Sunday, September 15, 2019


Bryant Park~sight of outdoor movies we attended during grad school.

I ditched the conference's boxed lunch in search of pizza.

And with this delicious slice, I reached the trifecta of New York foods: bagels, cheesecake, and pizza. While it was too short a visit, it was marvelous to get out of town, ideate with colleagues (look at me speaking bureaucratese), and ramble around a city.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

dawn at Fifth & Park

After a 'delightful' bus ride in which we encountered Friday traffic in four cities, we arrived the gorgeous Tuscany hotel in Midtown. (these photos loaded strangely on my tablet, so they are not in order.)

A quintessential NY street scene.

The Liberty Bell...

Best bagels in Manhattan are found here~and, at 0 dark 30? There was no line and, a bit disappointingly, no cranky counterman. I felt oddly bereft at not getting yelled "whadda ya want?".

Cheesecake for breakfast? Yes, please.

There is just something about a fresh NY bagel~they are chewy and fluffy. I refrained from trying to cram some in my backpack and simply enjoyed the one.

This was an action shot of my old exit for Princeton.

Rolling into the city~didn't have time to go visit the new World Trade Center.

While I was appalled that we ate at some dreadful chain restaurant on Times Square, it was nice to kick off the trip with a traditional cannoli.

Was delighted that we had solo rooms~nothing mars a conference like a slobby or snoring roommate.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

I caved

While I'm not a fan of the PSL (pumpkin spice latte) craze, I finally caved and got a few autumnal touches.

A bit ironic as the temps soared into the 100s today. 

But I'm dreaming of crisp leaves and cool breezes.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Am guessing you've seen the meme about how some days the best part of a job is the chair that spins. Today, I got a new chair. I'm excited because we get our furniture at a used office place and my last chair didn't go up very high, so I sat with crumpled legs all day. (well, as long as I can sit still which is about 20 minutes tops.)

The crickets and cicadas continue to sing us through humid summer evenings.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

there were no anchors,

nor sails, for that matter. But we aweighed away and sailed off for la mamen's early birthday celebration on a Potomac cruise.

But first, we dined on Italian fare in Old Town Alexandria.

Warm olives with citrus and herbs.

Guess who didn't want to pose for photos? 

My 'shroom slab of goodness. 

All settled in for the adventure on the high seas.

(Ginger! Are you enjoying all the people photos??!)

The Liberty Bell~just for my sister.  

In all my visits with Mr. Lincoln, I never knew there was a waterside entrance to his memorial.

The new wing of the Kennedy Center~just opened this weekend. 

A perfect evening.


Kept trying to capture a plane coming/going at Nationl, but never did.  A fun outing, but now i need a boat. Or better yet, a friend with a boat.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

deep breath in

Today's joy is that the putrid scent in my car wasn't from a dead rodent in the airways. Turns out that some mini zucchini fell out of a grocery bag last week and were in my trunk. Did I mention that it's humid and in the 90s?

Chugging along at school; we are burrsting at the seams~both with enrollment and exburerance. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

shades of autumn

Got some multi-coloured carrots to jazz up snack time this week and was delighted to find how flavorful they are.

So fun to have student returned to campus this week~new faces and familiar. They always come bearing gifts~today's was a prettily wrapped carved wooden comb. 


Sunday, September 1, 2019

whimsy & giggles

Voila! J'ai etudie le francais pour 800 jours!!!

Spent the morning catching up with my Littles~their narration of daily life is always amusing and fantasitcal.  Dropped a tortilla press with les parents and expect a tortilla factory to emerge and then off to catch up with a friend.

Whimsy along a trail~a nice way to alert you from bumping your head on a log. SO excited that there's no alarm clock for tomorrow morning and that we're easing into autumn.

Friday, August 30, 2019

nibbles & noshes

What do you do when you discover a Double Gloucester stuffed wtih chives? You create a dinner around it.

While it's been three years since Bogart left, there are still days I expect him to be around and chattering at me. May seem like an odd posting for a daily joy, but I am grateful for the years I did get with him.

Looking forward to three mornings with no alarm clocks and time with friend and family and festivals.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

evidently, it's the fifth time that is the charm

I will spare everyone the bureaucratic sludge that had me send FIVE affadavits to the DMV for my car's lost title.  It has taken all summer, but finally a shiny new title is winging its way from King County to Fairfax County. So, soon, I shall get to stand in another DMV line to get Virginia license plates. 

Yes, three years later. But who is counting?

Even the butterflies are looking a little ragged at the end of this August. Deeply glad that it's a long weekend.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

it *has* been a quiet week

While it's not Lake Woebegon, it's just a dull campus when the students aren't around. So, here's some food humor for today's joy.

This is a legit question.