Saturday afternoon, a few of us New Yorkers went shopping for costumes for the Challenge of the States class held that night. Last year we dressed up as hula dancers, coconut bras and all, and we wanted this year's outfits to be just as fun. We decided on a New York City Ballet theme and hit the party store in town to get tutus, tiaras and pink ribbon. We even got a pink dress for Val's dog Sofie to wear! Sofie was a bit grumpy at first but was soon parading around, loving all the attention.