fridaycation


spotted this last friday
 in 
the whitney gift/souvenier shop

 i was going to use it 
in
 the anniversary post
  then i didnt
 so 
now i am

time flies

it seems as if
just the other day
 i was apartment sitting for my boss
 i met a guy 
i married him
he's my best friend
my everything

today 
is
 the
 36th anniversary
of 
that 
hot 
humid 
july 
afternoon

when
the rabbi said
do you take this woman

you replied
i most assuredly do

i love you my honey

water tower wednesday

my friend melissa
 on the 8th floor terrace
 of 
the whitney
 snapping a shot
 of 
what else 
a
 water tower

weekend blather

another weekend drawing to a close here
 tho 
you'e reading this monday
 its still sunday 
as i am
 writing 
typing


  friday
i bussed it across town for a dermatologist appointment
the 86th street crosstown 
now
 has an updated method payment
you pop your metro card into a kiosk 
get a receipt
board the bus 
through any door 

this is supposed to speed up travel
 across what is known as
 the worst crosstown traffic in the city 
the slowest bus route in the city

eventually 
the system will expand

metrocards 
will be replaced with cards with chips
like they are in amsterdam 
where you
 tap your 'pass' 
against a reader 
on the way in and out of the trams
here
there are helpers 
for those confused 
by the new kiosks
 as well as 
transit police
 to make sure 
no one hops on 
without paying


 after my appointment
i bussed back across town
to meet my friend carrie 
visiting from california
 for lunch
 then
 a long walk through riverside park across to central park then up to the museum to the subway parting
 with lots of hugs 
til she visits again 

 carrie after our meatball shop lunch
central park lake through some leggy daisies

saturday
was pure indulgence
once again i bussed crosstown
massage and facial
at exhale spa
back across to the westside
for my blow dry with yi

errands done
dry cleaning dropped off
zabars for munchies and toonman's favorites

sunday
more beautification
at 
polished beauty bar

 back home 
to
 the air conditioned apartment
the humidity has returned
temps in the high 80s prevail
its not the sort of day you
 okay
 i want to be out

clearly harry and jack prefer to laze about too
jack loves the new catnip filled snake i got on etsy from catopia9

harry prefers the catball where he can pretend to be a turtle

nitro


nitro
 a year old pitbull 
was rescued
 from a life in a dog fight 'kennel' 

he is very sweet 
he was sitting on a bench
 near strawberry fields
in central park

his person told me 
nitro was neutered yesterday 
and 
was still a bit logy 
a bit under the weather 

i found him to be a charming chap
 i scratched his ears 
he nuzzled me
 the dog version of a cat head butt

fridaycation


last friday 
i spent 
a few lovely hours 
lunching
 people 
art
 watching 
at the whitney

 i discovered this lovely little space
 i think its on the 3rd floor 
tho i could be mistaken

 its a long room
 with 
a fabulous view
 of 
the river 
of 
new jersey

 lined with comfy chairs 
floor to ceiling windows 
a charming place 
to regroup
after wandering the art filled galleries

the whole time 
i was trying to get a full shot
 the angle defied my iphone capabilities
of the space and the interaction of the people
that young woman was texting 
oblivious to the beauty before her

 her loss

video

i am relatively new to posting videos here 
i hope this works
 because
i am in love with this

 i shared a still shot of it in my weekend blather 

this is a mere 15 seconds long 
but 
i could watch it
 over and over 

i hope you like it 

video

weekend end

three days
 of 
sun
 is a good thing 
even
 if 
one of the three
 started 
with torrential downpour(s) 

friday
my friend melissa
 made reservations for us to have lunch
 at the standard
 on the roof 

we did this a year ago on a sunday
 it was lovely

 turns out
 sunday
 is
 the only day 
the rooftop restaurant
 is 
open before 2:30 

her reservation
 was actually for the restaurant on street level 

we discussed alternatives

 i suggested 
the whitney's 8th floor terrace restaurant 


we decided if we couldn't get in 
we could always back track 
to the standard

we got in
we had a long leisurely lunch 


lots of catch up 
we'd not spent time together in months
after lunch we walked down through the museum
even the interior staircase is arty


its such a glorious building the art is curated in a fascinating way

as we stood atop the museum
looking
out
down




 we could hear music
so we set off to see what it was



 they were terrific
i shot a short video

video


saturday 
started off 
with a horrific down pour
after 
the air was sticky humid horrible
ugh
did some errands
came home 
put on the air conditioner 
in the living room
what a relief
spent the rest of saturday reading

sunday
another super hot day
seemed less humid
i got my weekly mani/pedi
considered 
a walk
nixed it
 in favor 
of heading home to veg out

i no longer feel 
the pull of the sun 
the need to tan 
to be out in the heat 
these are no longer things i enjoy

how was your weekend?




fridaycation

there's a bridge 
thats 
what 
the construction things 
that go up 
outside a building
 when work 
is 
going on above 
are called

work on the building facade 
or 
windows 
usually 
stonework

 the bridge
 is
 to protect 
pedestrians 
should
anything
 fall 

under this particular bridge
 is
 the entrance 
to
 a language school for children

 the owners 
hung 
some colorful lanterns 
outside their doorway

i guess 
to make it apparent
 they were there 
school's open 
while construction is underway 

of course
 i couldn't resist taking a photo


it took me a few tries 
before 
i got a shot i liked 

lets face it 

its not the most photogenic of places
 and 
yet
 it makes for an interesting image 

for me 
anyway 

summertime treat


my new addiction
 is
 starbucks cold brew cold ed coffee

have you tried it?


delish

weekend recappage

what a gorgeous weekend
 it was

 friday
 i got to sleep in
 get my hair beautified
 erranding
 all under blue skies
 with
 lovely
 totally 
bearable 
temps
in the evening 
we watched
 the kingsman
 a lot of fun with colin firth

saturday 
was
 another amazing day
i did almost nothing
toonman helped me schlep 
two big bags of shoes 
to 
housing works

sunday
another sleep in
followed
by weekly mani/pedi
coffee with my friend cheryl

and 
just because
 i know
 you're all waiting
 breathlessly
 to learn the latest development
 in my on going
  iCloud photo issues 

well 
the cloud
 was
 empty
 but 
its filled again 

no idea how or why 
so back to the specialist techs for that
plus
 a cpu permissions issue
 kept 
'us' 
my fabulous apple senior tech and i
 from 
moving the photos
 back
 into
 the desktop app


so that's my weekend
how was yours?

waiting


on the eastside
 these pups 
were 
waiting for the light to change

i hurried up 
to capture
the white dog
who got tired waiting 
to cross
86th at park avenue


fridaycationing


some people
have 
to ride the subway
to work on fridays
 in the summer 

not me

 i am especially glad
 i dont have to work today
 because
 there's going to be 
a hot mess of people 
downtown 
for 
the women soccer team ticker tape parade 

i will be 
uptown 
far away 
from 
the madding
 crowds

status quo? no!

weather hot humid hazy horrible
my photos are finally
 as of 
well
 i just looked
 so i could whine
 about
 how much longer 
it will take to clear them 

they're cleared 
iCloud photos
 are
 empty 
nothing there 
gone 
wheeee!

i guess this weekend 
i will have my last communcation
 with
 brandon 

i wont miss the chaos
 i will miss him
 he's a terrific kid 
with
 a puzzle solver mentality
 something 
i can admire 
and
 identify with

waiting was tough
but 
now
i feel like these parents
all excited about
their kids
getting home from day camp
i am excited 
i will be able to access my photos again 
without
 a lot of clever work around
whee!




weekend recappage

so aside 
from the nation's birthday party 
what happened? 

well 
thursday
i left the office around 11:30ish 
 came home and hung out
 the internet wasn't working 
called those wonderful people at time warner 
long story short
 or 
as short as i can tell
 the issue 
which was resolved 
friday
 between 3 and 4 pm 
was 
caused 
by
 time warner thinking
 according to the tech 
we were getting wifi 
from
 them

 no
 we aren't
 never 
ever
 were 

our wifi 
comes via apple's airport extreme 
which 
plugs
 into
 time warner's unbelievably large modem 

the slowness
 the tech explained
 was due to the modem
 thinking
 it was sending out wifi 
(even tho the wifi button/light was not lit)

 the tech adjusted settings 
 voila
 faster internets 

before the tech arrived
 i was across town with my friend donna 
we had lunch
 in 
the met's member dining room 


where the food is artistically presented


after lunch we wandered down
via
the temple of dendur



i can't resist a reflection shot
or
a photo of someone taking a photo


 to the
 china: through the looking glass 


three floors 
of
 amazing 
art 
gorgeous 
clothing
and
 movie clips projected on the walls 

its an incredible exhition
 the curator did a outrageous job
 coordinating then and now 

i need to go back 
because it was crowded
there's a lot to see
i really didnt see it all

saturday
 was
 the fourth
 i decided to trek to the office
 to get photos 
of the hermione 



the hermione
 is a replica of the ship 
on which
 lafayette sailed to the colonies 


she participated
 in
 a flotilla of masted boats and ships
 up into the harbor 
past the statue of liberty 
up the hudson to the intrepid
 then back down again 


sunday 
after beautification 
i played at being a sloth
 i read
started a new book 
 gangsterland 

after having zipped 
through
 both mr mercedes and its sequel finders keepers 
now i have to wait 
for the 3rd and final book
 in a truly wonderful series by stephen king

 that 
along with 
overeating 
was 
how 
i spent my fourth 
(and fifth)

 what did you do?

i forget

this cutie's name

 she was so sure 
there was 
something 
something 
squirrel!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

but no 

it was not a squirrel

 it was a pigeon
 back
 behind
 the fence
 all the luscious plants
 in
 the famous 84th street people's garden 

maybe not so famous 
i googled 
so i could show you the gardens i didnt take a photo of


 i googled
 garden on west 84 st at amsterdam ave nyc 

try it

all i got 
 a list of chinese restaurants


hey, who's got my hat?


yup
its fridaycation again

today
 i am at the met 
lunching 
with a friend
seeing
 the asian exhibit

spotted 
that kid the other day
i wanted 
a shot of him 
holding 
woody up 
but
kids like dogs 
dont hold still

still like this shot a lot

stole the post title
from 
toy story

water tower wednesday

downtown
 is all
 construction construction construction

 its a thriving area

 i was looking up 
walking to the subway 
spotted that tower there
on the corner of park and church
of course
 i had 
to
 snap and share

 no thanks necessary