A list of Summer Shenanigans

Note: This post was originally published on my (now) old Tumblr on June 21st, 2013.

Hi Friends! Happy Friday!

Oddly enough, it seems as if Friday has become my regular posting day.

I have a couple things to update you on but my computer died earlier this week so I couldn’t upload my photos. Luckily, one of the IT guys at my job fixed it for free:) So, she’s back up and running and I hope to get a couple posts up early next week!

In the mean time I’ve been compiling a little list of the things I want to do this Summer. I was even nice and added links to most of the items below. It finally stopped raining and is feeling a bit more like Summer, and I’m so happy about that!

Here is my list in no particular order of importance:

Astoria Green Market in Socrates Sculpture Park

NY Philharmonic in Central Park

Beach (maybe Jersey Shore? LBI?)

Moma – Rain Room

Take Trapeze Lessons

Shows – I’ll Eat You Last

             Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

             Pippin

             Cinderella

Shakespeare in the Park (If I win Virtual lotto – I did the line up at 6am thing once. That was enough.)

Movies – Monsters U

              World War Z

              Man of Steel

              The Bling Ring

              Stuck in Love

              Girl Most Likely

              The Way Way Back

A few of these things I’ve done before but would love to do again! I kind of want to put this list on my sidebar so I can keep you up to date as I go but I haven’t figured that out in the html code yet. So, we’ll see. Either way, I promise posts-a-plenty on the above happenings!

Have a lovely weekend!

Something New…

Hi everyone! So, I’ve decided to try something new. I’m attempting to simplify my internet life – delete accounts I don’t use, consolidate where I can, unsubscribe from e-mails, etc. It might sound silly, but I just don’t want to get bogged down by the internet. I like having it as a place for creativity and I’m most creative when I’m not bogged down by logistics.

So, what does this mean? I’m switching blogging platforms to Tumblr! I’ve been using tumblr for a while as a supplement to this blog (although I haven’t advertised that) and I think I would like to post there exclusively for a while and see how that goes. If I don’t like it I can always come back here. Tumblr is very easy to use and I’m hoping it’s format will encourage me to post more frequently.

I did a little makeover on it last week and I really like the freedom I have to edit the design and make it my own! Something this account only allows minimally (although I’m fairly happy with the current design) and I tried wordpress.org but that is nooooot my jam. All those files that it put on my computer? Greek to me:p

As of right now I don’t have any big exciting post waiting for you on my Tumblr account (well, the last thing I posted there was pretty epic, but…oh, you’ll see;). I hope to write one in the next few days and as always whenever I write a blog post from scratch (i.e. not when I reblog because on Tumblr you can do that) I’ll be sure to post it on my Twitter and Facebook.

So follow me: http://tallgirllittledogbigcity.tumblr.com

Also, who knows how to merge a WordPress.com blog with a Tumblr? Anyone? Bueller?

Happy Monday!

The last few weekends

May has been sorta crazy. To start off I flew to Orlando for a couple days to see my cousin Ian graduate college. Then 2 weeks later I flew to SC for a solid 40 hours to attend my friend Kayla’s wedding:) And this weekend I’m flying back to Orlando to see my younger cousin Connor graduate high school. Since I was traveling so much I left Cocoa with my family in Orlando (they drove her back to SC with them) and it turned out to be s mart decision. Poor thing ended up being diagnosed with bladder stones. She had surgery yesterday and is totally going to be fine. But if she had been with me when all her bladder shenanigans were happening it would have been more difficult to handle and I probably would have had to take a day or two off work. Which I’m willing to do, but if it can be avoided all the better. Thanks, mom!

Anyway, here are photos from the college graduation, wedding, and all the shenanigans in between:)

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He looks like a celebrity greeting his adoring public.

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Ian with my mom. It’s unintentionally candid (redundant) and I kind of love it.

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The cousins!

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Ian gave a little speech at lunch. He looks like a young Jon Hamm, no?

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Photo on the menu. Celebrity.

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Baby girl lounging in Orlando. Life is hard.

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Work follows me.

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We went to Harry Potter World! If you don’t understand the next several photos, you don’t understand me.

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Except this one. This was just a cool duck hanging at the restaurant where we ate lunch.

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The following weekend My friend LeeAnn and I ate here and saw Macbeth on Broadway with Alan Cumming.

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Tara and I checked out a rooftop bar for her bachelorette party!

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I guess these views are okay;)

I also went to a coworker’s Burlesque show with some girls from my new office. I don’t have any photos but I can assure you it was a lot of fun!

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Sunday brunch with Alison!

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I entered a healthy cooking competition at work. I don’t know how healthy this actually was (which is probably why I didn’t win) but my original plan ended up disgusting (pumpkin quesadillas) so spinach dip and rice chips for the (not) win! All the entries (including mine) were vegan and gluten free. Also, I fried up those rice chips myself:)

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Then it was off to SC for Kayla’s wedding! Here she is as her dad walks her down the aisle.

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This is the groom’s face as she walks down the aisle. I always look at the groom but this time I took a photo and I kind of love the expression on his face!

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After the ceremony they danced down the aisle!

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There were some mad libs and this is the advice my friends and I left for the happy couple!

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With Ashley, the maid of honor:)

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With Kate!!!

I also saw The Last 5 Years off-Broadway and I saw Matilda! All thoroughly enjoyable!

I didn’t really take any pictures from this past weekend (Memorial Day), but it was (for the most part) a solid balance of being lazy vs. being social. On Saturday night I met up with Sarah. We got a light dinner at Le Pain Quitodien, a cocktail at The Smith, and then saw Iron Man 3 (really enjoyed this!). On Sunday I rented On The Road (not sure how I feel about the movie, but I feel the same way about the book. On the bright side, Kstew may be a reasonable actress after all!) on demand and took a bike ride. Monday I got up earlyish and saw Frances Ha (highly recommend…super charming).

The weather on Monday was lovely, too:) I also got to see my friends Tara and Joe, but it was under some unfortunate circumstances which I’ll tell you about later:( I mean, we’re all physically and friendship-wise fine, but it’s something that deserves its own post and I’m not prepared to write about it now.

And on that ominous note I leave you with my super grown up realization that I had on Thursday/Friday: I don’t have time for things that don’t make me happy.

Right?! Do you feel me? I can’ t go super into detail here (it wouldn’t be professional), but I will say that I was ushering a show and for one specific reason (not involving the show itself or the other ushers) I no longer enjoy working that theatre, so I will work that theatre no longer. I will come back to it in a few months maybe. I’m not protesting it, I just need to be at other houses for a while. And I feel super relieved to have made this declaration! Not like it was bothering me, like I knew a declaration was coming but didn’t know what it would be. It’s just nice to realize things like this sooner in life as opposed to later, I think.

Okay, I’ll stop being deep now. Talk soon, sweet friends!

 

PS I worked on my layout a bit, just simplified the side bar, moved some things to the footer area, and changed the title. Thoughts?

All the things I didn’t blog about: Winter/Spring 2013 Edition

Here it is! The third and final installment of “All the things I didn’t blog about.” Are you excited? Is the anticipation killing you?

Well. Get to it, then;)

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I mean…

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Alison’s Birthday!

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Alison, Sarah, and I have been planning days out for each other’s Birthdays. This was Alison’s day out: we went to the Guggenheim, ate lunch at a diner, had a quick break (Alison napped and we waited in line for rush tickets to a show), ate dinner at a delish hibachi restaurant, and went to see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Then we capped it all off with a glass of wine at Glass House Tavern. What a lovely day!

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I curled my hair for the Barry Manilow opening night. Too bad it was cancelled. I’m still too cool for school. (This is an expression. Stay in school, kids.)

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I cleaned out the Blue Man box office where I worked. Cleaning is a favorite activity of mine. Because I’m the coolest. Obviously.

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Then Barry Manilow opening night actually happened.

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…at the Copa, Copa Cabana.
That was original. Also, No idea what the inspiration for our expressions was.

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More selfies. And yoga. I did yoga. Then I stopped because I got bored but it was fun for a while.

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National Pancake Day. Appropriate celebrations.

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It snowed….

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Tara and I went out and about in Soho in search of vintage wedding dresses. We didn’t find much but it was fun. And we did stumble across some love bombs.

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I experimented with wearing a lot of jewelry at once. And I liked it.

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My goddaughter (yes it’s Tara’s cat, and yes I’m serious) Miu (aka Ofelia) turned 8 so we threw her a little party. See? I’m definitely cooler than you.

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Cocoa attended wearing her finest party dress.

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Cocoa also got all of her toys out while I watched one of the Twilight movies. Obviously she’s a werewolf and her toys are vampires. I raised her well.

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Grace church on Broadway. I used to walk by it all the time when I would walk from Union Square to Blue Man and finally got a chance to go inside.

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And one of their members was on the Titanic. You know Titanic is my historical thing so I dorked out a bit.

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Some more wedding dress shopping.

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My mom and aunt came into town. First things first, we hit up Pomme Frites for some delicious fries:)

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We took a peak at the Freedom Tower’s progress.

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We saw this guy on Broadway.

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And we ate nom-a-licious doughnuts at Doughnut Plant.

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It snowed. Again.

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I bought this skirt and then saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s while wearing it. It just seemed like an appropriate combo.

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We finally had some sunny days so Cocoa and I took advantage of the hammock.

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Documenting a good hair day. Because when you’re approaching Spring and it still feels like the middle of Winter you take the small victories.

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This is where Cocoa hides when I cook. Apparently my domestic streak makes her nervous. Or my cooking. Or something’s really wrong with my stove.

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My co-worker brought in some delish treats from Veniero’s to celebrate/mourn my last couple days at work. Update: I quit because I got a new job. Still working for Blue Man but now I’m full time at the corporate office:)

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My pink Easter bunny. It’s a good thing Cocoa loves me.

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Celebrating Tara’s Birthday after my first full day on the new job. I felt so grown up/like a real person.

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My friend Kendra is really into Japanese culture so naturally, some girls went to her place and we dressed up like Geishas.

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Geisha-tude

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Sarah’s Birthday! We took her to lunch at Eataly, got manicures, went to the museum of sex, roamed around with coffee because we ended up with extra time, ate dinner at Hooters (we are the classiest), and did karaoke at one of those rent-a-room to sing in places. It’s great because you don’t have to hear other people sing badly. Only you and your friends.

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Tara and I tried out Martha’s Bakery in Astoria. Their iced mochas are banging’ and the eclairs are ridiculous. It’s going to be a problem. I could have worse problems though;)

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Self explanatory.

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Sunshine!

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I was trying to grow my bangs out, but I lost patience and just cut them off. I still mostly wear them to the side but their more manageable. They were at that awkward not quite long enough to pull back, not quite short enough to wear down phase.

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I color coded my wardrobe. I recommend it. Now I know what colors to avoid when shopping (black and blue) and what colors to pursue (pinks and reds).

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This face!

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I took myself to the Met a couple weeks ago to see the Fashion & Impressionism exhibit. If you have a chance to go, I highly recommend it. It was very thorough and super interesting. I wasn’t allowed to take photos in the exhibit but here’s a selfie in one of the fancy wings.

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And after browsing the exhibit, stumbling across photography in the Civil War exhibit, I successfully got myself lost in the Met. Easy to do and kind of my goal. Stumbled across this, went in, ended up in the 360 degree Versailles room (another spot I highly recommend and it’s permanent), and finally found my way to the exit.

I hope you enjoyed! Next, I’ll update you on what I did the last 2 weekends and we can officially call it caught up! Let’s hope it stays that way. I’m gonna do my best!

I’m sure I did other things, like see shows I forgot to mention or whatever, but I just gave you the photo highlights of 2013 so far. Winter was crazy long but it finally ended/is ending:/ and I can see the light that is Summer. But having a Spring has been nice (when it’s not raining).

This weekend I’m off to SC for 40ish hours to go to my friend’s wedding (dear friends, stop growing up!), so I’m pretty excited about that!

Talk to you (blog at you?) soon! Happy Wednesday!!!

My Life According to Buzzfeed

I’m working on the final installment of Everything I didn’t blog about. Look for that soon. But for the weekend I leave you with these gems.

My life story according to BuzzFeed:

This is my shopping story.
I love Sex & the City, but YES!
All of college. Home work or SVU? Never a question. SVU.
I love my friends
My childhood!
The Golden Girls knew what was up. I still go to them for advice.
This is how I feel about exercise too, cat.
Re the Mindy Project: Yes!
Today. And every Friday.
Accurate.

You’re welcome. Happy Friday!