why hello new york (and blog world)

Hi.

My laundry list of reasons why I'm too busy to update this thing have run out. Darn it. (Pity party invitations are in the mail.) I mean, good for you if you care to read this - me, well, it basically means my bestie Dania wins and here I am. Back to blogging. (Not that I don't love blogging, but it takes time out of my super busy schedule of Teen Wolf and Real Housewives of New Jersey.)

I reason that enough should happen this summer - we have plans! we have friends! people like us! - that I shouldn't fall off the face of the earth again until at least September. I'm being as honest as I can be because isn't that the best policy? I'm trying here people.

Well.

Sir Charles and I just returned from a little vacation to New York.
We went because why not.
We did really nerdy things like spend 5 hours on Ellis Island.
We had EPIC shoe failures that put last year's trip to DC to SHAME. We'll get to that later (stop the judging right now).

New York was great. Not to toot my own horn (toot), but here is what I am great at in New York:
-Hailing cabs. I'm practically Carrie Bradshaw.
-Screaming "HEY I'M WALKIN' HERE" at cars.
-Recognizing aging child stars walking through West Village (Oh Dustin Diamond, how poorly you have aged.)

I was a regular New Yorker and by that, I mean, one fanny pack and a yellow family reunion t-shirt away from being so touristy you're almost offensive.

ANYways, we had a great trip, there are lots of stories, so I should have plenty to write to you about at least until the next big adventure begins (that adventure's name is Dania's doing a bodybuilding competition and I will be blogging ALL about it - she's the one who wanted me back blogging most, so she deserves to get exploited most.)

Surprise, surprise, I took about a bazillion and a half pictures so we'll start with a few favorites today and story time will be tomorrow. Giddy up.

I loved the way New York looked in black and white, so these are my BW edits. Chuck, who doesn't understand things like "art" and "culture" says enjoy our trip to New York in the '20s. He was a joy to be with for 8 days.

Here's your NY tip that my friend Ellyn passed on to me and now I'm sending to you: skip the Empire State Building observatory. Go to the top of Rockefeller center. You can sing the tune to 30 Rock the whole time (we did), refer to all the pages as Kenneth (we did that too) and have an unobstructed 360 view of Manhattan. Plus, no one is there compared to the Empire State Building and you won't have a panic attack from the crowds. Not that I did that, because that would be super embarrassing.

The New York Public Library. We didn't go in. We learned enough elsewhere apparently.


We get off the boat at Liberty Island. Chuck says, "She is looking so good for 125 years old AND she is dating statues half her age." He said this on our anniversary, evidently to remind me why I don't want to be married to him.

The Brooklyn Bridge. No whining - I did good walking it. Everyone was shocked.

Washington Square.
NYU is all around it, there are 19 year old hipsters with video cameras everywhere, and we just sat and watched them make their melodramatic "My life is so tough" films for about 20 minutes. Best 20 minutes of the whole trip.

This is at the new 9/11 memorial. This side of the memorial has the names of the servicemen and women who died in the towers. My brother's a cop so despite my typical lack-of-soul I found this part very moving.

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park AKA a place where they filled a scene in Friends with Benefits which means Justin Timberlake has been here. Hallowed. Ground.

Bow Bridge on The Lake in Central Park. Chuck took me for a little row. The man loves the sea. He missed his Ship's Wheel.

More Central Park.

Soldier's and Sailor's Monument in Riverside Park on the Upper West Side.
We stumbled on this during our "let's find places where You've Got Mail was filmed" day. One of us was really driving that tour day and dying to see places Joe and Kathleen visited. Hint: That person was not me.

More tomorrow.
I promise.

5 comments:

  1. So glad your back Susie! Your 20s pictures are stunning.

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  2. I was just thinking the other day "I haven't seen Susie write anything for a hot minute". Glad you're back! And I LOVE all the photos of NYC... I want to visit there so very badly and you're not helping that urge, dude.

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  3. I'd like to point out that Dania (and emy, libby, and jessica) is (are) your biggest "get back to blogging" supporters... Can we start turning that around on Dania who is a blog failure?
    Also, loved the library. It's a personal SATC tour.

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  4. Missed you! Glad you are back and can't wait to hear more about your trip!

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  5. Welcome back to the real world AKA the internet!

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