impatiently waiting

ryan and oriona are supposed to have their internet hooked up today! since they are 12 hours ahead of us, it’s 10:37 a.m. in taiwan. i’m sure they’ll be online overnight, and hopefully when we get up in the morning we’ll be able to talk to them! i haven’t talked to them since they left san francisco, and i’m really excited to hear how their experience has been so far and how they’re settling into their new life. plus, i want to tell him about julius. i know talking via instant messanger isn’t the same as a phone conversation, but it’ll work until we buy a headset and get our skype account set up.

new york, new york

we had another whirlwind trip to new york. one of these days, we’ll spend a week there, but for now we’re getting our sight seeing in on weekend trips.

when we arrived, we caught a shuttle and headed straight to our hotel. it was a few hours before check-in, but we had been told we could leave our bags at the desk while we went into the city.

hotel

it turns out that our hotel was right across the interstate from shea stadium. this is what we saw every time we walked outside.

shea stadium 3

after we dropped our bags off, we took the subway into the city. last year, we spent a lot of time at time’s square. this year, we headed to 5th avenue. i didn’t buy anything, but it was a lot of fun seeing all the designer stores.

fendi

saks

kenneth cole

we also went to trump tower. we were told there are several trump towers in new york, so we didn’t know if this is the one where the candidates on “the apprentice” stay, but we got a picture anyway. after the fact, i told joe we should have gone up to the employee at the desk and asked to see the board room and when he said “no” because we were insane, we should have said “you’re fired.” yes, i’m a dork like that.

trump tower 1

unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to walk all the way down 5th avenue. i didn’t get to go to kate spade or vera wang, but i wasn’t too bummed. we can always fit those in the next time we go. we walked about 40 blocks in a 2-hour period, and by the end my knees were really hurting. i ended up having a flareup from all the walking, but it was worth it.

we had to rush to get back to the hotel, change and head over to shea to meet our friends, tim and mindy. the good news was we were only two blocks from the stadium. the bad news was i couldn’t walk very fast and was hobbling like an elderly person. oh well.

shea stadium 2

behind the stadium, you can see the new stadium which is being built. the mets are going corporate like almost every other team, and instead of being called shea stadium, the new ballpark is being named citi field.

shea stadium 1

citi field sign edit

i ended up not wearing my braves shirt because tim and mindy decided to be mets fans for the game and joe’s braves shirt didn’t dry in time. we still cheered for the cardinals, which really set off a few of the fans in our section. in the first inning, the cards scored four runs, and in the bottom of the first, the mets scored two. a guy sitting in front of us turned around and started yelling at us and shaking his fist at us. we thought it was hilarious because, really, we didn’t care about the game. we’re not fans of either team. being at shea stadium, though, really showed me why joe hates mets fans. they really can be jerks. in 2006, cards catcher yadier molina hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning of game 7 of the national league championship series, which put the cards over the mets and sent the cards to the world series. now, mets fans hate him. when he came up to bat, they all started chanting “asshole”. i understand it was an important game, but i thought that was just incredibly rude.

all in all, though, the game was fun. it ended up going 14 innings. we left after 13 because my knees were really hurting, and we watched the end of the game in our hotel room.

us at mets game edit

at night, there is a skyline of new york city that lights up on the top of the scoreboard. on the left, you can see an unlit ribbon wtih two towers behind it for the world trade center.

mets skyline

the next day, we had planned on going back into the city because i really wanted to go rockefeller center, but i was in no shape to do more walking. instead, we spent a lazy day in queens. we got bagels for breakfast (*definitely* not new york bagels. they were terrible!) and then walked up the block to a mexican restaurant for lunch. the food was amazing and was pretty authentic.

then, i wanted to go swimming, and you all know the rest of that story. joe ended up bashing his head open and we spent the afternoon at the hospital. when we got back, we decided to have dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. the food was absolutely amazing. we started out with a yummy salad and a plate of garlic bread.

salad

garlic bread

i had the penne pasta primavera, and joe had fettucini alfredo with crab.

pasta primavera

crab fettucini edit

and then, our trip was over. since we hadn’t made it to vera wang’s store, i picked up a bottle of her new perfume, princess, at the airport. it is now my new favorite. it has such a light, pretty smell. now i’m totally ready for another trip up north. maybe we’ll fit in another weekend trip next year. 🙂

trying to move on

we’ve decided to get a new cat. it is not in anyway that we’re trying to replace or forget julius. that’s just not possible. but, it’ll make it easier for us and our other cats to move on. they’ll have a distraction and someone else to play with, and we’ll have someone else to bring more happiness into our lives. and, i think that julius’ would have wanted us to use his death to save a cat from being euthanized. it’s something good that can come out of this horrible situation.

cat therapy

tonight after work, joe and i went to sassy paws, the local pet boutique. i’ve always talked about stopping in but never had the chance. we left with a simple cat toy (because our cats prefer simple things like twist ties from bread to expensive toys), and when we got home we spent a little while playing with aj and diz. it was the first step toward healing.

sad

i don’t think i’ll ever get used to not having julius around. today was so much harder than yesterday. i don’t know if i expected that or not. aj has been doing several things julius used to, such as sleeping on the bottom right corner of the bed and running into the kitchen when we get up. i think he’s doing that to comfort me. at least that’s what i like to think.