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!

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A Durham Weekend

Time for a weekend round up!

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This weekend we traveled to Durham, North Carolina to visit our friend Randy for his birthday. We landed at RDU around 8:20, and by 9:00 we were at a fun BBQ spot called The Pit. It was hot out but we couldn’t say no to this pretty outdoor seating and opportunity for people-watching. Erin joined from Boston! We ordered some beers & plates for sharing.
Durham1On Saturday morning I ventured out for a run. I love exploring new places on foot and got way too excited when I ran past a raspberry bush. You’re aren’t in NYC anymore, Dorothy!
Durham3 Saturday we spent the day out on the boat cruising around Falls Lake.Durham4 Durham5 We found a little cove and spent some time floating around, bird watching, relaxing, and catching up. The weather was gorgeous. The view from our cove:Durham6That night we birthday partied. Erin made homemade mojitos.
Durham7 We threw together a few salads and D was in charge of the grill. Durham8 Durham9 These shrimp! The marinade was something like: siracha, lime juice, and honey? Amaze. Durham10We made a funfetti cake and downloaded a candle app on our phones because we forgot to buy real ones (whoops!) Happy Birthday Rand!Durham11 Next morning we all hung out and watched my fav: CBS Sunday Morning. I loved this story about a real life treasure hunt. I also loved this cold brew coffee that we discovered at Sheetz:Durham12 We were having trouble finding plain old black iced coffee and then I spotted this in the refrigerated section. Chameleon Cold-Brew for the win! The plain black coffee hit the spot, and this vanilla flavor pictured here was surprisingly good — just the right amount of very light sweetness. Satisfying substitute for the fresh stuff.

Day 2 we were back out on the lake for skiing (for some) and tubing (for me). It was actually my first time on a tube. Growing up you would have found me below deck reading a book. No water sports for little G! Maybe next time I’ll go crazy and try the skis.Durham13 Durham14 Durham15Ended the weekend with a Hell or High Watermelon toast and flew back in just in time to see the sun start to set over NYC.Durham16Thank you Randy for being born and for having a boat 🙂 If you are playing along, we crossed 3 of our Summer To Do List goals off our list. Pretty productive weekend. And now, it’s back to the grind. Tell me, how was your weekend? x

NYC Weekend Round Up

Where did the weekend go???

This weekend was jam-packed with “stuff,” all located right here in NYC. Lately we have been doing so much weekend traveling — what a treat to stay put for a weekend!

My parents were in town for a few days. Isn’t the view from their hotel incredible?

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The weather on Friday was gorgeous. I got out of work at 2pm (yay summer fridays!) and met them for a stroll on the High Line.
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They had never been to the High Line, so it was fun to introduce them to a new NYC activity. Typically we see Broadway shows and hang out in the theater district, which is always awesome, but it was fun to mix it up and doing something different.
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The nice weather brought out crowds — the High Line was packed! I saw someone walk by with the the most amazing looking ice cream sandwich cookie creation and I knew I needed one.

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The stand was called Melt — apparently they have a few locations around the city. I got the cinnamon ice cream sammiched between two snickerdoodle cookies. So yummy! Mum went for the chocolate crackle. Dad snuck bites of both.
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When D got out of work we met up at one of our favorite NYC pizza spots: Keste. Or as we like to call it “sexy pizza” … yep, it’s that good.

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We all started by splitting the Rustica Salad – spring mix, prosciutto di parma, artichokes, gaeta olives, lemon, extra virgin olive oil:

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and I chose a nice belgian white beer (surprisingly brewed in Italy!):

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We ordered three pizzas to share. My favorite was the Pistacchio e Salsiccia –
fresh pistachio pesto, sausage, homemade mozzarella, pecorino romano, basil, extra virgin olive oil. SO GOOD:IMG_4385

We also got the Burrata Roberto – homemade burrata, grape tomatoes, basil, extra virgin olive oil:

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and a gluten free, dairy free for Mum, The Marinara –
tomato sauce, oregano, garlic, basil, extra virgin olive oil:

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Amazing food, wonderful company.
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Post dinner cocktails at La Lanterna di Vittorio. I got my favorite, french martini:

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Saturday D’s parents came into the city and met us at our apartment to take the train up to Yankee Stadium for a Yankee game! To clarify: I am not, and never will be a Yankee fan. I am mostly indifferent, but technically I am New England born and bred — it would be sacrilegious to root for the Yankees! That being said, it is so fun to go to Yankee Stadium and see a game. Also — the crowd goes wild anytime Derek Jeter so much as walks a few steps or touches his hair. Ridiculous!

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After the game we all grabbed dinner at Patsy’s down the street from our apartment and then D and I finished Season 2 of Homeland. I am so hooked on this show – it’s a problem! I haven’t binged watched something like this since Lost. I will be waiting eagerly for Season 3 to come out on Netflix.
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Sunday was spent celebrating our friends Jeff & Tim’s 25 year anniversary at Pier 115 Bar & Grill in Edgewater, NJ. Jeff and Tim

Jeff was my boss at my first job after college (where D & I met!) and it was so great to reconnect and reminisce with former coworkers. The couple got married last fall at City Hall and D was one of their witnesses! It was really great to finally get to celebrate with them.

Now time to tackle the week. I can’t believe it is already Tuesday and almost August. Time flies when you’re having fun.