I've got such an incredibly busy busy busy day today and tomorrow. I might even need to remind myself to breathe!
Anyhoo, yesterday did NOT go quite as planned and we did not make it to the stables - so that also has to be done today. I did manage the unpacking, but didn't get much of the mounds of laundry taken care of...yet I managed a bit of shopping for the next couple of days and I needed to pick up a new portable speaker for my bike before my Saturday race - I like pedaling to tunes. The better the music, the faster I pedal!
We picked out this super cute, mighty and tiny Altec MiniH20 - It's waterproof, soundproof, everything proof little speaker with BIG sound!
We also managed a bit of packing, though not for our trip to Tahoe but instead for our overnight on the USS IOWA - Camp Battleship!
We are about to Enlist in an Experience of a Lifetime. Known as the Battleship of Presidents, USS Iowa is located at the LA Waterfront, former home to the US Navy pacific fleet and an area rich in maritime history. The program includes a tour introduction to STEM learning, chow on the mess decks, evening entertainment, and much more as our adventure highlights life at sea for thousands of sailors over the past 70 years, while interacting with numerous exhibits.
The famed battleship, USS IOWA, was ordered on July 1, 1939, commissioned on Feb. 22, 1943, and served our country for almost 50 years. She was designated the "World's Greatest Naval Ship" because of her big guns, heavy armor, fast speed, longevity and modernization flexibility, which allowed her to keep pace with technology.
Also known as the Battleship of Presidents, USS IOWA was outfitted in WWII to be the flagship that carried President Franklin Roosevelt across the Atlantic in 1943 for meetings with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin.
FUN FACT: A bathtub was installed on the IOWA as a convenience for President Roosevelt, making it the only U.S. Navy warship with a bathtub built for a president.
USS IOWA also was re-commissioned in 1984 by Vice President George H.W. Bush who would later be the USS IOWA's Commander in Chief from 1989 until she was decommissioned in 1990. In addition, the USS IOWA was the flagship for President Ronald Reagan for our nation's Celebration of Liberty in New York City on July 4, 1986.
On April 19, 1989, USS IOWA was conducting a firing exercise approximately 260 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico when 47 sailors were killed in an explosion in the Turret 2 Gun Room. This tragedy remains the largest post-World War II peacetime loss of life in U.S. Navy history. The USS IOWA was decommissioned for the third time in October 1990.
FAMILY FACT: Dominic and Cosette's Grandpa Jack had served on the USS IOWA
The kid's Grandpa Jack, and Grandma Bea
We are doing the "Camp" with the IPC, and it's sure to be a good time. I'll be taking plenty of pictures and as much as I'd like to post them in tomorrows Daily Scoop, I'm sorry but there will be a major time crunch between leaving the IOWA and us heading to the Firecracker Bike Race. But definitely expect to see plenty of pictures on Sunday!!
I'm between heading back out and doing an interview (more on this later), but I also wanted to mention that while reading Elisa's column today, and seeing the foodie pics that she posted plus reading that her friend Rosio is Peruvian definitely caught my attention! I know that the food pics that Elisa posted is not vegan, but I also know first hand that Peruvian food is DELICIOUS!
I often think back on my 2012 trip to Peru and remember the amazing vegan food that was catered to us each day of our visit. It was a wonderful country to visit, and one that I look very forward to my return!
Oh well, I've really gotta run. See you all tomorrow! -T
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Friday at Parrish Museum in Southampton
HAPPY FRIDAY FRIENDS!!
I cannot believe how quickly this week has gone!
We have had a truly wonderful time here in Southampton, staying with the girls' friend Sofia's family! I know the girls have felt like they have had a week-long slumber party!
I am truly grateful for my friend Rosio for inviting the three of us to spend the week and save us from driving back and forth each day for camp!
She is also an amazing cook!!! Being Peruvian, she makes some wonderful dishes.
Last night, we enjoyed a scrumptious Peruvian dinner of Green Rice with Chicken and Cabbage and a side of Black Beans. It was DeeLish!
Today is my day to drive the girls to the barn for riding. I will be dropping them off for their last full day this week.
I was trying to figure out if there was something I could do today and decided I would go to yet another museum; this time right here in Southampton!
The Parrish Art Museum 279 Montauk Highway Water Mill, NY 11976 Tel: 631-283-2118 Fax: 631-283-7006 The museum was built by Samuel Longstreth Parrish (1849-1932), a prominent Philadelphian who moved his successful law practice to New York in the early 1880's.
It was at this time, that his interest in Italian Renaissance led him to seriously begin collecting art. As a new resident of New York, he regularly visited the family home in Southampton, where he became quite active in local affairs.
Parrish was inspired during one of his trips to Italy in the Fall of 1896, to build a museum in Southampton to house his rapidly growing collection of Italian Renaissance art and reproductions of classical Greek and Roman statuary and commissioned a fellow Southampton resident, the architect Grosvenor Atterbury to design the museum, which was constructed in 1897.
The original building was expanded twice, in 1902 and 1913. After his death in 1932, the collection and building were bequeathed to the Village of Southampton but, without Parrish’s guiding vision, the Museum, unfortunately, ceased to thrive.
James Brooks: Process of Discovery Permanent Collection Installation November 1, 2015 to October 30, 2016 at Parrish Museum
However, in the 1950s, under the direction of the newly elected president of the board of trustees, Rebecca Bolling Littlejohn, the Museum enjoyed its own renaissance.
Mrs. Littlejohn launched a campaign to strengthen the Museum’s holdings of American art, with special attention to artists associated with Eastern Long Island, which included such artists as Thomas Moran, Childe Hassam, and Thomas Doughty.
For the past 60 years, the East End has been home to a plethora of modern and contemporary artists, among them Fairfield Porter, Larry Rivers, Jane Freilicher, Roy Lichtenstein, April Gornik, Cindy Sherman, Eric Fischl, and Dorothea Rockburne.
The Parrish Museum’s holdings now consist of more than 2,600 works ranging from early nineteenth-century landscape paintings through American Impressionism and into the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.
Looking forward to my visit this afternoon, and taking lots of pictures before having to pick up the kiddies from riding!
Tomorrow, I'll be telling you some interesting Airline secrets, told by a former airline employee!!