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!!!

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All the stuff I didn’t blog about: Fall 2012 edition

Are you ready for this? It’s pretty epic. Two more like this coming your way. Then we’re all caught up and I will hoooopefully get my act together and update this thing on a regular basis:)

*Huuuuge inhale*

My friends Tara and her hubby Joe had the good fortune of car sitting for a month or so in the Fall. So Tara, Cocoa, and I drove up to our friend Henry’s house – about an hour and a half outside the city – to hit up some apple orchards:)

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This is what we did with our apples:

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Apple pie & apple crisp. Nom nom.

Tara, Joe, Henry, and I  are also avid Downton Abbey fans. I mean if you didn’t already know I’m a huge Downton fan and you’re one of my 8ish regular readers, then I’d like to know what rock you live under. So avid in fact, that we literally could not wait until January for the new episodes. Literally. We would have exploded into tea cups and fancy hats;) So we watched online each week after it’s UK airing. Naturally, the occasion called for a fancy hat!

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Crazy kids:

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My mom came to visit in mid-October and among other things we hit up the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. Neither of us had ever been before, and it was the last day of their Monet exhibit. They designed (I don’t know the proper word) garden clusters to resemble his paintings. And they had a couple original works of his on display, too.

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Me in the rose garden

Aside from Monet my favorite exhibit was definitely the children’s garden. Since it was Fall they naturally made everything out of pumpkins!

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Pumpkin bug! I would be way more into bugs if they looked like adorable pumpkins. Take note, bugs. Be adorable.

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Pumpkin Zombie! This doesn’t make me like zombies but who knew you could do that with a pumpkin!?

We also took a mini road trip to Pennsylvania to visit some family. This is outside the Central Market. It’s one of my favorite places for food shopping and general merriment.

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Halloweeeeen! You guys, my halloween costumes (yeah, multiples) were epic. But that hurricane Sandy had something to say about Halloween this year.

Halloween outing #1 took place the Sunday before. The St. James had a little shindig and we all ate a lovely catered brunch in the mezzanine lobby in costume.

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Hair preview for costume #1

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Sandy from Grease drinking a hurricane. Get it? Get it? Hurricane Sandy. Boom! Mind blown, right? The drink is actually red Gatorade. This was a work party. Employers: please note my extreme responsibility here;) I also chose to do 2 Halloween costumes because in the event that the hurricane was really bad (and it was for some) I didn’t want to be insensitive.

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The St. James crew! I won 3rd place in the costume contest:) Oh hey, Starbucks gift card!

During Hurricane Sandy I had some free time so I carved a pumpkin. A Mckayla Maroney pumpkin. You’re welcome.

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In all her glory!

In all her glory!

Please note: It is possible to get sick of oreos. At the grocery store I really thought cereal, oreos, and peanut butter would last me for at least a week. After 2.5 days I was done. No worries! I’ve since recovered my oreo appetite.

Halloween was the day after Sandy and Cocoa decided to get festive with her pumpkin costume.

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I was Lady Mary (in mourning?) Black was the easiest costume option.

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Lady Mary ready for a night on the town!

The trains still weren’t running so Tara and I tried to go to our favorite bar but there was a line out the door. Not to be a snob, but we don’t do lines. Especially at a place you can usually walk into and get a table. So we roamed around but everywhere was packed. Cabin fever. We ended up opting for wine on my couch in costume. No regrets.

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Cocoa also had 2 costumes. This is her as “sexy” Dorothy. Legit, they just miniaturized the adult sexy Dorothy costume.

Birthday shenanigans pt. 1:

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Drinks at Glass House Tavern on my Birthday eve with lots of lovely people all in one place:)

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Alison gave me this Birthday card. It’s maybe my favorite Birthday gift ever.

Birthday shenanigans pt. 2:

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Birthday Brunch the morning after. Squish! This is probably my favorite ever photo of Alison and I.

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After brunch we did a little shopping. Some of my favorite people in this photo!

Birthday shenanigans pt. 3 (because I’m the Birthday girl and I can!):

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Hat party. It was small but super fun! Cocoa doesn’t have any hats so she wore my favorite party dress instead.

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Threatening to eat Cocoa. So basically a normal day at home.

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Cocoa & Henry love. Maggie Smith face.

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Ellen! I don’t see this lovely lady enough!

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I voted! So so so important. If you don’t vote, then when things don’t go your way you can’t complain. And now I have fulfilled my preaching quota for today.

Fuerza Bruta:

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You can take photos in the theatre during this show. Unheard of and amazing!

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Dan really enjoyed the show, too. He’s like Flat Stanley. Only grown up and hotter;)

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Thanksgiving(!):

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The ensemble. Remember, I’m vain;) Guys! I curled my hair.

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Me and Kristy!

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My delish cooking. That stuffing is what I’ve eaten since I can remember. I made a few small adjustments to vegan-ize it. The gravy is also vegan and I found the recipe online. And the “turkey” is actually fake meat from an Asian grocery mart in Soho. I’m not vegan, but I have vegan tendencies and Kristy is vegan. And, even the meat and dairy lovers really enjoyed it:)

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We’re fuuull!

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Of course Cocoa dressed up for the occasion.

And breathe. Phew!

Winter 2012 edition coming soon to a blog near you;)

Happy Friday! It’s weekend time:)

New Years/2012 begins on the blog!

Well, first and foremost, there were cupcakes for my mom’s Birthday.

And that would be me and my mom in Central Park for New Years Eve!

Fireworks through the trees to welcome the new year:)

2012, you must be pretty fancy to be welcomed with such lovely fireworks.

After the New Year and Birthday shenanigans, we made our way to Pennsylvania to visit some extended family. This is the market aka deliciousness!

Whoopie pies!!! Best ones are found at the market!

Tasty Cakes at the grocery store. I imagine heaven looks something like this only tasty cakes will be good for you.

And these doughnuts! Oh these doughnuts!

And I got to hang out with this guy. This guy by the way is very against having his photo taken. It was a lot of work to get a reasonable photo of him. Silly Benji!

All in all, not a bad New Years/mom’s Birthday/belated Christmas celebration!

Umbrellas

Some recent rainy days got me thinking. About umbrellas.

So.

Let’s talk about them, shall we?

In most places, carrying an umbrella is easy. It is meant to keep you dry as you travel from here to there. It’s not a thing.

But let me tell you, in New York, oh, in New York, carrying an umbrella is an art form. And one that few have yet to master. It involves strategy. There is an etiquette code that one would hope other fellow umbrella carriers would use. Typically, one is disappointed.

This isn’t a Wal-Mart parking lot. You can’t pull a Gene Kelly and swing your umbrella around with no worry of hitting anyone for miles.

You might travel blocks and blocks or be hopelessly lost in a dense sea of soggy New Yorkers with only your poor wind blown umbrella to guide you.

Oh yes, your umbrella will be wind blown. That I can almost promise you. If only it were magical, like Mary Poppins traveling via umbrella. But no, it’s not that kind of wind.

So, this post is my feeble attempt to enlighten my fellow umbrella carrying commuters.

Pay attention:
If you’re really tall, it is polite to lift your umbrella up above others as you walk past.
You should also lift your umbrella when your umbrella is the size of Texas and when you are walking by people who are umbrella-less.
Also, please be careful when timing the opening of your umbrella upon emerging from the subway station.

Mostly, this post is my plea to stop the umbrella abuse. I don’t like almost losing an eye because your umbrella is far too large for the little sidewalks. I don’t like having to lean to my left because I don’t have an umbrella and you refuse to lift your umbrella up.

Please be careful with those umbrellas. Please be aware that your umbrella may be at the height of one’s eyes. Metal prongs at eye level are unnerving.

And to all those concienscious umbrella weilders who have lifted an umbrella for me when it was appopriate, thanks! In the words of a rainy day lover, Eyore, thanks for noticing me!

On a completely different note, I am heading to Italy! But I have lots of blogging to catch up on (obviously) because I decided to write about umbrellas above all else. I felt it was important. Anyway, when I return I promise to play catch-up:)

Also, my Birthday is in 3 days! We all know how I feel about my Birthday. So, to everyone who has helped/is helping/will help me celebrate…. Thanks!!! I will blog about that when I get back, too.

Sending you lots of love and umbrella well wishes!

Birthday Blessings

So, if you know me, you know how much I love my Birthday. When it gets down to about 2 months prior to my day, I start counting down, reminding people, and become relatively obnoxious about the whole thing. I really only do this because I like attention and to be honest, I love Birthday in general, not just mine. It is one day every year that everyone gets to themselves to do exactly as they please with no excuses.

I relaxed for the most part, went to Starbucks to get my free Birthday drink (the barista cheered when she saw my Birthday coupon) and then when I bought a cookie to go with she asked me something that made me wonder if we are soul mates. She said: “do you want that warmed up?” Do I want my cookie warmed up? Of course and why has no one at Starbucks ever asked me this before.

I also watched my favorite movie Love Actually and then my friend Sarah came over and we got mani/pedis and ate Mexican. That night, Ryan and I went to see Brief Encounter (a unique, beautfiul show I highly recommend) and then went to House of Brews where I had invited all of my friends to gather. It was at House of Brews that I realized how fortunate I am. So many lovely people came out to wish me Happy Birthday and I appreciated it soooooo much!

I really felt so much love on that day and I think that’s one reason I like Birthdays. The love. From the Facebook wall posts to text messages to people making an effort to see me, it was actually really humbling and I feel so blessed to have the friends I do.

I posted photos from House of Brews on Facebook but below are a couple random snapshots from the day:)

Sticky note from my roomie Tara:) It's the little things.


My Cocoa in her party dress that I'm obsessed with. I decided her gift to me was wearing tis dress all day. Isn't she the cutest?


Thank you, Starbucks! My free Pumpkin Spice Frappucino and my warm, gooey cookie:)


Me and my Cocoa puff!