On July 23 2015, I was up a bit later than my usual 4 am but managed to scramble the morning together and by 8:30 am we were out the door and heading off to work.
Munchkin was along for the ride that day and by the time we arrived at the job-site we were greeted by the owner, who was surprised to see us since he had sent a text message to cancel the appointment around 7 am. Unfortunately, I hadn’t received the message but when he asked me to check, there it was at the time he said he sent it. I was confused! Why hadn’t I seen it then? I was on the phone prior to leaving home but apparently it hadn’t come through. So what was I to do? Nothing! I was paid in advance for the job so last minute cancellations like those meant there was no refund. So we simply left and I decided to make it a fun day for me and munchkin. It was something we hadn’t done in a while and thankfully I had cash on had to make it so.
Our first stop was to Jane’s Carousel, a five minute walk from the job-site, but upon arrival it was closed. It would be a half hour before they opened so we followed the walkway to the Stained Glass House instead, which was just a short distance off to the left.
NYC-based sculptor, Tom Fruin, just installed his colorful plexiglass and steel house at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. The artwork is called Kolonihavehus, taking its name and inspiration from Copenhagen’s ubiquitous kolonihavehus: a modest garden shed originally intended to give state workers a refuge from cramped living conditions in the city. This small home was made from over 1,000 pieces of salvaged plexiglass.
Info source: http://www.robotspacebrain.com/stained-glass-house-brooklyn-bridge/
Although we were there during the day, the night time photos I came across online are quite lovely and showcases this fantastic artwork in a whole new way!
We sat and ate at the open seated area a few feet away, then took a few photos of the other artwork inside the Brooklyn Bridge Park as well as the buildings surrounding the park which created a uniquely artistic skyline.
Name or art: unknown
Name of buildings: unknown
By the time we were done, the Carousel was open for business so we gathered our things and made our way over. No long lines to frustrate us as it was the middle of the week and we were among the first patrons of the day. We were elated!
At only $2 per ride, munchkin went a couple times before I could pry her away to continue exploring the rest of the area.
The view from inside the Carousel was quite breath-taking, so we took pictures of the lovely scenery as a way of distracting her from wanting to spend all our cash on rides alone.
Pathway leading from Jane’s Carousel to other side of park. I was totally fascinated by the rock wall...
On the path leading from the Carousel there was a lovely picnic area lined with flowering plants many of which were in full bloom which certainly added to the wonderful scenery.
The path continued, then split into two, one leading to another picnic area, while the other lead to an enclosed playground. Of course, munchkin could not resist path #2, so there is where we stayed for an hour or so before I deemed it necessary to find a bathroom immediately before she had an accident. (Kids have a way of waiting til the very last minute before announcing they need the bathroom, then it’s a mad dash to get there without incident). Thankfully we were successful in finding one closeby and used the opportunity away from the playground to find a place to eat. Tantrum avoided!!!
Although I had sandwiches and other snacks in our lunchbag, we both agreed that pizza for lunch would make our little outing even more special since we only have such foods once in a while. We found a cozy spot 2 blocks over called Front Street Pizza.
It was smack dab in the middle of the lunch hour by the time we arrived, so there was a bustle all around us, but we managed to find a couple corner seats looking out the window which meant we could turn our backs to the craziness as we enjoyed our meal.
I’ve walked by that place a million times in the 7 plus years I’ve worked in that neighborhood but have never eaten there as I would always carry my lunch from home, and honestly, I just assumed everything would be overpriced given the area I was in. But thanks to my little one I now know they have really nice food and the prices are decent too. At $2.50 per slice we were able to stay within budget and still have cash left over for a toy at another store around the corner – – Bridge Apothecary.
Bridge Apothecary, although primarily a drugstore, also has a pretty decent toy aisle. I’ve popped in there from time to time if I’ve needed something in a pinch, and have allowed the little one to select a toy on occasion as reward for being good on other days when she accompanied me to work. So she was quite familiar with the store!
plot plan to get her there was to make it easier for us to get home. The store was only half a block away from the train station and I knew after all the fun and food she’d be tired. I needed her to make it all the way to the train without any tantrums to ruin our otherwise perfect day. My scheme plan worked brilliantly and with her beautiful new pink ball she was all smiles and eager to get home to show it to doggy and play with it too.
Unfortunately, once on the train, things started to fall apart. She was visibly tired, the train was crowded, I was spent also and thus was losing my patience. She didn’t want to sit, then when she did she wouldn’t stay still – – bouncing, poking, laughing, and just being a bit obnoxious. She’s the kind of kid that gets super crazy when tired instead of mellow and quiet and I have no idea why! (Need to research that…) Half way home, threats were made, by me, to have that pretty new ball taken away if she didn’t behave. That worked for about one minute before her tiredness wiped out all sense of reason and she was back to her antics again. I was furious! The ball went bye-bye and the tantrum escalated. The crowd eventually thinned as strap hangers exited at their designated stops, and we were able to move to another seat with more room. This allowed me to set my bags aside to have her sit on my lap and within a few minutes she dozed off! It was a huge relief for me, temporarily, but a battle to get her from the train to the bus for the last leg of the trip. She’s getting really heavy for me to carry comfortably now and with my back issues I shouldn’t be lifting her much at all. But with a summon to the ‘Great One Above’ to lend a hand I was able to carry her all the way home.
All in all, the day that started around 5:30 am as an ordinary work day, turned out to be a successful adventure and fun was had by us both! It’s a memory I can now stash away safely for it has now been recorded and will live on forever here in cyberspace as well as in my heart. Here’s to great adventures and the joys they bring!
Thanks for reading and best wishes,
Contents written: August 25 2015 | Edited: August 29, Sept 4 2015 | Originally published: September 4 2015 | Copyright 2015 Moylom Enterprises