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!

11 Photos From the Weekend

5.1^big event on Friday = 14 hour work day. luckily, it was a lot of fun and went by in a flash.
5.2^Saturday morning walk around the ‘hood to break in the new running shoes.
5.3 ^coffee cheers!5.4 ^lunch date in central park and some much-needed catch up with a sweet friend.5.5 ^which led to shopping and a trip to Sprinkles on the way home because we just “happened” to be a block away 😉 5.6 ^Penn State vs. Rutgers / tacos / a side of pumpkin beer. 5.7 ^go PSU! they killed it. 5.8 ^Sunday morning coffee/eggs/banana run. the gal at Dunkin asked me if I was running today, which basically made my morning. I think she was shocked to see me NOT sweaty for once! 5.9 ^we ran a 5K! more on that this week.5.10 ^sunday brunch and the most delicious iced coffee at D’Amore Winebar which is quickly becoming one of our favorite Harlem spots.5.11^Sunday date night. shall we dance?

The weekends always fly by but this one felt particularly short for some reason. Fingers crossed this week is easy on us all. Tell me something you did this weekend! Or something delicious you ate? 

Weekend Reflections

This weekend was exactly what I needed:

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Friday evening, post-work, was spent in Central Park, reading. I found a little grassy nook with an accordion player close by and took in the gorgeous early-summer sunset. I texted D a version of the picture above and he left work and found me without any other clues! Impressive. We went and grabbed dinner at one of our favorite spots.

Saturday included some much-needed yoga, a Coffee Bean date with myself, a bit of baking (I made this gluten free, dairy free strawberry rhubarb crumble which was delicious!) and a night at work wrapping up the first show of our summer season.

This morning (Sunday) I woke up feeling really achey, with a headache and sore throat (boo!), so today I’ve laid low all day — lots of resting, reading and way too much housewives watching.

This is the first weekend we have stayed put in the city in quite a while and I have to admit, it was just what I needed. Lately, it feels like my weekends are jammed packed with activities: weddings, visiting family and friends, MOVING, chores… and it felt really good to stay in one place for a weekend.

Every week, when this time of the weekend rolls around, I routinely start thinking about the week ahead and the way too many goals I have for myself including:

  • eat healthy — stick to dairy and gluten free if possible
  • get up early before work and exercise, ideally every day
  • get to work early and have a really efficient week
  • make plans to see friends I haven’t connected with in a while
  • make meals at home, pack lunch for work, no eating out
  • organize everything
  • blog every day
  • I could go on and on… the list is endless!

I know, I know… this list of “goals” is clearly overly ambitious. I don’t know if it is the oldest-child-perfectionist in me or what, but by the time I get to the end of the week and realize I haven’t stuck with or accomplished any of the above, I start to get really frustrated and end up picking on not only myself, but on others around me as well. Not cool or cute.

This coming week is funky — it’s a short week (long 4th of July weekend here I come!) I have visitors in town for a few days (hi Mum and Erin!), a huge one-night-only concert to manage on Tuesday night, I have to get my NY license and registration figured out at some point, and on top of it all, I’m feeling achey and under the weather.

That all being said — this week I feel the need to kick things off with a new attitude. It’s time let go of the unrealistic goals I create and time to start being kinder to myself. After a day of “me time” (or G-Tox as I like to call it… get it, G, for Gillian?), I was able to take the time to reflect and create some positive intentions that will help me make the most of this week:

  • drink lots of water (I am terrible at this! Especially when sick.)
  • attempt to stay peaceful and positive with others (in work and personal relationships), take deep breathes where I need them
  • eat foods that make me feel good and not crappy (lots of greens!)

This list feels a lot more manageable — I seriously already feel lighter. We will see how it goes!

Now I am off to bed early to get some extra shut eye and see if I can kick this sore throat situation I have going on… I need to get heathy, I have a baby to visit next weekend!

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What are some ways you would like to be kinder to yourself this week?