Monday, September 28, 2009

It's Alive!!!!!!!!

I know, I know….there is NO excuse for my despicable behavior!!! It’s one thing to not write updates for a while, but it’s an entirely different thing when you just up and disappear without a word!!!

So, here’s the scoop….I’ve been away on vacation for the past week and a half, and the week leading up to my going away was so busy, that I never even got a chance to write so that y’all would know I was going away. :-)

As you can imagine, SO much has happened since you last heard from me……OH – and a big thank you goes out to all the folks who were concerned about my ‘disappearance’….you’re awesome and you made me feel loved. The rest of you can just piss off. :-)

Anyway….I’ll give a quick re-cap of what went down before my vacation:
On Friday we hosted a party with lots of amazing friends in attendance; on Sunday we volunteered for the day and had tons of fun at a local ‘park day’; on Thursday, Jim and I celebrated our FOURTH wedding anniversary; On Friday I spent the day with some college friends, visited my college campus (UNH) for the afternoon, and then went to dinner and a show in Portsmouth; Saturday was my softball banquet (I was voted MVP for my team!!!!) and on Sunday, we spent the day down the Cape with my parent’s, Jim, and Jim’s parents. It was VERY fun. Then we got home, packed, and left at 4am Monday morning for our week in NYC!!!

Jim was working at a conference all week, but I tagged along and spent the entire week in New York City staying at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
As you can imagine, it was pretty much a dream come true for me. There’s no way in hell that I would ever be able to afford to stay at the Marriott Marquis for one night, never mind for an entire week – so it was truly a one-in-a-lifetime experience….and it was an amazing trip.

I won’t go into a huge amount of detail, but I’ll give a quick overview of my week:

Monday: ate lunch with Jim, saw President Obama and his ‘crew’ drive by…he totally waved to me; I went to the taping of The Late Show with David Letterman (with Bill Clinton and Lebron James as the guests) which was a cramazing experience, then had dinner in the Presidential Suite of the hotel with Jim and his co-workers.
Tuesday: went to the Museum of Natural History, met up with some NYC friends, saw ‘Hair’ that night…..loved, loved, loved the show to bits….SO good.
Wednesday: went to the ‘Sirius Live on Broadway’ performance in Times Square with Seth Rudetsky and his guest Diana Degarmo (of American Idol fame), I chatted with them both afterwards, which was VERY fun. I’m a big fan of Seth’s, so that was an extra special treat. Diana sang a couple of songs and sounded amazing. I saw the matinee of ‘Shrek: The Musical’ (excellent sets and costumes, but NOT a good show. It was a little bit depressing to see so many amazing performers performing such crap 8 times a week. Yikes.) I then met up with a good college friend for dinner and then saw the evening performance of ‘The Toxic Avenger’ (such a fun and funny show….currently starring Diana Degarmo, who again sounded great, but isn’t the best actress on the planet. The rest of the cast was hysterical though…sooo funny) Went for drinks afterwards and met up with another college friend, who’s currently in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ – yes, I have famous friends.
Thursday: met a friend for lunch, met a different friend for coffee, had a ‘date’ with Jim that night to go see ‘In The Heights’ (which we both loved…..see it when the tour comes anywhere near you, or if you happen to visit NYC) and then we had a yummy post-show dinner
Friday: walked around for a bit, waited in line for discount tickets (the only time I really waited in line all week) and got tickets to see a preview performance of ‘Memphis’. I ran into a friend before the show, went to dinner and drinks with him and his boyfriend and then met up with Jim after the show. The show was quite good. It was the first time I’ve ever seen a show in previews, so I’m interested in seeing what changes they make before it’s officially ‘open’. My friend Brad is in the show, so it was fun seeing him up on stage and chatting with him afterwards.
Saturday: got up and packed, checked out of the room around 10 or 11, went with Jim to the World Trace Center memorial (sad, sad, sad) then went to lunch in the Village. We went to Madame Tussaud's (total tourists – but it was fun), had some AMAZING gelato, caught our train and arrived back home at 9:45pm. We picked up Scooter at my mother-in-law’s house around 10, and thought he was going to have a heart attack when he saw us. It was SO great to see him….we missed him a LOT.

So…..that’s a brief re-cap of my vacation. I saw 5 shows in 6 days, and will probably never have the chance to do THAT again….so I’m grateful that I got the chance. Even though Jim was working all week, we got to spend some time together, and he was really happy to have me there….at least that’s what he said!!!
I’ll post some pictures when I can.

Yesterday we spent the day getting back into the swing of things (laundry, laundry, laundry) and here I am today… work. I’m happy to report that while I was gone, I only received 50 emails. Of those 50 emails, only a handful were work-related, and none of them were specifically addressed to me (they were all generic work announcements) so I CLEARLY didn’t miss anything here.
Now I have to get caught up on all your blogs!!!!

As much as I loved being away, it’s nice to be home.

PS – today is our 3rd anniversary of home-ownership!!!! My, how time does fly……


RG said...

Well, it's about damn time! Glad you're alive. And a week in NYC - I'm jealous. Jealous I tell you!

Congrats on your personal anniversary AND the anniversary of the Home-Owns-Youship. LOL

Larry Ohio said...

"The rest of you can just piss off. :-)"

OMG I spit coffee all over my screen! Damn you!!

Umm, excuse me... but can I be you?

Jim said...
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Jim said...

I'll try this again.... lol.

I was worried about you... sorry I didn't send out a search party!

Happy Anniversary!

Glad you had a great time in NYC!

But I suspect that even with all the shows you saw, you still haven't gotten your fill of Broadway, have you?

Ur-spo said...

thank you for posting and giving us all your news. I hope to hear more from you in October.

Kyle said...

John, I'm glad to see you are alive and well. Looks like you had an amazing time on you vacation, though just reading the explanation sounds exhausting. Welcome back!