A poem about the dogs*

Worfie is the larger pup
One ear down and one ear up
One ear up and one ear down
Fur that’s mostly black and brown
Except a tummy white as egg
And four white paws and a speckled leg

Mortie is a fluffy ball
Both ears black, white overall
His back legs are kind of funny
Hops around like a little bunny
Two big black spots on his bum
Smiles because his life is fun

They get along so well it’s good
Sharing kisses, bones and food
Bark and egg each other on
Yapping yapping on and on
I walk them both as the have needs
To tangle me up in their leads.

*Give me a break I just made this up now.

The Meaning of Life

A friend posted this cartoon on the Facebooks and it got me thinking. I want to create my own life and meaning and in many ways I have. I’m a mother and a writer, and I exercise my creative brain whenever I can. But I wouldn’t be able to survive financially without dependence on my husband’s salary. I’ve never figured out how to sustain myself on my passions and low-demanding jobs are hard to find, if not downright mythological. I think I’d rather have a high demanding job, but one that fits me so perfectly that I love what I do and can’t imagine doing anything else. Also, a pet unicorn would be nice.

Last Day in New York

Today we stopped at Hook and Ladder 8, otherwise known as Ghostbusters HQ, and took our picture. There wasn’t much else to do there so we went to the World Trade Centre Memorial. The site has been turned into two giant fountains where each of the towers used to be. There’s also a museum but we didn’t go inside.

Next we took the Ferry to Governor’s Island which was a nice place to mosey around and spend the rest of the day. We toured Castle Williams, an old fort and prison, ate ice cream, and lay in a hammock.

The kids played in two interesting playgrounds today, one on the island and one just next to the shore in Battery Park (where I am right now). William remarked that he wished the playgrounds at home were so interesting. I agree. The parks back home are cookie cutter generic compared to here.

Next we’re going to try and get dinner at Katz Deli, the restaurant featured in When Harry Met Sally. I only hope their smoke meat is as orgasmic as it seemed in the movie.

Views

When I get back home I will devote much blog space to posting views of New York. Today we walked across Brooklyn bridge, then took the elevator to the observation deck of the Empire State Building. Both had breathtaking views, but the bridge was more pleasant and it was free. The Empire State Building has to be done once, but I wouldn’t go there again. Too much money and waiting in line for very little oomph. I’m sitting by a subway station with the family. In a minute we’ll be figuring out our way back to our campsite once again. This subway station is the wrong one. Ah well, we’ll figure it out.

Lady Liberty*

We went to Wall Street which is a car free section of road, prompting William to ask “Are they having a festival?” We walked over to Bowling Green Park to see the charging bull statue, which was swarming with fellow tourists. We then realized we were steps away from Battery Park, and the ferry to Liberty Island. We stood in a long line to get tickets. Well, it wasn’t so much a line as a mob. Earlier in the week, we took the Staten Island Ferry for the sole purpose of seeing the Statue but the view was too distant for our liking. Today was much better. We got close enough that if Lady Liberty were to look down she could see us wave. She’s quite tall. I pictured her coming to life and charging through Manhattan Godzilla-style.

Anyway we had a delightful day on Liberty Island, then headed over to Lombardi’s Pizzeria for some authentic New York pizza. Finally we travelled all the way home to our campsite for s’mores. Finding our way on the subway is game that can get confusing at times, and we must really stand out as tourists because kindly New Yorkers keep stopping to help.

*This is from yesterday. My iPad wouldn’t play nice with the NYC wifi.

The Enterprise and a beautiful library

Today we visited the Intrepid Museum, where we saw the Enterprise shuttle. It’s big. We then toured the inside of a Cold War era submarine and staged many a photo of the kids in various cockpits. Afterwards we planned on going to the Empire State Building and boarded a crowded bus to do so. The bus took us to the NYC Public Library. We decided to go inside for and found that the movie Ghostbusters really didn’t do the building justice. Gorgeous white marble archways with paintings to rival some churches. Jadzia is reading over my shoulder and asked for a mention. I’m sure William will want to be included too. Anyway the Reading Room is closed, most likely because of a recent ghost attack, but what we could see is definitely worth seeing. We’ll be saving The Empire State Building for tomorrow.

Museum Natural History

We took our time this morning after our late night last night. My youngest slept in while the rest of us hung around the camp site. Adam and William went exploring and found a dead cat. When Jadzia finally woke up we checked out a hanger full of planes in various states of restoration, then we got back on the subway to the Museum of Natural History, which is a lot larger than depicted in Night at the Museum. We’re planning on taking the Staten Island ferry later to see the Statue of Liberty.

The Met and Times Square

Yesterday as we were leaving Central Park we came upon the Apple Store, with its famous glass cube. Next door was FAO Schwarz, the Toy Store from the movie Big. We played on the giant piano and took our pictures with giant Lego figures.

Today was an exhausting trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There’s nothing quite as wonderful as being thou roughly worn out from looking at art. So many great names, Warhol, Van Gogh, Matisse, Degas, Seurat, Picasso, Polluck, plus a myriad of ancient artworks.

It rained as we were walking through Times Square looking for somewhere to eat. We ended up at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. Too bad the kids haven’t seen Forest Gump!

 

Now we have to decide whether to trust the weather report and see the Museum of Natural History tomorrow or throw caution to the wind and check out the Statue of Liberty.

 

Central Park

This vacation is a strange mix of camping and city going. Today we rode the bus and subway to the bottom of Central Park. We picnicked on top of Overlook Rock and then visited the Central Park Zoo, which is where I am now at a WiFi hotspot. The Park is huge and there’s still more to see (also my family is getting impatient). Until tomorrow.