November 20, 2013

One Whole Week (Insta-Gratitude Week 46)

Guys, we have officially been in our new apartment for one whole week and I'm in love.  Like I literally can't get enough of this place.  We ventured into the city both Saturday & Sunday.  I'm within 5 minutes of a Whole Foods, a Trader Joe's, a Target and there is a Homegoods right downstairs.  They are finishing up the dog park right on the river within the next week or two.  It's just amazing.

There was so very much to be grateful for this week and I could totally overwhelm you with pictures, but I'll stick to the usual 7.

These two have exceeded all expectations.  They were awesome road trippers and they have been adjusting very well to apartment living.  Lola hung out with me in the bathroom while the movers brought our things in, but other than that, there haven't been many incidents.

This view, this city.  Being right on the river is the best thing in the whole world.

A brand new couch.  This is something we've been wanting to get for months and it finally happened.  Turns out we fell in love with the exact same couch as our friends back home, but that just means they will feel more comfortable when they come to visit.  Also, the couch is clearly dog approved.

The Empire State Building has quickly become our favorite building in the skyline.  Each night, it's lit up with different colors.  You can check what the significance is on this website or by following @esbcolors on Twitter.

We have no TV yet in the apartment so we set off on the mission to find a place with the Vikings game on.  We found a bar called Bar None on 3rd Ave and it was the most entertaining football experience I have ever had.  I don't know if any of you watch How I Met Your Mother (clearly, I'm obsessed with the show) but this bar was very similar to the "Little Minnesota" they showed in an episode.

The weather this last week was nothing short of perfect.  It was sunny and in the sixties.  We were able to enjoy the fall colors and tons of outdoor activities without jackets… in the middle of November.  I can't complain about that.

And then there was this.  I made Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.  I am working really hard on not wasting food and I saw this recipe from Postcards from Rachel and realized I had bananas that were getting pretty mushy, so I baked for the first time in the apartment.  It was edible and made the whole place smell good.  And then, we had our first guest here.  Justin's uncle Chris is in town and he came to check out our place last night.  It felt good to have some company.

Now, before you throw up by all this positive mushy stuff, I will tell you that not everything has gone perfectly this move in week.  Our cable people couldn't get us scheduled until mid December (thank god for Netflix).  There was an issue with the plumbing in the apartment.  The movers broke our dresser.  And working from home so far has been frustrating because my computer is acting up, my keyboard will only work on half of the letters and my dogs bark whenever I'm on a conference call.  We are figuring it out.  We knew things would be hard at times, but so far, it's been easier than expected and we are BEYOND grateful for that.

What are you grateful for this week?


  1. overall sounds like the move went pretty well. and looks like the dogs are adjusting easily too :)
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  2. Homegoods downstairs? Target in walking distance? Plus all of NYC? You will never be bored again!

  3. That view is amazing! Sounds like the good is outweighing the bad and there is a lot to be thankful for. Hope it stays that way.

  4. Sounds awesome! What an amazing new adventure you're on!

  5. how lucky that you're on the river! nyc is such a great city!!

    Vodka and Soda

  6. What a gorgeous view!!

    And I love that rug in your living room. Where from?

  7. I CANT WAIT TO COME VISIT!! Miss you SO much!!!!!!

  8. looks like everything is getting into place and working out for you!

  9. Yay for moves that aren't the worst thing! I'm bummed to hear about your dresser, buuuuut way more excited about the couch. Because YES.

  10. Wow... what an INCREDIBLE view!!!!!!!! So glad the move has gone well for you. They can be hard!

  11. It sounds like things are going well!

    What's on tap for this weekend? New explorations?

    My BFF lives on E. 23rd and has a great view of the ESB.

  12. So my first question is when can I come visit?! And I seriously cannot believe your view either- that picture looks like a painting!!

  13. It's great to see you're adjusting to Jersey living! It ain't so bad, huh? I forget where you chose to live, Jersey City? I know you've just gotten here, but be sure to take advantage of all the amazing things that area has to offer! It's such an amazing area!


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