I have been MIA for quite a few days. That is because on Tuesday afternoon, I headed up to New Jersey with Cheryl to be in THE Macy’s Day Parade!
The original plan was to leave on Wednesday but because of the impending snowstorm, we decided to get on the road Tuesday after my 1pm meeting. I drove up to Blacksburg, and then Cheryl drove from Blacksburg to Jersey. We had planned on stopping for the night somewhere around Hershey, PA, but we ended up powering through and driving the entire way! We got in around 4:15am. And Cheryl was totally on her own the last hour because I was drifting in and out of sleep.
We were so glad we decided to leave early because the snow started around 7am and didn’t let up all afternoon! I’m guessing we got over 8 inches!
Thursday morning we woke up super early (3:15am) to catch a bus that took all the Pikachu balloon handlers to NYC for the parade! Even on such little sleep, we were up and raring to go! Can you see the Empire State building in the background??
After we arrived at our meeting point, we had to check in and get our official balloon handler costumes on! Holy yellow!
After getting our outfits on, we had another bus ride to the parade route! #letmetakeaselfie
We then had about an hour and a half to meander around all the floats, clowns, and pinned down balloons! Pictures can tell better than words, but it was pretty freakin’ awesome! I mean, look at how gigantic these balloons are! And it was such an amazing experience getting to be a part of all the prep! I had been to NYC once before to watch the parade, so it was so cool to be on the other side!
Then it was finally time to prep the Pikachu balloon! Here was our group!
Let’s get this show on the road!
The crowds were unbelievable! People were packed 10 and 15 deep in some places! And they would chant “Pikachu! Pikachu!” as we walked by! (We chanted with them, of course!)
The route is about 2.5 miles long and we did an awesome job, if I do say so myself, navigating all of the turns! And we were flying that balloon high! It started snowing on us for the last little bit of the parade, so we truly got the full experience!
And we had sooo many friends watching for us on TV! Unfortunately, Pikachu only got a few seconds on live television, and they only panned us balloon handlers!
Before we knew it, it was time to deflate the balloon! Holy helium! You have to be careful because people have passed out before by accidentally inhaling too much!
Then it was time to roll Pikachu up until next year!
We returned our costumes, and Macy’s provided us with coffee, hot chocolate, water and pastries! Then it was back on the bus to Jersey!
Unbelievable experience! I mean really–who has the chance to be a balloon handler in THE Macy’s Day Parade?? Thank you, Cheryl, for letting me participate in such an awesome experience with you!!
I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving!!
Quote of the Day:
“Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time.” -Michael Sargent
A visited last weekend, and we decided to make this pulled pork. Holy cow do I have a lot of it in the freezer! It was very tasty, but as A said, “It’s no Swamp Dawg BBQ!”
Slow-Cooker Honey Mustard Pulled Pork
- 1 (8-12 pound) bone-in pork shoulder
- 1 cup mild honey
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup prepared mustard
- ⅓ cup cider vinegar
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
- 2 tablespoons ground mustard
- Add all of the ingredients to a large slow-cooker. Put the lid in place, set the heat to LOW and cook for 10-12 hours, or until the meat falls away from the bone when nudged with a fork.
- Strain the cooking juices into a 2 or 3 quart saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the temperature and reduce until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat, cover, and set aside.
- When the pork is easy to handle, put it on a cutting board and pull it apart into bite sized pieces, removing as much fat and connective tissue as you’d like. Discard the bone. Pour the reduced pan juices over it and toss to coat and serve!
Adapted from Foodie with Family