A Day in the Life: Saturday January 11th 2014

Rolled out of bed and into my yoga clothes. Didn’t realize until I was halfway to the studio that it was Day in the Life, so I forgot my camera. Thank goodness for smart phones! :) It was a rainy, rainy day, but pretty warm.

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There was a substitute teacher who kicked me in the head. So I deserved some coffee from the Swedish coffee shop (yes, that makes sense)!

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When I got home, V. had just gotten up, so I joined him on the couch to watch the BBC news and drink my coffee.

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News watching quickly turned into cat portrait taking.

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Eventually I heated a slice of veggie pizza for myself.

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Took a shower….

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Vacuumed and generally cleaned the apartment up a bit.

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Vernon go the cat carrier out and I started worrying about getting Gogo into it. Didi, of course, walked right into it and settled down.

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We got Didi out and V. got Gogo in by wrapping her in a towel and pushing a little. Then she cried and cried while V. went to pick up the car.

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Had to wait for a while at the vet, and Gogo wasn’t happy. I HATE taking her to the vet, it breaks my heart.

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When we got home it was about 3.30pm and still raining.

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Skyped with our dear friends for a while. They were making tilapia and had to check on it once in a while.

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Got ready for dinner and took our best fashion model selfie.

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Went to Le Philosophe in Manhattan. They sat us in the basement, where there were only 3 tables and a lovely wall of wine, so it was very cozy. I had roasted mushrooms with quinoa. Delicious.

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Took a taxi to a bar on the Lower East Side. It was behind a secret door in an art gallery. How did i forget to take a picture of that?

The bar was really dark but the bathroom had a bright chandelier….

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A Day in the Life: Tuesday, June 4th 2013

Woke up at 6 and couldn’t go back to sleep, so got up and tried to get my co-op shift covered for next week.

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Tried to tame my hair.

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Let Gogo drink from the tap a little….it seems to be the only place she likes to drink so I try to do this a few times a day.

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Left the house by 6.45 am.

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Went to the office to pick up keys and check a couple of things on the computer.

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Didn’t bother to turn on any lights. Seems appropriate for early morning to sit in the dark and watch the world wake up.

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Went to the bank to get cash.

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Got coffee.

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Picked up the dry cleaning.

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Scoured my cookbooks for things to make for dinner tomorrow, when we have 3 guests.

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Ate breakfast.

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Worked on my volcano cake.

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With a brief interruption to send my mother photos from Ireland (which she has repeatedly texted me about).

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Boxed up the cake.

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Started to clean the kitchen, which always looks like a bomb hit after I made a cake.

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Took a car service to deliver the cake to the West Village.

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Back to the bank to deposit my cake check.

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Then to the Village office to print out some forms, which took forever because my work account only links to Brooklyn printers so I had to get various people involved.

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Got on the train at Union Square…

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where this guy was rocking out. He was very good!

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Off the train at 51st.

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Got a cup of tea at Pret a Manger. These ladies saw my camera and asked if I was there to take pictures of them. Of course!

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Had to show an apartment in this building…

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but got there early so I sat in the slightly depressing yard, rested my very sore feet, and read the New Yorker.DSC_0014

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Then back on the train to Brooklyn.

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Stopped at home to change my shoes, then went to the co-op to shop for tomorrow’s dinner.

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So many veggies!

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Finished cleaning the kitchen.

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Let the cats out in the hallway to play.

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Made Irish soda bread.

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V. came home after having a drink with a friend, and we sat on the couch with the cats and chatted for a bit.

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Then bed!

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A Day in the Life: Thursday May 2nd 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had drained my first cup of tea before I sleepily realized it was “day in the life”.
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So I quickly made another cup.

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V. was enjoying his while watching the news.

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So I joined him for a few minutes:

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Then answered a few emails.

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V. got dressed and ready to go to work:

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I folded laundry, which I never got to the night before.

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Got dressed for work too.

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Perfect spring day!

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Spent the next few hours in the office. This is the view. Nothing much else to take picture of in here.

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Around 12.30 I strolled over to Sun in Bloom (I really don’t eat here very often, but it always seems to be on Day in the Life days.

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Had a nice lunch with Jeanne.

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Then came home, realizing that I would have to walk a lot for the rest of the day, so I changed out of skirt and heels.

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Worked from home for a few more hours with a purring cat next to me.

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Erica’s mom is doing a presentation about expat life in Africa, and asked if I had any pictures to send her. I did:

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Headed out to the train around 4.15.

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I got this app that teaches you Spanish vocabulary. It woks surprisingly well. Right now I’m learning all these soccer terms which I did’t even know in English.

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Got out near Vernon’s office.

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He wanted me to take a new picture of him for work, but ended up having to run to a meeting and I couldn’t even get into the building.

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So I went to Madison Square Park. There’s always great public art here. At the moment it’s rope sculptures by Orly Genger.

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And lots of people having their pictures taken under the cherry blossoms.

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I walked over to Eataly for gelato, and sat in the park for a bit.

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Back on the train. This time to Bushwick, Brooklyn, to show a house for sale.

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Very hard to get from Bushwick to Park Slope, so I called a car service and rode back with my customers who also live in my neighborhood.

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Made a very simple dinner of rice and broccoli.

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Played around with my gouache paints for a bit.

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Then joined V. on the couch for a little wine and Bill Maher.

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A Day in the Life: April 3rd 2013

So, March Day in the life fell by the wayside, but I’m back…

Started the day off with a fruit and nut bar and a cup fo tea.

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Watched the BBC news with Vernon.

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While also checking work emails on my phone.
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Washed my hair and put on sunscreen.

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Did some work on the computer.

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Made oatmeal with bananas and cinnamon.

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Took the train to Manhattan…

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read the New Yorker…

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and spent the morning photographing apartments to advertise. It later turned out that for various reasons I couldn’t use any of them so it was a morning wasted.

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Except for the fact that I did purchase a few spring socks on the way.

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And I stopped at Duane Park Patisserie, which I had been hearing so much about.

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Bought an almond cookie and a little lemon cake.

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The lemon cake was amazing. Fluffy and light with a tangy cream filling.

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Got on the train at Chambers…

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and off at Bergen to meet my friend Donna for lunch at Sun in Bloom. We had kale salads, which I forgot to photograph. They were delicious.

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Strolled back home through sunny Park Slope.

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Started a few loads of laundry.

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Did some more work.

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And took the train back to SoHo to go to a volunteer orientation session for Housing Works.


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And back on the train at Prince Street.

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Love the tile work in this station.

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Got the laundry out of the dryer on the way upstairs.

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Heated some leftover pasta. It was better than it looks.

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Did the dishes.

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Folded the laundry.

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Wrapped a few little presents for our friends’ new baby.

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Took a shower.

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V. came home around 10pm.

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We had a glass of wine.

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And watched Jon Stewart.

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A Day in the Life: Friday February 1st 2013

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Got up at 6.45 am and made tea. How nice that it’s so light so early now.

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Checked email and put up a blog post.

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Left at 8am.

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Went to the dry cleaner’s.
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And to the co-op to get dates and cashews.

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Came back home and made cashew cardamom balls.

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Rolled them in coconut, and put them in tupperware to take to work. My last day at Candle Cafe.

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Had a quick breakfast of leftover kale, beans, beets and quinoa.

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Headed to the train.

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And listened to “The best damn sales book ever” on the way. Definitely jumping into a whole new universe with this real estate thing!

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Stopped for a quick cup of coffee. I had lost my taste for coffee for a few months, but in the past few weeks, I’ve been craving regular coffee with a little half and half in the mornings. It gets me jittery though, so I mostly have decaf.

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Jen was arranging cookies behind the bar.

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Going to miss the vats of home-made pita chips.

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Really going to miss Valentino, aka Papi. What a sweetheart!

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And Eugenio, the head chef. I surprised him with my camera.

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Here’s Andres. Love him too!

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And the beautiful veggies.

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Hernan and Severo:

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Armando:

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Angela was in the office when I went up to change.
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Along with Ishmael, who is from Ghana.

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And Aileen, who just started at the restaurant.

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The Quan Yin or Buddha….6 years later I’m still not sure.

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This is the drawing that Tianna left behind on her last day, one week ago:

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And here’s Georgie (well, it’s Jorge, but there are 4 Jorge’s so everyone was given a different version of the name).

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The 86 board: no more sea salad for staff. I can’t wait to be a paying customer who demands her seaweed!!!

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A lady rushing by with her stroller…pretty typical!

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Juice. A lot of juice.

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This is the ramen brigade. The kids buy ramen at the deli next door every day and then sit on the Candle bench to eat it. Kind of ironic.

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I did a little drawing of my new career (and Mark asked me whether this is a hand motion they teach in real estate school. It is)!

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Ate dinner but forgot to take a picture. Hugo bought me flowers. How sweet! :)

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Mark was upstairs when I went back up to change after my shift.

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Took the train home.

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This one was shot from the hip.
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V. got on and met me at the Bowling Green stop and we rode the rest of the way together.

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There was a huge box of wine waiting for him when he got home. And a box for Erica, for when she comes in a few weeks (it’s a doll for Ry’s birthday).

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Put my flowers in water.

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Played on the ipad while V. ate dinner.

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My old and nasty restaurant clothes that headed straight for the garbage.

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Took a shower. V. has positioned Obama rather voyeuristically.

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I sat on the couch with the intention of watching TV, but fell asleep within a few minutes, so there is no picture.

A Day in the Life: Friday January 4th 2013


Happy New Year!

This is a shorter Day in the life post. I Just got so busy and didn’t take as many pictures as I wanted.

Got up in the dark to turn the tea kettle on.

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Had kale and rice and beans for breakfast.

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Did a little blog surfing while I ate.

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Got ready to go out.

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This is the new year’s decoration at the house by the train station.

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Took the train to 34th Street.

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Today was the first day I took real estate classes. And the first one was “real estate tax.”

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Got back on the train on my lunch break and went to Cafe Cluny.

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I was practically the only one there. Until Isaac Mizrahi and Malcolm Gladwell walked in. Separately.

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Drew out lunch by drinking tea and reading more about real estate tax.

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Then walked up 7th avenue for my second class (municipalities).

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Sat on the other side of the room. There are so many people going into real estate!!

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When I got back on the train this man was playing Obla-di obla-da on the steel drums.

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Got off in Soho to get V. some pants.

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And when I got back on the train, this woman was playing the accordion.

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Came home and vegged out for a while, watching movie previews.

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Vacuumed and tackled the kitchen mess.

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Got into bed with the kitties to read more about real estate.

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When V. came home we got ready to go to the park for class. I wore a thermal shirt, 2 sweatshirts, a jacket, scarf and hat. And 2 pairs of tights.

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Came home and ordered Indian food.

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Collapsed on the couch to watch “Cosmopolis.” We gave it a good shot, because we love Cronenberg, but we didn’t get it at all and went to bed.

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A Day in the Life: Saturday December 1st 2012

It’s time for December’s Day in the Life! How time flies!

I got up at 6am, when the cats jumped on my head. Stumbled into the kitchen and fed them.

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As almost every morning, took my favorite mug (neurotic?) out of the dishwasher and hand washed it. Made english breakfast tea with milk.

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Sat down with Gogo on my lap to drink it and answer a few emails.

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Opened the first door on the 19th century replica advent calendar that my mom sent.

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Saw there was a text from my friend Gill in Oxford (yay), and we had a little exchange.

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Started to paint the door panels on the Tardis wine fridge I’ve been working on.
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Left at 8.30am for yoga, grabbing a nut bar from the deli on the way, because there was no food in the house.

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Leafless trees on a grey morning with garbage on the street really give me the winter blues.

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But a little vinyasa goes a long way to fixing that.

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Went to the food co-op to get some basics.

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When I got home V. informed me that there had been fraudulent charges on my credit card, so I spent some time on the phone with the bank. Ugh.

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Then finished painting the door panels. Vernon put on Christmas music, as he does every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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My dad called, so I chatted with him for a while from the bed.

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Took a shower. Since we re-papered the bathroom walls last week, this is the view.

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V. and I got dressed and ready to go.

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Took the train from Grand Army Plaza. (We had a long back and forth about who’s camera to bring, and in the end I thought he brought his and he thought I brought mine, and we didn’t realize until this moment, so we just went with the cell phone camera).

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Continuing the Doctor Who theme of the day, I wore my fez and bow tie button.

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The man in the red glasses got on and said he was bringing the church to the subway. He played a song called “He is Awesome” on his ghetto blaster and tried to sell the cd.

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We got off at Astor Place, where this high rise is very quickly rising high. Those men on the edge scare me.

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Had some signs printed at FedEx Kinkos for the Tardis.

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Back on the train. Astor Place is the loudest station in NY. Every time a train goes by you have to cover your ears.

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Once on the Upper East Side, got on the very short line at Sabarsky.

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And were seated in the corner booth…
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with a lovely view of all the goings on.

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What V. ate:

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What I ate (celery salad):

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And we shared a strawberry cheesecake.

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Strolled over to the Met around 4.30pm.
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The Matisse show was only open for member previews, so we just wandered around. This lady with a big booty is from the Neolithic era. She was made more than 6000 years ago. Think about that for a second!

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We visited the Rembrandts:

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And stopped for a few Hoppers. I never read the description of this before. It says Hopper claimed he “wanted to capture the vulgar colors of cheap restaurants.” V. had just commented on how cozy and inviting it looked. Perception is a funny thing.

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Sat with the Singer-Sargents for a while (and you could have left me here for the rest of the night).

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On our way to the exit we got sidetracked by the Japanese gallery, and this poem:

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With its translation:

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Love this earthenware tray:

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It was about 7pm by the time we strolled across the park.

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Bethesda fountain. Having just watched “The Angels take Manhattan” last night it’s it was another perfect Dr. Who tribute in our day. (And do I wish I had had a real camera with which to take this shot? Yes!)!
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Came home and attached the newly printed signs to the Tardis. Several weeks after I started, it’s finally done! Note the wine bottle on the side…V. took it over to our friend Vikram’s house and the two of them hung out until 2am.

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Gogo and I snuggled up on the couch, with some tea, to watch “Brave,” but I fell asleep within the first half hour and just went to bed.

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