I’m having a hard time getting my day going today. I guess it’s post-vacation overload? Seems like a good day to just answer a few recent questions left here on my blog.
Taking my best friend to NY in the fall for her 50th. Were you able to go into the Statue of Liberty? Did you order show tickets ahead of time? If so, how and would you recommend that route. Any other tips? My family loved DC. Both are really great cities. Glad it all lived up to your sons expectations.
We did go to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and I think they are both MUST see stops. It was very crowded the day we took the ferry to the islands and we had to wait in line for an hour. It was worth it though. I would suggest going early – right as they open, instead of waiting until mid-day like we did. I imagine it won’t be quite as crowded once school starts though. You can catch the ferry at Battery Park. Take some time to talk to a park ranger and let them show your around Castle Clinton National Monument while you are there. I also highly recommend taking guided tours from the park rangers at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We learned SO much and it really brought the history to life for us.
I loved being able to take pictures from the ferry (go straight to the top when you get on so you can get a good spot).
I also think it’s a requirement that you should buy a goofy Lady Liberty foam hat to wear! lol! My daughter thought it was great fun.
I ordered our Broadway tickets several months in advance and I would suggest that as the shows sell out on a regular basis. I figure if we are going to fork out the big bucks to go all the way to New York to see a show, it’s worth paying a little extra to get good seats. We had fabulous seats for Mary Poppins (about 18 rows back in the very middle) and pretty good seats for Wicked (about 15 rows back off to the side). I used the official Broadway website to purchase our tickets and they mailed them to my home. I know that you can get some good deals if you try to get tickets the day of the show, but you have to wait in line for a long time and I didn’t want to waste our sight-seeing time doing that.
I was hoping to meet up with Heather Hess while we were in New York, but she was out of town most of the days we were there and we never got together. She was super helpful though and gave me this list of apps to use. The subway one was extremely helpful! We either walked or rode the subway everywhere. The only taxi ride we took was to get to the airport when we were leaving.
- NYC Way - full of Mini apps all about NYC. Includes a lighting schedule so you can know why the Empire State Building has the colors it does.
- myNav: Central Park - everything you may want to know about Central Park.
- Embark NYC Subway – It shows times and has a nice map.
- BusNYC. shows the bus schedule and is fabulous for trying to get cross town since most subway lines go up and down.
Rita asked about my memory keeping management task for this month
Katie... curious... what/how are you interviewing family members? Are you including other than your immediate family? Thinking that I really should/need to get my Mom's (immigrant story) down and my Step-Dad's 'war' stories on paper. Thanks.
I’ve been working on asking questions as we’ve been traveling and taking notes on my phone. We also have had some fun dinner table discussions where we ask each other about our favorite foods, movies, experiences, etc. This is such a fun and easy way to gather journaling! Another trick I use is to email family members and ask them questions. I just emailed my Mom yesterday to ask her a question about her Dad. I’m realizing that I need to get these stories down. I hope you will be able to get your Mom’s immigrant story and your Step-Dad’s war stories recorded because those will be treasures for sure. If they don’t want to write them out for you, try turning on a tape recorder and just letting them talk. Don’t worry too much about structuring it, just let them tell you their story.
Kasandra asked about my photo import process referred to in my memory keeping task management workflow
Katie.....thanks for sharing this! Love how organized you are and love listening to you on the Digi Show. I'm interested in the automatic preset for importing photos but have you heard on any good ones for Aperture? I'm on a Mac and don't have Lightroom. This is a good reminder, I will keep trying!!
Sorry, I don’t know a thing about Aperture. I have heard wonderful reports from those who use it. If anyone has an answer for Kasandra, just leave it here in the comments.
I’m off to record this week’s episode of The Digi Show now. That should get me back into my regular routine!