So, the Taylor Swift song was totally all over NY when I was there for the marathon–playing in cabs, written on store windows, you name it.
Speaking of which, A and I had a blast in NYC this weekend! Even if it did rain all day Saturday. We certainly stayed busy!
I arrived in the city about 4 hours before A and made my way to my friend Laura’s apartment. Laura and I met on our Groupon trip to Turkey. (Yes, you heard me right. Cheryl and I bought a Groupon for a trip to Turkey in the summer of 2012, and Laura was also on the trip. Awesome experience. I totally would do it again.)
Laura and I spent the evening catching up and having a delicious meal at a small Italian place near her apartment. Because it was Halloween, the place was empty. And all the children were trick-or-treating at the restaurants and convenience stores! I had never even thought of that!
A arrived around 10:30. He knows his way around the city more than I do, so he took the bus and subway to arrive at Laura’s. Me? I totally took a cab from the airport.
Saturday started our day of festivities. And our adventures of the NYC transportation system. All I am going to say is, I’m not a fan.
After a breakfast sandwich, we headed to the expo! I LOVE expos. I could walk around for hours even though you aren’t supposed to. (Gotta save the legs!) Good thing we had tickets for the World Trade Center Museum at 11:30, so we couldn’t spend a ton of time at the expo! Picked up my bib!
And took lots of pictures walking around!
And then there were all these neat signs for different miles of the course-very inspiring.
But then we had to “get our move on” and head to the museum.
There are no words to describe the WTC Memorial and Museum. It is just as moving as the Holocaust Museum in D.C. or the Apartheid Museum in South Africa. I cried. It brought back the memories of where I was when I heard the news. How scared I was. The museum was extremely emotional.
I am very grateful that they had different sections of the museum “sectioned off” so that you did not have to see them if you did not want to. For instance, there was a room with photographs and videos of people jumping out of the tower and quotes from the people who were watching. We only stayed there for about 30 seconds before I lost it and had to leave. They did an amazing job with the museum, and we did not see nearly everything in the two hours that we were there.
The memorial was also very moving with the two fountains in the footprints of where the towers once stood.
After the museum and memorial, we caught a cab back to the Lyric Theater where we saw the Broadway show “On the Town”. It was a gift I had gotten A for his birthday. It was a good show. Pretty funny. I wouldn’t tell you that it is a must see if you are headed up to the city, but we had a good time. It kept us off our feet and warm and dry since it rained all day Saturday.
We finally got to check in to our hotel. We helped surprise Shawn for her birthday via FaceTime. We went back out in the rain to grab dinner. Then we got mentally prepared for my big race the next day. And that was our Saturday!
Although a whirlwind, we had a fantastic day. I hate that the weekends with A go by so fast.
Quote of the Day:
“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.” -Virgil
Now, this was a fabulous pizza recipe. It requires some planning because you have to refrigerate the dough overnight, but it is amazing. Totally worth it.
– 1 envelope active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
– 1 1/2 cups warm water
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 4 cups AP flour
– 2 teaspoons salt
– 1/2 cup olive oil
– Combine yeast and warm water in a large bowl; let stand until yeast starts to foam, about 10 minutes.
– Mix in the olive oil followed by 2 cups of AP flour and salt.
– Add another 2 cups of AP flour, a cup at a time, mixing until incorporated and a shaggy dough forms.
– Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until soft, smooth and elastic, 10-12 minutes. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill 24 hours.
– Coat an 18×13-inch rimmed baking sheet with 1/2 cup olive oil.
– Gently and gradually stretch dough until it reaches the edges of baking sheet. (If dough springs back or is stiff to work with, let it rest 10 minutes before continuing. You may need to let it rest more than once.)
– Cover dough on baking sheet tightly with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place until it is puffed and full of air bubbles, 30-40 minutes.
– Add toppings!
– Bake at 475* for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden.
Courtesy of Bon Appetit