Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hot Hot Hot

105 degrees
So it's been a hot weekend.  This picture was taken in the garden of our apartment building on Friday, July 22 when it was 105 degrees.  It was quite the experience.  The wind was hot, and heat radiated from the sidewalks.  Friday morning, we rode our bikes to Liberty State Park and around the trails.  It was an 11 mile ride and it took us over an hour.  It was already 90 degrees by 10 a.m.

On Saturday, the forecast was for 100 degrees, so we decided it would be a good day for a museum.  We've been wanting to go to the Whitney for some time, so we took the PATH to World Trade Center and walked over a few blocks to catch the #4 Subway.  Well, it was packed with fans heading to the Yankees game in the Bronx!  Went to the Whitney -- some of the exhibitions were a bit too "out there" for my taste, but I liked the permanent collection.  Unfortunately, my knee was bothering me so we only stayed a little over an hour.

Then we headed down to Union Square to go to L'Annam, a Vietnamese restaurant that has a gluten-free menu.   Mark is the designated "stir fry" chef in our house, so it's a treat for him to have someone else make it!  Then we stopped at the Union Square Farmers Market and bought some fresh tomatoes -- YUM.  By this time (mid-afternoon) it was pretty darn hot in Manhattan, so we headed back to New Jersey for some rest and frozen margaritas.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

John and Nancy's Sunday Social

Nancy, Julia and John Brauer

John and Nancy hosted a Sunday afternoon get-together at the local Jersey City Beer Garden, inviting friends and family to spend a relaxing afternoon together.  It was a beautiful (although a bit hot) afternoon.  Julia was in attendance, and Nancy's mom and dad were there, Dan and Natalie, and lots of John and Nancy's friends.  We had a really nice time visiting and drinking beer.  The women's World Cup game was on TV, and the place was packed!  Lots of excitement, although disappointment at the loss.  We are really enjoying the opportunity to spend quality time with our family while we are out here for the summer.