New Issue Excitement, Wandering All the Way to SoHo, and Finding Food For the Soul

I must have been tired this morning! I ended up sleeping in way later than normal. It was okay though; it was Friday so people casually stroll in the office about an hour later than usual. I’m so good about getting up with my alarm; I just don’t know what it was today—I slept through two alarms! I got to the office just before nine … still the second one in. 🙂

The morning was quite slow around the office. When both of the department heads are out, things just kind of move in slow motion. It seemed like the only people actually working today were assistants and interns—kind of a funny sight if you ask me! Over half of the staff was out on a Summer Friday.

I started my morning by shipping more prizes out all around the country—tote bags, travel journals and aprons. After I was caught up on that, I started organizing a PowerPoint presentation the interns are putting together as an updated Marketing Capabilities Deck. I went through the entire document to ensure that the fonts/colors/layout were the same on each slide (over thirty of them). When multiple people work on a single document, there are bound to be slight differences.

After a little brunch break, I took a good couple hours getting caught up on current news, technology updates, and NY Times articles (they say when you’re not busy, you might as well get used to staying up-to-date with what’s happening in the world). I was glad to relax for a while. Around 1:30, I started re-organizing and straightening up our marketing closet. After that looked nice & neat again, I made it back to my desk to find our NEW, September issue delivered!

It was so fun to flip through the pages … knowing that it’s a ‘sneak peek’ and that I’ll see it before thousands of our readers! It is truly a great, entertaining, and beautiful issue (and our biggest ever!). It was also fun to see some of the spreads and advertorials that the marketing team has been talking about and working on come to life. I never thought I’d smile at the sight of a Fancy Feast ‘french door’ ad … until I knew how much hard work and effort actually went into developing it. I can’t wait for you all to see it (the magazine, not just the ad). 🙂

My supervisor let me leave the office around 3:45 pm this afternoon, since we were obviously getting less and less busy as the day went on—and he probably wanted to head out shortly after me. I was happy, although the dreary rain and ongoing ‘mist’ didn’t do too much for my cheery ‘it’s the weekend’ mood. I came home and took a few hours just to relax, and then decided to spend my evening wandering. What’s new?

I decided that I’d just walk and see where my feet would lead me. I ended up stopping in a few great antique, vintage and book stores (The Strand Bookstore in Union Square is AWESOME!). Before I knew it, I followed Broadway all the way down to SoHo … which is quickly becoming one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city. I popped in and out of a few ‘brand’ stores, and then settled on a Starbucks for about an hour and a half to enjoy a cappuccino and a few chapters of my new book. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit somewhere new, take in your surroundings and relax over a book and background music. The warm drink felt good—it was chilly and damp all day!

Food for the soul, I tell you.

On my way to the subway, I stopped in a new store—and instantly fell in love. It was called C. Wonder, and the simple, fun colors and patterns drew me in for quite a while. They were having a summer sale—an extra 50% off all discounts—so I did end up walking away with a new, padded case for my iPad. It’s a great beige color, simple and perfect for carrying it around. I’ve been scared to transport it with just a cover! It was only 15$ and felt like a great deal to me 🙂

I have a free day tomorrow, and I’m really looking forward to it. I have a feeling it’s going to be one of those adventurous, soul-cleansing days … much needed. I hope it doesn’t rain or it may foil my plans!

—Meg Taylor

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