So my friend Abby came in for the weekend and we had a great time. We've been cyber-friends for years, having met through attachment parenting circles, but it was our first time meeting in person. I was, uncharacteristically, completely childless - my daughters were with their other mother, visiting their grandfather and Doran was visiting a friend in Toronto. Abby and I of course talked about kids, but about lots of other stuff, too: literature, politics, movies, theatre, education, etc.
We basically had one day plus two evenings/nights, since Abby was traveling on Friday and Sunday. She arrived Friday right after work and we had a nice low key evening of dinner and gabbing. Saturday morning we got up fairly early and had breakfast in a bagel shop, then headed into Manhattan. We shopped at Century's then headed uptown via bus, so I could point out some sites along the way. We spent most of the afternoon wandering around Central Park, covering the Sheep Meadow, the Dairy, Wollman Rink, the carousel, etc. Then some more shopping and wandering, ending up in the theatre district. We had a fun dinner at Ruby Foo's and then saw Chicago. We had really good seats for cheapo tickets and we both just loved the show! Abby left Sunday morning. I was sorry to see her go, but glad we had a little time together and hope we'll do it again.
I had already planned on extending my weekend a day to spend it with rpics and her extended family at their beach house on Fire Island. I love Fire Island! It's geographically very close to the city but it feels a million miles away, partly because it's kind of a production to get there (train or bus or car then ferry) and partly because no cars are allowed. It's so lovely to be somewhere where everyone gets around on foot or bicycle, and where luggage is transported in little red wagons. I had fun catching up with the Banta clan and reveled in the beach, the waves, the water. Jelly fish are plentiful this year but I managed to avoid being stung and spent a long time in the waves. And a long time gabbing on their lovely deck, as well, where we saw a cardinal, something I rarely get to see.
I took the ferry back just in time to watch a spectacular sunset. Thank you, rpics and family for a lovely day, rounding out my mini-vacation nicely.