I don’t usually delve into personal stuff on here, but as most of you who were keeping up with the April Fools series probably know, I recently returned from visiting my sister, Laura Jo (my Schuster Sister Shenanigans partner), in New York City. It was a lovely visit, and we both had fun. But I made one giant mistake: I took Miguel with me.
Yes, my favorite little hellion, Miguel the Shitfest trophy, went to the Big Apple, and it will never be the same. I think the people of NYC are still in shock. The city is currently working to rebuild some of the tourist attractions he destroyed, and the hot dog vendors…well, they may never recover. For your personal enjoyment, here are a few things that happened during our visit.
Miguel and I packed our bags the night before our flight, making sure to include our favorite socks…
…and our favorite jewelry…
…and Miguel packed his favorite batarang, but he wouldn’t say why. He kept saying, “Just in case.” It made me pretty nervous.
But we got everything together and were ready to go in the morning.
We had a brief connection in Chicago O’Hare, and lucky for me, Miguel was on his best behavior. While in Chicago, I only had to break up ONE bloody scuffle between Miguel and a terrified traveler who accidentally bumped into him. We’ve been reading Mockingjay, and Miguel threatened to take him out “Katniss style.” I don’t know what that means, but I think I need to start monitoring his reading choices more closely. Anyway, we were detained by airport security for a little while, but after that we landed safe and sound in LaGuardia airport, where this lovely lady was waiting to pick us up!
Oh yeah–that was from the night we got there! We went to a scrumptious burger joint where she ordered a beer and was shocked to get that monstrous glass. But my sister…
…is a champ.
Not to be outdone, Miguel ordered six of these throughout the evening, which resulted in this:
Anyway, we finished our dinner and chilled the rest of the night. Well, my sister and I chilled. We aren’t sure what Miguel did, but we found him passed out outside the apartment door the next morning, surrounded by unlit Molotov cocktails and wearing a woman’s nightgown. When I asked him what happened, he turned pale and said, “I don’t wanna talk about it.” But he seemed chipper enough for someone likely suffering from alcohol poisoning, so we took off for Central Park, where we were treated to this gorgeous view:
And I got to hang out in Central Park’s little castle!
Later we walked around Times Square, where Godzilla has taken over…
Miguel claimed he wanted to start a “turf war” with the monster, but we calmed him down with a little Broadway magic.
Don’t tell anyone, but Miguel cried seven times during that show. SEVEN. TIMES. Who knew all it took was a tragic story of love and murder set to music to bring out his sensitive side? Anyway, later that day we made a friend–the infamous Naked Cowboy.
Unfortunately, this reminded Miguel of the turf war thing, and he began to yell that this was “his corner,” and that “Texas Fabio better step off.” We resolved the tension with the best available resource: margaritas.
The next day we were milling about all over creation, shopping, going to a fancy three-story cineplex for a movie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier…yeah, I saw it again…don’t judge), and busily preparing for a theatre group performance my sister was producing. But we still found time to take pictures wearing the Prada sunglasses that someone accidentally left at my sister’s apartment once.
Apparently these shades are worth more than $100. Who knew?
I tried to get a shot of Miguel wearing them, but he claimed that they didn’t work with his skin tone, and he refused to even touch them. I mean, diva much?! Oh well.
Hey, remember that theatre group performance I mentioned my sister was producing? The next day was the big day! And guess what? I ended up singing for it! Long story short, a three-part musical piece found itself in need of an extra singer, so I volunteered! You can watch the video here if you want. P.S. This theatre organization, The Group Lab, is amazing. Feel free to check them out on Facebook!
Fun fact that my fellow movie geeks will appreciate: Laura, the supremely talented songwriter to the left of me in the pic above, invited a very special friend of hers to this performance, and this friend, despite being extremely busy right now, found time to attend. Who is this friend? Well…
Yep. Lupita Nyong’o saw me sing. Freaking. Surreal. Sadly, she came in right before the performance and slipped out right after, leaving no time to take pics, but she was part of a very enthusiastic cheering group during the performance, and I hear nothing but lovely things about her. Lupita, I doubt you’re reading this, but you keep on taking Hollywood by storm, girl.
Any ol’ who, the next morning/afternoon, we were craving brunch, so we went to a place that had been recommended to us called The Shady Lady, and, guys…it was heavenly. My brunch consisted of boneless fried chicken on top of biscuits and covered in cheese, bacon, and gravy…
…while Laura Jo opted for delectable French Toast covered in strawberries and whipped cream.
We wanted seconds, but Miguel devoured everything in the restaurant. Literally. After we left, they had to close for the day. Lucky for us, Miguel paid. I have no idea where he got all those dollar bills…but I’m not going to ask. I’m afraid. Anyway, we spent the day exploring. We saw the outside of The Rockefeller Center…
…we saw the LEGO Store…
…and I drooled over jewelry I couldn’t afford.
So it was a wonderful, wonderful trip, and I think everyone learned some valuable life lessons. Like this one, for instance.
Now that Miguel and I have settled back into Indiana life, we do miss the hustle and bustle of New York City. Hopefully, we can go back one day. Well, hopefully, I can go back. The NYPD informed us that the city of New York has a restraining order against Miguel. I didn’t even know entire cities could have restraining orders against single individuals. Live and learn. Anyway, just wanted to share some of my trip with you lovely people. Hope you enjoyed, and I hope your day is as fabulous as this:
50 thoughts on “Cara and Miguel take New York”
EPIC POST!!! LEGENDARY!!!!!!!
Haha thanks, buddy! We had a blast! P.S. Just so you know, Miguel reverently refers to you as “The Creator.” Sometimes he disappears for days, and when I ask him where he went, he mysteriously says, “I’ve been gazing upon The Creator.” So if you ever feel eyes on you, but can’t figure out where they’re coming from, Miguel is probably there…
Are those those mystery touches I feel on my shoulder some time???
He just wants to caress his Creator. Oh, and he wants me to tell you he doesn’t mean “caress” in a gay way. In fact, he wants me to find a better word, but I can’t think of one, so it stays.
……….why does a trophy have socks?……………..
Also, I want to see a Schuster Road Trip movie. Christian Bale can voice Miguel.
Um he has socks because his feet get cold…duh! As for the movie, Miguel says he’d do it. He finds the casting of Christian Bale to be acceptable, but he would much prefer James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman. Or…Judi Dench? Huh. Not sure why he added that one to the mix…
M for Miguel… duh yourself! 😛
Lol! You are so right! How could I have missed that? Hmm. I wonder how James Bond would fare if Miguel was in charge…
excellent post Cara, but i’m disappointed that you only saw 1 movie in NYC 😦
Movies are expensive and we were BUSY! Lol. I mean, I can still see movies here…
yea, but not with your sis where you wouldnt need to text each other during 🙂
We end up seeing a movie almost every time I see her, so I think we’re good. Lol. Besides, we only text each other during movies for the blog, and it’s always ones we’ve seen before. 😉
fair enough, I guess 🙂
They’re STILL talking about this trip on the news here. Glad you had a great time! That video made me seasick, but you singing mermaids were excellent!
I’m sorry. You’re probably tired of hearing about Miguel. I do hope he didn’t find his way to your home in Jersey…I’m not exactly sure where all he went. I hear about new horrors every day. Also, I hope you’re recovering from your seasickness.
That glass your sis has is huge!!!! Awesome pics Cara
Yeah she was a little overwhelmed when she saw it. Lol. Thanks, Alex!
I love this! I feel like I was there! Was Laura Jo asking about me?
I wouldn’t say she was “asking” as much as calling you an uber creep…but sure, Mike. Sure. Dream big, buddy.
Haha. Back off, Mike!!! Pretty sure Cara has warned her about you. ; )
Multiple times, yes. Mikey better watch himself…
Ah awesome post lady, looks like you had an absolutely fantastic time (even when Miguel was wreaking havoc in your wake). I freaking LOVE those socks. I want some too!
Aren’t the socks cute?! I wear them all the time now! Except the Wonder Woman pair–gifted those to my sis. 🙂 But yeah Miguel was a terror. I don’t know if he’ll be welcomed in New York again. I think they even sent out a description of him to every police force on the east coast…
I really want like a drawerful of them so that I never run out! Oh damn… you’re going to have to take him for a makeover before you take him out that side again!
Omigosh. I would LOVE a whole drawer of them. If I didn’t have so many socks already, I’d be very tempted to make that happen. Lol. Hmm. Not sure what a Miguel makeover would entail. I have a feeling it wouldn’t go over so well. There would probably be bloodshed.
Do you love socks too? I can’t explain it but I’m a big fan of them haha. Yeah sheesh imagine someone approaching him with a pair of scissors… 😐
I do love socks, but I also get them for gifts a lot, so I am well-stocked. Lol. Yeah I would fear where those scissors ended up…
Great post Cara, looks like you had an amazing time!
It was a blast! 😀
Thats so cool Lupita got to see you sing! I love New York I’ve been there twice and want to go back soon.
Nice that you’ve been able to go to New York a couple times! I want to try to go at least once every couple of years if I can. Maybe I’ll have MORE celebrity encounters next time! 😉
Haha! Love this post!!! Sounds like you had a fabulous time. I’m still jealous, though – I want a cool sister to visit in New York. : ( Oh, those socks are freaking adorable! : )
Thought you’d like the socks! 😉 You need to just come visit NYC when I go next time and we can all hang out! 😀
Correction: the Prada sunglasses were found in a cab, not left in my apt. None of my friends are fancy enough to a) have Prada sunglasses b) leave them willy nilly at other people’s places.
PS Cara come baaaaaaaack
Whoops. Don’t know why I thought it was your apartment. Ah well. Buy me a plane ticket? 😀
Awesome post! I somewhere have a picture of me with the naked cowboy from years ago.
That’s too funny! I wasn’t brave enough to approach. Plus, I kept thinking, “How many people touch this guy each day?” which got me a little too grossed out. Hahaha.
YAY!!! What a fun post I was waiting for this one from you. Good job! I am so behind on reading ui apologize! The singing group, wow, what awesome pipes and good job, how cool was that you got to see Lupita. Yes us movie nerds appreciated that. Miguel oh boy, I am sure he is still recovering. He is crazyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Girl, no worries on falling behind. Do you KNOW how far behind I am on everyone else’s blogs? SO behind. It’s shameful. Lol. But I thought you’d appreciate this. Miguel was fully recovered within an hour of returning. He’s a tank. It’s terrifying.
I know!! I hate getting behind with reading and writing. Gasp… the woes of our life. I know why did I expect him to still be recovering… duhh he’s a beast!
Sometimes I think he’s part dragon. He does really like fire…
I think I saw him on Game of Thrones last week, kickin it with Khaleesi’s dragons.
He does that sometimes. They get along pretty well. Occasionally they’ll get into a scuffle, but Miguel usually just chokes them out. He’s good at winning fights that way.
Awesome trip! And damn that Miguel! Unfortunately you should expect nothing less from Eric’s evil offspring. Tell Miguel his plaque makes his butt look big.
And those socks really are the shiz!
Aren’t the socks great? Not sure if you have one where you’re at, but I got them at Hot Topic. I’m tempted to go back and get Marvel ones, too…Lol.
Hahaha! Noooo I can’t tell Miguel that! Who knows how he’d react? I could never–oh. Hi, Miguel. Wh-what am I laughing about? Nothing. Just…nothing. WAIT DON’T READ THAT!!! No, Miguel, Cinephile didn’t mean it!!! Wait, why are you picking up the blowtorch? Where are you going??? COME BACK!!! Cinephile, I don’t know where you are or what you’re doing, but drop everything and HIDE!!!!
Ummm, someone just dumped two truck-loads of manure on my car and then lit it on fire. And I may be paranoid, but all the shoes in my closet smell like urine. MIGUEL! YOU LITTLE SON OF A BLOGGER!!!!
Oh NO!!! He’s a terror. I am so sorry. Eric is enabling him–he said they were going drinking together later tonight…LOCK ALL OF YOUR DOORS.
I don’t know if I’m more afraid of a drunk Eric or Miguel. Either way, I’m leaving the state for the night. I wonder if I can get them to set off the tornado sirens to warn my fellow Okies?
They’re both pretty terrifying. I feel like you shouldn’t encourage them to use any sirens though. That could end badly. The boys who cried wolf over and over and over again…
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