tulips & toes

Saturday was absolutely beautiful in upstate New York.   70’s, sun shining, a light breeze, we’ve had snow in late April before so I do not take this weather for granted.   I had read an article in the Times Union that because of our fab weather, the tulips for Tulip Festival may actually be dead by May and that peak viewing time was now.  Boom, there was our reason to head to Washington Park, it did not disappoint.

I found the perfect lounging spot while kiddo played

The tulips were breathtaking.

And I got to reflect about the Moses statue.  Kiddo saw the water and immediately asked if he could jump in, I responded with a NO, but that was a bit hypocritical…


Growing up in Albany I spent a lot of time in the park.  Even pre-high school.   My brother and I went to a ton of different after care and summer camp programs over the years and they would walk us all over Albany.   That’s right, walk…we only got to take a bus if it was raining and that was a maybe.   Anyway, I remember when I went to one camp downtown, we would spend every day in the park.  We always migrated towards the Moses statue and we would always jump in the water, I don’t remember checking to see if a dog was peeing in it first, I doubt that would have deterred us.    We would then climb to the top, try to find ways inside the monument, hang off it.  Not only were we disrespectful, it was just plain unsafe, but a ridiculous amount of fun.   Won’t share those stories with kiddo just yet.

i ate this weekend

I literally ate the weekend away, wow.   My birthday is this Friday and one of my friends from work is celebrating her birthday today so some friends from work threw us a joint party this weekend.   We did hibachi and we did it big!

I kicked off the evening with a cocktail called the Hello Kitty 🙂

I did steak & swordfish and had fried rice for the 4th time in my life, I usually hate it but I definitely had some:

We did sake and my friends introduced me to a combo I never would have dreamed of, sake and chambord

Then there were the cakes.   Oh, the cakes, each of the birthday girls had one from Coccadotts !

Mine was strawberries & champagne:

My friend’s was red velvet:

It was a great night, I have awesome coworkers friends.    You would think I would’ve stopped the bad eating after Saturday night?  Noooooo!   We were in Schenectady yesterday, we’re rarely there, and when we drove by Villa Italia we decided to stop in for some amazing gelato:

That would be strawberry and peanut butter gelato, respectively.   Delish.

There was definitely a lot of outdoor time this weekend too to work off the calories, tennis, tag, walking and taking in the fact that SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

spring in my step

Spring IS coming, spring is coming.

That is a mantra that I’m sure many in the Capital Region, hell, in all of the Northeast have been repeating over and over for at least the last month.   This winter SUCKED and we’ve reached that point of complete stir crazy, any ounce of spring we can get we’ll eat right up.

I’m fantasizing about tulips, grass, Saratoga, and wearing cute shoes like these:

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They’re just out there enough to make me hesitate, but when I hear phrases like “wintry mix” STILL in the forecast I may just need to take the plunge with these shoes so I can eek it out in this final winter stretch.   Oh and it doesn’t hurt that they’re on sale.