|Outside of Diner|
This past weekend, I took a quick trip up to NYC to see several of my college friends. It was amazing! I feel so lucky to have these women in my life. It’s even more impressive in that we’re not necessarily the best in keeping in constant contact but I think we revive our email strings juuuust frequently enough that we’ve managed to keep in touch over the years. I wish I was part of the NYC-area contingent so I could see people even more but hey, I’ll take what I can get!
|Flying into LGA|
So, the weekend didn’t start out super-auspiciously since I got stuck in an unexpected delay on the highway. I mean, yes, it was rush hour but traffic was stopped for 20 minutes. Not ideal. I ran to the gate and saw the door closing just as I approached. Boo! But, the missed flight was easily rebooked and it meant I could meet up with my amazing friend at LaGuardia and head into the city with her.
|A chicken in the apartment!|
Unfortunately, Marissa’s roller-bag was forced gate-checked and utterly, completely lost by Delta. Boo! We waited for awhile at LGA with growing baggage despondency which was totally offset by our delight in catching up with each other. We headed into the city to meet up with the rest of the group. We went to a bar briefly before heading back to the house where we drank wine, ate Dorritos and talked until 2 a.m(!).
The next day, my eyes flew open at 7:20 (boo!) and I stayed quiet-as-a-church mouse until everyone else got up around 9:30. We got ready and headed out to brunch at Diner, a great restaurant under the Williamsburg bridge. We had drinks while we waited and then had a nice brunch outside on a gorgeous Fall day.
Afterwards, we headed into Manhattan where we took the Big Onion Satan’s Seat Prohibition Tour. It was fun to have an guided walk through the Bowery and West Village. The tour guide only talked at specific stops rather than the whole time so while I prefer continuous guiding, it was still a worthwhile tour. Again, the weather was incredible. It was so nice to be outside and in such good company.
|How does a selfie stick wor-*click*|
We went shopping for a bit so Marissa could get some clothes. Then we headed back to the apartment to get ready for our night out. We stopped by Hillary’s sister’s apartment, which was beautiful. Her sister and parents were there. It was so nice to see them! After socializing for almost an hour (and we could have kept going!), we went around the corner to Lilia. We had an incredible meal of shared dishes to include roasted cauliflower, roasted trumpet mushrooms, mafaldini, ricotta gnocchi, butternut squash ravioli, scallops and lamb. The lamb was incredible and, really, all the dishes were winners in my book.
|Very important a.m. pit stop|
We went back to the apartment and spent some more time talking before going to bed at 1:30. The next day, I slept in until 8:30 thanks to two late nights and daylight savings time! Marissa left on the early side to catch her flight back. As for the rest of us, we packed up our bags and headed down to cheer at the NYC marathon. We were in the Hasidic section of Brooklyn, so our cheers were heard since it was otherwise quiet. Later, when we walked in deeper to hipster Williamsburg, there were a lot more spectators out.
|Run, run, run!|
|Cheering and working up an appetite!|
From our spot, we saw the men’s leader pack and the motorcade in front of them, which included Meb Keflezighi. Watching other people run made us decidedly hungry so we went out to brunch/lunch in the city where we could watch some football. We ate at Duke’s where the food was fine and hung out for a bit more until we started saying our goodbyes. Hillary, Laddie and I headed to the Upper East Side, where Hil and I met Laddie’s daughter whom I’m fairly certain is a living doll. She’s so cute!
|Norfolk Buddy #2!|
I went out to Central Park to cheer a Norfolk friend running in the marathon. She looked great! I held onto her dog while her boyfriend took pictures and said hello. Then I headed back to Laddie’s, said goodbye and went on a long walk through NYC. It was another gorgeous day. I walked through the park with the constant stream of marathoners to my right and then I headed downtown past Rockefeller Center. I got to Karen’s house just about the time I needed to head out to the airport. I was thinking of an Uber but since it was $130(!!!!), I took public transportation. $8 for the win!
I headed on my flight, already missing my friends but so happy to have had such a great weekend! I can’t wait for the next one!