Category: 80’s movies


Remedies For Surviving A Bad Cold

February 10th, 2013 — 5:59pm

Readers of this blog know I’ve been writing a lot less lately – largely because I’ve been wrapped up in my fabulous still relatively new job. This week, the other reason I’ve been MIA is a bad cold.

After five days of feeling both under the weather and tired of this winter, I’m thankful for all of the things that have gotten me through my congested, feverish haze. In no particular order:

TLC from my thoughtful colleagues – One co-worker braved the cold to buy me cough drops, while another offered me tea and my boss gave me a cereal bar and some Emergin-C. Their kindness and genuine caring reminded me all over again how lucky I am to call the Westin New York Grand Central my professional home.

Tulips from dear friends

The comforting company of dear friends – My dear college friend Pam, in town from Chicago, stopped by yesterday with her partner and their efferverscent 8-year-old son. In addition to surprising me with beautiful red tulips (my floral favorite), they cheered me with up easy conversation and laughs. No better RX in my opinion.

Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite – Having received a Kindle from my brother and sister-in-law for my birthday a few weeks ago, I’m still very much in the honeymoon period with this delightful gadget. I spent much of my downtime the last couple of days finishing Cissy Houston’s raw, poignant memoir, . It is a powerful reflection on the pop superstar from the woman who loved her best and definitely worth a read (and, ahem, download). Also taking up room on my Kindle, Amy Spencer’s delightful How To Meet Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match.

Speaking of great gadgets…

My DVR – How do I love my DVR? This weekend, to distract myself from cabin fever, I’ve counted the ways by enjoying TV shows recorded (Dallas) and catching snippets of favorite movies like Sex and The City and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ferris provided the perfect pick me up today, as I smiled through classic lines like this one:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

So true – sick days, of course, being the exception to that.

| 80's movies, Kindle, Sex and The City movie, Westin New York Grand Central, Whitney Houston

A Delightful Girls Night In

July 19th, 2012 — 9:31pm

Readers of this blog know I’m a big fan of girls nights out. Once in awhile, though, it’s nice to kick back indoors with good friends – and that’s exactly what I did last weekend.

Girls Night In: Crystal, me and Sara

Saturday night, I invited galpals Sara and Crystal over for a meal prepared by yours truly. It marked the first time since falling in love with cooking a little over a year ago that I shared my budding culinary skills with more than one guest. To minimize the potential for a kitchen disaster, I kept the menu simple – opting for a starter I’d never made before and main dish that’s become a favorite.

We began with a chilled broccoli, potato and leek soup, which thankfully ended up being well worth the time required to prep, simmer and puree it.

Chilled broccoli potato and leek soup: Yummm!

For our entrée, I went with roasted rosemary chicken and potatoes, using an and pre-measured seasonings courtesy of McCormick’s.

Over dinner, Crystal, Sara and I fell into easy conversation about career transitions, summer adventures in the city and staying open to romance. Then, taking advantage of the clear, breezy weather, we adjourned to the roof deck for after dinner drinks.

Back in my abode, Crystal demonstrated her talents in the kitchen by creating a heavenly fondue dessert concoction – hot melted Ghirardelli chocolate, freshly whipped cream atop strawberries, raspberries and pineapple. In a word, delish.

Happily full from our sweet indulgence, we made like couch potatoes and went retro by watching “Sixteen Candles.” The classic John Hughes film remains an 80’s classic, not to mention the perfect way to end a perfect night.

I’m already thinking about the menu for our next girls night in. Stay tuned!

| 80's movies, girls night in, home cooking

An Action-Packed Saturday Night

March 15th, 2011 — 1:54pm

If age really is just a number, then there’s nothing like a night out with good friends to make you believe it. Last Saturday, I enjoyed a delightful reminder of that.

The action-packed evening began over dinner on NYC’s Upper West Side at beloved Italian bistro Gennaro’s. Joining me were twentysomething galpals Caroline and Mimma and their hilariously fun high school pal Chris. Over seafood risotto and the most scrumptious plate of hot and cold antipasto you can imagine, we talked about travel, beauty pageants (Chris is a pageant coach) and favorite 80’s movies.

All Smiles: Caroline and me at Niagara

Next, we headed down to Niagara, a lounge in the East Village, to put in an appearance at a former colleague’s birthday celebration. As I caught up with her and few other ex-co workers, I couldn’t help thinking how much has changed in my life since leaving my full time PR gig a year ago. I’ve experienced two life-changing trips, started a second blog and concentrated on my writing for the first time ever.

I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, a happy sentiment that continued when all of us walked over to Alphabet Lounge. We danced the night away to 80’s music and I felt thankful all over again to live in the world’s greatest city — and have the greatest friends to share it with.

| 80's movies, 80's music, East Village, Upper West Side

Meeting A Member Of The Brat Pack

June 12th, 2009 — 9:30pm

One of my favorite things about living in New York is random celebrity encounters. Yesterday, I had a most unexpected celeb sighting – at a travel industry event held at the New Yorker hotel in Midtown NYC.

My lovely colleagues Katie and Morgan and I were representing Quinn & Co at Caribbean Media Marketplace, where travel providers in the region (and the PR agencies who rep them) have the opportunity to schmooze with journalists.

Travelgirls: Me, Katie and Morgan at Caribbean Media Marketplace

Imagine my surprise when none other than actor Andrew McCarthy approached our table.

I smiled widely, unable to resist quipping that he’s not a member of the media. He laughed, and genially corrected me – saying he’s moonlighting as a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler. It turns out he’s been writing for the venerable magazine (and its sister publication, National Geographic Adventure) for years.

Andrew is an absolute charmer in person. He has the same mischievous smile and quick wit that made him so irresistible in many of the classic 80’s movies (“St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Mannequin,” and of course, “Pretty In Pink.”). And yes, he’s still adorable.

I don’t know what made me feel older – remembering those movies, or the fact that my twenty-something colleagues didn’t know who Andrew was. Thankfully, my good friend and fellow PR maven Lauren was in attendance and she shared my excitement about this celebrity blast from the past.

I love New York.

| 80's movies, Andrew McCarthy, Caribbean Media Marketplace, New Yorker hotel, Pretty In Pink, St. Elmo's Fire, travel PR

Meeting A Member Of The Brat Pack

June 12th, 2009 — 4:30pm

One of my favorite things about living in New York is random celebrity encounters. Yesterday, I had a most unexpected celeb sighting – at a travel industry event held at the New Yorker hotel in Midtown NYC.

My lovely colleagues Katie and Morgan and I were representing Quinn & Co at Caribbean Media Marketplace, where travel providers in the region (and the PR agencies who rep them) have the opportunity to schmooze with journalists.

Travelgirls: Me, Katie and Morgan at Caribbean Media Marketplace

Imagine my surprise when none other than actor Andrew McCarthy approached our table.

I smiled widely, unable to resist quipping that he’s not a member of the media. He laughed, and genially corrected me – saying he’s moonlighting as a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler. It turns out he’s been writing for the venerable magazine (and its sister publication, National Geographic Adventure) for years.

Andrew is an absolute charmer in person. He has the same mischievous smile and quick wit that made him so irresistible in many of the classic 80’s movies (“St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Mannequin,” and of course, “Pretty In Pink.”). And yes, he’s still adorable.

I don’t know what made me feel older – remembering those movies, or the fact that my twenty-something colleagues didn’t know who Andrew was. Thankfully, my good friend and fellow PR maven Lauren was in attendance and she shared my excitement about this celebrity blast from the past.

I love New York.

| 80's movies, Andrew McCarthy, Caribbean Media Marketplace, New Yorker hotel, Pretty In Pink, St. Elmo's Fire, travel PR

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