what's in store for you


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

If you decide to take a trip to New York, here's how it will go:

1. The Columbus Circle subway stop will be under construction. They'll be making great progress in the effort to restore it to its original "Mouth of Hell" condition.

2. The Statue of Liberty will be more impressive than you imagined. You've seen it countless times in movies, television, photos... even in person from the edge of Battery Park. But it will really prove an astonishing structure in person. It'll almost make you want to buy one of those green foam crowns. ALMOST.
3. You'll figure out how to speak like a New Yorker. You'll find there are lots of special insider pronunciation rules. For example: Duane Reade is pronounced "Duane Reed," not "Duane Ready." If you want to look like a real out-of-towner tool, you'll pronounce Houston Street like the city in Texas. BIG no-no. You'll realize it's pronounced "Chopped Li-vah." The locals will really like it when you try to speak their language in this way. No dirty looks whatsoever.

4. You'll have a reuben at Katz Deli and you'll pay way too much for it. Later, you'll look at a photo of said reuben and decide to hate yourself.
5. You'll visit the chapel at Columbia University and you'll think of Rome. Or Paris. What I'm saying is it will remind you of the DaVinci Code.
6. You'll discover that Momofuku is a charming, delicious, slightly adventurous place to have dinner. You'll be seated next to someone you don't know. Your prawns will still be wearing their heads. The pistachio ice cream will change your life. But not as much as the walk you'll take right after dinner.
7. To Tompkins Square Park, where you find a little gazebo to shield you from the rain and your adorable boyfriend will say something that neither of you will really remember exactly, but it'll amount to: Will you marry me? And you'll be all: EEEEEEEEEEEEK! YES! (EEEEEEEEEEEEK!)*not my actual engagement ring
*check it out: no cavities in my molars.

8. Then a few days later when you're thinking back wistfully to your trip, you'll decide to search for this particular park/gazebo on the internet and you find a photo. And you'll be like, "Hey! That's the exact spot where FLD proposed to me!" And then you'll notice a word ETCHED IN STONE: Temperance. WT..?
Who knows? Maybe that's not how it will go for you. I could be way off. I can only speak from experience.

14 comments:

Emily said...

I took a trip to New York a couple years ago and it went nothing like that. I love that it went that way for you, though. Congratulations and lots of love to you and FLD!

The Winder Family said...

congrats!! what a fun and memorable trip! now if you only had that dang foam crown...it was ALMOST perfect!

laceyJ. said...

I heart NYC! Congrats on an amazing trip! You guys look so happy, and as you should, that Reuben looks to die for! :)

Great post!

sarah at twolooseteeth.com said...

Aww! Congrats, future sister! I'm so happy for you guys.

frances said...

i would like to say that i myself ate at momofuku last time i was in new york, just a few short weeks ago! no prawns with heads, but something delicious with the word "bull" in the name... i think i can't remember the rest of it in purpose. oh, and congratulations! (on not having any cavities, that is)

The Cliftens said...

Congrats Ang! I can't wait till July 5th! And your Save the Date cards were too cute! LOVE YOU..let's plan lunch.

Hartley Family said...

....once again, leave it to you to find a creative way to post a blog about something simple, like a trip to NY, oh... and not such a simple/common thing like an engagement. LOVE it! So excited for you!

Rupper Family said...

Angie, congrats on your news! What a fun trip too! Post more for me to read eh? The most excitement I get in a day is being yacked on by my sweet squishy little girl. Although, Grey's Anatomy does start again tonight...
-Wendy

becky said...

angie that ruben looks sick!! maybe that's because i don't like them. but i DO love NY!!

and you, of course

nichole said...

you are found.
ah, how i feel more complete, now that your blog is part of my Google reader list. much much more complete.

and I am still super excited for you.

and I still would like to go shopping... and I am only stoking you a little bit...

here is my blog love:
www.triplesee.typepad.com

and thanks for not being the only one who was done with Logan... peace.

michelle said...

congratulations...maybe we can have a girls night and make you a quilt, like in the move how to make an american quilt...that would be cute...but not as cute as you

Sarita said...

NY suits you.

Becky said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That's so great!

Project X said...

Aawww. Seriously. Aww.

Great story... and told in a way that only you could tell it.

Congratulations!