It is only four more days until Christmas and we have started making lists with all the groceries we still need to buy. Besides that our plans are very easy: cuddle with Arti and Lotti, eat much, open gifts on the 24th, talk to our families on the phone, watch some TV, read a bit, take walks through the City, and mostly relax. We already tried this this weekend and had a lot of fun.
Yesterday we took the subway to Downtown and admired the big Christmas tree in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Then we went up to the top of the One World Trade Center, which we had wanted to do ever since Rich moved to NYC two and a half years ago. We were there just in time for sunset and it was utterly beautiful. Like you can see the magic of City glistening right in the air.
Today we even went to Brooklyn (‘even’ because I hardly ever go there, out of principle) because the House of Yes (a club) hosted a little holiday market. While we thought all things were great and fun, we didn’t buy anything. We are not artsy enough. Or alternative. When we walked through Bushwick, I felt we even dress differently. People there look very cool and alternative – and we look, well, also very cool of course, but like typical Midtown residents. Around the corner from the club we found a great restaurant: Queen does not only serve Mediterranean food, but also a chicken schnitzel plate. And that was exactly what I wanted once I read about it on the menu! Yum! We then strolled through a few second-hand shops before going home.
Now that my Christmas break has officially started, I hope we will have many more days like these. I am keeping my fingers crossed that New York City won’t go into a strict lockdown (yet).
|Watched| Holiday Bake Off, Home Alone 1 & 2
|Read| Wicked Ever After, Dropping Like Pies, Christmas Cupcake Murder, Murder on Cape Cod
|Listened to| Christmas music, Taylor Swifts newest album
|Done| worked, sent the last Christmas packages, enjoyed the snowstorm, went together with Rich a) on Saturday to the One World Observatory and b) on Sunday to Bushwick
|Eaten| pizza, chicken noodle soup, schnitzel, peppermint cake
|Drunk| water, coffee, beer, cider
|Thought| I am quite concerned that I will not get the Covid vaccine in forever as an immigrant
|Been happy| when I walked through the snow-covered Manhattan, and I got to spend so much time with the kittens
|Laughed| we saw a cool plague doctor’s beak mask at the holiday market and I was very tempted to buy it for Rich and send him to work wearing it
|Desired| mostly cozy things and clothes to keep me warm in this beautiful, but cold winter:
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|Bought| a few last Christmas gifts, a cake plate
|Clicked| I want to make some kind of sticky buns or cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning – these look promising: Hot Buttered Rum Sticky Buns; I love these pants: Where Sleek Meets Comfort; this year I also listened to a lot of music from my teenage period so I totally understand why some of these bands are interesting again: No Angels, Monrose und Co.: Wieso faszinieren deutsche Girl Groups der 00er-Jahre heute wieder?