Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bo, the health nut

Blake and I discovered something quite interesting today. It went something like this...
Blake had a hand full of baby carrots and was eating them. Bo is always very interested in anything that Blake is eating, and today was no exception. I told Blake that he should give Bo a little bite of carrot just to see if he would eat it. Shock of all shocks... he did! Blake gave him another bite, and he ate that as well! What a strange dog... Blake then gave him a whole baby carrot and he chomped down on the entire thing. I guess it is a good, healthy thing for him to eat, so I might try it again tomorrow.
Not a lot else happening here today, so I'll write more a little later. Good night!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

wii fun

Blake and I got a new game today. . . Mario Kart for the Wii! It is so much fun! We've been looking forward to it coming out, as Mario Kart is one of our favorite games for any game system. It comes with the little steering wheel (like in the picture above) that you put the "wiimote" in and turn it like you would a car steering wheel. It steers amazingly well and is a lot of fun. So far we've played against each other and against people all over the world. If you want some fun, come over and play it with us! It's really easy to learn, and Blake and I will take it easy on you. ha ha.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

my 2 boys

Sometimes I just have to laugh at the 2 guys I live with. Blake is usually pretty good at playing jokes on me or surprising me without me ever having any clue something is going on, but it is a sad day when my dog can do that. Bo makes it a regular habit of getting what he wants. If you've been around when he wants something, you know that he barks and gives serious attitude until I start asking the normal questions to discover exactly what he wants. "Bo, do you want to go outside?" . . . "Do you want to go for a walk?" . . . "Do you want supper/breakfast?" . . . "Do you want a treat/chicken/bacon?" . . . In this specific story, he wanted supper. So, I got up and got him supper. He did the normal take one bite and walk away. I didn't think too much of it, but a little later Blake looked over and said... "Did you feed him again?" I said, "What do you mean again? I fed him, but he didn't eat it yet." Blake said, "I already fed him tonight. You let him pull that on you?" I think Bo realized at this point that we had figured out his game, so he went over and finished off the food, so I couldn't take it away. Sad, sad, sad... my dog has figured out a way to "work the system". Oh well, I usually struggle to get him to eat at all, so, if he wants to eat extra, I'm all for it. I guess I'm the true winner in this game.
On another note, we had a BEAUTIFUL day today. This afternoon we went down to the park for a picnic. We grabbed some Subway sandwiches and blanket and searched for the perfect spot. We found it, spread out the blanket, and sat down. We enjoyed our sandwiches while Bo watched the people and dogs as they passed by. What a beautiful day!
You remember on Mrs. Congeniality, the part where the girl was asked what her ideal date was? Well, my ideal date was today.... April 23. It wasn't too cold or hot (75 degrees), just a whisper of wind, nice sunny day, children playing in the background, flowers and trees blooming, and best of all... an amazing husband to share it all with. Ahhh... the perfect "date".

hanging in Philly...

This weekend we went to Philadelphia to visit Blake's cousin (Carissa) and her husband (Cody). We had tons of fun hanging out with them. I told blake before we went that I had one request... to go to Chili's. YUM! We went Friday night, and as soon as we stepped out of the car (for you NYC friends... Yes, I said CAR...) I could smell the Chili's yumminess. It was everything I hoped it would be... and more. That is one thing I miss living here in the city for sure.
We also had some fun playing some games. Blake enjoys playing Guitar Hero here at home, but Cody and Carissa have Rock Band. We all had something to play! Cody played the "guitar", Carissa sang, Blake played the bass, and I played the drums. Very silly... but very fun. The boys also played some other games, but I don't know what they were.
Bo came along for the trip, and he and Chewy hung out. Here are some photos of the two buddies together. They are so cute!
We had lots of fun while we were there. Thanks Cody and Carissa for letting us come see you!

Friday, April 18, 2008


I just updated the template. I added links for friend's blogs over there on the right. Check them out! If you have a blog that I don't know about, send me a comment or email and I'd love to add you! I also worked on the "feed" for the site. If you know how to work those things, try it out and see if it works to your liking. Any suggestions? Thoughts?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

late night excitement in the neighborhood

Check it out... the pope will be coming to the church that is a block
away from our apartment tomorrow. I just took Bo outside, and down at
the end of our block, it is swarming with police and EVERYTHING is
barricaded in preparation for tomorrow. What the heck??? I would go
down there tomorrow just to say that I'd seen him, but Blake and I are
going out of town before he is due in the neighborhood. Darn. Here's
a picture of the street that I took with my iphone. I tried to be
nonchalant about it so that I wouldn't get yelled at by the police.
That resulted in a lame photo. Sorry! I guess you can see the police
standing on the corner and the cement blocks in the middle of the
road. What you can't see are the tv satellite vans that are lining
the streets. Just take my word for it.

Spring... still my favorite

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE spring?  Here are some more photos from yesterday and today's trips to the park.  As usual, I took my camera along, and there was no shortage of beautiful weather, brightly colored flowers and of course ... crazy people.  Go to my website for the full gallery and short tidbits about the crazy people. Here's the link www.blakeandwhitney.com/springflowers2.
The tulips are finally blooming!  I'll have to go back again after some more go into full bloom.
Isn't this the most beautiful flowering tree ever?  I LOVE IT!
Check out the park.  The trees are starting to get green... as well as the grass.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Pinkberry... yum!

I'm sure we're one of the last people to discover this, but wow!  There is a Pinkberry semi close to our apartment.  Every time we walk by, the line is WAY out the door, and down the street.  Now, I like ice-cream (Pinkberry is frozen yogurt really), but I'm not willing to wait 1/2 hr or more to get it.  Finally, this time when we walked by, the line wasn't out the door, so we decided to stop in and give it a try.   Wow... can I say YUMMY!  We ordered the green-tea frozen yogurt with kiwi, raspberries, and blackberries.  Even better... it is low cal and fat free!  Crazy!  Anyway, you might give it a shot if you can find one near you.  Here's their website... www.pinkberry.com 

good hair & bad hair

I had a little adventure on Saturday.  I haven't had my hair cut in a while... try like 6 months.  I've been trying to grow it out some, and I knew if I got it cut, it would just get it cut short (like I always do).  Anyway, back to the story... I emailed a few friends to see if they had any suggestions on where I should go.  Two of them suggested this place close to our apartment.  The walk-in "wash and cut" is only $20.  Heck yes, I'm in!  Saturday morning, I walked down and got it cut.  I'll bet you think the next part of my story is that I have a bad haircut (like the lady in the photo above).  NOT TRUE!  I like it.  That isn't the fun part of the story.  The fun part is the conversation Blake and I had on our way home from church on Sunday.  The conversation went something like this.  
... breaking in on the interesting part...
Blake:  "You got your hair cut by who?"
Whitney: "Legend"
Blake: "Legend?  That is strange."
Whitney:  "Well, it isn't her real name.  It is just her haircutting name."
Blake: "Are you sure that is her haircutting name and not her stripper name?"
Whitney: (laughing) "I wouldn't know a stripper name if I heard one."
Blake:  "Neither would I... but did you tip her in SINGLES?"
Yeah, so that Blake is a funny kid and I'm glad that I get to be married to him and hear his silly jokes everyday... even the stripper ones.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

lions and tigers and bears.... oh my!

Blake and I went to the bronx zoo today!  It was the most fun ever!  It was a long day of walking, but I loved every second of it.  As you can tell from the photos below, the primates were my favorite animals.  They have so much expression.  It is just amazing!  If you are ever in NYC.  Take the trip out to the Bronx.  It is worth it for sure!  I only put a fraction of the photos on the blog, but I put a lot more on my site (as usual).  www.blakeandwhitney.com/bronxzoo.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Spring is here... well, getting close.

Bo was begging to go down to the park today, so I decided that it might be fun to take my camera along. Spring is getting close. We didn't see many tulips, but lots of the yellow and white flowers (what are they called, mom?)
Spring is my favorite time here in NYC, and I always enjoy getting out to take pictures of flowers, so it was a fun day! Oh yeah, I also took Bo to the dog park as he requested.
I took a lot more pictures, so if you want to see them, go to... www.blakeandwhitney.com/springflowers
The tulips... just about ready to bloom!

Friday, April 4, 2008

A fun mini trip with some old folks.

Blake and I wanted to get away from the city for a little relaxing. We've never been to Atlantic City, so we decided that it would be a fun getaway. We just got back this afternoon, but here are some pics from the trip. If you are hungry to see more, check out www.blakeandwhitney.com/atlanticcity.
Here are a few details from the trip... We took the Greyhound bus from NYC 2.5 hours and arrived at our hotel, the Trump Plaza. The bus tickets cost a whole $33 each (round trip, of course.) The great part is the "coupon" they gave to us when we arrived... $20 to cash out once we got a "Trump One" card. If you've never been there, you no longer use coins (which I was a little sad that I never got the chance to gamble and hear the cling, cling as my huge winnings came from the machine, yeah right.)
We both got our card and proceeded to the machine to redeem our voucher. I thought it was going to put the $20 on my new shiny card. Imagine my surprise when a $20 bill pops out of the machine. Wow! Now, my bus trip only cost $13! Crazy!
We got checked into the hotel and headed for our room. This is when we both started to feel a little naive about this whole Atlantic City thing. I had the room key and we tried to remember the directions the lady at the desk gave us on how to get to our room. It was something like, "Follow this hall around to the escalator. Take the escalator up to the elevator and to the 18th floor." We both thought, no problem. Well, we found the escalator, and was looking for the elevator when the security guard stopped us to ask us where we were going.
He just wanted to see our room key to know we were supposed to be there, so I showed it to him and he pointed us to this glass door. I pulled on the door, and it was locked. He said, "Put your room key in!" Apparently, after we showed it to him, we were supposed to put it in this slot to unlock the door. Why both? I don't know... union job, I guess. After I finally figured out how to get through the door, we came to the elevators. I pushed the up button and got in.... pressed 18... and the light wouldn't stay on. Luckily another security guard was headed up in the elevator as well, and he barked... "Put your room key in!" What? Yes... I had to use the room key again to get up to my room. Talk about security! We got settled in and decided to head back down to the casino to try our hand at gambling. It took a little time and 2 college grads who happen to work with technology daily to figure out how they work. All the while, little old ladies and men are gambling away... some with 2 machines at a time.
Blake started out at the 5¢ slot machines and immediately won $10! What? How does that happen? I told him that he should stop now while he is ahead, but that wouldn't have been any fun. He played there for a little bit and we found some 1¢ machines. This is just in my price range. I didn't really win and he eventually lost his winnings as well, but overall for the weekend, we were only down $15... We didn't even gamble all of the $40 greyhound gave us. I'm sure they love people like us there. Ha ha.
Later on that night, we heard that there was a free Blackjack tournament. We were SO in for that (even though neither of us really knows how to play.) They gave everyone $10,000 in chips and we had 12 hands to make as much as possible. Blake was out in a few hands, but I lasted to the 10th hand before losing all of my $$$, and that is just because I bet $5500 on the last hand. Needless to say, we didn't even get close to winning, but it was a lot of fun!
This is where we stayed...
Just a look down the beach from the mall...
Us on the beach... it was pretty cold!
The water fountain in the mall. It was really cool and did a water/light/music show every hour.
A video I took with my little camera...
A photograph of the boardwalk...
We went to a fondue restaurant! Yum!

Staying Alive

So we were walking home from church the other day, and saw this couple who looked to be in their 70's holding hands and walking together.  Normally this wouldn't be anything out of the ordinary, but these two had appeared as though their better days were in the 50's.  They were both wearing their high school letter jackets, collars popped, and sunglasses.  He was even wearing Aviators.  But the best part, was that in the opposite hands, they each had cigarettes.  It was a little jarring at first, but then once the initial shock wore off, I hurried up behind them to take a picture on my phone.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Make that another check.

I'll add another experience to check off my "to-do" list. I have to thank Blake for this one. Here's the story...
If you live in NYC or have ever been here, you may have noticed as you walk around the city, a wonderful aroma coming from little food stands. I'm not talking about hot dogs or pretzels... I'm talking about what Blake calls "street meat" and what the signs at the food stands call "Halal food". It is usually some sort of gyro, meat that is on a stick with heaters behind it that they cut off, or lamb. I can still say that I'm not brave enough for any of that stuff, but I did get something that I LOVED. I had simple Chicken, vegetables and rice. Sounds boring... right? Well, it was one of the best tasting things I've ever eaten and if you are not careful, it will kick you in the face/stomach. Let me explain... Ordering food in NYC can be an experience in itself. You are expected to know exactly what you want and how you want it when you get to the front of the line. I, having never had "street meat", had no idea how to order it. Here's where Blake came to the rescue. He confidently stepped up to the guy in the stand and said... "I'll have the Chicken and Rice... with lots of "Red" and a little "White"... oh, and can you add some vegetables to that?" Next, the guy looked at me... and I simply said... "Ummm... I'll have the same thing..." Even though I had no idea what this "Red" and "White" was. After we ordered, we stepped back out of the way and I asked what I had just gotten myself into. He told me the "red" was some sort of super hot sauce and the "white" was what he called a buffer so that the red sauce doesn't kill you. I said... "Great Blake, I always wanted food that is only identified by color and not what actually is in it." I still have no idea what exactly I ate, only that it was YUMMY.
While we were waiting he gave me a few "street meat" tips for future ordering. He said...
  • Only order from places that have a long line all the time. According to Blake, the best place is somewhere down in Soho somewhere close to where his recording studio was.
  • If you go to a place with "green" sauce... Only get a little bit of it. He said it is the hottest thing he has ever eaten (and that is from a Texan).
  • If you do decide to go with said "green" sauce, get plenty of "white" to go with it so you don't regret it later.
  • Ask for veggies. They add them for free and it makes the food much more exciting.
Give it a try... Tell me what you think! Better yet... call me and ask me to join you for "street meat" and we'll talk about how good it is while we are eating it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

What a cutie!

This weekend, we had the pleasure of getting to see Will, Christian, and Baby William. We had a ton of fun! In the half-hour before they left we decided to snap a few photos of William, so I thought I would share the results... If you want to see more, check out this link... www.sawyerphotostudio.com/williamhumble