Friday, June 12, 2009

Reminiscing New York City

One of my favorite places to visit is New York City. Quite often when we visit that part of the world, I am able to spend an entire day on my own exploring the city. I have been there several times and can't get enough. I know I would never want to live there, but being able to visit it frequently is just one of the countless perks of my job.

These are pictures from a few different trips I made into the city. I usually catch the city bus from where we stay near the Teterboro, New Jersey airport. It costs $1.25 to ride in, then I buy an all-day subway pass for $7.00 at the station when I arrive in the city. I always stop near Lincoln Square to see the temple, then continue on to Central Park and the Museum of Natural History. I could easily spend hours in that place! I also like to visit the site of Ground Zero but find I get too emotional when I see it. I don't visit that every time because of the tears. It is fun to wander around Times Square and visit the M&Ms store. Virgin Records has a huge location across from a delicatessen that T'liese and I ate in nine years ago during a visit to NYC.

New York City is such a great place to spend time!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Reunion Party

After seeing my post reminiscing about our great times in Cancun, Cassie came up with the great idea to have a party at their house! As we all met together this time, however, we had our men with us! I can't express enough how nice it is to not be the fifth wheel any more!

John and I needed to attend a wedding reception earlier that evening, so we didn't make it to Cassie and Joseph's house until 8:00 PM on Saturday. T'liese and Joe were already there. We each brought some yummy goodies, including cookies, chips and homemade salsa, more cookies, brucshetta on toasted french bread, and cake balls. I didn't know I was competing with T'liese for cookies, but she covered mine up on the plate so no one would want them. Fair enough.

Joseph and Cassie have a beautiful town home in Tempe that they have been remodeling since they moved in a year ago. Their improvements look great, and it is so impressive that they have done it all themselves! We found a scorpion outside and chased it down with a black light. I have developed a genuine paranoia of scorpions since we found two in our house last year. I didn't think anything could be worse than spiders, but I was wrong. Joseph sprayed it with scorpion-killing poison, and John finally stepped on it...with his flip flops!! What a man. The scorpion didn't stand a chance, really.

It is still as fun to get T'liese and Cassie to pose in a picture as it was on the beaches of Cancun! Oh, the memories! I remember all the other beach-enthusiasts stopped to watch us act like idiots while we were trying to get some fun shots. And we were the only sober ones present!

We played some games and ate and talked. It was a nice time visiting with wonderful friends and family. By 10:30 PM, all of us old folks were ready to turn in for the night. Thanks for such a fun pratty, Cassie and Joseph!

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