As much as I love New York, I find it necessary to have a balance between the city and the country. When I've been away from Arkansas for a few months, I find myself wanting the trees, water, quiet, and outdoors time that I grew up with. My parent's house is a pretty amazing place. Located in the middle of the National Forest, our 40 acres are home to a wide array of wildlife and a few non-compliant cats and dogs. It was a pretty non-traditional childhood; we made our own electricity, had a wood-burning hot water heater, and didn't get a land-line phone until three years ago. It's one of the few places you can really get away from it all, as your cell will probably not work out here. The GPS, however, works perfectly (so much better than in the city), so I took a few pictures.
Here's where we are. Good 'ol Northwest Arkansas.
We have deer and turkey in the yard pretty regularly. Mom feeds them during the winter.
Lazy kitty taking a nap. She likes to sleep with her head on the side of the chair.
My parents on a walk down the road.
Jack Rabbit Frost. This is the most amazing thing to see in person. The stem of these plants are hollow, so when it freezes, the moisture is wicked up the stem and as it escapes, freezes into these amazingly delicate swirls and circles of ice.
I've been wanting to go to the Mythical Creatures exhibit at the Natural History Museum for months now. Janine, my former roomie, and her bf Matt drug me away from a day of errands to finally go see it (thanks, guys!). Unfortunately, picture taking is not allowed, but I highly reccomend seeing the exhibit in person. I turned the GPS on outside the museum, and it mapped my pictures as soon as I uploaded them anyway. Love how that works.
Janine and Matt
This Sunday we went to the Jets/Browns game over in the Meadowlands. Now the first Jets game I went to, my friend Tara won a contest which entitled her to a limo full of beer and tickets for about 8 of us. This time around we were not nearly as VIP, but it was still fun. Best part was the little kids playing football at halftime, so freaking cute. GPS was great- you can even see which side of the stadium we were seated in.
Sunday brought the first snowfall to NYC. Only around an inch, but very pretty. It's always a mixed bag of emotions when this happens, because although it gets me in the spirit of the season, it also reminds me just how far behind I am on my holiday shopping. Took the GPS on a little walk around the city this week to see the store windows. I found that it had a hard time in Midtown where the buildings were close together. I ended up almost in the street with my arm up in the air trying to get it to receive satellite coverage. Fortunately it's NY and there were so many people around that I got just a few sideways glances. Here are the highlights from Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle, Bergdorf and Bloomingdales. You can't pay me money to get near Rockefeller Center in December, and I avoid Macy's if at all possible. Uptown is nice during the week and in the evening though.
You can view my pics on the map here as the computer is having issues and dosen't want to upload the interactive version.