NYC: The Waiter and Starbucks

My New York “me” trip was great!   I was up and out of the house at the crack of dawn that Saturday morning and headed to Charlotte-Douglas Airport.  My flight left at 8am and by the time I got through security and to my gate, it was 7:30am. I was cutting it close but made it.  I arrived in New York around 10am and was greeted by my sister and her husband.  Actually, I was so into my phone conversation with Hubby, that I nearly walked right by them!  We dropped my bags off at their place and were going to head out to a park in Brooklyn for a cookout with her extended family. However, it was supposed to start at 11am and her brother, the grill master, hadn’t left his house yet. (Can you say C.P. time?!) So, we went to a diner for brunch and then headed to the park.  The original plan was to stay for 30mins -1hour, but once we started yapping, laughing and eating before we knew it, it was 8pm and quite CHILLY! Darn NY weather!

Sunday, my sister and I headed into the city.  I wanted to check out The High Line.  So, we headed to the meatpacking district.  I’d never visited that part of the city before.  I was a little disappointed that all of the “meatpacking” part of the meatpacking district has basically moved across the river to Jersey!   The area is now filled with restaurants with alfresco dining and high end clothing designers like Diane von Furstenberg!  In hindsight, I’m guessing strolling the High Line or enjoying a great meal wouldn’t be the same with the smell of raw meat permeating the streets…  We had brunch at Dos Caminos mexican restaurant.  The food was very tasty and our waiter, 23 year old David, was a cutie:)

Sis & the cutie…I mean waiter;)

We walked off our guacamole calories on The High Line.  We loved it! The absence of humidity and oppressive heat made our leisurely walk very enjoyable.  At various points along the trail, you can peer right into people’s apartments.  Some of the homeowners play on this by placing funny cardboard cutout of people in their windows! I was really taken by the ingenious homeowner who place a life-like mannequin that actually moved! My sister took great pleasure in my naivete when she told me it was just the occupant looking out the window! LOL Anyway, I loved it and can’t wait to enjoy it with my family!

Seen along The High Line route. Very creative.

An amphitheater to watch traffic?! Apparently, if you build it, they really will come!

Before we headed in for the night, Hubby called and said RJ wanted to see and talk to me.  I didn’t want to rush what we were doing and try to make it in before his bedtime, so we stopped at a Starbucks and I used their Wi-Fi to Facetime my guys.  Not a good move on my part.  Hearing his voice on the phone is fine, seeing his face, melted my heart.  So, who was the Mommy who cried while Facetiming her toddler in a Manhattan Starbucks filled with strangers? Yep, that would be me! I’ve been away from him for overnight trips many times before, and never had a problem doing it.  This was different. I think it was the mileage. I’ve never been more than 2 or 3 hours way. This was 700 miles and 6 states between us.  Thankfully, NYers have seen it all, so my breakdown didn’t seem to raise any eyebrows!  However, afterwards, I did feel the need to convince my sister that I was really happy to be there with her. True statement.  *Confession: I also a few tears as I drove to the airport to start my trip…*

Now, I’m going to trying something different. I’m not going to be the  “Chatty Cathy” I am in person and I’m making this a two-parter.

Stay tuned for NYC: The Celebrity

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