Thursday, December 18, 2008

Oh, Christmas Tree...

So once Thanksgiving was over, all these little shops started selling fresh, live Christmas trees along the sidewalk! It was so quaint. Every other block, you walk by something like this.
It worked out perfectly for Burke and me, since we had both gotten rid of our old artificial trees before we moved up here. This year, for our First Christmas Together, we wanted a live tree! We walked over to the closest shop near our apartment. The trees there were only $30!

Of course, we had to walk it home. And up the stairs!
We had saved some of the ornaments we gave out as favors at our wedding last year, so we decided to decorate the tree with them. (Christy, do you remember tying the ribbon on each of these puppies? It was hard work, but fun!)

Here's our fully decorated tree.
Then, lo and behold, right after we finished putting on the last ornament, I looked outside, and it was SNOWING! It was the first time I've seen snow up here. How cool is that?! 

I hope you all are enjoying the season as well!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

R.I.P. John Joseph Dunigan

A couple of days ago my grandfather, John Dunigan, passed away. We had just visited him in Connecticut the week prior, and I'm so glad I had the chance to see him so recently. He was an extraordinary man who had incredible creativity, unbelievable courage, and a great sense of humor. Here is a link to his online obituary. 
We will all miss you, Gramp. Thanks for showing our family how to live a happy life.

Thanksgiving Photos

On Thanksgiving, we went to visit my grandma and grandpa Connecticut. Nothing beats Gram's cooking!
My family even surprised Burke with a congratulatory chocolate cake for passing the bar exam. (This was in addition to pumpkin cake, two apple pies, and cherry pie. Total sugar rush!)
Here's Gramp, joking with everybody at the bar.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, my mom and her husband Richard came to New York! We went shopping, ate some great food, and attended two shows. Here we are in the cab on the way to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Here's the famous number in the show where the Rockettes dress up as nutcrackers. It was cool!
Here are Burke and my mom goofin' around in the lobby of the Radio City Music Hall. Check out the huge chandelier!
The next week, on December 3, they lit the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. We stood in line waiting for a while but couldn't see anything. Then, right after we gave up and started walking home, we accessed the tree from a side street! It had just been lit.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Parade Balloons

Happy Thanksgiving! As you no doubt know, every year New York City hosts the Macy's Day Parade, a televised event which consists of huge helium-filled balloons floating down Broadway for like 40 blocks. Well, we will not be here (read: awake) tomorrow morning to attend the parade itself, but I got a more intimate experience with the balloons today. Turns out they inflate the balloons with helium the day before the parade in the middle of W. 77th Street (for those of you that don't remember, we live on W. 76th, so this happened in our 'hood.) Check out my pictures of the big "blow-up"!
This pic of Ronald's four-story shoe should give you an idea of the ginormousness of these balloons. 

Here's Pokemon's hand (or paw).
Here's a face-down Smurf. (He's not fully inflated yet.)
And my favorite, the Energizer Bunny series! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Fall Foliage

Here we are in that beautiful but fleeting time of year when the leaves turn vivid colors before falling off for the winter. And wow! I've never seen leaves this pretty before. I took my camera to Central Park and captured some of the trees in their fall glory.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween Night

OK, OK--I promise this is the last Halloween-related entry I'm posting (at least till next year). 
On Halloween night, Burke, Jeff, and I dressed up and attended the world-famous Village Halloween Parade. According to their official website, this parade is the nation's largest public Halloween celebration and is attended by over 2 million people. Anyway, here are our costumes. Can you guess who we are??

Yep, I'm Axl Rose, Jeff is Slash, and Burke is Buckethead: members of the seminal rock band Guns n' Roses!
As original as I thought this idea was, when we got on the subway to go downtown, we sat right across the aisle from the couple below. Another Axl and Slash!!!! (Grrrr. I thought we looked better.)

Anyway, we got down to the parade and waited in a line (read: mob) of people in costume for our turn to walk up 6th Avenue. I am happy to report that people in New York really take this holiday seriously. The costumes were pretty elaborate.

There were definitely a few drag queens in the crowd. (There's something you don't see in Texas!) This guy could've at least waxed his chest.

Even though the following shot is kinda blurry, I wanted to post it so you could get a feel for the crowd and the street. (Also, notice the spider puppet on the clock tower! It was awesome.) We marched up 25 blocks!!!
Here's Buckethead and Slash in Times Square! 
And finally, here's a pic of us in the subway on the way home.

What can I say? Our first Halloween in New York totally rocked.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Great Pumpkin Sail

Every October, Central Park has an event called "The Great Pumpkin Sail." To participate, you bring a carved pumpkin with you (it has to weigh under 10 pounds) and meet at a large pond on the northeast corner of the park. At dusk, the organizers put everybody's pumpkins on little floats, light them, and send them off to sail on the pond. Cool, huh? Here's the pumpkin we carved that day and brought with us. (It's supposed to look like a deranged lunatic, but it ended up just looking kinda goofy.)
Here's the pond where we met for the event. It's called the Harlem Meer.
And here they are putting the pumpkins in the water!

They all looked so pretty, like luminaries, and their light reflected on the surface of the pond. 

And then we found our pumpkin in the crowd! Here he is, in the center of the frame below.