As promised ( a few days late I know, life just gets in the way sometimes and are we really even counting?) the pieces of the puzzle continue to fill in.
We left off Thanksgiving day. Friday passed by pretty uneventfully, but Saturday and Sunday were jammed packed full of fun.
Saturday morning dawned bright and early at 545 am. (I know for a Saturday that is ridiculously early. Audrey Hepburn would have just been getting in, coffee in hand after her “Breakfast” at Tiffany’s.)
Bus was full, coffee in hand and my dad and I were on our way to New York City, the city that truly never sleeps. 3.5 hours, a bagel and a bad movie later and we had landed in The Big Apple. The city was already bustling and it was well before noon.
Straight off the bus and straight to the Empire State Building, up mind you 102 floors and a quarter of a mile in the air. If you are afraid of heights, this adventure is not for you. You know you are high in the air when your ears start to pop, starting in the elevator on the ride up and up and up. (I should tell you that our first actual stop was the New York Library, but it was only for a quick minute.)
As a quick side note, I have been to New York a whole bunch of times, but I have never been to the Empire State Building. New adventures are always great!
Whenever I think of the Empire State Building I always think of the moment in the hit movie, Elf, when he is in the elevator and presses all 102 buttons on the elevator. Makes me chuckle. Sadly though, these elevators did not have 102 buttons to press (someone must have known people would do this). It was probably for the best though because believe me, I was very tempted to press the buttons.
Anyway the view was awesome! You could see for miles and miles. Looking down you I thought “this is what it must be like to be a bird.” Wings out, soaring over a city, looking down at the people below blissfully unaware that they are being watched. The wind on your face, the world your oyster and they clouds right above you. Pure Magic. (The moment of course is always ruined by either a wall, a plane or human head and you are back to being a human a quarter of a mile in the clouds.)
Next stop was Macy’s and Wow let me just tell you that they know how to decorate! They make my holiday decorations in my apartment building look like absolute horse shit. Streamers, lights, wreaths, glitter, everywhere you looked, it looked like christmas had thrown up….but in a pretty not chunky way. I was in heaven!
I felt like I was in a movie and for a few minutes I allowed myself to be flooded by the waves of people surrounding me, smiling happily to myself. Once the magic of all the people wore off and it started to feel more like I was swimming upstream against the current, off we went to explore Time’s Square.
Lunch at a great diner, milkshakes obviously included, pictures taken with the lights and the massive amounts of people, obviously also a given and soon we were making our way to Central Park. Yes we saw Trump Tower, and Rockefeller Center and passed quickly (due to the fact that my wallet was crying out) by Harry Winston (sigh), Tiffany’s (sigh), Prada and more. The lights, the smells, the sounds….sigh. Even though I could never live in the city, it all just felt so magical.
Our steps finally took us away from the dollar signs to the ever popular Central Park. We watched, sipping hot chocolate with whipped cream as one can only do while in Central Park, as ice skaters held hands and skated, people ate churros, jazz played from the speakers, and selfies were being taken left and right. All that was missing to make it absolutely picture perfect, was the light dusting of snow that always seems to fall at the exact right moment in movies. I kept looking up but the sky stayed blue and sunny. Sad day.
Anyways the bus brought us back to an 11 pm reality. Honestly although I had a great day hanging with my dad and enjoying The Big Apple, I was relieved to be on the bus due to the fact that lead had replaced my bones and I was up way past my 9 pm bedtime. (Yes I am only 25 and yes I do enjoy my sleep)
The final piece to the puzzle was put into place Sunday morning for my favorite thing in the entire world; BRUNCH! What could ever be better than champagne and orange juice, apple cinnamon donuts, and breakfast tacos? Umm absolutely nothing! (If you haven’t jumped on the brunch Band Wagon yet, we can not be friends. No but seriously you need to jump right on that band wagon immediately because you will not want to get off. BEST.THING.EVER!)
I kept my outfit casual for brunch. Jeans that I have had for a while; a simple black long sleeve shirt (Good Will $ 4.50) my favorite faux fur vest, my olive-green bomber jacket, a black floppy hat (Savers $3.99) and a 90’s choker (Addicted to Thrift 50% off 2.99). Shoes were my new retro vintage Oxford’s (Addicted to Thrift $4.00). An outfit certainly meant to be comfortable so I could fill up on as many mimosas and donuts as I wanted to….which I definitely did. No amount of crunches or squats could help with the amount of donuts I filled up on.
Anyways, so there you have it. The puzzle is finally complete. I hope you get to complete your own puzzle soon and get to dress up in as many outfits as you can. So much fun and so easy to do.
Remember to always keep it Grand and Secondhand!