Posts Categorized: Life in New York

Apr 15 2012
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Finally!!

Mad Men tonight was fabulous!!! It is finally back to normal!

The past few episodes had worried me but now, my faith has returned.

So if you are a fan, I hope you enjoy it too!

Apr 15 2012
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The Nostalgia Train

For the first baseball game of the season at Yankee Stadium last week, the MTA ran the Nostalgia Train to get fans to the Stadium as a bit of a treat.

This reminded me of a few years ago when Bill and I were doing our Christmas shopping on a chilly Sunday afternoon in December, we ended up on the nostalgia train. The MTA runs them on weekend throughout December and it is just a random chance whether you get one on your line!

I found the photos I took in iPhoto and just had to share them. I cannot imagine traveling to work on them in Summer… check out the fans!! Excuse the poor quality – these were taken on my vintage 3G iPhone.

MTA Nostalgia Trains - December 2009

MTA Nostalgia Trains - December 2009

MTA Nostalgia Trains - December 2009

MTA Nostalgia Trains - December 2009

MTA Nostalgia Trains - December 2009

MTA Nostalgia Trains - December 2009

MTA Nostalgia Trains - December 2009

This carriage was awesome –

MTA Nostalgia Trains - December 2009

MTA Nostalgia Trains - December 2009

MTA Nostalgia Trains - December 2009

Apr 15 2012
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Highs and Lows

Weekend high –

Seeing Gotye on SNL. Awesome!

Weekend low –

Now that the Flea Market has opened for Summer, the hipster invasion of our block every Saturday is almost unbearable.

Weekend high –

Packing for Europe. Under the two week mark. SO EXCITED.

Weekend low –

Planning for a funeral in Pennsylvania next weekend. 🙁

Weekend high –

Vacuumed and swiffered the whole apartment. Clean floors = happy Jenelle.

Weekend low –

Sunday’s warmer weather means that Summer is nearly here. Ugh!

Weekend high –

Lots of chats with mum and a phone marathon with Jayne.

Weekend double high –

The Chili Peppers are now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Flea and Chad

Apr 11 2012
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Nom Nom Nom

We’ve had two good really good restaurant experiences over the past couple of days.

Yesterday, we went to Bareburger for lunch. We went to the one on 34th and 3rd. The burgers were nice but in my opinion the highlight was the onion rings and the fact I had probably what was close to the best milkshake I have ever had in my life.

This is it… a strawberry shake that was smooth, creamy and just so extravagant even though it was so basic. All organic and all of that stuff… it was just heaven in a aluminium cup.

Bareburger

Here is Bill’s bison burger with maple bacon –

Bareburger

And I got some sliders which were so cute –

Bareburger

Tonight, we went to Teresa’s Restaurant on Montague Street. About a 10 minute bus ride from our place, this area of Brooklyn Heights is gorgeous and it was great trying out a new place. It has diner fare but you don’t go there for diner food. You go there for the polish food.

Our pierogies were oh-my-gosh yum. We both loved the meat ones and promised our waitress that next time we would have the sauerkraut and mushroom variety. The cheese was a bit bland but with the onions it was just beautiful. The potato ones didn’t disappoint at all! This photo does not do these little pockets of love justice –

Teresa's Restaurant

For our mains, Bill got kielbasa with sauerkraut and noodles and I got the stuffed cabbage with peas and noodles. Little did we know how the sides would come out we would’ve just got a meal to share. So now, we have lunch for tomorrow all set. Bill’s sauerkraut was totally different to anything we had seen before – it had bits of sausage and mushroom in it, but from Bill’s reaction it was really, really good.

Teresa's Restaurant

It was all wonderful and a nice little gem that was so cheap… we couldn’t go wrong. We especially loved that when we left we walked by two rolling walkers… I think we were the youngest in the restaurant!

Apr 10 2012
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A very local Boardwalk Empire

We’ve had some excitement in our street this week with Boardwalk Empire coming back to do some filming.

It is always so much fun to get off the bus on my way home and see the colored pieces of paper all over the lamp posts –

Boardwalk Empire filming

On Monday morning I stepped out the front door and the cast trailer and other trailers were already in position –

Boardwalk Empire filming

Boardwalk Empire filming

When we got home from work they were filming in the church on the corner –

Boardwalk Empire filming

Boardwalk Empire filming

Boardwalk Empire filming

When we were walking past some of the crew I heard one of them say “Man I could really do with some pizza…” To which I couldn’t help myself but blurt out way too quickly “Hey-I-heard-you-wanted-pizza? The-best-pizza-in-Brooklyn-and-New-York-is-one-block-up-and-a-few-blocks-along!” I spoke so fast, Bill had to translate it into normal speak for them but nevertheless, we hope they took our recommendation.

Lots of cables –

Boardwalk Empire filming

Ohhh a special trailer door –

Boardwalk Empire filming

On the cast trailer the doors had the character names of a Bishop and a Priest so next season when you see these characters, you’ll know where they were filming!

Apr 08 2012
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It has to be said…

Up to episode 3 in season 5 of Mad Men (it is on at the moment) and it is still as boring as the first week and they are all annoying me just as much as a few weeks ago.

I think Mad Men is nearing the end for me… I hope I am wrong but it is not feeling like must see TV anymore for me and it is almost coming across as trying a little too hard. 🙁

Addendum
This episode DID improve. Still wasn’t amazing, but the second half was definitely better than the first.

Apr 08 2012
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What a day!

While trying to stay awake on the couch this afternoon, I was just thinking about how busy Easter is. This season, for me, ends up busier than Christmas. Yet, the focus is always on Christmas because of the shopping, the parties and the visiting. Easter is different as it can be spiritually exhausting. It is emotional, it is the culmination of forty days of hard work. There are also four days in a row that take you to a different place – from the more horrific of horrors to the most joyous of joys. Today was beautiful!

Here is our dodgy iPhone Easter photo.. I severely lack the skills when it comes to iPhone self portraits!

Easter 2012

We started the morning back at Queen of All Saints. The sun was shining, Spring was in full force! The buds on the trees in our street are sprinkling everywhere with vibrant green –

Easter 2012

Beautiful tulips outside Queen of All Saints –

Easter 2012

Bill saved a seat (standing room only today by the time Mass starts!) and Michele and I got everything ready for the treats give away for the children. This is before we set everything up. All the goodie bags and Michele got some kite kits to give away – the kiddies loved them!

Easter 2012

When Mass was over, Michele and I handed out so many bags to children. It was amazing seeing their eyes light up with “Happy Easter!!!!” By the time we packed everything, I got home at about 1pm. Bill had started the roast. We ate chocolate and watched TV and relaxed. By the time we knew it, lunch was ready. Prepping all the vegies the night before meant we just had to get everything cooked so it took the pressure off greatly this afternoon. Bill also made some dinner rolls that he sprinkled some lamb herbs in so we had a beautiful rosemary flavor through them. They were so good!!

Here is the roast when it came out of the oven.

Easter 2012

We have a stack left over for cold leg of lamb sandwiches for lunches during the week!

All plated up –

Easter 2012

I did the carrots with honey and sesame seeds. I didn’t have enough peas left so we went with beans instead. I had some brussel sprouts in the fridge so chucked them in with the taters and pumpkin halfway through with some onion.

All together – it was just lovely. We then had a nap and we’ve just done the dishes and Bill is baking our normal bread for the week. I can’t believe the alarm will be going off at 6am tomorrow! Eeeeekkk! We need one more day!!

Apr 07 2012
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Happy Easter

He is Risen!

We just got home from Vigil Mass and as always, it was absolutely sensational. It is my favorite time of year and tonight, was no exception. Our church was filled with the smell of the most beautiful fresh flowers, tulips adorned the altar and we sat in darkness. Then, slowly we were illuminated by candlelight and then the wafts on incense came over us.

This Triduum has been beautiful, especially after a Lent where I really struggled. All is new again and it feels so amazing.

Have a beautiful and holy Easter wherever you are. I have a thing for vintage prayer and holy cards and found this one on the web to share…

Apr 05 2012
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Our Holy Week

This week has been a whirlwind but with Easter around the corner we are really seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of Lent.

I have really struggled with what I set out to achieve this Lent and it only makes me want to refine this for next year. I didn’t even manage to read my Magnifcat Reflection every day. Slack. Service wise, I think we’ve done well but with the personal goals I set for myself, not so much. Abstaining from meat was something we thought would be really difficult, but it wasn’t at all. I would say giving up pasta a few years ago was worse. But with the lessons learnt from this Lent, I feel that in some aspects Bill and I both challenged ourselves right out of our comfort zone with our further involvement at Queen of All Saints and you really do learn so much this way and it is ongoing.

Palm Sunday set off this week and we woke up early and got ready early for Mass. After visiting the senior citizens home nearby we didn’t get home until 1pm. On Monday night we raced home from work to head straight to the Rectory to do some goodie bag stuffing with Michele. Over pizza, we worked to get some small Easter bags ready for the children of the Parish to take home after 10.30 Mass on Easter Sunday. Are they not gorgeous?

We have some more to finish on Saturday morning but don’t you think the colors are just beautiful?

Tuesday night had us cooking one of the dishes for the local Men’s shelter. Trying to change recipes to cater for a large group is hard work, so we decided on our yummy Lebanese rice pilaf – we hoped they liked it. Especially seeing as I just realized I messed up the volume of water needed so that explains why the rice wasn’t as fluffy as it should have been. Eeek.

Wednesday night involved finishing our planning for our Easter menu, writing some Easter cards and generally getting everything order as we are not having much of a weekend of chores, so we’re just keeping up with remaining all organized.

Tonight, we have the Holy Thursday Mass. Bill is getting his feet washed for the first time so this will make an emotional night even more emotional. We’re probably not going to get home until quite late so then it is straight to bed.

As we did last year, we’ve taken half a day of vacation tomorrow for Good Friday so we will be at the 3pm Solemn Celebration which makes for another emotional afternoon. I was so hungry last year my tummy was rumbling the whole time. We’ll take it easy on Friday night while we wait for our Easter Fresh Direct delivery and just get the laundry done while there is hopefully no-one downstairs.

On Easter Saturday, we’ll back back for the Saturday Morning Prayer that is replacing the usual Holy Hour and then, we’ll help finish decorate the church and also packing the gift bags. We then will come home, do our prep for our Easter Sunday lunch and then all ready for the Vigil Mass. Bill is reading so to battle the crowds, we’re going to get there super early so we can get our ‘usual’ spot up the front.. otherwise I get very distracted!

Then, Easter Sunday comes around and hooray Easter is here! We’ll be back at Queen of All Saints at 9am for the 10.30 Mass. Michele and I will be setting up the bags for the children and we will probably get home around 12. Then it will be time to prepare our Easter feast!

On our menu we’ve ordered a beautiful boneless leg of lamb, fresh carrots, peas, roast potatoes and pumpkin. Bill is making an exotic brownie recipe for dessert with some good vanilla ice cream.

All in all, a super busy Holy week but we wouldn’t have it any other way!