The longer we stay in New York the harder it is to find interesting things to write about. Life continues to be interesting, of course, but lately we’ve mostly just been getting on with the usual sorts of things… (I mean, I could tell you about the trials and tribulations of an event planning committee I’m working on, or the epic meeting I’m coordinating at my professional association’s conference next month, but truthfully it’s all about as exciting as laundry and grocery shopping, and nobody wants to read about that.)
The weather here continues to change on a biweekly basis, I think we’ve had about five seasons-worth since the beginning of May. That hasn’t stopped flowers blooming all over the city though, including a random series of inflatable ones.
On one of the nicer days in early May I went on a private tour of the outside of the Morgan’s historic building, which is currently being assessed in preparation for some restoration work. We had two knowledgeable and interesting speakers, but a large part of the fun was getting into an area of the grounds we don’t normally have access to.
I never get tired of Manhattan’s manifold architectural charms and continue to add to my collections of ways in which one can experience them – most randomly on an impromptu middle-of-the-night walk from Carnegie Hall to the World Trade Centre, and most impressively from the windows of a classroom on the 63rd floor of the Empire State Building (where I’m taking some German language lessons).
Lots of singing and rehearsals and concerts have happened, as usual – most notably I got to hear the Greek singer Maria Farantouri, and Tom sang Carmina Burana with his choir.
Prior to his concert, Tom spent a week in England on his annual May conference trip, another successful event, and without me this year. Upon his return he bought three new fish and two shrimp to add to his collection, bringing the current total up to eight fish (all glowlight tetras), three shrimp and two snails. Plus an impressive quantity of duckweed and algae – it turns out he’s very good at growing algae.