Monday, November 11, 2013
Steve and I took a walk around the outside on Friday night to catch a little of REO Speedwagon, planning to actually go in on Saturday to enjoy the festival.
On Saturday we walked over to the festival to catch the Gin Blossoms. I remember them from way back (?) when my son Joe was in high school. On the way we stopped at Fit2Run to check out running shoes. My old Aisics had just about bitten the dust. OK. They were long gone. So I left with a nice new pair of Brooks.
We got inside the festival just as the Gin Blossoms took the stage. We walked around and selected some ribs from Uncle Bub's (because the his picture reminded me of Peppa Pig)! We sat along the bay to enjoy. Shortly after, we met up with Pete and Steve and Evan and Lonnie.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Mia will be finishing up and receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in December. So it will be good to have her back on the East Coast! Hopefully back in NYC!!! I love you!!!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
We met up with Adele at Hollywood Studios just after 8 AM on Saturday. Since it was early hours, the park was not very crowded yet so we got to practically walk on the several rides that we had selected. We first headed over to the Hollywood Tower of Terror. Always a must! What fun! Then we headed next door to pick up a fast pass to the Rockin' Roller Coaster. In between we visited Star Tours and watched the new recruits duel with Darth Vader at the Jedi Training Academy. We headed over to catch the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. I have some friends in that show . . . the Turtle, the Black Fish and one of the Eels. After the show we met up with Adele and had lunch at the Backlot Express. We had hoped to eat at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, but because of a recent policy, visitors can reserve far in advance of visiting, so that all spots are booked before the park even opens! I don't like that!!!
We then took the boat over to Epcot where we walked around the World Showcase visiting the different nations represented. Just as we got there we caught one of the sets of the "British Revolution" at the United Kingdom exhibit. They are so good! Always a must see when there! We then met up with Adele when she got out of work and caught the Manhattan Transfer show. We had a great time, but being a Saturday night on a 3 day weekend (Columbus Day), the park was extremely crowded with people lined up for wine and food all around the World Showcase.
Now to plan more trips to Disney!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
My trip was made, heck, my whole year was made when I first got there. The battery on my cell phone had died and the phone would not even start up after we landed at LGA. So, I got a cab over the LIC, headed up to the Js, and parked myself outside the apartment, plugging my phone into an outlet in the hall. I wanted to send a text to Joy to let her know I had arrived. I didn't want to knock or ring the door bell for fear of waking a possibly napping baby or toddler. So I waited outside the door. Very soon I heard some noise from the other side of the door and the door swung open. There was Ruby and Red in the tandem stroller and Mama ready to wheel them out for an afternoon at the playground. They were surprised to see me! And Ruby said, "G-Pa! Hi G-Pa!" Right then and there she stole my heart!
Thursday night I went into Manhattan to see the new musical "An Evening with Janis Joplin", still in reviews when I was there. I LOVED IT! I had seen Janis live four times back in the sixties. I loved the musical numbers and the staging and lighting!
High Line Park and walked the length of it. Then we headed down to the WTC. We were going to attempt to go to the memorial, but the line for tickets stretched all the way to Terre Haute! We then walked over to the South Street Seaport and then up to Greenwich Village where we had lunch.
'wichcraft. It was overcast and a fine mist every so often, but we made the most of it. And Ruby got to ride the merry-go-round!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
To begin the weekend, Steve and I went to one of our favorite cafes, Meze 119 Bistro. It's Middle Eastern vegetarian and the food is delicious.
Myakka River State Park which is just east of Sarasota. Since Steve moved here from San Francisco early this year, and being a park ranger in a previous life, he hasn't been to many places outside of St. Pete and was craving an outing to an area where he could see some of Florida's natural ecological systems. And I can't say I've seen too many either beyond St. Pete proper.
Sometime in the near future, we'd like to pack a picnic lunch and head back to the park.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
For the past three weeks a small group of us who have the luxury of having the time, have gone to the beach one day each week. Today was an unusual one in that there were many fevers of rays (I looked it up and that's what it's called!) swimming around the shallow waters at the beach. We were trying to figure out if they were sting rays or manta rays (or maybe Cownose rays like the ones at the Tropicana where the Tampa Bay Rays play; I looked this up on Wikipedia). At times when we were out in the water, we'd see a fever swimming towards us, then they split in two and pass us on both sides. All afternoon they were swimming back and forth, sometimes almost up to the beach sand.
And we saw a manatee swim by too! It's in that picture with the two guys, that long shadow is the manatee swimming close to Dave.
After heading home from the beach, Steve and I decided to swing by Georgie's for the happy hour special of half price appetizers. We hadn't eaten all day, so ordered four different ones. The Chicken Cordon Bleu Balls and the Provolone wedges were gone before I took a picture. We ran into a couple of friends who snapped that picture of us.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Check it out:
Kate Middleton and the Mom in the Mirror
Friday, July 26, 2013
I arrived in NYC the day after the Fourth of July (I guess that would make it the fifth) :-) Joe, Joy, Ruby and Red were away visiting family for the long 4th holiday in Albany and Syracuse, so after a brief rest stop at their place and lunch at the foodcellar, I took my luggage and hopped the subway (can you call it hop? Maybe if I had used HopStop?) down to Mia's place in Greenwich Village to meet up with her after she got out of work. Mia is in NYC for the summer doing an internship in public relations. (See previous post) I stayed with Mia for the week that I was in NYC.
On Saturday morning we did a little shopping downtown and then up to midtown. We stopped into Uni Qlo where we were handed scratch off contest cards as we entered. Mia had won a 'second prize' of AIRism innerwear. I won a third prize of a hand fan. Mia had wanted to get one of those hand held motorized fans for Ruby, so we thought we had hit the jackpot! On our way out, after making some purchases, we headed over to the counter to claim our prizes. First, Mia got her receipt for the one she had chosen from the tons of shirts and she was told, "no returns". No problem. Next, I looked forward to getting the hand fan. See photo for my prize. Hee! Haw! Funny, the clerk didn't say anything about no returns.
So, in mid afternoon we headed over to the Js and Rs place after they had arrived back home. I couldn't wait to see Ruby and Red! It's been almost three months! And in G-Pa / grandbaby terms, that's a looooooonnnnngggg time!
On Monday morning Ruby and I headed over to the 'rainbow' playground for some play time. Bubbles in hand, we caught the attention of many of the day care kids there that morning. The day care adults brought plenty of water things to help cool the kids down, water balloons, bigger bags filled with water for "sprinklers" and a wagon load of their drinking water bottles. Ruby kept going over to hang out with all those kids. When it was time for them to sit on the spread out parachute for birthday party celebrations, Ruby joined right in and kept re-positioning herself to be right at the center! Party crasher! So funny! The head teacher said she was welcome to stay. But soon, another activity a short distance away caught Ruby's eye, a bubble machine, and we were off!
Finally, Ruby's big day arrived. Since Mia didn't get out of work until 6:00 PM, we decided to head over to LIC so that Mia could see the Birthday Girl before she headed off to work. What fun! Ruby was enthralled with the new "Second Year" video from her Daddy Dad and we immediately were welcomed to join her in watching it non-stop! And what a beautiful video, beginning at her first Birthday party up to the day before her second. She loved the polka dot shirt with the red 'R' that Mia got her, and ran right to the mirror to check it out!
Joe was still in the throes of assembling the kitchen, so we played around him. Off to the playground again, and then back for Ruby's favorite meal later in the day: risotto with bacon and peas, followed by a 'bubble' cake by Mama and ice cream!
More bubbles and playground and hanging out made for a perfect day!
I loved spending my birthday with Ruby and Red! It was the best present ever! I have so much fun when I am with them. At one point, as I was holding Red and playing with Ruby, I thought to myself, "it doesn't get any better!"
Later in the evening I met up with Mia and we made plans to go out for my birthday dinner. With the heat of the past week (in the mid 90s) we were not very hungry for a big meal, so we opted for something light at Ellary's Greens in the West Village. During the dinner we received a call from Gina. Her news was not good. Adele (my oldest daughter) was in transit from a hospital in Cellebration to the Neuro Critical Care Unit at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Things did not look good at that moment and both Mia and I were crying at the table, and on the walk home. I cut my visit short and headed back down to Florida the following night. Fortunately all turned out well after spending a week in the critical care unit. All brought on by dangerously low sodium levels. An education for all of us. Now some career roles and life changes and on to a good future!
Monday, July 22, 2013
I arrived on Friday afternoon. I first stopped off at the Js and Little Rs, who were away for several days, traveling to see family in Upstate NY. I caught my breath and then later in the afternoon, took the subway down to Mia's place to meet her after she got out of work.
We did a little walking around her neighborhood checking out Washington Square, and then headed over for dinner at Trattoria Spaghetto. Since it was so hot I started out with gazpacho and Mia had a summer salad before moving ahead to pasta!
The next morning I was up early, partly because the sun comes up so much earlier here than in Florida and with such a spectacular view from the apartment, we kept the drapes open! All of the pictures with the World Trade Center tower were taken from the apartment. I walked around the West Village, still showing remnants from the previous weekend's Pride celebrations.
The white building in the center below, was the "Cynthia Swann Griffin Crisis Center" in the movie "The First Wives Club". It's two blocks from Mia's apartment.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
I am visiting New York City for 10 days to celebrate Ruby's 2nd Birthday and my 65th. Ruby's is the day before mine. I'm staying with Mia, who is here for the summer doing an internship in public relations. What a fun time I'm having with Mia and with Ruby and Red!