Sunday, December 20, 2009
Oh boy oh boy! So here is the final story to the NYC/Show adventure as promised.
We dropped off the kids at 2 of their aunt's houses...sleepover time! and then, off we went to the train. It was 1:00 and just starting to flurry and when we got into NYC, the streets were fairly clear, but wet and there were lots of people around. Roadio City Music Hall was a clog as was Rockefeller Center. Times Square was cool because it's a big pedestrian area now and we got some pics there. All the while...flurries. Talking to my SIL at home - there was a coating of snow on the ground.
Dinner at 5PM at Ben Benson's Steak House. Delicious Beer & Barley soup....and then I got a skirt steak that could have fed my whole family for a week! I ate about a quarter and was stuffed. Now, mind you, I rarely eat beef, but in a steak house....duh, you eat it, right? dumb dumb dumb move....I'll explain why later. Anyhoo---we felt rushed the entire time and dinner was over by 5:35....now to kill some time...
The show we were going to see was "White Christmas"....my ultimate all time favorite Christmas movies next to "Meet me in St. Louis" - my hubby did great. Having 2 hours to kill was a treat. Me & hubby are not touristy people, so we kind of don't know what to do aside from our own agenda, so we wandered around and looked at people and windows and I bought some makeup at Bare Escentuals, we got coffee...yadda yadda yadda. The snow is picking up a little bit, but nothing major. At 7pm we go into the Marquis Theater and hang out and use the bathroom...which I wasn't in dire need of just yet....but I have that feeling, you know?
The show started at 8pm and I have gas pains....BAD gas pains. Can't let them rip in a show, so they stay bottled up, which only makes it worse. By the time the first half is done, I excuse myself before intermission and head to the bathroom, looking kind of green. you'd think I would have exploded. Nope. The window had passed. Nothing except pain. Yay. I do some yoga in the bathroom, I pace the lobby. My Hubby is waiting for me at my seat and I am having a panic attack and feeling horrible that I have ruined our night because I ate beef. Stupid beef. And the soup. Stupid delicious soup that usually gives me gas... I'll blame the soup. But it was so warm & yummy and salty....and then the theater was so warm and constricting and warm. A perfect pair for pain!
We left the show at intermission and started walking to the train to catch an earlier one. The snow was now being shoveled from the Manhattan sidewalks. In 2 hours, there was 3 inches on the ground!!! No kidding! At Penn station, we catch the 10:16 train to Ronkonkoma, which is in the middle of Long Island. As we merrily roll along, so does the gas within me, yet, nothing comes of it.
The further we get on the rail, the deeper the snow get. By the time we hit 3/4 of the way home at Deer Park, we are crawling, and stopping and starting. The tracks are covered and when we FINALLY get to the station (2 hours later) the conductor gets on and says "Sorry for the delay everyone, but the tracks are treacheous and it's the worst I've seen in 20 years of driving. Be careful getting off the train, the drifts are 1 to 2 feet. Merry Christmas" This morning we found out that the next train was delayed for HOURs at that same slow spot we had gone thru!
Good thing for my gas pains or we would have been worse off by taking the later train! God works in mysterious ways! LOL
Getting home was dangerous. Thank God for our YukonXL and that it was 1am. It plowed thru everything with the 4X4 on. Getting into our driveway was interesting to....18 inches of snow built up. I got out of the car and it was up to my knees!!
Thank heaven we got home when we did and that our kids were safe at their aunts' homes. Now we are digging out. hubby is out there right now...better go join him! I'll talk to everyone later when my job is done. Thanks for reading my silly little blogs, I hope you had fun reading!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Some of you may know that my Christmas Present from my hubby was going to go see a show in NYC on Sat...which is tomorrow...which is when a BLIZZARD is going to hit LONG ISLAND where I live....making travel hazardous and dangerous and bla bla blah...BAH HUMBUG!
Everyone is saying..."go anyway"..."stay in the city, the kids are all taken care of"....suuuure....easy for them to say.
Here's my dilemma, which is CLASSIC me...I say, yeah, what a great idea!!...and then, the second thoughts hit me like a LIRR traincar!
#1 It's expensive to stay in the city.
#2 what if the weather gets WORSE and we really really are stuck looooonger than we want to and it takes forever to get back anyway.
#3 If we go home right after the show, we'll miss all the snow that is going to hit if we stayed over night which would bring my fearof #2 to life. We'll still have snow, just not as much if we left right away.
#4 - Do they cancel Broadway shows in a blizzard???? Hubby has to call for that info to find out b/c it's a surprise and I have no idea what we are even seeing, or else I'd do it right now.
Writing helps me work things out. This is the mental me talking...not the "hey I can do anything!" Annie that hangs out here most of the time.
UUGGGHHH!!!!! Crud!!! I don't know what to DO!!!
The excitement of having an adventure is there, but no offense, hotels in the city creep me out.....one word: bedbugs. Eww!
Sheesh! I think I'm going to have hubby call the theater now & in the morning to see what they say about the storm and refunded or postponed shows. At least that way, we'll have an idea on that front.
Wish I had a crystal ball.
Murphy's law: we cancel our plans and the darned thing misses Long Island by those 100 miles they are talking about.
Murphy's law: we go and the 100 miles is the other way and it's the biggest blizzard in Long Island's history and we are stuck in Manhattan - 58 miles from our lovely warm home.
To be continued........
Monday, December 07, 2009
So after a hideous start to the day...my dear hubby came home and we started going thru our Den meeting routine...and I asked him nicely to please do the meeting...he is my second in command after all.
You see...he's a teacher and usually the last thing he wants to do is be around kids who'd rather not listen because it's the end of the day; and teach after school hours because he is basically shot at the end of the day. Being a teacher isn't easy - I can tell you from first hand witnessing that it is a draining job. Most days, he wants to just decompress when he gets home...and we have 3 little boys who want our attention, so usually, that doesn't happen! LOL
Well - he knew my day...and he came in and did the whole meeting about tools to perfection. He is truly gifted and I am so lucky to have him at my side...especially after this horrible day...nay week, of just plain mental yuk.
I LOVE YOU BABE!! You are the
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