Thursday, November 1, 2012

where have i been?

Oh, dear patient friends, it's been awhile, hasn't it? I really did have every intention of continuing to blog on a more regular basis, but then life has this way of changing your carefully laid plans (and this time in a way that I'm still try to wrap my head around). So much has happened in the past eight months that I'm still spinning. I won't give it all away right now but let's just say I'm no longer based in New York and I'm still grappling with whether I've made the right choices or not. To be honest, a large part of me feels like not, but I have to keep reminding myself to be patient, and that I'm living out something I've been dreaming if doing for years. I'm going to continue to update over the next several months (albeit sporadically) and catch up on a lot of the really fun stuff I've been up to (I've gotten to tend to my travel bug quite a bit), as well as some of the soul-searching feelings I've been grappling with. I think this picture taken of me a few weeks ago in a to-be-revealed location captures both of these thoughts/topics perfectly. Talk soon x.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I guess sometimes a few weeks means more like a couple months when you need to take some time for yourself.  A lot has happened recently, and I feel ready again to start sharing it all (just maybe not five days a week  - because honestly, it's a lot when you have a full time job and you want to spend time with your boyfriend and you want to go to the gym and have time to do the fun things you want to do - not sure how many people with a blog say this, but at least I think it's true).   

So, to begin, John is back! We got all that drama sorted and he was able to spend some time with his family at home in England, and even came back in time to spend a few days enjoying Christmas in New York before we traveled to Canada to celebrate actual Christmas in my hometown.  It was lovely, and so nice to spend almost two full weeks with the ones I love, but it never does feel like enough.  We also had a lot of discussion surrounding our future plans, and to my disappointment (but now acceptance and eventual excitement to pursue something new I’ve always wanted to do), we are not going to go ahead with our initial idea (alluded to here and here and a few other places if you want to explore a bit).  I’m going to keep it a secret for now because maybe someday it will come to fruition, but in the meantime, we’ve come up with a new “what we’re going to do with our lives” plan, and I’m very excited about it. But until then, I’ll just keep alluding to this new adventure until we actually do it – you’ll find out in about four months or so.    

So in the meantime, I’m going to keep documenting on the fun stuff we’re doing in NYC, and my journey of checking things off my “list” of things to do before we leave (and hopefully provide you with a few ideas of your own if you're here already or ever come to visit).  Over the next few days, I also want to recap the past couple months and the great stuff we’ve discovered over this mild (for the east coast) winter.  x

Monday, December 5, 2011


Sorry friends - things have gotten a little mad here lately and I haven't had a ton of time to attend to this little space of mine.  To explain, like me, John is on a work visa. The only difference is that he is on a seasonal visa which means that he has to renew it every year and leave the United States by a certain day, whereas my visa is longer term, and I only have to renew every three years (yay!) (and don't have to be out of the US by a certain day every year - double yay!). 

Normally, his visa situation is not a big deal (it definitely sucked the first year because he ended up staying in England for four months in between visas), but we've worked out a nice situation last year where he was only away for two weeks. And then, this year came along. He lost his passport. Which really complicates things when you're on a visa.  So last week, in a mad dash between all sorts of embassies and consulates, we made the decision that he should fly home ... like the next day. Which is normally not ideal, but ok at least.  The only thing that makes me a little sad is that we're not sure right now when he can come back into the country.

So, on top of all that madness, I was given more responsibility at work, we're in the middle of developing our Fall'12 product which is major milestone and requires a lot of focus, and I'm still trying to work on projects for the upcoming endeavor (the website is thisclose to being finished). The next couple weeks may be a little slow around here, but I promise I will get back into the regular swing of things.  turrah xo

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

happy (american) thanksgiving!

Taking the next few days off to indulge in some holiday time.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

ps. Pop over here to learn how the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons came to be.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

big gay ice cream shop

Last week I mentioned that John and I had a Groupon that I needed to use before it expired, and the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop happened to be the place. I had originally bought it in the summer, hoping to use it at their infamous ice cream truck in Union Square, which has been named one of the best food trucks several times over by numerous publications.  But it turned out to be one of those things that just never worked out ... which brings me to why we went to an ice cream shop in the middle of November.   But regardless of the time of year, I'm so glad we did - I got the "Salty Pimp" - a vanilla cone covered covered in a sea salt and chocolate shell with swirls of dulce de leche - and John had the "Bea Arthur" - a vanilla cone covered in crushed Nilla wafers and dulce de leche - and both were beyond delicious.  The best part comes at the very end, but you're going to have to discover it for yourself ;)  

Monday, November 21, 2011

weekend notes

ingenius paper bag idea from trader joe's

This weekend was very quiet, but sometimes that is so nice.  I had time to actually do the mundane (but necessary) errands that never seem to get done during the week (I'm looking at you groceries and apartment scrubbing).  It's also nice to know that this will be a short week, complete with one relaxing long weekend. And as an added bonus, my mom is coming to visit on Wednesday, and I couldn't be more excited.  I also have never been in the US for an American Thanksgiving, so I'm excited to check out some of the festivities - especially what could be the best or worst tradition of all - Black Friday.

favorite winter scarf from Banana Republic

just snoozin' (and treats ...)

my gardening skills at work

peace from here

Friday, November 18, 2011

afternoon sun

astor place

John and I enjoyed a long lunch together strolling around the city today.  Truth be told, I had a Groupon that I needed to use before it expired so it prompted us to venture out into the chill that has suddenly descended upon Manhattan.  We stopped at our favorite pizza place (seen here), but this time at the East Village location, and then headed to the Groupon spot (details next week).  It was nice walking through the chilly streets, and the crisp air it reminded me that Christmas is right around the corner.

on the bowery

best yoga studio in nyc

st. mark's


cutie ... staring at the pizzas