What is the deal with this?

Lets be honest. We are the truest kind of BFFs. We met at Girls' Camp 1996 in St. Lou, survived high school and 2 years as roommates at BYU. Now, we find ourselves BOTH in NYC, which rocks, and as we contemplated how we should spend quality BFF time together - the answer seemed obvious. We must beebop the boroughs in matching purple hats every Saturday morning. Holla!

Monday, April 21, 2008

19: Times Square

Ahhh....Times Square. We are moving on up the island of Manhattan and finally entering territory that we are more familiar with. Warning: Jill and I went a bit nuts on this walk. Neither of us have ever participated in most of Times Square's many wonders - so we took this opportunity to bond with the horde of tourists.

This post is longer than long by the way. Hopefully many of you have nothing to do at work all day, like me.

TA DA! Introducing the new beeboppin' garb! Our talented Jill made these outrageously cute tee's. We will sport these (or other varieties of them) until it gets cold enough to break out our hats again.

Jill knew we'd miss the hats, so she put one on the back of each shirt. Do not fear: it is equally ridiculous for 24/25 year old girls to wear matching shirts as it is for them to wear matching hats.

We felt like these nouns sum up Times Square. I was glad that the camera glare kind of blurred out the word "sex." I wouldn't want to make my mother nervous.

WOW! Look at these AMAZING deals!! Times Square is dotted with electronics stores that always claim to be having the biggest sale of the century. Jill cannot contain her excitement.

This walked took place the day after I stopped participation in "The Master Cleanse," where I survived on rations of water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for 5 days. Note the appropriate billboard: I Miss Food. And I really did.

The Hershey Store: vendor of a zillion varieties of useless, chocolate-themed everything.

My favorite items are ones that combine chocolate and New York. It would be a crime for someone to visit New York and go home without a Hershey bar dressed up like Lady Liberty.

Jill was ecstatic to be reunited with an old friend; she is hugging the syrup with all her might.

The middle of an intersection provides a great view of Times Square and of me marching to the beat of a different drum.

We crossed the street and headed to the M&M's Store. The Hershey bar Lady Lib's have some stiff competition.

Jill creepily presents a tasty wall of multi-colored M&M's.

I just could not help myself - I desperately needed many, many polychromatic M&M tee's.

The King and Queen of M&M world. (for the record: M&M Elvis is bigger than an elephant)

This is the funk.

My computer screen is uber dark. I cannot tell if this is Jill or me, nor can I tell if there is anything of import that needs mentioning.

OMG - I love, love and love Legally Blonde the musical. It is a must see - no question. Also I hate, hate and hate how nast my face looks in this pic.

I am on the phone discussing details for the watching of Gossip Girl. xoxo

Black and White's are a NY specialty and Roxy's have the best ones I have ever tasted! I am not fibbing - it is such a soft and cake-like joy that I can hardly resist leaving my office this very second and heading 10 blocks up to Roxy's. (I just now realized that it is only 10 blocks from work - and now I am excitedly pondering adding a black and white to my lunch today)

Umberto and Megan: Best Friends Forever

Jill LOVES the musical Curtains starring David Hyde Peirce (aka Niles Crane).

Fun fact about beebopper Meg: musicals are among the great loves of my life. I ADORE them. All of them. This shot shows signs for a handful of Broadway shows that I love. Another fun fact: when I saw Hairspray, I was overjoyed to find the role of the mom being played by none other than George Wendt. Yes friends, our pal Norm from Cheers danced and sang his way into my heart.

We both have strong desires to see the new musical The Little Mermaid. Jill broke into Ariel's famous chorus, "Ah ah ah. Ah ah ah....." (fun fact: Jill actually wrote the lyrics to that song)

This is the TKTS booth where you can get cheap theater tickets. Word.

This family of street performers was fabulous. I commented to Jill that they reminded me of the VonTrapp Family Singers. About three seconds later they broke into a harmonic rendition of "Do-Re-Mi." You can see the amazement on my face.

Another great view of Times Square and an even more fabulous view of Jill.

This place is loaded with traffic and people. Our little photographer Jill captured this fab shot of the long line of cabs speeding down Broadway. We almost got hit by one of these cabs only minutes before.

At this point of our walk - we went into the huge Toys R' Us at Times Square. The next one thousand pictures are all taken inside where our level of ridiculous soared to new heights.

mmmm....Chocolate milk is one of our favorite treats! When we were roommates in college, we used to have "Chocolate Milk Time" every night before we went to bed. As we sipped our Nesquick, we would talk about life and discuss our deepest hopes, dreams and fears. But mostly we would attempt to make the other person laugh to the point where they would spit the milk all over the table, window or computer.

Go Mets.

This ticket is the ticket to FUN!

Yes - Jill felt strongly that we needed to ride the huge ferris wheel.

Each car on the wheel had a different theme. We REALLY wanted the Barbie Car, the Monopoly car or the My Little Pony car. This M&M suicide car was the one we got stuck with. M&M's were apparently, the running theme of this trip.

Beeboppin' on the wheel!

We were bummed that all the M&Ms on our car were facing outward so we could not take pictures with them. Rule-breaker Jill stuck her hand outside of the car and caught this humorous shot of a large-lipped treat, with a hard-candy shell.


What can I say? It was the ride of a lifetime.

The ferris wheel took us past the magical land where My Little Ponies dwell.


I cannot believe were just on that!

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." Alright - I am obsessed with the Statue of Liberty (including, but not limited to: Lady Lib cookie cutters, Hershey and M&M figurines AND this Lego beauty) Lego Liberty.

Jill is scaling the lego Empire State Building - ready to fight King Kong to the death.

T-Rex arms. Mom and sisters: do these look familiar to you?

On our last post - our friend Shark requested that several things appear on the blog. Item 4 on his list: dressed up cats. Check.

Item 2 on the list: a jump in the air. Jill is jumping for joy in the window of the human sized Barbie Dream House. (who wouldn't?)

Let's be real. We have experienced some major bonding with M&Ms at this point on our walk. Tired Jill cozied right up to this big red guy.

ENTERING: Candy Land (this next bit features many characters from the Candyland Game)

Jolly is unaware that I am stealing a bite of her cupcake. (Item 3 on Shark's list: Megan eating something gross)

Hiding in the Candy Cane Forest.

Princess Lolly has a tasty crown. If only Jill's tongue was 7 inches longer.

Gloppy the Chocolate Monster looked on as I searched his candy wonderland for one of my favorite treats: chocolate-covered gummy bears.

The blue gingerbread man has a cataract.

Plumpy the Plumpa Troll! Jill is in the picture, too, but as usual, the plumpa troll steals the show.

Jill sweetly befriends the green gingerbread man. (p.s. as I am writing this post, where nearly every picture involves some sort of delicious treat - my hunger is becoming out of control)

Mr. Mint wears his overalls like I did in the 5th grade.

There she is!

Times Square subway station is quite the hub.

Our first video!

Jill expertly films a full 360 of Times Square glory.
The narcissist might make a cameo appearance.


Anonymous said...

You make it look like so much fun! I feel like I'm always trying to fight my way through and out.

The Singer Family said...

Fun stuff. I enjoyed the "mom hands". I need to hide your post from Matt or he will be in serious need of coming to NYC with me for the sole purpose of seeing his M&M friends. I thought my house was M&M overloaded--we don't even have a ferris wheel car in the collection yet, so I guess we have a ways to go.

The Shark said...

Well, admittedly you didn't carry out the list as I had expected (i.e. Hello Kitty isn't a real cat, and you weren't technically eating anything) but as I wasn't specific, I suppose congratulations are in order for being creative (in any case, I only asked for ONE thing, and instead got three!). Also -- my apologies -- I didn't realize that I had indeed asked for a handstand. I thought my list only had 3 requests.

Thanks for the shout out! "Whoop whoop" for Bee-Boppin'!

nerak said...

1) Ok, love the shirts.
2) I can't believe you actually did that cleanse thing for five days.
3) GO SEE THE LITTLE MERMAID. If you're an Ariel-obsessed freak like I am (yes, still obsessed, even at age 24), you will enjoy it more than the adorable 5 year old girls wearing all pink that are surrounding you. It changed my life.

Anonymous said...

i have to point out, it really did take me awhile to find megan hidden in the candy cane forest. and when i did, not only was it meg, but it was Creepy Meg.

and where was jessie the cowgirl?

Shannon said...

Love it all and would to some visit some time and go with you guys on one of your "adventures." Too much fun!

Anonymous said...

I read your blog every week, and it makes me want to come to NYC. You girls are an inspiration. You keep me feeling young.

Anonymous said...

Megan Margaret, "go Mets"? Are you serious!? It's supposed to be "GO CARDS!" You do remember where you were raised don't you?

Loved the walk, I'm going back to look for you in the candy cane forest.

Nan says Hi!

Aunt Carla

Jill said...

i wore my overalls like that too. in fact, that might be a style that needs to come back into our lives.

Me said...

I was just there like 2 weeks ago! Just barely missed you! Love the shirts--and love NYC!!!

Me said...

dearies - i can't wait to be a be-bopper!!!!! this was, i think, my very favorite post yet. but, please plan something excellent for next week - since i will be a guest!!!!!

ps - i love, love, and loved the nervous hands that megan sported - it has been too long since i have seen them.

Unknown said...

wow..lot of toys...;) I love that m&m chocolates...

MamaSeal said...

I love the shirts! That was a great 360 video. If/when you go see Little Mermaid let me know I'll send you a check/money order/paypal. My son is in love with Ariel. I can't wait to take him to NYC. I know he'll love it. Maybe we can make a guest apperance. lol

Carolyn said...

Great Post. Great Pics. Love those facial expressions.

Love the Tees! You should sell them?!?!?!

The Henrich Family said...

fun post ladies. The shirts look fabulous.

Evan and Jamie said...

You guys are too fun!! I am so jealous! Meg, you look great. Maybe I need to try the cleansing thing!! I'm going to have to come visit! Love ya!

Melanie said...

Fun as usual.

Love the t-shirts! I'd buy one if they were for sale.

Unknown said...

Splendid girls! My family now has airline tickets and will be there this fall. Any suggestions for which Broadway shows we should see? We're a family of two adults and two teens (boy and girl)and my daughter is a major drama buff. I'd love to know your suggestions and where I should get tickets.

Unknown said...

You girls are so silly! I'm also in the NYC area and a TOTAL tourist, so I may see you guys someday on your gallivants. But I must admit, it looks way more fun when you're doing touristy stuff with your best gal pal instead of your reluctant hubby!

scrappysue said...

there's a ferris wheel inside the store? i'm never going to have enough time to see all the fun thnigs NY has! i love musicals too. LM might have to be on my list!

is legally blonde still on?