New York Adventure – Day One

I decided Tuesday morning that 5 AM is a ridiculous hour to be doing anything but sleep. However, the stars were lovely, and chatting with my hubby in the quiet car on the way to the airport was nice too.

We cut the time close — my seating area boarded 3 minutes after I got to the gate. But it worked fine. I was quite surprised to see both my brother and my uncle get on the plane with me, bound for Denver. Turns out they had a meeting there. It was fun to chat with them for a few minutes, even though we weren’t able to sit together on the plane.

On the flight to New York I slept a bit, read an excellent book, and did some work. I arrived in New York on time, happy that I might have a chance to check into my hotel and change before dinner.

When I went out of the terminal, there was a big long line. I asked a businessman if this was the taxi line. He said yes, asked where I was going, and offered to split a cab, since our hotels were close to each other. I accepted, glad to have found someone who knew what he was doing. Turns out he is a photographer who has done work for National Geographic, among other things. We had an interesting chat.

At the hotel I got changed, and hailed a cab. (Guess what — you really DO have to wave your arm. It is not enough to stand at the curb expectantly. 🙂 ) Then I headed out to the Mesa Grill to meet Chris, Eliza, and Brooke, from Bullfrog and Baum.

They turned out to be extremely fun people, and we had a really nice dinner and chat. I’m very much afraid that if I visited the Mesa Grill very often, I’d develop extremely expensive tastes in food. However, several times during dinner I did note that various dishes probably wouldn’t be that expensive to make at home.

I had duck roasted with a crust of 16 spices, alongside possibly the most amazing tamale in the universe. (Note to self: experiment with tamales.) Blue tortilla chips with goat cheese dipping sauce. An incredible coconut cake. An entirely memorable meal.

I talked to ‘my’ food stylist, who is going to make everything pretty– I am really looking forward to see my dishes with a professional’s presentation. The actual taping on Wednesday is at 1, though I will be there sooner to prep and meet the host of the show. Then on Thursday it is looking like I will have several different (important!) interviews at various places. This whole experience is surreal. I feel blessed by the way doors are opening.

I’ve had the first couple verses of Hebrews 12 on my brain, the ones about running with perseverance the race set before us. There are so many unknowns here, so many decisions that are up to other people, and I am such an amateur at all of this. But I’m going to do my best and trust God for the outcome! Wish me luck!

And because I promised clothes pictures, here are a couple pictures of me before I headed out for dinner last night. There wasn’t a good full length mirror, so you’ll just have to imagine the skinny jeans and the cute boots, and I went with the tousled hair look…still not sure how I feel about that! o.O


  1. Hi I just found your site and books. Love both! The book you were reading was written by my pastor. It is an amazing book. If ever in Spokane come and visit our church! 🙂

  2. I like the tousled hair look. And I’m jealous that you went to Mesa Grill – I love Bobby Flay! Every time I see him on tv, I think about how lucky his wife is – I’m sure they have awesome dinners! Hope you have a good time in NYC.

  3. Gorgeous photos! The tousled hair looks fab!! What a fun meal and time out with the B&B team! You’ll have to like to the You Tube video once it’s posted. Still, a food stylist is just too cool!!!


  4. You look great! Nice job pulling together the black/brown look!

  5. Oh, so very fun! Sounds like a super time!

  6. The tousled hair look – really attractive and young – you look SO young in these shots. The jeans outfit is super – and woo hoo on the dinner – always fun to eat someplace completely different and good. Exciting time – thanks for sharing

  7. I just stumbled upon your site and Im so glad I did! What an amazing heart you have for the Lord! Have a wonderful day and be blessed!


  8. Is that book not the BEST! I’m on chapter 4 and I will not be jealous that you got several uninterrupted hours in which to finish it! Sounds like a great first day! And you look so cute…I always think it’s such fun to be in a different place doing things I don’t normally do, including dress in the things that aren’t all that conducive to the mommy life! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of the trip!

  9. First off, you look amazing!!! Love the hair! You look sooo chic…

    Mesa Grill sounded so yummy! Mmmm….

  10. YOU are a mom of 10?! Woah, cause you look like a little hottie for your first day in NY!

  11. you look amazing!!

  12. Sounds like you’re having fun! Can’t wait to see your demo. We’re having your chicken pot pie tonight…special request by my 6 yo who wanted “something I like” for dinner… 😉

  13. Hair looks wonderful! And is this the same Mesa Grill owned by Bobby Flay of the Food Network? So totally would love to eat there!!!

  14. Hi Mary, What fun! You look fabulous! Hope your interviews went well today. Enjoy every minute of this surreal experience. Thanks for letting us live vicariously!

  15. How fun!! And I absolutely love the hair.

  16. You look amazing, Mary…!! Wow!!! I can’t wait to hear about how the taping and the interviews go!

  17. Beautiful!! And fun to hear about your trip, sharing the ride, hailing a taxi, and that wonderful meal.

  18. oh my gosh you look totally fab. the hair and makeup is freaking awesome. mary, who knew?!!!

  19. you looked great and i am so happy it all went well! what an absolutely thrilling thing this is for you. you work hard and deserve this. so happy for you, mary.

    great clothes, hair and makeup. color me jealous! green, that is. in a good way 😉

  20. Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

  21. Nicole's Mom Colette says:

    Wow, how far you have come from helping Nicole fold moving wrappings in the garage in St. Charles. You are beautiful and very very talented as well as having a big heart. Good Luck in all your ventures. Hug all your kids for me