Thoughts on a Monday

Wow, the weekends always seem to fly by! The hydrangeas that I brought back from the yard in Cape Cod died, which seemed to signify that it was time to get out of vacation mode and back to real life.

Last Thursday I went to La Birreria at Eataly for the first time. The rooftop is so cool! I love going to Eataly just to browse around because it makes me feel like I’m back in Rome (where I studied abroad). My weekend was pretty relaxing too. I went to the farmer’s market near my apartment and then met up with my friend for brunch at Rintintin. Afterwards, I strolled aimlessly around the West Village with some other friends who were in town from Boston for the weekend. The heat has finally arrived in full force in NYC and it’s SO HUMID!! I was drenched in sweat after about five minutes.

It was nice having nothing to do this weekend, since in August I’m going to be traveling almost every weekend. Exciting news – I booked a trip to Oregon in mid-August to visit my cousin who lives out there. I’m so excited to explore Portland, the Oregon coast, the mountains, and the Columbia River Gorge. I’ve been able to do some planning for that over the past couple days, and I also started watching Chef’s Table on Netflix, a documentary series about chefs around the world. I highly recommend if you’re interested in cooking!

Here are some more interesting discoveries from the past week:

– “Why Women Apologize and Should Stop” from the New York Times. Unfortunately, I’m exhibit A of this problem, and since reading this article I’ve made a concerted effort to stop saying sorry to people, whether it’s my friends, co-workers, or random people. Why should I say sorry for not doing anything wrong? I hear women saying this to people all the time (particularly men) and it’s something we need to start thinking about.

– “Secrets of the Ring Road: Iceland’s Epic Road Trip“. I’ve been wanting to go to Iceland for a while and am hoping to plan a trip for next summer. This article only validates why I must go!

Huckleberry Shrub recipe from Bon Appetit. I’ve never heard of shrubs, which apparently are fruity vinegars made from berries that can be mixed with seltzer or a drink. Definitely a recipe I’d like to try soon.

– “Yes, Animals Can Think and Feel” from National Geographic. I’m a huge animal lover and this article is fascinating!

Harry Potter logic puzzle. Enough said.

– “30 Recipes that Reduce Kitchen Waste” from Food52. When I’m cooking I’m a huge waster of food. These recipes made me realize exactly what I’m wasting and what can be done with the food I’m throwing out.

– “The Difference Between $200 Jeans and $20 Ones” from Refinery 29. I went through a jean phase a couple years ago when I bought a lot of expensive jeans. Since then I haven’t really been doing that and I just buy something on sale or jeans from Urban Outfitters. This article breaks down exactly what you’re getting/not getting depending on how much you pay for jeans and was really insightful.

– “Ultimate Road Trips” from National Geographic. Featuring a ton of cool places I had never even heard of! Plus one of the trips is in Oregon.

 

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Fourth of July Weekend

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! Even though I only had a three day weekend it felt so much longer and was some much needed time off. On Friday morning, Pat and I drove down to my friend’s beach house in Old Saybrook, CT. It was gorgeous! I couldn’t get enough of the beach-weathered exteriors and the beautiful hydrangeas. My friend is moving to Boston this weekend after living in Europe for a year, and even though we won’t be in the same city, it’s wonderful having her back. After making a couple more stops in Old Lyme and Niantic, we made our way to Rhode Island for some much needed beach time.

I’m exciting to be heading to Cape Cod this weekend with my family for a real vacation – five days! Cape Cod is so special to me – I grew up spending most of my summers there so I’m looking forward to spending some time with my family. Now that we’re all doing our own thing it’s hard to get everyone together. I’ll be mainly offline (another thing I am looking forward to) but will be occasionally posting on Instagram. Have a great weekend!

Peonies

I don’t know about you, but this week has been super rough for me already and it’s only Tuesday night. It might be the weird weather or a brain crash after several extremely crazy weeks at work, but I’m feeling foggy for some reason.

I feel like I’m in a weird rut, but luckily I’m taking Friday off to head to Block Island with Pat. It’s a tiny island off the coast of Rhode Island and until I figured out that the high speed ferry there from Point Judith was so cheap (it’s only $25 round trip, FYI it’s like $80 round trip to ferry to Nantucket from Cape Cod) we hadn’t really thought to ever go there. I’m looking forward to biking around the island and exploring the cliffs and beaches. Just have to make it through two more days!

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It’s Been a While…

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I have seriously been the worst at posting on here, but I am going to make a concerted effort to be better and to post on a consistent basis. I still have been taking just as many photos, so I’m hoping to get everything caught up over the next couple of weeks. We’ll see.

Big news – at the end of April I moved to Brooklyn Heights. Since then I’ve taken an embarrassingly large amount of photos. I swear that people probably see me and wonder why I am sketchily taking pictures of their apartment building. I can’t help it! Everything is so pretty and the addition of the warm weather just gives me more reason to explore my new neighborhood. Also, summer Fridays have kicked in at work, making each weekend that much better. On Friday, a group of us at work left and immediately went to the Shake Shack in TriBeCa. I haven’t been there in over a year and forgot how amazing the black and white shake is. Yum. On Saturday, I met with my two friends for brunch at Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe in the West Village. I’ve been dying to try this place forever and it was amazing. I had an iced latte and the avocado smash – it must have had 3 avocados! My sisters is visiting this weekend and I may have to drag her back so I can get a better photo. Afterwards I saw the Entourage movie – which I have been waiting for for two years and is my guilty pleasure, even though I know it’s terrible.

This morning I made a Coconut Bread from Smitten Kitchen that’s so good! It’s very subtle and delicious. You can get the recipe here. The only change I made was using coconut milk instead of regular milk. Afterwards I took a stroll to Vinegar Hill to meet a friend and it was interesting getting to explore that area a bit. It’s so quiet down there but I love the charming cobblestone streets.

I’m going to try to keep up a regular routine with this! Especially since I feel like I should be doing something more productive than coming home from the gym after work and watching 10 episodes of a random show. Although, Orange is the New Black is back next week and I can’t wait. Hope everyone has a good week!