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Wednesday, March 9, 2005
All the rage this summer
I've been asked by my out-of-state friends and fellow bloggers to report on some of the fashion trends in New York City and considering it's snowing here right now, I thought I'd escape with thoughts of summer.

OK here it is, this summer Moccasins are going to be all the rage! So buy now, while they are relatively cheap. I picked up the ones shown below, but in magenta. Remember the brighter the better.

Wedged heels are going to be big too!

Fur...hopefully fake though.

Ponchos are out, they have been out, only tourists wear them anymore.

And thanks to the Christos art in Central Park, everyone is sporting Orange lately. I've seen orange suede and leather gloves, fluffy saffron scarfs and even men wearing wearing bright pumpkin colored silk ties and shirts under their midnight blue suits.

Big 80s sunglasses, I'll have to tell my mom that she can break out some of her old ones.

Shrunken suit jackets.

Wide skirts, also called trumpet skirts, and 50s style dresses.

Also silky scarves tied around purse straps are still happening.

I'm sure my friend Karen will have more to add :)

Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PST
Updated: Monday, March 14, 2005 8:42 PM PST
After all Tomorrow is Another Day...
Why People Overcommit
By TaraMetBlog

The idea that time is on your side may not always be true, according to a recent study by the American Psychological Association.

Research by two business-school professors reveals that people over-commit and overspend because they expect to have more time and resources in the future than they have at the present.

?All of us are busy, all of the time, but people continually think they will have more of a resource in the future and are willing to overbook and take on more future tasks, as long as it is not now,? says Gal Zauberman, PhD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who conducted the study with John Lynch Jr., PhD, of Duke University.

He explained that if you asked someone if they would rather work an hour today or three hours, three weeks from now, they are more likely to say the latter.

?But if you asked them three weeks from now, they would say, gee, if it happened today they would never have said yes, because they are busy again,? Zauberman said.

They suspect that because every day is a little different: ?The nature of time fools us and we ?forget? about how things fill our days.?

New York University graduate student, Sarah Kaufman, 25, at the School of Public Policy agrees with the study. ?I make really long to-do lists that are usually not attainable for the week ahead," she admitted.

Rebecca Weissman, 22, a psychology senior, also at NYU, plans during her Spring Break to read the eight articles that she put off reading during the semester.

?Ideally, I?ll get more done because I won?t have classes,? she said. Like the study?s participants, she believes the future is nearly ?limitless.? But on reflection, she conceded ?That?s probably the problem.?

Zauberman says that although surveyed participants believed that both time and money would be more available to them in ?a month? than ?today,? they believed it more strongly for time than for money. He believes people are less optimistic when it comes to their finances and are more aware of their expenses because of planned payments like reoccurring monthly bills.

?Money is more planned, but time is less predictable? he says. ?You deal with expenditures of money more regularly but things come up that you never plan.?

Kaufman says she can plan her finances well, but admits that she tends to overbook social events not realizing that she will most likely be equally busy in the future too.

?You never really know how long something is going to take, and it usually takes longer than you expected,? she observed.

(This was an excerpt from my 3/8 spot assignement, the quotes were obtained through a phone interview)
The actual study appears in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Vol. 134, No. 1

Posted by Tara at 7:53 AM PST
Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 6:12 PM PST
Tuesday, March 8, 2005
He unclogged my pipes
get your mind out of the toilet ;)

I found a plumber! My toilet is now up and flushing. It turns out I needed a flushometer valve. I thought it sounded made up, like The Flux Capacitor in Back to the Future, but I looked it up and it is indeed legit.

Definition: A device that discharges a predetermined quantity of water to fixtures for flushing purposes and is closed by direct water pressures. (

But I ended up being over two hours late for work. The guy was supposed to be here at 8:30 am, arrived at 9:30, left to pick up a part and was not back till 10:20. urghh!

And why is it that when you are late your boss always seems to be right near the front entrance and the VP near your desk as you enter and remove your coat?

Posted by Tara at 6:36 AM PST
Updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2005 8:16 PM PST
Sunday, March 6, 2005
I bought my first plunger today...
Isn't life in the city exciting? lol

Can anyone fix a toilet? Because I sure as hell can't and my new plunger keeps flipping inside out :-/ I actually don't think it's clogged though, the pressure is off, it might be something that has happened in my building. urghh, I'll look for a plumber on CraigsList tomorrow.

Posted by Tara at 9:53 AM PST
Updated: Monday, March 7, 2005 1:39 PM PST
Saturday, March 5, 2005
Hope & Faith Taping
I went to a studio taping of the ABC TV show Hope & Faith, starring Kelly Ripa and Faith Ford, which by the way is one of the only TV series to tape in New York City...well, Queens to be exact. It's at Silver Cup Studios, where The Sopranos and Sex and The City were/are filmed. I actually had been to a taping there before, but this time it was more fun because the cast kept messing up their lines and were joking around a lot. Kelly's gorgeous husband, Mark Consuelos was on the set too, so it was fun seeing him hanging around, he even hugged a lucky female fan in the audience.

The cast all get along really well. Faith and Kelly would hug a lot and joke around. Also, actor Ted McGinley (Married with Children, Love Boat) would tease the younger kids on the show and Ripa. And during set changes they would play disco songs and dance with each other while reading lines, it was cute.

One audience member asked Ripa how she was able to do her morning show with Regis, be a mom and do Hope & Faith, and she jokingly replied "I take uppers, sir."

Another woman called out to her saying that she missed watching her on "All My Children" and wondered when she would be back on the soap. Ripa said she actually hadn't been asked back yet.

Hope & Faith airs on Friday nights at 9pm EST on ABC (I DVR it since I'm never home) and is the highest rated comedy on Friday evenings.

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Posted by Tara at 11:50 AM PST
Updated: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 8:51 AM PST

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