Friday, October 31, 2008

Today was cold (37F BRRRR), but really sunny. We tried out a new spot a couple of buildings over, thinking there would be more sun there, but we were mistaken. Turns out the sun is in our old spot form 10-12 and in the new one from 12-2. Sinje's husband, Adam, came to visit us. We really like him. He is a fantastic cellist.

About twenty minutes after he came, the sun went away and he helped us move back again.

People gave us a few thumbs up and a yoga studio owner from Brooklyn wanted to know whether lots of us might be willing to move in with her. We haven't been to Brooklyn in so long that we got really excited abut the idea. Later we talked to Erin. She was standing next to us today. Erin sews animals onto onesies and T-shirts. We really like them, but they are a little too big for us. Erin got really excited when she heard that some of us are going to swing on trapezes soon, because she has a spiral staircase in her apartment that she says looks kind of barren. Next, we'll be flying. We can't wait!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

It rained so much on Tuesday that Sinje decided to take us out today instead, but we didn't even get out the door. We were all packed up and ready to go when it started drizzling. So we went back upstairs. That was not the end, though. Sinje ended up taking us up to Harlem where we got to dance on a gigantic bed where she took pictures of us :-)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cold, cold, cold. We have to get warmer clothing. Scarves? At least it was sunny. We came out to play at 10 and played until 2:30 today, even though it was so cold. A few people noticed that we come in all colors now. There are so many of us!

Kids like us, too! Everyone wanted to know if Sinje had knitted the coat she was wearing (she had). So now Sinje is thinking of selling her coats and putting them on the table with us. She thought about this once before and had a photographer take a picture of it (on a model).

We hope we will still have enough space, and we are a little worried that Sinje won't need us anymore, but once again, she reassured us that we are all very much loved. Besides, she said that there are complications with selling coats from a street stand. Apparently you have to have a kind of vendor's permit that is only given to war veterans. You can't sell anything but art on the street unless you are a war veteran? That is so strange. It's the city's way of making sure the streets are not flooded with random people selling random stuff, Sinje explained to us. She smiled and said that she might not be allowed to sell her coat on the street, but no one could forbid her to promote it!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Today was cold and wet. We went out to play, but we froze in the wind. A couple of people said really nice things about us, but no one really wanted to stop in the cold. Then it drizzled, so Sinje wrapped us up and took us home. Bummer!

Friday, October 17, 2008

What a great day! Sinje came in the morning. She was feeling very low, but we were all happy to see her. She said she was stressed out about money and feeling like a fool sitting with us on Prince Street all day, just talking to people. We told her that we enjoyed playing on the table and that we loved the people who stopped to look at us, so Sinje took us out to play. Then it began to drizzle and we heard Sinje making plans to meet with her husband for lunch--uptown. She said she was going to pack things up. Just then a guy stopped dead in front of us and said: "I love these!" He was fascinated, and before we knew it, he carried one of us off. This was our first adoption. Right at that moment it stopped drizzling. Then two more of us were adopted, both by the same woman, a yoga teacher from Italy. Yoga in Italy! Suddenly, Sinje was just as sunny as the weather. Her husband came to visit downtown and gave her a huge hug. She seemed so glad that some of us had left that we began to wonder... But she reassured us that we are all very much loved and that she will miss all of us when we are adopted.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Today we experienced something unforeseen. Two very nice African American women came by, smiled, and asked Sinje: "Are you going to make these in brown, too?" Wow. Sinje did a complete spin of her head. It hadn't even occurred to her that we are all Caucasian. We live in New York where so many colorful people walk around, but we don't reflect that. Sinje was embarrassed. How can we all be born in New York and be completely homogeneous? She needed to change that immediately. We were really excited: we were going to get to k now lots and lots more Annes.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

It's so nice to get up in the morning and stretch on Prince Street.  It's hard to believe that people can be in such a bad mood so early in the morning when the sun is shining.  So many grumpy faces passed by us.  Thankfully a few people started smiling when they saw us.  We're pretty happy with our work routine.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 days a week is not a bad schedule.  We are still waiting to see our first celebrity.  Someone told us that there are lots of them down here, but so far no luck!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Today we got to our corner on Prince and Wooster at 10 a.m.. First, we talked to the really interesting woman who owns the loft we are staying in. She is an artist named Hanne Tierney. Hanne has lived in New York for fifty years. Wow. That is so much longer than any of us is old! She is a puppeteer.

There are all kinds of dolls in her house. Hanne runs a theater in Crown Heights in Brooklyn called FiveMyles where she puts on art shows and does her puppetry. Lots of kids from the neighborhood come and dance at her street parties. Maybe someday she’ll let us dance there, too.
The rest of today was pretty exciting. Sinje put us on the table and drank a delicious-looking cappuccino. At first people just wanted to get directions. There are so many people in Soho who are lost.

“Excuse me, which way to Little Italy?”

“Where is Greenwhich Village?”

“Where is West Broadway?”

We were so impressed that Sinje actually knew all of the answers to these questions. Then some people got really interested in us. They wanted to know if we cost money and how much! Sinje explained that there was a small adoption fee. We actually all have our own birth certificates!

We had no idea. So far we are all still together, but that’s okay. We like it here on Prince and Wooster. The guys from the burrito stand made us another excellent lunch. This week we are here on Tuesday and Wednesday because Thursday is Yom Kippur, and Sinje is going to play with her daughter. We think we heard her say they are going to the Bronx Zoo together. We would really like to go and see the gorillas, but we have to stay in Soho :-(

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Last night Sinje, our owner, wrapped all of us up in bubble wrap and stored us carefully in little portable storage containers.

We could feel that something big was about to happen to us. This morning, she carried us off into the subway. Boy, were we surprised to exit the C train on Spring Street and see the streets of Soho. So this is where we are going to live for the time being. Sinje stopped at a beautiful loft on Prince and Wooster. Apparently she had something stored there. It turned out to be a vendor's table. Thirty minutes later, we were all dancing on a black tablecloth in the sun.
It was a little windy, but the spot is really nice.

We camped directly in front of a shoe store called “Camper.” The smells of really good food from Calexico, the world’s best burrito stand, drifted into our noses.

Some of us had trouble keeping our yoga poses! The guys from the stand were supposed to bring us a steak burrito, but they got too busy, so we had to go pick it up. Lots of people stopped by our table. It looked so pretty with the colorful yoga mats on the black cloth. A few people even said we looked "amazing" (we agreed wholeheartedly). Sinje was pretty excited to be in Soho, too. She kept pointing at people’s shoes. Lots of really amazing shoes walked by us. The women of Soho are so elegant! At 1:30, we all climbed back into our bubble wrap and went back to the beautiful Soho Loft, which—it turns out—is our new home for the time being. Sinje said she would see us all again on Tuesday, and we waved her good bye. This loft is not a bad foster home until we have found some new homes to go to.