I went to sleep every night to the sound of ambulances and woke up each morning to the sound of construction. (Sounds heavenly, right?)
NEW YORK baby! Our get away to the big apple! When Kenny told me over the summer that he had partner meetings in October in NYC and asked if I'd want to come, I got excited. Then when he mentioned that we would be staying on Madison Avenue in a fancy hotel because of those meetings and that I would have to keep myself entertained for one full day, I got really excited. Keep myself entertained on 5th Avenue in Manhattan? REALLY!!?? A day all alone to do nothing but shop! By myself! On 5th Avenue! Yeah babe. I think I can handle that. And handle that I did! I spent one full day in the heart of downtown Manhattan. Shopping and taking in the sights:
The hotel Kenny and I stayed at was called The Palace (his job comes with some serious perks) and Carly and I couldn't resist acting like we totally belonged in this setting.
Our text messages to each other just before we met up:
Car: I'm coming to you. Let's meet at the Palace dahling.
Me: K - call when you get here. Or come up to the 16th floor room 1608... dahling. That's where I'll be polishing my silver.
Car: Perfect, stay put. Have Buffy meet me at the door to take my mink.
She met me at my room and as soon as I put away my silver and Buffy had taken care of Car's mink, we hit 5th Avenue!
After day one of the trip, Kenny had finished his meetings and I was so excited to spend some time with him. The first thing we did was head to the new 9/11 memorial. We really wanted to see it while we were there so Kenny got us tickets the week before our trip.
The memorial is two huge pools where the twin towers used to be. Water is pouring in on all sides and the names of the people who died are engraved all around the pools.
It was really sad. I don't know how else to explain the feelings I had while we were there. Just an overwhelming sense of sadness. It was hard to be in the place where everything happened. To see exactly where the towers stood and to see those never ending fountains in their place. But I felt fortunate to see the memorial and to honor the people who lost their lives that horrific day.
After we left the memorial, we did a little sightseeing and were greeted around every corner by protesters.
New York is crazy right now! Protesters everywhere! We tried to steer clear of the madness, but couldn't resist snapping a few pictures.
Taking in a few more sights:
And the best part of the trip! The Broadway plays. Kenny and I LOVE the theatre. LOVE it. Remember a few months ago when I asked all of you if we should see Mary Poppins or Lion King? So many of you raved about both that we decided the decision was made for us. We'd have to take your great advice and see both plays!
Marry Poppins was amazing! I am a huge fan of the Disney (one of my favorite shows growing up) and loved seeing it on Broadway. It made me so homesick for my girls. They would have loved it too. Next time it comes to San Diego we are taking them for sure. But there is nothing like seeing a play on Broadway. The set changes, music, costumes, acting - all phenomenal. At the end Mary Poppins flew right over our heads. Unreal!
This little getaway was just what I needed. Kenny and I were able to spend so much time together. Alone! We were able to have complete, uninterrupted conversations. Uninterrupted! Complete sentences! And sleep in! Even though the construction woke us, we went back to sleep! Even the plane ride was heavenly. I read a magazine, organized pics on my laptop, and gazed out the window fully enjoying the fact that I had no one to take care of but myself. And my kids had a blast with all of their grandparents. And by the end of the trip I was really missing them. And now if feels really good to be home again. With my kids. Taking care of everyone but myself.
All signs of a really good trip. :)