In December, we had the shortest trip I’ve ever taken to Wisconsin. I was able to see a good amount of Brian’s family and spent some time with mine, but seriously short (basically less than two days per family).
Switching between families, we managed to swing by Madison just long enough to check on our duplex and get bloody marys and walnut burgers at the Harmony. Seriously last second so we didn’t have time to give anyone a heads-up. But I got a walnut burger with fried onions, sooooo good as always.
The Harmony has the best walnut burgers.
Also seriously last second, my sister scored four tickets to Hamilton in Chicago. It meant that we drove to Chicago, back to Wisconsin, back to Chicago the next morning, but needless to say, so worth it. I was skeptical that I’d be amazed by Hamilton because of how much everyone has been raving about it. It was as good as everyone told me. My only complaint is that I can’t go see it again due to how hard it is to get tickets.
Jim Henson has been a hero of mine for a long time. I admire him for his creativity, kindness, and honesty. Brian noticed that Museum of the Moving Image in New York has a big exhibit right now and we are definitely going to go. But when I researched it, I discovered that MoPop (which used to be EMP) in Seattle had a small exhibit from Museum of the Moving Image. So we hit up our friend Tim to crash at his Ballard apartment, grabbed our Orca cards and headed up. It is nice to have Seattle only 3 hours away.
Seeing the exhibit meant that I got to stand next to some old friends. Really loved this, especially seeing his sketchbooks and the recreation of the night club concept. They also had the ball outfits that were worn in Labyrinth!
Sitting on a boat in the Hudson River with a beer in New York.
Fantastic day in NYC, saw Buckminster Fuller’s World Game played in a New York high school with friends, had a cocktail at the Algonquin and saw both the famous round table and secret door, and the original Pooh bear and other stuffed animals. Kind of lucky!
Original Pooh characters at New York Public Library
The Algonquin! Dorothy Parker rocks, and the maitre d’ here was awesome to me.
Chicken noodle soup with Matzo balls on the way out of town before Carnegie Deli closes. Thanks for the fun, New York!