Thursday, December 2, 2010

Feels like Christmas - New York, NY

I officially have the Christmas spirit!  It's kind of hard not to when wandering around the streets of NYC this time of year.  Today I strolled past the windows at Saks.  They were pretty but not very holiday-ish.  So, needing a little more excitement, I headed over to Rockefeller Center to see the famous Christmas tree.  Yep, seeing this tree sealed the deal.  Usually I hate being surrounded by so many tourists but for some reason today they all just faded into the background.  It was wonderful!

Next up was a walk through Central Park with a steamy pumpkin spice steamer from Starbucks.  It was pretty cold outside but that didn't stop me from enjoying the beautiful scenery around me.  I watched the ice skaters for a bit and couldn't help but fall in love with the city again.  The skyline behind the rink was breath taking (even if I could see someone putting out fake snow around the rink).  New York is trying very hard to keep me in this city!!!  

PS - it looks like they have a rabies problem in Central Park

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Daily Show & Friends - NY, NY

Wasting time on Facebook has finally paid off for me.  As soon as I arrived at Jenna's apartment I decided to check in with Facebook to see what had happened in the few hours I had been traveling back to the city. (That's what you do when you have too much time on your hands.)  On my home page, I noticed a link to sign up for "day of" tickets to the Daily Show.  So....I clicked on it.... and BOOM, I had tickets for the taping that afternoon.  It couldn't have been more perfect timing.  I'm staying with the famous Jenna Kim Jones (who works at the Daily Show) and she lives three blocks away from the studio.  It was a really great show.  Jon Stewart was hilarious as usual and Judah Friedlander, from 30 Rock, was the guest.  He was on the show promoting his new book.  After the show, Jenna gave me a back stage tour of the entire studio and I met some of the producers/staff/crew.  Jon Stewart even walked by us a couple times.  So crazy!!  Television is such a fascinating world and I'm glad I was able to have a sneak peak.

Here are a couple pics of Miss Jenna Kim Jones making television happen.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Peace out Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA

Today was our final day of fun with the whole gang.  We got up bright and early and went to church.  After church we took a driving tour of Carnegie Mellon's campus.   Of course, since I'm a blogger now, I made Adam get out of the car so we could take a picture of him in front of the Tepper School of Business.  He was a good sport since it was freezing outside!  Then we came back to their place and recreated Thanksgiving dinner for Scott.  It was almost as delicious as the real meal.  We even made fresh mashed potatoes, rolls, and green bean casserole.  Yum!!!

Shortly after lunch, Erin, Scott, and Lucy packed up their rental car and headed back to NYC.  We had a great time with them and we can't wait until the next time we can hang out.  The rest of our afternoon was spent watching the Steeler's game (can you believe this was Adam's idea), cleaning, and taking naps.  Later that evening we drove out to the Hartwood Celebration of Lights.  It's basically a 3.2 mile drive through a park completely decorated with holiday lights.  The lights were really fun to look at.  It was a nice way to get us in the Christmas spirit.  Unfortunately, my camera battery died so I wasn't able to document the outing.

PS - I've included a picture of me in one of my classiest Pittsburgh outfits - PJs with white ankle socks and high heeled shoes.  What has Pittsburgh done to me?  Yesterday, I was wearing almost every color imaginable:  grey boots, dark blue jeans, orange turtle neck, pink gloves, purple sweatshirt, dark green coat, and a turquoise bag.  Yep, I wore that to the movies.  I apologize for not capturing that outfit for you!

Frozen to the bone - Pittsburgh, PA

Saturday was another freezing day in Pittsburgh.  We started the day off right by going to Pamela's for brunch (see Pittsburgh post in Sept).  Our food was delicious.  The crepe-like pancakes just can't be beat!  Then we drove over to the Mount Washington for an amazing view of the city.  Later that afternoon, Adam, Erin, Scott, and I went and saw Harry Potter 7 on IMAX.  The movie was awesome and definitely creepy.  I loved it.  Liesel was a saint (and maybe a scaredy cat) so she volunteered to stay home with Lucy.  They met up with us after the movie and we all had dinner at Red Robin.  It has been at least six years since I have eaten at this restaurant and guess what.....I still love the Bonsai burger.  Some things never change!