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Owen is Coming!!!

In just two short days, my sweetest nephew, sister and mom will be here for a 4th of July visit!!!

I just made the FreshDirect order. Buying apple juice, juice boxes, goldfish crackers and every kind of fruit for the kid makes me happy, happy, HAPPY!

I'm looking forward to a long weekend, and then half days for most of next week ... now if only the weather would hold out. We're planning on a beach day on Friday BUT it's looking like a 30% chance of rain/thunderstorms. Ugh.

Did I mention Owen is coming?!?!

Proud Shopping

After church today, Shawn and I set off for Men's Wearhouse to get him some more grown-up clothes. (We bought his wedding suit there and Shawn really liked the sales guy, service and final product.) We ran into the Gay Pride parade route on the way there - meaning we had to take the subway two stops (also the subway went up a quarter/ride, so it's $2.25 now) because the way to the store was blocked off by police barracades, even though the parade hadn't begun. We figured it would be over by the time we were finished shopping ... or that we could take a different route around it.

At the store Shawn bought a navy suit, a grey suit, brown shoes (buy-one-get-one with a pair of more casual black shoes), brown belt and free tie. The tailoring is the kicker and one of the ways this place sticks it to you - also the lure you in with "sales" and "free" ties and the selection is limited. The smooth talking salesman shows you the most expensive suits, which of cour…

A Sky

Here's an image of the sky last night - there was a thunderstorm and then this - oddly pinky orange with puffy clouds floating. This is looking right (north) from our window (stuck my camera out for this shot).

We're about to leave to see ANOTHER Broadway play -- August: Osage County. It stars Phylicia Rashad and is set in Oklahoma. This is closing weekend, and we got cheapie NYU seats (in the balcony this time so we'll test out our new binoculours, a gift from M-i-L Dale!)

More soon ... and Owen arrives on Thursday, so I'll have loads of photos and stories to post!

Edit: PS This is my 555th post.

About New York & The Book of Jonah

Yesterday, I took the subway downtown to Lisa's apartment. Because of track work and weekend schedules, I had to make 2 transfers and it took 50 minutes to get 2 miles (approx. 8 minutes by car via Google Maps). More than a little ridiculous, and I was so frustrated with the waiting and the stuffy heat of the subway.

Coming home was better, in part because of the wine, conversation and my new understanding of the Saturday night train schedule (although it may or may not be in effect next Saturday - one can never tell). It was a joy to spend time with Lisa, and so good to get out of the house.

Today I had a contrastingly brilliant experience with the city. I took the subway to church and the trains were right on time when I needed them - and I got to church 5 minutes early. The service was really good - about Jonah. A bus appeared when I needed it for the trip home (saves $2 because a bus ride is a transfer instead of a separate fare). There were interesting people to watch during …

The Distance Between

We have been skyping, which is fantastic, but not the same as having old Shawn right here! I tried to find a sad face picture - but I couldn't find one.

As It Happens

Yesterday I had a 17-hour day of travel for work. Left the apartment at 5 a.m. and returned at 10 p.m. I am so tired today. Some observations from my travel notebook:

I learned there is a Bank of America ATM on the LIRR level at Penn Station - just as you walk out of the ACE subway entrance. Nice! Saved me having to walk out of the station to get cash.

I read the New York Times print edition on the train and jotted notes for potential blog ideas (which itself is an idea from a blogging tips blog I read).
There was an article "Social Networks Spread Iranian Defiance Online" about Twitter. It was interesting, but I was surprised by the quality of reporting - basically a compilation/re-hash of several users' tweets. Hrm."Study finds instruction in art lags in 8th grade" ... another article. I'm not sure I could identify a Renaissance painting or half note, but I probably was able to in 8th grade.Wrote down this URL: about the Math …

Celebrity Sightings

With the renovations of Washington Square Park being complete, movies are going to be filmed in my neighborhood. Today and tomorrow, I'm living in the set of "Remember Me," which stars a teen heartthrob, Robert Pattinson and Pierce Brosnon. Although I'd much prefer to see 007, today we were able to spot the "sparkly vampire" from our window, being followed by a gaggle of girls, clearly delighted to be in the presence of this scruffy actor. He also had quite a large security detail. Although I don't get the "sparkly vampire" reference I know it has to do with Twilight, and I did take a picture:

It made me think about the other celebrities I have seen since I've been living here:
Leslie BibbMinnie Driver
Gilbert GodfreyChris NothScott SpeedmanSigourney WeaverThere may be others I'm not remembering. I've never spoken to any of them and don't intend to!

FWD: Good Advice Worth Reading

From Grace Notes, although there wasn't a citation:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Lifeis too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Forgive everyone everything.

10. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

Date Nights

Given that we have the luxury of DINK (double income, no kids) at this point in our lives, Shawn and I are able to do a bit of dating still, or at the very least we go out. New York is a city, the city, whatever, and if we put forth a little effort we can usually find something to do. (However, that's not to say we always do. We spend plenty of nights at home.)

Friday night we had tickets to reasons to be pretty, a new play on Broadway. Shawn bought them as part of our anniversary celebration (1 year and 2 weeks - woo!) from the NYU discounted tickets sales office.

Get this - we were in the front row. Before you say "ooh la, la" realize that the front row is AA, meaning it's actually a row stuck in front of the real front row. And we were basically just below the stage and looking up the actors' nostrils. BUT it was a very cool way to see the show, even with a little residual neck stiffness. We felt "in" the action. It was really tremendous.

The play itsel…


Last week I had jury duty. When Shawn went last month his experience was interesting and full of excitement (within the case itself). For me, it was a total dud.

Day 1, I sat in the jury room. There was one trial that needed jurors and of the ~115 jurors in the room, they called 100 to the jury pool. Guess who was one of the "lucky" 15 to not be called.

Day 2, we got almost to noon when another trial came up and they called 100 more jurors. I was called on that one because they pulled first the 15 who weren't called the day before (is that really keeping with the randomness required? I don't know). So we go to the court room for 10 minutes, get sworn in and told a little about the case. Then we break for lunch.

When we get back, the judge starts taking people into the court room one by one - any juror who says they can't serve on this case because of time or because of the facts of the case. More than half of the people get in line, and they make everyone wait out i…

The Sounds Outside My Window

This video is the view outside my window earlier today (my comment at the beginning refers to the fact that when I first tried to video this they stopped as soon as I hit the record button) - let's hope it stays quiet during my staff meeting call today. Otherwise I'll be sweltering in the muffled apartment. UGH.


Our cupboard was bare this weekend, so we ate out for a couple meals, and I got a little creative with what we did have left (some frozen chicken, which I guess means we weren't that bare).

Anyway, last night, right before making hot dogs (how nutritious) I ordered up some FreshDirect replenishing goodness. I let myself fill my cart with anything and everything. THEN I went back and edited the cart down. WELL, FreshDirect didn't let me get away with that and ended up sending me EVERYTHING I had put in my cart yesterday, including two things of steak, more vegetables than I can cook in a week and about 5 bags of chips (what can I say? Hungry is HUNGRY!).

Literally my 3/4-size fridge cannot hold another thing, and the same goes for the freezer and "pantry" areas (I even had to put some food in with the dishes!). I had to put the entire package of chicken breasts in the freezer because it just wouldn't fit anywhere in the icebox.

So we'll be eating great for the ne…

Marriage Thoughts

Keep Up With Me, a regular on my RSS feeder for its author's social media tips, DC-area life and writing style, wrote a post Marriage? I Could Take It or Leave It. (”Leave It” Sounds Pretty Good.) This section in particular made me think and hurt my heart:
I want to be with someone who’s with me because they want to be, not because they feel like they have to be. When two unmarried people live together, they’re making the choice to be together every day. They’re not staying together just because they happened to make a vow at some point (that 50% of people who get married end up breaking anyway). I don’t want someone to feel like they have to stay with me if they’d rather not be there.
I left a comment, but I still feel like this is disparaging to married women and that my comment didn't fully express my opinion and disappointment in the implication.

As a married woman, I choose to live with my husband and be together every day, just like the author says two unmarried people who …

Straight Hair & Lipstick

Here's my new haircut straightened. And in an effort to look better daily: lipstick!

Three Years (or my hair is really short!)

As of today, I've been working at RA for three years. So there's that.

Today I got my haircut, for free at BBU Model Project. A perk of living in NYC.

Tonight we're going to eat and then see "Away We Go," as our theater is one of the few where it's opening this weekend (wide release next week). Another NYC perk. Killer.

Loving the hair.

Snowflake Blanket for Amanda

Snowflake Blanket for Amanda
Originally uploaded by silvermari

Still needs washing and blocking, but another one done! It's so cute, a great pattern that Gran gave me. It worked up so quickly. Now I just need to get Amanda's address! (To Facebook!)

FWD: Peroxide vs. Bleach

This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana (a doctor's wife)

"I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. What does bleach cost? My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide.

"Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor's office? NO!!! Why? Because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor's offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!

"Did you also know bleach was invented in the late 40's? It's chlorine, folks! And it was used to kill our troops.

"Peroxide was invented during WWI. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals.

Please think about this:

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it wh…