Why now, you ask?
Let me start by saying, I love New York. Seriously. It's probably one of my very favorite places to visit. But, I'm always ready to come home. As much as I love it, I really don't understand a city that a) never sleeps, b) doesn't have sweet tea. Anywhere. Believe me, I tried. And c) looks at you as if you're clinically insane when you say "hi" to a stranger on the sidewalk.
Wanna immediately get pegged as a tourist? Say "hey, how are ya?" when you accidentally make eye contact with a random stranger. Actually, just make eye contact with a random stranger, and that's probably enough, in and of itself.
Wearing jeans AND tennis shoes at the same time? Dead giveaway. Accidentally saying "y'all" to somebody? It's all over. You might as well strap on a fanny pack.
I actually had the following conversation with a (very hipster-ish) sales guy in a store:
Hipster Sales Guy: So, where are you from?
Me: How do you know I'm not from here?
Hipster Guy (snorting): Honey? You're wearing jeans and tennis shoes. And you just said y'all. Soooo, I'm gonna go with the south.
Me: Not just the south.....the BEST southern state.
(Not trying to get all feisty, just gotta throw out some Georgia pride.)
Hipster Guy: Texas?
Me: WHAT?! No. They're way too big for their britches over in Texas.
Hipster Guy: Um, yeah. You definitely just said "britches."
(Dear Texas, I actually love you. Don't hate me. I was just teasin' y'all. Ha!)
|Smoochin' in Times Square.|
(Apparently I now feel the need to talk as southern as I possibly can.)
|There's nothing like embarrassing yourself in the middle of Times Square, just for the joy it'll bring your child later.|
And no, Starbucks didn't pay me for that product placement.
Actually, I paid them. So......
|Family fun, looking NOT AT ALL touristy.|
|Yep. Out of the entire store, we ended up with the same two items.|
|I seem to have permanently attached a Starbucks cup to my hand. |
|Our tour of NBC studios, during which we spotted Usher, and almost got kicked out of the building.|
|So, you may notice that I have |
I'll just say this: it's usually not a good thing when, at the end of a spray tan appointment, your technician says "uh-oh."
|Again, just trying to impress a certain 2 year-old. |
I didn't tell her that Elmo made us pay him $2, and smelled like urine.
|Okay, I really DID try to wear cute shoes during the day.|
But on day 4 of band-aiding my feet constantly, I just gave up.
|Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to have pizza in Brooklyn.|
|The unbelievable Manhattan skyline|
|Clearly, Jamey has a bit of a shopping problem. |
He made us hold his bags all day....what a diva.
|Aw, brothers and sisters.|
And I'm totally jealous of Sara's ability to rock a hat like that.
It was an incredible trip, and we loved every minute! Even if I did have to tape our HGTV reveal the day after we got home, while sounding like "4 packs a day Gladys".
Totally worth it.