This past week I wasn’t blogging because my husband and I ran away to New York to celebrate our 13th anniversary. We made the trip last year, too, but this time we left the kids at home. We took the train again. And this time there was no one climbing on me or demanding anything. Ahhhh.
|Two and a half uninterrupted episodes of Downton Abbey later we were in the city. (I’d never have guessed *I’d* like Downton Abbey– and was even more surprised that it was something we’d both be able to watch!)
Each trip had its high points, and I’d do either trip again. We stayed at Hotel New Yorker again, in the middle of the fashion district. I made a little time for fabric shopping, which’ll be its own post eventually. But the bulk of the trip was spent doing the wandering around sorts of things we like to do together, like:
|Eating breakfast in relative calm at a diner. Okay, the same diner twice. But that was most excellent because…|
|…the diner had lemon ricotta pancakes that were worth eating twice in two days.|
|We spent hours wandering around MoMA and I loved all of it, even the rainbow of museum guides|
|Plenty of art that I immediately appreciated like this Masson|
|And then plenty of other pieces, like this one, that were just fascinating. Yes, really, this IS the art. It’s not just where a piece used to be. Made me wonder whether maintenance workers have ever gotten into trouble for “fixing” something that wasn’t actually supposed to be fixed?|
|The MoMA shops are almost as fun as the museum.|
|My husband was particularly entertained by this mug.|
|Dinner at Del Frisco’s. The dinner was already fantastic when our sweet waitress asked us whether we were celebrating something. She brought us dessert and two glasses of prosecco, on the house. It’s a wonder I could still walk back to our hotel by the time we were done. I was already overstuffed before that.|
|Not my “style”, but this street vendor’s sign might show up around my house in another format someday.|
|I’ve made a number of trips to Times Square, and I don’t think I’ll ever get over how massive and bright it is.|
|From the R Lounge you can escape a bit of the street-level chaos and just sit back and watch the light show.|
|We saw a taping of The Daily Show— an episode with Dennis Leary. And now I know that all of that crazy cheering from the audience is enthusiasm that’s partly about the show itself and partly about the painfully long wait to see the show being over.|
|Silly photos like this to be found on Instagram – @crafterhours|
And now we’re back to reality. Reality’s not bad, it’s pretty good, actually– but it’s so nice to take a break from it now and then. Did I mention this was the first time we’ve gone anywhere alone for our anniversary since before kids? Some years work travel means we’re not in the same place. Nice to take a break from that, too.
Since having kids, every time I leave the house overnight it takes about as many nights to get back into the routine as the number of nights I spent away. Will it always be that way?