Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
I'm in one of my favorite places anywhere. I'm rocking on a glider and this is my view, the St. Lawrence River and Canada on the far side. I'm spending the week with some of my favorite people anywhere, K. and Jess. We'll do some excursions, but I'm very content just to rock and watch the river flow.
Wishes for a week of contentment.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
The other day I was at Michael's and the idea of crocheting came back to me. I was transfixed in the yarn aisle. Sensible me thinks I should make a scarf or hat in a sensible color, with sturdy wool. Something like this...
1) Survived a shopping trip that included the Nike Discount Store. I have a number of orthopedic issues and sneakers are the mainstay of my shoe wardrobe. I waded through what seemed like millions of pairs of sneakers, running shoes, training shoes and walking shoes...
...and found one that felt great. Mission accomplished!
2) I am somehow surprised that the summer has flown by and it's almost fall. I've always believed that fall begins with the start of school and in New York that's usually after Labor Day. The Jewish New Year begins in ten days and my blog buddies, Trish and Sheilagh will be here in less than a month. Happy September!
3) I have a few new blog ideas for the fall. I'm going to try and add more book reviews. Writers out there, please be in touch. I'd be happy to feature your book. There will be a series -- yes, three or four! -- giveaways starting on Labor Day. I've got a fun one thanks to folks at Orbit Gum, a book giveaway and a surprise or two.
4) I've so enjoyed all the walking I've been doing this summer. So much so, that I'm thinking of participating in a 5K in November. I'm not quite sure if I'm up to it, but I'm giving myself a week to make the decision. It's for one of my favorite causes and am thinking of doing a post each week about this great cause. Still pondering...
5) Halloween candy is starting to appear. I am so tempted by my favorite...Reese's! Though, Mr. Goodbar is in close pursuit. So far I'm restraining myself, and continue to restrain my self on the issue of the cronut.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
I've been a little fanatic about putting structure in my retired life. My work life -- in the last three jobs I've had -- has been extremely structured. For the last nineteen years I was part of a government agency that was based on military structure, with most of the employees wearing uniforms, and we even had badges. Surprisingly, I did okay with it. We operated a large system that ran 365 days a year. Snow, sleet and rain didn't stop us. We only closed for two hurricanes and a strike. There was always something to do and generally more than I could get done in a day.
One of my biggest worries was that I would retire and become a complete slug. I would play games, watch television and eat candy all day, every day. I would go from one hundred miles an hour to zero. I couldn't comprehend that I might settle at a nice cruising speed, with a few fast turns and some idling, and that would be just fine. Actually, that would be great.
I became a "run-arounder," even in retirement. I ran around a lot, and just like my working days. I kept to a tight schedule, even if there were mornings I just wanted to watch "Today." Thursday mornings at 9:05 a.m. are for exercise class and no slacking off. This morning I heard the alarm at 7:30 and saw the rain coming down. It was gray and dreary and I turned off the alarm, flipped on "Today," and enjoyed being at home. I think I'm starting to get it. I don't have cruise control yet, but I'm getting there and it's sweet.
Tomorrow I'm off on a shopping expedition. My list is pretty practical. I've got new sneakers at the top, followed by a black sweater. They are the two basics of my wardrobe. No worry, I'll be back for Random 5 Friday, one of my favorite parts of the week. Have a great Friday!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Last Saturday night I was in Coney Island....
Sunday, August 18, 2013
I was looking for "pink" foods for this post and thought the watermelon would be just right. I was also taken with the red beans for a pink post.
Friday, August 16, 2013
1) I had dinner with work buddies in Astoria, Queens last night. It is a very diverse and fun neighborhood and I enjoyed seeing the mix of magazines at the corner stand.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Dear friends gave me a fabulous retirement present, a year's membership to the Metropolitan Museum. I was just about to join, so we were all tickled at how astute they were in choosing this gift. To celebrate I joined my friend Nancy at the museum on Friday and we dined elegantly in the member's dining room. It was so quiet and elegant that I felt funny taking pictures and alas, have none to share.
But there are wonderful pink pictures to share. The Museum is going through significant renovation and the signage couldn't be more pink.
Friday, August 9, 2013
1) However, speaking of calories...
Is it any wonder I make so little progress on the calorie issue? The sign called to me -- especially nutella -- but I said no thank you. I'm not sure I can keep resisting. It's only a block away from where I wait for the bus after exercise class.
2) Speaking of exercise class...I left after half the class today. It was all aerobics, never my favorite, and I was just lost. I thought four days a week would work for me, but I see that the Tuesday and Thursday classes are the best for me. I haven't tried the gentle yoga class on Tuesdays, but am looking forward to trying it next week.
3) Another exercise thought...I've actually gone to six classes and it looks like a keeper. I've started a lot of exercise classes in the last few decades, but I'm not sure I attended six classes at any of them. I didn't get any exercise clothes, not knowing if I would keep going, and it's time I try on some stretchy things that are easy to wash, and then dry quickly. This is one of my projects for the next week.
4) I'm trying not to jump into the autumn, but I've started to think about the new apple crop. Love the first crisp apples of the season.
5) One of my favorite sights on New York City streets are dog walkers and dogs. This group was on Park Avenue this afternoon.
Hope you had fun with today's Random Five. Please stop by tomorrow for a trip to the Metropolitan Museum and wishes for a great Saturday.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
But for the last few weeks -- with one exception -- I've written about everything except New York. We've been to FantasyLand, Chicago and Wonderland. We've met Alice, the Doughboy and Pioneer Woman. All fun, all interesting, but very far afield from urban life. I've had a rough transition being home after two weeks of travel, but as I ran an errand yesterday at Columbus Circle, I had the thought that it was time to be home. For the next few weeks we will resume regular programming, as the television folks say, and visit museums, stroll New York City streets and maybe take a few field trips in the city
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
I wasn't sure where to even begin to find another book club and on a whim I did a google search for bookclub.com. I didn't get a site, but I did get a list of book groups on Meetup. For those of you who aren't familiar with Meetup it lists seemingly thousands of groups on any conceivable topic. I've heard of it and looked at a few of the groups, but have never attended one of the events. There were dozens of book clubs. They ranged from one that discussed "Fifty Shades of Grey" -- not for me to the one I found that discussed books that have won the Booker Prize, which is Britain's major literary award. I realize that I'm not really looking for a new book club, because I belong to a great book club, but I am looking for literary discussion, and that is possible to find.
Have you left a group where you have been a member of long-standing? Did you change book clubs or congregations, and if you did, was it a difficult transition?
We had another beautiful summer day today and I will post pictures tomorrow of our blue sky and perfect sunshine. Wishes for a wonderful Wednesday!
Monday, August 5, 2013
While I am Buttercup most of the time and Stinkweed, Buttercup's not so smiling alter ego, from time to time, tonight you can call me Sleeping Beauty. Yes, you're looking at my castle.
I've been living in Retiree Fantasyland. Without realizing it I have built a number of fantasies about being retired. The first is...If I wasn't working I wouldn't be aggravated. Of course lots of things have aggravated, saddened and depressed me over the last four decades of work that had nothing to do with work. But I had a fantasy that without work I'd be (reasonably) happy all the time. That fantasy went away pretty quickly and I think by the second week of retirement it was gone.
The second fantasy...If I wasn't working I would have time for everything I want to do. I carried this myth until late last week. I got home from Chicago with a long to-do list and realized some of it just wasn't going to get done quickly, or at all. I am not much more efficient than when I was working. I do have more time, but I've added some new things to the mix, and I'm enjoying them. But there's still not time for everything.
The third fantasy...If I wasn't working I wouldn't be tired. I would have a good night's sleep every night and not be tired in the morning. This is my Sleeping Beauty Fantasy. I stopped sleeping well in 2002. I began menopause, lost my waist and stopped being able to sleep through the night. My sleep has gotten much better, but I haven't and won't return to the years of teenage sleep. But forgetting this reality, I had a fantasy that fatigue would be gone. I've been exhausted for most of the last ten months, and as an improvement I'm only tired now. I found myself really tired this morning and realized that some days I will be tired, particularly when I've been very active. The beauty of retirement is that I can say "I'm not going to zip out of the house after 8:00 a.m. -- just like work -- and go to exercise class. I will take it easy this morning."
And the beauty and gift of retirement is the latter, I can take it easy. What a gift!
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
1. I'm lucky Nancy posts Random Five because I've had virtually no blog interest since I got back from BlogHer 13. I have a long list of follow up email I'd like/need to do and I'm not very quickly working through it. I didn't post yesterday and I've barely visited any blogs. In theory I'm an eager blogger, but in reality for the last day I'd rather play games on my phone.
2. I am happy to report that I attended two exercise classes this week. This morning's class had a lot of dance in it and I was totally lost ten minutes into the class. I was always on the opposite foot from our instructor and my arms never seemed to be moving in the right direction. I had trouble learning shuffle-ball -change in first grade tap class, and fifty plus years haven't changed much. I am also happy to report that I wasn't injured, nor did I injure any of my classmates.
3. I did get to the Library yesterday for my volunteer job and I got to participate in a fabulous fundraiser for a wonderful cause, Look Good...Feel Better. This great group provides services to people with cancer to help combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. There are programs all over the world -- the program in France is called Belle et Bien -- and it's positive and upbeat at a very difficult time.
4. I signed up to meet with the Beauty Editor of Elle Magazine, and yes, it was as much fun as I expected, or possibly more fun. Emily -- I feel we're on a first name basis -- was funny, nice, interesting and had some excellent skin care advice.
5. The event was held at Saks Fifth Avenue and a number of magazines were paired with skincare and makeup companies. Elle was at the LaMer counter and I was delighted. LaMer is an amazing line of skincare and the gift they gave to participants was a fabulous tube of body lotion. It feels so good and the aroma makes me feel I'm on a fabulous exotic beach getaway.