Settling In AKA Getting Comfy

posted on: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Something has been slowly happening since we moved here almost four months ago. That, my friends, is a little thing they call settling in. Or, as I prefer to call it, “getting comfy”. We’re settling into our new lives here, we know the best grocery stores for different things*, we can now successfully give directions when asked (for the most part), we have figured out the quirky weekend train schedules (again, for the most part), and overall it feels really good. We’re loving it here and while there’s so much work to be done in our actual home, we’re still in that phase where most of our time is spent out of it, so it’s really okay that our budget is a bit tight still and furnishing/decorating our place will take a little bit longer. Pinterest is tiding me over until we have the money to buy a few more pieces and things to decorate these bare walls. I’m starting to get itchy, though.


| From a week or so ago when it actually felt like Fall and not summer. Go away, 80 degree temps! I want my sweater weather back. |

As settled as I’m starting to feel here, I also still have moments where I honestly ask myself, “Is this real life?”, because even when you do get settled in here, it still doesn’t exactly feel real. Living in Manhattan is so different than living anywhere else, I mean obviously, but it just is, for better or worse. I honestly hope that never changes and that I never lose that sense of wonder about living here and being in this place with it’s all of its positives and negatives and quirks. This city can break your break your heart one minute and then fill you with so much joy the next, but that’s kind of what makes it special, you know?

I know, I know. “Honeymoon phase”, “just wait until February”, “see how you feel in a year”, yada yada yada. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to feel too different about it, but we’ll see.

Anyway, all this to say that I’m finally starting to feel like I’m home and I’m so honored to be here. I also hope that I’m here for a really, really, really long time because this crazy, magical place just speaks to me. We are settling in and my goodness, it feels good. I love you, New York.

*What we’ve learned about the local markets: Zabar’s is best for coffee beans and cheese, Maison Kayser (okay, not technically a market, but still) for fresh baguettes, Citarella for prosciutto di parma, pre-made sides, and rotisserie chicken, Fairway for almost everything else, and Trader Joe’s when you have the patience of a saint. This lost will be updated as we make our discoveries and may have to have its own page, but we’ll see as we go along.

Side note: If there’s anything anyone wants to read about here specifically, please let me know in the comments or shoot me an e-mail. I’m curious about what you’re curious about. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Weekend To-Do List, Even If Nothing Gets Crossed Off

posted on: Friday, October 7, 2016

All right, friends. What fun things are on your list for the weekend? I’m feeling inspired to make a little wish list for the next couple of days. I used to do that every week here on the blog and I loved that it would inspire a full, refreshing weekend no matter what was on the list and, even if most items didn’t get crossed off, well then, heck. It was still two days in a row off of work and just for fun, doing whatever the heck it is we want to do and that’s about all we need every five days, isn’t it?

Still, this weekend I’d love to:

  • Catch up on sleep
  • Read as much as possible
  • Go thrift shopping and try to score some things for my fall wardrobe
  • Take photos around town, wherever we end up, which means lugging around my DSLR
  • The usual Saturday run, maybe even shoot for five miles for the first time this training season (okay okay, I really just want to get this over with and be done with five miles and feel awesome. The actual doing it? Well, we’ll see how that goes in the morning.)
  • Spend time with my best guy and do whatever the heck it is we want to do, because weekend!

At least it’s October

posted on: Wednesday, October 5, 2016



Nothing like mom time
The last ten days have been a whirlwind, I tell you. Last week was spent preparing for my mom, Dave (my step-dad), and parents-in-law to come into town. I even spent all of Thursday cleaning the apartment and our apartment isn’t that big! Parents make me deep clean, it seems.

My mom and Dave arrived Friday, which unfortunately was a little cold and rainy most of the day. We ate soup and deli sandwiches and then ducked into The Museum of Natural History. Pro tip: when the weather is questionable, a museum is always a good choice. This one also has the added benefit of being near our place, so we didn’t have to travel far. Saturday morning, Adam’s parents arrived.


We knew the group would be coming into town this weekend since the middle of July, just two weeks into living in the city. We’d walk around and say things like, “we have to bring the parents here!” or “I can’t wait to show them that!”, so it’s a little strange that it’s over now. It kind of feels like the end of Christmas.

Let’s think positive though, shall we? The most wonderful month of the year arrived over the weekend and there’s still so much to look forward to. We’re also ready to get back into a routine and I’m feeling refreshed and ready to get back on track with finding a job and continuing to settle into the city. Having them here was so much fun and getting the chance to show them our spots around here (and trying a few new ones) made me fall in love with this place even more.

Fall has arrived

posted on: Friday, September 23, 2016



It is finally here and thank goodness, because I need a new season. I seem to get antsy towards the end of each one, ready for a change. Of course, I’m also excited to be in this city during my favorite time of year. Even people who love summer can’t help but admit how amazing the city is in the fall. Although, it seems that autumn is sleeping in at the moment as the temperature today reached the high 80’s and I sweat my way right through another shirt. Ugh! In my head, Fall arrives tomorrow because the temperatures will be dropping 15 degrees (cue the hallelujah chorus). Someone once mentioned that there’s rarely an ease into temperature changes here and it seems they were right! Its been warm all of this week and next week the temperatures aren’t even going to reach the 80’s.

Cooler weather is like instant happiness for me, almost like I get a rush of endorphins every time I feel the cooler air. I have this theory that it’s because I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale where fall anywhere else was as cold as it ever got in my hometown. I remember feeling like it wasn’t really winter until everyone wore hoodies at school and that was as much as we ever needed to bundle up. I love the chilly weather, getting cozy, wearing sweaters and layers, and it’s almost time. So, here’s to a beautiful first fall weekend. I hope you have a great one!