Monday, May 16, 2016

Columbus

Here's some pictures from my short visit to Columbus over the weekend. 

Crossing the creek on the way home from school. 


Field hockey 




Valerie's birthday hike. Someone was supposed to bring long pants and a jacket in case he got cold. Instead, he brought gloves, homework and a green bunny.  Luckily his older brother gave him his swearshirt to wear at the end of the hike. 


Tired teenager and active latency age child. 

Garden done! 




Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Boss show #2

This was the last show of The River tour.  Our seats were not as good as the last show we went to in January, but it didn't take away much from the enjoyment of the show.  These pictures are terrible, though.  If you are interested in better pictures, click here.  






The set list was similar to the last show.  The River in it's entirety (it's a double album, so it's pretty long:.  Then another hour of the hits.  He also played "Purple Rain" as a Prince tribute.  As you may know, he sometimes takes requests from the audience as people hold up signs.  He goes through and gathers them and then decides what to play.  He chose two requests -- one I didn't know, and Shauna told me it was some old blues song.  The other I did know, but it was pretty obscure from the 18 Tracks CD.  Then he called a girl up on stage who had a sign that said that she knew all the words to "Blinded by the Light."  He said, "Are you sure?"  And then called her up on stage.  He looked  on patiently as she made her way through the song.  Chris Christie was apparently there, and in better seats than us.

Good times!  Here is the set list:
Meet Me in the City
The Ties That Bind
Sherry Darling
Jackson Cage
Two Hearts
Independence Day
Hungry Heart
Out in the Street
Crush On You
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
I Wanna Marry You
The River
Point Blank
Cadillac Ranch
I'm a Rocker
Fade Away
Stolen Car
Ramrod
The Price You Pay
Drive All Night
Wreck on the Highway




Boom Boom (request from the audience)
Loose End  (request from the audience)
Blinded By the Light (10-year-old on guest vocals)
Trapped
Badlands
My Love Will Not Let You Down
Prove It All Night 
Thunder Road 
* * *
Purple Rain
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out 
Shout 
Bobby Jean


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Brooklyn quilt show

This weekend was a show for the Brooklyn quilt guild.  Here's some of the ones that i liked.


A cross between the periodic table and quilting terms. 

Tea cups 


This was called I love my Bernina




This is the same pattern of the last quilt that I started and my mom finished for me. 

The red truck


They had a wall of quilts from a challenge. The theme was "flight". This was my favorite from that section. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Playing outside

I love when I hear city kids say things like "are we taking the A train or the C train?" Or "what stop are we getting off?" Or "is this an express train?"   
This Jersey kid says, "are we going to the diner for dinner?" 





Saturday, March 5, 2016

Winter break

I have been to San Diego a few times to visit my friend Lise, but for some reason, I have usually gone in the summer. This year, I decided to visit in the winter. It was the best decision I've made in a long time because it was warm there while it was freezing here. Lise has a nice little comfy house, and she took a few days off to hang out with me.  And...
I finally got to meet her dog, Brutus.  


The first day, we went to a spa. I've never done anything like this before. We went in different pools, took a mud bath, and something called the "grotto" where they put a body masque on you and then you sit underground in a warm room, then wash it off and then sit in a cold room to close your pores. We ended the day by laying on rafts in a lounge pool, drinking cool drinks until the sun went down.


The second day, we went shopping and went to this breakfast place we've gone the past few times I've been there. Originally recommended by esther, it's now become a mainstay. Hash House a go-go. They have HUGE portions so we ate at breakfast and weren't hungry again until dinner. 



We went to this little tourist trap of a place for brunch one day, but it was fun to sit by the water and just have a light lunch with this view. 



And then we had salted caramel cupcakes from a local place. 



And because a visit to San Diego is not complete without a visit to Sprinkles, we went there, too!  There was a huge line and we found out that Valentine's Day is their #1 day of the year and no one that works there is allowed to have that day off. 



My last day was a trip to Ocean Beach, a little hippyish community. 


And lunch at a local burger joint, Hodad's. 

That was it!! California dreaming.... 



Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Boss 2016

Yes, he's touring again.  He's playing The River from beginning to end, then launches into an hour of the hits.

Set list: 
*Meet me in the City
The Ties that Bind
Sherry Darling
Jackson Cage
Two Hearts
Independence Day
Hungry Heart
Out in the Streets 
Crush on you 
You Can Look (but you better not touch)
I Wanna Marry You 
The River
Point Blank
Cadillac Ranch
I'm a Rocker
Fade Away
Stolen Car
Ramrod 
The Price You Pay
Drive All Night
Wreck on the Highway*

She's the One
Candy's Room
Because the Night 
Brilliant Disguise
Wrecking Ball
The Rising 
Thunder Road
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Rosalita
Shout 


Before the show. Our seats were behind the stage, which seems weird but it actually was fine because we are a lot closer to the stage than if you're on the other side of the room. Also, he plays to the back of the stage for a while anyway. 

Bruce and Little Stephen 

Bruce and Clarence Clemmons's nephew, their new saxophonist 


Born to Run -- all the lights are on and the crowd sings along 




Snow

I didn't take many pictures during the storm but I'm sure you've seen plenty. Here's two:

In front of my building. 

Phone booth


And this.