Friday, July 31, 2009

IT'S OVER!!!




Well, my internship with Hasbro ended Friday. Next to meeting Lydia, and witnessing the birth of my boy, it was the most amazing experience of my life. Especially the last two hours. I learned quite a bit, and I think that if they will have me back, that me and the family could be very happy living in Rhode Island. Being away  from the two most important in my life for two months was tough, but ultimately it was for the betterment of our family's future. A lot of things happened that are going to make the next year a year full of questions and very important decisions. I can't wait to get home and give my woman a big kiss on the mouth. I'm also looking forward to spending the next month playing catch up with the boy. 

The guys and gals I worked with were all great, and I can't thank them enough. They are the best in the industry at what they do, and I couldn't ask for better teachers. Thanks to all!



Sunday, July 26, 2009

Weekend

Mr. S and I have had a lovely weekend so far, even though it's just been the two of us and we miss Mr. T terribly. I love having these three day weekends, feels like a mini-vacation every single week and I really need that time to relax from my work week.

This long weekend, Mr. S and I had pancakes at Margie's Chuckwagon on Broadway, a little hole in the wall restaurant that looks like something straight out of the 60s--probably hasn't changed one iota since then, and Margie herself still runs the place. In fact she made our pancakes and sliced the fruit in our fruit cup. It was delicious! I thought breakfast out would be a nice treat for the two of us, and it's fun being out and about so early in the morning when the air is cool and the only people on the streets are retirees and people on their way to work. Calm and pleasant.

Of course we also had our errands to run this weekend. Since our Shop Rite is under construction and will not reopen until December, we now walk 2 and half miles (round trip) to the A&P. We only do this once a week, and we load up on everything we need for the week. I try to make this something fun, by taking the leisurely route by the bay and looking at all the boats and birds.
This weekend, the shopping cart car was available, and Seamus drove us all over the store:

Later that day, we baked chocolate chip cookies and watched the Jungle Book (I thought I recognized Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney as a couple of the vultures--I googled it and it's true). The Jungle Book is Seamus's recent obsession. He now refers to himself as Mowglii, and will correct you if you call him Seamus. I've become Shere Khan instead of Mama.


We also played with the Octopus Brothers:



And splashed at the water park:




Seamus brought Kermit (thanks, Jesse) and his turtle along to share in the fun:





When the Ice Cream man came cruising by with his music twinkling, all the kids ran into the street with their parents and their dollars, and when the ice cream man kept right on driving, everyone was upset. (This was a new ice cream man...not our usual Mr. Shakes.) I took Seamus to Baskin Robbins as a consolation to the both of us.
On the way home I heard a familiar song coming from the stroller. A few weeks ago I let Seamus watch the opening credits of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, and I guess it stuck. Good thing I happened to have the camera on me:

video

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Central Park Zoo

Mr. T came in this weekend, and after Seamus said he wanted to show his Papa the Scarlet Ibis at the Zoo, we decided that another visit to the Central Park Zoo was in order. Zoo tickets are pretty cheap ($10 for adults and free for children under 3), certainly cheaper than the whopping $45 we have to pay to get into Liberty Science Center, which is just down the road from us.

The zoo was such fun the last time Seamus and I went on our own, and it's always nice any time we get the chance to hang out in Central Park. This time I had a camera.

Seamus fell asleep on the train ride into the city; so T and I walked around 34th Street, snapped some pictures and perused a bookstore.




By the time we made it to Central Park, Seamus was still asleep and missed the squirrel that joined us on the park bench just outside the zoo. He was so tame, kept inching closer and closer to me and standing on his hind legs to see if I had food. I made the mistake of giving him some of Seamus's smiley faces and cookies...at least they were organic. And he got so close I was seriously afraid he was going to jump in my lap.





Awwww nature; we miss you…




We had an overpriced zoo lunch at the Dancing Crane Cafe.


And then it was off to the sea lions...





the penguins...






the harbor seals...





the toucans...



the scarlet ibises...






frogs...





monkeys...






turtles...



polar bears (all sleeping)...





swans...








more monkeys (notice the baby in its mother's arms):









And then...Seamus acting like a monkey:



My little clown with a ring of cherry sherbet around his mouth:







Our family portraits always go something like this:







Wheeee!

Good-bye zoo:




When we got to Hoboken Terminal, there was a cruise ship on the Hudson:



Good-bye New York:



Monday, July 13, 2009

Out and About with a New Camera

As promised here are some photos taken with my new Samsung SL30, just a point-and-shoot... but a dandy one! Someday I hope to be the owner of this camera.



Says Seamus, "Come here squirrel. I have a nut for you."




Seamus climbed all those stairs all by himself:


See:







Running:

Ice Cream:








Ants:




King of the world:




Playing ball and blowing bubbles at the park:














Catalpa Tree:




Hands in mouth, Seamus's new habit:












Listening to our echoes in the "tunnel" of the condo complex by the bay:






Birdwatching:





Ducks and geese in the bay:







Our favorite Italian Deli, just a couple blocks from our apartment:






Seamus's famous say-cheese face:




























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