‘Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego’ spent the weekend in the city that never sleeps, New York City!! We had European dreams, but spending Andrew’s birthday weekend in the apple was lovely.
We played with friends near swanky Soho, where the bars were eclectic and the weather was right for the open patio air. A welcome relief from the serious humidity in Atlanta. The subway became our buddy, as I typically only travel for work and will spring for a cab. It was fairly easy to navigate…except for that one wrong line off the island.
Saturday morning we got a run in at Central Park. If you follow a few paths, you can find secluded parts around lakes to jog. That was one of my favorite parts of the weekend. We later cheered on USA in the FIFA World Cup at a pub, can we say rowdy? Afterward we walked what felt like all of the Manhattan island, but seeing the different people and attractions helped pass the miles.
And we had quite possibly the best dinner Saturday night at a place we ventured to on the upper West Side. I love Andrew for the fact that we can pick up and go anywhere, we didn’t take any recommendations we simply ventured off to find a restaurant. We stumbled upon a little Italian place where we could eat on the patio, Nonna. They had the most amazing wines. Dinner was outstanding and Andrew even got a birthday song serenade. Truly blessed, beautiful weekend.
Sunday we arrived back in HOT Atlanta early and hit the ground running, well almost literally. Andrew and I went road biking for the first time together and I only had one semi-fall. It was nice going together for a ride. But, the biggest news since “swimming ain’t easy” is that I am a great deal better at swimming!! Fist, can I please say THANK YOU for all the words of encouragement everyone sent. Y’all rock, made my day! It’s like a I had a mini-breakthrough. I picked up a swim cap over the weekend and I swear that thing has magical powers. My stroke, breathing, has greatly improved. I am no longer panicking! I guess it could be because of Meghan’s marvelous tips or the fact that Andrew coached me in the water, but it’s a huge relief. I learned to relax in the water and go slow. It’s like kicking off flip flops, whereas I was swimming like I was kicking off jeans. There was also an article worth reading from Women’s Health magazine, “Swim Your Butt Off.” Useful tips on form. I guess those that don’t run may have this same feeling when trying the sport. It’s overwhelming, but when things click it’s the sweetest reward. Don’t get me wrong, I have major strokes before I am decent:)
And in closing. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDREW!!!!!!
What did y’all end up doing this weekend?! And what was one way someone made you feel extra special on your birthday? (taking hints here people:)