Thanksgiving in New York City

I think it’s high time I introduce to you two of my cutest friends.

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When we first set foot in New York I wanted a kitten so bad. I pestered Billy until he finally consented that we would look. I’d already been sneakily looking at kittens in Manhattan, trying to find the prettiest ones, so when he gave the go-ahead I jumped into action. We were at an adoption event at Petco within two hours. We only wanted one kitten, but they had a policy that if you bought a kitten, you had to buy another (or have another pet at home) as it benefits your cat and you. So that’s how we ended up with Merry and Pippin.

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I’m warning you now. There will be a lot of cat pictures forthcoming. They’re just too stinkin’ cute.

Now let’s talk about one of the most amazing holidays ever.

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time. To set the scene: the leaves are all red and gold as they cascade and dance around you. The chilly breeze lets you wear the coziest, warmest outfits to work. All the people around you are kinder and friendlier. Thanksgiving is a beautiful time where everyone shows their love and everything changes.

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On Thanksgiving Day we started out early by going to the Macy’s Day Parade.

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Wow!

I never watched the parade on television before. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to go now that I was here. But enough people asked if I was going that I decided, why not? It also helps that the parade goes right by my work building and they offered to let us watch from the 23rd floor.

As we walked to the parade I couldn’t believe how many roads were blocked off and how many people were around. The crowds were enormous!

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It was awesome sneaking into the building by the service entrance and showing Billy where I work. And then we crawled out to the balcony. Only one other couple from work showed up and we all had a good time. The wind was chilly, but the day was beautiful. And the balcony had some amazing views.

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As we waited for the parade we had a fun time looking around. And of course we had to take a picture with this beauty.

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The parade went by and it was so much better than I was expecting! The big floats were so cute, the marching bands were loud and they all sounded great, and everyone else marching down the road wore such creative costumes. I mean, we had walking eggs, magicians, pieces of cake, clowns, and everything in between.

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Look at all those people lining the street! I was glad not to be down in those crowds.

This is the window we’d use to warm up (and crawl onto the balcony as there isn’t a door).

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Eventually we decided to head out. I’m glad we had the opportunity to see the parade from two angles.

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We had a fun time at home preparing food to bring to our friend’s Corrine and Preston’s apartment later. The four of us were joining our Thanksgiving meals. They were in charge of the turkey, gravy, stuffing, and pies. We brought the mashed potatoes, veggies, and rolls. It all turned out so great (despite the top of the turkey having caught on fire (don’t worry – it didn’t affect the flavor)). The food was amazing, and the company was even better. I’m so glad we decided to share our meal. While we waited for the food to settle, we played a few rounds of Exploding Kittens and a fun round of Scrabble. Since Billy can’t spell and Corinne always wants to win so bad (she blatantly cheats), we ended up with words like Snugt, IceSwan, Quirkx, and IronSides. It was definitely the funnest game of Scrabble I’ve ever played. While that went on we soon found room for desert.

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It was a great night well spent.

Another great quality about Thanksgiving is the extra days off work that comes with it. Since neither of us had work the next day, we decided to do some light Black Friday shopping. Our first and most important stop was at the two Goodwill’s on 79th and 72nd. I bought two dresses and a new pair of shoes for so cheap!

While we still had another free day, we decided to head over to the Inwood Hill Park, which happens to only be one stop away. We actually walked there from our apartment and we were both surprised by how close it was.

And it is so beautiful!

We chose to go here because someone had recommended it to us (the best way to find the best places of New York). There was hardly anyone there so the whole park was ours for a while. The wind was pretty cold but being surrounded by these trees was well worth the chill. The park is 196 acres of untouched Manhattan. We are definitely coming back to explore more later.

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Have I mentioned how much I love this season?

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Such an amazing week! I’m so grateful to be living in such an incredible city, and that I’m living here with such an incredible man who not only puts up with me, but also loves me and shows it everyday. How did I ever get so lucky?

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