing to the store after work to stock up on hot chocolate and frozen pizza. I, however, was mostly worried that I wouldn’t reach my fitness challenge. My Mother has been trouncing me and my sister, and I needed to put in a good showing this week to salvage my wounded pride. However, it IMG_3521.jpgwasn’t an ideal night for a run. Thankfully, I am a faithful reader of the AM New York on my morning commute, and I saw that New York Sports Club was letting non-members drop in and try out their Star Wars lightsaber work out – for free! Wow. I was a little late getting my last syllabus to the printers, but I rushed out as soon as I could and managed to snag the last pass to the class. It was SO much fun, but it was also ridiculously difficult. Everyone who took the class was already in such amazing shape. Here’s what I want to know: where do New Yorkers go to GET fit? Clearly not the gym. I also made my 3rd soup of the year, recipe courtesy of AM New York as well – acorn squash blended with miso, sautéed onions and roasted sunflower seeds. Absolutely delish, and totally good for you.


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