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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

round one

In NYC, everything is larger than life, even Bruce Willis, who’s head I
thought could not possibly be any larger than it naturally is, here
measuring in at 3+ stories high…

Every once in awhile, it’s good to go somewhere and get the stuffing knocked out of ya.

For me, that place is New York City. Manhattan, to be exact.

It’s a humbling thing to be told by a cab driver that your home town is a "miniature New York" but when you find yourself agreeing with him with a big smile on your face, you know you might be in for a very good time.

Three of us flew in for a Surprise Birthday Weekend and we stayed at the Times Square Marriott. I was happy to see from our hotel window that the Harry Potter folk got a much bigger poster than Grease. Teen Angst vs. Teen Angst: Muggles Lose!

Adult Angst: we got off to a rather bumpy start when ATA lost my luggage, but it wasn’t long before my man Dennis Leary appeared out of nowhere, expressing my dilemma exactly…

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CLEAN: Almighty. Since the last time I was in NYC, things in Times Square have been quite sanitized. There’s lots of franchise offerings instead of flesh zones (for instance, an Ann Taylor loft where I picked up an emergency outfit for our theatre date with "The Drowsy Chaperone").

The colorful NYPD station in Times Square is still as neon wonderful as ever, though.

We visited Midtown for dinner before the show and caught some decent seafood at Papillon, 22 E. 54th Street, then walked the neighborhood.

Wear-able? Victoria Beckham has been a busy, busy gal it seems.

She has released her own Denim line, and encourages us all to wear Hot Pants with very High Heels. I must admit, I did not see any New Yorkers sporting this look but it was early.

HOLY: Strolling the avenue, 5th Ave, we passed the St. Patrick’s Cathedral (between 50th and 51st St). It has the most incredible 3/4 size figures embedded in its bronze doors.

The interior is much like gothic Euro churches with many small chapels lining the main area. I would love to explore this further.

This figure intrigued me the most.

We laughed so hard and long during the DC, we were almost unable to stroll Broadway After Dark, but I was lucky to find the absolutely Perfect Nightshirt at the Perfect Price (although it was $1 cheaper 1 block over)! We celebrated with a slice nightcap from a Famiglia Pizza stand! AH, sweet dreams…

to be continued…

Monday, June 16, 2007

  Monday Morning Mirth  

This is one of my most favorite things about the place I went this weekend. If you can name the location of this sign and explain what it means (in the comments below) you might win a prize!

(Random drawing on Friday to determine winner in case of duplicate answers…)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

the Farmer’s in the Dell

This last weekend was our annual condo home improvement extravaganza! We decided in late winter to pull out our unsuccessful lawn and put pavers in, surrounded by, hopefully a beautiful border. All through the Spring, the gardening has danced through my head, I love it so, and we finally got to it.

Myself and M groomed the borders — we started by salvaging what we could from the naturalizing day lilies that were by the fence and then I marked a curvy space with a spade all around two sides of the yard. We had a huge pile of weeds and rejects. D used a rented Home Depot tiller to break up the grass and then D & T bagged and shoveled it out and tilled once more.

Then, even though it is really late in the season, I transplanted my favorite purple leaf sand cherry from the front yard to the corner. What I found preparing the new spot was just amazing.

Our house was built about a decade ago over what we found out later was the remains of a fire. When the contractor finished the property, they put in, oh maybe, an inch or two of new top soil over backfill. As I dug in the most hard tack of surfaces, objects were revealed: door handles, bits of wood, bricks, fabric, a bone or two, rocks of all ages, iron spikes, nails, the trivia of a century or so that might better have been left alone.

Instead, I salvaged the most likely and dressed that Cherry Bush with what was dubbed the Ring of the Ancestors as a homage to the layers of history revealed by our change.

I think it was a lucky stroke because even though the Bush had a little transplant shock, it is now stretching and maybe wiggling roots below. I gave it a little haircut too.

More chipping and forking later in the east corner and there was a perrenial bed. We all emptied the soil from our multitude of deck containers (minus old stems, roots, etc.) on the surface and I tried to double-dig the lot (sort of like this but I used a tined fork) with some more bagged topsoil. I really got a workout! My DziaDzia taught me about double-digging before planting and if ever an area needed it, this was it. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the Russian Sage, Veronica, Campanula and bronze-leaf Coral Bells will agree and next year we will have a lush oasis instead.

We ran out of day before the lust to plant was done so I did what any normal person would do: I cast on for a new project!

I was running out of steam though, and all I had energy for was the Lazy Grrlz Provisional Cast On:

Using scrap yarn, cast on the number of sts needed. Attach working yarn. Knit 1 row with new yarn to make stitches to be used later, then continue with chosen pattern. No fussy crochet chain. Barely any counting. Snip out scrap yarn later.

See you all when I get Back! I’m leaving on a Jet Plane, details to come…

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