Six Years Ago…

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It was also a Tuesday, but it was a sunny and beautiful fall day in New York.  Today there’s rain.  At this time of morning I was still asleep.  I woke up to the Today Show as I always do during the week and the first thing I heard was someone calling in and describing a plane hitting The World Trade Center.  Certainly it was only a mistake…a wrong turn made, a small private plane gone off track.  As the second plane hit, the truth became clear.  How could anyone have known that the world would never be the same.

In some ways it seems like a million years ago.  My life feels really different than it did then.  But in other ways, it all comes back too easily.  The sadness that I never thought would pass, the underlying fear that followed everyone.  The realization and loss of innocence that we suffered as a city and as a nation.  In a lot of ways my life is better today.  But, because of that moment and the choices that followed, I often times feel helpless as a citizen.

 I hope that the upcoming election changes things for the better, but my cynicism isn’t letting me get too hopeful.  Time will tell.  In the meantime, I try not to live in fear.  I try to enjoy the little things and I try to not let the state of things get me too down.

Fall Friday…

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One of my favorite things over the summer has been Summer Fridays, where our office hours have been 9am-1pm.  I went away a lot this summer, but on weekends in town I usually went to the movies on Friday afternoons.  Something about watching Ocean’s Thirteen in the middle of the day on a weekday feels decadent.  So of course Summer Fridays only last through Labor Day weekend.  Today is the first Fall Friday.  Which means I have to be here ALL DAY LONG.  Now, frankly, I have so much work to do, that it’s not really an issue, but I don’t really WANT to be here. 

Speaking of Labor Day, it was a wonderful weekend.  Anita and I drove up to my sister’s house in New Hampshire and we brought along her dog, Rose, who got along famously with Ziggy.  It was really fun to have two hyper black labs under foot the whole weekend.  They were quite entertaining.  On Saturday we went to Portsmouth, eating and shopping and strolling.  The weather was beautiful.  At first Duncan didn’t want to go with us because he said that all we would do is walk around going into candle shops.  This made all of us crack up, because apparently candle shops are the height of nerdiness in the world of twelve year old boys.  I’ll note that we did not drag him into any candle shops, but did spend quite a lot of time in Macro Polo, which is a dream shop for any non-nerdy pre-teen boy (as well as his geeky aunt). 

On Sunday we made a pilgramage to Mecca Target, so I could get my fill of suburban shopping.  We watched Red Eye on Sunday night, which was a far better movie than I thought it would be.  And Cillian Murphy has some of the creepiest eyes I’ve ever seen in my life.  The rest of the time was spent laughing, bird watching, playing with the dogs, and eating well and a lot.  It was the perfect way to spend the last weekend of summer.  And now, back to the grind…

Narcolepsy for fun and profit…

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I’m not sure what has been going on with me lately, but I seem to be constantly exhausted.  And it doesn’t matter how much sleep I’m getting, I’m still tired.  Maybe it’s the fact that the weather keeps changing and I can’t get used to it.  Maybe it’s the fact that I really need to start exercising regularly again.  I’m not sure, but whatever it is, the falling asleep part is lovely.  However, the waking up part is a big drag.  I never feel rested and half the time I feel like I’m coming out of a coma.  Something’s gotta give and soon.  I don’t know how that’s going to work since life is only going to get busier once the summer is over.

 In other news, I’ve had a lovely weekend.  Holly was here for a wedding and so I got to spend a bunch of time with her, which I haven’t done in ages, since she now lives in Key West.  We did get to spend some time together at our high school reunion in June but that was insanely rushed and full of sensory overload, what with the hundreds of other people there who we hadn’t seen in years.

Speaking of the reunion, here’s a photo of me and Hols.  Don’t we look fetching?

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I think I might have had a mouthful of food when this photo was taken.  Lovely!

 This afternoon I’m off to meet Kate for lunch at VYNL, one of my favorite brunch places.  I still have a bunch of stuff at home I need to take care of, but somehow I keep avoiding it.  Brunch and chatting and window shopping always seems like more fun than laundry and cleaning.  It’s no wonder I manage to keep putting it off.  The queen of procrastination, that’s me.

Finnegan Begin Again…

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So, I’ve been meaning to start writing again for ages and finally I’ve done it.  Unfortunately, in the process of upgrading to WordPress, I obliterated the archives from the last incarnation.  Ah well… good thing I didn’t say anything very interesting.  Also, keep in mind that this is a work in progress.  Some stuff is still wonkified.  Links not working, weirdness all around.  I’ll get to it.  In the meantime…

Life around these parts has been pretty uneventful of late.  Work is work.  It’s not been excruciating, nor has it been exhilarating.  Weekends this summer have either been spent away or as a hermit.  I haven’t managed a balance.  I’ve completely stopped exercising and when I’m home I feel like a narcoleptic.  There is no such thing as enough sleep.  Not sure what that’s about, but for now, I’m going with it.

Til next time…

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