Back to Work

I didn’t realize it until I was in the Super Shuttle pulling away from Abrams Books where I met my editor and my agent for the first time that morning. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” was playing on the radio and I looked out the windows at all the busy-ness and bustle of the city streets, the holiday lights in the shop windows, and the heat rushing up from the subway grates in the sidewalks. It hit me. I was leaving at the BEGINNING of the best time of year in the city. For one little moment, I felt it: that holiday spirit. It was a tinge.

Suddenly, I didn’t want to rush out of the city to get back home. Yes, I DID want to go home. I wanted to be with my hubby and my Lucy, to sleep in my own bed, and feel the comfort of home. But I didn’t really want to leave this crazy place. I love the adrenaline of NYC.

A quick recap:

Our anniversary started off with breakfast at The Brooklyn Diner where Jerry Seinfeld was also having breakfast. We sat down and I saw him right away. Hubby said the look on my face was priceless. I tried to take a picture but it’s a bit blurry:

We went shopping on Fifth Avenue and made a stop in Tiffany’s...I got an anniversary necklace!

We got a behind-the-scenes tour of 30 Rockefeller Center and a chance to watch a taping of Jimmy Fallon’s show. Katie Holmes was the guest. That’s me in the audience with both my arms raised, no, not at the bottom but in the middle.

That night, we had dinner in Little Italy, which was awesome.

The next day included a trip to the top of the Empire State Building...

There was also a pilgrimage to Dick Blick and ABC Home, and dinner with my cousin.

And then, the REAL reason I was there: the teaching of two workshops to a GREAT group of women...

Students listening to instruction during Tape and Doodle Stew.

After we got done playing in our holiday journals for the day!

Me and Michele, my gracious host, after we got done with our holiday journals!

It was such a great week. I feel so lucky!

But I don’t think Lucy wanted her vacation with Grammy to end...