Monday, August 20, 2012

Vacation's Over. I Live Here Now.

You guys really seemed to like my last set of New York photos, so I'm back to share more.  The second half of the week I spent with Sam we packed a lot in.  We were exhausted every single night, and there was much complaining from both of us about sore feet and sore backs.  But it was worth it, and I had a blast.  Without further ado, here are my other adventures.  I...


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.

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  1. First of all, you wear the cutest outfits. Love that bike print dress!
    Secondly, I am beyond jealous that you saw "The Dinner Party" in person. I missed out years ago and I've always regretted it.
    Hope all the red tape clears for you. Be well!

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    1. THANK YOU. I love clothes. That bike dress is a favorite.

      The Dinner Party was worth the trek to Brooklyn!

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  2. Holy crap 3?? That's amazing! I have to say that the gesture from Ben was the most romantic thing-sigh..... I think that subway sardinefest would freak me out the most-I'm not a fan of being crammed in with a bunch of strangers like that. Am glad you are getting the hang of getting around. Hopefully the redtape will be fixed soon! Happy Blogversary! PS got to love the Marilyn moment!!!!

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    1. I know, three. Crazy.

      The subway is actually not so bad for me. I used to take the metro everywhere in Paris and the CTA everywhere in Chicago, so it's at least slightly familiar.

      Also, Ben is super romantic about almost everything. He's like...a dream.

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  3. Awww how sweet! I love NYC <3

    www.cutedumpling.blogspot.com

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    1. It's possible that it may be growing on me, too. Except the whole thing seems to smell like pee.

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  4. Beautiful flowers!

    I love the Cloisters. I first went there on a high school trip. If you can, go there in December: it's a nice antidote to pre-Christmas craziness.

    Good luck with all the bureaucratic stuff. Hang in there.

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    1. I will remember to go in the winter. That's what I said to my friend when we were there! "I bet this would be amazing in winter."

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  5. those flowers are lovely!
    hey, if I can figure this damm city so can you! I thought it was going to be hell and now not so much. Hope I ran into you some day and I will scream like a crazy person and ask for a picture and an autograph!

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    1. Haha, if you want we can pick a time to run into each other on purpose. I've never given an autograph before.

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  6. awwwww so sweet - you're a very lucky girl indeed )))

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    1. You don't need to tell me! I think that every day.

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  7. Oh and congratulations on turning three! I think I hit three weeks, so yay!

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    1. Keep it going; you'll hit the three-year mark in no time.

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  8. Those flowers are beautiful! And the timing is so sweet. I can't wait to see what adventures you continue to have (and the polish you wear). Also, can't believe your blog is 3 either...I haven't been reading whole time but I think it's been at least 2 years. Wow.

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  9. Angel farts and unicorn pee, ROFL...love it! Sorry it's been so melancholy since Sam left (and red tape sucks)...glad you got those lovely flowers, though!! What a sweet feller you've got there!! <3 Hoping that life picks up and is happy for you there, very soon!!

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  10. Glad you were able to ease into city life by having so much fun with your friend, hopefully that'll make the transition easier for you. I was born & raised here, and I absolutely love this city so much. I've travelled all over too & I still think it's the greatest city in the world. I can imagine though, how overwhelming it must seem to someone new. Just be safe, use common sense & be aware of your surroundings & you'll be fine. As for Tasting D Lite, it's supposed to be fro-yo, but I stopped eating it because I just can't believe it's fat free lol! It's SO good!

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    1. There was a 'thing' on Today show this AM that covered how all these low cal yogurts and ice creams are NOT giving the correct info on their cal count. The FDA allows 20% error on labeling! The review this AM covered about 4 or 5 of them and 2 of the top rated ones from consumers were 45% more cals then on the label...so they did not even comply with the FDA requirements for labels!

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    2. I really hope it's not terrible for me because I've been stuffing myself with it. Well, not really. But it has become one of my food groups.

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  11. Did you do the Dinner Party podcast tour? It's like 3 hours long and features clips of Judy Chicago speaking about the work. Amazing! I did it once, and it took forever, but was worth it! Also, get psyched for the upcoming Lucy Lippard show!

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    1. No, not a podcast, but I watched a video narrated by Chicago. It was really neat. We actually had to go back and look at the work again after watching the video and hearing what she had to say. Also, they were setting up the Lucy Lippard exhibition while we were there, and Sam was super sad it wasn't up yet so she could see it.

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  12. Am having so much fun living back in NYC vicariously through your adventures...keep 'em coming! BTW - not all linzertortes are the same...many, many varieties out there...you need to keep trying but agree, just looking at this one it looks like it probably tastes like cardboard.

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    1. It seems like hazelnut and raspberry are flavors that are often combined in the linzertorte, and that's what I thought was weird. It didn't taste BAD, it was just different. Frankly, I'd rather eat chocolate ;)

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  13. I love love love love these photo updates! It's like being in my Art History class last semester all over again!(which I was totally hooked on) =)

    I am lol'ing over the Tasti D-Lite.

    Those flowers...shut the front door. What a kind gesture.

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  14. Happy blogaversary!

    I agree with beachgal ... perhaps you have not tried the best linzertorte, but I understand if this one put you off from wanting to try it again.

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