Tuesday, December 7, 2010

First NYC Trip

Xan and I took advantage of his reading days to take a trip up to NYC to see the King Tut exhibit.  We left Sunday and got there just after it got dark.  I wanted to see the tree at Rockefeller Park so we ventured out to see the city.  We found the Lego store.
They had a mimic display of Rockefeller Park with the tree, ice skating rink, and surrounding buildings that was cool to look at.
We found the tree and skating rink right outside of the Lego store.
Here I am with the tree.
Here is an attempt to get a shot at the Chrysler Building.
And the building that beat it in height, but not appearance (in my opinion) : The Empire State Building.
And then we went back to our hotel and rested to get ready for the exhibit Monday morning.  My critique:  The NYC King Tut show was definitely worth seeing.  My love for Egyptology all began in the 5th or 6th grade when I did a report on King Tutankhamen.  My interest grew in 7th grade when we studied a brief bit on the mythology of Egypt.  Sometime after that, I wanted to be an Egyptologist and was looking up schools that had programs.  So, to be in the exhibit and to see all these artifacts face to face that I had since only read about in books, was AWESOME!  BUT, I was very disappointed at the very end of the exhibit.  I knew that King Tut was in Egypt, but I admit that I was expecting to see at least one of his coffins since one of them is being shown on all the tickets and brochures.  What did I get?  Some jewelry. Not even the death mask!  I'm sorry, but for the cost of the show (regardless of it being a fundraiser for Cairo to build a proper museum to house all this stuff) I think a golden coffin is kind of a must.  Good thing we're planning on going to Cairo anyway, right?
One of the security guards at the front of the entrance was nice enough to take this photo for us.
Then, we had a few hours to explore before we needed to head back home.
We found the M&M Store.
And this architectural eye candy!  This is the Alwyn Court Building which is now a series of luxury apartment buildings with a Petrossian Restaurant on the ground floor.
Can you imagine carving all this???
Then we wondered up to Central Park.
Had a hot dog from a local stand.
Watched the childless playground for a while.
Got a picture on one of the many bridges.
And found a GREAT spot for even more pictures.  Here's my handsome husband!
One of me with the skating rink.
And one of the two of us.  <3
Many stores had FANTASTIC window displays, but Bergdorf Goodman had one of my favorites.  Of course, its hard to see with the glass glare but it was whimsical and absolutely wonderful to look at!
I was surprised by how ugly the Louis Vuitton building was.  It just looked lifeless and boring in comparison to all the beautiful surrounding buildings and window displays.
And to end the trip, we had to go see the Big Piano at FAO Schwarz, featured in the film Big with Tom Hanks.
These lovely piano dancers performed the songs chopsticks, heart and soul, carol of the bells and ended with a Mozart piece.  I had thought to try the piano out myself but when we got up there, it was just a long series of little kids and teenage girls competing for attention as they giggled and ran up and down the keys.  It's really only awesome if you get full control of the piano, so we passed.  Maybe when we get a quarter of a million dollars, we'll have one installed in our own house, right?
And then we drove back home.  We stopped by Wendy's and tried out there new french fries.  They tasted wonderful to me... but then I LOVE anything potatoes, practically.  It kind of seemed like an In-and-Out fry and McDonald's fry had a baby and Wendy's took it over.  Xan didn't seem all that impressed by them.
We still have  a whole list of things we want to to in NYC: Statue of Liberty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, maybe an opera... I definitely want to hit the Lion King Broadway since its the only Broadway show Xan has said he'd go to,  go to the top of the Empire State Building... so we'll be back again!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ithaca CSA

Yesterday was the first day of the Winter CSA.  I excitedly, and a bit nervously, picked it up and brought it home.  Picking up this box means that I now have a hefty goal upon my shoulders: to use up and learn to cook with ALL the contents of this box.
Here's what I found:  The first half was a bushel of parsley, a bag of turnip greens, an acorn squash, 2 baby bok choy, and a garlic bulb hiding behind the squash.
The rest of the box holds 4 leek shoots, and a variety of potatoes, carrots, onions and beets.
 For dinner last night, I used the leeks and made a chicken and leek cheese bake.  YUMMY!  I ate over half of it myself.  I'll get the recipe up soon.