Happiness Highlights: Week 2 in New York City

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

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Last week we were still in New York City, a gift I will forever be grateful for no matter where this trip or this life takes us. Two weeks in New York City is truly a luxury, and not just because everything costs so dang much.

One of the things I was most grateful for this week was Jared’s constant sharing of New York City trivia. He’s been pouring over two books from our sponsors at Baker & Taylor: New York Then and Now and Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into New York. As a result, he’s taken on the role of factoid guru and tour guide for the first time in our marriage. Uncle John's Bathroom Reader New York

The very first time I visited New York City, I wrote about traveling alone and how it was more relaxing for me because there wasn’t anyone I had to take care of or educate; this role reversal was such a cool (and important) experience for our family. I never would have guessed some day I’d be walking down the streets of Manhattan and turning to Jared to ask, “Hey, what’s that building?” – or that he’d be able to answer with both the name and the history.

I also continue to be grateful for good friends and generous people we’ve been able to meet along our way.

Stef Poppy went with us to see the Spiderman musical on Broadway and spent the bulk of the day wandering around Manhattan with us before joining me for dinner and drinks with local bloggers in the West Village. We had so much fun with her, and it is always such a blessing to see my friends love on my kids. When you don’t live near family I think you become exceptionally appreciative of the love that your friends offer. Also? Spiderman was freaking awesome. Truly “a spectacle” in the best sense of the word.

This was a week filled with good friends. In addition to our day with Poppy, I got to have dinner with some wonderful women who live in the area, including Marinka, Robin, Jill, Metalia, and Audrey, at a place called the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. I ate Frito Pie and fell in love with Chelsea while meandering over to the West Village. A few nights later we got in our car and drove to visit Deborah and her family for dinner, drinks, and laundry. I kept her children up way too late and made a few jokes that were probably inappropriate for a new friendship, but we had a blast. And I am again humbled at the willingness of good people to wash my dirty socks.

I also got a massage for $30 in Chinatown, spent a day in Central Park, and visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Gratitude abounds, people.

Chinatown

Chelsea Happy Hour

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New York 309

New York 401

Imagine

New York Booty

I love this place.

But this week, we move on…

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  1. the muskrat says:

    I love it, too. So much so, that before I’d left San Diego, I’d emailed my friend who lives in the village to tell him I’d be back in Aug ’12.

    So glad to be able to take this trip with y’all via photos and written descriptions!

  2. Jared says:

    Did you know that the statue of liberty…….

    I am glad that me knowing factoids makes you happy

  3. Momma says:

    Do they still have free Opera in the Park? I think that would be beyond awesome. Did you see my great gramma’s story at Ellis Island? ;o)

    I can SO see you living in NYC

    • Miss Britt says:

      I don’t know if they have free Opera in the Park – that would have been super cool to see.

      • Momma says:

        I just googled and they do indeed have Opera in the Park, free, in NYC, in several different parks, including Central Park. Was in July, though.

  4. Headless Mom says:

    Love it! Someday I would love to have that luxury. PS-It was really great to see you in San Diego!

  5. Penbleth says:

    What great photos, I’m glad you had a good time.

  6. Megan says:

    Love that picture of Poppy! Gorgeous.

    And I love that Jared is playing tour guide, and I want those books!

  7. Lisa says:

    I’m loving these happiness highlights! Your photos are really good! I hope you loved on Poppy a little extra for me.

    NYC seems like such a fantastically alive place and I can’t wait to experience it.

  8. Ah, we love Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers, he has a tour guide book too? Awesome!
    I cannot wait to go and visit NYC and wander with my husband around the city!
    Bernice
    How many clothes does your child REALLY need?

  9. This makes me want to visit New York! I haven’t been in too long.

    How wonderful for the kids to see live musical theater on Broadway! It’s a game-changer!

  10. Poppy says:

    Jared really is a fountain of NYC knowledge, it amazes me. Astounds me. I feel like a slacker for living her 3 years and having to refer to my phone to answer any of your questions.

    By the way, I really wish you were here in 2 weeks so you could see what BUSY is. Union Square was empty today. :)

    Thank you for spending more of your short time here with me, I adore you, Jared, and your kids. I know their names, but if I say them out loud I might burst out crying because I won’t see them for a long time again.

  11. I love all the pictures of New York.

  12. KDrausin says:

    I agree, Spiderman was fantastic. Great pictures! ~Krista

  13. martymankins says:

    Incredible photos here. The tablet photo of the Statue of Liberty is great.

    I remember seeing your tweets about making a reservation for the Statue of Liberty. In Nov 2006 when my wife and I went, the reservation was highly suggested as we were in the planning stages. Helped a lot.

  14. i’m so thankful you got to spend quality time with poppy. (fantastic photo of her, too. did you pose poppy or catch her off guard? regardless, what were you guys talking aobut that you captured such expression in her face? just lovely!)

    really drooling over that statue tablet. fantastic. viewing all of these photos made me feel as though i were right there with you. well done, my friend.

    so cool that jared has the time to invest in educating himself and all of you. can’t wait to learn stuff about my pittsburgh from yinz. i’m curious as to how jared feels about you taking photos of him when he is reading, though. that would drive me crazy!

    • Miss Britt says:

      I didn’t really pose her. We were sitting in the park and I just started taking pictures of her.

      And I asked Jared if I could take that photo quick. :-)

  15. Glamamom says:

    So honored to have made your highlights! Too much fun!

    That photo of Poppy is gorgeous. You’re a real talent darlin!

  16. Deborah says:

    Inappropriate jokes are my favorite. Come back soon, and we’ll share more of them!

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