November 24, 2015

A Thanksgiving Cocktail

Looking for something to bring to your family's Thanksgiving dinner? Have a friendsgiving this weekend and need a cocktail? I'm sharing my new favorite with you today. Apples and Pumpkins are the tastes of the fall. I'm not a huge pumpkin fan, but I love all things Apple.


Fill glass with ice
2 oz of Buffalo Trace Bourbon
1 oz of Rumchata
Top off with Apple Cider
Get some stir sticks because the Rumchata needs to be stirred every once in a while.

Let me know what you think. We've been experimenting with Bourbon recently and I'll take any recipe suggestions you have.

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

November 20, 2015

Thank You Notes Vol. 10

It's the month of being thankful, so I thought I would do another round of Thank You notes.

Thank you Christmas Jammies for being amazing and wonderful. I have bought this year's pair already and will show them to you eventually. I do still love last year's superman jams. Also, I'm super awesome at selfies.

Thank you Seth Meyers for having tickets available in December so I can finally hang out with you live and in person. There are definitely perks to living so close to Manhattan.

Thank you James Denton for being so damn cool. A few weeks ago, you were next to us in the security line at MSP with your flannel on. I let you go in front of me because we had laptops and other things to deal with and you cracked jokes and said thank you. You just seem cool.

Thank you rainy night. You are perfect for watching TV and browsing the inter webs. Plus, it's snowing in Minnesota right now, so I'm happy to have warm winds and snow. It's not Thanksgiving yet, so snow would be too soon.

Thank you Vikings for making me dance around my living room the last few weeks. Every season, I proudly wear my Purple & Gold, but this year has been exceptionally fun to watch. This weekend is our biggest game yet and I'm nervous, but excited. Also, the Vikings ship they are adding to the new stadium? Brilliant!

On that same note, thank you Olivia Munn for whatever the Packers fans say you are doing to Aaron Rodgers. Can you at least give me one more week?

Thank you Zombies, Run! I haven't run in a while. I get bored too easily. This app tells you a story about how you are collecting supplies and helping save the world while running. Special shout out to Samantha for relighting the fitness fire.

Thank you Omeleto for sharing this animation describing the war in Syria. I don't pretend to be an expert in many current events. I like the way this explains the current, complicated situation so I can understand it.

Thank you random Manhattan store front for this little gem we found on a city walk recently. LOL

Thank you in advance for this upcoming weekend. I'm excited for pancakes, mimosas, football, Justin catching some giant fish in the ocean, Christmas card finalizing and possibly another zombie run. Crazy things happening over here.

Happy Friday to all of you. Hope you've got your Christmas jammies picked out already.

Previous Thank You Notes:
Vol. 9
Vol. 8
Vol. 7
Vol. 6
Vol. 5
Vol. 4
Vol. 3
Vol. 2
The Original

November 17, 2015

A Different Kind of Anniversary


We left St. Paul and headed towards Jersey two years ago. The original plan was to have us back in Minnesota already getting resettled into our house near Como Park. We weren't sure what would happen and if we would find our own comfort here.

The first weekend after our move, we took the ferry into the city. We started in Midtown getting overpriced food at a diner near Times Square. We walked to the Flatiron and continued to Washington Square Park and through Greenwich Village. We finished our day by wandering through Chelsea Market.

Last year, our friend, Brian, was in town when we hit our one year anniversary of east coast living and by accident, we did a lot of those same things. We started at Chelsea Market with donuts from the Doughnuttery. We walked to Washington Square Park and continued an epic adventure. You can read about that adventure here

This past weekend, we made a similar journey. We took the ferry in and made our way to the Flatiron Building. We enjoyed the art installations in the park and then decided to get some snacks at Eataly. A glass of wine and a cheese plate, we were ready for some more walking.

We did some window shopping on 5th Ave and then headed west towards Chelsea Market for our annual walk through. We visited Corkbuzz and then snacked on a Huevos Rancheros crepe from Crepe Suzette. We grabbed some donuts to eat while shopping in the Artists & Fleas section. We grabbed a cab to head back to the ferry and we were home before 8 PM.

On our ferry ride back, we were laughing at how much we've learned about our own tastes and the city since moving. The things we enjoy now are different from the things we thought we would love when we arrived two years ago. We have a groove, we have favorites, we have a routine. We also love throwing all that out the window and trying new things and exploring different areas.

On the ferry ride back across the Hudson, we laughed and smiled about the last two years. It's been better than we ever could have imagined. We have met some of the greatest people, had the most epic adventures, shared this city with some of our best friends and family and definitely found home.

We are so grateful.

November 12, 2015

Bad Days Suck

I'm an optimist who is usually upbeat. I'm extremely grateful for so many things in my life. But some days are just super shitty. Yesterday was a day like that.

There are some behind the scenes things that I haven't shared here and don't know if I will, but they suck. I had a work project go live yesterday and everything went wrong.  I shut my computer off and I tried to fight the crabby with all the healthy options I could find.

I took out my yoga mat and about 5 minutes in, my dog threw up on the mat.  I took the dogs for a walk since it was beautiful out and the last poop bag had a hole in it, so I had to get creative. I made myself a super awesome dinner of yogurt and granola with strawberries. After eating it, found out the yogurt was expired and my stomach made my pay for that.

I gave up. I put on my pajamas, poured a glass of wine and pouted on the couch for the next few hours watching trashy television and eating cheese sticks.

Shit days happen to everyone. Sometimes the best medicine for a shitty day is nothing. Tomorrow is a new day and you can pick yourself up then.


November 11, 2015

Snæfellsnes Peninsula: Our Quick Iceland Detour

After finishing up our brief stay in Akureyri, we were heading back to Reykjavik for one final night. Thanks to the sun rising at 4 AM in May, we were up and on the road early and decided to take a detour to drive the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. We didn't spend much time here, but we enjoyed a lunch and few road side photo stops. 

Since we didn't stay long, I don't have too much tips, but I will share our photos from this detour.

There were not many towns on this trek, but the few that we drove through had the beautiful colored homes and buildings. Against the spring backdrop, they just pop.

To check out some pictures of this area with green on the ground, go check out this post on Unlocking Kiki when she visited Kirkjufell and the peninsula. This is a great day trip if you are staying in Reykjavik.

Now that the Summer craziness has died down, we are starting to plan out our 2016 travel and looking at these pictures make my brain start dreaming.

Where are you heading in 2016?

November 10, 2015

On the Bookshelf: Vol 4.

Another couple months have passed since my last book recap and I've checked a few more off my list. I usually like to separate them by 3 categories: skip it, good books and my favorites. The 4 books I've read in the last two months were hard to place for me, but I'll give it my best shot.

Good Books:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This was suspenseful and interesting, but I hated all of the characters. I used to think if I hated all the characters, I would hate the book, but I thought this one was decent. If you want a little mystery and you are one of the few people that hasn't already read this popular choice, go for it. I definitely wouldn't say it's my favorite, but it kept me interested.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I'm still trying to figure out what I thought of this book. It took me a long time to read and I was super excited because I know a ton of people that are really into it, but it didn't grab my full attention until about 100 pages in. I think I'm going to read the second book or maybe watch the TV show to see if that helps sway me one way or another. Did anyone else have indifference about this one? I really started to love some of the characters halfway through the book and they kept me moving forward - I think that's why I'm interested to hear other's thoughts on whether or not I should continue.

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

After Outlander, this book was perfect. It was ridiculous and funny and still a "mystery." My college roommate told me about this author a long time ago and finally I grabbed this at the airport bookstore. I couldn't put it down. This is a great vacation book and I'll definitely be checking out some more by him.

My Favorite:

A Good American by Alex George

This story follows a family for a few generations. If someone would have described it to me, I probably would have skipped it. I kept putting it aside for other books until it's due date back to the library was approaching. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. I loved the people in this book and was a fan of the writing style. It's definitely not suspenseful or over the top exciting, it's just a good story about a family in the Midwest over a few generations.

Up Next - ??????

So, now I'm excited to see what others are recommending. Make sure to link up with Steph and Jana for their monthly book chat.

November 9, 2015

Monday Thoughts

I'm supposed to be writing 2,000 words for NaNoWriNo, but I'm not ready for that quite yet. I'm enjoying a little peace and quiet before getting focused. Plus, I have a lot of things swirling in my head that are not related to this creative writing I'm doing. So, I'm going to share some of my Monday evening thoughts.

We have been having the most beautiful foggy mornings on the Hudson lately. It's nice to take a few extra minutes with the pups outside in the morning to enjoy it. We have had amazing weather the last few weeks and I'm determined to enjoy every minute. It gets dark before I'm done working now, so some mornings I linger a little bit longer. Before we know it, the snow will have arrived.

I was pulling some of the last of my favorite Iceland posts together for one last post (plus we have some awesome video to share) when I saw the Justin Bieber just put out his video that he shot in Iceland. I go back and forth with this kid, because I'm fairly indifferent (and sometimes enjoy his songs.) I'm annoyed by this video though because I can't imagine him in Iceland being peaceful, respectful and in awe like people should be. He's swimming in his undies in a glacial lagoon instead. Iceland was such a magical and wonderful place and I just don't want too many Beliebers stripping down to their skivvies at Jokulsarlon. I'm sharing it because I know some people might google it and I'm making their lives a little easier.

We had friends in town this weekend and we had so much fun. It's awesome to have friends from Minnesota come and hang with us even if it's just for a few nights. We love so many things about living here and it's fun to share some of our favorites with people. Also, I never complain when we find a new crepe place (check out the Shade Bar on Sullivan if you're in the city.) 

I ate a ton of vegetables today and my body feels better. I hate when that happens. Why isn't pizza a vegetable?

The tree went up in Rockefeller Plaza. Even though it isn't lit up yet, just knowing that it's there makes me happy. Also, I'm cruising on my Christmas shopping so it can be all packaged and mailed out with no last minute craziness this year. My stress levels are going to be so happy.

I want to do a Christmas card this year, but I feel like they are a dying thing and each year we get fewer and fewer. Thoughts? Are you doing a holiday card?

I took a two week break from my FitBit to focus on some stretching and yoga and less about getting my steps in, but I'm back starting today. They announced a FitForGood challenge where your steps until Nov 20 can help raise money for charity. If you have a fitbit, sign up here and also connect with me to help me stay motivated.

I bought Lola the cutest buffalo plaid fleece jacket at Target today for $3 and I'm fighting the urge to make her wear it around the apartment tonight with my matching vest. I don't care if that makes me a little crazy.

I feel a little better now that I've word vomited on the blog. Now, I'm going to go catch up on a few magazines and avoid my blank screen for a while longer. Maybe I'll get some inspiration on the pages of Glamour's Women of the Year issue. Peace out.

November 2, 2015


It looks like December in every store in the tri-state area, but it's not. It's November and it is going to be a wonderful month. We are celebrating our 2 year anniversary of East Coast living. We have some awesome people coming to visit.

Reading my way through my bookshelf. I've had a Jennifer Weiner book on my shelf for a few years and I'm finally reading it. I'm kind of annoyed by it, but I'll finish it and then donate it. After this one, I'm excited to get back to my to-read list.

Watching movies. We just finished rematching all the Batman movies and were able to purge a few from our collection because they are horrible. Batman & Robin is a horrible movie.

Eating pizza. We took two weeks off and we are back in the saddle now. I can't wait to consume this pizza again this week. Oh and Halloween candy.

Sad about the Mets game last night. I stayed awake until the 11th inning. I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore, but at least I got a good night's sleep before the sadness set in. Congrats to the KC Royals. Until next year.

Beginning a month of writing. I have a goal of 30,000 words this month. We have some visitors next weekend, but then a few open weekends where I will spend lots of time pounding the keys on my laptop.

Smelling hot coffee. It's Monday AM and coffee is essential to my happiness.

Thankful that the weather has been so wonderful and we have been able to enjoy lots of weekends outside.

Counting down to our winter vacation already. We have a beach trip planned and hopefully 2 ski weekends. If you have any advice on Mont Tremblant or Costa Rica, let me know. I'll be going into full planning mode this month.

Loving November already. This is going to be a wonderful month.

What are you doing today? What are you reading, watching, eating?