Dancing Babies + TGIF

Friends – everything about this video is amazing and feels like Friday. Live young. And keep dancing.

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Winter Weather FAA Furloughs and a Wedding!

Last week I was in Minneapolis for work… and believe it or not, we actually got snowed in. Not forever, but our flight was delayed four + hours due to snow! Check out the photos below of the spring blizzard I managed to drive a rental car through…

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And take off in a plane through…

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One of the perks to landing at La Guardia around 3:45 am on Friday morning was watching the events in Watertown, MA unfold live over reddit and Twitter. It was pretty crazy.

After a few more weather delays and reddit-following-breaking-news… we made it to NC with enough time to see family quickly – literally at a gas station.

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And finally to Raleigh to see Robert and McKinley tie the knot with friends we haven’t seen in a while!

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Cheers to the beautiful couple and your perfect wedding.

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I hope you’re having a blast on your honeymoon, and thanks for giving us all a reason to come back to the South and celebrate you two. :)

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A happy Easter to you and yours!

I had the blessing to head back to NC for some family time with the Thores and the Engrams, plus a little shopping and plenty of catching up and delicious food.

For whatever reason, warm weather is evading us everywhere… but it was still wonderful to be at home.

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Also, my mom made a homemade lemon bar cheesecake… that was divine.
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If I had room for a springform pan in my little kitchen, I would try to duplicate this, but that will have to wait. I’m pretty sure hers rivals the one featured on the cover of Southern Living. You should see for yourself.

An Unintended Hiatus

Blogging can be a lot like exercising or that pile of clothes on the floor… once I’m too tired to go to the gym or too tired put my clothes away, it’s always just a little bit easier to be too tired the next time comes around. So in that way, I am coming back from something of an unintended hiatus, and I’m not saying I was just too tired to blog for the last few weeks, I was just spending my energies elsewhere and I guess I needed a break. But I’m back!

And since late February –

I learned to make homemade enchilada sauce with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce – more on that decliciousness to come.

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Had two great friends from college visit / my first pedicab expericence…

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Keep in mind, in pricing quoted with pedicab drivers are per person. (Read: they’ll definitely rip you off.)

And tried my first St. Patrick’s Day dinner like my mom would make – corned beef and cabbage + carrots, turnips and cauliflower mash (instead of potatoes!). I would say it went pretty well – we didn’t have much leftover but cabbage! And you can only eat so much cabbage anyway.

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That’s a very brief summary, but I have to save the rest for all the posts I’ve been backlogging in my head… stay tuned and come back!

Long Weekend Company & Recap

My sister and brother-in-law visited this past weekend, and I think we did a prettay good job showing them the city condensed into about three days – which is actually quite difficult.

We kicked off Saturday morning with the most involved brunch I have ever made – thanks to Smitten Kitchen, I tried some new recipes: spinach strata, cinnamon chocolate chip bread and made one up –  citrus fruit salad, accompanied by some lovely hickory smoked bacon fried by Hewitt and fresh OJ for mimosas courtesy of Fresh Direct. More on the recipes and deliciousness later- but I’m definitely planning to make them all again. For sure.

(Photo doesn’t do the table justice.)

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For my sister’s birthday, we gave her tickets to see the NYC Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty – and it was perfect. Truly, the sets, the feet, the costumes… it all reminds you of the importance in slowing things down and taking it in. Cathleen and I were kids again watching the girls in tutus we wanted to be, and although we never were, it’s a memory and a dream we get to keep and an appreciation for been a part of it.

(Yep, that’s Prabal Gurung for Target – great color / print / fabric.)

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We snapped a few pics when the boys met us at Lincoln Center, post-ballet –

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We were both taken by the Rigaletto banner at the Met (although we were unaware of the kiddo taking on the fountain behind us) –

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Sunday was freeeezing, so we sought warmth and caffeine and jewelry at Chelsea Market, and I spotted this gem painted on the brick.

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Who doesn’t love an Oreo? :)

We didn’t last long on the High Line – the wind was insane, but we managed a quick picture.

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Survived / enjoyed Top of the Rock – even though it was so windy the 70th floor was closed… and the 67th and 69th perhaps should have been! It was so windy. And freezing.

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We look a bit freezing. And windblown.

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Monday, for President’s Day, we took the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty, took on the subway, saw The Big Piano at FAO Schwartz and saw Central Park / took a quintessential photo.

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Not my best face, but a funny photo, framed by the between-bench-space I always gravitate to on the subway…

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Cathleen was a bit more cavalier with her swing, but Matt, you’ll get it.

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Like all weekends, it came to an end too soon, but since we’re family, I know we’ll get to do it again. I am quite pleased with how our little apartment has fared with guests so far  – thankfully, no one has come in expecting their own room, etc… but it just feels 20-something and cozy to have your sister and brother-in-law on an air mattress in your living room, measured to fit perfectly between the coffee table and writing desk, waking you up to let you know the coffee pot hasn’t come on yet.

So please, come back and see us.

Let the Countdown Begin

These crazy kids / my sister and brother-in-law are coming to visit us for the long holiday weekend! Obviously, I’m excited, and you can count on a recap post with lots of photos and hopefully tales of yummy dinners (Minetta Tavern, black label burger, I am coming for you) and treats (Cones, Magnolia, Waffles & Dinges… where to begin).

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Also, we’re going to see Sleeping Beauty and The Fantasticks. Talk about a weekend. Get ready, guys.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Windows

The Christmas windows in New York are an item to see on most people’s lists in December, but I thought the festive Valentine’s windows in our neighborhood deserved a little love, too.

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This one  is my favorite – I love the simplicity of the neon heart. (I also love their bags.)

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So Happy Valentine’s Day, to you and yours from our little decorated part of the world.