Ok, maybe not the only way, but I have found a new great avenue for getting up to DC, the Great American Railway. Maybe I am a little late to the party, but so far, this is the way to get up to see my sister. It is especially awesome when it is just me and I can book the trip far enough in advance that it costs me less than a tank of gas to get there. It doesn’t hurt that at the end of this trip is a ticket to see New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.
Let me count the ways that the train is amazing:
1. The car isn’t that crowded so I can spread out and the seats are comfortable.
2. No worries about the weather or traffic.
3. Free wi-fi and electrical outlets.
4. Two words: Quiet Car
5. Unlike air travel I can get up and move around at any time. I am not worried about missing my connection, or turbulence or getting through security or losing my bags. sure it takes longer, but that is sometimes the point. Which leads me to the best part.
6. Over 4 hours of luscious time for just me. I could read, watch something I want to watch on the iPad, look out the window, listen to music, sleep, blog or do nothing at all and will still make it to Nova.
This I know, I will not be driving up to DC by myself EVER again!
And man have I been busy! On top of living with my parents for sixty days (chronicled here) and moving into our new house and doing all of the work and renovations involved with that, I’ve also been seeing a lot of this chick, doing a lot of baking, throwing a Housewarming party, and training for a half marathon. We took a trip to Jamaica with our BCF (Best Couple Friends), which was a total blast. Oh and then my “baby” is going to be two in less than three months. Yeah. There’s that.
I’m on a pretty serious weight loss plan and it’s going pretty well so far. I would like to get down to pre-baby weight by the end of September and I feel more confident than I’ve felt in a while.
We are somewhat settled in the new crib, so I hope that means that I will be able to write on a more consistent basis. Like maybe once a week.
Thanks for still sticking around for this very extended hiatus and I promise that the next time I write, I’ll have something way more interesting to write about than a three and a half month break.
Until next time, peace!
So almost a month ago, something crazy happened. I turned 30. Gulp. For anyone who has been following this blog, you know I was having a bit of an issue turning 30. I had made the conscious decision to not be in town for that birthday. I didn’t know where I wanted to be, but it was not here. About six months ago, I decided that I wanted to turn the big 3-0 in the Big Apple. It is and always has been one of my favorite cities. I wanted Brad to go with me, but he was in the middle of a crazy travel schedule, so he told me to bring my sister. Shh, she was my first choice anyway : )
I am a sucker for “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on Food Network and began compiling a list of places and things that I wanted to eat for the next visit.
Boy did we ever! We visited both a grilled cheese and mac and cheese stand, had toasted marshmallow milkshakes at Stand, tried a really yummy Italian sub and some outstanding gelato at Eataly, ate pizza at Lombardi’s. And even ventured over to a Greek restaurant which was phenomenal! The donuts at Donut Plant were life changing and I’m not sure I can ever eat at a Dunkin Donuts again. After three separate attempts, we finally got a table at Serendipity 3 and the Frozen Hot Chocolate was what I had always imagined it would taste like. Of course if there was a cupcake place nearby, we had to try a couple. You know, for the sake of research. We hit up Magnolia a couple of times and tried a place called The Little Cupcake Shop. We didn’t have a bad meal/snack/sweet the entire time we were there.
Of course, we did other stuff besides eat. We went to Happy Hour with one of my high school friends. Had dessert with Courtney’s college roommate and her now fiancé and grabbed pizza with my college Graduate Hall Director. We went and saw “Newsies” on Broadway which was perfect. It is one of my favorite movies and the playwrights did it right. We burned up SoHo and Fifth Avenue and tried to boost the economy. We conquered the subways. We visited the 9/11 Memorial and went to the top of the Empire State Building (totally touristy, but we hadn’t done it before). We walked along the High Line in Chelsea and explored as many neighborhoods as we could. It was a perfect trip. Although it didn’t stop me from turning 30, it was the best way I can think of to celebrate a birthday.
Since then we have moved out of our house and moved in with my parents. We will be living here for 2 months and from now until we moved out I am taking a hiatus from this blog. I’ve started a completely different one (and trust me, I’ve got plenty of material), so visit me at www.60moredays.wordpress.com if you want to know about the adventures of moving back home in your 30s : ).
Have a great rest of April and May and I’ll be back in June!