Monday, June 4, 2012

Seize the Day

How was everyone's weekend?

Mine was pretty darn fantastic!  I spent Saturday in New York with one of my best friends from high school, as well as one of her sisters and he sister's friend.  We had tickets for Newsies, and as we were making our way toward the Nederlander one of my friends stopped short and gasped when she saw this: 

Also exciting: the Godiva store was to the right of Chop't.  We had truffles for dessert. :-)

I've only been to Chop't once before, when visiting that friend in D.C, but was amazing!  And my friend loves Chop't so much she would probably benefit from some sort of 12-step program, so we were both incredibly excited to see that they were in New York, too. 

My salad consisted of baby spinach, romaine lettuce, crumbled egg, carrots, broccoli, sunflower seeds, and smoky bacon ranch dressing.  SO good.

Then it was off to the Nederlander, where we waited in a line that wrapped around the block.  It was ridiculous.


I hadn't seen the movie in awhile, possibly since high school.  Which is probably kind of good, because they did make some completely arbitrary changes that might have bothered me more if I'd seen it more recently.  But changes or not, it was an incredible performance, and so much fun!!  I haven't seen any other shows that are nominated, so my opinion may not count for much here, but I will still be extremely surprised if it doesn't win the Tony for best choreography. 

Covert picture in the theater before the performance started.  I'm a rebel!

 Next we headed down to Veselka for dinner:

7 plates for 4 people.  But we're not gluttons. :-P
Everything was amazing.  That picture above?  It's not even everything we ordered.  There were no leftovers, unless you count the 3 quarts of borscht my friend ordered to go. ;-)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Pond Ponderings

Lately I've been thinking about the things I can to to further beautfy our pond area:

We don't have any lighting in that area, so while it's nice to hear the sound of the waterfall at night, we can't see it.  I found this gorgeous light on the Home Depot website, and I think I will pick a few of them up:

It got great reviews, and I think it would look wonderful around the pond! 

I debating getting some sort of underwater pond lighting, but since the pond is on the small side and the water lilies pretty much take over, I'm not sure it'd really be worth it.

I'm also planning to pick up some more goldfish, since it looks like only one made it through the winter.  He needs friends. ;-)

For the time being I'm sticking with the usual 29-cent feeder fish and hoping for the best, but how cool is this calico fantail goldfish?

Maybe next year, if I'm feeling confident in my ability to keep fish alive...

Last, but not least, I've been thinking about seating... After all, how can I fully enjoy my little pond paradise without a place to sit?

My mother-in-law told me about this bench she saw at Lowe's:

The design is adorable and it's small enough that it wouldn't overwhelm our not-very-big pond... but I'm not crazy about the color.  I'd hate to spend $98 on a bench just to spray paint it... So something tells me I'll be prowling thrift store and yard sales this summer. ;-)

I'm hoping to take care of the light and fish situation after work today, since tomorrow I'm seeing Newsies and eating dinner at Veselka with some friends from high school.  So excited!!  What are you plans for this weekend??

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