Stepping it up.

Apologies to those hoping for more puppy pictures. The action has shifted 3,000 miles eastward and I feel like I have walked at least that far this week. 17,630 steps yesterday, 18,112 the day before and miles and miles to go today.

Because it’s this time of year again:


You can run from a birthday but you can’t hide, especially if you are lucky enough to have such precious family and friends who inexplicably decide to celebrate you, lift you up, ignore your deep flaws and even deeper wrinkles and make you so grateful to have creaked your way around another year.

What a week this has been! The CE held down the fort with sassy little Lily while I jetted in to NYC to see a different superstar: P!nk at Madison Square Garden! With son Daniel as my date! Unforgettable experience!

And hard to believe that was just the opening act for the week. Up early the next day for breakfast with dear friends Judy and Wendy who made the trek from California for a whirlwind girlfriends’ meet-up in the city. We’ve talked about doing this for years and it finally all came together.

Breakfast was not, alas, at Tiffany’s, but Nougatine sufficed quite nicely with avocado toast for Wendy:


We did the 30-second apartment tour:


And then it was on to Ft. Tryon Park and The Cloisters. A magical, exquisite place. Memorable for the art, the tapestries and not least of all,  endless flights of stone stairs hewn into the hillside park.

Birthday dinner at Balthazar that night – a perfect trifecta of companions – Wendy, Judy and Daniel – and a perfect dessert duo at the end (we couldn’t pick just one!)

Yesterday we walked over to Hudson Yards and had a lovely ladies’ lunch with a view at the new outpost of Estiatorio Milos, then breezed through the fabulous new Neiman Marcus and paid a visit to The Vessel.


We walked the High Line, where our trip-planning mastermind Judy found her niche:


Last night was “Ain’t Too Proud” on Broadway – great fun!


And now I’ve got to run because we are off for more adventures this morning. I’ll let you know if I break the 20,000 step mark…

Thank you to everyone dear to me for the beautiful birthday wishes, flowers, uplifting encouragement and cheer. And especially especially to my beloved CE for gifting me this adventure. Get here soon – I miss you!



About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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4 Responses to Stepping it up.

  1. Jean Gutsche says:

    Yay for a delightful birthday!!!!😀

  2. Dad4Gracie says:

    A very nice post! (Although I am one of the people hoping for more puppy photos!)

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