What is it with Florida newspeople? The first time we get some ‘regular’ winter weather, everyone freaks out and it’s suddenly front page news that it’s 36 degrees this morning. Even my car freaks out. Anytime the temperature outside dips under 40, it **dings** and I get a little snowflake next to the temperature. For crying out loud, geesh. We’re lucky here in the sunshine state, are we not? We don’t have to rake our eaves (thanks Lynn, for that little lesson), shovel snow, put down salt, walk through slush.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the snow. My trip to the Big Apple last week was fantastic – we even got something similar to blizzard like conditions. Lynn and I walked many long blocks in the whipping snow after a marathon day at the Met and a fabulous Mexican dinner and we couldn’t have been happier. It was kind of surreal walking though Times Square. It’s usually choked with tourists trying to cross the street, but there were few cars and the tourists that were out were having a great time throwing snowballs and taking photos. It was almost silent save their shrieks and the wind.
Our hotel was fabulous. We can most certainly recommend the Ace Hotel NYC if you ever need a place to say in the city. Location was good, hotel bar couldn’t be beat. It even had an amazing restaurant attached. Even if you don’t stay at the Ace, check out The Breslin or the Sumptown Coffee. Best. Latte. Ever. Our room was small but what more do you need? It even had bunk beds:
Only with Lynn could I spend 9 hours in the Met, so we did. She treated me to the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular and I’m so glad I saw it. It was the one thing I really wanted to do and WOW, it was indeed a spectacle. It would have been great with kids. Lynn couldn’t stop singing the ‘Let’s go to the movies’ song from Annie. We saw decorated store windows, the tree at Rockefeller Center, the booths of hand-made goodies at Bryant Park. We even went by the MOMA to see the awesome Tim Burton exhibition. There was also an exhibition on the history of the Bauhaus. I thought I knew about the Bauhaus, apparently not as much as I thought. So interesting! We walked miles and miles in the snow, saw so many beautiful things every day I couldn’t sleep at night, drank too much wine and had some truly delicious food. I had so much fun and can’t wait to do it again.
Of course I missed Abi, but once I was gone it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I was so busy. But the getting gone was the hard part. How does one leave for the North East without bringing a coat? That’s me. We get about a mile from the airport and I realize I don’t have my coat. I haven’t thought about this coat for well over a year…I never need it. So Steve drives like he always wishes I would let him back to our house then back to the airport with a 1/2 an hour to spare. Score! I thought. just in time. No dice. According to Delta, you need to have your luggage checked in within 45 minutes of your flight. So, they charge me $50 and I get another flight out. 2 hours later. Sigh. I did catch up on my reading and monorail riding.
Can I just say that I’m glad Christmas is over? I’m ready to get back to normal. I just wasn’t feeling it this year for some reason. I usually love the season and am sad to see it go. Not this year. I’m anxious to take down the tree, start my new job and stop eating cookies.
Abi loved opening presents. I was tempted to just wrap up some empty boxes or storage containers so she could open them. But the best gift didn’t have any wrapping. My wonderful husband made the most fabulous present for an-almost-two-year-old with his own two hands. I give you Castle Abigail, from the Land of Pearl:
So thanks for all your hard work love, you’re my Noble Steve.