Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Little Moments - February 2014

February was filled with a lot of early mornings spent covering snowstorms. This particular day I learned what freezing rain consists of. I would be fine never experiencing that again. At this point, I was living off of hot chocolate and strawberry donuts.

My photog, Tim, was a saint and dug out multiple cars that had gotten stuck that morning. 

More work days spent in a New England winter wonderland that seemed to never end. 

We had a few athletes in our area make it to the Winter Olympics. We covered some of the watch parties. 

When Con and Shelb were visiting they stood in line for Jimmy Fallon tickets. I met up with them and low and behold, my friend Cath and her family were standing right by them in line! Crazy coincidence! 

My favorite skyscraper on a cold night. I had just met up with Scott for a quick Saturday night dinner at our go-to Schnippers. He had to run back into the office after but we learned to cherish those quick meet-ups that month. His hours were crazy town and I rarely saw him. I'll never forget one morning, I woke up to my alarm at 6:00 AM and realized Scott wasn't in bed. I heard a rustling at the door and soon learned he was just coming home from work. I left 20 minutes later and thought to myself, "This is not normal." He would sleep for two hours and then have to head into the office and do it all over again. That happened a few times that month. I can laugh now but it was not fun. 

I had been doing my longer training runs outside in the snow. I'd heard the Hudson River Park was probably the most plowed -- but it was still an icy mess. 

To overcome seasonal depression, scarf one full sleeve in a 10-minute sitting. Cured! Big thanks so my heaven sent mother who knows just how to send sunshine through mail! 

I walked pass the Ukrainian Embassy and saw this makeshift memorial during all of the unrest in Europe. 

A Kenz and Ky date while our husbands worked. We ate at The Place and then got our famous reflexology massages. Man, am I beyond grateful for dear friends who understand long hours and crazy schedules. 

That blue sky and sunshine sure had me believing spring was right around the corner. Psyche! 


Cub Scouts Blue and Gold Banquet

I was in charge of planning our ward's Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet back in February. I had maybe attended one banquet for Connor years ago but had no idea what I was doing. I was pretty overwhelmed and often complained about the process. I know right, pathetic. 

Kels was a champ and made the journey to Costco and Target in East Harlem with me. We shopped for all of the party essentials and then took a cab home. 

I was in charge of the food and another leader did the decorations. The day of the event, I hauled my loot up to the church and couldn't help but laugh at this image -- our sweet doorman, George, helping me hail a cab with all of the food and supplies. Only in New York. 

I went back and forth on what to do for the food but ultimately, decided hamburgers and hot dogs would be the easiest. Wrong. Little did I know, you can only "warm" things up in our church kitchen and are not allowed to actually grill/cook. So there I was, outside the church, with a griddle and crock pot in hand trying to catch a cab during a shift change on a freezing afternoon. I couldn't for the life of me grab a taxi so I had to haul my load on the subway. It was here that the curse words started flying. Suburbia never looked so good. Where was my minivan when I needed it? Scott could sense the stress in my voice as I called to have him meet me at the subway station to help carry the load the rest of the way home. If I suffer, we all suffer. To add fuel to the fire, literally, I almost burned our apartment building to the ground grilling up 10 turkey burgers, 25 hamburgers, an 30 hot dogs all in our cubicle sized kitchen. One hour later, I was racing back to the church, this time in a cab, minutes before the event started. 

We ended up having a great turn out and the boys did an awesome job with their skits. They were all pretty proud of their awards and accomplishments which was by far the best part. We have some incredible cub scout leaders who really put a lot of heart into their weekly activities. I think we were all pleased with how things went. 

Just before the banquet started, my dad sent me a sarcastic "Praying for you" text message. I couldn't help but laugh and realize how ridiculous my complaining had been throughout the whole thing. Embarrassing, I know. I learned a few things during this process. First, I have a huge, new-found appreciation for the youth leaders I had growing up. And next time, we're ordering pizza. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Valentine's Day 2014

Valentine's is always such a welcomed holiday in the dead of winter. Looking back, this year's Valentine's Day wasn't too different than last year's. I had to sleep in Connecticut the night before because I worked a dayside shift and had a quick turnaround for morning live shots. We were at the Stamford Train Station talking delays during the morning commute.  

We asked people if the delays were going to ruin any of their big Valentine plans. During one live interview, a commuter told us he was going to hand out Valentines from his young daughter to co-workers that day. He gave me one his daughter's darling cards on air and it made for fun TV. Thanks, Violet Eloise, for brightening our freezing morning. 

I think I fell asleep on the train ride home only to hit up Magnolia's Bakery at Grand Central for some yummy treats. 

When Scott got off work we made our way to West Village for dinner at Bar Pitti. The food was good but I was pretty disappointed with the service. The waiters didn't give us much time to look at the menu and were quick to get us out. They weren't packed for a Friday night so I was confused why they were rushing us. We had a good laugh over the it.  

We ended love day with a cozy night in eating banana pudding and watching a movie. I think it was our first date in awhile and I was so grateful we got to spend the evening together and just catch up on our lives. Thanks, Scott Maddux, for being my forever Valentime. 

Matilda the Musical

We made the most of Con and Shelb's last night in the city. I worked a bunch during that cold week but was so happy to come home and meet up with them for one fun activity after another. They walked right into Shubert Theatre minutes before curtain and got great seats for Matilda The Musical. I was a little late but only missed the opening song. The musical started in London a few years ago and made its way to Broadway in 2013. Since then, its won multiple Tony Awards. To say we were blown away by this production is an understatement. It's simply incredible. The music is catchy, the set is unbelievable, and the young actors are insanely talented. The highlights for me: the choreogrpahy during "School Song" as the kids climbed the letter blocks and of course, the big finale when the kids stand on top of their desks singing "Revolting Children". When Brucie takes the mic for his big solo I was crying happy tears. Needless to say, Matilda is magical! Go see it! It's easily in my Top 5 now. Musicals leave me on cloud nine just extremely happy to be alive. We saw four shows in six days. It was really hard to say goodbye to my Broadway buddies. We ended the night with Shake Shack for dinner and then Max Brenner's for dessert. I put these two in a cab the next morning and tears ran down my face as I watched them drive away. They came to visit at the perfect time. It was a rough winter and Scott and I were both working crazy hours. I didn't realize just how much I needed to see family until they left. Thanks, Con and Shelb for letting me play third wheel all week. It did my heart a whole lot of good.  


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Momma Mia!

To continue our Broadway Tour: one weekend night, I blitzed back to the city from work to meet these guys at the Broadhurst Theatre for Momma Mia! They scored cheap tickets again and we had such great seats. Connor and I saw the production in London years ago, but this was Shelb's first time. I forgot how many songs they sing in this musical! It's one ABBA hit after another. I love this show because it's extremely upbeat, energetic, and just a feel a good time. The cast was hilarious and I thought our Donna and Sophie were way talented. After the show, it was still snowing a bit so we took a cab over to Patsy's for some late night pizza. A true New York night with my favorite visitors. 


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cinderella on Broadway

When we didn't get into Late Night with Jimmy, we headed to Broadway for Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella. None of us had seen it before and these college co-eds were able to get two tickets each with their student IDs. Talk about a steal! The best way to see a broadway, in my opinion. Scott made it in time for act two, phew! Carly Rae Jepsen was our Cinderella and Fran Drescher from the TV show "The Nanny" was our evil step-mother. I was pleasantly surprised by both! Carly Rae held her own and Fran's famous voice was hilarious. The music was fun and the set was really neat. I think the most memorable thing was Cinderella's ball gown -- she went from rags to riches in a few twirls! Afterwards, we hit up Shake Shack for concretes and called it a night with the tune of "In my own little corner, in my own little chair, I can be whatever I want to be," still stuck in my head. 

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