On Fridays, I get Joanie to myself all day (well, I do from the time we drop off Jackson at school until we pick him up six hours later). She usually takes a humongous nap starting around 11 or 11:30, so I try to make the first few hours of the day with her really count. In the past, we have gone to story time at the library or sing-alongs at a local cafe. We walk a lot, she snuggled in the Ergo, her head swiveling in every direction, taking in the world. When Drew’s dad was in hospice a couple weeks ago, I gave our part-time nanny the week off, and Joanie and I rode the subway an hour or so every day to see Grandpa (and Daddy). It was such a sad week, of course, but one bright spot was watching how excited Joanie was to ride the train. She’s a real people-person, that one. And she LOVES the hustle and bustle of city life. She smiles and coos at every rider, and sometimes manages to break the fourth wall that prevails in a crowded New York City subway car, collecting a few smiles from even the most jaded city-dwellers.
It had been almost two weeks since her last subway ride, and I thought Drew could use a little mid-morning pick-me-up, so Joanie and I made an impromptu trip to surprise him at work. We got there just in time to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree go up. I snapped that photo above of the excited tourists who were lucky enough to witness this historical moment. And I don’t say that ironically either. I wonder when the last time was that the Christmas tree was raised as temperatures reached into the mid-70s in Midtown Manhattan?
Speaking of the holidays, there are 48 more days until Christmas and only 30 days until Hanukkah starts. If you’re someone who likes to get shopping done early, check out my gift guides from past years for ideas, and keep in mind as you start your holiday shopping (or finish it, if you’re an overachiever) that any purchases you make through my Amazon link helps support this site. (Thank you!) Do you have a wish list started for yourself yet? I’m so boring and middle-aged that I’m hoping for a new blender, maybe a new pair of knee-high boots, and some winter accessories (scarves, gloves, etc.).
Anyway, happy weekend to you all!