Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Finger painting

Jorge Columbo drew this week's cover for The New Yorker on his iPhone. See below and prepare to be amazed.

For the full article: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/tny/2009/05/jorge-colombo-iphone-cover.html

Monday, May 18, 2009

Meeting a children's book icon

One of my all-time favorite books from my childhood was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I don't think I was terribly cranky as a child, but let's be honest: we all had (and still have) our Alexander days.

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Judith Viorst, the author of the Alexander books! She was in the S&S offices for a meet & greet.

I can't wait to see her upcoming book with S&S, due out in Fall 2010.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mr. Bob Uecker, ladies and gentlemen

As much as I love Bob Uecker, my favorite part of this video is Dave, who is busting a gut. I've never seen him laugh this hard!

Friday, May 8, 2009

I don't know about you guys..

...but I pretty much thought Strega Nona was the bomb-diggity when I was younger. A couple weeks ago, I found a copy of the original book "Strega Nona" in paperback on our free shelf at work. What did I find today? None other than a Strega Nona doll!

I hope you've read it! If not, check out Wikipedia for a summary. She means biz-ness.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Let's face it..

...we could all use a little pick-me-up on this Monday morning (esp if you're in NY where it's gray and rainy).

A rambunctious little gibbon just cannot resist teasing two tiger cubs. I saw a longer version of this video on National Geographic last night, so it's definitely legit and takes place in the wild. This shorter clip has hilarious sound effects.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Fun weekend with my visitor!

Last weekend, my mom came to visit! It was the first time she had been here since last summer, and fortunately, our weather was very summer-esque

After she arrived on Friday afternoon, we went to pick up our race packets at the Race Expo for the More Half Marathon. The expo was fairly impressive - lots of great samples and good booths. I was thrilled to meet Kathrine Switzer--the first woman to  finish the Boston Marathon. In 1967, only men were allowed to run it. She registered for the race as "K. Switzer" and on race day, her participation in the race became infamous when a race official tried to physically pull her off the course. Her boyfriend stepped in, and pushed the race official away and she finished the race! I heard about her story in the movie, The Spirit of the Marathon.  Needless to say, it was such a pleasure to meet her! 

My mom bought me her book, Marathon Woman, and I cannot wait to read it! 

We also met up with my new friend, Laura, who was also running the half marathon - her first one ever! I found out that her running partner was no longer able to participate in the race, so we decided to meet up with her on race morning so that she wouldn't have to go it alone. 

After the expo, we went home and met up with Luke. The three of us headed to the W. Village for dinner at Mercadito Grove, a new favorite! We shared several small plates, including the guacamole sampler with three different varieties: traditional, mango, and pineapple. We also got steak (carne) and pork (pastor) tacos and flautas. All three plates were amazing, but the steak tacos were probably my favorite. A final note: their margaritas are the best in the city, in my opinion (and Luke's). A must must must. 

The next day, my mom and I woke up relatively early (at least for me!) and went to the farmer's market in Union Square. We picked up some amazing apples, including Mutsu's and Winesap's, both of which I had never tried. We also got homemade maple candy and an apple loaf. I'll be making return trips all summer long. 

Afterwards, we moseyed our way up to Madison Square Park to get in line at Shake Shack for lunch. SS is infamous for its long line that wraps its way around the park. Since it was nearing 80* on a Saturday afternoon, the line was....long. We waited for 45 minutes, but it was well worth the wait. We spent much of the time whispering about the guy's shirt in front of us. See below...look closely. 

We determined, after the fact, that this shirt probably costs like $200 or something. 

Luke met up with us for lunch, and we came to the conclusion that it was extremely similar to Culvers in WI - they even sell custard w/ a flavor of the day. So delish!! 

Afterwards, we cruised up to midtown and walked off our lunch on 5th Ave. Later, we made our way back downtown for dinner in Little Italy. We called it a night fairly early since we had the race the next morning. 

On Sunday, we woke up *bright and early* at 5:45am. We got to the subway around 6:30 and were on the Upper East Side by 7:00 to meet Laura. The three of us made our way to the park, and it was already really warm. Upon arriving at the race, we heard that they had canceled the full marathon and placed a 3 hour time limit on the half marathon, due to the forecasted high temperatures. We separated from Laura at the start, because we knew she would be running faster than our more relaxed pace. 

The race started a few minutes after 8:00 and we knew it was going to be a hot day. Going into the race, we were really hoping to take it easy and walk whenever we wanted to. Unfortunately, with the 3 hour time limit, we didn't want to get swept and not get a medal, so we tried to keep a good pace. The hills in the north part of Central Park were not pleasant, especially since neither of us had done any hill work prior to the race. There was plenty of gatorade, water, and people cheering us on. Sadly, we saw several ambulances picking up runners who were affected by the heat. We were happy to finish in one piece and get our medals! 

Afterwards, we made our way back downtown to the apartment. (I pity our fellow passengers on the subway.) The afternoon was somewhat of a blur. I think we ordered food from Lennys, and I napped for a couple hours. I woke up around 6p and we went and enjoyed a phenomenal BBQ dinner at Heartland Brewery at the South Street Seaport. It was still beautiful outside - felt like warm summer night in August. We couldn't believe it was April! 

My mom left early on Monday morning, and I was sad to see her go. We had such an amazing weekend doing all the fun, non-touristy things that New York has to offer.  Can't wait for my parents to visit this summer!