Pre-Thanksgiving Hullabaloo

My office closed at 1 PM last Wednesday and with that I was on my way to spend an afternoon soaking in all that is Thanksgiving in Manhattan. I had three goals of the day (okay four, the first was to eat at Gray’s Papaya… yum), 1) see the balloons being inflated for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 2) see the Annual Origami Christmas Tree at AMNH, and 3) see the Global Kitchen exhibit at the AMNH (okay, this last one isn’t holiday festive but 2 birds 1 stone and all that). Fortunately for me, the balloon inflation “party” takes place every year right in front of the museum, how’s that for planning?!

Helpful hints from various websites stated that it was best to go around 6 PM because any earlier would be boring. While I agree there was a lot less to look at earlier on in the day, as I left AMNH right before 6 and stepped into the crowds of balloon inflation sightseers it was clear that it had became a mad house. Wall to wall people, barely any room to walk, and frantic voices over the loud speaker describing what a missing seven-year-old boy looked like (I could actually see the wave of parents tighten their hold on their children’s hands after that announcement). Yikes! So while certainly less impressive in the quantity of balloons you can see at around 3 or 4 PM, I say GO EARLY.

The newest exhibition at AMNH is called, “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture.” Ever since I heard it was opening I wanted to see it, and it didn’t disappoint. There was an ancient market showing everything from eggs to grasshoppers, all purchased with chocolate, dining rooms and foods of famous individuals (one showed Michael Phelps’ breakfast) and discussions regarding some of the food problems we are currently facing. The exhibit that hit home the most was a glass tower filled with the amount of food that an average American wastes per year. Ridiculous! And I’m sure I’m at the top of wasteful food people. This definitely made me want to change my ways even more!

This picture doesn’t even show the top of the wasted-food-tower.

I was ready to get home and start prepping for Thanksgiving dinner after that exhibit but first took a quick stop to the basement to see the Museum’s Origami Christmas Tree. Once again, my iPhone couldn’t capture the hugeness of the entire tree, so these are just a couple shots. Every year the museum creates a different theme and this year they went with groups of animals. So cute!

I wonder if you can volunteer to make origami for the tree. My specialties are cranes, cranes, and cranes. No matter how many times someone shows me how to make that damn jumping frog, I fail. Maybe this’ll help me expand my horizons!

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