I’ve been to New York City twice.
And it was never on my list of places to go. Ever.
However, The Big Apple earned a spot on said list when my sister-in-law Melissa (aka Bills, aka Melissy) moved there. And yet again when my brother-in-law Chris (also aka Bills) moved there, too.
I love the Williams kids.
My first NYC trip was filled with love/hate.
I LOVED spending time with Melissa. She is funny, witty, puts me in a good mood, and I can truly say she has become a sister to me.
I HATED being freezing cold. This may have been my own fault. I didn’t exactly pack enough warm clothes (a constant problem of mine and I never seem to learn…) but I hadn’t expected for the weather to break records. Yes, it was a record breaking cold weather weekend for good ol’ NYC.
But another thing I did enjoy…. seeing the restaurant from YOU’VE GOT MAIL!!!! One of my favorite movies. Here I am, just feet away from where Kathleen Kelly waited and waited for her e-mail penpal.
And I liked seeing the restaurant from Seinfeld. That was pretty cool, too.
Oh, and I hated breaking a “bench” that actually turned out to be a shoe rack.
And this creeper, who awkwardly posed behind me in this picture, where I’m wearing a new pair of rain boots… since, yeah… it was raining the entire time.
I thought I’d never return. I was done with the city. The train was a little too loud… the pace was a little too fast…
But return I did. The second time I was with Greg.
And again, the bad weather broke some kind of record. I was freezing. Possibly even colder than the first visit.
Greg and I got lost in Central Park and had to walk 80 blocks to make up for it.
I could feel my bones freezing.
BUT…. I cherish the time I got to spend with both Chris and Melissa. THAT made the trip worth it.
I love these two brothers, who have a very special relationship.
I liked climbing this tiny boulder, that looked huge in the photo.
I liked eating ice cream (I know, we were crazy to eat ice cream in the freezing cold) in Brooklyn. I sort of felt like I was in Newsies. Minus the paper route. Plus the ice cream.
I reallllly liked being there with family (both times.)
And swinging in Central Park.
New York may be too loud, busy, impersonal and freezing cold/wet, but I’ll give it another try because two of my very favorite people live there.
So…. I’ll be going there in less than a week.
I’m ready for New York to redeem itself.
(I hear there’s a cidada infestation that only happens every 17 years…. I’m pretty sure this is happening only because I booked a ticket)
Hopefully this time I won’t break anything, I’ll be warm, and I won’t get 80 blocks lost.
I’m comin’ for you.
And can’t wait to see you, Bills.