outside irving farms


how sad does that face look? 
normally
 i kneel down
 so i can get a shot
 at their level
 eye to eye
 but 
i was carrying stuff 
couldnt kneel
 or
 i might have toppled over
 i am a klutz 

can you read the sign he appears to be reading?
 it says
 'we love your pets but unfortunately they are not permitted inside of our store' 
i think
 he was hoping
 it didnt mean 
him

have a seat

charlotte woodson birmingham alabama

i dont know
 how
 you
 go about writing a post

 there's no hoyles
 for blog post writing
 i dont think

 me
 i go into iphoto
 browse the over 16,000 photos
 for inspiration
 i start
 in 
photo stream
 move to albums
 flipping
 through
 to see
 what there is 
to see

 i wonder
 why
 i have some of these photos

 there is no muse leaping out
 crying
 me me write about me

 last night
 when i went album diving
 i saw this
 remembered the afternoon in birmingham
 how hot it was
 how virginia
 do know her blogs?
 click here and here
 took
 me
 into charlotte woodson
 both to see the wonderful antiques
 and
 to cool off in the air conditioning

 so i am remembering everything
 but
 what the shop is called

 i thought i would avoid it
 tell you
 how
 when i saw those chairs
 i immediately thought
 not enough for the twelve chairs

 i could admit
 i thought it was the ten chairs
 when i googled to get a link
 i couldnt

 toonman saved the day

 then i uploaded the photo
 discovering
 i had labeled it
 charlotte woodson

 now
 i have a post

happy friday

i leave on tuesday
 am i excited?

 are you serious?

to quote chicago


does anybody
really
 know



i do

pretty new watch
courtesy 
of my sister
who felt
i would need 
to know 
what time 
it 
was 
while 
in 
paris

apologies for any ear worms
i seem to have both
 that song
 and
mashed up in my brain

carry on!


water tower


a bright crisp saturday afternoon
 looking down
 broadway or maybe it was amsterdam
 i am lucky
 i can remember
 where i am now
 as for
 where i was then
 i dont even remember when when was

  do you have memory issues?

i know
 once upon a time
 i never wrote anything down
 i had such an amazing memory

 now
 if i dont do
 whatever it is 
i was thinking of doing
 right at that moment 
chances are
 i will forget

 lets not even discuss 
the number of times
 i have got up
 from somewhere 
to go get or do something
 walked to do it
 and
 had no idea 
where
 i was going
 or 
why

 okay
 i exaggerate
 but
 truly
 only
 slightly

 i call it 
sometimers

 as in
 some times i remember
 some times i don't 

good times


harry
 and jack
 made new friends
 this weekend
 when

 we never did get out to take photos
 but
 many photos were taken of the felines

 yes
 i am that bad a housekeeper
 fear not
 since this was taken
 toonman vacuumed

 anyway
 a really nice day was spent talking
 going out to a late lunch early dinner
 followed
 by 
coffee 
basketball
for the guys
 on the center of the universe
 (our big screen tv)
 whilst
 lisa showed me
 photoshop
 doesnt have to make me cry

 all the edelsteins
are looking forward
 to time
 with
 the gordons
 again
 soon

and your weekend
 was it what you expected?

playing with texture

i have been playing
 with
 this
 not so hot
 iphone photo

friday
 i downloaded
 fabulous
 'skies laundry day' texture

do you know nancy and her beautiful blog?
click here

 went
 to
 pic monkey
 to introduce
 the texture
 to
 the photo

 howdy
 you are looking
 better


do you play with textures?
  recently
 i have become
 obsessed

 formerly
 a straight out of the camera gal
 now
 i am attempting
 to see
 what textures
 do
 to
 less than passing grade photos 

on the whole
 i am pleased
 toonman
 would
 prefer
 me
 to
 just stop
go back
 to posting
 real photos

 he's a video editor
 who has
 an editors eye 
everything in focus
 no bokeh
 no texture
 no 'spider web-y' effects 

i promise my paris photos will be pure
and
i promise to tell you all about my saturday with lisa gordon tomorrow

here comes the weekend



so what are you up to this weekend?  
lets get a coffee 
sit down 


i am expecting
 lisa gordon
do you know her wonderful blog?
click here
 we have no real plans
i think if the weather is nice 
some wandering
 in
 central or riverside park
 with 
cameras 
might 
happen

your turn
tell me all about it 

stand away from the closing doors

you know
 all about
 the wifi
 the waiting
 where to stand
 but
 do you know
 about the doors?

 every subway car has 3 double doors

 you can hear
 the conductors
over the pa system
 as they instruct:

 stand away from the closing door
 or 
use all available doors to exit

 some subway cars
 seem
 to have
 door issues

 doors
 that must
 be
 opened/closed
 over and over and over
 before
 they are all closed
 and
 we can get on our way

 occasionally
 the door issues
 are
 so
 enormous
 everyone must exit the train
 so it can be returned to the yard for repair

 when the happens
 the crowds on the platform
 are huge
 and
 when the next train arrives
 already 
carrying
 a lot of people
 those waiting
 push in

 its like sardines
 ever see 
those photos
 of
 the tokyo subways
 the men on the platform
 helping
shove
push
jam
 people into the cars?
  its like that

  the other morning
 there was a 3 minute wait 
for the subway
 the last car
 where i always ride
 was crowded
 it was barely 7 a.m.
 we got to 72nd street 
the doors
 opened
 people exited
 the doors closed
 the doors opened
 the doors closed
 the doors opened
 the doors closed

 a lot 
of 
us
 were
paying 
attention
 new yorkers
 know
the sounds 
the subtle clues
something
was
wrong

 sure enough
 the conductor informed us
 there were problems with the doors
 our patience was asked
 then
 an express pulled in across the platform
 people leapt to their feet
 stood at the doors
 which
 did
 not
 open
 did not open

 the express
 waited
 a second or two
 then
 it closed its doors
 left the station


we remained
trapped
inside the cars
 doors closed
 in a non moving train

 there was grumbling
 there was a lot of watch checking
 then 
everyone settled back down
waiting
it seemed to take forever
 but 
it was just another minute
 before
 the conductor 
announced

 due to difficulties with the doors

loud groans 

 we'll be going express to times square

 relief

 we weren't being turned out
 onto
 the platform
 to wait
 for another local or express

 i think
 that by then
 locals 
were backing up
 along the route

getting us
 to times square
 express
 would make up
 the lost time
 and 
get the trains back on schedule

 no really
 there is a schedule
 go ahead laugh 
but there is





water tower


i am
 pretty sure
 i posted this before
 maybe
 from a different angle

 its across
 from
 ditch plains
 on
 83rd street
 actually
 it sits atop a building on amsterdam avenue

 someone i read
jill
who blogs
  here 
was asking about music

 i replied
 i have eclectic taste
 in
 both
 music and movies

 for instance
 i loved
 towering inferno
 escape from new york
 and
 recently
 john carter of mars

 for a really
 not so well
 written
 movie
 it had a lot of 
names
 in fact
 during the first 30 minutes
 toonman and i played
 isnt that ....?

 as the credits rolled
 toonman said
 'well
 if i had been watching it alone
 i wouldnt have finished it'

 i said
 i liked it

 he said something like
 'oh
in that voice
 that means
 god you have questionable taste

 but you know what?
 i have always
 liked
 'b' movies 

i grew up
 going
 to the movies
 on saturday afternoon
 i watched
 the
 worst 
scariest
 movies 

so scary
 i would
 race up
 the stairs
 to our apartment
 convinced
 whatever
 movie creature
 i'd seen
 had
 escaped from the movie
 and
 was after me

 john carter
 wasnt scary
 it was fun
 so
 if you want escapist fun
 with
 a really good cast
 who
 you ask
 is in this?

 well lets see
 dominic west
willem dafoe
 bryan cranston
 ciaran hinds
 james purefoy
 thomas hayden church
 polly walker

get it from netflix

neither netfix or the producers of john carter have compensated me for this glowing review

studly


i apologize 
sitting here thinking
 about 
what to post about
 i realized
 i have done nothing
but
 whine
 about
  the various ailments
 afflicting
 me

 how
 sad 
pathetic
 it is

 so
 no more 

did my regular beautification™ 
sunday morning
 after
 washing drying my hair
 gawd
 what a mess

 i was holding off 
getting a hair cut
 thinking
 if it was longer-ish
 i could ponytail it
 in paris
 if
 it got rained on
 or 
whatever 

but
 its not long enough-ish
 besides
 it looks awful

 toonman
 offered
 that it looked
 'brushed too much' 

so
 a hair cut
 will be happening
 before the trip

 i knew you were concerned
now you dont have to give
 that 
another thought 

packing
 is an ongoing
 mental event 
narrowing down
 the options
is the top priority
 because
 i am packing
 one
 regulation
 size
rolling case
 that will fit
 in the overhead compartment

 toonman
 also pointed out
 'you dont have to worry about what you wear, you can wash things out' 

riiiight
 thank you
 man
 who never travels

 anyway
 after beautification™
 my friend cheryl and i hopped a cab to bergdorfs
 to finish spending my credit

 i managed to find
 a sweet pair of patterned skinny jeans
two black
 can one possibly have too many black sweaters?
 sweaters
 one
 is a open weave
 which reminded me
of the crocheted sweaters
 my mother used to make
 i can't remember
 what they were called 
what the pattern was called
 the other
 is
 oversized
 vee necked
 and
 loose
 it could be worn as mini dress with leggings
 tho i probably won't

 oh
 i still have a small credit
 maybe
 enough
 for a tube of pricy lippie

 then 
we decided
 we were hungry
 shopping
 really amps up the need for fuel
 we opted for fred's at barney's
 vs
 the chic restaurant in bergdorf
 a leisurely lunch
 was 
followed
 by a visit to barney's newly re-done shoe department
 for me
 it was a photo op
 cause
 not only could i not try on shoes
i didnt see any shoes
 i would want to try on or own

 look at these 





if studs
 arent
 your thing
 you
 might like these



studs were the style for every designer 
i dont think
 i will be purchasing
 any new shoes this spring
will you??

yes, it snowed again


well
 it
 snowed
 again
 yesterday

 a dusting
 a shower
 a
 wet
 cold
 day
 for those
 who marched
 in
 this year's
 st patrick's day parade

 maybe
 it snowed
 on them
 because
 the parade
 was
 held
 on
 march 16
 not
 march 17

 there's a half marathon
 i am not running
 tomorrow

 i went for a massage 
over on the eastside
 on madison avenue
 it was a 9:45 appointment
 the buses
 were still running crosstown at that point
 but 
at 11:30 
when i left the spa
 totally relaxed
 the streets were all closed off 
the only way
 to get
 crosstown
 was
 via 86th street
 i figured this would happen
 i would have walked uptown
 but
 after my massage
 i stopped
 to get a glass of water
 the pre/post massage room
 is
 very zen
 comfy chairs
 low tables
 a large table
holds 
water, tea, cups
 on its lower shelf
 two huge pieces
 of
 driftwood
 lie

 i didnt notice
part of the wood
 sticking out
 and
 walked
 right
 into
 it

 it really hurt
 really
 really
 hurt 

my fipflop clad foot
 seemed
 unmarked
 so
 i had my glass of water
 changed
 left
 and 
stopped at a boutique
 called
 sandro
a new
 new york 
addition
 from 
paris

 coincidence?

anyway
 i got back
 to the westside 
popped into zabars
 and
then
 walked home
 thinking
 my foot really hurts

 upon inspection
 i found
 i can 
wiggle and bend
 my toes
 however
 the middle toe
 is
 swollen and turning colors

 i am still thinking
 its not broken
 or 
surely
 i wouldnt be able to move it

 i refuse
 to believe
 it might be broken
 refuse

 in 16 days
 i am going
 to be
 walking
 around paris
 i will not
 be dealing
 with
 a
 well i am not going to say it

 its just a bad bruise

 i hope i can wear shoes
 .. gah ... 

that photo
 is from
 the snow 
before this
 but
 the photo has a green cast
 i thought it would be apropos for st patrick's day
 tho
 now
 i am thinking
 a photo of my colorful toe 
would have sufficed





sharing with

Weekly Top Shot #74

rhoda and simon




isnt she adorable?
  rhoda
 is a bundle of energy
 simon
 truly is a good 'big brother' 
tolerating
 her puppy antics

 she never stopped moving
 the entire time
 i was standing
 there
 talking to her person
 she wanted
 to lick
 any part of me
 she could reach
 she rolled
 on the ground
 offering her tummy
 for a tickle
 all the while
 simon
 stoically
 sat
 watching

 i gave him
 many ear scratches 
and
 lots of praise

dig we must - again


 over
 on my other blog
 click here
there's a photo
of work in times square

taken back on february 19

 yesterday
 i ran out at lunchtime
a quick errand
 something
 i almost never do
 because
 its
 crowded
with
tourists
 and 
contraction workers

 but 
ya gotta do 
what ya gotta do 

here's what i saw


digging
 again
 in
 the
 exact
 same
 spot

 hey 
 i keep looking
 for jeffrey 
but 
so far no luck

taking measure


i leave for the office
 very early
 we're early people
 my bosses and i

 new york is the city that never sleeps
 see that man bent over there?
 he's packing it in
 it was barely 7 a.m.
 his job
 was done for the day
 at this spot
 anyway

 soon
 that empty street
 will be filled with people
 walking
 from 
the subway 
to
 their 
offices

 its amazing
 how fast
 an empty street
 can fill

 if you follow me
 (as zipcode10024)
on
 instragram
 you'd see
 how different
 it looks
 from
 day to day
 at 
7 a.m.

 the other morning 
i had
 a
 9 a.m. appointment 

the number
 of
 people
on 
the street
 was 
beginning
 to increase

by the time
 i got back
 to
 times square
the crowds
were 
overwhelming

that man
 taking
 measurements
 for some project or other
 would not 
have been able
 to stand there
 and 
get 
a clear view
an accurate measurement

i bet
 he like me
 prefers
 the empty early morning street

what time do you go to work?
is it crowded?

water tower


another look
 across 
80th street
see the water tower there on the right?
 in the wee hours of the morning
 on the way to the office

 i have a very high pain threshold
 so
 when i had a little ache
 in december
 that went away
 i ignored it
 tucked it away
 of course
 things got worse

 surgery
 was done
 a bone graft
 was necessary
 it cost a lot

 insurance 
still hasnt 
reimbursed me
 and
 this weekend
 why
 is it 
tooth/oral things
 always 
happen on weekends
 when dentists arent in
 is it some sort of odd karma 

well 
on sunday at brunch
 i noticed
the area 
that
was
healing 
was 
feeling 
odd
 tingly
 to the touch of the tongue

 i know
 dont put your tongue there and it wont tingle
 right

 monday
 the odd feeling was gone
 but 
i am no fool
 this time
 i called the dentist
 he wasnt in
  i got an appointment for tuesday

 he asked me
 to describe
 what i felt

he understood 
exactly
 what 
it was

 apparently
 the bone graft
 is
taking/healing
 in
the process
there is/are 
some 
shedding 
of
some
 little bits 
of
bone
 he called it something i forget
 there were 
two
of these things
 he
 'helped' 
them 
leave
 and
 then
 took an x-ray

 sigh

in janaury 
he removed
 a fractured root
 from
 a root-canaled tooth 
under a bridge

now
 he thinks
 he should have taken more

sigh

so
 after i return from paris
 i will have more of this mess dealt with
 he promises
 it will be a lot less invasive

riiiiiight

blood sweat no tears


i have o negative blood
 i am very popular
 the universal donor 
did you know
 on any given day
 over 44,000 blood donations
 are needed
 every 2 seconds
 someone
 in the u.s. 
needs
 a blood transfusion
 thats a lot of blood
 any healthy individual
 can donate
 blood
 every 56 days
 and
 the blood type 
most 
often 
requested
 by hospitals
 is
 type O



  so
 i give whenever i can
 this past week 
i got a letter
 asking for platelets
 which it turns out
 is a slightly
 more involved
 donation
 taking over 3 hours
it includes
 taking
 your medical history
 having your temperature taken
 as well as
 a small finger prick of blood
 for confirming type


 then
 you get to recline
 on a comfy 'bed' 
hooked up to a machine
 which does most of the work
 you
 have to 
intermittently
 squeeze a rubber ball
 to keep the pressure
 at level
 the machine likes

  i was fine
 til the 45 min mark
 when
 my foot
 then
 leg
 began to cramp
 i was given tums
 because
 tums
 are high in calcium
 which apparently
 gets depleated
 during the process

 an aside here
 i had been told
 to eat foods
 high in calcium 
in the days
 prior to the donation
 um
 i didnt take it seriously
 i should have

 anyway
 it went smoothly
 except for that
 and 
after it was done
 i got a lot of snacks
instructions
 not to smoke
 to drink a lot of fluids
 a purple pressure arm band
 and
 so
 many
 thank you's
 it was embarrassing 


that was my saturday

sunday
i beautified
brunched with my friend cheryl
and
made a short video for my late friend wendy's memorial

and you?
how did you pass the weekend??
are you adjusting to the new sunshine filled extra hour???

3 bags full

so i have a credit with rue la la
 do you know them?
 a shopping site

 i dont go there 
very often
 because
 its too easy to get carried away
 the prices are really good

 i have a credit
 so on monday
 i go see whats on sale 
maybe
 i will find 
something
 i want

 what do i see?
the
 identical
 tumi
 tote
 i paid full price for 
 the day before
its
several dollars less
plus
 did i mention
 i have a credit?

  three totes on sale

 red
no outside pockets




black 
identical to the one i got at tumi



taxi cab yellow
 slightly larger
 has
 all the same
pockets
 zippers
 etc




 i bought the taxi cab yellow
 its a fun color
 i love
 that its larger
 and
 i can return
 the other tote
 to tumi
 for a refund


 now
 i think
 i will get 
that 
wallet

i know everything

i do 
no
 i am not being modest
 i really am
 never wrong
 always know
 the answer
 now
 its going to pay off


 have you heard about romio?

  oh romio
 where for art thou?
 romio is
online
 here
 romio 

yeah
while
 that was cheesy
 romio is not

  its a new site
 still working out its kinks
 its
 a
 q and a
 site
 you go there
ask a question
 find an answer

 the answers
 are being provided
 by bloggers
 who have 'specialized' interests
 knowledge
 about everything
 from
 where to find a graphic designer
 to
 where to go to get those special/favorite shoes fixed
 to
 where to find the best pizza 
in new york city

 i met with Dae
the other day


his card says he's 
a
 'social marketer'
he explained how romio works
why its a good forum for bloggers
and
how questions will be answered
unlike yelp its not about ratings and reviews
unlike ask you dont have to pay a pro to be in the know


 i know romio will be fun
 to be involved in
 with
 because
 we all know
 i know everything

you can 'follow' me there
 if that's your thing
 or 
you can just head over
ask a question
 of
 any of the other 
know-it-alls 
and
you will get an answer
from a
neigborhood insider
like
me





i have not been compensated in any way by Romio for pimping them