Stuff I did during my 26 Day Blog Break…

I hadn’t consciously intended to take a blog break for that length of time – but I did – and it’s good to be back.

So on April 5th I bopped down to Jersey to stay with friends. We did the usual round of movies:

Going In Style – Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin & Ann-Margaret – need I say more? Awesome fun!
I am not Your Negro – Brilliant. Oscar worthy editing. Oscar worthy period.
Tommy’s Honor – It’s about golf – see it even if you hate golf.
Born in China – Snow Leopards, Panda, Snub-nosed monkeys. Disney at it’s best.
Unforgettable – Such good actors, but one of those movies where you start thinking about how you would have done it differently.
Boss Baby – Loved it.
Kong: Skull Island – Exciting!
T2 – Trainspotting 2 – One of the best sequels ever.
The Zookeepers Wife – We are in a period of movies featuring hidden history. And I say More! More! More!
Ghost in the Shell – I am not a huge sci-fi fan, but I liked this.
Gifted – McKenna Grace – child actress – force of nature. If she’s in it – I’m there.

Thanks to a friend’s bonus points we stayed in New York overnight. In approximately 36 hours we did a movie (I am not Your Negro), Thai food in the Village, MoMa, The Russian Tea Room, The Whitney, and a walk across Central Park to one of my favorite Indian restaurants. Insane fun.

Me at the Whitney Museum

Last weekend was spent in Georgetown, DC. It was misty/rainy most of the time, but not torrential. I hadn’t explored this area of DC during previous trip, so I was anxious to explore. Spent most of my time in two bookstores at Dupont Circle: Second Story aka the Land of Hidden Treasures and the incredible Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. Kramerbooks is open to 1am daily; 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. I was hoping to find a genie in a bottle somewhere, because my first wish would be to have those two stores down the road from our house.

The hotel was on the Georgetown University campus. I love the energy of college/university towns, and the places students hang out. It’s a Fountain of Youth elixir laced with Creative Inspiration for me. I sat for hours in Starbucks in a sea of Mac Books and conversation writing non-stop. Sunday afternoon was spent at The National Gallery of Art before boarding the train back to Northern New Jersey.

I managed to even read a book:

MARY ASTOR’S PURPLE DIARY
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he Great American Sex Scandal of 1936

By Edward Sorel

Click on the highlighted text/title above to read Woody Allen’s review of Purple Diary. I could not agree with Woody more.

Trivia bit: The diary was actually brown. The papers thought purple made for better headlines.

I returned from Northern New Jersey Sunday  April 30th; the day of my darling daughter Josie’s 34th birthday. After she picked me up from the bus we had our traditional Mom’s Back Feast at Taco Bell.

Monday the 1st was Josie & Chris’s 13th wedding anniversary, and we all went out to celebrate at a local restaurant. Such a good time. These two are right out of a fairy tale.

Josie & Chris May 1st 2004
Living Happily Ever After in Cape Cod USA

And we end this post today Tuesday. May 2nd with me at my desk.

Til next time.

 

Where I am at…April 1st 2017

The last three posts at one of my other blogs were quotes:

Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation I cannot see it, retain it, and use it. ~ Twyla Tharp

Life is not a book to be read, but a journal waiting to be filled by the continuum of time. Write.
– Qirjanran

“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other people’s models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.”
~ Shakti Gawain

I posted them back in the latter part of February, and then spent most of March vacillating between periods of deep contemplation and flurries of activity.

Just last week I recognized these two prints pasted up on the side of a coffee house as a sure sign that I am headed towards the next right thing for me.

Stay tuned.

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge Week of March 12th 2017

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Someone left this random pair of wings at a Starbucks I was hanging out in.

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Suddenly a man snatches them up and they are fluttering in the light. I don’t think I ever moved more quickly for a shot.

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Sneakers hanging on a wire.

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Rusted Cow

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Benches

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Tree in Central Park

Share Your World…Week of March 13th 2017

Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

More often than not I push the button several times, but I don’t believe it makes the elevator faster.

Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)

I triple confirm travel tickets and hotel reservations. If available, I purchase all tickets to events that I want to attend before departure. But in between events  you’ll find me wandering camera in hand. The photo ops, awesome restaurants, shopping experiences, and conversations with strangers blow my mind.

Describe yourself in at least four uplifting words.

  1. Free-Spirit
  2. Funny
  3. Supportive
  4. Creative

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert? 

This is a hard one. I love salt water beaches, but a hot tub is oh so nice – especially a Jacuzzi.

Then again, I have always wanted to take a cruise. Maybe it was watching all those episodes of The Love Boat with grandma when I was a kid. Or is it all those lovely buffets?  😉

Fresh water lakes are lovely to sit beside – especially if you have a nice cabin waiting for you nearby.

I don’t ski, but ski resorts have fireplaces, yummy drinks, and mountain views.

The desert? Vegas! Then on to Sedona, AZ and the Grand Canyon for day trips.

Sign me TORN on this one

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week I re-connected with two friends. One was MIA for well over a year. The other I hadn’t spoken with in at least five years. We kind of drifted apart when I moved out to MA.

In the coming week my goal is to connect with everyone I know both on and offline. That’s a lot of cards, calls, texts, emails, direct messages, & comments. I can’t wait,

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge…View from the Side

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My awesome son-in-law Chris with Mr. Perfect (cardboard cutout).

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I’m not one for snapping celebs, but when I looked up and Joan Rivers was right there…

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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Whimsical Wall Art on Side of an East Side Building in Manhattan, NY

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White Squirrel, Washington, DC