January 22, 2017

The Best Cure

I've been a bit quiet the last week. I was going to write an entire post about the shitty week I had, but instead, I'll tell you what made it better.

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I started out the week with an infection in my tooth. Normally, that means a trip to the dentist, but mine was more complicated. Between wrong antibiotics, severe swelling in my face and having to track down a specialist. It was hell.

What made it better? 

My husband. He walked the dogs, he drove me to my appointments, he scoured Manhattan for a 24 hour pharmacy and let me lay on the couch sleeping and watching Bravo. I was down completely for 2 full days and it took a while to get back to close to normal. I'm not quite there yet, but I have a follow up this week and have to keep taking my antibiotics, but I can open my eye and feel my cheekbone again.

I lost 5 lbs. It wasn't the healthiest way to do it, but when you can't eat anything and you have no appetite, I guess it's to be expected. I don't hate the number that was on the scale.

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There was the inauguration of our 45th president. There were tears all week watching Obama's "lasts" and listening to the CSPAN coverage of the senate hearings on the cabinet. There was that speech on Friday morning. I read a lot that day on the internet from all kinds of sources. The rain was falling outside and it just felt sad.

What made it better?

Harry Potter. Since I wasn't feeling that great yet, we started a Harry Potter marathon. I only made it through the first movie and part of the second, but I was already happier.

SATURDAY. I woke up feeling at least 80% normal and I knew we had to get to the march. The whole day was so amazing. The subway was filled with signs and families and friends ready to march. The sun was shining. The energy was like nothing I could describe. We met friends afterwards and talked it out. When I got home, the good energy just kept coming when I logged into social media and saw pictures from all over the country from friends that had marched and shared their support. Plus, I had the best conversation (via text) with my sissy about the day. I'm still sorting through my feelings and I'd like to write more about this in the future, but I couldn't write about this weekend without at least mentioning it.

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I think this is my payback for complaining about 2016. You can't blame the day of the week or an unlucky number, you have to just deal with it. Point taken world. I'm glad this week is out of the way.  I've got some super exciting things to share on the blog soon. Chin up friends.

January 13, 2017

5 Favorites this Week

It's Friday, my favorite day starting with F. I don't really care too much about Friday the 13th although there was a giant full moon last night, so there's that. I wanted to share with you a couple of my favorite things this week.

FYI, there are affiliate links on some of these items which gets me a few extra pennies.

1. Toms Slippers. I bought a pair of these and I'm completely obsessed. They are so comfortable. I love them because they are warm and they have real bottoms so I can run down to the basement of our building or the mailbox.

2. The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. I might be a little behind on this, but we have watched the first six episodes and we are hooked. I remember being in my 3rd grade classroom watching the verdict get read, but all the details of the case are new to me. It's like my new Making a Murderer. It's so interesting learning about how these things happen and getting so many of the details. The Kardashian kids making a cameo is way weird for me though.

3. Board games. We have been spending more evenings screen free and it's been wonderful. I've already read two books this year, but my favorite has been game night. We have been playing this old school game and this uber nerdy and complicated card game. Plus, we got Scrabble for Christmas this year and we are playing until someone reaches 100,000 points.

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4. Our Urban Outfitters cocktail glasses. These ones are on super sale right now and are the same size as our New York ones. We just wanted something like a low ball glass, but a different shape. I might add these ones to our collection next.

5. Last, but not least, I leave you with this picture from our walk late yesterday afternoon. The temps were in the high 60's so we shut our laptops promptly at 4:00 and headed outside. We ended up walking to the East River to catch the sunset and it was perfection. I love winter lots, but it is nice to have a surprise warm day every few weeks to recharge.

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Happy weekending everyone. Hope you have something fun planned. Mine includes a birthday celebration, dog grooming, reading lots and some more OJ watching. Tell me what you're up to.

January 12, 2017

#trendingontwitter: a Princess, a Polar Bear and a President

Alright friends, I'm back with another round up of things trending on Twitter in the recent days. I like to keep track of some of the trends I see and then share my two cents. It's like current events in elementary school with a little more sarcasm. With the upcoming presidential transition, there has been quite a bit of noise in the Twitland about politics so that kind of steals the show today. Feel free to jump in and share your thoughts on these.


#CarrieForever - Christmas break was filled with sad stories in the news about some celebrities that we grew up with. Carrie Fisher was the saddest for me. She is witty, smart and amazingly talented. She is one of my favorite characters in the Star Wars movies. We went to see Rogue One a few days after Christmas and if you haven't seen it, be prepared to shed a few tears. She will be missed.


#MerylStreep - This woman used her acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award to remind everyone what is about to happen in this country. I thought it was a great speech. Being a celebrity, you really can never win. If you don't speak up, then people accuse you of wasting your platform and if you do speak up, then people point out that you are rich and you don't understand the perspective of most people. I think she's a total bad ass.

#ThingsTrumpThinksAreOverrated - So this hashtag includes some humor, but most of it is terrifying and realistic.

#rkelly - I just can't even believe that this was a real life news story, but it would be kind of funny if R. Kelly is the performer at Trump's Inauguration. The whole golden showers stuff is just too much for me.

#farewellObama - Did you watch the speech? He never disappoints for me. Plus, his acknowledgement of his brother, Joe Biden, made me cry almost as much as his thank you to Michelle and his daughters. I'm confident that the Obamas will remain active in our country - even if not in office ever again.

#arctic - This was trending yesterday during the Rex Tillerson show on CSPAN. It's no secret that I enjoy a little CSPAN every once in a while, but between the press conference and a busy work day, I wasn't able to tune in to any of the coverage yesterday. That said, I will be watching for any climate change discussion because apparently, people don't seem to think it matters in the present day and that's horrifying to me. You can get a little more on Tillerson and environmental policy here. How can you not love a Polar Bear?


#TrumpPressConference - You know the big news conference yesterday where Trump stacked 200 manila folders on a table and talked about emoluments. He also yelled at CNN and called them fake news and didn't really give answers to the questions. Then, he spent at least 3 minutes telling us how much talent will be at his inauguration (see R. Kelly above.)

Finally, in case you haven't already seen it, Seth Meyers was trending on Twitter yesterday thanks to his interview with Miss Kellyanne Conway. I thought it went great, but I'm interested to hear your thoughts on how he did.


So that wraps up my thoughts on the current trending hashtags. Hope you are staying sane and clear in the craziness that is the news this week.
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January 5, 2017

Staycation Holiday

We made a tough decision to not go home to Minnesota for the holidays. It's definitely not easy being alone as two humans and two dogs for Christmas, but I think we did everything we could to have the best possible Christmas.

We decided to use up some of our vacation time and take the week between Christmas and New Year's off. I think most people consider it kind of a "bye" week. Christmas Eve, we made a reservation at one of the Kimpton Hotels in Manhattan. They are the best hotel chain of all time and they are super dog friendly, so we packed up the pups and headed into the heart of the city. Before this, of course, we finished our last minute Christmas Eve stocking shopping. We don't get each other big gifts - instead we just stuff each other's stocking and we always shop on Christmas Eve. It's one of my favorite traditions. I finally went to the new Oculus and it was so clean and pretty.



Once checked in, we ordered Seamless delivery of some of the best mac & cheese in the city, watched the Empire State Building's light show from the most amazing view ever, FaceTimed with the family and watched the kids open presents, took the dogs for a long walk to see the Christmas lights on the quiet streets and then we fell asleep watching Love Actually. If you are going to spend Christmas Eve away from family, I think we've cracked the code.





We woke up Christmas Day to the sunrise over the city. We took the dogs for an early morning walk and grabbed some coffee and spent the next few hours having a little champagne (thanks to the wonderful hotel) and a giant omelette. We read books and sat in the quiet.



We dropped the pups off at home and headed to Connecticut to have Christmas Dinner with our friend, Jen. We got to meet her new dog, Oliver, and stuff our faces. We even snuck in a little Bob Ross and pie.


On our way home, we stopped at the best Christmas house in all of New York City and then made it home in time to watch Christmas Vacation.



The rest of the week was spent going to sleep and waking up whenever it felt right. We drank slow cups of coffee and read lots of books. We drank at our local bar and sang George Michael songs with our neighbors. We went and saw Rogue One while Lola was at the Vet and made a trip to Costco that resulted in a huge box of almond milk and so much cheese.




On Friday morning, we headed north, but more about that next time. In summary, this was the best decision we made all year. We have a budget for January, we felt well rested, we didn't leave Brooklyn (except for Lola's appointment and Christmas) and I don't know why we aren't all required to take off this bye week.

January 4, 2017

2017: It's Like a Sunrise


A New Year to me is like the most epic sunrise. This picture is from my favorite sunrise of 2016 in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Those silhouettes are two of our favorite people in the universe and they are having a baby this year. It's one of my favorite photos ever. Sunrises are magical and totally underrated. I highly recommend taking them in whenever you can.

I think it's clear that I love New Year's Day and everything that comes with it. I think I have 100 version of Auld Lang Syne on my Spotify playlists. Resolutions are something I like... but they aren't my favorite part. I was a big fan of the one word for the year thing, until I realized that I picked one last year and then I didn't remember what it was. I wrote a whole post about it and even though I did a lot more of the things I talked about, it wasn't because I had made it my "word." My favorite year was the one that I picked four words - one for each season. You can read that whole post here. I think that worked for me. Shorter time periods with specific goals. That's my jam.

That being said, I do have a couple year long goals that I want to share. I wrote this on my planner too, so there will not be a concern that I will forget.

Goals for the year:

Log 1500 miles on FitBit

Read 40 books

Cook all the way through this cookbook (it's the prettiest one I've ever seen)

Get 2 new stamps on my passport

Send 52 pieces of handwritten mail

Keep documenting every day life - those are the moments that end up being my favorite

All things Hygge (more to come on this soon)

Nothing too crazy. Mostly measurable. On top of these, I'm going to continue to work on my Winter goals and check those all off the list.

I hope you were all able to catch a sunrise and some fresh air for New Years. It's all about new beginnings if you need them and if you don't, I hope you were able to clink glasses or give lots of hugs to your people to ring in the brand new year. Lots of weird shit is going to happen in the country and we all have to stick together and love lots.