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New York, New York, the place so great they named it twice!

My cousin, Julia, is having a fancy-pants bat mitzvah party in SoHo and who am I to turn down an invite to a fancy-pants party! I am so looking forward to going to NY, visiting Andrea (one of my best friends, whom we are staying with in Brooklyn), and getting all dressed up. What I’m not looking forward to is being fed lots of meat (though Ben is), and seeing my entire family. They can be quite judgy, gossipy, and rude when they are all together and I often get caught in the middle, as a supposedly neutral party who gets to hear everyone vent their stuff. It often makes me want to run away (which I’ve already done, to Colorado) or just hide in a drink (which I’m not so good at). Maybe, there will be an awesome DJ at this party and I can just hide on the dance floor. Hopefully it won’t be too bad, we’re minimizing our family exposure to only 2 of the 4 events over the weekend. We’re skipping kabbalat shabbat dinner and Sunday morning bunch to spend more time with Andrea before she moves to LONDON to (finally) live with her husband (who has been living there since about 5 months before their wedding last March).

Thursday, I’m going to pick up my Grow and Behold order of kosher, organic, pastured meat for Thanksgiving, and as Ben’s Hannukah present. I’m going to also try and stop by the Hazon office and see the #OccupyWallstreet folks. I might visit Ground Zero, but I’m not sure. 9/11 was pretty intense for me, having so much family living and working in NYC and family friends working at the Pentagon. I’m not sure I want to go by myself because I’m afraid I’ll break down and I don’t want to have strangers hugging me when I’m so broken down. I’m not sure what Andrea’s planning for dinner. But I’m sure it will be great. Ben’s flying in late Thursday night.

Friday, Ben and I are meeting my friend Jennifer for breakfast (here or for donuts) and then spend the day at the Met. He’s never been to the Egypt room and didn’t know who William is!

Saturday, the bat mitzvah is in the AM at B’nai Jeshurun and there will be a big party at a hotel in SoHo in the evening. In the afternoon, the plan is that my dad will take us to the Museum of Natural History.

I think I’m going to need to buy a 7-day metro pass instead of paying as I go. I’m going to be going all over Manhattan and Brooklyn!

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Ben needs a suit. He is going to his cousin’s Bat Mitzvah in 2 weeks, outside of NYC, where he will be expected to wear one. Since none of the suits in his closet are seasonable or the right kind of thing to wear, he’s going shopping tomorrow either with a family friend of mine or with an older friend of ours. It would be good for him to go with someone who knows how a good suit should fit and isn’t trying to sell him anything.

The good news is, my dad suggested he look at the suits that Joseph A. Banks carries and they appear to be having a huge Father’s Day sale. Oh, and they have some awesome sounding new suiting line: Stays Cool. The lining was developed by NASA!

I know…. I sound like an advertisement, but seriously, who wouldn’t want their clothes designed by NASA. Granted, they did invent velcro and that’s not the most fashionable accessory, but it is VERY useful. Think of all the kids shoe laces that would have had to have been tied by adults before velcro shoes were invented! I didn’t lear how to tie my own laces until I got glasses in the second grade. Probably because I couldn’t SEE the laces before then. Oops.

CORRECTION: NASA did NOT invent Velcro! George de Mestral, a Swiss inventor figured out the hooks and loops that make up Velcro. Well, thanks Mr. de Mestral! I’m sorry that NASA seems to have inadvertently taken ownership of your invention.

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