Sunday, December 2, 2007
City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks
Yesterday, I took the day off and took off for the day. I went to New York City with my sister, Amber, and our dear friend, Quita (short for "Jessiquita," her Peruvian mother's nickname for her).
Amber and I hit the road at 7:00 a.m. Highlights from the first leg of our road trip include me curling her hair while she was driving (trust me, this was perfectly safe--nothing can make her a worse driver--hee hee). Amber and I met up with Quita just off I-95 in New Jersey. The three of us laughed most of our way into the city, with me pretending to be carsick from reading Us Weekly in the car and Quita freaking out with fear that I would vomit all over her precious auto. It was good fun.
When we got into the city, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and then did a little shopping. We went to Macy's to enjoy the holiday decorations, but apparently 1.3 million other people had had the same idea. That place was packed! Actually, the whole city was (hence, the title of my post), but we still elbowed our way into a good day.
I "needed" to go to Chinatown to get a wallet for myself and a birthday gift for a friend. My trip was even more successful than I had anticipated and I walked away with a wallet and two purses. What a blessing! Gotta love Canal Street.
Amber and Quita wanted to grab a treat in "Rice to Riches" (of course, with my emotional allergy to rice, I had no business there) so we dodged in there to warm up a bit. This is also where I had one of the most embarrassing moments of my life, but I don't have the energy to type that story right now.
After more shopping and sightseeing (including seeing the Christmas tree in Rockerfeller Center) we warmed up in Dean & Deluca with some yummy hot cocoa. Before too long, it was time to go to dinner. Amber knew a great Italian place on the upper west side. I forget the name now, sorry. Anyway, the food was great!
After dinner, we grabbed a cab and headed for our show. We saw The Drowsy Chaperone. Frankly, I did not love it. Yes, there was cleverness. Yes, there was humor. Yes, there was talent on stage. But five Tony's worth? Hardly.
Our show ended at 10:00 p.m. so we were pretty tired on the drive back. After Quita dropped Amber and I back at our car, we plugged in the DVD player and watched the LDS Pride and Prejudice to help keep us awake. After that, not even an episode of The Office was enough to keep Amber from feeling drowsy at the wheel, so we had to pull out the big guns: camp songs! We started belting out songs that we grew up singing on road trips and ended with some favorites from our girls' camp days. We were laughing riotously at the silliness of it all while cruising back to my house.
I did quite enjoy my day off to the big city, even if I did miss my little ones. It was nice to get away and just play for the day with two of my favorite sisters (you try to tell Quita she is not a sister in my family).