Ashley and I have certainly enjoyed blogging for the past couple years to keep everyone updated on what’s going on with us in New York. We also enjoy reading about other friends and family, but the only person in the family who had a blog until today was Taylor. However, my mom just started a new site to write about her journey to start a business as an art agent in Atlanta. Check out http://emergingartscene.blogspot.com when you have a chance. Good luck, Mom!
Attention Everyone! – Have you seen this Christmas Rat?
Last Seen in the vicinity of the Osborne Christmas tree where he was protecting all the Christmas presents from mauraders, pirates, non-Christmas rats, and sundry other ragamuffins. His disappearance occurred shortly after a domestic argument regarding his responsibilities and overall cuteness.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of the Christmas Rat, please fill in the “Emergency Christmas Rat Feedback Section” (aka, “Leave A Reply”)
We missed the snow because Ashley and I were in Atlanta this weekend. However, I was unable to fly home on Sunday after LaGuardia got 26.9 inches of snow. So, I took some time Monday to visit the aquarium again and get some pictures that truly reflect the experience.
This picture really captures what it’s like looking into the tank that hold the whale sharks. Imagine being one of those people standing there.
Here it is. Our Christmas photo extravaganza. The entire set of Christmas pictures can be found at Flickr.com. Just click here. You have to sign up with Flickr in order to see all the private photos. To sign up for Flickr.com go to this tutorial that I created on how to sign up with Flickr.
Here is a picture of St. Nick from “Miracle on 34th Street” at Macy’s. There are a lot more pictures when you click “Read the rest of this entry”
It’s been a busy couple weeks, and I’ve been a slacker about posting. Sorry about that. I added the aquarium post but didn’t write about the rest of our trip home for Thanksgiving. So, here goes.
We flew in pretty late Tuesday evening, and by late I mean we got back to Marietta after midnight late. We went to the aquarium on Wednesday and then had dinner at our favorite Atlanta Mexican restaurant, Sala, with my mom. We then met Taylor and her friends at Don Pablo’s for a quick round of charades where I won best comedic impression of a thug rapper, and then saw “Rent” at Parkway Pointe. That was late night #2. On Thursday, Ashley got up early (before noon, early morning #1) to cook her most requested Thanksgiving dish – apple pie. Memama came over around noon, and we ate Thanksgiving dinner around 3:00. Marc and Amelia came by around 4:00, so that Amelia could have the squash casserole she had been craving all day. (It’s okay to admit it, Amelia.) And Ashley and I left for Newnan around 4:45 for our second Thanksgiving dinner at Jana’s. Jana went all out for Thanksgiving with more than enough to eat for all twelve of us. She even included a chocolate fountain.
We left Newnan around 10:00…Late night #3. On Friday, we did absolutely nothing most of the day and then met up with our good friends Annie and Brenton for dinner and some good quality time at Atlantic Station. We got back a little earlier than the rest of the week, but it was still rather late. I’ll say late night #4. On Saturday, I went to Newnan to spend some more time with my grandparents, Dad, Jana, Spencer, and even Matt for 5 minutes or so. Ashley spent the day with her mom and grandmother. We met back at the Osborne’s around 6:00 to get ready for the UGA/Georgia Tech game. Uncle Jerry Brown came over just in time for delicious nachos. And though Georgia barely edged out Tech, we did come away with a win… late. Late night #5.
I flew out early Sunday morning, and Ashley left for Charlotte on Monday (early mornings #2 and 3.)
Ashley and I flew down to Atlanta for the Georgia – Auburn game. It was a great weekend for college football in the South… with one exception – 4th and 10 and we let a wide receiver get wide open… how did that happen? But I digress. I’m really glad that we got to watch a game in Athens this year. I look forward to football Saturdays in Athens all year, and I thought when we moved to New York that I wouldn’t get any more.
Plus, I always enjoying watching the games with my dad. We missed our Cade’s Cove trip this year because of the move, but at least we got to watch a game together.
I thought that Spencer would get a kick out of both bands playing together at the half-time show. So, I took a small video clip with my camera. – Half-time Show (it’s only 30 seconds because that’s as long as I could record.)
And yes, that’s the view from our seats. They really aren’t that bad especially when the action gets close to the nearer endzone.
Please read this post immediately after or preceding the post about September 11, 2005 because that’s when the events described occurred.
We had our third visitor recently… well, it was Ashley’s dad who is actually a repeat visitor, so how do you count that? Since it was just him for the weekend, I say we count his visit as visitor number 3.
As a birthday treat, Jerry (aka Dad to some) came up specifically to go to the US Open with Ashley since Robbi Ginepri was playing in the semi-finals against Andre Agassi. They had a great time at Arthur Ashe stadium and Robbi almost came away with the win losing in the 5th set. Afterwards the two of them met me at Buster’s Garage, our local spot to watch UGA football with the UGA Alumni Association.
Sunday was September 11, and Jerry and I went to ground zero which I wrote about already. He called Taylor to let her hear the names being read out, and after I went home to make breakfast for Ashley, he attended a church service at St. Paul’s which he described as one of the most moving sermons he’s ever heard.
Here are Jerry’s own words about the rest of the day:
Later on Sunday, something fantastic happened. We went on the best bike ride ever (excluding Sanibel) for 20 miles. We went several miles with the Hudson River on one side and tall buildings on the other. Near 59th street, we cut over to Central Park, about 600 acres and a six or seven mile ride of perfect land. Thousands of NY’ers were all over the park having a super time. There were so many bikers and skaters, it was so fun. I also got something I was looking forward too, that is a relish hotdog and a sour kraut hotdog (YUM YUM). Daniel got a fairly plain dog, something is wrong with him. We biked several miles back and finished of the ride in typical NY Norton fashion, cream filled doughnuts before returning home. After a quick shower, we were off to Times Square. You have to see this before you die, you have too. There are just too many incredible lights and advertisement signs lite up with so much activity. It is to die for. We ate at the Times Square Brewery and I had the best ever crab meat sandwich.