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NY Trip – Dec 2, 2008

After arriving in NYC and checking into our hotel, lessthan90sheep and I decided to walk on over to the Empire State Building and pick up our NYC Passes. We got to go up to the observatory & have an audio tour that we didn't really finish because it was way too freaking cold. We got many good NYC pictures though, and even managed to commandeer a couple Brits to take our picture together. We met so many Brits in NY! And Germans - Possibly more than New Yorkers. We were both so glad to get out of our little Southern towns (NC for me, AR for Steph) and into an actual diverse city!

There, I bought the best damn snow globe in all of NY for Eden, and a Big Apple gorilla for Ivy. The first picture I took, a big old pigeon came and landed right in front of my camera. He stayed with me for quite a while. Now, I realize that NYC has an abundance of pigeons, but I really felt like he was my travel totem for this trip. He was very friendly to me. Actually, with the exception of one bitchy hotel lady and one smart-mouthed ho, everyone was so extremely nice and helpful. I'm not sure why everyone was warning me about the city. I had such a delightful time and was really impressed by all the friendliness. No one even sent us the wrong way when we asked for directions. It was swell.

So our very first stop was technically Times Square, as we looked around trying to figure out how to get to the Empire State Building. All the sudden I was like, “Hey! This is exceptionally shiny and electronic everywhere – do you suppose this is Times Square?” It was! Right around the block from our hotel. We ended up spending more time running back and forth through there than anything else, I think. We don't have nearly so many giant movie adverts in Asheville. I was kind of afraid of the giant Jim Carreys and Britney Spearses that I saw everywhere, but I guess I'm just too darned sheltered. Still, some people's faces just weren't meant to be that darned big. P. Diddy, I'm talking to you, too.

We stopped at Macy's afterwards and had to go all the way up to the top. Boy, they sure are festive there! However, since it was officially December, I didn't really have any problem with the abundance of Christmas everywhere. It was fairly cool. I even bought a pair of shoes at Macy's, since my tennies had broken just before my flight and all I had was my pinchy boots. Macy's shoes were actually little better, but hey, I bought NY shoes! Woot woot. I've come a long way from Asheville's K-Mart keds (thanks, mom).

After that it was pretty late, so we just copped a squat in the nearest restaurant and had dinner. We went all that way to eat at Ruby Tuesday's, but it was actually much nicer than the ones we have in NC. Everything was so fancy. I tried my best not to stick out like a big, pulsating, lost sore thumb, but I don't believe it worked. Everyone kept stopping us, asking us if we wanted show tickets or a ride or a souvenir. We realized we made pretty easy marks, so we started cultivating that, “We're local, don't stop us, got some place to be” vibe. Steph quickly realized the importance of linking arms so we didn't get separated in the throngs, and I quickly realized the importance of sticking out that other elbow so the sheeple would quit knocking you out of their way. It worked wonders, especially when coupled with a sharp jab in the ribs.




New hair cut, tousled-ish.


New hair cut, sleek version


Pretty, cloudy sunrise


My friend.


Ooooh, shiny.


Steph listens to a tour guide go on and on...


More New York from on high.


Ellis Island as seen from Empire State.


Me, Steph, & my mad picture taking skills.


Me & Steph on the Empire State Building.


Amanda survives the subway.


Steph survives the subway.


The Statue of Liberty.


Steph & Lady Liberty.


Me & Lady Liberty.



I'll continue posting the rest of our excursions, which include the Museum of Sex, Strawberry Fields, my review of Equus, our failure (or is it?) at getting Daniel Radcliffe's autograph, & why Richard Griffiths is my new hero. Oh, and my very first real-life mob!

Also, for those of you who don't listen to voice posts...I'm back in NYC again with the family! You'll be hearing about that too, but first things first.

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peaonix
Dec. 7th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
I had a dream about that bird last night, that exact some one!!!! I was staring at it, trying to figure out what it was doing, it was huge...

That really blows my mind, Dude...

Cute pics, so glad you're having an awesome time!!
ahavah
Dec. 7th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
Ha ha! That's so freaking awesome! I knew he was my NY totem. Protecting me a second time in town, I suppose. Glad to know his essence is still around.

Want to talk about blowing minds...I dreamt of the Broadhurst Theatre way before I even had the money for any Equus trip. I dreamt I took the kids there for a play, and they were rowdy & we had to leave. Exact same theatre, only the steel horse heads weren't hanging on the stage in my dream.

Glad you like the pics! It's quite fun. I'd stay here much longer if Josh would let me. :D
plastrickland23
Dec. 7th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
Looks like the weather has been great, for NYC at this time o year. Pix are wonderful. Hope you're having fun! P.
ahavah
Dec. 7th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
It's been gorgeous, albeit chilly. Today it snowed, which was just as pretty!

I'm having great fun. Interestingly enough, it was much more fun with Steph than today (well, yesterday) was with the kids. I'm hoping that improves after a good night's rest. I'd hate to spend the whole time bickering at them cause they can't behave in public anymore. We'll see how tomorrow goes.
plastrickland23
Dec. 7th, 2008 07:04 am (UTC)
Traveling w kids is always hard, but such a wonderful learning experience for them. When we went to NYC 18 months ago, my kids were 8th and 11th grades. Right after SPAM-A-LOT ended, my younger one ran like mad for a bathroom and had a major diarrhea attack! Imagine trying to hold in laughter during something like SPAM-A-LOT when you have the Big D banging at your back door! She was not a happy camper! (bad food from lunch, we believe). Luckily, it passed quickly, (literally!), but we ended up having to find a pharmacy at 11 PM to buy some TUMS and extra Ibuprofen for her headache. She went into "Super-Princess' mode, and I had hoped that she was finally going to be mature enough to not be a brat on just one trip at last! I am still waiting for the day to be able to travel freely, with or without them and not have drama and sibling bickering get in the way.
P.
ahavah
Dec. 7th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
Oh wow, poor thing! That had to suck. So...almost all grown up and still at it? That doesn't really boost my confidence. LOL

lessthan90sheep
Dec. 7th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
I at least *try* not to cry when I'm tired and want a piggy-back ride. I hope that helped.
roina_arwen
Dec. 7th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
Awww, you guys are so cute! :)
ahavah
Dec. 7th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
Thank you! So are you. :D
tattoosfade
Dec. 7th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
You're both so cute and Im glad you had fun! Next trip - San Diego!;)
ahavah
Dec. 7th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Oh man, I would love to go to CA. I've never been. That's actually where lessthan90sheep is from, although I'm pretty sure she was closer to Los Angeles.
lessthan90sheep
Dec. 7th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
awesome
we are, aren't we? lol Those two brits took a nice picture of us, I might want the fuller res version of that one.

BTW, Arkansas is AR, not AK ;) Don't mix that up when you mail me back my playbil-- I don't want it going o Alaska-- Sarah Palin can't get her hands on my shit.
ahavah
Dec. 7th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Re: awesome
Ugh, fixed that. I knew that too when I texted you, but it was late and for some reason I kept thinking AR was Arizona. LOL (And I've lived there!)

If you want the full version, you should be able to click right on the pic and get the big version on my Flickr page. If not, you may have to click on "see other sizes" or something. I'm still contemplating mailing you a whole cd when I send your playbill back.

We are awesome! Although even moreso when you factor in piggy rides and all that. ;)
badgerbear
Dec. 7th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Ooh, you're only about 3 hours away from me! If you happen to want to swing north into CT, or happen to visit one of the casinos, you'll be about 15 minutes from me. :) Lemme know and we should get together for a meal or something! *happy*
ahavah
Dec. 7th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
I wish we could! We can't head north. :( We're already going to try to swing by & visit simplydorei, kajmal, & their baby_squee on the way home, and Josh insists that he has to be at work Tuesday. Although if you want to swing this way, we'd sure be glad to hang out before we leave tomorrow! I didn't realize you were quite so close, or I would have seen about that earlier!
badgerbear
Dec. 7th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Aw, I would love to also, but am hanging a show at the gallery tonight and getting everything in order for the work week tomorrow. Bummer. Definitely next time though, and have a great trip back! *HUG*
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ahavah
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

This was both my first and second trips to NYC, but I've always wanted to go. I had loads of fun, although Josh is not a fan of big cities or people. :P I'd love to go back when the girls are a bit older and take them to see The Lion King on Broadway. I hear it's really spectacular.
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ahavah
Dec. 10th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Thanks, babe! I got a postcard there that made me think of you. I hope I still have them. I think I packed them up or something, so I didn't actually get them mailed out in NYC. I'm gonna have to be lame and mail them from Leicester. LOL

Hopefully next time you can play the tourist game. It's really a fun place for that. We had a lot of fun at the museums, but I think Eden actually liked the subway rides best.
alice_bunnie
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
Oooh, shiny!
Looks like y'all are having a blast! :D
ahavah
Dec. 10th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Re: Oooh, shiny!
Indeed we did! I was awfully glad my bud came with me.
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