I just want to say that all that fabulous weather we had in NY last week? That was me. Hottest day of the year so far? A birthday present. Not that I wouldn't have had a great time, even if it was sleeting, but the gorgeous weather just made a wonderful holiday COMPLETELY awesome. We were staying in Morristown, which is an hour from Penn Station on the train, and nearly every day while Sean was studying I hopped on that train and just wandered the streets of the city like a TRUE tourist, taking pictures and getting lost briefly... it's easy to find yourself again though, with the streets all numbered.
There were so many cool things to see! I went to the Folk Art Museum
, which is next to MoMA and completely distracted me. I stayed so long, I never got to MoMA. I went to the Metropolitan Museum
, and wandered for a whole day, agog. I took pictures. I met my cousin Ryan on my birthday (Which was on March 15th, you may send me chocolate at any time though) and he took me for a great lunch where we had to ROLL ourselves out the door afterwards.
On St. Patrick's Day, Ryan and I met up again, and went to see the parade... but couldn't get close! Throngs of people in green were packing the streets. So we went to a bar, where we met Ryan's girlfriend Siobhan, announced "We are O'Connors and we can prove it! Give us free Guinness!" And they did!
What a beautiful city, on a sunny day! I want to go back. The shopping was tempting, but I restrained myself admirably I thought... I must have walked a hundred miles over the course of the week, but I still had to wear stretchy pants to come home! I ate A LOT, and much more meat than I'm used to. I mean, I'm not going to go all the way to New York and eat VEGETABLES, right?
Central Park is great, I love the glacier-gouged rocks everywhere.
Times Square! When Sean had a day off on Sunday, we went straight to Times Square early in the morning. It was quiet! Within a few hours, there were people everywhere. We watched it happen, walked another hundred miles, and ate enough food to feed a family for a week in the Hard Rock Cafe.
I am home again, eating sensibly, catching up on work and taking care of my family. Ailis, you are the best sister in the world for baby-and-granny-sitting! But I want to go back soon... now, how can I arrange that :) ?