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Hello my friends! It’s been a little while since I’ve seen you…

…and in a little while so much can happen!  Please forgive me for wandering offline for a bit but I promise you my time away well – I made the most of it! Check it out below:)

The Lucky Penny will be back in action very soon with all new inspiration, travel, recipes, NYC tales,  Fuzzy Friday’s, and perhaps even a few New additions;)

Here’s what I’ve been up to recently….




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The 2014 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting!


This Year's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree - almost ready for it's big lighting ceremony tonight!

This Year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree – almost ready for it’s big lighting ceremony tonight!

It’s that time of year again when Rockefeller Center is just buzzing with activity, filled with people setting up for tonight’s world famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!  With the lineup of performers for tonight’s celebration including Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Mariah Carey, Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel, Pentatonix, LeAnn Rimes (just to name a few) along with the incomparable Radio City Rockettes, tonight’s performance will be sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit!  You can watch the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony tonight live on NBC at 8PM EST or if you are in town, drop on by Rockefeller Center around 7PM (when the festivities begin to kick off) to celebrate with the thousands of New Yorkers and tourists alike who flock to Rockefeller Center every year, to try and get a peek at the show first hand!

However, as we all know, the real star of the show is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree!  This year’s tree is a 85 foot Norway Spruce from Danville, PA., looked all dressed up and ready for it’s big moment later tonight as I walked around Rockefeller Center earlier this morning, !  Here is a sneak peek from earlier today as camera crews, set designers, Christmas tree elves and more, were hard at work, putting the finishing touches together before tonight’s big show!  Happy Holidays everyone!


Crews checking the set before the big show!

Crews checking the set before the big show!


Putting on the last minute touches!

Putting on the last minute touches!

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making sure everything is just right!

making sure everything is just right!


Testing the lights for Rockefeller Center's Big Show tonight!

Testing the lights for Rockefeller Center’s Big Show tonight!

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In just a few more hours this 85 foot tree will be a shining beacon of light, the best Christmas Tree!

In just a few more hours this 85 foot tree will be a shining beacon of light, the best Christmas Tree!

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Dear ‘Daddy’ in Seat 16C


Dear ‘Daddy’ in Seat 16C

By Jenn • Posted on January 15, 2014

I don’t know your name but Kate called you ‘daddy’ for the entire flight last week and you kindly never corrected her. In fact, you didn’t even flinch as you could probably tell that she was not confusing you with her own ‘daddy’ but instead making a judgment regarding your level of ‘safety’ for her. If she calls you ‘daddy’ then you better believe she thinks you are alright. I sat Kate in the middle seat knowing full well that there would be a stranger sitting next to her for the duration of this flight. I had to make a quick decision and based on her obsession with opening and closing the window shade I figured she might be less of a distraction if she sat in the middle. I watched the entire Temple basketball team board the plane and wondered if one of these giants might sit by Kate. They all moved toward the back. She would have liked that, she would have made some observations that I would have had to deal with but she would have liked those players. I watched many Grandmotherly women board and hoped for one to take the seat but they walked on by. For a fleeting moment I thought we might have a free seat beside us and then you walked up and sat down with your briefcase and your important documents and I had a vision of Kate pouring her water all over your multi-million dollar contracts, or house deeds, or whatever it was you held. The moment you sat down, Kate started to rub your arm. Your jacket was soft and she liked the feel of it. You smiled at her and she said: “Hi, Daddy, that’s my mom.” Then she had you.

You could have shifted uncomfortably in your seat. You could have ignored her. You could have given me that ‘smile’ that I despise because it means; ‘manage your child please.’ You did none of that. You engaged Kate in conversation and you asked her questions about her turtles. She could never really answer your questions but she was so enamored by you that she keep eye contact and joint attention on the items you were asking her about. I watched and smiled. I made a few polite offers to distract her, but you would have none of it.

Kate: (Upon noticing you had an IPad) Is dis Daddy’s puduter?

You: This is my IPad. Would you like to see it?

Kate: To me?????? (I know she thought you were offering it to her to keep)

Me: Look with your eyes, Kate. That is not yours.

Kate: Dat’s nice!

You: (Upon noticing that Kate had an IPad) I like your computer, too. It has a nice purple case.

Kate: Daddy wanna be a bad guy? (She offered shredder to you and that, my friend, is high praise)

You: Cool.

The interaction went on and on and you never once seemed annoyed. She gave you some moments of peace while she played with her Anna and Elsa dolls. Kind of her to save you from playing barbies, but I bet you wouldn’t have minded a bit. I bet you have little girls, too.

Not long before we landed Kate had reached her limit. She screamed to have her seatbelt off, she screamed for me to open the plane door and she cried repeating, “Plane is cwosed (closed)” over and over. You tried to redirect her attention to her toys. She was already too far gone at this point, but the fact that you tried to help your new little friend made me emotional.

In case, you are wondering. She was fine the moment we stepped off the plane. Thank you for letting us go ahead of you. She was feeling overwhelmed and escaping the plane and a big, long hug was all she needed.

So, thank you. Thank you for not making me repeat those awful apologetic sentences that I so often say in public. Thank you for entertaining Kate so much that she had her most successful plane ride, yet. And, thank you for putting your papers away and playing turtles with our girl.

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