another reason to love New York (if I needed any more)

One of the best things about living in New York City is literally being in everyone’s way. People are coming to and through the city for business or on their way to vacation all the time. And I just happen to be here, so I get to see everyone as a bonus! I’m greatly thankful for this opportunity, because back when we were living in out of the way places like North Idaho and in Russia, I couldn’t dream of having friends swing by there from time to time to visit by chance.

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Our favorite Northwesterners Lanette and Ben came for a visit recently and we had such a great time! We walked all over Williamsburg, DUMBO, Chinatown, Central Park and The Met. We ate at Diner, Harlem Shake, Bakeri, Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles, and Benjamin made his special pizza for dinner one of the nights.

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This week we’re having guests again! Ben’s mom is stopping with us for a couple of days on her way to Europe. I wish everyone could just move here already, but for now I’m glad so many airplanes use New York as a hub.

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In the other news, this weekend wasn’t as dynamic as I usually prefer. I’ve had a terrible show-stopping headache for the past few days. We still tried to get out of the house: we explored the East Village on Saturday in an unsuccessful search for Ukrainian grocery shops, and traveled to the very north of Manhattan island to discover a tiny Russian store in Washington Heights today. That was the end of my courage and willpower, I sure hope I don’t need to exercise any more of them tomorrow. Enough, headaches!