Yesterday, I went on a field trip with R’s second grade class to Grand Central Terminal. We had a wonderful day exploring the many treasures that the 100 year old train station has to offer- whispering corners, the longest track (#34), interviewing Staff Sergeant Perez & Specialist Westchester who were making sure the station was safe, talking to the Station Master, exploring the many shops, standing and staring in awe at the beauty of the architecture, learning about the history of the terminal and finally just soaking in the energy of the hustle and bustle of tourists and residents moving through the space. It was a great trip and I am again reminded of how incredibly lucky we are to live in the city and that our children can go on these awesome adventures at school. Here are some pics I took while we were exploring. Hope you enjoy them. I promise that I will try and find some time to actually do some writing soon! The last two months of school have filled the calendar- Eeek! Paul, I promise to write more, no really I do!! Have a fabulous Wednesday and I am sending out some extra positive vibes today… just because =)
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Today was one of those perfect mornings to stay curled up in bed. The rain was falling, it was dark, warm and cosy. But… the pesky alarm was going off and work, school and the rest of the day’s schedule would not be ignored. By the time we were ready to walk out the door it was pouring outside. Flash flood warnings were out for the city and beyond. It was the type of rain that left you drenched as soon as you stepped out in it. We walked to school armed with our rubber boots, jackets and umbrellas. NYC is not a very easy city to manoeuvre when the there is a heavy down pour. The streets and sidewalks quickly become flooded with gigantic puddles, small dogs and children could easily disappear. And then there is the juggling of umbrellas, I am surprised more people do not lose eyes in the battle for sidewalk territory. Don’t even think about trying to get a cab on a morning like this, unless you have been saving up a year’s worth of karma it just will not happen. So, of course, I did the only sensible thing I could do after I dropped off the kids, I headed to my favorite Starbucks and waited out the storm before embarking on my next errand. I mean really, can you blame me??
Of course, now it has stopped raining and the sun is even trying to peek out. It always seems to happen like this- it rains hard just as everyone is leaving in the morning ensuring that children and adults alike will spend the remainder of the day with wet feet and pant bottoms. I guess the only saving grace is that a spring rain is so much nicer than a winter rain. The nice bonus of a good downpour is that the streets of Manhattan are already looking and smelling a little bit cleaner… Have a wonderful Wednesday my friends. Enjoy the pics =)
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Today I had the pleasure of welcoming in May on a field trip with a second grade class. We went to Central Park and learned about climate and weather from one of the amazing Park Rangers. It was the perfect way to start the day. Central Park is simply spectacular right now. Enjoy the pics. Happy Wednesday and Happy May!!
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A few weeks ago I cleaned out the girls closets, sorted clothes, donated and filled up bags for the trash. It felt really good to get them organized. Yesterday it was my turn. Living in NYC can create interesting issues with space, we are pretty lucky with closet sizes, except for mine… somehow I seem to have the smallest of all the closets. It is not an easy task to keep clean. There are really no excuses for the drawers though… oops! And, remember there is no such thing as a basement so clothes need to be ruthlessly sorted into two categories as 1) “YES, I will definitely wear this, so it stays” and 2) “No, it must go”. There is no third option of “I will keep it just in case”. So, I spent most of yesterday, (yes it took THAT long!) and went through my closet and all my drawers. At the end of the day I felt pretty darn good and had two garbage bags to donate and two garbage bags for the trash. My only hope is that I can make these new neat and tidy spaces last Happy Wednesday everyone. It is a beautiful sunny day here in NYC. I hope wherever you are, you are embracing the day! xox Enjoy the pics and feel free to have a good laugh at my mess!
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It was a tough week. A long week filled with anxiety, stress, compassion and then just the everyday crazy of April- school testing, auction readiness, PA stuff, cranky kids, crazy schedules and the rest. Capped off by a Friday night spent glued in front of the television watching and holding my breath as a massive take down unfolded. Did I mention it was a long week?
So I awoke this morning feeling a little tired, a little worn out. I took my oldest to her drama class on the East side and then decided to walk home to clear my head. It was the perfect thing to do. The streets were quiet as the city just started to come alive, my absolute favorite time of the day. New York City takes awhile to wake up on the weekend, yawning and easing into the day. I love catching her as she wipes the sleep away It is incredibly peaceful.
As I crossed into Central Park I really began to relax. The park is just starting to really bloom and the colors are magnificent. People here were already out getting a head start on the day. Enjoying the beauty. Tourists, locals, athletes, buskers, vendors, the homeless, dogs and their walkers. A medley of people doing their own thing. It was wonderful and normal and gave me hope after a week shadowed by a dark cloud. I finally felt like I could take a deep breath. Just breathe.
Enjoy the photos, have a wonderful weekend and remember to find strength and love in the smallest of moments.
I am still processing what happened in Boston. As a runner, a spectator, a friend, a mother, a spouse… it just hit a little too close to home. There are no words to adequately describe the feelings of shock, anger, sadness, fear, anxiety, compassion and bewilderment. As my youngest put so innocently “Why would anyone do something like this?”. That is exactly the question that we can’t answer.
I am trying to focus on the amazing stories of human strength and courage. The hundreds of people who helped, the first responders, the outpouring of support from across the country and world. The fact that although there is darkness in this world, it will always be overcome by the light. It is in this thought that I find peace and comfort.
So, along those lines, my pics for Wordless Wednesday this week are moments over the past few days that are just little bursts of joy and happiness. I hope they make you smile and brighten your day. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those in Boston and beyond. Sending hugs, strength, courage and love to you all.
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