Lot 48

December 2, 2016

i should have licked the floor more

i would ask why i am sick all the time but i know. i think i didn't lick the floor enough as kid. i didn't build up a good immune system as a kid and now i have a crappy immune system. i think that's what happened.  because today i have the flu.  i have a low grade fever.  again.  its like every other week i am sick.  yesterday i was feeling really nauseated and when i got home from work i took a four hour nap and then woke up at 12:30 am and then went right back to sleep and then taran woke me for work and i was so so sick i couldn't get up.  life is so fun.  this time i blame my nyc trip.  that is definitely something that could make someone sick.  everything is spinning.  how fun.

1. tonight we are going to see jim gaffigan!! i am SO EXCITED!! i have been wanting to see him live for, so so long.  he is our favorite comedian and we quote him allll the time.  one time when we were with my parents, we played one his albums for my parents and they loved it!  they never love comedians. so that is saying something!! and even after we left they watched his set on youtube!  i love that we got them hooked.  i am not looking forward going to his concert feeling like this but i have been waiting for this for months!  so go we will!!

2. my Church has launched a really wonderful campaign to keep in mind the true meaning of Christmas. i have a love/hate relationship with Christmas because it can get so commercial.  it focuses so much on presents on not on the Savior.  i try my best each Christmas season to focus on the Savior and His birth.  i always make a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas Day which might seem silly but its my favorite Christmas tradition that i started myself when i moved out.  click here to download a service advent calendar to give service all month long to remember to true meaning of  Christmas!!

3. i told you that i am performing at the dickens festival next week (eeek!) and getting really excited.  don't you worry, i am going to write a whole post about my feelings about getting back on the stage and about my (probably unwanted pointless) feelings about Christmas songs that sooo overdone.  but i have been listening to Christmas music earlier than usual this year because i have been preparing for my set.  i have never listened to Christmas music before halloween before, but i didn't mind it one bit! i am keeping my set a secret and am not telling anyone (except taran because he lives with me and hears me practicing, kind of hard to keep it from him) what songs i'm singing because it is a brand new set from what i have done before.  i am only repeating one song, which i am really excited about.  but i did want to share my Christmas playlist that i have been listening to on repeat!! what have you been listening to? send me songs on spotify! 

4. i really loved visiting st patricks cathedral in nyc.  it made me feel really close to my grandma.  i didn't realize how much i missed her until i was in a catholic cathedral. the catholic religion was so important to her and being in that cathedral made me feel so close to her.  i lit a candle for her.  i don't know if that is a thing since she has passed, i don't know if you light candles for those who have passed, but i did anyway.  i also bought a pendant to remember the cathedral by and i wear it everyday.  it makes me feel really close to my grandma.  its very special and i love it. 
5.  i feel so behind in decorating for Christmas!  i put up our tree before we left for NYC but we haven't put our ornaments on it an we haven't put lights on the walls yet. we will do that this weekend!  i hope everyone has a really, really lovely weekend!  ps i have my mom for Christmas this year for Christmas (we draw names) and i have no idea what to get her.  she is hard to shop for.  what are you getting your mamas? 
happy weekend and happy Christmas! 

NYC day 4

day 4 in nyc!! this was saturday, also known as the day that i pushed myself too hard.  if you are behind here is day 1, day 2, and day 3.  



saturday we decided to try again to go to the statue of liberty.  we got up earlier that we had the entire trip and went straight to battery park.  the wait was one hour, not two hours!  success!  but the waiting was terrible.  it. was. so. cold.





after an hour of waiting, we finally got on the boat and two minutes later, we were on the island! 














it was pretty spectacular and surreal to be that close to the statue of liberty.  


we were in the gift shop and i got a little silly with the statue of liberty





then we got back on the boat and went to ellis island! 

we really were only at ellis island for about 20 minutes because this whole statue of liberty/ellis island was taking up so so much of our day i wanted to get along with our day.  so we got back on the boat and took the train to the brooklyn bridge!! we got out right where city hall was supposed to be.  that building is so iconic i tried really hard to find it.


then we started our walk to the brooklyn bridge.  it was GORGEOUS!!







finally at the brooklyn bridge!!







it was amazing.  this was one of the places where i couldn't picture myself there and had to insert myself into these pictures. it was beautiful.



then we headed to magnolia bakery which i heard was a nyc must.  we got cake and cheesecake.  and i was very disappointed in my cake. it was very plain.  it was the funfetti kind and it didn't taste like anything.  after all the hype, i expected it to be mind blowing, but it really didn't taste like anything. 

then we headed to chelsea market which i also heard was a must.  and that did not disappoint at all.





it was really, really cool.  it was in this really old building that was modernized.  there were countless stores and restaurants and it was amazing. i think it used to be an oreo factory way, way back when.  but this was the point of the day when we had done so much that i got really really miserable.  like not cute crabby or cute miserable or uncomfortable, but seriously miserable.  
my feet were beyond trashed.  we had walked so much, done so much, seen so much.  it was time to go home.  there was no place to sit down, i  didn't want to wait to eat, i wanted to just grab an egg sandwich at dunkin donuts near the apartment like we had been doing every morning the entire vacation.  
 
on vacations and in life in general, i drive.  i plan everything, i am in control and i like it that way and taran likes it that way.  i need it that way.  i have to be in control.  taran helped a lot with planning our itinerary for this trip because i got really overwhelmed and it was such a nice breath of fresh air and it was such a nice change of pace.  so at this point in the trip, i said "take me home" and gave him the reins.  but he didn't know how to get me home.  

so i took us to the subway station.  but the train wasn't  coming!!! expletives and anger was involved.  talking to the little guy in the little booth and the people around us happened.  more expletives happened.  yelling at taran happened.  yelling "GET ME HOME!!!!!!!!" happened.  taking a cab home never occured to him.  so i stormed out of that subway station like the lady that i am and hailed a cab in .02 seconds.  all that reading on how to not look like a tourist and how to hail a cab really paid off.  we got home in 15 minutes and i got SIT.  oh my loves, i got to SIT.  I GOT TO *?!%! SIT i can't even tell you how lovely it was to SIT.  

so a piece of advice to my lovelies who are going on a vacation with lots of walking: don't push yourself. its not worth it.  because then you end up swearing at strangers and yelling at your husband.  what's funny is that we were home at 8 pm that night but it felt like we were home at 2 am that night.  i can't even tell you how exhausted we were that night.  it wasn't worth it, how hard we pushed ourselves.  it got to the point where it wasn't fun.  and on vacation, that is your only job: to have fun. 

December 1, 2016

NYC day 3

if you missed the beginning of the trip recaps, here is day 1 and day 2.  apologies for crappy pictures and too many pictures.  but i don't care.

the next morning we decided to go to the statue of liberty.  when i was in nyc 15 years ago, you can do the math and understand that i was there 3 months after 9/11.  the statue of liberty was closed so i had never been there. 





the line was 2 hours long so we decided to go to the 9/11 memorial instead.


the 9/11 memorial museum was really, really heavy. emotionally heavy.  see that big open space with the water?  that is the space where one of the towers sat.  this is the memorial, and then below are videos from the actual museum.  it was really, really difficult to go to the museum.  i cried a lot and there were times i couldn't breathe.  
i think this had the precincts of those who helped that day

this is some of the victims.  there was an entire room of all the victims and there were stories that their loved ones told about each victim playing on repeat.  it was really hard to listen to.  you could learn about each victim which i thought was really amazing but it was too much for me. 

there was a room that took you step by step of the day and kind of relived it and that was when i had to get out of there.  it was too much.  such a sad part of our nation's (and world's really) history.  


i needed a treat to cheer me up so we went across the street to this mall thing so i could get some cupcakes.







it was really pretty and all decked out for Christmas! 

the rest of the evening was really really fun.   we went to grenwich village for italian dinner that my friend recommended and stopped at max brenner for chocolate! 






chocolate pizza!!! guys!  it was chocolate smore pizza can you believe it?! 

we ended up in union square where there was this lovely Christmas festival and it was so so cute and made my heart so happy.  this evening was pure nyc magic and was just magical. 


we got some ornaments to remember the trip by.  we imagined our kids asking about these ornaments when they are older and we imagined telling them about our trip to nyc before we had them and how magical it was and that we would take them some day. 

i also had a macaroon, because, duh.

then we headed to fifth avenue to look at the window displays!  when we first got there, we went to saint patricks cathedral which was on our list so it was perfect!  it was a gorgeous cathedral.  my grandparents were catholic and so i lit a candle for my grandma, who just passed.  even though i am not catholic, the cathedrals and the catholic religion is so special to me because of how important it was to my grandparents.  










when we were at late night with seth meyers, i was looking for the guy statue holding the circle thing like i've seen on tv so many times, and i finally found it outside the cathedral.  so there ya go. 

now the following are the window displays from saks fifth avenue!  and they are GOREGOUS! 











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we popped inside because i wanted to see the decorations inside.



we passed trump tower and there was a TON of cops around guarding the building.  there is guicci next door and i wanted to see those window displays but you couldn't even walk on the same side of the street as trump tower because that's where he lives right now.






this was the perfect night and i will hold it as a treasure forever!