Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Awake, my eyes...

(via Gothamist)

While I would never recommend sleeping on the train ("You snooze, you lose... your wallet"), I still think that this is a pretty snazzy invention.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Reinforcing my brand loyalty

Hole-y Mac-kerel. Literally.


August and I went for sushi on Saturday night...

...then on Sunday night, it snowed! What a great weekend!

Whee! Snow! At night! Before people walk on it!

For the record, I hated snow before I moved here. What changed? No clue. But I really like that life doesn't screech to a halt whenever it snows here. Last year during the big blizzard (27 inches in 24 hours), people pulled out their cross-country skis to go to the grocery store. Awesome.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Trailer Park Avenue

In case you haven't heard, I have a side-project. This weekend, the other half of Trailer Park Avenue came to visit NYC. It was the weekend of the Midas Touch, no lie. Every train came on time. We had the best seats in every restaurant. We saw the ballet for free (thanks, Robbie!), and we got to cut every line at the Empire State building, which got us to the top in under 10 minutes (thanks, Anderson!). God is GOOD, and I have fun friends.

Here we are on the Brooklyn Bridge, with Manhattan in the background. (NYC)

Roosevelt Island Tram. Bible verse on hand. (NYC)

ESB Beauty. (NYC)

The annual NYC Pillow Fight in Union Square. (NYC)

Bookstore shopping. Old Latin books.

Frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3.

This is the ceiling of the New York City Ballet. Stunning.

There were some stellar views of My Boyfriend from the ESB (he's the tall, shiny one on the left).

Atop the Vogue Building, we spotted King Kong.

We were cold.

And happy.

And we rocked NYC.

And perhaps you've noticed: the other half of Trailer Park Avenue is Coldplay's Chris Martin ('s doppelgänger).

I'll leave you with this 35-second video of the 2007 Union Square Pillow Fight. There's no better way to end a visit to NYC than watching people beat each other over the head.


Heading Home...

The cruise ended on the morning of Saturday, Feb 17, and I immediately got into my car and began the 10 hour drive to Aiken, SC, where I had a house concert that night. I had a great time!

This is Sherry and her students (the ones who were still hanging out after midnight, anyway). They entertained me and fed me. Thank you!! (Aiken, SC)

Kym welcomed me back home on Monday night. We had coffee and tuna sandwiches and caught up on Time Out New York. (NYC)

Kym is one of the people who inspired me to do Photo-A-Day, by the way.

On Tuesday, I had to go visit my old friend, MudTruck. (NYC)

Mmm... tastes like home.

Breaking in the passport

This is the first time I've ever used my passport. I was so bummed that they didn't stamp it. But here are the long-delayed cruise photos...

Breaking the law. Pre-cruise dinner. (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

I saw this woman riding the bike while holding and drinking her pina colada. By the time I got my camera out to capture the beautiful irony, she had put it in the cupholder. (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Great day for a scavenger hunt. (Key West, FL)

Mexico = downgrade. (Cozumel, Mexico)

Belize = UPGRADE. (Belize City, Belize)

We were at sea all day. It was stormy and rocky, and I felt like poo so I slept all day and only got up for dinner.

Come pick me up. I've landed. (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

And here are some other pics from the cruise!

It was raining when we first got to Key West for the Scavenger Hunt.

Then it cleared up and we drove these puppies all over town. Whee!

There's lots of wildlife wandering about Key West...


Parrots! Or whatever!!

While we were in Cozumel, some of us relaxed...

...but Jane and I made the mistake of going snorkeling with these people. Beware.

Belize is my new favorite other country that speaks English. This mountainous area is called the Sleeping Giant. Turn your head to the right to see why.

We hiked through the jungle...

And rode on the backs of dolphins...

Then pumped ourselves up at the Flintstone Fitness Center...

So that we would have the strength to cross the jungle via zipline. There were seven platforms.

Then we had lunch in the jungle before we went cave tubing. I stole a rock from the river. Don't tell customs.

There was some real pirate action...

And some fake pirate action.

And there was always enough food to make me feel like a stupid American.

"What are you made of, bird?" Jane said.

We got to listen to the sage wisdom of Dave Edwards, one of the speakers...

And every night upon returning to our room, we found a present from our Stateroom Attendant, Ketut.

You really should come along next time. I was way too busy having fun to take pictures of the really good stuff. It was a BLAST! There's rumor of another cruise over Labor Day. Stay tuned!