8.05.2016

the met (x2) & the monsoon

 we've been to the met a couple of times these past few weeks- round 1 was much more of an adventure than round 2. but more on that in a minute.

first, i need to address the rooftop at the met. the rooooooof!!!! we totally forgot to go the first time around (it's so hard to get to!!!)- holy flipping view. probably one of the best in this entire city. 

i can't believe i live just beyond those trees!!!!!!!!
minus the humidity (note: palpable), i just can't get over how wonderful summertime is! 
plus, it looks like france right outside the met, so that's fantastic...
so- met trip #1:

i've been wanting to see the manus X machina exhibit for a while now (the kids went with our sitter while i was working in dc, and they kept telling me about how great it was). 
rain was in the forecast. 
we could have taken the bus (which in hindsight would have made a lot more sense), but i really like to walk, i'm cheap, and i hadn't yet ventured on the bus yet with the kids... so we we took our feet...
no surprise, the dresses were beautiful. elegant, edgy, creative, and intriguing. elle was most excited to show me the straw dress (above), and jude to show me the remote control dress and "movie" below...
 ...he was right! there was a little movie! this dress was incredible- it was on wheels!! and those little petals could fly away!
 the museum was gigantic and packed. we explored a bit, but figured we should get home before the rain started.

outside, we were pleasantly surprised by the sunshine! look! no rain! we had a snack and facetime'd with my mom. i looked to my side and as i watched a woman on her phone i realized HUGE raindrops were falling! it was like an optical illusion- i saw them coming hard and fast before i even felt them- it was the craziest thing. massive raindrops out of nowhere! we zipped under a little tree until i came up with a plan b. then i took a little video of the last of the people screaming and running inside...
well, would you know it- the rain stopped about a minute later, and the sky cleared again! we decided to head home just in case. we walked along the transverse, a road that connects the east and west, through central park. it's the shortest way to get back home, but is really narrow road with a super tiny sidewalk. 

about 1/3 of the way in, the sky quickly darkened and it started POURING!! POURING!!!! within seconds, the thunder boomed, and the sky flashed. we ran a little farther and i tried to hide alongside a random service building (it didn't help much). the kids cried & cried.
cheap me wanting to save $3 sure got us into quite the snafu;)  
i couldn't even see it was raining so hard...
 jude held my hand as he cried, "HELP ME!! STOP THE RAIN!!" i quickly realized we had no options- all the taxis were full, and even if they weren't, none pick-up on this road because there's no where to stop. as the rain fell, the road flooded, and each car/bus (SO MANY BUSES) that passed would drench us in road spray. head-to-toe waterfall. the spray knocked one of my contacts out, but thankfully my stealth ninja moves managed to catch it and put it back in somehow? good since it's my last one;) we kept going the remaining mile home, i'm fairly sure everyone laughed at us. at that point though, we couldn't get any wetter. as we rounded our corner the sun came out and the pouring rain slowed to a trickle. 

the kids were super happy...
 it was basically like we jumped in a lake fully-clothed. the stroller was completely filled in every pocket with gallons of dirty water. the only dry spot was the back of elle's head! i will literally remember this little experience forever...
so that's the story of the met and the monsoon.

met visit #2 the weather was much milder (although cloudier)...
we went to see the dresses again, and spent the rest of our time trying to find the roof. 

totally worth the exploring. that met, man. good stuff.
we got chinese food for dinner, just as the rain started to fall from the cloudy skies. 

jude wore his goggles, just to be safe. thou never knowest when a monsoon is on the horizon...

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