Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Karen - Day 51: Pillow Talk

Open eyes.

Did I really just sleep 8 hours straight for the first time in 3 years?

New York rocks.

Had an awesome diner breakfast.

Off to the airport.

While sitting on the plane I start to remember everything I've seen in New York.

Did I mention I lived in New York for a year?

Many years ago.

I lived in a 5 story walk up with 2 girls and a dog in a one bedroom apartment.

I worked at a little diner on the upper west side.
We were so broke, I shared my employee meal with my roommates for dinner.

Whoever had a job the next day got the bed.
Everyone else slept on a futon in the living room.

We were so broke we couldn't pay the cable.
There was only one video.
"Pillow Talk"
Starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson.
It was on a constant loop for months.

New York was crowded and smelly and noisy.

Now it's spacious, clean, and there's a NO HONKING law!

I used to be so angry. Searching for something.

Now I'm visiting a beloved city that's been beaten down but is now taken care of.

Or is it just me?

I remember making lists.

So many lists.

Pros and cons regarding staying in New York.

I went home to L.A.
And met my guy.
And started really living.

I'm somewhere over the midwest now.

Time to watch a movie.
Eat some airplane food.

God I miss my family.

Finally I arrive home.
My kid gives me a giant hug. Then wants to see the treats I brought home.
There is a giant remote control race car track in my living room.
Daddy time clearly rules.
I want to climb into my life again.
I love them.

I haven't seen my Hubby in 16 days.
We have a lot of "catching up" to do.

Please forgive me if I don't post for awhile.
Time for a little Pillow Talk.

Je'taime Burbank!


  1. For a second I thought your guy was the sax player. Welcome home!

  2. although I've never lived there when I walk around NYC I feel like I'm home - it's my fantasy to retire in Manhattan...

  3. i love the porcupine pastries!!

  4. I grew up in NY, and am contemplating moving back in a few years. I can't believe the no-honking law- what's NY without car horns like? Guess I'll find out in August.
    Welcome home!

  5. hoobingfamilyadventures.com you just gave me my first laugh of the day.The sax player is a very sweet street performer.

    elsiee, you must live there then. Someday I want to live in Maui for 3 months out of the year. It's good to dream.....

    Shaboomy, weren't they cute? There's some talent in that town.

    atinykingdom, honestly it took me a few days to figure out what was so different. I remember going to sleep and hearing the honking all night long. You have to let me know if it is as different for you too!

  6. I remember watching pillow talk in that apartment... Welcome home.

  7. Oh my hometown... It's so hard for ex-pats.

    Mr. Diamond said it best for me.

    "LA's fine but it ain't home. NY's home but it ain't mine no more."

  8. I love the fact that you started the post with the news of having slept eight hours in a row. I understand.

  9. Welcome home!! I love the movie Pillow Talk...it was my grandma's favorite. She stayed with me once for three months, and we watched it EVERYDAY because it made her happy and because she didn't remember watching it the day before. Thank you for the memory. Glad you made it back safely and that you had a great time. Thanks for sharing it with us...who knows when I'll get to New York...someday...sigh...