April 18, 2014

Thank You Notes Vol. 3

Back again for another round of Thank You notes this lovely Friday.

Thank you Spring for being that bitch that we always knew you were.  Cold, hot, warm, rain, cold, snow, wind.  I'm well aware this will continue for a while, so I'm just embracing the few weeks of the year that I have all seasons of clothes all over my closet.


Thank you Rangers for winning last night and fueling my desire to get tickets to Sunday's game.  I mean, we have no family to spend Easter with this year out here, so we might as well spend it with all our hockey friends at Madison Square Garden.

Thank you Iceland for continuing to have pictures featured on EarthPix.  I will see you before the end of the year.


Thank you Stitch Fix for being spot on the last 2 months and sending me my new favorite shirts.  I swear I'll put a post together on the stuff I've gotten since there have been some questions about it in the past, plus you'll get to see the most awkward pictures ever taken.

Thank you wedding season for getting me home a few times this summer and putting so many of my favorite people in one building at one time.  Makes life so much easier.

Thank you Taco Tuesday for being part of my week.  Now if only I could find someplace that delivers Margaritas.

Thank you Friday for giving me a new playlist for a few runs I have to get in this weekend.  The song I'm sharing today isn't super upbeat, but I've been loving it lately, so enjoy it.


Thank you hockey, sunglasses, easter candy and mimosas in advance for sponsoring this weekend.

Hope you all have a fabulous Easter weekend.  (Previous thank you notes - vol 1vol 2)

Linking up with Whitney.

April 17, 2014

How do you do that?

I am a people watcher.  I am so amazed at some of the things that humans are capable of.  There are a few talents that just blow my mind and constantly have me wondering "How do you do that?"

Experts on wine.  I've taken wine classes with my mom before and I have no idea how the people next to me are able to accurately guess the region each wine is from.  Have you really memorized them?  It amazes me.

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Raw foodies.  I read that book and got horrified when it started talking about sprouting my own beans.  I'm all for eating healthier and cleaner, but I draw the line at sprouting.  How do you have a job, friends and eat raw?  Also, cheese.  I have to eat cheese every day.  Looks like I won't be a vegan either.

Moms.  Just hearing about my sister in law's day yesterday wore me out.  Doctor's appointments, visiting the Easter Bunny, conferences, plus doing her normal daily things.  It's amazing how much time they seem to have in their day to get these things done.  I consider it a win if I feed myself, Justin & the dogs all the meals in one day without ordering from GrubHub.

But my nieces are pretty cute :)
Artistic people.  I have always said that I'm not creative, but that isn't true, I just have no artistic talent.  My husband is such a talented artist and I can't ever win at a game of Pictionary.  I would love to be able to design fancy websites, have my creations up on Etsy and decorate my apartment to look like a Pinterest dream, but that part of my brain just doesn't work like I want it to.

Non TV watchers.  I will never understand this.  I love to read, but I also love to watch TV.  What do you do with yourself when you're hungover sick?  Don't you wonder about who Walter White is or how everyone knows to clap at the same time during I'll Be There For You.

Exercise addicts.  The struggle is real.  I just don't want to do it most days, but when I force myself too, I'm so happy.  Why doesn't my brain recognize that feeling and make me want to work out?  I will say that the #1800minutechallenge is helping and I have been getting in an average of 30 minutes per day, but it's a fight.  Also, why am I the only one at the gym with a bright red face and a towel because my face is sweating so much?  How do you look like that and you're running faster than me?

Fashionistas.  Yes, I feel wrong even typing that word out.  HOW BIG IS YOUR CLOSET?  Just kidding, if my closet was bigger, I'd just buy more sweaters and yoga pants.  But really, do some of you just go to the store and take pictures in their dressing rooms, because if I tried to purchase half of the things you wear, I'd be broke and a hoarder.  This leads me to my next point...

Walking in heels like it's easy.  Ummm... it's not easy and it's not comfortable, so I just won't do it.  I'm still amazed when I watch other people do it.

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Justin Timberlake.  How can one person be so talented?  Mind = blown.

If you have all the secrets, please fill me in.  If you are one of the people above, just know that I am incredibly impressed by the things that you do every day.

Jade and Oak

April 15, 2014

Being a Grown Up

Nothing says Welcome to Adulthood like writing the government a big, fat check for taxes.

I think about "adulthood" a lot as I near my 29th birthday.  I joked yesterday about feeling like an 80 year old woman because I love going to the Botanical Gardens, but maybe that is something that makes me more "adult."

I started making a list of things that make me feel like an "adult":

I enjoy getting up in time to see the sunrise.

Stretching is required almost every day.

Hangovers exist and they are the WORST.

I have to work even harder to stay in shape.

I feel like a party animal if I make it to midnight.

Savings accounts are a real thing.

Excitement happens with new appliances, organized closets and "getting a great deal."

Comfortable clothes and shoes win... ALWAYS.

Bad manners and bad grammar annoy me.

I have regular conversations about the weather and gas prices.

And then this Buzzfeed article.

In good news, there are a whole lot of things I do that show that I'm still young at heart.  I love mac & cheese, cheap champagne and cartoons.  I have hot pink pajama pants.  I watch trashy television (read BRAVO.)  I love taking shots of fireball.


I guess I don't have one foot in the grave yet.  Cheers to tax day!

April 14, 2014

Ahhhhh Fresh Air

I feel like a whole new person after a weekend full of sunshine and outdoor fun.  Spring really is a magical time.  The weather was perfection this weekend and we enjoyed every second of it.

We finally made it to the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden (which made me feel 80 years old.)  We spent 2 hours wandering through the park and enjoying the sun.  We left the city after getting lost multiple times trying to find the Bronx brewery and spent the afternoon eating cheese and hanging out with horses at a farm.






On Sunday, we enjoyed juices from One Lucky Duck at Chelsea Market and then we Sunday strolled.  It was a perfect morning.  After a decent brunch, we headed to Berry Park in Williamsburg and got ourselves a spot on the roof.  Sunshine + a few Grapefruit beers = non stop smiles.


This was a glimpse of what our summer will look like and I am one happy girl.  Now it's Monday and time to kick some ass at work.

Did you enjoy the sunshine this weekend?

April 11, 2014

sports - the ones I love and the ones that make me yawn

I am a sports fan and it's is the beginning of a new season.  Baseball is all over my television and there were riots over college hockey in my hometown overnight.  Since it's Fan Friday, I will share my favorite sports and teams with you and also a few sports you won't find me watching.

Sports you won't see me watching:
Boxing or fighting of any kind (exclude Rocky please because that's a movie)
Soccer
Golf
Nascar or any driving sport

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Sports I like watching sometimes:

Basketball - I do sometimes feel like the Kardashians have taken over this sport, but I love the last 2 minutes of any basketball game.

Tennis - I like watching Tennis, but I don't really have any favorites.  I just enjoy watching the faces they make when hitting that ball and then trying to copy them when I hit a tennis ball.

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All events of the Olympics - Except that I only like watching them during the Olympics (unless it's snowboarding, I like that all the time.)

Here is my list of my favorite sports and my favorite teams:

Hockey - I have written about hockey a few times before including reasons I love hockey.  It's the sport I grew up with in the cold tundra of Minnesota.  I didn't really understand the love of college football, because we only had a D1 hockey team (go Bulldogs.)  Hockey during the Olympics this year was my favorite thing to watch.  My NHL team of choice is the New York Rangers.


Football - I didn't grow up in a football family, so this love bloomed once I started dating Justin.  I have now learned the heartbreak of being a Minnesota Vikings fan and I love every minute of it.


Baseball - And this is my favorite.  I love everything about Baseball, but mostly, I love afternoon games when the sun is shining, the beer is flowing, my team is winning and I'm eating funnel cakes (or something else amazingly bad for me.)  I will always be a Minnesota Twins fan, but I also cheer for the Boston Red Sox since that is my husband's team and we celebrated our engagement at Fenway Park (plus it's our favorite ball park in the country.)


This baseball season has me more excited than most.  Now that we live on the East Coast, we will be crossing so many new stadiums off our list.  We are heading to Yankee Stadium at the end of the April and I can't wait.

We have been to 8 out of 30 stadiums so far.
Those are my sports, my teams and the things that get me excited.  In other athletic news, I ran with my husband last night and he pushed me during the last 1/4 of a mile so I sang Eye of the Tiger loudly to try and embarrass him.  Mission failed.  I just got really winded and learned that he can quickly leave me in the dust.  Happy Friday all.


Tell me what your favorite sport is and what team you cheer for.  You can also check out my guest post today on one of my favorite blogs, Life According to Steph.

Linking up with Whitney and Sarah (aka Venus)