I Love New York, Part 2

Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been back from The City, but I’m finally getting around to dishing about my trip. (Thanks 10-hour work days for getting in the way.) I don’t even know where to begin. I had the BEST time with my BEST FRIEND, Dana! I’d have to say though; my least favorite part of the trip was having to drive an hour and a half to the airport at 3:30 in the morning!! WHAT?! Am I crazy? I was nervous I was going to be way too tired because B and I spent half the night talking and laughing—I was so wired with excitement; but any way, thank goodness for adrenaline because that’s what got me through the drive. That, and John Mayer’s new jams.

Apparently it was supposed to be rainy the entire time I was visiting (Thursday-Sunday), but I must have brought the Florida sunshine with me because it was gorgeous weather! Cold, but beautiful.

I couldn’t resist taking a picture with this tree. I don’t get to see this EVER in Florida. This was taken at Columbia University.


I’ve been to New York a few times, but I never got a chance to go to Central Park. This is where a scene from the movie “Enchanted” was filmed.


Again, I can just swoon over these leaves. LOVE IT!


I was a little early for the revealing of the tree, but here it is being put together. Pretty cool! AND we went ice skating at Rockefeller Center… definitely a fun (but pricey) experience.


TIMES SQUARE! I know it’s touristy and I’ve already done it, but I couldn’t resist. (P.S. I looooveeee Wicked… and B loves The Phantom, although he hasn’t seen it yet on Broadway.)



Yes, the ROCKETTES! It was Dana’s birthday gift to me. Oh, how I love her =) They were awesome, by the way, but I wouldn’t expect anything less than perfect from these leggy ladies. I’ve seen the Rockettes on TV, but it doesn’t do them justice. There’s nothing like seeing them live at Radio City Music Hall.

Hey, we’re in the window display at Bloomingdales! Bloomies was the only one who had their Xmas displays revealed when I was there.



We ate at “Serendipity” from the 2001 movie with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. They’re notorious for their frozen hot chocolate. Oxymoron, I know, but let me tell you… it was the best thing I’ve ever tasted!!! I can’t even explain how delectable it was!

Central Park, again. We rushed our first visit to Central Park because we didn’t want to be late for ice skating and The Rockettes, and since we had some time before I had to go to the airport, we picnicked in the park. I could come here everyday. It’s prime for people watching (a favorite pastime of mine—LOL).

Again… these trees!! I’m so jealous. I’m so thankful for my best friend for showing me the best time in New York. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip.

One thing I didn’t get to do and I was extremely disappointed about was visit my Grandmother’s grave. She passed away at 91 years of age when I was in 9th grade. I set up a car service to take me there before taking me to the airport. I didn’t even think about calling to see if the cemetery was open, but my dad suggested it at the last minute and sure enough, it was closing in fifteen minutes when I called. UGH! I wanted to cry. I was so sad I wasn’t going to be able to visit her. On the bright side, B and I are talking about taking a trip up to NY this summer since he’s never been and I know she’ll still be there. More bright news… when I went home to my parents for Thanksgiving, my dad let me have her wedding band. And that, I am happy and thankful for.

I Love New York, Part 1

No, I’m not talking about the [trashy] VH1 show; I’m going to NEW YORK! In six short days, I’ll be on my way to the city that never sleeps. Why am I going to New York? ….To see my best friend since preschool! Dana and I were in the same class together from kindergarten to eighth grade. (Seriously!) We then went to separate high schools and were an hour and a half away for college, but we still managed to talk on the phone every week, as well as visit one another. We have a kind of friendship that will surely last a lifetime. Don’t you love friendships like that?

Dana now goes to grad school at Columbia in NY, and I’m sitting pretty on the West Coast of FL. Any way, now that we’re getting older, it’s just going to get harder and harder to see one another. Who knows where I’ll be living in three and a half years when B does his residency? So… I had a last-minute four day mini-vacay from work and decided—what the heck?! I’ll fly to New York.

I’ve been to New York a couple times before to take dance classes at Broadway Dance Center, and again for my grandmother’s funeral. I’ve done most all of the touristy things. This time, I want to do what New Yorkers do! However, I’ve yet to go to Central Park (my parents went without me while I was dancing). AND, I’m so excited because for my birthday (coming up next month), Dana’s going to treat me to a Broadway show! I’ve seen several so I’m really pumped to see something new.

Dana called me the other day to plan my visit and this is what we’ve come up with so far:
*Ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza (okay, it’s touristy, but hey! I’ve never gone to NY in the wintertime)
*Central Park
*Shopping at H&M (a must)
*See a Broadway show
*Go to a wine bar
*Eat at Little Italy (I loooove Italian food)
*Go to Times Square (again, it’s touristy, but the atmosphere there is just awesome)
*Go out to a bar or club that only New Yorkers would know about (I’m really not a club gal, but I think it’s a necessity to get the full effect of being a New Yorker)
*Take lot of pictures

Like I told Dana, I’d rather spend my time there creating memories with my best friend, than spending lots of money sightseeing. What are some things you like to do when you go to New York, or wish you’d done?

One thing that irks me is the airlines now charge you for your luggage. What’s up with that?! (P.S. I hate flying. I know it’s supposedly safer than driving, but it still scares me.) Any who, I’m determined to NOT have to check-in any luggage. I’d rather spend that money in New York. I’m determined to fit everything into my carry-ons. I’ll just borrow some of Dana’s things—what are best friends for, right??

Well, I leave next Thursday, and I’ll be sure to report on my adventures. You never know, maybe I’ll run into Chuck and Blair from Gossip Girl?
“Start spreading the news, I’m leaving [today] Thursday. I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.”

Friends + Family = Perfection

Anatomy is officially over! YAY! After two and a half months, B is finally finished with anatomy (and with an A, no less). I’m so proud of him because he really worked hard. People said this was going to be the hardest time (for both of us), but honestly we were able to have dinner together every night, and he plays sports 2-3 nights a week, too. To celebrate the end of anatomy, we went back to see our families. Saturday we went to our college’s football game, where I got to see all my sorority sisters and girlfriends. I really needed some girl time!


It surprisingly got down to the low 50’s, and I was the only one prepared! I brought a jacket and flannel blanket. I love cold football game weather. 97 degree weather, it’s been nice, but it’s time to say, “Bye Bye!”

Sunday was B’s nephew’s first birthday! We celebrated all day and it was absolutely wonderful spending time with his family.

We got his nephew his first wagon. [Puppy not included] Every little boy needs a wagon. He’ll have many adventures with it. B also got him a Sock Monkey (they’re back!) because he had one when he was little. Indy decided to test drive it–gotta make sure it’s safe and FUN! B’s nephew loved his new wagon! He climbed right in and wouldn’t get out!


I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. Friends + Family = Perfection. There’s nothing better than being surround by those you love, and who love you.