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New York City 2013

I visited New York City for the 2nd time in my life in the middle of October this year. I went in with three goals in mind: See the Statue of Liberty, buy macarons at Laduree, and go to Central Park. I didn’t get to see Lady Liberty this time (but got to walk past the Empire State Building which I wasn’t expecting so that totally made up for it), but I did get to go to Central Park. And BOY did I get macarons!

I stayed with my friend Wanda, who I’ve known online for years, and her partner T. I met Wanda when I went to NYC for the first time in NYC, where she took me to a restaurant with flaming cheese or something crazy like that. I was really looking forward to spending more time with her and getting to know T.

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Wanda

She is amazing. And her partner, T, is also amazing. I had so much fun with them. It was like being with family. Truly. I love them. I can’t help but feel like they’re so much more sophisticated than I am because they’re living in New York City and living well. Whereas I wonder every other day what the hell I’m doing in Chicago.

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Wanda is a photographer. She takes beautiful photos. One advantage of having someone with you who loves to take photos and is great at it? Is that I got to be the star of a lot of photos!

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Working It!

My first day out and about in the city, we ate brunch at a yummy diner, then headed to the Upper East Side so I could get my macarons. Guys, I love the UES. The buildings are so pretty and everyone looks so… rich. And the stores. Oh lordy. The stores! My wallet was itching to come out, but I didn’t. I resisted. Except in Laduree. I went a little crazy in there.

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Can you blame me?

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Sweet Lord

We didn’t get much time in mid-town. We had to head to Jersey for BBQ and jazz, and that was a long trip involving a lot of trains. We walked past the Empire State Building, which wasn’t something I expected to see. I was excited about that.

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Empire State Building

I mean, yeah, I felt like a total dork but I rocked that dorkiness. Hell, I still geek out over the Sears/Willis/whatever the hell ever and I freaking LIVE here.

Anyway, we got to the BBQ place and ate delicious food and listened to wonderful jazz that reminded me of The Cosby Show. Then Mr. Hayes, the sax player (and also T’s sax teacher), gave me a copy of his CD and signed it for me. He also told me, in so many words, that I was pretty, making him an instant favorite.

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Mr. Hayes & Me

After a crazy commute home, we relaxed and then crashed.

An earlier start the next morning. I had no idea it was going to be such a long but awesome day! Wanda and I headed up near Columbia to see her church, Riverside. A beautiful building! Then we darted to Columbus Circle to meet my friend Sun, someone else I’d known online for a very long time but had never got the chance to meet! Until that day!

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Sun is just as awesome in real life as she is online. She’s so confident and self-assured, and she is so comfortable in NYC. I can tell she really loves the city and that she thrives there. I am sooo glad I got to meet her… finally!

We explored Central Park, which is, hands down, my FAVORITE part of New York City. It’s so big and vibrant and there is so much nature and it’s so beautiful. I love, love, love Central Park.

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I could have stayed there even longer but another Laduree run tempted me away. So, we stopped there, then we all headed to Soho for MORE sweets! After that, Sun was done, but Wanda and I headed to Times Square to keep the party going!

We rode the Ferris Wheel in Toys R Us, and naturally I dragged her into the Times Square Disney Store. Because COME ON. You remember whose blog you’re on, right? :)

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After playing a bit in Times Square where I was made to feel super pretty again (Seriously, what is it with NYC guys? My confidence was sailing!), we headed to Bryant Park, then to Grand Central Station. My feet were like “REALLY?” by the end of that day. It was exhausting but awesome.

The next day, I had to leave. I’d been having so much fun in NYC that I tried to switch my flight to a later day so I could extend my vacation, but the prices were outrageous! I was sad to go. There was so much I wanted to see: The High Line, The Cloisters, and more! But you know, the weather was getting colder and wetter anyway so maybe it was for the best.

I picked up a few souvenirs at the airport on the way home, because I needed to be a tourist and get something that said I <3 NY on it.

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New York is such an intense city, especially at rush hour. I’m not sure if I could handle living there. But I love to visit. The energy is great, and there is so much to see and do. I can’t wait to go back soon.

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We’ll be together again soon!

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starlit12
Dec. 9th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
How fun! NYC is fun - I agree - I don't want to live there, but I did go to graduate school there and visit quite often since it is so close. (We are 14 miles away, directly west, in NJ).

Where in NJ did you visit?
lilrongal
Dec. 9th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
We were in Newark. We went to Dinosuar BBQ. It was fun. I was surprised that you guys aren't allowed to pump your own gas!

I plan to go back in the summer. Hopefully you and I can meet up!
starlit12
Dec. 10th, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me!! My dad works in Newark, but it isn't really all that close to me.

Yup - we can't pump our own gas! It's so funny when I travel and then have to figure out how to work the gas pump. I usually ask anyone who is around cause I just can't figure it out on my own!

Let me know when you are coming back - that'd be awesome!
lilrongal
Jan. 5th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
I will for sure, Alex!
W. Lotus [lotuslandfineart.com]
Dec. 9th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Then Mr. Hayes, the sax player (and also T’s sax teacher), gave me a copy of his CD and signed it for me. He also told me, in so many words, that I was pretty, making him an instant favorite.

UNDERSTATEMENT! What happened is that he flirted shamelessly with you, until T threw the emergency brake by "innocently" asking when we'd get to meet his wife. LOLOLOLOL!!!!! We still crack up about that!
W. Lotus [lotuslandfineart.com]
Dec. 9th, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
Also, we are not sophisticated, yo. We're just ordinary crazy folks like you.

Willard, Barnsie, Lady, and Volousia all say hi to Pandernoodle and Boji.
lilrongal
Dec. 9th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
"HI!" yelled Pandernoodle and Boji. :)
lilrongal
Dec. 9th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha! Yes, he was pretty shameless! I'm not used to that sort of attention!
newlifeinstpaul
Dec. 9th, 2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
So SO JELLY!!!!

I've been to NYC at least a half-dozen times, but have never actually BEEN. Every visit centered around J-Dub world headquarters in Brooklyn Heights. I've never been to Empire State building, a Broadway show, Coney Island, the Statue of Liberty or anything else a proper tourist should do.

Lucky me, I'm married to B now. So someday we'll fix that. But in the meantime do kindly accept my jealousy.

And also, macaroon pr0n.
lilrongal
Dec. 9th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
You need to go! :D And have a good time and not be stuck at the headquarters. There's so much to do and see there. I feel like Chicago is TINY compared to NYC.
newlifeinstpaul
Dec. 9th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
B has a 'see the whole planet' list so it's bound to happen at some point in the future :D

The J-Dubs are almost as done with ME as I am with them, so yeah. No more of that! And I hope whoever they sell their buildings to pulls down their 'Watchtower' sign and records its destruction on YouTube. Bad enough I have to see it on Kick-Ass...
mandyhubbard
Dec. 10th, 2013 01:46 am (UTC)
You look so amazing and beautiful and happy these days, Ronni! <3 And one of my favorite cities as a backdrop! HOORAY!
lilrongal
Dec. 12th, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
Aww thank you, Mandy! :D Can't wait to get back there. :)
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