Friday, February 12, 2010

12-of-12: February 2010

Remember those potpies I got the day of our last 12th?  We just had them for dinner.  YUM!

It's February 12th, folks!  Time to participate in Chad Darnell's 12-of-12 Project.  What's the 12-of-12?  You really should know by now, but if you don't... it's a fun photo project that has you post 12 photos from your day, on the 12th of the month each month of the year.  Chad says this is the last "official" year... we'll see if we can get him to keep it going.  :)

So what happened today?  Today's theme, as it turns out (not by any conscious decision), was "Buffalo Buildings & Food".  Strange, I know... it's how things went today.  Take a look:

Breakfast with Jerilyn!
After months and months of trying to set a date, we finally got one.  HOORAY!  Pano's Restaurant in Buffalo, NY is a must for visitors to our city.

Below is the view from our table (on the 2nd floor of the restaurant).  Elmwood Ave is an eclectic street... with businesses and residences all in one.

(Jer, if you're reading this, it was SO good to see you - we MUST dine together again soon.  If we start planning now, we might see each other by June.)

Move that bus!
I never thought the TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition would come to Buffalo... but they did!  Last fall they visited the West Side and built this home for the Powell family.

I told 'im we already got one!
Bet ya didn't know that Buffalo has a castle.  Well, technically no.  But the Connecticut Street Armory sure does look like one.  See for yourself...

Lunch time!
It's midday and I'm getting hungry.  I have an apple and some grapes, but that's not enough.  But what else to have?  Then I drive by this place...
This is the birthplace of (Buffalo) Wings!  In 1964, Teressa Bellissimo, owner of the Anchor Bar of Buffalo made these for her son and some friends as a late night snack.  The rest, is history!
I didn't have lunch at the Anchor Bar, sadly.  I'm trying to "be good" and not eat high fat foods like Chicken Wings.  So, instead, I opted for this:

Take-out sushi.
Oh, and this is part of the reason why chicken wings off the list of lunch-time foods.  Earlier this week I registered for my first Triathlon.  It's not for a while now (July 4th weekend), but I want to get into shape sooner rather than later.  This book was a gift from a friend.  "Don't take the title the wrong way" she says... "just read it."  So I am.  And I'm loving it so far.  Jayne Williams, the author, makes me feel I can easily accomplish this goal I've set for myself.  Easily.  With training.  Training starts later this month (sort-of already has with my daily workouts).

If I didn't already have other plans for this Saturday night,  it's possible I'd be coming here.  St John's Grace Episcopal Church is the host location for Buffalo Gay Bingo!
This ain't your grandma's bingo... this 1000-times more colorful, rowdy, and there are WAY more drag queens in the room (or so I assume... ya never know).  Plus, after each winner is announced the whole group shouts "B*TCH" at the top of their lungs and points at the winner.  (we were all thinking it, after all.)

Around the corner from St. John's are these beauties... there are LOTS more like it in the area, but these two are my favorite from the day.

A view from the porch -
Finally, here's the 2nd in this year's series of Views from the Front Porch.  As mentioned in January's 12-of-12, each month I'm going to take a picture of the same "corner" of the yard, while standing on my porch.  Not much has changed since January... still have snow (altho not as much as some in the country right now), but the days are getting longer and there's the promise of warmer temps soon.  

Well that's all for this month!  
Remember to kiss your Valentine on Sunday (and everyday).



elizabeth said...

ooh. wonderful shots. An I'm so checking out that book!


you have great taste in real estate. pity for the distance, we could go to that bingo night together...
must be fun!!!

beth said...

Great pictures!!! OMG Gay Bingo sounds like so much fun! I should suggest it at my church!!!

Have a great Valentine's Day.

BU said...

That book cover made me laugh!

Pete said...

First off good luck with your triathlon training Jill, there is no way I could trade chicken wings for sushi. Excellent willpower on display there today, well done!

And those houses are HUGE, the second looks like a Sims house!
Stay warm away from the snow :)

Chris said...

You know, depending on the sushi, sometimes I'd willingly choose it before chicken wings. (I said, "sometimes.")

Good luck with the triathlon -- That's a bit beyond what I can do myself, but I admire those who can :)

Nice 12!

Sunny Archibald said...

Great 12. I took a shot of a new Extreme Makeover home yesterday, too, though I didn't end up posting mine. What a coincidence. That Bingo game sounds as if it would be great fun.

Lipp said...

Nice '12!
Love the porch idea, I look forward to seeing all 12. Congrats on the triathlon, wow! I just registered for my first 10k in late feb, the hike is to help prepare for hills. I've been all over Buffalo & upstate, nice to see it here again.

raindogthoughts said...

Loved the armory pics; what a great building.

Eliane Zimmermann said...

cheers from vienna! i love those buildings. i love intersting buildings in general. tomorrow is my day off and i go for a loooong walk through downtown vienna and have a look at many magnificent buildings.

Dogeared said...

I loved seeing Buffalo - some of those houses (like when you looked out at lunch) look amazing! And good luck with the triathlon - I'm sure you'll rock it :D

The gay bingo sounds hilarious - and now I understand the bingo comments on T-Bear's Blog - I'd not read yours when I stopped by his 12, so I was confused!

Lucrecia Bloggia said...

Hi Jill!
I'm a bit late, but I'm only starting visiting all the other 12, as I was working all weekend.
I'm glad that you finally had lunch with your friend!
A triathlon? Wow! I'm impressed! I wish you the best of luck!
I never went to Buffalo, but from now, I'll know where to have lunch if I ever visit this city!

Laurie said...

Great pictures!

cmorgenstern said...

Hi Jill,
thanks for your visit to my 12 of 12. so nice to have a look at how people live across the big water. and I love your explanations that went with the pictures. since I have done this for the first time I had no idea how or what to do except show 12 photos of the 12th of the month. I like your idea of a photo of the same spot over the months. I will try and do the same starting next time if you don't mind me stealing your idea. greetings from the centre of Germany

Martini Dan said...

Great photos, thanks for sharing your day. I love architectural photos and you have some great ones.