surprise


for the first time 
in 
well
as far back 
as
 i can remember
and 
on some days
 that's just moments ago
it didnt rain 
memorial day monday
sweet

i met my sister for lunch
we'd been trying to do this for months
first i got sick
then it was mother's day 
we decided that was not a good day to go out to lunch
then she got sick
then we both had conflicts

finally
we met at red farm
i chose red farm because its chinese food
with a definite neuvo twist
our mom loved chinese food
we looked over the menu 
there really wasn't 
anything she'd have wanted to eat
anything she would have recognized
she liked old school chinese food
but 
i was sure 
she'd have made the waiter explain each dish 
in detail

my sister 
had 
some amazing sashimi tuna in a 'salad'


i had an assortment of dim sum
this one in particular was amusing and delicious
crab stuff with duck and a veggie 'soup'













getting what you asked for ...

you know
 i have a weather fixation
i always tell you 
new york city
does
not
 have
 spring

i dont lie

we went
 from a 
mild winter 
into 
a wet
 chilly
 occasionally warmish 
few weeks 
into
 miserable 
heat and humidity
the sort of humidity
 that makes 
getting my hair blown dry 
pointless

ugh

nevertheless
after my blow-dry on saturday
i did 
some erranding
some photo snapping
i walked along west 78th street
i think the townhouses on west 78th are the prettiest
there are 2 for sale 
how i wish i were rich


toonman took his walk early to avoid heatstroke
then put the ac in the bedroom
ga'bless him
i was able to sleep 12 hours
 without sweating 
without waking 
to the very noisy starting
 of 
both
 the hotel's and our friend's 
central air units
aaaaah

speaking of walking
since seriously walking (almost) everyday
toonman earned his first fitbit badge


way to go!!

do blondes have more fun?


it seems like all the dogs on madison avenue in the east 70s are blondes

toy cars


because 
i schlepped the real camera
 to the office 
for the fleet week flotilla
 i decided to take a few other photos 

thats west street 
used to be the westside highway
 an elevated highway 
i am not sure it was elevated all the way downtown
 anyway
 its a busy heavily trafficked artery

from the 43rd floor
all those cars and trucks look like toys
dont they

fleet week


an hour or two before the ships came into view



the met life blimp hovered over the statue of liberty



as they approached
even with a 300mm lens 
the ships looked very small from the 43rd floor





the coast guard led the way




flag proudly flying



there were several smaller ships
preceding the star of the show
the aircraft carrier


if you see a sailor
be sure to thank them for their service

more this and that

the damn newspaper delivery yesterday
got me all riled up 
 i never got to the good stuff

when i was home for a week
 with
 the adenoid infection
 i had no energy
 i either slept
 or
 i read 
no tv 
we dont have a tv in the bedroom
this is not a problem

i love to read
i devoured
jane smiley's amazing trilogy
spanning 100 years in the lives of one iowa farm family
beginning with 
some luck
followed by 
early warning
wrapping up with
golden age

i highly recommend it
it was not easy to put down


we went up to the roof 
sunday afternoon
for many years 
we lived on the 6th floor
going up to the roof 
was done almost daily
 during the spring and summer
it was one flight up
then
 we moved down to the ground floor
going up to the roof 
required getting on the elevator
it wasnt the same

of course 
there was also the period 
during which 
the roof was off limits
the plants trees had caused structural problems
now thats been fixed 
our friend and landlord is planting again
a visit to see whats growing was in order
its lovely
(i will share photos another time)

i also got to snoop on neighbors




this and that

first off
toonman's pink eye appears to be all better

the weather was fairly nice 
the predicted rain 
defied the forecasters
it didnt rain

our newspaper delivery
is always an issue
either it arrives late
or
not at all

numerous phone calls
complaints
voila it was on or close to on time all last week
til saturday
sigh
when it did arrive it was left unceremoniously
outside 
on
the street

my fellow deliveree and i decided it was due to haste

this morning
it as outside again

i called
the rep said 
record shows it was left in vestibule

um no

well
 thats what the record shows

well
that is not where they were
you 
may/can
 believe 
whoever
 you wish 
but 
please tell them 
to
 put the papers in the vestible
thanks and have a good day
click

grrrr

nevertheless it was a lovely morning

buster


sadly
 my friends
 elizabeth and robert's
darling buster
 has passed

he will be sorely missed


artist at work


he may look like a fruit and vegetable vendor
but
he's really an artist

he spends 
the very early morning unloading
his produce
artfully arranges the display

maybe 
some morning 
when i am walking by a little later
i will get you a photo of the finished display
til then
trust me

it looks good enough to eat



in the distance


last week 
on the way
 into the office
 i spotted 
those 
two water towers

what 
really 
caught my eye
looking up seeing 
how pretty the morning sky was

there's still a lot of construction
and will be for the next 2 years
but you know oddly
its such a part of the area
you sort of forget to notice it
til you do

sun shiny day


thats the north memorial pool
in front of
the oculus
to its right 
is 
the sept 11 memorial museum

i think that .. you know i dont know 
so i am not going to guess
but the building under construction
behind the museum
could be either 3 or 4 world trade

just looked it up
its #3 world trade

as you can see or not the trees were not yet leafy
i took this march 30
time flies

i need to take more photos

brooding


i love skies like this

it sort of echoed my weekend

rain was on/off
temperatures went up/down

my meds finally were over
yet
my ear still is wonky
sort of
clogged

poor toonman
has
pink eye

getting an appointment with a doctor 
is impossible
its aways a weeks wait

going to an emergency room
for
things like sore throats
clogged ears
runny eyes
is 
just
wrong

thank goodness for 'urgent care' facilities
we went to one a short walk away on sunday
it was efficiently run
staff was friendly 
doctor was pleasant, thorough
toonman liked him
they took our insurance

win win win

feeling hearing impaired
did not
 keep me from beautifying


adopt me


i have been known to refer to this as the money shot
its not new
i took it in july of 2011
used my old olympus point and shoot

since i havent been out and about much
other than to go to/from the office
i had to reach back into the archives for a dog shot to use

yup
its still one of my favorites

looking up


took this a week or three ago
the one high up there
 caught my eye

actually
 it was the sky
 the clouds
 that made me look up

when i uploaded it
 to share with you
i noticed the other 
can you see it?

lazy blogger

well i went back to work on monday
by 10 it felt like 3

of course i had been up since 5 so ...

its good to be back
 to 
my regular routine

i am sure
 both the cats and toonman
 agree
its nice to have the apartment back 
to
 themselves

its a banner day!



i have been delinquent
not just about blogging
cause
really
aside from sleeping
there wasnt much to blog about

i have also
not had the energy
 to
 sit at my computer
 to connect with you all

i promise
 to be
 less lazy
 now
 that
 i am on the mend



recovering

i have almost zero energy
i have been sleeping or napping a lot
i drink enough tea to float a small ship
i crunch buttered toast
soup gets slurped

i thank you all for your well wishes

monday 
my throat began to ache
that it seems
 is how 
my body
 signals 
a cold is coming

well this time it tricked me

no cold ever 'happened'
what happened was low grade fever
you know 
that ache behind your eyes
that nagging headache
that feeling of blah

so i decided
 on
 tuesday
 to call the ent guy i had seen a year or so ago
 vs
 my pcp

my pcp is nice guy a good doctor
but 
this serial sore throat 
3 times in 3 months
felt like it needed more

the soonest i could see anyone was thursday
thursday
really

i called my periodontist who knows many other doctors
he referred me to someone
whose office said the earliest appointment
was the end of june

i told them i sincerely hoped this would be gone before then

thursday it was

the diagnosis
acute aedenoiditis
or
severe pharyngitis
(apparently the same thing)

i got a camera stuck up my nose
the photos of the bacteria were disgusting
the treatment isn't much better
for 10 days
twice a day neti pot
twice a day gross tasting gargle
4 times a day antibiotic
lots of rest
etc

i also spoke to my pcp who said
i dont know what it was this winter but there's a lot of that going around




sick


yup

chicken soup
with the celery removed
tea with honey
lots of room temp water

doctor's appt thursday

they're back!


the day i went to get my stitches out 
i was delighted to see
the fountains in columbus circle
 were back

as it seems
is
my sore throat

gah

après le déluge


this weekend was a 50/50 mix 
saturday was somewhat sunny
while
sunday was mostly rainy

weather peeps say the beginning of may is usually
unpredictable
temperamental

i think that just means
its as weird as the rest of the year

the only snow storm we had this past winter
occurred over a weekend
got rated as being a top contender for one of the worst
then
 this past week 
the meteorologists 
decided 
after a recount
 of
 snow on the ground aka accumulation
that
 it was 
indeed 
the worst one
 in
 new york city history 

huzzah

i cant wait for summer

i have said this before 
nyc doesn't do spring

this year was no exception

i wonder how hot the hottest day it will be

meanwhile
i wish it would stop raining