June 30, 2009

Things you should always have in Manhattan or our first taxi ride

Oh, the magical world of real life! We have not tuned in on the cues of weather. And , alas, we paid for it. Literally. Out of all the thousands pieces of advice we received, we have not heard anything about the weather ATTITUDE
The morning started nice and early. We were out of the apartment by 7 am, since I am gone all day long, I like to feed Yeva right before I leave for as long as she wants to ( and she WANTS to) 
The morning was perfect : sunny, blue skies, warm... I took a lunch break : we had splendid time together : beautiful afternoon. Kids headed back for the park as I went into a sunny studio... 30 minutes later a HEAVY downpour was flooding the streets of Chelsea neighborhood of NYC. And it continued to be so even at 6 pm when I was done. By 6:45 it was clear that the rain was NOT going to stop, and while we WERE smart so bring 2 umbrellas, we also were smart enough to understand that it is NOT enough to cover all of us for the 35 minute walk back home. I went back in my memory to the first day in NYC when we bought a stroller, and a suggestion of a salesrep to purchase a raincover, to which we answered : " Oh, later..." He looked surprised, but didn't press, and we were SO PLEASED with ourselves that we "didn't give into the temptation" of a "not really needed " object. We figured : small rains, not a big deal, a stroller hood would be plenty, a couple of umbrellas - we are all cool. Well, we learned : IN ROME DO AS ROMANS DO. Everyone carries umbrellas or raincoats. We didn't really have either. And little guy fell asleep on the stairs of my studio ( well, what else to expect if a little luvbug had to get up at 4 am UT time, he's still jet-lagged), and we didn't bring maya-wrap... Soo... We ended up getting a taxi. Justin had a lot of fun hailing down a cab. And then stuffing all 5 of us in the back seat. And then putting a stroller that is MADE FOR WALKING into a cab's trunk.  And then putting all the 1 000 000 bags that we had in the stroller in the same tiny trunk. And THEN... bobbing for 20 minutes in the end of the day traffic where it would take us 3o minutes to WALK (but it was raining , so we were justified). SOOOO... Going back to "IN ROME, etc ..." , tomorrow, we are going back to the store and BUYING the raincover. ALWAYS carrying enough umbrellas and/or raincovers ( I am actually observing that people here have HUGE umbrellas, maybe , I'll get one of those too). And... I am actually going to invest in a pair of flats. Crazy, isn't it? But... the truth is, that when it is raining here, you are getting very wet. So, might as well ruin a cheap pair of shoes. I am noticing that flats and flips are the most popular styles...

PS. We now know that we DEFINITELY DON'T want to own a car here. Ok with us... We never really were fans of personal transportation...


  1. Looks like I've missed out on a lot since I've been in Thurday group. How long are you in New York? What are you doing there? I'm so happy you are having so much fun :) Love you!

  2. thank you! We've had some amazing changes. email! we'll chat!

  3. What a wonderful turn of events for your family--you will love New York. John's brother lives in Manhattan and loves it very much.

    Yes, the food is amazing, and so are the people! We will miss you, but I truly believe that some of life's best choices are made when you just dive right in and don't hesitate.

    We have moved 3 times this year, and I don't do the moving sale thing--we give it away. Our philosophy is that blessings are worth more than money. It has always worked out for us.

    I am looking forward to reading the blog to hear about your life in New York.

  4. Thank you, Misty! We ARE going to miss YOU. We just thought with Justin how blessed we are with wonderful friends, and now we are away. BUT. I hope we can keep in touch. I hope that your store keeps growing, as it is absolutely the best in Utah. It IS. there is no better one. And for you , my dear Misty - I hope that each day gets better and better, with the Angel being by your side every minute.
    This is our 11th move in 7 years. Crazy, isn't it? But I figure since there is lucky 13, we are close. :) I usually give stuff away as well. This time we can only take clothes and books ( I refuse to leave my books anywhere :)) , and since apartment is unfurnished ( most of them are) we need to buy replacements here. So, that is the reasoning behind it. :) I , too, believe that it is much more valuable to help others by giving away. And so we will :) We have WAAAAY more then we could keep here, so I hope it does people good.


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