Back to school (and work) tomorrow — where did the Christmas vacation go?!
We had a wonderful NY trip this year, in spite of weather and logistical challenges.
LHB has described our harrowing drive through snow, sleet, and freezing rain on the Merritt Parkway through Connecticut, and into the icy slushed-up roadways of New Rochelle. But the welcome was warm and the Halstead house so cozy and Christmassy, that it was easy to hunker down and stay for the night. We felt lucky we had only been on the road from Arlington — the Canadian cousins who arrived later that night had driven nearly 14 hours all the way from Toronto! The night was wild and wet, but we slept snug, then enjoyed a fun and chatty breakfasttime before heading into the city. The B bus was left to vacation chez Halstead, and we had a fun ride to W 109th with Sandy in their Mini. A hearty lunch of chicken soup and bagels with cousin Andrew, and then we headed off for the Met Museum and the Big Apple Circus with Charlotte.
From the Mixed Up Files tour to the history of the Big Top… what a fantastic day!
In addition to tracking Claudia and Jamie around the museum, Andrew’s big nose fixation, and the incredible Roentgen collection of clocks and cabinetry, we made our annual pilgrimage to the Met Christmas Tree. More over-the-top extravagance with the famous Italian – sorry, Neapolitan! – nativity and angels.
Friday we were back at Lincoln Center for our 3rd Nutcracker of the season — what a treat to experience the original NYCB production that inspired all the rest. A gorgeous afternoon at the ballet with Charlotte, Sadie, Mina, and Juliana, and then GHB and I braved the crowds to make our way over to Radio City and Rockefeller Center.
LHB opted for quiet teatime and dinner prep with Charlotte. A festive and happy meal with everyone together and the B bus gals stayed up late playing Apples to Apples with the college girls – very exciting!
More bad weather forecast for Saturday, and we had tickets for HARRY POTTER: THE EXHIBITION. GHB and LHB were captivated by this meticulously curated show of costumes, staging, and props from the films, and we spent nearly 3 hours studying Hogwarts arcana. Although the weather wasn’t that bad in Manhattan, we decided not to start the trek home, since most of it would have to be done in the dark, and MA was getting substantial snow. So we were in NY for an extra night, which meant a massive slumber party at the Bergen/Hale residence, and a bonus brunch the next morning joined by the Halsteads. We felt very lucky indeed to be so warm and well looked after.
Hitched another ride back out to New Rochelle and reunion with the B bus. Aiming to be on the road by noon, and we came very close to that, thanks to Sandy’s knowhow and quick intervention…. as (bad) luck would have it, the B bus needed a jump start from a friendly Pilot!
Arrived back in A-town by 4:00 Sunday and further confirmed how bad it would have been if we had tried to return in the middle of Saturday night. The plow guys had done our driveway that morning, but the B bus would have been stuck in a midnight mess if we hadn’t waited.
We have about 8″ and it’s our first real cold snap, so nothing is melting. We headed out to the sledding hill at McLennen on Monday morning, where we found friends aplenty and super-fast icy conditions.
The New England wind is arctic this week. The sparkle and glow of our NY memories will help keep us warm! Happy New Year from the B bus.