As those of you who are FB/Twitter/Instagram friends already know, I was in New York City for the past few days. If you’re not friend with me in any of those places (Why not, and) surprise! I got to spend forty-eight hours in New York City! In December! It’s been a LIFELONG dream of mine and it happened. It really, really happened. I still can’t believe it.

I was flown in for a great event that I will write about in the next week, once I catch up on sleep and have some time to sit down and process all that I learned about. New York is awesome and amazing and I love it every time I go there. What I don’t love is that it takes me twelve hours (TWELVE HOURS) door-to-door (Drives to and from the airport, two flights, a layover between flights, flying from one side of the continent to the other, ETCETERA). That alone would be enough to wipe me out, but the three-hour time difference kills me. I’m GREAT in the evenings. In the mornings, not so much.

Droopy eyelids aside (I’m writing this on the plane! Welcome to the future!), I couldn’t have asked for a better experience, both during the event and in my free time. You see, the event was looking for a Canadian blogger to complement the American contingent, two of us were submitted for them to choose from, and they picked us BOTH. And the other blogger was ALI. Who is my GOOD FRIEND. And in the email where we were told that we were both chosen, we were told that our friend Sarah would be there too! Another GOOD FRIEND. NEW YORK CITY AT CHRISTMAS with TWO GOOD (AND HILARIOUS) FRIENDS made it THE BEST TIME EVER.

(I’d apologize for the CAPS LOCK, but I can’t. And I won’t.)

Outside of the event, we did what you do in NYC. We met another good friend for dinner.

We walked around the city, I saw the Freedom Tower.

The Freedom Tower. #nyc

I was also at Ground Zero for my very first time.

My first time at Ground Zero. #nyc

Woah.

We made our way to Rockefeller Plaza to see the tree. THE TREE.

The treeeeeeeeee. #rockefellercenter #nyc #omg

I still can’t believe it. I would have been more emotional about it, but then Ali took this photo and I couldn’t stop laughing.

I had to take a photo of the skating rink. People actually skate there! It’s not just in the movies!

Next time, I'll rent skates. #latergram #nyc

Next time, I’m renting skates.

I was pretty taken with the lights in general.

We walked around some more and I took another photo of The Tree.

More of the tree. #rockefellercenter #nyc

It was time to grab a cab and head back to the hotel, but not before (almost being hit by another cab while) taking a photo of Times Square.

Worth it!

When the event was done on Wednesday, we had a few hours before we had to leave for the airport, so we headed back to Times Square. As one does.

Being tourists. #timessquare  #nyc

So many people, so many things to see, and I got to spend it with women I love. We talked shop, we shared about our kids, we laughed until we cried. I’ll be grinning for a week, if not more. Once I catch up on my sleep, of course.

*Pre-teen kids these days still use that phrase when they like a boy or girl in their class. Don’t ask Ali and I how we know this.

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  1. Sharon December 6, 2012 2:27 am edit

    Going to NYC at Christmas time has always been a dream of mine as well. Glad I can live vicariously through your trip! :)

    1. angella December 6, 2012 4:00 pm edit

      You need to go! SO AMAZING. :)

  2. Hannah December 6, 2012 4:50 am edit

    Ohhhh, I love NY as well. Such an amazing city. And I have enjoyed seeing your photos on FB the last few days. I’d definitely love to visit at this time of year to see the Christmas lights because they are SO pretty. Glad you had a great time!

    1. angella December 6, 2012 4:01 pm edit

      I did! And if you ever get back over here, I recommend going. You’ll love it!

  3. Kami December 6, 2012 11:16 am edit

    Looks and sounds like so much fun!

    1. angella December 6, 2012 4:02 pm edit

      SO FUN. Go, if you can. :)

  4. alimartell December 6, 2012 2:03 pm edit

    Was so, so awesome to spend the last few days with you. :)

    1. angella December 6, 2012 4:02 pm edit

      Back atcha, pretty lady. :)

  5. SamiJoe December 6, 2012 3:31 pm edit

    Yep I agree. NYC at Christmastime can’t be beat! (And your pictures are lovely!)

    1. angella December 6, 2012 4:03 pm edit

      Thank you! And you’re so, so right. :)

  6. Kristabella December 6, 2012 3:59 pm edit

    So jealous!

    And they’ve been using that phrase since I was a pre-teen. Which was NOT RECENTLY. :)

    1. angella December 6, 2012 4:03 pm edit

      Ha! ME NEITHER. Which is what makes it so funny. It’s stood the test of time! ;)

  7. frelle December 6, 2012 5:18 pm edit

    What a great time, and such beautiful pictures!! Thank you for sharing these moments with us!!

    1. angella December 7, 2012 3:38 pm edit

      Glad you like them :)

  8. Elaine December 7, 2012 12:45 am edit

    You know I sorta, almost got hit by a bus while taking a pic when I was there for BlogHer!! I posted the pic on my blog just because I had to. ;)

    Glad you had such a great time. It really IS amazing this time of year! Now go rest!

    1. angella December 7, 2012 3:39 pm edit

      I’m trying! There’s just so much to DO. :)

  9. Teri December 7, 2012 12:56 am edit

    This post is so full of pure joy! I love it!

    1. angella December 7, 2012 3:39 pm edit

      Thanks! I’m still smiling the big smile. :)

  10. Chrisor (ynotkissme) December 10, 2012 10:54 pm edit

    I’m so happy that you got to have such a wonderful experience! I had a whirlwind weekend in NYC once many yrs ago. Hubby was going for work & asked me at the last minute. I threw a bag together & we got to our hotel at 3 am. We didn’t even get 48 hrs in the city but we squeezed in so much! Walking in the snow and just the sightseeing is unbelievable. Your pictures are always amazing. The fact you got to spend time with such fabulous ladies is indeed a plus! :-)

  11. Nocatee florida homes for sale December 12, 2012 12:19 am edit

    Cool pictures and these photographs are telling that you had a great time. It was quite interesting to read your blog. Keep sharing like this.

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