Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Photo Diary: April


April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Did the month of April fly by in a nanosecond, or what?

I can't get my arms around the fact 
that tomorrow, it will already be May 1.

There are months, and there are months.  
April was SUCH a month. 
After March being as dull as dull could be,
April was one of the best months I've had...
well, in months!

The weather warmed up,
Flowers started blooming,
 I did a bit of traveling,
and Mr. Goo Shoes and I celebrated 
our 20th wedding anniversary!!! 

I hope that you are going to link up 
with Claire (a little CLAIREification) and I 
starting tonight at midnight for our 
Show Us Your April Party!
Don't worry, if your not quite ready tomorrow,
the party will be open for about a week.
We'd love to see what you've been up to
this past month...

Every day has a story, after all.
What's yours?

Here's some snaps from my April.

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April 1
Remember I told you I saw these wacky soaps? I decided I had to have this, and put it in Junior Goo Shoes' bathroom for an April Fools joke. Aha! I can make him laugh in the morning!

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 2
Flowers from Mr. Goo Shoes...because. 

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 3
Spotted outside Harney and Sons tea shop in Soho, NYC, on the way to my hair appointment.
 
April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 4
A weekend in Boston with my sister and girl cousins for a wedding! 
SO many laughs -- Can anyone say "Depends?" We had a view of  
Faneuil Hall from our hotel room.

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 5
Our cousin and his beautiful bride! What a wedding! Glorious views of Boston from the 33rd floor of The State Room. My way overdue post about Boston is coming soon.

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 6
So much fun walking around Boston. Yes, those are sneakers filled with flowers in the window boxes. Love the reflection of blue sky in the windows with the white curtains.

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 7
Coming in for a landing at Birdbath International. 


April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 8
First blooms of the spring season!


April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 9
I can't believe that one of the Faberge eggs on display at Rockefeller Center has a picture of ME on it! 


April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 10
I think this cardinal knows I've been stalking him. 

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 11
Three years ago this week, we were in Bruges, Belgium. This has to be one of the most picturesque spots ever, even waterlogued. 

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 12
A little pre-Passover breakfast. I am a bottomless pit when it comes to matzoh brei.

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 13
Cruise Day 1: Ship departing out of NYC. The Statue of Liberty is balancing our police escort on her torch.  I cannot believe I got this photo!



April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 14
Cruise Day 2: At sea, somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of the Carolinas, maybe?

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 15
Cruise Day 3: Excursion to Kennedy Space Center at the Atlantis space shuttle exhibit. 


April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 16
Cruise Day 4: Remember The Kids In The Hall? - I'm crushing the cruise ship!


April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 17
Cruise Day 5: The tip of Paradise Island. 

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 18
Cruise Day 6: Taking a cake decorating class! So much fun! Wait till I show you my cake!

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 19
Cruise Day 7: "G54." 
BINGO!!! 
HOLY CRAP!!! I won the Jackpot! What a way to end the cruise!

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 20
Beautiful blossoms are a perfect "welcome home" from our cruise. 

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 21
In need of a little spring on the front porch.

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 22
I'm all conflicted. It's Earth Day and Jelly Bean Day. I'm stepping up 
my conservation efforts with a mouthful of jellybeans.

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 23
Shopping mall ritual: Frozen yogurt for lunch.

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 24
Happy 20th Anniversary to us! Junior Goo Shoes made us this cheesecake, because he wanted us to have something special on our anniversary. We do -- him.

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 25
Beautiful fabrics at Pearl River Mart in Soho, NYC.  If only I sewed...

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 26
Friends catching up at the local bath. 


April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 27
Are you kidding me?  Skateboarding on my hardwood kitchen floor? Wait -- let me take a picture before I yell at you!

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 28
Pre-lunch photo shoot in Columbus Circle, NYC, flanked by Time Warner Center towers.

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 29
My friend Jacky, a 62-year old fashion model, on the Today Show this morning!

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

April 30
Closing out the month with a cold, rainy day...but it's warm inside with my sweet Sadie girl.

April Photo Diary --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


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See you at the linky party starting at midnight tonight!


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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Break-Away: Our Cruise Ship Departs! ( Part 1)


Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes 
Have you ever been on a cruise?

People seem to have very strong feelings about cruises...
They either love them...
or think they'll hate them.
 
Last week, we went on our second cruise.
The first one, two years ago, was only four nights, 
and on a "small" ship -- 
Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas --
which held about 2,000 passengers. 
We wanted to get a feel for cruising and see if we liked it.
Verdict? We LOVED it!

Yes, even landlubber Mr. Goo Shoes,
a cruise-skeptic of the highest order, enjoyed it.

This time, we went on one of the largest cruise ships in the world -- 
the Norwegian Breakaway.

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

If you knew Mr. Goo Shoes and I, you'd understand 
that this is totally out of character for us...
well, at least it was in our "Before Junior Goo Shoes" days.
We always went to the smallest, most remote hotels, 
where seeing as few people as possible was the goal.
But, everything changes when you have kids, doesn't it?

Planning a vacation with 4000+ other passengers 
didn't really float our boat, 
but one thing we realized on our first cruise
 was that the smaller ships did not have 
all the cool things that kids like to do.

Junior Goo Shoes was relentless in persuading us 
to join his friend's family on this cruise. 
He really honed his sales skills on this one. 
We weren't biting.
The ports-of-call didn't really appeal to us,
and we were concerned about how we'd like a ship 
that held half the number of people who live in our town.

As his last desperate attempt,
he showed us the Norwegian Breakaway's promotional video.
I thought, wowza, that looks like a boatload fun! 
Junior Goo Shoes finally heard 
the three magic words he'd been waiting for...
"Go show Dad."

When Mr. Goo Shoes asked how much the cabins cost, 
I knew that for our Spring "Break-away,"
 we'd be cruising like Norwegians!

Aside from the fact that Junior GS would have a friend to hang with 
(Happy Kid = Happy Parents), 
another huge plus for us was that the cruise left from NYC. 
No planes to catch! 

No worrying about liquids in our carry-on bags!
Just a 30-minute ride from home to the ship terminal on 56th Street.


Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We were so lucky that it was a beautiful, warm day when we left.
I'd had visions of us yelling "bon voyage" in our parkas and earmuffs, 
but it was 70 degrees and sunny.


NYC Skyline from Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Mr. Goo Shoes

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
JJ and Junior Goo Shoes

 Aunt Goo Shoes was spying on us from 
the Jersey side of the Hudson River as we set sail from NYC,
and snapped this awesome photo. 
That's us on the tippy top deck in the front...
I mean, the "Bow."
(I need to get my cruise-speak on). 
Can you see us? LOL! 

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Photo by Aunt Goo Shoes

 It was pretty spectacular leaving from New York...

NYC Skyline from Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


We had a great view of The Intrepid...
(the large gray naval ship in center)

NYC Skyline from Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Statue Of Liberty waved us off...

Statue of Liberty from Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

and we passed by the southern tip of Manhattan...

NYC Skyline from Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Freedom Tower rose to the occasion
to give us a proper send-off.

NYC Skyline from Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Photo by Junior Goo Shoes

 Everyone cheered as we sailed 
right under the Verrazano Bridge. 
It looked like we weren't going to fit, 
but we made it without the aqua slide 
scraping the bottom of the bridge.

Verrazano Bridge from Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Once we left NYC behind us,
it was time to explore the ship.

To Be Continued...


 
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Friday, April 25, 2014

A Little Bit of Spring on the Front Porch

Spring on the Front Porch --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

If you could pick one feature that you really want in a house, 
what would it be? 

I'd like a fabulous porch...
one that is big enough for some rocking chairs, 
or wicker furniture...or maybe a porch swing.
 Yeah, definitely a swing. 

There would be a railing, flower boxes, and an overhang 
so we could sit outside even when it rained. 

Spring on the Front Porch --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

As much as I love my house, the front porch is meh. 
It's got nice columns, and a fabulous front door, 
but it's not symmetrical, so I find it hard to decorate.

Spring on the Front Porch --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Summer 2013

I'd really like to redesign it, 
but there are more important things to spend money on. 
And even if I did, it could never be a porch sittin' kind of porch...
you know, the kind where I could sit there, and fan myself, and say, 
"Honey, could y'all be a dear and go get me some lemonade?"

Spring on the Front Porch --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I don't really "do up" my porch for spring
It's because I'm too cheap.
I don't want to spend lots of money on spring flowers, 
only to replace them a month or so later with summer flowers.

I prefer to let the azaleas  and rhododendrons do their thing,
and take center stage..

But I do need just a little bit of spring on the front porch.  

And by little, I mean...
Little. 

I bought a flat of pansies...

Spring on the Front Porch --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

...and put them in my big flower pot.


Spring on the Front Porch --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I added a topiary form that I picked up on clearance at Target last fall.

Spring on the Front Porch --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

It looked a little bare, so I wove a strand of faux ivy around it. 

Spring on the Front Porch --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Last fall, I had some leftover daffodil bulbs, 
so I stuck them in a pot 
and left them in the garage over the winter. 
Whaddya know -- they grew!


Spring on the Front Porch --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I added a pair of Hunter rain boots...
to have an "April Showers" thing going on...
but when the FedEx man came to drop off a package, 
he gave me a "Lady, why do you have a pair of boots 
on your front porch?" kind of look,
so I took them back inside.
What do you think?

Spring on the Front Porch --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I added a little basket of phlox, instead.


Spring on the Front Porch --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes




So that about does it for spring.

Spring on the Front Porch --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I'm hoping no critters come up to the porch and devour everything.
They've gotten to be pretty brazen, lately.

Spring on the Front Porch --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Even just a few flowers on the front porch
are enough to put a spring in my step.
"Skip, skip, skip to my Goo Lou!"
I'll stop now. 
Have a nice day.