So imagine, if you will, a hot, steamy Louisiana afternoon. I was a hot, sweaty mess from cooking, cleaning, and shopping all day for a big birthday party the next day and Sara called to tell me we’d been invited to New York City. I was SO disappointed because I knew that after the crazy month I’d had, I just couldn’t leave my kids. And then she informed me that our kids were invited, too, and I became cautiously optimistic.
She died when I was 9 and while she didn’t die of ovarian cancer, that incident created a spot in my heart for health issues that don’t get a ton of spotlight, so anything that helps bring attention and awareness to these diseases is something I’m all for.
Once we arrived, a driver (yep, I totally just said that) picked us up at the airport and drove us to the Omni Berkshire Hotel where quite possibly the most comfortable bed in the world awaited us. I (unfortunately) spent very little time in the bed due to the fact that I had a whole slew of things I wanted to see and do and none of them were compatible with sleeping.
After a quick change of clothes, I met La Fuji Mama and Maggy from Three Many Cooks at La Bonne Soupe for an amazing dinner. It was this little French bistro that felt very, well, French, but the food was simple, delicious, and completely non-pretentious. I loved it and would eat there all the time if I could. My son loved the desserts and took the two-spooned approach to his chocolate mousse.
I also bought a bottle of their fabulous salad dressing and proceeded to leave it in the mini fridge at the hotel, which is one of those things I’m pretending didn’t happen because I’m seriously bummed about it.
We had such a great time at dinner–the kids were adorable, Maggy was awesome (and even volunteered to take my kids to the restroom for the millionth time so I could finish eating my dinner), and La Fuji Mama and I were just kind of in disbelief at the smallness of our worlds. We walked back to our hotel and snapped some pictures along the way.
After I coaxed my kids to sleep, I soaked in a hot tub and watched some Gilmore Girls on DVD. The next morning, we ordered room service and then headed out for as much shopping and sight-seeing as we could manage in about 2 1/2 hours.
I was kind of hoping Tina Fey would wander out and I could semi-stalk her down the street. For just a few minutes. In a fun and completely non-creepy way.
Yes, that is a big apple made out of Legos.
And a Rockefeller Plaza made out of Legos.
Sbarro–Michael Scott’s favorite New York pizza joint… 🙂
After we blew through most of our spending money in a couple of hours, we headed back to the hotel to hurry and finish packing up and get ready for the event. Then our driver (again, a little surreal) drove us to Studio 450 (and my son cried the whole way there because he was so sad our trip was almost over) where we were meeting Kelly Ripa and the Emperor of Ice Cream, Stephen Bruce, who founded the world-famous Serendipity 3. But first, we had a little lunch. My kids were so distracted by the awesome entertainers that they kind of forgot to eat.
I had so much fun meeting the other bloggers, their kids, and, let’s face it, watching Matt make balloon animals, that I kind of forgot to eat very much, too.
I’m going to save the details of the actual banana split-making for a few more days, but I will tell you that Kelly Ripa is totally and completely sweet and tiny. I mean, she looks tiny on TV, but she’s so little I think my 5-year-old could have put her in his pocket and taken her home with us. Here’s a teaser picture, though:
That’s Kelly with Stephen Bruce standing in front of what might be the most amazing refrigerator and freezer combination. Ever. I’ll admit that I felt a little lustful.
So until I update y’all again, click here to make virtual banana splits and send them to your friends. Every time you do, Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and you’ll be entered to win daily prizes, $50 in summery treats, and the grand prize, which is the lust-inducing stand alone Electrolux refrigerator and freezer. Swoon.
Stay tuned for pictures and details of the actual event! I just have to throw out a HUGE thank you Electrolux, thank you Kelly Ripa, thank you Stephen Bruce, thank you anyone and everyone who helped us out along the way and for working with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The PR people who worked with us along the way as well as all the people involved in and attending the event could not have been nicer or more gracious or generous. So thank you, thank you, thank you all again for such an amazing memory!