Cara and Miguel take New York

Pre-Miguel New York City

Pre-Miguel New York City

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…

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…and our favorite jewelry…

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…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.


I recall Miguel shouting, “I’m king of the woooooorld!” However, this is the last picture he’s letting me post of him–he says he looks fat in all the others. Sigh. Body image is not a concern a handsome young trophy should have…

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!

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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…

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…is a champ.

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Not to be outdone, Miguel ordered six of these throughout the evening, which resulted in this:

We're not sure how many lives were lost during Miguel's drunken rampage...

We’re not sure how many lives were lost during Miguel’s drunken rampage…

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:

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And I got to hang out in Central Park’s little castle!

See little me up there in the middle? Miguel took this, but he told me he was actually taking pictures of his "mark." If you know any of the people in this picture and haven't heard from them in a while, you might wan to contact the police...

See little me up there in the middle? Miguel took this, but he told me he was actually taking pictures of his “mark.” If you know any of the people in this picture and haven’t heard from them in a while, you might want to contact the police…

Later we walked around Times Square, where Godzilla has taken over…

It was inevitable.

It was inevitable.

Miguel claimed he wanted to start a “turf war” with the monster, but we calmed him down with a little Broadway magic.

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“The PHAAAAANTOM of the Opera is there…”

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.

Sorry, ladies--he's not TOTALLY naked.

Sorry, ladies–he’s not TOTALLY naked.

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.

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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.

She is actually the coolest.

She is actually the coolest.

Apparently these shades are worth more than $100. Who knew?

Not as cool. I tried.

Not as cool. I tried.

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!

My NYC premiere! Miguel was a little jealous he didn't get to play the drum.

My NYC premiere! Miguel was a little jealous he didn’t get to play the drum.

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.

Brunch win.

Brunch win.

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…

Yep. It was still chilly enough for there to be ice.

Yep. It was still chilly enough for there to be ice.

…we saw the LEGO Store…

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!! Right?? ...Anybody?

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!! Right?? …Anybody?

…and I drooled over jewelry I couldn’t afford.

Miguel offered to buy me something, but I couldn't accept his blood money...

Miguel offered to buy me something, but I couldn’t accept his blood money…

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, 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:

You stay classy.

You stay classy.



50 thoughts on “Cara and Miguel take New York

    • 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…

        • 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.

    • 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…

    • 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.

  1. 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…

    • 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! 😉

  2. 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! : )

  3. 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

    • 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.

  4. 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.

    • 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!!!!

        • 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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