The Need to Write

Hello, hello, hello 🙂

As always, I find myself returning to this space when I am in the midst of some sort of change that I am inspired to document and/or in need of some sort of accountability. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about both!

Back in May (on the day of our one year wedding anniversary) I took a pregnancy test and got the exciting news that we were expecting a baby. Fast forward… I am currently 24 weeks pregnant and, as one would expect, my life has changed dramatically in just a short period of time.

This weekend last year I ran my first half marathon. This year, on that very same Saturday, I will be attending a prenatal yoga class that I have fallen in love with. My diet has shifted. My exercise routine has scaled back. My living space has changed (we moved last week). My thoughts are consumed with things like pelvic floor exercises, childcare, breast pumps, and checking out every stroller that passes me by on the street.

I am trying my best to embrace it all, to listen to my body, and to be kind to myself, although this is not an easy thing to do. The fact that my body is growing a tiny human is beyond baffling to me, and helps me put a lot into perspective.

When I look back at the past few months and try to recall how the first half of my pregnancy went, I realize that these precious memories are already slipping away. I wish I had been better at documenting those early days of pregnancy.

So, I plan to return to this space weekly to check in with how life is feeling for the rest of the pregnancy. This is mostly for my own personal reasons, but I also love reading other people’s pregnancy updates, so I figure maybe there is someone out there who would enjoy mine.

Even though life is about to get busier than ever, I am excited to write again and to be able to share in the way that is most comfortable for me — through words.

Look out for new posts on Mondays — and whenever else I feel like it. I am not sure on what format these posts will take just yet, so if there is anything you are curious about, let me know.

Thanks for reading during this special time!

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10 Photos from a hot NYC weekend

Another hot NYC summer weekend in the books!

This summer has been so different for me. Typically I have spent my summers finding any way possible to escape the city: road trips, beach days, visiting our parents, etc. We always tell people: the whole key to keeping sane while living in NYC is being able to get OUT of the city as much as possible. This summer has kept us close to home and I have to say, I am enjoying the city in the summer! On Friday afternoons everyone cuts out of work early and takes off  to the shore (that’s beach for my New Englanders!), the country, etc, leaving behind a few of us to hold down the fort. There is a calm that falls over the city in a way that is hard to put into words. Everything slows down, the subways aren’t super crowded, and I don’t have to wait 45 min for my Starbucks. It has been nice seeing this contrast to the hustle and bustle that can sometimes feel impossible 🙂

IMG_0328^Tried to run on Saturday morning but my mind wasn’t in it and my body was not loving the heat. I was so sweaty; sunscreen was dripping into my eyes and my headphones kept falling off. I decided to cut myself a break, changed plans, and walked some of my route instead… which led me to this gorgeous butterfly garden! I sat and  watched the world go by and meditated for a bit and it was exactly what I needed.IMG_0341^I spent the day supporting friends at a show. On the way home I picked up supplies for soup and couscous! I know, crazy, why soup with this heat? I had a crop of CSA veggies (broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash) I needed to use up before the next round gets delivered this week.IMG_0347^On Sunday I woke up with no plans — I thought maybe about going to the beach, but was not looking forward to sitting in traffic. I decided instead to go spend the day in the air conditioned Metropolitan Museum of the Arts! Best decision I have made in a long time.

IMG_0370^When I first got there I wasn’t sure where to begin, and ended up wandering around aimlessly for a little bit. Then I found this article which led me to some pretty amazing sites around the museum…. including this Egyptian Temple that was originally located at the Nile River. It was given to the US as a gift for helping to save it from being destroyed in flooding waters. SO COOL.IMG_0389^I gasped when I turned the corner and Washington Crossing the Delaware was right in front of me. (D & I actually spent a few days after our wedding at Washington Crossing in Pennsylvania!) I eavesdropped on a tour guide talking about a lot of inaccuracies in the painting — and she shared that the artist actually painted George Washington’s face from looking at his image on the quarter (which is why we only get a profile).   IMG_0402

^Artist Cornelia Parker was commissioned to create something for the rooftop area of the Met and she came up with this creepy house based off of the house in the movie Psycho. I loved it! The rooftop area includes a bar — I guess they stay open later on Fridays and Saturdays. I need to remember to come back with D (when it is about 25 degrees cooler…)IMG_0406^Made sure to celebrate National Ice Cream DayIMG_0409^Sunday night involved errands, cleaning, ordering Mexican and catching up on The Bachelorette… which was boring, so I switched to “My Crazy Ex Girlfriend” on Netflix. Has anyone seen this show? When the lead broke into song and dance in the streets of New York City, I knew it was right up my alley 🙂

IMG_0412 ^D says hi from the library. I have to say, it has been really nice having some extra me time. I sorta miss my new husband and I can’t wait wait for this exam to be over! We have some fun trips planned for late summer/early fall so lots to look forward to.

Happy Week!

10 Photos from a G-Tox Weekend

 

This past weekend was one of my favorite kinds: I got some time to G-Tox! AKA, my own personal form of detox. When I mention this term to anyone they sort of look like I’m crazy… I think maybe because people associate detoxing with alcohol or sugar or think of it as extreme?

For me personally, G-Tox is time I get to spend by myself, with myself. What other people refer to as “me” time. There is nothing very official about it. Often includes yoga, treats, reading, walking in nature… you get the picture! As an introvert, this time for me to re-charge is super important. The G-Tox this weekend was actually unintentional. D was stuck in the library all weekend with studying and as much as I missed him, I got the gift of a weekend all to myself, which is rare these days. I am so happy it worked out this way as I used to do G-Tox all the time, and forgot how wonderful it can be! Here are some photos from the weekend:

IMG_0230^Kicked off the weekend with happy hour with a bestie #yeswayrose IMG_0233^Friday night olympic trials CSA snacks, fresh from the farm. I watched some crazy fast track leading up to the main event: gymnastics! Is anyone else obsessed? Perfect Friday night at home for me 🙂IMG_0239^My predictions documented on snapchatIMG_0246^Pre-Saturday morning 6-miler (!) lobby selfieIMG_0252^Post-run donut to celebrateIMG_0255^A much needed summer cut, which was followed by a night out to celebrate a friend’s birthday.IMG_0262^What facetiming with my niece often looks like these days.IMG_0275^Sunday yoga sesh at a new spot on the Upper East Side. How pretty is this studio!?IMG_0282^Felt that post-yoga bliss and strolled home through the park. I wish this photo has sound effects — it was so calming to hear the sounds of families laughing and kids playing. Such a pretty night!IMG_0285

^Finished the weekend right back where I started. Olympic trials part #2! And I hate to brag but my prediction was SPOT ON! So happy for the new fierce five and cannot WAIT to see them compete in Rio in a few weeks. Does anyone else go crazy for olympics gymnastics?