Bucket List for Mama – NYC – Day 1

Mom started planting NYC-trip-seeds early this year. She slyly added the words “It’s a bucket list trip.” Who can say no to that even if she’s not at death’s door. As I started pondering how to make the trip happen, I knew my HLP had to come along. She’s well traveled to NYC and would be the perfect tour guide. When I approached her about the endeavor, she says “I can’t go without my Mom, she’ll kill me.” And, the Mother-Daughter trip was born. Off to NYC we go! Lots of emails and planning were exchanged. We were going to make this week count!

Agenda Day 1:
*Arrive safely to NYC
*Check in to the Marquis
*Experience Times Square

All the boys wanted to make sure we Midwest girls could handle the Big Apple. Lots of selfies allowed us to check in back at home. From JFK:

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Times Square is nuts! Oddly it was a smaller space than I expected. Camera angles make magic on TV. Yet it was busier than I could ever imagine!

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As we walked around, I noticed some plain dressed people with ear pieces like FBI. What’s up? Then I spied the movie trailer and didn’t recognize any stars, but we watched anyway. Who knows what this is/will be?

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We made our way over to Rockefeller Tower and Plaza. I still fail at the country flag game. Fun to see a daily TV space for real.

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Like a tourist, I was constantly checking the map to see what was around us. #1 spot I wanted to take Mom to was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Just around the corner? Let’s go! We weren’t sure if they would even be open on a Sunday night. Unbeknownst to us, they were!!! They had an exhibit showcasing the Relics Of St. Padre Pio on display. It was quite an impressive turn out. We said a prayer for our family back at home.

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And I asked Mom to take a pic of me praying at the altar. She says quite frankly, “If this is a joke, I’m not taking a picture. I’m not going to hell for that.” I assured her that I was serious and was going to be thankful for lots of wonderful things I have in my life, including her. Now, TAKE MY PICTURE!

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After attending the Catholic Church, which should we attend this week? This was literally right outside our hotel door.

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Good night TS. I’ll see you tomorrow.

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But before our night ended, this perfectly describes this one…

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You Too? @ U2

I was hanging out after #Corporate Challenge volleyball to cheer on the cornhole team. Amazingly, free U2 tickets were being passed out. WTF?! I’m not a huge fan, but not a hater so yes I’ll take free tickets! Lucas Oil Stadium transformed for some music.

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Once I started saying to peeps we are going to the show, everyone else was too! Let’s see it! They opened the Joshua Tree tour with power on the walk-about stage.

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I was impressed with the lights. Sometimes, I’m just a little kid loving sparkles.

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Bring me my sparkles!

Lake Freeman

Captain Jack & his first mate have invited us to their lake house every year. This year, we finally made arrangements to spend some time on Lake Freeman. I was super excited until I got there to find this….

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WTF. Not again. Is this really why you invited me there?! Of course I had to dig in when my puzzle gene took over. We didn’t get it finished, but I did get it to a place where the Labor Day crew would get it done. Hell, L started this in January! After they would drag me away from it, we got some Rummikub in! Had to teach the college kid this old school game.

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We woke up to a beautiful blue sky and ready to take a boat ride! But not until my parents arrived! Always a blessing when they can join our festivities!

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Great low and high bridge architecture to check out!

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We had to make the tourist stop at the sand bar. Little different than I’m used to. People literally run their boats up into the sand bar. Anchors aren’t needed here!

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But is a grill needed? Yes please! I don’t even like hot dogs, but the thought of a grilled dog from the boat? Count me in.

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Come dinner time, we were ready for a hearty steak!

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Great friends, great memories. And I’ll have this memory to laugh at forever!

Riverside Ride

Thanks to a Indy e-newsletter, I learned about a new obstacle course sponsored by the Colts and @Play60. And we can get there via the Monon and Canal Tow Path? Sign us up for a date day ride!

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I had no idea how cool this would be (for an adult)! First we were greeted with a 40 yd dash.

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You stand on the Colts Horseshoe and a timer starts. Sprint to the end to see how fast you are. There was 1 other family there with us, and they kept racing. So fun! Next was the obstacle course. You hit a start button and ready, set, go! Here’s me off in the distance.

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CS brought out his inner Ninja Warrior on the floating plates and rope web.

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We ran the course a few times. The GPS map I made wouldn’t let me zoom in like I wanted, so oh well. This installation also has a simple work out area to use.

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Very very clever park. Please visit! Until next time, thanks @IndyParks!

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100 Acre Ride

With CS’s new love of biking, I figured we have lots of spots to visit on 2 wheels. I bought a granny basket so we can travel in style! Packed snacks and bevs, let’s go!

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First trip… 100 Acres Park for a picnic!

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We grabbed a bench at the lake to take in the fresh air. So peaceful.

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We made our own art project!

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I just love this park. So much to see, do, explore. Go visit! It was a great 20 mile ride for us!

This Might Be A Bad Idea

46 miles across Indianapolis looks like this.

2017 Urban

With a new team this year (Previously), we needed a new name and new shirts to race the 2017 IndyQuest Adventure Race. Since CS has heard about the race every year, he said he was interested in racing. Hmmm. I thought… That might be a bad idea. So our team name was born, This Might Be A Bad Idea. My super gym-mate MH was on board. Alright we are doing this! Here is the selection I sent my team.

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Of course, the $4.97 Snaccident shirt won. I even had to admit that it is pretty funny. After a long day of racing, we were pooped.

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We were able to catch up with other racers sharing our experiences of the day.

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Did you get that checkpoint?
How long did it take you to do the puzzle?
Are your clothes dry yet??

After food and bevs, we were a much happier team!

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And even scored 2nd place in our division! Not too shabby for this group!

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Happy to report the poison ivy was very contained this year. Phew. We’ll be back.

Wow Me

All the hype for the eclipse today…  My team at work got glasses. We were ready to be in shock and awe!

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Let’s see this.

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And it was a bit anti-climatic. Didn’t get very dark. Clouds were on and off. Glad I only lost 20 minutes on this. See ya again in 7 years Mr. Eclipse.

Re-remodel

Previously.

Taking down 1 towel hook in the bathroom almost turned into a complete remodel. It started off with the wrong paint. I could not find the blue paint. Found something that kinda looked like it so I tried it. Couldn’t hurt since I was going to have to repaint some portion of the bathroom anyway! I have no idea where this hunter green color came from. Fail.

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Ran over to Lowe’s to see if I could find the shade of blue to try to make the tiny repaint solution work and match the color. Paint-karma was not on my side. Got some samples and while walking away, dropped a quart on the floor of Lowe’s and it slow-motioned right up my pant leg in a wave of paint. Hello painted thigh!

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Well shit. Time for a new color. CS picked a great deep gray shade to match the granite. Bye bye blue…

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Hello new shower and wall color!

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Regardless of the removal of 1 hook, a new bathroom shower install was already in the books. I was done with the shitty job that was installed years ago. I called Bathfitters and after a long battle, a beautiful marble surround with a fabulous Delta shower head.

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Add some new lights, and this room is done. For good.

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