Monday, January 26, 2009

Rigoletto Opera

Em and I have seen a lot of Broadway plays - and they are so much fun and we absolutely love them. But lately, we have not been that impressed with the selection (we have seen all the shows we want to), we have decided to branch out. As you may have noticed, we have been trying to spend some time at the Lincoln Center feasting upon classical culture and music. We have been to the NY Philharmonic, Met Opera, and Ballet - and we absolutely LOVE it.

Tonight, we had 2 tickets to the Opera Rigoletto! It was incredible. Em and I really really enjoyed it. It was actually Emily's favorite opera so far. We had a great night, and had a ton of fun.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns

Emily is the best wife ever and gave me the coolest birthday gift ever ... 2 tickets to the Phoenix Suns vs. Knicks at Madison Square Garden. It was SOOO much fun! Everyone knows how big of a Suns fan I am, so you know this is my dream. It was fun to see the Diesel, Stoudemire, Grant Hill (he drinks Sprite), and of course, Steve Nash. It was interesting also to see the interaction with their old coach Mike D'antoni. Although the Suns did not play well and lost, it was fun to be there and to watch the game.

Thanks Babe! I love you! What a great night.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Robbie!

On Jan 10, I turned 26 years old. It is kind of hard to believe - I still feel like a teenager. My day was interesting. In the morning I went to a YM training (Little Philmont - presented by Brother Burgess, 1st Counselor in the General YM Presidency). After I got home, we signed a lease for a new apartment since our current lease expires on Jan 31. We are staying in our same building, moving just 2 floors down, with the exact same view we currently. It is a only slightly different than our current place - but we are really happy about it.

After this, I had to study for the CPA exam, because on Monday, I had the Regulation exam. But, we have decided to celebrate January as birthday month. On Jan 21, Em and I are going to see the NY Knicks play the Phoenix Suns! It should be awesome! It was a great day. Happy Birthday to me!

Happy New Year

We had the absolute coolest New Year's Eve ever!! It was a dream come true. Ever since Em and I moved to New York, we talked about how we have to go to and experience New Years actually down in Times Sq.

There were a few problems with this dream though: 1) New York in December is freezing. 2) You have to show up 6 or 7 hours early, because they actually have little metal caged areas (called pens) where you just have to stand and wait. No bathroom breaks. No dinner breaks. Nada.

But, as most of you know, Emily works for Edelman PR there in Times Sq. As it turns out, her building is literally across the street from where the ball is dropped (she works at 43rd and Broadway - across the st from the Nasdaq sign). Her office is moving this year down to Tribeca, so they decided to have a New Year's Eve party. So that is what we did. We were able to stay indoors, look down upon the crowds from the 20th - 30th floors. The party was catered, and even had a couple of Rock Band sets. So we were able to rock out while we waiting for the big drop.

It was fun to look down and see Dick Clark's stage, and to see where Anderson Cooper was. Every hour, they hold a mock 10 second countdown. It was fun to count down every hour. We were actually really lucky to be able to stay at her work, since New Year's Eve was unusually cold this year. It was like 15 degrees with a frigid wind.

At 11:45 - we decided to go outside and join the party. I mean, we couldnt celebrate New Year's in a building, we needed to be on the streets with all the people. It was fun waiting, with all the energy and enthusiasm. But, it was freezing, so I think we could only handle about 10 min, then we had to take cover. There is a full 60 second countdown while the ball drops, and everyone is just screaming and jumping once the New Year hits. It was so electrifying and so much fun. It was a dream come true!!


Christmas in San Fran

Em and I spent Christmas in San Fran with Em's family. We flew out on Dec 23rd and came home on Sunday, Dec 28th. We had a family dinner on Christmas Eve, then another one on Christmas Day night. It was so much fun seeing Em's family and spending time with her.

We were very sad to not be able to spend time with the Thornocks, but at least I was able to logon and play multiple Ticket to Ride games with mom, Rick, Mike, Janelle, Tanya, and Bryce. We had a great vacation and it was very difficult to come back to "real life."

Merry Christmas to all!! We hope you had a great holiday as well. Thanks Bob & Carol for allowing us to crash your place for a few days!

Macy's Day Parade

Can you live in New York and NOT go to the most famous parade in the world? Em and I thought no - so we made the plunge and decided to go to the Macy's Day Parade on Thanksgiving morning. It was stunning!! We are so happy that we did it and will never forget it.

It all began with me and Em's dad waking up at 5:30 AM and meeting a few people from the ward. We took the subway to Central Park, and scouted out the perfect spot. We ended up on 68th st and Central Park West (on the Central Park side - a key decision I later found out). We had chairs, blankets, snacks, etc to keep us entertained. The time flew by, and we were extremely blessed with sunny and warm weather. Em and her mom left around 7:50 AM, since the parade began at 9 AM and they knew the crowds would be insane.

Around 8:30 AM, they called, and unfortunately were at 69th st and Central Park West, but on the opposite side of the street. They said that they were completely stuck, and could not move anymore becuase of the massive crowd. The streets were lined with huge metal police barricades. I told them that if they could just get to the barricade, I would get them the rest the way. I hopped the barricades, crossed the street, found them, and like Moses, parted the crowd so that only a barricade was separating us. Carol climbed it, and then Emily followed (no small feat based on their height.) ;) Luckily, we all made it and had front row seats to the Macy's Day Parade.

We had the times of our lives and were so happy to have experienced it. It was fun to see all the floats and balloons. We especially loved Santa Clause!