I am a tourist

I’ve already gone and returned from my work trip to New York, and now I’m getting ready for a trip down to LA next week, this time to get on a BIG BOAT! (said in an excited toddler voice) for a short cruise to Catalina and Ensenada with my in-laws to celebrate their 40th! (that certainly deserves a mid-sentence exclamation point, too!) anniversary. This is our first real vacation in lord-knows-how-long, and I am VERY much looking forward to the following three things: sun, 70 degrees, and spending time with family. Oh, and NOT WORKING, of course.

So, New York was … well, New York. Which is to say, so.much.work. I’ve been to Manhattan for both work and leisure several times now, and it’s never just an easy trip. It’s always a schlep from the airport. It’s always a little hot and muggy, even when it’s raining. No matter how sensible my shoes are, my feet always hurt. But, it’s New York, which is also to say, it’s exhilarating, in a “I might die in this cab ride” sort of way. As usual, I ate at some of the best restaurants, including Five Napkin Burger, Locanda Verde (with Jennie and Metalia and Justin Long — he was just breezing through the restaurant, but I’m sure if he saw us, he would’ve joined us at our table), and Brasserie Beaumarchais, which more than made up for my horribly tiny hotel room. (Seriously, the bathroom was so small, I had to sit sideways on the toilet.)

I was anxious to come home after five days in the city. I missed my boys terribly, despite getting to see and talk to them via Skype, and thankfully, I got to spend four days at home with Rowan over the holiday weekend, which was just perfect. As always, Roth handled being a single parent better than I ever could, and he deserves a vacation more than anyone else I know. (And look at that: conveniently, we have one coming up!)

In honor of my being gone (AGAIN) for a while, please listen to my current favorite song, from Death Cab for Cutie’s new album (which is just $5 on Amazon right now!) that was released earlier this week. I cannot get enough of the guitar riff. It just makes my ears so, so happy. And also, these lyrics:

And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born
Then it’s time to go
And define your destination
There’s so many different places to call home


Have a great week, everyone!



  1. This summer is already shaping up to be the Summer Of Perpetual Motion. Not that I’m complaining.

    Though I would complain about having to sit sideways on a toilet, ha!

  2. YES, I love that song. Every time I hear it on the radio I blare it and dance around like a fool.

    My husband and I really wanted to see them at Sasquatch this year, but it just didn’t fit into our work schedule. “I will follow you into the dark” helped him get through the death of his grandmother in February, so it would’ve been nice to see them. Alas, maybe next time.

    Your trip to California sounds divine. Hope you enjoy, as I’m sure you will!

  3. We’re contemplating a cruise for my in-laws’ 45th anniversary next summer. A short one is a VERY GOOD IDEA. Also: I have downloaded that album. Great deal!

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