Hudson Yards Visit

The Hudson Yards is the newest hot spot in N.Y.C. located a few steps away from the Highline. Everyone wants to check out The Vessel, The Shed and The Shops that make up the Hudson Yards.

The Vessel

The Vessel is a unique piece of art that offers Instagram worthy pictures at all kinds of angles and heights. Entering the Vessel is free but you will need a timed ticket that you can get online https://www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com/reserve There are also on-site tickets available.

The Shed

The Shed is a huge performing arts center located next to the Vessel. Inside the large theater is a bar/restaurant called Cedric’s. It’s another non tipping restaurant that seems to be popping up all over NYC.During my visit I went to see Reich Richter Part an immersive live performance that piqued my interest. The beginning was cool and the orchestra was nice but it was an overall bizarre experience.

The Shops

I did not enter the shops but they are there for your shopping pleasure with stores like Cartier and Fendi.

NJ Beer Co Brewery Visit

I am not big into beer but I think it’s cool to visit a brewery. There are many NJ/NY breweries to visit but I thought I’d start with the one closest to me, NJ Beer Co.https://njbeerco.com/

I took the light rail to the Tonnelle Ave stop and walked a few blocks to 43 Street where the brewery is located. If you would prefer to drive there is parking available. Just remember to drink responsibly.

There were 12 different craft beers to choose from in this half brewery half tasting room warehouse. You could purchase a flight, pint, growler, individual cans and 6 packs. The beer names were hip and area related.

I chose a flight. The tasting room was pretty busy so I made my way to the back and noticed a nice selection of games. I picked a game grabbed a couple of folding chairs and enjoyed my brews.

I did not take the tour but it is my understanding that they offer an informative guided tour for free.

If you are in the area check this place out.

‘Supermarket’ *Book Review*

It has been a long time since I’ve read a fictional book. I found myself in a bit of a readers rut and needed to change things up a bit. That is why I am happy I came across the book ‘Supermarket‘ written by Bobby Hall, also known as Logic the Rapper. I am not familiar with his music but I do like his 1-800-273-8255 song about suicide prevention.https://youtu.be/Kb24RrHIbFk

I was getting ready for work one day and saw Logic on a talk show promoting his book ‘Supermarket’ and that led me to ordering it on Audible. The book is read by the author and for me it hit the spot. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next and I didn’t want to put it down.

I don’t want to spoil the plot but I guess it’s best described as a book within a book that takes place in a supermarket. Just when you think you are getting the gist of what is going on the author flips the script and what you thought you knew gets turned upside down. I guess you will have to read it to see what I mean.

What are you reading? Is this a book you will likely pick up?

Does Your Zodiac Sign Fit Who You Are?

This is where I left you so let’s get to it. Does your zodiac sign fit who you are? Are you a believer in astrology? Even as a God-fearing woman I must admit that I am. I enjoy the predictions of the stars and I belive people tend to fit right into their zodiac sign.

I am a Capricorn and I like to think that makes me smart and prone to success. I have a good work ethic and am an old soul.  I am timid but once you get to know me I am an open book. My favorite part about being a Capricorn is that like fine wine we age gracefully.

What’s your zodiac sign and does it fit who you are?

 

The Play That Goes Wrong *Broadway Review*

This weekend on a friends recommendation I went to the Broadway play The Play that Goes Wrong at the beautiful Lyceum Theater on 45th Street in the heart of the theater district.

Ticket cost is up to $199 for premium seating but we were able to get last minute tickets in the balcony for $30. Yes, it’s the nose bleed section but, the theater is small so no seat is a bad seat in my opinion.

The play was definitely a good one. It was funny and kept my interest the entire time. It is a 1920’s murder mystery and the play dysfunctional in every way possible. There are set mishaps, characters over acting, under acting, and everything in between.

If you don’t have a quirky sense of humor this play might not be for you. You could try loosening up with a couple drinks before the play. You could also purchase drink there but it’s pricy, $15 for a single drink $25 for a double (cup of cheap wine).

If you are in New York City and have an extra $30 in your pocket this is good entertainment and a must do.

The 5 Love Languages *Book Review*

This book is a must read for anyone in a relationship. Especially, a long term relationship. Author, Greg Chapman has really made a science out of love. This book will not help you pick the right mate. It will teach you how to love.

It works like this. There are 5 love languages. We each want to be loved in 3 and loving someone in the wrong way can stress your relationship.

The languages in no particular order:

1. Touch

2. Gifts

3. Words of Affirmation

4. Acts of Service

5. Quality Time

Can you identify yourself in any of these love languages? Can you identify your lover?

The book claims loving someone in their love language will yield a positive love reaction.

Give it a read and see in depth how it works.

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Biography *Book Review*

I finished this audiobook awhile ago and I loved it so much! I am a big fan of NPH. The man can do it all and he’s believable and entertaining. In my head we’d make the best of friends. I’d be in awe of him and he could always perform for me knowing I’d be a captive audience. It would be great.

The biography is very unique. It is written in a way that you can flip and skip chapters based on what version of the biography you want to take. Want to start at the end, maybe the middle. It doesn’t matter. It all connects in the end and it’s all very interesting, funny and at times heart warming.

Neil, has had a really interesting life and career. I may be dating myself and some may not understand but the Doogie Howser M.D. show was the hit for me that started my love for NPH. A child doctor, performing surgery and dealing with teenage antics (first kiss). I was an NPH fan from day one.

Not only is he an actor but he is also a magician, singer, dancer, father and husband. Check out his biography not only will you love it, you will get the chance to live it.

Your Favorite Childhood Book

The first book I read out loud was a nursery rhyme book. Ever since then my love for books soared. Reading was never dull for me, it was and still is fun and exciting. There are so many good reads. Some books make me feel so intensely that I laugh out loud and sometimes cry.

I had a few favorites as a kid such as the Babysitters Club (I begged my mom for a book club membership). But my first favorite book was Amelia Bedelia. I would check out the collection from my school library and it was magical. She was a hoot taking everything so literally.

Reading and writing are so powerful. What’s your favorite childhood book?

The Last Time You Were Stuck In the Car with Your Family

The last time I remember being with my family was last year during a summer vacation to Texas. Good times, but that was not the last time we were stuck in a car together.

That last time we were stuck in a car together was for my Dad’s memorial service. We were all loaded up in my brothers truck (including my Father’s ashes). We had about a 2 hour drive to his hometown of San Antonio where the memorial was taking place.

Midway through the ride the truck broke down. We were stuck on the side of the street. My brother is 9 years younger than myself and I have always viewed him as a kid. At this moment he stepped up and saved the day. He opened the hood, tinkered around for 15 minutes and when all hope seemed lost, the truck started up again and we made it.

This moment changed my prospective about my brother. He was a man, and a good one. I love my family and I look forward to the next time we are stuck in a car together. Hopefully, it will be next month when we are all together to celebrate my niece’s high school graduation.

Thanks for reading this dedication to my brother, my hero.

What’s Your Morning Routine

We all have one. What’s yours?

I wish I could say that I’m a morning person but I’m a night owl through and through. It’s just my nature.

This is my typical morning:

I try to get 7 hours of sleep so I try to go to bed by 3am and wake up by 10am.

I immediately start the coffee and feed the cats.

After enjoying my coffee in peace I begin to think about what I want to eat. My husband and I decide on something, sometimes we cook, sometimes we go out and other times we skip breakfast food and go straight into lunch.

After we eat I clean dishes and pick up around our apartment. I always have the TV on our local station playing the news and day time talk shows.

When I’m at my best I like to do a workout at home. I either put on a dvd like Beachbody or go on You Tube to find a 30 minute workout video.

By this time, it’s almost 2pm and I usually chill out and get hooked on social media until I start getting ready for work or starting my day.

This is not a typical morning for most but I enjoy not having to set an alarm.

What does your morning entail?