It was a good week, though. Last weekend we had more snow (surprise) and so we were snowed in with Sam's parents. We played some games and enjoyed the snow from inside. We also had a fun little breakfast trip to a local diner one morning. We came home on Monday and my brother arrived that day, too, visiting on his week off from university in Toronto. He was suitably and gratifiyingly impressed by all our snow. It is really fun to see him with Oliver. We had a quiet week spending time with him. On Wednesday I went to my first ever yoga class and actually really enjoyed it. I felt all sore the next day but I think I'll go back because it makes a nice complement to all the running I do (or used to do and will hopefully start up again when the snow melts and the sidewalks are useable).
On Thursday, my aunt drove down from Vermont for a weekend visit. We got up early on Friday to drive down to NYC. Oliver was so well-behaved on the drive, so we only stopped once, at a fortuitously located IKEA in Conmecticut. I fed Oliver while everyone else looked around, and then we got $1 cinnamon buns just for fun. In NYC, we had a lot of fun. It was surreal to be somewhere with barely any snow, and I kept commenting on how easy it was to push the stroller along giant sidewalks totally devoid of snow. We had amazing Vietnamese food for lunch; I had a lemongrass pork banh mi that was absolutely perfect. Then we did lots of walking around in the freezing cold, eventually ending up on Wall St and then visiting the 9/11 memorial. It was sad and awful and real and pretty weird to leave and realize that 9/11 was so long ago (14 years!) and what a terrible thing it was. It was really late by then - around 9 - as we made our way back to my great-aunt's where we were staying, so we just stopped quickly at this awesome Japanese place for dinner. We shared a Kobe beef burger and two sushi rolls at this place that was sort of fast food/cafeteria esque, but delicious and beautiful. It reminded me a little of places I ate in London, especially this one Japanese place on Tottenham Court road, near UCL. We got some hot chocolate mix on the way home and then has that back at that apartment before going to bed.
On Saturday, we had breakfast at a bagel place near the apartment (on the Upper East Side) that were delicious and felt very New Yorky. It was a bit warmer so we took the subway down to Soho to walk around there. We ended up going to Union Square and visiting the farmer's market there, where we bought hot apple cider to drink. We wandered around and looked in some fun stores and eventually ended up in Chinatown. We were looking for a place to have dim sum, and ended up at a tiny restaurant that served amazing food (but not dim sum style). It was sort of starting to snow by then so wea made our way back to our car and then began the long, long six hour drive home on horrible roads. There were so many accidents on the way that it was really scary, and we stopped twice so I could feed Oliver, but we made it eventually. Then we had Indian food as my brother's last meal before be flew back to Toronto early this morning.