Daniel and I went to New York City the weekend before Christmas as part of our traditional vacation-before-the-vacation.  After an abnormally cold bus ride, we made it into the city in the early afternoon.  Our hotel was directly across Central Park and I will forever brag that we got it as a Black Friday deal.

We had tickets to see How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Daniel Radcliffe.  (Of course, we call it Harry Potter Goes to Business School.)  About three hours before the show was set to start, we went out for a walk through Central Park. The night before we had watched Home Alone 2 in our apartment and decided to walk over to where a particular film.  As we walked, Daniel was pretty adamant that we kept going (even though it was freezing cold).  We got all the way over to the lake where he stopped us and proposed.

We walked back to our hotel to tell our family and friends.  We didn’t have much time to chat before leaving for dinner.  Our reservations fell through and it took a bit of walking before we found a restaurant that was open before showtime.  However, we ended up at a great restaurant and had a little exercise.

We were still open to celebrating after How to Succeed and ended up walking into the Algonquin Hotel’s lounge.  Daniel loved the fact that the host asked if we were in for a night cap and the english-major nerd in me loved that we were in this historical building.  We had a toast and stuck around the hotel for at least an hour- pretending that we belonged with all the other patrons wearing their fur coats, top hats, and monocles.

All of the men in the hotel looked EXACTLY like this.

We were finally kicked out after last call but were still awake in the city that never sleeps. Since we hadn’t seen it yet this year, we walked over to Rockefeller Center to see the tree.  Just as we were about to take a picture, we heard the closing credits song to Saturday Night Live.

Jimmy Fallon in a bee suit.  It was actually kind of cool to see a lot of the cast members out there.   We left NYC that Sunday afternoon after another day of adventures in the city.  We came back to California on 12/22/2011 to celebrate the holidays and our news.


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