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NYC Restaurant Week and Unique U.S. Festivals
Funny story about yesterday. We had a house showing at 6pm and during these, me and the girls (and Punkin!) leave the house for a little while to give our broker run of the house to work one-on-one with the potential buyer and their real estate broker.
My plan was to use the hour or so of being out of the house to hit the laundromat and get a few loads of laundry done.
As we were getting in the car to leave the house, the sky began to get very dark and there were low thunder rumblings. However, the rain had not started. A short drive up the street to the laundromat and still no rain. So, me and my girls grab the laundry bag full of dirty clothes, the detergent and our quarters and head inside.
The wash cycle is about 20 minutes so I decided to wait in the laundromat and let my little gang sit in the air conditioned car. After getting the clothes in the dryer, I decided to wait in the car with the kids, in the comfort of the air conditioning (the laundromat was very warm), when all of a sudden it became even darker out and lo and behold the skies opened.
Figuring it would come down and then let up, I waited. Poor Punkin was so petrified (as she usually is of the loud thunder) that she made her way to the front seat and squeezed in front of the passenger side seat, and under the front dash, where she must have felt more safe and secure. (Poor baby - it was so sad to see her). In fact all we could really see was her little nose pop up every few minutes.
After 20 minutes (and another 20 needed for the dry cycle to finish) and no sign of the rain letting up, I decided I would just go home and come back to collect my clothes later in the evening.
I called the laundromat to alert them that my clothes were still there, to which, they assured me not to worry - to return later in the evening, since they stay open until 11pm.
Off I went to drive home and let me tell you - it was coming down like mad!! The visibility was horrendous and with the windshield wipers on full speed, I could still barely make out what was in front of me.
Thankfully, we made it home unscathed, but upon arrival into my driveway, we would find that the rain was coming down so hard that there were huge amounts of water just pouring off my side door awning. Additionally, the driveway was a bit "flooded" with the rain water coming down at such a fast rate.
Needless to say, stepping out of the car, my sneakers were immediately drenched and not only did the downpour from the sky get us all soaked walking a mere 4 feet to the side door, but we all got hit with the rain water coming down in buckets from the awning.
Poor Punkin refused to come out of the car. Gianna decided to brave the elements and went back outside - now fully clad in knee high rain boots and a slicker and coaxed our frightened fur baby out of the car - using treats and a leash - which took a good 5 minutes!! Whew - we were all in the house - safe and sound.
When the rain did finally stop around 9:30, Kelsey and I headed back to get my now dry laundry.
So that was our little Monday night adventure!
In other news...
I was remiss in mentioning that yesterday was the start of a weeklong NYC Restaurant Week!
If you are looking to enjoy some well priced meal deals this week, it's a good time to take advantage of the many participating restaurant destinations and the plethora of cuisine options.
Here are the basic facts:
Dates: July 22 - August 16, 2019*
Where: Throughout NYC Boroughs
Details: Two-course & three-course, prix-fixe meals at participating restaurants.
Restrictions: Saturdays excluded, Sundays are optional. Beverages (including alcohol), gratuities and taxes not included.
There are a number of resources for you to check out both the participating restaurants as well as book your reservations.
One of my favorites is Open Table.
Here's to a great Restaurant week!!!
Lastly, I thought I would leave you with an article about some quirky festivals around the country. You may be surprised with the crazy themes that have actually grown into annual events.
Would you have guessed that this year marks the 10th Annual Dirty Dancing Festival? Or that there is a Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival in Wisconsin, or a Fort Wayne Pugfest in Indiana?
Check out the details on these and several more in Your AAA Daily's article, Unique Festivals in the U.S.
Definitely some fun stuff to get on your calendar!!
That's it for today folks!!!