Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fun With Heather & Rick

Time for Part 2 of our Memorial Day Weekend series! This one will cover our actual Memorial Day. When we left off in my last post, it was Sunday night. We had spent all day on Sunday preparing for my sister Heather's visit.

Our Sunday evening got started with another amazing view out of our living room window. Look at that sky! It's purple! Have you ever seen a purple sky like that? Also, the Empire State Building is lit up red, white and blue.

The view on Sunday night

Heather and her boyfriend Rick arrived in New York City around 10:00 p.m. on Sunday. Rick's parents own an apartment on the East Side, so they stayed there. When they got into town, Eric and I headed to their side of the island to meet them for a movie. We saw "Angels and Demons," which I enjoyed very much. However, I think maybe we have been seeing too many comedies lately, because I was very tense through the whole movie - more so than I should have been, I think. I'll have to work on that.

After the movie we went back to Rick's apartment, drank some wine, and chatted for a while. Eric and I finally made it back home and to bed at 4:00 a.m.! Can you believe it? We're never up that late anymore. It was like we were in college all over again.

Unfortunately, our bedtime might have been college-like, but our wake-up time was still grown-up-like. We were awake by 9:15. Yawn. We just hung out and waited for Heather and Rick to call. They ended up coming over to our apartment around 1:30 p.m.

Festive Memorial Day photo! No, Heather and I did not plan to dress alike.

We all left together from our apartment to head to the subway. Now this part is going to be like deja vu all over again - we did our whole Brooklyn Bridge day that we did with my dad last week! Eric and I didn't mind, of course, because it was a beautiful day, so who cares how you're spending it outside, so long as you are outside, you know? So, this time across the Brooklyn Bridge was very special - it was the first time we ever did it in sunshine. Wow. Plus, of course, it was nice to do it all with Heather and Rick.

We did the whole Grimaldi's pizza thing first. This time we were not so lucky with the line. We waited in line for about an hour. But it was oh, so worth it.

Waiting in line with Heather and Rick

Funny poster

Making the pizzas!

Dig in, Heather!

Two delicious large pies and a carafe of wine later, we were ready to tackle the bridge. We took some pictures on the boardwalk underneath it first, and then made our way across. Of course, because it was such a nice day it was very crowded, but still very nice.

Heather and me on the boardwalk

On the bridge

Heather and Rick on the bridge, with the Statue of Liberty in the background

Heather, Rick and me walking across the bridge. See how crowded it was?

Once we made it back to the Manhattan side of the bridge, we hopped right back on the subway to head home because we had tickets to see "Avenue Q" at 8:00. We stopped for ice cream on our way, then relaxed a little bit before getting ready for the show.

"Avenue Q" was great! Eric and I have been wanting to see it since we moved here, because we heard it is just hilarious. And it was. In case you are not familiar with it, it's sort of a Sesame-Street-for-grownups type show. They use muppets, but the subject matter is not exactly child-friendly. Our jaws dropped multiple times at some of the things they said and did! One of the most notable songs was "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist," if that gives you an idea. I also really liked the "I Wish I Could Go Back to College" song. It was oh, so true.

With Eric after the show

Heather and Rick

After the show we went for a late dinner at a Mexican restaurant called Arriba, Arriba. The food was delicious and the margaritas weren't bad either! Then we stopped back at our apartment so Heather and Rick could get their stuff they had left there, and then we parted ways. Heather was flying back to Florida Tuesday afternoon, and Rick was headed back to Connecticut.

We had so much fun with Heather and Rick! Hopefully we can do it again soon. And, as expected, our Memorial Day this year was very different than last year, but it was still very fun. It was a good day!

Next up on my posting agenda: my encounter with an American Idol!

1 comment:

Dad said...

It looks like you all had so much fun. I do want to know where I can get those snazzy glasses. After passing up the statue of liberty glasses back in November, I am kind of feeling a lack of style here. :o)