Walking a marathon in NYC…

by Christine on August 9th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

This weekend a good friend of mine, Peter, and I went to NYC for a relaxing weekend away. We had a hotel reservation and that was it…no plans, no destination, no schedules to adhere to. I love that kind of weekend!  I guesstimated that we walked a marathon over the course of the two days. That’s 2,349 calories burned (walking at a pace of 3.0 MPH)! Poor Pete’s legs were killing him, and my feet were acutely aware that I was on them for two full days. It would have been much, much worse if I were 90 pounds heavier. I remember dreading weekends like this when I was heavier. I knew that no matter what shoes I wore, I would be sore and in blistery and in so much pain.  This trip was so much different. I wore sneakers and although my feet were weary yesterday, I wasn’t in pain. What a great feeling!

On Saturday we checked into our hotel in Midtown, a block from Times Square. We went to check out the new planetarium building. (Pete is an architect, and I used to work for architects, so architecture is one of the commonalities that we both enjoy.)  The new planetarium building isn’t exactly unique (after all, the Apple store is a glass box. And EMPAC at RPI has the suspended/interior theater-in-a-circle thing going on as well) but the building was quite beautiful nonetheless! I bet it’s is amazing lit up at night. I’d love to see the nighttime lighting design sometime.

Afterwards we went to the Guggenheim. I had never been there, and Pete wanted to show me the circular exhibit space inside. It was indeed a really cool floorplan, although the stark, cold whiteness left a little to be desired. Plus, it just kind of felt old and outdated. I didn’t enjoy the art inside — modern/contemporary really isn’t my thing, although they had a nice impressionist exhibit that I liked, but it was a delight to see the building!

We did a lot of walking through Central Park! We walked from one side to the other, then zig-zagged our way down. We saw one of the lakes, the castle, the Bethesda fountain, Strawberry Fields, the Rambles, watched the sunbathers and baseball players in the field, etc. It was a perfect, beautiful day, and we walked for miles and miles!

We “grazed” all day long. We had a short lunch, and I had tomato soup that was so light and delicious! it wasn’t like condensed tomato soup — this was pure and authentic tomato juice, with some cucumbers in it. Unfortunately it lacked calories, so I was starving a few hours later. We found an Italian bistro later, and we had two appetizers: a shrimp dish and some mozerella and tomatos with pesto. Both were delicious!  In the evening we got another fish appetizer, but I didn’t enjoy the fish so I ate a few potato chips. Not healthy, but that’s the way it goes. That was pretty much all I ate all day, but we drank (alcohol) all day long, including a 2-am bender at a few Irish pubs, so I consumed my fair share of calories. It just wasn’t very healthy, you know?

Sunday I wanted to shop a little bit! I had never been to SoHo, so we decided to check it out. I loved Soho! It was a great combination of cute boutique stores and name-brand stores. We went into Hugo Boss and gasped at the $600-for-one-shirt price tags, then dived into a no-name boutique store where shirts were $12. Much more in my price range! I bought some cute headbands with feathers and sparkles, a cheap bracelet, some Lush Karma soap, and two baby presents for my expectant cousin.  I could have shopped more, except that Pete’s legs hurt.  We had lunch at a little bistro and I had the gazpacho soup that was out of this world! I loved it!  We sat for a while in Washington Park and watched the kids play in the fountain. Then we braved the Times Square crowd (there was some Puerto Rican pride parade going on that was INSANE…trying to get our car and get out of there was a nightmare) and headed home.  I doubt I ate more than 400 calories all day yesterday.

On Friday I zoomed up to Lake George (upstate NY) to meet my husband’s company for dinner. My husband works for a great little company. They are small and family-sized, and the boss really cares about the work my hubby puts in. For instance, for Christmas he gave us a 60-something inch plasma TV and a Sonos speaker system w/remote. One day we woke up and boom, there was a ginormous tv! It was just a little bonus, a way to say “thank you” for all my hubby’s work. In the summertime they take a day off to get together, play at the lake house, go for boat rides, etc. This year they did an extreme challenge ropes course (with zip lines, copes course, etc), then played on the lake afterwards. Check it out at Adirondack Extreme Challenge. I can’t wait to try this course myself and see how far I get!

A few short years ago they bought two adjacent properties on Lake George. They tore down the waterfront property and built a house. I don’t want to call it a mansion, but I’d certainly call it a “great house.” It’s in authentic Adirondack style, and it’s absolutely beautiful. My favorite features are the smart windows that know when it’s raining and automatically close; the home theater in the basement with the staggered/elevated seating; the patio area and two-story boathouse and deck; the wood elevator that brings wood logs from the basement up to the fireplace on the first floor; and, oddly enough, the powder room sink that has a hand-carved rock and countertop to look like a running stream. It’s quite beautiful! (The last picture is their neighbor’s house.)

Anyway, I zoomed up north after work and fought the ridiculously bad New Jersey drivers. It took twice as long to get there as it should have. The traffic was awful! However, I still beat them there. I had a cosmo at the bar while I waited. For dinner I got the “queen sized” prime rib. I had about four bites and I was done. I still have 14 ounces or more left over in my fridge!  It was ridiculous! Look at the size of this “King size” prime rib!

Prime Rib

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  • Allan

    You glance over tidbits so quickly.. “Pete and I checked into the hotel…” And Mr. Quimby was ok.. Interesting… Glad you enjoyed the Big Apple.. Jazz ??

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Ha ha, Allan! You little sleuth! Mr. Quimby was totally A-ok with our trip to NYC. He was 100% informed of the gameplan for the weekend. It’s so refreshing to be in a relationship where we are open and honest with one another, because the endless TRUST comes that much easier. It’s a wonderful feeling, and he’s a wonderful hubby.

      • Allan

        Aww shucks….

  • Allan

    You glance over tidbits so quickly.. “Pete and I checked into the hotel…” And Mr. Quimby was ok.. Interesting… Glad you enjoyed the Big Apple.. Jazz ??

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Ha ha, Allan! You little sleuth! Mr. Quimby was totally A-ok with our trip to NYC. He was 100% informed of the gameplan for the weekend. It’s so refreshing to be in a relationship where we are open and honest with one another, because the endless TRUST comes that much easier. It’s a wonderful feeling, and he’s a wonderful hubby.

      • Allan

        Aww shucks….

  • http://jackfit.blogspot.com/ Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit

    The other day I was at the grocery store and realized once I was in line to check out that I’d forgotten to pick up dog food. I trotted back to the pet section and heaved a 60 lb bag onto my shoulder. As I walked back up to the registers, it occurred to me that I used to carry this much (and more) ALL THE TIME.

    Good for us for doing something about it.

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      I had a similar experience! In September I had lost about 50 pounds or thereabouts. My hubby and I took a trip to California, and we put both sets of our clothes into one ginormous suitcase. The suitcase was 50 pounds exactly (it had to be, to avoid airplane luggage costs). Well, we had a motel one night, and I had to haul that suitcase up a flight of stairs, and it was SO HARD! And then I was like, Dude, I used to carry this weight around me with me every day! Now…I’ve lost almost TWO of those suitcases! That’s completely insane. Good for you Jack, and keep up your awesome work!

  • http://jackfit.blogspot.com/ Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit

    The other day I was at the grocery store and realized once I was in line to check out that I’d forgotten to pick up dog food. I trotted back to the pet section and heaved a 60 lb bag onto my shoulder. As I walked back up to the registers, it occurred to me that I used to carry this much (and more) ALL THE TIME.

    Good for us for doing something about it.

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      I had a similar experience! In September I had lost about 50 pounds or thereabouts. My hubby and I took a trip to California, and we put both sets of our clothes into one ginormous suitcase. The suitcase was 50 pounds exactly (it had to be, to avoid airplane luggage costs). Well, we had a motel one night, and I had to haul that suitcase up a flight of stairs, and it was SO HARD! And then I was like, Dude, I used to carry this weight around me with me every day! Now…I’ve lost almost TWO of those suitcases! That’s completely insane. Good for you Jack, and keep up your awesome work!

  • http://responsibility199.blogspot.com/ Patrick

    You take some of the greatest photos here in blog world. I have not been to NYC, it is on my list of places to see & do though. Guggenheim is at the top of the list of places to see when the day comes that I get there. Although I may have to put some Irish pubs on the list, you know, just to compare the NYC variety to Chicago’s best Irish pubs.

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Really, you like my photos? Thanks Patrick! That’s an awfully nice and unexpected compliment! You should totally visit NYC. It’s super fun! Overwhelming, but I suppose not too overwhelming if you’re used to Chicago. Speaking of, since we were kind of on a quasi-architectural tour of the city, we got into a lengthy conversation about Frank Lloyd Wright. As an architect, my friend was bowing down to Mr. Wright in reverence, but I think that FLW is totally over-hyped. I’ve been to numerous of his places around Chicagoland, including his home and workplace in Oak Park, and while some aspects of his work are impressive, the rest are pretty simple in a BORING way. Meh, I suppose it’s just a matter of aesthetics in the end. Me, personally, I prefer FLW’s student/mentee, Mr. Jordan, that was the architect and mastermind behind House on the Rock in Wisconsin. Similar styles, but Jordan definitely had more James Bond style flair. But I digress! :-)

  • http://responsibility199.blogspot.com/ Patrick

    You take some of the greatest photos here in blog world. I have not been to NYC, it is on my list of places to see & do though. Guggenheim is at the top of the list of places to see when the day comes that I get there. Although I may have to put some Irish pubs on the list, you know, just to compare the NYC variety to Chicago’s best Irish pubs.

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Really, you like my photos? Thanks Patrick! That’s an awfully nice and unexpected compliment! You should totally visit NYC. It’s super fun! Overwhelming, but I suppose not too overwhelming if you’re used to Chicago. Speaking of, since we were kind of on a quasi-architectural tour of the city, we got into a lengthy conversation about Frank Lloyd Wright. As an architect, my friend was bowing down to Mr. Wright in reverence, but I think that FLW is totally over-hyped. I’ve been to numerous of his places around Chicagoland, including his home and workplace in Oak Park, and while some aspects of his work are impressive, the rest are pretty simple in a BORING way. Meh, I suppose it’s just a matter of aesthetics in the end. Me, personally, I prefer FLW’s student/mentee, Mr. Jordan, that was the architect and mastermind behind House on the Rock in Wisconsin. Similar styles, but Jordan definitely had more James Bond style flair. But I digress! :-)

  • http://gastric-girl.blogspot.com Laurie

    Your trip sounded great! Most of my family lives in the Lake George area… I miss it so much! It’s such a beautiful place.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  • http://gastric-girl.blogspot.com Laurie

    Your trip sounded great! Most of my family lives in the Lake George area… I miss it so much! It’s such a beautiful place.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  • http://freckleonthenose.blogspot.com Freckle on the Nose of Life’s

    Whoa, that is quite the prime rib!

    Looks and sounds like a great trip – I’ve still never been to NYC and your photos only make me want to go more!

  • http://freckleonthenose.blogspot.com Freckle on the Nose of Life’s Complexion

    Whoa, that is quite the prime rib!

    Looks and sounds like a great trip – I’ve still never been to NYC and your photos only make me want to go more!

  • http://mizfitonline.com MizFit

    loved the pics as well.
    Ive been to nyc…PREKID and now that I ponder over a decade ago (!)

    in NYC-CHANGES SO FAST TIME thats the same as never having been.

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      MizFit, I’m surprised that you don’t participate in the blogging conferences like BlogHer and whatnot? I think a lot of those take place in NYC. But yeah, I’ve heard that NYC has changed drastically in the last 10 years. The city got cleaned up a lot and is much safer now (that’s what people from the area tell me). You should check it out again sometime! Certainly when your daughter is old enough to love shopping! :-)

  • http://mizfitonline.com MizFit

    loved the pics as well.
    Ive been to nyc…PREKID and now that I ponder over a decade ago (!)

    in NYC-CHANGES SO FAST TIME thats the same as never having been.

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      MizFit, I’m surprised that you don’t participate in the blogging conferences like BlogHer and whatnot? I think a lot of those take place in NYC. But yeah, I’ve heard that NYC has changed drastically in the last 10 years. The city got cleaned up a lot and is much safer now (that’s what people from the area tell me). You should check it out again sometime! Certainly when your daughter is old enough to love shopping! :-)

  • http://www.thelovelylist.blogspot.com Krystal/Village

    wow that house is amazing! sounds like you guys had a great time!

  • http://www.thelovelylist.blogspot.com Krystal/Village

    wow that house is amazing! sounds like you guys had a great time!

  • http://inpursuitofmyinnerpinup.blogspot.com/ Rapunzel

    Looks like you had a great time, love the pics! Ooh, and a cosmo at the bar, you are my kinda girl! 😉

  • http://inpursuitofmyinnerpinup.blogspot.com/ Rapunzel

    Looks like you had a great time, love the pics! Ooh, and a cosmo at the bar, you are my kinda girl! 😉