Monthly Archives: December 2013

Snow and Tears ……

…… are what the last couple of days have contained.

The snow started Sunday night, and has continued on and off over the following days.
It’s been an eventful couple of days.

Yesterday, after a very hard workout, I took my mom to a late lunch in Chinatown. Son #3 and I had gone to this restaurant back in March. We just happened to come across it and so went in. And experienced one of the best Chinese meals ever.
So I made a note of this restaurant, on my calendar … back in March.

And yesterday it was just as I remembered.
The dish I remember best, and have yearned for since March, was this:

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And yes, it was just as fabulous as I had remembered.  Hot and Sour Soup.  The best I’ve ever had.  Anywhere.  Hands down.

On our way back from the restaurant we were hit up by the “Pssssst, want a bag? Michael Kors? Tory Burch? Gucci? Louis Vuitton?
And of course, we said …… maybe. Which left us waiting in the dark for about 25 minutes while the illegal bags were obtained and brought back to us.
And we, of course, made a deal, and left with two of them.
I’m hanging my head in shame as I’m typing this.

After returning from our very late lunch, and illegal shopping excursion, I had to leave to go to my last stand up class. It went well.
Now I just need to memorize every single word.

We rehearse our sets on Wednesday, and then we perform them on Sunday.
So help me, God.
And hopefully, He’ll help me.

Today I had a meeting in Harlem at the Head Start school where I’ll be volunteering. It looked like this this morning:
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And of course I drug my mom out in the snow to Harlem.
Besides, she wanted to go somewhere for the oh-so-awful-sounding-meal-of-chicken-and-waffles.
Or at least I thought it was awful-sounding.
She loved it.
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We went to Amy Ruth’s, which is a pretty well-known place.
I passed up the chicken for some bacon, which was very good. As was the waffle, which I only managed to eat half of.

After that feast (?) we headed back to run a couple of errands and to get ready for tonight’s show.
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This is the set. It’s a duplicate of the house where he grew up.

We saw Billy Crystal’s one-man show, “700 Sundays”. It was wonderful. And then very emotional. Especially for me.
But you can read about that here.
But maybe not until midnight, Pacific Time.

All in all, my mom had a great visit. I think I ran her ragged. But I also think she had a great time.
She’s leaving tomorrow morning, and then I’m heading out to see “Betrayal”, which hasn’t received good reviews, but who cares?? It’s Daniel Craig and his wife, the beautiful Rachel Weisz. So it should be entertaining enough.
After that I have my last rehearsal for my stand up routine. Double gulp.
I hope that all of my NY and NJ friends can come to see the show, especially since I won’t have any family there (other than D#3, who’s also performing and who is MUCH more hilarious than I am!).

I’ll miss my mom, but hopefully she’ll be back again soon.

On the move front:
I’ve given the US Post Office my change of address …… to here.
I’ve given my bank my change of address …… to here.
I’ve given my notice at the country club back home.
I’ve let my tennis team captain know that I won’t be back to play on the team (but would love to play any time I visit).
And I’ve made a mental note of all of the things that have to be packed up to be placed in storage, moved up here and sold/given away.

So yes, I’ve decided to live here …. in NY …… full time.
And I’m so excited!!!

On that note, I bid you adieu …… and hope that you all get a good night’s sleep.

Happy Tuesday/Wednesday, Peeps.
🙂

Let It Snow ……

…… as long as I don’t have to drive in it!

Here are some pics from tonight’s snow fall:

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The snow was kind of ironic, since Mom and I were on our way to see “Frozen”, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
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If you stay until after the credits, the incredibly LONG credits, you get to see this guy.
For about 3 seconds. Totally not worth staying if you have a screaming child or someone who’s bladder is about to burst, like mine.

This morning I slept in a bit and then went upstairs to do an intense work out. It felt pretty great/horrible, if you know what I mean.
Tomorrow morning I may not be able to get out of bed.

Then Mom and I walked downtown a bit to find a good deli for lunch.
Good delis seem to be closed on Sundays, but we did end up finding one we weren’t looking for.

Then we headed back to take in the movie, only to find it sold out. So we bought tickets for a later showing, walked back to the apartment, and then I went to church. Afterwards we went to the movie.

I know, you can hardly handle all of this excitement, can you you?
Try to stay calm.

Yesterday she and I went to the Stillwater Bar to watch the Bedlam game, which was a pretty great game for about 3 1/2 quarters. And then we intercepted the ball, but the blind-as-a-bat/horrible refs didn’t give it to us, even though we definitely had possession of the ball before falling down and having it pulled out of our hands 2 seconds later.
Damn!

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But I’m proud to be a Cowboy, no matter how horrible the refs are. And, even though it didn’t bode well for OSU, I’m glad that Baylor beat UT.
And at the end of the day, my Cowboys are going to the Cotton Bowl, so yay for them!!!!

Last night we had a calm, Christmassy evening at home. Daughter #3 brought a couple of friends over to watch a Christmas movie and we decided upon “The Santa Clause”, always a family favorite.

Tomorrow I plan to take her to Chinatown, for lunch and sight seeing. Son #3 and I went to THE best restaurant down there one day back in March and I’ve really been wanting to go again. So hopefully the weather will cooperate. Then tomorrow night is our last stand up class before the show. Gulp.

O< that's all the excitement I want to give to you guys tonight. I'm concerned about your hearts and how much you can safely handle.
I'm just that nice.

You're welcome.

Happy Sunday/Monday, Peeps.
🙂

So. Much ……

Fun!

It’s been a busy few days.
Wednesday I had book club at a restaurant on the east side, called Alice’s Tea Cup.
It’s a very cute, and quaint, British tea shop with a pretty full menu. There were 9 of us and we squeezed in upstairs, ready to enjoy brunch and discus our latest read. We were about 20 minutes in to our discussion, when what to our wandering eyes should appear, but several mommies and nannies with 25 three year olds.
Holy.
Cow.
Visions of screaming kids danced through my head.
And through the dining room.
Because, really?! Twenty five 3 year olds in one place?! Who saw that ship sinking before hand, aside from me?!

Anyway, our waitress was wonderful, if not completely worn out by the time we were done. She had the 9 of us, plus 4 other tables, plus the birthday party.
She needs a very large raise.
And a month off.

After book club I walked around Bloomingdales and that area for a bit. Then I walked back to the apartment. I didn’t get home until almost 5, I think.
Then spent a quiet night at home with the cats while the daughters were out.
It was nice.

Yesterday I got up and started cleaning the apartment. Mom was supposed to be arriving around 5:30 or so, and I had a backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall at 3.
That was pretty cool.
I walked down and took pictures of the tree, as well as pictures during the tour.
Here they are:

This is a chandelier that hangs in the main lobby inside the grand foyer of Radio City. It’s absolutely breath taking. And takes about 8 hours to hang. Ugh.
But worth it, IMHO.
🙂
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This is me (duh) standing in front of a model of the stage (“It’s only a model!”….. what’s that from??! Hint: It’s said with a British accent>)
Supposedly, if you take a picture of yourself there, you look like you’re on the actual stage.
Hmmmmm, I think I look like I’m standing in front of a model.
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I know I don’t have to tell you who this is. But I do have to tell you that this was highly illegal picture. I’m not sure why. She wasn’t my kid, so I wasn’t going to buy a picture of her with the main man. Whatever.
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Another view of the lobby and the beautiful chandelier.
You’re welcome.
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This is a picture of my favorite tree in all the world (as are the next few pics).
Though it makes me feel like I should’ve bought about 50 more strings of light for my tree.
This one has 6 miles of lights on it.
Six splendid miles.
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This one is self-explanatory.  Unless you really think it says “Adio City”.  If you do, I find that terribly sad.
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I walked back home after the tour, wrapped presents so that I could get them out of my closet. Space is at a premium around here, you know. Most of you know that I abhor the act of gift wrapping. Now I don’t begrudge anyone else enjoying it, but I do not.
I loathe it. Despise it. Do you know what I despise more than gift wrapping?
Gift wrapping with ultra cheap paper, that rips when you fold it around a corner.
Yes, I did buy that kind of paper, why?!
How is one supposed to know that one is buying ultra cheap wrapping paper, I ask you. It’s all wrapped up in cellophane and there’s no indication that it’s going to fall apart as soon as you touch it.
Damn!!!
So yes, that added to the joy of my evening.
Can you say, “First world problems”?

My mom landed an hour late, since there was much fog in New Jersey. And then she didn’t arrive at my home until almost 8:00. Daughter #3 and I had already ordered dinner for the three of us, thinking Mom would be here long before the Thai food. Not so much.
But thankfully, she arrived about 10 minutes before the event that will now be known henceforth as,
“The Live Tragedy on NBC”.
Epic fail.
So sad.
But it was fun to sit and compare notes on FB, where my thread grew to over 370 comments. In three hours.
I do know me some funny people.
🙂

This morning Mom and I went to meet Beth and her daughter, Emily, at the Christmas Tree …. again. There we surprised Emily with the news that we were going to see the Rockettes. This day was a late birthday celebration for her.
We had a lot of fun.
And the show was good.
Here are some pics:

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After the show we walked around the city, in the rain, looking at store windows and lights.
Here are some pics:

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These two pictures are from Saks 5th Ave.  I don’t really understand why they picked the theme, “Yetis”, but they did.
Ho, Ho, Ho.
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The Empire State Building is always lit up in an array of colors this time of year.
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After walking until my feet were screaming at me and I was ready to cry, or buy some Uggs at the first place I found some, it was finally time for dinner. We had reservations here:
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I ate at this restaurant this time last year with all of my lovely sorority sisters. And tonight the four of us enjoyed it. It really is a cool restaurant, with very nice wait staff and mostly good food.
After dinner we walked over to a theatre to see “Little Miss Sunshine”.
It was very good. And very hilarious!
And we got to meet some of the actors, which was pretty cool. Especially for Emily, who loves, and had previously met, Stephanie J. Block. , whom I had seen several years ago in the Broadway show, “The Boy From Oz”, starring hubba-hubba Hugh Jackman (the hubba-hubbas are mine).
She’s a very good and very well known Broadway actress.
This is her, with Emily.
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This is the little girl who played Olive, and played her very, very well.IMG_3667

This guy, who did a fabulously funny job, is Wesley Taylor, whom those of you with discriminating taste will recognize from the now oh-so-unfairly-defunct TV series, “Smash”.  He’s very nice.  And very cute.
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And now it is way WAY past my bed time so I’m going to upload this and fall fast asleep.
Night, Peeps.

Happy Friday/Saturday.
🙂

It’s Beginning to Feel ……

…… a lot like Christmas!
And who would believe, 1-5 years ago, that I would be joyful about that?! Certainly not me. Nor anyone who knew/knows me.
But today I was walking around the city, listening to Christmas music via my cell phone, and seeing the sights …… which included these on every other corner:
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I can’t begin to tell you how awesome, and almost surreal, it felt to be walking, listening, and seeing everything.
So much joy!
🙂

Today I felt that I was channeling my mother-in-law, which should make my sister-in-law, and my own mother, very proud:
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I took crochet lessons at a local knitting store
I had a lot of fun, just sitting there, making chain stitches. And listening to the other women who were crocheting and knitting.
That’s my next step …… knitting.
Right now I’m working on a scarf. We shall see how it turns out.
If I can stop dropping stitches.
Dang!

I found a new grocery store on the way home and boy, was I excited!! It was huge and had such a large variety of things. If you’ve never tried to grocery shop here in NYC then you really can’t appreciate how big this was.
There’s a Whole Foods only a couple of blocks from my apartment, but it’s not only hugely crowded …… always, but it’s also hugely expensive …… always.
Daughter #3 likes to shop at Trader Joe’s, which is about a mile from home. It’s not expensive (all Trader Joe’s all over the country sell things at one price, the same price, no matter where the stores are. Which is pretty dang nice of them.), but it is hugely crowded …… ALL of the time. And it doesn’t have much variety. Which is fine, most days.
But variety can be nice. So I loved finding it today, though I managed to control myself …… mostly because I didn’t have my shopping cart with me (those stroller things you see people lugging behind them on the streets in Europe, and here) and it was still about a mile or so from home.
But next time …… the cart will be with me.

When I got back to my apartment, I found this waiting for me:
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In case you can’t figure out what that is ….. after I stood it up, it looked like this:
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Then I unwrapped it, and it looked like this:

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I had to put the plastic underneath it because of this:

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Yep, there was snow/ice all over it.  And it was dripping like crazy.  So I put towels and the plastic underneath it and waited for it to dry.

And then I made some hot chocolate and did this:

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It has fewer ornaments that we usually do, but all of our ornaments are back in Texas.  As are our stockings and all of our decorations.
But I’m pretty happy with it. And I’m mentally making notes of all of the things I need to pack up the next time I go to Texas. I need to pack things for storage, pack things to send up here, and pack things to get rid of.
Thinking about that makes me tired.
So let’s move on.

Yesterday I had a few loads of laundry to do (because of all of our Thanksgiving guests …. I usually only have to do one load about every other week). There are 2 washers and 2 dryers on our floor, just down the hall a bit from my apartment. But one of the dryers has been on the fritz for a couple of weeks. So I decided to take all of the laundry down to the basement laundry room.
It’s quite a trek.
It involves quite a few empty hallways …..

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Finally, after about 4 hallways, you find it:

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It’s a pretty decent laundry room.  It took me less time to do it all at once, than to do 2 loads on my floor.  So I just read while my laundry was going.
Because it was easier to stay down there and get the three loads done …… but mostly because I have book club tomorrow and I haven’t finished reading the book.
sigh ……

In other NY happenings, last weekend Daughters #2 and #3 and two friends and I went here for brunch:
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Do you recognize it?
If not, it’s the restaurant where Meg Ryan waited for Tom Hanks in “You’ve Got Mail”, only she didn’t know it was Tom Hanks, who was a complete ass to her. For a while.
He got better.

It’s a very cute place and it was neat to see it, and to sit where Meg sat. We totally touched everything we could, saying, “Tom touched this door knob/whatever!”.
Yes, we were THOSE people.
And we didn’t care.
Plus the food was pretty dang good.

Daughter #3 and I went to our stand up class last night. We only have one more class …… before we actually do our stand up routines in a comedy club.
Oh.
My.
Word.
I try to not think about that very much.
🙂

So tomorrow I go to the book club meeting, even though I most likely will not have finished the book.
And then I’m going to a Tea that’s being given by the Central Park Conservancy.
Thank you, Barbara.
🙂

Then on Thursday I’m going to Radio City Music Hall for a back stage tour of the Rockettes Christmas show. I won’t be staying for the show because my mom will be arriving around that same time.
Then I plan to order in and be in comfy pjs to watch “The Sound of Music” …… even though I’m totally against any kind of re-make of that movie.
Because, REALLY?!!!!! Julie Andrews?????
But the whole “live” thing has me intrigued.
So I’ll watch.

And then have a busy, fun day on Friday.
But I’m not going to tell you about that.
Yet.
I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

Night, Peeps.
And Happy Tuesday/Wednesday.
🙂

180 Minutes ……

…… of my life that I will never, ever get back.

That’s what I think of “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark”.

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What a great title. Dark pretty much describes it. Dark, as in completely boring story, non-interesting songs, stupid dialogue and the ability to make time seem to last forever. I wanted to leave at intermission. I should have left at intermission.
I even had what one would think would be a terrific seat: second row balcony, on the aisle. Now, that’s not usually the best seat, but in this show you really don’t want to sit in the orchestra. Hell, you don’t really want to sit anywhere IN the theatre, but who knew?

OK, I knew that I wasn’t going to see Tennessee Williams. I’m not an idiot.
But I figured that it would be entertaining, visually.
Not so much.

Spiderman does fly all over the place, as does the Green Gremlin. So if you’re in the orchestra area you’re mostly looking up.
There was a landing only a few feet from me, where they flew up to and landed upon.
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
Not in this show. By the time Spidey landed there the first time, it was too late to win me over.

Not only was this show horrible, but so was the 4 or 5 year old boy who sat next to me with his mother. Really?!!!!! I don’t care what cartoon character is in the show! Who takes a toddler to the theatre?!! Who pays that much for a ticket for a child who’s not going to want to sit still for 2 1/2 hours????!
Granted, I paid only 50% of the regular price, but even that is way too much to pay for a child.
It’s too bad it was dark in there …… I think that kid missed quite a few of my “looks that can kill” …… you know, the looks only we mothers can give.
What a waste of a great look.

So anywhooooo, give this show a cold shoulder if you come to NY. It’s leaving soon and heading to Las Vegas, but I don’t think that will make it any easier to watch. Don’t get sucked in.
If you decide to go see it anyway, completely ignoring my advice, I hope you hear my voice in your head for at least 48 hours, repeating, “I told you so!”, over and over.
Because I did.

Other than that, it’s been a quiet couple of days since everyone left. The Son and Daughter made it home safely, always a relief for me.
Son #3 made it back to college today. He worked over the holiday, in an effort to get more spending money for life at college.
Son #2 went to class on Thanksgiving.
Yes, you read that correctly.
ON.
THANKSGIVING.

Not only that, but he’ll be attending class on Christmas Day.
I know.
It seems that the guy who runs this place asked the students if they have any plans for the 25th. Those who didn’t agreed to show up.
W.
T.
H?

I asked Son #2 about this guy’s family …… and whether he had any, to which he replied, “Yes. In Africa.”
So there you go.
Son #3 is really a homebody and doesn’t enjoy traveling all that much, so I think he’s glad for the excuse to stay home.
And Son #3 wants to make more money over the Christmas break.
They should have a grand old time.

In other news, I was accepted as a volunteer for the JumpStart program here in NY. I get to go to a preschool every week and read to the kids. Well, I get to go if I pass the background check. 🙂
I passed the TB skin test, so that’s one step forward.
I’ll either start this week or next.

Daughter #3 and I are almost done with our stand up comedy class. We only have two more weeks before we’re supposed to perform. In an actual comedy club.
Excuse me while I go hurl.

Daughter #3 has already performed twice …… at two open mic nights.
I’m keeping my act under wraps.
Until I’m forced to stand up in front of an audience.
sigh …..

I’m starting a crochet class on Tuesday.
And attending book club and a formal “tea” on Wednesday.
Oh, and my mom is coming in on Thursday!
We’ll have fun.
As usual.

OK, that’s it from NY …… for now.
I’m managing to walk anywhere from 2 to 6 miles a day here, on average.
So I’m pooped.
🙂

Later, Peeps.
Happy Sunday.
🙂