Gone to Houston for the Day

I drove 9 hours round trip to Houston last Thursday for a hearing. Hearing lasted an hour. Still, it was a nice break from my routine. Too bad my Houston friends were busy at work and I could not stay past 5pm because I have work the next day.

I almost finished the audiobook for DEFENDING JACOB. Made it to chapter 32, but then my loan period expired. I will have to wait to get it back and listened the rest of the way. Was Jacob pronounced “not guilty”? I do not know because I did not make it to the verdict part of the story. So, is there really a murder gene? And the book mentioned that once you’re accused of murder, you might not be found “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” but there is no finding of “NOT guilty or innocent beyond reasonable doubt.” What you have is the prosecution unable to prove that you are “guilty beyond reasonable doubt.” So unfair. The stain stays.

That’s me below, in my daughter’s car because it was my carpool day to pick up 7 boys. My husband had to do it because I am pretty sure I would not be back in time for my carpool

Below, my 10+-mile detour from highway 45 because of an hour slow down. What a scenic route it was. I might drive there around fall to see if the leaves on those trees changes color. It was handy because once my detour put me back on 45, it was the exit to Bucees. Gas, beef jerky, and roasted cashew. Clean restrooms too.

After my hearing, I went to this shopping center where there was 4 Filipino stores. Went to all four, got lots of goodies, ingest tons of calories…Gold Ribbon and their fantastic carbs. Jollibee is next to it – Chicken Joy, peach mango pie, and adobo rice. My daughter’s boyfriend Joey was thrilled I carted those things back to Dallas.

I left Houston with these skyline and much traffic on the highway. Still, it was a fun drive and a productive one. I hope I won that case. It is right at the edge of yes/no, I am curious how the judge will decide.

Came home to Dallas with these skies and an almost empty fuel…also with much traffic.

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First of September

A month of mix blessings. There was a death of a beloved son 2 years ago and 5 birthdays – 2 of which are my children. Two years ago, it was a death, a 19th birthday, a funeral, and then a 15th birthday. To say that it was a difficult month of 2016 is an understatement of epic proportions.

Back in late June to Early August, we went on a family trip of five-thousand-plus miles. Visited and drove through 11 states, walked around and visited at least three National Parks.

Walked and swam in the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco.

After Mount Rushmore, Rocky Mountains, and Yosemite stops

At Sutro Baths — beautiful day for walking

Hiked and got bitten by freaky huge mosquitoes in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite – hike through the re-planting forest – where we took turns taking pictures. Our Abba flew back to Texas for the Yosemite portion of our trip.

Drove up Rocky Mountains National Park where I was a little scared of the railing-less mountain road. Going off-road up there would mean a certain death or at least very mangled.

Abi and Yossi at the highest part of Rocky Mountains. We could not persuade Yoash to climb up the last few feet to this peak.

Saw Texas version of Stone Henge – not bad at all.

Last stop before home — we had fun with sunset silhouette shots

We saw beautiful land formations after visiting Mount Rushmore. We saw a lot. Even cows who huddled together as if it is a mortal sin to stay further than a tail-length away. This from the states of Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Cows were scattered away from earth other in Wyoming and Colorado. We did not see cows in Utah or even Nevada.

A very nice lady took our picture when we were at Mount Rushmore. First stop we did…we had to sleep at North Platte Nebraska before making it here. We drove through Oklahoma and Kansas. It was still worth the drive

The View is Better Up There

This was the view Yossi and I were looking at last Thursday night as we flew out of New York to Dallas. We landed at 11P and my brother-in-law picked us up from the airport. It was very nice not having to deal with public transportation.

This view was when it was closer to 8P overlooking La Guardia. We took the subway to the airport from Manhattan. It wasn’t too bad lagging our luggages through a subway and then an M60 bus. We made it to the airport in plenty of time. I totally went nuts in the airport. I spent 60 dollars on candies, a package of tomatoes, 2 scones, water, 2 sandwiches, a cookie…it might not be so bad after all.

This was before it realily got dark. We rented a car in New York to drive to the suburbs. At some point, when a 20-mile distance takes over an hour to drive, I turned on MONK audiobook. We laughed our way through the traffic. Hudson tunnel was crowded but traffic flew at a steady pace. I survived Manhattan driving. Bucket list checked.

Our view of Dallas-Fort Worth right before landing. I think I have a better picture but I cannot be bothered to change this out because I am sleepy. I am going to sleep for 90 minutes and then work. Good night world. Good night for a few minutes. 

Leaving Dallas and Arriving in New York with Just Yossi and I

My sister Happy came to my house to drive Yossi and I to DFW.  She came at 5A and had to wait 20 minutes for us to get ourselves together. I am so lucky to have a sister who cares. She got us to the airport in plenty of time.

At the airport, after we got our boarding passes and has gone through security, we have an hour to kill. We went to TGI Fridays and got ourselves some omelet and French toast. Then, it was time to board the plane. With 20 minutes to spare before boarding, I came up with the brilliant idea to have Yossi’s IOS updated.  It was so slow, it waited all of those minutes and more.  Right before we have to board, installation was complete. I thought his phone would be no better than a paperweight if the update was not completed. Brilliant idea, mine.

We finally got on the plane and proceeded to sleep. We stayed up almost all night doing nothing, we had no trouble falling asleep.

The skies were pretty awesome when we were above Dallas. There was Tropical Storm Cindy that day after all and I guess that was why the clouds were awesome.

We took some pictures of it and then passed out. We woke up almost 3 hours later when we landed in La Guardia Airport.


We were excited to find out that LA GUARDIA PLAZA HOTEL is only 4 miles from the airport and they have free shuttle. We got on the shuttle and proceeded to wait for my husband and daughter to arrive on a flight 3 hours after ours. 

This is Yossi at the lobby of our hotel getting occupied as I decide what to do. We surfed for places to eat because we thought we might be hungry already. It is actually a case of boredom and wanting something to do. We found LA GUARDA CAFE. Before checking out how far the place was, we ordered Uber. We were going to go to Queens Museum after we checked our bags at the hotel, however, we did not have coins for the bus to take us to the museum. We only have paper money and there was no place to buy Metro Card. We walked towards block 100 of Ditmars Avenue and then walked back to the hotel.

We ended up having to wait for Uber about half an hour, and then we found out that the place we want to go to was about an 8 minute walk from where we were. The ride was about 9 dollars and it was going to cost us 5 dollars to cancel after 5 minutes have passed. Bummer. We waited and got the Uber after we have to tell the driver how to get to the hotel. With about 80 minutes to spare this my husband and daughter arrive, we were finally at the cafe. The food was great. I tried their goat and beef stew. It came with brown rice with beans, and then plantain and cassava. 

LA GUARDIA CAFE is a small place, however, the place is tastefully decorated and they office delicious food. Here’s Yoss and the food we got. 

This is the brown rice, banana, and goat stew. Very delicious. I love it.

This is the beef stew with the cassava and it is delicious, too.

On Deciding Which Shoes to Wear to a Broadway Show and a Wedding

 I am deciding which shoes to wear to a Broadway show and a wedding. Just one pair of shoes. I hate having to carry different shoes. I will have my ankle boots for travel and walking around. Even if it’s summer, I prefer if my feet did not get dusty. I am weird that way.

This pair of Steve Madden ankle boots is made for walking!  I also have to bring at least 3 long skirts as we are spending time at a frum neighborhood. I probably won’t bother with a wig. I wil just wear a hat.  Maybe one short wig for the wedding. 
I have this thing where I cannot think of what to pack until I have 2-3 hours before I have to get out of my house. I have no idea why I am such a procrastinating person. I have my luggage open on the floor for days now and it has a dozen underwear for a 5-day trip. I better pack instead of blog or I am going to regret it.