life in and around NYC is insane

Friday, October 31, 2008

I am a terrible mother

I am a terrible mother, i just failed a very important test.

Jen was in her early childhood education class this afternoon, and they had a discussion involving parents' memories. Jen sent me a text message. she asked me "how long was I and what did I weigh when I was born?" I replied "19 inches, 6 pounds 8 ounces."she told me "no, it was 6 pounds 6 ounces."

when Jen was born, my aunt made a needlepoint for her, a cute teddy bear that hangs over her bed at home. on the needlepoint my aunt embroidered her height and weight the day she was born. Jen sent a text to my sister and asked her to go look at the needlepoint.

Jen was right. I was WRONG.


Halloween quiz

1. They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether hooky. Who are they?
2. In which horror movie series does “the Jigsaw Killer” set elaborate traps for his victims?
3. The premise of this current Disney channel show features three siblings with magical powers involved in a competition to determine which one of them will keep his/her powers as an adult. Name the series. .

4. In Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost, the main characters of this popular children’s series destroy a wax statute of Squidward, and, believing they have killed him, mistake the real Squidward for a ghost. Name the series.

5. Spooky Island, a monster-based theme park, is the setting for which of these movies: (a) Scooby Doo; (b) Monsters Inc., (c) Beetlejuice; (d) The Mummy.
6. According to legend, tattoos, hairy palms, a unibrow and a long middle finger are all signs of what?
7. In Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, which famous House of Wax star does the voice over at the end of the song?

8. The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade was first presented in what year?

9. Which horror movie parody features a dance called “The Time Warp”?
10. This Stephen King novel is set in The Overlook, an isolated resort in Colorado, where the Jack Torrence, his wife and son are spending the winter as caretakers. Name the novel.
11. John Travolta had a role in which of these movies? (a) Scream; (b) I Know What You Did Last Summer; (c) Carrie; (d) The Blair Witch Project.
12. According to the song lyric, when there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you are going to call?

13. Bodies that are wrapped in cloth and stored in tombs are known as what?

14. The first jack-o’lanterns were made of what?

15. In It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Linus spends the whole night in the pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Who or what shows up instead?

16. “You start to play it and it's like somebody's nightmare. And then this woman comes on, smiling at you, right? Seeing you... through the screen. Then when it's over, your phone rings, someone knows you watched the tape... and what they say is, ‘You will die in seven days’". Name the movie.

17. This movie, starring Eddie Murphy, is based on a Disneyworld ride. The Haunted Mansion
18. Rick Moranis starred in the movie musical Little Shop of Horrors, but Steve Martin had a cameo role who sings about his job. What was his profession?
19. According to the song, in what city would you expect to see a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand?
20. Jack Skellington is a character in which movie (a) Corpse Bride (b) Nightmare on Elm Street (c) Nightmare Before Christmas (d) the Mask.
21. Transylvania is known as the home of Dracula and other vampires. It’s a region in which country?
22. Sabrina the Teenaged Witch is a spin off from which comic book series?
23. Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker star as witches in what movie?
24. This cartoon character is referred to as “the friendly ghost”. Caspar
25. Who are Prue, Piper and Phoebe?
26. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, what happens to Mrs. Norris on Halloween night?
27. Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, and Dianne Wiest starred in this movie about two witches who kill an abusive boyfriend and then try to bring him back to life. Name the movie.
28. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what food do you use to repel vampires?
29. Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell starred in this 2005 movie version of a 1960’s television show.
30. This classic1974 Mel Brooks parody of horror films, starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr, is the basis for which Broadway musical?

Tiebreaker: In the classic short story “the Tell-Tale heart”, a murderer is haunted by the sound of his victim’s beating heart. Who wrote the story?

Thursday, October 30, 2008



Check out this political blog. I found it this morning, at the invitation of wvrevy. I've known most of the contributors for years -- from the DIS or WDWWOW or similar places.

they're running a contest right now, guess the outcome of the election.

as a proud blue stater, you know how I voted...or do you?

life, the universe and everything

2 points for anyone who can tell me where they've heard that phrase before (hint, it's a book title).

I love my daughters, I truly do, but obviously there are things they haven't seemed to learn from me...

I was on the train last night when becca started texting me...she needed to go shopping ASAP to buy a pinata. seems Madame President was planning a party for the Spanish club today in honor of El Dia de los Muertos. My guess is she's known about the part for at least a week, maybe two, but waited until last night -- when I had a board meeting at the temple -- to tell me about it. she's lucky her aunt andie loves her. she got the perfect pinata, it looks like a skeleton's skull.

today was the frantic texting from Jen. this coming weekend is family weekend at URI. Drew and I are planning to visit our oldest child, of course, though I'm not sure Becca will be joining us. (she wants to stay home, she's got a freind who lives in florida coming to NY for a visit. of course, I could make her go up to the college, but who wants to be with a grumpy, miserable 16 year old all weekend?)

now, back in september, I booked the hotel for family weekend, and purchased tickets for the saturday night show -- Jay Leno at the Ryan Center. I asked jen if she wanted to go to the sunday brunch with the university president, and she said "no". and I asked her about the football game. I really did.

but I never got an answer, until the frantic texting today. texting that said "buy the football tickets on line NOW!"

so I dropped everything to buy the tickets -- URI v. U Mass. Should be a good game.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween memories, inspired by Suzanne

we lived in East Meadow until I was 8 years old. I don't remember much about Halloween in East Meadow, though I do remember that we had a huge picture window in the living room and that we hung Halloween decorations in that window. I remember trick or treating once, at night, walking around the neighborhood in the dark -- without a grown up (hey, it was the 60's and it was suburbia)

when I was 8 we moved to western Suffolk, and 40 years later we're still here. trick or treating around here took place in the afternoon, after school. we'd have a costume parade and party at school, then head home and grab a pillowcase, and climb hills as we trekked from house to house. one year my best friend and I wore kimonos and went as Japanese ladies. another year I was a hippie, put my costume together from odds and ends in my wardrobe. I stopped trick or treating when I was 12 -- that was the year I went out at night and came home covered in egg and flour.

I think my most creative costume was something I came up with in law school. sorry, I didn't have a camera then. I went as a space alien (some may say "type casting"). I wore black pants, a long sleeved black shirt and black leather boots. I borrowed something my sister's dance costume skirt - the waistband and hem were gold lame fabric, the skirt was sheer turquoise fabric dotted with gold sparkles; I wore this skirt as a poncho, with the waistband loosely draped around my neck. I had antenna -- two wires attached to a headband, each wire topped with a glittery gold Styrofoam ball. wore green makeup all over my face, and bright purple eye shadow. I'm sure it must have been a real sight!

but my favorite Halloween was my senior year in college.

about a week before Halloween I almost got kicked out of my dorm! well, that was an exaggeration, but I did get to meet campus security up close and personal. My suitemate Ellen and I went to the movies with her boyfriend Kenny and my friend Tom. Neither of the guys was a SUNY Albany student. Every weekend there were movies shown in the lecture halls, and that particular weekend we saw a midnight showing of Rocky Horror. The guys walked us back to the dorm after the movie. We wanted to change our clothes, so we left the guys sitting in the lobby while we went into the suite.

when we came out of our rooms, Kenny told us to expect campus security any minute. it seems that Kenny owned a BB gun, it was a pistol that looked like a .45. tom was planning to dress as a gangster for Halloween, and wanted to borrow the pistol. Idiot took the gun out of its case while sitting in the lobby of the dorm, and a bunch of girls got scared when they walked into the lobby. sure enough, we were escorted off campus and told not to bring that gun back to the dorms...though in this day and age, they probably would have arrested all four of us.

and then, on Halloween night, we all got dressed up in costume and went to a comedy club, and saw a magician. we'd been to the club a few weeks before, and had seen the same act, including his escape from a straight jacket. on Halloween, Kenny volunteered to be the audience member who helped the magician get into the jacket -- and did such a good job, the guy had to break a strap in order to escape (Kenny would have won $100 if the guy had to be rescued.)

sigh....I was so young then.

OMG, talk about a Halloween scare!

so this morning my phone rings, and it's the head of my department. and he asks me to come into his office,

and all the unit heads are sitting in his office.

and my thought? what the hell did I do wrong?

turns out to be something fun...

last year our department had a Halloween party, and I drafted a trivia quiz. we're having a party Friday morning, and TPTB want another Halloween trivia quiz.

I'll post the quiz after the party.

the cockroach that ate Cincinatti

good Lord, it was at least 5 inches long!

bad morning today, cold, with a steady rain and lots of wind -- my umbrella turned into a useless pile of purple fabric and broken wire. had to wade across the street near the train station. on the train, I accidentally stepped on one man's toes, and knocked a lady's travel mug over (though she probably should not have been keeping it on the floor in the first place!) and when the train arrived in Penn, I stood up and walked to the door. and just as I was about to step onto the platform (ever mindful of the gap -- someday they'll actually fix it)...I saw THAT THING scurrying along the platform, not more than 12 inches away from me.

Monday, October 27, 2008

gotta change an answer...

on the MeMe last week I said I don't like bleu cheese.

guess what.

had gorgonzola with my lunch today -- au bon pain makes a dish with tureky, gorgonzola, cranberry chutney and asparagus.

I guess I like bleu cheese after all.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

cheesecake, "W", torrential rain, christmas and teenagers

Quietn night Friday. Both girls went to the high school pep rally and no one needed a ride from Mommy.

Saturday was Homecoming. Usually there's a parade at 10 AM, followed by the class skits and presentation of the court at 11 and the game at 1, with a big halftime show, and the announcement of the winners of the skit contest and the king and queen at the end of the game. But the weather didn't cooperate, so they cancelled the parade and held the skits in the gym at noon. Becca wanted to see the skits, and came home before halftime. Jen wanted to hang with the cheerleaders, and she skipped the skits but went to the game.

It was a little weird for me not to go to Homecoming this year. As a cheerleader, Jen was always in the parade and at the game. The dance team dances during halftime, and Becca was on the team for two years. And Becca was in the skit for two years as well. But she's no longer on dance team and she didn't have time to do the skit. So there was no reason for me, as a parent, to be there.

Saturday night....Becca had plans with her friend J, who lives in Smithtown, and P, who lives in Arkansas but was visiting her father who lives in Commack. The three girls planned to meet a fourth friend, a boy who lives in Patcheogue, at the Chili's in Holtsvile. She hoped I'd pick up the othr girls and drive them to Holtsvile, P's parents would take all three girls back to their house for a sleepvoer. But I had plans for the evening, so Jen wound up driving the girls. I was so happy she volunteered, I want her to learn a little more self reliance. they got directions from Mapquest, and Jen has a GPS prpgram in her cell phone, o even though they got a little lost on the way to the restaurant, they persevered and didn't panic. Jen found her way home no problem, and spent the rest of the evening with her boyfriend, D.

So, MY plans....I met my friend K at Cheesecake factory. couldn't believe the Fortunoff's Mall was already decorated for Christmas! We had a couple of drinks at the bar before our table was ready. Times must be tough; instead of just bringing us a basket of bread, the waitress asked us if we wanted it -- of course we did, and the butter too. K ordered a farfalle pasta dish, and I ordered Bang Band Chicken and Shrimp. the waitress quizzed me on my likes and dislikes "do you like coconut? Curry? Spicy food?" before she realized I'd eaten the dish before and knew exactly what I was ordering. they put enough food on the plate to feed an army, I took half my dinner home (and my date appropriated it, but that's OK, I like to see him enjoy things.) (anyone who reads the unDIS on yuku understands that last reference.)

then came dessert. K wanted the pumpkin cheesecake, and was very disappointed when she learned that the pumpkin hadn't defrosted yet. She wound up with caramel cheesecake, but ordered a slice of pumpkin "to go" when she ordered cheesecake for her husband and children.

I, on the other hand, had the most decadent dessert -- the Godiva chocolate cheesecake. It was so rich I couldn't finish it, though I did eat every bit of the whipped cream.

Next was the movies. We'd planned to see The Secret Life of Bees, but by the time we got to the movie theater ...well, the movie started 15 minutes beofre we got there, and at $10 a pop I want to see the whole movie, KWIM? So we wound up seeing W, Oliver Stone's sarcastic view of our current President. Frankly, I could have lived without seeing "George" in his tighty whities, and even though I thought the portrayals of the major players were realisitc, I didn't hink it was a great movie.

Though considering the real-life drama of Bees star Jennifer Hudson, I'm not sure I would have felt comfortable in that movie.

Came out of the movie to a torrential rainstorm, made the driving so much "fun" -- street flooding is not my idea of a good time. And there was a tree down on my street.

And of course, with a daughter who drives, I was worried ....though as it turns out, Jen didn't drive, her boyfriend did, and he didn't bring her home until after the storm had passed.

Busy day today, too. Had to pick up Becca at P's house. Then I headed over to the temple for Mitzvah Day -- that's the day the Social Action Committee does various projects. We collect books for Israel -- Israeli schools are mandated to teach English, but the government doesn't fund the mandate, so Americans have to send books to the school libraries. We collect used clothes, etc. for a local outreach center. We make get well cards for patients in Hadassah Hospital in Israel. And we prepare toiletry kits for homeless people housed in temporary shelters.

Of course, the morning was not without its drama, sometimes I feel like I'm back in high school.

I took some photos, and I'm going to write up an article for the temple newsletter.

As Mitzvah Day was wrapping up, Becca sent me a text...she and her boyfriend M were at IHOP and needed a ride back to our house, M's arents had driven them to IHOP and would piick up M at my house. She modeled her new costume for M, since she won't see him on Halloween She looked so cute!!!!

Later I took Jen out to lunch at Panera. Becca came with us, but she told me she wasn't hungry -- then picked off my plate and Jen's. We dropped her off at Michael's, her plan was to meet her friedn S and buy supplies, they went to S's house and made a Halloween costume for their psych teacher -- the teacher talks about Google all the time, so they made a "google" costume. She came home after dinner, did her homework and went to bed early.

Jen took an 8:00 train back to college, she got back to her dorm shortly after 11.

All in all, a very full weekend.

too early!

seen at Fortunoff's on October 25...too early to decorate the mall for

Thursday, October 23, 2008

children were put here to drive you crazy

Jen's coming home from college tomorrow. I've been asking her for a week which trains she taking back and forth, but she still hasn't bought her Amtrak tickets.

anyone care for some wonton soup or spareribs? I've got a ton of leftovers from last night.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Chinese food for dinner!

Kidlet and I are having Chinese tonight. We don't get to eat Chinese all that often, my dad is on a low sodium diet and the soy sauce alone could kill him. But the 'rents are at the theater tonight, so Becca and I are dining alone. If I order all the dishes she asked for she'll be eating leftovers for the next three days...but she's my baby, even when she frustrates the living daylights out of me. (teenage girl + cell phone + laptop with PC card = ginormous Verizon bill).

Don't Drink the Water!

No, not the name of some Mexican tourist guide or an old Jackie Gleason TV movie.

So last night my mom says to me "Jen said the school may send everybody home." it seems they had a little water contamination issue going on -- the dreaded e coli. I called jen, and she told me that the problem's been going on for days now, they told the students it's OK to use the water to shower but not to drink, and they've been brushing their teeth with bottled water. She didn't know what caused the problem, what the school is doing to solve the problem or when the problem will be resolved.

My daughter being SO informative, I had to check out the school's website myself. Here are the details: the school uses its own well to supply water to the campus. they test the water for contaminants every week. Last thursday-- the 16th -- they got a "positive" for e coli near the Biology building. since it's possible to get a false positive, they came back Friday and tested again -- and got two samples with e coli. they began posting signs all over the campus on Friday, but didn't send out an e mail alert to the students until Sunday, they "forgot". (Lord help them if there's ever an emergency!) they've been handing out free bottles of water to the students for days now. but according to the school website, they flushed the affected area with chlorine and they think they've cured the problem -- though they still don't know what caused it in the first place.

You know, last week there was a water contamination issue near my office. a water main broke on Tuesday, and everyone in the affected area was told to boil water for a full minute before consuming it. as it turned out, there was no contamination in the water supply, but from tuesday through friday I wound up bringing bottled water from home. and I kept thinking "at least I don't live here, I can go home and drink tap water...."

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

shhh, it's a surprise

Just got off the phone, I placed an order for....well, I won't say what I ordered.

What I will say is, some young lady who is turning 18 on November 7 is going to have a happy birthday.


borrowed from Suzanne, who borrowed it from Grandy (and now I'm going to have to start reading Grandy's blog):

1. Do you like blue cheese? Blech.

2. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Half the people in my contacts list share the same first name, "doctor". I've become very high maintenance when it comes to my health care. I'm no longer nervous, in fact I think there's a little fear in their eyes when they realize I'm an attorney.

3. Favorite Christmas Song? Call me a geek, but I actually saw Andy Williams live and in person for his Christmas show. More than once. Anything on an Andy Williams christmas album is bound to please me.

4. Do you work with people who idolize you? No, my colleagues like and respect me, but idolize...nope.

5. Do you have A.D.D.? No funny answer here, sorry, I've got too many friends dealing with it in their kids.

6. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment. -
1) that tuna sandwich I had at lunch lunch was delish
2) after seeing what that seagull did to the slice of pizza I may never order Dominos again
3) gotta get home in time to watch Biggest Loser tonight.

7. Name something you bought yesterday. A newspaper, a cup of coffee, and the November issue of Martha Stewart Living.

8. Current worry right now? teaching Becca how to drive.

9. Current hate right now? Enough with the negative campaigning.

10. Favorite place to be? NYC, times Square, broadway.

11. Where would you like to go? Europe and Israel..

12. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Tried it, wasn't all that crazy about it.

13. Favorite girl's name? toss up between Jennifer and Rebecca (obviously)
14. Favorite boy's name? Douglas.

15. Last thing that made you laugh? Jay Leno's monologue last night. Can't wait to see him live next month.

16. Worst injury you've ever had? I gave new meaning to the words "business trip". About 12 years ago I was staying in a lovely hotel in Philly while on business. the hotel had a lovely white marble lobby, which I got to see REALLY UP CLOSE when I fell on my face. My foot turned such a lovely shade of purple. Limped around Philly for 3 days before coming home to see a podiatrist. wound up in a soft cast for 2 weeks.

17. Does someone have a crush on you? I wish! If anyone wants to fix me up, I'm looking for a mensch.

18. What is your favorite book? I was an English major in college, I've read so many books. I can't pick just one. I love historical romances, I love Nelson DeMille, I love classics like David Copperfield and Jane Eyre. I've read all the Harry Potter books at least twice. How about Exodus or Mila 18 by Leon Uris?
Loved The Red Tent and anything set in Biblical times.

19. What were you doing 12 AM last night? Surfing the net and watching M*A*S*H on TVLand.

I guess seagulls like pizza, too.

click on the phooto to expand it

Monday, October 20, 2008

I am a songbird...

I was in Staples tonight buying ink for the printer (again) and I overheard a conversation between two 20-somethings. One girl said to the other "the music in here sounds like Christmas." So I listened to the music, and it was an old Karen Carpenter hit. I haven't listened to my Carpenters albums in ages, but tonight in the shower I was able to sing all of their big hits -- and I remember all of the words.

Heard a cover of one of my old favorites from the 60's on the radio the other day.

You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.
You'd be like Heaven to touch.
I wanna hold you so much.
At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I'm alive.
You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.

Pardon the way that I stare.
There's nothing else to compare.
The sight of you leaves me weak.
There are no words left to speak,
But if you feel like I feel,
Please let me know that it's real.
You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.

I love you, baby,
And if it's quite alright,
I need you, baby,
To warm a lonely night.
I love you, baby.
Trust in me when I say:
Oh, pretty baby,
Don't bring me down, I pray.
Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay
And let me love you, baby.
Let me love you.

You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.
You'd be like Heaven to touch.
I wanna hold you so much.
At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I'm alive.
You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.

I love you, baby,
And if it's quite alright,
I need you, baby,
To warm a lonely night.
I love you, baby.
Trust in me when I say:
Oh, pretty baby,
Don't bring me down, I pray.
Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay..

Politics and all that

Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.

Overnight the campaign signs have sprouted up. And on my street that means the signs are mostly Republican. that doesn't reflect the demographic, it's just that the Democrats in my neighborhood don't feel the need to advertise right now.

and the guy who sellls t-shirts and hats and front of the PATH Station at the World Trade center is selling many more Obama-Biden items than McCain-Palin merchandise.

As Obama's lead widens, the campaign is getting nastier and nastier. I hear McCarthy-istic rhetoric coming from right wingers and I want to cringe.

This race is going to be won on economic issues, though. the Wall Street bailout is just the beginning, i'm afraid. In the past few weeks I've noticed something that I haven't seen in NYC since the Dinkins administration. The homeless are back on the subway trains in huge numbers. today I saw a homeless man, dressed in rags and smelling awful, talking to himself for about 20 minutes because when he got onto the train, a young lady deliberately moved away from him because of his unpleasant aroma, and he took offense at her actions...I'm not used to that anymore. You'd see it in the 80's frequently, but more recently...well, if someone was talking "to himself" in public, he was probably on his bluetooth. I know that the homeless never truly disappeared in the 90's, but to see them in the subway, in such numbers....well, the pr9oblem must be increasing. and that is truly alarming.

I know I wear my political heart on my sleeve...a registered Democrat, definitely to the left of cneter....but not too far to the left. I think my political philosophy springs from my religious beliefs....tikkun olam. tzedakah. mitzvot. it is our responsibility to take care of the weakest members of our society, we are a community and must all take care of each other.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer/Hope Starts With Me

Today was the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach. This was the third time I participated. I do two Ameerican Cancer Society events every year -- Relay for Life at our school every spring, and Making Strides every fall. I found out about this event in 2005, when Jen walked with her cheer squad.

In 2006 Becca and her friend A participated for Key Club credit. Jen was supposed to walk, too, but she was ill and opted out. I drove Becca and her friend, and walked alone while they did their own thing. Eventually i found Jen's cheerleaders and walked with them.

Last year, Jen walked with the cheerleaders, Becca walked with A, and I walked with a group of ladies from temple. But they walk a lot faster than I do.

This year Jen is away at college. I was invited to walk with the ladies from my cancer support group, but they were meeting at the Survivor's Tent at 7:45 in the morning, and Becca didn't want to go until later because she'd been at a party last night. So once again, my plans were to walk alone. I don't mind, it gives me a chance to observe what's going on around me. I walk because I am a survivor, and not only for myself, but for my paternal gradmother, who died of breast cancer before I was born, and ofr her daughter, my Aunt Sonia, who died of breast cancer when I was 14.

From the ACS website:

Why am I walking?
Today, there is more hope than ever for people facing
breast cancer. However, there is much work to be done to find promising new
treatments, increase awareness about the importance of mammograms, help all
women get access to screenings and care, and connect those impacted by the
disease with the information, day-to-day help, and emotional support they need
to wage their battle against breast cancer. I believe that hope for a world
without breast cancer starts with me. That’s why I'm walking in the American
Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Not only is this my
opportunity to join my community to fight back against breast cancer, it is a
way to inspire hope by raising funds and awareness to help those facing the
disease and save more lives.And you can be a part of it, too. I have signed up
to walk and hope you will join me in my effort by signing up to join my team or
making a donation in support of my participation. Hope starts with us.

The Jones Beach walk takes places at Parking Field 5. You park your car, check in at the registration tent, visit the sponsor tents, and then head out to the Boardwalk to being the 5 mile walk. The walk takes you past Field 4 (Central Mall), the East and West Bathhouses, the now-closed Jones Beach Restaurant, and down to Field 2 (I think), where you turn around and walk back to Field 5.

So Becca and I picked up A and headed to Jones Beach. It was cold today, colder than it's been in prior years, and we all made sure to bring jackets. Since we got there so late, we wound up parking in Field 4. There was a registration tent set up at the entrance to the Boardwalk, and then we were directed to walk back to Field 5 to visit the other tents and to start the official walk at the official starting pont. The girls and I visited the registration tent at Field 4, then went our separate ways.

I was wearing my Relay for Life t-shirt, the purple one that shows I'm a survivor, and my pink socks with the pink ribbons, and my pins and bracelets for cancer awareness, but I wanted something that says "Making Strides" on it, so I bought myself a baseball cap at the merchandise tent next to the registration tent, then I trekeed back to Field 5.


By the time I got there, most of the sponsor tents were empty (it was COLD!), but I managed to find my former sister-in-law in her union's tent. The line at the Survivor's tent was way too long (and I didn't have breast cancer, I had uterine cancer), so I opted to skip that tent and start the walk.

The beginning of the walk was lined with pink ribbons bearing the names of sponsor organizations, and a huge banner hanging from the underpass that leads to the Boardwalk. A troop of Girl Scouts cheered the walkers on. You walk 2 1/2 miles along the Boardwalk, past all the landmarks like the bathhouses, the restaurant, the mini golf courses, the bandshell. there ar ewonderful views of the Jones Beach Water Tower.

I was inpressed by the crowds, by the survivors determined to walk all five miles, the young people on their high school or college teams, the medical professionals who care for cancer patients, the families of cancer survivors and cancer victims. I saw one man walking with the framed portrait of himself and his late wife on their wedding day. I saw one guy carrying a huge cardboard pink ribbon and lots of people in pink boas. I saw a dog in a pink t-shirt. And lots of men not ashamed to be wearing pink.

I was impressed, too, with the awesome views of the ocean, the sand and the dunes. The surf was very rough today, from the Boardwalk you could see the waves breaking on the shore.

I was NOT impressed with the restroom I stopped at during the walk...Can you believe broken doors and no supplies? Our tax dollars at work.

About 2 miles into the walk the volunteers hand out bottles of water. Even in the cold, I was dying of thirst and was so happy to see them.

At the end of the Boardwalk is a fence, and people leave mementos honoring the survivors and the memories of the victims.

The walk back towards Field 5 was much harder, the wind was blowing in my face so hard that I wound up with a windburn. by the time I got to Central Mall I was cold and tired. I stopped at the snack bar and bought a pretzel. Then I met up with Becca and her firend. We saw no need to walk back to Field 5, just to walk back to Central Mall again, so we made our way to the parking lot instead.

I didn't really feel pain in my legs from walking. But after driving home, was very ahrd to get out of the car!

But I'm glad I did the walk. I needed to do it. You can find all my photos of the day here.

It's been years since they told her about it
The darkness her body possessed
And the scars are still there in the mirror
Everyday that she gets herself dressed
Though the pain is miles and miles behind her
And the fear is now a docile beast
If you ask her why she is still running
She'll tell you it makes her complete


I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truthFor all that is real
I run for your mother your sister your wife
I run for you and me my friend I run for life

It's a blur since they told me about it
How the darkness had taken its toll
And they cut into my skin and they cut into my body
But they will never get a piece of my soul
And now I'm still learning the lesson
To waken when I hear the call
And if you ask me why I am still running
I'll tell you I run for us all


And someday if they tell you about it
If the darkness knocks on your door
Remember her remember me
We will be running as we have before
Running for answers
Running for more


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturday night...

And I'm home alone. and loving the peace and quiet. Becca is at a sweet 16 tonight, they went into the city, and she does not need me to act the chauffeur. unlike this afternoon, of course.

she asked me to pick up A and drop them off at the new Halloween store, they met up with S. the three girls plan to dress alike for Halloween. I went to CVS while they shopped. they didn't like anything at the store, so they asked me to drive them over to Party City. I shopped in target and Michael's. S and A found a costume, but they didn't have it in Becca's size. back to the Halloween store, but they had a different costume.

so I drove the kids home, and Becca got ready for J's sweet 16 -- they went into the city, but I don't know what they planned to do there. dropped Becca off at J's house, then drove up to Cedarhurst Paper. they had a costume very similar to the one the other girls bought. I would have bought it, but they didn't have it in Becca's size.

next I stopped at the UPS store to drop off a package, made a trip to the ATM and to CVS -- forgot to buy something earlier -- and picke dup some Chinese for dinner.

and now I'm on line.

and guess what! I found the costume, in her size!
just placed the order, got free shipping too.

and again....

Wintuk clowns

The other day the Cirque del Soleil clowns hit the street outside my office to promote Wintuk.


it has been a long week. my employer is still in the news, and not for good things. we're trying hard to maintain a "business as usual" attitude. there was a water main break a few blocks from the office and we were in the "boil water" zone, so no water or coffee available in our office all week.

Becca is taking her PSAT right now. Idon't know her plans for the rest of the day.

got a text from Jen. it's homecoming weekend. she goes to a real rah-rah college, so it should be fun.

I have some errands to run today but no real plans.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Meet Daisy

Train trouble...ugh!

The LIRR is experiencing major delays from Penn to Jamaica tonight - signal problems. On a Friday, no less.

But I guess I shouldn't complain...J.let us all go home at 4:20 and I made the 5:22, first stop Wyandanch.

So I am blogging from the train.

The musician I saw in Penn tonight was actually pretty good - classical violin. Some of the artists who play Penn are very good - I actually bought 2 of Wendy Savits' CD's ( have always liked folk music). And the musical styles are varied -classical, folk, rock, doo wop, bluegrass....but sometimes I am glad I have my iPod and can tune them out. It seems that these days any loser with a karaoke machine can call himself a "singer" and get a performance slot at Penn.

But it does keep things interesting, doesn't it?

So it's Friday night and i am wondering if Becca has plans for the night. I would prefer that she stay home because she's taking the PSAT tomorrow. But Becca has always been self-driven academically - you never had to remind her to do homework - so if she chooses to spend some time with friends tonight I won't say no.

Well, the train is moving faster now...almost as if the engineer is trying to make up for lost time.

You know what else I haven't seen around? Campaign posters. Lawns are buried in those signs during a local election, but during a presidential campaign, nothing. Guess it's because I live in a blue state.

Of course, I wear my political passions on my sleeve. I worked on local Democratic campaigns in high school and registered as a Democrat as soon as I turned 18. But surprisingly, in my first Presidential election I voted for a third party candidate. I couldn't vote for Reagan and I wouldn't vote for Carter, and Anderson had been so eloquent when he spoke at my school (SUNY Albany).

Jen is a bit upset because her birthday is 11/7, 3 days after Election Day...imagine turning 18 right after the most significant presidential election of our time. I almost wish I could go back 18 years and give birth 3 days earlier.

Mr. Kitty takes a drink

So this is what blogging is all about!

I think it's time I joined the 21st century, don't you?

It's October, the air is cool and crisp, the leaves are starting to turn (I love fall foliage!) and as I drive to work every morning I see the signs along Straight Path -- big, pumpkin-colored signs, each bearing the words "u pick" and an arrow pointing to the pumpkin farm up on Colonial Springs Road. Can't say that I've ever actually been to that farm, but ...

Well, when I was a kid, we'd go to Meyer's. Each of us was allowed to go into the field and choose one pumpkin. We'd take them home and paint faces on the pumpkins, and then put them on the front porch to display. Eventually the squirrels would get hungry...and there'd be pumpkin seeds all over the porch.

when my kids were little, we'd go apple picking in the orchards out east every September, and the we'd stop at Tanger to do some back to school shopping. In October we'd go to several different pumpkin farms for the "agritainment". Meyer's would have a horse-drawn wagon, pony rides and a moon bounce. Molinoff's would have a wagon ride through the area where they housed farm animals, pumpkin painting and an area filled with straw where you could make a scarecrow. White Post also had live animals, bu we stopped going there when they started charging a fee to visit the barnyard. Alas, Meyer's is now a condo development and Molinoff's....well, it's been developed as well.

when my girls got older, they discovered Schmidt's. It's got a corn maze -- suitable for little kids by day, creepy at night -- and a haunted house. I've always been one of the car pool moms who drove the kids to the haunted house, but no more....Jen came home from college and decided to go to Schmidt's, so she and Becca hopped into the car and drove over there to meet up with friends. Sigh.

I haven't really started to see Halloween decorations yet. Mrs. L, who lives next door to us, has a cardboard jack o'lantern on her front door, but the elaborate displays some of my neighbors do...well, they haven't done them yet. Maybe everyone's waiting for this weekend. I'd really hate to think the economy killed Halloween this year.

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