Last week, my sister and I surprised my niece with a trip to NYC for her sixteenth birthday. We walked a lot. We ate A LOT. We became quite good at navigating the subway (for out of towners). We had adventures and made memories. It was a really special trip and I’m so grateful we had the opportunity to go.
Top of the Rock Grand Central Station Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Times Square New York Public Library Double decker bus tour (that broke down!! We hopped off while they were calling for a new bus and took the train home. Going over Manhattan Bridge on the outside edge on the top half of an open air double decker tour bus gave me heart palpitations. Having that bus break down a few minutes later was more than I could handle!!) Soho Window Shopping The Lion King
Places We Ate:
The Meatball Shop (a big favorite) S’Mac Junior’s (another favorite) Milkbar Hakkasan Serendipity (and another favorite) The Bagel Shop Shake Shack (and one more) and Doughnut Plant
I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through June already! School isn’t *quite* done yet for both the kiddos (all those inclement weather days really messed with the calendar) but summer is short so we’re enjoying evenings at the pool/baseball diamond and trips to the family cabin while the weather is good. School will be out this week and between camps and other activities, I’m hoping to make crafts (Violet and I have both been trying our hand at origami), read lots, find a few adventures, and just squeeze everything we possibly can out of these longer days and too short season.
Reading: I’m currently reading The Marsh King’s Daughter on the recommendation of my mom. It’s not my usual kind of book, but I’m liking it. Since my last Tuesday Things (in April!!) I’ve read: Good Omens (★★★☆☆), The Hate U Give (★★★★★), The Sun Is Also A Star (★★★★☆), Radium Girls (★★★★☆), and The Au Pair (★★★☆☆). As for Commonwealth, I have picked it up, read the first two or so chapters, and put it down only to start over again at least ten times. I’m giving up.
Knitflixing: I stopped watching Cheers once the Diane character left. I didn’t even make it all the way through Kirstie Alley’s first episode.
Jesse (who hardly ever watches anything) and I are sporadically enjoying episodes of The Good Place. It’s nice when I can find something he’ll watch with me. On my own, I’m rewatching Schitt’s Creek. It consistently makes me laugh and gets better with each rewatch. And for the love of all things period drama I binged the fourth season of Poldark over of three consecutive evenings. (My mother YELLED at me when I said I sometimes felt bad for George Warleggan. “He’s the BAD GUY. You aren’t supposed to feel BAD for him. He’s EVIL.” But whether I’m supposed to or not, I do.)
On the knitting end: I finished a pair of socks for Jesse and am 3/4 of the way done with a pair for Abram (the picture above is from when I tried to get this written for LAST week. I’ve finished the first sock and am at the point for the second). Once his are done, I will have knit each of us a pair of socks, and I think I’m going to put a sweater (either for Jesse or myself – I have the pattern and yarn for either) on the needles.
Listening: I made myself a school dance nostalgia mix for house cleaning. (Did your middle school/high school have informal dances? I feel like my school must have been an outlier. I mean, I know most schools do the prom, homecoming, winter carnival thing but we had random-Friday-night-put-a-dj-and-a-bunch-of-kids-in-a-gym-dances and I don’t hear about that happening.) Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” is *high* on the kid’s car pool rotation and I have zero complaints. For podcasts I recently started listening to The Imagined Life which is fun. Who the Hell is Hamish is also on my radar based on a recommendation but I haven’t gotten a chance to actually listen to that one.
Making: Sandwiches. Veggie trays. The best of concession stand hot dogs and poolside dinners. Fresh from the CSA roasted asparagus at 9:30PM as a late night snack. It’s just that time of year.
So that’s my little update. What are you watching, reading, making? Is everyone else ready for summer?!?
I know. It’s been a minute. Every year (about this time) I say I’m going to plan for how FULL May is and then each and every year I just get gobsmacked. I have a list of birthday intentions to share. I have shows and books and projects to talk about, but it’s Friday so I’m going to share my list of random internet things instead.