East Pacific

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Being that the elevator in my building is broken – door stuck on the 5 th floor with blue tape covering the call button -on it written in black Sharpie marker is a warning – do not touch batoon
Well fine then…. and poor out of shape me – trying to run up seven flights – NOT a good idea …
Now, I had an appointment, had to run down those seven flights ( SO much easier !) and realized that – NO delivery man is going to run up this gargantuan Stair Master… and God forbid I try to cook on a weeknight! So here I am at East Pacific on 33rd and Lex in NYC.
This restaurant opened apparently two years ago – not sure how I missed it .. if you happen to be in the area and crave Chinese/Thai/Japanese food in a pretty lounge-like setting – then this is the place for you.
What I have found (so far!) that is absolutely amazing here is the Crab Rangoon, the boneless spareribs, the Mei fun noodles, and the Chef Special Chicken and Shrimp w/walnuts. It’s been a LONG time (if EVER) I have found such an excellent place. The food is artfully placed in placed in plates and/or takeout containers, it is perfectly cooked – not greasy, not chewy, just delicious .
Ah – here comes my order… Now, as I have to trek back up seven flights – you MAY just find me tomorrow morning sleeping in between floors 3 and 4 … but at least I will have a full belly!
Have a great night everyone !

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Has anyone seen my Louis Vuitton?

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Photo Credit: http://www.myweddingdressespictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/purses-wall.jpg

It’s about that time again… Time… for a new purse.

My current 20-pound purse  “yes, I carry my life in my bag”  Tano bag,  though great quality and having lasted a few years, is just feeling a little too… well,  cumbersome lately. Why? Because the bigger the bag, the more crap I will undoubtedly stuff into it.

       Wallet and keys? Will never find either, but – yes, I carry those, and they ARE SOMEWHERE in there, so cross ’em off the list. Tissues and hair accessories (scrunchy, elastic, bobby pins) that are never found at the right moment – check. Chapstick, make-up, makeup brushes, lip gloss, mascara, and the accidentally-opened-now-empty-makeup bag floating around – check. Loose change, crumpled receipts,empty Metrocards, a bent credit card – check. Flyers and brochures handed to me by people on the street that I just felt bad turning down – check.  Last week’s unopened mail, a book where I haven’t turned a page in 3 months,  a magazine from April…. 2011 – check.  Shoes for work, lunch for work, snacks for work – check.  Bottle of water to prevent dying of dehydration during commute to work  – check. Headphones – yes – complete with tangled wires,  iPhone – somewhere in the vicinity of the wallet and keys – just follow the beeping sound of the alarm that I forgot to turn off at 6 AM and you should be able to find it.

Do you see what I mean ? Are any of you out there like me? Or am I doomed to eventually get a shoulder bag with its own zip code and GPS system ?  I understand that organization is not always my forte, though in my defense I do dump out and filter through all items mostly every Friday night. I always wanted to be one of those women with the PERFECT purse, and ALWAYS organized to a T. You know who I’m talking about. They have ANYTHING you may ever ask for, however if you manage to peek inside their compartmentalized purse..it’s clean, nice, almost feng-shui-ish in a sense…  That’s what I want!

The first purse I remember having (most likely in the 3rd grade) was my white Jordache purse. Oh, how I LOVED that purse … even though all it contained was a pencil and notepad, it was cherished.. and probably better than my best friend Christine’s purple unicorn purse – which she would fill with rocks during recess (you know, in order to chase and hit the boys with ..sorta like a modern-day sling.)  Ha!  (note* I don’t think she actually ever hit anyone – to my recollection, but it was pretty funny at the time to see the boys run away..ah, grade school..)   Let’s see, next I remember around sixth grade was my tie-dye jean purse. To match my bedazzled jean jacket. So cool.  Back then.

Later came the years of realizing that one advantage of living in NYC is that Chinatown is just a subway ride away and I could go shopping and then would gleefully return with a Prada bag… for ONLY $20 !!!!! Actually, upon closer inspection, it may have said Prado or Pradada.. Sigh, oh well, you get what you pay for.

So now, the investigation begins. What to get? How much to spend? Hey, I’ll kick in some loose change if it self-organizes!

What kind of purse do you own? Is there one that you’ve had for years or could never ever live without? Is there one that you wish you had never purchased? Share your stories ! Have a great week everyone!

Here are some fun links found during my Great Purse Exploration 2012, enjoy!

http://www.purseblog.com/birkin-giveaway/

http://www.oprah.com/style/How-to-Buy-a-Purse-Best-Purses/

http://brainz.org/5-best-places-buy-purses-online-without-emptying-your-wallet/

Conjoined Twins… a TV Show

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I watched the quick promotional video on People  for the new and upcoming TV show on Abby and Brittany Hensel, conjoined twins.

Watching a few minutes of that video, I decided to watch that show when it begins to air.  These girls are intelligent, pretty, and have a zest for life that is pleasant and inspiring  to watch.

I am happy that they – as conjoined twins – have found an outlet, such as a reality show.  Even being a “normal” kid, I’m sure every single one of my followers, like myself, got picked on as youngsters.. and you know as well as I do…it’s not fun.

I can only hope that folks were kinder,  gentler, and nicer to these girls. Having a physical disposition or  shape that is different, or more unique than the rest of the population poses it’s challenges. But, folks, don’t dig your heads in the sand. These challenges exist for many people. So, for  people such as Abby and Brittany that can handle such daily challenges and yet make lemonade ..and that make us smile and inspire us…

Well, all I can say is… hat’s off to you..

 You have my utmost respect and admiration. Thank you for sharing your story.

Abby Hensel, Brittany Hensel on TLC Show : People.com.