Friday, August 10, 2012

Empire State of Mind

The thing about a bicoastal relationship is, no matter which coast you live on, half of your family is always unhappy with your choice of location.

So we're off to make the other half of the family (and friends) a little happier. Next week I'll be traipsing around the mean streets of Manhattan, which are only mean because they're sticky, smelly and hot in August. Both children will be in tow and we're going to hit all the usual suspects.

Dylan's Candy Bar is high on the list. The Alice in Wonderland statute in Central Park suggestion fell flat.

"Haven't we done that already?" asked Child #1. I swear she yawned when she said that but it could be because she'd stayed up late the night before, not because she's too cool for Alice.

The Guiness Book of World Records Museum in the basement of the Empire State Building made the cut. There are plans for a father/daughter luncheon, when my husband can slip out of his office, at an overpriced illustrious New York City restaurant. As for Child #2 and me, our lunch plans will probably be more along the lines of Shake Shack or Gray's Papaya.

But enough about us...what about you?

I have no illusions that my energy, bunnylike though it may be, will be sufficient to shephard two small children around, meet up with family and friends alike and then live to blog about it at the end of the day so I'm going to take a two week break.

Unlike Jay Z, I have a feeling those streets will (not) make me feel brand new. But hopefully the big lights will inspire me. After all, I'm a writer, and I'm not particularly fussy about where I get my inspiration, as long as I get it somewhere.

I'll see you all in two weeks, fully inspired and ready to go.

24 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You guys will have a blast!

Connie J Jasperson said...

Have a great time, and come home inspired to write book 3!

(I'm just saying...)

Tonja said...

Sounds like an awesome trip.

Carol Kilgore said...

I haven't been back to New York in several years. I'm jealous, even if it is August! See you in two :)

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Have fun you guys! I'd love to go to Dylan's candy bar, too, after watching Project Runway! It looked awesome.

jaybird said...

Shake Shack is a must for us! As well as frozen hot chocolate at Seredipity. YUM.

NYC is a great place of inspiration. There is always so much going on, I never get bored. For me, that alone is epic.

Hope you have a great time!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

At least we live in a day and age when traversing across country is not a hardship and can be done in a matter of hours. Think of the families that were split up over a hundred years ago. They never saw each other again.

Johanna Garth said...

Thanks Alex, I'm sure we will.

Connie, I got different advice from Jenny yesterday! :)

Tonja, it will be fun.

Rachel, Dylan's Candy Bar is one of those must dos for big (over 21 year old) kids and little ones too.

Jaybird, I have such fond memories of Serendipity.

Michael, true. At least I don't have to feel guilty about that!!

Alison DeLuca said...

If you have a second between the shakes and the candy, give me a call! And enjoy every second.

As for my New York trip - I fear it will include the American Doll Store. My credit card trembles.

Melissa Bradley said...

Have a great time! I have always wanted to hit NYC, but have never been. What am I waiting for, right? LOL Looking forward to your return to the blogosphere.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I've always wanted to go to New York, so I'm always envious of the people who get to go. And maybe New York will prove to be inspiring! Just think of all the New York writers! And you should check out MrBellersNeighborhood.com; it's a website full of stories about New York.

Beylit said...

I love New York, I am a little jealous. Have a great time!

Chuck said...

Have a great trip and enjoy the Big Apple safely!!

Jemi Fraser said...

I haven't been to New York yet - I hope you have a great time!! :)

Ella said...

Sounds fun! I long to go up north and be cool...this southern humidity is killer, lol
I love all the ventures you have planned and look forward to hearing more~ enJOY!!! :D

Kathleen Barker said...

I took the 8 year old to the Museum of Natural History and she didn't want to leave! Did you know that you don't have to pay the outrageous admission price at any State-owned museum, etc? I'm not sure if you have to be accompanied by a resident, but you can tell them how much you want to pay and they have to admit you for that amount (even zero). We took the free ferry that goes past the statue of liberty, which was a big hit, and visited Shake Shack too. Have a great time!

alexia said...

I adore Manhattan. Have fun!

Jo Schaffer said...

Oh fun! I have flown over NYC several times but have never stopped there. Sounds like a great trip!

M Pax said...

I lived in NYC for a few years after college. It will be hot, but it's a blast. Have fun.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Oh, LUCKY YOU.... NYC is home for me. I was born and raised there... lived half my life there... Oh, how I miss it.

Yes, summers are notoriously hot, but the city is so alive with excitement that one overlooks the heat. Just carry lots of water with you.

Have a WONDERFUL TIME, Johanna!

Jenny S. Morris said...

I hope you guys had tons of fun and the kids didn't tire you out too much. ;)

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Misha Gericke said...

Hope you all had fun! :-)

Rachel Morgan said...

Hope it's been a fun time for you and your family :-)