Saturday, December 22, 2012

...packages tied up in strings..... more male bulge

quite the week...

doing well this weekend. hope everyone is not TOO busy and enjoying the run up to Christmas! I got back from NYC Wednesday. that morning I'd met with blogger buddy from Random THoughts. He and I started blogging more than 5 years ago around the same time. I've met him once before when he passed through OKC, so it was fun to catch up with him again in the big apple.
 I made it to the Guggenheim Museum finally this time in NYC, I would have liked to visit Ellis Island but it was all shut down what with the hurricane Sandy and all. I also made it up to central park, yet no shows... :(. ahh well. next time around. I enjoyed all the extra hang time with J and gf though.
 I got my tree up here at the house, and got some last minute shopping done this week. had a great night out last night with bud S here in OKC, we met at the mall and had dinner and then walked all over the mall shopping a bit and just enjoying the scenery so to speak. ha
Today I drove back to the airport to pick up Austin buddy. He's spending the day and night with me and then I'll take him over to his folks' place tomorrow after church. We went to lunch with an ex bf of his in OKC , also the guy's friend D and R came along, so that was pretty cool and group of 5 gay guys hanging and joking around and talking about whatever. Now my Austin bud is on his smart phone and maybe napping while I'm catching up online with emails and next I'm going to go outside for a bit. TOnight we plan to rent a movie and just MAYBE get out to the bars here in OKC. ha

carol quartet....

Friday, December 21, 2012

keep up the good work...

the K-WAY way....


 One of my favorite finds in NYC last weekend was this new store in SOHO, K-way. I walked in and saw the choice of colors for this water proof windbreaker/rainjacket, combined with the classic signature stripe detail and wanted one. :) I had made up my mind even BEFORE the wonderful salesman told me the complete history of the brand and product. ha  I admitted that I'd heard about the store in a TIMEOUT magazine article. He mentioned a few famous people who'd been photographed wearing one, Ryan Reynolds was the only one I recognized though. ha ha..  The guy was actually pretty cool and we got into a conversation about Austin City Limits music festival. He was there last year same as me, and then went this year, which I'd missed. Apparently he lives with Bob Marley's son and goes to a lot of music festivals. go figure...
 In fact I bought two, one for a gift for my bud in Austin who rides his scooter everywhere. I went back the next day and bought another for my host in NYC too because he bikes up and down to his job on 5th avenue and 52nd (weather permitting), and I figured how useful! Not only is this a cool unique jacket to own anywhere, even in NYC I like to think my buddy J will be biking back and forth next spring in something hip even for NYC. ha - You can find this place in Soho on West Broadway between Prince and Spring St (Not to be confused with Broadway, there are TWO streets a West Broadway and Broadway...).

Thursday, December 20, 2012

moonwalking...

have a heart...



I heart this video.... put your heart into it.....
give it a "hearty" laugh... got anything to add to this?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

day two nyc

not a whole heck of a lot to update today, for anyone following my trip on here. but it was a nice relaxing slow day that I needed after the rush of last week and then the rush of getting here yesterday and walking all over heck and tarnation yesterday. :) this morning a nice walk with J and his dog around the block of john and williams/water st. then some breakfast in the apt. next he went to the gym next door while the gf stayed home and I walked around FIDI for a bit.  I went over toward seaport looking at the Titanic memorial there near the park and the pier. checking out the many many stores that were all flooded and ruined and some most cleared out, some few still in business. I was wondering what all I could do since it was sort of misting heavily and cool. J wasn't going to be done at the gym til about 1230 and it was just before 11am and I thought, well maybe there's a church down here, checked my map and saw Trinity Church, and started walking over.. just in time for service. well all the visits with the ex gf in AR to her episcopalean church paid off, as I mostly had an idea how to follow along. ha great service, beautiful choir and building, historic feel to the place, and solemn mention of the tragedy in CT.
after the service I headed back over toward South Seaport to check out a store I'd walked by earlier, Browne and Co. Stationers . which I come to find is a sort of part of the history museum of South Seaport, but also had some wonderful paper product finds, many made right there in the shop.  bought some cool posters, gift wraps, amazing Christmas cards (will post later), and a few other little curious objects I had to HAVE. ha Highly recommended if you're around that area ever in NYC. went back to the apt, relaxed on the couch with J and gf, they ordered Pizza delivery for lunch... we sat around some more being lazy, then went for a walk around 330 or so maybe? dunno, back to the seaport to show J the little paper store, and then the New Amsterdam Food Market under the highway. I bought some Chocolate Mexicano, organic blah blah blah made in MA. one ginger flavored and the other salted almond. YUM. we bought and ate a few homemade cookies regardless of being stuffed with pizza.
walked around a bit more, with J telling me what great stores and place to drink/eat there was before Sandy.  another former student, L and bf, called and we told them to meet us at Meades.  She had called earlier to say they'd be in the area etc..  we all sat down and had a drink and they had a bit of food and we talked and talked and talked. what fun. mainly J and L and I going on and on about all the kids in their class that I'd taught 7th and 8th grade to...the bf was polite and listened to all. :)  what fun and what joy. I love them like my own kids until God were to give me my own, I always tell myself. ha we shared stories of what I remembered them all being like and how SAME they both were, and they told me stories of what they remembered with a few tales of their high school years which I wasn't in Central America for etc etc.
walked back over and just chatted away the rest of the evening, took the dog out for a walk again and we snacked on a few things in the house, watched some tv chilled. ahhhhhh. so nice!!! I am fresh and ready to hit SOHO and other tomorrow, and while shopping a bit on my own, still many gifts I'd like to get and have in mind for family and friends back home. hope anyone reading this is enjoying your weekend and the holiday season! 

nice boys finish last