Just a quick note. Had my surgery today. Seems to have gone well but I guess the doc will tell me in the morning. I haven’t had a crash, or other accident. Developed a hernia about three months ago.
So fixed hopefully and I can get back to my forest running and my riding, and playing with my kids again without concern.
Once it heals of course
Miss 5 completed her first year (Kindergarten) in school this year… amongst the reading, writing and maths she also learnt that a snack should be left out for Santa and his reindeer, so they’ve piled off to bed but not before some milk, cookies and an apple were left out.
Not sure how all the reindeer are going to split one apple, but never mind. Maybe Santa will share his cookies?
Merry Christmas everyone. (yes I know I said it a couple of posts ago as well)
This is way off topic… but I’m so proud of my dad.
He’s now 68 and today he’s just finished this bike race… the Whaka 100. Its a 100km single track mountain bike race held annually in Rotorua, NZ. It took him 9h 47m (he planned on 10h). I don’t think he won, even in his age group, but that doesn’t matter to me (or him I imagine).
I can’t guess how tired he is right now, but that’s an amazing thing to do. Awesome work dad
We made it home. The girls were great sleeping almost the whole way home. I’ll go back through some of the older posts and add some more photos but apart from that, the holiday is over.
Of course that will have to wait until our phone line and subsequently the Internet connection gets fixed. 😒
Update: almost 2 days later, and still no phone. Okay so the first day was a Sunday, but still!
We’re all checked out now. Just have to wait until late evening for our flight. We’ve discovered the Children’s Creativity Museum which is like a giant interactive imagination experiment for kids and is very cool. Great way to kill a few hours with the kids in central SF.
Then it’s the 14 hours of flight and home.
And then it’s trying to remember how to play MWO and learning the new stuff in WoW. Don’t think the MWO is open yet so won’t post about it. And my mail order Mists expansion could be a week or two delayed. At least the crowds in the start areas will have died off somewhat by the time I actually get in there.
The kids are asleep beside me as we hurtle through the sky. New York is well behind us now and we’re headed to our last stop, San Francisco. I could actually update this as we go as the plane has wifi on board. Of course you pay for the privilege but it’s pretty amazing never the less.
Not sure what we finished up with in NY. Tried some more food, I managed to have a hot dog in NY, a pizza in NY and NY cheesecake, so that’s some things I always wanted to do. There are so many places to eat. Some expensive (like the lobster paella we had) some not.
We stumbled across a market that took over 8th Ave from 42nd to the park. Apparently, like the Darkmoon Fairie used to, it pops up all over the city. I made it to the USS Intrepid museum. You might know it from Will Smith’s I Am Legend, where he tees off from the back of an airplane. It’s a WW2 Aircraft Carrier that is also a Air & Space museum. Here I managed to see a Shuttle, the Kennedy Space Centre is still waiting for theirs at the moment.
NY was nice to see, but I’m not sure we’d be back. I loved Central Park, but I’m not a shopper so didn’t really care for that. Mrs thought the prices were high after Outlet shopping in Vegas (previous trip to US) and Orlando. She also didn’t really like the busy nature of the place. I hate to think how cold NY could be in the middle of winter!
So we’re off to SF for a rest, any last minute shopping, before the last stretch home. SF is more appealing to us than LA, just didn’t really like LA last time. And a better paced place, it’s kinda like Melbourne.
Still in New York at the moment. We have a couple more days before we head to our last stop in San Francisco.
We’ve been doing a few touristy things so far. We visit the World Trade Centre site and Memorial. Miss 5 got very curious about the big holes and all the names and what it was all about. I explained it in simple but didn’t shy away from the fact that they are all dead people. She also asked about the flags, photos and other stuff that people had attached to some of the names. When I explained they had been put there by friends or family who missed their dead friends, she said “I miss them all too.” very cute and touching comment.
She has asked me to repeat the explanation several times since, so she is definitely moved by the whole thing.
Moving on, we headed over to Liberty Is to visit the Statue. Still closed for renovations for its 125 anniversary so you can’t go in, but you can walk around the base. Big, but actually smaller than I thought, and not as imposing on the harbour as I had always thought.
We’ve done a couple of bus tours, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge (and back) and celebrated the now Miss 3′s birthday at Hard Rock Cafe. She did get a little scared when the waiter called for the whole place to wish her Happy Birthday! But she enjoyed her ice cream
Not sure what we have planned for the next couple of days. Any suggestions?
Waterfalls at WTC Memorial
Statue of Liberty
Massive sandwich at Carnige Deli
Part of the Guggenheim, sure, but also the building that Agent K chases an alien up at the start of MIB, before he joins MIB.
Never thought I’d do my morning run around Central Park. You guys have a cool park here. Kids enjoyed some of the playground too. We haven’t done much in the way of tourist stuff, tomorrow we plan to see the Statue of Liberty and also Ground Zero.
We did head down to the pier this evening and saw the Memorial Light Beam. That’s simply a stunning idea and looks awesome. It’s hard to believe that since that day, this is the first year my work hasn’t been directly involved in or supporting the Iraq or Afghanistan operations.
On a note closer to home, Mrs Mabaho is not really enjoying herself in NYC, but I think it’s a case of overload, because there seems to be a store for every brand she can think of.And it turns out that the Outlet shopping in Orlando was really good prices for the same stuff!
Me, I like it, I feel very comfortable, and it’s so easy to get around. I thought the street naming system would be silly, but it works very well. Food is everywhere and I just want to try it all!
So far we’ve had lunch in Times Square, visited the “biggest” shoe floor in the world, rode a ferris wheel inside Toys R Us and had lunch at Rockefeller Centre (really yummy). I still plan to see the USS Intrepid and we still need to celebrate Miss 2′s third birthday while we’re here. It’s also funny, as it was in DC, seeing stuff from movies, tv shows and I’m right there.
Ok just a quick post as we wait for the plane from Washington DC to New York. DC was monumental… Well it seemed like every corner had a monument to some one.
Never the less it was pretty amazing to stand in some places I’d only seen on news or movies. Finding Australia mentioned on the Korean Memorial was a nice touch.
So the Big Apple is next.
We didn’t make Disney last night, started raining.
A late start today with the idea to hit the Epcot Centre until dinner, then switch to Disney to catch the parade. And that’s pretty much how it went.
Except that we left it a little late to switch over and didn’t find a good spot, but to be honest the parade at Anaheim 2 years ago was far better. Then the kids got tired and we headed home before the fireworks.
Disney done, at least for this trip.
Epcot was interesting, not many rides, and some “world experiences” that they’d actually put a fair bit of effort into within the bounds that it was a theme park.
Mulan got done over here too! So every country (eleven I think) is staffed by nationals from that country… French in the France one, Germans in the German one and Chinese in the China one, etc. Characters from those countries were there and we finally found Mulan
So to speak.
They had an American playing Mulan. Seriously she had a pointy nose, western eyes, American accent… She might have had some Asian ancestry but it wasn’t obvious. Even my girls, half filipino would have been more authentic! By comparison, Mary Poppins and Alice (from Wonderland, not Resident Evil, lol) had strong English accents. Mulan sounded liike she came from California.
I’ll post some pictures once I edit them somehow.