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Christmas in the Burgh December 27, 2006

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This Christmas I went home to hang out with Mom. We had a blast, and Santa was good to us both 🙂

We spent 3 days opening gifts. I got a bunch of nice shirts, Capote on DVD, and some money (among other things). (Note: the sweater in the picture above is from Adrienne; we had Christmas early.) Mom got a bunch of stuff too. I was happy to get her a pink bluetooth headset to go with her new pink Razr and a DVD collection of some Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice works, including Cats, Joseph, and JCS, which she was very excited about.

Check out more pics of Christmas on my Flickr

Cheers!

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Move over Diddy August 1, 2006

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In my mom’s spare time she has been taking classes to perfect her radio voice for voiceover acting and commercials. Check out my mom’s spot advocating voter participation: Constance Marie.

I admire my mom for not settling for a boring life. She stays active – always with a fun activity planned: golf, acting/voice lessons, poetry.

Go Mom!

Big City of Dreams June 6, 2006

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I love spending time with my mommy 🙂

This past weekend we were in NYC – just hanging out. She had a conference in the city so we took advantage of the opportunity.

Thursday night we meetin up with a colleague of her’s for dinner at Asia de Cuba (excellent). Friday I did some work from the hotel/library and she finished up her conference. Unfortunately it was raining cats and dogs all friday evening so we just chilled.

Saturday was a blast though. We headed up midtown for lunch and the matinee of Avenue Q. The show was fantastic! If you haven’t seen it, head to TKTS, get some tickets and check it out. While coming out of Avenue Q we happened upon Julia Roberts exiting after her show Three Days of Rain. My mom was thrilled because she called Julia’s name and Julia looked directly at her and smiled. They bonded 🙂 Instead of heading back downtown, we hung around Times Square for a while then saw The Break Up. (The acting was good, but I didn’t like the story. Over all, I thought it was just an okay movie.)

Sunday we planned on head out to Liberty Island, but there were no more tickets available. So instead we decided to chill in Battery Park for a bit. On the walk back to the hotel we came across the National Museum of the American Indian. If you are downtown, stop by. They’ve got an intereseting exhibit on ceramics and a beatiful jewelry display. We also stopped by Ground Zero then happened upon the River to River Festival. All throughout the weekend they were shooting the next spidey movie downtown. At one point we saw the live taping – although no stars, just a bunch of extras pretending to watch Spiderman on the side a building.

It was a fabulous weekend in the city with Moms 🙂

Cheers.

Zanna, Ho-zanna, Hey, Superstar February 27, 2006

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This past weekend I went home to hang out with my moms. (Always a pleasure. It feels good to be home, Mom 🙂 We got some work in cleaning out the garage on Saturday. We both had a lot of crap in there. After dropping two carloads worth of stuff on Goodwill’s door step, we showered and headed downtown to the show: Jesus Christ Superstar at the Byham Theater.

I remember listening to the soundtrack to JCS as a kid so watching the show brought back a ton of memories. It was good. We enjoyed the cast, although (this sounds funny to say) Judas and Mary were better than Jesus. The company flipped a couple of the scenes (spoiler warning for those in Pittsburgh…) They had Caiaphas and his homies as Italian mobsters (conceivably to avoid any possibly antisemitic appearance) and they made the scene with Harod like a meeting in Trump’s boardroom on the Apprentice, which I thought was a fun scene. One of the coolest things they did was recreating famous paintings by freeze-action posing during the play. All in all, Mom and I had a great time.

On a whim, we decided to pop into the movies to see what’s playing on the way home. We showed up with perfect timing to see Madea’s Family Reunion, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was funny, deep, and an all around feel-good movie. This was the first movie I have seen by Tyler Perry. My mom says she enjoyed it even better that Diary of a Mad Black Woman. I recommend it – especially if you grew up with a large black family.

Now I am off to San Fran to hang out with RJ and Danielle for two weekends …oh and to do some work during the week between 😉

Weekend of Birthdays November 20, 2005

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I would like to welcome into the world, weighing in at 8lbs 6oz and standing (…well, laying) at a full 22″:

Jordan Anthony O’Neal

He was born to my cousins, Jay and Aliya, on Nov 18. I went to visit the three of them today at the hospital. That is a good looking baby boy, and I am happy for Aliya and Jay. Aliya is recovering well. She did have surgery so she isn’t expected to go home until Wednesday. She should be home in time for Thanksgiving.

This weekend I also took a trip down to DC to visit my good friend Kapil (pictures forthcoming). About a dozen or so of us went to Maggiano’s for a good family style Italian meal. Then a few of us meet up with some other friends at a place called Chloe in Adams Morgan. All around, a good night (although I would suggest not trying to get a cab from Adams Morgan to Bethesda – took us a long while to find one that would do it for less than $50).

Happy Birthday to Jordan and to Kapil!

Chicago 2005 August 16, 2005

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This past weekend my mom and I met in Chicago to hang out and explore the touristy things about the city. I must say I was thoroughly impressed by Chicago and would love to travel back there soon (before the winter comes ;o).

We arrived Friday afternoon and decided to take a trip up to the top of John Hancock Center (thanks for the tip, Adrienne). Although it was overcast, the view was still spectacular! Afterwards we intended to check out N. Michigan, but the stores were closed so we just grabbed dinner.

Saturday we woke up early and took a morning walk around the museum campus and along Lake Shore Drive. Again, the landscaping and the view of the skyline was wonderful. We then cleaned ourselves up and took a ride on the trolley tour around the city. The neat thing about the trolley was that you can jump on and off at any of the pick up spots. We jumped off back on Magnificent Mile, went perusing through a couple of the shops, grabbed some lunch, then hoped back on for the rest of the tour. We got a nice overview of some of the history and a chance to check out most of the major landmarks/highlights about the city.

Later that afternoon we hoped off the trolley again at Navy Pier. Navy Pier is a fun place. We saw some pretty strange performers and ate junk like popcorn, roasted, caramelized nuts, and icees while we strolled the length of the pier. Joe’s Be-Bop is a great place for dinner with live jazz and blues entertainment. After Navy Pier we took a couple buses down to Buckingham Fountain to watch the light show there. We could also see the fireworks display on Navy Pier from the fountain.

Sunday we did not get up as early – at least we didn’t think so at the time. It turns out we thought it was about 11am when in reality the clock was almost 2 hours fast! So we had “more Sunday” than anticipated, which was a good thing. We went to the Museum of Science & Industry to see the Body World exhibit which, using a break through technology, showed real human bodies, “frozen” in real-life positions, dissected to show the details of our anatomy. It was very interesting (and only slightly creepy). Of course you know I had a blast at the other exhibits in the science museum as well ;o)

Alas, the inevitable: Monday was check out and flight home day. We had a great weekend! And as always, it was fun getting to chill with my mom. She is a great travel buddy :o)

Pittsburgh 4th of July July 5, 2005

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