Opposites, Scrooged, and the Christmas Spirit

posted on: Friday, December 2, 2016

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Happy Friday, friends! I’m currently in sweats, watching Scrooged with Adam. Penny Lane, recovering from being sick all week, is happily laying in front of her space heater. Yes, it’s pretty much hers at this point. Our radiator does a good enough job for the humans in this house. Penn loves the warmest, sunniest spot in the apartment at any time and we oblige. Nola, on the other hand, is lying in front of a slightly cracked sliding glass door enjoying the little bit of very cold air wafting into our warm abode. She loves the cold and laying on the cold tile of our balcony when the sun goes away. Total opposites, those two.

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I’m heading out of town on Monday, so I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the Christmas spirit here in the city before I leave for a week. We’re going to see the windows, explore the lights, and maybe even visit the best tree in the country (Rockefeller Center, of course). You can follow along on Snapchat or Instagram stories (@iamkatyhill on both). I’ll report back on Monday. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Random Musings From A Rainy Tuesday

posted on: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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I wrote most of this yesterday, but never hit publish. Since today is pretty much the same (headache included, boo), I decided to go ahead and post it. So, this was my yesterday with all of its random musings.

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It’s a rainy day here in NYC and the jackhammers have begun, as they tend to do this time of the morning (it’s 9:30 as I write this). A townhouse is being renovated close enough to our place to elicit a headache if I wish to air out this apartment and cool down the heat the radiator can’t help but produce. Thankfully, I am up at about 6:30 or would be lulled awake by the soothing sound of construction.

Our living room gets some light when the sun is out, but hardly any the minute the clouds roll in and this morning is much more the latter. Cozy, dark, and beckoning me to make a cup of tea and work from under a blanket and to push off a shower and confining jeans for just another twenty minutes.

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It’s now almost 1 o’clock in the afternoon. I’m meeting a friend for coffee at 2, so I’m showered and flanneled which basically just means I’m wearing flannel, but “flanneled” is a fun word.

Side note: it’s actually a real word, and here I thought I was being clever. Fun fact of the day.

It’s a warmer, rainier fall day and I believe flannel is pretty perfect for that. See also: beanies. Just right for when you don’t want to walk in the rain, but have to. Let humidity do it’s thing to the lower half of your hair, the rest is contained in knitted bliss.

I’m battling a headache and just took some medicine because “don’t be a hero!” is sort of the battle cry of the Hill household when one of us has a headache. We wave our white flags knowing we will suffer from deep regret if we try to battle it any longer than we need to.

I’m looking forward to catching up with my friend in a bit, but oh, how I would be glued to this sofa if I had nothing else planned. The rain seems to have no plans to lighten up at all and I usually surrender to it, just like this headache. There might be a metaphor somewhere in there, but that also might be the headache talking.

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Tonight, we lit our first Christmas tree purchased in the city. More on her later. We still have to add ornaments and get her looking beautiful for the holiday, but you will be formally introduced soon. Until then, I hope you had a sunnier Tuesday than I did. If not, I hope you had a cup of hot tea to make you feel a little more cozy.

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

posted on: Monday, November 28, 2016

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I can’t believe Thanksgiving is over, just like that. Goodness, you guys! Four (and a half) days off with Adam, hours and hours of cooking and baking, and the Christmas spirit filling the air in this city, much like the delicious pine scent from our Christmas tree that is currently filling the apartment. Let’s be real here and save the “motivation Monday” for another day because, truth is, I could use another week off with that guy up there.

Our holiday weekend began Wednesday, as Adam worked a half-day and then took the rest off to help me pick up the turkey and a few last-minute items. That night, we waited in line with thousands of other people to see the Thanksgiving Day Parade floats being inflated and, no, that is not an exaggeration…

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Viewing 2016

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Viewing 2016

Every year, the night before Thanksgiving, they inflate the balloons along the Natural History Museum and you can go see them up close, for free, before the big show. I did this once before when I was in college the year my mom lived in the city. I remember just walking up along the museum and seeing the floats without waiting in a line. It was also crazy then, but not the (somewhat organized) chaos we dealt with Wednesday night. Thankfully, the lined moved fairly quickly and we really had so much fun. It was totally worth it and I highly recommend it if you’re ever in the city during the holidays!

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Viewing 2016

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Viewing 2016
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We also enjoyed not having to get up ridiculously early to grab a spot to see the parade in person, because the itch was scratched, even though the start was just a few blocks from our apartment. Part of me wanted to see it again (I saw it the last time I was in the city for Thanksgiving), but I also really wanted to relax before I spent the day working on the food. We also had freshly baked, homemade pumpkin cinnamon rolls to dig into and stretchy pants begging us not to change into real clothes any time soon. How do you say no to that? Well, okay, you say no for like twenty minutes to walk the dogs and then immediately change back into them once you get home. But then you refuse until you are absolutely ready to be presentable to the world, hold your ground!

Homemade Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun Aftermath

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Homemade Apple Pie Thanksgiving 2016 // girlandthegood.com

YOU GUYS, I DID IT! My first time cooking and hosting was (mostly) a success! Also, that pie! It may not have been the prettiest one in all the land, but it was homemade pie crust or nothing. I chose to make it myself because I like a challenge and also to make my life more difficult. Why not risk making homemade pie crust for the first time on Thanksgiving? Jury’s still out on if I make it myself next year, but it was delicious (if I do say so myself).

Special thanks to Adam for cooking the turkey and our friends Krista and Nick for the pumpkin pie, rolls, and delicious salad. Honorable mention to our stainless steel island/prep table/high-top dining room table/all-around partner in meal-prep crime because without that sucker, cooking an entire feast in a tiny NYC kitchen would have been damn near impossible. Way to go, champ.

Stainless Steel Table Island

 

I hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving! 

From fall to winter in no time flat

posted on: Monday, November 21, 2016

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Okay, you guys. Thanksgiving week is here. I know I say this every year, but HOW?! It was just Halloween and before that it was the 4th of July and we had just moved to New York City and how does time seem to disappear, just like that?

The seasons are flying by as we’ve already begun to say goodbye to my absolutely favorite one. The weather went from Fall to Winter in a matter of hours this weekend. Saturday was gorgeous, sunny, and warm. Too warm, I say. I should not be sweating in November but this is just a personal rule, I suppose. It really was gorgeous, though. When we woke up Sunday morning? It was gray and freezing with gusts between 30-40 MPH. Somehow I was happier with that? (Especially when our first snow flurries of the season showed up that night.) Although, I was much happier once I bought that coat up there, thankyousoverymuch. I don’t know how you stay warm AND look cute when the wind knocks the breath right out of you and pins and needles are threatening the feeling right out of your face.

It just feels like holidays now, I guess! Lights are going up all around town. Columbus Avenue is adorned with large, bright snowflakes that light up at night giving my neighborhood some small-town charm. I’m all for that holiday feeling these days. Unapologetically listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies early because 2016, man.

On that note, I was hoping to get out of this year of loss and heartache (2016 has been one for the books) personally unscathed, but I received some tough news as I was writing this post. Prayers for my family would be greatly appreciate, my friends. Thank you!