August 19, 2016

Things I'm Excited About

It's Friday and I'm excited for the weekend. Justin is back from a work trip and there is fun to be had. I figured I'd list out a few more things that I'm excited about today because I'm in that kind of mood.

The new Dawes album coming out in September.

Packing and unpacking. I know I probably won't feel that way once I'm deep in the shit, but it's the best way to go through all of your things and reassess.

Winning the Hamilton lottery. I really feel like my name is going to be called soon.

The US Open with my dad in a few weeks. He was such a huge help when we listed our house that we are treating him to the first day of the US Open. He has gotten extremely into tennis in the last few years and has decided that one of his bucket list items is to see the four major tennis tournaments in the world. We figured we would help him check off the US tournament first.

Our new neighborhood. More on this soon.

Eating so much Porto that I gain 5 lbs. Porto is our favorite restaurant near our current apartment. They have the world's greatest Pesto Pasta and their daily specials are magical. Our intention is to eat there at least 3 more times before moving day.

Being able to have my windows open again.

Meeting all of our friends brand new babies. So many babies.

Checking a few things off my Summer to-do list this weekend. The summer has absolutely flown by, but it isn't over yet so we are going to soak in this last month and do fun stuff.

Our fantasy football draft on Sunday night. We have the best league EVER. The smack talking is insanely creative and the trophies are one of a kind. (Plus I'm the greatest commissioner that ever was.)

I'm excited about Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings. I know they break my heart year after year but I love them so much.

The fact that we have a completely open calendar the rest of the year. After my dad, we have no visitors, no vacations, no big events. We can be more spontaneous and that makes me happy.

So tell me, what are you excited about right now? Let me be excited for you.

August 17, 2016

Blue Ridge Mountains Road Trip

Way back in April, we received a card in the mail inviting us to go on a birthday weekend adventure with our friends who share similar birthdays. We couldn't resist an adventure with those two, so we did some planning and decided on visiting Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains. None of us had been there to explore before, plus who doesn't want to explore a national park?

Caroline and Tony flew into Philadelphia and we met them there with a rented minivan. We spent the night in Philly. We took them to Geno's and Pat's to see which one they would choose and I drooled over their sandwiches a little bit. 

In the morning, we walked the dogs and the humans to make sure we were all good to be in the car for a few hours. We grabbed coffee and Federal Donuts and hit the road south. Aside from some crazy drivers, it was an easy drive and we reached the National Park in the early afternoon. Skyline Drive is the most amazing introduction to the park. We entered on the north end and were staying on the south end, so we just cruised along with a few stops along the way.

After our beautiful cruise through the park, we grabbed some groceries and headed to our VRBO to check out our weekend home. It was about 4 times bigger than we needed, but in the most beautiful area. We made pizzas, enjoyed a few beers and lots of laughs. We spent some time with a park map plotting out our next few days.

The next morning, we had agreed to hike a few paths in the park. The first one was shorter and fairly easy. Since we all still had energy and the heat hadn't quite hit for the day yet, we decided to stop at another trail head. It's always the unplanned adventures that end up being the best. The views at the end of that second trail were incredible. It was just our group of four sitting on rocks looking out over the most beautiful blue mountains.

Once we finished that second hike, we were ready for so much food. We found the closest town to the park and found a good Mexican restaurant. After a Sangria and so much food, we were ready for our afternoon adventure. We had heard that the caves in that area were pretty awesome. Some of them are giant and have really advertised their tours. We opted for something a little smaller and were so happy with our decision.

If you are in that area, Grand Caverns was about half the price of the others and our tour guide was AWESOME. This is the perfect way to get out of the heat for a little bit. The history was incredibly interesting. 

We headed back to the house after the caves for dinner and more games and fun. I'll post the rest of the trip photos soon so stay tuned. Things got especially interesting the next day.

Have you been to Shenandoah? What's your favorite National Park?

August 15, 2016

Easy like Sunday

Shirt from The Daily Tay and most comfortable sweatpants from Marine Layer
I feel like a whole new person this morning. I'm kicking off my week well rested, in air conditioning and already having my errands done for the week. I know there is that line "a Sunday well spent brings a week of content." This week will be my experiment because I couldn't have spent my Sunday any other way to make it better.

I started the day off with the sunrise at the beach. Justin went surfing, so I tagged along so I could get a little fresh air before the sun cooked everything and everyone. I played in the ocean and read a magazine and just sat.

We enjoyed donuts from Broad Street Dough Co on our way home. I kept it simple with sprinkles. We swung through Rook Coffee (a Jersey classic) and still made it home before 11.

We popped some champagne and put on our comfiest sweats and enjoyed mimosas and quiet time. We ate leftover quiche which tasted even better reheated.

All the laundry got done, the dishes were put away and a candle lit. We got some productive online work done, got organized with some paperwork and cuddled the puppies.

We spent the evening with facemasks, Netflix and leftover pizza (no food waste is still our mission.)

After the crazy week we had, it was nice to spend an entire day just lounging around at home. Now, the workweek is back and I'm beginning to pack and clean and purge. We are still finalizing our next home. But the good news is, it's lunch time on Monday and I have already made stuffed zucchini, caught up all my work emails from the weekend, participated in two conference calls, picked up dog food and coffee and did an airport drop off complete with an almost flat tire that I have already resolved. That whole Sunday business may be true.

I'll keep you posted. Happy Monday.

August 12, 2016

Thank You Notes Vol. 12

While everyone else is watching awesome Olympic moments, I'm buried waist deep in my apartment hunt. Anyone who has ever looked for an apartment in NYC will understand. It's a nightmare. I felt like staring at something other than Streeteasy and the unfortunately hot weekend weather forecast might help. Also, the last time I wrote online thank you notes was volume 11 in January, so it's probably good to put some gratitude into my universe.

Thank you Pink Umbrella for being my first rainy day umbrella that actually does your job and doesn't flip inside out when someone blows on it.

Thank you Brooklyn for having enough food & drink places with A/C so I could sneak out of the heat while walking from showing to showing.

Thank you cold beer for keeping me from a complete meltdown yesterday. Even though we were warned multiple times, we have had our hearts broken this week a few times and yesterday was almost my breaking point.

Thank you Bachelor in Paradise for being available on Hulu. I needed so badly to shut my brain off last night after a crazy work week plus spending every night apartment hunting. I watched an episode of Bachelor in Paradise and realized that I've been missing out on the smuttiest show of all. Who is that Canadian guy?? Is he for real? I hope he stays on the show for a while (I only watched episode 1, but it sounds like there's voting off or something.)

Thank you Summer for dealing us this weather during the week that I have to go into a million places without air and have real adult conversations.

Thank you Michael Phelps for the world's greatest meme face.

Thank you everyone reading this for sending us fingers-crossed emojis and wishing us luck. I'll probably sit down and write more about this "adventure" but now it's too much.

And most of all, thank you Justin for knowing how to diffuse the situation when I'm melting down, for laughing about ridiculous apartments and brokers with me, for making sure I'm caffeinated and hydrated and beerated (that's a thing, right?) This will continue to be an adventure, but fingers crossed the search will be over soon.

Have a happy weekend.

August 5, 2016


August is here. Life has been insanely busy and awesome the last few weeks. I figured I would take a few minutes and check in with my monthly "currently" post. Also, I love that it's easy.

Currently, I'm...

Located in Minneapolis. I'm home for a work meeting and then Emma's wedding and I'm sooooo excited to celebrate all weekend. We had a blast in Nashville, so I can't wait to get the gang back together again.

Reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I grabbed it at the airport and flew through the first act. It's interesting reading it as a play. To be honest, my expectations were quite low, but I'm enjoying the story and it's fun to get a little HP fix.

Watching Idiot Abroad. My dad is obsessed with this show, so I watched a bit with him last night. I love Stephen Merchant and I obviously had to show my dad his lip sync battle with Jimmy Fallon. Also, I think I'll be watching the Olympics quite a bit over the next few weeks.

Eating Squash and Strawberries lately. I have put Squash in everything and it's amazing.

Anticipating an interesting adventure with the apartment hunt this month. We will be scrambling a little bit, but we feel pretty informed and prepared. Brokers, fees, high demand, new neighborhoods. It will probably end up being a post in itself.

Excited about my dinner tonight and my brunch tomorrow. I love visiting some of the favorites while in town.

Thankful for this amazing weather in Minnesota this weekend. 80's during the day and cooler in the evenings. The sun is out and I'm not sweating instantly when outside. Perfection.

Missing my dogs. I will see them again on Monday, but I hate being away from them for too long and I've been traveling quite a bit lately.

Now I just have to get through work so I can get outside and play. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend playing outside and enjoying weather.