Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
A favorite guilt-free treat here in the City is a small cup of creamy, whipped air with artificial sweetener--Tasti D-Lite is the East Coast's answer to The Golden Spoon. I have completely succombed to the trend and find myself frequenting it a few times a week now. Tonight, however, my experience did not bring me the overwhelming joy that it usually does.
"I'd like a sugar cone with French Vanilla and topped with M&Ms," I joyously announced.
"No, I can't give you M&Ms because they will fall all over the floor," said the authoritative and surprisingly uncooperative franchise owner.
"I'm sorry, what?"
"I will not sell you the M&Ms with the cone because they will fall on the floor and make a mess."
"You're joking, right? That's a joke."
"No, you cannot have M&Ms. If you want a topping, then I can put it in a cup. But, you cannot have a cone and M&Ms together."
"I can't have M&Ms and a cone together even though that's what I ordered?"
"No, would you like a cup? I will put it in a cup."
"Well, can I get the cone still? With it?"
"OK, but only this time," he reluctantly agreed.
I rolled my eyes, turned to Carrie, and said, "Only in New York can you order something and be told that you can't get what you want because it will create a mess." I then anxiously waited for my cone/cup with M&Ms, salivating at the thought of satiating my sweet tooth with minimal ass-sticking consequences.
Carrie and I stepped out onto the street. I dipped my spoon into the creamy delight to take my first bite. And, just when the spoon reached the tips of my tastebuds, I watched my cone tumble to the ground and shatter into a dozen pieces on the ground. I picked up the largest piece and asked Carrie if she thought it might be clean enough to ingest. She said "No" and, you guessed it, she wouldn't allow me to do what I wanted either . . .
Posted by Jess at 12:17 AM
Monday, August 18, 2008
I finally got the chance to visit some family and friends in So-Cal this weekend. The weather was really beautiful and it was good to get some extra love, a few smiley faces, and lots of We miss you's from my nieces and nephews. Here are some of the highlights:
Friday was spent having breakfast with the girls, Nicole and Alison. We ate some delicious pancakes and french toast at Ruby's and then headed over to Kohl's seeking out some fun clearance items. We found these really colorful rain hats and couldn't resist the chance to take our picture together. We had a few takes with poor Ali's face being cut off, but I finally managed to get a shot with more than 50% of each our features included.
Friday night I had dinner with the boys (Niko and Kyle), my brother Bill, and sister-in-law Elke. We had a delightful time sharing stories, sipping on margaritas (only the adults, of course), and dipping into yummy guacamole at the outdoor patio at El Torito Grill. I was then off to my Aunt Jamie's to spend some quality girl's only time with her and Lorenda. Lorenda invited us both to stay at her beautiful home in Anaheim Hills. We spent the rest of the evening sitting out on the deck for hours sharing stories.
Saturday, I drove down to San Diego to visit my brother Bob, his wife Carla, and my newest nephew Hudson. And, he was definitely a handful of fun! I decided to bring him a little bit of the City with me when I came; I had managed to find these really great NY cars, including a yellow taxi, a blue police car, and a red tour bus. I explained to him that these are the kind of cars that people drive where Aunt Jessica lives. Well, once he had them, he couldn't let them go. In fact, he loved them so much, he may have even proven himself as a new child commercial star. I mean, look at that form, delivering the product directly to camera, making sure to not allow his fingers to cover the product, all smiles, emotion in the eyes . . . he really is every marketer's dream.
He and I had a great visit. I was torn when I finally had to leave; it was a little too much to handle watching him scream and cry from the curb in the rear view mirror as I drove away. There really isn't anything I wouldn't do for my kids . . . I love 'em!
P.S. I finally got the chance to fly Jet Blue on this trip out West. And, needless to say, I am sold! So, for those of you wondering what I might like for my birthday or Christmas gifts, may I suggest Jet Blue gift cards? You can conveniently purchase them online or at your local VONS. . .
Posted by Jess at 10:49 AM
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I had the fortunate happenstance of re-connecting with one of my classmates from USU a few weeks ago. Kim Tolman Larson now works for the USU Alumni Relations office and she told me all about the happenings in Logan, while I caught her up with my recent move to the City! I guess I made a big impression on her, because she asked if she could spotlight me in the USU Alumni newsletter for August. I mustered my best Mid-western accent and said, "You betcha!". (You know how I'm always looking for ways for me to be the center of attention.)
You can read the article in its entirety here. I think it turned out very positively; although, I'm not so sure about that mad photo cropping!
Posted by Jess at 11:04 PM
Monday, August 11, 2008
For those of you that have been following the weather here in NYC (with the help of that handy little weather widget to the right there →), I'm sure you've seen that the temperature here has been much cooler than seasonally normal.
Yes, we've had the pleasure of experiencing a wonderfully lovely cold front since Thursday night that has delivered us daytime highs of 79-82. It's hard to believe that we're in August when the weather outside feels more like early May! Saturday was especially a gorgeous day with an afternoon high of 81 and low humidity. I took a walking tour of Central Park and spent nearly four hours enjoying the cool outdoors and the shady green pastures.
Walking home this evening, I had to put on my sweater because the mercury dipped down to 64!
Posted by Jess at 11:48 PM
Friday, August 8, 2008
Fridays at MTV Networks during the summer can sometimes mean, well, not a lot of work to do. So, my cube mates and I were looking for a little "busy work" when someone pulled out a few leftover Halloween wigs he had been storing. For nearly an hour, we tried them on, posed, took photos, grabbed a few props, took some more photos, and then did it all over again. . . So much fun!
Posted by Jess at 10:26 PM
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The teacher said that "it has a very nice round shape and that it's very sellable". Um, yeah . . . the arrangement! I'm good at what I do . . . 'nuf said!
Flora and Fauna used:
Blue and White Hydrangea
Posted by Jess at 9:04 AM
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Posted by Jess at 11:35 AM