Had a fun and active Labor Day weekend.
ES was in town. Friday night we met up with SB for dinner, the last time the three of us would be able to hang out in a while. I can’t believe we’ve been friends for so long – ES and I since senior year in high school, and SB and I since freshman year of college. I think ES and SB met sophomore year, and of course hit it off instantly.
The next day ES and I tooled around the city. I was planning on being all efficient and running errands, but the weather was so nice, I wanted to do something fun instead. We slept in and took our time getting out of the house. There’s this mural on Houston Street that I’ve been wanting to photograph so we stopped there first.
Next up was lunch at Cafe Colonial. Sometimes it’s stupendously crowded, but it wasn’t too bad that day. I got the cowboy rice:
It was really tasty but overpriced at $15.
We decided to head downtown to ride the Staten Island Ferry, which neither of us had ever ridden before. We caught what I thought was the 1 downtown, but suddenly it was an express and before I knew it we were in Brooklyn. Oops! We got off, hopped the next uptown, and got off at Wall Street. ES had never been there before so it was cool to walk around.
It seemed everyone had the same idea about riding the ferry. When we got there, the waiting area was packed.
I thought the boat couldn’t possibly fit all of us, but it did with room to spare. Most people were crowded at the railing, trying to get that perfect picture of the Statue of Liberty or the Manhattan skyline. I was satisfied with just one.
There wasn’t much to see on SI, at least in the immediate area of the ferry, so we just sat by the water till it was time to get back on. This time I stood with ES by the railing, which was fun, except that this one girl kept smushing me with her backpack till I wanted to grab her camera and throw it in the water.
Afterwards we met up with YP and his sister for dinner. We ate at Quantum Leap, this vegetarian place. It was pretty good. I got the vegetable tofu curry stew. The sauce was excellent, but I could have done with more tofu. After we ate, we walked over to Washington Square Park and hung out. It’s really nice now that they’ve taken down the construction.
The next morning ES and I took the train together to our respective parents’ in NJ. I had somehow forgotten everything I was planning on bringing – my laptop charger, my copyedited memoir, my running shoes – so I had almost nothing to do. I mostly read. Then later MB wanted to test out the web cam he had given my parents, so he Skyped my dad. It was funny to see MB on my parents’ giant TV.
Today I caught the 12:43 train back to New York, and spent the day organizing what clothes I’ll be bringing to SF next weekend, what I’ll be donating, and what I’ll be moving to my parents’. Took a little walk to the Container Store to return some crappy ass hangers and get some decent ones. It was a mad house by the way, what with all the students back for the fall.
Now I’m pooped! I woke up semi-early, around 8, and look forward to crashing soon. Ah, how I love to sleep.
Just a few more days till I visit MB in Cali!