Finished a long-overdue paper last night and I'm feeling pretty good. Tonight we're going to see The Hunger Games with SMcKay, Lolly, R, and SMcKay's new beau. To say that I'm PRETTY PUMPED would be the overstatement of the not-so-new millennium. I'm BEYOND excited. I've been waiting for this for what feels like years! We're also doing a round of pre-movie AYCE hot pot, AND I just came back from Canadian Tire with 3 new Rubbermaid storage bins to do some reorganizing, which pretty much just launched this day into the stratosphere.
The Big Yam is doing his first sleepover at Nana's house tonight and there are plans a-foot for a late night mission to Pac Mall. Sounds like the best damn night, in oh, I don't know, FOREVERS. The only thing marring my anticipation is the knowledge that I didn't jump on that Hot Topic District 12 tank when I first saw it. I went back yesterday on my day off to buy one and they're all sold out! Sold out online, too! Booooo...so sad! I still might do up my hair in a side braid, though. Squeeeeee!!! So excited!!!
So. NYC. Overall, not the best place to go with a baby the Big Yam's age, when you do NYC the way we like to do it. That generally means, not a lot of museums, and a lot of hanging out maxing, relaxing all cool. But it was still fun, and Momma D watched him one night so we could have a fabulous 5 hour meal with our NYC friends.
On the plane ride over, a man stopped to spend an extended amount of time talking to the gentleman half of the couple sitting in the row in front of us. Finally, we heard the wife, say, exasperatedly, "He doesn't know you." which made me and the Dotytron almost die with laughter. LOL! This was made even more funny because the stewardess who gave us the "how to hold a baby on the plane" safety rundown had made a big show of "recognizing" the Big Yam and saying stuff like, "Oh, I remember this little man! He's grown so big!" and telling the other flight attendant that the Big Yam was a "frequent flyer." After hearing the "he doesn't know you" line, we wanted to use it on the flight attendant when she came back to offer drinks and make a big showing of knowing the Boobla. LOL! I mean, maybe she was our flight attendant when we flew Porter to Boston, but that was 8 months ago...I have a hard time believing that the Big Yam was the baby she was remembering.
We stayed at the Tryp Hotel in Times Square. It's newly opened and had the biggest rooms of any of the ones I had checked into (280sq feet). It's also got some cool family-friendly features. Our room had this little extra bar/counter area with an extra sink, an empty bar fridge, as well as free wi-fi. The deal I got us also got us complimentary drinks one night. Some of the other "family" rooms have murphy bunk beds that swing down from the wall, which would be perfect for a family of 4 staying together. The rate we got was $169 all in, per night, which anyone I've told has said is insane and a great deal for Manhattan. Momma D? Not so much. She said she was used to thinking of $100/night as her maximum for a hotel. I didn't clarify if she was talking in like, Eerie Indiana or NYC in 1972 or something, but it was pretty funny.
Our first day we had lunch at Luke's Lobster, which is a great alternative to Pearl Oyster Bar. They have multiple locations (no line!) and are routinely listed as one of the top 5 lobster rolls in NYC. It's a great, classic lobster roll: top-split bun, the barest hint of mayo, huge chunks of lobster. Served with a pickle, kettle chips and a boutique soda. Perfect. I think I prefer my lobster roll with a touch more mayo, but that's just me. We got a lobster roll and a crab roll.
This was my crew.
At the MOMA. I saw this Picasso and said to the Dotytron, "this is exactly what you look like naked." *pause* "I'm pretty sure that's a woman." LOL! We saw the Cindy Sherman retrospective which was awesome as well as a Diego Rivera special exhibit. This was strictly for Momma D's benefit. Left to our own devices, we're not really museum goers. The Big Yam had fun listening to the audio tours, though:
For dinner we had intended on going to Shake Shack but with the weather being so nice while were there, the lineup in Madison Square park stretched almost around the whole perimeter. We ended up at Hill Country Texas BBQ Market and am I ever glad we did! It's kind of like a Marché type concept: all the offerings (meats, sides, desserts, drinks) are printed on a little card, you bring your card with you to the station, they serve you up, note what you ordered, and you pay at a cash when you leave. Easy peasy. SO DELICIOUS! I am haunted by the taste of the juicy brisket, the beef shoulder, and their ribs. The sides were divine, the corniest, creamiest corn pudding you ever done ate in your life.
That was Day 1.
Day 2-4 to come tomorrow.