Wednesday, February 29, 2012
And then we got on the wrong train.
I felt just dreadful, because it was pretty much all my fault that we got on the subway headed to Queens. We realized we were on the wrong subway right before we went under the river. There is no reason for it to stop under the river, of course, so the delay was a long one! A nice man told as at the first stop to get off, go across to the other platform and get on the train headed back where we came from. We definitely got our $2.25 worth!
My first subway ride, with one of my new friends, Stacia, from Weiser, Idaho. (Actually, she lives in Ontario, Oregon, but it's right over the border!)
Getting lost on the subway was really part of my plan as an exciting detour for our trip. Because, be delaying our arrival at the Staten Island Ferry, the timing was perfect for the sun to be setting! See how clever I am? No, really. I loved the way these columns reflected the light from the setting sun.
And this view of the shoreline was enhanced by the light from the sunset.
I did still feel bad that I got us turned around, but I felt the tiniest bit redeemed that it all worked out fine in the end! Next subway ride, was someone else's to figure out, though! It's not as easy as it seems like it should be!!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
We met for lunch yesterday at a burger joint in Cottonwood, called The Hangout. It's that place in town with all the funny signs on the wall. I wanted to take a picture, but there were people sitting right by it and I didn't feel like explaining why I was taking a picture near their table. I'm sure I could've convinced them I wasn't a freak taking pictures of their little girl, but I didn't have it in me.
The sign said:
That's all I have to say about that.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Nicole played in an epic volleyball tournament on Saturday. Her team played against 6 teams and her team ended up in 2nd place. They played a total of seventeen games from 8am to 3:30 pm. I was exhausted after watching it all day. I can't imagine how tired she must've been!! She was one of only two setters on the team, so she never sat out any of the games!
|Our favorite Setter ready for action!|
Volleyball season is almost over. It's been a lot of fun to watch their games and see their improvement over the season. Her dad would like her to participate in track this year, but she's skeptical. I think her next sport this year will be horseback riding!!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
The tickets were half off. A bargain at seventy dollars! It was worth every penny.
We had great seats and really enjoyed the show. Who can resist singing along to those great ABBA songs?!!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
I didn't understand it. We had to wait at the crosswalk. Were we supposed to jog in place?
I got home and Googled it and it means that you can stop and unload passengers, but you can't park there. That's about as clear as mud.
Another perplexing sign that we spotted while driving to our hotel was--
"No honking. $350 Fine."
Honking seems to be the state pasttime. We actually heard someone honk while we were driving throught that particular intersection. How in the world can they possibly enforce that sign?! How would they know exactly which car emitted the offensive honk?
These are the things I lose sleep over.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Really, it wasn't much. But I did have my picture taken by this cut out of Buddy himself! Woohoo!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I seriously considered getting Glenn something from the gift shop because he's a big fan of the movie, but I didn't think he'd wear a "Mama says I'm special" shirt more than once or twice!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Now, Boise is a four hour drive from Cottonwood, and driving is not my favorite hobby. I was still running on Eastern Time when we left, so I was grateful for my finely tuned napping-in-the-car skills. And incredibly grateful that the kids could watch a movie with headphones making the car blissfully quiet. Not so much fun for Glenn, but that's the kind of great guy that he is.
The tournament was great fun. The motel we stayed at was very nice. Much nicer than the New York Hilton, and a fraction of the price! In the front row of this picture you can see the "Littles" that were on the team. (Ellea's to the left of the girl holding the ball.) That's what the older girls named the 5th and 6th grade sisters that were on the team for emergencies (injuries, fouled out players, etc). They got to play a little bit.
They lost their first game. The other team was all 8th graders and very tall (according to the program, two of them were 5' 11''!). With just a couple minutes left, Glenn put the Littles in the game since we were so far behind. They played very well and even made a couple of baskets. Ellea had a clear path to the basket at one point, but she stumbled and looked like she was going to land on the floor. She managed to right herself and continued to the basket and made the shot!! It was the best part of the whole tournament for me! She typically acts like it's no big deal when she makes a basket, but not this time. She loved all the attention and congratulations she got after the game!!
Needless, to say, we'll be going to this tournament for the next few years. Nicole isn't a big fan of basketball, but she enjoys doing the stats and Ellea will be able to play until she's in the 8th grade, so we're in it for at least three more years. Probably longer, if Glenn has his way!I'm okay with that. I'm just happy to be home again. Although, I wish my house came with maid service! That part of being gone for 9 days was truly delightful!
This is a famous pond that's in lots of movies. Just looked like a pond to me!
I loved this guy's feather! He was trying to eat my hand while I stood there. He must get lots of treats from people! You'll notice the scarf on my head. I thought to pack gloves and a neck scarf, but my ears were freezing so I bought a $5 scarf from a street vendor in an attempt to thaw out my ears!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The exterior and the lobby were impressive, as expected.
The room? Not so much. What you see is here is, literally, the entire room. Six inches to the right of the bed is a wall. I'm guessing a hotel this size has janitor's closets bigger than this! There were stains on the carpet and the drapes looked like there were overdue for a cleaning.
I was floored to enter the (small) bathroom and see no toilet paper! Seriously? And one of the sconce light fixtures over the mirror was missing its glass cover. Just a couple of bare fluorescent bulbs.
I've stayed in plenty of Super 8's that were as nice or nicer. And they weren't $250 per night!
Friday, February 17, 2012
My flight landed at Newark airport at 11pm last Saturday night and we got to the motel at about 2am. When the driver finally showed up to pick us up, he took us seriously when someone suggested that he could drive us around to see the sights!! He showed us the Manhattan bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, Ground Zero and the new World Trade Center, China town and probably a bunch of other stuff that I missed!!
I tried to take pictures of some of the sights, as I wasn't sure how much sight-seeing we'd manage to get in with the conference keeping us busy until 5pm most nights.
I knew pictures at dark, in a crazy-fast cab, through a window would be a stretch with my little point-and shoot, but all a girl can do is try!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
So, I'm looking forward to getting home and hugging my hubby and kids! And taking a nap.
I have lots of pictures (of course!) to share from my trip, so stay tuned. . . .
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I was tickled with some of the shots I got at last Thursdays game. And with my little-girl camera even!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I'm a little unsure why it was necessary to give each and every one of us a Kindle Fire, but I'm not one to complain about freebies, so I accepted graciously. I'm polite like that.
And, there was a competition (tied into Angry Birds) where the team that knocked the most pigs off a stack of boxes by throwing these stuffed birds (that sounds crazy if you aren't familiar with the game--sorry 'bout that!) won a prize. We had no idea what the prize was, but being a pretty competitive bunch, we wanted it!! We (my teammates--I have zero throwing ability) knocked off 9 pigs out of 10.
Turned out the prize was a $25 Amazon.com gift card for each person on our team! Again, I was polite and accepted graciously.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
(Isn't that just too true?!!)
The future arrives too soon and in the wrong order.
Failure is okay. Get over it.
If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure,
you fail above everyone else’s successes.
I'll also share the super-duper yummylicious cheesecake they fed us after dinner........
I wish you could taste it, but until that come up with that technology (mark my words!), you'll just have to admire it on your computer.
Now wipe the drool from your chin. It's embarrassing.
Friday, February 10, 2012
They have deep pockets because we were well treated at the beautiful resort hotel called "The Coeur d'Alene." Very posh. Very luxurious. Very expensive!
They put us up in these gorgeous rooms overlooking Lake Coeur d'Alene. I had that beautiful (quite comfortable) king size bed all to myself! A few of us shared rooms, but some of us had luxurious alone time!
Unfortunately, I only spent about 45 minutes in this beautiful space when I wasn't sleeping! We arrived very late because we watched a girls' district basketball game on the way there. Then up and ready for breakfast at 7:30 am and heading for home at 6:30 p.m. Yup, you read that right. 11 hours of meetings! And there are three more meetings scheduled over the next 9 months! Luckily, it was very educational and I think it will be a worthwhile process. But, next time, I'm definitely getting there earlier, so I can enjoy the amazing room!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Nicole is on the left.
I joined in a couple of times, but I got winded much quicker than those young things did! That's when my photography became a good excuse to take a break!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
There was lots of singing, skits, great speakers, games and fun! It was even fun for us adults, except that the temperature in the room felt like 58 degrees. I was wearing every shirt I brought, and I had on my winter coat and was still chillled!!
They played this crazy "Human Foosball" game where the kids were all lined up in chairs and were throwing beach balls around the room! It was fun.
The crew. These kids were so well behaved and wonderful. Especially mine, of course!
I'm still tired, though!!!
Monday, February 6, 2012
I drove our new van. There were 7 of us in it. Boy, could those girls talk.
It makes me tired just thinking about it.
I need a nap.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
My favorite part was when the ball made it over the net on her service!! She immediately looked at me in the stands with a grin! Wahoo!!
And, by the way, her team won all three games! That was nice too!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The poor guy probably doesn't know what to do with me. What did I really have to talk about when I kept the house clean (sort of) and changed diapers all day (fun times!)? Don't get me wrong. I loved having that opportunity to be with my kids every day. I just didn't have much for stimulating topics of conversation! "You should've seen the contents of the baby's diaper this morning!" Yep, good stuff! I probably did have that conversation (poor Glenn!), but how long can you go on about a diaper?!
But, now, do I ever have something to say! Just the other night, I rattled on and on and on about all the exciting things that had happened that day. I don't think he was allowed to say much for about 45 minutes!
I'm really enjoying my job. I'm really enjoying feeling like a grown up who uses her brain and has responsibilities that have nothing to do with diapers. And I'm really enjoying having more topics of conversation. Not sure how Glenn feels about it, but he's going to have a wife with more to say!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Nicole was ready to pitch in if needed, but luckily the ball made it over the net!
I know nothing about volleyball. Her first game was very educational. I bet I'll know even more after I watch 8 games over the next month!!