Thursday, September 13, 2012

Smells of NYC

I know what you're thinking: New York stinks, right? I mean literally, of course. Yes, there is lots of exhaust, garbage set out near the side of the road, dog excrement, etc. ... all ready and willing to offend the nostrils!
However, there are some scents in New York City that are really delightful--though these are admittedly rare. For example, the bushes and flowers in the city parks make walking by them a delight. And there is a NYC chain called Sabon that makes heavenly scented soaps; every store always has its front door propped open, even in the dead of winter, and the fragrance spills out onto the sidewalk. But the best scent in New York is probably that which emanates from these homely little sidewalk stands:


Their name is "Nuts 4 Nuts" (terrible name, I know), and they sell sugar-coated, roasted nuts of all varieties, served warm in wax paper for like $2.00. You can smell the mouth-watering aroma if you're within a block's radius of one of these babies. And it's hard to resist picking up a snack when you walk by. Now if they would just make scented candles...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Summer of Good Friends

This summer, I visited so many wonderful out-of-state friends! I miss them all so much, like all the time; so glad I got to spend some time with everybody.
First, we went to Texas for the 4th of July...

We got to spend time with Jennifer and Patrick...

Tim and Nora...

Thomas and "Little T"...

Mat and Beth, their boys, and Doreen...

Larry, Christy, and Sully...
Sully wears this pirate hat 24-7.

We even got to do my favorite activity...


Post-karaoke chillin'.

Enjoyed time in the park with Brooklyn and Yvette (and several others who are not in this pic)...

 And had a huge Mexican feast at Guero's with lots of people!
LOOK AT BARRY'S SOCKS. Haha!

I even got to see Amie and her family (she lives in Utah but was in Texas for the week)!

Not to mention hanging out with my own wonderful family, including my mom...

And my brother (and niece Hailey)!
Please ignore how low-res this photo is (thanks, iPhone).

 Then, in August, it was off to Boston, MA, to visit Pat!


After that, I went to Columbus, OH, to see Monique!!
Parking meter shot!




Good times, indeed. Thanks for the memories, everybody; you made this such a fun summer. Love to you all!