What a glorious weekend we had here in NYC! Tons of sunshine and warm weather. Amelia was off of school on Friday too, so we had a loooong weekend -- just us girls!
Well...I was able to sneak away on Friday evening to have some drinks with my friend, Joey. Had a fun time at our usual haunts in the West Village. Besides the great drink deals in gay bars (2 for 1 until 9pm) I also love them because...and this is key...no man in the joint is looking at ME! They don't care. As a matter of fact, they'll tell you if your shoes are fierce...if not, they just go along their merry way (no pun intended). I did the meat market thing in my 20's into my early 30's. I'm not selling anything anymore. So it's really nice to go out with an old friend and just be able to talk and not worry about the scene.
Saturday I woke up with a bit of a headache (no surprise) so Amelia and I hit the street, after Mommy had a couple cups of coffee and bagel. We went to Bleecker Park (swings, slide & walking on the jungle gym), then to the Farmer's Market across the street, then up to Union Square, down University (I showed Amelia my dorm from NYU "Mommy's first home in New York!") around Washington Square Park (which is closed again for renovations) and back home via Bleecker Street. And that was just before lunch! After our afternoon nap (and I did say "our") we made our way over to the Hudson River Park. It was magnificent! We went to the kids park and walked all over the place and then watched the sunset.
On Sunday Amelia's BFF, Darmia, had her Birthday party at the Scholastic Bldg in Soho. Jozette (our Superhero In-home Respite Worker) joined us. It was so fun! Amelia had such a good time and our gracious hosts, Auntie Donna and Uncle Shawn were wonderful!!!! They had circle story time, limbo, freeze dancing with instruments, we made peace sign pillows and blinged up some little cardboard jewelry boxes. A little girl we met there, Emma made Amelia a jewelry box. I also took home some jewels and a box to do another one for her.
Somehow when I sat down to do the box today...I ended up with THIS:
That's right, Amelia is the first contestant on "Pimp My Adaptive Chair". How'd I do? Never leave me alone with crafty things and a hot glue gun!!!!! I couldn't resist. Nestor's gonna laugh me outta the house when he comes home from Miami tomorrow and sees this.
I have blaringly opted out of writing a lot about the BIGGEST Healthcare Reform Bill of my lifetime -- and one that Amelia will benefit from GREATLY. I am excited about what this means for all of us ...especially for my little girl who is medically fragile and has blown thru over half of her lifetime cap in the four short years she's been on this planet -- due to hospital stays, surgeries, medical equipment and nursing care -- just to name a few. Some are hyperventilating while others of us are breathing a great sigh of relief. I feel like it's so fresh and fragile -- I feel like we need to digest it for a little while.
Whatever your views, this is the greatest country in the world and I am embracing this change with wide open arms.