Instead of spending my first weekend alone, I decided to plan ahead and schedule a visit with my NYC friends. I also took that opportunity to see my all-time favorite sports team, the Yankees play. Before you harp on me for being a Yankee fan, I really had no choice. My dad was born and raised in New York and is a fan himself. Despite never being stationed in New York, my dad was able to pass along his for the Yankees down to me. Sometimes I call it a curse because it’s a love-hate relationship.
I started my journey really early on Saturday and took the Vamoose bus. It’s a special bus line that stops at Lorton, Arlington, Bethesda to NYC. I was able to walk from my apartment to the Lorton stop and made it to town around noon, just in time for brunch. I met up with my former roomie for a delightful brunch in the garden of our favorite Mexican restaurant in my old neighborhood called Mojave. It was just as good as I remember. After that, we spent more time walking around the neighborhood and went to the movies. We saw The Hundred-Foot Journey with Helen Mirren. I really recommend watching if you’re looking for a feel good film. It’s the story of an Indian family that movies to France and decide to open an Indian restaurant. That, of course, inspired us to eat Indian food for dinner.
The next day was baseball day.
Yankee Stadium hosts swag days. They give away branded items from company sponsors (i.e. sunglasses, bobble heads, figurines, etc.), but sometimes their freebies are fun! The game we went to was giving away cowboy hats. Yes, you heard me right, they were giving away Yankee cowboy hats. We left early Sunday morning that way we get our swag because they only had enough hats for the first 20K fans. I sported the hat the whole game (too bad it didn’t help their ball playing). I’m a huge Derek Jeter fan too. I had the biggest crush on him when I was a teeniebopper in 1996. This is his last year playing and I really had to try and see him play in his final season, especially after seeing the Jordan commercial about him (I shared it below).
The game was terrible. They lost. But, the company I was with made the day amazing. I had so much fun roaming around the stadium — as always! Also, just catching up with my friends. Honestly, it was pretty surreal to be back as a married lady. The good thing, it felt like I never left in a way. I’m so thankful to have such great friends. I can’t wait for me next visit back to NYC!