We're back from NYC! I'm too tired and have too much laundry staring me in the face to do a full recap right now, so here are a few highlights from our trip:
Worst smell: The homeless guy who had clearly crapped in his pants just before sitting down two seats behind me at the Delta baggage claim area.
Longest walk: 31 blocks from our hotel to my BIL's apartment in Chelsea.
Best $40 spent: The carriage ride G and I took through Central Park. Red and yellow leaves drifting serenely from the trees, the horse's hooves clip-clopping along -- it was like being inside a film about autumn in New York.
Most expensive cab ride: $18 to get from West 21st and Seventh to 92nd and Lexington.
Most postcard-like sight: The view from the picture windows on the third floor of the American Museum of Natural History.
Most fun had with G: Either the carriage ride or shopping on Fifth Avenue.
Most fun had without G: Seeing Waves at the Duke on 42nd.
Number of friends met up with: Three
Sight G wanted to see that we didn't get to: The Empire State Building
Cheapest meal: $6 for two slices of pizza and two sodas at one of the 2,948(ish) places named "Ray's Pizza."
Most expensive meal: $27 for a grilled cheese sandwich and kids' pasta from the Hilton New York room-service menu.
Most unappetizing restaurant name spotted: "Hot and Crusty"
Cutest dog: My BIL's eight-month-old Corgi puppy, Max. We spent last night at his place, and Max tried to sleep between me and G with his ginormous head next to ours on the pillows. Aww!
Worst "we're screwed" moment: Coming out of the Met at 7:30 at night and discovering that it was pouring rain and there was not a cab to be had anywhere.
Biggest triumph: Figuring out how to get back to our hotel on the bus instead.
Greatest regret: Not staying an extra day.