New York. New York.

June 10, 2013

in a picture is worth a thousand words,through the looking glass

The Husband and the boys are on a 4-day hiking trip along the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. I had been thinking about taking advantage of the empty house for a long time but did not make any decision until Bugginword gave me the “open arms all system go” welcome gesture and also I found a roundtrip ticket from Chicago to New York for $220. That’s almost like an obligation when you found a fare like that. The universe was telling me something.

So I leapt into action with only one hour to pack and without a working cell phone.

Oh, I forgot to tell you here though I’ve blabbered about it all over Twitter and FBook. Yup. I have been without a working cellphone since last Tuesday. I dropped my Samsung Galaxy Nexus face down on the ground. Bye bye screen. Bye bye phone. Bye bye the limb that I did not know I had until I lost it.

Fear not for me though as I’ve successfully made one trip to Boston with no phone. Hey, I survived! How about let’s do it again? Why not right? I am all about spontaneous. These past few days anyway.

It was lovely spending time with Elly (of Bugginword fame) and her absolutely charming almost 2-year-old boy and checking out her lovely town in New Jersey. I did not realize that suburbs could be so awesome – progressive, diverse and full of cultural activities. I should not have been surprised though awesome cities attract awesome people, and Elly is simply magical. It was fascinating and comforting at the same time that everywhere I turned in her house I noticed small, creative touches that made me go, “Yup. That is Elly.”

My 2-night stay there felt like a bed-and-breakfast stay complete with popcorn popped with bacon grease.

I actually cried on the train into New York. (Yeah, those popcorns are like crack. I miss them something terrible…)


It rained the whole day today. I didn’t mind. I love walking in the rain and have done so many times in my life in pouring rain. Rain puts a natural framing around the world. It gives a different perspective on everything you do. When you are just wandering around the best city in the world with no plans whatsoever. Rain is like Elly, simply magical.

I whiled the afternoon away in MOMA. I don’t think I need to say anything more about my day. Wish you were here.



Politely Insulting June 25, 2013 at 5:47 am

I’m so happy to see that you’re all still blogging, and Elly especially, I will have to pay her a visit (via blog of course, I think my fare may be a little more expensive!). Please send me some rain.
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D. A. Wolf June 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

All I can say is…

MoMA. Jealous!

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Kathy June 17, 2013 at 10:13 am

Sounds like a wonderful trip, Lin. I have loved meeting my blogging friends, and there have been almost 10 by now.

Sara and I have finally moved into our long-term rental here in Ecuador, and furniture arrived over the weekend. Now we have some place to sit. Maybe that means I’ll be able to write again. It’s not easy to concentrate on blogging while we’re trying to get settled in a new country.

Hope you are well, my friend. Any chance you will ever come visit us in Ecuador?

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Ameena June 14, 2013 at 4:16 am

Sorry I missed you in NYC but I am moving there! So hope to meet you on your next visit.

Great pictures of MOMA. I need to make a visit there myself.

Absence Alternatives June 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I saw your posts. And having been a long time reader, I know how much you love new York. So happy for you!!! And yes looking forward to meeting you one day. In NYC would simply be icing on top. 🙂

Secret Agent Woman June 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm

For some reason, Feedly has finally decided to let your blog show up in my feed.

Sounds like a really nice trip. I love impromptu travel!
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Absence Alternatives June 14, 2013 at 11:33 pm

So glad they changed mind and brought you back here!!!! I hope you are doing well and that your boys are continuing with their outdoor adventures! 🙂

Dufmanno June 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

My first comment was decimated by the unmerciful jaws of the response section so I will try again..
I wish I had been there with you guys:(

Feeling like someone should rent a mid level RV and everyone should take a multistate road trip covering all “must- see’s”


Absence Alternatives June 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm

I have been saying that forever. We should write a grant proposing a social experiment let’s get on the road and see how far we can go connecting the dots, visiting complete strangers, and make a movie out of it!!!!

Absence Alternatives June 14, 2013 at 11:38 pm

You guys of course are not strangers. But people have such a stringent definition for “friends” and what we are building here is exhilarating exactly because most people would find it scandalous. 😉

dufmanno June 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

I am ready.

Absence Alternatives July 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

I know. You were born ready.

Naptimewriting June 12, 2013 at 1:22 am

I was hoping the phone-free trip went well. Delicious images.

Yay for Elly!
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Absence Alternatives June 14, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I survived!!!! I now have a working cell phone again. 🙂

How are you holding up over there?!?! Does she know you have a blog?! 😉

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