Thursday, July 8, 2010

Home From The Big Apple

It seems like just yesterday that I was climbing into my car, Lily in tow, heading out for my “one man/one dog” 1600+ mile road trip to NYC. I am home now, life is getting back to normal, and I have finally found time to update my blog.

Ride with me on a journey to NYC...

Somewhere in either Louisiana or Mississippi I stopped for gas and was very surprised to see this:

It made me a bit leery about driving through this state. How many people do you think pull up and get “one for the road” ~ CRAZY, don’t ya think?

Fortunately, Lily and I made it safely out of this state. We drove through LA, MS, AL, TN, VA, WV, PA, NJ into NY. We were very happy to see this:

NYC Skyline

I was riding with my son into the city thinking how very excited and happy HE must be to see me and to know that I was going to hang out with him for 3+ weeks.

That was until we passed this lovely billboard:

That small dose of “reality” served to interrupt my delusional thinking long enough for this “helicopter Mom” to comment, “That’s terrible” ~ and my son, well he just laughed and slowed down long enough for me to snap the picture.

We arrived at his high-rise apartment in Manhattan (doorman included) where I was given a tour. The apartment is on the 19th floor but my favorite place was up on the rooftop where they have lounge chairs, tables, and an unbelievable view of the city (especially at night).

Rooftop View
Helping him pack…okay, so I packed most of the boxes ~

Helping him move…okay, he carried all the heavy stuff ~

Cleaning his old apartment…no comment ~

We had a chance to spend time in the city doing the “touristy stuff”



Can you believe all of this trim?
Rows and Rows and Rows!

NY Stock Exchange

Ground Zero
(Lily's hot and wants some of that Starbucks)

911 Memorial

My son gave up his bedroom so I could comfortably rest my weary bones.  As I lay in bed I gaze out the window at this beauty:

And I think to myself, “Did I REALLY see this in Times Square today?”

Unlike so many others I was not willing (not in a million years) to pose with this cowboy ~ but yes, I would snap a picture!

After many weeks of fun filled bliss it was time to say good-bye.  Time to leave my son in NYC without me. Really now, why would a 22 year old guy want to live here? And to live without ME? CRAZY, don't ya think?

"G" it was a blast and IL&IMY !!!

As for Lily the highlight of her trip:

A Ride On Bob The Builder's Truck!

Thanks, you were so good to come along for the ride! Next post I will get back to the “stitchy stuff”.

Until next time...


valerie said...

How fun...sounds like a great trip...except for that packing, moving and cleaning bit! I head to NY in Oct...must hit the fashion district now! Love the trims!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

What great pictures, Marie! I love all of them, especially seeing you. Lily looks so much like Clara (before DH takes her to the groomer and tells them to cut all her hair off in a "puppy cut"). It makes me nuts when I've gotten her just the way I like her and he takes her and gets it all cut off!! But, Lily is awesome and loving that Bob truck. So cute!
Wish I'd been with you in the City. Next time we'll go together. Two of my sons live there. :]

Kathy said...

What a cool travelogue. Sounds like a great visit. The nice photos bring back memories of my 2 visits to NYC. Lily is such a cutie and evidently a very good traveler. Anxiously awaiting stitching pictures.

Cathy B said...

Glad you had a good time visiting your son (even though you had to work some -- packing, unpacking...)I bet it feels good to be back home!

Annie said...

A great blog post! Love it all. Your son will have a blast living in NYC.

The drinks to go and the storage ad are just too funny!

Jen said...

Looks like a wonderful trip. And the "Drinks to go" had to be in LA.

Katrina said...

Looks like a great trip!!! I love the picture of Lily trying to get your son's starbucks :-). He looks like such a guy's guy, and he's holding that itty bitty yorky, too sweet.

Julianne said...


Welcome home! I'm glad you had a safe trip.

I'm sure your son appreciated all the help that you gave him. It's great that you were able to do some sightseeing with him.

Cindy's Stitching said...

I live in NY and go into the city all the time - live on long Island. You son has an amazing view. What 20 something doesn't want to live there. So much to do right outside your door. I have seen the naked cowboy many times. Did you visit the city Quilter? Where did you eat? Tons of great restaurants.

Missy Ann said...

So how much of that trim came home? And when can I come over and see it? lol

Had a great time at lunch today, glad you're back.

Meadows08 said...

Looks like a fabulous time, despite the moving part! ;-) Did you buy any of those trims??

Michele said...

Love all the pictures! So glad you had a great time :) LMAO at the Cowboy!! too funny :) Looks like your son has a wonderful new apt! Welcome home :)

Deborah said...

Thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment. It lead me to your blog, which I greatly enjoyed. loved the pics of NYC. I will be going to Manhatten this coming week end for a wedding. AI don't think my view will be as lovely as yours.

Brigitte said...

I enjoyed seeing all these great pictures. Must have been a great time there. Good to know that you had a safe trip home.

Jennifer said...

What an awesome view! And you're such a good mom volunteering to help clean up a 22 year old guy's apartment - that goes above and beyond the call of duty (trust me, I know how my DH lived in his post college days!)

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Vonna said...

Marie...this post made me smile from top to bottom, but the best of all is to finally lay eyes on YOU! :)
You are gorgeous, my friend!!!

Jeanne said...

Oh I have always wanted to live in Manhattan - how wonderful for your son and YOU get to visit! What a great time you must have had. :)

Cindy F. said...

Ohhhh....How FUN!!! This was a great post and had me laughing!
Love the pics....handsome son!! and I can't tell if you really love Lily or not?!....jk.....she's spoiled rotten, but I know she's worth it!
You should bring her to our retreats!!

Anonymous said...

Great photos of NYC and your adventure!

Hélène Marie Jeanne said...

I died watching the pic with the threads and the ribbons!!wow!!

liked your job and blog!!