7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #426: Featuring The Mad Hatter

h1 April 5th, 2015 by jules


I’m typing this on Saturday night, and we’ve just returned from a week-long vacation to New York City. I’m pretty worn out, and since I took (most of) the week off from blogging, I’ve got no art today. Since I can’t NOT have images, though, here’s a photo of me and my girls at the Alice statue in Central Park. I figured that was mighty fitting, given the banner at this blog, though I apologize that the Hatter’s in the shadows a bit here.

So, my kicks from the week are legion: Being able to take a vacation to begin with; Central Park; Times Square; Lady Liberty (I have this weird phobia of giant iconic monuments, but she was far away enough on the ferry to not frighten me with her ginormous-ness); a Broadway show; a little girl who was sick for just one day (not a kick that she was sick, but it’s a kick that she wasn’t sick for multiple days); the graciousness of Brian Floca, Sophie Blackall, Edward Hemingway, and John Bemelmans Marciano in allowing us to visit their studio; seeing an old friend; the Met; the planetarium; the library lions; and much more. The biggest kick of all is that it was my girls’ first time to NYC.

Oh, and I ended up in a segment (as in, made an utter fool of myself, but hey, why not?) on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as my family and I walked past 30 Rock. Given that I’m a huge SNL fan, it was neat to be one degree removed (or however that works) from Fallon, though my secret wish to see SNL’s Kyle Mooney on the streets, filming one of his bizarre short videos, was left unfulfilled. Oh, and I brushed past Kate McKinnon in 30 Rock. WHY DIDN’T I ASK FOR A PHOTO? Oof.

Good to be home, too.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

15 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #426: Featuring The Mad Hatter”

  1. I’m so glad you had a good trip. I’ve done the sick kid in NYC thing, not fun. I’m glad it didn’t last too long.
    I loved the Fallon video, so fun.
    I had a little get way to Boston last week to celebrate my mom’s birthday.
    I had a lot of laughs with ALL of my siblings.
    When I went home I got to see my new niece for the first time and got to dye eggs with her older siblings.
    Everyone’s gone home now and we are spending a quiet Easter with chocolate, black jelly beans and love.
    I hope you all have a lovely week.

  2. hippity hop

  3. Jules: Glad you ladies had a lovely vacation, and that you got to see Alice and the Mad Hatter – what a bonus! How cool that you were on the Tonight Show. I see you, Peep-Jules! Glad that your daughter is feeling better. Which Broadway show did you see?

    Moira: Yay for visits!

    My kicks for the past week:
    1) Run-through
    2) Bookings
    3) Rehearsals
    4) Filming
    5) Plans
    6) Writing
    7) Laughing

  4. Good morning, Jules and your lovely daughters. I am so happy they got to experience all of the good things New York City has to offer. It’s a series of extraordinary moments you never forget. I’m glad you are all home again safe and sound.

    Enjoy your quiet Easter Sunday with chocolate, black jelly beans (my favorites) and lots of love, Moira.

    Hello Jama!

    Laughing is the best thing ever Little Willow. No day is complete without it.

    My kicks:
    1. Rain
    2. Good news
    3. Poetry Month starts
    4. Birds singing
    5. Snow melting
    6 and 7. Walking with Xena.

    Have a lovely week everyone.

  5. Jules – so glad you and the whole family had such a great trip in NYC. Such an exciting city. And you were so cute with the peeps on Fallon! So very cool!

    Moira – Hooray for family birthday celebrations. Enjoy your easer candy!

    LW – yay for bookings, run-throughs, and rehearsals, and lots and lots of laughter!

    Margie – good news, snow melting and walks with Xena sounds like a great week.

    My kicks this week:
    1) Super productive week work-wise. My new gig let’s me see positive results for my work much faster – it’s a very happiness inducing benefit.
    2) Finally saw Good Burger. Definitely a comedy classic.
    3) Also finally saw Chaplin. Lovely movie, and made me miss old Hollywood. The scenes between RDJ as Chaplin and Kevin Kline as Douglas Fairbanks were such a great portrait of a friendship.
    4) I posted a link on FB, but watching Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock lip synch Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off is so funny. https://vid.me/umSk
    5) Daisy making new friends on every walk.
    6) Starting to gear up for more gardening.
    7) Sunshine.

    Have a wonderful week everyone!

  6. Rachel: Yay for productivity! Congrats!

    Hi Jama!

    Happy holiday weekend, Imps! SPRING FORWARD! 🙂

  7. Hi there, I checked in this morning as is my Sunday morning habit. I was SO tired from yesterday that I couldn’t type.
    Jules, the post is perfect as a culmination of your week in NYC. And that statue.
    Moira, hope your mom enjoyed her birthday and your visit.
    Jama, hoppity-hip.
    LW, love number 7. We need more laughing.
    Margie, so glad the snow is melting and the birds are singing.
    Rachel, wasn’t the sunshine yesterday and part of today a gift? I gardened all day yesterday.
    My kicks:
    1. The first line of the 2015 Progressive Poem for National Poetry Month.
    2. The poems from my students for National Poetry Month.
    3. My Double LL Poetry Challenge. Charles Waters is coming up with daily poems and Mary Lee Hahn is contributing.
    4. Time with youngest daughter. She came alone to help in the garden. Missed the grand girls but it was a treat to have her to ourselves.
    5. Gardening yesterday.
    6. having a small burn pile going yesterday.
    7. Creating a succulent hanging basket.
    7.5 Listening to the rain as I write.

  8. Happy birthday to your mother, Moira, and I’m glad you got to see family this week. AND that you have quiet today. I also have quiet today, which is good. (I’m also trying to get over the Travel Crud.)

    Happy Easter, Mrs. B!

    Little Willow, we saw The Lion King. It was hard to pick between that and Matilda, but I really wanted to see Julie Taymor’s work. It was everyone’s first Broadway show too! … Have fun filming, LW!

    Margie, good news is a wonderfully cryptic kick. And Wonderfully Cryptic Kick might have to be my band name.

    Rachel, glad work is good — and I haven’t seen any of these movies you mention, so I gotta fix that.

    Jone, what a good, poem-filled week. Love Charles’ work. You’re making me wish I could hear rain right about now too.

    Have a good week, everyone!

  9. Wow, what a trip you had! Love the pic 🙂 NYC is an amazing place! I’d go in more often, but tolls and parking (especially parking!) are a killer when you’re broke! lol

    As for kicks? Well, let’s see. It’s been rough for me the past 2 1/2 weeks, but there were some bright spots!…

    1. My son and daughter-in-law came for a “pre-Easter” dinner since they would be in Aruba.

    2. I sent in a submission (though it was rejected this morning).

    3. My son and d-in-law’s flight arrived safely in Aruba.

    4. I registered for this year’s NJ SCBWI conference. Always something to smile about 😀

    5. Ordered a bread machine through Home Depot (much cheaper than elsewhere!) since I know I will have to go gluten-free and failed 4 attempts at baking bread doing it the regular way.

    6. Honored Christ’s death and saw friends in the process (that I hadn’t seen since last year!).

    7. Found out my biopsy was benign! Yep, definitely a “kick”!

  10. So lovely to see you! I still think it’s hilarious that you ended up on TV. ONLY YOU, JULES DANIELSON.

  11. Donna, a benign biopsy? That is seriously the kickiest thing of all. Congrats! That kicks a rejected manuscript into the corner any day, right?

    Tanita: What a hoot, right? And I’m getting ready to fly to Mass for work. Hoo boy, I’m tired, but at least this one is a short trip.

  12. Julie, look at who else was vacationing in NYC this past week and found the Mad Hatter? 😀


  13. Julie, I keep coming back to this post for so many reasons! lol I am JUST NOW catching up on Betsy’s recent blog post and she posted the video of your TV appearance! lol Ha!


  14. Yes, I saw that he was in NYC the same time I was!

  15. I’m glad you had fun in NYC. I grew up there. Now I live in the Boston area, so when I visit, I’m starting to feel like a tourist seeing the sites. It’s a fun perspective. I appreciate it more.

    See you tonight! I look forward to meeting you.

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