Reading on

Nope, I didn’t bring my camera, and I should’ve because it’s Fashion Week in New York and there are bound to be celebrity sightings in Manhattan.  Not that I would get the chance to actually snap a picture of those uber-sensitive celebrities.  They have enough papparazzi driving them mad as it is.  The good thing is that the sun has started to come out, but it’s not out in full strength.  Do you ever feel like you don’t have as much energy when the sun doesn’t come out in full force?  I think I’m a solar-powered homo sapien — and that’s strange considering I am a nocturnal person.  I operate best at night — and I can actually stay up all evening,  but you’d have to let me sleep through the day.  No such luxury for a working Mom like me.  Angel will always wake me up when he gets up ready to have his breakfast sometime around 6-ish.  I carry him out of the room with one eye closed, and then we start the day.

It was minutes to 9AM by the time I got to the subway but I just relaxed reading “BLINK”.  I haven’t quite gone past the parts I had read before so I was sort of  reading pages which I found very interesting before.  Gladwell tells us of an incident where a wargame was conducted by the US utilizing the best technology and an army of consultants for the “Good Guys” and a retired general with war savvy and his army to play the “Bad Guys”.  The theory was that conventional warfare as we know it now would eventually become obsolete.  After spending a quarter of a billion dollars (!) in this simulated war, the think tanks and techonology lost out to the brazen gut and instincts of the retired general.  To summarize the point of the whole exercise and it’s relevance to Gladwell’s quick thinking slant, events as stress related and unpredictable as actual engagement in times of war cannot be fought based on a set of strategies laid out ahead no matter how well thought out.  The commanders must be able to make split second decisions based on real time events and not projections in order to successfully win the war, and they must be allowed to effect those decisions without being tied down by protocol that will delay reaction time.  Gladwell writes it so much better but that is what I have gleaned from it.

My laptop bag is a little heavier than usual because I’m lugging my GLAMOUR in it, hoping to steal a peek here or there.  It’s my only subscription besides PARENTING, and the soon-to-start FOOD & WINE (courtesy of Alan who benefits the most from the subscription anyway because he gets fancier meals) again which I love. Recipes, recipes and wine articles to feed my brain!  
I miss the days when I would scour the recipe index for new recipes to try out, and I would surprise Alan with a recipe or two.  These days, I’ve basically played it by ear, depending on what I have in the fridge.  That can be quite a challenge when you consider how I don’t know half of what’s in the freezer because my mother-in-law has been stuffing it with her own purchases.  I’m not complaining — it’s food for everyone, it just reminds me that I’m at a loss as to what’s hiding behind the first layer that greets me when I open the freezer door.  I did my usual STEAK DIANE last night and in between cooking the steak and doing the WHOLE WHEAT SPAGHETTI with MARINARA sauce on the side, Mom had to keep helping me get whatever it was I was looking for in the fridge.  I’m keeping it simple tonight — I think I’ll do Alan’s favorite GINILING — if they have ground pork at the grocery tonight, that is.

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