Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Back on track.

Oh, hello there.

Well, Autumn is here and I couldn't be happier, because it's my favorite season. It's not cold yet, but it's getting cooler, which means boots and cardigans and not sweating in the subway. Summer in the city can be especially, um, rank, so I'm enjoying taking deep breaths of crisp, cool air.

To highlight the awesome beginning of the season, my parents came to visit last weekend for the first time since they moved me out here almost two years ago (I still don't really believe I've been out here that long). It was really fun to have them here, especially since last time I was still one of the tourists and now I push them over on the sidewalk.

My dad had business in town on Thursday, and my mom flew in later that night. They came to visit my office on Friday and met some of my coworkers and my boss (she later commented that they are "such a good-looking couple" and I had to agree). We had a dinner of ridiculous portion sizes followed by delicious cheesecake at the Carnegie Deli, and went to see "Billy Elliot." I thought it was pretty good, but not as amazing as I'd heard. There were some good numbers but it was a bit long, and while the kid playing Billy was a great dancer, he didn't have a very good voice. Still, I was glad I got to see it.

Saturday we started off with a trip to the Natural History museum to see the new planetarium show that's narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. I think we all learned a lot from Whoopi. We walked through Central Park for a while before picking up some lunch and heading to a matinee of "Bye Bye Birdie." I already had monumentally high hopes for the show, since it currently stars John Stamos (his bio in the program buried his Full House credits somewhere in the middle, which I thought was a travesty). But the rest of the cast was excellent and I loved the show--very cute and a lot of fun to watch.

Later that night, we went to dinner in Brooklyn at Peter Luger, which according to Zagat is the best steakhouse in New York City. To my chagrin, I had felt a little queasy all day (possibly a side effect of the flu shot I had gotten on Thursday), but I powered through and was able to at least sample some of the deliciousness. We all agreed that Woflgang's was better, though, and we topped off the day with a showing of The Invention of Lying.

On Sunday before heading home, they came up to my neighborhood to get some of the local flavor (the flavor being that of the Dominican Republic). After checking out my apartment, we went to breakfast and I showed them around a bit, although they declined to attend the Medieval Festival that was happening in the park that day. We did get to see some people walking around in chain mail, though, so it wasn't a total loss.

It was a fabulous weekend, and it's always nice to have your parents tell you how awesome you are (though I can only assume my siblings haven't experienced this nearly as much as I have). I had a great time, and look forward to going home for Thanksgiving in a few weeks!


  1. How fun that they visited! Someday I'll visit you too, and you can push me over on the sidewalk (meanie!).

    So, did you get a boyfriend or something? That's the most likely reason that you have been slacking in the blog-o-sphere. :)

  2. Awesome, indeed. I'm looking forward to my visit in March with my choir. I hope you have some time in the range of March 18 through 22 to show me a sample of Your New York.

  3. I still rue the day I threw away John Stamos' autograph {procured by my parents when Full House was still producing new episodes} during a fit of adolescent insanity.

    I know, absurd.

    We really are coming to NY one of these'll be the first to know when that actually materializes.

  4. I guess what I would like to know is, what else would be in John Stamos's bio OTHER than Full House? Oh, and his smash monster ballad "Forever".

  5. I'm so glad you wrote again! It's been forever! Also, can't wait to see you. Hope it all works out and our schedules can mesh. I told Tim I was going to see you and I just got a, "You're going to see my girl!?" reaction which made me even more excited to meet up!

  6. 1. John Stamos is hot.
    2. It was fun to look back and see what my comments on your blog were like a year ago.
    3. Your mom and you are very cute in your coordinating trenches.
    4. Chain mail reminds me of when we dressed up in it at Bodiam Castle, a.k.a. "our castle."
    5. I'm jealous of all the Broadway.
    6. PLEASE tell me you are coming home for Christmas too!! We are going to be in Utah for Thanksgiving (well, Wednesday through Sunday, which I'm assuming is when you are coming).
    7. Did I ever tell you a guy in my old ward in Danville was friends with John Stamos in high school and they still keep in touch?

    7 is probably enough comments for one post.

  7. i can't beat marisa's comment.

  8. Hey girl. Speaking of chain mail, someone from Sword and Quill wore chain mail to my D & C class once.



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