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My Week: Daily Diaries #2

April 4, 2014
My Week: Daily Diaries #2 - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

If these don’t say early spring, I don’t know what does.

Time for another edition of Daily Diaries, friends. Thanks to Diaries of an Essex Girl for hosting!

Sunday: A rest-at-home day. I was still battling my cough/cold that’s been hanging around.

Monday: I took the four-year-old to Kingston’s Forsyth Park, which has a fantastic wooden playground and a petting zoo. Last time we played there, we still had about six inches of snow covering everything, so this was a nice spring-y change.

Also, I started going to bed earlier than usual. Over the winter, I got into the habit of staying up on the computer until the wee hours: anywhere from 12:30-2:30 am. Apart from clearly getting more sleep, a major benefit of going to bed with Andy around 11 is that we get snuggle time before falling asleep. I missed that.

Tuesday: I decided to participate in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. It was an impulsive decision, but I figured it’s better to give myself a kick in the pants, an ‘assignment’, so to speak, to finally start blogging consistently like I always intended. It’s the fourth day and I have already mapped out what my themes will be for the rest of April, which is nice…and also incredibly unlike me.

My Week: Daily Diaries #2 - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

One of the friendly goats at the petting zoo.

In the evening, we participated in Trivia Night at our local brew pub, Keegan Ales, which we recently started doing regularly again. It was the most crowded trivia I’ve ever seen! The scores were close the whole time, but the downside of so many people playing is that it takes soooo much longer to get through each question. We came in second, though, so it was pretty exciting 🙂

Wednesday: Hung out in Woodstock with the four-year-old. He was so excited to take me into the hardware store, where he instantly grabbed a mini shopping cart and started zooming up and down the aisles. We stopped in The Golden Notebook as well and read some Mo Willems and Berenstain Bears.

My Week: Daily Diaries #2 - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

The back of a beautiful peacock…

We also had a spontaneous dance party with his mom when we got back to the house. He’s obsessed with Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and insisted we play it four times in a row. Lots of jumping and twirling and clapping ensued, as well as the discovery that I have less energy than him and his mother.

Thursday: Thursday morning seemed like total chaos. We drove down to Manhattan so a.)I could catch my train here to Harrisburg, and b.)Andy could pick up the photos he’d ordered for his show tomorrow night. Oh, driving in the city. How hilarious you are. Your parking rules and no-turns allowed streets, your taxis and busses and hordes of pedestrians. I hoped I would be able to stop at Doughnut Plant before heading to Penn Station, but time was not on our side. Oh well. Maybe tomorrow when I return! Follow my hungry train ride in Thursday’s En Route to Harrisburg post.

My Week: Daily Diaries #2 - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

And the peacock’s head! Gorgeous!

Friday: Today! Ellen and I have one full day together before I head back to NY tomorrow morning. There’s such great architecture around this city- and I’m sure I’ll find some street art too 😉 Mostly, we will just enjoy spending time with each other.

How was your week?

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  • bevchen April 4, 2014 at 8:15 am

    The peacock is gorgeous!

    My seven-year-old brother is obsessed with “Happy” as well. He makes my dad change stations on thecar radio until it comes on.

    • Christy April 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

      It is such a catchy song! I bet Pharrell Williams never thought he’d be such a hit with little kids 🙂

  • Sue April 4, 2014 at 8:33 am

    My week definitely could’ve been better. Very emotional, some tears…unknown future-type of decisions for my HS senior. But, on the other hand, it’s Friday! So here’s to hoping next week isn’t so fraught with unhappiness.

    PS: Every time I heard from you this week, I laughed…and I needed it. So thanks, sissy poo.

    • Christy April 4, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Aw, yay! I’m so glad I made you laugh! I hope next week is better, too.

  • Richard Harer April 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Tuesday might been a tough but awesome day! i love happy i play it like 10 times a day!

    • Christy April 5, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Yes. it’s such a catchy song!

  • Farin Vazquez April 4, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Driving in NYC is always horrible. The minute I decided to move here I shed a tear and sold my car on Craigslist. I never could drive here. Trees and ice, I’d take any day over the parking rules, blind pedestrians and people who can’t park.

    • Christy April 5, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Yes, it’s so much smarter to just use public transportation there. Back in the early 2000s I drove a lot more, but that was more in Brooklyn/downtown Manhattan.

  • Scott April 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

    In California we used to have a neighborhood peacock! Mean little bastard though, but beautiful!
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  • Peggy Gilbey McMackin April 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Love the Pics! Have a terrific weekend.

    • Christy April 6, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Thanks, Peggy, you too!

  • Ellie April 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Yikes, driving in Manhattan! I don’t know if I could ever do that!

    • Christy April 7, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure!

  • Calli April 4, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Sounds like a lovely week. I can’ imagine Manhattan traffic – yikes. Although I’d love to visit NY someday… Have a great weekend!

    • Christy April 5, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Thank you Callie, you too!

  • Debra April 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    For all the Happy lovers out there…..this link offers TWENTY FOUR HOURS of continuous video + music. Great post Christy!

    • Christy April 5, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Oh yes, that’s how I learned about the song- they were so into playing that video 🙂 Thank you Debra!

  • Carolann April 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    What an interesting post! I love the concept of it. Images were awesome too!

    • Christy April 7, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks, Carolann 🙂

  • Kate April 10, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Haha, your 4 year old sounds like my kinda guy! I am all about playing in parks and random dance parties. I don’t know any kid right now that doesn’t love the ‘Happy’ song, and I’ll admit it does make me feel good to have a jig to it ;).
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    • Christy April 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Oh man he’s been trying my patience lately but I’m savoring the cute moments, too- he wasn’t sure what to call the song yesterday and said ‘No, it’s *HAVEYness!’ haha.

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