weekend date in nyc...

my kind and generous parents temporarily moved in with me and the kids while mike is living in nyc. last weekend i planned on taking the kids to nyc for a visit since we'd been away from mike for almost 2 weeks, but at the last minute, my parents willingly took elle & jude to ohio with them, and i drove up to the city alone to spend a couple days with just mike!

(also, not my booze. ^^;) 
friday night traffic was of course a beast, so i entertained myself by driving with all the windows down (my favorite), and going through my cd's from high school and college (mike hates them all). that was an experience, let me tell you!! we don't have disk drives on our macs, so i never actually listen to those sweet jams anymore:) alone time, fresh air, and a concoction of avril lavigne, blink 182, and o-town made for a stellar drive.

once in the city, the weather was warm and muggy, and the streets were literally alive. 
we walked and admired the church that had some sort of marital yoga, the drunken gossip about boys and heartbreak as we passed the packed restaurants, and the music from open mic night at the retirement home, all while some senior citizens gardened on these pretty babies...
we slept on a twin mattress and when we woke up, we went on a run in the rain through central park...
after? bagels. we love bagel talk. also, if you like tuna salad (which i don't), they have at least 10 varieties: spicy, italian, regular, low fat, scallion, white fish, pickled... it's fascinating. i had no idea that many options were even possible?
we walked to the container store, west elm, CB2, lowe's, and about a dozen other places hunting for the right things to organize our little space. then we got super hungry so we pit-stopped at serendipity;) 
the frrrrozen hot chocolate is of course as good as in vegas, but the food gets a solid 2 thumbs down. 
also, i pity the soul who has to dust that place.

then, home through central park! and the sun came out!
legit sign in stone (it looks like paper- it's not):
great news!!!!!! i found something cheaper in nyc than anywhere else: mani/pedi's! 
grumpy amanda was shoved into a nail salon by kind mike, where a mani/pedi/10-minute massage cost a mere $42 including a tip! 
it was the best $42 i've ever spent. and that was cheaper than the movie we were going to see. win for me!!! 
then we ate dinner al fresco at polpette before our feet told us to retire. 
by sunday morning i was SO READY for a couch. how has mike done this? nowhere to sit!? i'm too old for this. we swung on the hammock in the living room (it's supposed to be on the roof), and ate our mini wheats. i tried not to barf- motion and eating have never been a good combo for me.
another walk through the park where we spent most of our time dog-watching. dogs in the city are FASCINATING. they never bark, and they often run free without leashes- they come from a million yards away when their owner calls their name. 

we watched a marathon, a little league game, and admired all the trees and flowers in their pretty april glory. we've played in that park dozens of times, and we still find massive lawns and playgrounds that we've never seen before!
church parking = stroller parking lining the halls. also, there are more visitors at this church building than can even fit, and the organist is the greatest musician i've ever heard, making for the most insanely unique sunday church meeting i've attended in a while;)

i kidnapped mike after church, and he came with me back to dc to help sell our car (monday's project), which was great because the traffic in delaware was the pitts and i would have cried the whole way if i would have done that alone.
 the kids reactions when mike walked in the door were hilarious- jude cried, "where's my surprise!? nooooooo!!! i wanted a toy!!!" then he hit mike, followed by a huge hug, mid-sob, as he cried: "i miss you!!" 

we cleaned and showed the car, in particular, to 1 girl from china who actually asked me how to make the car go backwards.....
yah, it was an interesting day. 
i ended up catching a cold, so i'm uber grateful mike was my wingman. i took the rest of the day off work, and we hobbled around trying to get things done before we ran out of time.

mike headed back to nyc via bus late monday night...

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