had a bit of a Marilyn moment on top of the Empire State Building
enjoyed the view on a perfect day
visited the Neue Galerie, where I saw this painting (but no photos allowed in the galleries)
had hot chocolate and...
a linzertorte at Cafe Sabarsky in the Neue (NB: we found out we do not like linzertorte)
squeezed myself onto countless packed subways (I was so intent at squishing inside one of them that I inadvertently left Sam behind. The doors shut and I was staring into her disappointed face on the other side of them. No worries, though. We found each other in the end)
visited Dylan's Candy Bar, the site of a recent Project Runway challenge (ALSO we saw Ven of the season 10 cast going into a Panera while we were going out)
saw Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party at The Brooklyn Museum, which was an incredible experience
fit right in as the fifth Burgher of Calais (being surrounded by Rodins is pretty neat)
became totally addicted to Tasti D-Lite even though I still don't know exactly what it is (Sam maintains it's made of "angel farts and unicorn pee")
had ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS when I finally saw The Merode Altarpiece at The Cloisters
delighted in this unicorn tapestry
On our last day together (which was Saturday) we headed to The Cloisters on the upper west side, and if you ever have the chance to visit DO IT. I don't even like medieval art and I was totally blown away. I think that throughout the day both of us were kind of pretending that she wasn't leaving. We used to spend all the time together during our MA program, so it's been weird not being near each other. I was sad when she left. I immediately felt lonely. My parents left for Scotland yesterday, and my school experience so far has been...meh (I had a registration appointment that I didn't feel went particularly well and due to red tape and shenanigans I haven't been able to finagle even a university ID; sigh).
Right after Sam left I trekked to the Harlem Target to cheer me up. I talked to Ben for a couple hours on the phone, and then there was a knock at the door (which scared the shit out of me because no one has ever knocked on my door before!). A guy delivered these...
...from Ben to cheer me up. He knew that I'd be upset after Sam left and he timed the delivery to coincide with her departure. And we were on the phone when the flowers were delivered, so he got to hear my little tears of joy. Followed by a bevy of "I-miss-yous." But seriously. What a perfect gesture. And what gorgeous flowers.
Anyway. Until school starts I think I'll be a lonely little petunia in an onion patch. Today I have to get the bureaucratic stuff straightened out, so I'll be downtown all day. But I'm going to come home to those pretty flowers and Sam's visit helped me feel confident enough to traverse the city on my own. So maybe it'll be okay. And of course, the continued support from you guys has helped a lot too.
Also, Short 'n Chic turned three last week. Can you believe it? I sure can't.