PERSONAL NEWS #186
Sunday, August 1st, I visited Eileen for two hours at Mt Sinai hospital. We talked about a number of topics and I had to wear a surgical mask, as Eileen was susceptible to infection. Afterwards strolled down Madison Avenue, picked up a snack before heading into Central Park near southern part of the Reservoir to sketch and read.
Tuesday, August 3rd, I participated in the terrific and always inspiring monthly Peace Alliance conference call, which was hosted by Matthew Albrecht and Lynn McMullen. To learn more about this wonderful organization, go to http://www.thepeacealliance.org/
On evening of August 5th, I attended TGTSNBN monthly meetup, which was held at a Chinese restaurant on eastside of midtown Manhattan. I wore some of my Hufflepuff attire for the occasion, and purchased two new wands from Pam and Liz. We played Harry Potter themed MadLibs, and it was a lot of fun. My only gripe about the evening was the terrible air conditioning in the restaurant, as it was warm and humid outdoors.
Friday evening, August 6th, after work I picked up some “health items” from Duane Reade for Eileen before heading up to Mt Sinai hospital to visit her.
Saturday, August 7th, I head out to New Jersey for Dawn’s baby shower. I met up with some funky friends of Dawn’s in southern Park Slope area. We rode out and back in their car, and the ride was one hour each way. Also, we were suppose to leave at 11am, and didn’t leave until 12:15pm due to waiting for another friend. Once at the baby shower it was all good and very enjoyable. Dawn and I are Vegans; so much of the food and dessert [not all] at the restaurant was geared towards vegans. My present to Dawn was a baby blanket I crocheted [photo below],
along with a soft pretty shawl and a little stuffed toy.
Dawn received lots of gifts for the baby; mostly clothing, toys and books. All the guests received a nice gift of a candle and organic planter. Afterwards, some of us were invited back to Bill and Dawn’s home for drinks, vegan goodies and lots of socializing. It was my first time visiting their charming home and meeting JJ their lovable dog. During her down time, Dawn keeps busy and active with her flower and veggie garden in their backyard. Overall, it was a very good day.
On Sunday, August 8th, I headed up to CT to visit my good friend Katherine. I met her at the South Norwalk train station, and after we parked her car near the event, we attended the annual SoNo Fest. We’ve been attending this annual festival for years. It’s tradition for us, just like going to Red Lobster on her birthday or attending the Pound Ridge Art & Craft Show in October. Since it was another warm, sunny day I purchased fresh fruit smoothies for us to sip on and keep us re-freshed. While sitting in a shaded area and listening to a local musician play beautiful tunes on his acoustic guitar, Kathy and I caught up on personal and family news. After the SoNo Fest we drove to Norwalk and had a tasty late lunch at an Indian restaurant, and then some shopping at B&N before I had to jump back on the train to NYC. Overall it was a good day and always a pleasure seeing my oldest, dearest friend.
On Thursday, August 12th, after a much needed pedicure, I chaired the NYdoPeace CCR Committee conference call. The topic was regarding the upcoming “creative card” campaign geared towards NY City Council and Resolution 14. To learn more about NYdoPeace, go to http://www.nyc-dop.com/
Early Friday evening, August 13th, I joined Margaret at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to check out some exhibits [ie: French Art Nouveau & Modern Art] and then “Big Bamboo” creation up on the roof garden. The views from the roof garden are awesome, and even more so at sunset. Afterwards we strolled over to Madison Avenue to have a late dinner at a diner called Nectar and catch up on news.
On Saturday, August 14th, I visited my friend Sheila in New Jersey and we spent the afternoon in Princeton. Jumped on the 9am bus from Port Authority and Sheila picked me up at the Clearbrook stop around 10am. At Sheila’s charming condo we had a tasty lite brunch, caught up on news, and freshened up before the drive to Princeton. The weather was warm, but not that humid, with some clouds. We love walking around Princeton’s lovely campus and the town. [That is Blair Hall in the photo below.]
Sheila and I did some shopping at “Pins & Needles”, and also a bead shop, followed by enjoying refreshing fruit smoothies.
Oh yeah, I love the fresh fruit smoothies. I helped out with the driving on the way back, and we made a pitstop at a Stop & Shop to get salad bar goodies for our dinner. Before dinner I assisted Sheila with her new knitting project. She can knit, but always has trouble casting on. I also started my next knitting project where I’ll do sample “knit patterns”. After dinner we sat out on her deck drinking tea and chatting until I had to leave to catch the 7:40pm bus back to NYC.
On Sunday, August 15th, I met up with Mary near Penn Station at 10am, and our friend Dennis picked us up for the drive to Bethlehem, PA for the annual MusikFest. Took us roughly 1 ½ hours driving west through NJ and across the PA state line. Along the way we saw a sign for the Crayola attractions and factory. We all agreed that was another day trip for our “to do list”. Unfortunately, the weather was overcast, cool and with spots of rain throughout the day. This weather did not dampen the spirits of those who attended the MusikFest, including us. While Dennis drove us through Bethlehem looking for parking, Mary and I were gaping at all the lovely Victorian homes and buildings in this charming town. Wow! We decided to add “walking & carriage ride tour” to our “to do list” for another day trip. Oh yeah, we are definitely serious about this. Found parking, brought hats/jackets/umbrella’s, purchased our “food & drink” tickets and then got into the whole MusikFest atmosphere. From 12pm to 8:30pm Dennis, Mary and I checked out many diverse musical acts, arts & crafts, ate some good food and dodged rain drops.
At one point we took a “free walking tour” of an old country inn, now a museum on Main Street, which had been around at least 300 years. Around 8:30pm we headed back to the car for the drive back to NYC. Oh my gosh, did we ever hit traffic at the Holland Tunnel. Mon dieu! Dennis and Mary dropped me off at my humble abode around 11:30pm and I was in bed by midnight. Another fun, terrific weekend is at an end.
Tuesday, August 17th, I joined other members of NYdoPeace to create “International Day of Peace” cards, with inspiring messages of peace, which we’ll mail to NY City Councilmember’s promoting Resolution14.
Wednesday, August 18th, I joined other City Harvest volunteers down at the Union Square farmers market.
Thursday evening, August 19th, I attended Doug Biviano’s fundraiser for NYC Assembly campaign in Brooklyn Heights.
Saturday afternoon, August 21st, my friend Judith visited Manhattan and we did lunch [ie: Nanoosh], shopping and a movie [ie: Eat, Pray, Love]. We caught up on the latest news, gossip and health issues. When I got home that evening I started to read the book [Eat Pray Love] by Elizabeth Gilbert. I was also reading the “Abhorsen Trilogy” by Garth Nix, which was lent to me by my friends Gail and Rob.
Week of August 23rd was busy with many projects at work, and overtime, as E&Y wends its way closer to the completion of the “tax mini season” on Sept 15th. During moments of “down time” I would work on a few NYdoPeace projects for upcoming Community Board presentations to educate folk on Dept of Peace and Resolution 14.
Thursday evening, August 26th, listened to the “World Can’t Wait” weekly conference call.
Friday evening, August 27th, I attended the Friday Nite Knits group at our fav spot in Kensington [Brooklyn]. Our group was small this evening of just Margaret, Marcie and I. I ran into some troubles with the new knitting project I was attempting, and Margaret assisted me with it.
Sunday afternoon, August 29th, I head up to Ft Tryon Park to stroll around and enjoy the lovely weather. While there I did some sketching at the Cloisters, and some watercolor painting of the lovely gardens. That evening I finished the Elizabeth Gilbert book “Eat Pray Love”, which was very good, and I highly recommend it.