Yesterday was a spectacular day sailing on NY harbor….not least because the day was overcast and cloudy.  The weather made for some fantastic photos and sailing at dusk into the night was incredible, kind of like the night I went to the top of the Empire State building when it was sub-zero temps – things really are amazing at night in the city.

You see things you never notice in the daytime.  So here’s one of my favorite photos of the day.  Now I just need to spend more time doing things like this…sailing, dinner, cocktails, lots of laughs – priceless!

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Hanging with Oscar the wonder dog

Well hello my name is Oscar and I’m holidaying at Leanne’s house while my family are in Disney World Florida.  I am a Westie like McTavish and we look a LOT alike.  I am writing her blog today as she is busy cooking.  This will of course involve scrumptious things that are for me!  Although, she already got me great special treats (2 bags).

In fact, she left the nice little fillet mignon mini paws on the table and went to the bathroom.  Clearly this was a message that I should jump on the table and eat as many as I can as fast as possible.  I excelled and won the game, I ate all 70 of these little mini treats!  Today I’m a bit sick, I keep feeling ill and my tummy hurts but I don’t know why?  We go outside a lot to the toilet today.

Now she put the snausages, which are my next challenge, on the kitchen table which is much higher and is obviously an added degree of difficulty.  It must be the doggie snack olympics this week!  So today we watched some “Sons of Anarchy”, which is a great show, but there are NO doggies in it.  It’s time I sent a letter to them too.  I’ll do that after I finish this blog thingy.  She’s making some Southern Pork thing with potatoes…it smells yummy.  The cat is outside, he keeps looking at me through the window and making snarly sounds – not very friendly at all!  OK, well I have to go and sleep a bit so my tummy is ready for the next challenge!  This blog typing thing is ok…

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Tax Time

Here in the US, the tax year runs Jan 1 to Dec 31.  At home, I hated tax time, but here I actually look forward to it…why you ask?  Well for starters, I have the best accountant in the world (thanks to Jackie and Nigel), then I get to go to his office which has an amazing view of the city (he has the corner office on the 71st floor of the Empire State building) and then…..he is the only accountant that has ever dropped his fees (this I’ve never heard of in my entire accountant visiting years, normal practice is to raise them each year)!  So here is the view from Ed’s office (yes I take pics while he wades through the tiny bits of scrunched up papers relating to tax stuff that I give him – he should be knighted, bronzed then cloned and distributed throughout the accounting profession globally).

And then after this years tax visit, I got to have dinner with Jackie who just happened to be working in NY instead of her hometown Chicago.  So we found a new restaurant, L’express, which is actually open 24hours a day (love this city).  Not that we were eating at some abominable hour, 8pm since Jackie was working late.  What can I say, another great find!

So after a sublime salad nicoise, an amazing lamb burger with harissa (french moroccan) and a waiter who happened to hit the money with wine selections for us we happily pronounced a new find (in a city of millions of restaurants, it’s not often you need to return to one since it’s so easy to try the ever rotating opening of new restaurants or the established ones you haven’t  been to yet).  Finished off with a tarte tartin which was lovely and not too sweet, but just perfect and lots of conversations about her upcoming visit to Ireland (short Easter holiday), her work in Milan (it’s a hard life being an IBMer) and what books should be written for the good of mankind.  Is there any better way to spend a day doing taxes?

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On any given Sunday

I once wrote a blog about my horror at the laziest shoppers in the world, detailing the situation of American shopping cart carnage…..and here I find myself doing it again not a year later! This is the latest….at this shop … Continue reading

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