Sunday, January 31, 2010

Our Canadian Visitors

We met our friends, Lorna & Robert, at Arriba Mexican Grill for dinner. We ordered can see below. They look huge, which they are, but to be truthful, there was very little actual tequila in it.
Linda, Lorna & I with our ginormouse margaritas.
Robert & Dad....
Hannah & Robert...
I ordered Pasole for dinner. It was really good.
A final group shot.

Can't wait until we see them again!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sew Along with Kelli & Finny

Well...not this project. My friend, Lorna, from Canada made me a Potato Bag. We tried it and it made potatoes in the microwave that had skins like in the oven.

I am also joining Kelli & Finny's Sew Along this year. The first project was the Good Day Hat from One Yard Wonder's. You had to do some math after measuring the circumference of a circle I figured out the diameter. Thankfully, I had a bowl that measured it perfectly!
The finished hat.......not sure I will ever wear it BUT I learned something from the process.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Rest of NY Trip

Well, I took a bus tour (a few days worth where I would tour, get off, walk around and then take the subway back to where I wanted to be) and we saw Grant's tomb. I will always remember my Dad asking who was buried in Grant's Tomb??

Took a trip to Harlem past the Apollo Theater.
The Guggenheim. Love the architecture!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art....

Horse Drawn Carriages at Central Park

Central Park

Rockefeller Center Tree.....

Me & the tree.... (notice the many layers of clothing and a hat!!)

A tour of my postage stamp room...... 1/2 of the bathroom view from the bed....
The bed...(yeah, that is the whole room).

Other half of the bathroom....HUGE, as you can see!
A visit to Tavern on the Green in the last few days of its existance. I met some amazing ladies....from left (Carolyn, Jill, Aisyah from Singapore and me). One last hurrah!

Out front on my way to dinner with Sauniell.

I was Sauniell's secret pal back in 2005. She was fun to shop for and she was so sweet because she sent me a thank you gift that I use to this day, stitch markers! We had a great dinner at Josie's. We shared our meals and enjoyed some great food and wine.

It is funny because although we have never met in person, I felt like I knew Sauniell and I can honestly say, that we had a very nice few hours together with not a silent moment in the conversation! Thank you Sauniell for taking the time to meet me on my visit to NYC! It was definitely a highlight!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Last morning....

I decided to walk around the neighborhood and have breakfast. I stopped at EJ's Luncheonette and it was definitely worth the stop.
I was lucky enough to get a small table by the window to people watch during breakfast.
Breakfast was SSSOOOO GOOD. A Greek omelet, potatoes and toasted challa.

Inside the diner...

After breakfast, a stop to Knitty City.....yes, I bought something (a pattern and a bag).
And finally, a view of my hotel. It was definitely a budget hotel but worked well for a trip where little time is spent in the room so I could spend money other places.

I loved the beautiful flowers at the green grocer's along the street.

A great visit.......

Saturday, January 02, 2010

A Day in New York

I spent a few days in New York over the holidays. I had not been there in a couple of decades. Getting there was a very long day....that ended well with a wonderful Thai dinner that included one of my favorites, green papaya salad.
A visit to Times Square.
An abstract sculpture near Ground Zero in New York.

A Statue of Liberty sculpture in the museum near Ground Zero.

Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge.

Gorgeous day for a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Downtown Manhattan, Pier 17, looking over to Brooklyn Heights.

Chinatown...I always love the sights in Chinatown. I was surprised to see so much Durian for sale due to its distinct odor.
I was sorely tempted to stop for a bowl of Pho but kept going since I wanted to save room for other snacks along the way.
Yum, cheese in an Italian deli.
Later in the afternoon, I happened to be on the subway back to my hotel, when I heard the next stop was Bleecker Street. One of my colleagues told me to stop in and try their sangria.

So...I did!

At the end of this really long day, I caught Mamma Mia on Broadway. A great show!!

Times Square at night is a very interesting place. Lots of fake handbags and wallets.

With a stop at CLEAN bathrooms provided by Charmin!

A fun end to a great first day in New York.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Christmas Eve

Hannah played Christmas Carols at church before the service on Christmas Eve.
A family photo at Church.
A book we read before opening presents. It is from when I was a child. It is a very sweet children's book of the Christmas story.

In front of the tree on Christmas Eve (thank goodness for camera timers).
Hannah's new orange scarf.
Simon with his new building set.
Hannah modeling her boots.....

Mom's new scarf.