Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Back from New York

Only in New York can one exhaust oneself so entirely that it feels great!  I'm dead boned tired and my legs are killing me (and my stomach too).  My yearly trip to the Big Apple is over and my entire body is trying to recuperate from the massive abuse I put it through, but I had a wonderful time. 

The first few days with my sister were a lot of fun.  We scoped out just about every antique store, thrift shop and tag sale on both the North and South Forks.   A lot of them were very pricey, but then again, dealt with merchandise probably from the rich and famous.  But there were some things to be found.  My sister found this:

She has blamed me for her new liking of flower frogs.  She's actually going to use this for her pencils or paint brushes (as her craft is painting) on her desk since she doesn't have my lust to use these for scissors.  I found a couple things, but I can post them later.

The weather was beautiful (almost 70 the first day) while I was there and it's a beautiful place.

The Lighthouse at Montauk and the Beach

Then we hit just about every winery on both the North and South Forks, but they were jammed packed (a lot of thirsty people there for the wine tastings), so we hightailed it to the roadshop stands and came home with this:

I can't even tell you how much seafood I ate while I was there - calamari, clam chowder, lobsters and clams, and a huge lobster BLT in Greensport.  Oh yeah, and then a wonderful Mexican dinner and margaritas the last night I was there (needed a change in food).  I don't dare get near the scale for a week or so. 

Sunday, I took the train into the city.  I just love it there!  There is so much to do and see!  Fun things and some funny things!  Food, people - it amazes me that the City, while crowded during the day, becomes even moreso at night!  Although I do have to say that the economy must be hitting hard.  I stayed at the Marriott Marquis and you could have almost rolled a bowling ball through the place.

What did I see?

Yep, the Naked Cowboy.  And that's not me with him!!!  I think that you're suppose to pay him for the pictures you take, so I hid off to the side and shot it. 

I had all sorts of plans to go scout out the trim shops, and a xstitch shop in New Jersey, but I ended up realizing that I really didn't need any more stash, so I walked and walked.

Times Square outside my Hotel

Central Park

The Guggenheim

This year's trip I decided to do a couple more museums - The Guggenheim and the Museum of Natural History.  The Guggenheim was showing a collection of works by Vasily Kandinsky.  While I didn't even know anything about him, his works were very interesting.  And because of the layout of the Guggenheim, his paintings started at the bottom and worked their way to the top from his earliest works to his later works.  It was very interesting to see the progression made in his paintings over the years.  After that museum, I had to stop for this at the Stage Deli:

You just can't go to New York without going to a Deli where the sandwiches could feed a family of four and the cheesecakes are as big as tire wheels.  Just so you know, there was no way that I could finish this thing, but I love Pastrami, so I made a noble attempt.  Didn't try the cheesecake though.  I don't think there was any way I could have found space for it.

After that, a trip to the Museum of Natural History.  This museum had so many interesting things in it, but there is no way you could make it through in one day and absorb everything that is in there.  Then it was more walking around, then back to the hotel, and then to a wonderful Italian restaurant (I did a French one the night before - don't tell my family - but a mom has to have a good time once in a while - I get tired of my own cooking - LOL).  I have to say that I've never had a bad meal in New York, nor a bad glass of wine for that matter, but I've always come home a few pounds heavier.  I guess the treadmill is going to become my new best friend.

Well, needless to say there was no stitching done, but I was still enabled on my trip.  Vonna started a new blog for the Prairie Schooler Alphabets right before I left.

I've wanted to do them, and now I have an excuse to ride along with the SAL.  I stink at them, but I'll give it a try.  Then Kim posted a quilt that she had ordered from the Threadbear and when I went to the website, I discovered one named Phebe that I just have to do!  I can't get a good picture of it, so when I arrives (yes, you know I had to order it the minute I got home), I'll post a pic.

Well, that's it.  I took a ton more pictures, but I still have to unpack and try to decide what to make for dinner.  Seems I got out of practice the past few days.  There's nothing like being waited on!  Have a great Thanksgiving and make a lot of X's.


Tracey said...

Great pics and thanks so much for the glimpse of NY. :)I haven't ever been there, except maybe through one of the airports while travelling (not even sure on that score. LOL) How funny you saw the Naked Cowboy!

Margaret said...

Deb, I'm so glad you had a fun trip. New York is a great place. :D I saw your comment on Kim's post. I love the Phebe quilt!!! I got the pattern as well. I hope I make it at some point. Maybe you'll inspire me! Happy Thanksgiving!

Alice said...

I would love to see New York one day. Alicea and I already decided two years ago that we want to go there for a shopping spree one day when we are rich. : ))) Love the photos Deb. Oh, that Deli food looks delicious. You do not find meals like that in France but I bet that was enough to feed four. NY is such a crazy place with half naked men running around lol. I love the buzz of it. I think Phebe is just lovely. Its a big project but it will be beautiful once finished. So glad you had a good time and lots of stimulation.

samplerlover said...

Hi Deb,
I am so glad that you had such a lovely time away with your Sister and your stay in NY. I have never been there either, but your photos look wonderful. Love the Naked Cowboy photo.
Happy Thanksgiving - Sandra.

Patti said...

NCY is my most favorite place in the whole world and I'm so glad you had such a good time. The sandwich looked awesome - can you tell I'm on a diet??? It started today and it will continue. I love Kandinsky art with a vengeance. I'm so glad you had such a good time.
Patti xx

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your snaps of NYC. I'm homesick now. Phebe is not for the faint of heart. Happy Thanksgiving.

Kellie said...

Sounds like you had a great time. Your pictures are GREAT! :) I am very tempted by that ABC sal, but I keep telling myself that I. do. not. need. another. BAP. :) I will enjoy watching your progress though. :)

Jennifer said...

wow Deb, looks like you had a wonderful time! We saw the NCboy this summer. Must be getting chilly for him.Lucky you to have all that wonderful seafood, my fav!
Looking forward to seeing more of your stitching pics.

Cindy's Stitching said...

I love on Long Island - N Bellmore. I am spoiled, I go into the city all the time. There is no place like NYC. You had fun on the island I see. Glad you had a great trip. Happy Thanksgiving.

MyLifesAStitch said...

Oh it looks like you had a truly MARVELOUS time, Deb!! I am so jealous, and so happy for you! WE moms definitely deserve the opportunity to get away from the every day once in a while. Good for you!! :) Love the pics, too!

Kathy said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time and dined on some delicious food. The pictures were great. I haven't been to NYC in years.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Berit said...

Sounds like you had *such* an awesome time. I live in Bloomfield, NJ but almost never go to the city.

Thanks for the picture tour--do you know I've not been to one of *those* delis, but you know I'm dying to go!

doris said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time in the big city. I've only been there once, and it was amazing. Enjoy your recuperation time at home.

Vinniey said...

Looks like you have a wonderful trip with your sister. Thanks for sharing all those beautiful pictures! :) Happy Thanksgiving.

Giovanna said...

Sounds and looks like a great trip - glad you had a good time!

Anonymous said...

Oh, oh, oh. How I envy you. Thanks for sharing. Makes me feel like visiting the place.

Loraine said...

What a fantastic vacation! I've never been to New York, and want to go so bad. Someday!
I love all of your pictures! Funny one of the Naked Cowboy!
The food looks so good too.
I'm glad your home safe and sound. You are not alone on the enabling thing. I have joined the SAL too! I'm trying to get the charts ordered, so I haven't started yet. It might take me 3 years to complete, but I will make a noble attempt. I love this alphabet sampler.
Take Care and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Many hugs.

Lori said...

Welcome home! It looks like a fantastic time!!!

mainely stitching said...

Oh wow, what a great trip! Thanks for bringing the rest of us along to enjoy it!!

woolwoman said...

Deb - I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time - you took a lot of great photos to show us - I went to NYC a few years ago with my friend Jill to see Robert Plant at the Beacon - it was a fantastic trip - we packed so much into every single day - just like you did and came home exhausted. I'm in the PS Alphabet SAL too - yup - I'm always a sucker for a BAP - take care - hope your turkey day was good - Mel

Ranae said...

Oh! How I would love to go to the big apple. We were in NY, but not the city, Nigara Falls then to canada instead south, some day though
Great pics, thnaks so much for sharing

Katrina said...

Looks like such a fun trip! Can't wait to watch your progess on the alphabet :-).

Glenna said...

What amazing pictures you took, but the most amazing has to be the sandwich! LOL! There are supposed to be some very nice (and very pricey) antique shops on has featured some, and their selections are truly special. My aunt lived in Southampton, so we used to visit quite a bit--the area has its own particular odor (good but funky) as I recall. And NYC--sigh. I need to drag BF there one of these days. He's not a lover of cities, so it's a challenge.

Kim said...

Deb your trip sounds like it was wonderful! Seafood in're speaking my language! Oh my word! And the NYC pics look great! I have never been but seriously want to plan a trip soon. Having never been there, with no contacts there, I'll have to ask you for some pointers as far as best hotels to stay at that's in close proximity to things etc! Wonderful turtle flower frog too! Can't wait to see what you brought home! ;o)

Isadarena said...

Wow Deb!!!it seems you had a wonderful time in New York with delicious meals !!
Welcome at your sweet home ,

Brigitte said...

OH, so many great pictures. I just loved taking this trip with you to some places in NY. And that pastrami thingie just made my mouth water, it looks delicious. How sad that there was no space left for a cheese cake, lol.
You certainly had a wonderful time in NY.

Angela P said...

Sounds like you had a great time in NY! The pics are fabulous and brought back some memories but I was just a teenager on my last visit there. That PS ABC SAL had caught my eye too :)

Siobhan said...

You're back!! Yahoo! It sounds like you had a freaking excellent time. I'm so glad. :) I promise to get an e-mail out to you soon--I can't believe how long it's taken me. :P

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Enjoy your weekend!

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Anonymous said...

OMG, that sandwich! I would so love to visit NY. Even though I've been to the states 3 times, I've never been east of Utah! LOL.

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie,

I enjoyed your travel post! I am jealous that you got to enjoy all that seafood.

Oh, that Phebe quilt is BEAUTIFUL! I love Threadbear patterns!

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Love to Stitch said...

Thanks Deb for sharing your trip pics with us!! I am ready to go myself and looking forward to it every day! I mentioned your post in my lastest post, Love the Cowboy! I am glad you had a great time, and that the weather was decent for you! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Lois said...

Welcome home Deb! Have you recovered yet?!?!? Glad you had such a great time, really enjoyed the pics and reading about it.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I'm so glad you had a good visit, Deb! I love all the pics and the naked cowboy is just too much! I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving and no need for you to worry about a few pounds from NYC or T-giving. You're plenty skinny and a few pounds won't show on you!

Littlebit said...

Oh my..what a great trip! I haven't been to NYC since Paulette was an infant. The food looks so YUMMY! I'm so glad you had a nice time.

Cari said...

Deb, welcome back. It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family and in NYC. And the food - I just love seafood!

NYC is one of my favorite places to visit! I've only visited the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum (another reason I need to return soon) and loved them both. What a wonderful getaway.

Oh, I have been toying with Vonna's SAL - I thought that I might complete two a month and somewhere squeeze in those two extra letters.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Virginia said...

And I missed your visit! ;)

My family and I have been back to the Natural History Museum tons and still haven't even managed to see half of it.

My sister-in-law who is an artist took my 4 year old daughter to the Guggenheim to see the Kandinsky. My daughter said she didn't like his paintings because they were "messy" but she came home with a couple of sketches of them that weren't bad... I think I posted some of them on my blog at some point...

I LOVE seeing my city through other people's eyes. It really makes things fresh for me and helps me remember how wondrous NYC really is.

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Annemiek said...

I have visited NY twice now and when I see your pics and read your story, I believe it's time for another trip LOL. It sure is a great city, though I must admit I have only been in Manhattan. Loved the Guggenheim and wish I could see the Kandinsky exhibit. I really enjoy his work.
That PS project is really GORGEOUS. Was it stitched over one? I could be sooooo tempted to do this too.

Kajsa said...

Wow, that looks like a fun trip! Yummy food too! I'm pondering the ps sal too. Sounds fun.

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