Mom: So.. what are you doing the first weekend of November?
Me: Oh I don't know... why?
Mom: I think I just booked a ticket to come see you!
So my Mom pops in and we had so much fun just hanging out together and seeing some sites. I hadn't been to the Empire State Building since I moved here, so we thought we'd give it a whirl. Mom thought it would be best to go late at night on Saturday, when they have the saxophone player (Mom: "You know-- for the romantics"). What we didn't know is that the wind was going to be 90mph and it was going to be the coldest night of the year. I think the vertical position of my hair explains the situation best...
OUT OF CONTROL. We did manage to get some semi-normal shots though...
We spent the rest of the weekend eating some tasty treats, going to the ballet, and just hanging out together. It was PERFECT and I'm pretty sure it needs to be a new tradition. Obviously, I'm all about annual events. Just added this one to the list.
A couple weeks later, my friend and old roommate from grad school, Christy, and some of her friends were in town for the Quiddich World Cup. Let's just take a minute and digest that together. For those of you who aren't Harry Potter fans, Quiddich is an imaginary sport played by wizards. Die hard fans, apparently, have made the sport a reality and now there are enough college teams playing that a World Cup is warranted. And who better to host than NYC? All the crazies fit in :) Sadly, I was working and unable to attend the event, but I did get to hang out with Christy later which was really great! Come back soon my friend!
And just a couple of weekends ago, another old roommate and her sister, Julie and Diane, came for the weekend to enjoy NYC at Christmas time. It was so fun! We started out the weekend by me making them go stand in line for over 2 hours in the cold while I went to work to get tickets to Memphis! Thanks guys-- loved our fancy (and CHEAP) box seats! Who needs to see Stage Right??
And then it was time to see the Rockefeller Tree lit up! Apparently all other 8 million residents thought it would be good to go see the tree at the same time. I got head butted by an old woman. That happened. Needless to say, I don't remember much about the rest of that night.
This is a singing snowman choir at SantaLand at Macy's. Pretty fancy floor dedicated to becoming the North Pole. I must say though- I was a bit shocked and disturbed when I realized at the end there were no fewer than 4 Santas that we were siphoned off to see from the line. Tricky, Macy's.. Tricky.
We also got to go to the September 11th Memorial, which I hadn't seen yet. They are still doing some work on it, but the reflecting pools are beautiful. This picture is actually pretty terrible, but it really is cool!
We of course ate some delicious food and encountered some crazies on the subway and in the park.... Overall I'd say it was one of my favorite weekends here!
So take this as a plug my friends-- you're welcome to visit any time! I can assure you will leave well-fed, full of stories of crazy people, and possibly a concussion. What's stopping you??