New York

The one nice thing about flying to New York and back for one day of work is that I can recap every detail of my trip in 13 photos. Proceed!

Sunday morning. The family drops me off at the airport. Wita starts crying. Wito starts crying. I start crying.

While completely heart-wrenching at first, I quickly deduce that the children aren’t, in fact, crying solely due to my departure. Nope, at this point, they are competitvely trying to OUT-CRY one another, resulting in some eardrum-shattering decibels and concerned looks from bystanders. Thanks for the sendoff, little ones.

Fly to New York.

One piece of advice for those of you who are planning to read Bossypants on your next flight. Don’t. Because you will either a) laugh so hard and so loudly that many of your fellow travelers think you insane or b) try desperately to conceal your laughter, which will result in tears streaming down your face and a convulsing body.

I chose option B, and I’d just like to apologize to the sweet lady in 17E who thought I was having a seizure. Sorry for frightening you, my lady. (WHO CAN’T STOP WATCHING/OBSESSING OVER DOWNTON ABBEY???)

Arrive at JFK at 9pm. Await baggage while taking photos of my shoes.

A little FaceTime at the hotel around 10pm.

Stare at the dark ceiling from 10pm – 2am because I’m totally on California time. Looks something like this.

Wake up Monday morning. Look out the window. Looks like rain. DRAT.

Take shower. Quick walk to a nearby bakery for a scone and an actual CAFFEINATED latte. Mama was tired, yo. Return to hotel to gather outfits for the shoot. (p.s. – I didn’t buy anything. REPEAT – I DID NOT BUY ANYTHING. Staying strong for the challenge!)

Walk to The Thread studio in Times Square.

Arrive at studio. Hair/makeup. Go over scripts. Snap a quick pic. (No new clothes, as you can see!)

Watch the adorable Sarah Bernard, host of The Thread.

Get ready to shoot segments. Experience my usual OMG I AM GOING TO FORGET EVERYTHING AND MUTTER freakout, followed by a long, deep breath.

Film segments. (Can’t wait to share with you!) Walk home in the rain after a long day.

A little more FaceTime with the family.

Go to sleep. Wake up. Look out the window, get pissed because it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day and I have to leave for the airport in one hour.

Fly home. Read Seabiscuit, which does not make me convulse with laughter, but is completely riveting nonetheless. By the way, this is not a book I would normally pick up (read: not an animal person, no interest in horse racing), but it was so interesting and beautifully written. Had me hooked within the first few pages. Goodbye, New York!

Arrive home late Tuesday afternoon. Walk around like a zombie. Crash at 8:30pm, so happy to be in my own bed.


  • Roxanna

    January 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    DIdn’t I tell you a long time ago that you would be on TV. I am PSYCHIC.

    Sounds like a fabulous trip! (but yes, the CA –> flight is the worst.

    • Roxanna

      January 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      I meant “CA–> east coast”. Duh.

    • whoorl

      January 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Well, technically, The Thread isn’t television…but I will be on TV very sooooon. DUH DUH DUNNNN, enter suspense!

      • Page

        January 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        OOOH! Can’t wait to hear!

  • Sarah

    January 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Ah, I needed this. In a few weeks, I have to take my first work trip to the east coast since my boy was born 3.5 years ago. I’m a wreck about it. Trying to decide which is worse — going all that way and barely seeing anything due to trying to fly in at the last possible minute and fly home at the earliest possible second to minimize time away or spending a few extra hours there to make it seem worthwhile. Thoughts?

    • whoorl

      January 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Oh, Sarah. I feel you. Listen, though, you must, MUST take some time to enjoy yourself on the East Coast. Otherwise, what’s the point, really? Work? Nahhhhh.

      I wished I could have stayed longer on Tuesday, but I didn’t have that option. Definitely take some time for yourself…it will make your reunion with your son even more exciting!

  • Lynne

    January 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    If you like Seabiscuit, read her other book, Unbroken. So. Good.

    • whoorl

      January 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      I’m on it!

  • sizzle

    January 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I know I said this on instagram earlier but I just love the coral/aqua combo. Can’t wait to see the video segment, jet setter!

    • whoorl

      January 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Me too, on both accounts!

  • martymankins

    January 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Wow. Whoorlwind NYC trip for you. Awesome to be shooting segments for TV.

  • Kyran

    January 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I know this drill all too well :-) And because there is no H&M or Urban Outfitters in Little Rock, I’ve learned to shop those stores in Midtown in 30 minutes or less. Wish the weather would have been nicer for you!

  • Seriously Sassy Mama

    January 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I would love to go to New York.

  • Janssen

    January 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Another HUGE recommendation for Unbroken. My poor husband and houseguests couldn’t get me to stop talking about it.

  • Ashley // Our Little Apartment

    January 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    There is nothing quite as adorable as a dad with his kids, amiright?

    Also, SO PROUD OF YOU. :) Way to stay strong! And you look lovely.

  • Cathi

    January 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Your trip looks fantastic, and you look lovely. Cannot wait to see the segment!

  • Page

    January 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    You looked adorable (as usual)! I also loved the aqua/ coral combo. What’s your lipstick in that shot?

    I am sure you rocked the segment, natch. But have t say, what with Uniqlo, Pearl River and every other darling shop in NYC, maybe it’s best that you couldn’t stay long (and were able to continue to stay strong!)?

    Loved this post!

    • whoorl

      January 27, 2012 at 8:02 am

      Thanks, Page! I have no idea about the lip color…I should have asked the makeup artist!

  • Page

    January 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    You looked adorable (as usual)! I also loved the aqua/ coral combo. What’s your lipstick in that shot?

    I am sure you rocked the segment, natch. But have to say, what with Uniqlo, Pearl River and every other darling shop in NYC, maybe it’s best that you couldn’t stay long (and were able to continue to stay strong!)?

    Loved this post!

    • Page

      January 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Oops- double post, sry!

  • gorillabuns

    January 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Sister, can I be your assistant? My life is way too boring. You know I’ll be the “bitch” and take care of business.

    Exciting things to come,no?

    • whoorl

      January 27, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Oh, you KNOW you would take care of business! Yes, very exciting things to come!

  • Ris

    January 27, 2012 at 7:09 am

    If you liked Seabiscuit you will love Unbroken. Not a subject I ever had any interest in but she’s such a good storyteller you’ll be captivated nonetheless.

  • Angella

    January 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I don’t remember seeing that dress before, but I want one.

    Love you and yours, and can’t wait to hear what’s next! xo

  • wishcake

    January 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Isn’t it the worst when little kids cry? Whenever I’d visit my littlest sisters in WA and then have to fly back to CA, they’d always cry like their world was crashing down around them, and it pretty much bruised my soul. I’m thankful Eisley is too young to have any sort of emotion when I’m gone, because when that time comes, I’ll be a hot mess…

    Also, LOVE your outfit in that photo. And your hair (as always, duh). I wish I could figure out how to have some sort of side-bangs without having to cut side-bangs. But every time I try to do the “swoop” thing it ends up over one of my eyes and I look way too emo.

    Can’t wait to see what you filmed! Ahh! You’re famous!

  • Rachel

    January 28, 2012 at 5:46 am

    ME–for Downton Abbey!! I just watched all seven of the first season’s episode AND the first three episodes of season two in less than 48 hours. I could not control myself, it’s wonderful!

  • Efka

    January 29, 2012 at 1:41 am

    you look absolutely gorgeous for your shoot
    And mine love to do it too, cry out each other :)

  • Kerri Anne

    January 31, 2012 at 10:03 am

    You win at photo-recapping. (Yeah, New York!) (And double yeah, being home!)