Sunday, December 30, 2007
Once a year, we purchase stuff for our beloved animal that we know he will immediately destroy. I enjoy buying him his Christmas gifts, though, and it is truly like he knows Christmas morning that he is going to get stuff. We give him his toys before we open our presents thus keeping him out of our hair while we enjoy our Christmas morning. Oh, it's also the only time of year that Charles allows "squeaky toys" in the house. Tal likes squeakers. As soon as he discovers a toy squeaks, he squeaks it over and over and over....and over. Here are the before and after photos of Tal's Christmas (click for bigger versions):
Before...nice shiny new toys. The little animal he's attacking in the second photo is his stuffed chipmunk, he freakin' loves that thing!
After...stuffing everywhere! After the squeak, squeak, squeaking he decides at some point that the squeaker needs to be destroyed and attacks the stuffed thing at full force pulling out its innards until squeaker is out, chewed to bits and the whole thing is ultimately unrecognizable.
Friday, December 21, 2007
- learned that my plastic life doesn't work everywhere. when in new york, have cash
- visited the highest attended movie theatre in the country
- with friends, had three drinks (total)....threw up a little when we paid the $50 tab
- stayed in the tiniest non-japanese hotel room i've ever seen...150 sq. ft at the hudson hotel
- waited for a cab with the highest volume of uber-hipster twenty-somethings i've ever encountered in one spot and felt extremely out of place with *gasp* my jeans not suction-cupped to my body and, heaven forbid, worn outside my boots
- walked from lincoln center to empire theatre stopping almost every block to do a 360 degree turn & soak in all the sights
- ate delicious malaysian at penang
- ate not-so-delicious tasty delight. ok, so it's "tasty" i guess but just for a split second then it totally disappears in your mouth leaving no hint of taste at all. bizarre actually. what did taste very delicious were the crushed up andes mint she rolled my cone in. yummy!
- saw tavern on the green lit up beautifully for christmas
- hung out with a new yorker in her 800 sq. ft. apartment that was purchased 15 years ago for $160k and is now worth over $1MM. fascinating and it was everything i hoped a nyc apartment would be
- did not pass a single h&m
- did pass about 50 hotdog stands, 500 starbucks, 382 theatres, 47 "new york style" stores whatever they are, 89 europan deli's, 12,000 mommies pushing babies in plastic-shielded strollers
- ate a bagel. it was the best damn bagel i have ever put in my mouth and i have no idea why
- by accident, saw yankee stadium, giants stadium and shea statium
- got totally screwed by a cabbie who charged us $20 more for the cab ride back to the airport than the one that took us from the airport to our hotel. doh! what can one do about that?
- did not see shannon, keeva, tammy o., heidi, mike, joanna or any other friend/acquaintance in the area
- did see a car with "happy hanukkah" flags and a massive menorah adhered to the roof
- learned from a jewish friend (with the $1MM apartment) that one should never call said car a "jew mobile" as that is highly offensive
- shopped in a cute little make-shift market on the edge of central park
- squealed in times square
- squealed again at what i called "the center of the universe"... i have no idea where i was but i'm pretty sure the earth revolves around that very spot
- learned that gloves & comfy shoes are essential when hoofing it mid-december
- altered my ability to call myself a "city girl"...we have a yard and a car and 1,200 massive sqare feet of living space, who am i kidding? we might as well be bumpin' in the burbs!
- fell in love with an amazing city
obviously i didn't even scratch the surface...didn't have a new york hotdog, didn't take the subway, didn't stroll thru central park, didn't catch a show....but still, what an incredible city.