We’re home safe in Portland and the cats are in tip top shape. As always our cat/house sitter has done a fantastic job. I don’t know what we’re going to do after he moves away.
Saturday we went to Amaluna, the Cirque de Soleil performance currently happening by the Mets stadium. It was beautiful and fantastic and breathtaking. Before that we had infinite tea and scones and tea sandwiches at Alice’s Tea Cup. Breakfast was mueslix by Isaiah and dinner was a little Mexican restaurant that is a haunt of Lisa and John’s and their friends. We played a round of Ascension (fantastic board/card game) then collapsed.
Sunday the four of us went to Butter, Alex Guarnaschelli’s restaurant in Manhattan. Afterwards we went to the Whitney which is moving in 2015 from its current location. There were heart wrenchingly beautiful things, interesting things and things that didn’t touch me at all. Much like any museum I go to. Once done at the Whitney we were looking for dinner and somehow ended up at Chris Santos’ restaurant The Stanton Social in the lower east side. Completely different vibe, equally delicious food. In fact my suggestions on this trip have been good enough that John & Lisa have requested additional recommendations.
Once back at the apartment on Sunday we played more Ascension then went to bed. It was sad to say good bye to Lisa & John. They were fantastic hosts.
This morning we didn’t do much besides pack, boarded a plane at 5:00 and arrived home around 9:30pm. It’s not hot but warm enough that I’ve decided to switch to our summer comforter. Meanwhile I play with the cats and type.
I feel like I want to write more details on the places I ate and the things I saw. I want to do a lot of things. This trip was invigorating. Happy to be home. Head full of ideas.
Spent Wednesday taking the Circle Line boat tour around the bottom half of Manhattan. It was supposed to be a break but was surprisingly tiring on my vedtibular system.
Wednesday night we saw Act One, a play about the early life of Moss Hart, a playwrite. Dinner was amazingly delicious at PJ Clarkes.
Thursday, yesterday, Isaiah and I hung out at John and Lisa’s apartment resting. We had infinite tea, sandwiches and scones at Alice’s Tea Cup. Then Lisa and I went to get manicures and pedicures. Isaiah and John went to The Compleat Strategist, a game store, and picked up Ascension.
Today Isaiah and I had lunch at City Diner with an old frind’s father and got to learn some of the history of the upper west side as well as punch card programming. Afterwards we returned to AMNH where we looked at dinosaurs and I bought most of the presents for the trip.
We had a bit of time so we took several trains to Grand Central Station and the quilt show at the transit musuem there.
Home for pizza and games at the apartment and a nap for me. Isaiah is also doing laundry as he is out of clean shirts or socks.
Yesterday we had breakfast in the apartment we are staying at then made a bee line (on the 6 train) to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I think Isaiah was overwhelmed. The Met is wandering around on an infinite path of beauty where if you attempt to get to a location you will stumble across glades of distracting amazement. One of those for me was Muller.
Lunch was afternoon tea at one of the cafes in the Met. Delicious.
Dinner was Ruby Foos near Times Square with John and Lisa. Afterwards we went to Raisin in the Sun. An amazing performance by Denzel Washington and the entire cast.
Home, upload photos to Flickr, sleep, and awake to another day. More museums? A ferry ride? What delicious food to consume? Vacations.
We left our friends’ apartment around 10am, ate breakfast at Clark’s Cafe, then walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Breakfast was funny. Isaiah ordered a chilli cheese omelett and had to get something else when it came out with chilli not chillis in it. Vegetarians.
Once in Manhattan we took the 6 train to Forbidden Planet and the Strand. From there we went to Tea and Sympathy for a British lunch.
The afternoon was spent wandering the Americam Museum of Natural History then back to the West Village for dinner with John and Lisa at Westville. Dessert at City Cakes for cupcakes and a milk bar in Chelsea Market for milk.
Along the way Isaiah bought a book, I got a tshirt, and we got some loose tea.
Back in Brooklyn Heights with sore feet and tired head. The hepa filter air thing makes my ears pop and roll. Time to read until bed.
The balance therapist at Dr Wackym’s office told me before flying to take Sudafed for three days, drink lots of water and take 5mg valium before boarding the plane. My ears have been popping but there is no pain on my surgery side ear until I wrote that then there was the tiniest twinge. Overall though flying is going really well. We took of a bit after 7am and have been in flight for a half hour. I will copy this note into wordpress later. I don’t feel like paying $15 for inflight wifi.
Isaiah is reading the Delta magazine. I am listening to music on my phone, writing this post snd shortly will either knit or nap. There is good leg and head room but my back hurts from the seat. Four hours shouldn’t be too bad.
A little over half way through the flight. If I had bought the wifi I could message Isaiah’s sister that we are flying over her now. I love these flight data screens with maps.
Three hours into the flight and my head started feeling odd pressure. Took 5mg valium. If that doesn’t help I will try more Sudafed though my sinuses are incredibly clear. Nothing I can’t live with but I am trying to live life preventively.
Landed safe. Leaving JFK. Wonderful to get away from home to someplace different and familiar. <3 NY.
Isaiah and I are travelling and I think I will post by phone. Test test test. Thanks always to our house/cat sitter. Test test test.