Saturday, 30 July 2011

The Absence of TV

Spending so much time travelling around, I haven't really had much chance to watch TV. Interesting thing is that I don't really watch it anyway. We have a TV downstairs at home, but I'm usually upstairs in my room. But I don't think I'm missing out on much. I'll just watch things that ARE worth watching on iPlayer or Hulu or whatever online catch-up system there is, and I'm happy :)

Funny thing is, both of my friends Morgan and Lee have just recently blogged about it. Kinda makes me smile that I know a whole bunch of people like me who don't really care about TV :) Yay! :)


Ever since I got my FIGMENT Sculpture Garden T-shirt, I see the colour everywhere!

It's everywhere! It's following me! :) It must be the 'in' colour this summer! Haha! :)

Monday, 25 July 2011

My Weekend on Governors Island

Saturday was very very hot so it was very very quiet.

Sunday was much cooler, and busier.

Children made new friends

 Great constructions were created by wonderful engineers

And shelter from the rain was a must!

New fashion was put together

Overall, I had an awesome weekend! :)

Friday, 22 July 2011

Volunteer with us! :)

Does anyone fancy volunteering for Pop-Up Adventure Play? You get to do lots of awesome things! :)

You can help to make a pirate ship

And play bamboo xylophones.

You can help with amazing tents and forts

And roll children around in boxes.

Best of all, you get to make children laugh! :)

If you are interested in volunteering on Governors Island with Pop-Up Adventure Play, please get in touch with me and I'll set you right up! :) Saturday and Sundays between 2:30 and 6:30! You get to ride the ferry to get onto the island too, and then suddenly, you're a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Have lots of fun and do some voluntary work at the same time. Best combination ever! Get in touch! :)

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Timezone Madness

The part of the US where I'm staying is 5 hours behind the US. So when it's 10 in the morning here, it's 3 in the afternoon in the UK. It's a relatively harmless time difference since for the bulk of the time, we're awake at the same time during the day.

Pop-Up Adventure Play's Morgan Leichter-Saxby is currently in the UK and we've not spoken to her for ages because she's been very busy. We managed to get ourselves together to meet up today so this morning, Sharon Unis and I decided to wake up at 7am to catch Morgan at noon. I was definitely not fully operational for the first hour of the meeting this morning. Ha.

It was pretty awesome to catch up this morning. Yay! I'd wake up at crazy o-clock many more times just to catch up with Pop-Up awesomeness. It was worth it.

(I had a 3 hour nap straight after)


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Zan Goes Exploring: Brooklyn

I wandered around Brooklyn for a couple of hours and saw some things that made me happy.

Fruit Street is adjacent to Pineapple Street, Orange Street and Cranberry Street. It made me happy, especially after I walked past the three fruit labelled streets firsts. :)

Blue skies over Manhattan. It's awesome.

It was only a matter of time. I kinda want one.

Maid Marian makes Muffins! And rides a bike! I want a muffin please. :)

See, happy Zan! :)

Thursday, 14 July 2011


I'm been keeping a close eye on the Pop-Up Adventure Play in the internet and I have found several things of interest recently that have lead me to to believe that one day I could indeed be famous with my other Pop-Up colleagues. I guess it all comes from not being particularly camera shy and just being everywhere all the time. Here are a few links that will make you happy:

A picture of me working on the island in front of that other weird looking sculpture.

An awesome interview that Morgan had with a wonderful organisation in Costa Rica who's also doing Pop-Ups.

Rather funny photo of me and Sharon taking a break.

A Pop-Up Adventure Play mention in Dwell Magazine.

And a rather badly put together video of our site on Governors Island featuring glimpses me and Sharon.

Maybe I will be famous one day. I'll keep googling myself. Until then, I'll gain fame through Pop-Up Adventure Play, who are doing ever so well. Yay for Pop-Ups! :)

Wednesday, 13 July 2011


I've spent the last few days being a email sending demon! I've sent lots of hello and thank yous, "can you help"s and "is it possible"s. As a result, I'm not really very typey. So hello! And see you tomorrow I guess :)

Monday, 11 July 2011

Camp time!

I've written previously about how Rhythm Connect and Pop-Up Adventure Play worked together on a free family event. It worked out sooo well that we've made it into a camp!

We plan to use found and donated materials like boxes, tubes, fabric, string etc to create a fun environment for free play, and integrate rhythm play into this week-long day camp.

So if you want to be part of the Rhythm 'n Play Summer Experience in Fairport, NY then go visit the website and sign up to have lots of awesome self-directed, child-led, gadget-free fun at Rhythm Connect in August, 22-26.

Don't miss this opportunity to have fun with Ed from Rhythm Connect and Suzanna (that's me!) from Pop-Up Adventure Play at this one-of-a-kind summer camp!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Raspberry Picking :)

They smell absolutely delicious, and taste awesome too :)

Thursday, 7 July 2011


I scored a box today for future Pop-Up Adventure Play events but it was too dark to take a good picture and show you all. But it's AWESOME. And it has a smaller but equally as awesome little brother. BOXES! I will show you at some point! :)

Sunday, 3 July 2011

National Anthems...

I love our national anthem, God Save the Queen. I love the idea of the queen, and God looking after her. I was highly amused today at Church to sing a song that had the same tune as my national anthem but couldn't be more American. Here are the words:

My country,' tis of thee, 
sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing; 
land where my fathers died, 
land of the pilgrims' pride, 
from every mountainside let freedom ring! 

My native country, thee, 
land of the noble free, thy name I love; 
I love thy rocks and rills, 
thy woods and templed hills; 
my heart with rapture thrills, like that above. 

Let music swell the breeze, 
and ring from all the trees sweet freedom's song; 
let mortal tongues awake; 
let all that breathe partake; 
let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong. 

Our fathers' God, to thee, 
author of liberty, to thee we sing; 
long may our land be bright 
with freedom's holy light; 
protect us by thy might, great God, our King.

Liberty, pilgrims, freedom... it's definately American. I think I like my version more. It has the word victorious, glorious and queen in it. :) Awesome :)

Friday, 1 July 2011


There are a number of vending machines next to the Pop-Up Adventure Play site on Governors Island, and I thought I'd investigate them. Today's feature vending machine - Minimelts!

Through the tunnel... the minimelts machine!

I put in my dollars and make my selection...

...then watch the machine spring into action!

It stretches out it's neck then... sucks up my selection....

...brings it forward to me...
...and drops it!

I grab my purchase...

...and survey my icecream! Woo!

Turns out, the minimelts are like tiny blobs of icecream in a little tub. And there are Oreos in my icecream! Yum! :)