Sunday, May 31, 2009
We'd never been to Coney Island before so decided to take the hour-long trip out and see it. It was a bit unusual...kind of like a near-dead carnival...but interesting. We didn't ride on the rides or sit on the beach but spent most of our time at the Coney Island Museum which had a side show. I was chosen to pull a sword out of the sword swallower's mouth! It was kind of gross.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Who says nothing's free in New York? I had read online that there was free kayaking at three boathouses on the Hudson, so we made our way out to Pier 96 (at 56th street) to check it out. We took out a double and paddled around the basin. I would definitely recommend others try this out.
Friday, May 29, 2009
We left New Haven at 5:30 and reached my cousin's apartment a little before 8PM. We hung out with Manju and the kids for a bit before my cousin and his wife returned from shopping, and then we all had dinner (Manju is setting the table in the background). Parth and I raced to see who could take a photo quicker.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Entertaining six children under the age of 12 can be challenging at the best of times. But our six were pretty good all weekend long. Right as we were all about to go our separate ways, they decided to practice a few more magic tricks.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
My cousin's birthday was today so we ate out at a Chinese restaurant and had cake at his place afterwards to celebrate. With fifteen of us around and him having to take care of three little girls, I'm not sure how happy his birthday was, but I'm thinking it was a memorable one, anyway.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
My parents were meant to join in on this family reunion in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately my mom hurt her back and they had to stay home so that she could recover. We miss them very much! My uncle called my dad to let him know we were all thinking of them.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
We went to see Penn and Teller at a casino about an hour and a half away. It was a trek but it was nice to see them again. Here is a terrible photo of Teller right before he left...they were very busy as they were driving out to Atlantic City for another show but as always, they stuck around and took photos and signed autographs for every last fan. We hardly had a chance to speak with Teller but at least he did say hello to both of us and we had a quick chat.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
We went to the grocery store after my run (gasp) and S's tennis game and decided to try out the scanner. It went pretty well but we can't decide if it's quicker this way. You have to weigh all the produce and print the labels out, and we buy a lot of produce. Anyway, it was interesting.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
After many discussions, a group of us decided to go out to the Getty Museum on our day off after the meeting. I had never been there before but it had been suggested to me by Vicki (thanks!) and I was glad others wanted to go as well. It was a gorgeous place and we saw a lot in a short period of time. I think I enjoyed the garden the most.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
If you have to travel for work, it's a little less tiring if you're at least able to stay at a nice place. I walked into my hotel room and thanked my lucky stars that we'd been put in a gorgeous spot. The jacuzzi tub alone made it heaven for me.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Have you ever had artichoke hearts, okra, sweet potato, or burdock root in sushi? We decided to try a sushi restaurant we hadn't been to before I left for CA. It was packed but we waited nonetheless and eventually got a table. We got a number of different items including one roll covered with grape leaves and pieces made out of potatoes smothered in Havarti cheese. I'm still unsure as to whether it was great and innovative or just too strange for me to handle.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
This photo was supposed to be of Boston. We were supposed to be at a regatta at MIT today. Woke up at 6AM, got ready, and headed out to the meet up point only to find out the regatta was canceled due to high winds. So suddenly we had a free day. We did some chores and then took a hike up East Rock. From the summit we had a great view of Sleeping Giant, which is a series of mountain tops that resemble a sleeping man. We're planning to hike out there eventually.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Oh nooooooo. We saw an egg had fallen out of the nest and found out that SOMEONE (grrr) decided it would be a good idea to put it back. Stupid! I guess the robin then pecked open the bad egg. Needless to say, she hasn't been back since. We're so sad! :(
Edited to add: the SOMEONE was a friend of my landlord.
Edited to add: the SOMEONE was a friend of my landlord.
Friday, May 8, 2009
New Haven has many 'firsts': first matchstick, first electric railroad, first lollipop, and so on. Louis' Lunch is the place where it is claimed the first hamburger was created. Louis' serves hamburgers on white toast with no condiments and chips, no fries. Sadly they don't do veg burgers but my coworkers decided to have lunch here so I went along for the walk. As you can see, they do a brisk business, especially when the weather is nice like it's been lately.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Last night we had a very bad rain storm. I didn't even think about the little eggs until I walked out this morning and saw only two remaining. Yep...we lost one. Sadness. But! The robin laid another one today! So just imagine the photo from yesterday and that's what the nest looks like today.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Yesterday S noticed we had a bird's nest in the rhododendron bush right next to our front porch. We looked at it and admired how well built it was. Today, when we walked up, a bird flew away and so I checked the nest. I was really excited to see a little blue egg inside! I hope it survives (there are a few neighborhood cats that come around) and we will have a baby bird soon!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
There were three competing social events tonight. First we went to the grad student first Friday event after work. Then we went home for a bit, and then we went to respective gatherings (S: post-doc social event, me: swing dance with live band). Here's a not-so-great photo of the Tin Pan Blues Band playing dance tunes for us.