My favorite sister, Jen (ok my ONLY sister) lives in New York City - Forest Hills, Queens to be specific. Lovely area. It reminds be of Brookline, MA.
I had a great visit, and it was really fun spending time with Jen, even though I drove her INSANE...but that's what big sisters are for, right???
The first night we ate delish Thai food. Yes , New York, New York IS a HELL of a town when you can get an amazing Thai meal delivered to your door!
The next day we lounged a bit and shopped around Jen's neighborhood. I bought a cute little teeny tiny silk paisley Guess purse with these cool aquamarine jewels that hang on them. [I know this is boring, but there'll be more on this later!].
Saturday evening we hit town and took in a Broadway play (my first). We saw Ralph Fiennes (gulp), Cherry Jones and Ian McDiarmid in Faith Healer. Jen got incredible seats - front row, center mezzanine, and the theater was very small. I can't tell you how awesome the actors' performances were.Needless to say, I have a major schoolgirl crush on Mr. Fiennes.
I made my sister wait with me by the stage door after the play (see I told you I drove her crazy) so I could catch a glimpse of Ralph Fiennes. He came out after about 15 minutes. He's much smaller than he appeared on stage. Very casual in khakis and so cute with his black North Face backpack. He was very gracious about signing autographs, smiling the entire time. I couldn't believe this one woman - she had the nerve to whip out this huge 35 mm with a megaflash and she took a shot of him when he was about an inch away from the camera. Oh that will come out great. Nice pic of Valdemort for ya, sweetie.
(Anjoli was SO upset with me for not getting his autograph, but I was feeling shy and voyeuristic. It's not stalking, it's WATCHING!!). Yeah all of you who know me can laugh - I know I'm not normally shy about autographs. For some reason, it just felt really silly!
Ralph Fiennes looking scruffy in Faith Healer
Jen and I were about to head home when I realized that I left my teeny tiny purse (with my cash, AMEX card and subway pass) hanging on the hook behind a bathroom stall in the ladies room. Thank GOD there was a security guard, hanging out, waiting for his ride in front of the theater, which was locked, and all the lights were out. He showed us how to get in and we buzzed security. A guard led us down to the ladies lounge (so posh!) and PHEW my purse was still there!!
My angels work overtime, I swear...they were rolling their eyes that night. You wouldn't believe how many times I have lost and recovered wallets and purses! :)
Anyway, the security guard told me to tell my friends at home what an AWESOME city NYC is!!! And there ya go.
Sunday Jen and I took the train to Long Beach on Long Island. It was great to go to the beach after so long, a little strange to see the high rises along the shore...and the wind was blowing at about 20 mph - so that was a bit annoying. I did get some much needed sun though. Jen and I grabbed some good Cuban grub for lunch at a cute little place called AY CARUMBA!!!!!!!! Yum.
Jen works in mid-town Manhattan - off of 5th Avenue, so on Monday I went into town with her. Jen gave me a week long pass to her swanky gym, which is right next to Grand Central station. I had a long, leisurely 2 hour workout and I was so happy to watch the World Cup while working out on the elliptical trainer.
Then after my workout I had an incredibly awesome custom made salad in the gym's cafe and watched the US lose (sniff sniff) to Czech Republic. So sad about US.
I went to Jen's office after lunch and she introduced me to her co-workers. I think we confused them a bit though! You see, Jen is adopted - she was born in Korea (she became an Italian/Irishwoman when she was 18 months!). People looked REALLY confused when she introduced me as "her sister who is visiting from Taipei." hee hee.
I spent the rest of the day shopping (mostly window) and praying (!) at St. Patrick's Cathedral. I love that place - first time I've set foot in a church in a few years. :)
On Tuesday I stayed in at Jen's apartment and rested. I had to watch the first installment of In the Attic - On the Road, of course! It was the first webcast from their Airstream. I got a perfect feed - even chatted with other bloggers in Molly's chatroom.
Jen's cat, Vashi caught the webcast too. She's totally hooked now, as you can see: