I'm staying at a Holiday Inn near our house because I am incredibly sensitive to paint fumes and can't sleep in my bedroom since it's been freshly painted for this magazine shoot we're doing at my house. I just went out into the hallway to buy a bottle of water and I swear I've been here so long the price went up from a dollar to one-twenty-five. Then on my way back I went to the wrong room and was surprised when my little key card wouldn't open the door and the light flashed red. I kind of chuckled to myself over how tired I was to go to the wrong room and walked around the corner to what I thought was my room and did the same thing again. I did this twice before finally ending up at the right room. I'm that tired.
I wish I had some cherry flavored Swedish Fish, I love Swedish Fish!
I started editing these pictures of our trip this morning. I just couldn't put up a batch of pictures of the house/magazine shoot without sharing some of our New York photos first. I think I'll just put a few here and then put the rest behind the cut.
Today was long, tiring, and fun. It's a relief to be over the long hurdle of trying to get the house shaped up in time for this magazine shoot. All I know right now is that it's for a special design issue of Woman's Day magazine and one of the shots they took today will be used for the cover. It will be on the stands next December.
I did everything I could to make things look good and when I came home today Sunday had made it all look so much better. I think if I'd had the time and a fresh perspective I would have done the same kind of thing, but she is really good. On the other hand so am I, not to be grandiose but I have an eye and a flair for design, I just don't love it like I love acting, oh well, I seem to be backing in to this career without meaning to. I just didn't have the energy to polish everything, but that's what Sunday gets paid 500.00 a day to do.
Basically she'll spruce up an area, dress it for the camera while the guys would fiddle with the lighting, then they'd shoot off several Polaroids, look at them and adjust things and finally take the actual shots. In between shots, while Sunday was dressing things, the guys would read the newspapers and crack jokes. I forgot how much fun I had with them last time and how natural it feels working with them. They had me laughing out loud, flashing the big gap in my smile where I'm waiting for a tooth to be made -- my dentist is so slow.
We gossiped, talked politics in a friendly way, shared jokes -- I hadn't heard this one, Kerry goes into a bar and the bartender says, "Hey Kerry, why the long face?" It was just fun being with them -- working on something mutually creative. I hated having to have my picture taken though. I just wanted to play with props and move things around. Unfortunately, I was so worn out and late getting there that I wasn't able to buy a new memory stick for my camera and wasn't able to take any PICS today. I do have copies of all the test Polaroids and will scan those and take digital pictures tomorrow so I can share them with you.
Okay I'm tired and have to start this all over again tomorrow when we'll be shooting the garden, the porch, and my bedroom and bathroom. I don't know how they'll get all of that done in a day. I want to chat some more but I am so exhausted I can't even keep my eyes open, Scott lovingly came over and read to me from Jerry Stahl's (could have had sex with that man if I'd wanted, yep), new novel, I Fatty, and for once he read for so long I didn't mind when he stopped. I'm just going to share these pictures and get to bed, yup.
This was taken when we went to the fine chocolate store Vosges in Soho, yum, seriously!
Here is a shot of the front entrance to our hotel, The Waldorf Astoria and Towers.
This is a shot of our living room.
And this is the view from the other side of the room looking towards the entrance hall. Mom's room was off to the right and our room, with the enormous walk in closets and that bedroom sized dressing room and bath, is off to the left. I don't think these pictures do it justice, it was so nice. I wish I'd taken pictures of our bedrooms but I kept putting it off.
This is a shot of the area where the World Trade Center once stood -- so, so sad.
This is a shot of the park looking west.
Here we are in the park after lots of walking, eating really awful stale pretzels and feeding them to a wild ratty.
A passing stranger kindly took these picture of us. You can see my hee haw missing tooth, I can't wait to get my fake one to fill up this hole, it really bothers me.
Just look at the pretty pidgies. I know some people find this upsetting, I just love them. I love to go to Trafalgar Square in London or the main square in Venice and feed the birds. I love the way pigeons who are accustomed to people will just swarm all over you, land on your shoulders and eat out of your hands.
This is a shot of the city that I took from the observation deck at the top of The Empire State Building. Security there was intense, lots of cops and metal detectors -- good for them!
This is Beau in front of one of the dioramas at The Natural History Museum. I wish wed had more time to hang out there and see things. It was wonderful, so much history, and the exhibits were so cool. I could just envision women in long dresses with parasols strolling around and marveling at things they had only heard about and never seen, exotic things like sea shells and creatures from foreign shores. I hate all the taxidermic stuff so I just pretend everything is either fake or died a nice natural death.
These dioramas are beautiful though and I love the idea of people having stood there long ago, astonished by things they could never have seen otherwise because travel was so much more complicated and expensive back then.
Here is one of the wax, (It's real, it's just called a wax frog), froggies from the frog exhibit, so cute.
We were pretty tired here, you can see it in our faces. I love how there is constantly something to do and you just feel healthier because you're always out walking. When we take Mom anywhere though we have to go by cab.
I tried on these gorgeous Jimmy Choo shoes at Saks because it seemed like a Sex and the City girl kind of thing to do, and I wanted to see what it would feel like to try on a pair of THIRTEEN hundred dollars, and I swear that was the sale price. My feet, being used to Birkenstocks, and having borne my weight for so many years, as well as the scarring and scratching that my cats have subjected them to, don't look too great in heels, but these really were gorgeous shoes.
Mom and I got coupons for four free Wild martinis at Oscar's restaurant where they invented the Waldorf salad. I really don't drink much because I hate the taste of it and it's like fire water to my bladder, but these were so good I actually drank one. They had peach liqueur, sweet and sour and something else. How old do you think my Mom looks. She was kind of tired here and this isn't a great shot but I don't think she looks eighty-seven or eighty-eight, whichever one she is.
Well, that's it for now. Hopefully I'll be back with pictures of our house tomorrow.
Big loving huggings,
Your pal -- Jacqui