Weekend Fun and Friends

A couple events with friends that we had planned in advance ended up happening this weekend. It’s so hard to get everyone together – both of these things were the result of lots of group e-mails and an online survey that I put together!

On Friday night, I went out to dinner with some of my good friends I met at work – one who I still work with (in a different department), and two who aren’t there anymore. There were originally supposed to be more coming, but in the end it was just the four of us. I actually see or at least talk/e-mail with these girls pretty regularly, but it’s rare for everyone to be together, so it was fun to catch up with everyone! We ended up staying at dinner really late – I thought maybe it was getting to be close to 9:00, then one girl looked at her watch and was like, “Guys, it’s 10!” Considering how well this worked out, in general, I think we should try to have girls’ night out dinners one night a week, on a Friday after work, in this good central location.

Oh, and after much deliberation and surveying, we went to Seasons 52 for dinner, which was awesome as usual. We shared a delicious flatbread appetizer, and also split a side order of “squash trio” with our entrees – totally random, but that squash was really good!

Saturday morning, GG and I got up early, collected MB and A, and drove up to New York to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway! (Well, we drove to north Jersey, where we took a bus to NYC – I would never drive into the city, and now that I know the secret of the bus, I would also never again take the train all the way up there.) This was our first time buying bus tickets from a machine instead of on the bus, and you wouldn’t think it would be so confusing, but it was. We successfully bought them and ended up New York, though.

I’d written out a detailed schedule that allowed lots of time for getting lost or other delays, so we actually had time for a quick lunch when we got up there. We ended up eating at the Shake Shack, which I’ve walked past many times now but have never been to. It was good! Between us we had burgers, hot dogs, fries, and a milkshake, and I think everyone was happy. And they have Mr. Pibb! After lunch we found the theater but still had a bunch of time to kill, we walked over to Times Square where there was a marching band a huge crowd on bleachers. Sports fan A figured out that it was a rally for the Notre Dame/Army game in New York that day.

Finally it was time for the show. The Public Theater, where GG and I saw the show off-Broadway this summer, was decorated pretty decadently. The Broadway theater was even crazier! Everything is red velvet, columns were covered with furs, there are tons of taxidermied animals including a horse hanging from the ceiling right in front of us (we sat in the balcony), and strings of lights covered the entire ceiling. The lights were actually pretty awesome – they were in a few different colors, depending on the lighting on stage, and they really enveloped the audience and made you feel like you were part of the scene. The show itself was fabulous, of course. A couple things have changed since we saw it, a few lyrics have changed (I noticed because I’ve been listening to the soundtrack CD pretty much non-stop since I got it a couple months ago), some of the actors are new or are playing different roles than before. But it was fantastic – and MB and A loved it too!

In my planning, I’d found a restaurant near the theater that was well-reviewed. I figured it would be good to have a plan for dinner since a Saturday night in New York City would probably require reservations or something. This place didn’t take reservations, but filled up quickly once they opened. So we got there before they opened and again had some time to kill. We walked around the neighborhood for a bit. While walking around, we actually found another place, The Brickyard, that we decided looked a little better. They were already open and could seat us because they hadn’t started serving dinner yet. So we had a fantastic meal there, with a huge selection of beers for the boys!

After dinner, it was back to the Port Authority, onto the bus, back to NJ, back to MB and A’s place, air in GG’s tires (thanks to A’s air compressor, haha), and back home, where we attempted to stay up for Saturday Night Live but only caught about half of it.

Today was a pretty lazy day, I just caught up on food shopping and laundry. I’ve been sitting here on the sofa with my laptop and a rotation of cats for most of the day.

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