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Thomsen, Errol, and I took a day trip to New York today.  Isn’t it amazing that I now live some place where you can actually day trip to NYC?  Amazing.  Definitely a perk of old Princeton.  The timing of this trip wasn’t the best.  As some of you know, we’re making our journey back to Nebraska tomorrow.  It’s usually not the best idea to give a two-year-old back-to-back hectic, out of the ordinary, lots of good behavior needed days. However, our dear friend Buttless was going to be in New York this weekend, and it had been almost a year and a half since I saw her last.  Unacceptable.  Therefore, to New York we go.

Thomsen and I see the Dinky all the time on our walks by Carnegie Lake.  We love watching it go over the bridge and these past couple months we talk about how we’re going to ride the Dinky sometime.  That day arrived, and Thomsen was so excited to board the train.  It was adorable.  He loved holding the tickets and handing them over to the NJ Transit employee for punching and inspection.  I hope he is still that happy riding trains when we do it all over again….tomorrow.  Actually, we have to ride three tomorrow to get to Newark airport instead of the two it took to get to Penn Station today.  As I said, this boy better still love trains and planes tomorrow.

We got to Penn Station shortly after 11 this morning and headed to our lunch destination, Penelope.  I stole this restaurant recommendation from Susan’s friend Christine, a NJ native.  It was fabulous!  Errol and I just got sandwiches, but I pretty much wanted to eat everything on their menu–especially the Warm Brie and Green Apple sandwich and the raspberry sour cream coffee cake.  After lunch, we went to the New York Public Library.  It was gorgeous, and I think Thom liked being in a familiar environment.  We then walked to FAO Schwarz.  Errol really wanted to go there, and I agreed because I had seen Home Alone 2.  That toy store looked amazing!  Disappointing.  Sure, it’s a gigantic toy store, but it’s not anything super-special.  There were lots and lots and lots of people in it.  Thom’s line of the day was, “A lot people!  A lot of people!” Luckily, the only place that wasn’t overrun with strollers and literally, shoulder to shoulder crowds, was the book area!  Barefoot Books has a corner of the store on the second level, and it was wonderful!  We even caught a story time and, again, Thom liked being in his element.  The kid is definitely not threatened by new libraries and bookstores.

You can’t go to New York in December without visiting Rockefeller Center.  Thomsen absolutely loved the ice skating rink and didn’t want to leave.  However, standing around when it’s 29° is not too much fun for me.  We walked further south to Bryant Park and then to Macy’s to meet up with Buttless.  She had to take a later bus from Boston so we didn’t get to spend as much time together as I would have liked, but it was still good to see her.  Her life is so totally different from mine (law school, marathon-running), but I am genuinely, very, very interested in it.  I felt a bit like Kate with my questions, “Tell me more about that,” and Buttless probably thinks I’ve lost touch, but I so hope we can have a good visit soon.

We lucked out and the 5:01 train we took out of Penn Station was an express train.  Yes!  We arrived at Princeton Junction so relieved to be almost home.  Thom wasn’t nearly as thrilled to get on the Dinky again, understandably.  It was a long day, and he spent a lot of time in the Ergo. The sidewalks of New York are not ones to let kids roam Pierson-style.  However, one really good thing about New York sidewalks is the store windows.  They were unbelievable.  Errol liked the Bergdorf ones the best while I was partial to Sak’s. They were all amazing and beautiful-took me back to Ab and me watching Mannequin in the basement.

It was a great trip, and I look forward to more.  There seems to be a lot to do there.

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