Snow and Tears ……

…… are what the last couple of days have contained.

The snow started Sunday night, and has continued on and off over the following days.
It’s been an eventful couple of days.

Yesterday, after a very hard workout, I took my mom to a late lunch in Chinatown. Son #3 and I had gone to this restaurant back in March. We just happened to come across it and so went in. And experienced one of the best Chinese meals ever.
So I made a note of this restaurant, on my calendar … back in March.

And yesterday it was just as I remembered.
The dish I remember best, and have yearned for since March, was this:


And yes, it was just as fabulous as I had remembered.  Hot and Sour Soup.  The best I’ve ever had.  Anywhere.  Hands down.

On our way back from the restaurant we were hit up by the “Pssssst, want a bag? Michael Kors? Tory Burch? Gucci? Louis Vuitton?
And of course, we said …… maybe. Which left us waiting in the dark for about 25 minutes while the illegal bags were obtained and brought back to us.
And we, of course, made a deal, and left with two of them.
I’m hanging my head in shame as I’m typing this.

After returning from our very late lunch, and illegal shopping excursion, I had to leave to go to my last stand up class. It went well.
Now I just need to memorize every single word.

We rehearse our sets on Wednesday, and then we perform them on Sunday.
So help me, God.
And hopefully, He’ll help me.

Today I had a meeting in Harlem at the Head Start school where I’ll be volunteering. It looked like this this morning:

And of course I drug my mom out in the snow to Harlem.
Besides, she wanted to go somewhere for the oh-so-awful-sounding-meal-of-chicken-and-waffles.
Or at least I thought it was awful-sounding.
She loved it.
We went to Amy Ruth’s, which is a pretty well-known place.
I passed up the chicken for some bacon, which was very good. As was the waffle, which I only managed to eat half of.

After that feast (?) we headed back to run a couple of errands and to get ready for tonight’s show.
This is the set. It’s a duplicate of the house where he grew up.

We saw Billy Crystal’s one-man show, “700 Sundays”. It was wonderful. And then very emotional. Especially for me.
But you can read about that here.
But maybe not until midnight, Pacific Time.

All in all, my mom had a great visit. I think I ran her ragged. But I also think she had a great time.
She’s leaving tomorrow morning, and then I’m heading out to see “Betrayal”, which hasn’t received good reviews, but who cares?? It’s Daniel Craig and his wife, the beautiful Rachel Weisz. So it should be entertaining enough.
After that I have my last rehearsal for my stand up routine. Double gulp.
I hope that all of my NY and NJ friends can come to see the show, especially since I won’t have any family there (other than D#3, who’s also performing and who is MUCH more hilarious than I am!).

I’ll miss my mom, but hopefully she’ll be back again soon.

On the move front:
I’ve given the US Post Office my change of address …… to here.
I’ve given my bank my change of address …… to here.
I’ve given my notice at the country club back home.
I’ve let my tennis team captain know that I won’t be back to play on the team (but would love to play any time I visit).
And I’ve made a mental note of all of the things that have to be packed up to be placed in storage, moved up here and sold/given away.

So yes, I’ve decided to live here …. in NY …… full time.
And I’m so excited!!!

On that note, I bid you adieu …… and hope that you all get a good night’s sleep.

Happy Tuesday/Wednesday, Peeps.

3 thoughts on “Snow and Tears ……

  1. Jo Ann Cook

    Oh, Janine, I’ll miss you! I know that we only actually “saw” each other occasionally, but I enjoyed your “presence” (if that makes sense). On the other hand, I’m glad for you that you’ve found a “home” where you’re happy and busy and energized by all the opportunities your new city gives you! Merry Christmas to you and yours and the most joyful 2014 ever! As always, I’ll enjoy NYC vicariously through your writing. Love and xo! Jo Ann


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