Why Do Sundays Have to End? Parks & Recreation & Books…

Yesterday Bobby and I explored and wandered. We ended up at Borders and I scored a bunch of bargain books. I found this cool health book (Dr. Rau’s The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health):

I have an addiction to buying health books, especially ones that are based on the idea that nutrition is the foundation of health. Dr. Rau’s approach is really similar to macriobiotics, but it’s more European than Japanese/Asian. This actually makes it easier to follow because he uses pretty standard ingredients in his meal plan/recipes. I’m trying out some of his ideas and liking them so far.

I also got Lipstick Jungle (by Candace Bushnell), The Boleyn Inheritance (by Philippa Gregory), and Before Green Gables (by Budge Wilson – fun name).

Hope they’re good. I used to love reading Anne of Green Gables. I never read Sex & the City (also written by Candace Bushnell) but I have the whole series on DVD and I will never tire of it. And I’ve never read Philippa Gregory but I’ve heard great things.

I’m also excited for a book that I just won over at Missy’s blog – she inspires me to keep reading. She’s a true bookworm.

Today we headed down to High Line Park, which is a park on the lower west side of Manhattan that’s built on an abandoned train track. It winds over the city and as you walk the tracks you can see all of these beautiful deteriorating buildings. As we walked I had scenes from The Newsies running through my head. (Did anyone else love this movie? Christian Bale was ridiculously cute.) That area of the city is very old world and early 1900s-esque.

We took the train down to Union Square and walked over the ~6 big city blocks. We entered at 14th Street and walked up to 20th; we couldn’t go any further because the rest of it is under construction. We’ll go back again soon. Landscape architecture is something that I am continually baffled and awed by. The people that had the inspiration to turn a defunct railway into a beautiful project are genius, in my opinion.

Bobby is sitting on our living room floor putting this together now:

It’s our new media center and bookshelf from Crate and Barrel. It goes nicely with our new couches.

How was your weekend? Do you have a favorite park to visit?

The Best Friends In Life Are Free!

Thanks for all the comments on my last post re: weight. Sounds like a lot of us wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds, and it can definitely be a struggle. It’s nice to have company.

Having a community and a base of friends to support you is really important. I was reading Coco’s post a few minutes ago and she talked about how her best friends are the ones from her childhood. I think this is true for me too. As I get older it seems like friendships get more and more superficial. I was in California for almost 2 years and I didn’t make a single lasting friendship. In college I did make friends, but we’ve all drifted.

Healthy Living Update

Thursday (yesterday).

Walks… I got in my 2-mile walk to work, and actually got in an extra ~1 mile at lunch. We met up with Bobby’s parents for lunch at Whole Foods in Union Square. Last night we got together with his family again (cousins too) up by Columbia. Greek food is good.

Friday (today).

No walk this morning, but I got ~1 mile at lunch and then maybe 2 after work (Chinatown).

I met up with Bobby and his family for lunch again – this time at Mesa Grill, Bobby Flay’s restaurant. This was the best meal I’ve had in a really long time. I opted for the “Smoked Lamb Cobb Salad” (with Avocado, Tomato, Maytag Blue Cheese, Eggs, Bacon + Buttermilk Dressing)…

I make my own rules.


I substituted shrimp instead of lamb and nixed the blue cheese. It was awesome. The egg and avocado really made this dish. The shrimp seasonings were to die for. Bobby got a “Pressed Roasted Pork Sandwich”, Tina got the “Shrimp + Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale” (I think this was the best order), mom got “Smoked Shrimp Tacos” (a Bobby Flay classic), and dad got another classic, the “Mesa Burger”. We all shared the deliciously spiced fries.

Before the meal they brought out the bread basket – I tried the cornbread, which was half blue and half yellow.

Nom nom nom.


Do you like cornbread?