So 2013 begins…

Experimenting with a panoramic shot:Midtown on a winter night
My new year has been quiet, just the way I like it.

New Year’s Eve was uneventful and rather relaxing thanks to dinner out, and when the clock struck midnight and the ball dropped in Times Square, the boy was lightly snoring on the sofa beside me, so we went straight to bed afterwards. January 1 was spent at home and I just relaxed between cooking meals for everyone. I sat on the breakfast counter and had caught up on several episodes of  CSI NY, Criminal Minds and NCIS all throughout the day — and even got to begin work on my new Art Journal Every Day book. I thought about stopping by here and writing up a New Year post, but I was just too lazy.  I just wanted to enjoy the last day of my 1 1/2 weeks vacation before hitting work today.

Well, back to work for me.  It was a long day at work and I’m not even all caught up yet.  It’s good that I have the rest of the week to hopefully get things in order after my long break.

I’m not complaining, though.  But can they just stop the goodies from flooding the pantry please?  They actually had authentic rum cake today — thankfully, it was drenched in enough rum to make people take teeny-weeny portions instead of full slices.

Lunch was cheese and crackers (left over for lack of a toast at the strike of midnight — Note to self: buy the bubbly next year) — and I have a new cheese favorite beyond my old regulars  Camembert and Pont l’Eveque: the Saint-Andre (from FreshDirect).  Creamy and served in a thicker chunk — it’s like biting through a cheese-only cheesecake minus the sweet but with the creaminess and richness of a milky cheese.  Perfect with my olive and rosemary crackers.   I wouldn’t have minded sparkling cider — no alcohol needed, but it would be great with champagne.

I took a look out my window 41 floors up and saw the Empire State Building in glorious red and green.  It doesn’t matter that I see this every day I am at work — it still makes me awestruck even if my favorite, the Chrysler Building is just a short distance away with its perennial white illumination.  I look down and pan from left to right and back and I am just mesmerized by the view.

I wanted to go home but I thought I’d try and grab a few shots and maybe try working the panoramic “swing” which I am trying to get the hang of.  This was an angled down-ward “swing” from right to left capturing the Empire State Building and the New York Public Library and Citipond down by Bryant Park.  42nd Street is visible on the lower left-hand portion of the photo.

One gem out of around 20-30 panoramic shots made it worth it.  I just might try again tomorrow during the sunset.

Thus went my first day back at work after New Year’s.  Tomorrow, it’s back to the grind for me.  10:33 and I’m trying to make a mental checklist of the rest of the chores I need to do before turning in.  I wish I had an extra 4 hours… or that I could drag myself out of bed at 4am.  (That only gives me 2 hours on the morning end — and I’m really a nocturnal person.)

Time to sign out and get ready for bed.  I might yet get an Art Journal Every Day entry somehow.