Friday, September 30, 2016

PERSONAL NEWS #259
Sept 2nd to 5th … Visited the parents over the long Labor Day holiday weekend.  Took them out to breakfast a few times, chores around the house, BBQ with friends, watch some cable tv and a salon appt.

Sept 5th, I had a private yoga session with Fabrice at my apt.

Sept 6th, I had a physical therapy appt after work.

Sept 7th, I had an appt with NYU Collage of Dentistry in the morning and then to the office afterwards.  I’ve been assigned to work at the firm’s small location downtown until October 17th.

Sept 8th, after work I participated in the interesting and productive monthly BFP board meeting in Brooklyn.

Sept 9th, I had to work late at the office for the mini tax season.

Sept 10th, after my private yoga session with Fabrice at my apt, I had to go into the office for 5 hours, as it is still the mini tax season until the 15th.

Sept 11th, I rearranged some of the furniture in the living room, as well as do a cleaning, with the wonderful assistance of my yoga instructor.  The room actually seems a wee bit more spacious.

Sept 12th, I had to work late at the downtown office due to tax season and I am taking care of my yoga instructor’s cat this week.

Sept 13th, I attended the productive monthly BFP Fundraising committee meeting.

Sept 14th, I had to work late at the office for the mini tax season.

Sept 16th, I met up with my friend Debbie at the Cocoa Bar and lounge for tea, dessert and catching up on news.  Afterwards we strolled back to her apt to hang out for abit with her hubby Larry.

Sept 17th, after my private yoga session with Fabrice at my apt; I took care of chores and errands around the hood.

Sept 18th, I headed up to the annual Fort Tryon park renaissance faire to hang out with friends.  Afterwards I had dinner with my friend Margaret and her Mom at their apt near the park.

Sept 19th, after work I got a much needed manicure in my hood.

Sept 20th, after work I attended the BFP “Happy Hour” event at The Brazen Head pub in Brooklyn to celebrate peace, justice and talk over US / World news.

Sept 22nd, I had a physical therapy appt after work.

Sept 25th, after my private yoga session with Fabrice at my apt; I headed down to Atlantic Avenue to volunteer with BFP at their table during the Atlantic Antic street fair.

Sept 26th, I had another appt with NYU Dentistry for more permanent crown prep work.

Sept 28th, I had a physical therapy session at lunch time.

Sept 30th, Two of my temporary crowns fell out at work, and had to rush to NYU Dentistry to get it repaired.  Then it was back to office to finish out the rest of my work day.

Sept 29th / 30th … Due to the “mini tax season” at work, have to work overtime in the evenings.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Brooklyn for Peace - Happy Hour
Tuesday, Sept 20th
The Brazen Head Bar
 We came, we ate, we drank and we shmoozed. Another great Happy Hour for Peace, sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace's Arts & Culture Committee.  We met, as usual, at the Brazen Head bar on Atlantic Avenue and there were some newcomers as well as longstanding members—a great combination.  If you missed this, well you missed a great time.  But don't worry .... we'll be having another real soon.




Monday, September 12, 2016

 Working on Assignment in
the Wall Street area for awhile
and here are some "Views"


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PERSONAL NEWS #258
August 1st, I had an appt at NYU Dentistry for more work on cavities and crowns.

August 2nd, I participated in the meeting / call for the monthly BFP Fundraising committee.  Discussion was mostly regarding prep work for the November “Pathmakers to Peace” event.

August 3rd, I went to see the film “Captain Fantastic” starring Viggo Mortensen after work with friends of mine.  All three of us enjoyed the film and highly recommend it.  Afterwards we went out for a lite dinner at Nanoosh.

August 4th, I had a physical therapy appt after work for treatment on my ankle.

August 5th, I had a private yoga class at apt with Fabrice.

August 6th, I had a much needed manicure and pedicure in my hood.

August 7th, I hung out in Williamsburg with my friend Sam for dinner and photo adventures.

August 8th, I had a foot doctor appt in the afternoon regarding my ankle and toe nail on left foot.  After work I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt.

August 9th, I had an appt in the morning at WTC clinic at Bellevue Hospital for a CTscan regarding my lungs situation caused by 9/11.

August 11th, I volunteered to assist with computer work at the main WCW office.

August 12th, I attended a birthday party at the apt of an acquaintance from the NYC Harry Potter group on the upper eastside of Manhattan.

August 13th, I had a private yoga class in the morning with Fabrice at my apt.  Later on that day I joined friends at Citifields for a NY Mets ballgame against the San Diego Padres.  NY Mets won 3 to 2 in the 11th inning.

August 15th, I had a dental appt at NYU Dentistry, and was happily told I wouldn’t require a root canal.  Hooray!  My dentist checked over the temporary crowns and we discussed remained of treatment from September to November.

August 16th, I had a physical therapy appt after work for treatment on my ankle.

August 18th, I joined a friend [ie: Mary] after work for dinner and catching up on news / gossip.

August 19th, I had a private yoga class at apt with Fabrice.

August 20th, after my cleaning lady finished with my apt, I headed into Manhattan to do some shopping and work at the office.

August 21st, I spent the afternoon in the Princeton, NJ area visiting my friend Dawn, plus her hubby Bill and their son Kai.

August 25th, I had a physical therapy appt after work for treatment on my ankle and foot.

August 27th, after chores, errands and a break at Starbucks, I got a much needed manicure.

August 28th, I had an appt with Dr Tan for overdue acupuncture treatment.  In the evening I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

August 29th, After work I attended the Spectra Pipeline Interfaith Vigil outside Senator Schumers apt bldg on Prospect Park West. Regarding the dangerous and irresponsible construction of the Algonquin Incremental Market Expansion pipeline through Rockland, Putnam and Westchester counties. Dangerously close to Indian Point nuclear power plant.

August 30th … Had appt at the WTC clinic for a follow-up with Dr Hay and go over medical test results.  I learned that my Iron levels are still not up to 100%. And my right lung is the one most damaged. They did take two vials of blood today for tests to do with Hemoglobin and possible allergies to molds.  Have to go back to do more tests regarding mucus in lungs.  To get my Iron levels up  I need to eat more broccoli, chickpeas, collard greens, edamame, green peas, kidney beans, lentils, oatmeal, peanut butter, pistachios, Spinach, whole almonds, walnuts and tofu.  After work I went out to dinner with my good friend Margaret K and we dined at Nanoosh.  Enjoyable evening and conversation.

Monday, August 22, 2016



 Visited Princeton University
with my friend Dawn
Sunday, August 21st



Monday, August 15, 2016

 At a Friend's 40th Birthday Party
Friday evening, August 12th
 NY Mets Game Against San Diego Padres
with Friends on
Saturday, August 13th

Friday, August 05, 2016

The Duchess’ Bucket List
·         Visit the Alhambra in southern Spain
·         Visit Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Italy
·         Take a ride in a hot air balloon
·         Visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite
·         Take a ride in a helicopter
·         See the pyramids in Egypt
·         Ride in a gondola in Venice
·         Visit Niagara Falls on the Canadian side
·         Go on a cruise from Nova Scotia / Prince Edward Island down the coast to NYC
·         Perform a kind deed to a stranger every day
·         See the Northern Lights
·         Swim with dolphins
·         Walk along part of the Great Wall of China
·         Road trip across America to visit friends in Seattle and Los Angeles
·         Visit New Zealand [LOTR]
·         Visit Greece and Turkey
·         Float in the Dead Sea
·         Visit Machu Picchu
·         Hold a baby Koala
·         Visit the Louvre in Paris and see the Mona Lisa
·         Visit the Highlands of Scotland

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

 B&N Tribeca with TGTSNBN
Midnight Book Release Party
"Harry Potter & the Cursed Child"
July 30th




PERSONAL NEWS #257
July 1st to 4th … Visited the parents in upstate NY for the long holiday weekend.  Took care of chores, errands, salon appt, and breakfast out at Jean’s Place / Benson’s, picnic with friends.

July 5th, I had an appt with WTC Clinic at Bellevue Hospital for a 5-hour session regarding 9/11.  Will find out if I qualify end of August for treatment and compensation.

July 6th, I had a physical therapy session regarding my ankle after work.

July 7th, I attended the monthly BFP board members meeting.

July 9th, I started the Shaun T “Cize” exercise routine and it’s not easy.

July 10th, I hung out with my friend Dennis for the day in Westchester County.  We were checking out the sites around charming towns of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.

July 11th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

July 12th, I attended the monthly BFP fundraising committee meeting at Ken’s apt.

July 13th, I had a long, detailed dental appt with Dr Nazar at NYU Dentistry.

July 15th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

July 16th, I did errands and chores while Dana [cleaning lady] worked on my apt.  Also started crocheting a baby blanket for a co-worker, knitting a scarf for me, and reading the new bio book on Alexander Hamilton I picked up at WORD bookstore.

July 17th, I got a much needed manicure, and then a late lunch at The Jungle Café before a brief stroll around the hood before going home.  Later on I strolled over to the pier on East River to photograph the sunset.

July 18th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

July 19th, I attended the productive monthly BFP Arts & Culture meeting at Charlotte’s place.

July 20th, I had a detailed dental appt with Dr Nazar at NYU Dentistry.

July 23rd, I joined my friends Gail and Rob for dinner at The Jungle Café.

July 25th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

July 27th, I had a physical therapy session regarding my ankle after work.

July 29th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

July 30th, I attended the midnight release party for the new Harry Potter book called the Cursed Child at B&N down in Tribeca.  It was a lot of fun and great chillin with friends and acquaintances from TGTSNBN.

July 31st, I attended the monthly “NYC Friends of Tolkien” meetup held at Stone Creek bar and lounge in the afternoon.  There was about five of us and we talked about numerous SciFi, fantasy, art and even politics.

Friday, July 29, 2016

 July 27th - 8pm
East River Ferry Boat
Wall Street pier to my Hood




Tuesday, July 19, 2016

 July Photo Challenge
"It Caught My Eye"





Monday, July 11, 2016

 Road Trip with a Friend
to
Sleepy Hollow & Tarrytown
June 10th
 Lyndhurst Mansion
 Duchess at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Stained Glass inside Helmsley Mausoleum
Sleepy Hollow cemetery

Thursday, June 30, 2016

PERSONAL NEWS #256
 June 1st, left office around 12pm, due to temperature from a head cold  L

June 2nd, sick day from the office, due to the head cold  L

On June 4th, after completing chores and errands, I had a much needed appt with my acupuncturist down in Chinatown.  Afterwards, I purchased MetroNorth tickets at GCS for the next day visit to CT.  Then over to the Manhattan Theater Club to assist my friend Wendy with volunteer usherette duties for that evenings performance of “The Father”.

June 5th, I took the MetroNorth train up to CT and visit my dear friend Katherine.  Weather was crappy so we did indoor activities; such as lunch, catch up on news, exchange gifties, etc.

On June 6th, I had an appt with my foot doctor regarding issues with my left foot.  After work I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.

June 7th, sick day from the office, due to a low grade fever.  L

June 8th, I had an appt with my physical therapist regarding treatment for my left ankle.

June 11th, I had a much needed chiropractor appt for therapy and treatment.  Afterwards, I volunteered with BFP with tabling at the annual Brooklyn Pride street fair.

June 12th, I headed into Manhattan and Lincoln Center area for the 40th Annual American Crafts Festival.  Lovely weather day for strolling around the many booths and seeing so many gorgeous handcrafted items.  I purchased a wallet made from duct tape with The Avengers theme, plus a gorgeous silk scarf.  Afterwards I headed down to Union Square for a late lunch and window shopping before stopping by to see Wendy at the Halloween shop.  At 6pm we went to see “Captain America – Civil War” at the cinema.  It was her first time and my fourth time in seeing it.  Just as good the 4th time around.

June 13th, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.

June 14th, I attended the productive monthly BFP Fundraising committee meeting at Ken’s apt.

June 15th, I did volunteer work for the office at an all-day event located at the Harvard Club on West 44th Street.  Never been inside that club or building before and it comes across as “old school” décor / charm.  Afterwards, I headed back to my neighborhood for an appt with my internal medicine doctor for a follow up visit.

June 17th, after work I headed up to Manhattan Theater Club to assist my friend Wendy with volunteer usherette duties for the evening performance of “The Father”.  Afterwards Wendy, Debbie and I went out for a late dinner and diverse conversation.

June 18th, after Dana finished cleaning my apt, I went out to do assorted errands, chores and laundry before heading into Manhattan.  Stopped by the office, plus did some shopping before heading to The Commons on Atlantic Avenue to assist with setting up for the BFP benefit performance of “The Third Coming – Marx Returns” by Jerry Levy.  Great turnout for the event and well received.  This benefit performance was also a fundraiser for BFP and we brought in roughly $1,500.

June 19th, I got a much needed pedicure before heading home to watch “Trumbo” and “Puncture” on DVD.  Both are excellent movies.

June 21st, I had a successful root canal procedure at NYU Dentistry in the morning, and afterwards I headed into the office.

June 23rd, after work I had physical therapy session regarding my ankle, and then afterwards a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.

June 25th, I hung out in Manhattan during a sunny summer afternoon with my friend Sheila, who came in from NJ, and we visited the Frick Museum, plus lunch at 3-Guys Diner on Madison Avenue.  Afterwards a leisurely stroll through lovely Central Park and onto the westside.

June 26th, I hosted the “NYC Friends of Tolkien” cosplay presentation at Stone Creek with Christine Evans and Wendy Wright as key speakers.

June 27th, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.

June 30th, I volunteered with WCW office to assist with their computer input updates.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

 Visited the Frick Museum
on June 25th with a Friend


Central Park on a Sunny Summer Day

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

PERSONAL NEWS #255
May 1st, I joined friends at the Pennsy food court at MSG to celebrate Thom’s birthday.  Afterwards, I headed home to catch the season two finale of Grantchester on PBS.

May 2nd, after work I joined an acquaintance [Daniel] at MSG to see Pearl Jam in concert.  We were in the disabled persons section only 25 feet from the stage.  It’s been 8 years since I last saw Pearl Jam live and I had such a good time at the concert.  It was great!  Guests who performed on stage with the band were members from Cheap Trick and The Police front man Sting.  Concert ran over 2.5 hours and there was no warm up band.

May 4th, with gift cards I received for Administrative Assistant Day, I headed to Barnes & Noble after work to make purchases of DVDs / CDs.

May 6th, I had a successful and stress free root canal attended to at NYU Dentistry in the morning, and then headed to work afterwards.

On May 7th, I joined 12 other NYC TGTSNBN members / friends in heading up to CT for a fun day of HP cosplay at Castle Gillette.  Weather was overcast and abit nippy, but at least the rain held off so we could engage in interesting cosplay on the castle grounds.

On May 8th, I joined my friend TJ in going to see the new Captain America – Civil War film in the cinema.  We both enjoyed the film.  Afterwards, we went out to dinner at a local Chinese restaurant and talked about the movie, plus other comics and films.

May 9th, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.

May 10th, I attended the monthly BFP Fundraising committee meeting at Ken’s house.  It was very productive and informative.

On May 14th, after Dana cleaned my apt, I headed out to the hood to take care of errands and laundry.  Had a late lunch at The Jungle Café and then strolled along a “nature walk” near Newtown Creek.  That evening I watched one of my new DVDs called “The Artist”.  Great movie!

On May 15th, I volunteered to assist with BFP tabling at the annual 5th Avenue Festival in the afternoon.  Weather was windy and chilly.

May 16th, I had “part two” of a root canal, which was abit more painful, at NYU Dentistry in the morning, and then headed to work afterwards.

May 17th, I attended the monthly BFP A&C committee meeting at Charlotte’s house.  It was very productive and informative.

May 18th, I had a dental appt at NYU Dentistry in the morning for cavity work and a temporary crown.  Process was abit uncomfortable and slightly painful.  Afterwards I headed to the office for work.

May 21st, I met up with my friend Sam in Manhattan, and we hung out with other “NYC Friends of Tolkien” at the monthly meetup.  It was an enjoyable afternoon spent with friends and acquaintances chatting on assorted topics.  Afterwards, I went to see “Captain America – Civil War” film, and it is even better the second time around.  Yeah baby, I am TeamCap!

On Sunday, May 22nd, as an impromptu adventure, I joined my friend Dennis in visiting the New York Botanical Gardens, which are located in the Bronx.  While there we saw the Impressionist floral exhibit in the Haupt Conservatory and also took a delightful tram ride around the wooded area of the gardens.  Afterwards, we drove the western part of the Bronx to check out the Wave Hill estate, which overlooks the Hudson River to the Palisades.  Then on to a Red Lobster for a delicious dinner.

May 25th, I had a dental appt at NYU Dentistry in the morning for crown work.  After work I had a physical therapy session for treatment on my ankle.

May 26th, after work I joined my friend Margaret at the cinema to see “Captain America – Civil War” for the third time.

May 27th to 30th, I visited the parents in upstate NY over the warm, humid holiday weekend.  Took them out for breakfast a few times and even Chinese dinner.  Got my hair done; plus watched some movies on their cable TV.

May 31st, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.

 Memorial Day Weekend
with the Parents
in upstate New York




Thursday, May 19, 2016

 NYC TGTSNBN HP Cosplay
Castle Gillette [CT]
May 7th
 Molly Weasley and Bellatrix
 Ministry of Magic Official
catching Mundungus
The Passion of Potter
Augusta Longbottom