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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

DAY 6: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Again, let me just sing the praises of being a Starwood Preferred Guest. Not only did the Four Points Sheraton give us a 2 pm check out time, they also arranged a car for my transport to the airport later that evening. SPG rules!

This was our last day to sleep in so we took advantage and spent the morning watching the infamous “Dating Documentary” filmed in Cedar City, UT. This movie was my first appearance in a Laurel/Shannon documentary and it’s where they learned despite my social awkwardness I really did both speak and move.

We were ready for some last second touring by lunch time and hit a place called BGR for lunch. They specialize in grass fed burgers which apparently are a delicacy starting at $8 a piece. The best thing about this place is a side order called the trio. It has fries, sweet potato fries, and onion hay. Delish!

Laurel and Shannon humored me with a walk through the Fashion Institute of Technology and its student center. I spent an inordinate amount of time in the bookstore pretending to be a student, and now own the apparel to prove it!

We set off to return to the Chelsea Market for dried pears and cupcakes. Along the way we randomly ran into Billy’s Bakery which is a shop David had recommended for cupcakes. This is where I found the best red velvet cupcake of the trip. We also sampled the vanilla cupcake with chocolate buttercream and carrot cake cupcake. Laurel contined to be confused by my cupcake obsession.

We did make it to the Chelsea Market where I purchased the last round of cupcakes from Eleni’s Bakery. I got a lemon cupcake with vanilla buttercream and another chocolate cupcake with coconut buttercream. I saved these cupcakes for dinner!

Fifth Avenue was calling our name so what were we gonna do? Again, my friends humored me with a walk through Kenneth Cole’s closet. There was also a darling Kate Spade boutique with the floor done in brightly colored stripes. The most thrilling event was watching Laurel and Shannon have their first H&M experience. They were beguiled by the jewelry prices and learned a valuable lesson; fashion really can be affordable. Somewhere Clinton and Stacey were smiling and I felt like my girls were all grown up!

Now, I really don’t plan these things, sometimes they just happen to me. We returned to the hotel to catch our respective cars to the airport. I was out of LaGuardia and Laurel & Shannon were flying out of JFK. So, one of the drivers starts loading Laurel’s luggage into a sleek, black SUV only to discover that is the car going to LaGuardia. Then Laurel’s luggage was ripped from the back and replaced by man. Shannon and Laurel’s was then loaded into a tan minivan as I rode off into the sunset sipping my complimentary bottle of Perrier. I’m telling you, become a SPG member!

We didn’t have a lot of time to say goodbye which was probably a good thing. I look back at all the pictures, video and this 7,000 word blog and it really is pretty amazing we pulled this off. I’m grateful to have two friends I can truly be myself with and confide in. I just wish we all lived a little bit closer. But we’ll always have New York. And who knows where we’ll end up for the 2014 adventure.