Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 2 Ms Anywhere In the Word

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenges are really that: Fun.

Her series, Alphabet With a Twist, is now on the Letter M: To complicate things, you have to have 2 Ms, anywhere in the word.

It took self some assiduous looking, but she finally came up with these two pictures of the Prince Albert Memorial in Hyde Park, from her most recent visit to London, a few weeks ago:

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The Prince Albert Memorial on a Beautiful Day in Hyde Park, London, Late October 2017

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Closer View of The Prince Albert Memorial

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Temporary 2: Weather in Dublin, Around Noon

Self loves that the Photo Challenge this week is TEMPORARY.

Since she is in Ireland, the country where, according to a Dublin cab driver, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes,” she decides that this week she will just keep chronicling the weather.

She took these pictures in Dublin, earlier today:

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A Pedestrian Bridge Across the Liffey: Friday, 10 November 2017

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Dublin: Friday, 10 November 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

Temporary: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 8 November 2017

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is TEMPORARY.

What could be more “temporary” than the weather?

Last night, Dublin was cold and rainy.

Today, just look at the difference!

Self took the Luas from Blackhorse (name of a saloon on the corner; sadly, appears to be closed) to Jervis. One of the stops on the way was Fatima. Only in Dublin!

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Dublin, Thursday, 9 November 2017: By the Ha’penny Bridge

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Arctic Sea Ice: Disturbing Change

Ever since self began writing her horror story, The Rorqual, set in the Bering Sea, she’s been following the NSIDC on Twitter.

Today, she read this:

Arctic sea ice extent for October 2017 averaged 6.71 million square kilometers (2.60 million square miles), the fifth lowest in the 1979 to 2017 satellite record. This was 1.64 square kilometers (633,000 square miles) below the 1981 to 2010 average and 820,000 square kilometers (317,000 square miles) above the record low October extent recorded in 2012.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Peeks: Cork

Light rain in the afternoon, on Lancaster Quay, Cork

Peeking in Cork, Republic of Ireland

All the below pictures are from this morning. Self walked around Lancaster and Wandesford Quays, then headed to the English Market.

It was cold!

She attended mass, too.

Last time she was in Cork, she bought a book, Priests and People in Ireland, that she could not fit in her suitcase. So she left it in Paradiso. And here it is!

She took all these ‘peeks’ this morning.

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Paradiso, November 2017

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Heading out for a walk

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Found this book in Travellers Bookshop, which is just across the street

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

ROUNDED: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 25 October 2017

Hello, curves.

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

Self’s son was married 14 October this year, in Albuquerque.

She nearly didn’t get to attend because the northern California wildfires grounded her United Airlines flight to Albuquerque from SF, two days in a row.

She finally flew to LAX, then got an American Airlines flight to Albuquerque. She arrived on the next-to-the-last day of the Hot Air Balloon Festival.

If she’d only managed to wake up at dawn, she’d have caught hundreds of balloons in the air, clearly visible from her hotel rooftop.

But she was exhausted. She was still able to catch a few stragglers:

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Albuquerque, New Mexico: October 2017

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Albuquerque, Still October 2017

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Albuquerque: Gorgeous, October 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

PERSONAL HEROES: FIREFIGHTERS OF CALIFORNIA

Trump is rather disinterested in the raging wildfires that have wrought havoc on Northern California.

Fires started over a week ago.

Self’s flight to Albuquerque on Thursday, 12 October, was cancelled due to “weather.”

Self’s flight to Albuquerque on Friday, 13 October, was cancelled again due to “weather.”

Self learned from another passenger in the SFO United terminal that the cancellations began on Wednesday.

Son’s wedding was on Saturday, 14 October.

The only thing that saved her was: another of son’s friends, Alex Case, was in the United terminal, scheduled for the same 11 a.m. flight to Albuquerque. Somehow, we found each other (first sighting since son’s high school graduation and Alex had grown at least two feet), found an American Airlines flight to LAX, and then got another flight from there to Albuquerque, finally arriving 8:30 p.m., missing the rehearsal dinner.

But: she made her son’s wedding! She made her son’s wedding! She made her son’s wedding!

Last night, she flew back to the San Francisco Bay Area. Her seatmate said, “There’s still smoke.” We looked out at the darkness. Above the twinkling lights of the city was an area that was a different pall. And self thought: the firemen have been fighting since the fires started, over a week ago now. And the fires have only just started being contained.

Each fireman deserves a medal. A big fat gold medal.

Stay tuned.

More Waiting: Fifth at 72nd

The Daily Post publishes a new Photo Challenge every Wednesday. This coming Wednesday, though, they’re taking a brief break. The next Photo Challenge will be posted next Wednesday, Sept. 20.

In the meantime, the Photo Challenge this week is WAITING.

Self’s nephew William was married yesterday morning, at St. Ignatius of Loyola on Park. Friends and family converged on New York City from Australia, Spain, England, the Philippines (Dearest Mum and all of self’s nephews and nieces, one sister-in-law) and of course other cities in the U.S., including Miami and Houston.

Last night, there was dinner and dancing at the Central Park Boathouse. Self got a Lyft to take her to 72nd and Fifth. Who should she see standing on the corner but a bunch of her Filipino nephews and nieces, all just standing there in very fancy attire. They told self they were waiting for a shuttle. Pictures are blurred because self has very trembl-y fingers.

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Niece and nephews came all the way from the Philippines to attend the wedding of their cousin, William Blackett.

Self’s niece, Maia, is in plum; Maia’s mom, Mia, is in electric blue. Everyone looked fantastic!

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It was a wonderful evening. Weather was just a bit chilly.

William’s sister, Georgina, was the maid of honor. Here she is, all dolled up, just before the start of the event:

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Last night at the Central Park Boathouse

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

New York, September 2017

Just to the south, Irma is about to unleash.

But New York was beautiful today.

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Sunlight glinted off the Hudson River (if only her camera battery hadn’t been exhausted)

Self kept busy by cris-crossing Manhattan: From Chelsea to Central Park to the Upper East Side, then to Columbus Circle, then to 2nd at 110th, then to Amsterdam, and finally back to Chelsea, using a combination of Lyft rides and taxis.

She had never ever been as far up 2nd Avenue as 110th. Self, you know nothing: Why did you think it would be seedy? Solely because your nephew owns a condo here (and he isn’t even 30).

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Tomorrow, more of the same. Having breakfast with friends in Le Pain Quotidien at 3 Park (meeting two librettist)Going to brother-in-law’s apartment in the evening.

Day after tomorrow, nephew’s wedding in the Central Park boathouse. Hope the weather holds.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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