labor day weekend is easily one of my favorites in new york city. while the city is quieter, and emptier, and slower throughout the summer as people leave on the weekend for the beaches and what not, it's really empty on labor day weekend. and i love it. fewer people, shorter waits, less crowded subway platforms. give me it all. take one or two million people out of this city and it would really be something, ya know? so today marks the end of summer, the beginning of fall, and those few million people back in my life. to prepare for that we put basil (and mint!) in our gimlets and watermelon in our beer, enjoyed a steak dinner at home, took a couple of naps, hung a couple of pictures, and explored our neighborhood a little bit. all of these were helpful coping mechanisms. and besides - our wedding is this fall (!!!). it can't be all that bad, right?