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Dear Emily & Mary,

Well, as I mentioned in my last *ahem* “weekly” wrap up, things around here have been turned upside down.  It’s really been interesting.  I’ve been really busy, but also really happy.  Two weeks ago I was out of the office for three days for the Global Volatility Summit.  Essentially, this was a group of incredibly smart hedge fund managers and investors talking about derivatives.  Here were the highlights:

  • Seeing the World Trade Center memorial from above and taking a moment to reflect on that day that seems like so long ago but so recent at the same time.  Thinking about my friend John who lost his sister that day.
  • Taking the NY subway for the first time in years.  Had to resist calling it the “yellow” line (sorry, I’m so Chicago).  I used the subway to go back and forth from downtown to midtown a few times, avoiding the money and carsickness associated with sitting in traffic and/or flying around in a lurching swerving cab.
  • Eating a fantastic meal at the quaint Bouley Test Kitchen in Tribeca and hearing about the initiatives the chef is taking with Michelle Obama and other important people to meld healthy eating and fresh produce with delicious recipes.
  • Walking down the quiet cobblestone streets in Soho in the early morning before my conference on Mercer street, and watching the shops start to open.
  • Hearing Malcom Gladwell speak about a topic addressed in his most recent book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • Hearing John Coates speak about the impact of volatility and trading on the human body.  He is so passionate about it, and it was great to hear about the sports physiology research going on and how it can relate to other fields (his book is The Hour between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings, and the Biology of Boom and Bust).
  • Eating a fantastic meal at Del Posto, a Mario Batali restaurant.  Spying Colicchio’s restaurant next door.
  • Popping into a random fun little chain cafe called Le Pain Quotidien in Midtown that I then found out is going to be coming to Chicago soon.  Hopefully my suburb eventually!
  • Coming home to my kids who I missed immensely while I was gone.  Let me tell you I was nauseous headed to the airport that first day because this was my first trip away from the three of them.

So basically, the blog has taken a backseat to the new job.  Which is mostly ok.  For me, a big part of the blog has been about challenging myself, learning, spending time with my friends long distance, and entertaining other like minded curious people.  For the last few weeks, work has definitely captured most of my excess mental and social capacity.  It certainly has challenged me.  And it definitely has detracted from my social media time.  I’m somewhat drained when I get home, and don’t want to get on the computer.  At my old job, I almost felt antsy and couldn’t wait to get online and work on the blog when I got home.

What I do need to try to hold on to is the cooking, photography, and chatting with you guys that the blog has structured into my life in the last six months.  I did manage to make some cookies for my boss’s birthday this week (Chocolate Macaroons from Real Food Real Deals), of which I ate approximately 15.

I did see a few new recipes to file away this week:

Anyway, that was my last few weeks.  I have another trip back to New York in a few weeks, and one to Toronto in May (which should be exciting too!).

What are you up to?  Post something back to me when you get a chance.

Laura Sig



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