Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

PHOTOS FROM THE LAST FEW WEEKS


Photo Diary | Ms Toody Goo Shoes


How goes your first half of June?

It's been incredibly hectic around here,
with mostly good stuff.......and.......some not-so-great stuff, 
but I will stick to only happy things in this post.

I guess you could call this my "photo-stream-of-consciousness" 
from the last few weeks.


My friend's daughter got married over Memorial Day Weekend.  I know this friend since I'm nine years old. She lived down the street from me, and we were inseparable. What a joy to attend her daughter's wedding!


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The wedding was at a spectacular venue in NJ. Did you spot the bride and groom in the center of the photo, below?

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As soon as he saw me coming with the camera, Mr. Squirrel covered his face. Is he just camera shy, or is there a reason he doesn't want his face plastered all over the internet? 
He looks guilty, if you ask me.

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After a cool, rainy May, I was chomping at the bit to buy summer flowers. Do you have a plan for what flowers to buy before you get to the nursery, or do you figure it out when you get there? I go with a plan, but never stick to it.

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Flower pots on the front porch were the first to be tackled.

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It doesn't feel like summer until the herbs are planted.

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Double Jay Jay.

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A few shots of my summer plantings........

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To be filed under Strange Things: One morning, this bird was pecking at the screen in the living room, desperate to get my attention. I got the feeling it was someone I once knew.

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Potato salad on hot dogs -- yay or nay?  The only other people I know who eat them this way are from the town I grew up in, because that's how the local kosher deli served them. To this day, there is no better way to eat a frankfurter, IMHO.

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Last summer, a pretty purple-flowered vine started growing out of nowhere. When it came back again this year, I looked it up. Turns out, it's called Bittersweet Nightshade (or Deadly Nightshade), and is classified in some places as a "weed of concern." The berries are toxic, so we've got to keep Sadie away from it. Sure is pretty, though, and the bees like it. 

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"I don't feel so good."
"I told you, darling starling, to pace yourself when it comes to seed."


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Okay, I'll admit it. When I looked at the school website and saw "Make-Up Day" listed, I truly thought it was a cosmetics event, until I realized it was the date to make up tests. Fortunately, I verbalized that to no one. Except you..

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A rite of passage -- SENIOR PROM! It was a whirl-wind of pre-prom pictures at three different houses. Junior GS looked so handsome, and his date looked beautiful.

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New York City flower shop on Broadway and 79th Street.

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High school graduation! We're so proud of Junior Goo Shoes! Toss those caps into the air!



A graduation party for Junior GS and 35 of his friends in our backyard. As luck would have it, it literally started pouring the minute they arrived, and stopped the minute they left. The kids lasted under the tent for about an hour, before they came inside. I'd rather not think about the cost-per-hour of the tent.




Till next time.........


Friday, June 16, 2017

BEST OF THE WEEKEND......AND GRADUATION!







Howdy-do, everyone!
I've got so much going on this week,
it's a miracle that I had time to write this post.
Yesterday was Junior Goo Shoe's graduation from high school! 🎓
And......it was Mr. Goo Shoes' birthday! 🎂
 And......tomorrow we are having a bunch of Junior Goo Shoes' friends 
here for a graduation party! 🎉
And......Sunday is Father's Day! 👨
And......Monday and Tuesday is college orientation! 🏫
Yikes!
I don't know if I am coming or going!

Actually, yes I do......I'm going......
to the Best of the Weekend party......
Want to come along?
Let's go!  


 


Are you ready to party?
We'd appreciate it if you'd follow your co-hosts!


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Friday, June 9, 2017

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 6.9.17 and PROM!






What's up, friends?
Welcome to Best of the Weekend!

It's a BIG weekend in our household -- 
Senior Prom has arrived!
I'm writing this before Junior Goo Shoes changes out of his
shorts/t-shirt/sneakers uniform, and into his tuxedo,
but I'm pretty sure that I'll get misty-eyed when I see my handsome boy all dressed up.
By the time you read this, 
the parents will have taken tons of prom pictures,
marveled at how grown up the kids look,
and waxed nostalgic about the passage of time:
 "Wasn't it just yesterday that they were all in kindergarten?"



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First Friday Home Tour | Poufing The Pillows



 A few of my favorites from last week:


 Fresh Peach Crumble For Two | Cooking With Curls 


  Envelope Dressing With Washi Tap | White House Crafts


 May Garden Journal | My Cozy Corner 

Top 10 Books To Gift A High School Grad | Simply September 



Happy Pride Month | Crafty Lumberjackers


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TRAVEL THROWBACK 2007: ANCIENT ATHENS & TRAVEL "FIRSTS"




 
Athens, Greece: Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Temple of Hephaestus: Construction began 450 BCE, and opened in 415 BCE.


When was the first time you went on a major vacation?

Thinking back on my travel "firsts,"
 
my maiden voyage outside the US was when I was 15 years old.
Granted, it was by bus, but that teen tour to Montreal and Quebec City 
made such an impression on me, 
I can pinpoint it as the exact moment I was bitten by the wanderlust bug.

The first time I flew the friendly skies was at 22 years old,
when a friend and I jetted down to Florida
to frolic with Mickey and Minnie. 

That's me, on the left, in Disney World.

The first tropical vacation I took
was to Acapulco with my sister, when I was 23 years old.

Me, in Acapulco, Mexico

It took me 34 years to cross the pond to Europe,
when I tagged along on a friend's business trip to London.
Looking back, why oh WHY did I wait so long?!?
 
Me and the Queen's Guard, outside Buckingham Palace in London (OMG, my HAIR! I could have flown to Europe on those wings!)

In contrast, Junior Goo Shoes was 6 years old 
when we took him to Italy for his first European adventure.
And, two months before his eighth birthday, in 2007,
we vacationed in Greece for 10 days,
which brings me to this Travel Throwback.

Our journey began in Athens.
We had no idea when we got off the plane 
that we would be there for record-breaking temperatures.
 The "European Heat Wave of 2007" literally arrived in Greece the same day we did.
Temperatures soared to 111F° and didn't stop there.
Three days later, the mercury hit 115°.
I have never been so hot in my life.

Athens, Greece: Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
The Old Royal Palace, completed in 1843, has housed the Parliament since 1934.

The plan was to spend our first jet-lagged day in Athens at the Acropolis.
We had a perfect view of this ancient landmark from our hotel,
and it beckoned us to its summit.
But, as luck would have it, the workers were on strike,
and access to the site was closed.
This was a huge disappointment, since we were leaving for Mykonos the next morning,
and the only other time we'd have in Athens was the afternoon of our last day in Greece.
This turned out to be a blessing in disguise,
because I'm sure at least one of us -- perhaps all of us --
would have passed out atop the Acropolis in the heat of the mid day sun.
With our plans foiled, we spent the first sweltering day in Athens at the rooftop pool,
and inside our air-conditioned hotel room.

Athens, Greece: Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
View of Acropolis from our hotel -- so close, yet unreachable.

In the evening, when it cooled down to about 100°,
we took a stroll to a lovely pedestrian area called the Plaka district.
I took a peek inside Brettos Bar,
which was truly the most beautiful bar I'd ever seen.
Too bad my photography skills were not that terrific back then,
but I did manage to get this photo.
 
Athens, Greece: Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Brettos Bar, the oldest distillery in Athens, opened in 1909.


Nine days later, at the end of our time in Mykonos and Santorini,
we were coming back to Athens.
Our flight was to leave Santorini in the morning, 
leaving us the entire afternoon to visit the Acropolis. 
But.......our plane was delayed........
and delayed..........
and delayed.

We didn't land in Athens till almost 6pm. 
Our Acropolis window was shrinking by the minute.
How could we have come all this way,
and go home without seeing the Parthenon?

We got a taxi at the airport, and asked the driver to wait at our hotel 
while we dropped off our luggage, and then take us up to the Acropolis.
He was insistent that we wouldn't make it --
it closed at 7:30pm.
We insisted that he try.........
and we made it just in the nick of time.


Athens, Greece: Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Parthenon, built between 447 and 432 BCE.


We got there at 7:00pm, and literally had just 30 minutes to take it all in.


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Erechtheion, constructed between 421 and 406 BCE.


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Caryatids - architectural columns in the form of standing female figures.


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Junior GS and me, circa 2007, at Erechtheion.


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Another side of the Erechtheion......


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And another -- I think!


Athens, Greece: Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a magnificent open-air theater built between 160 and 174 A.D.
that is still used today.


Granted, we felt a bit rushed,
but we were so happy to have had even a little bit of time.......
just enough to take our requisite photos,
and go home with the satisfaction of seeing 
one of the world's most famous archeological sites.

I guess you could say our trip ended in ruins.......
and that was a good thing!

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