On the first of many early mornings, Luci had no idea what was going on, where she was going or who she would see. It appears as though she really didn’t care. She was up for the adventure.
I was hoping the rain was only happening at higher altitudes.
I was disappointed to discover it was falling all the way down to the ground.
Kendra and Luci did some shopping, journaling and Starbuck-ing while they waited for me to land.
You have to love a hotel that’s located on the corner of Fashion Avenue. Oh, what, there’s a Chipotle restaurant there too? Why, I hadn’t noticed.
We stayed at the Hilton in the Fashion District and were impressed at this thread display behind the registration desk.
Sunday Night. New York City. Fashionable Chelsea District. Interesting People.
is no match for …..
P.J.s. In-Room Movie. Room Service. My sweet girls.
Bad news. We had to get up early to be at the studio by 8:30.
Good news. We were only 1 block from the studio.
Bad news. It was raining.
Good news. We had perfectly darling umbrellas.
There were a handful of men standing in line with all the other ticket holders. Their eyes were inextricably drawn to…..
(hint: the red truck passing by)
Out of the misty haze, an araucana-and-amaraucana-chicken-egg-inspired-spire of Martha-ness beckoned. “Come to me. Come to the hallowed halls of Martha-dom. Come and watch what you will never be able to achieve. Dream and then Dream On”.
and so we came….
and we dreamed.
Before the dreaming began, though, we had to get into the studio. I gave them our reservation and in return they gave us a ticket marked with bright pink highlighter.
We found out later they marked each ticket with a different symbol. The symbols indicated how we were to be seated in the studio.
A small group of women had a number instead of a color on their ticket.
They had nice shoes. They sat in front.
I’m not entirely sure what the second group represented (they had a yellow mark on their ticket), but we were the pink ticket holders and were seated on the aisle (at least Luci was seated on the aisle).
Joey, the warm up guy, entertained us a bit and gave us specific instructions. If he claps, we clap, if he rubs his belly we say “ummmm” and if he cocks his head to one side we say “awwww”. He didn’t give us any signals for “yechhhh”, so I’m guessing that particular response is not appropriate.
Once seated, we were completely in awe of the sets.
Check out the white cupboard with the pencil yellow color on the inside.
I want. “Oh…Mr. H……”
Spoken like a true Martha-phile
Check it out. In the prep kitchen. The Modernist Cuisine. Oh my. The Modernist Cuisine. Brother Jimmy will be green with envy.
I have one…exactly one….craft punch. Imagine a shelf full!!
The drawers, the shelves the counter space. I am swooning. Even the little tiny side cupboards were cute.
How does she do it?
Minions (and maybe a table or two on wheels).
Lots of minions (and a prep kitchen).
Wonderful, creative, hard-working minions (and really good lighting).
I gotta get me some minions (and moveable tables, a prep kitchen and lights).
and possibly a teleprompter.
Yes, we did want to try a cranberry-cherry brownie, and Martha did make a batch. She shared them with Joey the warm up guy, and then shared the recipe with the audience. As soon as I get around to unpacking, I’ll be sure to share with you as well.
At this point, we were not allowed to take any more pictures. I wish I could have captured Luci’s face as Joey (now the announcer) said….”here she comes…Martha Stewart”.
Martha was in the prep kitchen, put down a piece of paper (menu?) and walked out on to the set. Luci just stared. She was perfectly still. You could almost feel her heart beating. It was worth getting up at 8:30 to just see her face. After Martha gave a big wave to the audience, she gave a sweet little wave with her finger tips up to where Luci was sitting. Honest.
They taped six episodes and I couldn’t take my eyes from Martha. I can’t really explain the Martha-ness of it all, but suffice it to say that after the cameras were off (commercials) she was still …. supremely, sublimely … Martha. She would pick up a dish rag and wipe off the counter, take bites from the food that was recently featured and just generally kitchen around.
It was wonderful.
She was wonderful.
After they were done taping the show, Martha answered some questions and we were able to take a few pictures.
Yes, we were on the show briefly. Somewhere in the sea of Orange (clearly the color of 2012) you can see me in my Dreamsicle-like outfit. On the aisle you can see a very intense Luci and between us, beautiful daughter Kendra.
It was a good day…