Friday, December 26, 2008

New York, Etc.

I can't believe it's been almost two weeks since we last posted. I guess we've been kind of busy. I'll try to give a brief update of what's been going on. Last Wednesday I flew up to Tulsa for a job interview with my company. I've been looking to get into another position for a little while and a good opportunity came up that I went ahead and applied for. The upside is, it's a really good position in a good group with a lot of potential for the future. The downside is, we'd have to move to Tulsa for the job. Being from that area, I at least have a small idea of what moving to Tulsa would be like(although I haven't spent time in Tulsa in over 5 years). On the other hand, Beth doesn't know anything about Tulsa and I think is somewhat nervous about the possibility of us packing up and moving. My little brother and sister go to school at the University of Tulsa and Beth's sister Stacy lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas so we would be close to family and also have friends in the Tulsa area. Besides that, it's a cheap, hour-long flight from Tulsa to Houston so seeing Beth's parents wouldn't be a problem at all. I should know something in the near future and will keep everyone posted.

I got back from Tulsa on Thursday evening and Friday we packed up and flew to New York City. I surprised Beth with a trip for the holidays and we had a great time. Because of the huge snowstorm that rolled through the Northeast, our flight was about three hours behind schedule. It's hard to complain though because a lot of flights were flat out cancelled. We got to New York about 1:15 a.m. and got to our hotel around 1:45. After checking in, we went to bed to get ready for a busy day ahead. On Saturday we just went out with no real agenda. We took the Subway up to Fifth Avenue, did some shopping(and a little more shopping), went to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and walked past the United Nations. It was a lot of fun to see things that we've only seen on tv or heard about.

Saturday night we had reservations at Bar Americain which is one of Bobby Flay's two restaurants in NYC. He's one of our favorite Food Network chefs and although we had to take out a small loan to pay for dinner, the food and atmosphere were great.

On Sunday morning we got up and went straight to Times Square to get in line at the TKTS booth where you get half-priced tickets for that day's Broadway shows. We were lucky that we only had to wait in line for about an hour and ended up getting tickets for our first choice, Spring Awakening. After getting tickets, we walked around a little bit before going to the show. The show, although not completely what we expected, was great. The music was really good and all of the actors did a great job.

After the show we did a little more sightseeing before going to Carmine's for dinner. Carmine's had been recommended to us by a few different people and although the wait was forever long, I'm glad we went. Carmine's is a family style Italian restaurant that has been in New York for a really long time. Below is a picture of our Calamari appetizer. Let's just say that Beth and I didn't eat it all.

On Monday we got up and headed straight to the Empire State Building. We were glad we got up and did that because we only had about an hour total wait to get to the top. When we got done the wait was 3+ hours. After that, we went to Central Park, went down to Wall Street(and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge), walked through Greenwich Village, and ended the night in Soho at a well-known pizza place called Lombardi's for dinner.

Overall, we had a great trip and I'm glad we were able to make it to New York during Christmas. Next time we go maybe it'll be in the summertime when the weather is a little different.

Below are a few other random pics from NYC:

Pics of Ground Zero from our hotel room:

Below is a picture of the front of our hotel on September 11, 2001. It's crazy to think that seven years ago, chaos engulfed the area of NYC that we just got back from. If you didn't see Ground Zero across the steet, you would never know that anything ever happened.

1 comment:

Julia said...

hey, we just caught up with you via your facebook account and blog. Jason and I are in T-town and LOVE it here. We kinda came here kicking and screaming- it was certainly God's plan and not ours- but in retrospect, we are so grateful and it is our home. Jason is in his last year of residency now and we would be totally pleased if we end up here permanently. Let us know if you get the job because we would love to show you around and catch you up on the happenings in T-town. We also have a great church-
Congrats on the wedding by the way! Have a happy new year!
Julia Leinen (formerly Wagner)

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