NC bound!

Heading down to North Carolina as part of a 2 week vacation down South! About 5 days in North Carolina and then a week at Myrtle Beach! We left on the 19th around 9:45 am. We didn’t rush since we were just going to stop in Virginia and stay in a hotel with a pool. I really wanted to stop in MD at this Butterfly Conservatory but found out it was closed for 2014 due to construction! Waaah! Then I discovered this Safari Park in VA that sounded like a ton of fun! (Six Flags Great Adventure used to have a drive thru safari but not anymore!) But nixed that idea because it was a long drive to get to for one night. And it was sort of out of the way. So it was a hotel and indoor pool for us! We stopped off for lunch in Swedesboro, NJ and ate at The Red Hen. A Yelp find and very tasty!
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Sienna was just happy to get to a hotel with a pool! It took a little longer to get there than we expected due to road construction. We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Woodstock, VA. It was your standard Hampton Inn and down the road was a Wal-Mart supercenter opened 24 hours! We also ate dinner at Cracker Barrel because it was right next door.

After having the breakfast at Hampton Inn, we continued our journey. We stopped off for lunch at Beamers 25 in Roanoke, VA, another Yelp find. O.M.G. DELICIOUS!! We ordered Frank’s fries, which include garlic and truffle oil. Yves got a Reuben burger (burgers are what they are known for) and it looked delicious. Regrettably, I ordered their chicken breast sandwich, which was ok but not as tasty as Yves’ burger (which I got to taste!)
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And we finally made it to North Carolina!
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We finally make it to the cabin around 6-6:30. The last couple of hours seemed forever since we weren’t driving on a major road. We got to our cabin and it was really cute. A 2 bedroom with a whirlpool in the main bedroom, a small kitchen and bathroom, a tiny table and a tiny tv. But there was a deck! More on the cabin in later posts.

We went to check out the little town, the lake and the beach. We probably had the worst meal of our trip there, at a Mexican Restaurant called El Lago. A bad meal was bound to happen!
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After dinner, we went food shopping at a supermarket called Ingles. We were expecting a little grocery store (considering the small town) but it was a full fledged supermarket! We let Sienna pick out a breakfast cereal, since it was vacation, and of course she picked the worst (although they are all bad!)

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Coney Island fun!
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Airplane Sylvie and Nico did not want to ride this because it turned upside down. Sienna wanted to ride it and was surprised that she was willing to ride it on her own. I was so proud of her! It was funny that she ended up in the same car as a couple where the guy was terrified of the ride. His girlfriend and Sienna were laughing at him.

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The Tickler!

Governors Island 2014

Went back to visit Governors Island and they added a whole new section. It was beautiful!
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I didn’t take a photo but for lunch we ate from one of the food trucks. Fried fish from a Jamaican truck. So delish!

Happy July 4th!

Look who came to visit us!
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Later on, we had some sparkler fun on the balcony!
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Then it got dark!
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And I was having fun with this open shutter app on my iphone! Set 1
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June Creativeness

I am a firm believer that art heals so it’s on to getting crafty! Here are some things I made in June.
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More beaded crochet bracelets for a swap.

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Getting back into mail art!

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Teacher gift and thank you card for Sienna’s 1st grade teacher.

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A knotted necklace made out of t-shirt material that I learned from watching Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin on Creativebug. Doesn’t look nearly as good as her examples! And the pendant is a washer painted with some Pebeo paint and resin to coat, with a bail I made from wire.

RIP Neo

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2 months after losing Skippy, we lose Neo. He was close to 15 years old. I’ll always remember when we first got him, I think it was in 2000. We were supposed to get his sister too and was going to name her Trinity. We never ended up getting the sister (they lived in different places) because Yves got freaked out by Neo. He never grew up with cats so one day, when he came home from work, he found Neo on top of the refrigerator and he scared the shit out of him. LOL. Plus Neo slunked around so quietly and all of a sudden, he was right there, which also freaked Yves out. We put a bell on him for that reason. After awhile, he got used to Neo and we took the bell off. During his last months, he started losing weight. It seemed like all of a sudden he was all bones. When he started to poop outside his litter box, I knew it was time to get him to see the vet. We stopped taking him after the first couple of years because he needed tranquilizers before he could go. Even on tranquilizers he was still crazy. It said that in his chart! Crazy cat! So I made the appointment for a Tuesday (it was Saturday.) On Sunday afternoon, he was looking really bad, so I called the vet back to see if I could bring him in on Monday instead. I was able to change the date but then later that evening, he had what seemed like a seizure. The vet was closed at that point so I ended up taking him to the emergency animal hospital. It wasn’t very far away. While driving there, I could hear him breathing, albeit very shallow. I pulled right into the parking lot and as soon as I did that, I couldn’t hear his breathing anymore. It was as if he was saying “Fuck that shit, I ain’t seeing no stinking vet!”

I’ll miss him, especially during the cold months when he would actually act like a cuddly kitten and sit in my lap. Him and Skippy were never the best of friends but it seemed like he was tolerating him more and more during the last year or so. I wonder if he actually missed him. Now they are together.

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Showing an interest in my food. He never gave a damn before! An indication of his downward spiral.

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Father’s Day 2014

Happy Father’s Day! Sienna got him a mug from her school sale!
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Sterling Forest State Park

Hiking at Sterling Forest State Park . We’ve been here a few times. We tried a different trail this time and it was a lot more bushy. It was hot during this hike and I was whiney and getting bitten by bugs so there are not many photos. Sienna ended up with a tick but we found it in time! Whew! Thankfully, our friend Brian told us that there are a lot of ticks there, that is why we checked. Now we check after every hike, no matter what.

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Wolfe’s Pond Park

Some hiking on Staten Island.
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My week of solitude

During spring break, Yves and Sienna went to Jamaica for a week. This has been the first time I have ever been alone in my own house for that long! I was giddy and nervous about it. Mostly giddy! For reasons I’m sure you can figure out. I was nervous only because Sienna has been back and forth with the separation anxiety. It wasn’t as constant as it was when it first started but did still rear it’s head occasionally. Even the morning that they were leaving, she woke me up by saying that she wasn’t looking forward to going on the trip because I wasn’t going. I told her it was okay to be sad and it was okay to miss me because I was going to miss her too. But know that when she comes back, I will be here waiting for her.

Well, things were smooth sailing as soon as I dropped them off at the airport! Amazingly there were absolutely no issues, at least that is what Yves told me but I believe him. We made sure we didn’t Skype because I’m sure that would have set her off. Since Skippy had just passed, I was a little sad and out of it. I was still looking for him at his spot whenever I walked into a room. I busied myself with cleaning and a bit of purging. I took some photos of some items I wanted to sell. The first thing to sell was my beloved Nintendo DS and all the games. Honestly, I thought that wouldn’t sell at all! Then I had seller’s remorse especially after the woman who bought it told me how much it was going for. Boy, she got a steal for it! But I keep reminding myself that I haven’t played it in years and at least now it is getting some use (from a 4 year old boy!! WHAT?!) Anyhow, during this week besides cleaning, I went to the Museum of the City of New York, met up with Joy and Pete for dinner, finally went to Mistuwa in NJ and went to see The Grand Budapest Hotel with Starr.

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The museum had a graffiti art exhibit, which I really enjoyed. The peacock fan was in the Gilded Age exhibit and Gay Bob was in the Activist New York exhibit.

The museum had a graffiti art exhibit, which I really enjoyed. The peacock fan was in the Gilded Age exhibit and Gay Box was in the Activist New York exhibit.

Met Joy and Pete for dinner at a Japanese place on 14th Street for dinner. I forgot the name and I forgot to take photos! Boo!

I finally went to the Crochet/Knit meetup in Bay Ridge. They meet every Saturday afternoon. Before I went, I had lunch at Paneatico, a place I've been meaning to go to. I had the best salad ever!!

I finally went to the Crochet/Knit meetup in Bay Ridge. They meet every Saturday afternoon. Before I went, I had lunch at Paneatico, a place I’ve been meaning to go to. I had the best salad ever!!


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This is what we ate at Mitsuwa. The food was delicious (marketplace I was not impressed with) and the soft serve! I would go back for that alone! Macha Tea, Madagascar Vanilla and the surprising delicious black sesame!

This is what we ate at Mitsuwa. The food was delicious (marketplace I was not impressed with) and the soft serve! I would go back for that alone! Macha Tea, Madagascar Vanilla and the surprising delicious black sesame!


We saw The Grand Budapest Hotel at BAM (first time there-really cool!) and ate dinner at Chuko. Delish!

We saw The Grand Budapest Hotel at BAM (first time there-really cool!) and ate dinner at Chuko. Delish!

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