Last week was our first week back after our Florida trip. In the eight days we spent in the Sunshine State, we drove over 1,000 miles up, down and around the state of Florida, spent time in 4 different cities, slept in 4 different beds, visited 17 family members, 1 friend and 5 pets, and saw one National Championship football game. Of course we enjoyed every moment of it, but needless to say, last week we were in full-on recovery mode and our only plan for the weekend was to not make any plans.
Friday night we decided to see a movie. More specifically, Marley & Me, which I had been dying to see. I will say I enjoyed the book more than the movie, but the movie was also very good. As expected, the end was almost to much for me to bear but I made it through and went home and gave Achilles a big ol' hug. Oh, and by "went home" I mean walked 14 blocks in NEGATIVE FOUR DEGREES. You know, the kind of cold where your face hurts. That was probably Strike One for getting sick.
Saturday was also pretty mellow. We hung out around the house most of the day then went to see another movie, this time Bride Wars, which was very cute. We went to the theater at Lincoln Center instead of our usual Times Square, and after it was over we did a little shopping before heading home.
Sunday brings Strike Two. Eric had a firm flag football game at Riverside Park on the Upper West Side. It was really a nice park, right along the Hudson River.
Note: I did not take this picture. You've probably seen this one on the news. Someone on one of the ferries that went to rescue the plane passengers took this. After seeing the ice in the picture above, can you imagine having to stand on the wing of a plane in that like these poor people are doing?
Now this one, I did take. This is taken from Hudson River Park, right by our apartment. You can see a string of red lights across the river - that's the emergency vehicles in New Jersey responding to the plane crash.
Anyway, back to Sunday's happenings. When Eric and I arrived at Riverside Park, the first thing we saw was children sledding, something I realized my husband has never done! Can you imagine? I just can't imagine a Floridian childhood, a childhood that does not include bundling up in snow clothes until you can barely move, building snowmen, building snow forts, sledding, tobogganing, etc. How deprived he is! So now we will have to find ourselves a sled and give it a go one of these days.
Sledders in Riverside Park. How cute! Also, very smart - they had bales of hay in front of the lampposts so that kids wouldn't go face-first into the post. That's probably a much better solution than just saying "Don't hit the post/tree/fence/whatever!" as your friends are on their way down, like we did back in my day. These kids today with their crazy technology.
On Monday, Eric had the day off work and as you know, it was the anniversary of our engagement. I still wasn't feeling wonderful, but I wanted to get out and do something nice with Eric, because if he has a long weekend, I want to do whatever I can to enjoy it fully with him! It was snowing all day so we decided to take advantage of it and go to Central Park to take some snow pictures. And it was just beautiful. I think most of our pictures came out very well, but they just can't convey how lovely it was. It was quiet and peaceful and just so pretty.
We took a ton of pictures, so I'll try to limit what I share to just my favorites. Ready to feel cold?
There were so many ducks in the water by the bridge! People were feeding them and I loved them. How are they not cold?
And that was our winter wonderland weekend!