Sunday, March 20, 2011
Recently I've been surprised to find that New York City is full of young gentlemen. I first noticed this surprising politesse last summer when some boys extended a generous invite. Now that I'm obviously pregnant, day to day subway travel serves as an impromptu social experiment: will anyone in this town offer me a seat? Although I have two months left, the data so far has been overwhelming, and I feel confident publishing some conclusions. Here they are:
Most likely to offer: far and away (at least 90% of seats offered to date) young men in their 20's are the most likely to offer a seat. Preppy undergrads, grad students, tourists with arms around girlfriends, pants pulled down ganstas, but the common denominator is young men will offer me a seat, and I love them for it. It gives me hope for the world and for our son (!).
Least likely to offer: tie between women my age and middle aged men. I've even learned that straight up rudeness isn't out of the question for these demographics. I've had these winners put their fat purse or cheap briefcase on the last seat right when I go to sit, or push in front of me to get on the train. (For the record, a simple and cold "excuse me" is an effective bag removal device.)
There you have it- I won't offer my theories to maintain the integrity of the scientific results. And for now, let's all have high expectations for young men and their manners.
The past two weekends, Nick and I did the unthinkable- visited the ..... wait for it..... boroughs! Technically NYC includes a lot more than Manhattan, but I tend to round down and get my money's worth without crossing a bridge. Last weekend, it was Brooklyn, and this weekend, Queens. We first wandered around Union Square (on Manhattan's east side) which hosts a bustling market featuring locally sourced (and expensive!) beef, cider, produce, and a few free gems.
Then we headed to the 7 train for our first Queens visit (unless the airport counts.) We had a dinner party to attend, but first visited an art museum and an outdoor graffiti mecca called 5 Pointz.
Ten weeks left, give or take, before another boy will be joining us and entering the ranks of New York gentlemen!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
This weekend, we took a tour of the 42nd street New York Public Library and visited the Frick Museum. Another last ditch effort, just in case Zoltar is one of those babies who doesn't want to sleep peacefully in his carrier while his parents walk around the library. We had a lot of fun, and figured out that recently I have a new limit on walking and going without food. Poor Nick discovered this the hard way when I snapped, "I said I was hungry a half hour ago, that means we need to eat NOW."
Ghostbusters reading room, scene of this hilarious Improv Everywhere stunt (NYPL was in on this as a publicity stunt)
So while this has nothing to do with the library, I have to share the funniest IE video ever. Around the 1:10 mark, I start peeing my pants from laughing, despite not having seen Star Wars for a good 15 years.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
So I bought the socks! Aren't they cute?! This also serves as public notice that Zoltar's mismatched socks are no accident.
You can see that I'm training Batman for the next phase in his life, one sure to be marked with utter confusion and forced patience.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Another Christmas present was finding mini cans of Dr. Pepper at the nearby grocery store. We've been holding out for these forever! When we lived in Maastricht, only one of the 3 Albert Heijn stores in our neighborhood carried Dr. Pepper. By the time we moved to New York, all 3 did. Now, we don't drink that much Dr. Pepper, we only buy a few cans a week (or zero cans a week if the store doesn't carry the right size!). But I have a strong suspicion that selling a few extra cans probably tripled Albert Heijn's Dr. Pepper sales, which led them to offer it in the 2 additional stores. I like to imagine that when we left, we left a Dutch grocery manager in a state of utter confusion about what was happening to his Dr. Pepper sales.
On Thursday and Friday, I retired my puffy coat and happily wandered around the city in only a cardigan. On Saturday and Sunday, I unretired my puffy coat and we finally went in search of maternity clothes. Until now, I've been mostly getting by with a belly band and my normal shirts, but now I'm undeniably pregnant! Today, we wake up to snow! Puffy coat it is. Even bundled in winter gear, Zoltar has been recognized by 3 people so far, who offered the pregnant lady (me!) a seat on the subway. What's funny is that my winter coat is actually a child's XL, because the length was better on me and it was $100 cheaper than the women's XS version. Who knew that a kid's coat could fit a 6 month baby bump inside?
Luckily we decided to take a few pictures of Zoltar in Central Park before the snow hit today. (Now at 26 weeks or 6 months or -3 months old!) The park is still pretty dreary and gray, but there are only so many apartment poses that a fetus can make.
This weekend we went to see the Oscar nominees for live action short films. It was so much more fun to bypass all of the big movies and see the categories and people whose accomplishments are usually highlighted with a small footnote. I thought that seeing these short films was an only in New York thing, but I was wrong! You can even see these bad boys in Duluth! So if you live in Duluth, we strongly recommend a trip to the movies!
And now, Nick, Zoltar and I have some cheesecake to eat.
Monday, February 7, 2011
And as for Zoltar, here we are together at 24 weeks!
He is kicking more and more often. I've felt him for almost six weeks, and within the last couple of weeks, Nick has been able to feel him and even see my stomach move when Zoltar kicks. El bebe has also getting more and more demanding in his cravings. For the first few months my sweet tooth all but disappeared, and the only strange craving (which still persists!) was for extra scoops of Chipotle's mild salsa. See if you can tell what his highness wants lately...
Breakfast foods: dairy, sugar, and fruit! The kid already has good taste- heavenly vanilla brioche French toast with syrup, berries, and marscapone cheese, which is a brilliant addition to balance out the sweetness. On Sunday, my lunch was a glass of chocolate milk, a milkshake, and a latte. Say what? As I type this, I'm waiting for my chocolate strawberry shortcakes to finish baking, and you can bet your ass there's dairy involved (sour cream topping!) I know this isn't just me looking for an excuse to eat; milkshakes aren't my style. Surprisingly, I don't eat as much as I thought I would as a preggo, because the baby is quickly taking over the stomach real estate that's normally reserved for extra food! Being pregnant with Zoltar is my firsthand experience with gentrification in NYC. When the ultrasound reveals he's opened up a miniature Starbucks in my womb, we'll know he's ready for a change of neighborhood.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Next up is the Earth Room, which is a free art exhibit that's been around since 1977. It's a room completely filled with 2 feet of dirt. Really?! Really. Like a big flower pot, but without flowers, in a room in the middle of Soho. And now it's art. There are so many wonderful places that come and go in this city (RIP beloved Neuhaus chocolate on the UWS), but somehow a freeloading pile of dirt has managed to find shelter in Soho for more than 30 years. Go figure!
For those of you who wonder how the city reacts to the blizzard, here is a hint. The sanitation department waits until the snow melts to pick up the garbage! Thankfully, it doesn't smell. The last time it snowed, we even walked past Christmas trees barely peeking out from their snowy graves. (You can see how tall it is compared to the awning behind it!)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Zoltar seems happy with my diet of fruit, veggies, sugar, and pork fat, that's what counts. I just bought Zoltar the cutest onesies ever, I will keep them in hiding until he's here to show them off! His drawers are almost full... of clothes, a memory box, stuffed toys, baby medicines. At 5 months, it seems like I've been pregnant for a really long time, but there is still so much more to go!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Nick | Myspace Video
Today we found out we're having a boy! He was bent in half, so there were some 3D pictures of his little feet kicking in front of his face (which do not photograph well.) This one is cute, he looks like a little anarchist giving a passionate speech.
After the ultrasound we went out for lobster rolls and blackout cupcakes in Mr. Zoltar's honor. Then we came home and decided to practice with some of our new baby things- we swaddled a teddy bear and Nick proudly mastered the Baby Ktan.