New York I love you but you’re bringing me down

New York for me, like many people holds a special place in my heart, we honeymooned there, a place I thought to be progressive.

But people and places aren’t always what you think, sometimes surprising me unpleasantly.  If there’s one issue that’s dear to my heart and my experience is that of teen parenthood and that support is needed not shaming.​

New York has failed miserably with a new ad campaign presumably to scare kids out of falling pregnant.  Which in itself is laughable considering the miniscule proportion of teen pregnancies that are planned.​

I’ve mentioned before that being a parent as a teen is no easy task.  Being a parent full stop is not easy and I can tell you the thing that has the most impact on the difficulty of being a teen parent is the weight of others judgement and being shamed instead of supported.  Make no mistake a campaign like this one won’t make teenagers be more careful or make teen parenthood any less attractive, because it’s not attractive,  all it does is wound existing young parents who need help not harassment.

I wonder how much help they could have had if the Mayor had spent $400,000 helping them instead of shaming them?


I’m so disappointed that people think emotional blackmail is the way to
change peoples lives.  I’m so disappointed New York I thought you were
better than that, clearly I was naive.

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Did you love the muppets?

The Muppet Show was a big part of growing up for me, it and Sesame Street ensured I grew up with a lasting adoration for puppets. Being such a classic has ensured that The Muppets are a soft spot for Mr Wolff too.

Why am I banging on about liking puppets?

When we were in New York I went in to FAO Schwartz, home of the Teddy Bear, to look for something for the kids and found quite possibly the best souvenir EVER.

Watch as they build them if you like, from your choice of body, hair, eyes, nose and outfit.

In around half an hour you have your own personalised muppet, from the only place that sells them.

We still need to name them.

Did you love the muppets?

The Muppet Show was a big part of growing up for me, it and Sesame Street ensured I grew up with a lasting adoration for puppets. Being such a classic has ensured that The Muppets are a soft spot for Mr Wolff too.
Why am I banging on about liking puppets?

When we were in New York I went in to FAO Schwartz, home of the Teddy Bear, to look for something for the kids and found quite possibly the best souvenir EVER.

Watch as they build them if you like, from your choice of body, hair, eyes, nose and outfit.

In around half an hour you have your own personalised muppet, from the only place that sells them.

We still need to name them.

Day one + two

Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of the play because you weren’t allowed to take photos, video etc.

But Trust was amazing, the set was really fascinating.  The theatre was really small and the set had sections that rolled out, opened up and changed this tiny space from a lounge, to a bedroom, to a diner, to an office, to a cafe and to a minimalist S&M room seamlessly.

We had a great time but I was so tired towards the end I was getting all hallucination-y so my perspective might be a bit skewed. I will say if you get the chance to see a play with Zach Braff or Sutton Foster in it absolutely do it.

Afterwards is where the next two days really blur in to each other I can’t remember if we went straight back to the hotel and slept until midnight or if that was the next night.  Either way went spent the next three days walking all over New York…

… but the night that we woke up at midnight we were STARVING.

So we went for a walk

to White Castle

Mr Wolff @ White Castle

SO bad for you but the tiny burgers were fun to eat

The trip there and back was uneventful

but fitting that it was a midnight run to White Castle

also I lodged my Uni application today so fingers crossed while I wait

Day one + two

Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of the play because you weren’t allowed to take photos, video etc.
But Trust was amazing, the set was really fascinating.  The theatre was really small and the set had sections that rolled out, opened up and changed this tiny space from a lounge, to a bedroom, to a diner, to an office, to a cafe and to a minimalist S&M room seamlessly.

We had a great time but I was so tired towards the end I was getting all hallucination-y so my perspective might be a bit skewed. I will say if you get the chance to see a play with Zach Braff or Sutton Foster in it absolutely do it.

Afterwards is where the next two days really blur in to each other I can’t remember if we went straight back to the hotel and slept until midnight or if that was the next night.  Either way went spent the next three days walking all over New York…

… but the night that we woke up at midnight we were STARVING.

So we went for a walk

to White Castle

SO bad for you but the tiny burgers were fun to eat

The trip there and back was uneventful

but fitting that it was a midnight run to White Castle

also I lodged my Uni application today so fingers crossed while I wait

Our Honeymoon

We’ve been back for a little while but I’ve just been too tired to make sense.

I thought I would split the honeymoon over a few posts so that you don’t get holiday snap overload.

When we landed in New York we took the subway

Jamaica

Jamaica

To the hotel Chelsea

Chelsea Lobby with Mr Wolff

up past the beautiful hallways filled with art

Chelsea Hallway

and up to our little room

our room

We crashed for about an hour and then went out to explore and kill time before the theatre.

Our Honeymoon

We’ve been back for a little while but I’ve just been too tired to make sense.
I thought I would split the honeymoon over a few posts so that you don’t get holiday snap overload.

When we landed in New York we took the subway

To the hotel Chelsea

up past the beautiful hallways filled with art

and up to our little room

We crashed for about an hour and then went out to explore and kill time before the theatre.

On Broadway, or rather off

In the final throes of putting this honeymoon together I thought it would be cool to get some culture in and go to Broadway while we are in New York.

We’ve ended up going “off” broadway because Mr Wolff is a bit of a Zach Braff fan.

While there’s something to be said about going to see a long running show on broadway, I’m happy to take the chance and see something with a bit of quirk.