Saturday, November 08, 2008

Back from the Anti-farm



So, if you've been wondering where we've been...we're just getting back from a stint in NYC.  Yeah, the anti-farm, as I like to call it.  The polar opposite of where I like to spend my days...no grass, no chickens (although PLENTY of pigeons), no sheep, lots of dirt (although not the kind you want to run your fingers through) and WAY too many people.

DH had a training gig (actually he's doing what I used to do, and training community social workers with the curriculum I wrote!) and we went along for the trip.

There was Times Square (hence the picture up top - which I thought would be a perfect memento for Madison to bring to her school to show them where she had been - she refused...)  Actually, due to election fever, Times Square was REALLY crowded, so I stole the stock photo because ours were so full of people, you could hardly see the Cowboy...

And we did the museum thing...

It's the Museum of Natural History, Central Park West @ 79th St, in case you don't recognize the bones...

And they had a reptile show:

(Which, BTW, was pretty much the same offering as was in the Berkshire Museum several years ago, so I feel very good about our local level of culture, if we are on par with NY)... 



...and there was lots of time lazing in the hotel with TV (don't tell my mother) and general walking about Manhattan (much to Madison's dismay) including a trip to FAO Schwartz, where Madison decided it was interesting but too juvenile for her tastes, a subsequent trip to ToysRUs that was somewhat more mature, but still not satisfying for the Princess of Lego, lots of restaurant food (including one breakfast out at a ridiculously expensive hotel restaurant where two pancakes cost more than I will admit to anyone, but Madison loved the decor and the lady sitting next to us with the $5,000 mink coat she shrugged off and left in a pile on the floor while she ate...) and lots of wandering around on Election night taking in the partying, dancing, and live broadcasts on practically every corner.  Here we are catching a quick rest somewhere around 52 st...

Madison's favorite part of the trip (besides the restaurants) was the Paley Center for Media on W 52nd St. which houses thousands of archived TV and radio shows from forever, and you can actually browse the collection and watch some on private viewers (we took in an X Files episode and a crime show from way back...).

But my favorite part (aside from the excellent knitting time on the train) was this:

I got to patronize my favorite salon (Joy Nails, 7th Ave, btwn. 30th and 31st).  Lest you think I've gone to fancy farming...this was for something that is coming up in three weeks.  Tell you later...

10 comments:

ayla said...

Will that pedicure last for three weeks? I mean, granted, pedicures last longer than manicures, but I usually only get two decent weeks out of a pedi, then it needs a touch-up.

melanie said...

Well, I'm keeping my toes crossed, and hoping...plus no sandals. That ought to help....

Nancy K. said...

The "anti-farm". I like that!
I used to go to Manhattan ALL the time. Now, it's been years since I've seen it. Although, I could never live there, I found it an incredibly wonderful, exhilerating, fascinating, delightful place to visit. And I miss it!

melanie said...

Any resemblance to an "Ant-farm" with all those busy bodies running around is also purely intentional...

kristi said...

Good grief chick do I need to give you my cell phone number to check in? I am glad to hear you were experiencing the arts, museum life, and the life beyond the countryside. The building where I teach is literally 7 minutes from downtown Cleveland so I am a city dweller 5 days a week and usually have 1 or 2 history seminars a month at the PBS tv station or one of the museums. I have never had a pedicure and do not forsee one in the future, actually I have never even painted my fingernails unless you count under the age of 10. I think for all the stress you caused in the last 3 weeks "sis" you should send me a Heritage Turkey LOL....glad to hear from you!!!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

"She's too sexy for her toes, too sexy for her toes; too sexy!" hee!

Kathy said...

Ooo...the BIG City!!! I try to avoid those whenever possible! heeheehee

Makes you appreciate the Country even more, I'll bet...although Big Cities can be fascinating!

melanie said...

Of course, not having either your number or your address...kind of leaves me hanging out there, does it not? At least it leaves me blameless...or something.

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melanie said...

And BTW- I strongly recommend spa pedicures. Forget the manicure, our lifestyle ruins those in an instant, but oohh! the luxury of a pedicure....

Corinne R. said...

Oh My goodness, those are some fancy toes! I have never had a mani or a pedi, mostly cause I wouldn't want anyone to see my ugly feet nekked.