sunday afternoon

as i write this
 i am enjoying the ac
 its back 
humidity
 temps in the 90s
 feh

 the weather 
on
 friday
 even saturday 
was perfection

 the clouds looked like a magritte painting
taken from the 8th floor of the whitney



but 
lets start 
at 
the beginning 

my friend mary was in town from cincy!



we had a glass of wine thursday evening to solidify
friday's itinerary
which
began with


a petit dĂ©jeuner at eric kayser 


a visit to new york historical society's 
hirschfeld exhibit 


crosstown to 
the met


we saw the china through the looking glass exhibit

i thought this was more interesting b/w

after
 lunch at e.a.t 
where i seem not to have taken any photos
 we split up

 i met toonman at the vet for harry's appt
he's fine

mary visited another friend
they enjoyed catching up

an hour later 
we were at
the whitney

this photo was so not in focus i decided to make it look artsy after all its an artsy place

another friend, amy, joined us
a walk around
a rest


off to dinner
with
two more friends
michele and mo

table for 5 
at
spring natural kitchen
burgers 
salads
lovely cocktails


lots of conversation 
a great way to wrap up the day/evening

slept til almost 10
 on
 saturday 
got a hair cut
did no errands
after dinner
we watched
 the second best exotic marigold hotel 
charming 
tho
 not as good as the first

sunday 
another lovely sleep in
weekly mani/pedi
zabars
blogging 

and 
you?

white dog


no idea
 what 
this dog's
name or breed is 
but 
i do like his/her 
smile and fluffy white coat 

dont you?

its fridaycation


spending my next to last fridaycation
 with
my friend mary

 she's in town for a few days
doing stuff

today is our day
 we're going to squeeze 
as much as
we can into it

blather

its sunday afternoon
 i just got back from brunch






cantina 
west 48th street/11th avenue
not a great view for a rooftop restaurant
but
 an excellent bunch
capping off
a very busy social butterfly of a weekend 

friday 
toonman and i cleaned the apartment
 he vacuums the floors 
i vacuum the furniture
 then 
the professionals arrived
steam cleaned the couch/love seat the arm chair and ottoman 

i am embarrassed to tell you
 its been 5 years
 since
 we had them professionally cleaned

  considering there are
 3 cats
 2 humans
 living here over the last 5 years 
the dirt 
the oops-is 
added up

 i think 
they look almost like new


 if you ignore 
the 
wear/tear
 annie inflicts

she just wont use the scratching posts
 plural 
we have 3
 in fact 3 different types 
i kept hoping she'd find one she would use

saturday
a super busy day
began
at exhale spa
massage
and
 facial
left me totally relaxed

i zipped back across to the westside
yi blow dried my hair 
forcing it to curl under
sadly my hair has a mind of its own
by midday it was curling up

the subways were insane
weekend construction complicated by signal issues
the westside trains all ran only to 14th
then the expresses went local
the locals went back uptown

i met my friends clint and larry at my office


 after the walk around
after a few photo ops


we headed over to lunch 
southwestny
is on the corner of south end and albany
good food good drinks
i didnt take any photos 
we were too busy catching up

then we walked over to our friend's place
le pet spa
its on the corner of south end and rector
if you need a good pet supply and grooming place
this is it

on the way back from brunch sunday 
(today as i write this) 
i made melissa drive round the block
the block being 57-56 streets between 11th and west 
 so 
i could jump out of the car
 and
 take a photo of this building

 its so odd


the summer is really winding down
next friday
 is
 my next to last fridaycation
 i plan on filling it up 
til then 
you'll have to be satisfied
 with
 toons
 water towers 
and 
wordless photo posts



fridaycation


last fridaycation
 it was
 sunny and hot

 i spent the day 
wandering in the beautiful botanical gardens
camera in hand

 this friday
 today
 or 
tomorrow
 as i write this 
is 
supposed to be
 rainy

 thats ok

 i have a lot of house things
i need to do or oversee

 the furniture is finally being cleaned
 i have been saying
 i will call and set an appointment for the cleaners to come in 
but
 i dont 

well
 i did

 check that off the to do list

 i have errands that need doing 
those will depend on the weather 

 anyway
 its looking to be 
 less a photo op day
 more housekeeping day

 the rest of the weekend
 well
 i will save
 that
 for my weekend recappage

 till then!

water towers galore


from
 atop
the highline
i spied
5 water towers 

see it back there?
1 of the towers 
that was part 
of 
the
water tank project 

weekend recappage

some weekends are better than others 
there 
i said it

 this weekend 
was stellar

much as i dont love 
humidity or excessive heat 
i will take 
a sunny day
 over
 a rainy one

 so
 no weather complaints 

well 
it was 
very
hot
 friday afternoon
 at 
the new york botanical gardens



my favorite spot 
in the acres of beauty
 that comprise the gardens 
is
 the enid a. haunt conservatory 
especially 
the amazing lotus and water lily ponds





of course 
i shlepped the big camera
of course
 i was sorry i only had the 35mm lens
maybe
 if i had either of the larger lenses 
i could have gotten a fabulous shot of the many dragonflies


friday evening
 toonman and i went to the theatre
we havent been to a broadway show in 6 years
the last show we saw was spamalot

we braved 
the insanity 
of
 the crowds along broadway
 walking to the st james theatre

i swear 
there were so many people
 that the sidewalks were impassable
 you had to walk at the pace of tourists

 no one
 seems
 to 'get' 
stay to your right

 at 45th street 
we got separated 
when i couldn't see toonman in the crowd 
i momentarily panicked 
then
 i decided 
he knew where the theatre was
 and 
i cut through shubert alley to 44th
 picked up the tickets at the will call window 
then there he was
 looking for me 

very very crowded 
does not 
adequately
 describe
the streets in the theatre district 

oh what did we see?
we saw 
something rotten


which was
 the total
opposite
 of rotten

saturday
i beautified
i lazed
i did nothing

sunday
more beautification
more nothing

was your weekend busy?

a herd, sedge or siege



a group of cranes 
is called
a herd, sedge or siege
 tho 
i suspect
 construction cranes
 are 
not 

weekend recappage

get ready for lots of photos
 none 
of
 which 
are signed 

yes 
i was too lazy

i could not wait for the week to end
it was busy at the office
this coming week will make up for last week's insanity

friday

our friend Carl 
told me 
about a 'mural' on the wall of one of the buildings
 that backs 'our' backyard 
so i went up to the roof to see what i could see

first


 there's this fabulous joy brown sculpture 
hanging on the wall of our rooftop


looking down


 we can peek into the backyards of our neighbors who actually have usable backyards

if we lean over the wall and look down there's the 'mural'


here's a better look




later in the day
 i finally met two IG photographers i have known for the last two years
we met at a little coffee shop on ninth avenue 
had something to eat 
then walked uptown on the highline

 i hadn't seen the two new sections 
if you havent 
you should

 what a great walk 
what great views

 the day was perfect 
and
 once again
meeting these two woman for the first time
 felt as if we'd been meeting spending time together forever 

there's something about social media 
that brings people together 
in a way that echos 'real life' friendships
 in all my years
 blogging
 being involved with Facebook 
Instagram 
i have not ever met anyone i didnt like 
oh wait
 there was that horrific liar 
who ruined my patchwork quilt 
but 
1 out of who knows how many
 is good odds


there was a wedding on the highline
the bride and her attendants wore turquoise kicks 
the groom and his groomsmen wore green 



we stopped for ice cream sandwiches from melt
red velvet cookie with cream cheese ice cream 
peanut butter cookie with banana ice cream
chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream





one of the benches is actually a see-saw
here
christine and amy demonstrate 


the highline now wraps around the hudson yards


hudson yards?
thats where the commuter trains to metro north are parked

saturday
 was 
way
 less
 busy/active
we took jack to the vet for his yearly check up


he thought
 if he pretended to be a ostrich
 the vet wouldn't see him
ha!


 finally
 con edison finished digging

sunday




i beautified 
do you love the matte finish manicure?
its zoya's charisma
at 
polished beauty bar
of course
spent the rest of the day 
going through my photos
 and 
blogging the weekend 

what did you do?







walking the dogs

one morning 
on my way 
to
 the subway 
i found myself 
behind 
this young woman and her two frisky pups

one step at a time


its another 
fridaycation
 for me 

no walking
 down
 into 
the hellish heat
 of
 the subway platform
 for
 me
 til 
monday