Kicking off the Most Wonderful Time of the Year-Mermaid Style!

Life has been a little hectic for me lately. Back-to-back book deadlines and edits and promo and . . . well, I was little burnt out. So, the Main Man and I decided to shake things up this Thanksgiving and forego the larger family gatherings and opt for a smaller, vacation with the kiddos. The destination?  No brainer!

New York City!!!

You see, we had promised Little Man and Lulu a trip this summer but . . .you know the summer gets away from you. We never went and the kids were disappointed. So, three weeks before Turkey Day we started making plans and it all came together just perfectly.

We treated the kids to their first train ride and took it straight into Penn Station. They were beyond excited and we only had one minor hiccup while waiting for a taxi to the hotel – the Hustler Club van went by with a HUGE ad with some chicks fake double-D’s on it and  . . . well, you can imagine the questions.  The Main Man got to handle that one. ; )

While there we were total tourists. We went to the Central Park Zoo and climbed the big boulders all around the lawns and splurged on a carriage ride.  We watched the parade and had Thanksgiving dinner at Rockefeller Center.




No trip to NYC is complete without taking in a show or two.  We went to see Mary Poppins and the Rockettes. Both were spectacular -shocker- and the kids eyes were bugging out the whole time.  When Mary Poppins “flew” across the theater and ended up right in front of Lulu, I thought she was going to come out of her seat with excitement.









And, none of you who know me will be surprised that I was in the city less than hour and I ran right into the Naked Cowboy. Yep, a city of all those people and I find the hot guy dancing in his tighty-whities. He’s done pretty well for a guy who prances around in his undies. He’s a franchise now and has a “cast” of Naked Cowboys and if you want him to marry you in Times Square – he can do it!  $400 and you can be joined forever with your sweetie by the Reverend Naked Cowboy . . . seriously, I couldn’t make this stuff up.

We had a blast and the whole time my Plotmonkeys were running around my head with ideas.  I jotted down tons of notes and took lots of pics for future reference.

Good times.

The city was dressed for Christmas and it put me in the mood for my fave season. Are you in the spirit yet? How are you ringing in the Holiday season?


9 thoughts on “Kicking off the Most Wonderful Time of the Year-Mermaid Style!

  1. Hahahaha, Robin, I am so happy you got to get out and kick up your feet and have such a fabulous get away! The Fabulous Mr. Robin is pretty fabulous. But now all I can think of is marrying the Naked Cowboy! (I know he’s marrying other people but I wonder how many proposals he gets?)

    We needed a kick start into the holiday spirit too and so we went to opening night of the Zoo Lights at the DC Zoo. It worked! Was beautiful and then I lured my niece and nephew over to my house to help my kiddo decorate the tree while I lazed around sipping cocoa. Perfect!

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Robin,
    My mom-in-law LOVES the Naked Cowboy! And I’m envious of you–I’ve always wanted to see the Rockettes at RCMH during the holidays. (For me I have to see them strut their stuff in front of Macy’s for the Thanksgiving Parade every year before it’s officially the Christmas season.)

    This year my family got into the Christmas spirit a bit early. Hubby had to leave for California for three weeks this past Monday so most of our traditional advent-time is a little discombobulated this year. The girls and I decorated the house before he came home from his month long trip to NY state (a few days before Thanksgiving) and moved our traditional Swiss Colony cheese/sausage/petite four dinner with The Muppet Christmas Carol to this past Sunday night. We usually schedule it for the first Thursday of December to help kick off our holiday season. We’ve been doing it for so long my girls are trying to figure out how to plan their own Swiss Colony/Muppet Christmas Carol night when they move out on their own.

    I hope everyone enjoys their special time of the year with family and friends…and if you don’t have traditions…make at least one. It does make the season more festive. 🙂 XOXOXO

  3. What a lovely trip, Robin! Sounds like you had a great time, and I’m so glad you had the opportunity to relax and enjoy being with your family.

  4. So glad you all enjoyed my hometown. Though I don’t live there anymore I get there as much as I can. It’s a wonderful place.
    I wish you and your family the merriest of Christmas’ and a happy, healthy New Year.

  5. Robin, I can hear the wheels turning with ideas for future books. I loved your pictures. I have been to NYC many times, but this is my favorite season to go there.

    The naked cowboy is a new one for me. lol

  6. What a fun Thanksgiving, Robin-Mermaid! I’m super jealous!

    You know, I have many regrets in my old age but one of the BIGGEST is never making it as a Rockette. Granted, I never auditioned. But I should have – I’m right in the middle of their height requirement and I like to smile and kick while wearing glitter. Damn!

  7. Hi Robin,

    Great idea for a holiday getaway! We saw Mary Poppins with my daughter’s girl scout troop a few years ago. Her leader blew the surprise of Bert’s dance minutes before the show. Haven’t gotten in the holiday spirit yet, but my cards and shopping are done.

  8. I’m not sure I’m in Christmas mode yet, but I had a heck of a wonderful Thanksgiving. My mom and her partner came in from Michigan and my brother and his family trotted over a bridge from Virginia and we all sat down around my table and feasted. (How’s that for run on sentencing?) My kitchen renovation opened up the space so even those of us working in the kitchen were able to interact with the football game watchers. What a treat – and it was my first time hosting T-giving. Ever. What a fabulous way to start off! I suspect Xmas will hit me on Saturday when I go shopping with a friend…

  9. You know, I’ve been to Times Square soooo many times, and have NEVER seen the Naked Cowboy! Maybe he’s avoiding me…

    I’m so glad you had a great time, Robin!

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