Things I did not do in New York:
- Have a drink
- Visit the Empire State Building
- See the Statue of Liberty
- Eat a hot dog
- See a celebrity
- Find SoHo
- Visit the Guggenheim or the Met
- Finish my book
Things I did in New York:
- Took a ride in an ambulance and visited the emergency room
- Took the subway
- Walked *everywhere*
- Traipsed around Central Park with all my luggage
- Ate fabulous food
- Went to MoMA
- Met my friend Anna from the Internet
- Bought clothes
- Bought toys
- Tried pate
I had a fabulous time and can’t wait to go back. Although I feel certain that I can skip the hospital the next time around.
I may be the only person who takes a vacation to write a novel.
To be fair, the damned thing’s about 80% finished already. Well, maybe 75%. The point is, I’ve got verbiage, people, and I’m not afraid to use it.
I started this book (not to be confused with the other three books which are in various states of unfinished-ness on my hard drive, which is not a metaphor, though possibly it should be) around the same time we moved to Portland in 2004. 2004!
It is high time I took steps to get this thing finished, and by “steps” I clearly mean “a five-day trip to New York, where I have never been but always wanted to go.” Because that it totally what any rational person would do, right? Five days sans kid: that’s what I’ve got, so that’s what I’m working with. Also: five days in New York! I am totally bounce-off-the-walls excited, or I would be if I wasn’t working so damned hard, which is half the reason I’m taking this vacation in the first place.
I’ll be documenting the trip like the OCD princess I am, armed with camera, laptop, and BlackBerry. New York is clearly preparing for my arrival by forecasting snow (…) and icy temps, which everyone knows are my absolute favorite things ever (/sarcasm). Who will prevail, and who will freeze to death under the Brooklyn Bridge? Tune in this time next week to watch the madness begin.