Sunday, May 31, 2009

Recommended Reading

Ravi Mangla interviewed me for his blog, Recommended Reading. Check it out here!

Bon Voyage, Papa!

This morning, we walked Papa down to the Light Rail Station and said good-bye. His train to Providence should be daparting Penn Station any minute now, and we already miss him like crazy. I've been holding back the tears ever since he left and it's only day one.

We love you, Papa! Hope to see you Friday.


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Happy Birthday, Papa!

Mr. T's birthday was yesterday, and he wound up with what seemed at first to be the flu. The poor guy just now got out of bed. The fever and body aches are gone, but the headache is still there. Seems he caught some other virus, and hopefully the worst of it is over because...Mr. T leaves for his Hasbro internship tomorrow! The train ride to Rhode Island is only three hours from Penn Station, so T should be home every weekend. We're all very excited around here, but we'll miss him to pieces.

Despite Mr. T's not being up for cake or partying, we did manage small celebration of sorts last night, in which Seamus helped open presents and then cried when Papa had to take them away.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Coney Island Adventure

We had been planning to go to the Central Park Zoo all weekend, but when Sunday came around and it looked as though we'd have thunder storms all day, we decided to go to the New York Aquarium on Coney Island instead. We had a great time, and wouldn't you know didn't rain all day. The Aquarium is right next to Astroland and right on the Coney Island boarwalk.

Seamus loved the giant tanks of sturgeons, jelly fish, Logerhead turtles, eels and sting rays.

But he was most fascinated with the sea otters, who kept swimming right up to him.

We viewed them from above:

and below:

He kept telling us he wanted to see the sharks, but when they swam by him, he got scared and wanted to move on to other animals.

He was very excited to pet a horseshoe crab, which we learned is not a crab at all but more closely related to a spider or a scorpion.

Perhaps our favorite part of the aquarium was the Sea Lion show.

We sat in the front row hoping to get a sea lion kiss, even practicing putting our hands behind our backs and leaning our cheeks forward, but when Osbourne the sea lion came up to Seamus, Seamus chickened out. He spent the rest of the show telling us he wanted a sea lion kiss, but the moment had passed. He had a great time anyway. Here's a movie we took of the sea lions dancing:


After the aquarium, we walked up and down the boardwalk and played on the beach.

Seamus was all about throwing his new plastic eel into the ocean....

but he was terrified of the tide getting his toes.

After awhile he got braver and had a big time splashing in the tide and playing in the sand.

Soon it was time to head back to New Jersey, and we boarded the train sunburned and sandy and quite exhausted. Only one of us got any decent sleep on the ride home:

Saturday, May 23, 2009

More Fun at the Park

We went back to the park today, and Seamus rode his bike all the way there.

Lots of water fun was had:

Too soon it was time to go home:

But, that the ice cream man?

Rainbow sprinkles:

Friday, May 22, 2009


Imagine our surprise when we arrived at the park this morning and the municipal workers were testing out the water park equipment, adjusting the water height and pressure. Seamus got to be the first kid in Bayonne to try it out this year.

We may go back this afternoon with a pair of swimming trunks when it's much hotter out.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

New York City (and Mr. S develops a sense of fashion)

My new writing spot, a secret spot on the roof of an FIT building. No students allowed up here, and not many of the faculty and staff know about it.

It's a pretty nice writing spot, quiet and sunny with great views of 27th Street and Seventh Avenue. I love the building across the way. This is where FIT's HR and Payroll offices are located, but the top portion is nothing but apartments.

The view of NYC from Hoboken Terminal, taken on my way home from work this evening:

I've taken this picture a hundred times, and I'll probably take it a hundred times more.

As much as I complain about missing TN and nature, I have to say I love New York City. I can see why people who are raised there feel like it's the center of the world. I've been to many great cities, London, Paris, Dublin, Toronto...but none of them have the energy New York City has. Walking down the street at the end of the day, even after a tiring, crappy day, and seeing all the people and buildings makes me happy. I'll try to take more street photos when we go to the Central Park Zoo this weekend.

I have a four day weekend, and I'm looking forward to every moment of it. Mr. T will be heading off to Rhode Island to intern with Hasbro soon. This weekend marks the start of his last week here for two months. We're hoping he'll be able to take the train home on the weekends.

Of course I couldn't sign off without including some sort of Mr. S content. This one may take some explaining, and Gina and Larry will love it.

Sometime last summer a bunch of us library folks attended a Hawaiian themed party. T and I owned no Hawaiian themed clothing until Gina and Larry kindly gave us some. I received a beautiful Hawaiian dress handmade by Gina herself and Mr. T received one of Larry's Hawaiian shirts. This shirt has since been a favorite of Mr. T's and he wears it for all sorts of fun events. The other day he put it on for the last day of class, and when Seamus saw it, he stopped eating his breakfast in mid bite and said, "No, Papa! No, Papa! Take flower shirt off." He wouldn't rest until Mr. T put the shirt away. And Mr. T hasn't been able to wear this shirt since.

Here's a little video to illustrate (he's talking about star wars at first--another of his new obsessions):

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day...

or as Seamus said to me this morning as he and Mr. T were serving me heart-shaped pancakes in bed, "Happy Birthday, Mothers!"

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Oh, Fridays!

It's been a long week for me, learning the ways of my new library job, meeting and greeting all 65 of my co-workers, getting to know my fabulous Circulation staff. The Circ people at this library are so wonderful. Some of them have been there twenty or thirty years. I'm not kidding. The best part about this week has been my time spent talking with them and helping my patrons. The patrons at this library are a new breed to me: Students. And a few professors and FIT staff. I'd waited on the director of FIT's famous fashion museum a couple of times this week without knowing who she was until much later. She's delightful, but I'm glad I didn't know who she was at the time or I would have been nervous and probably said lots of stupid things. Earlier this week she wanted American movies made in the 50s and 60s that featured menswear. She left with some Audrey Hepburn films and a Hitchcock or two. I also waited on a student who is interning with a company that makes period costumes for movies. She told me Thursday she's been working on the new Amelia Earhart movie with Hilary Swank. Most of my student patrons are fresh out of high school and are very sweet. Many of them, however, have little to no library experience, and we have tell them about call numbers and fines on late items. I've also been in meetings a lot this week. These aren't so bad, but I enjoy the Circulation work much more. By the end of the week, I was very tired and had been missing my days with Mr. S. So I was really looking forward to my Friday and Saturday off. (By the way, due to some bargaining agreement not going as planned, I probably won't have the three day weekends all summer that I thought I was going to have. We may get them in July, however.)

This is how Mr. S and I spent our Friday:

Seamus's say-cheese face:

We split a strawberry shortcake ice cream from the ice cream man:

Seamus ended up with a strawberry shortcake face:

Seamus spent most of his time at the park hunting for worms. Unfortunately, we didn't find any live ones. When he found this one, he kept saying, "he very dead."

Looking forward to many days like these this summer!

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