Saturday, July 08, 2006

Mormon Night at the Mets

June 19th was Mormon Night at the Mets. I always enjoyed going to Twins games with my Dad, so I thought it would be fun for Jeff and me to go to this game with members from our branch and the whole mission.

All the missionaries from the New York New York South mission sang the national anthem. Unfortunately, we were a little late getting to the game, and we missed seeing this.

We met up with the Shull’s before the game, since they’re on our way, and we took the train together. Our seats at the game weren’t near each other, so we separated for a time. We ended up moving to where they were, because the missionaries in our area were definitely showing their 19-year-old natures. It was pretty obvious that they were not at the game to watch, but rather to socialize with all the other missionaries there. They were really loud and distracting, so we moved.

Of course, then we were distracted by little Meredith—much more pleasurable of a distraction! She is such a cute little girl (will be 1 year in Aug), and has definitely stolen Jeff’s heart! I think he will miss her most out of everyone we’ve met here in NY.

The skies threatened rain all day, but it held off until (I think) the 8th inning. Once we felt the 1st two drops of rain, we were outta there!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

We're Moving!!

As I'm sure you already know, Jeff and I are moving out to Oregon at the end of the month. We are very excited for this move. Maybe even for the long road trip; although, I'm not so sure about that. A coast-to-coast trek will require a good deal of patience.

Anyway, we're loading up the truck on July 26th, and heading out to MN shortly after the loading has been completed.

We'll pit stop for a couple of days in Minnesota to rest, restore, and visit with my family. From there, we'll head out to central WA to visit an old friend of Jeff's, who he hasn't seen in 7 or so years. And then, on to Dayton, OR.

Our new address will be:
1005 Ferry St. # 17
Dayton OR 97114

We hope that you'll keep in touch!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Conquering Manhattan One Neighborhood at a Time -- TRIBECA

Next we decided to conquer Tribeca. For those of you who don’t know, Tribeca means “Triangle below Canal Street.”

For our roamings through this particular neighborhood, we found a walking tour online. We printed it out and met at the corner of Canal St and Broadway. The tour took us a couple of hours to finish, and took a lot of pictures of buildings that we found to be interesting. I’ll just put up a few of those that I really enjoyed.

Civic Center Synagogue

American Thread Building—now converted into condominiums

I don’t think this was a part of the tour, but we really thought these windows were neat.

American Telephone & Telegraph Long Lines Building—these tall, windowless towers hold electronic equipment for the phone company. It was designed to resist nuclear fallout and was to be provided with enough energy and food storage to keep it self-sufficient for two weeks' operation. The heat is provided by the telephone equipment itself. This info was provided in the tour. I was fascinated that the equipment produced so much heat.

Again, not part of the tour…but we’d really LOVE to live in a building like this. One of those top floors with one of those balconies! Can you imagine?! That would truly be a dream come true for us!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Agnieszka's wedding

On June 3, 2006, we had the honor of attending the wedding of an old friend of mine, Agnieszka. Agnieszka and I were roommates back in the summer of 1994 at a language camp at Simon's Rock in Mass. I can't remember how long the camp was for. I want to say 6 weeks, but I can't be sure about that. Over the next 12 years, we managed to stay in touch, and since we moved to the NYC, we were invited to the wedding.

We gave a ride to one of her friends as well, and the morning started out with a bit of drama! We had reserved the car to be picked up at 9 a.m. but we thought that would give us too much time for the Noon wedding, so we pushed it back to 10:30. Well, it turns out...that was quite a mistake. Or maybe the mistake laid in the lack of full preparation. We didn't bring any credit cards with us--only our bankcard (which anywhere else can be used as a credit card). What this meant is that Jeff had to return home to grab one. This was no small task, as it is quite a hike home! To add to that, it was HOT and RAINING outside--not pleasant to be running in Sunday best! It seemed that everything was stacked against us this morning, but Jeff made it back and we were on our way. We didn't quite make it on time...but we made it!

After the wedding, we drove on to Patchogue, NY, where the reception was being held. I have to admit that this was definitely one of my favorite receptions! The food was exquisite! (Too bad Jeff and I don't really have cultured palates to truly enjoy this remarkable food.) The band was fun. And Agnieszka...I don't think that I've seen a happier, cuter bride!

Jeff had this thing with the keyboard player of the band...something about his "look." I didn't really get it, but most of our pics of the days revolve around this man.

The reception was right on the ocean. It would have been beautiful if the weather had been cooperating. From the window, we could just see all the waves crashing. If the big predicted hurricane actually hits NY, this place is sure to be hit big time! It will be a shame, because it is a very nice facility.

Check out this cake!! Mmmm...Mmmm...Mmmm...

Cool bridge in Poughkeepsie

In June, I had to go to Poughkeepsie, NY, for the ELCA Metro NY Synod Assembly. Augsburg Fortress, as the publishing house for the ELCA, has a "bookstore" at the various synod assemblies across the country. I was asked to help set-up and work the one in Poughkeepsie.

Jeff drove up there with me. It was about a 2-hour drive. It was really pretty--even Jeff thought so, and we all know his preference to concrete, glass, and steel! :-) The trees made a perfect canopy over several parts of the road. It was really breathtaking at points.

From our hotel to the convention center, we could see this glorious bridge. This photo doesn't really do it justice, as it was taken as we drove down the road. It was a beautiful, quite majestic, bridge.


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