“So no one told you life was gonna be this way”

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Now, if you know that the title of this post is the opening line and recognize this couch, than you and I are kindred spirits!

For the 20th anniversary of the first episode of Friends, and in true New York fashion, 8 o’clock Coffee recreated Central Perk in Soho. What a brilliant idea.

I grew up watching this show. I’ve seen each episode at least 15 times each, tell me a line and I will know what episode it’s from. Along with Sex and the City, all real life events will always remind of an episode of Friends, I can walk down the street, see something, or hear something and laugh because it’ll remind me of Friends. I can re-watch Friends a million times and laugh every.single.time! Without fail!

It goes without saying, I love Friends! The news that NetFlix will start streaming it January 1, 2015…O.M.G! You won’t ever get me off it (Hard enough as it is already, currently catching up with Once upon a Time and waiting with baited breathe for Season 10 of Grey’s Anatomy)

When they opened the doors to the pop up Central Perk in Soho, it automatically became a must do! Unfortunately, life took hold and we only managed to make it down to Soho the day before they closed the doors and they weren’t handing out any more passes for that evening! I was so upset, I couldn’t talk, DH promised me that we would return first thing the next day and try our luck, I agreed, but I was still too upset to talk (until he took me into a paper store and all the pretty paper cheered me right up!)

So bright and early the following day, DH literally pushed me out of bed and we made our way down to Soho. We was already a line that wrapped around the block a couple of times. We joined the line at 8:15am. They weren’t opening until 10am. And slowly we watched the mania and absolutely hysteria unfold in front of us.

Waiting in line for 4 hours!

Waiting in line for 4 hours!

The line continued to grow and grow as the morning went on. It wrapped around itself a couple of times before security came along and re-started the line on the next block, but no one told the new joiners where to go so they continued to join the double line and all hell broke loose when they realized there were two lines.

Our line managed to avoid all the hysteria and received our entry passes for an 11am slot. At about 10:40 a silly security guard told us to all leave as we already had our passes and to come back 5 minutes before our time slot. We all looked at him like he was insane and no one budged, we weren’t losing our spot in line regardless. Slowly but surely we shuffled closer and closer to the entrance and like magic we were through the front doors!

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It was like my television came alive right in front of me, the white horse that Chandler and Joey ride in on when they move into Monica and Rachel’s apartment is the first thing you see and I almost lost it. DH didn’t understand what I was doing when I was posing in front of it, eh…as if you don’t know what I’m trying to do! I pity the fool! The Gellar Cup! Monica’s engagement ring…Phoebe’s guitar….SMELLY CAT!!!

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Everything in the pop up was free! Free entry, Free Coffee…except the merchandise…we could even take photos on the couch for free. It would have made an absolute killing, but by the grace of the friends God, they made it all FREE! We got our photo taken on the couch! It was so worn in, it was surreal for me to sit on that couch knowing it was where the entire cast sat for 10 years!

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The entire experience inside was about 10 minutes, a bit longer for us as we wanted to make our four hour wait a little bit more ‘worth it’.

It was a dream come for me, something that I never actually imagined that I could do.

And “so no one told you life was gonna be this way” to me…no one told me life could be this amazing!!!

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He’s my Lobster

Last SummerDaze in New York: Part Two

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As promised, my Hubby took me back to Central Park to go row a boat! He is definitely very good to me!

This time we had a mission, no dwadling, no grabbing a bite, no getting lost! Make a bee-line straight to the Row Boats. And that’s exactly what we did, except the smallish stop on a park bench to listen to a jazz band for a few minutes, we made it in good time though and there barely was a wait.

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⇑ We rowed so far to the edge of the pond that we actually beached ourselves and got stuck!

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People couldn’t process why a pregnant lady was rowing her husband around, I kept getting looks and mostly smiles, but they definitely found it strange. I don’t like missing out on fun activities, and I thought I wouldn’t be able to row, but I gave it go. I’ve been quite active and mobile during my pregnancy, but even I was surprised I was about to play on the row boats without making Pebbles unhappy.

I had so much fun rowing us around, DH was quite amused by it all. I must say though, he was almost ready to pull out of the entire expedition. He got himself worked up and was talking nonsense about being worried I’d fall in and the water is dangerous (haha) and I basically can to pitch to him that I.was.fine. and PLEASE do not take this away from me. Come Sunday, he was all for me having a row!

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It was another glorious day in Central Park, the sun was high and hot. We found a little shade and chilled for a few moments. Taking in this city and this view from a row boat on a pond in the middle of the concrete jungle. AMAZEBALLS!

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Did you know an hour goes quick? Who would have thought an hour on a row boat on a smallish pond would go so fast!?! We had lost track of time that we had to speed back to return the boat!

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⇑Bump takes the Literary Walk and finds some acorns!

We briefly stopped by the bar at the lake for a beer and a sparkling water to absorb all the fun we had and just be in the moment. Another glorious memory we made for ourselves, another Everyday Adventure to add to our books. It was a perfect weekend and I think I’ll be talking about this one for a long time!

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

xox

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Last SummerDaze in New York

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Feels like Fall has finally stepped into gear but over the weekend we were granted one final hurrah from Apollo this past weekend and it felt like summer wasn’t quite ready to lose the fight with winter and it was glorious! So, we headed up to Central Park for some wanderings, getting lost and ticking a couple of things off our New York Bucket List!

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⇑ Bump has brunch!!!

We started off our day with brunch of course! Le Grainne Cafe was actually the first cafe I visited when I moved to New York, I only had a latte, sat outside and though cute, there was a big white truck parked right in front of me, so it kind of ruined the atmosphere and I’ve been wanting to go back ever since to try their menu. In hindsight it maybe wasn’t the best idea while pregnant as there wasn’t much I could actually eat on the menu that I liked. I went with the omelet, I’m not sure why, cos I don’t even like omelets and ordering this, basically reconfirmed that I really don’t like omlets. BUT everything else was great, inside is adorably vintage French, the staff are buzzing around, busily tending to their tables, all with smiles on their faces. For such a busy New York Cafe, you could, maybe, excuse a place for having grumpy staff, you’d kind of expect it actually, but they really weren’t here. They were all really sweet and friendly. Will need to go back and have what DH had, I really miss my lattes and poached eggs! yummmmmm!

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I love Central Park. It is my favourite place in this entire city,  and the aim of today’s game was to go on a row boat adventure! But coming out of the subway, we ended up entering the park at a completely new entrance, so typically us, we got lost but I love getting lost here, you stumble upon new things and places all the time, like this ⇑ bridge! You know this bridge, everyone knows this bridge…ok my husband didn’t know about this bridge, but he isn’t into pop culture and rom coms like I am, so I can’t expect him to know this bridge. But I’ve been searching for this bridge forever! As you can see I was absolutely delighted to find it!

We’ve lived here for over a year now, we visit the park at least once a month sometimes more, but we found so much this weekend, it as amazing! How can you visit one place continuously for over a year and still find wonderful places? This is why I love New York! It’s impossible to be bored here, it’s jaw droppingly gorgeous and always buzzing!

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⇑Still lost, and I look down and it suddenly dawned on me…GAHHH I have a beach ball of a belly! Where did that come from! So crazy how your body changes, in what feels like, overnight!⇑

Central Park (4)We eventually found our way, it was about midday and we were starving. We figured we’d ‘grab a bite’ at The Boathouse. HA! Little did we know, this place isn’t for the faint hearted. As this decision lead to a 10 minute wait to be grab a buzzer that had an hour and half wait to be actually seated. We made the executive decision to just wait. We’ve been wanting to eat here for a while now, it was on the Bucket list, we’re here now, so we may as well. We did grab a something small for the bar to tie us over, sat in the courtyard and chatted and before we knew it, we were getting buzzed. And oOo so fancy here, worth the wait, but if you can get a reservation, I would plan it out a little better. I also like how spontaneous it was, something we’re trying to take advantage of while we can.

Central Park (5)After our fancy (THIRD!!!) brunch, we were ready to hit the high waters and go rowing! The sun was lower, so it was a perfect time to go, but it seemed everyone else had the same idea. The line was ridiculous! We took one look at each other and said, nope, no way! DH promised we would come back the next day when the line isn’t so crazy.

The day was still so perfect that I wasn’t ready to go home, we saw the lines for the Global Citizen Festival and decided that we’d plonk ourselves outside the gates and listen to the great live music. Though upon walking to the Great Lawn, we stumbled, once again, on a couple of other places we’d known about but hadn’t seen yet. The Alice in Wonderland statue and the Conservatory Water pond where you can sail boats! We scrapped the festival and wandered around here for a little while longer. There was a jazz band performing, children playing and the sun was setting, it was just magical.

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Seriously, #nofilter. The light is amazing (so are my fabulous Tiffany sunnies!)

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Though we didn’t get to do our row boat adventure on Saturday, DH promised me we’ll come back first thing tomorrow and row our hearts off! I loved this day regardless. It felt like a dream, because I mainly remember the light, the adventures of discovering so many new places in this beautiful park, the fun we had getting lost and wandering randomly through. Truly one of the best days I’ve had, and all in my back yard!