Monday, July 1, 2013

Weekend Wanderings

I had a really nice, relaxing weekend that still felt reasonably productive.  (So rare these days!)  On Friday afternoon, I walked from my office to the Great Lawn in Central Park to watch my cousin play softball.  It was a beautiful day and I got a little bit of a sunburn, and generally enjoyed my long walk and then my long sit on the lawn.  After the games, we wandered over to George Keeley's and had some beers before meeting up with his fiancee, Cari, and Roger for dinner at Jacob's Pickles.  I had the fried chicken caesar salad, which I usually love, but which unfortunately was a little heavy on the anchovies that night.  It was really great to catch up with Mike and to finally meet Cari, and I can't wait to see them again on the 4th of July!

Softball on the Great Lawn

On Saturday, Roger and I woke up pretty early and spent some time cleaning up the house before I met up with Cat, Abba and Sophie at Buttermilk Channel for brunch.  (Roger is a god and did laundry while I was out.)  I had the eggs huntington, which were some of the best eggs benedict I'd ever had.  We hung out at Abilene for a while after, and it was really great to catch up, since I don't see my friends from school nearly enough.  We chatted about utopian fiction (I'd just read "The Lottery" on my way over), and now I can't wait to read On the Beach.  That afternoon, Roger and I stopped for dinner at Toast, and I miraculously didn't order a burger (but their BLT is out of this world!), and then went downtown to see Frances Ha.  The movie was fine, but everyone kept saying how hilarious it was, and I just didn't find it particularly funny.  It wasn't depressing, and I guess a lot of movies like that can be depressing, so maybe that's what made it funny to people?  Either way, I certainly wouldn't waste $14 on it again, but it was nice to get out of the house and spend some time together.

The Last Met Badge coincidentally matched my outfit.

On Sunday, we woke up early again and went to the gym for a bit.  After showering, we went grocery shopping and then walked down to the Met, where we got our very last badges.  It was a nice leisurely visit, and we saw a lot of really interesting things we hadn't noticed before.  Also, The Boxer is visiting until July 15th as part of the Year of Italian Culture (something we'd seen a commercial for the night before, with a film festival).  Since it's one of the very few things I remember from my art history class, it was amazing to see in person.  Also, I walked right past it while looking for it because it's enormous!  I'd always thought it was palm-sized.  It's beautiful, from the cauliflower ears to the empty eye sockets.  I just loved it.  We spent the rest of the afternoon being a little productive, responding to emails and packing for this weekend.  Lately weekends feel either entirely rushed or much too slow, and it was really nice to have something in-between this time.

Have a good week, everyone!

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