So I knew I had to give it another chance. Now, I know recaps bore a lot of people so feel free to skip out or whatever, I don't like to break posts up so it'll be a long one. I'll try not to go overboard.. oh, who am I kidding. Overboard is my middle name.
We arrived at the hotel at about 4pm, got ready super fast and went to dinner at a place called Hourglass Tavern - super yummy, great service and reasonably priced.
Then we went to see Wicked, which I have wanted to see since I almost bought tickets when I was in London in 2007. I definitely think my expectations were a bit too high, and I might have enjoyed it more if my companion wasn't like ugh this is horrible. I did think it was fabulous and don't regret seeing it - I've been jamming to the soundtrack all week. I got my dress from RTR, of course.
The next morning we caught the subway to the Brooklyn Bridge and walked our way back through the city. After taking a bunch of photos on the bridge (hey Statue of Liberty), our first stop was Ghostbusters Headquarters. KC was super into Ghostbusters as a kid so I sent the photo to his mom and she got a huge kick out of it. We wandered around Canal street and ducked in and out of the shops, before making a pit stop at Georgetown Cupcake. Their store is so cute and they have a hot pink sparkly Kitchenaid, and the cupcakes were ahhmmazing.
After that we went to The Strand bookstore which I had heard lots of good things about - it was ridiculously busy and they had so many books it would take a week to see everything. I didn't find a special copy of P&P (sobbing) but I did pick up a pretty copy of Sense and Sensibility for $8. After that we stopped at The City Bakery for what I'd heard was the best hot chocolate and it was vile. Give me a starbucks any day.
My JustFab boots were super cute and comfy, but not after walking for several hours. I felt silly for being such an amateur, and tried to tough it out - KC noticed how unhappy I was and convinced me to buy some Nikes from JC Penney and my feet were in heaven for the rest of the trip, albeit a little touristy.
Then finally, we headed over to meet the girls - B @ The Sequin Notebook, Pamela and Kari. We had a weirdo bartender who thought he was Tom Cruise, but we had so much fun. I was so nervous beforehand, wanting to bail because I was convinced they'd hate me, but KC calmed me down. They were all so sweet and funny, I can't believe how quickly we all just slid into gossiping and laughing like we'd known each other for ages. It was fabulous. I am so thankful to all of them to coming out to meet us!
|stolen from Pamela's instagram|
|stolen from The Sequin Notebook's instagram|
The next morning we made our way up to Central Park, wandered around for a bit, finding bridges and jumping off rocks. I was so disappointed to find that we wouldn't be ice skating and living my Serendipity fantasy, sigh. We chatted to some guy who said it was closed because of the rain, which is understandable. We started heading back into the city, pretending we were fancy enough to stay in The Plaza, and stopped to get a bite to eat before meeting Alyssa.
She's one of the first bloggers I found when I started out that I actually really enjoyed reading and who felt like a real friend after our emails back and forth, so I was super excited to meet her in real life. Let me just tell you, she's just as awesome as on her blog. Don't be jealous. We went to see The Nutcracker which was absolutely ridiculously amazing. Of course we took some silly photos (Alyssa was actually a ballerina.. not me, as you can see).
After The Nutcracker, we walked around - ate some yummy pizza, saw St Patrick's Cathedral (beautiful, kicking myself that we didn't go in and light a candle for Alyssa's Grandmother) and the tree in front of Rockefeller Plaza. We had tickets to the top of the rock, unfortunately it was zero visibility. We still went, it was fun, just a lot of fog. It was actually kind of terrifying but awesome to be right in the thick of the fog like that.
We ended the night with some more cupcakes, this time from Magnolia Bakery - shocking service but yummy cupcakes. I met a girl from Brisbane that I think I offended when I first heard her accent but then I explained the whole I live in Kentucky and still freak out when I hear an Aussie accent, even though we were in one of the top tourist destinations in the world. We said goodbye to Alyssa and headed back to our hotel.
|stolen from Alyssa's instagram|
|this is the view from the top of the rock|
Ok, last day, I promise. If you are bored and wondering when this is going to end, just think how we felt. We were knackered. It was raining harder on Christmas Eve so we decided to do a bit of wandering and then head back to the hotel. I felt like rocking a red lip and curling my hair even though literally 5 minutes after walking outside they were both donezo. We went to Grand Central Station - so cool, so busy - walked through Bryant Park and saw the library, ate some pizza and crepes, and I found another bookstore (Book Off!) and still didn't find my special NYC copy of P&P. I did buy Jane Eyre though, so I forgive NYC. I think if we'd gone to Greenwich Village I would have found more bookstores, but like I said, we were tuckered out. We stopped at H&M, KC sat with the rest of the men and I shopped as quickly as I could before he could change his mind.
Then we went back to the hotel to relax - but my knee had other plans. I can't explain how it happened - you know how you climb on to a bed? You put your knee on, whip your other leg behind you so you are sitting cross legged, then stretch out? Well somewhere during those actions, my right knee dislocated. I screamed out in pain - I can't explain how much it really effing hurts - but it was over quicker than it had begun, thankfully my knees pop themselves back in. This is the first time I have ever dislocated my right knee though, I've done my left knee 5 or 6 times, but the right was good to me until then. Needless to say, I didn't want to do anything else that night. I relaxed, read, and had a little nap.
We did pop out for dinner, KC finally decided to try Chipotle, but it was closed so we settled for a place called 5 Napkin Burger - we each got a chopped salad, seriously so good after all the crap I'd eaten the last few days. I hobbled back to the hotel, stupid knee. It still hurts a bit, but only when I run.
Ok, I know, longest recap ever. But did you expect any different from me? Of course not.
My highlights were absolutely, without a doubt, meeting all the girls. B, Kari, Pam and Alyssa- Thank you SO much for making time for us in your busy holiday schedules, I hope you all had as much fun as I did and like me as much as I like you all (it's a creepy amount). It really is unbelievable how I felt like I knew all of you, and how instantly I felt comfortable around you- after being nervous beforehand, of course. What if they don't like me? What if I talk too much? I'm sure I talked too much, I'm a chatterbox for sure but I just had the best time. Wicked and The Nutcracker were also highlights, so fun!
FYI, we stayed at Yotel. Super basic, great hotel for people like KC and I, and for a fraction of what other hotels nearby cost. Free muffins in the morning, free hot chocolate in the evening. Safe, clean, good location. What more could you want?
Oh, and we used our eBags mother lode convertible bags - we didn't check any bags, just carried on. I thought it would be easy because it was only a few days and we are doing it for Europe next year and I could have done it for Australia this year but winter here is a whole different ball game. If I ever travel in winter - real winter, not Aus winter - I'll bring 2 coats and different beanies because basically all of these photos could have been taken on the same day. I planned cute outfits that you barely saw. It's ok though, I'm not bothered. It was hard smooshing all those chunky sweaters in the bag though - and I didn't wear the stupid vest once, it was not warm enough on it's own and was too puffy for under the coat. I don't think that the vest will last much longer in my closet. I was gonna do a packing post like I did for Australia but I don't know if that's too boring. Lemme know.
Have you ever been to NYC? Did I miss anything? Are you glad this recap is finally over?! How is 2015 treating you?