Last weekend started off great with dinner at Bread Tribeca with my friend Jasmin. I rarely eat out in Tribeca, but I have to get out there more. I saw so many cute restaurants with outdoor seating as I made my way to the restaurant, I must make a mental note to return as the weather continues to get warmer. The atmosphere of the restaurant was nice, as well as the food. I had eggplant parmesan and it was probably the second best eggplant dinner I have ever had. (First place goes to the place Courtney and I had dinner at - I think it was Tony's or something like that. That eggplant meal made me crave eggplant - strange thing to crave I know). For dessert I had this nutella peanut butter dish - so good, but very messy. I couldn't pass up the nutella though, given that Desiree and I just had a discussion about how great it was the week before. After dinner I went home with lottery tickets in hand only to wait for 11:00 to come and go without me becoming an instant millionaire.
Saturday was filled with the gym, breakfast, and a lot of agonizing over what to wear out that night. I had to find an outfit to wear that was both cute for the birthday party, but not overly dressy for a Final Four get together. Finally I decided on gray shorts with white pinstripes over black tights, a white button up shirt, a black boyfriend style blazer, and knee high black flat boots. I put on my sterling silver Eiffel Tower charm necklace and although I liked the outfit, something was missing. I needed a little red - I wanted it to be clear in the sports bar that I was supporting the Cardinals even if I didn't want to wear a Cardinals t-shirt. I found my long, red beaded necklace and added that to my ensemble. I was ready to go, but since I had napped early I was running behind. So I quickly made my way out and walked to Tavern on Third. Once there I asked the hostess about a University of Louisville viewing party that I had signed up for on Facebook. She asked if I was part of the alumni association. I wasn't, but I really wanted to be surrounded by my fellow fans so I said I went there briefly. It wasn't a lie. I went there as a visiting student during the fall semester of my second year of law school due to Hurricane Katrina causing the closure of Tulane. She then inquired again whether I was a member of the association and I, playing dumb, asked her if that was a separate thing I had to sign up for. She was nice though and placed the bracelet around my wrist and told me I was fine. Then I made my way back to the private viewing area in the back. A room completely filed with Louisville fans - this is exactly what I needed. I was even better off then my family back home. They went to my aunt's house to watch the game and somehow some Kentucky fans were invited there. There were likely some Kentucky fans out in the main bar area, but in this little space, Cardinal followers every where. I found a seat, ordered some food, and waited anxiously for the game to start. I had no doubts the whole game, but sadly we lost. I felt bad for the guys. I won't get on my soapbox about how Calipari is bad for college basketball, but our guys deserved it more (I know I'm biased). But it was time to move on to the next party.
As I walked up Third Avenue, I stopped for a brief snack. My co-worked Mike told me about this cookie place called Insomnia Cookies. Finally I was near one of their locations, so I popped in. I asked the guy at the register what the most popular kind is. He told me the Smores, but I decided to ignore his recommendation and go with Mike's - a peanut butter and chocolate combination. Mike has never led me astray with his food recommendations, so I definitely trusted his judgment. The cookie was great (except that I dropped part of it along the way).
Finally around 9:30 I reached Sutton Place. It was an interesting place to say the least. The first floor looks like a sports bar, the second floor a club. I stuck to the first floor and waited patiently for the birthday girl - my friend Cathy - to arrive. It was a nice evening since I got a chance to catch up with friends I don't get to see as much now that we don't work together anymore. After the birthday party I retired to my apartment, knowing I had a 4 mile run on my agenda for the morning.
Sunday's run took me through the East Village, Lower East Side, SoHo, and the West Village. It wasn't a horrible run, but it certainly wasn't my best. I was going too slow. This week as I aim for 5 miles I will try to be more disciplined and focused. After the run I went home to get ready for my third meetup group activity - brunch. This was a new group I had joined and I was scheduled to meet five new people at 12:45 at Amity Hall. What to wear - first impressions are important. Finally I picked out a black, yellow, and gray short dress I got in San Francisco at a thrift store and paired it with black leggings. I added the same black boyfriend style blazer and Eiffel Tower charm necklace. Instead of boots, I went with black ballet flats today. I pulled my hair up in a bun, slightly off center. I added red lipstick to add a pop of color. I'm loving my developing style. I had two days of putting together two nice outfits, perhaps moving to New York has inspired my new ability to put together great outfits.
Anyways I made my way to brunch constantly wondering if my dress was too short. I kept checking it in every window or glass door I could, until I finally decided to stop caring. Once I got to Amity Hall two other girls from the group where there. I'm always a little reserved and shy meeting new people, but once everyone got there it seemed to be going well. I listened a lot and initiated some conversations, but my best moment came when people asked me what I do. My answer starts off with the boring lawyer work and then, more proudly than usual, I started talking about my magazine. I'm much more confident about my business plan now, perhaps because its so close to being ready to launch. Everyone there was so encouraging and so positive.
After brunch I went to a coffee shop to work on some article editing. Once I finished my hot chocolate I went home to rest and relax before it was back to the work in the morning.