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new york for new year’s

ny1 ny3ny13 ny4 ny7 ny9 ny12 ny19Our recent visit to New York in one word? Relaxing. Surprising, because when I think of NYC I think of sensory overload. The 6 hour drive coupled with parking issues and various train and subway connections was exhausting, but it was lovely to settle into our friend’s cramped apartment, cuddle with his fluffy cats, and have the confidence of city dwellers to back us up as we adventured around the grid of gray streets teeming with hustlers, tourists, and commuters.

Our itineray was relaxed this time around, but we still got to take in attractions unique to NYC. On Sunday, we attended Lower Manhattan Community church, then headed over to China Town for 4-for-a-dollar dumplings with church friends. On Monday, we took the long commute over to The Cloisters, a museum devoted to the art and architecture of medieval monasteries and chapels. We ate Venezulean street food for lunch, then took the evening off.

We watched lots of Friends, ate lots of bagels, and drank coffee from the corner coffee shop.

On Tuesday, we stopped into a few vintage shops, shopped at the American Apparel Outlet, and ate delicious Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches in the East Village for lunch. We lounged until evening, then headed out to Brooklyn to attend a New Year’s Eve party. A fun anecdote: the hosts had received mail addressed to Sufjan Stevens, who apparently recently moved into their old apartment in the same building!

We spent the final hours of 2013 with new and old friends, discussing our favorite moments and greatest achievements of the year. Midnight came quietly. We idled away the night with a few more episodes of Friends and the sort of odd conversations that tend to arise in the wee hours of the morning.

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summer bucket list

1. Go hiking.

I’m hiking up to Crabtree Falls this weekend, but I want to make hiking a normal part of my monthly schedule.

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2. Visit New York City.

The last time we visited New York, it was too cold (and I was too under-dressed) to really enjoy everything. We can take a train ride there from Charlottesville this summer.

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3. Go to the Smithsonian.

We’re under 3 hours from DC, so we better take advantage of all it has to offer.

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4. Thrift in Richmond.

I’ve been meaning to do this for several months. I hear the thrifts are excellent in Richmond.

richmond5. Celebrate our anniversary out of town.

I’m thinking Virginia Beach.

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6. Visit St. Augustine.

Daniel and I love St. Augustine and my family lives nearby. They’re kicking off their 450th anniversary activities this year, too.

st. augustine flagler7. Take yoga classes.

I need to stretch and relax more.

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8. Get a new mattress.

I also need to stop waking up with a back ache every morning.

bed9. Save some money

This one doesn’t seem very feasible given the above goals. But it’s probably a good idea to put it on the list.