me? in the big apple?!

Today has been a rough day.  I woke up sad, lonely and not feeling well.  Then I saw the woman who was mean to me in my interview so then we could add cranky to that list.  I had to go out shopping for work and I saw these

oh my gosh! They are SNOWMAN marshmallows!!!

I’m basically a marketer’s dream!  Nope, it doesn’t take much!  I mean, they are a.dor.a.ble and are vanilla flavored.  I’m a sucker for vanilla too.  But seriously, I can’t wait to put these in my hot chocolate.  OR, I have decided I am going to attempt to become a tea drinker.  I am not really sure why but I’m going to give it a go.  We’ll see…

Back to recapping New York… Friday morning I was exhausted from my Thursday adventures.  I made it to New York and wasn’t super impressed with JFK.  I guess I had totally built it up in my mind that everything in NY would be bigger and better but Detroit has a great airport so maybe I have been spoiled.  As I was picking up my bags, this little pigeon flew into the baggage claim area.

awww, cute little guy

Not only was this the first native New Yorker I met but on closer inspection I noticed the poor little pigeon’s feet had been pecked to pieces!  I know!  Wow, NY is a tough town!

I finally met up with my brother’s girlfriend, Sabrina.  She is awesome, French and Cambodian and calls me “Ahhmee”.  Yep, I love it.  We got to the apt where my dad, sister and I were staying and it was really homey

this was our room - it was really cute

Next, we wanted to run and grab some food.  My sister asked a local where the nearest Subway was.  This is Heidi’s version:

this is NOT what New Yorkers consider to be a subway...we continued to have miscommunications ALL weekend!

Then we had to get ready for Kevin’s show!  We were running behind so we had to boot-scoot to the subway, grab our metro cards and start jumping on trains.  All of this would have felt very “New York” except all of us women were in heels so some of the excitement was replaced with pain :)

my 1st metro card! that I proceeded to drop somewhere. boo.
here's what New Yorkers consider to be a subway. silly us

The theme was “Collaboration” and essentially Kevin edited his team’s pics so they overlapped and made new pictures (this description doesn’t do it justice).  It was INCREDIBLE!  Then there was a wall with the word “Collaboration” written on it where people could put up pictures however they wanted.  We brought a lot of mom and I posted the following around the letter “A” (for amy)

yeah, there were a couple of emotional moments during the evening...I'm just getting used to being a crier

Other people ended up putting pictures of mom as well, despite having no clue as to who she was or our situation since the pictures were just in a pile.  There were a TON of pics up of her on the board, which was really neat.  This one was my favorite though

mom as a siamese twin :)

The show was a great success.  People could buy cuts – this was where they could cut their picture from the wall.  It was really impressive and I loved seeing Kevin in his element.  I sometimes forget he is a known and award-winning artist/photographer.  I mean, I see one of his pictures and just ask him to print one off for me; others have to pay serious cash!  People stayed at the show for a really long time and my sister and I ‘people watched’ and this woman’s outfit really caught our eye

I'm not sure I could pull this off but possibly a variation?

Yes, I am a creeper – I had to follow her around a bit!  Then I found this little dude and was very happy he could no longer give me the plague


Sabrina was a huge success at the event as well!  She was a model in one of Kevin’s prints, worked the room, helped to sell the photographs and just made an all around great impression on everyone involved – including us!

dad and sabrina

It was a night to remember!  I felt so lucky to be a part of it.  Last week, I had started feeling really guilty that I was basically trading a trip to NY for mom.  I knew it wasn’t true but it was still a reoccurring thought in my mind.  While these feelings didn’t totally disappear, I did realize that being there for/with Kevin and the rest of my family was invaluable.  And in NY, there are SO MANY crazy cool distractions that even the sad moments didn’t last long.  I feel so lucky to have spent the time with Heidi and my dad, getting to know Sabrina, and seeing Kevin in action.  Still more to come!



2 thoughts on “me? in the big apple?!

  1. First of all, I hope you’re not planning on putting those marshmallows in tea….it’s just not going to have the same effect as hot chocolate. And secondly, jumping subway trains, running late, in heels, IS NEW YORK!!! Glad you got to experience it! (Too funny that Heidi wanted to know where Subway the restaurant was…..LOL). Looks like the show was FANTASTIC and you guys had a blast. Your Mom would be so happy you all were able to enjoy each other for the weekend. :) Love ya!

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