Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while! It’s time for Coffee and Conversation!
When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.
I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own..
Yes, I’m getting to this a little late in the day. It’s been a little odd today – normally, my Accomplice in Mischief, who is a chef, has Monday off. But today he worked a local food festival, and, for the first time, our 13 year old son went as his assistant. I’m also experiencing the distraction of having written over 10,000 words of my NaNoWriMo novel in a single day – a personal best for me!
So, I’m a little out of sync…but I’m hear, making this post while watching Castle and contemplating the next scenes of my novel. But I am here, and I’m inviting you to come along with the children and I as we visit the New York State Museum, in Albany. Originally, I was going to share the entire visit – but, well, this is our favorite museum, and we make the most of every visit. Today, we’re just going to walk from the parking lot next door, around the corner, in the door, and as far as the rest rooms…I promise, future walks will carry us into the museum proper, to explore…as a matter of fact, I’ve got many photos, from many trips, so we can go back again, and again, and…
Oh, look. There’s a parking space. Let’s pull in here, gather up our stuff, and get ready to see how much fun we can have with two unschooling kids and their mom, just walking in to the museum…
It was a lovely October day, and a pleasant, familiar walk…
Sometimes, you’ve just got to cozy up with a shale wall….and give it a nice snuggly hug.
The thirteen year old in my life makes me work for photos…
Okay, we’ve seen some wall-hugging and camera-dodging, and now we’re ready to continue on, through the parking area and around the corner. While the kids lead the way, I’ll snap a few pictures of the trees, with the first hints of fall color touching their leaves, the museum against a gorgeous early fall sky, and the skyline beyond the Empire State Plaza.
And now we round the corner, and the museum is just ahead. But…
That’s apparently the perfect time to hug your brother – whether he especially wants you to, or not…
Of course, when your sister is your friend, you sometimes go along with these spontaneous public displays of affection.
And then, with walls and siblings and Mom (not pictured) feeling happily hugged, we arrive at the entrance – yup, a bona-fide revolving door which beckons us in…well, eventually. I mean, this IS a revolving door, and what would be the fun of not taking an extra spin or two….?
And now we’re inside, thinking about what to see first….take a look around the lobby, and feel free to offer your suggestions…we’ll be right back, after a quick visit to the rest room, which, after its recent remodeling, looks a little like a modern train car, to me…
So, a little birdie told me that that’s it for today….
But we’ve got a little bit of unfinished business, so let me refresh your beverage…
We’ve got a few choices for the next museum installment, and I’d love your opinion!
- Adirondack Wildlife
- Ancient Peoples
- Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
- Epic Checkers
- Building Stuff
- Canned Food Scultpture
- Minerals and Gems
- Discovery Center Just drop a number into that nifty little comment box down there!
How about you? Do you have a favorite museum or gallery? Want to chat about it? I’ll get another round; let’s talk!