SATURDAY: -Grading. -Packing. -Communicating with various parties involved in weekend outing. -Workout--8 miles on treadmill. -Make Child's favorite egg, bean, onion, and pepper salad. -Pick up Child at dance studio and drive to NJ. Stay at parents' house. Child and her bestie are very excited to sleep in my sister's room at my parents' house and enjoy playing with "The Husband," her pregnancy pillow. SUNDAY: Group outing to see Romeo and Juliet! I put this plan together and got a dozen tickets at the group price. The good news is that I get credit with everyone for a great idea. The good and bad news is that I wind up planning and coordinating the entire day. It feels like a lot of responsibility for my day off! 9:09 train to NYC with friends. Arrive in NYC. Buy picnic lunches from Zaro's Bread Basket. I got a grilled vegetable sandwich and a black and white cookie. Child had a bagel with cream cheese and an oreo cupcake. One 4th grade child cannot find anything she would like to eat. Luckily there is a Mexican place nearby and she settles for soft tacos. 11:30--CENTRAL PARK! Strawberry Fields. Picnic on the rocks near where the horse carriages seem to go for breaks. The kids really like watching the horse carriages. Bethesda Fountain. Alice in Wonderland. Kids especially like this. Belvedere Castle. Delacorte Theater. 1:40ish--Back on train to midtown. Trains running slow due to track work, but we've left plenty of time. I go pick up tickets at Will Call. Others shop. I get a little antsy when 2:40 rolls around and they aren't there yet, but they make it on time. 3--ROMEO AND JULIET! Interesting production. Some things I really liked about it, and a couple things I didn't. (Pluses included that I thought this interpretation did a very good job of capturing the teenage emotions of Romeo and Juliet. The balcony scene had a real "No, you hang up!" "No, you!" kind of tenor at the end that seemed very true to their ages. There were some excellent secondary characters as well, including Juliet's father, Juliet's nurse, and Romeo's friend Mercutio. Excellent use was made of cello and drum to heighten the mood. Oh, and Orlando Bloom is pretty easy on the eyes. Negatives included that some of the script cuts made things a little unnecessarily confusing. There were also some odd eclectic elements that seemed to be in the production just because.) Orlando Bloom did greet fans at the stage door, and though he could only do a handful of autographs (not including us), I thought that was cool. Dinner at Maoz, a fast food falafel place (slogan "Veg Out!") Child and I were totally in the mood for falafel, and the salad box I got (5 falafel with as much of the middle eastern salad fixing as you can put in the box) really hit the spot!!! 7:03 train to NJ, then drive home. One of our friends had a member of their group miss the train. (She had gone for Indian food after the show, then took a cab. She must have said "Take me to the train station," and he took her to Grand Central instead of Penn. So that was a bit of debacle.) Great day overall!