Nothing like a loaded MetroCard and two days off with my best friend

posted on: Monday, August 29, 2016

Queensboro Bridge // girlandthegood.com

Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, NY // girlandthegood.com

On Saturday, we woke up a bit late, walked the dogs and ran a few miles. We’re hoping to run a few races in the next six months, so we’re back to a regular training schedule. After a little downtime, we contemplated heading to IKEA to purchase a couple things for the apartment that we’re slowly furnishing and getting to where we want it. Budget is tight (hello, NYC), so we’re making sure to buy things as we can and not overdo it. I’m still looking for work here, so any way we can save is great.

Okay, so it’s a known fact that IKEA is the most exhausting when you own a car, let alone when you have to take the subway an hour to Brooklyn, stand in crazy-long weekend checkout lines, pay $50 to take a Lyft back, or attempt to carry a ton of heavy boxes up and down stairs, onto the subway, only to go up more stairs and walk the few blocks home and do you see where I’m going with this? Needless to say, I was not up for that sort of challenge that morning. We may attempt it next Saturday, since it’s a three-day weekend and I will have the next five days to mentally prepare.

Since we would not be downright exhausting ourselves for the rest of the day, we headed out to the Astoria/Long Island City area where we went to a couple of breweries and ate at a tasty BBQ joint. I seriously felt like I was back in Asheville for a minute. We took the train back after that, walked the Upper East Side a bit, and then headed back home to relax for the rest of the night.

On Sunday, we tried another new (to us) church, walked right by Christian Slater, had lunch at home and then ventured back out for a little more exploring that included eating a few delicious pastries as we walked. We’re watching The Great British Baking Show on Netflix and needed to satisfy some stubborn cravings. Mission accomplished.

My goal today is to NOT walk too much, but we’ll see if that actually happens. Don’t get me wrong, I love walking everywhere, but my feet need a serious break.

Autumn Me

posted on: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tribeca, NYC // girlandthegood.com
Even though it’ll be 90 degrees on Friday, I feel like the seasons are slowly starting to change. Summer is bidding it’s initial farewells and Fall is easing itself in, taking it’s time, just like Fall would. A front came through on Sunday and since then, we’ve been enjoying morning temperatures in the mid-sixties. Our walks with the dogs have been so much more pleasant, with nary a drop of back sweat. Praise! I’m more than ready to begin my first full season here in New York and my favorite one at that. I’m ready for less boob sweat and more sweaters. Football has begun and that means my favorite time of year will follow closely behind it. It may sound strange, but just having football games on every weekend is comforting to me. This chai tea latte I’m currently drinking is also quite comforting and making me a happy, happy girl. Falling leaves of red, gold and orange, crisp air, layers, boots. Fall in New York City, oh how I’m ready for you.

 

A Food Tour in Queens

posted on: Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hey friends! I hope your week is going well. Yesterday knocked me out cold, I tell you what. We had a busier weekend than planned and with the heatwave hanging around all weekend, we pretty much exhausted ourselves by just being outside for longer periods of time. I felt off yesterday and took my one nap per year and then felt like I could take on the world. Naps are magical. Other than wearing ourselves out though, our weekend was great!

On Saturday, our friend Nick (Hi Nick!) set up a little food tour for a group of us in Flushing, Queens which feels like being in China. Not that I’ve ever been, but Nick has and confirmed it. It’s crazy how an hour subway ride can feel like a trip around the world. We spent the afternoon eating delicious, authentic Chinese food and explored an area that felt much more like China than America. It was an adventure and we had so much fun. I’ve been working on my vlogging skills, so here you go! Our Saturday:

On Sunday, Adam checked his e-mail to find that we snagged last minute seats to John Oliver that evening. Ahhhh! Getting tickets to this show is tough, so we jumped at the chance to go see him live. We had SO much fun and, of course, I have nothing to show for it because we couldn’t take photos. But, there’s this:
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

If you’re a fan and find yourself in NYC, it’s worth trying the standby line. I think most of the standby line made it. We also hit up our favorite new beer bar, As Is, and ate delicious pizza earlier that day, because I had a craving that needed to be squelched. Mission accomplished! It turned out to be a weekend filled with mostly Adam’s favorite things, really, and I was happy to oblige. Thankfully, he has good taste and I had so much fun right along with him.

Sometimes you just need a pep talk from Tracy Morgan

posted on: Thursday, August 11, 2016

Let today be known as the day I met Tracy Morgan and he gave me the pep talk I really needed. Remember my post from yesterday? It was a rough day.

So this morning, I’m walking the dogs back to our apartment and notice Tracy Morgan leaning against the tree along the sidewalk. Now, I’ve always been a fan of his and we LOVE 30 Rock.

I usually don’t like to bother celebrities when I see them, I usually just freak out internally and keep on walking. I had headphones in my ears and had my hands full with the dogs, so I was just going to keep on moving when he gave me a thumbs up. I took out my headphones and the following interaction happened.

Tracy: How are you doing today?

Me: I’m good! How are you? You’re amazing by the way, I just love you.

Tracy: I love you too, baby. (Seriously read that with the tone of his voice, because it’s the best. Gestures towards the path I was walking down) Now you go on and take on this day! You go get this day!

(I honestly don’t remember the exact pep talk, I was in complete shock at this point, but this was the gist. He said it with such conviction and it was just a positive, motivating thing to hear from someone you’re a fan of.)

Me: Thank you so much, Tracy! I really needed that.

He also told me I was beautiful and considering I felt like a disgusting, sweaty mess (this humidity is killer), it made my day. Now, I don’t normally care to mention when anyone compliments me because it always sounds like a humble brag, but COME ON I HAD TO IT’S TRACY MORGAN.

The doorman for the building we were near was hanging by us and was clearly entertained by this whole interaction. It was amazing. I honestly don’t remember the rest or how we ended it. I walked walked home almost convinced I had hallucinated the whole entire interaction. But it happened. This morning, before 8:30, my day was made.