There was a great showing of costumes this year at the Jingle Bell Jog. I loved the guy in the top row, 3rd from left who PAINTED the stripes on his legs. My favorite was the cream colored snowman on the 3rd row, 4th from the left.
Sadly my foot surgeon did not give me permission to run this year. I just chatted with a history professor at Bard while we waited for our loved ones to pass us! This year was a great one for Phoebz and hard for Lollz. Pickle hated every second of it.
It was perfect weather though and I was SO wishing I could have run it!
I only saw about 3 other Team Sparklers this year, but grabbed a few of them for a photo. The woman with the Bigs was from the UK and was so impressed with the fast shipping. She told me she ordered turquoise visor, sleeves and skirt of the upcoming London Marathon. Well Done. Quite Right.
A holiday tradition that I just love: The Jingle Bell Jog.
Today Pickle and I headed out to busk around 1:30. What a BEAUTIFUL day to sing! We met up with my friend Melissa who has been cruising the 7 Seas lately performing with her husband, but she is back in town for a bit and we got to sing together!
Pickle in her BUSKING WEAR
We had such a fun time harmonizing and trying to recall the words to Do you Hear what I hear? Which we never did.
Early on we saw a familiar face, a friend from our congregation dropped by and read our sign, but unfortunately his pockets were empty. We saw lots of missionaries from our church walk by but it wasn’t certain if they made the connection that we too were LDS…mostly they just looked at us like we were a little crazy.
Towards the end my friend Mary stopped by and joined in singing and that was so great to have 3 parts!
Our spot today was Lincoln Square. A lot of people passed us, but sadly we only earned $4.85
A nice homeless woman came and listened for several minutes and thanked us for sharing our light and “vibrations” (right Melissa?) and also offered to give my foot a medical massage. I passed.
Our new total is over $50!
A few people have expressed interest in donating to the campaign! It would be great to have pledges per hour sung or just flat donations, especially to make up for days like today. boo. If you are interested, just leave a comment and I will send you the paypal address and I will add to the total! THANKS!
Saturday morning the girls and I headed to the RUN FOR YOUR LIVES 5K in Brooklyn. It was cool because it got us in the Halloween spirit and it was a fundraiser for Brain Disease Research. We were Stumblers, so we manned a section of the race as zombies.The runners would approach and we would try to grab their flags so that they would die. It was hard to get the flags- they were so fast, and by the time they got to us, they had learned a thing or two about dodging zombies.
Lolly got really good-I think she ended up with 25 flags. One runner said:” I can’t believe I just got killed by a 9 year old!” We had a great time. I was so sore the next morning—who knew grabbing for flags would be a great upper arm and buttocks workout! I am regretting putting the glue on my face, my forehead is still pretty irritated several days later.
This year was all about Duck Dynasty. It is Jason’s favorite show. It was his idea, and a great one it was! If you are unfamiliar, click on over and get familiar already. please.
This is Willie:
This is Willie:
This is Willie with Korie:
So is this:
This is the whole clan (the girls wanted to play the GRAND KIDS in an episode where they go out hunting, Pickle did not weigh in, I decided she would be a duckling–too cute to shoot!)
She was so cute, she had many boys kissing her and asking her to dance…she was VERY popular with the boys.
She loved all the action, and I was SO HAPPY she kept her costume on, as getting it ON HER, if filmed, might have been excellent blackmail material for me.
Trick or Treating went well until she discovered this red lollipop, then it was all over.
We love Theme Costumes….way better than just doing your own thing:Thank you Martha for the costume tutorial and Ravelry for various patterns that I pieced together for the hat, and ebay for everything else.
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Ariel and I went to the Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck this weekend. The drive up was SO BEAUTIFUL. Every time I visit the Hudson Valley my desire to have a house there exponentially grows.
The animals were SO CUTE. I want an Alpaca, stat.
I am always fascinated by these people who raise animals! What is there life like? Where did they come from? We met a boy whose family has “36 or 37″ sheep on their property because they just love them–it’s not there job, they don’t make money, they just have them.
Believe it or not, I did not buy ONE skein of yarn. I am trying to get through all the uncompleted projects I have first. I REALLY REALLY wanted this green Ombre Gradient Set 2 from Cephalopod (which was only $92 at the festival doh!)…but I passed.
I saw a few vendors from the sleep away camp Phoebe is attending this week. It was great for me to touch base with them and feel it out. Her experience is going to be amazing. Here are some of the offerings from the farm where she is going to be adventuring:
Wool– I love you.
I have had the honor of attending not one but two concerts at Carnegie Hall this past month.
The first was date night with Jason and me as we attended Sphinx Virtuosi. What a fantastic group of performers. I was truly moved by their music, especially a composition by their resident composer, Jessie Montgomery.
Did you know that less than 5% of the top Symphony Orchestras in the USA are made up of NON-WHITE performers? And there are none on the boards of any of these orchestras? It is a crazy thing to think about… the Founder of Sphinx gave an inspiring and riveting speech about the need to reach out to these kids who have talent and need instruction.
We had a great time….go see Sphinx if they are coming your way…they still have a few dates left this year.
Our second concert, was The 5 Browns. We took the girls to see this family of pianists. It struck home for us because not only did they all go to Juilliard, which is in our city, but they are also Mormon. Plus their gowns were AMAZING and designed by Zac Posen (of Project Runway, one of our favorite shows). We read that they played for one of his runway shows.
And then of course they are beyond any description when it comes to talent and level of performance. I loved the way they position their pianos.
My Daughter just grew up over night dontchya think?
Though they both nodded off and we had to ditch out a bit early, it was a great first time to Carnegie Hall experience.
Chapter 5 (still need to restore photos sorry)
Chapter 4 (still need to restore photos sorry)
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We had such a wonderful time in Nocal. Seeing friends and seeing the sights was a great chapter of our road trip. Today we headed out around 7:30 (that was truly a miracle) and headed South. Our first stop was the Oakland Temple. I am so glad we stopped here. The campus was extensive with not only the temple but a church building and visitors center. The grounds had the most beautiful collection of trees and roses. I think this is the first we have seen with such gorgeous landscaping. I heard there was a roof deck on this temple, but unfortunately it was closed due to some construction, so we could only see the outside. This too looked like it should be somewhere other than America…just like so many scenes in Northern California.
We hit the road in ernest afer that and by the time we hit our first Gas stop (which was soon because I started with a quarter tank), it was hot. 6 hours went by quickly for me. The girls played I SPY (in the van only) with Jennika and Sam played Kids Bop so that we could “make fun of it” and then we listened to some This American Life to get us through the last leg. I ate Baja Fresh for the first time and found it to be delicious. There were so many farms on this leg, but they looked different from the middle of America…more trees.
Finally we arrived at my friend’s house in Socal. I hadn’t seen her new house since the move–had only heard about it! The house definitely exceeded the hype! Pickle was in heaven with the dogs and cats, Lolly loved the chicken and both girls just went straight for the pool!
Pickle and her new baby friend didn’t waste time with suits and swim diapers, they just happily played their little hearts out. Pickle did some standing with no hands in the pool too!
After dinner we had a special visitor from the genius behind BAKE YOU HAPPY and ate delicious treats–I hadn’t had the chocolate chip cookies yet–oh. my. delicious. word. (as Grandma Shirley used to say)After viewing Life of Pi (hadn’t seen it yet—excellent book-into-movie) we bedded down. Pickle even got a little pillow–she loved it. We slept well at the Castle, I mean, Casa.
When I was a girl, my family went on a road trip. We stopped at Mt. Rushmore and hiked up to it. It was foggy that day and we asked everyone we saw: Where is it?
Everyone gestured in front of us and said: It’s RIGHT THERE. We tried with all our might to see it through the fog. We were mighty disappointed, couldn’t even see an outline. We returned on our trip back home and when we saw it, we found our behavior the first time to be very ridiculous. It was indeed RIGHT THERE.
I had a Mt. Rushmore moment today at the Golden Gate Bridge in SAN FRANCISCO.
There it is.
We spent the rest of the day looking around at the touristy things one looks at in San Fran. I especially loved seeing the Sea Lions at Pier 39:
Fascinating…they smell so bad!
We spent the whole day walking around the city. We saw so much. My impressions: clean, European or Non-American, Architecture, Whack Job Public Transportation.
I liked the salt water taffy-surprising
I love the architecture
This is a colorful city
I like the doors-so many cool doors
Seriously-what’s up with the buses attached to the wires–I just kept imagining those during Hurricane Sandy
Fog! Fog EVERYWHERE
So much seafood
WHY is it so cold? But I like it….
I like San Fran Chinatown better than NYC
Seems low on the arts and public art
Lombard Street-why? And the houses were so gorg, but would I want to live there with all those tourists?
So hilly-I thought this would be a good running city but then what about the hills?
My girls found friendship bracelets at a street vendor with ALL THEIR NAMEs—wonder of wonders….
We had really delicious Mexican food for dinner tonight at The Taco Shop at Underdogs and I got my San Fran souvenir at Goorin Brothers.
This is my GB Hat with Lombard Street WAY back there and my favorite trees of the day.
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