It all started with a phone call from my beloved J… “Honey, I have to go to New York for a meeting, would you like to come out and spend a few days in the city with me?”
I do believe it took me exactly .2 nanoseconds to answer yes.
J has been traveling extensively over the past 5 weeks. I calculated that over a 45 day period, he was home for exactly 5 days, 4 of them concurrent. The 5th day shouldn’t even count as a day, because he was in the house for less that 12 hours.
And then back on the road. Well, an airplane, really…
Anyway, I jumped onto a flight out of Austin early Wednesday morning, and landed at Newark a few hours later. Getting into a cab felt strangely familiar… like I’d done in several (dozen) times before. Gee…..probably because I have…. about 15 years ago, to be exact, when I lived in this great city my father not-so-affectionately refers to as a toilet bowl.
Yeah, he really loves the city. ** insert eye roll **
As the driver cruised through the Holland Tunnel, my mind starting running through all the great places to go, things to see, and most importantly, where to eat.
Hey, I have my priorities in order.
First order of business though, was to call my mom and let her know that I had arrived safely. After assuring her that I was fine, her next statement made me laugh out loud …she said, “You might go back to Austin a changed woman – you may decide that Green Acres (that’s her name for our new ranch) isn’t the place to be.”
Well Mom, I can tell you one thing, you can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl…. I may be moving to a 10 acre ranch, but my sophisticated style of dress, platform pumps and trusty Transformer (that’s the name I gave my little car) will do juuuuuust fine out there.
Even though the aforementioned items do tend to make me stand out a little bit amongst the locals. Somehow, they know I’m not from around there. Can’t imagine why…..
I checked into the hotel and settled in while waiting for J to finish up his meeting. When I opened the shade in the room, I was momentarily taken aback by the view..
If you look closely, in the far right corner, you can see the Chrysler Building. When I lived here many moons ago, I could see that same building from my apartment. I loved to see it all lit up at night, and since Alexander (who was born in the city) never slept, I spent numerous evenings comforting him and standing by the window, looking at the city lights.
Thursday morning, J left early for another meeting, and after I indulged in an overpriced soda in the hotel ($5 for a diet coke – really?!), I set off to explore Soho and the surrounding areas. I’m still not exactly sure what areas I was in, but I covered a lot of territory – I passed City Hall, Washington Square, Wall Street, Chinatown, Little Italy, and a nifty section of town where all the shops sell kitchen/restaurant equipment. I had to exercise a lot of self control there, since our house isn’t even built yet, so the last thing I should be doing is buying anything for it.
The car park lots always make me laugh:
Armed with a double latte, I kept walking. And walking.
Of course, a trip to the Harley Davidson store was mandatory:
And all of a sudden, my phone buzzed with a text from J:
“Where are you? It’s 5:00!”
I stopped, looked around, and laughed, because I had no idea where I was! Oh, and to make it even better, my phone battery was now at 11%. I grabbed a pretzel (all that walking required sustenance of some sort, don’t you agree?), and put the hotel address into my map app – it said I was 1.7 miles away – a cake walk for me. By now, the city was alive with everyone leaving work, so taking a cab back was out of the question. I hustled my Converse into high gear and made it back in 30 minutes.
It was a great day – I felt so energized by the vibrancy of the city – and realized that it’s a great place to visit, but I don’t think I could ever live here again. We are just about to take off for another adventurous day, I definitely would like to head to midtown and visit my old stomping grounds, complete with the asphalt playgrounds that Sabrina used to play on. (Dad, you know exactly what I’m talking about!)
Oh, and check out this neat-o case J bought for my computer:
Now I just have to think about upgrading my phone, since apparently it doesn’t want to hold a charge anymore….