It's raining outside.

I'm going to tell you the story behind this in a minute.

UPDATE: Okay, I'm back. You might not be able to tell, but I'm soaked in the picture above (like, completely through my coat, down to my undies.) I walked in the rain to the Jacques Torres Chocolate store in DUMBO (a neighborhood in Brooklyn that's not too far away from me) because my friend Mark had to have this thing called "Wicked Hot Chocolate" for a ski trip he's taking to Tahoe after Christmas.

"Wicked Hot Chocolate" is hot chocolate made with allspice, cinnamon, ground, sweet ancho chili peppers, and smoked, ground chipotle chili peppers. It's supposed to be delicious and Mark is longing to drink it by the fire. (He's so gay.)

Now, you might ask why I'd walk somewhere in the rain (20 minutes each way) for a friend who didn't let me take a bath in his hotel room. Well, the answer to that is because he bought me this cute handbag for Christmas. Thank you, Mark! I've almost forgiven you.

BTW, Jacques Torres' chocolate store was on Martha before. It's right here in Brooklyn and the stuff they make is nummy. Check out their website.