Monday, December 29, 2008

O Happy Monday

Reasons for my post-holiday happiness today, Monday December 29th:

Because I'm back at work. Yes, really, because as much as I love The Holiday Shops in Bryant Park, the last day was yesterday and my blogging focus can return once more to the FH. And let's face it, when you have a disappointing year as a vendor because the economy has tanked, it is definitely the blogger's fault. Stupid, dumb, blogger! Let's send her hate email!

Because I finally watched Sex and the City: The Movie on Saturday night (yes, I know, I'm really behind) and I was delighted with a good middle of the film. I yawned at the annoying beginning, found the ending meh and sappy, but damn, parts of this movie were great. As I watched, I remembered my 20-ish girlfriend's review of the movie: "They looked old." The 41 year-old review? They looked chic, healthy, and over 40. Especially inspiring was the scene in which post-heartbreak Carrie stares at herself in the bathroom mirror as the camera lingers, pans, and lovingly caresses every inch of her tired, distraught, 40+ face. I was so moved. My husband, too, said "wow" and called the film's depiction of aging as "almost Bergmanesque"-! Yes, I am married to a member of the male sex. And yes, I'll send my girlfriend a copy of the movie when she turns 40.

Old ladies sitting in the sun, horrors! Photo from CasaSugar.

Because My favorite ex-Jet Chad Pennington beat my team, the NY Jets, for a spot in the playoffs after they dumped him 5 months ago for Brett Favre. Chad led a losing team (1-15 last year) to 11-5 and a division title. Does he gloat to his old Jets fans, who, in his last season in NY, cheered as he lay injured on the field? No, he merely says: "The only way fate would have it." So I'd like to say a big "Ha, ha!" for Mr. Pennington, the humble and overlooked player who is finally getting his due.

Why I fell in love with football. Where's the Laveranues hug, photogs & cameramen? I was waiting for the #87/#10 hug, and then CBS cut away, GRRRRR! Hello, they are best friends! Do I have to tell CBS everything?

And because this is supposed to be a shopping blog about 34th Street & not a sports blog: Tough as the economy is, we'll be getting some new stores on 34th Street this year. There's JCPenney opening in Manhattan Mall (Spring '09, hopefully), a new Geox store, and a possible big jeans store moving in. I don't think I'm allowed to say, so think classic American, like the kind I've worn since I was a kid. And, of course, there's the now-empty Kira Plastinina store and a few other spaces as yet unannounced. I will, as always, be conjuring up Topshop for the district all year. Maybe I should fire SwamiLeon and hire an exorcist to rid the street of bad, Plastinina vibes? Will that make Sir Philip Green happy?

No, I can't do it. He's my hero, and how could anyone fire a beturbaned man?
Back on 34th Street later today. Ahhhh, it's good to be home! I hope everyone else is running high this Monday on post-holiday bliss.


Couture Carrie said...

So Kira P didn't last, huh?

Fun post, darling FH - hope you are having a fab holiday season!


Prunella Jones said...

I'm happy it's Monday too. Now life can get back to normal and I don't have to eat anymore fruitcake.

Is that movie out on DVD yet? I want to see it.

Tricia said...

Happy holidays, CC!
pru - yes, watch it, i was so intrigued I almost watched the director's commentary but the husband forced me to stop the madness!

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ButterflyDiary said...

Hope you had a lovely and energizing holiday doll. I too, am happy that the commercialism of Christmas is finally finito.

Fashion Addict said...

I was also late in watching Sex and the City! You're not the only one :). I thought it was a little boring in the beginning, but I liked it overall. I don't think they looked old! Well, I hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday season and have a happy new year!

Btw, my blog's address has moved to so if you have the time could you please change the link on your blog roll? Thanks!

Seeker said...

Oh this post is so nice, funny and great.

Love all the things about SATC :)

Hope you're having a fabulous holidays and wish you a Gorgeous New Year


WendyB said...

I was also annoyed by a lot of comments people made about the age of the SATC ladies. I guess we're just supposed to drop dead at 39 -- delayed version of Logan's Run?

Grayburn said...

Hey there! Hope you had a great x'mas and a fantastic New Year!

A bunch of us are doing Favorite Things 2008 (some details on my blog) and I'm wondering if you might be interested in joining as well? Could be fun!


Anonymous said...

Hah - clearly that whole age/perspective thing remains true. Sending that sweet, innocent 20-year-old her own copy of the movie when she hits 40 is a brilliant idea.

Welcome back to your normal life, lady!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and DUDE, send whoever wrote you those nasty e-mails my way, please. I have WORDS for them.

Michelle said...

Haha, good luck! May Topshop take over THE WORLD.

What is Reality Anyway? said...

love it! x

Kira Aderne said...

Happy Holidays!!!

and I am glad you watched SATC, the movie, I can´t wait for the next one :)

a kiss girl!