Monday, September 16, 2013

Weekend Wanderings: Hack the Met & Yankees Stadium

After a summer of weekends spent away, it was nice to spend this past weekend firmly rooted at home.  It was a weekend of New York-y activities, starting with attending my first reading of the fall, by one of my favorite writers, Anne Carson, who was reading from her latest work, Red Doc>. I'm reading it now, and if you haven't picked it up yet, do - it's wonderful.

On Friday, we bought rush tickets for a Hack the Met tour.  Many thanks to Shaelyn, who let me know the tickets were for sale, and to Alisha and Emily who came with us.  Hack the Met is an underground company that gives tours of the Met unlike any you've seen before: more participatory, more secretive, more fun.  If you get the chance to go on one (follow their twitter for updates!), I'd definitely recommend it.  The evening was well-worth the price, and we had so much fun hopping from art work to art work, learning the interesting stories behind each one.  Some of the highlights for me included finding the "Mona Lisa" and a surprising musical instrument made from a narwhal horn.  Seriously - this was some really awesome stuff.  We had a great time, but I'd especially recommend it for anyone coming to the Met or New York for the first time (given that you plan your vacations further in advance than I do...) because it really was a fun and different thing that I think gives a great introduction to the museum.

Our tour guide, Mark.

Sunset at the Met!

We followed our tour up with a little after-party at the New York Palace, where Alisha's partner showed us the future of film, which turns out to be a lot like Demolition Man.  Sort of.

On Saturday, I joined my parents and my sister (who is visiting from Florida this weekend!) at Yankees Stadium to take our holiday photo on the field.  It's a little perk for season's pass holders, I guess, and while it was a little bizarre to don a Santa hat and listen to Christmas carols, it was a lot of fun to see my family and stand on the field for the first time.  We followed it up with some hot cocoa, apple cider, and egg nog in the Legends Lounge, where they also had gingerbread cookie decorating.  Again, a bit strange, but it was a crisp morning and I love the holidays, so it was a nice way to welcome autumn.

We headed to Times Square after, since Jill wanted to buy something at the Disney store for her coworkers (she's working at Disney right now), and we ate at the Buca di Beppo there, having a nice little afternoon.  The evening was mostly quiet, as was Sunday, as Roger did schoolwork and I worked on a small work project.  I'd meant to do a short long-run, but my legs were so sore from my total body conditioning class on Friday that doing laundry was about as much exercise as I could handle!

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