The kids and I walked around Chinatown, Little Italy, and the South Street Seaport today. We took the bus into Manhattan - which took so long that we're not doing that again. I'll stick with the subway from now on, thank you. Chinatown was interesting as usual. We had lunch in one of the restaurants that served regular sounding stuff like sliced chicken in black bean sauce and fried dim sum. But then we saw the not so regular souding stuff like steamed frog and goose intestines. Um, eew. But it's always fun seeing the roasted ducks hanging in the windows, feet and heads all still attached. LOL.
In Little Italy we went up and down the bright streets amazed at just how many restaurants can actually fit in a matter of several blocks. Most of them have tables outside on the sidewalks and no one cares that people are practically bumping into them walking by. I also love the touristy gift shops full of NEW YORK items everywhere you look. I probably look like a tourist myself.
We jumped on the J train down to Fulton Street where we stopped for a bubble tea and a snack. We walked down to the Seaport, past an outdoor mall on a cobblestone street (complete with Gap, Coach, The Body Shop, etc), the Seaport Museum, and the Centre where Bodies-The Exhibition is showing. The Seaport is really beautiful. Pier 16 has a couple of old large sailing ships docked there and Pier 17 has an indoor mall with quaint little stores (like "Purplicious" and "Graffiti") and restaurants. Every floor has a large wraparound outside part so you can take in the river, the boats, and the city.
The train ride home was quick and I got ready for work. Work is unbelievably still great and I love being there. I've already put aside my last paycheck to use in Boston and my next paycheck has my first bunch of bonuses on it - which actually more than doubled the amount (woohoo!) . We get this extra money every 2 weeks. It's nice. It will certainly pay for a Catholic High School for K - since that's the direction she's leaning towards, and cover all the kids' dance expenses. This way, more of B's paycheck can go toward the bills and groceries. It's working out pretty well so far. I couldn't ask for a better place to work.