Monday, October 24, 2011

Joisey Adventures: The 21st Annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

This past weekend was all about smiles and laughter. My work week was done -- time for some relaxation and fun! Who could not use a big dose of smiles and laughter? This was my mission and I accepted it with furvor!

On Saturday October 22nd with a crisp fall air, I trekked down to Tompkins Square Park for the 21st Annual Halloween Dog Parade. 500 dogs and 3,000 spectators gathered at the run for the competition. I did not want to stand along the gate as I wanted to be up close and personal with the dogs so I made a $5 dollar donation to First Run Friends and snapped away, talked to a lot of people, petted a lot of dogs, and made my own dogs jealous when I got home. You see I have two big dogs -- Hudson and Sweetums -- who are both rescues. Since they are not service animals I would have to put them into a cage on the train. I love my dogs but I am not that strong yet to cart over two hundred pounds of dog! This was also a great opportunity to gain some ideas for costumes for my dogs....and myself as well! Please enjoy the photos below!

A Three Musketeer!

Steampunk Puppy!

A Hot Dog!

Mr Draper and Betty Draper from "Mad Men"

Puppy Clown!

Bride of Frankenstein!

Monkeys with a Banana!

Beekeeper with a bee!

Self explanatory!

Puppy Sightseeing!

The Lindenburg!

Puppy Pincushion!

Popeye and Olive Oil with their can of spinach!

Mama and baby peacock!


A Cat Burgler and the cop who caught her!

An ice cream sundae and pumpkin!

An MTA Subway train I would love to take!

Another bride!

An aircraft carrier with pilots!

Prince William!

Native American Puppy!€

A NYPD officer with the 99 percent!

Quote the Raven Nevermore!

A pea in a pod!

NYC garbage!

Dorothy and Scarecrow with a scarecrow and poppy!

The Good, The Bad, and the Puppy!

A hammerhead shark that I would not be afraid of!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Things I Love Thursday -- October 20th Edition

Whoa...has it been an entire month of not posting a blog? Apparently so. You see, I have entered the world known as teaching Kindergarten. It is crazy busy all day long so when I come home from work all I really want to do is sleep/nap with my dogs or go to Zumba. I did keep up on my writing in my notebook though so in a way I did blog but just not on the computer. I also feel completely horrible that I have not kept up with my Radical Self Love bootcamp. Life keeps on getting in the way whether it is book signings, conventions, trips with my mother, or that pesky thing known as work. The positive thing is that I am living my life my way without regrets. So without further adieu...

~~Going to New Orleans with my mom. It is a great city filled with so much life and realness and great food. Can not wait to go back!
~~Lemon rooibos tea
~~Sandwiches that come with yummy salads.
~~Hanging out in bookstores.
~~Always having a clean desk at work.
~~Having soup for lunch.
~~Having a stranger tell me that I was sweet enough and did not need to add anything to my tea.
~~The rain stopping suddenly when I was walking to a event last week.
~~Getting my groove back.
~~Feeling smart.
~~Getting work done before it is due.
~~Meeting some amazing people in my travels.
~~Intelligent conversation.
~~Having my own pot of tea
~~Simply syrup as a sweetener
~~Winning a bet
~~Spending time with my brother at TNA Wrestling Bound for Glory
~~Cutting negativity and drama out of my life.
~~Shelling pistachios.

What are you in love with this week?