After living in the Hudson Valley of NY for most of my life I have been very spoiled by vibrant changes in the scenery with the seasons. I loved every Spring and Fall and couldn't wait for their arrival. And now I live in Central Texas. Fall doesn't have quite the same effect here...its 95 degrees out right now. No sweaters, no red orange yellow green leaves. Sad. Have the leaves started changing yet in the North East?
Ok, I cheated...there's a photo from last week too...but I thought it important to include Fashion Week and I think I missed a week? Well, with Adams move this past weekend things were a bit wonky. On a related note, one week from tomorrow and my apartment will finally be ready!! It was HOT this week...over 110 on more than one day, a few days we gave up by mid afternoon and headed off to watering holes...it seemed the only sane thing to do!
Thanks to the iphone, I have been snapping more photos more frequently...here are some shots from the last couple of weeks...
This past weekend Adam was visiting and as he had never been to NYC and in a few short weeks, I will no longer be a resident of the Empire State, we decided to spend a long weekend in Manhattan. Without planning out anything before hand, we ended up fitting in a ton of stuff and I felt like I gave the big apple a proper farewell and at the same time giving Adam a proper introduction!
Friday night we checked into the Hudson in mid town and met up with Adams childhood friend Lindsey and my friend Matthew who I went to school with at Syracuse for dinner at Freemans Alley in the lower East side. After an awesome dinner, Adam, Matthew and I ventured off into the night to a pub where we ran into another classmate of Matthew's from SU...how weird is that? The boys were in the mood for some Karaoke, so we headed to 2nd street where we found both Karaoke and following an hour or so of questionable singing, a bar that the three of us lasted about two minutes in. At this point it was 2 am and where else would we have gone, but Times Square! We ate hot dogs under neon lights and then called it a night.
Saturday we had brunch with my sister Gillian and her boyfriend Javier and then headed off to the Central Park Zoo. It was the perfect size to wander around and not get overwhelmed and so much fun. The boys then wanted to check out the big Nike store, and Gilly and I perused Chanel and Miu Miu where I had no desire to look at Fall clothes as it was 95 degrees out.
After an afternoon out and about, we dressed for dinner and headed to The Porter House in the Time Warner building for oysters, the most delicious steak on the planet and fantastic scotch. I learned that I now prefer steak so rare that I should order "extra rare" so its not charred black and blue style. Mouth watering awesomeness is what it is.
I though of going to Serendipity for frozen hot chocolates, but we decided to go visit Gilly at the Shake Shack she manages and have a delicious shake for dessert instead. We also had Gilly there with us to take dorky photos of us...love it.
We meant to go home on Sunday night, but decided to stay on until Monday and I was so happy that we did! Jav lives in the Financial District so after the game we visited Ground Zero and wandered down by the water where we could see Lady Liberty off in the distance.
After dinner, Adam and I headed back to our hotel and finished the weekend off with fantastic live blues at Terra Blues on Bleecker Street. We sat in candle light with a great selection of scotch and even managed to get a dance in before we called it a night.
I was just going through my folder of blog images and was struck suddenly by the thought that in a few weeks, I will no longer drive through the woods on a daily basis. Not to say that I live in a particularly wooded area...the above image reminds me more of what its like up in my dads literal neck of the woods in NH, but still. Its things like driving down a picturesque dirt road though basically a forest to get to work everyday and meandering through the village late at night with random deer sprinting out in front of us that I'll miss.
My mom would more often then not yell out to us in the car "check out the view girls!" even on short drives to the store when we drove by the pictorial landscapes of the area. We all find ourselves as adults doing the same thing when we're in a car together and yet interestingly enough, in all our travels with each other...it happens more often in Millbrook then anywhere else. I have a feeling that I'll be stopping to capture a few my favorite spots in the next few weeks...I already know which spots are essential...the hill down to Amenia (famously captured in many, many paintings...there is ALWAYS an artist painting or snapping photos on the shoulder of that hill!), the view by the Dyson farm where on clear days you can see the Hudson River and the road to Turkey Hollow behind Tamarack...as its amazing! The gorgeousness of the Northeast and in particular the Hudson Valley are something I know take for granted but will my goodness will I miss it when I leave!