I want to tell you about a new camera in my possession that has me crushin’.  Before talking about my new baby, I want to tell you about a race I ran this morning with my best friend’s dad and another family friend.  It’s called the Tunnel to Tower race and it’s dedicated to Stephen Siller (as well as the foundation created in his name) who was a firefighter lost in September 11th.

“On September 11th, firefighter Stephen Siller had just gotten off the late shift at Squad 1, Park Slope, Brooklyn.  He was on his way to play golf with his brothers on that bright clear day when his scanner told of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers.  When he heard the news, he called his wife Sally to tell her he would be late because he had to help those in need.  He returned to Squad 1 to get his gear, then took his final heroic steps to the World Trade Center.  When Stephen drove his truck  to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, it was already closed to traffic .  With sixty pounds of gear strapped to his back, he ran through the Tunnel, hoping  to meet up with his own company, Squad 1.”

A crowd of 30,000 people gathered today to run through Brooklyn Battery tunnel and up to the World Trade Center in Siller’s footsteps.  It was incredible to see so many of the firefighters trucking it in their full gear (complete with helmets and oxygen tanks), through the claustrophobic and sweltering tunnel.  It was an awe-inspiring sight, that pushed me through the tunnel with chills.

(apologies for the poor quality iPhone pix)

Sweat face, hawt. After the race we headed to a nearby diner for lunch.  I was starving because I hadn’t eaten anything yet due to a quick start that morning.  Quick start in that my alarm never went off (set for ‘weekday’ not ‘weekend’… smooth moves, Alex) and I was woken up 15 minutes after the time I was supposed to be on the subway.  Nothing like a nice cup of stress-induced adrenaline to get you going in the morning!

Ok, about my new crush.  I have been wanting a more compact camera to carry around with me so that I can take pretty pictures of all my pretty friends.  I also wanted something that takes high quality video.  I decided on the Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS.   Some girls spend their money at Saks, I prefer Best Buy.

It’s a sexier, newer, younger, skinner upgrade from my Nikon DSLR.  It also has some quirky settings that have been fun to mess around with.  Although this new gadget can make things a little easier, I will always love my Nikon.  It’s reliable, classic, and always knows how to make me happy.  But the Canon is definitely smooth, and knows how to maintain a good flirt.

New camera, new tricks.

Lunch! Egg white omelet with tomatoes and avocado and HOME FRIES.

And look at my Dad’s diner pick – doesn’t it look like a face with a tongue!?

I suggested that we take a walk into my favorite place on earth, or Whole Foods (TriBeCa).  I did a little heel kick through the automatic doors.  I then put my new cam, and credit card to good use.

After unloading groceries, I went to go watch my friend Lauren dance Masala Bhangra in the street fair outside of my apartment (dancing in the street happens in other cities too, right?). I came home and made some kale chips for Lauren and I.

I de-stemmed the leaves, and then drizzled them in olive oil and salt.  I popped them into a 450 degree oven for about 7-9 minutes, and after flipping them, cooked them for another 6 minutes or so. You really have to watch them, because they can go from crisp to burnt quickly.  I then sprinkled a little nutritional seasoning on them.

They are silly easy to make, and silly delicious.

So what do you think of the new photos?  Canon Cam is totally crush-worthy, right?  Swoon.