Finally! We got to go outside and play.
Nick bought his new bike on Saturday while I taught pilates so the next day we headed to Westchester to Blue Mountain Reserve. We biked until we couldn’t bike anymore which ended up being less than two hours because we were so out of shape.
We ended with a picnic near the lake where we met Jim, the author of Walking Westchester. He took a picture of us for his next edition and was kind enough to send it to us. We’ll definitely be having more days like this one.
If you have any NYC connections on Facebook, then you’ve likely seen “23 Signs You’ve Lived in New York City Too Long.”
There were a few that made me laugh out loud like “you consider the wind from an approaching subway car to be a ‘nice breeze,” and “nothing fills you with more rage than getting on a crowded subway car and suddenly hearing, ‘It’s showtime.” After a 15 hour day, that last one usually corresponds with, “You get outraged when a DuaneReade isn’t open 24 hours.”
All but these four items were all too true:
#7 You’ve considered moving into your office to save money: Never! My apartment is sometimes the only thing that keeps me sane among all this chaos.
#12 You’ve flipped off a tourist bus: Nope, but I may or may not have wanted to….
#18 You’ve forgotten how to drive a car: Ok people – having a car is not impossible in Brooklyn – it is our savior. Although you would probably choke if I told you how much auto insurance is.
#23 When you return to NY, you realize you couldn’t possibly live anywhere else: Not so much… does this mean we’re not (gasp) true NYers? Perhaps, and I’m ok with that. There’s a case for fresh air and less germs everybody!
Alternatively, for those moving away from NYC can find your corresponding neighborhood traits in other locations.
Editor’s note: I wholeheartedly disagree with the San Francisco locations.
We had a blast gettin’ all dolled up for the derby! We headed up to Essex, CT to visit our cousins and attend a Kentucky Derby charity event for the Child and Family Agency.
It was my first derby party so I set out to make my hat creating flowers out of old ribbon. I then sewed everything together. Anyone that saw the inside of that hat would have been embarrassed, but I was pleased with the result! Check us out.
Nick kept putting his hat brim down so he’s more fisherman than derby attendee here, but he did win on Golden Soul coming in second! The odds were 50-1 and he placed two bets so we left in very good spirits.
We went back to a fabulous dinner party turned dancing party at Nick’s cousins who are the most amazing hosts. Thank you Larry and Brian! They are the best – muwah.
Happy Friday everyone,
I think it’s finally safe to say Spring is here! We’ve had a consistent week of 60 degree weather and let me tell you, 60 never felt so good.
The best part about it (as all east coasters will agree) is that it feels like a different city. People are SMILING and they are [fairly] POLITE.
Oh and Brooklyn is quickly coming alive again – restaurant patios are open and markets are back. Shorts and dresses are oh-so-close.
This weekend we are going to a Kentucky Derby party and staying with Nick’s cousin. I’m working on my hat tonight! Don’t worry, I’ll post pictures.
Here are some of the summer items I recently purchased – couldn’t help myself (and it was all on sale – saving money as usual)!
Cole Haan, I’m not admitting how much
J Crew, $44
Habitat Store, $39
Shoes: Cole Haan Gramercy Oxford | Pants: J Crew Cafe Capri | Necklace: Habitat Store
Today is our fourth liverversary. It’s my favorite day of the year as most of you know or probably could have guessed.
It’s true when people say having your health is everything. Not many people have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to get so close to not having your health and then bounce back in a matter of days. Thanks to Nick’s brother, I was able to watch the transformation.
Nick’s brother donated 60% of his liver four years ago and saved his brother’s life. It certainly wasn’t easy, painless or anything short of heroic. But it also saved my life and I couldn’t be more grateful.
People often tell me they don’t think they could have managed it nor would they have chosen it. To that, I can only say two things: 1. you have no idea what you are capable of until you are put in a situation and 2. I would have never chosen anything different. That experience taught me to never take anything for granted, to live life, attempt all your goals and to love as much as you possible can.
So today, I am more thankful, grateful and appreciative than words can describe. Love, Kerry
I couldn’t resist posting some pictures from my mommom’s 90th birthday celebration. She is one of the greats!
Have a great Friday, xo
Good news everyone,
I passed my first anatomy test (yippee) so I made this strawberry cake from Roost blog. Well Nick always has to make the frosting because he is about a thousand times better at it than I am. It was delicious and grain free of course. The only sweetener is honey and vanilla.
Last weekend Nick and I were chomping at the bit to get out of the city. Really – we are dying to go play outside, but it’s still too cold (heavily exacerbated SIGH).
So Nick, smart enough to know that I was going to crazy if we didn’t do something, gave me three options: 1. Storm King Sculpture Garden, 2. the Cloisters or 3. the Dia in Beacon.
We chose the Dia in the Hudson Valley and it was awesome. It’s a “contemporary art institution” and the building is an old Nabisco printing factory. I was almost more impressed with the building. It has so much natural light and interesting windows and doorways.
The exhibits were uber modern and some so much that it makes your brain stretch in weird ways. There was also a garden of cherry blossom trees which were all in full bloom – gorgeous.
We ate at the highly rated Homespun Foods which was charming and delicious. We highly recommend this as a NYC day trip, however, we are still dying to hike/climb/bike outside. Hello mother nature…..
I stumbled across this in my blog reader this week and it stopped me in my tracks. I do not feel this way about my current position. In fact, I don’t think many people I work with feel this way which is unfortunate.
I believe that passion is mandatory for success. That a drive to make the world a better place to be. This manifesto from Work is Not a Job made me remember why I am studying to be a pilates teacher and why it’s so important that I’m careful not to delay it too much.
This weekend I am taking my first of two anatomy exams and by early June (if not sooner) I am hoping to take my final tests. It’s time. I’m ready to take the leap into lower pay and more passion.
We’re still impatiently waiting for true spring weather, but not to worry. Park Avenue is putting the vibe out and planting tulips on this balmy 37 degree day.
Thank goodness we’re headed to Florida tomorrow to celebrate my Mommom’s (or as Nick says, Mom Squared) 90th birthday!
Talk to you next week!