Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Happy 14th Anniversary--New York City

John was invited to a National Energy Conference in New York City, and it happened to fall on the week of our anniversary.  So we bought me a ticket, added a few days on the end of his "business trip", and enjoyed a super fun, memorable week together.

We flew in Tuesday early morning and left Saturday early morning.  We walked a ton, saw everything there is to see in NYC, visited lots of historical places, had plenty of time to play and rest, we ate a ton of amazing food, and we lived it up in that exciting city. 

John's business conference put us up in the famous Waldorf=Astoria Hotel for the first few nights.  Wow-I totally felt out of place as other women were walking around in their formal gowns with bling bling all over, most men were in nice suits and tuxedos.  Then there's me that never dresses up and had to borrow jewelry from a friend to fit in (because I don't own anything nice enough).

To recap:  we saw Time Square, Grand Central Station, Central Park, the LDS temple, Broadway, Wicked on Broadway, Staten Island Ferry, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Ground Zero Museum/Memorial, Carnegie Hall, Wall Street, the NY Stock Exchange, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Juilliard, Chinatown, Little Italy, the Garment District, the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park, and Madison Square Gardens.

I was "selected" to enter a hula hoop contest on Time Square.  Won a cool t-shirt!  I'm pretty sure I still hold the World's Best Hula Hoopster title. . . since 5th grade when I earned it.
Time Square was a crazy, busy, exciting place to hang out and "people-watch".  I was amazed at how many people were there, mid day in the middle of the week.  Then on Friday night we walked there and it was about 3 times as packed.  Lots of interesting people, to say the least.  There was tons of shows, shopping, restaurants, and cool places to visit on Time Square.  John's favorite was the M&M Store, mine was the Hershey Store.

 Here's Ground Zero, now with a really cool 9/11 Memorial built in it's place.  There are two pools with fountains, each sitting where the twin towers used to be.  Lots and lots and lots of names are inscribed along the sides of the pools of those who lost their lives during that tragedy.

 New York Stock Exchange, on Wall Street

The new "Freedom Tower" (replacing the twin towers) is still under construction, but will be the tallest sky scraper in America.  We couldn't even see the top of the building because it was up in the clouds.

Here'es John, with the tower directly behind him.

The famous Brooklyn Bridge was pretty cool.  It's almost 1.5 miles accross, connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn.  The car traffic is on the bottom level, and lots of people traffic on the top.  We walked across at dusk and enjoyed beautiful views of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines.

We took the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty (picture above).

Walking through Chinatown felt like we were in a different country.  Hardly any English was spoken or seen on signs.  We enjoyed seeing the culture, but didn't dare eat anything through that part of town.  The whole little community smelled like raw fish because of all their outdoor grocery markets.

The LDS temple blended in with the rest of the city, except for the gold Moroni statue on top.  The first level of the building is used for offices and the family history department.  The secone level is a chapel, and the third through fifth level is the temple. 

Real New York Cheesecake.  The biggest, fattest, largest piece of cheesecake I've ever seen.  Absolutey sinful, delicious, out-of-this-world!  When I ordered it, the waiter told me that it might take a month at the gym to work off, but that everyone in the past said it's definitely worth it.  And I'd have to agree.  

And then there's John's weakness. 

John attended meetings all day Wednesday, and I was all to myself for the day.  I'm pretty sure it was the most relaxing, fun, rejuvinating day I've had in my whole life.  I slept in, then read a book in bed for a while, then put on my Garmin watch and running shoes and headed to Central Park.  I ran about 10 miles throughout the park and didn't even see a fourth of what there was to see.  Then I found myself at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, spent over an hour there enjoying myself.  Then I ran back to the hotel, sat in the tub, read some more, then enjoyed a black-tie dinner with John.  I've decided that Central Park is the best thing in the world (next to NY cheesecake).  And if I ever find myself homeless, I'm going to live there.

It's pretty fun hanging out with your best friend and having all the time in the world to do whatever, whenever for five days.  We lived it up and played hard,  then came home totally and completely exhausted!  All we have left are memories.

Now. . . back to reality!

PS-the kids did amazingly well in our absence, and we hardly missed them (sad, but true).  They were glad to have us home again, and we were glad to be back home.  All together again.


  1. So much FUN!! Glad you got to go. I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't totally miss my children when I'm away. I mean, I do a little, but not enough to keep me from having an enjoyable time. I am always happy to be reunited with them, though, and I find that it's easier for me to be patient and kind. A little away time can be very therapeutic for all!

  2. Wow, what a great trip you had. Scott and I have been talking about going to NYC for several years now (especially since my parents live so close for babysitting). I'll make a list of all the fun things you did and so when we finally go there I will know what to do.

  3. That sounds SO fun!!! I can't believe all you were able to see! So glad you got to go and have some fun.

  4. I loved this post!! So awesome. You guys were busy. We miss Ny so much. I love Central Park. I'm glad you got to do all of that and relax a bit too. You deserve it!!