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Monday, April 10, 2017

Positively Monday

In order to change my somewhat jaded look at life I decided to jot down the best thing or things that happen each week.  I will admit some days just suck and finding something good is hard, but every single day has at least one good thing in it. This is a list of the past weeks good things,

Monday: Volunteered at Independence Place.  I find my joy spending time with their wonderful participants.

Tuesday:  Got Mom's business affairs in order so I can take a few days vacation.  Sorry to My Beloved Sister who has to take up the slack for me this week.

Wednesday:  TheHub bought some travel hangers (Yep he is one of those who never travels without dress shirts and a couple of sport coats) which were delivered to the wrong address.  Thanks to our neighborhood FB page I was able to find where they were delivered got them just in time to finish packing. We were supposed to fly out of town that evening but the weather cancelled our flight until...

Thursday: . . . We woke at 4, to be at the airport for a 6:15 rescheduled flight to NYC.  Got to the airport only to find it was delayed until 10:45. (yes we got the text from Delta right as we were checking our bags in) so we went back home for a few hours. The flight finally left at about 12:30 (Did I mention I was upgraded to first class?) and after circling to avoid storms at LGA we finally landed and were headed to Son3's concert right in the middle of the 5 o'clock traffic.  By 6 we were still not on the Manhattan side of the bridge, but we did manage to get to our hotel right before 7, checked in, changed clothes and were seated by 7:20 (10 minutes before it started)  The night truly got better and better, including a sidewalk chat and walk with Mr. Marsalis

Friday: In spite of the cold wet weather we still have a couple of really nice times.  We ate lunch at this funky Chinese-Peruvian fusion restaurant.  If you are in NYC and want something deliciously different try Flor De Mayo on Amsterdam and 83rd (I think it was 83rd). Later that night we went with Son3 and Girlfriend3 to hear  Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra for a Buddy Rich tribute plus a new composition by Ali Jackson, the drummer.  After we went out for some late night Italian (Good but no better than an other Italian place)

Saturday: Matinee time to see Miss Saigon.  It was a fantastic performance!  We have changed our approach to ticket buying and decide on 5 plays we would like to see, then just get there and see what show has good seats left. Saturday night we at a French place Bar Boulud.  The food is exceptional and not too pricy by Manhattan standards. (The downside is their very small cocktails)

Sunday:  Seriously delayed return flight home, but no flight issues and we had nothing pressing us so the time didn't really matter. Got home too late to cook (bonus) so we headed to Full Moon to pick up some BBQ take out.  You have to love a joint whose tagline is "Best Little Pork House in Alabama"


                                                Ali Jackson and a little high hat action

15 comments:

  1. Son3 has three girlfriends? (LOL) We have yet to have any meaningful time in NYC-well, no time except airport really. It sounds like you made the most of each hour your were there.

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    1. We could have done a lot more there but we schedule visiting Son3 time in our plans since seeing him is why we really go anyway. Oh yeah and that pesky money thing. It is not an inexpensive town to hang out in.

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  2. My daughter said Miss Saigon was wonderful when she saw it years ago. Son was 18 and tears were running down his face at the end. When you go back next and have time, visit the Tenement Museum. It is an old tenement house. I have never enjoyed any museum as much.

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  3. I have been to the tenement museum twice and love it!

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    1. I want to go back as I understand it has expanded. Glad you, too, loved it.

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  4. Sounds like a good trip once you got there. Did you mother figure out that she could survive without you?

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  5. Spending time in New York is on my bucket list so good to see recommendations. Although if I had had that kind of flight/delay etc I would have been as drunk as a skunk when I got there - I don't like flying at all and that plus bad weather - yikes! Anna

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    1. I was only worried about our time. As long as we made it to the concert in time all was well.

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  6. Your positives sound wonderful.
    Yesterday (our Monday) started off badly but got better. Our hot water service died. I couldn't restart it. Himself couldn't restart it. The repair company said the 18th was the earliest they could look at it. Then said maybe this week. I then mentioned they serviced it recently. Result? They came out yesterday and fixed it. For free.

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    1. Now if that is not a huge positive, I don't know what is!

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  7. Phew! You really did make it in the nick of time! Good for you for keeping your cool! I would have been an anxious wreck from the whole travel debacle! Great list! =)

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    1. Doing this daily really does make me reflect on what is good rather than dwelling on the crap that happens.

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  8. You were able to focus on some truly wonderful positives for each day, Anne, even with travel delays and less than ideal weather. Good for you! I am so glad you were able to make it to your son's concert on time, with 10 minutes to spare, even! Thank you for posting the link - it was lovely to watch it!

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  9. Ali Jackson is a fantastic talent. We were fortunate to hear the first public playing of his new composition. One of the movements was straight percussion so each band member was playing a small handheld percussion instrument.

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