NYC

(picture credit goes to my niece)

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.

Adventures:

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

And now, it’s back to reality.

Tuesday Things

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?!?

Friday Finds

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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.

  1. This is my life right now.
  2. What type of friend are you?
  3. Based on my buffet food choices, I’m a magician.
  4. The pleasure of being mediocre.
  5. Very cool balloon animals.
  6. Lessons in kombucha making.
  7. I grew up in an area with a large migrant worker population and found this very interesting.
  8. What number of kids makes parents happiest?
  9. Food choices and their environmental impact.
  10. Summer vacation prepping.
  11. I think this book sounds beautiful.
  12. Just a random, interesting thing.
  13. When you have to laugh because it’s just so sad/true.
  14. Political opinion long-read.
  15. Can we design to tech to bring out the best in us?
  16. I think I’m going to adopt a noticing wall.
  17. The Case for Doing Nothing
  18. They ruined the best show ever made and yes to everything written here.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Friday Finds

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  1. This mouse made me smile.
  2. How Brené Brown gets it done.
  3. My creative type is dreamer.
  4. Find your passion is terrible advice.
  5. I want to be a weaver.
  6. Four questions.
  7. These photographs of NYC are gorgeous.
  8. I’m getting old. (14,957 days to be exact.)
  9. I added thunder to a gray and rainy day using the icon on this website. It was soothing.
  10. I love the idea of a mocktail bar.
  11. Tips and tricks for better iPhone photos.
  12. How to Raise Successful People. (I thought this contained a lot of wisdom.)
  13. Daydreaming about fun summer project ideas. (I like a lot of these.)
  14. Time’s 100.
  15. Eat green.
  16. I loved this take on ways to be more decisive.
  17. Knitterly dreams (garment version): this, this, and this.