Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Spooky spooky...

Happy Halloween! Hope it's a safe and fun one for all! Don't get too much of a sugar buzz.... ;)


Sunday, October 29, 2006

A Japanese-Spanish party?

I was driving home from work one day this week and heard a commercial on the radio that made me listen more carefully - it was advertising something called Tokyo Fiesta 2006. The name alone was enough to intrigue me! In listening to the commercial and visiting the website, I found myself growing more and more curious about the event, which was to be held in the Vanderbuilt Hall of Grand Central Terminal. Artisan demonstrations, live music and a 3-D movie - I was ready to go! Considering I'm audio-book-reading this on my commute, it seemed like good timing to me!
The weather was looking very wet and miserable for Friday night and all day Saturday, which was disappointing, considering that those were the only two days of the event. However, Saturday afternoon started to clear, and Matt and I made a split decision to hop on the train and take ourselves in.
What fun! It looked very small at the onset, but in true Japanese style, they compacted everything into a little space. There was tourism information, marathon information and the 3-D movie, complete with silly glasses and great door prizes (we both came within one number of winning... bah!). Artisans were there as well - carving intricate details into wood blocks, creating straw mats, painting calligraphy on lanterns - there were exhibits of artwork, including plants that were grown with sound sensors in them, so that when the wind blows, they make music! And as for live music, it was so peaceful and beatufiul - there were people playing Kotos and Syakuhachi, and even a dancer!
We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and I took a bunch of pictures, which I'll soon put into my gallery. I'd love to see the real Tokyo - why does it have to be so far away?

UPDATE: Pictures from the fiesta!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Four is...?

Four years ago today, I was in a small church in Massachusetts to witness the wedding of two of my dear friends, Rebecca and Peter Wood. Despite the fact that the weather was a little persnickety - it had actually snowed the day before! - it was a beautiful day. Happy anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Wood! :) Here's to four times four times four years of happiness, at least!

It's interesting - I went to look up the corresponding representative gift for the fourth anniversary and found that there are many different views on the matter - traditional, modern, alternative modern... so according to many different sites, number four could be any of the following gifts - linen, silk, nylon, books, appliances, fruit and flowers - what would Miss Manners say?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Almost There!

boots.... check.
flowy folk-y skirt.... check.
peasant blouse.... check.
pouch with clinking coins.... check.
(foam) sword.... check.

Almost there... still need shiny jewelery, maybe a vest, and a hat. With a feather.

Can you tell what I am going to be for Haloween at school?

Monday, October 16, 2006


Hurray for the online photo album. :)

<----- There's now a link on the side (to the left) and I've put in a couple of albums. Enjoy!

Oh yeah. And a quote from Miss President. Well, actually from a student, to me.
"Am I gonna get my bling back?"

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Fall Afternoon

(my third attempt at this post... or is it the fourth?)

Beautiful, crisp fall afternoons are just asking for adventure, in my opinion. This afternoon, we went up to Ringwood Manor. Yes, I know I've been there before (many times!) but it is a lovely spot! We picked up some sandwiches and had an impromptu picnic and then toured the house, which is supposedly quite haunted. (We didn't see any evidence of that today, however!) I was in a artsy mood, so I was glad to have my handy little camera to take a few pictures here and there. Being that I continue to have trouble posting directly to my blog lately (grr!) I am hooking myself up to an online photo album, found here. The pumpkins are actually the only picture not from the Manor, but from a farmstand down the road. I drove us there - in the manual! (too bad I stalled out in the parking lot!)

It really was a lovely day, and I hope to learn how to show my photos better soon - I've been quite the shutterbug of late and want to share! I've been quite busy, and not just with work - I went to the shore twice, and up to my five year reunion (eek!) and other things as well. If anyone is able to give me any tips, please do! :)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

...five, six, seven, eight...

(A haiku)

Dancing with the stars
Addiction - must watch weekly!
I want to dance, too!

New Procrastination

Matt sent me an email today with the following link. I think I've found my new time-eater.


...and yay, too.