Friday, July 25, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Enough rambling. I've got to get back to work. Only a few more days until I begin my vacation at home with Abby, while DH goes to Long Beach for his conference.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Restrooms- Burger Kings are always gross and dirty, and they don't have diaper decks. McDonald's ones are nicer, cleaner and do have diaper decks. So yay for clean and yay for diaper decks!
Dining Rooms- I generally think that the ones at McDonald's ones look cleaner, but it does vary. Both have self-service drink dispensers but some places stock them better than others. In Greenfield, MA the Burger King is in definite need of an upgrade all around, and maybe now that they have taken the play structure out, they will start.
Food- I like Burger King better, but you know it probably has more calories. I need to research this a little. A Quarter Pounder is not as filling as a Whooper or a Stackhouse Burger or whatever it is. Plus I like BK's option of onion rings, another plus for me. On the other hand, McDonald's has yogurt parfaits which are yummy, and better chicken sandwiches. I think McDs burgers and breakfast sandwiches are more salty than BKs. I like McDs coffee better though, and my husband likes their sweet tea.
Kid's food- McDonald's apples are cheaper than the new apples at BK, and I usually like the toys at McDs better too. My daughter seems to prefer the McDs hamburgers over the BK ones for some reason, not sure why.
And our latest bonus category is the play spaces. Between the diaper decks, better toys, and the play spaces, McDs seems more kid-friendly overall. If only they could improve the food for the adults, we'd all be happy.
Monday, July 14, 2008
mini book report- "American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the birth of the "it" girl and the crime of the century
This is the story of her childhood and the events that led up to the murder of Stanford White. White was a famous architect in New York City (and elsewhere I suppose). He designed Madison Square Garden among other places. The book gives a lot of detail about Evelyn's relationship with White and others (including Jack Barrymore). The murder itself is but a flash, and then there is the aftermath- the trials of Evelyn's husband and the ordeals she had to go through.
What happened after the trials is another flash, which was disappointing to me, but understandable. This is not supposed to be a biography of Evelyn's whole life I guess. It's just an account of the events surrounding the murder of White, whom was Evelyn's benefactor and lover. Plus it talks about Evelyn's marriage to White's murderer, Harry K. Thaw.
I'll admit I'm more interested in learning more about Stanford White now, and how he managed to maintain so many secrets in his life without his wife's knowing, or maybe with her knowing and not caring. In any case, this book is good if you are interested in learning more about famous women from the 1900s, or about women in abusive relationships, and also about the theater life in New York in the 1900s, especially what was called the "Tenderloin district". From Wikipedia:
"The Tenderloin was a once-seedy neighborhood in the heart of the New York City borough of Manhattan. Police Captain Alexander Williams allegedly coined the term in the late 1870s. This district was in Midtown Manhattan from 23rd Street to 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue, much of which is known now as Chelsea and the Garment district. The northwest corner of the Tenderloin was Longacre Square, now called Times Square.
The Tenderloin was a notorious red-light district. The raffish reputation of the Tenderloin's 1890s bordellos, repeatedly raided by Anthony Comstock's vice squad, was recreated in the 1960 Sheldon Harnick-Jerry Bock musical Tenderloin, based on a novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams.
The Tenderloin of the early 20th Century is described from a police perspective in Behind the Green Lights, the memoirs of Police Captain Cornelius Willemse.
The name appears to have fallen out of favor in the 1940s, when massive redevelopment of the area removed much of the associated stigma."
"Stanford White (November 9, 1853 – June 25, 1906) was an American architect and partner in the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White, the frontrunner among Beaux-Arts firms. He designed a long series of houses for the rich and the very rich, and various public, institutional, and religious buildings, some of which can be found to this day in places like Sea Gate, Brooklyn. His design principles embodied the "American Renaissance". In 1906 White was murdered by millionaire Harry K. Thaw, leading to a widely-reported trial."
Information about Evelyn can also be found at Wikipedia etc, so I won't quote anymore of that. It's a long book, took me several weeks to read because of all the details, and honestly some nights I just wasn't up for it. So it sat sometimes a week in between chapters, but I got through it and now I know more about a piece of New York's history.
Friday, July 11, 2008
This girl is going to be impossible when she is 16! I don't think I can buy her shoes online anymore that's for sure.
(DD=dear daughter, FIL= Father in law, DH=Dear Husband)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Anyway, we had a very small turnout for our cookout on Friday, so I will probably be eating chili for the rest of the week. Saturday we saw Grandma A, who is doing a little worse every time I see her. She fell recently and had to have a couple of stitches on her face, just under her eye. Sad to see her all banged up like that. Sunday we saw the 6 year old again, this time at a local park. I was exhausted by Monday morning, since I'd also taken Thursday off from work to clean house, but it was a good weekend all and all. Yay!
And now of course I've got more Disney ideas. I think I will try to work in the fireworks at Magic Kingdom and Epcot into our plans in September.
Work is busy again too, with the official beginning of Fiscal Year 2009. My "summer season" is over, and fall work has begun!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
4th of July is Friday. I will be off-line from the 3rd-7th probably, so if anyone is reading this- Happy Holiday weekend!!