On the verge of releasing her new album, big, the Grammy winner takes us through a day in the life.

Macy Gray

 I got up early, at quarter till 8, to take my three kids (ages 11, 10 and 8) to camp. I had oatmeal and a hard-boiled egg (I eat this for breakfast every morning), then went back to bed. I got up again at 11 a.m. because I had to get a new passport - I'm going to Canada for a show. At the passport office café, I ate a little box of Froot Loops.

 For lunch I went to Ralphs, one of those grocery stores with a salad bar. I made mine with lettuce, cheese, mushrooms, some noodles, croutons, a little bit of crabmeat, corn and carrots. It was so good. I make the best salads in the world! They don't even need dressing when I'm done with them.

 Later at home, the kids and I made our own rice bowls. My housekeeper left us some rice, vegetables and chicken. It was ghettostyle - you know, here's the rice, here are the vegetables, here's the chicken, do what you want. When I snack in the afternoon, I usually have grapes and pretzels. We drink a lot of Hansen's soda pop - we like the raspberry. The creamy root beer is really good, too. We hung out at the house for a while, then we went video-game shopping. I'd told my little boy that if he got up and went to camp I'd buy him one. He got NCAA Football 07 for his Xbox at a little store called Toy Mandala (14555 Ventura blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA, 818-990-3007)

 Later on I went to the studio to see my friend Bentley Farnsworth. I took the kids with me. It was late when we left, around 10 p.m. I'd told the kids the night before that if they went to camp, I'd buy them McDonald's. They give me such a hard time about going to camp, so it's easier if I just bribe them! At McDonald's my boy got that new Snack Wrap, you know, with the chicken? my girls got Happy Meals. I just had some french fries and a Sprite. And I didn't even order my own fries - I picked off my little girls' meals.