Friday, July 11, 2008

I wanna be a part of it...New York!

We're having a blast so far in the city. Just a few highlights of things we've experienced/seen/done:
  • 3 Broadway shows (In the Heights, Hairspray, Gypsy) the way, we paid $45 each for all three
    • We were on the front row for Hairspray, and one actress called out Paul twice during the show. He had the spotlight on him and everything. I was so proud.
  • We saw the possessive mother-in-law from "Everybody Loves Raymond." I don't know her real name, but she was right in front of us at "Gypsy" last night (fyi her name is Doris Roberts)
  • All of Times Square, of course
  • Ground Zero
  • Wall Street, Financial District
  • Central Park...again and again and again...we live super close
  • Brooklyn and it's amazing pizza...we stood in line for 30 minutes to get Grimaldi's pizza, then walked across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan
  • 4th of July in New Canaan, Connecticut...apparently the most expensive real estate location in the U.S. ... we will never ever live there
  • Stamford, Pennsylvania...that's right fans of "The Office," THE Stamford
  • I met some Albanians on the train and talked to them in Shqipe. They loved me. New York City has the third-highest Albanian population in the world (Albania=1st, Detroit=2nd)
  • I got cat-called by some construction workers today...that was cool
  • Rascal Flatts on the Today Show...okay, we didn't actually see this (I slept in late), but we could have seen it...and by the way, Miley Cyrus comes to town next Friday, so be prepared for the blog posting of a lifetime...Miley, here I come!
Other than that Paul's been working hard (he's got lots of big projects), and I've been sleeping in late every day. It's fantastic. I do, however, start working on Monday with my same company, New Horizons. They told me I can teach as much as I want. I'm also doing some extra contracting for people who want Access/Excel/PowerPoint help.

We still want people to come visit us, so come! New York is fun! And I'm getting bored by myself.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Happy Birthday, Ryan!

So this post has nothing to do with Ryan's birthday; it's just a hodgepodge of what we've done over the last month. But since it IS Ryan's birthday, I might as well throw in a dedication.

Pebble Beach
This is at Pebble Beach, along the 17-mile drive between Monterey and Carmel. It was beautiful, but it cost $10, so I'm still a little bitter. This is attempt #18 to get a good picture on these rocks. Not too bad...
Attempt #19. Much better, I'd say.

More 17-mile drive. The houses were enormous, and the trees were apparently really old and cool for some reason.

Mystery Spot
Ending our day with a trip to the Mystery Spot. This shot was actually really hard to pull off (not because we don't have the skills, but because the cameraman was kind of slow).


And now we get to Kyle's visit. It was really fun to have Kyle out for the week, and he was a big help in the move to L.A./New York. We hit almost everything you can hit in San Francisco, including all the Pier 39 hullabaloo, and Alcatraz, Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street, Mission district, Golden Gate Park, and most importantly, we made it to Pride Week.

Paul's first experience at Alcatraz. But not his last....
Wendy playing hop scotch in the prison yard.
Kyle strutting around like he owns the place.
It's touching, I know.

Pride Week
We didn't get any good pictures of Pride Week (and you can all be grateful), but if you want to hear stories, we've got plenty of them. This church kind of says it all. Don't you just love San Francisco?

This is Kyle's "excited" face. He should be excited, we're about to ride the teacups at Disneyland! We got on almost every single ride in the park.

This is Kyle's "I'm too cool for school" face. That's right, Kyle, kids who ride in the pink teacup are the coolest kids in school.