Happy Daddy’s Day!

Sebastian and I made his daddy a special surprise for Father’s Day. I cut out a few letters to make a card and then had a series of photos of us taken together with a sign that said “We ♥ U Daddy”. Sebastian enjoyed holding and eating the card. Thank you to Uncle Bumper for taking these shots and thinking of making the ♥ stick out from the paper!

It was challenging to sneak putting them on the computer and then edit the photos, without Hubby seeing them. Then the bigger challenge was placing all the photos on each of his devices; however, I was able to do it at 6AM this morning when Sebastian woke up and Hubby slept in. I put them on his desktop, iPad, and phone. Then, I placed the card on his night stand.

The rest of the day was very leisurely. We went to a noon Mass, received a Father’s Day blessing, made a lovely lunch of chicken, zucchini and yellow squash. After Sebastian’s nap, we picnicked in the park with some blueberries, and took a walk, where we met a sweet kitty on a leash.


I Love the Franciscan Friars.

Monks walking in The Way of the Cross 2012

Yes, it’s true. They’ve gotten me addicted. Five years ago, I was on a plane to St. Petersburg to trek over Russia, Mongolia and China on the Transiberian Railroad. When I was flying, I met a seminarian. I had just moved to NYC a few months before that and complained to him that there was nothing really Catholic about NYC, like there was about Chicago. In Chicago, I was involved in lots of great groups, retreats, Churches, etc.

This seminarian looked at me in shock. He said, there’s tons of stuff in NYC! Haven’t you heard of Catholic Underground and then he mentioned a bunch of other big things that exist. I was so excited. This was the perfect way to start the trip. Seriously, it’s worth your time to read this fantastic NYT article about the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, entitled “Monks Who Play Punk.” And, yes, they do. And, they play it awesomely.

I’ve talked about Catholic Underground here. And, I know I’ve done the Way of the Cross walk with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal before, but this time I had my son and my husband with me. As an added bonus, my parents and my friends were along too.

So on Good Friday, we started out at the St. Joseph Friary in Harlem to walk up to the Bronx. They had refreshments out for those who weren’t fasting all day. I drank a lot of water before we started the walk, so of course, I needed to use the restroom. The two restrooms had long lines, so I was led by one of the brothers to the living quarters. I felt like I got a peek into this private religious life.

It was a beautiful day for a pilgrimage – not too hot or too cold, and a nice sunshine to warm you. As we walked, we often prayed and sang together. The brothers had a neat system where they would pray together using walkie talkies to keep everyone in sync. The brothers took turns carrying a large wooden cross and wearing a crown of thorns, as you can see in the pictures below.

One of the more impressive things was seeing the reactions of people along the way. Many people stopped what they were doing and took pictures and videos (on their iPhones, usually), and some people even joined in on the pilgrimage.

Here are some new pics from an incredibly spiritual Good Friday walk.

The brothers took turns carrying a large wooden cross and wearing a crown of thorns.

Walkie Talkies were used to participate in prayer throughout the walk.

Pictured here is Brother Simon who Sebastian took a liking to. Brother Simon rapped for us after the pilgrimage.

Sebastian loved walking in Daddy's Arms

My good friend, Nancy, is being very cute in this photo.


Hundreds of people participated in the pilgrimage.

My parents are peeking out in the crowd of people.

Mitten Crime Scene

City Lights


City Lights

View of the Southern Part of Manhattan in the Evening

Sunbathing in the City

When there’s only a bit of grass in your city, you sunbathe on your fire escape. I thought this was a great photo of typical New York City summer scene. First, it was the girl who was laying out on a simple towel, but later, a guy came by and called up to her. The girl threw down the key to the guy and a few minutes later, the man appeared in her window, took of his shirt and sat down with her. It was definitely a sweet sight and a very New York moment.

Free Hugs

I saw this guy giving away free hugs in Times Square. I don’t think he was one of the “free hugs” people that you see all over New York.  He seemed to be a rogue hugger.

He had an amusing sign, which made me laugh, especially with the juxtaposition of the very serious look on his face. In true New York fashion, he asked me for money after I snapped his shot. I politely declined. It made me wonder if the hugs were actually free.

Breakfast: Cheese Crepe with Spinach.

Lunch: Whole Wheat Mac and Lite Cheese with Broccoli. I can truly say that it is VERY difficult to eat a tiny plate of mac and cheese!

Dinner: Tilapia with Veggies.

World Cup Truck

Down in the Meatpacking District, I walked past this ESPN Match Truck, which is currently focused on The World Cup. For those that want to watch the World Cup outdoors and with others, this truck is located squarely in the middle of the street. Every day, the truck changes location. For more info on where it will be, click on the link above.

Morning Adobe Photo Walk

Though I appreciate my Saturday sleep in days, I was willing to give it up today for the Adobe Photowalk with Bryan O’Neil Hughes and Tom Hogarty. If you’re thinking most photographers are male, you’re right and the photo below is accurate. It always seems a bit unbalanced in that department. That’s why I’m here, to take it over! :O)

My hubby and I woke up and walked over to Fotocare at 6th Ave and 22nd St. We met a few people and walked over to the High Line Park, a park built over concrete and old railroad tracks that opened up last year around the Fourth of July.

As we walked there, I took a few photos of anything I found interesting. I thought this sign was funny and used a fish eye lens to create the distortion and capture the building behind it.

I took a few shots of flowers in the park. The first one just caught my eye. The flowers were beautiful and pink and immediately brought a smile to my face.

This second shot I took, my hubby likes to call “A Flower in a Tornado,” because of the grass twisting viciously around this pretty flower.

We lost the group and walked back through the meatpacking district. It’s such an interesting neighborhood. Amongst high end stores and restaurants are empty areas like this with random advertisements or graffiti.

Ray took this shot above of the graffiti. I loved the way the light fell and he caught it before I noticed it, so I need to give him props for a job well done. I played with Topaz on this photo to give it a little extra edge.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Raisins. I apologize for the bad photo, but I was in a rush to have a great breakfast before a long walk.

Late Lunch: Veggie Pita with Mushroom, Cabbage, Asparagus, Greenbeans and Cheese. All of this was warmed up and toasted in the toaster oven.

Dinner: Chili, Corn and Beans with Hot-sauce.