I'm in Newark airport waiting for a flight to Charlotte and from there overnight to Madrid. Charlotte is getting to be one of those "have been in this city but never left the airport" kind of places.
Manhattan was grey and gloomy this morning but still not cold enough. I managed to fit in a brisk walk to the park with Charlie. I adore walking in Central Park and never get tired of the city scape surrounding it. Yesterday morning, we walked down 69th St on our way home and I was charmed by the gracious brownstones and their beautiful halloween displays. American sure do take holiday decorating seriously and do it with such panache. There were little flyers on everyone's door way inviting them to a kerbside impromptu coffee morning. Charming.
Friday evening we went to the opening of Leila Jeffreys' exhibition in a gallery on the Lower East Side. It was delightful, there was Australian wine but I didn't drink any as I was so hungry I knew I would be immediately drunk. I was a total fan girl and introduced myself to Leila who was funny and friendly and knew exactly which of her works we owned. I told the youngest later "she loves birds as much as you love dogs." Even though the exhibition was mostly pigeons (who knew the could be so colourful) there were two of Moluccan cockatoos, Cyril and Prudence. I was captivated and if anyone has a spare $4k go and buy one of them (but then it would be a shame to separate them...)
I spent the day in a list of get things done tasks. On the achieved list:
- post ganching's spectacles
- post S's dad's birthday present 3 weeks late
- post something to I for halloween
- buy more stamps
- replace make up in Sephora
- clean bedroom
We had dinner with Ray last night, yummy Greek food in walking distance of our apartment but a bit $$$. He lived in Madrid for years and told me to look out for the Joaquin Sorolla museum and the running of the sheep. Sadly, the former is not open on Mondays and the latter happens on Sunday after I leave. What I will do, is go to the Prado, eat a lot of delicious food and catch up with many old work friends.