Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Live from New York...

Hello from New York!

This is the first post I have made on the road. I am at Erin's apartment in Brooklyn writing on her old laptop.I feel very independent since I am here all alone. Erin headed to Portland this afternoon for a work meeting and I head home tomorrow afternoon. Until then I am on my own in the big city.

I have had a great vacation. Getting away always gives new energy and new perspectives. I hadn't even seen the news until this evening. I hate to pass on the bad news that the New York doormen are heading to strike and may not be turning up for work tomorrow. Thankfully I will be able to come and go without a problem.

Beyond the concerns of homeowners on the upper East-.side, New York has been great. I had a wonderful visit with Carol and Jim. Avon was celebrating Spring in the very best way-trees in bloom and tulips in all hues. Carol and I walked and talked as we always love to do. We ended our visit with a short stop at the Museum in Hartford. Carol gave me her tour of the best works there. It is GREAT art museum.

I was so inspired by Hartford that I made this a vacation of museums. Friday night I met Erin after work and we checked out the Biennial at the Whitney. It was really a great collection including the last years of Biennials and this years new collection. Sunday we stopped in at the Neue Gallery- a post modern German collection in an old mansion that was originally the home of Cornelius Vanderbilt III. Otto Dix was the featured exhibition along with lots of Klimt. It was very interesting and impressive. After a walk through Central Park we headed to MOMA for a look at an incredible exhibit of photojournalism spanning the 1930's through the 1970's with people on the streets of nations all over the world during the everyday life as well as during the dramatic events of the times. We also took in a great Picasso exhibit there. So much more but we only had a certain amount of artistic curiosity so we headed home for wine and dinner.

My entire visit has not been museums. Saturday there was fun in the lower East side then dinner at home with Jenni. Jenni was great. She is creating a wonderful and exciting project and I loved hearing her share about it. We had a very easy but delicious dinner. After buying artichoke stuffed gnocchi in a pasta specialty store, the hard work was making salad and sauce. That meant all the more time for visiting and wine.

Monday I explored and corners of Brooklyn from Crown Hill to Park Slope. You would think that with all this walking I would be able to find my way around New York and Brooklyn like a native. You would not know me though- I still have a hard time orienting myself and tend to turn the wrong way when ever I can. All the more fun.

SO, there you have the story of a great week exploring and relaxing and sharing. Now I head back home to garden projects, blanket weaving and school classes. Not much for me to complain about at all. So love to you all,
Mama Llama

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