Hubs and I have managed to drop kick the couch slouch habit we sometimes have on winter weekends and have spent many hours out of doors enjoying the very un-winter like weather of 2012. It's still on the cold side here but so far snow has passed us by. We'll all just pretend October's snow madness never happened.
Back to Saturday.
In the park.
I love this place. What a magnificent thing to have in the middle of an enormous city. We spent the day walking and talking and people watching.
Well some of us did. Some of us spent the day harnessing every ounce of hunting prowess she posseses to stalk squirrels. The lawns are fenced off in the winter months to allow for reseeding so I think the squirrels knew they were safe.
They taunted her mercilessly but still, she persevered. She worked so hard she needed a coffee break.
I think my backyard hawk may have followed me here.
No matter the season there's always something to catch your eye in Central Park. There's beauty all around...
and then there's this-
a man wearing spring loaded shoes?
There was also this-
I was super pleased with myself for capturing this girl in mid air. I'm not sure why she was in mid air high above several levels of concrete steps in Central Park but she landed without incident and more importantly, I figured out the sport setting on my camera.
We bought a hot dog from a vendor because pretty sure that's the law here and then we watched two grown men blow bubbles.
They were amazing.
They asked for money to 'keep doing what we're doing'.
Can you make a living blowing bubbles?
We threw some $$ in their hat. The sun shining high in a bright New York sky makes one feel magnanimous.
We strolled along the edge of the park near Columbus circle and as we were walking a young man came along beside us and commented on hubs hat. Hubs was wearing a baseball cap from our girl's university, a small school in South Carolina. The young man was with a group of three young women and another young man and in that small world kind of way that happens to us everywhere we go, they were all graduates of that same university. They're a few years older than our girls but have mutual friends via sorority connections. We talked about our shared love of shrimp and grits, Main Street in Collegetown, and weekend fun in the Big Apple. Stuff like that always makes me smile.
After a long leisurely day in the park we headed to the car and look...we got bargain priced parking today!
We paid the ransom and headed for home.
Six more weeks of this sort of winter?
I'll take it!