September 14th, 2007 · 9 Comments

what me worry?

i try not to fret. but i do and it’s a long list why – some of which is ridiculously unfounded, some i’m sure comes from deeply ingrained childhood stuff (got an hour?) and some is just a part of living on this earth and being human. and well, obviously not a very good buddhist.

i fret less when i’ve been on the bike. and this is now the end of week 3, back on after what became over a 3 week hiatus. i’m hitting it hard but i’m not nearly as fit as i was back in the spring. i’m slower most likely because sadly there’s more weight to move. a solid 10 lbs makes a big diff. but the riding helps my head, this much i know. and i feel more powerful – more alive. it’s also one less thing to beat myself up about, one less thing in the “i know i should be doing this and i’m not” category. and i can’t break my current stride because if i do – it’ll be too damn hard to start up – again. so until it gets out and out chilly, my ass is on that bike. and that’s just the way it’s gotta be.

but hey! guess what? i’m heading home to nyc next week.

cary has his kids for 9 days starting this evening and i decided to get outa dodge for a portion of that program. i’ll see everyone through the bulk of next week with school drop-offs and pick-ups and soccer games and track meets and dinners. and then thursday afternoon, i fly.

anyway, i need a haircut. it’s like i’ve suddenly got the mermaid look which is a direct result of not getting my hair cut due to the fear of being temporarily ruined (again) by a nashville stylist. my last trip to ny was back in may and i decided to wait because well, with a great nyc haircut comes nyc prices and if i told you what a cut and color run using my team of guys – well, you’d choke ever so slightly on whatever fabulous thing you’re eating – and rightly so.


and i get to ride a bike in central park for a few glorious mornings which is one of my favorite things to do in the world. it’s a 6 mile loop with a killer hill up by harlem that burns off the sins of whatever restaurant i ate in the night before. but it’s a beautiful way to spend a morning. god i love nyc…

oh. and i need a great meal – or three. so many of the bloggers out there that i adore are in nyc or thereabouts. so i’d love to hear where you’re eating these days. i know that one night i’m goin to ‘lavagna‘ on east 5th. and i’m really wanting to check out ‘prune‘. and as much as i loved ‘babbo‘ and i want to go back, it’s a reservation nightmare. although i know i can go and wait for an open table…

and most importantly i get to spend time with my mom. she is the quintessential ny woman in oh so many ways. and i get to hang out a little with my best friend yve – a role we’ve played together for 35 years. just typing that number is kinda freaky because taking it all into consideration we look pretty damn good and are uber cool for 46 year old women.

just ask us we’ll tell you…

Tags: FRET · not food

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amy // Sep 14, 2007 at 8:34 am

    I wish I had restaurant suggestions for you, but I eat out in the city so seldom these days. Do avoid Fleur de Sel, though — my meal there last month was a big disappointment.

    Oh! One of my co-workers had the full Per Se experience over the weekend and believed it worth every cent. Of course, after your hair treatments, you might not want to shell out so many cents on a meal…

  • 2 Jennifer Hess // Sep 14, 2007 at 8:43 am

    Definitely check out Prune. We’ve eaten there for brunch, lunch and dinner and every meal was fabulous.

    As far as other suggestions, when we eat out these days, we rarely leave Brooklyn. Our favorites are right in Williamsburg, a short trek from home: Marlow and Sons, Diner and Dressler.

  • 3 FireDog // Sep 14, 2007 at 11:37 am

    Ok, I could say I hate you but really I envy you the color of an avacodo. It’s been far too long since I was in the city but the last time I was there I vaguely remember walking from Ist ave around 46th to 72nd on the west side after cutting through the park @ 2am by myself. Feeling no pain and alive with the pulse of Manhattan. Great memory! Oh I’m supposed to be fretting….. my discipline for working out often comes in the form of guilt but I really do love it though and always feel great when I’m finished. I do know how you feel. Have I gone on too long. {your hair is beautiful}

  • 4 Butta Buns // Sep 16, 2007 at 10:15 am

    First I have to say, you have GORGEOUS hair. Those curls and the beautiful shade of blond are to die for! I like the way you wear it too, it’d be a shame not have a ‘natural’ looking cut with such lovely color.

    Don’t know anything about NYC restaurants but have a great time. A fall ride through the park just as the leaves are turning sound damn near perfect. Have a great trip, can’t wait to see pics.

  • 5 windy // Sep 16, 2007 at 10:17 am

    have fun in nyc. i’ve been there a few years ago so i can’t remember what resturants i’ve been to anymore. but do make sure to go to little italian town as they serve lovely pasta dishes there…

  • 6 claudia // Sep 17, 2007 at 9:46 am

    amy – per se would be a dream. but i think with a drink, tax and tip you’re in the $700 range for 2 – minimum. and that to me is overthetop crazy!!!

    jennifer – prune is on the short list. i’m really wanting to go. i’m hoping i get all the way down there

    firedog – you gotta go back. nyc is the bestest. i love my hometown

    butta – i think i’m outgrowing my hair but i’m still hangin on to my youth. maybe i’ll chop it off one day but i’m not ready for an extreme change just yet.

    windy – little italy is getting smaller and smaller and chinatown continues to grow. but it’s all so so very good!

  • 7 Klinde // Sep 18, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    I am so jealous! I would love a trip to NYC to play in the park and eat at fabbo places! Nashville is so far behind in having a great restaurant scene. Sigh…

  • 8 claudia // Sep 19, 2007 at 11:27 am

    well living here has definitely honed my culinary acumen. i cook in self defense. now i’m not saying there is nothing in this town to eat… but it’s real hit and miss…

  • 9 J // Sep 26, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    I agree, Prune is great — and one reason I think so is that many of its dishes are very familiar to this Nashvillian. Bacon and marmalade on pumpernickle — not too far from the bacon and different jellies (all homemade, including hot pepper) on toast I grew up on. Sweet potatoes with brown butter, beets with their greens, cauliflower with bread crumbs — all dishes my mother cooked and still cooks at 80. Fried sweetbreads with bacon, roasted salted marrow bones — my farmboy father grew up eating these dishes. Nice to see Southern cuisine appreciated in the Big City.

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