Mom is in NYC!

30 11 2008
Mom and brownstones

Mom and brownstones

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted and, now, in the blink of an eye, my Mom, Janie, is in town for Thanksgiving! This visit is the best because we get to show her around our new habitat and she gets to share the hometown love. It just doesn’t get better than this.

Mom got in in late on Tuesday evening, and after wrestling with car service, made it to our apartment unscathed. We stayed up till all hours chatting about the weekend’s activities. In the morning I went to work at my brand new job and Ali showed Mom around Brooklyn. They went to Bergen Bagel and to St. Augustine’s, one of the most progressive Catholic churches in NYC.

They came to meet me for lunch in Ft. Greene and while we were walking to enjoy BBQ sandwiches and yummy soup at the Smokehouse, we saw a big movie star. We headed into the madness to see the Macy’s parade balloons. Mom snapped this photo of the new Buzz Lightyear balloon before we hightailed it out of the crowds.

Buzz Lightyear, tethered.

Buzz Lightyear, tethered.

The next morning we got on the 2 train to Penn Station to get on the NJ Transit train to Madison. Ali’s mom, Joanne, picked us up and whisked us off to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at George and Barbara’s. Interspersed throughout the Madison visit were the inevitable mom-bonding conversations. Ali and I left Janie and Joanne chatting away while we snuck to the basement to watch big screen cable HDTV. Glorious.

On Friday, my Mom and I got a chance to catch up in an unlikely place: the Morristown Memorial emergency room. After a delicious Italian lunch at Firehouse, Mom had a funny sensation in her chest that we wanted to have checked out. Lucky for us #1, a number of tests confirmed it was just a bit of dehydration. Lucky for us #2, we had 5 hours to have epic mother-daughter catch up. I’m glad she’s okay because I love spending time my Mom and that scared the turkey out of me.

We took the rest of the Madison trip easy and Joanne drove us back to Brooklyn on Saturday, after a delightful visit to Bagel Chateau. Mom helped us rearrange a bit and decorate for Xmas. And we recorded a National Day of Listening conversation about remembering my Grandma Edna’s apartment in Mesa, AZ and what it was like for me to move to Vancouver, WA when I was 11.

stockings hung by the kitchen counter overhang, with care

stockings hung by the kitchen counter overhang, with care

Today, we’re taking a trip into Manhattan to see some things you can only see at Xmas-time in NYC: the Macy’s windows and the tree at Rockefeller Center. She jets off to Bothell tomorrow. I’ll miss her smiling face in my apartment in the mornings. She brought home to me for the holidays. Sniffle sniffle.

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Trips, parties and change

5 11 2008

In the last two weeks I visited Ohio, experienced my first NYC Halloween, and elected a new president of the United States.  Big fun and big changes. We flew into Cleveland and drove to Columbus to meet up with Portland family for the 10th annual International Drag King Extravaganza. It was a great weekend of love from home, catching up, and glitter-fabulous performances.  After IDKE, we drove to Ali’s college in Oberlin.  She showed me around and told me even more stories of her four years there.  We went to her favorite restaurants, Black River and Weia Teia, and drove out on country roads to her favorite ice cream shack, Miller’s.  In Ohio, I saw my first Amish horse-drawn carriage.  Fantastic!

Ohio- land of Amish and ice cream

Ohio- land of Amish and ice cream

The cushions at the Oberlin library

Comfy cushions at Oberlin library

Space-age "womb" chairs at Oberlin library.

Space-age "womb" chair at Oberlin library.

My family has a tradition of making doughnuts for Halloween.  This year, Ali and I made them for Sarah and Amber’s pumpkin carving party.  Delish!  On Halloween night, we went to the famed NYC Halloween parade, along with 2 million others, which was crazy and exciting.  Then, if that wasn’t enough, the next night we went with Bill and Lauren to a cool costume party in Park Slope, where Ali won the best costume prize for Speed Racer.  We rounded off the night at a party at the Freakshow house, complete with rooftop views of Brooklyn and new friends.

Doughnuts of love.

Doughnuts of love.

spooky Twin Peaks owl pumpkin. Boo!

spooky Twin Peaks owl pumpkin. Boo!

Award winning Speed Racer!

Award winning Speed Racer!

Lumberjack, or if you prefer, the Brawny man.

Lumberjack, or if you prefer, the Brawny man.

Ali and I don’t have TV, so we spent the first couple of hours on Election Night on our dueling laptops reading the live blogs on the Huffington Post. Then we met Amber at the Bell House and got there just as CNN called Ohio for Obama.  As we were standing in line for free gin and tonics, we got interviewed by the New York Times. The rest is history.  We walked home in a glow amidst the revelers on the streets.  Happy Brooklynites honked their horns and banged on pots and pans like it was New Year’s.  We high-fived folks all the way home.  Yay for change!

me, Ali and Amber when they called Ohio

me, Ali and Amber when they called Ohio

when they called New Mexico

when they called New Mexico

when they called him President Obama we screamed for 20 minutes.

when they called him President Obama we screamed for 20 minutes.

Obama mannequins on 5th Ave.

Obama mannequins on 5th Ave.

Obama and me.

Obama and me.