hello folks! it's been awhile since i've posted, but you know how it is. last week i went to NYC to visit my bestest friend ever, michele. we had a blast! here's the rundown:
i took the redeye on tuesday night, putting me at JFK around 8:00 wednesday morning. somehow i managed to pack light, so no checked bags for me! my cab ride took awhile thanks to rush hour traffic, and i was pretty exhausted what with about 2 hours of sleep, so i have officially rethought the whole redeye flight there. i used to think it worked out pretty well, but now it just seems like a pain. ANYWAY, the cab driver found michele's apartment in red hook (brooklyn) pretty easily. it's a super nice place! i love it. she actually has her own room now and a living room and kitchen. michele had to go to work but she did direct me to an excellent bakery before she left. i kind of napped and lollygagged awhile, and then finally headed into town. the only minor downside to michele's living area is that there's a bus ride before you get to the subway, and since her stop is at the end of the line, it pretty much comes whenever. so there's some standing around. but eventually i made it to downtown and decided to hit the union square shopping where i managed to find some discount free people tops. yay!
next i met michele at her place of employment and we headed to the upper west side for a play. and not just any play, my friends, but a play that michele co-wrote and starred in! her group of funny friends, the wunderkind consortium, wrote a musical based on the movie "beaches" (which i have never seen, but i think i get the gist). it was hilarious! and very good songs. they did a really good job and then we all hung out a diner afterwards. her friends seem really nice, so i'm glad she's got good people over there.
on thursday, michele had to work again, but it was a beautiful day so by the time i dragged myself into town, i figured i'd make the best of it. i took a ride on the staten island ferry, which i highly recommend doing because a) who doesn't like a ferry ride, and b) who doesn't like a FREE ferry ride? it goes pretty close to the statue of liberty so you get to see that, and you also see the manhattan skyline which is pretty awesome. then i did a little more shopping and got some super cute shoes and cheap designer jeans! i'm telling you, they have more good cheap stores there. then it was time to meet michele and head out to our exciting evening plans - XANADU! it. was. AWESOME! i don't know what to tell you except that there is rollerskating and a LOT of disco balls. the music is great (ELO!), and the cast was excellent. the whole thing was top notch. in fact, i am wearing my official xanadu on broadway t-shirt right now! i really hope it comes to seattle eventually.
friday was pretty much more of the same, although i did get myself going earlier, so i had more time to shop. yes! i went to H&M, but it was a bit disappointing and i'm not too worried, since they are FINALLY going to open them here. i discovered a new gem, this place called uniqlo, that has really good basic stuff for reasonable prices. i was kind of going crazy. i also got a little bit lost trying to find a subway to go uptown, but i whipped out my new iphone and just mapped it, and there you go! thanks, iphone! you're the best! after i met michele at work, we went to a nice movie theater and saw U2:3D, an imax movie. again, super freakin' cool. i think it's already gone from the seattle science center theater, but if you do get a chance and you like U2, go! the screen is giNORmous, you get to wear bitchin' 3D glasses, and it's super loud. it's really like you are at a concert! crazy. we were kind of in the neighborhood of the dakota, the apartment that john lennon lived in, so we walked by that and then went to strawberry fields in central park. even though it was pretty early, we were really beat, so we headed back to red hook and had dinner at a diner called hope and anchor which has really good food and free drinks, since michele is a loyal patron.
this is really long - sorry. but we're almost done! saturday - beatles brunch! what might that be, you ask? well, it's really pretty self-explanatory. you eat brunch. a beatles cover band plays. it's really fun! the band, strawberry fields, was really good. they played a lot of favorites and everyone was really into it, especially these older folks next to us. it was a nice sing-a-long time. the food wasn't too bad, although i was hoping the fried chicken would've been a little better (yes, they had chicken at brunch). afterwards, we headed to MOOD! mood is the fabric store they go to on project runway all the time. it's pretty cool. they have a TON of cool fabric, but it's all rolled in bolts and stacked so it's hard to find things sometimes. i bought some fabric for a skirt and some plastic purse handles. jealous much?
our only other plans for the evening was a comedy show with kristen schaal and arj barker, and that wasn't until late, so we napped a little and then went to the show. both of the comedians are on the hbo show "flight of the conchords", which is quite good, although i've only actually seen one episode. i know it's good though, so just watch it. i had seen kristen schaal another time when i was in NYC, and she is so dang funny. i love her. plus, we got free tickets! cha-ching! of course, the diabolical club got theirs by charging $5 for DIET COKE. yeesh.
sunday was my last day in town so we decided to just chill in the 'hood for the day. we had a delicious breakfast at hope and anchor (it's just down the street!) and then we walked a few blocks to a park that is right along the water. michele agrees that the bus is kind of a pain but she thinks it's worth it to have the water so close. we walked down the pier (luckily it was not a long walk and a short pier) and we could see the statue of liberty, the southern tip of manhattan and new jersey. it was SUPER windy, so we didn't stay too long. we pretty much just relaxed for the rest of the day while i packed up my discount goods and watched "dexter". (that, along with "how i met your mother", was the show of the trip. every time i go visit michele, she gets me hooked on some new show. she's a show pusher. she really should get a cut from the networks.) a car came and picked me up at 4:00, and off i went. it was sad to leave michele, but actually she's in seattle this weekend, so it didn't seem so bad this time.
so, fun times! i'll have some links to pictures and stuff at some point.