Sunday, April 30, 2017

 Chillin at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Sunday, April 30th




PERSONAL NEWS #266
April 1st, I took care of many errands and chores around the neighborhood.  Picked up a framed print I had done for the kitchen and it looks great.

April 2nd, due to “tax season” I had to work 5 hours at the office from 10am to 3pm.  [Paid overtime, oh yeah!]  Afterwards, since it was such a lovely day, I took the East River ferry boat ride home to my neighborhood.

April 3rd to 7th, damn “tax season” is really kicking into overdrive.  It is resulting in stress, aggravation and paid overtime.

April 8th, after Dana finished cleaning my apt, I had a good private yoga session with Fabrice and gave him a raise in fee.  Took care of errands, chores and laundry before doing job hunting on the internet.

April 9th, I had to work paid overtime at the office from 10am to 3:30pm due to tax season.  Missed the ferry boat at the pier, so took office paid car service home to my hood.

April 10th to 12th, damn “tax season” is still kicking it into overdrive these three days at the office.  Way too much stress, aggravation and paid overtime.  I am so done with this “job assignment” and counting down the days to the end of it.

April 13th, office life has slowed down abit, and very thankful for that.  Had a call / interview with an agency during my lunch hour.  I updated the resume last week and been farming it out to agencies and prospective jobs for EA.

April 14th, another slow day at the office, and another call / interview with an agency during my lunch hour.

April 16th, it was a beautiful, warm, sunny Easter Sunday in NYC.  I headed to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens at 1pm and then joined a friend for tea/dessert at Cocoa Bar in Park Slope afterwards.

April 17th, a busy day at the office during the final days of “tax season”.  Worked 3 hours’ overtime and took car service home.  I am so done with this dead-end temp job.

April 18th, I had a call / interview with another agency during my lunch hour.

April 19th, slow day at the office, and a call / interview with another agency during my lunch hour.

April 20th, after work I had over to the BFP headquarters to assist with phone banking during our fundraising drive for the organization.

April 21st, last day at the temp job and left around 5pmish.  Took the East River ferry boat to my hood.

April 22nd to 25th, I visited with the parents in upstate NY.  Helped them out with yard work, laundry, grocery shopping and took them out for breakfast several times.  Got to see my brother and sister-in-law, plus get my hair done at salon.

April 26th, I had an appt in the morning with a new “temp” agency down in lower Manhattan.  Went well and have an interview lined up for a temp position next week on Monday.  Afterwards, I headed uptown to meet up with an ex-coworker for a light lunch and conversation.  Then headed back to my hood for a much-needed manicure, early dinner at Jungle Café, check out The Box House Hotel and a new apt bldg on Box Street before doing some grocery shopping.

April 27th, I had two job interviews today.  One for an actual job and the other with an agency.  Both went very well.  I also stopped by my old office in Times Square to see an ex-coworker and get some of my updated resume printed out.  After the interviews, I headed back to my hood for a late lunch at The Jungle Café.  Delicious vegan food!

April 28th, I had two much needed doctor appts today … chiropractor and lung specialist … then back to my hood for a delicious vegan meal at The Jungle Café before heading home to do laundry.

April 30th, I had a good private yoga session with Fabrice at the apt, and afterwards I headed down to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to join a friend.  All the trees were in bloom with fragrant blossoms and the Lilacs were still out.  It was a cool, windy day and the gardens were crowded with people.  Picked up some lovely goodies from the gift shop and then back to friends apt for a light meal.

Monday, April 17, 2017

 Easter Sunday
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens


April 15, 2017
Commentary by M.Weinstein / BFP

In hundreds of demonstrations across this mighty country, Americans, by the tens of thousands, marched on Tax Day to demand that the only President in decades who has refused to show his taxes, do so now as they ask: "What are you hiding from us, Donald Trump?"

In NYC, tens of thousands gathered at Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan and the streets echoed to the cries of "Show us your Taxes! What are you hiding" as speaker after speaker heaped scorn on Trump's claim that Americans are "not interested" or "don't care" about his tax returns.

After speeches the marchers headed up Sixth Avenue in an hours-long parade. The march ended at that blot on the NYC skyline, Trump Tower. Never in all my years of protests against the Vietnam war and the Iraq war, with the administrations of Regan and Bush, have I witnessed such universal disdain and scorn for a President and certainly not this early in their administration.

With increasing hints of subversion of our electoral process and amazement at the open corruption and conflicts of interest of his appointments to high offices of fellow billionaires and scoundrels, it's no wonder that increasing numbers of Americans are looking at the President with increasing dislike and repulsion.

This was a peaceful and friendly outpouring of every-day patriotic Americans who seem to be saying "we want our country back. The sooner you leave, the better, Donald Trump!"

Monday, April 10, 2017

 Planting Flowers
Down on Water Street
 Waiting for the
East River Ferry
View of Brooklyn Bridge
From the East River Ferry
Looking at the Harbor
from the Office Window

Saturday, April 01, 2017

BFP 4th Annual Happy Hour
The Brazen Head Pub
Tuesday - March 28th

PERSONAL NEWS #265
March 1st, Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent.  I gave up my usual for Lent … Chocolate.

March 2nd, I had a physical therapy session after work for my ankle and foot, then once home I jumped on the meeting/call for BFP board members.

March 3rd, watched another terrific new episode of Sleepy Hollow on TV.

March 5th, I had a private yoga class at apt with Fabrice.  Afterwards I did some laundry, watched a movie on DVD [ie: The Theory of Everything], phone calls and then issues with my lungs.  Took the last of my meds to avert an ER crisis.

March 6th, I called in sick to work, so that I could rest up from my health situation, and then an appt with my lung specialist.  Got the meds refilled, along with my inhaler.

March 7th, after work I jumped on a conference call for BFP Fundraising committee meeting.

March 10th, I watched another terrific new episode of Sleepy Hollow on TV.

March 11th, I had another minor lung issue, and thankful I had meds, plus I cancelled all commitments over the weekend to rest up.

March 13th, worked at the office until 8pm, as our place would be closed on Tuesday due to the Nor’easter.

March 14th, snow day from work due to the inclement weather.

March 16th, I had a physical therapy session after work for my ankle and foot.

March 17th, I watched another amazing new episode of Sleepy Hollow on TV.

March 18th, after my cleaning lady took care of the apt, I had a private yoga class at apt with Fabrice.  Then off to do errands around the hood, along with laundry, and organizing the apt.

March 19th, after my private yoga class at apt with Fabrice, I headed into Manhattan to meet with a friend to see the film “Beauty and the Beast”.

March 20th, had to work abit of OT at the office, as it is gearing up for the big tax season.

March 23rd, I had a physical therapy session after work for my ankle and foot.

March 24th, after some OT at the office for tax season, I got home in time to watched another amazing new episode of Sleepy Hollow on TV.

March 25th, I attended the annual Tolkien Reading Day with other friends at the Jefferson Market library in Greenwich Village.  Lots of great readings by those who attended and I even gave a few short readings.  Afterwards a few of us went to Sammie’s Noodle Shop for dinner and conversation.

March 26th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt in the morning.  In the evening, I joined my friends Wendy and Debbie for dinner and conversation at the wonderful PeaceFood Café near University Place.

March 28th, after work, I attended the 4th annual “Happy Hour” event held at The Brazen Head Pub and hosted by A&C BFP committee.  Nicely attended and very enjoyable.

March 29th & 30th, worked a lot of paid OT at the office due to Tax Season kicking into overdrive.

March 31st, watched a great season finale of my beloved tv show “Sleepy Hollow”.