New York, New York

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In mid-November, my husband and I took a weeklong trip to New York City, and it was fabulous!! We ate at GATO NYC, one of Bobby Flay‘s restaurants. They had a semi-open kitchen and I kept looking for him through the window, but he wasn’t there lol! The food was delicious.

On Bobby Flay’s show, The Flay List, his daughter recommended Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, where we met a high school friend of mine for lunch. The Black Tap is mainly a burger joint, but they have these EPIC milkshakes. My husband ordered one — cookies ‘n cream — and the sides of the glass were covered in frosting topped with broken chocolate sandwich cookies. Okay, let’s be real — they were Oreos. The burgers were yummy, too.

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Afterward, the three of us went to the Museum of Modern Art. We apparently broke some rules by accidentally sticking our noses past the line that delineated how close you could approach a painting. We were also warned not to touch anything, which I feel the need to do with art exhibits, sculptures, and the like because I’m a tactile person. I didn’t touch though, lol!

A trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Our tour guide led us from the ferry to the statue, to the island. We learned a lot of historical facts that we didn’t know, and it was very interesting. There’s a wall-type sculpture in the gardens of Ellis Island that lists the names of some of the immigrants who came to the U.S. through there. I was surprised to see my name, because as far as I know, my parents and I were the first immigrants in our family. Maybe time for a genealogy project?

Finally, we went to the Rink at Rockefeller Center, on which I’ve always wanted to skate — a bucket list item. We had VIP tickets, which meant snacks, free skate rentals (though we have our own), a different entrance from the General Admission folks, and we had an earlier start time for entering the rink. I hesitated about being the first people to go on the ice, but I got over it and we went.

Instead of the grand entrance I’d always dreamed of, gliding gloriously on the ice, I froze. I could barely move; my whole body was tense. And you have to be relaxed in order to skate. I couldn’t lift my legs. I couldn’t bend my knees. It was a nightmare. I was also in disbelief. I’m actually a pretty good skater, when I’m actively playing hockey. I held onto the rail with one hand and my husband with the other. I was determined to skate around the rink once, which I did, though it could barely be called skating. I fell several times. Luckily (?) I’m not afraid to fall on ice. Except for on a sidewalk lol!

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The original Carlo’s Bakery (from Cake Boss) in Hoboken, New Jersey, was something of a consolation the next day. The pumpkin spice cheesecake I ate for my second breakfast took my mind off what happened on the ice. Or what didn’t happen.

Last stop was the football stadium on the Rutgers University campus in New Jersey, where we watched my beloved, Ohio State Buckeyes basically…annihilate the home team. Well, a win is still a win.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my New York experience. I can’t wait to go back!

Have you been to New York? Share your experiences in the comments!

So You Know – July 16, 2019

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So You Know

. . . was created by Candace of Revenge of  Eve. Each week, she will pose questions for us to answer.

From Candace (only the answers in italics are mine)[So You Know] is a series of questions meant to bring the reader closer to their favorite bloggers. It’s easy to participate! Follow these simple guidelines:

Publish a post on your site answering this week’s questions.

Create a pingback to this week’s post. Don’t know how? Chat with me and I’ll explain.

Be honest!

See simple, right?

This week’s questions

  1. Do you take a vacation during the summer months? If so, what amount of time do you travel (days, weeks)? During the summer we usually take one or two, just for a few days each, like maybe a long weekend, to a place that’s only a 2- or 3-hour drive away. The rest of the year we might take road trips and/or fly to various destinations.
  2. Do you meet up with family or friends at the destination? During the summer and at Christmas we usually meet up with my in-laws. When we go to Las Vegas, we see my family.
  3. What has been your favorite destination spot? Savannah, Georgia
  4. What has been your worst traveling experience? Omg. Pull up a chair. So one summer, we traveled to central Illinois to stay at a bed & breakfast. They provided us with dinner when we arrived (B&Bs usually only serve breakfast), and to our surprise, they sat down with us! They were eating, too, but it was weird because none of the innkeepers in the other B&Bs we’ve stayed at never did that! Then at some point during the meal, the wife started talking to us about God and Jesus and whatnot. And we were like ????? I mean, it’s fine if you’re a Christian, but please don’t push your beliefs on me. We checked out early.
  5. If you do not travel each summer, what do you do to escape your reality? n/a

Bucket List Items

Three items on my bucket list (things I want to do before I die/”kick the bucket”) that I’ve done are going off-roading, going to a Big Ten championship, and going to Savannah, Georgia, maybe in that order but I’m not sure.

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Off-Roading: Last December my husband and I went off-roading in Las Vegas, Nevada. That was awesome!!! We were in a 2-seater vehicle with chunky tires and driving around in the desert (my husband drove). We had guides of course, one we followed and one who followed us in case we got lost. We followed each other at a short distance because the all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) kick up lots of dust in their wake, and if you’re behind one, you don’t want that in your face. We lucked out because we were the only ones who signed up for that particular tour, and somehow, that made it more “romantic” lol!

We took a break about halfway through and the main guide took our picture. They supplied us with helmets, goggles, and gloves before the tour began. We looked like something out of Mad Max lol! We drove all around and saw distant mountain ranges that were actually part of California. It was so majestic. At one point, I thought our ATV was  going to tip over because it was having trouble getting over a ridge. But we made it back to the starting point safe and sound!

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Big Ten Championship: I’m a HUGE college (American) football fan. My team are the Ohio State Buckeyes, which is a poisonous nut, because I went to The Ohio State University. Also, I played Women’s Club Ice Hockey there while in school, and I developed an affinity for the Buckeyes. The Big Ten Championship is between the East and West Division Champions of the Big Ten conference. In 2017, we were the East, and the University of Wisconsin Badgers were the West.

The game is always held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Indianapolis Colts play there during pro football season. From what I recall, we had pretty decent seats. My memory is bad, but if I remember correctly, it was a pretty exciting game with both teams taking turns scoring. We won by only 6 points.

And that was it! My beloved Buckeyes were Big Ten Champions. We stayed behind to watch them give the trophy to the coach. He and the team were standing atop a riser, or some sort of stage-like thing. When the trophy came out, tons and tons of confetti came down from the ceiling bringing color and even more excitement to the moment. It was so much fun. I’ll never forget it! I’m hoping to go to a National Championship game, if the Buckeyes continue to do well.

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Savannah, Georgia: I actually wrote a post about it here, around the time we returned from Georgia. Last March we took a trip to Savannah. It was unlike any other city I’ve ever seen. The architecture was stunning, the food was delicious, the tours were fun. I particularly liked the poop receptacles on the grounds of some of the squares. You simply step on a lever and it opens, and you drop the stuff in lol! We had a blast!

What’s on your bucket list?

Question Fun: The Silliest Questions

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Question Fun

Season 2 – Game 11

Part 2

Question Fun Directory

Welcome to Once a Week Question Fun!

An easy game, and more so if you love questions!  Each game has a topic, and then there are 22 questions relating to the topic – they can be visual, musical, personal, professional, topical, serious, thought provoking, fun, weird and even wacky – the questions will cover all fields and there is no structure to follow, so it could be orderly one game and completely random the next time you play!

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The Topic Today Is – The Silliest Questions

\Would you rather have hot fudge or chocolate sauce on your hot fudge sundae? I prefer chocolate sauce on my hot fudge sundaes, but I suppose then it would be a chocolate sundae.

Was the cat in the hat, or was he wearing it? I’ve read the book, and I’m pretty sure he’s wearing it.

If you were on Scooby-Doo, would you rather be Daphne or Velma, and why? While Daphne is the “pretty” one, she isn’t the smartest. I think I would take smarts over looks any day. So, Velma. Plus she has a cute outfit.

Where do you go when you say you’ll be right back? To the bathroom.

How long will you ‘really’ be gone, when you say you’ll be right back? No more than 5 minutes.

A minute? Nope.

An hour? No.

A day? Definitely not.

Infinity time? Doubtful.

Never ever come back? Not that either.

Why do you say  – “I’ll, be right back”, instead of “I’ll be left back?” There is no left back, but there is a left tackle.

How many pairs of socks do you own that don’t have mates? All of my socks have partners. Besides, if there are some without partners I would get rid of them so I would still have socks with partners in my drawer.

If you owned a time machine, would you go backward in time or forward?  And, why? Backward, so I could hopefully “correct” my mistakes.

Have you ever just looked at someone and thought to yourself, “They actually thought to themselves… ‘Oh, I look good today.’ and left the house looking as if they just got out of the bed? No, I have never thought that. Well…maybe.

Why does the watch not tell us time? But it does tell us time.

What is the name of the colour of unripe bananas? Plantain green.

Do you take your dog for a walk or does it takes you for a walk? Hahaha! Some days it definitely feels like my dog is taking me for a walk.

What happens when you get scared half to death – TWICE? Well, since you’ve already used up half of your fear, you would be left with no more fear.

Where is one place you are guaranteed to be left alone? The bathroom. Once the door is shut, it’s shut.

If ALL the world’s a stage, where does the audience sit? Wherever they’d like, because they’re both actor and audience since all the world’s a stage.

Provide three nonsensical quotes on being silly!

If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done. –Ludwig Wittgenstein

You don’t get old being stupid –Chili Davis

Don’t be afraid to look silly. –Tara Strong

Provide 2 truly silly musical videos!

A serious question now …… exactly, did you think the same? No, I thought different.

Why did Sally sell seashells on the seashore when you can just pick them up anyway? Because she has a license to sell them, and you need a special permit to “just pick them up”!

This is a famous bit of gibberish, however …. “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” He would chuck enough wood to keep the fireplace well-stocked for the winter.

How much wood did the wood chuck chuck, answers in equal amounts of gibbering jibberish please? What?

Who on earth is? I don’t think it’s a who so much as a what.


The Grilled Cheese Pan Sandwich

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Some of you know that I love the television show, Chopped. It’s on the Food Network channel and features 4 chefs who must compete against each other by cooking 3 courses (appetizer, dinner, and dessert), using mystery ingredients, in 3 different rounds. Three judges (who are celebrity chefs) evaluate the food at the end of each round, and the chef whose dish didn’t meet expectations will be “chopped.” This happens twice more until a “Chopped Champion” is chosen.

Another Food Network show I like is Beat Bobby Flay. Like Chopped, chefs compete against one another but this time, it’s for the chance to go up against Bobby Flay (another celebrity chef). And finally, there are the various baking competition shows each season. I love desserts lol!

I love watching cooking shows as much as I hate cooking. Yup. I don’t know how to make much, and I don’t like to do it. Fortunately, my husband cooks. One of the few things I can make, besides toast, is a grilled cheese sandwich. In 6th grade, we learned to cook grilled cheese sandwiches in home ec. Just bread and cheese. Put it in the pan with butter (if you want it to taste good and don’t care about fat!) and heat until the cheese melts.

When I was 22 or so, I had a roommate. She came home one evening and found me watching TV and eating from a pan. It was supposed to be a grilled cheese, but the cheese melted all over the pan. I have no idea how.

“What are you eating?” she asked.

Pause. Instead of merely a “grilled cheese,” I answered, deadpan, “A grilled cheese pan sandwich.” I was being serious. She started laughing. And that’s the closest I came to being a competitive chef: whenever one of them screws up their dish on Chopped, they contrive a “new” name for it for when the judges ask what it is!