Monday, April 4, 2011

Gearing Up for a Busy Month! Plus the Concert This Past Weekend and a Day in NYC!

Hey, guys!  Hope everyone's doing great.  I was putting my grad school due dates on the calendar for this month, and realized JUST how busy April will be for me.  Pray for me, please, because this month may very well test my sanity.  I have two conferences for work (both are overnight -- one out of state).  While the conferences themselves aren't the issue, it's the planning for my time away that I'm dreading.  Planning for a substitute teacher is a lot of work, not to mention that I have to plan for my little one while I'm away.  I probably overplan for both, but I'd rather have it that way and not the other.

I have three papers due this month on top of my regular assignments.  One class seems to have doubled up on assignments this month -- the same class that has two papers due.  And it's not the assignments that kill me -- it's finding the time to do them.  

My afternoons/evenings are fully "booked."  I don't do school work.  The TV doesn't come on (unless we have company or my husband is watching it).  I don't get on the computer.  I spend the afternoon/evening with my FAMILY -- mainly my little spunky sweetie, doing everything she wants.  That usually includes the playground, reading, singing, dancing, playing -- all the things she loves.  And when she's playing independently (which seems to happen a lot more as she gets older), I try to keep my house from drowning in clutter.  This family time is the highlight of my day. 

I would LOVE to be in bed by 9:00 every night, but that rarely happens.  Once Mo is in bed for the night that only leaves about an hour to get things ready for the next day, clean (ha), and do grad school work.  That is completely unrealistic, I know, which is the reason I'm lucky if I'm in bed by 11.  And if I am lucky enough to see my pillow before 11, I know that I'll be waking up to a to-do list (that's already never-ending).

Ahhh, my life.  It isn't easy, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

The last few days have been awesome. 

Saturday night we went to a concert at the new Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.  The venue is nice and I'm sure we'll be going back (it's a great alternative to the BJCC).

It was my mom, grandma, aunts, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, a cousin and aunt from DK's side, and our hairdresser and her friend.  We went to see Patti LaBelle and the O'Jays.

The O'Jays were great!  I expected more from Patti (a lot more, unfortunately), but it was still great to see her in concert.  More than anything, that night was super-special because of the time with family.

Earlier in the week, we flew to New York City to watch Bama Basketball in the NIT Championship game!  It was a totally unplanned trip (for me, anyway -- my husband had been joking about it all week -- and I should know to take him seriously by now). 

To make a long story short, I was driving home from from work Wednesday and I get this call from my husband (I was actually out of the classroom that day serving on an panel in a city about 90 miles away).  So he calls me while I'm on the road and asks if I wanted go to NYC because he and his sister had scored some cheap flights through a family friend (and when I say cheap, I mean less than $100 round trip).  Then he told me we wouldn't have to get a hotel room because their cousin Julie was happy to have us stay the night with her.  My only other issue would have been planning for a sub and for someone to keep my spunky sweetie while we were away.  It just so happened that I already had a sub that day who is AWESOME and didn't mind keeping my classes another two days.  And my always-helpful mother-in-law was already staying at our house keeping Morgan because of the panel I had to serve on that day (which had me leaving town before Morgan's school opened that morning and getting back too close to the time to pick her up).  Since so many things were already lined up and working in our favor, I couldn't turn down this trip!  We packed a carryon (which is all we needed for an overnight trip) and were on our way!

Times Square
We rode the subway!


If you look very closely at this picture, you might see the three of us. :)
First-time visitor.

Now I'm not one to entertain myself by going into stores I can't afford, but I couldn't help but snap this picture as we were passing the Cartier store.  This picture does these earrings no justice because they are HUGE.  Danny actually bought me diamond earrings when I had Morgan.  I told him that if I give him another baby, I expect these.  I kid.  I'd be too afraid to wear stones this big!

St Patty's Cathedral
Breathtaking inside.

We did go in Tiffany because I remember from a Chicago trip a couple of years ago that there was actually a floor in Tiffany that had semi-affordable prices.  When I looked at the prices this time, they didn't seem so "affordable" - ha!  Then I remembered that Chicago trip was pre-baby!  My discretionary income has changed somewhat! :)  But it was nice fantasizing about having the necklace here (the smallest one at the very top). 

Morgan wasn't on this trip with us (the first time we've traveled like this without her), but it didn't stop me from thinking about her a lot.  The world-famous FAO Schwarz was a must-see for this mama. And of course the only bags we had on our flight back home were from this very place.

This is an AMAZING toy store that I can't wait for Morgan to visit shen she's older.

Rockefeller Center

Empire State Building (slightly hidden by the fog).

I had to take a pic of this huge post office -- the picture does it no justice.  I hate going in our little post offices here, so I couldn't imagine going in this monster.

Saw this children's center and thought of Mo.  {I later found out this is a division of the public library.  If I'd know this, I would have gone in!  I love public libraries!}

Chrysler Building

Carol's Daughter!  We meant to go in but completely forgot.

What are the chances you'll walk the streets of NYC and run into someone you know?  Pretty slim, I'm sure, but it happened to me!  This is my sorority sister, Akia.  I knew she lived in Harlem but I NEVER expected to run into her.  {It actually sort of happened to us twice since we boarded our plane to find one of Danny's high school classmates co-piloting!  Crazy!}

Here's Julie!  She took care of us. :)

And I saw this beautiful man in the airport the next morning (Boris Kodjoe, if you have no clue).  You expect to see people look less glamorous off-camera, but he actually looks better in person.  He's not as down-to-earth as he is in the movies (at least not to strangers), but hey, he's still nice to look at. {And of course I chose this day to wear a huge sweatshirt and do nothing to my hair!}

Our 24 hours in NYC were awesome -- I can't believe how much we did in one day!  Looking forward to going back and seeing more.

I was happy to get home to my little spunky sweetheart!

Here she is checking out her new toys.

...which were half off (I'm such a shameless bargain bragger).

The best part of this trip -- getting new toys for my monster and watching her LOVE THEM!

Have a great week everyone!

1 comment:

  1. What a fun quick trip to NYC!! You guys are awesome!!


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