New York City!

Monday, November 29, 2010

2 weeks, 4 states, numerous flights, an 8 hour drive, and I'm done with my whirlwind vacations!  Whew, I'm exhausted.  We got back to Ohio about 8:30 last night (to a freezing townhouse I might add), unpacked, made some cheese quesadillas, and crashed.  Word to the wise... don't drive the Sunday after Thanksgiving. 

Here's NYC, in a nutshell...

We saw The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (featuring The Rockettes) at Radio City Music Hall.  This was the first thing we did on Tuesday and by far my favorite.  It was amazing.  If you happen to be in NYC, or if the tour is coming to your town, you MUST go see it.  My favorite scene was when The Rockettes marched around the stage as toy soldiers.  Fascinating stuff.

Of course I had to get my picture made by the Martha Stewart decorations at Radio City Music Hall.  They were really pretty.

Aunt Missa mailing Santa a letter at Radio City.

After leaving the Rockettes, we just happened to pass by an Anthropologie store.  I've always wanted to go in one, but we don't have one anywhere near us, so I darted in there as fast as my little feet would take me.  Just look at this window display.  Beautiful.

Um, I need this reindeer, along with about a million other things lining their shelves.

Then we came to Rockefeller Center!  I was disappointed to see they were still working on the Christmas tree so all this scaffolding was up, but we could still tell how huge it was!

Of course Aunt Missa had to get her picture taken in front of the Today Show stage where Bon Jovi performed just days before.

Times Square.  Giving camera to a stranger means blurry picture.  Oh well.  Remind me to cut the tag off my new yellow scarf.  It has made an appearance in every photo so far.

See all those people standing to the left and right?  They're waiting in a 3-hour line to get half-price theater tickets.  No thanks.

Parsons!  I snapped a photo of this on our way to Mood.  You'd think Mood would have a fancy storefront, but it's on the third floor of some random building, where a guy still has to operate the elevator for you.  It was pretty cool though.  Aunt Missa got some feathery trim so she could have a Mood bag.

Tuesday night we saw Promises, Promises.  Apparently Sean Hayes was taking the week off because a different guy was playing the lead.  A little disappointing.  Not to mention we were 15 minutes late because we couldn't get a cab and had to walk thirteen blocks in our high heels.  The show was okay, but I wouldn't really recommend anyone go see it.  Go see Mary Poppins or Wicked instead.

Wednesday morning, we hit up the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art).  There were some really weird things in there, but I got to see some Andy Warhol screen prints, which were pretty neat.

After the MoMa, we headed downtown to Macy's Herald Square.  The window themes were based on the book Yes, Virginia.  All the decor was made out of paper... unbelievable.  We had to take rickety wooden escalators all the way to the 9th floor to get to the Christmas decorations, and by the time we were done shopping, we were exhausted and had to sit in Starbucks for an hour to let our feet rest.

In our hotel before heading to Shabu-Shabu, where you have to cook your own food at your table.  It was a neat experience, but too much work in my opinion.

Back in Times Square after dinner hitting up some last-minute shops.

Thursday morning = Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!  We couldn't really see anything but the balloons because there were so many people, but it was still worth it.  All of the photos below were taken by holding my camera as high up in the air as I could reach and praying for the best.

Most of my photos ended up like this.  Oh to be tall.

All the girls around us started screaming when they saw these guys.  We had to ask who they were and the girl next to us told us like we were idiots.  Okay, now I feel old.  Oh, and one girl started crying because one of them looked at her.  I guess I can relate if I think back to my Hanson/Backstreet Boys/NSync days.

I was showing my pictures to the kids at work today and this one was their favorite.  They kept wanting to see all the other balloons' butts too.

These kids had the best seat in the house.  Inside, warm, no one to block their view.

Aunt Missa bought this cute ear warmer in Times Square.

Jolly Ol' St. Nick!  He was really into the character.  I imagine that would get exhausting after 3 miles.

All in all, we had a fabulous time and I can't wait to go back!  But I'm glad to be home for now.  Only 3 more weeks left in Ohio.  Crazy.


  1. Looks like you had an awesome time! Great pictures!

  2. Great great Jen. You are a great travel partner!
    Love you