Monday, January 26, 2015

Deconstructing the #ThickenedLiquidChallenge

Swallowing #Swallowing #heron #everglades #florida ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Swallowing
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
The folks over at GeriPal.org have been focused on the #thickenedliquidchallenge.  So much so, that I thought it was time to deconstruct it by taking the mini-challenge.  This was mainly because I wanted to see what thickened liquid looked, felt, and tasted like.

You are probably wondering, why thicken liquid?  Google it and you'll find that thickened liquid is quite different from the protein shake you might be downing as you read this.  It's for people who have difficulty swallowing.  Drinking it can help prevent fluid from going down the wrong hatch (that's what my mother used to call it) or getting into our lungs.  Difficulty swallowing can be caused by a lot of things -- it happens to be common in older adults.  The idea behind the challenge is for health care professionals to walk a mile in their patients shoes.  In a subsequent post,  Do thickened liquids benefit people with swallowing problems?, @EWidera broke down the evidence around drinking thickened liquids.  It's sobering to say the least.

I wasn't up for the 12-hour challenge after reading Eric's description of how thirsty he was and how full he felt so I settled for the mini challenge.  I don't know if this is a phenomenon of living in NYC, but it took trips to four drug stores on a soggy Saturday to find liquid thickener.  Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of space devoted to nutritional supplements in NYC drug stores just not to those made expressly for the purpose of thickening liquid.

#ThickenedLiquidChallenge

The two remaining steps in the challenge are to donate $20 to a charity of my choice given that I didn't take the full challenge and nominate three people.  Done -- donating $20 to HealthinAging.org that is (in full disclosure, I work for the parent organization).  Instead of nominating additional people to take this challenge (ok, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, and Mark Zuckerberg -- I'd be delighted if you would take the challenge), I donated another $80 to healthinaging.org in honor of the folks who had completed (or attempted) the 12-hour challenge at the writing of this post:

The Hospice and Palliative Care Team, San Francisco, CA
Alex Smith
Eric Widera
Dawn Maxey
Ken Covinsky
Allen Tong
Mike Steinman

As for me, after just 8 ounces, I can safely report that I've added swallowing disorders to my rather long list of things I don't want to have. Ever.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bins, Bins, Bins

Bins, Bins, Bins #binsbinsbins #hudsonyards #NYC #construction #bins ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Bins, Bins, Bins
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
In addition to all the tools, materials, and equipment lying around, construction sites always seem to have a surfeit of bins on wheels.  Sometimes they're filled with junk and sometimes they're standing by empty waiting for junk.  Some bins are even outfitted with really strong hooks -- I guess for going up (and coming down)?

Bin in a Corner #bininacorner #hudsonyards #NYC #construction #bins ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Bin in a Corner
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Wire Escaping the Bin #wireescapingthebin #hudsonyards #NYC #construction #bins ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Wire Escaping the Bin
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg

Bin Handles #binhandles #hudsonyards #NYC #construction #bins ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Bin Handles
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
The Series
#1:   Hudson Rail Yard
#2:   Just Two Hooks Hanging Out at the Yard
#3:   Tinker Toys
#4:   Tinker Toys in Reverse
#5:   Attic with a View
#6:   The Big Drill
#7:   Phoenix Rising
#8:   On Phoenix Wings
#9:   Lined Up
#10: Rust
#11: Barbed
#12: Construction Site Slice

Friday, January 16, 2015

Construction Site Slice



Construction Site Slice #constructionsiteslice #hudsonyards #construction # NYC ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Construction Site Slice
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg

I've been posting small views of the construction site that is Hudson Yards since late November last year.  Here's a slice of this massive construction project looking North over the rail yards -- in color and in black and white because, like most photos these days, I like them both.

Construction Site Slice #constructionsiteslice - Black and White #blackandwhite #hudsonyards #construction # NYC ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Construction Site Slice -- Black and White
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg

The Series
#1:   Hudson Rail Yard
#2:   Just Two Hooks Hanging Out at the Yard
#3:   Tinker Toys
#4:   Tinker Toys in Reverse
#5:   Attic with a View
#6:   The Big Drill
#7:   Phoenix Rising
#8:   On Phoenix Wings
#9:   Lined Up
#10: Rust
#11: Barbed

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Barbed

Barbed Wire #barbedwire #construction #hudsonyards #NYC #highline #blackandwhite ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Barbed Wire in Black and White
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Painfully Beautiful in a look but don't touch sort of way.

Barbed Wire #barbedwire #construction #hudsonyards #NYC #highline ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Barbed Wire in Color
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
The Series
#1:   Hudson Rail Yard
#2:   Just Two Hooks Hanging Out at the Yard
#3:   Tinker Toys
#4:   Tinker Toys in Reverse
#5:   Attic with a View
#6:   The Big Drill
#7:   Phoenix Rising
#8:   On Phoenix Wings
#9:   Lined Up
#10: Rust

Monday, January 12, 2015

Rust

Post #post #construction #nyc #hudsonyards #steelplates #nails ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Post
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
So, the guard wasn't paying too much attention and I was able to slip in and get these shots.  The first time that is.  The second time -- let's just say he took notice and waved me off -- sadly.

Close Clearance #CloseClearance #construction #nyc #hudsonyards #steelplates #nails ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Close Clearance 
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg

Rusted Angles #rustedangles  #construction #nyc #hudsonyards #steelplates #nails ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Rusted Angles
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
The Series
#1:   Hudson Rail Yard
#2:   Just Two Hooks Hanging Out at the Yard
#3:   Tinker Toys
#4:   Tinker Toys in Reverse
#5:   Attic with a View
#6:   The Big Drill
#7:   Phoenix Rising
#8:   On Phoenix Wings
#9:   Lined Up
#10: Beds of Nails

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Still a Dreamer

Saint John the Divine #stjohnthedivine #nyc  #sculpture ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Dreamer - Children's Sculpture Garden
Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Beds of Nails

Beds of Nails #BedsofNails #construction #nyc #hudsonyards #steelplates #nails ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Beds of Nails
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
I'll add "where are they going" to the "what are they for" question in Lined Up.  Googling is failing me.  Perhaps it is time to try throwing the image itself into google.  What a novel thought.  It didn't work so well though -- I got back a lot of pictures of rusty colored things with the caption:  "visually similar images".

So yesterday I asked my brother what they were called -- he couldn't come up with a name but posited that the plates are used to strengthen cement.  After which I took to google again to learn about cement and steel plates.  Still didn't learn what these babies are called but I did learn a little bit about cement and about steel. Not too much though -- wouldn't want to clutter up my head.  Let's just say that you need both to make a tall building in Manhattan.

Still lacking a name, I turned to Instagram last night -- posting a picture from my Lined Up with a query for @46patches (who just happens to be working at Hudson Yards). He reported that they call them blast plates and that he thinks they were used in the slab.  So I did a little more googling just now and found out that there is a set of standards around building buildings that can withstand terrorist attacks.    At that point (about 10 minutes ago), I decided that it was good to know that there were such standards but that I really did not want to delve into the matter much further.

I still think the blast plates would make good art.

Nails on a Truck #NailsonaTruck #construction #nyc #hudsonyards #steelplates #nails ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Nails on on a Truck
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
The Series
#1:   Hudson Rail Yard
#2:   Just Two Hooks Hanging Out at the Yard
#3:   Tinker Toys
#4:   Tinker Toys in Reverse
#5:   Attic with a View
#6:   The Big Drill
#7:   Phoenix Rising
#8:   On Phoenix Wings
#9:   Lined Up

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Lined Up

Nails in a Row #nailsinarow #construction #nyc #hudsonyards #steelplates #nails ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Nails in a Row
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Time to get back to the massive construction site that is the Hudson Rail Yard after taking an extended seasonal break to document the holidays in New York City.  Next up in the series are these sheets which were residing on a flatbed parked outside the yards.  I am more than a little befuddled about what they are used for.

If they have any left over, I think one would make great art (albeit a bit heavy for hanging on a wall).  I suspect that Xu Bing, creator of the Phoenix, would be able to figure out how to hang it.  The Phoenix is a massive sculpture, currently on display at the Cathedral church of St. John the Divine, that is made out out of leftover construction materials and tools (Phoenix Rising, On Phoenix Wings)

Shadows & Piles #shadowsandpiles #construction #nyc #hudsonyards #steelplates #nails 2014 ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Shadows and Piles
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg

The Series
#1:  Hudson Rail Yard
#2:  Just Two Hooks Hanging Out at the Yard
#3:  Tinker Toys
#4:  Tinker Toys in Reverse
#5:  Attic with a View
#6:  The Big Drill
#7:  Phoenix Rising
#8: On Phoenix Wings

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Less is More

Panama Canal #PanamaCanal #HollandAmerica #cruise ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Panama Canal
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
That, in a nutshell, is what I wrote down as my resolution for 2015.  Perhaps a reaction to the "more" resolutions that marked 2014 (Resolved).  As in walk more, see more art, go to more movies, and write more (which translates into blog more).

Don't get me wrong, I was not an abject failure on any of the 2014 resolutions but at times it seemed like there was a lot of things on my to do list.  So I took some short cuts.  Seeing more movies turned into catching up on all the great television series my friends had been raving about.  Weekend mornings often included a little binge watching as I moved through Downton Abby, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Sherlock (of the Benedict Cumberbatch variety), Orange is the New Black, True Detective, and most recently Fargo.  The trick now will be to figure out when the next season starts so I can keep up with the post-show discussion.

Snowy Day in Central Park #SnowyDayinCentralPark #NYC #CentralPark #snow #winter ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Snowy Day in Central Park
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
As for the walking, while I just added up my NikeFuelBand (Jan-June) and FitBit (June-Dec) stats and together they report that I took 2,762,256 steps in 2014. which adds up to over just over 1,155 miles.  That's a lot of miles!  I am a pretty slow walker (averaging about 3 miles/hour) which means I spent about 365 hours walking in 2014.  I also completed a half-marathon in Westchester (Completed) with my friend Linda (No Easy Feet).


The Evolution of God #theevolutionofGod #adrianvillarrojas #art #highline #NYC #publicart #sculpture ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Adrián Villar Rojas, The Evolution of God (art on the Highline)
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
The walking and the seeing more art paired quite nicely and my Instagram feed (@nlundebjerg) provides ample evidence of that.  I also managed to see the Matisse exhibit at MoMA (and joined the Museum in the process) as well as Jeff Koons' SplitRocker at Rockefeller Center.  When the line for the Koons exhibit at the Whitney was too long, my friend Kate and I took in the Italian Futurism exhibit at the Guggenheim.  Still not sure what that art movement was all about (head scratch).  I also hunted down the Noguchi fountain that graces the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum -- finding a new perspective on the Temple of Dendur in the process.  The waning days of 2014 saw me visiting the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine (finally) to see the Phoenix.  Simply amazing -- both the church and the Phoenix (Phoenix Rising, On Phoenix Wings) .  But mainly, I saw free public and street art t -- including a memorable stretch of time spent hunting down the artist-decorated eggs that graced the city during #TheBigEggHuntNYC.  Fun.

From Behind :: the HIghline #FromBehindtheHighline #NYC #thehighline #frombehind #walker #assistivedevice ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
From Behind :: the Highline
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
As for writing more, I think I did a passable job with that particularly if one counts the micro-blogging I sometimes do on Instagram.  I just haven't been writing the way I envisioned when I made that resolution last year.  I was thinking I would do more of the kind of writing where I get lost in the writing and let it take me where I wasn't expecting to go.  Perhaps 2015 will bring some of that kind of writing -- just not going to make a resolution about it because I think that is part of what destroyed the flow.

Tied up in Colon #TiedupinColon #HollandAmerica #cruise ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Tied Up in Colon
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Although I didn't resolve to "travel more" in 2014, I took a couple of great trips.  The first was a  Panama Canal cruise followed by a stay in the Florida Keys and a day at the Everglades.  The second was the road trip through the American southwest where we took in Las Vegas, Zion, Bryce, the north rim of the Grand Canyon, and Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.  Both were amazing trips.  

Tropic, Utah #TropicUtah #abandoned #fences #Utah #southwest #roadtrip ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Tropic, Utah
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
I also didn't resolve to spend more time with my camera on the streets of NYC as opposed to Central Park but in reviewing my photos, that is what I appear to have done -- including a few trips to Times Square (Body Paint :: Times Square) and several walks across the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges (A Walk Across the Manhattan Bridge).   All in all, the photography served me well this year.  

As for 2015, looking forward to a year that is going to be built around the principle of less is more.  We'll see where that takes me. 

Manhattanhenge #manhattanhenge #nyc #sunset #midtown ©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg
Manhattanhenge
©2014 Nancy Lundebjerg