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A Day Trip to Santa Barbara
Hello my lovelies!
Can you believe that I'm actually here for the second day in a row?!
I've been so awful. My schedule has just been so hectic and crazy...it's rather insane. I'm here. Then I'm there. Flying. Driving. Whatever it takes.
Luckily I love traveling in all aspects - because most of the people I talk to about my current craziness admit that there is NO WAY that they could do it!
As it happens today is Dave C's birthday and we are about to head out to Santa Barbara for the day to celebrate...and to get some reprieve from the heat!!
Yes folks - it's been awfully HOT. TOO HOT FOR ME!
I'm not made for the summer. Summer is not my thing.
Give me a winter day with freezing temps and I'll be happy!!
Well there really isn't that much to write about that happened yesterday. It was a morning FULL of family drama - that's always fun - NOT.
Then we had a few things to take care of outside of the house before heading back to watch the 4th game between the Yankees and the Red Sox. My Yankees were down 0-3 in the series and we really needed a win.
I then sat in front of the boob tube for most the rest of the day/night watching the Yankees finally take a win from the 3rd place Red Sox and then watching a pre-recording of the final stage of the Tour De France.
DID YOU KNOW: That I have plans to go watch the Tour De France in person in 2024. Yes my plans go even further out than that!
As you may have noticed, I'll be heading to Montana in a few days.
What you may not realize is that I'll be doing a fun road trip from there to New Jersey and all the fun that comes along the way! (More on this to come..)
Now to do a bit more catching up from where I left off with you in yesterday's Daily Scoop...
We left off in Boise, as I was heading to San Francisco...
Which was not the most exciting drive. LOL
I had a few things to take care of in and around San Francisco before heading back down to SoCal - getting us back home at 7am on Saturday morning!
Which now takes us to Saturday and taking Cosette to her performance with the International Peace Choir at the Tafesilafa'I Pacific Islander Festival.
The performers at the festival were nothing short of fabulous and had me quite eager to book my next trip to the Polynesian Islands!
At one point they were looking for volunteers (along anyone else who looked like they were the farthest from volunteering) to go up on stage to learn a New Zealand tribal warrior dance - Dave got picked on and then stepped up on stage to show his best tribal warrior moves.
Although it was super hot out and I was sitting in the sun - it was all worth it to watch Dave show off his inner warrior!
Then after a pleasant lunch, it was time for me to head over to my friend Jodie's place and then for us to go to the concert - The Royal Affair Tour.
While I wasn't too familiar with the bands or the music. The seats were great and we had a very nice night. Not to say that I wasn't ready to head home and get a good nights sleep (getting home at 7a and my long day didn't add up to much rest).
Okaaaay now you are mostly caught up and we are not almost to Santa Barbara - we are stuck in traffic. UGH
Hope that you have a great day and I'll be back real soon - hopefully tomorrow!
A Book Launch at Wave Hill in The Bronx and Best Beaches to Visit in The Hamptons
Welcome to the new week - I'm always surprised at how quickly Monday arrives!!
I was blown away this morning when I signed on to write my blog, to see that my dear Travelin' Cousin had already started her Scoop! And I'm happy that you all will be able to get your daily dose of Tanya today!!
I couldn't agree more with Tanya about not enjoying the heat.
I wouldn't necessarily say that I'm not a "summer" person, because I just love the slowed down pace, no school schedules and the bright sunshine. But, when the temps get too high, it's not very enjoyable.
I'm fortunate to live in New York, where we get the four seasons. So, just when you've had enough of one, it's off to the next one! I'm sure by the beginning of September, I'll be ready for some crisp, cool Fall weather.
Today, I was up and out pretty early to do some errands.
First, I filled up my gas tank and then it was off to Stop and Shop to do my some grocery shopping.
I felt like I only needed a "few" things upon entering, but as you can see form the photo, it piled up!
It's really been too hot to fuss over dinner each night, so me and the girls have been doing lots of salads, sandwiches and vegan burgers. A bit un-original, but easy peasy.
So what's new over here?
Well, this week I have an event up in The Bronx, that I'm looking forward to attending.
I received an invitation from the folks over at Wave Hill to join them for a cocktail event this Thursday evening (August 1st) celebrating the publication of a new book by Timber Press, Nature into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill
The evening will include presentations about the making of this book and the lovely gardens on which it is based and will feature the book's author, Tom Christopher, photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo and current and founding Directors of Horticulture Marco Polo Stufano and Louis Bauer.
The anticipated book publication date is mid-September with advanced copies available at the event.
That's not all - August 1st also kicks off a wonderful new Summer program at Wave Hill, Twilight in the Garden on Thursdays, which runs through August 22nd.
The weekly summer Twilight in the Garden provides opportunities to explore the grounds through customized nature programs and ambient soundscapes.
A new Sonic Experience series invites listeners to engage with outdoor music at Wave Hill in unexpected locations on the grounds. Paired with nature walks and stargazing that take place at dusk,
What a lovely way to unwind at this lovely Bronx destination that The New York Times calls “so peaceful, the estate feels like your personal garden.”
My girls will be joining me and you can bet I'll be writing an article about my evening!!
Wave Hill is located at 675 W 252 Street, Bronx, if you are interested in joining us or attending one of the future Twilight in the Garden on Thursdays this summer!!
New Guest Blog
Featured today is a bright new article by Antonella Bertello, Best Beaches to Visit in The Hamptons, which I hope you will take special note of with a whole month left to enjoy this summer.
If you start from the East End of Long Island, you will travel long stretches of beaches all the way to meet the End. Not literally, though. The End is what every Manhattanite calls Montauk
Comprised of long shorelines of beautiful beaches, scattered with some of the plushest and most expensive houses in the world, The Hampton beaches are a must-vist! read more...
As for the rest of my day, I have a follow up doctor appointment for Kelsey and then off to the gym this evening!!
And last but not least, a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DAVE C - hoping he has a wonderful day in Santa Barbara!!