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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Black Friday

So I ventured out on Black Friday. I had the address' of a few sample sales (not very good.) and a few coupons. BL came with me (for the first part) because I wanted to get her some media player so that she could study her ASL on the run. We went to the HUGE Apple store down 9th ave. from our apt. Busy, busy! We finally found a person in a blue shirt to help us. I seems that the cd she bought at Galudet couldn't be downloaded through ITunes and would need extra software-maybe.  This took quite a long time.(Geek to geek talk.)  And she decided that this was not what she wanted for her birthday, so back to the drawing board.

So that by the time I got to Macy's my coupon had EXPIRED!  YES-It expired at 1:00!  Can you believe it. It was so crowed at Macys that they weren't letting people use the elevators (wheelchairs, strollers and seniors.) I had to beg them (cane.) I got out of there as quickly as possible. I did get a few lovely items at the Metropolitan Museum Store in Macys.
Next year I'm going to do what I usually do on black Friday, go to Work!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Friday Five on Thursday

Singing Owl posted: I'm musing about giving thanks for people today, partly because Americans celebrated our annual Thanksgiving holiday yesterday (I try not to just make this holiday "turkey day" even though its main feature seems to be eating till one is nearly comatose) and partly because I read the above verse this morning. It started me thinking about individuals in my life for whom I give thanks. For this post-Thanksgiving Day Friday Five, share with us "Five People For Whom You Give Thanks to God" and maybe tell us why they are significant.
So I realized my Thursday posted answered this question. See Thursday November 27th...

Things I've Done- I was tagged

Want to play? Copy and paste. Pick a color for the things that you have done. Mine are in blue letters.
1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
3. Watched lightening at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (In my office they're called stress days and if you take 3 in a row, you don't need a doctors note.)
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (That would be the Venice Hotel in Las Vegas!)
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an A
mish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (I've tried 3x, but no dice)

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar- and love it!
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job- more than once!
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle 
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury 90(a) Been Sequestered!
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

100. Ridden an elephant

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

The new title picture was taken with my iPhone taken along the banks of the Potomac in DC on a visit to Bl's little family last weekend. It was a dark and stormy day and we were waiting for the demo's about prop 8 to begin. We never made it as we were in Virginia eating very slow Vietnamese food while the sky's opened and I was overruled, sigh.

I'm very thankful for having a place to go for dinner today and a place to eat without having to cook. I'm so grateful to have BL in my life for going on 18 years. She is the light of my life, through thick and thin. I'm also grateful for having this chance to live in the same city as Godchild for once in our lives and to get to know her a little better. She's a wonderful, smart, special person. I'm also grateful to have my Aunt Julie who celebrated her 90th birthday in August and is going strong and my cousin Michelle who I got to know as an adult because out parents didn't speak (family!) Healing can happen.  I'm very glad to have a job in these difficult times and in a career and I really do love despite my occasional complaints. I'm a lucky woman! I have friends and many things to be grateful for.

Today we will be going to BL's former vegetarian aunt. She decided around her 80th birthday that she wanted a hot dog and it was downhill from there. She's a very good cook. The guests will be her gay son and his partner, her straight son-the holistic dentist and his wife-the home schooler and two children, her brother and two children and my godchild the grown women. Oh and a dog, me and BL. Quite a diverse crowd. Godchild's husband the Ghanaian surgeon has to work today as he's a resident-he has to work all the time. Shortly BL will be getting up to make a chocolate cake. Two chocolate cakes are expected. Think I'll skip the Turkey. I have five, count em, five days of subway free commute less days of going to Brooklyn. Yeah!

I must start shopping for the various birthdays, Hanukkah and Christmas presents and stuff but that may be a done lot on line, though being in NY I do like the sample sales and have gotten some swell bargains in the past. If you're in the, google sample sales. There are lots of them-in the garmento district- and they are lots of fun and good bargains.

Monday, November 24, 2008


Godchild and I went to see it yesterday. I don't see many movies. Not because I don't like them, but because-even with the massive multiplex a block away and the the groovy little indie movie theater a short cab ride-it's hard to synchronize our schedules,  BL and I. So I've decided to see movies with GC or go by myself.
W was really kind of eye opening in a sad and scary way. It was much more of a broad caricature than the usual Stone biopic, but made W. somewhat sympathetic in his pathetic way. It also make his father more positive than I ever thought of him.
The scenes in the war room were really scary. 

Who ever elected this man-twice!