Monday, December 05, 2016

 Holiday Decorations
around my Apartment

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 3rd, I participated in the interesting and informative monthly BFP board meeting via conference call.

November 4th, after work I did some volunteer assistance at the WCW office.

November 5th, I attended an anti-war rally at Borough Hall.  Rally and marching with Raging Grannies, Veterans for Peace, World Can’t Wait and other dedicated activists.  Afterwards I took care of chores and errands before meeting up with my friend TJ to see the terrific film “Doctor Strange”.  Highly recommend seeing the film.

November 6th, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.  Afterwards, while doing chores, I watched the NYC marathon pass through my hood, and then go get a much needed manicure.  Rest of the day I worked on crocheting a baby blanket for a co-worker.

November 8th, I got on line to vote around 8:30am and the whole waiting / voting process in my hood took about 45 minutes.  Lots of voting poll volunteers to move things along at a good pace.

November 9th, I had another dental appt at NYU School of Dentistry after work, plus learned at work that the BSC unit I belong to will be disbanded at the end of December.  UGH!!  First time job hunting in about 17 years.  This is not amusing  L

November 10th, I attended a fun baby shower for an office co-worker.  I had crocheted a white / blue baby blanket, which she loved.

November 11th, after work I joined my friends Pete and Nadine for a delicious dinner at Candle West Café on the upper Westside of Manhattan.  Conversation centered on assorted topics, but mostly regarding the disastrous election.

November 12th, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.  Later on I joined friends and acquaintances at Carnegie Hall for the LUMOS charity event; hosted by JK Rowling and Eddie Redmayne.  We also got to view the wonderful new film “Fantastic Beasts”.  Afterwards about 15 of us went out to dinner at Applejack Diner on Broadway.

November 13th, attended the first “Game of Thrones” reading day at Simple Studios.  Afterwards about five of us went out to dinner at SongKran [Thai].  Again the topic of conversation was mostly about the recent disastrous election.

November 14th, had a foot doctor appt regarding the situation with toe fungus and ankle issues.

November 17th, I took off as a Personal Day, so I could devote it to the annual BFP “Pathmakers to Peace” event at the Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights.  Assisted with the setup of the hall, made sure the catering and liquor was delivered, assist with sound setup and finally assisted with tending the open bar.  Great evening and the four speakers were wonderful, plus we had about 160+ guests.

November 18th, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice in the evening.

November 19th, after Dana cleaned my apt in the morning, I jumped into car service and headed to GCS.  Took the train up to the NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx and met up with my friend Dennis.  Weather was a perfect autumn day and lovely sunshine.  We took the tram ride and got off near the conifers to leisurely stroll around to do some photography.  We also checked out the Maple trees and the rose garden before getting back on the tram.  We had some hot tea before strolling to the conservatory to view the wonderful, annual holiday train show.  From there we drove to Nyack, NY to have a delicious dinner at a Thai restaurant.  Dennis drove me to the train, which I took back to NYC.

November 20th, I met up with friends in the afternoon to see the film “Doctor Strange”.  My second time in seeing the film and I still highly recommend it.  Afterwards I headed down to B&N in Union Square to purchase a book / DVDs with gift cards.  Then back to my neighborhood to get a much needed manicure and finally abit of grocery shopping at The Garden.

November 21st, I had another dental appt at NYU School of Dentistry.  The prep work for the 8 temporary crowns to permanent crowns is close to completion.  Still have the partials to do.

November 22nd, I had a physical therapy session for my left foot and ankle.  Plus, I got a call from a “would-be employer” about a job opening in downtown Manhattan.  Sweet!  The interview is for next week.

November 24th, this is my 10th year in volunteering on Thanksgiving Day with Project Find.  Helping them and home bound seniors is the best way to spend turkey day.  Giving back to the community … amen!

November 25th to 27th, I visited the parents in upstate NY for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

November 28th, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.

November 29th, I had an appt with the World Trade Center clinic over at Bellevue Hospital about further results on blood tests.  I still have to give three sputum tests and then that is it.  From there the doctors can determine what meds I’ll need to help my lung / bronchial situation.

November 30th, I had another dental appt at NYU School of Dentistry.  The prep work for the 8 temporary crowns to permanent crowns is close to completion.  Still have the partials to do and that’ll be done in January.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

TAKE THE PLEDGE TO HOLD THE NEXT PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE TO PEACE ... Now that the voting is over, I pledge to continue organizing for peace. I know that voting alone cannot and will not end American's perpetual wars, so I am recommitting myself to nonviolent direct action and movement building. I will protest, vigil, lobby, sit-in, and take creative action to dismantle the war machine and build a culture of peace with racial, economic and social justice that redirects the billions spent by the Pentagon to fund crucial programs for our people, our communities and our planet. Join me in signing today at the link below or above ...

Monday, November 21, 2016

 NY Botanical Gardens
Saturday, November 19th
[Gorgeous Autumn Day]

Friday, November 18, 2016

 Brooklyn for Peace
annual event
"Pathmakers to Peace"
Thursday, November 17th
Worked the Open Bar
with Jonathan

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

 Two of the Lovely
Holiday Window Displays
Lord & Taylor
5th Avenue

Monday, November 14, 2016

 Game of Thrones
Reading Day
at Simple Studios
Sunday, Nov 13th

 NYC Harry Potter Group
Attending the LUMOS Benefit
Carnegie Hall
and to watch
"Fantastic Beasts"
[Saturday - Nov 12]

 NOTE: The amazing wall in the corridor between the 1 train and the L train at 14th Street. Since election day the post it notes of love, peace, hope and compassion have grown. I read some of the notes and left one of my own. Photos taken and edited with my cellphone camera.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Raging Grannies
Anti-War Rally
Saturday, Nov 5th

ELECTION NOTE: Regarding Tuesday's election and its incredibly unpleasant outcome. Let's move forward with love, compassion and strength. [Blaming others, sadly, gets “We the People” nowhere.] This is a horrifying glitch; but light, love and unity will prevail. I have faith that humanity will come through this darkness and an even brighter light will emerge. We must ALL come together to defeat that prevailing darkness. Please, I beg of you, do NOT hate each other, nor become divided, as a divided group cannot defeat the evil. We the People must bond together no matter what. Also, volunteering ones time for assorted good causes is important, as is activism work. I became involved in peace / political activism in early 2003 due to the Bush / Cheney regime. It's a move I have never, not once, regretted.

Monday, October 31, 2016

October 2nd, after my private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt, I took car service into lower Manhattan to put in 4 hours of work at the office.

October 3rd through 7th, I put in the OT with my job, as it’s the “mini tax season” until the 17th.

October 8th, I met up with my friend Yvette in Manhattan for an afternoon of “photo adventures” at Roosevelt Island and Sutton Place.  [Weather wasn’t the greatest, but we made the most of it.]  I haven’t visited Roosevelt Island since 2004 and many changes were happening at the southern tip of the island.  The nicely situated Four Freedoms Park, which is a memorial to FDR, and it looks like some work is being done to the ruins of the Smallpox Hospital.  Afterwards, we had a so-so lunch at an upper eastside Asian restaurant, and then strolled around the classy neighborhood of Sutton Place.  At 1st Avenue and 53rd Street, Yvette and I crossed paths with actress Scarlett Johannson.  She was walking with a friend.  Then Yvette and I had a refreshing drink at Starbucks, before my friend jumped on LIRR.  Back in my hood, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at 7pm, and then rested for the evening.

October 9th, long busy day of hanging out with my friend Dennis.  I took MetroNorth to White Plains and from there we drove around the area of Warwick.  Around there we went to the annual Sugar Loaf fallfest, which was very enjoyable, and I purchased a lovely pair of handmade fingerless gloves.  Afterwards we drove to WestPoint for our 2:30pm 2-hour tour of the academy and grounds.  Fascinating tour and our guide, Anne, was very informative, humorous and charming.  From there we drove up to the top of Bear Mountain, as the sun had come out, but it was still abit windy and chilly.  Views from Bear Mountain were lovely.  Then it was on to Nyack for dinner at an “all you can eat” Sushi buffet.  Good food, but we ordered way too much, and very full by the time we left.

October 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th I put in for overtime with my job, as it’s the “mini tax season” until the 17th.

October 12th, I had an appt with NYU Dentistry for more crown / post prep work.  Learned that my last two payments was reduced to one, plus about six more visits and I am done.

October 15th, after doing chores, laundry and assisting Dana, my cleaning lady, I headed into the office for more overtime work during “mini tax season”.

October 16th, after my private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt, I headed into the office for more overtime work during “mini tax season”.  Spent the evening chatting with friends on the phone.

October 17th, I had to work the last day of “mini tax season” until 8pm, which meant I didn’t get to celebrate my 58th birthday.  Though I did pick up some Insomnia double chocolate brownies to enjoy and I received about 88 birthday greetings on my FB page.

October 20th, after work I had a physical therapy session for my ankle and foot.

October 21st, I took a much needed vacation day from work to recover from the mini tax season, take care of errands, chiropractor appt and have dinner with friends to celebrate my birthday at a Thai restaurant called SongKran.

October 22nd, after my private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt, I took care of assorted errands and did several loads of laundry.

October 23rd, I joined my friend Judith for a movie and lunch at Nanoosh.   The food at Nanoosh [Broadway and 68th Street] was delicious and fresh.  The film we saw was an excellent true story about Phiona [“The Queen of Katwe”], a girl from poverty who becomes an excellent chess champion. I highly recommend it.  Also, I firmly believe this film deserves some Oscars.

October 26th, I had an appt with NYU School of Dentistry for more crown / post prep work.  I also made the final payment for all the dental work I’ve had done this year.

October 29th, I joined my friends Cielito, Roland and Elliott in heading up to Peekskill, NY for a Halloween party, private screening of the film “We Are the Hartmans” and a fundraiser regarding stopping of the horrific Spectra pipeline near Indian Point nuclear plant.  We had dinner in Peekskill at a good Mexico restaurant called Ruben’s Café.

October 30th, I strolled around the lovely and delightful Brooklyn botanical gardens on a sunny, warm afternoon before joining my friend Debbie for tea / dessert at the Cocoa Bar in Park Slope.  Afterwards, on our way back to Debbie’s apt, it clouded up quickly and rained on / off.

 Strolling through the
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016

 Saturday, October 29th
Adventures in Peekskill, NY
Attending a Halloween Party

Monday, October 24, 2016

 Belated Birthday Celebrations
with Friends on
Friday Evening at SongKran

Birthday Cake and Tea
while watching The Hobbit

Thursday, October 13, 2016

 Views from Bear Mountain
Sunday, October 9th

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Black & White Study
Views from Roosevelt Island
Saturday, October 8th

Monday, October 10, 2016

 Visited the elegant Sutton Place
neighborhood on October 8th

View of Queensboro Bridge
from Sutton Place

 Saturday, October 8th
Visited Roosevelt Island
with my Friend Yvette
[Upper Eastside of Manhattan behind us]

 Visited Bear Mountain
for the First Time on
Sunday, October 9th

Took a Tour of
West Point with a Friend
Sunday, October 9th