Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


New York City Trip #1 (Part 1)

Mr. E and I have two family-related trips to NYC this month, just two weeks apart. Yikes! The first was over the Mother's Day weekend, when we gathered with about a dozen other folks from my Uncle's side of the family to see "Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway. My cousin G's daughter, S, is a performer in the show, and J helped to organize the plans and gathering for the Samuels and Washburn clans, including Mom, Mr. E & me, and J & B & C. Our next trip will be the weekend of the 22nd for my cousin P's wedding, where we'll get to see a bunch of the Parker folks.

Thursday, May 5 - Sac > NYC
Mr. E returned from his 10-day trip to Shanghai and Taiwan last night, so he was definitely feeling some pretty major jet lag as we set off this morning on our cross-country flight to Newark via D.C. After checking into our hotel, the Doubletree Metropolitan in Midtown, we popped into a yummy salad shop next door for dinner, and that about wrapped up our long-ish travel day.

Friday, May 6 - The Met, Hanging with Mom & C, Strolling at Night
Despite the rainy weather, we ventured out to a nearby Starbucks for "second coffee" after enjoying the breakfast buffet at the hotel. Then down into the subway for a few stops to avoid getting too soggy on our way to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I had read about a special exhibition of work by Elizabeth Vigee Le Brun, a talented and prolific 17th-century painter who made her living with her art and was particularly tied to Marie Antoinette. I first saw her work when I lived in France in 1995 and have always loved her realism and style, so I was really excited to see so much of her work gathered together.

We also were lucky enough to catch the second day of an amazing exhibition, Manus x Machina, focusing on haute couture and pret-a-porter and the various skills and artistry associated with designing and constructing these pieces, which are truly works of art. I'm so glad that non-flash photography was permitted!

Mr. E had to take a conference call for work @ 6pm, so I walked over to meet up with Mom & C at The Archer Hotel. J & B headed out to dinner and "Hamilton." I eventually got take-out from the Panera just around the corner for Mom and me. And by the time Mr. E joined us, we bid our farewells and good-nights to Mom and C.

We decided to walk back to our hotel, since the rain had ended, and we chose a route to take us through Rockefeller Plaza. About a block or so from our hotel, we also noticed a multi-colored lit-up building, though we still don't know which building it is!


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