Hanging Out With The Duchess
A PLACE WHERE I EXPRESS MY THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ON MUSIC, LIFE, EVENTS, TRAVEL, LOTR, HP, TV, NEWS, PEACE MOVEMENT, POLITICS AND EVEN MOVIES
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
PERSONAL NEWS #245
June 2nd, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt. Weather was wet, windy and chilly outdoors.
June 4th, I participated in the monthly BFP board members meeting after work which was very productive.
June 7th, I joined other members of “NYC Friends of Tolkien” at Stone Creek lounge to enjoy refreshment and watch the extended edition of LOTR “Fellowship of the Ring”. It was great fun.
June 8th, I had an appt with my lung doctor, and afterwards I had a private yoga class with Fabrice.
June 9th I participated, via conference call, in the productive monthly BFP Fundraising committee meeting.
June 10th, I attended the informative Fuchsberg law firm compensation fund reception for us 9/11 survivors who lived or worked in that Wall Street area.
June 12th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva at the studio.
June 13th, I volunteered with other members of BFP to table at the annual Brooklyn Pride event in Park Slope. Later on I joined my friend Margaret for dinner and conversation at a nice Japanese restaurant called Tenzan on upper Westside of Manhattan.
June 16th, I had an appt with Dr Tan for much needed acupuncture treatment.
June 19th, I had to take a sick day from work due to lung issues and on antibiotics.
June 20th, after Dana cleaned the apt for me, I attended to many chores and errands around the hood.
June 21st, early in the afternoon I traded in my old cellphone for a new one with more “features”. Later in the afternoon I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva at the studio.
June 22nd, I had a follow up appt with my lung specialist regarding the recent lung situation.
June 23rd, I participated in the productive and informative monthly BFP A&C committee conference call.
June 26th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva at my apt.
June 27th, I volunteered at the BFP Peace & Justice Fair in Fort Greene hood of Brooklyn.
June 28th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva at my apt.
June 30th, I had an excellent vegan dinner, as well as interesting conversation, at Candle Café West with Pete and Nadine.
Friday, June 26, 2015
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Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Monday, June 01, 2015
PERSONAL NEWS #244
May 1st, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice in the evening.
May 2nd, I visited Cas and her roommate Lauren on the upper Westside of Manhattan, as they were selling stuff from their inventory. Got some goodies! Then back down to Chinatown for a much needed acupuncture appt with Dr Tan at his new office on Mott Street. Then it was back uptown for Thom’s birthday dinner at a nice Asian restaurant. Jenna created a delicious chocolate/strawberry tart for us to nosh on for dessert.
May 3rd, I hooked up with my friend Sam at Strawberry Fields in Central Park for a “photog adventures” through the afternoon. Weather was lovely, sunny and warm. It seemed like everyone was out and about in the park. We ended up at Bocado Cafe on the upper Eastside [Lex Ave at 87th Street] for a late, tasty lunch and a break from walking. Then we did more strolling around before hopping a taxi to get Sam to Penn Station for his train.
May 6th, I volunteered at the WCW office and assisted with computer input.
May 7th, I attended an informative monthly BFP board members meeting.
May 8th, I had a private yoga class at the studio with Fabrice and the Shiva in the evening.
May 9th, I volunteered with other BFP board members in tabling out at Grand Army Plaza. Our message, flyers and petition was stating “No More to War”. Passersby were very receptive to our message and engaging in conversation. Afterwards, I headed over to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to take photos of its beauty and to gaze at the Lilacs in full bloom. I then strolled over to Park Slope for lunch at a Chinese restaurant. Hopped on the G train to the Clinton/Washington stop and got out to stroll along lovely Clinton Avenue.
May 11th, called in sick to work, as I had abit of stomach issues.
May 15th, I had lunch with my friend Anni, and in the evening attended my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
May 16th, after Dana cleaned my apt; I did many chores and errands throughout remainder of the day. Plus, I also got a much needed manicure and pedicure.
May 17th, I volunteered with BFP to assist with tabling at the annual Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair in Park Slope during a warm and humid afternoon. Had dinner at a nice Mexican place called HAAB on 6th Avenue before heading home.
May 18th, I had a private yoga class at the studio with Fabrice and the Shiva in the evening.
May 19th, I attended the productive and informative monthly BFP A&C committee meeting.
May 21st, I participated in the monthly “NYC Friends of Tolkien” meeting at the diner.
May 22nd to 26th, I spent the holiday weekend with the parents in upstate NY. Productive weekend spent building a new firepit, cleaning out the shed, grocery shopping, socialize with friends, laundry, breakfast / dinner out twice, Memorial Day parade, hair salon, etc.
May 26th, I had a private yoga class at the studio with Fabrice and the Shiva in the evening.
May 29th, I joined friends for dinner in Greenwich Village.
May 30th, I visited my friend Sheila out in NJ for the day. I haven’t seen her in about 2 years, so we had much to catch up on. We visited the Monmouth Battlefields state park, which was enjoyable, and while locating the Oakley Farm historical site, her car got a flat tire. While waiting for AAA to arrive and fix the tire, I took the time to photograph the Oakley Farm. Before heading onto the bus for NYC, Sheila took me out for a lite dinner in the charming little town of Cranbury, NJ.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fieids.
In Flanders fieids.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Big Lie: America Doesn’t Have #1 Richest Middle-Class in the World … We’re Ranked 27th!
Les Leopold, The Blog
Sunday, May 03, 2015
PERSONAL NEWS #243
April 1st, I had an appt with my “internal medicine” doctor about “inflammation of the joints” situation and learned I may have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I will be going for more tests over the next two weeks.
April 2nd, I attended the monthly TGTSNBN meetup and had an enjoyable evening. We were discussing many aspects of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”.
April 3rd to 5th, I visited with the parents, brother and sister-in-law over the holiday weekend in upstate NY.
April 5th, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice in the evening.
April 8th, I volunteered at WCW office to assist with computer work.
April 10th, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice in the evening.
April 11th, was a busy, productive and fun day for me. It started out with getting X-rays done on my knee and ankle, followed by shopping and the cleaners. Plus, I did abit of spring cleaning at the apt before heading into Manhattan for the annual MoCCA event on West 22nd Street. Met up with Debbie, as one of the exhibitors was her hubby Larry with his books, plus he shared a table with his illustrator friends. Afterwards, I strolled along the HighLine to catch the sun’s rays and take photos. At 7pm I joined friends at Sammy’s Noodle Shop for dinner and Mari’s birthday celebrations. Jenna made a delicious vegan cake for all to enjoy.
April 12th, I participated in the Greenpoint Swap at the local Shul. Clothing and donations go to those in need. Afterwards I treated myself to a much needed manicure and then picked up lunch at Jungle Café to eat down by the river front. The parks were bustling with people and their children, as the weather was a lovely spring day.
April 13th, I had a much needed appt with my chiropractor for adjustments.
April 14th, I attended the monthly BFP Fundraising committee meeting at Ken’s apt.
April 16th, I attended the monthly “Friends of Tolkien” meetup.
April 17th, I had a private yoga class back at the studio with Fabrice in the evening and got to see the Shiva.
April 18th, after Dana cleaned my apt in the morning, I headed out to do numerous errands and chores before getting a much needed mani/pedi at a new salon.
April 19th, I visited my good friend Katherine up in CT. I treated her to a belated birthday luncheon and we finally exchanged our Xmas gifties. Weather was lovely!
April 20th, I had an appt with my lung specialist regarding follow-up, and he says my Iron count is low. I am not keen about taking Iron pills. I’d rather eat, or juicing or smoothie healthy, organic food rich in Iron. They include … Brussel Sprouts, raisins, lentils, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, pinto beans, arugula, collard greens, black beans, brown rice prune juice, oatmeal, potatoes, tofu, lima beans, broccoli, kale, dark chocolate [YUM!], sunflower seeds, peas, strawberries and spinach.
April 21st, I attended the productive monthly BFP Arts & Culture committee meeting.
April 22nd, I had an appt with my “internal medicine” doctor about the Rheumatoid Arthritis, which I do not have, but I was diagnosed as Anemic. So, this week, I started upping my intake of healthy foods with Iron traits. What has a good source of Iron … Brussel Sprouts, raisins, lentils, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, pinto beans, arugula, collard greens, black beans, brown rice, prune juice, oatmeal, potatoes, tofu, lima beans, broccoli, kale, dark chocolate [YUM!], sunflower seeds, peas, strawberries and spinach.
April 23rd, I attended the “Peace and Justice Faire” meeting in Fort Greene. Meeting was hosted by Ed and Melissa … was productive and interesting.
April 24th to 27th, my friend Cindy was visiting from Ohio to attend the annual Yoga Journal conference at the Hilton. She stayed at my apt to cut down on expensive NYC costs.
April 24th, I attended my private yoga class this evening with my friend Cindy, who is visiting NYC for the weekend.
April 25th, I participated in TGTSNBN Springtime Cosplay at Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan. I debuted my Steampunk Hufflepuff “look” and it was well received. Weather was sunny, but abit cool, at first, then warmed up after 12pm. Our group was at the park from 11am to 4:30pm. Afterwards, I stopped by the Hilton to pick up Cindy. We did some shopping in the East Village before taking a taxi to my hood for dinner at Thai Café.
April 26th, I joined my friend Margaret at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens from 11am to 1:30pm for the annual Sakura Matsuri festival. Weather was sunny and lovely outside. We had a great time and I took lots of photos. Afterwards, I headed to the office to utilize my laptop to edit photos from Saturday/Sunday before meeting Cindy at the Hilton. After she did abit of shopping we had dinner at a Cosi before heading back to my hood. Cindy flies back to Ohio tomorrow.