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    mar & dar’s christmas train

    Last week, my mom and I played my favorite game of tourist and took a ride into the big city to see the tree and the lights of midtown. It wouldn’t be Christmas around these parts if I didn’t have at least one post with pictures of crowds of people, lights, over the top decorations and probably a taxi or two. This time you aren’t getting any taxis, but I think I got everything else covered. We wanted to hit Macy’s first and work our way up to Rockefeller, but for whatever reason we decided to forego 34th Street and go straight to the epicenter of Christmas. the tree, if you didn’t…

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    weekend update: food, friends and billy joel

    It’s weekend recap time! Let’s pretend I do these almost every weekend instead of almost never. So, it was a lot of nothing/lot of everything kind of weekend. I mean, the usual. Friday: Billy Joel has a residency at Madison Square Garden. He does one concert a month, which he said he would do until people stopped coming. like that will ever happen. I got tickets to the May show. I’m going to take a sharp left here and not ramble for a million hours about this concert. i’m going to try to, anyway. I’m going to take another left and just put it out there that I do not have tons of…

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    photo dump: better late than never!

    How has Christmas come and gone already? I hope everyone’s holiday was great. Filled with lots of love, food and presents. I just wanted to share two things. One is a really quick “aww” moment and the other is a collection of pictures I took before the holiday that I hadn’t gotten a chance to post until now. Better late than never, right? So, the aww moment happened on Christmas morning. My mom’s aunt, who is either in her late 80’s or early 90’s called to wish my family a Merry Christmas. After my mom filled her in a bit on her siblings and asked for her cousin, Aunt Margie…

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    last leg of the tour!

    Here is, as promised, the final installment of the 5th Avenue tour. I wouldn’t leave you wandering around and since you paid for it, you should get it. If you haven’t paid, let me know and I’ll give you my PayPal email. Anyway, this last part will be a collection of things. We have to backtrack to the tree but, like I said before, we’re saving the best for last. By now we’ve watched the light show at Saks and have somehow have been carried by the crowd and are now standing across the street from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. She’s a beauty. They’re holding a mass, so we can’t go in…

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    photo dump: flatiron to fifth avenue

    What do you get when you mix two single gals, New York City and a camera? THIS POST, THAT’S WHAT. The other night, Lisa and I found ourselves venturing into the city. Our plan was to get soup and then frozen yogurt. And, in case you were wondering, yes, we were fully aware that it was 90 degrees and humid out. We even had a conversation about how making good decisions is not on our list of marketable skills. But really, when Tomato Cheddar is soup of the month, the bad decision would be not to get the soup. We got off at 14th Street/ Union Square and headed off…

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    merry new york christmas!

    Before I begin, I wanted to thank everyone who read and shared my last post. It was hard for me to publish because, like I said, it is such a hot button issue. Thanks again and I hope you enjoyed it. Anyway, it’s Christmas Eve and, believe it or not, I’m still not feeling the Christmas spirit. I’m starting to think that I’m in that in-between stage where I’m not a kid but I also don’t have kids. You know? This past weekend I went into the city with Jessica and Nicole to see the windows at Saks, Lord and Taylor and Macys. We also went to Bryant Park and…

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    merry new york christmas!

    Last week I ventured in to the big ol’ city to see the Rockettes at Radio City. I haven’t seen the show in quite some time and honestly, I couldn’t remember it at all. That’s the beauty of getting old – old things become new again. We took the express bus in to the city and from the minute we disembarked from the bus and on the the sidewalks of 6th Avenue, my mother grabbed my arm as if her life depended on it. One thing about my mom is, she is not a particularly nervous person so I have no idea where this came from. We got to the…

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    It’s Christmas Time Again!

    With mere minutes left until Christmas (21 to be exact!), and the fact that I have been totally deficient in posting on here, I figured I should kill two birds with one stone and write something festive. SOMETHING FESTIVE. Ha! You had to see that one coming. Anyway, in the spirit of the season I thought I would write about some of my favorite things. Without further ado here are Martina’s Favorite Things : Christmas Edition 1. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)- How perfect is this movie? First of all, it’s a John Hughes production. I know, I should stop right there- but there’s more! Second, it’s set in New…

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    The only way to get pictures of Central Park in the snow is…

    It’s a well known fact that I hate snow. I am a summer baby who lives for the 3 short months where jackets and long pants are not a requirement. So can someone tell me why I decided to accept and invitation to trek into Manhattan in a snowstorm? I was lured by the beauty of Central Park, the freshly fallen snow, and the many photo opportunities that lie within those two things. I received a DSLR camera from my parents for my college graduation, which was four years ago -yikes!, and I haven’t really flexed it’s muscles. Anyway, I decided to go. I got ready, made sure everything was…