New York

Nov. 11th, 2009 10:16 pm
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I left on the 10am Bolt bus yesterday, and came back on the 3pm bus today. In between, I:

  • Had the fastest trip through TKTS I can remember -- pretty much no line! And I had done my research beforehand, which made picking a show easier.
  • Had two short visits with my cousin and her 14-month-old son, the first time I've made it in to meet him
  • Had delicious sushi for dinner with Dana & Nick in their fabulous apartment
  • Saw the incomparable Rosemary Harris in a very nice production of The Royal Family (in a theatre smaller than the Somerville!)
  • Poked my head into Colony Music to look at sheet music
  • Spent the night at Nick & Dana's, and enjoyed hot coffee and freshly-made muffins with them in the morning
  • Was lured into two different Ricky's (OMG! you can buy from them online! Oh, I'm in trouble now...) for another fabulous pair of sparkly false eyelashes and some bright turquoise eye shadow for disco purposes
  • Met up with Jess for lunch at the 2nd Ave Deli, where we enjoyed the gribenes (fried chicken skin with onions) and sour pickles a little too much. I met my match in a triple-decker sandwich with warm corned beef, tongue, salami, cole slaw and Russian dressing. I could not actually fit my mouth around the entire stack at once. The meal concluded with an amuse-bouche of chocolate soda. Yum. And half of my sandwich made it home with me, along with some more sour pickles.
  • I failed to do the Walkin' Broadway tour I had downloaded at home, in favor of stopping into a Judaica store with Jess, running into the Veteran's Day parade, and then picking just the right eyeshadow at Ricky's. Ah well, next time. I've got a list I'm compiling... definitely don't want to wait another two years before I go again!


All in all, not bad for just over 24 hours in the city!

New York

Nov. 11th, 2009 10:16 pm
gilana: (Default)
I left on the 10am Bolt bus yesterday, and came back on the 3pm bus today. In between, I:

  • Had the fastest trip through TKTS I can remember -- pretty much no line! And I had done my research beforehand, which made picking a show easier.
  • Had two short visits with my cousin and her 14-month-old son, the first time I've made it in to meet him
  • Had delicious sushi for dinner with Dana & Nick in their fabulous apartment
  • Saw the incomparable Rosemary Harris in a very nice production of The Royal Family (in a theatre smaller than the Somerville!)
  • Poked my head into Colony Music to look at sheet music
  • Spent the night at Nick & Dana's, and enjoyed hot coffee and freshly-made muffins with them in the morning
  • Was lured into two different Ricky's (OMG! you can buy from them online! Oh, I'm in trouble now...) for another fabulous pair of sparkly false eyelashes and some bright turquoise eye shadow for disco purposes
  • Met up with Jess for lunch at the 2nd Ave Deli, where we enjoyed the gribenes (fried chicken skin with onions) and sour pickles a little too much. I met my match in a triple-decker sandwich with warm corned beef, tongue, salami, cole slaw and Russian dressing. I could not actually fit my mouth around the entire stack at once. The meal concluded with an amuse-bouche of chocolate soda. Yum. And half of my sandwich made it home with me, along with some more sour pickles.
  • I failed to do the Walkin' Broadway tour I had downloaded at home, in favor of stopping into a Judaica store with Jess, running into the Veteran's Day parade, and then picking just the right eyeshadow at Ricky's. Ah well, next time. I've got a list I'm compiling... definitely don't want to wait another two years before I go again!


All in all, not bad for just over 24 hours in the city!
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Friday afternoon I took the ferry to Salem, where [livejournal.com profile] bkdelong was kind enough to provide his wonderful hospitality for shabbos so I could walk to [livejournal.com profile] ayelle and [livejournal.com profile] zendzian's fabulous wedding. Saturday we did the quickie tour of Salem, which is a really cool town -- I'd love to go back and spend some more time there soon! And I'm sure you've heard by now how great the wedding was. Very much *them*, which always makes for the best weddings, and we all had a lovely time.

Got back late Saturday night, finished packing and reading email, and then got up early Sunday morning to catch my flight to Atlantic City, where I spent three days with my parents and my sister and her husband and 3 kids. Sadly my brother couldn't make it, but he spent shabbos in Philly along with everyone else, so at least my mom got to see all of her kids in the same weekend, if not the same time.

We spent a lot of time on the beach taking advantage of the free chaises and umbrella the hotel offers, checked out the hotel's two pools (one of which was very much a swinging singles scene until we arrived with 5 kids in tow -- my aunt came up for the day with my cousin's two kids, as well), walking the Boardwalk (I got my required fudge, and we found the one remaining arcade to teach the kids to play Ski-ball).

There had been a storm system a few weeks ago that tore up the local mussel beds, so the beaches were covered inches deep near the water line with piles of tiny mussel shells, which was interesting although a little weird to walk through and rather smelly. But once I got out past the breakers into the gentle rolling swells, the bottom was clear, and the water felt heavenly. I took my younger niece out there on my back for a while, and we enjoyed jumping the waves together, and then I took her back in, went back, and spent some time floating alone on my back, feeling the hot sun on my face and the cool water on my body, letting the waves gently rock me, trying to store up the sensations to get through the winter.

I had a flight back at 5:20pm yesterday, and we were on the plane and about to take off when word came in of fog in Boston, so we all had to get off the plane and wait around until 8pm when we got a clear window and made a run for it. Luckily, [livejournal.com profile] bex77 had already planned to pick me up to whisk me to my first Never After rehearsal (which I totally missed, of course) but she was kind enough to pick me up at the new time and drop my exhausted carcass and luggage home so I didn't have to brave the rain and the subway. And now I'm slogging through way too much email, LJ, and unpacking. But at least I'm tan :)
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Friday afternoon I took the ferry to Salem, where [livejournal.com profile] bkdelong was kind enough to provide his wonderful hospitality for shabbos so I could walk to [livejournal.com profile] ayelle and [livejournal.com profile] zendzian's fabulous wedding. Saturday we did the quickie tour of Salem, which is a really cool town -- I'd love to go back and spend some more time there soon! And I'm sure you've heard by now how great the wedding was. Very much *them*, which always makes for the best weddings, and we all had a lovely time.

Got back late Saturday night, finished packing and reading email, and then got up early Sunday morning to catch my flight to Atlantic City, where I spent three days with my parents and my sister and her husband and 3 kids. Sadly my brother couldn't make it, but he spent shabbos in Philly along with everyone else, so at least my mom got to see all of her kids in the same weekend, if not the same time.

We spent a lot of time on the beach taking advantage of the free chaises and umbrella the hotel offers, checked out the hotel's two pools (one of which was very much a swinging singles scene until we arrived with 5 kids in tow -- my aunt came up for the day with my cousin's two kids, as well), walking the Boardwalk (I got my required fudge, and we found the one remaining arcade to teach the kids to play Ski-ball).

There had been a storm system a few weeks ago that tore up the local mussel beds, so the beaches were covered inches deep near the water line with piles of tiny mussel shells, which was interesting although a little weird to walk through and rather smelly. But once I got out past the breakers into the gentle rolling swells, the bottom was clear, and the water felt heavenly. I took my younger niece out there on my back for a while, and we enjoyed jumping the waves together, and then I took her back in, went back, and spent some time floating alone on my back, feeling the hot sun on my face and the cool water on my body, letting the waves gently rock me, trying to store up the sensations to get through the winter.

I had a flight back at 5:20pm yesterday, and we were on the plane and about to take off when word came in of fog in Boston, so we all had to get off the plane and wait around until 8pm when we got a clear window and made a run for it. Luckily, [livejournal.com profile] bex77 had already planned to pick me up to whisk me to my first Never After rehearsal (which I totally missed, of course) but she was kind enough to pick me up at the new time and drop my exhausted carcass and luggage home so I didn't have to brave the rain and the subway. And now I'm slogging through way too much email, LJ, and unpacking. But at least I'm tan :)

Vegas

Feb. 8th, 2009 10:19 am
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Division of labor — I took the photos, and [livejournal.com profile] lillibet wrote up the trip journal. You can read it here.

Vegas

Feb. 8th, 2009 10:19 am
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Division of labor — I took the photos, and [livejournal.com profile] lillibet wrote up the trip journal. You can read it here.

photos!

Mar. 1st, 2007 12:18 pm
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My cruise photos are up on Flickr! Click on Gracie over there to see them.

photos!

Mar. 1st, 2007 12:18 pm
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My cruise photos are up on Flickr! Click on Gracie over there to see them.
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Things I missed about home while I was gone:
  • My friends
  • privacy
  • Poland Springs water (dunno why, but it just tastes better to me)
  • geeks
  • my computer
  • people who speak my language

Things I miss about the ship now that I'm back:
  • My friends
  • the rocking of the boat (although I'm still getting a little of that...)
  • warmth
  • having five meals a day provided for me
  • the ocean
  • hearing multiple languages and accents
  • having my bed made up every time I left it for 5 minutes

Hmm. I suppose home still wins. It's just too bad I can't combine the two somehow...
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Things I missed about home while I was gone:
  • My friends
  • privacy
  • Poland Springs water (dunno why, but it just tastes better to me)
  • geeks
  • my computer
  • people who speak my language

Things I miss about the ship now that I'm back:
  • My friends
  • the rocking of the boat (although I'm still getting a little of that...)
  • warmth
  • having five meals a day provided for me
  • the ocean
  • hearing multiple languages and accents
  • having my bed made up every time I left it for 5 minutes

Hmm. I suppose home still wins. It's just too bad I can't combine the two somehow...
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I find my people )
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I find my people )
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Greetings from Grand Cayman! Nice to be back here -- [livejournal.com profile] miss_chance and I came some years back and really enjoyed it. The funny thing is, I don't remember the ground moving this much underneath me last time... must have finally found my sea legs.

Mare, the speed dating was terrifying. 100 Jewish singles in one room, women in benches along the wall, men crammed into chairs facing us. Yell your name, city and occupation above the noise to the guy across the table, get his in return, the whistle blows, and the guys move on. And many of the guys here are a little old for me, even without taking into account my penchant for younger men. I'm looking for a husband, not a grandfather. Still, most of the people are pretty nice, even if they're not our kind of freaks. I've hooked up (not like that, don't be silly) with a small group of other women who have mostly given up on the guys, and we've been protecting each other. Although the matchmaker finally cornered me this morning and made me promise to meet with her this evening. I expect to have to spend a lot of time trying to explain why a 55-year-old man from Manchester is not a good match for me.

There's a ridiculous amount of food. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, late night snack... the dinners are very good, but the other meals are buffet style and not all that great. Yesterday lunch included too-cold pre-made sushi. No raw fish, but there pineapple rolls and lox-and-avocado rolls.

Going on a snorkel trip this afternoon, I can't wait. As usual on a cruise, I've spent a lot of time looking at the ocean and not nearly enough time in it.

OK, that's about my time at this internet station. Hope you all are doing well and not too cold. Can't wait to see you all again!

Oh, and happy belated birthday Kerri! Sorry, don't have time to find my fancy birthday styles...
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Greetings from Grand Cayman! Nice to be back here -- [livejournal.com profile] miss_chance and I came some years back and really enjoyed it. The funny thing is, I don't remember the ground moving this much underneath me last time... must have finally found my sea legs.

Mare, the speed dating was terrifying. 100 Jewish singles in one room, women in benches along the wall, men crammed into chairs facing us. Yell your name, city and occupation above the noise to the guy across the table, get his in return, the whistle blows, and the guys move on. And many of the guys here are a little old for me, even without taking into account my penchant for younger men. I'm looking for a husband, not a grandfather. Still, most of the people are pretty nice, even if they're not our kind of freaks. I've hooked up (not like that, don't be silly) with a small group of other women who have mostly given up on the guys, and we've been protecting each other. Although the matchmaker finally cornered me this morning and made me promise to meet with her this evening. I expect to have to spend a lot of time trying to explain why a 55-year-old man from Manchester is not a good match for me.

There's a ridiculous amount of food. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, late night snack... the dinners are very good, but the other meals are buffet style and not all that great. Yesterday lunch included too-cold pre-made sushi. No raw fish, but there pineapple rolls and lox-and-avocado rolls.

Going on a snorkel trip this afternoon, I can't wait. As usual on a cruise, I've spent a lot of time looking at the ocean and not nearly enough time in it.

OK, that's about my time at this internet station. Hope you all are doing well and not too cold. Can't wait to see you all again!

Oh, and happy belated birthday Kerri! Sorry, don't have time to find my fancy birthday styles...

bye!

Dec. 1st, 2006 07:02 am
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I'm off to Harrisburg for the weekend to see my six-year-old niece make her stage debut, along with my sister and brother-in-law, in a show called HONK!, a musical about the Ugly Duckling. I'll be back Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, break a leg to everyone in the Cabaret -- I'm sure it will be fabulous! And those of you who aren't in it, go see it!

bye!

Dec. 1st, 2006 07:02 am
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I'm off to Harrisburg for the weekend to see my six-year-old niece make her stage debut, along with my sister and brother-in-law, in a show called HONK!, a musical about the Ugly Duckling. I'll be back Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, break a leg to everyone in the Cabaret -- I'm sure it will be fabulous! And those of you who aren't in it, go see it!
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Back from New York. It was a very nice, if short, trip, but I managed to cram in a lot.

What I did )

Got home, unpacked, had a quick bite, and then [livejournal.com profile] wellstar came and picked me up to go see Urinetown at Vokes. I'm so glad we went -- it was a really strong production, very funny, great singing and some really fabulous staging. Brian Toney was a riot, and Sarah Consentino was one of the leads with a really great performance. The show is closing this weekend, and I think it's probably sold out, but if you can possibly make it, I highly recommend it.
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Back from New York. It was a very nice, if short, trip, but I managed to cram in a lot.

What I did )

Got home, unpacked, had a quick bite, and then [livejournal.com profile] wellstar came and picked me up to go see Urinetown at Vokes. I'm so glad we went -- it was a really strong production, very funny, great singing and some really fabulous staging. Brian Toney was a riot, and Sarah Consentino was one of the leads with a really great performance. The show is closing this weekend, and I think it's probably sold out, but if you can possibly make it, I highly recommend it.
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There was no line at TKTS -- it's in a temporary location, so maybe all the tourists haven't found it yet. And they had an orchestra seat for The Drowsy Chaperone, sixth row, for half price -- less than the discounted mezzanine seats I was looking at from home! Just saw the show and it was really marvelous. All kinds of fun and froth, elaborate sets and spectacular musical numbers, somehow both tongue in cheek and yet unabashedly in love with the old musicals. I hadn't realized that most of the original cast was still with the show, so I got to see Bob Martin and Sutton Foster (and Garth Kravits, formerly of the House Jacks!) I'd rave about it more, but I'm at a Kinko's paying by the minute. Time to go back to the Y and rest up for more adventures tomorrow.
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There was no line at TKTS -- it's in a temporary location, so maybe all the tourists haven't found it yet. And they had an orchestra seat for The Drowsy Chaperone, sixth row, for half price -- less than the discounted mezzanine seats I was looking at from home! Just saw the show and it was really marvelous. All kinds of fun and froth, elaborate sets and spectacular musical numbers, somehow both tongue in cheek and yet unabashedly in love with the old musicals. I hadn't realized that most of the original cast was still with the show, so I got to see Bob Martin and Sutton Foster (and Garth Kravits, formerly of the House Jacks!) I'd rave about it more, but I'm at a Kinko's paying by the minute. Time to go back to the Y and rest up for more adventures tomorrow.

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