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NYC Day Three

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Day three was black friday. We ventured out early...not midnight..more like 5 check out what it is like to be in manhattan on black friday.

Coffee was a necessary thing.

First stop: Macy's. Didn't buy a thing...but it was fun to browse and watch people. The store was massive and had something like 3 different starbucks inside.

We walked and shopped most of the morning and then went back to the hotel to drop off the bags and rest for a few minutes.

Speaking of hotel...her is a look part of the lobby...beautiful!

For lunch we went to the Burger Joint. A hole in the wall (literally) burger place in Le Parker Meridien hotel. If it weren't for google and travel books we would have never found it because this is it's only sign - a small neon burger logo.

The restaurant itself is behind a curtain. Very no frills...burgers, fries, and coke is about it...but it was yummy. And welcomed after a long morning of shopping

For dinner that night, we went to Nobu 57 - a nice, trendy asian restaurant. It was really good and all the menu items were meant to be we got to try several different things.

From dinner, we took a cab to times square...well we took a cab until we got stuck in traffic in times square and decided it would be faster on foot from that point. We got to see The Lion King on broadway. The costumes and music were amazing! This is some of the decor inside the Minscoff theatre, a giant lions mask on the wall over the escalators.

Times Square

NYC Day 2

Sunday, December 4, 2011
Thanksgiving Day. Most thanksgivings we spend the morning cooking at home and watching the Macy's parade on tv. This year we got to be in New York City and see the parade in-person. It was amazing. The weather could not have been better...we are talking 65 and sunny.
We headed out at 5:30 am and found ourselves a nice patch of sidewalk on the upper west side, close to where the parade starts. It was great because we didn't have to wait as long for the parade to "get to us" and we knew there was no chance of getting anywhere close to herald square. We were surrounded with some really nice folks that it was fun getting to know in those hours waiting for the parade to start.
The infamous NYPD balloon. Don't mind the pencil sitting in front...he was having some technical difficulties with his stilts.
These guys were a little scary...
Even the new york garbage men get a shout-out
I think I took about a hundred pictures at the parade...I will spare you all the details. But last but not's the guy were were really all there to see. Santa!
After the parade, we switched hotels to the New York Palace where we spent the rest of our trip. This is the quintessential new york city hotel that we really wanted to stay at, and got really lucky with a really good rate since we booked months ago. Originally we were not going to get to nyc until thanksgiving day because of andrew's work when we changed plans to get there on wednesday the rates at the Palace had sky-rocketed and we decided to find a cheaper place to stay that first night.
Our room
Our view = pretty awesome. That is St. Patricks cathedral right in front.

Thanksgiving evening we had dinner at Park Avenue Autumn. It was very festive and yummy...Andrew had the filet...I had to go with the traditional turkey.
Our hotel was of course all decked out for Christmas. This is the courtyard at night.

New York City Day 1

Thursday, December 1, 2011
We got back this afternoon from a weeklong vacation to new york city. It was wonderful to get away for a while and spend time together. The week was filled with sites and sounds of the city and christmas, good food, shows, and new people.

We left last wednesday...thanksgiving eve. I think we were both a little nervous going into it...having heard how awful air travel can be that day of the year...but it really was not that bad. Perhaps it would have been a lot worse flying out of a bigger airport. Gotta love the security lines and number of gates at hsv.

We got to nyc just after dark and took a taxi to our first hotel, St. Giles the Tuscany. We only stayed here one night, and moved to the NY Palace for the rest of the trip. More on that later.

After we got settled we headed out to go see the parade balloons being inflated in the upper west side. It was crowded...but very cool to see them up close and personal.

Lastly, we went and grabbed a late dinner at Gray's Papaya...a hole-in-the-wall hot dog place. With the recession special you get two hot dogs and a drink (soda or the infamous papaya juice) for under $5.

Then it was early to we could get up early thursday morning and head to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. : )

A promise

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I promise...another post is forthcoming. Life has been all together pretty boring as of late. But that all changes tomorrow morning when we board an airplane to NYC where we will spend the next week. So excited! And so ready for a vacation! Will post details and photos once we get back Dec 1st.

Happy Turkey Day everyone! Watch for us at the parade...i'm sure you will find probably not.

Autumn in Montreal

Monday, October 17, 2011
I know it has been a bit since the last post...things have been really crazy. Ok thats an understatement. I started a second (and really third) job in late July and work has pretty much taken over much of my life. It is a good thing I really love my jobs or else I don't think I could get through it. On top of being at HudsonAlpha 4 days a week, I am now doing clinical genetics at Clearview Cancer Institute. It is really wonderful being a a clinical setting and working with patients some each week.

I got to spend this past week in Montreal, Quebec for the International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG) meeting. It was a very fun, albeit very nerdy week. I learned a bunch of new things, but also got to explore the city and eat some really good food.

Here are a few pictures taken with the iphone from Montreal. I wish I had taken a better camera.
The leaves were absolutely beautiful!

Notre Dame
There were so many beautiful historic churches!
Crepes for Breakfast! Yummy!
Canadian Customs on Canadian Thanksgiving...we were there a while
I am home for a few days and then off to San Diego next week for another meeting. Did I mention that October is busy?

Its a ??? Baby Shower

Sunday, September 18, 2011
Here are some pictures from a very special baby shower I helped host back in the spring for Phillip and Dayana Nivens. No one knew what gender the baby the color palate for the party was gender neutral greens, yellows and browns. And the party was co-ed, so we had to tone down the estrogen and fru-fru. I had a blast decorating and prepping this party...hope you enjoy.

Ribbon topiaries. Really simple to put together...but takes some time and thumb work.
Scrapbook paper napkin rings.
Diaper wreath. Under the diapers is a simple wire wreath frame. Hanging off the wreath are just a few baby rattles and teething rings.
At the front door, we had the traditional "diaper cake" and a plate of pink and blue clothes pins. Guests were instructed to take a pin representing what they thought the gender of the baby was. Made for some good conversation.
Reserved seating.
The spread, consisting of lots of great appetizers, desserts, and petite fours.

Onesie and burp cloth decorating station.
Admiring all the custom, hand-painted onesies.

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