I love this place.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Thursday evening David and I decided to head back to Times Square in hopes of finding the Target and Central Park. I also had been itching to go to F.A.O Schw. but David's training ran later that day and we were unable to make it (yet again). We stopped at a Cuban Cafe for dinner and David ordered the Cuban sandwich and I ordered a turkey and avacado pita. The food was yummy and David and I engaged in some heart felt conversations over Cuban music.
Sadly we were unable to locate the Target as we got distracted by the Hershey's Store and M & M store. The outside lights and attractions were more thrilling than the inside of the store. I do believe it's all hype and there's only so much you can do with M &Ms. I had a hard time getting excited over M &M tshirts, banks, and other paraphernalia but some people were a little frantic to grab as much M & M merchandise as possible. I did enjoy the rainbow assortment of "help yourself" M & M's. THe price per pound however was not enjoyable.
Time stopped still when I spotted the Forever21 slam in the middle of Times Square. 4 stories. I repeat 4 stories of clothes, accessories, bags, etc to overwhelm shoppers from all over. I came, I saw, I conquered but again I feel that a lot is just hype, as I walked away empty bagged but not terribly disappointed. I am more of a online shopper for Forever21 as I am not overwhelmed and have plenty of time and space to browse without being annoyed with people.
David stopped and got some Hot Fresh peanuts. The smallest bag I've ever seen cost him 2 dollars. We walked back through Manhattan to our hotel so DAvid could iron and prepare for his last day of training. By preparing I mean looking over notes, and trying to teach me dances.
Friday we got up early to pack as check out was at 12 and David's training was over at 1. After his training completion we went to grab some lunch. It was necessary to hit up Maui Tacos again before we left the city. We stopped in the Comic Book Store which was pretty sweet. I wanted to find the Archie comics but we had to steer clear of the "adult comics" (woah). Last stops were Daffys and another H and M.
It took a little bit of time to get a taxi. For whatever reason we got stuck with the Taxi Driver from H E double hockey sticks. Not only was it over 100 degrees in the back of the cab, but he insisted on accelerating and slamming on the breaks every few feet. Traffic was NOT that serious and I felt like I was going to pass out. My stomach dropped a couple times kind of like when you ride a really steep roller coaster. When we arrived at the airport my whole body was shaking and I felt like I was going to blow chunks everywhere.
David told me that he NEVER gets car sick but his stomach was all over the place and he was feeling sick too. I had to go sit down for awhile as I was sweating bullets and feeling very sick. I wanted to change shirts to help cool me off and ease my stomach pains but then I hit my elbow on the bench and started crying with my sunglasses on. It was VERY special. Worst cab experience EVER. We ended up having to chill in the airport longer than expected due to our flight being delayed (by like 2 hours). We had a crappy hotdog for dinner and my head was pounding from 5:30 pm to 1:30 am. Not the best exit/end to the trip.
But we made it home and have settled back into the swing of normalcy. Pictures will come soon.
If this post is spastic I am blaming it on my annoying husband who is sitting in the same room doing gymnastics on the new furniture.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Yesterday evening after David's training, we walked our way to the SubWay so we could head to Chinatown and Little Italy and the SoHo region of NY. I had never been on a subway before so this was my first experience. We got our metro pass and waited in the smoltering heat. Our ride wasn't long at all and I enjoyed people watching during the ride downtown. We got off at Canal Street which is basically lined with mini shops. This is where you can get your designer bags and all KINDS of accessories, etc.
We walked around trying to find somewhere fairly cheap to eat dinner (funds def dwindle down while in NYC). We found this italian pizzeria and shared an amazing pizza combo (trust me we are ALL about the deals). We then walked around Soho absorbing the sights and then went shopping in ChinaTown. ChinaTown is David's kinda venue. He was able to get : 2 Fedora hats for $5.00 each, a $3.00 belt, a 10.00 belt buckle, and a pair of $5 dollar sunglasses. Now that is good shopping. Then we walked through Little Italy which was beautifully lit up and full of Italian cuisine and smells. I could have lingered there for awhile.
After shopping and being the typical tourists, we got back on the Subway and headed to Grand Central Station. I snagged a few pictures and then we headed out on the streets to go back to Times Square. We were ultimately looking for the Target because we had a gift card, but by the time we walked close it was 10:15 and they closed at 10.
I have a GREAT time in ChinaTown and LittleItaly. I would def go back. We were going to ride out to the STatue of Liberty but opted against it as my stomach was cramping and we werent sure where the night would take us.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This morning I woke up early to talk to David while he got ready for training and then he went and got us breakfast around 7:30. I hadn't had coffee two days in a row so this morning was a treat to indulge in my dunkin dounuts coffee and biscuit. Today David will be going to a school in the Bronx to observe an actual teaching of the dances. I wanted to go but they are tight on space and no extra visitors were allowed.
Yesterday during the day I was trying to recovery from feeling feverish so I read, slept, read, slept, etc. David has been able to walk over for lunch so we were able to eat lunch together. Once he got finished with training he showed me some of the dances and taught me a few steps. Then we headed out for dinner. We found this small taco joint called Maui Tacos. You wouldn't notice it unless familiar with the area as it's space is very small. We were drawn to the taco special (2 hard or soft tacos plus a drink for 5.99) I ordered beef and David ordered shrimp tacos. They had a sauce and "condiment" bar (reminded me of a Moe's). The tacos were very good, obviously more of a Maui style than the typical Mexian tacos I am used to. They were non greasy and I could have been fine eating just one (as we had also ordered chips and salsa). I was pretty full from one and a half. We both would def. recommend this as a place to eat in NYC.
After dinner we stayed around Manhatten to do a little shopping. David needed some dress socks and another dress shirt for training. We spent a good amount of time in the 3 story H and M store. I wish we had one in Winston Salem. We also went to Forever21 (3 stories) and Macy's again. Before heading back to the hotel we headed to Korean way to check out Red Mango.
They have the BEST frozen yogurt and you get to choose your fruit toppings. They also have smoothies and parfaits. I got their Madagascar Vanilla yogurt with fresh blueberries and strawberries:) MMMMMM. It was like heaven in my mouth.
On our way back to the hotel the swat team was across the street about a block away with the dogs and weapons. Not sure WHAT was going on but hopefully they got it all figured out. EH.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Last night I didn't sleep well at all. Went through spouts of sweating to chilling and lots of tossing and turning. I woke up this morning feeling the same (sweating, freezing, sweating). I feel feverish but don't have a thermometer so I've just been struggling in bed while David is up and at em for Day 2 of training.
For those wondering, his first day of training went well. He was on his feet all day as they learned 80% of the dances. He looks so handsome in his dress pants, dress shirt, and tie. I am going to make him teach me some of the dances. There are 42 people here receiving training for Dancing Classrooms. A lot of them are staying in the same hotel as us.
Yesterday during the day I began reading Ted Dekker's BLACK (the first in the series), a little internet stuff, showered, watched some crazy documentary on HBO, and more reading. David walked over to the hotel during their lunch break and we walked down the street so he could get Subway (the 5 dollar footlongs are cheaper than so many other things around here). After his lunch was over I walked around the block and stopped in this Korean accessory shop. I was in search for something Owlish but ending up buying a cute coffee cup ring instead (didn't feel like dropping a lot of money on some jewerly). AFterwards I just strolled around the block enjoying the city life hustle and bustle and came back to cool down.
When David got out of training (which is 5 pm each day), we headed down to Time's Square. WE decided to walk instead of take the subway so that I could see as much as possible. We had a nice breeze so it was very enjoyable. On our way we stopped by Bryant Park and I snagged some photos. A ton of people were out in the lawn area as it was some sort of Film Festival taking place.
I loved being in Times Square.
Sure beats the streets of Manhatten. We went to Toys R Us with the giant ferris wheel and multi-levels of endless "inner child" entertainment and giddiness. I bought me some Toy Story silly bandz. I wanted a my little pony but David said NO. I loved the Barbie DReam House and made David go in there with me. I took a lot of pictures and tried to get David to buy the Edward-Bella-Jacob barbie dolls (he objected rather firmly) lol.
We ate at Virgil's BBQ in Times Square after I picked up a souvineer for Mom and Dad (and myself). Virgil's was exceptionally amazing for some quality BBQ. I ended up ordering the Pulled Chicken and David ordered Lamb. We wanted to head to FAO Schwarz but I got the times mixed up and thought they were opened later when in actuality they closed early and Toys R Us stayed open late. We also stopped in this beautiful Catholic Church and I got some good shots. We also went by Radio City Music Hall, Rockefella Center, and the gazillion stores lining the streets of Times Square.
Overall our adventure had us walking from 31st to 58th street and back not to mention the 5 blocks over to get to Times Square. Our legs were like jello and we were both ready to come back to the hotel and rest. Man on Fire was on TV so we watched that until lights out. I stayed up so I could read BLACK. (Ps. I finished this morning)
One conclusion I came to is this: you can't be overweight and outta shape in New York. You just don't see heavy set people walking around. They honestly wouldn't be able to make it. Talk about a calorie burner.
Rain is in the forecast for Day 3 so we shall see what this evening will bring for us.
Monday, July 12, 2010
So our flight had us in New York around 10:15 am yesterday. Something fishy smelling leaked on my bag from the plane and left an annoying odor. At least it was only a small spot.
My first ever taxi car experience since 2000 in Cancun left me grabbing David's hand at the crazy spastic driving I experienced. I for sure thought we were going to get in a wreck. Our driver had only been driving for 6 months but David told me that he was pretty calm in comparision.
Check in time for the Herald Sqaure Hotel wasn't until 3:00 pm so we got lockers to put our luggage in while we pulled out the attraction and map guide to scope a plan. The rest of the afternoon was spent walking around the city near the hotel exploring the shops and attempting to do some shopping although I was pre cycle and totally a space cadet. I wasn't in the mood to try on clothes.
My first purchase was from a Sephora store (2 stories) HEAVEN. David immediately found the bargains in the 9 story Macy's and got a 2 belts one for 4 and the other for 6 bucks (both were originally priced at 20.00)
We walked and shopped and walked some more up until check in. Our room is one of the recent remodeled rooms and I will post pictures later when I get back into town (left my gadgets to upload at home). A nice long nap followed as we had been up since 4 am yesterday morning.
We were going to head to Time's Square last night but the majority of what we wanted to see was closed being a Sunday so we opted for grabbing a slice of THICK AND GREASY NY pizza, walked around some more, then headed back to the hotel so David could iron his clothes and get ready for training.
I am not a fan of all the stinky city smells but hey such is the life in the city. I def feel like the minority as everyone around me speaks in a foreign tongue. I'm hoping to increase my prayer life in terms of gaining some new tongues to pray in.
Check back in for Day 2
Saturday, July 10, 2010
So the hubbie and I are flying out to New York tomorrow (early am) until the 16th of July for him to get training for the Dancing Classroom program. (For more info about DC go here: http://www.americanballroomtheater.com/ )
I have never been to New York before. David has been 4 times already. I haven't flown since 2000. Wow.
Well off to continue the endless laundry and packing prepping.