Monday, December 16, 2013

Weekend Wanderings - Christmas in the City

We were lucky enough to have visitors this weekend; Shelby and Mike stopped by to take in the city at Christmastime.  They arrived late on Friday, and on Saturday morning, we headed out into the snow to watch Courtney finish her 15k in Central Park.

After meeting Courtney at the race (she really kicked butt and ran the 15k in the snow and wind!), we headed to brunch at Amy Ruth's for a much needed warm-up and some delicious soul food.  

After a leisurely brunch, we took the subway to Rockefeller Center, transferring several times.  It seems that any time Shelby's here, we have to transfer subways a hundred times, even though we honestly do live on a very central line.  Oh well.

The tree, despite not being from my hometown this year, was lovely, and we had a nice time seeing it and the ice skaters before checking out the NBC store, where it turns out they are still selling merchandise from Friends, which, last time I checked, has not been on air in a decade.

We made our way over to St. Patrick's Cathedral, which is under massive construction right now.  It was a little disappointing for Mike, who I think had never been or hadn't been since he was a child, but it was actually a little thrilling for me to see.  It was a completely different place, like a jungle. 

After stopping at Sak's to look at their window display (quite cute!), we wandered down to the NYPL to warm up for a bit.  We took in their current exhibition and I know Mike enjoyed seeing the room where Ghostbusters was shot.

After a quick stop at DSW to buy Mike a pair of snowboots, the three of us headed to the Lower East Side to meet Rob and join in the fun of SantaCon.

Overall, it really is a big drunk-fest and the first bar we stopped at was especially fratty, but the second bar (one we went to a few times after college) was slightly more chill, and we had a pretty good time, overall.  I can't say that I'd do it again, but I'm glad to be able to say we did it once.

We headed next door to Veselka for a delicious Ukrainian dinner of stuffed cabbage and perogies, and then followed Rob to Astoria, where we met up with Roger for one last drink before calling it a night. 

Unfortunately, on Sunday I was feeling pretty awful from my cold and all the wandering around in the snow.  Though the roads were a little more clear and our race was still on, Shelby and I decided to skip the Hot Chocolate 5k we'd signed up for, in order to get a few more hours of sleep.  I'm pretty disappointed not to have run it (and to have lost the $25 entry fee), but today I'm feeling just an ounce better, so I know it was ultimately the right choice.  After waking up at a luxurious 10am, I chatted a little more with Shelby and Mike before saying goodbye to them for the weekend.

In the evening, Roger read for me at the Works & Days reading I was supposed to read at (since I'd lost my voice), and did a lovely job.  Though I wish I'd felt a bit better during the whole thing, it was still a great weekend and I'm so glad that we saw everything we got to see! 

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