There were many things I did with my break from classes. All good, but filled with dilemmas! What to do?
So Last Tuesday I went to the New York Botanical Garden to see the Dale Chihuly exhibit before it leaves forever. I was so excited, but the trains quickly quelled any enthusiasm I had in my body. I knew the train ride to the Bronx would be long and arduous but I had mapped out my potential routes beforehand.
1PM: Well, before I could even make it out of Brooklyn the train routes changed in the middle of my commute and I was not in a place where I could transfer to a more direct train. Eventually I was able to transfer to a 4 train. (I think it was a 4).
3PM: Finally, I get Pelham Parkway. Y’all the GPSes (I used three to cross reference) were so wrong! I ended up walking 30 extra minutes to the garden and I had to fight through a bunch of bikers because a Bronx bike Tour was happening. When I got there, there was a long line but I got my ticket anyway.
3:30PM I had exactly one hour and thirty minutes to see Chihuly and leave.
The problem with that is I love nature and I was so stressed at the time and I really needed to take in the fresh air and the birds and leaf crunching noises. I mapped out how I would travel through the garden but then I noticed so many interesting things and normally, in my personal life, I’m a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ type of person. I go where the wind blows. So imagine how distracted I was by looking at the fall foliage and the sun making its way across the sky. I wen to the waterfall and walked through the native plants section at ease staying within my allotted time frame. Then, it happened! I checked the time and it was almost 5PM. I thought, “Okay, maybe I can make the last entry to the auditorium by 5:45. That should be fine.” and I did it! I made the last entry but as I went to take my ticket out, it was gone!!!! Gone!!!! Gone!!!! I scoured every step I took in that 10 minute walk to the auditorium, but with no such luck. I suppose I could have just asked the guard and he would have let me in because I was only by myself, but in that moment, all I could do, all I did was cry. I literally sat down on the ground and allowed tears to roll from under my shades. Not only could I not see all of the Chihuly exhibit, but I couldn’t even tape my ticket inside my journal to remember my visit! As I walked through the gift shop I found lots of interesting books and seeds. I bought some nice candles which I have been using since and I bought my mom some seeds for her lawn. Still, even as I write this, I could just cry.
About two Saturdays ago, I finally got to see Cats the Musical, live in person, not on GPTV. Well. of course I looooved it! (Throw back to Wheezie on DragonTales). If you don’t know that show, you ‘re mad young and you don’t know what you’re missing. Great children’s television. You should watch it. Of course, the trains were messed up on that day and an hour trip took me two hours even though I left my apartment two hours ahead. My seat was in the second row of the audience but because I came close to curtain I just sat in the first empty seat in that row and I had an amazing view! I decided then and there that I would dress up as a Jellicle cat for Halloween. I was going to be Cassandra, Rum Tum Tugger, or Macavity. I realized that I was short on time so I decided to go with Cassandra. It would be easy to find a brown/gold-brown unitard in New York. 1. It was not easy at all. 2. I was uncomfortable wearing a light color during my cycle. 🙁 BUT I came up with a better idea. I would dress as my cat, Maurice, in Jellicle style!!! Great, right? Except that I completely underestimated how difficult it would be to find white faux fur in NYC. I refused to pay outrageous prices for one yard. I scoured the Garment District but I was too picky and ended up with the long fur and now my apartment is covered white faux fur! Also, quick stitching it is more frustrating than I anticipated because fur gets everywhere and blocks my view or tangles with the thread. I decided to go back to Target and buy the sewing machine I saw on sale. It was not on sale anymore. 🙁 So, I took a break and I started again but now classes have started back and we have entirely too much work to do. I feel guilty even now as I write this post because I’m supposed to be reading. Anyway, now I might not even get to participate in the Halloween activities because I must finish reading this book no later than tomorrow.
I also saw Phantom of the Opera on Broadway for the first time. I saw it when I was younger, but I vaguely remember that. I wanted to see War Paint this week before it closes November 5th and Anastasia. I don’t think I’ll have time. That’s okay though, I’m sure there will be other shows that pique my interest. I really should have just bought a brown unitard and gone as Hormone Monstress from Big Mouth. That’s a really good show in Netflix and I encourage everyone to watch it. I did manage to get some pictures of the garden before I left, so if you’re curious, you know where to find them.