Today is Wednesday and I haven’t really been out and about too much to take any interesting pics. Instead I am going to share a recent purchase. I saw this fridge magnet the other day and was drawn to the words on it “Be Kind. No Exceptions.” The magnet is now on our fridge and I have decided that as I move through the city and interact with numerous strangers on a daily basis, that I am going to try extra hard to choose kindness instead of the other easy reactionary emotions- impatience, anger and frustration. I will also try this with my loved ones too, I am sure they will appreciate it It seems like such a simple thing, yet we are quick to judge and react negatively especially when times are stressful and rushed. I am going to work on it. I will let you know how it goes. If anything, I think it will give me more moments of peace in the day. Happy Wednesday and Happy Hump xox
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged being kind in the big city, Life in NYC, Living in Manhattan, treating others with kindness, Wordless Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday Pics, words to live by on May 22, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged crazy migraine adventure in NYC, laughing at myself, Life in NYC, Living in Manhattan, making fun of myself, migraine humor, migraine in NYC, mishaps and misadventure in NYC on May 21, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Since moving to NYC, I have definitely had my share of mishaps, mayhem and mis-guided adventures. Most of them I have blogged about right here. Others are probably better shared over a few beers or a shot of tequila So, is it really any surprise that I found myself stumbling through the city on Saturday night desperately trying to get home with a migraine headache??!! Um, no.
I decided to spontaneously go out on Saturday night. After a fabulous Queen themed Soul Cycle class I was invited out by a friend to head to Soho for dinner and drinks. It was a night out that I desperately needed after a crazy few days. I really wanted to go. I quickly went home, showered, downed some water and it was as I was getting dressed that my vision started to do some funky things. For those of you who are migraine sufferers, you will know exactly what I am talking about. This is what is called “the aura”, basically for me, I start losing part of my vision and it is replaced by a bright spot with squiggle lines moving across it. At this point I also started to get a little bit of numbness in my hands. No big deal, right? I took some medication with more water and prayed to the migraine gods that it would soon go away and that the pain would not follow.
It worked for a bit, my vision cleared, I met my friends, we hopped into a cab and for a glorious bit of time I was pain free. And then we got stuck in traffic and the taxi jolted back and forth and the pain started and so did the nausea. You would think after thirty plus years as a migraine sufferer I would have learned the lesson that you can NEVER outrun a migraine, the pain always finds you. Apparently in my quest for a a fun night out I lost the ability to actually use my common sense. I hadn’t even had a drink yet. Ugh.
It was at this point, now that we were all the way at the Soho/Tribeca border that I decided I had to bail on my friends. I spotted the subway line and practically jumped out of the cab, begging forgiveness from my friends all the while extremely happy to be on solid ground breathing in cool breaths of fresh air. I steadied myself and made my way to the subway (there was no way I could cab back uptown without vomiting), bypassing the ACE trains, I made my way over a couple of blocks to the 1 line which would basically drop me off right in front of my apartment. While walking there, I was cursing my stupidity, if I hadn’t tempted the migraine gods I would already be in my bed in the my DARK and QUIET room. As I have wrote about before, New York City has to be one of the worst places on the planet when you are suffering with a headache- the city of lights, the city that never sleeps, the city of a million people, the city of sirens… all of these things are amplified in the worst possible way.
But I digress, as I stumbled, squinting (wishing I had my sunglasses to wear at night) to the 1 train, I just kept telling myself I was almost home and that I could do this… Get on the subway, find a seat, close my eyes, keep breathing and I would be home. Right? Wrong. The uptown trains were not running at this station due to construction, I had to go across the street and take the downtown train to Chambers St. and then transfer to the uptown train. At this point, I fleetingly considered just sitting on a bench and resting my aching my head but instead I focused on breathing. I walked across the street and was just about to enter the downtown subway stairs when I heard “Excuse me, are you from NY?, we are lost?” Seriously??? I wanted to just ignore them but the damn Canadian in me made me stop and help them. It was a lovely father and daughter from Cleveland, named Jim and ?, I mean crap, how can I remember at this point?? I was just trying to politely not vomit on their shoes while helping them. Anyway, they were trying to get to the Beacon Theatre (just around the corner from my apt) so I told them to just stick with me and I would help them get there. Luckily they seemed to get the hint that I was not in a very chatty mood.
So, now Jim, ? and I were stuck waiting for the downtown train (9 minutes!!!!) and then we picked up another couple who barely spoke english and needed help getting back uptown as well. We made it to Chambers St. where we waited another 7 minutes (are you f’in kidding me???) until we finally caught an express uptown 2 train. I apologized to Jim and ?, claiming I was tired and rushed to a seat where I promptly closed my eyes and hoped to make it home without incident. And we did, sort of… There was the guy who came through the train pretending to be blind (he was whacking his way around with a broom stick) and coming up to people demanding money, it un-nerved my Cleveland guests but I assured them that you get used to it. When we finally made it to 72nd street and I saw that it would have been another 9 minute wait for the 1, I exited the station with my new friends, pointed them in the direction of the Beacon and even suggested some dinner spots. Dad said “he could kiss me!”, I declined, reminded them to take the 1 train back downtown and then walked to my apt and FINALLY made it home.
As I crawled into the blissful black hole of comfort in the darkness of my room, thankful to finally be home I waited for the quiet to surround me only to hear the full blown temper tantrum of the my neighbor’s daughter. I swear, I can’t make this stuff up even if I tried.
The happy ending to this story is that I slept for 12 hours and fully recovered. And, I also promise to NEVER underestimate the power of the evil migraine beast again
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged field trip to grand central terminal, Grand Central Station, grand central terminal, Life in NYC, Living in Manhattan, pics of Grand Central Station, positive vibes, transportation, Wordless Wednesday on May 15, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
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 =)
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Life in NYC, Living in Manhattan, monsoon in manhattan, Pics of rainy NYC, raining in NYC, rainy day in Manhattan, rainy mornings, spring rain, Wordless Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday Pics on May 8, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
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 =)
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Central Park in spring, field trip in Central Park, Life in NYC, Living in Manhattan, Pics of Central Park, Wordless Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday Pics on May 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
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!!
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged cleaning out closets, cleaning out drawers, closet space in NYC, Life in NYC, Living in Manhattan, spring cleaning, Wordless Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday Pics on April 24, 2013 | 1 Comment »
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!
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged blooms in Central Park, Central Park, finding hope and happiness after a tough week, Life in NYC, Living in Manhattan, pics of Central Park in Spring on April 20, 2013 | 2 Comments »
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.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged comfort, dealing with the effects of the Boston Marathon explosion, finding strength and peace during a difficult time, Life in NYC, Living in Manhattan, love, peace, spirituality, Wordless Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday Pics on April 17, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
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.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Air and Space Museum, American Museum of Natural History Smithsonian, Ebbit's Grill, Jimmy T's Diner, Kramerbooks, Life in NYC, Living in Manhattan, Museum of American History, pics of Washington DC, spring break adventure in Washington DC, spy museum, Washington Zoo, Wordless Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday Pics on April 3, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Spring Break is officially over. Two very sleepy girls made their way back to school today and I am happily sitting in a very quiet apartment getting some work done and organizing my life. It feels good to be on a bit of a schedule again. And did I mention how quiet it is??!! =)
We had a wonderful time on our long weekend adventure in Washington DC. It is a beautiful city and I feel like we covered a lot of ground but still have so much more to see! The good news is that I know that we will be back to explore. It is an incredibly clean, family friendly, easy to walk around city that has sights to see and historic landmarks on nearly every corner. We managed to go to the Zoo, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of American History, The Air & Space Museum and the Spy Museum with a few stops to see the numerous memorials and monuments along the way. Like I said, there is still so much to explore, we will definitely be back. Here are some pics from our trip, hope you enjoy them and here’s hoping that some Spring like weather will start showing up soon. Brrr!! Stay warm my friends and Happy Wednesday!