new york and the new year
Monday, January 02, 2012
we had a glorious family trip to NY. stayed with an old friend whose daughter is kind of a big sister to mine (both being only children) and spent the holidays up in Hastings on Hudson with my sister and her husband.
saw lots of old friends that i don't keep in close enough touch with (10, actually, mostly but not all friends from when I worked at Legal Aid representing juveniles from 76-81. my, that was long ago).
spent quality time with my sister, including a 4.5-mile run on Christmas Day, a profitable shopping trip, a walk on the Highline, dinner on Xmas Eve, Xmas Day, our anniversary, another at their favorite local restaurant, plus the jazz evening described below).
visited museums: MOMA, the Met, the Frick. among other favorites, we saw 7 Vermeers (one of DH's very favorites), a spectacular Renaissance portrait exhibit at the Met that justified saying From Donatello to Bellini by borrowing Donatello's gilded head of San Rossore from Pisa, Matisse's Red Studio & Piano Lesson & Notre Dame (the Dance was unfortunately out on loan).
went to Lincoln Center 3 times: the Brandenbourg Concertos with the Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra (Wonderful), Balanchine's Nutcracker (as DH said, how could Tchaikovsky and Balanchine together not be great?!), and Wes Anderson at Jazz@Lincoln Center (Dizzy's Club)(also Excellent).
bought fitness goodies: CWX running tights, a long-sleeve running shirt (and a short-sleeve one that says on the back, I may be slow but I'm lapping everyone still on the couch), 2 running bras that fit, 2 new pairs of running socks, Oesh running/walking shoes that i love (at least for walking), a great medium resistance band (with the right handles and a door handle), Coach Nicole's new video, the Galloways' running book for women, and (not sure this counts) Haruki Narukami's book about running (also running sweats & running shoes for DH who says he's going to take up running too).
bought clothes that fit: sweaters, bras, and a nice coat on sale. at the discounted Eileen Fisher Lab Store we went to, i was unfortunately slightly too large for the small pants, although way too small for the medium. will get a nice skirt & a nice pair of pants here when the sales start in the next 2 weeks.
ate wonderfully, albeit a bit too much. ok, i gained 2 kilos, but they'll come off soon, and we were eating celebratory meals with friends and family, all squeezed into 12 days ... most of my choices were relatively wise, and everything was delicious. no garbage calories. and a fair number of ideas acquired for healthy delicious meals.
mostly only my sister took pics, and mostly of us, not NY (she took and cropped my lovely new profile pic). the anniversary photos with me in my wedding dress have been posted already.
and now back to making 2012 even more wonderful than 2011. plans for controlling work will be the subject of an upcoming blog (if i can lose almost 70 lbs, i can control my work flow to prevent all-nighters, minimize stress, etc, right?). maybe a HM in my future (but maybe not).