Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Sunday, November 29, 2015

NYC Trip Day 5 & 6

Today was a Pile on the Miles gotta-make-my-goal day. I left the apartment inhabitants sound asleep and headed 3 blocks to Central Park for my run. I had every intention of busting out 2 miles and calling it done, but I got SO LOST on the winding trails that I ran 4.54 miles by the time I got back to my apartment. Love it when that happens. 
My pace was 13:43 which did not surprise or discourage me. The trails in Central Park were hilly and I stopped/slowed several times to regroup and get my sense of direction. It was kind of comical how easily I got lost. 

When I got back to the apartment, everyone was still sleeping soundly. I woke the Puff and we both got dressed and headed out on our own to see some sights.

Our first stop was the Met. The Puff and I had read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler a few years ago and we were on a mission to find the bed that Claudia Kincaid slept in when she ran away from home to the Met.
The Kincaid kids funded their adventures by stealing money from the fountains. The Puff and I left some coins here in their honor. 

Apparently nobody else at the Met had read the Mixed-Up Files book because when we asked, they had no idea what bed we were talking about and looked at us like we were nuts.
So we searched out ALL the beds in the museum and took a picture with all of them to cover our bases. It was a lot of fun! 

After the museum the Puff mentioned she wanted to see the building where the Ross family on Disney's Jessie show lives. We went there first, and Surprise! the inside looks nothing like it does on the show. We then strolled through the park "downwards" in the general direction of the Theatre District. The Park is so confusing!
Along our walk we saw more Christmas windows (Bergdorf's and Sak's this time), ate roasted chestnuts from a street cart (soooo gooood!.....buttery and smokey and nutty....thumbs up!) and saw the Lego store in Rockefeller Plaza.
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We had 2pm tickets to see the Rockette's at Radio City Music Hall, where we met up with S&M. The theatre was gorgeous. There was an exquisite, enormous, chandelier in the center of the lobby which the Puff observed was in the shape of a Christmas tree.
I'd wanted to be a Rockette when I was a little girl. The Puff, strangely, does not share this dream, lol. Still she thoroughly enjoyed the show. We all did! The dancers were incredible, their synchronization totally unbelievable. They did not miss a single step. And in the show we got to learn Santa's secret for being in multiple places at the same time during Christmas. SO Cute!!
But the best part of all for all of us was at the end of the show when they acted out the Story of Christmas. We were blown away that in this era of political correctness, they had the courage to enact and narrate the birth of Jesus straight from the Bible. They straight-out read Luke 2. Who does that anymore? LOVED THIS! 
We were very moved. 

After the Rockette's we walked back across the street to go ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza. We skated under the shadow of the giant Christmas tree which was still being decorated prior to its big reveal. Carly Rae Jepson was also on the Plaza "serenading" us (aka filming a video) as we were skating!
Once we were dragged kicking and screaming off the ice, we walked down toward the New York Public Library. On the way the Puff saw Jimmy Fallon's name on the marquee at Studio 6-B so she insisted on taking a picture. She's a huge fan! 

 We stopped at the Library for a bit to recharge our phones and to print out our boarding passes for the flights home tomorrow. Again, we were blown away by the architecture. This place was incredible.  
We walked up the grand library stairs where Carrie learned that Big had left her at the altar. #stilllivinginthe90s

After the library, we took a very confusing subway ride (including a transfer at 42nd street station) to Ellen's Stardust Diner for dinner.
S's son met up with us here. At the Stardust Diner the waiters sing showtunes karaoke-style while they wait on you. And they encourage customer participation so we all had a TON of singing fun here.

Right after dinner we walked off our meal by heading down to Rockefeller Center again to go to the Top of the Rock for the BEST views of NYC at night. Empire State Building on one side, Central Park on the other. It was fabulous. And very cold.
We were back home sometime after midnight and immediately crashed out. 

The next morning, we rushed around packing and cleaning up the Airbnb. We inadvertently planned our trip so that we would be traveling home the day before Thanksgiving, the busiest travel day of the year. Yikes. 

We headed out for a quick brunch at EJ's Luncheonette and then
with a few more minutes to kill we squeezed in a trip to Tiffany's because all us girlie girls wanted to go there.  The Puff is sad that these are her last moments in NYC......OR, she's throwing a you're-too-old-for-this tantrum because the earrings she wanted from Tiffany's were not in my budget, lol. 
We headed to the airport 4 hours before our flight. Traffic took over an hour to get to JFK, then another hour through TSA. Once we were through, we refilled our water bottles, used the bathrooms, found something for us both to eat, sat down by our gate and ate our dinner and less than 20 short minutes later it was time to board our plane.

Three hours later (thanks to the time difference) we landed in warm So Cal safe and sound and with a whole new set of memories and experiences from New York. 

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