Didn’t sleep too great. I never sleep well in hotels, especially when I am away from my significant other. Got up and showered and ready to go.
Good morning Gotham! Grabbed a blonde roast from Starbucks and we were off on our walking expedition.
On our way to the park to get breakfast we stopped by the Today show at Rockefeller Center first and caught the last segment. I liked the ideas the guy was giving on raised beds and adding a trellis. Thinking that would look nice along the back wall of my garden.
Continuing on down Fifth Avenue to Central Park. Wafels & Dinges was just setting up so we sat on a bench and enjoyed the morning a bit. It was sunny and warmer today, didn’t need a jacket.
We hemmed and hawed over the menu choices. We laughed at the Elvis because my Mom is a huge Elvis fan. She thought about getting that, but went with the bacon & syrup. I went for bananas and nutella. They drizzle warm nutella on! yum.
We walked further into the park to enjoy our breakfast. After, we strolled by the zoo and could see the sea lions (one was sun bathing) and a grizzly bear.
Heading east towards Lexington, it’s much quieter in this residential part of the city. A nice change of pace in the morning.
We hit up one of my favorite stores, Tinsel Trading. They always have the cutest stuff and I forgot to take any photos here. I will share my finds when I get a chance. Just a tiny NYC journal I want to use to keep track of the places I go. Right now I have a few Evernote files, but I want a written record to refer to, like where places are and different things I like/don’t like after my visits. So I remember. Also a roll of days-of-the-week washi tape & a vintage metal watch face I need for a different project.
Heading back now, stopped at the puppy store and flower stand to take it all in. We were trying to make it to Grand Central but I didn’t want to cut it too close. Mom was hanging in well, we already did 9,000 steps and it wasn’t even lunchtime yet.
We checked out of the hotel and went for lunch at Evergreen diner, another of our frequented places. We had some downtime before the matinee, so we sat in Time Square just people watching and enjoying the sun.
I used to try to wear cute shoes, flats or boots in the city, but with all the walking I’ve given in to white sneakers. These are my new Skechers relaxed fit with memory foam. They are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn, it’s like walking on a cloud. And they didn’t disappoint thru 14,000 steps.
Finally it was time for the matinee of Waitress!
Waitress is my favorite movie and means a lot to me from when I first saw it. I was going through a difficult time, and the comedy and cleverness just brought me out of a funk. I would watch it any time I was feeling down. Even to this day I watch it and still laugh out loud at the same parts. It’s also sort of bittersweet because the writer/director (& supporting actor) was murdered before she was able to learn how successful the film would be. And on top of it go onto become a musical! I love her style of writing and comedy. I feel like if I knew her in real life we would be friends.
Ironically, I first learned that Waitress was becoming a musical when I was listening to a playlist of Sara Bareilles. She’s a favorite for her piano playing. I heard this song (She Used to be Mine) and it touched me immediately, made me teary. I went to research it further and realized it was the song attached to the musical production of Waitress and that Sara Bareilles was writing the entire score. Sometimes certain stories, whether it be book or movie, just sort of speak to me in ways and it’s weird, but it was like meant to be how all these parts collided. Like it was some sort of cosmic meant-to-be. Of course right away I knew I wanted to see it.
So in the theater they are selling mini pies in jars! I’ve seen it before, but it was just so darn cute and something different for the theater. Mom and I had to try them. I went with a classic apple and she did the key lime. They were fantastic! I think it took me a whole 3 minutes to consume. Of course I was exited to keep my little jar and mini spoon.
Needless to say, the show was awesome. The band was on stage as part of the setting which I love. So talented. Jessie Mueller killed it. Tears streamed down my cheeks during She Used to be Mine. A totally fun way to end our NYC trip of 2016!
We made great time getting to the train station and were able to hop on the 5:28 express, getting us home in an hour. Dad picked us up at the station, I hung out with my parents a bit, then headed home.
I was worried because I hadn’t heard back from a text to B and he didn’t answer my call. It’s so crazy, but I feel like cell phones and constant communication make worrying so much worse. Turns out he was in the backyard finishing up the new framing for our garden.
The old wood was so rotted out, so he replaced it. He did such a good job. And now it’s all ready for some planting this weekend!
I helped take the trash out. Then ate some chicken and leftover pizza (yes, I eat a lot of pizza!) and then settled down to watch some shows. I was exhausted but did make it through the ABC comedies.
I was looking forward to the Goldbergs. First, it’s the funniest show on tv. And I just love all the 80s stuff, I can’t even believe some of the references they come up with. So funny. Tonight’s show was dedicated to Ed Snider, the founder of the Philadelphia Flyers (my team). The show takes place in the Philly region, which is also why it’s funny to us because we “get” those references. My favorite part is when they share their real family video footage at the end of the show. Reminds me so much of growing up because we went through that phase with the video camcorder where we recorded everything and made movies and all that. Me, my brother, his friends, my best friend and her sister. We had so much fun. Too much fun. I was young, but I wouldn’t trade growing up in the 80s for any time after that.
I didn’t take any photos in the evening. I may just take some today of the things I mentioned or use clips from online to tell the story.
I have a collection of receipts, business cards, tags & such from my travels, and am considering how to display them in the WITL album. I may use the 6×8 page protector with the many 2×2 pockets for that.