new york at a glance

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
  • Napped
  • Wrote
  • 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

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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.

buckle up, buckle down

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.