Midsommar Celebration NYC

Yesterday, the Swedish Consulate in NYC hosted a Midsommar Celebration in Battery Park City, downtown Manhattan. dievca biked down after work to see the chaos.  According to her friend, it was quite similar to what goes on in Sweden for Midsommar. Singing, dancing, eating, drinking while wearing floral crowns. A celebration of the Earth, topped off with the raising of the phallic Maypole (something about balls and a cock piercing Mother Earth. etc.)

It was too crazy to try to get food, so a bodega further uptown offered simple fair and the Hudson River offered a spectacular view.

Today, dievca is working and then heading out to watch the Germany/Sweden World Cup game. Afterward. dievca is hosting a small cocktail party for her visiting friend.

Have a fabulous, close to Midsommar Saturday. 🥂🥃🍸🍺

Photos: dievca 06/2018 Battery Park

Grief Bacon: Words we don’t have in English, but should!

Sometimes you are looking for that word and you just cannot find it in English,
perhaps another language can help:

  1. Kummerspeck: literally means “grief bacon,” but actually means gaining weight from eating your feelings (German)
  2. Abbiocco: a feeling of drowsiness after stuffing yourself full of food (Italian)
  3. Forelsket: It is not love. It is not passion or lust or infatuation. It is a kind of bliss. A kind of effervescent joy. The unbearable lightness of being that accompanies falling in love.
  4. Schemomedjamo: to eat past the point of being full because the food is that good (Georgian)
  5. L’appel du vide: a feeling familiar to anyone who has climbed to the top of a mountain, looked over a bridge or stood on the edge of a balcony. It translates to “the call of the void.” It is the siren song that faintly compels you to jump. (French)
  6. Tartle: The nearly onomatopoeic word for that panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you can’t remember. (Scottish)
  7. Gigil: The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is irresistibly cute. (Filipino)
  8. Bakku-shan: Describes the experience of seeing a woman who appears pretty from behind but not from the front. (Japanese)
  9. L’esprit de l’escalier: Literally, “stairwell wit” — a too-late retort thought of only after departure. (French)
  10. Bilita Mpash: An amazing dream. Not just a “good” dream; the opposite of a nightmare. (Bantu)

And sometimes there are no just no words:

 

 

 


Stay cool!


Sweltering in NYC and other places- hope you are staying cool!

Photo: Pirelli Calendar

Bachata at Bryant Park

Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is danced widely all over the world but not identically. The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat.

Throughout the Summer, in NYC, there is live music and dancing at various venues:
Lincoln Center, Bryant Park,  Meatpacking District , the High Line, etc.

dievca’s Home Opener for summer dancing was in Bryant Park: Bachata

Since dievca is on the “free” WordPress Plan, she had to convert her video to a gif and lost the sound.

The Bryant Park offering was free and had a lesson before the heavy dancing began. Yes, a lot of people with Latin roots came out to dance, but there was a strong showing from the Asian population and more. dievca opted for a glass of Rosé with a friend during the class and hit the dance floor afterward. Inexpensive fun!

(click if you want to see a demo of bachata)

On a side note: the public bathrooms at Bryant Park have been renovated and are insanely nice….so if you are caught out in NYC and need to go — make sure you are around NYC Main Public Library to use the “Taj Mahal” of public bathrooms.


Had a bit of an “eye-opener” this morning…

Kevin Beltz Sterling Silver Flasher Earrings – on Auction (click on photo for link)

Click photo to purchase

I thought I should respond by flashing back in my Moschino Pin-Up Raincoat.


Hmmm, lingerie or sans lingerie…


Fatherhood

The Guy I fell in Love with First – my Dad.

As I watch my Dad keep weight on as best as possible with tube feeding, I remember all the traveling he had to do for work.  All those meals he had on the road. (and he drank) How he would finish what I didn’t eat.  The focus was on me, my brothers, my Mom — not him.

But, Dad tried – he tried to keep running until a severe ankle injury stopped him (his ankle still swells 30 +years later – of course he never went to the Doctor). Dad was a great athlete and he’s still moving as much as possible to this day, but he did have a…

“Dad Bod”

Its true — there is a type of body created by being a Dad. Especially a “resident” Dad.

  • Though age is positively associated with BMI over all years for all men, comparing nonresident and resident fathers with non-fathers reveals different trajectories based on fatherhood status. Entrance into fatherhood is associated with an increase in BMI trajectory for both nonresident and resident fathers, while non-fathers exhibit a decrease over the same period. 

The study was started in 1994-1995 collecting height + weight to calculate BMI (Body Mass Index) and fatherhood status. Covariates included age, education, physical health, income, number of children, screen hours, workouts, etc.  The starting age range was 12-21 and the study was conducted over 20 years with data collected in four waves.

Men were grouped into three categories: resident fathers, non-resident fathers, and non-fathers. The trajectory of standardized BMI over time is shown below.

In a press release, the lead author of the study, Dr Craig Garfield, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and attending pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, said,

Fatherhood can affect the health of young men, above the already known effect of marriage. The more weight the fathers’ gain and the higher their BMI, the greater the risk they have for developing heart disease as well as diabetes and cancer.

So, the “Dad Bod” exists.

Weight gain associated with life transitions such as parenthood is a real concern, and public health, social, and clinical supports should be available for men during this time.

And we should be saying, “Thank You” to our Dad’s for giving their health up for us.

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1557988315596224

As I was reading the study, I wondered about the reasons for participants to be non-Fathers. Did they have a partner, male or female? Did that change the findings? Did marriage, in general, cause a male to gain weight whether there were children or not? Etc.

I think, in general, men who have families forget to take care of themselves.
The “Dad Bod” sacrifice.
And especially for Father’s Day – again, I’d like to Thank You.
Fatherhood is special. XO

 


Mahalo~

So, you are heading towards 50…
do you wear the bikini in public or not?


You do!

If you bought one from Fused Hawaii that has the Kohanaiki Top to hold those glorious breasts and the Kona Bottom to hug your spectacular curves without showing God & Country spillage.

dievca had really good luck with her
MOSS KOHANAIKI KONA SET,
but take a look around for other colors, patterns
and styles.
You know its good
if dievca sent a bikini selfie to Master!

(click on the logo to link to the website)