Hello From the Other Side …

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Hey there friends! Remember me? Your friendly Weary Wanderer? If not, I don’t blame you, since it has been a while since I’ve posted. I’m sorry for that. I’ve been taking some time to reenvision what I see happening for this blog in the future (more on that later), to work on some other professional goals (I finally attended this amazing children’s book writing conference in NYC the other weekend — I cannot say enough how much I loved it and how I want to go to every single conference they offer!), and perhaps the most important reason I’ve been busy is because — drum roll, please — Chris and I are expecting our first little baby!! Hence the above photo, which my husband so lovingly took after schlepping into the backcountry mountains at both Keystone and Breckenridge to find the perfect spot for the photo opp — good job, love😉

Anyway, besides all of the above, we have an amazing trip coming up to Japan, where Chris will be completing his sixth and final World Marathon series race in Tokyo THIS SUNDAY! We leave tomorrow, and I could not be more excited! (Except, you know, for the 17 or so hour long flight to get there:/ Normally I wouldn’t mind as much, but as a preggers, well this could be interesting. Stay tuned for a post on the things I (hopefully!) did to make it go smoothly.)

We’ll be back the second week in March, and I’ll be here to blog about everything we saw, but in the meantime, here’s a bit from this year, which has been both amazingly relaxing and crazy busy, all at the same time.

IMG_0253^^ Homemade cinnamon buns from my stepmom. Best. Gift. Ever! (And yes, they were every bit as delicious as they look … )

IMG_0327^^ So exciting getting this in the mail!

IMG_0358^^ Chris and I found out a few weeks ago the gender of our baby. We took the paper with the gender on it to our local bakery and had these cupcakes made up with pink or blue frosting inside to let us know. It was just the two of us, but it was really fun to find out this way, and I’m so glad we did. [I’ll keep it a secret on here for now … some things are more fun when you wait for them ;)]

FullSizeRender (1)^^ The most delicious (and addicting!) ginger cookies from Trader Joe’s, sent as part of a ‘first trimester in pregnancy’ package from a best friend and her (three-times-a-momma!) sister.

FullSizeRender^^ I mean … could these fortune cookies be more accurate?!

FullSizeRender (2)^^ A snowy day in downtown Denver.

IMG_0416^^ Chris and I planned to fly into Newark on our last trip back to New York because it was easier for my stepdad to pick us up there. Unfortunately that meant we had to have a layover at the Cincinnati airport, and when we landed we were given the unfortunate news that all flights into New York had been canceled because of weather. So that meant we spent the night at a hotel near the airport, which at first we were super bummed about, until my stepdad pointed out that the Cincinnati airport is actually in Kentucky, not Ohio (go figure!), and neither one of us had ever been to Kentucky before, so hello that totally counted and we can add it to our list of states visited! Of course we were so exhausted from the day (and our flight out to New York was at 6 a.m. the following morning), so we ended up doing nothing but relaxing, watching television and ordering in (which was delicious, by the way, see above). Still, we were in Kentucky for a night and a meal, so that counts!

IMG_0417^^ Not exactly the best picture, but flying into New York will always send my heart a flutter😉

IMG_0429^^ Celebrating my grandmother and her twin sister on their 94th birthday. Could there be anything cuter than these two?!

IMG_0433^^ Still in love, after 94 years together. That’s some soul mate action, for ya.

FullSizeRender (3)^^ Although I spent the majority of my time in New York with family upstate, I did get to meet a friend in the city for a couple days (we stayed at The Paul Hotel, which offered these incredible views and was close to the Empire State Building, as well, which was a lot of fun for us as former-NYC-residents-turned-tourists). It was so much fun to eat good food, roam around the city (although it was frigid that weekend!) and to just catch up in person. Sometimes I forget how much I miss my friends until I actually get to see them.

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IMG_0457^^ Catching up with another preggers friend of mine was definitely a highlight, but it got even better when she had her baby on the Friday before I spent all weekend long at the writing conference, which meant I actually got to meet little baby Fiona, which was beyond amazing!
IMG_0463^^ Lisa likes to jazz up photos we take when we’re together, and I like to look at ’em😉

IMG_0461^^ Ahhhhh, registering for baby shower stuff. Can we all admit that this is fun for about an hour or two, and then by hour three and four all you want to do is sit down and eat cake?

IMG_0526^^ Chris was only with me on this trip for the first weekend (for my grandmother and her twin’s birthday party), and not for my jaunt out into the city and for the writer’s conference, so when he picked me up at the airport when I flew back, he was waiting with these amazing flowers. What a hubby, am I right?!

And now we’re on to Japan, friends! We’re spending about six days in Tokyo and then four days in Kyoto, which I’m beyond excited for. Can’t wait to be back here with an update, and, oh, by the way, it’ll be March when I do! Crazy. How fast is this year going?!

Bis bald, friends!

Life Lately: The Fall in Upstate New York Edition

Hi friends,

As much as fall has been a whirlwind, I was predicting that to be the case, and therefore I’ve been able to (as much as humanly possible!) stop and — to paraphrase — smell the changing leaves😉

Here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to in the past couple (crazy/insane/amazing) weeks …

01_Snooze^^ Snooze with some Aussie visitors before I left for my east coast adventure.

02_DenverCapital^^ Checking out the Colorado State Capitol as part of an expert (not) tour while our friends were in town.

03_PeekskillBrewery^^ Hitting up the Peekskill Brewery for dinner the first night I was home.

04_IthacaLakehouse^^ We rented a lake house in Ithaca for my sister’s bachelorette a few weekends ago, and it was the definition of heavenly.

05_IthacaLakehouse^^ Getting the party started!

06_IthacaLakehouse^^ Cayuga Lake in all its glory.

07_CiderTasting^^ Stopping at the Finger Lakes Cider House on our winery tour.

08_CiderTasting^^ These ladies.

09_IthacaBars^^ I bought these little party hats for our gang to wear out the night of Steph’s bachelorette, and I cannot lie, I kind of love them. What else can I wear this for?!

10_Gorges^^ Checking out the gorges in Ithaca before heading out Sunday. Oh fall — you just get me.

11_Ranger^^ This pup is soooo happy to have me home😉

12_BKWAterfront^^ I headed into the city for a couple days last week for a press event and to visit some friends. This pic was taken during  a walk along the river in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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13_StatueOfLiberty^^ There’s our Lady Liberty, standing all tall and proud!

14_BKNeighborhood^^ It doesn’t get more quaint Brooklyn wonderfulness than my friend’s adorable neighborhood.

15_FayeAndMe^^ Blurry  photo fun down in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

17_BryantPark^^ One of my all-time most favorite places in the entire world — Bryant Park. This little slice of heaven lives amidst all the crazy hustle and bustle of Manhattan, and it really is something special. I appreciate it even more now that I don’t live in NYC anymore …

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19_230Fifth^^ My press event last Thursday took place on the rooftop bar of 230 Fifth.  This place is pricey, but in my opinion it’s absolutely worth it for this view …

19_EmpireState^^ I mean …

20_FlatironBuilding^^ I had some time to kill before the event on Thursday, so I hung out in Madison Square Park for a bit and snapped this pic of the Flatiron Building on my way out.

21_BKPumpkins^^ Pumpkins in Brooklyn.

22_ProspectPark^^ A friend and I walked through Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Sunday before I headed home. Coming back to visit this city — and all the people I love who still live here — is bittersweet now. Still, this was the first time back since we’ve moved away that I thought, “I’m actually okay that I don’t live here.” As much as I adore New York — and I do! — this place can also be exhausting and stressful. Who knows where my life will bring me in the future, but it was a good feeling this trip back to be able to say that for now, I think we made the right decision leaving. Leaving the people there, of course, is a whole other thing …

23_AussieCousin^^ This Aussie cousin of ours is amazing. When he found out a trip he had already planned to New York was happening just days after my sister’s wedding, he rescheduled to be able to attend. Then he found out about our other cousin’s wedding that took place this past Saturday, and he rescheduled again! What a trooper.

24_Wedding^^ A glorious wedding venue.

25_Wedding^^ These two cuties are next!

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27_NewPaltzFall^^ Sunday was frustrating to me, with an unscheduled, unplanned and thoroughly annoying last-minute trip to an Urgent Care Center. The drive out there, however, was splendid in all its fall loveliness, so I rewarded myself with a stop directly in the middle of the road to take this photo.

IMG_8891^^ And this, from a walk around the neighborhood with the dog. Le sigh.

IMG_8574^^ Chris and I haven’t been together all of October, since I’ve been east coasting it — so sometimes we just have to cheers each other virtually, ya know?!

IMG_6118^^ Oh, and he sends me these, too, to melt my heart a little bit😉

And that’s been it so far, my friends! I’m off to the Poconos with a friend this Thursday, and I’m sure there will be plenty more to share with you in the coming weeks – so stay tuned.

Bis bald!

Life Recently: The Summer 2015 Edition

Hey kids,

So it’s the end of September already — how the heck did that happen? This summer, our first summer in Denver, has certainly had its ups and downs. Now, as the season fades away, we’re waiting for some guests to visit for about five days, and then I’ll be heading back to the east coast for all of October for my sister’s wedding and a couple other fun things.

In the meantime, here’s a quick look back at how we spent the hot summer months …

01Sunset^^ We never tire of watching amazing sunsets from our roof.

02Guac^^ Trying out a new brunch place (Tamayo) with some guacamole on the side.

03RMNP^^ Early this summer we took Manny (our Matrix) for a spin through gorgeous Rocky Mountain National Park.

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08FooFighters^^ Checking out the Foo Fighters at Fiddler’s Green.

09Penny^^ Forcing Penny cuddles is pretty common around these parts.

10CoorsField^^ Our first Rockies game at Coors Field (go Mets!).

11TourdFat^^ A few weeks ago a friend was in town, and she and her sister invited us to join them for the Tour de Fat bike parade in Fort Collins.

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15Sunset^^ More sunsets — this time from our balcony.

16CarePacket^^ The sweetest little care package from my sister.

17Penny^^ See? Forcing Penny cuddles😉

18Snooze^^ Checking out Snooze for the first time …

19Table6^^ … also dinner at Table 6. P.S. Chris is totally up to something in this photo!

20Coffee^^ I like my coffee with a lotta heart😉

21BBQ^^ Grilling some shrimp on the barbecue on our rooftop.

22JAcksonHole^^ Not the best photo, but this little bakery in Jackson Hole (Persephone Bakery) had some seriously amazing treats!

24Wyoming^^ Taking some time recently to explore the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park.

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30RedRocks^^ Tailgating before our first concert at the Red Rocks — Counting Crows, baby!

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32RedRocks^^ My blurry photo of Adam Duritz, lead singer for the Counting Crows. We wandered down along the side of the main seating after a couple songs and had the most amazing place to stand and watch them play. Not too shabby for a first experience.

33Golden^^ Chris, carefully selecting the beers we would be drinking at Barrels & Bottles in Golden, Colorado.

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And that about brings us up to date, my dear friends. The fall promises to be full of adventure. We have my sister’s wedding and Chris’s parents coming back here to visit for a week, with a trip out to South Dakota tucked in there as well. We’ll also be heading to New Orleans and Tahoe in the next few months, so there’s lots to look forward to.

Bis bald, friends!

Life Recently: The Upstate New York Version

Hey friends,

So I’m back in upstate New York right now, and life has been hectic and totally laid back at the same time here … is that possible? I’m here for two weddings, to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday and to get some stuff done for my sister’s upcoming bridal shower in August, so all of that is definitely hectic. But when I’m not busy running around, I’m pretty much hanging on the back porch as much as I possible can.

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

01Union_Station^^ A gorgeous Union Station the day before I left Denver.

02Grand_Central^^ And an even more gorgeous Grand Central Station the day I arrived back in New York!

03Mom_Porch^^ Views from Mom’s porch.

05Newburgh_Vintage^^ My mom and I had to make a pit stop into Newburgh Vintage Emporium for some stuff, and can I just tell you how much I’m loving this place? If you happen to be in the Hudson Valley, and you like vintage goods, this place is a must-see.

06Newburgh_Vintage2^^ More Vintage Emporium prettiness.

07Abany_Views^^ Saturday’s wedding took place on a rooftop overlooking the Albany skyline. Not too shabby for a fireworks view, eh?

08Me_Steph^^ Me and sissy.

09Steph_Brian_Sparklers^^ My sister and her fiancé — these two.

10Steph_Jenna^^ With the gorgeous bride.

11Baby_Ari^^ Meeting my cousin’s baby for the first time was definitely a highlight of this trip, as well.

12Butternut_Risotto^^ Soon-to-be bro-in-law made me a delicious butternut squash risotto for dinner one night … yum!

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15Lobster_Roll^^ Lobster and crab roll at The River Grill in Newburgh.

14Newburgh_Waterfront^^ The Newburgh Waterfront, aka the glorious Hudson River.

Still left to do? A couple bridal shower errands, mom’s 60th birthday excursion (I’ll blog about that later) and another wedding in Tarrytown on Saturday.

Bis bald friends!

Life Recently: The One Month in Denver Installment

January 12 to February 12 — Chris and I have officially been in our new home state for one whole month, friends. And so far … there have been a lot of ups and downs! It’s been an adjustment period, getting used to the differences and finding a place to live and getting settled and back to work regularly. Three months off is a looonnnnggggg time my friends! But we both feel incredibly lucky to have been able to do that, and we’re looking forward to getting our routine settled here in this new place.

Some positives have included spending time with and getting to know a little bit better some family that lives out here, lots of gorgeous mountain views and sunrises and sunsets, a fun rooftop at our new apartment and, of course, lots and lots of snowboarding.

So cheers to one month in Denver — and here’s to many more wonderful ones!

1FirstDay^^ This was our very first night here. I was feeling sad because of our apartment situation (no use crying over spilled milk here), and a friend asked me to send her a photo of what we were doing our first night in Denver. At the time it felt silly to snap a photo of us in our pajamas, eating take-out Chinese (which was delicious, by the way) and drinking beer, but now I’m glad we have it.

2NewSkyline^^ Our very first night in our (second) new apartment, we headed up to the roof with some beers to watch the sunset. I think it was looking over this new mountainous skyline that I felt for the first time like we could maybe make this whole moving thing work.

3Rodeo^^ My brother-in-law’s sister (ya got that?!) invited us out our first Friday here to the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, and it was one crazy (silly) experience, let me just tell you ….

4SettlingIn^^ Someone’s finally learning to settle in, even if it is on Chris’s brand new chair. Let’s keep those claws where I can see ’em, Penelope.

5MountainSunrise^^ We’ve had lots of early morning rides to the mountains since we’ve been here, which I can’t say I’m all too fond of, except for this sunrise. This sunrise over the mountains makes it all okay.

6Vail^^ Our first trip to Vail. We’re so fancy.

7RockBottomBrewery^^ Believe it or not we still haven’t been to many breweries (we plan to hit some up this Saturday for Valentine’s Day … how romantic!). We did, however, make a Friday night of it at Rock Bottom Brewery a couple of weekends ago …. thanks for the gift card Mom and Robert!

8SweetGift^^ A very sweet apartment-warming gift from my sister and her fiancee. You can’t really tell from this photo, but I think I can finally say that our apartment is really starting to come together. And yes, that’s Chris peeking from around the corner.

9TravelWall^^ Seeing as how we spent about 10-years’ worth of a travel budget last year alone, we don’t plan on taking too many crazy trips this year (other than back to the East coast for wedding stuff, of course, and hopefully a couple other drives out to Yosemite, Montana and the Grand Canyon). That’s why I love times infinity our travel wall, cause if you can’t actually travel, it’s still super fun to relive past adventures. Trips represented here include: Australia, New Mexico, London, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, the Bahamas, Niagra Falls, Banff, Rome, NYC, Virginia, Iceland, Key West, the Great Barrier Reef and Venice. Sigh. I love ’em all.

10WindowSunset^^ We don’t even have to go to our roof to see fabulous sunsets — this one was taking place right outside our living room window. (Ah, to have a living room window. These are things you can easily miss out on when you live in Manhattan!)

11Keystone^^ We’ve made the most snowboarding treks out to Keystone, by far … but look how pretty it is? Can you blame us?!

12RooftopMountainView^^ Another glorious rooftop shot, this time at dusk.

13RooftopSunset^^ And the sun sets on downtown Denver.

14KeystoneLodge^^ Some family was visiting from the East coast this week and we went to spend a day with them in Keystone. They stayed at the lodge right at the base of the mountain, and OMG you guys … how amazing is this place?! I’m trying to figure out how we can win the lottery and move here. Simply gorgeous.

And that’s about it friends … 31ish days in a nutshell. It’s been a whirlwind. It’s been fun and sad and frustrating and amazing. And such is life, right my dear people?

Bis bald! And a very Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

Life Recently: Late Summer Edition

Hi friends,

Summer certainly came and went in an instant, am I right? Mine was … ummm … interesting. There were a lot of things that happened with my family this summer that kept me busy, but along the way we still managed to have lots of NYC fun and, thanks to our plethora of weddings this fall, I was able to spend a lot of time with friends at multiple bachelorette parties and other fun events.

Here’s a bit of what’s been going on, according to my iPhone:

photo 13^^^ The gorgeous gardens at The Cloisters.

photo 12^^^ Drinks on The Refinery Hotel‘s rooftop.

photo 11^^^ Soaring high above New York City on our helicopter tour with HeliNY Tours.

photo 10^^^ Witnessing a stand-off between Penny and my friend’s cat Libbie, who Penny will be spending a lot of time with when Chris and I travel later this Fall. Hopefully they’ll eventually get on better than this photo suggests!

photo 9^^^ A little silly fun at a friend’s beautiful Red Maple Vineyard wedding over Labor Day weekend.

photo 8^^^ The amazing pink sky and white moon, as seen from my parents’ front yard. No filter needed, my friends. Amazing.

photo 7^^^ Taking a little stroll along the Hudson to The Boat Basin Cafe when a friend came for a visit.

photo 6^^^ We never got to walk the Brooklyn Bridge like we wanted to, but we did get to drive over it in a taxi😉

photo 5^^^ Being a Broadway Baby with Lisa on our way to see This Is Our Youth.

photo 4^^^ For one of the bachelorette parties I attended this summer, we decorated our hotel room with Hawaiian-themed decor and wore tacky Hawaiian shirts, because this particular friend spent three years living there. We did a pretty dang good job, if I do say so myself!

photo 3^^^ While nightclubs certainly aren’t my thing on a regular basis, chillin’ with some old friends from high school for a couple nights at some were a lot of fun.

photo 2^^^ Atlantic City turned it on for us during one friend’s bachelorette. The weather was amazing, and we had a ton of fun.

photo 1^^^ Andddd … my little sister is engaged! ‘Nuff said😉

And with that, I release you, summer 2014, into perpetuity. Here’s to fall. And amazing travel plans. And cooler weather. And tights and boots and sweaters and scarves. Here’s to new beginnings and saying goodbye (for now!) to friends and beloved places.

Sigh.

Life Recently: The Early Summer Edition

Welcome to summer, my friends! June seriously flew by, and the weather is now officially, ridiculously hot, and our intense, no-free-weekends couple of months has begun. I’m not complaining, though — we’ve got a lot of pretty amazing plans set up with some pretty amazing friends, so it should all be a great time.

Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to lately, courtesy of my iPhone.

photo 1^^ I just loved in this relationship how it was the muscle man’s responsibility to walk the teeny, tiny dog. Gotta love that!

photo 2^^ I know, I know — I’ve officially reached creepy status by taking photos of people when they don’t know I’m doing it. But come on! How stinkin’ cute is this couple canoodling on the East River Promenade?!

Aunt_Stephie^^ The fun never ends with a 15-month old.

photo 3^^ This man sure does love his dog.

photo 4^^ Working from mom’s porch doesn’t suck.

photo 5^^ We hit up the Newburgh Brewing Company for a belated Father’s Day celebration for my stepdad. I really love that this place has brought craft brewing to little ole’ Newburgh. [I blogged a bit about them here, too.]

photo 6^^ Wednesday night is Trivia Night at the Newburgh Brewing Company, and we were not good! Did you know Blossom is going into syndication in July?! [We didn’t — we got that question wrong.]

photo 7^^ Happy belated Father’s Day, Robert!

Lake2^^ This was our backyard view from the lake house we rented for my college roommate’s bachelorette party. Not too shabby!

photo 8^^ We headed back to Warwick Valley Winery on Saturday to celebrate my parents’ anniversary and Christmas. (Yup, Christmas. It was our gift to Steph and Brian to treat them to a winery day.)

photo 9^^ Chris got into an argument with some wild turkeys. The turkeys won.

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_DSC5820^^ How insanely adorable is this little cafe in the town of Phoenicia, New York, where Chris took me to see the Otter Falls?

I think it’s safe to say the summer is off with a bang! Hope you guys are having an awesome, fabulous time with lots of entertainment planned😉

Life Recently: Early June Edition

Hi friends,

So … it’s June? How the heck did that happen?! We’ve been having a lot of fun at baseball games, with friends and family visiting, etc., etc. Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to lately, courtesy of my iPhone.

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photo 2^^ Some of the prettiest things in Grand Central are only visible when you look up.

photo 3^^ I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — Bryant Park is my favorite.

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photo 7^^ These adorable little kids were competing against each other in chess. Can you say smarties?

photo 8^^ Sections of Times Square are now closed off to traffic for the summer.
It’s only slightly more bearable this way.

photo 9^^ FIrst iced coffee of the season for Sheral.
[That’s not how you spell my name ;)]


photo 10^^ NYC: The only place in the world where you’ll see
a cab, a car and a horse-drawn buggy lined up like they’re about to race.

photo 11^^ Poor horses — you make my heart hurt.

photo 12^^ Ahh! It’s a Christmas lights murder!

photo 13^^ I simply love this brownstone-lined street right next to ours. Swoon.

Bis bald, friends! Here’s to summer right around the corner!

 

Life Lately: April Edition

Hi friends!

So this year is flying by, is it not? With trips to Saratoga Springs, Iceland, the Florida Keys and Colorado behind us, we can start to concentrate more on our 5,000 weddings throughout the summer and fall (it’s not really 5,000, but it is nine, which feels like 5,000 …), and our bigger travel plans for October and November.

In the meantime, though, I look forward to visiting with my friend in D.C. this week, and I love going back through old photos from the past few weeks. Here are some of my favorites …

1Guggenheim^^ I can’t get enough of the architectural gem that is the Guggenheim 

2Shuffleboard^^ Playing cards and shuffleboard at the new Royal Palms Shuffleboard bar in Brooklyn. 

3RoryCraft^^ Crafting for my nephew’s first birthday party.

4RoryBabysit^^ I spent a week babysitting this little man with my stepmom in Pennsylvania. So. Much. Fun!

5BusRain^^ Rainy city views from the local bus.

6PoopPaper^^ My husband has taken to making me personalized birthday wrapping paper every year.
This year’s version featured the poop emoticon, because apparently I use it. A lot.

7LisaKeys^^ Smiley happy faces in sunny Jupiter, Florida.

8BlueHeavenKeys^^ Dinner and drinks in Key West with some friends.

9Bridge^^ Gorgeous views on our trip to Marathon Key.

10PelicanKeys^^ Pelicans.

11JerseyLawn^^ Dad’s home from Saudi Arabia, and we spent a lovely day celebrating in Jersey.
(Including lots of time out on the grass in the front yard. That’s not weird or anything, right?)

12JBC^^ Some of my closest magazine friends. We met for some long overdue
drinks at The Campbell Apartments (remember that place?) a couple weeks ago.
Love you, ladies!

13ColoradoSquare^^ City views on our trip to Denver.

14RedRocks^^ The splendid, glorious Red Rocks.

15MeChrisColorado^^ Silly photos after what was probably our 10th brewery visit.
(Not in the same day, but still.)

16BethesdaFountain^^ Walking past the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park on my
way home from the doctor.  Not too shabby.

17Nugget^^ Happy belated Easter! Love Nugget, our bunny.

Bis bald, my friends!

 

Life Lately: Late Feb 2014 Edition

Two months down in this new year of ours, my friends — unbelievable!

Here’s a little bit of what’s been going on in our neck of the woods …

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^^ The views in Iceland were astonishing.

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^^ Climbing the fish hut to take photos in Iceland.

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^^ Chasing the Northern Lights

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^^ The Gullfoss Waterfall.

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^^ Watching geysirs (that’s how they spell it in Iceland) erupt.

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^^ Walking through Grand Central to the subway after our Valentine’s Day drinks at The Campbell Apartment.

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^^ How much did I love this man and his dog in snowy Central Park?

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^^ I checked out the annual Toy Fair at the Javits Center for a story I was writing.
It’s so much fun seeing all the new toys for the year!

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^^ This face. Kills me every time.

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^^ Shrimp and grits for dinner, inspired by our brunch at East End Kitchen,
which serves shrimp and grits as well, but they’re pre-made
with bacon so I couldn’t have them. Our take was better😉

Bis bald, friends! Hope everyone’s having an amazing year so far! I’ll be heading to Marathon Key with a friend for my birthday in a few weeks. With the winter we’ve been having, I could definitely go for a little bit of sun, that’s for sure.

Life Recently: Early Feb. 2014 Edition

As Chris and I get ready to leave for Iceland today (squeee!), I thought I’d throw up some photos from what’s been happening the last couple of (snow-filled) weeks …

photo 1^^ Glimpses of red on a snowy Reservoir walk in Central Park.

photo 2^^ The beautiful Reservoir view.

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photo 4^^ My mom’s pup, who was super excited about my last-minute, unexpected trip home last week.

photo 5^^This gorgeous lady is my grandmother, and today is her 92nd birthday. Happy birthday Grams!

photo 6^^Views from my trip home to my mom’s last week: the Hudson River and a
beautiful sunset taken while out on a walk with my mom and the pup.

photo 7^^ The East River.

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photo 9^^ Chris and I watched the Superbowl at a friend’s house in Brooklyn
last weekend. I snapped this on the way there.

photo 10 ^^ Snowy trails left for us by the most recent winter storm.

Bis bald, friends! I’ll be back next weekend with Iceland info! Oooooohhhhh. Aaaaahhhhhh.

Life Recently

Boy, January sure does drag on friends … am I right?

Here’s a bit of what’s been happening lately.

photo 1^^At Terminal 5 on New Year’s Eve, aka our one-year wedding anniversary/ 7-year dating anniversary!

photo 2^^ The crazy band that started it all. If you ever have the opportunity to go see them — do it!
Such a good show … so much fun.

photo 3^^ Gorgeous one-year anniversary flowers from the hubs.

photo 4^^ New year, new do.

photo 5^^ Loved this old-timey bookstore in Saratoga Springs.

photo 6^^ Saratoga Springs was still all dolled up for the holidays when we went for our
one year anniversary trip, much to my delight.

photo 7^^ Tasty, fun and eclectic — that’s how we like our restaurants.

photo 8^^ A frozen Hudson River, waiting for the train back into the city from Beacon.

photo 9^^ Passing the funky Cooper Union building on our way to see STOMP last weekend.

photo 10^^ We also passed McSorley’s, the oldest Irish tavern in NYC.

photo 11^^ Astor Place subway stop.

photo 12^^ I will always take my lattes with a heart or leaf now, please. (Courtesy of Cafe Mocha)

photo 13^^ This is an old photo I found of my former view from my bedroom in my apartment at Normandy Court.
I found it for a little something I’m working on for the blog … you’ll just have to wait and see😉

Bis bald, friends! Hope everyone’s keeping occupied while winter drags on …

Life Recently: The Christmas 2013 Edition

Happy holidays my friends! May the next two weeks be filled with all the fun, friends, family and tasty foods you can handle!

Here’s a little look back over my life lately, which has been completely dominated by the holidays …

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photo 14^^ Happy holidays, Brooklyn Brewery style!

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photo 22^^ My husband gave his famous Grand Central tour twice yesterday. God love him😉

photo 23^^ Visiting with a cousin who traveled here all the way from Calabria, Italy.
How gorgeous is Grand Central in this photo?

Bis bald, friends!

 

Life Recently: The Thanksgiving 2013 Edition

Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone! I am thankful for oh so many things this year — I feel very blessed for all the friends and family I have in my life.

Here’s a bit of what’s been going on lately, thanks to my iPhone photos …

^^ I'm thankful to be living in this amazing city, with all its fascinating culture and architecture and people.^^ I’m thankful to be living in this amazing city, with all its fascinating culture and architecture and people.

^^ I'm thankful for friends and their new adorable puppies. Perfect for visiting and cuddling.^^ I’m thankful for new friends and their new adorable puppies. Perfect for visiting and cuddling.

^^ I'm thankful for my sister's new kitten, Charlie ... even though Penny isn't.^^ I’m thankful for my sister’s new kitten, Charlie … even though Penny isn’t.

^^ I'm thankful for accidentally hilarious photos.^^ I’m thankful for accidentally hilarious photos.

^^ I'm thankful for old friends, and the families they are starting.^^ I’m thankful for visits with old friends and the new families they are starting.

^^ I'm thankful for this little furball, who braved a scary surgery this year and who always keeps me company.^^ I’m thankful for this little furball, who braved a scary surgery this year and who always keeps me company.

^^ I'm also thankful for this little furball, who ALSO braved a scary surgery this year. Our animals are rock stars, pretty much.^^ I’m also thankful for this little furball, who ALSO braved a scary surgery this year.
Our animals are rock stars, pretty much.

^^ I'm thankful for 1/2 price Halloween costumes at Pet Smart, and the way Penny acts when she's wearing them.^^ I’m thankful for 1/2 price Halloween costumes at PetSmart,
and the way Penny acts when she’s wearing them.

^^ I'm thankful for a husband who loves to experiment with cocktails. This one was particularly tasty.^^ I’m thankful for a husband who loves to experiment with cocktails.
This one was particularly tasty.

^^ I'm thankful for Chai tea and coconut custard pie on Grandma's china when I'm sick.^^ I’m thankful for Chai tea and coconut custard pie on Grandma’s china when I’m sick.

^^ I'm thankful for all of my past travels, and for all the travel plans we have coming up.^^ I’m thankful for all of my past travels, and for all the travel plans we have coming up.

^^ The thing I'm most thankful for, though, are all of our friends and family who helped us celebrate our marriage FOUR TIMES this year, in places across the world. It really was the best first year of being married. Ever.^^ The thing I’m most thankful for, though, are all of our friends and family who helped us celebrate our marriage FOUR TIMES this year, in places across the world. It really was the best first year of being married. Ever.

Bis bald, friends! Hope you all have an amazing, family, friend and food-filled Thanksgiving holiday.

Life Lately …

Here’s a bit of what’s been going on the past couple of weeks. (There’s a whole boatload of fall amazingness happening over here, people!)

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^^ Even the leaves right outside our bedroom window are putting on a show.

^^ Even the trees right outside our bedroom window are putting on a show.

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^^ My dad is heading to Saudi Arabia for work for five months. So obviously we had to send him off in style with some fabulous gifts.

^^ My dad is heading to Saudi Arabia for work for five months. So obviously we had to send him off in style with some fabulous gifts.

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^^ Halloween may be behind us, but awesome decorations like these are still out in full force.

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^^ The marathon was last weekend, but Central Park is still celebrating.

^^ The marathon was last weekend, but Central Park is still celebrating.

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Life Recently: An Ode to My Husband on His 30th Birthday

Bear with me, friends, as I write a post that’s mushy and sentimental.

Two of my husband’s favorite things😉

Today is Chris’s 30th birthday. To honor it, I thought I’d pull together a couple of photos from just the 10 months we’ve spent together since we got married this past New Year’s Eve. And can I just say — I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined that I could have so much fun with one person. You’re my best friend. My travel partner. My partner in crime. Here’s to all the memories we’ve made so far, and to the millions more to come.

^^ Grabbing pretzels from the street vendor near Central Park after our Dec. 31, 2012 nuptials at City Hall.

^^ Grabbing pretzels from the street vendor near Central Park after our Dec. 31, 2012 nuptials at City Hall.

^^ Celebrating Day 1 of being married with brunch from our hotel room at The Standard overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

^^ Celebrating Day 1 of being married with brunch from our hotel room at The Standard overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

^^ Winter in Central Park.

^^ Winter in Central Park.

^^ Of course I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the other two members of our little family -- Penelope the cat, and ...

^^ Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the other two members of our little family — Penelope the Cat, and …

^^ Nugget, the old man bunny

^^ Nugget, the Old Man Bunny

^^ We celebrated our first Valentines Day as a married couple in Tarrytown with the most delicious meal (and cutest company!) you could imagine.

^^ We celebrated our first Valentines Day as a married couple in Tarrytown with the most delicious meal (and cutest company!) you could imagine.

^^ On March 11 we welcomed into the world our nephew, Rory, born in Pennsylvania

^^ On March 11 we welcomed into the world our nephew, Rory, born in Pennsylvania

^^ Oh yeah. I turned 30 this year, too. We celebrated with a hike with friends at Breakneck Ridge ...

^^ Oh yeah. I turned 30 this year, too. We celebrated with a hike with friends at Breakneck Ridge …

^^ And a delicious meal, ending this insanely decadent dessert.

^^ And a delicious meal, ending with this insanely decadent dessert.

^^ On April 27 we celebrated our marriage for a second time, this time with some friends and family at a winery in upstate New York.

^^ On April 27 we celebrated our marriage for a second time, this time with some friends and family at a winery in upstate New York.

^^ And also with this Grooms' Cake, celebrating Chris accomplishing his '5-in-5' World Marathon goal, which he had just done, the weekend before, in London.

^^ And also with this Grooms’ Cake, celebrating Chris accomplishing his ‘5-in-5’ World Marathon goal, which he had just done, the weekend before, in London.

^^ We spent the most amazing two weeks with my in-laws, including our trip to London for Chris's marathon and the wedding party upstate.

^^ We spent the most amazing two weeks with my in-laws, including our trip to London for Chris’s marathon and the wedding party upstate.

^^ On June 1 we had our third wedding celebration, this time a backyard Aussie barbecue at my parents' house in Jersey. Food included these delicious mac 'n' cheese cups, among many, many other goodies!

^^ On June 1 we had our third wedding celebration, this time a backyard Aussie barbecue at my parents’ house in Jersey. Food included these delicious mac ‘n’ cheese cups, among many, many other goodies!

^^ In July we had a visit from Chris's sister Kate and her boyfriend Jimmy.

^^ In July we had a visit from Chris’s sister Kate and her boyfriend Jimmy.

^^ We went to Arizona and Charlotte over July 4th weekend ...

^^ We went to Arizona and Charlotte over July 4th weekend …

^^ And saw some pretty amazing stuff.

^^ And saw some pretty amazing stuff.

^^ We hosted Rory on his first visit to NYC, taking him to Central Park, Turtle Pond and, yes, to his very first NYC pub.

^^ We hosted Rory on his first visit to NYC, taking him to Central Park, Turtle Pond and, yes, to his very first NYC pub.

^^ We took a trip to Governor's Island over the summer to check out some artwork.

^^ We took a trip to Governor’s Island over the summer to check out some artwork.

^^ We celebrated Chris's birthday early in St. Augustine, Florida, with some friends and a two-day music festival.

^^ We celebrated Chris’s birthday early in St. Augustine, Florida, with some friends and a two-day music festival.

^^ At the end of last month and beginning of this one, I packed up my dress and wedding gear and loaded it onto a plane to Australia for our fourth, and we do believe final, wedding celebration.

^^ On Sept. 24,  I packed up my dress and wedding gear and loaded it onto a plane to Australia for our fourth, and we do believe final, wedding celebration.

^^ Oh, and we had our honeymoon at the Great Barrier Reef, too!

^^ Oh, and we had our honeymoon at the Great Barrier Reef, too!

^^ Last night, as Chris was officially 30 in Australia, we celebrated with wine, cupcakes and Indiana Jones.

^^ Last night, as Chris was officially 30 in Australia, we celebrated with wine, cupcakes and Indiana Jones.

And tonight, it’ll be the steak dinner that my husband always wants for his birthday meal. A man with simple needs. I like it😉

Anyway, what I mean to say is — you’re kinda the best, Chris Connor. And I’m sure glad we found each other, because I’m not exactly sure what my life would look like without you, but I know for certain it wouldn’t be this colorful and fun.

Bis bald, friends!

Life Recently

Hi friends,

So I’ve been having a bit of a moment here with my old pal NYC, to say the least. Coming up on my 6-year anniversary of calling this eclectic city my home (holy cow time flies!), I’m finally starting to feel a bit worse for the wear. I mean six years ain’t bad though, am I right?

Anyway, I’ve had two pretty unfortunate subway incidences happen essentially back-to-back, and then yesterday Chris and I returned home from a lovely weekend away to discover that someone — most likely one of our neighbors — had torn open a package that was addressed to me downstairs and stolen the hard drive that was inside. Then left the package and packing exactly where it was.

The audacity.

All of this is to say … I’m not feelin’ the love for New York City right now the way I used to. With the plans that Chris and I are setting up potentially for the future, we will still be here, in Manhattan, for a little over another year, and at this point I feel both blessed and terrified to have that kind of time left. On the one hand I’m so happy to have 12+ months to do everything I still want to do in this fantastic city. On the other, I really want to leave here with happy memories and a slight twinge in my heart for what was the city I always wanted to live in.

Dramatic? Maybe. All I can say is I hope this unlucky streak sees its way out ASAP so I can get back to enjoying the things I love about living here. In honor of that, I thought I’d throw up a quick ‘Life Lately’ post, since most of the photos are from in and around here.

I’m hoping maybe that’ll get me back on track.

^^ A super cute ice cream shop in Dumbo, Brooklyn, that Faye and I happened upon when we were wedding dress shopping for her.

^^ A super cute ice cream shop in Dumbo, Brooklyn, that Faye and I happened upon when we were wedding dress shopping for her.

^^ A makeshift Elmo scarecrow in my hood?

^^ A makeshift Elmo scarecrow in my hood?

^^ While peeling apples for Lisa's sister's baby 'sprinkle' the other week, this little heart appeared. Love is all around us, friends.

^^ While peeling apples for Lisa’s sister’s baby ‘sprinkle’ the other week, this little heart appeared on the lower left apple. Love is all around us, friends.

^^ A beautiful Virginia sunset.

^^ A beautiful Virginia sunset.

^^ Spin class at New York Sports Club. Invigorating!

^^ Spin class at New York Sports Club. Invigorating!

^^ Look how well-behaved all these animals are!

^^ Look how well-behaved all these animals are!

^^ The Metropolitan Museum of Art steps. Always gorgeous.

^^ The Metropolitan Museum of Art steps. Always gorgeous.

^^ Turtles at the Central Park Zoo.

^^ Turtles at the Central Park Zoo.

^^ If you know me, you'll know I'm a HUGE Lauren Graham fan. So her new book, with some Tasti D-Lite ice cream, is pretty much my idea of a fantastic Sunday afternoon.

^^ If you know me, you’ll know I’m a HUGE Lauren Graham fan. So her new book, with some Tasti D-Lite ice cream, is pretty much my idea of a fantastic Sunday afternoon.

^^ A Union Square statue with a peak-a-boo Empire State Building in the back.

^^ A Union Square statue with a peak-a-boo Empire State Building in the back.

^^ Trying on Warby Parker glasses to see which ones I should buy. Have you checked out the site? If you wear eye glasses you gotta -- it's fantastic!

^^ Trying on Warby Parker glasses to see which ones I should buy. Have you checked out the site? If you wear eye glasses you gotta — it’s fantastic!

^^ Sunset between a sail boat on our Hudson sailing adventure the other day.

^^ Sunset between a sail boat on our Hudson sailing adventure the other day.

^^ A classy tailgate before the Mets game this past weekend.

^^ A classy tailgate before the Mets game this past weekend.

^^ Citi Field offers gorgeous views of the city.

^^ Citi Field offers gorgeous views of the city.

^^ The game was awful, but the views were gorgeous! And Third Eye Blind held a short concert afterwards. Can you say flashback to the '90s?!

^^ The game was awful, but the views were gorgeous! And Third Eye Blind held a short concert afterwards. Can you say flashback to the ’90s?!

^^ Mr. Met

^^ Mr. Met

^^ A mom and baby horse at the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery.

^^ A mom and baby horse at the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery.

^^ FINALLY finished our photo wall this weekend when we picked up our friend wedding photo shot from my mom!

^^ FINALLY finished our photo wall this weekend when we picked up our friend wedding photo shot from my mom!

^^ This man, along with a couple others, were creating this amazing ad for Grand Theft Auto out of thin air. Pretty spectacular.

^^ This man, along with a couple others, were creating this amazing ad for Grand Theft Auto out of thin air. Pretty spectacular.

 

Anyway–here’s hoping I can get my magical Manhattan back … and ASAP!

Life Lately: The New York Philharmonic in Central Park

Sometimes, friends, when you live in Manhattan, you get to sit under the setting sun in Central Park (along with tens of thousands of your fellow city dwellers), eating delicious snacks and drinking wine with friends while the New York Philharmonic plays in the background. For free.

Last night Chris and I joined some friends on the Great Lawn for part of the Concert in the Parks series, and I may or may not have gone a little photo crazy when it came to the gorgeous setting sun.

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^^They had fireworks after the concert which, for us, were located directly behind a huge tree. Still pretty though!

^^They had fireworks after the concert which, for us, were located directly behind a huge tree. Still pretty though!

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^^We took the Reservoir path home and were able to snap some great pics of the West Side all lit up.

^^Photo credit for this shot goes to Chris.

^^Photo credit for this shot goes to Chris.

Bis bald, friends! Here’s to making the most of summer …

Life Lately: January 2013

Hey friends!
Hope your 2013 is off to a fabulous start. Here’s a little bit of what our life has looked like lately:

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We started the year with brunch in our fancy hotel room at The Standard, courtesy of my mom and stepdad. Thanks guys!

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We’ve celebrated THREE 30th birthdays so far, and one 100th! (But I’ll get to that later…)

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We celebrated married life on our first full day of being husband and wife at the new bar that opened on the corner of our street-The District.

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We started apartment hunting, which meant we needed some cocktails to ease our nerves. Working with brokers is scary!

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We held Jen’s baby shower at Cake Bistro & Bakery in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania.

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The mom and proud soon-to-aunties!

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My dad got the baby all this Army gear. I think he’s a little excited to have his first grandson…wouldn’t ya say?!

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Penny had to spend a day at the vet getting tested for asthma. She spent the rest of the night in her carrying case and wouldn’t come out. I think it’s safe to say she was mad at me…

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When she finally did come out, she and Nugget did some bonding.

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HUSBAND GOT HIS GREEN CARD!

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Grand Central celebrated its 100th birthday on Feb. 1, 2013.

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Mom and I tasted some cakes for our wedding party celebration in April. Yummmm!

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My husband bought me purple flowers to celebrate our one month of marriage.

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We celebrated one month of wedded bliss by getting drinks at The Guthrie Inn, an awesome, tiny little cocktail bar on Park between 97th and 98th. The owner also owns Earl’s Beer & Cheese, the restaurant right next door that Chris swears by.

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The view of the Hudson on the way back to the city from my mom’s house.

Bis bald, friends! Hope you have fun plans for February–especially if you’re in love😉 Chris and I have made reservations at the gorgeous Tarrytown House, which just happens to be where we attended a wedding last year, as well.

See ya’ll soon!

Happy 2013–From Newlywed Land!

Hey friends!

So we did it…Chris and I got married! At City Hall right here in Manhattan, on Dec. 31, 2012.

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Here’s to an amazing 2013 my friends, with trips already planned to the following:

  • London in April for Chris’s fifth and final marathon in the World Series
  • Australia in September to celebrate our wedding with my new Aussie family, including a trip to the Great Barrier Reef for a little honeymoon getaway

Bis bald, my friends! Hope your 2013 started out as amazing as ours did …

Life Lately

So friends, December is rapidly passing us by, isn’t it? Seriously, where does the time go?

Anyway, with the holidays and, you know, our WEDDING!, coming up, things around the Connor/Lock household have been pretty insanely busy. I do love the city around the holidays, though, and Chris and I picked up our Christmas tree the other day and I’ve decorated the apartment. Despite the busyness, we’ve been trying really hard to stop and smell the Christmas tree (does that analogy work?) from time to time.

Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to lately in the city that never sleeps …

We love our little 94th St. Christmas tree!

We love our little 94th St. Christmas tree!

I had these lovely ladies over for some holiday drinks. In lieu of an actual fireplace, I played the YouTube yule log over and over again on TV.

I had these lovely ladies over for some holiday drinks. In lieu of an actual fireplace, I played the YouTube yule log over and over again on TV.

For my sister's baby gender reveal party, I was the person who got the cupcake with the blue frosting. It's a boy!! I'm having a nephew!

For my sister’s baby gender reveal party, I was the person who got the cupcake with the blue frosting. It’s a boy!! I’m having a nephew!

On December 7, Chris and I took a little trip to City Hall to get our marriage license. Our MARRIAGE LICENSE! Ca-razy!

On December 7, Chris and I took a little trip to City Hall to get our marriage license. Our MARRIAGE LICENSE! Ca-razy!

And this was our ticket. I will proceed to frame it and hang it in our teeny abode.

And this was our ticket. I will proceed to frame it and hang it in our teeny abode.

My sister and her boyfriend came to visit last weekend and we took in the scenery at Bryant Park. I love it there during the holidays.

My sister and her boyfriend came to visit last weekend and we took in the scenery at Bryant Park. I love it there during the holidays.

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Friends at a beautiful Brooklyn wedding I attended this past Sunday.

Friends at a beautiful Brooklyn wedding I attended this past Sunday.

Little details like the white tea lights and wine corks really brought the night to life.

Little details like the white tea lights and wine corks really brought the night to life.

You guys KNOW how I love my lights! Isn't this chandelier from the wedding venue gorgeous?

You guys KNOW how I love my lights! Isn’t this chandelier from the wedding venue gorgeous?

Cute little A & B cookies for Allison and Boris.

Cute little A & B cookies for Allison and Boris.

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A beautiful bride!

A beautiful bride!

What? I'm not doing anything wrong?

What? I’m not doing anything wrong?

It's hard to wrap gifts when this cutie keeps distracting me. And sitting on my supplies.

It’s hard to wrap gifts when this cutie keeps distracting me. And sitting on my supplies.

On another note, our little Nugget had surgery recently. We're happy to report that his cast is off, and today was the first day he climbed in and out of his cage all by himself. Go Nugget!

On another note, our little Nugget had surgery recently. We’re happy to report that his cast is off, and today was the first day he climbed in and out of his cage all by himself. Go Nugget!

So that’s been December in a nutshell, basically. This Friday Chris and I will head upstate to celebrate the holidays with my mom and step-dad, then we’ll head to New Jersey to be with my dad, step-mom, sisters and brother-in-law. After that we head back into the city to get ready for our New Years Eve nuptials. That means I may not make it back here to post again before I become Mrs. Christopher Vincent Connor.

Woah.

Happy holidays friends! I hope everyone has a great time filled with family, friends and delicious foods! See ya’ll in the New Year!

Bis bald!

Life Recently

Hi friends,

So now that Chris has so lovingly passed on his old iPod Touch (with camera!) to me since he has a fancy new iPhone, I’ve been lovin’ up on Instagram and trying to document more of the beautifulness that I see around me on a daily basis. As such, I’ve decided to create a new post series for this site entitled ‘Life Recently’ (which may or may not be a rip off of something one of my favorite bloggers does on her own site.)

Anyway, here’s to giving new things a shot, right! So without further ado, here’s some pictures from my life recently:

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