Thursday, January 2, 2014

What I Did on my December Blogcation

I thought I was very clever and had created a new word: Blogcation. But just to be sure I googled it and Blogcation already exists in Blogland. It's still the perfect word to describe the blogging hiatus I took last week. At least a dozen times I got ready to write a post, but then realized I was on blogcation. I did keep a few notes and if I was in the fifth grade this would be the essay I would write, sort of.

In no particular order...

1) I survived a massive plumbing disaster that began Christmas afternoon and was completed twenty four hours later. Our building was built in 1911 and as charming as that is the plumbing is close to antique, which is a lot less charming. Luckily the building super was home when I discovered the problem and as luckily, I was staying at friends' on Christmas night, and more luckily a plumber arrived on Christmas night. All's well now and I am so grateful for modern plumbing and running water.

2) For the first time in several decades I completed my card list, and more amazingly really enjoyed writing them. It's felt like an obligation for years -- and it was with all the things I needed to do for work -- but this was pure pleasure. I had such a good time I've already started thinking about next year's cards.

3) Shared Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with dear friends.

4) Signed up for my umpteenth round of physical therapy. I started today and I think I'm doing better than I expected. I have a really nice therapist and the stretching actually felt good.

5) Finally made it to Macy's. When K, one of my most devoted readers, said "When will you get to Macy's?" I knew I had to brave the crowds -- wall to wall people -- and take some long-promised pictures. I didn't get upstairs to try on sweaters, but I'm hoping there will be a day next week when it's neither snowing, nor ten degrees and I will actually go shopping there.      

This year they had a woodland theme...

The brown pillars are tree trunks

The store windows on 34th Street told the story of "Miracle on 34th Street."

And that, my friends, is what I did on my blogcation. 

It's really snowing here, not just the dusting we got last night. I've got a magazine, a few new books on my kindle and some lively chat going on Facebook. I've got enough food to last a week and I'm stocked with supplies to bake oatmeal cookies tomorrow. I think it's time to make a cup of hot cocoa and to wish you all a warm and cozy evening. 

As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care of yourself.  


Nellie said...

I have only been in Macy's one time, and that was in Nashville a few years ago. We do not have one here. Are they known for such beautiful displays? I love the window!

I think we are having a bit of snow here tonight! It will probably only be a dusting, though. That's about what is usual for us.

Enjoy staying warm! Cookies and cocoa! Yum!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy New year my friend! I hope you stay safe in this coming storm. Love the photos you took at Macy's. How beautiful the window displays are! Warm hugs, Diane

Mevely317 said...

Seriously? Seriously, that's what Macy's looks like at Christmas?
(OK, I've obviously been living under a rock.) Onto the bucket-list!

Funny, I was just thinking of you when Tom informed me NYC was about to experience another big snow. Glad you're safe and warm!

Vicky Hunt said...

Sounds like a lovely Blogcation....minus the plumbing problems! Glad that's taken care of. The photos are gorgeous! I loved visiting Macy's on my one trip to NYC! I would love to go at Christmas time though....some day! I will enjoy looking at your photos until then though. Blessings, Vicky

Lynda said...

You did great with Christmas cards! I still didn't get mine out and miss that - - - but I did enjoy Christmas more this year than in the years past when I worked. PT is hard work but I always felt better afterwards, too. Beautiful pics of Macy's.

Anonymous said...

The Macy's photos are gorgeous. Glad you are prepared for the cold and happy your plumbing is working well again. We had a plumbing disaster a few weeks back, so I can sympathize!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Macy's is lovely! I'm glad you got the plumbing problems resolved in good time. I know that's no fun. I saw on the news that your area is getting hit by the snow, so I'm glad you are warm and safe. Enjoy your books and baking!

Leslie said...

Oh.. I love that Macy's & those wooden escalators! Sorry about your christmas day plumbing problems, glad that it is all fixed up!
It is snowing here in Baltimore too.. I just made the white knuckle drive home from work, the roads were yucky.
Happy New Year!

Catherine said...

Dear Carol,
I had a bit of a plumbing problem a couple of days before Christmas. It was a clogged sink and I was quite surprised and happy that I fixed it!! Of course, it was at least 3 1/2 hours later, but I did it. I was very happy to save that money.
I have not been to the city in years! Macy's window looks real pretty.
I am glad that you enjoyed your holidays.
Also happy to hear your therapy is going well.

All the very best for a wonderfully blessed New Year.
Catherine xo


Stay warm during the snow storm.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

One of the last places I visited in Manhattan last year was Macy's of Herald Square to see Santa Claus ;) It's such a fun store to visit -- love the old wooded escalators!

I hope the storm did not have as much snow as predicted, and warmer temperatures will soon return, Carol.

Have a Happy and healthy 2014!

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Lynn said...

I have heard so much about Macy's seen a bit of it in movies but this was much more fun :-). the end of your post made me laugh though I know bad weather is no laughing matter...stay tucked in safe and sound.

Theresa said...

Warm and cozy wishes to you too dear friend! Enjoy the view and your "stay inside" kinda day:) HUGS!

Melinda said...

Sounds like you had a great
blogcation minus the plumbing
Macy's looks festive a ever!

We loved your card.

Enjoy and stay safe.

M : )

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Glad you are in today keeping warm and cozy. It's way too cold to be out unless you absolutely have too. I've been in for most all of this week. I had done shopping enough to have everything I needed until after New Years and I still have plenty so no need to go out. Take care and stay warm!

Grammy Staffy said...

It sounds like you had a lot going on during your blogcation. I'm having plumbing problems of my own.... my head pipes aren't working right. I must have a leak because my nose has a constant drip that nothing has been able to remedy. That drip is overflowing to my throat which is plugging up my pipes and making breathing difficult and coughing constant. Wish I could get a plumber to fix my leak as well as you did. Hugs, Lura

Levi Eslinger said...

Such unfortunate incident right on Christmas Day itself is really a burden. Good thing you have it checked by a professional right away. How's it now? Seems like you had a lot of things on hand during the Holidays, kind off jealous how much fun you had. Hehe!

Levi Eslinger @ Capital Plumbing CA