Friday, January 23, 2009

A new guy in my life......

...no silly, not HER...this is the Utah chocolate moose named Cocoa I brought to Ella..

It's her shelf-mate, Farley.

We met at the airport and the attraction was........... immediate..well, for ME anyway..

So, into my bag he went...for his first trip to New Jersey & New York...and a fine companion he was.

This day, we left Ella's condo in Jersey...snow on the ground, but sunny..misleading one to think it was warmer than the 12 degrees it was.

But first a stop at Dunkin Donuts for good coffee and a flat bread egg white sandwich..YUM-O

Short jaunt to the Path train to Penn station for the train to NYC..

Before you know it, we were at Crumbs - the cupcake shop in "the village"..Yep! THAT Village..
(can't spell Greenwich village..see??)

Now this is something we don't see in Utah..you can summon the police or fire department from the street- with a speaker..kinda like ordering fast food, huh?

"We're sending an officer...and would you like fries with that?"

Well, this shop says it all....Oh, La La! I think we embarrassed Farley...Sorry, Bud.

Washington Square Park..beautiful park in the snow - and the home of the copy of the Arc de Triumph you see in the opening scene of Friends..

See, they DO pick up the trash in the city!

Hey, he is an Irish bear you know....

We saw an actual automat! They still have them..well as least the ONE we saw...put your money in - turn the thingy and choose you food...

We still don't know what a egg cream is...but I wanted to show Farley the sign anyway..

Well, how rude! (Farley is not one to be intimidated by mere signage..)

On to Chinatown...we're walking, we're walking....

"What IS that?? Oh, never mind..I don't think I want to know.."

"Hey, put me down - this is SO not funny!"

"Psssst..wanna buy a purse? A Gucci for few dollars?? Follow me..."

Seriously, we were approached on the street by a young Asian woman and told to follow her..through the traffic, weaving in and out of the cabs ("Hey! I'm walkin' here!") into a small shop..no purses ??...UNTIL, she opens a secret door into a back room (and yes, we were nuts to actually follow her- but, hey we're only in New York for the day, right??) and AHHHH! Can it be?? Gucci, Prada, Coach..for..what? $2o?? OK, count me in!

Yep, me and Farley, Farley and I scored a real-honest-to-goodness-faux-made-in-China Gucci purse, proudly sayn on the front of the bag"Gucci - Italy"

Riiight...

On to Little Italy...ah the sights, the smells.....the Italian men! Sorry Farley, I digress...

Oh lookie, a large Italian pup with kisses for Farley!

Into the subway..and to .....OK Farley...that's NOT funny...MOVE over!

OK, that's better...it's Canal Street...you crack me up Farley...

I get it..."Where in the world is Farley?" Duh....Union Street???

Just get in and sit down, OK We need to go for another ride...

Oh my...Ground Zero....Look Farley..this is a precious place...a place of hope and incredible strength..a holy place...

Can't end the day without some GrEaT pizza - Ricotta Cheese and Tomato..hmmm..good :-)

Farley, do ya gotta "go" before we head on home??

Statues in the subway...art in surprising places...

Farley in surprising places...

Get out of her purse, Farley...Geesh! Some bears...

OK, yes, it would make for a cute photo...OK, smile...

Home, well almost. Just a quick walk from the station to the house...Didja have a good day, Farley??

I think he did - he was quiet for the rest of the night.

Hope you enjoyed meeting my new little guy. Have a fun Saturday and if you don't have a bear of your own...why not??

-me

15 comments:

Neabear said...

You have met my Helmi already right? This was a fun post. The Anal St thing cracked me up.

madrekarin said...

Wow! You and Farley did have quite an adventure! I cannot believe you followed that girl to the "back room"! Good night, Colleen!
It's been a looong time since I have been to New York. Thanks for the wonderful tour. :)

diane said...

Me too. Thank you for the tour of New York. This is a cheap way to travel. Thank you.
I know where to come when I need cheering up. Your post was very funny and Farly is so so so cute. I love bears or any soft toys.
Do your dogs get jeolous?

Shari said...

Thanks for the funny tour - Farley is quite the guide!! Wow, I didn't know there were still any automats!

And I love that moose. Makes me think of Mr. Moose on Capt. Kangaroo . . . and all those ping pong balls falling!!

Lucy said...

That was ADORABLE!!! I love Farley. Cutest post I've ever seen. I want to do that. I wonder how Hank would feel about a cross country tour. Hmmmmm.....

Irish Cottage Dreams said...

What a fun trip!! You should write childrens
books :) Your so funny!

I am glad you are back safely.

Hugs~kimme

Irish Cottage Dreams said...

What a fun trip!! You should write childrens
books :) Your so funny!

I am glad you are back safely.

Hugs~kimme

Bobbi said...

You are so, so funny! I can always count on a pick me up when I visit you! Thanks cutie.

Margaret Cloud said...

What a long day Farley, bet you were tired by the end of the day. Thank you for sharing your pictures of the day with us.

Betty said...

Farley was just sitting there with nothing to do...until you came along, scooped him up, took him across country, all through New York City (was he with you when you didn't get to meet the mayor in NJ?), into Chinatown (back rooms and all), and clear to Utah! Whew! I know he's so glad he's now a part of your family! What fun you had!

justmenancy said...

This is so cute! Love your blog! Take care! Hugs!

Mary said...

Love the post!!!! Sounds like you are much more brave then me to follow a woman in Chinatown. I'm scared of that section of town but I love Little Italy. Washington Square is so cool in the summer with all the old men playing chess. Glad you and Farley enjoyed the trip!

La Dolce Vita with LeAnn said...

OMG...had to show everyone in the house ANAL Street...we were rolling with laughter. Thanks for your words of encouragement today, my teaching job is fine, it is my very own personal business, a young web designer thinks we need a young attractive girl to be more involved....LOL I was pretty upset, but this to shall pass! I have confidence, thanks to friends like you.

Sweet Repose said...

After that tour, I'll follow Farley anywhere...except Anal Street...I just want you to know you make my dog bark...when I start laughing out loud she thinks someone is here, thus she barks...thanks Grammy...thanks alot, damned terriers!

Glad to have ya home!

sharon

Luminousvue said...

You are ny featured *Site to See!* I love all your pictures & words... the pictures with Farley, the pictures of your grand-daughter...! Many happy returns!

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