Erin Virginia

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Monday, January 11, 2010

New York City, 2010

Sean and Bonny flew into Logan Airport late last Wednesday evening. It ended up being a late night catching up, but I still managed to drag myself to work the next morning. We made a big seafood meal of crab and salmon Thursday night (first time making crab for us).
Friday morning, we drove three hours to New York City. Prices are great on hotels right now, so we booked a nice place that took dogs. Greta totally mucked up Bonny's black coat with gobs of white fur on the drive - I wish I had taken a picture. NYC weather was cold and blustery, so we did most of our sightseeing from the car: quick trip past Ground Zero, Trinity Church and over the Brooklyn Bridge and back. We did of course all eat the requisite hot dog.

Bonny is skeptical of Sean's touch-ups on her table drawing
Here we encounter again the inevitable problem of getting Chris to smile for pictures
Saturday, we did a little shopping along Canal Street, and then Bonny and I stood in line in Times Square for an hour at the half-price ticket booth. We had to take turns running into into nearby stores to warm up. She bought us tea on one trip, and I bought us extra socks on another. But all ends well. We wound up with four 40% off tickets (great seats) to Phantom of the Opera that night. Before the show, we walked through the Museum of Modern Art and saw some wacko art and a few famous paintings such as Water Lilies by Monet, Starry Night by Van Gogh and Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth. It was especially neat to see the Wyeth paiting since Sean and Bonny have a framed print at their house and didn't know the original was at this museum.

Starry Night and Christina's World
We ate sushi at a Japanese restaurant right before the show. Not until after we left the restaurant did we realize that one of the servers had spilled soy sauce on Chris' dress shirt. Phantom of the Opera was wonderful. I've seen the movie, but it surely doesn't do justice to the opening scene when the chandelier lights up and swings to the ceiling in a torrent of organ music. Bonny especially was excited to see the show since she used to listen to the music as a little girl.

Desperately trying to catch a cab
Heading out of the "Music of the Night" and into The Phantom of the Opera
(I hope somebody gets my joke)
Greta's endless infatuation with herself
Bonny took some of these pictures, and I shamelessly stole them (thanks, Bonny). We are all back home now and into the dreariest days of winter. Chris started school today - mine resumes next week.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Home Again

We put just over 3,000 miles on the Saab this Christmas. We set out early on December 23 and drove straight through to Lafayette, with only minor delays from snow off the Great Lakes in New York and icy rain in Indiana. We had a half day with Rob, Allison and Lilly before they flew back to MN on the 24th. During our four days in Indiana, we spent time with both sides of the family (Leckrone and Pettet) and just with each other. We took a snowy midwestern walk one day down by the banks of the Wildcat Creek, and we also took a drive through a snowstorm. Chris and I gave Katie nunchucks for Christmas. Nice, right?
Driving in an Indiana snowstorm
We drove to Minnesota on December 28 and opened gifts with my parents and Jamie and the girls. The next day was the McRoberts' gathering. Varsana and Malia stayed overnight at my parents' on the 29th, which was fun. Chris taught Malia how to play the opening sequence of Fur Elise on the piano while Varsana texted non-stop on her phone. We also saw the new Sherlock Holmes movie with my parents.
We rang in the New Year at Allison and Rob's house and then drove to Chicago to spend the night with Sean and Bonny. Chris and I broke up the drive back and spent one night in Cleveland. We hit snow and blustery winds most of the drive from Cleveland to Boston, which took us almost 12 hours to cover 650 miles. We fell asleep in front of the TV when we finally got home.