mollybarton: (sick black knight)
I can't believe it's been that long. It really does seem like yesterday. There really isn't anything to say that hasn't been said every year since.
mollybarton: (mr met)
The Mets win the NL! It's been fifteen long years of some really terrible baseball. The Mets were a joke for a while. But the past couple of years they've turned around. You gotta believe!

Katie is an even bigger Mets fan. If she stayed up for the end of the game, she's probably bouncing off the walls.

I sure hope it won't be a repeat of the 2000 World Series, the infamous "Subway Series" where they were slaughtered by the Yankees!

Gotta say I feel bad for Cubs fans, though. They've been waiting so long. The Mets were just better this year, and luckier.
mollybarton: (redscharlach angel)
The current crisis in Detroit reminds me of this 1974 New York Daily News headline:

Same shit, different decade. Detroit wasn't the first large city to deal with this. It won't be the last.
mollybarton: (mockingbird)
And Clintasha. :p They try to steal my yummy black and whites. Saw them at the bakery...and was overwhelmed by nostalgia for the bakery cookies I had growing up in New York City. They also had Italian rainbow cookies...but I passed on those. No way they're as good as mine.

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Had a follow-up with the doctor. I've lost another pound and a half. :p She's still baffled by the blood from my urine test, and wants me to take the test again in two weeks. Argggggh.
mollybarton: (Default)
Sandy is about to hit them hard. :(


Not sure how much more rain we're going to get in Virginia, but the winds haven't been too bad. 40 MPH tops. Heavy winds, but still not as bad as they're getting on the actual coast. The Rappahannock River is beginning to flood, though.

Rory knows how to deal with the stormy weather. :p Naptime!



Actually, he was scared for a while, and hid under my bed most of the day.
mollybarton: (mr met)
Rest in Peace, Gary Carter. The former Mets/Expos catcher and Hall of Famer died from a brain tumor. :(
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I was at home, sleeping in a bit because I'd worked late the night before. I remember exactly what my dad said when he woke me up- "There's been a major terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and 10,000 people are probably dead." I shot out of bed, turned the T.V. to CNN, and watched as the second plane hit (or the first of many replays- I don't remember the time). When the Pentagon was hit, I started freaking out, because my brother-in-law worked in D.C., and who knew what else was a target? I spent the rest of the day either at church or driving around with my sister, trying to get to my nephew, whose school had been evacuated.

Today, on the tenth annivesary, I'm spending the morning at church. The bell choir is ringing a special piece written in memory of the victims at all three services.
mollybarton: (Default)
Gay marriage is now legal! State Senate voted for it 33-29. Four Republicans joined the Democrats in voting yes. :) Phooey to the Dems who voted against it.

Tonight I'm proud to say I'm from New York.
mollybarton: (Eddie)
I spent the week in New York- not the big city, but some smaller towns mid-state. My hotel was in Oneota, which I'd never heard of!

I took too many pictures to post here, but they're on my Facebook:

Spent the first day sick in the hotel (ugh, still feeling sick now), but I got a lot of cross stitching done:

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Day two was Cooperstown: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; and the Ommegang Brewery (Belgian-style beers).

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Day three was spent in Norwich, my dad's hometown as a kid. We saw his old houses and the building that used to be my grandfather's store, but the main draw was the Northeast Classic Car Museum. They had around 125 cars, many of them very, very rare.

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It was very pretty up there. The leaves were just past their peak, but there was still plenty of color.

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I had a good time, but I've come down with a bad cold. Fortunately, the choir isn't singing tomorrow.


Oct. 7th, 2010 04:09 pm
mollybarton: (Eddie)
I had a nice trip today. *rolls eyes* I missed the last step and fell down. My old ankle injury has a twinge, and my knee is red and a bit swollen. Nothing broken, at least. But my entire leg aches, and I'm going to have a hell of a bruise on my knee. :( And the shock from falling gave me a mini-migraine. Not kidding about shock- I felt the impact all over! My bones must be made of titanium or something.

Choir practice has been so good. Who is this guy, and what has he done with our usual director? We're actually working on stuff without any b.s., and we're getting ahead! He also actually thanked me in front of the choir for stamping and filing the music, as well as making the practice CDs. Wow.

Speaking of trips, I'm going on one next week. Just a quick visit to Upstate New York. Going to Cooperstown (haven't been since I was really little), might pick some apples, and just admire the changing leaves. Yay. I'd rather go back to the city, but New York is New York. :)
mollybarton: (Eddie)
There are some people telling us to "get over it". But this former New Yorker and current D.C.-area resident still gets a bit teary-eyed on this day. The images of the Towers collapsing, the huge gap in the Pentagon, and the smoking pit that was once United Flight 93, will never and should never be forgotten. Nor should those who died, or the brief time where all Americans were united.

I'm not spending this day in mourning or dwelling on the events. I'm just taking a brief moment to remember and then move on.

The Internet Archive has the news coverage for almost the entire day and two days after for the major U.S. networks and the BBC here:

It's interesting to see how banal the news was that morning before the first attack. I remember the top story on the Today Show was Michael Jordan's return to basketball!
mollybarton: (Bite me!)

NYC cabbie gets his throat cut by a passenger because he's a Muslim.

This had damn well better be an isolated incident, but knowing how rabid the anti-Muslim sentiment is getting to be, I'm sure there are going to be more.
mollybarton: (Eddie)
...began with:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.

-Martin Niemöller

Keith was absolutely on fire tonight. This whole "Mosque being built on Ground Zero" debacle is getting ridiculous. It's anti-Muslim prejudice, that's all it is. There's a mosque just a few blocks away from the World Trade Center site that existed long before 9/11- do people want to tear them down? Muslims have a place for prayer set aside in the Pentagon. Should that be shut down, because of the attack there? We have freedom of religion in this country. The planners of the community center (it's not even a mosque) OWN the building, they have the right to build. How is building a comminity center open to ALL spitting on the memory of the 9/11 victims? Denying them the right to build or to worship is the real insult to their memory.

Innocent American Muslims died on 9/11, too. They have served in our military and DIED for this country just like any Christian, Jewish, or whatever citizen. Muslim does not equal terrorist. It's time to stop damning one billion people for the actions of a small fraction of fundamentalists.

Should the center be built? I honestly don't know- but as long as they own the property, they have that right. Taking away anyone's right to build a house of worship is a step towards an America I don't want to see.


May. 2nd, 2010 12:29 am
mollybarton: (oh noes)
Times Square in New York City was evacuated tonight- a car fire led to the discovery of what appears to have been a failed car bomb!

And this wasn't considered a terrorist threat? :/

ETA: NYPD thinks it was a "crude car bomb". And the theaters and restaurants in the area are under lockdown- no one is being allowed to leave!


Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:50 pm
mollybarton: (Eddie)
I've been home for two days, and already I want to go back. "Take me back to Manhattan, take me back to New York..." (A cookie to anyone who knows what show that song is from! It's an oldie!)

I'm very tired out from the ride back. Definitely taking the train next time.

Plus the goodies from Alfonso's are almost gone already. :(

At least I have the Williamsburg trip in December to look forward to, and early discussions of the next New York trip are starting. :)


Oct. 31st, 2009 08:10 pm
mollybarton: (Evil! Mowett)
I'm home. So is Eddie. He's lonely. :( I'm sure he misses Kira, too.

I have many pictures to post. I haven't gotten all of them off my camera yet.

I really had a great time over the week. I can't wait to go back!

I got back just in time to face the hordes of trick-or-treaters. I have candy, but they're not getting my Italian pastries! :p I didn't even bother with decorations this year.

Happy Halloween!

Um, lj?

Oct. 22nd, 2009 08:43 pm
mollybarton: (oh noes)
I just made a big screencap filled post for [ profile] bryan_dick_fans...and lj only posted the first two words. What the hell happened to my post?

I'll have to try again later...

ETA: Second attempt was a success, and I was able to share cute pics like this one:


*resists urge to pet screen*

Ah, fangirl moments. They've been few and far between lately...

I'm just about packed for New York. Kira and Eddie are bathed (well, I only needed to bathe Kira), brushed, and ready to be boarded. Kira's been acting funny this week, but she was fine today. Eddie, OTOH, was crying like a baby today. He must know I'm going away for a week!

One more day until my trip! Yay! My plans so far- Wicked is on Wednesday afternoon. Thursday we're going to the Musuem of Modern Art, and then lunch in Chinatown. Not sure what the plans for Tuesday and Friday are, but we'll visit friends and do some shopping. I hope to stop by FAO Schwarz and American Girl Place. :)

I'm excited about this trip, can you tell? :) :)


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