{stories and snapshots from my new york city life.}


This Week's Delights

So I was chatting with one of my clients yesterday, who mentioned that he had an HIV test earlier this week. I was sort of surprised to hear this, since he's been faithfully married for over 15 years. Here's a little snippet of our conversation. Don't worry; I'm pretty sure disclosing this information is within HIPAA regulations.

Me (Therapist): "So what prompted you to get an HIV test this week?" 
Him: "Well, it's always a good idea to get checked out. But mostly, I did it cause they were giving away free turkeys at the clinic."

That's right, folks! It's the week before Thanksgiving, and everybody's got turkey on the brain. Except, of course, the vegetarians who have Tofurkey and nutritional yeast gravy on the brain. Before I head to my local A & P to battle it out for the last bag of Stove-Top, I wanted to take a minute to count my blessings for the week. 

* This Andy Warhol inspired graffiti art. Pink flesh and jutting clavicles never go out of style.

* Having dinner Monday night with my 24-year-old kinda-cousin Carol (her great-aunt was married to my great-uncle. What this makes us, I have no idea). She's young and energetic and reminds me of myself when I was just getting started in the big city.

* Leisurely brunch at friend Bridget's house. That girl makes a mean strata. I'm considering asking her to sleep on my couch every Saturday night so she can whip up breakfast for me on Sunday mornings. 

* This little kid skateboarding in a leather jacket and army pants in the Meatpacking District, presumably after brunching at Pastis or drinking Manhattans at the Gansevoort. Four years old, and already so much cooler than I could ever hope to be.

* A surprise trip from my boyfriend to Halo/Air Salt Rooms, a spa-like atmosphere that replicates naturally occurring salt caves in Eastern Europe. The room is covered from floor to ceiling in salt, while tiny salt particles are blown into the air. The rooms are supposed to be good for respiratory problems and skin conditions. Plus, it was just cool and relaxing to chill out in there for an hour. And yay! We're going back on Sunday afternoon! I love groupon--they have the coolest deals on things we would likely never try otherwise.

What's been the highlight of your week, peeps?


  1. The highlight of my week is having my stratta featured in your blog!

  2. Hooray!! Bake for me weekly, you'll continue getting featured. Seems like a fair deal to me.

  3. This is going to sound really pathetic. The building maintenance team at my work re-configured my desk so that it's more ergonomically sound. Preventing carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic shoulder pain = my highlight of the week.

    Not my highlight (and I'm sure you can relate): suddenly having a slight lisp and my co-workers looking at my weird.

  4. That little kid is so cool.
    Cooler than I will ever be as well. And how cool does that spa look...awesome! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  5. The spa looks awesome, I hope you had the best time there!

    Highlight of the week? There was sun!!! Have a good one lovely!

  6. The turkey thing is killing me! that's too funny. oh and that salty spa...wow!What a great boyfriend you got. Sounds simply fab!

    Highlight? well, I can think of several things that weren't highlights, but I did get a really great photo of my boys together, which is nearly impossible when they are this little. So, that was good. Loved you post, Jenn!

  7. Free turkeys! Sign me up. This made me laugh...and I'm thankful for that! I'm also thankful for long walks with my husband, beautiful fall trees, and a precious gray kitten that visits us while we work in the yard. Thank you for sharing, dear. I hope you have a beautiful Sunday!

  8. Highlight of my week was probably going to my 16 year old daughter's art class open house this afternoon. Fun!

  9. I wasn't sure where you were going with HIV test, but that was pretty hilarious! The highlight of my weekend was definitely Harry Potter in IMAX because I'm hip and cool like that ;-)


  10. The highlight was def my bday on Friday! And you're so right. Mini leather jacket definitely was takin' the skateboard back from brunch at Pastis hahah

  11. It all does look pretty delightful. And that little one is waaaay cooler than me too.
    I'm planning to make vegetarian gravy myself, but a creamy roasted garlic version :-D But the highlight of my week comes tomorrow - 'cause I've written up all my essays and such and am sending off school apps tomorrow!

  12. God how much do I love the Halo Salt Air rooms. We bought out Groupon when they offered up that place. Been back a couple of times. Never noticed any difference in how we felt, but how cool is it to chill out in a salt cave and watch cable. Loving it.