US Open 2014

Happy (belated) Labor Day! Can’t believe how fast the summer flew by….the only thing that keeps me from being depressed with the change of seasons / responsibilities / obligations / reality / back to NYC, is the fact that I spent a big portion of last week at the US Open! And I will be there off and on this week, too (including today). Nothing better than to mourn the end-of-summer with some tennis, sunshine, and my Papa’s company (a huge tennis fanatic who comes every year for the 2 week tennis tournament. THANK GOODNESS — his presence in NYC makes the transition back that much easier. And yes, I am 35.) Here are some pictures of last week. (Not shown: my sweaty, smelly nastiness post hot matches, the night sessions, the gallons of water I consumed to stay hydrated, my hour long subway commutes, and the mother’s guilt I had for leaving the kids.)

 

Blue on blue on blue. Blue tri-facto.

Blue on blue on blue. Blue tri-fecta.

the sky

the sky

Peng Shuai, a Chinese underdog who is crushing it. Seeing her again, today! Super fun tennis player to watch.

Peng Shuai, a Chinese underdog who is crushing it. Seeing her again today! Super fun tennis player to watch.

Airplane. Yes, I still notice every airplane in the sky and try to figure out the airline and model EVEN when Cruz is not with me.

Airplane. Yes, I still notice every airplane in the sky and try to figure out the airline and model EVEN when Cruz is not with me.

Hip hop rapper, cutie pa tootie Papa. He tilts his hat sideways to eliminate sun rays on his face. The best is when he walks around with his hat still on sideways even when there is no sun.

Hip hop rapper, cutie pa tootie Papa. He tilts his hat sideways to eliminate sun rays on his face. The best is when he walks around with his hat still on sideways even when there is no sun.

Who am I? Birkenstocks. My first and true love -- not just a 2014 summer fad, but a part of me forever and always.

Who am I? Birkenstocks. My first and true love — not just a 2014 summer fad, but a part of me forever and always.

THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME! In my next life, I will be a ball girl! Or next year -- I so want to do it.

THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME! In my next life, I will be a ball girl! Or next year — I so want to do it.

Sandwich. And if I am not a ball girl, I should be a sandwich designer. This sandwich includes: swiss cheese, chicken, avocado, figs, and sprouts.

Sandwich. And if I am not a ball girl, I should be a sandwich designer. This sandwich includes: swiss cheese, chicken, avocado, figs, and sprouts.

The three new courts -- 4, 5, 6. Intimate setting with good views of other courts.

The three new courts — 4, 5, 6. Intimate setting with good views of other courts.

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

My boyfriend.

My boyfriend

Flushing Meadows

Flushing Meadows

My bag with my supplies: sunscreen, chapstick, food, and water.

My bag with my supplies: sunscreen, chapstick, food, and water.

 

Can’t wait for some action packed tennis viewing this week! Truly my favorite two weeks in NYC! Happy September (Also, happy birthday yesterday to my oldest nephew, Axel! I remember the night he was born (9/1/2006) during the 5 set classic Baghdatis vs. Agassi match. So incredible, that it was shocking that Axel wasn’t named “Andre”).

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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13 Comments

  1. I went last night! So bummed Krunic last and I’m embarrassed to see we only made it through one set of the Nishikori match. Viva US Open!

  2. Hi, I often pop over to your blog and more often learn something which I love. Noticed you wrote “my boyfriend” and wanted to suggest that you read his biography, “open” I thought it was a brilliantly well written book and personal story. Thank you for sharing and please keep writing, I used to live in NYC and now that im back in SA I kind of live vicariously through your posts:-)
    Tanya

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