What a week it has been! We’re all packed up and camping out in a hotel until Sunday when the journey Westward begins. It has been a week full of the work of moving, emotional goodbyes, and last visits to favorite places.
Earlier this week Sweetie and I decided to take a break from all things Moving and head into Manhattan for the day. This is where our relationship really blossomed, and it will always be a special place for the two of us. We became a real team navigating life in the city, growing from college kids into adults. I learned that if I could survive there, anything was possible.
At the beginning of the day rain, traffic, long train rides, and negotiating stairs with a stroller in tow made this seem like a very bad idea. By the end of the day, however, we were both feeling relaxed and happy to have made the trip. It could have been the wine at dinner, but mostly I think it was just good to get out and play.
We also made a side trip across the river to Jersey City, the site of our 1st East Coast apartment. It was where we landed back in early 2002, our home base while I attended culinary school in the city. Our first friends in JC were these fellows, two of the most warm, generous, and stylish men I know. Not only did they make us feel at home in a new city, they helped us with careers and even hosted our wedding in their home. It was so good to introduce them to PB and reconnect before leaving.
This photo was taken in their store, Smith & Chang General Goods. Check it out.
And just when I was already overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude and friendship, my Stitch ‘n Bitch group had to go and get all crafty and sentimental on me. Check out what they did for me here and here (I’d post my own photos, but the gift got packed up already…). It was really a touching and memorable sendoff, and I will be forever grateful for their thoughtfulness and friendship. I’ll miss knitting with you ladies!
The last goodbye was probably the most difficult. Stripedsocks and I were introduced by a mutual knitting friend just over 2 years ago. We had met in passing at the yarn store where she works, but neither of us had any idea just how much we had in common or how well we would get along. Fortunately for us, someone else did! We became fast friends and have encouraged each other through pregnancies, mama drama, knitting conundrums, Rhinebeck purchases, bad movies, birthdays, holidays, and much, much more. I’ll miss you, my friend!
Rhinebeck 2009 in our Verity hats