Memorial Day

All the way back to MAY! My friend Kirstee and her husband Tim came up for a weekend visit. We did some walking in Central Park and came across this piece of Public Art. Its a metal detector that lights up. You walk through it, and the amount of metal you have on determines how many lights come on. Here are Kirstee and Tim:

Weekend with Dad

My dad came to visit this weekend. To hang out and to get to know Rob a little bit. They’ve only met briefly a few times. So this was a good time to all hang out and talk. Friday night we went to Home Depot and bought pots and dirt and flowers and hanging things (see below post) Then we went to dinner at Donovan’s.
Saturday we started off with brunch at Sarabeth’s. It was pretty delicious. Then we headed up to the Cloisters. Rob had never been and an outdoor (sort of) museum is a great way to spend a nice summer day.
Here is a shot of Rob and Dad sitting on a bench at the Cloisters.

After we got caught in a rainstorm at the Boat Basin. But when the rain hit a pause it cleared out and we got a table, and there we ate some delicious peel and eat shrimp.
Sunday brought us Father’s Day and a nice breakfast at a local Diner in Woodside. We spent the afternoon playing in dirt and planting flowers. Then a second quick trip to Home Depot to pick up two more pots (I bought too many flowers) We all went to church where Dad got to meet most of my New York friends. Then we had some Thai food to add in some different cuisine than the burgers and waffles we have eaten up until now. After dinner I showed Dad lots of wedding stuff then he turned in for an ealy night and a 4:30 departure this morning. A pretty good weekend overall.

My Sumer Vacation(s)

Now that it is officially fall, it is time for the time honored essay, “What I Did This Summer.”I started dating Rob in the spring so by the time summer hit we were together most weekends. He says this blog is all about him. I say when there are two people one of them ends up in a lot of pictures, and I’m the one with the camera.

We kicked off the summer with softball and an amusement park. I played softball for the first time in years. I was in so much pain the next day. This was the Paul Beard Classic, a fundraising event in honor of an animator who was died a couple of years ago. AND we went to Six Flags Great Adventure. That seems so long ago now. Rob Vicky and I toughed it out and were there from 11 to 8. I don’t know how we did it. The picture above is from the end of the night. Our other friends left us at 6.

June brought the beginning of my freelance work for Nickelodeon, and full enjoyment of unemployment. I also got a new roommate in June. Deana. I met her at church and she works as a Physicians Assistant in a Brooklyn Hospital. We cleaned up the apartment (a later post) and get along splendidly.

For my birthday weekend in June Rob and I went to Saratoga Springs to stay with my cousins Peggi and Tyrone. It was on the chilly side, so we spent most of the time in town shopping one day. And then to the springs of course. The water is not always as tasty as one could be led to believe.

We came back from Saratoga on my birthday and went for cake with  Sarah and Rob.

The end of June brought Aunt Cynde and Uncle Marty to town for a full BROOKLYN weekend. With the exception of traveling to the Yankees game in the Bronx, we didn’t touch Manhattan. We had some real Brooklyn pizza, and walked the Promenade and the Brooklyn Bridge. Saturday was the Yankees game and a walk through Park Slope. Sunday we went to Coney Island to take a ride on the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel. And of course we ate at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs.

Early July, Rob came to Indiana with me to meet the family. And to attend Nick and Kirsten’s wedding. We had a great time. I left Indiana and dropped Rob in New York, and went straight to Brazil! Where I spent 10 days with my sister trying to pick up a little Portuguese. We really enjoyed our beach time there.

Back to New York I got two pieces of news. I had jury duty. And the opportunity for a job. I did my jury duty…I did not get picked for a case on the grounds of I had to start a new job Monday, and am excused for 8 years! And I did start the job here at Nick. (I finally got my computer at the office yesterday)

The end of July the cousins from Tennesse came to visit. Rob and I took Mindy, Lindsay, and Hannah on a whirlwind 2 1/2 tour of the whole city. I don’t think I’ve seen that much of Manhattan since the great Connie Frazier visit of 2004. 🙂

August brought moving Rob in to his new apartment and settling into my job. Rob’s apartment looks great. At the end of August we took a final end of summer trip back to Saratoga to bet on the ponies. We won less than we bet…but didn’t come out too bad for an entire day on the track. (Just add up how much you spend on dinner and a movie and popcorn and we did WAY better) We also floated down the Battenkill river for a relaxing afternoon.

So summer is over, but it sure was a good one.