Got off the train at Columbus Circle and then walked around the 50’s for a while, looking for cool and unusual things …

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We spent most of Sunday at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.  I got over 18,000 steps in, which helped to burn off the slushies, chocolate-covered bacon, cheese curds, and more!  Here are a few highlights of our trip:

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Hello again, Dear Readers. I’m here.

In fact, I’ve been here all along.  I just haven’t been HERE.  You know what I mean.

Sometimes I feel like my life is a series of triages.  I look at the teetering pile of TBR books on my desk, and the size of the pile intimidates me.  So I think … which should I read first, and which ones can wait?  If it’s something I’m reviewing for a magazine deadline, that shoots to the top of the pile.  If it’s something I think I can read quickly (like a graphic novel or a children’s book), that moves it up a couple of spaces.  But meanwhile, some of the lower books on the pile just sit there for months, until I can’t renew them anymore and I just end up returning them so someone else can read them.

It’s kind of the same with anything I create that I think is worth sharing.  I took these pictures / came up with these concepts / thought of a weird or funny or smart idea.  How should I share it?  I used to share things here on this blog, post photos on Flickr, produce podcast episodes, and create blog posts and other social media for my library.  Lately I’ve been less productive, so while I’m still creating content it’s all been going through my library channels instead of those other places.  Which sucks for you, Dear Readers, and I apologize.

There are a few things that I would only share here, though, and those tend to be the more honest things I share.  Some of those are library-related, which ties into the reason I created this blog in the first place.  So today, let’s talk about some library honesty. (more…)

When I was a kid, my family used to take us out to Roosevelt Island once in a while.  Like taking the Staten Island Ferry, it was an inexpensive adventure that would fill up a big chunk of the day.  I don’t remember seeing that much of the island, but I do remember taking the tram both ways and getting to walk around, hang out, and enjoy the view by the water.  I’ve been back several times as an adult, on a walking tour and on my own, and I’ve had a chance to explore more of the island, including the lighthouse, the ruins of the Smallpox Hospital, and Four Freedoms Park.  Since my boyfriend had never been to Roosevelt Island at all, his knowledge consisted of the stories and photos I shared with him, as well as the stories of Nellie Bly spending ten days in a madhouse here, a very creepy story about Jennifer Connelly being haunted by a ghost, Spider-Man having one of his more memorable fight scenes, and that time that Rutger Hauer took hostages on the tram and Sylvester Stallone had to save them.

Since we were both free on Veteran’s Day and the weather was great for walking, we finally decided to visit and make up for lost time.  Most of what we saw was scenic and/or historical.  We did notice an unusual number of signs telling us not to feed the wildlife, but we had no idea that they might be signifying a larger problem.  More on that in a moment.  Anyway, let’s start with the scenic stuff … (more…)

I’ve spent way too much time taking photos of fall leaves this year.  Here are a bunch of pictures I’ve taken over the last month from Manhattan, the Bronx, Roosevelt Island, Yonkers, and the Amtrak Fall Express train!

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Earlier this fall we visited the NYS Fair in Syracuse.  Was there enough fried food to make our hearts stop a hundred times over?  Yes.  Was there plenty of other stuff to see?  Also, yes. (more…)

Taking some time to catch up with my photo backlog, here are some food-related pictures from our vacation to Montreal and Quebec City.  Can you smell the maple syrup??? (more…)