Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Birthday #7


Here you are ready for school the day prior to your Birth Day.  I delivered pizza for your class and you were muy excited.

The morning of the big event started at 6:30A freaking M.  Why, well because it was also the morning of Carter's PSATs.  He advised me at 6:30A no this hurts my eyes M that he was in need of a 4 function calculator for said test.  We had to hurry a bit with the morning session of the birthday to get our butts over to Walmart for calculators. 

The picture below is of you coming round the hallway when you heard the Mariachi music.


We took you out front for the "big" reveal


This car has an ipod player in it.  It also has the theme song to Beverly Hills Cop III.  I really appreciated them taking the time to install that fun feature.  Does that song Ever get old?  Nope.  Especially when a ginger wants to ride up and down the side of the pool and clap to it.  


You opened up your racing suit later after the PSATs were done.  The best part of tu' birthday was the birthday dinner.  Carter and I made a quick trip to Frys to grab the groundhog day cake and came back with 4 cakes and some Ben and Jerry's instead.  As we were all sitting at the dinner table your sister Paige starts laughing hysterically when telling us that in Kindergarten she stood behind a deaf girl named Yasmine and was signing her name and could not understand

A. Why she didn't hear her
B. Why she didn't turn around and respond

I absolutely love it when Paige laughs.  

This is when we implemented

CATHOLIC CONFESSION TABLE


Ellie was quickly to state that you needed to be safe even when not at CATHOLIC CONFESSION TABLE itself.  Dad and I agreed and we were off on many a confession.

Ellie, You took $20 out of my wallet.  The interesting part was you didn't confess as to where you spent it.

Paige, You like to use your finger to grab the frosting out of the middle of cakes when they are in the fridge.  You only do it on the backside of the cake so as not to arise any suspicions.  Damn Girl. You also may want to get in a fight. Like a throw down with a chic.  Funnily enough, when a girl stared you down and followed you into class the other day, you hid under your desk. 

Carter, you kept saying that you are the perfect child and have nothing to confess to.  I had to point out the fact that you locked Baxter up in the kennel during the night when he needed to go to the bathroom.  Baxter had diarrhea and pooped all over the kennel, the back wall, and Five.  Five, then in turn puked all over the kennel and the floor.  IT WAS DISTURBING!!!!!!!!!!  But aside from that nastiness we agreed that you are near perfect.


Ava, you tried so hard to come up with something juicy.  Sorry chica, you are a rule follower.  We actually encouraged you to try a little harder to do something a bit bad from time to time.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Recap


Recap - Allie rocks.  Take in this picture of her.  She is a ginger-glow.  Our trip was like this, all perfect and glowy. 

The subway is efficient and cheap. It is great to take the time to get a Thai massage if walking in NYC for 4 days.  When almost getting run over by a cab we should raise our fist at them and shout something next time.  Central Park is magnificent. Everything we did seemed reasonably priced compared to our perspective cities - WHOOHOO.  New Yorkers are nice and not the heartless, aggressive yellers I thought I would encounter.  Allie and I are vacation soul mates.  






Cabs


So we rode the train the first 3 1/2 days we were there.  Reference the above pic.

Then after breakfast on Sunday we wanted to shuffle on down to Soho once again without using our feet or our brains - hence the hailing of our first and only yellow taxi.

Below are the both of us in the cab.



I believe we look positively radiant.


Our taxi driver was a dumbass.  No, that's mean.  He was unintelligent.  No, that's not very nice either.  He didn't know what was going on and he only seemed able to repeat shit that he knew or that we said.  I will say that I didn't feel unsafe in his cab.  There's the silver lining.

He dropped us off in Soho and soon after Tia Allie found this hidden gem.


Here we are in our spell of tranquility.


 I do need to mention that maybe while crossing the road on Saturday evening, we may have gotten a bit too cocky with the thought that we were locals, we may have gotten carried away and crossed the street when we shouldn't have.  We may have almost been hit by a cab AND another car.  They may have decided to honk and not slow down AT ALLLLLLLL.  We also may have laugh-cried for a good 5 minutes.  It may have been scary-funny.

Breakfast with THE ALLIES


We met Allie's friend Allison for breakfast Sunday morning with her husband Rick.  Man, I loved them.  Here they are posing and hailing a cab.  I must say Rick stating, "Oh, you ladies will have no problem getting a cab." was such a nice compliment.  I took it as "Damn you fine young (yes, young) ladies are so hot that no driver will be able to resist your foxy essence." Yes, I take things a bit differently than what may actually be said.

BTW they (Rick and Allison) would take a chicken to the vet if they had one for a pet.  Serious.  That's fo realz.  I know, they are rad.



Soho shopping and The Little Italy


We went out for some shopping in Soho.  Most of the stores are so muy expensive that I would have had to sell one of you guys to buy 2 sweaters.  We ended up finding a consignment store (even though I can't smell I can sniff out some consignment like dogs to crotches.)

As we are trying on our clothing the song "New York" by THE Alicia Keys comes on.  Hot Damn that was a moment.  

After our glorious trip of classy shopping we headed off to Little Italy.  Allie had yelped everything so we ate every meal at delicious places.  






The cannoli was a cocktail of wonderful.  I daresay that the Pizza and the Cannoli's were a tie for FIRST prize in my food journey around NYC.  


On a random note this Church sign made us giggle a little.  Ok maybe a bit more than a little.


THE MOMA CAFE a la Bangs





MOMA


We headed off to the MOMA on Sat morning.  Allie, being a genius, got the information for the tour that morning.  The tour was in the Modern Photography wing of the Museum.  This was fascinating.  Our docent was from Austria and really pushed the group to think.  It was highly educational and thought provoking.

Here are 3 of the exhibits I enjoyed.




Chelsea, The Highline, and Upright Citizens Brigade.


We headed out Friday evening for Upright Citizens Brigade.  This is a comedy club/school started by The Poehler.  Our hotel staff reccommended we eat at Red Kat.  We headed over there and put our names in at the restaurant.  As we are strolling down the street Allie spys THE HIGHLINE.  This was on our list of things to do; but we just stumbled upon it.  Mojo peeps.  This is what we started calling our trip presence.  We had the mojo and just kept having great things happen.  So the above pic is an "art exhibit" on a corner in Chelsea.  Rad.

Below are pics of THE HIGHLINE.  This is an old portion of the railroad that has been turned into a park.




Here is your lovely Tia at our restaurant.


The comedy club was amour.  Very humorous.



Brooklyn -- PIZZA



 So, after the Statue of Liberty we sort of got on the wrong train.  We ended up in Brooklyn.  No worries.  We walked for about 20 minutes and then sniffed out the best pizza.  



Here is Tia Allie in line for the WORLDs BEST PIZZA.  Don't mind that the guy handled money and our pizza without washing his manos.  It's a different standard of clean in NYC peeps.  






Statue of Liberty / Brooklyn Bridge





Central Park Part 2






Central Park Tour


So, Tia Allie is an amazing planner / organizer.  Dudes, she had spreadsheets.  Get it.

Friday morning we woke up (4:30AM our time) and got our rears down to the bike rental spot.  Can I say that we accidentally walked into Bad Boy Worldwide whilst looking for the bike spot.  Holy shit little doggs.  Seriously, you know that I love the Diddy.  His guardman was super friendly and walked us out to where we needed to go.  Sweet.

There we found our bikes and met Albi / Luke.  I heard the chic at the counter call him Albi on the phone and yet the Canadians that we were on the bike tour with called him Luke. Hahahaha.  

Albi was so well versed in the Central Park going's on over the past century and a half.  Super interesting details regarding American's during the span of the park.  Albi was also very kind and helpful to all of the tourists in the park.  New Yorkers went out of their way to be of assistance it was a great surprise.


This was our first stop on the bike tour.  The rock we are standing on was formed this particular way during the ice age.


This is your bad ass mom next to her bike.  Yes, that is fur in my basket.  You are welcome.


This is a whispering bench.  If you whisper into one corner you can hear loud and clear in the other corner.  I loved it.


No, Albi is not standing on a bucket.  Here are the 3 of us after the tour.  Tia Allie had bangs of glory.  I am going to try to do a bang montage.  


In the park.