The Ultimate Staycation

I must be losing it because I definitely planned a staycation in New York City when the high was a cool 30 degrees with wind which made it feel like 15 degrees or LESS!
Staycation- “a vacation spent at home or nearby” 

I love living in New York, there is always something new to discover and amazing food! (I am all about the food. The very first stop I made was Times Square and although I have been to Times Square a few times I really wanted to visit some stores and stop by my favorite restaurant “Bubba Gump Shrimp & Co.” (Random Fact: Forrest Gump is my favorite movie) Bubba Gump Shrimp & Co. is an experience all in itself, from the restaurant d├ęcor, souvenir shops to the trivia game you can’t beat it! After I left Bubba Gump I took a stroll into the center of Times Square and visited a few department stores which were four of five levels filled with amazing fashion and a wide variety of items I knew I wouldn’t be able to find at home in North Carolina. It definitely took some self-control not to go crazy buying everything!
I ended my first night with a burger from “Satori Burgers” the Seamless app made it simple and easy to order a custom burger right to my front door!
Day Two: 
The second day of my staycation consisted of lots of great food and a Grammy Celebration Concert hosted by Bishop Hezekiah Walker and SOB’s. After months of trying to catch Maranda Curtis in concert, I was finally successful! If you get a chance I highly recommend that you attend the Maranda Curtis Experience and download her new EP!
Day Three:
One of the things I wanted to do was to get tickets to “Good Morning America” and “The View” and it’s pretty easy to do! The tickets are free and I requested them about a week in advance, a lot of times you are placed on a waiting list and as space opens up confirmed tickets are sent out! Lucky for me I was able to grab confirmed tickets for Good Morning America on Thursday January 25th!  Now one thing I didn’t consider was the morning commute on the subway and the time I had to wake up! My alarm went off at 3:30am and it was go time, my commute was about an hour and there was no wiggle room on the subway. If you haven’t ever experienced what a packed subway car feels like just imagine being in a small concert venue with no A/C and standing room only and filled to max capacity (like Fire Marshalls showing up max capacity) It was freezing outside but burning up inside each and every subway car and of course with every stop two people would get off and twelve people would cram in. Once I arrived in Times Square I headed over to 42nd St and Broadway to check in and get my wristband, the part that they don’t tell you or that I failed to realize was that you are standing outside at 6am in the cold waiting to get it. Once I got through security around 7am I was able to defrost, run by coat check and grab the seat.

While the real news is taking place downstairs on the lower level the studio audience was upstairs having a great time, the staff at GMA not only woke us up but ensured that we were camera ready. Once eight am hit we were rocking and rolling with deals and steals and the off camera photos!
All in all I had an amazing staycation and I can’t wait until the summer hits and I can enjoy the warm weather and continue my adventures. I am pretty sure that I am still defrosting from that eventful week.

New York you never fail! Thanks for the memories and the fun! Now back to work I go



Anonymous said…
What fun! Sometimes a staycation is even more relaxing because you don't have to live out of a suitcase and you get to sleep in your own bed! :)
Savannah said…
So fun! I've taken a couple mission trips to NYC, and I absolutely fell in love with the city. I'd love to go back for a vacation one day.

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