Spring/Summer in the City 2015

I originally started this post in the Springbut life (mainly work) has been so busy that Spring passed in the blink of an eye and it’s already summer. Anyway, I’ve somehow managed to fit in a lot of fun activities over the past three months or so, mostly on weekends. I usually don’t travel as much during the summer and I take advantage of things to do and see in the city.

I’ve seen quite a few Broadway shows over the past few weeks including Gigi starring Vanessa Hudgens, Skylight starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, An American in Paris, and The Way We Get By starring Amanda Seyfried andThomas Sadoski.

Gigi and An America in Paris were musicals; Skylight and The Way We Get By were plays, but all were very different and very good. I think I was the most surprised by how much I enjoyed Gigi. It could have been because it wasn’t on the top of my list and I bought discount tickets at TKTS pretty late and somehow managed to get front row seats, or it could have been that I really likes the songs, or perhaps Hudgens is very lovable and did a good job. Either way, I was smiling along throughout the show. After seeing both Gigi and An American in Paris, it definitely makes me want to go back to Paris and drink some champagne.

I’ve also tried to stay active. Kevin and I participated in a charity event for a non-profit that one of my colleagues founded that was held at City Row. It was actually a lot of fun. I also enjoyed a nice run in Central Park during the perfect not-too-hot/not-too-cold weather (while Kevin literally rode a Citi bike beside me), and we took an evening stroll through Bryant Park because I needed to get my remaining FitBit steps in for the day. Even though we were both tired, I dragged Kevin out, and it ended up being really pretty and we had a special moment together in Bryant Park.

I’ve even had some visitors. I got to see my best friend Becca who was in town for one night for work. We were able to catch up over dinner and drinks–it’s always so much better having face-to-face time with friends! My mom also came out for the weekend. Kevin was a sweetheart and flew my mom in for the weekend while he was in Boston hanging out with a buddy. It was herfirst time visiting me in New York in over a year and it was her first time ever visiting me without my dad.

My mom had a lot of fun shopping and eating and drinking at different restaurants. Even though we ate at some fancy spots, I think my favorite was actually brunch at Laudree in Soho. It was the first time I had been seated in their outdoor area which was really cute. It was also the perfect weather to sit outside. I love their veggie sandwich, their tea, and of course their desserts, so it was a win-win. It was really nice to have a mother-daughter weekend and show my mom more things I love about this city.
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