Libraries Are a Magical Place

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I know I’ve been MIA for a week now and thank you all so much for baring with me, visiting the blog and keeping up with my little daily adventures on Positively Panicked’s Facebook and Instagram. Last week, was rough. Luna has decided that sleeping at night is not for her. The two of us have had A LOT of late night bonding time, like a little too much time together. I’m fairly certain Belle has permanently taken my spot next to Husband in bed. I was also hit with a weird and painful virus. Between every thing, I just desperately needed a break from something, and since Moms don’t get vacations, blogging was the only thing that could stand to survive without me for a week.

But, I’m back bitches!

Sorry, that’s a little uncalled for, but it just felt like the right sentiment.

Even though, I was down and out last week, I managed to find some daily adventures. (These adventures were made possible by lots of coffee.) I decided to take Luna to the local public library. It’s been about a hundred years since I last went to a public library, but I have many fond memories of skimming the children’s books, reading in the big comfy chairs, learning to use the card catalog and of course, getting my very own library card. When I entered the public library with Luna all of those fond memories came rushing back as soon as I stepped in to the air-conditioned room and got a whiff of the hundreds and hundreds of old and new books. Is there any greater smell?

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I’ve got to say going to a library is just as cool, if not cooler, than when we were kids. I mean, it’s basically like shopping for free. You can get books, DVD’s and magazines, use the Internet, play games and attend little shows and readings for free. FREE. And the cherry on top? It’s nice and quiet. No sales clerk is offering to help of following you around. There’s not horrible elevator music playing loudly while you browse. Plus, there are over-sized comfy chairs everywhere just begging you to sit and read. The only thing that would make a library better is coffee.

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I posted a photo of Luna having a blast at the library on Facebook (because that’s what Facebook is for, right? Look at me! I’m an awesome Mom who does awesome stuff like take my cute baby to the library. Go me!) Anyways, a friend of mine commented with this little gem…

Libraries are almost as magical as Disney parks…almost.

What a perfect way to describe a library. They are truly magical. Luna really did have fun pulling books off shelves, chewing on the binds and smiling at everyone who looked her way. I hope she continues to enjoy the library and reading as she grows. I hope she finds the magic between the pages and learns that adventure is never far away when you’ve got access to books.

Thank you libraries for offering such a magical world to each and everyone of us!

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Cheers!

Unique New York

I recently wrote about taking Cousin around New York and opening my eyes and my mind in order to continue to enjoy the tourists’ spots around the city. I wrote about enjoying some of the places I’d seen a dozen times, and I’d already tired of visiting. I did not, however; get a chance to describe some of the new or never-before mentioned places. This post is dedicated to those people looking for something unique to do in Manhattan.

In Chelsea Market there is a really great venue called The Filling Station. The Filling Station is a shop full of extra virgin olive oils, various specialty oils, balsamic vinegars, and exotic salts. They provide an endless supply of tiny paper cups for all the visitors to use for tasting. It’s so much fun to choose one of each filling, and create your own delicious combination. You could do chipotle olive oil, honey ginger vinegar, and Spanish rosemary salt or even Persian lime olive oil, coconut vinegar, and Hawaiian Hiwakai salt. It’s the most fun!

 

When you are tired of tasting dozens of oils and salts, just walk around the corner to People’s Pops for a Popsicle made from sustainable grown fruits and herbs.

 

Even in Time Square, which I must have visited a thousand times this year, we came across a few places we’ve never ventured.

There is a visitors’ center in Time Square that has an old New Year’s Eve ball. It’s covered in crystals, lights up, and they even have a countdown every 20 minutes that finishes in cheering crowds and Auld Lang Syne. The center is lined with Broadway memorabilia, and loads of historical information about the square. One wall is covered with pieces of confetti that have people’s wishes written on them. Apparently, anyone can write a wish on a piece of confetti, pin it on the wall, and on New Year’s Eve it will be released upon the crowd gathered in the middle of Time Square.

 

In the enormous Toys R’ Us store in the middle of Time Square is a four-story high Ferris wheel. Cousin decided she wanted to go for a ride, which was great, because this was one ride Husband and I had never ridden. It must have been our lucky day too because we got the best ride on the whole wheel.

 

Turn onto West 47th St in the Square and you’ll find Baked by Melissa. Melissa makes the teeniest cutest cupcakes I’ve ever seen. They are as wide as a quarter and about an inch thick. She makes the best flavor combinations! There’s peanut butter and jelly, chocolate mint chip, red velvet, peanut butter cup, and several more. It’s the best bite-sized baked good you’ll ever have.

 

A few blocks southeast of Time Square is New York’s Public Library on 5th Avenue. Husband and I have only been here once before and we spent all of our time in the “Lunch Hour NYC” exhibit on the first floor. (Excellent exhibit BTW) This visit, I decided to explore the rest of this crazy big library. I walked down the marble covered halls, and up the giant Sex and The City-wedding staircases to find room after room of beautiful books and long wooden tables. Studious people and tourists littered the chairs, floors, and aisles.

I sat in a chair for a few minutes to watch and reflect. There were so many people working around me, on what? I don’t know, but I know I want to go back with my laptop and write and write and write. With an iced latte in hand I just know it will be the perfect place of inspiration to focus and be productive.

I have exactly 2 more weeks of summer left to enjoy these great places before full-time hours come crashing down on me, better make the most of it!

Cheers!