Craig and I are leaving tomorrow afternoon to catch a midnight flight to Portland, Maine — and apparently we will be flying into a snowstorm! (Why couldn’t they have moved to, say, Mexico??? Craig laments.) My son called me yesterday to warn me that we might have to find alternative transportation from JFK to Portland if the airline shuts down its NYC to Portland run. Train? Bus? Rental car? We’ll figure it out. I’m way too excited to be worried about it.
We’ll be with Steve and Jenn (my son and daughter-in-law) until Tuesday when we head for New York. A couple of days playing in Manhattan, then to the Readers Studio near LaGuardia. I don’t know what I’m more excited about — spending time with Steve & Jenn and seeing Portland, being a turista in NYC, or the conference. All are juicy in very different ways.
Craig and I have been having fun figuring out where we want to go in Manhattan. He’ll have a couple more days there than I will as he isn’t attending the conference. (Several nights in the City That Never Sleeps will be sheer bliss for this musician/nightowl husband of mine.) We both want to see the Hall of Human Origins at the Museum of Natural History (this exhibit wasn’t there the last time I visited.) I’m especially interested in seeing what the exhibit has to say about the diet of our earliest ancestors — I read recently that chimpanzees, our closest relatives, eat fresh greens for over 50% of their diet and it might not be a bad idea for us to do the same.
But I digress. We’re also looking forward to going to the Garage, a jazz club/restaurant in the East Village owned by the son of a neighbor up the hill. (Small world.) And I want to eat at Zen Palate. Ohmigosh, look at that menu.
We’ll be participating in the Step It Up demonstration for Climate Action in Portland this Saturday. Hope the snow is gone by then. When I was in New York three years ago in April for this same conference, it was an unseasonable 80 degrees, and it seemed like the whole city was in Central Park with their shirts off. Crazy weather. Global warming indeed.
Better get offline now and go pack my snow clothes. If anyone would like to say a prayer for our safety while traveling, I wouldn’t say no! Thanks and brightest blessings to all.