Friday, December 30, 2011

More Christmas!

Because I have awesome friends, this year we celebrated Christmas week.  That's right ladies and gents, a whole week of Christmas!  Here's how we celebrated the glorious holiday each day:


Sunday
On Sunday we played the piano and sang Christmas carols.  Bryn and I also played a song in Sacrament Meeting together.  So it was a day of Christmas song-filled fun!

Monday
On Monday we went caroling!  Which was so much fun!  I'm not sure if I've ever caroled before in my life, and if I have, it definitely wasn't as good as this night was.  We went around to several of our friends/family's houses in Spanish Fork and sang a few lovely songs to them.  We made people laugh, we made them cry, and we got a few treats along the way.  I'm definitely doing this next year.  After caroling, we warmed up by drinking hot chocolate and watching Elf!

Tuesday
Tuesday was one of my favorite Christmas celebration days.  My friends came and met me at my work, and we got dinner.  Then we headed up to Salt Lake and went ice skating outside at Gallivan Plaza.  Okay, now I am NOT an ice skater.  In fact, ice skating would be pretty far down on the list of things I want to do.  But ice skating outside is a different story.  It was so much fun.  True, I held onto my friends for most of the time.  But being outside in the winter air with Christmas music playing over the speakers... what can I say?  It was magical.  Then we went to Temple Square to watch my sister's choir sing at the Assembly Hall and take some pictures and see all of the beautiful lights.  After we walked outside and got frozen to the bone, we went to Meika's house to drink hot chocolate and watch some good old school Christmas cartoons, like Mickey's Christmas Carol and Small One (you know, the one with the donkey - "Small one, small one, small one for sale"... you don't know it?  Well, look it up on youtube).

Wednesday
Wednesday was my last day of school (hooray!) and we decided to make gingerbread houses, with real gingerbread!  Heather made the peppermint place, completely glazed with karo syrup.  Bryn made a candy cane house.  And I made a colorful candy cottage.  This story really isn't that cool without pictures, and I don't have any, so I might have to update later.

Thursday
Thursday we decided to make certificates and pass out Christmas light awards.  We went up to Lehi because we were playing games at Meika's afterwards.  We stopped by the house in Lehi that synchronizes their lights to Christmas music, and watched it for about 20 minutes.  It was awesome.  Then we gave out some awards to houses that did an exceptional job with decorating.  Some of the awards we gave were: Impressive Rivalry award (two houses across from each other were sporting Y and U lights), Cleverest movie theme award (the Grinch was stealing their lights!), and the best Christmas tree display award. Then we ended the night with some game playing fun!

Friday
Friday was Christmas Adam, so we went up to Meika's (we probably should have just slept over at her house every night) and we had a Christmas Adam party!  We did a white elephant exchange first.  I got a plastic recorder, and I even learned how to play Mary had a Little Lamb all by myself.  One girl got a cup of worms (from my sister) and it inspired her to go fishing.  So she called her dad, and they set up a date for the next morning!  It was a Christmas miracle!  I brought a dog bowl and dog food and the person that ended up with it was the only person who owned a dog in the group.  Another Christmas miracle!  After that we watched Love Actually (edited, of course) which was very cute, and then we cuddled up (and we seriously cuddled... four of us to one mattress.  Little did Heidi and I know that Heather moved off of the mattress in the middle of the night and Bryn took up her space.  So Bryn had half of the mattress to herself  while Heidi and I were squished on the other half of the mattress.), and we fell asleep.  In the morning, we woke up, put on our Santa hats and our best Christmas sweaters, and went to breakfast at Mimi's Cafe.  (Their hot chocolate is sooo good by the way!  Perfect temperature with whipped cream on the top, yum.)

Saturday
Saturday was Christmas Eve! After breakfast that morning, I went and helped Heather paint a nativity puzzle for her sister and sister in law while watching Care Bear Nutcracker.  Then it was time to get ready and go to our family Christmas Eve party.  Every year we go to our Aunt's house and eat dinner, and then Santa comes and gives us an early present.  This year, all of my cousins had other things to do or other places to be, so it was a cousinless Christmas Eve.  It was a little weird with Santa coming, with the youngest one there being 15 years old.  But that's okay, because I love Santa.  We also have a "talent show" each year, which has turned into me and my sister and my cousin premiering our latest music video.  This year, my cousin was working, so we didn't want to premier the movie without her, so we came up with a genius idea to make a trailer for it.  You can watch it here.  It's awesome, believe me.  But then, much to our surprise, she got off of work early!  And made it to the end of the party!  So then we premiered our actual video, which you can watch here.  I think it's one of our best yet.

Sunday
Sunday was Christmas, of course!  I woke up at 5:00 AM feeling nauseous, which is never good.  My brothers and dad came over around 7:00 and we opened our presents.  This year was pretty exciting because our mom got us a surprise present and our major present and then got us a bunch of surprise stocking stuffers.  I got a bunch of fun things like shampoo, a calendar, a iTunes gift card, etc.  And the big surprise was...

Celine Dion!

Not her, exactly.  A ticket to her show in Las Vegas!  I am so freaking excited.  We're deciding what date everyone can go, but every time I listen to "My Heart Will Go On" I get goosebumps all over... well, more goosebumps than I usually get when I listen to it.  It will be super fun.

After that I slept all morning, went to church, and then continued the festivities up at my G-Ma's house.  Thankfully, after I took my nap in the morning, I felt much better for the rest of the day.  It was a Christmas miracle!  But then the day after Christmas, I was sick in bed all day.  But it gave me time to watch all of Once Upon a Time, so I guess there's a silver lining.

Anywho, there is my Christmas week for you!  A very happy Christmas to all of you!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas!

Guys, it's almost Christmas!  Christmastime is here, right now!  It's my favorite time of the year, fo sho, but I wish I wasn't teaching right now and I could just have time off to enjoy the wonderful season.

But alas, I still have two weeks to go.

But that's okay!  Because my friend and I have all of these awesome Christmas plans.  We might have made a list in Sunday school... and it might have been two pages long... 

So far this year I have helped set up our Christmas tree, and we've watched some Christmas movies (including It's a Wonderful Life - I love that movie).  I've drinken... drank... dranken.. drunk... drinked... caramel apple spice and played/sang Christmas music on the piano.  

But I think one of my favorite things I've done this Christmas holiday is played Jingle Bells with my friends.  What?  You say that sounds boring?  Well, let me tell you the whole story.  

Once upon a time (but not really, because this is a true story) my friends and I were playing and singing Christmas songs around the piano.  After hours of fun and merriment, we decided to try our hands at a different instrument.  One that we have never played before.  We decided to each learn Jingle Bells on those instruments and play together in our own band.  So we each learned our instrument from one a little more knowledgeable in that area, and twenty minutes later, we had ourselves a little jam session.  Heather showed us her talents on the cello, Jared was gracing us with his violin skills, Meika was harmonizing beautifully on the flute, Bryn was our wonderful accompanist on the piano, and I tried my hand at the guitar.  We recorded ourselves playing Jingle Bells, and with the exception of the last couple of notes, it was beautiful and Christmas-spirit-inspiring.  Unfortunately, I do not have the video to it, so you'll just have to watch it on my Facebook.  But believe me, it's awesome.

In other news, I have completed my book-reading goal for this year!  I have read 52 books this year, and plan on reading at least 3 more before the year is up!  Wahoo!

Stay tuned!  More Christmas spirit is on it's way!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

October in One Post

I really feel like I should blog more.  Basically because it's something I like to do, and I need more of that in my life.  The problem is that most of the time I don't feel like I have anything to say.  I'm not engaged/married/pregnant/a new mother, like the 99.9% of my other friends who blog.  I'm not even dating anyone.  But who's to say that my life is any less interesting as theirs?  

I think my problem is that I get into the same routine every day so I feel like nothing new or interesting happens.  And lately, I have been having a bit of a hard time, so I kind of close myself off.  But, there have been some good things that have happened at school, so here they are!

I passed a girl in the hall who was in my class last year (and she is one of the cutest girls ever) and she called out to me and said, "Miss Scott!  Guess what?  I'm the president of the Miss Scott Fan Club!"
Score.  I've always wanted a fan club.

My class went on a field trip (on my birthday!) and we watched The Lion King afterward.  I decided to show my students the music video that me and my sister and cousin made about how we spilled ketchup.  We wrote a song called "Can You See the Ketchup Stain" to the song, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight".  So my kids all thought it was funny, and then I sent them to lunch.  When the came back, one boy told me that a girl was eating a corn dog, and she spilled her ketchup on the ground.  Then a bunch of kids broke out singing, "Can you see the ketchup stain?" 
I'm so proud.

I might have let it slip to my class that I'm a little bit in love with Zac Efron (some of them don't even know who he is.  What is this world coming to?).  And for the rest of the day they might have referred to me as Mrs. Efron.  
And I might have just gone along with it.

In other news, I had an awesome October.  First, it was my birthday, so that was fantastic.  Also, my friends and I went to a haunted house almost every weekend.  It's one of my favorite things about Halloween, so I'm sure happy my friends like it as much as I do.  We went to Cornbellies and had fun with all of the activities they had to offer - including getting kicked out of the kid's bouncy house.  We also went to the Haunted Circus, which was kind of expensive, but my goodness, it was so scary!  We loved it!  And then we went to the Haunted Forest, which never disappoints.  I also had a fun time dressing up for my school Halloween party, dressing as glow stick figures and dancing around with my friends, and then dressing up as Greek Goddesses with my friends for a karaoke/dance party (I was Artemis, Heather was Hestia, Bryn was Athena, and Meika was Aphrodite.  Give yourself some points if you know who all of them are).  All in all, October did not disappoint.  Hopefully November will be just as good!

Monday, October 17, 2011

The World According to 2nd Graders

So my kids had to do a project a couple of weeks ago comparing their community with a community around the world.  They had to talk about things like what we eat, how we dress, what are homes and schools are like, and activities we do.  So without further ado, here is what the world is like, according to 2nd graders:

  • In Australia, they wear paint on themselves and the men only wear underwear (only the men thought, the women don't... for obvious reasons.)
  • In Russia, they live in houses made of straw and sticks, and they have tiny schools.
  • In the USA, we eat donuts, pizza, sausage, popsicles, hamburgers, and pancakes.
  • Vietnam people wear cool hats and ride bulls.
  • In Spain, they eat lemons.
  • They like a hundred kinds of sausages in Germany and the kids have to take food and tools to school.
  • In Japan, they don't have doorknobs, only sliding doors.
  • And in Canada, they eat butter tarts.
Yup, that sounds about right.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Autumn Bucket List

Okay, so I always make a summer bucket list of everything I hope to get done in the summer, but I've never thought of creating a fall bucket list until today.  So that's what I'm going to do.  Fall is my favorite season, so it makes sense that I should make one.  So, here it goes:
  • Go to the Haunted Circus!
  • Go to a Haunted Corn Maze! (Anyone know of a good one?)
  • Go to another awesome haunted house!
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Drink warm apple cider
  • Have a cake fight with Heather on Halloween
  • Dress up in an awesome costume
  • Eat until I'm sick on Thanksgiving
  • Have an awesome 23rd birthday
  • Read! Read! Read!  (While bundled up in my pj's and a warm blanket)
Ooh my goodness, this is making me excited.  Welp, I have The Son of Neptune to read, so I'm going to go, but I have an awesome song to leave you with.  Please listen to it.  And love it.  I listen to it about 5 times a day... maybe more.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bad Day

I'm having one of these days today.

Thank goodness I have this to look forward to in 3 minutes:


And this to look forward to in 2 hours:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Happier Times

I can't believe I've only been in school for 6 weeks. It feels like it has been 3 months at least. But, I'm not going to focus on that right now. Let's talk about the rest of my summer. That is a much happier thing to think about. :)

One of the best things I did this summer, if not the best thing I did this summer was going to the Harry Potter midight movie. Guys, this was epic. My siblings and I watched all 7 movies back to back, and then went to see the final installment. We started the first one at about 8:30 the night before, and stayed up until about 1:30 watching the second one. Then I woke up at around 6:00, put on the third one, and slept through the 3rd and 4th ones (they're the worst ones anyway. We weren't missing much). And then watched all of the other ones. We also made some tasty butterbeer, which was de-licious. See this post if you want the recipe for it.


Then we went and waited in line for 4 or 5 hours and made some new friends with the people next to us in line.

And then I cried through the entire movie. Can I just say that I love that my friends are cry babies in movies too? I makes me feel not so embarrassed when I hear sniffling all the way down the row.

Another great thing I did over the summer was I
had a BCF sleepover! These are always so much fun, because basically my cousins are the greatest. We started out by going to the grocery store to get ingredients for our dinner that night. You know you have awesome cousins when they can make going to the grocery store an adventure.

Then we tie-dyed some shirts.

And we made a cousinhood of the traveling shirt. This is one of our greatest ideas yet. We made a notebook and we each are taking the shirt for two weeks at a time, then sending it to the next cousin. We write our experiences down in the notebook, and add a picture to it. We also made up some rules to go with it, such as we cannot eat ketchup while wearing the shirt, but you have to have bacon.


After tie-dying, we rode our bikes over to our G-Ma's house to pick apricots off of her lawn. I have never found apricots so disgusting before.

And then we rewarded ourselves by taking a bike ride to McDonald's for their delicious mango pineapple smoothies. And we did not kill ourselves on the tandem bike, which is a major accomplishment.
And then we came back to make dinner for the missionaries. None of us are big cookers, so it was a risky task we took on, but oh my, it was a mouth-watering dinner. We had a scrumptious salad made by Abby.


We had choice chicken made my Heidi and myself.


We had captivating crepes made by Emilee and Gussie.



And it all turned out super tasty!


Heidi and I were also in charge of setting the table. So we put a nice tablecloth, a beautiful pillow case, and a plastic cup centerpiece, complete with a cup of beautiful plants (...or some may like to call them weeds) which proceeded to fall into someone's drink during dinner. We didn't exactly mean to keep it like that for the missionaries, but our aunt liked it, so it stayed.

Next came the best part of the day, watching a movie in the pool! We decided to watch Princess Diaries because that's our go-to cousin movie. It was super fun, but so cold. So we put towels on top of us, but they ended up getting wet (in a pool, go figure). But it was definitely one of the coolest things I've ever done.


The next exciting thing I did was went to Las Vegas with my siblings and dad. Now, this summer was such a great summer weather-wise. I mean, it rained, but there were sunny nice days as well. And it never got so hot I thought I would melt. But in Las Vegas, it was close to unbearable. I mean, we stayed inside during the day because it was just too dang hot to do anything else. But here is a list of some of the fun things we did:
  • Went up to the new bridge at Hoover dam.
  • Ate at Chevy's! Mmm, I do love those flautas.
  • Got Disney Princess glitter temporary tattoos! (Just Heidi and I did that part... can you see Richie with a Cinderella tattoo on his arm? ... Neither can I.)
  • Went around the strip and Caesar's palace
  • Went to the pawn shop on Pawn Stars... woohoo.
  • Went to a business Costco. So not as cool as a regular Costco.
  • Ate at Cheesecake Factory. Mmm.
And then we came back to St. George to meet up with my mom and we saw Grease at the Tuacahan. We had a jolly good time.

Welp, I think that's it for my summer adventures. Only 154 school days left until I get to start next summer's adventures!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Day 6: Harry Potter heaven, getting as close to Leo as I'll ever get, and the long trip home

Oh my, are we ready to be done? I can't believe it's over!

Day 6 was one of my favorite days. And I will tell you why.

Way back on day 3... or 2... or 4... I bought tickets for a special something. The special something was the Harry Potter exhibition! That's right, Harry Potter!

Guys, it was so so cool. All of these Harry Potter props, some from the last movie that hadn't even come out yet. I mean, it was awesome.

But first things first, we got to the exhibit, and even the entrance was cool.



So then we waiting in line, and then they take you into the exhibit. You're in this closed off room, with all of these tv screens, and they play a montage of Harry Potter clips. Which almost brought a tear to my eye.

Then a wall opens up and the Hogwarts Express is sitting there, with steam coming out of it. I was in heaven by now. Harry Potter Heaven.

Then, they take us to a room with the Sorting Hat. They asked for volunteers that wanted to get sorted. Of course, it's little boys and girls that raise their hands, but my mom egged me on to raise my hand, so I did. And she chose me! So I got sorted into...

GRYFFINDOR!

And then you can go into the rest of the exhibit. They had costumes and props all the way back to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They had all of the offices of the Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers. And they had "hands on" activities. So I got to pull a Mandrake from it's pot, score a goal with a quaffle, and sit in Hagrid's chair. And, I got to see Quidditch robes that Oliver Wood actually wore... ah.

Anyway, it was fantastic. We couldn't take pictures in the exhibit, and I was itching to get my camera out the whole time. That was the only bad part about it.

And, of course, I had a Harry Potter book with me for a photo shot. :)


After the exhibition, we bought a delicious brownie from the Cake Boss bakery. We still had some time before we had to go to the airport, so we went to Planet Hollywood to eat. The best part was definitely seeing Leo's outfit from Titanic.

After lunch it was time to head home. We were the later flight again, so we had to wait around at the airport for what seemed like forever, but we finally boarded our plane and made it home safe and sound.

It was a fantastic trip, and I'm so happy I got to go!

Jen's New York Fact of the Day: Don't try jumping off of a ten-foot light post to commit suicide. It won't work. And the firefighters will show up and put a giant inflatable ...thing... around the pole so even if you try you won't get hurt. And it will cause a hold up. Because people will be trying to take videos and pictures of you. It's just not a good idea.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Day 5: Jalepeno jelly, museum disappointment, and stale cookies

On day 5, I honestly don't remember what I did that morning. I know my mom had rehearsal, but I don't have a clue what I was doing... so, we'll just say I went to the library. Okay, good.

After the library, I met my mom for lunch. They have a Chevy's in New York, which is our favorite restaurant of all time. They don't have one in Utah anymore, so anytime we have the opportunity to go to one, we take it!

The thing we always get there is the chicken flautas. They are heaven on earth, I tell you. And that jalapeno jelly, mm-mm.


After we went to Chevy's it was time for my mom to go rehearse at the Lincoln center. So we went back to the hotel to change, and I drove up with them. Instead of sitting in a boring rehearsal for hours, I went to the Museum of Natural History. And, I'm not going to lie, I wasn't that impressed. A lot of it was under construction or something, but I just wasn't all that into it.
But I guess it was cool seeing the "Dumb dumb want gum gum" guy.


After the Museum of Natural History, I went back to Central Park just to walk around some more.


Then it was time for my mom's concert. The choir was advertised on the board outside the Lincoln Center, which was pretty cool.


The concert was amazing. I'm pretty sure I accidentally sat in the wrong seat. I didn't look at my ticket carefully enough, and just went where I thought the worker told me to. But then some people came right as the concert started, so it was all confusing. They ended up going to a different spot, and I felt really bad, but oh well.

Anyway, back to the concert. They sang a piece called Memorial, which is 25 minutes long, but it was 25 minutes of beauty. I absolutely loved it!

After the concert, we went on a Booze Cruise. Well, they called it a "Dinner Cruise" but that wasn't fooling me.

We had dinner, which was the worst food I had eaten in my whole time at New York, (complete with hard cookies for dessert) and then they had music for dancing and such. At first, we went down to the "quiet deck" but I felt like I was aging 50 years by the second, so I got out of there as fast as I could. Then we went up to the louder deck, and danced the night away. It was actually super fun. A lot more fun than I thought it would be.

Anyway, by the time the cruise was over, it was about 1:00 in the morning, maybe later. So we went back to the hotel to spend our last night in New York!

Jen's New York Fact of the Day: If you decide to talk a walk through central park, wear good shoes. Not flimsy sandals. Your feet will hurt. Really badly.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Day 4: Sketchy bikes, NY pizza, and the Entry-Way to Mount Olympus

Guys! We're halfway through!

Okay, day 4. Day 4 was a Sunday, so we went to church at the Manhattan temple. It's really neat, because it's just right in the middle of the city, but it's a beautiful sight. It was kind of funny, because we were a little lost trying to find where to go. We went on the subway, but didn't know where to exit. Cory, the choir's director, spotted some people wearing church clothes. Then he told everyone, "Let's follow them, they have scriptures!" It was great.

After church, my mom and I went to Central Park. We didn't have too long of a time there, so we decided to rent bikes and ride around the park. As we were walking to the legit bike rental, a sketchy guy came up to us and asked us if we wanted to rent some bikes, and he started talking to us about how we needed to rent from him because it's cheaper and what not. When we asked him where his bikes were, he said his friend would bring them, which made the whole thing even more sketchy. But, we rented from them anyway. I mean, we saved about 15 bucks each. And the bikes were actually pretty good, except for the fact that my gear shift would freak out on me every once in a while.
After the bike ride we went to a place called the Shake Shack, which supposedly has some of the greatest hotdogs in New York. They were pretty darn tasty. I also got a Rocky Road concrete as well, which was de-lish!


Then we had to race back to the hotel because my mom had more rehearsals. I think I took a nap again... or I visited the library again... or I did both.

Anywho, after the rehearsal, my mom and I went took the subway and went to Lombardi's. Before we went to New York, I looked up the best place to get pizza in NY and Lombardi's came up on every site I checked. It turns out Lombardi's is the first pizzeria in the U.S. It was really fun to go there. And the pizza was delicious! But I think I'm a bigger fan of Chicago deep dish pizza. I love me some crust. But, the sauce was extra good. And I don't like pizza sauce, so for me to say the sauce is good means that it was really good.

Right across the street from Lombardi's is a rice pudding place, called Rice to Riches. If any of you have seen Hitch, it's the rice pudding place the girls go to in it, so of course we had to go to it. Plus, I love rice pudding, and Pudding on the Rice left us, so I haven't got it in a while.

After our delicious dinner and dessert, my mom's choir sang at yet another church. This one was by far the prettiest.
Then we walked to the Empire State Building. We passed some sights on the way.


When we got to the Empire State Building, we went to get in line, and let me tell you the line NEVER ENDS! You go in one never-ending line, and then you think you're done, and then you have to go wait in another never-ending line, and then you think "oh, we're finally there", but no, you have to wait in another line.

Anyway, we finally got to the top. It was a pretty cool site to see. I did pay 25 cents to use the binocular things. Totally worth it.



After the Empire State Building (in which you also have to wait in a line on the way back down), we went back to Times Square just to wander around.



And then we went to bed.

Jen's New York Fact of the Day: The way to get to Mount Olympus is from the Empire State Building. As hard as I tried, I couldn't find it. Although, I did wear my Percy Jackson shirt to celebrate. A worker at the Empire State Building first thought I was wearing a... dare I say it, Jacob Black shirt... ugh. But quickly realized his mistake and impressed me with his Percy Jackson knowledge. :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Day 3: Singing Waitresses, My favorite Brit, and Free Wifi

Alright, Day 3. Here we go.

My mom had rehearsals so I had the morning free to myself. I woke up, ate breakfast with my mom, and then went back up to the hotel room, took a shower, then took a nap.

When I woke up again, I got ready, and decided to go exploring. I met up with my mom before I left, and she told me she had gotten a black and white cookie during her break, and told me where I should go get one. I bought one, and it was DELICIOUS! It wasn't what I was expecting, but boy, was it good.



So I went to Times Square to pick up tickets for a very special event... (you'll find out about that in day 6). When I walked back I went to the New York Public Library, which was so pretty. ...And I got free wifi there, so that was a plus. And I went to H&M (why isn't there one of those in Utah?) and Zara.

When my mom got done with rehearsal, we did my absolute favorite part of the trip. We went to see How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring the one and only.... Harry Potter! Oh, I mean, Daniel Radcliffe!



For those of you who don't know, I'm a worry wart. I always get nervous over the dumbest things. So I was super scared that for some reason Daniel wouldn't be there, and it would be his understudy, and I probably would have cried during the entire 3 hour production.

So as soon as I got my program, I checked the pieces of paper to see what cast was changed, and thank heavens, Daniel wasn't one of them.

When the play started, there was the overture, and then some scaffolding lowered into the orchestra pit. About a minute later, Daniel Radcliffe was getting pulled up. It was probably one of the best moments of my life. He sang and danced spectacularly. I mean, he could really dance. And he spoke with an American accent really well. There was only one time that I heard some British slip out. And he was so funny! You know that part in HP6 (the movie) when Harry takes the Felix Felicis? And how he was so funny? That was basically how he was the whole play. I couldn't stop smiling the whole time.

After the show we raced over to Ellen's Stardust Diner. If you ever go to New York, you have to go to this place. It is so much fun. So basically the waiters and waitresses at this diner all want to be on Broadway. So as they are taking orders and delivering food, they serenade you. It was super busy and crowded, but super fun.

Then that night my mom had rehearsals again. I honestly can't remember what I did. Probably took a nap. New York makes you tired.

Jen's New York Fact of the Day: They have hairstylists for the mannequins at H&M. This might seem obvious to some people, but I was surprised by it. At the New York H&M, the hairstylist is a gay man. But a very, very talented gay man.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Day 2: Walking, the marketplace, walking, sightseeing, walking, Broadway, walking

Ready for day 2? It's a long one, so hold on tight.

Our hotel was connected to Grand Central Station, so for breakfast almost every day we went down to the marketplace they have there. This might sound weird, but it was one of my favorite parts of the trip. I just loved the different vendors. So the first day I got a pear danish. Pretty much, just because it looked cool. And we got delicious, fresh mangoes! Oo, they were so good. I want some right now.


This was the day we walked and walked and walked. We went sightseeing, and we ended up walking 10 miles. Woo-ee!

The first place we went to was the Statue of Liberty. On the way there was a park (I don't remember what it was called) that had a statue that they salvaged from one of the World Trade Centers. Peerrrtty cool.

So we finally saw the Statue of Liberty. It was an overcast day, which made for really cool scenery.


My mom's choir sang at the base. My favorite part of the choir singing at the different sight-seeing spots was watching the reaction of the people watching. Like at the Statue of Liberty, there was the old Asian man that had this huge smile on his face and was loving every second of it.


Then we stopped of at Ellis Island, watched a cheesy, but informative play about Emma Lazarus, and took some pictures.


And is it bad that pretty much all my mom and I could think of while we were at Ellis Island was Hitch? So we took a picture at the place where they looked at the book with the names in it.


Then the choir sang again.


Then we walked and walked and walked and walked. We went to Ground Zero and a couple of different churches that the choir sang at. My feet were hurting by now.



And to end the day, I went to my first ever Broadway play, The Lion King! It was so so so so good. I had to get my ticket later than the rest of the choir, so I sat by myself. But it was a pretty darn good seat. I was right in the center and only 5 rows back. I could see all of the actors faces and everything. I loved it. (Although I could have done without the crazy, drunk, fighting couple next to me. The boy was swearing his head off at the girl one minute, and then sobbing and telling her he loved her the next. All the while she was punching, slapping, kicking, and hitting him, and she ended their relationship on Facebook. So if that doesn't make it official, I don't know what does.)

And then we went to bed.

Jen's New York Fact of the Day: The subway system is really quite easy once you get a hang of it. Believe me, when I first went through it, I felt a bit like Mr. Weasley, but by the end of the trip, my mom and I could navigate it like pros.