10/30/11

Batman on Wall Street.

While walking around Wall Street this afternoon, we ran into the set for The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment in the Batman series. Now, superhero movies don't thrill me all that much, so I had my fill of the experience after about thirty seconds. Not husband. I believe his words were, "If Christian Bale is here and I don't see him, I will never live it down".

And while we didn't see Christian Bale (trust me, we looked), I did get a few photos of my ecstatic husband in front of a bat-vehicle of some kind. So, yeah - that's going in the scrapbook.

10/28/11

Taking a breather.

I took the day off today. 
my first since June. 
as I walked around at 8:30 this morning while others were on their way to work, I felt a little weird.
like I had a backstage pass to the workings of everyday residential life. 
it.was.fantastic.
with my day off, I tackled the following:
- trying a new gym
- getting a quick manicure
- watching Kim Kardashian's wedding (oh yes, I did)
- having lunch with husband
- mailing a few move announcements
- window shopping at overpriced boutiques in Soho
- picking up some incredible pumpkin spice coffee from Porto Rico Importing Co. as recommended by a friend. the smell alone - heavenly.
- stopping by Raffetto's to pick up some pasta for tonight. we might be a little bit obsessed with their ravioli. 
- having a cupcake at Molly's. while playing Connect Four. I won seven times. husband? not even once. finally - those hours of Connect Four marathons in fifth grade are starting to pay off. 

we'll be staying in this evening, watching Halloween-ish movies (read: the Twilight series. poor husband.) and making googly eyes at each other. per usual. 

enjoy your weekend! 

10/27/11

These are the small things that concern me on a Thursday night.

Sometimes age terrifies me.
Maybe you can relate - at any age?
When I realize that I'm past the days of homework and sleepovers, and I'm not quite sure when that happened.
When I know that I'll never be sixteen, eighteen, twenty, twenty-two and one quarter ever again.
When I see that now, more than ever before, I can be what I always wanted to be. And I realize that I'm still not 100% sure what that is.
When I wonder if, had my younger self been able to look on my life now, I would be happy with how far I've come.
Or if I would be disappointed that I don't live in a house made of cheese with my best friend, reading Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and stuffing ourselves with Oreos and Fluff.

But I think what we bring with us is ten times more important than what we leave behind.  
Like the memory of my fifteen year old self, wishing that twenty-two would hurry up already, because I was bound and determined to marry that boy.
And the lessons that remind me who I am. That God knows. That life is beautiful. That things won't be perfect. That I am small. But can do big things with my little life.

I am not so very young as I once was. But I'm not so very old as I one day hope to be.

10/24/11

Apple Crumble

Autumn is bringing out the domestic in me. 
When I saw this recipe on Young Married Chic, I immediately added the ingredients to our shopping list.
Mostly because it looked super easy
but also because it looked super delicious.  
Ingredients:
4 cups peeled, cored, sliced apples
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened butter

Directions here

10/22/11

Weekend Walks: High Line

On long weekend walks around the city, husband and I like to stop at the High Line. 
It's a little slice of green in the middle of the concrete jungle. And the history is pretty incredible. 

Back in Connecticut this weekend, we're seeing a bit more green (and red and yellow and orange in the turning trees) while celebrating my father-in-law's birthday.
I'm working remotely this afternoon (the not-so-glamorous side of PR)
but we'll find time for overdue talks with family, long fiction novels and an hour or two on the front porch, wrapped in blankets.
Have a wonderful weekend! 

10/20/11

I Want.

Husband and I have quite a few things to do before having children
(visiting Paris, reaching certain points in our careers, taking care of pandas in China, etc.)
but some years down the road
I want this.
Heaven help me, I must have a child who enjoys sleeping in our bulldog's bed.
Maybe I'll adopt a British accent, too.

10/18/11

Sometimes I miss the 'burbs.

even though the city is one of the great loves of my life
on occasion, I do miss living in Connecticut and Massachusetts
because I miss the abundance of trees and flowers and houses and grocery stores that have peanut butter at a decent price
also because I never had to worry too much about stepping in nasties on the sidewalk.
but mostly because I miss the people.

photo courtesy of my brother-in-law, Aaron Huberty. check out his awesome photography blog here

10/16/11

And then I did an hour of "Cardio Dance Blast".

Husband grew up a practicing Italian. He is a food-must-be-present-at-every-event, we-say-what-we-feel, family-is-the-most-important-thing Italian. And I like that about him, because with that Italian heritage comes a passion for food that has opened up a whole new world for me. A world of manicotti and eggplant parmesan and ricotta cheese and stuffed peppers. And I am happy in that world.

So when husband purchased a deal on Groupon for a homemade pasta shop in Greenwich Village, I was all for it. We left with 12 pounds of food (including homemade sauces), and cooked up some linguine last night with vegetables found at the local farmer's market. If you plan to visit the city and have a hankering for some amazing Italian food (and let's face it, who doesn't?), Raffetto's is your place. And pick up a box of the pumpkin ravioli that husband objected to. For me.

10/15/11

This is our little home.

These weeks are flying by as the days get colder (which we love), as hours of sunlight become fewer (which we don't love so much) and as I've taken on more responsibility at work. Husband is taking on new responsibility, too, with a business venture that is steadily taking shape. We're busy, happy Walkers. 

But we spend evenings and lazy weekend mornings in our apartment, accompanied by House Hunters, cups of coffee and a blanket that I can't use without thinking of college dorm days. This weekend we'll be doing more of the same, with some errands and a workout or two thrown in there. These colder days are also making it more difficult for me to get my bum out of bed and to the gym before work. 

Have a lovely weekend!

10/12/11

New York Time-Lapse

via.

The Huffington Post featured Will Boisture's New York Time-Lapse today. 
I'm pretty much obsessed. 

10/11/11

We almost got a dog this weekend.

We found him at an adoption shelter in Brooklyn.
He was adorable. And perfect. And an English Bulldog.
And the name that we've been using when referring to our future Bulldog?
That was his name.
We were 95% sure that it was meant to be. And I almost told the shelter that, before I stepped back, assessed how that might come across, and decided to be less weird.
Which might not have been the best plan, because our dog went to a different home.
And it's a good thing that he has a home.
But yesterday was a little sad for me.
Because anyone who knows me understands that I develop an unhealthy level of attachment to people/animals/things in a matter of days/hours/minutes.

But we're looking. And we'll find him soon enough.

10/9/11

Our Weekend: Old Friends and Cinnamon Buns

We didn't have a lot on our agenda this weekend aside from making time for old friends, exploring more of our city and dog watching in the park (our coolness has reached an all-time high).

Not going to lie - our move to the city has made us a bit lonely. Not that we don't enjoy spending every minute together on Saturdays and Sundays. We do. But after living within walking distance from so many of my friends for the last four years, the lack of female companionship in the city was taking a toll on my psyche. I was beginning to enjoy watching sports, people! Sports! And I wore sneakers while running errands! And (gasp!) I was this close to ordering a steak at dinner! Well, not really. But I clearly needed some female influence before I did something drastic. Like eating beef. Voluntarily.

So on Saturday while Blake was out playing basketball with a high school friend, I met up with a girlfriend for coffee in Bryant Park. And then my grandparents (who are also my friends. they're cooler than me.) took us out to dinner on Saturday night. It was just lovely. I'm feeling more like myself already.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. The weather here was just perfect.

(And other friends: I miss you. Come visit. Before I make the Boston/Philly/Florida/Ohio/Montana road trip, myself.)

10/8/11

Guest Blogger: Sara from The Hinton Hook-Up

I'm thrilled to introduce my lovely friend, Sara, as a guest blogger today. Sara and I met while interning in the CBS News Press Office during college and we immediately hit it off. Not only is this girl gorgeous, fun and driven, but she's also from Texas, which means she's super nice. You may recall that I guest posted over on her blog (check it out!) earlier this month, so in a similar format we'll hear a little more about this fabulous lady's life. 

1. You were married in June - congrats! How's it going? Best parts? Pet peeves?

Thanks! Married life is true blessing. I really thought that after 6 years of dating Luke, I could not possibly love someone more. Not true! Being married has taken our love to a whole new level. A who’s-turn-is-it-to-take-the-dog-out, stop-chewing-with-your-mouth-open, let’s-cuddle-on-the-couch-all-afternoon-and-watch-NCIS-re-runs level that is blissful. :)

The best part of being married to Luke is that after hanging out during the day, he can stay the night! The biggest pet peeve is that he can’t stay every night. Luke works for an amazing non-profit camping and retreat facility about an hour outside of Corpus Christi. Unfortunately, he has to stay overnight on the camp’s grounds many nights each week, while I have to stay in town for my job. This will be changing very soon though!
2. We both honeymooned in Disney World and loved it. What did you enjoy most? Where did you dine/stay?

Luke and I stayed at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and loved our hotel very much! It was really fun to call room service and hear, “What can we get for you this evening, Mrs. Hinton?” Our honeymoon was Luke’s first time at Disney, so introducing him to all of the roller coasters was definitely a good time! His favorites were the Tower of Terror and Space Mountain. One evening, we had reservations for dinner at the California Grill and this was, without a doubt, our favorite meal! We ate amazing food, drank fabulous wine, and were eye-level for the fireworks show at Magic Kingdom that evening. We can’t wait to go back and celebrate anniversaries in the future!
3. You and your husband adopted a dog and I might be a little jealous. How has Brooklyn impacted your lives?

Well, I might as well admit this on your blog since I admit it on my own: we are slightly obsessed with our puppy dog! I bought Brooklyn a couple of weeks after starting my first job out of college. I had hardly earned my first paycheck and really had no reason to drop that kind of cash on a 9-week-old puppy, but I’m so glad I did! We consider Brooklyn to be our “first child” (yup, we’re those people). We take her on road trips, spend way too much money on dog bones and squeaky toys, and may or may not call each other “mom” and “dad” when referring to Brooklyn. Can’t believe I just shared that last little bit of info...
4. Tell us about Texas - are you there long-term? Is it true that everything is bigger and better in Texas?

Hmm...long-term? I hope not! I love Texas and will always be a Texas girl at heart. But I definitely have the travel bug and would like to live in different places of the country before settling down to have kids, which will most likely happen in Texas. Bigger? Yes. Better? To be honest, not always. I will say that the pizza in Texas will never compare to the heaven they make in NYC. But I can also guarantee that you won’t find a bigger margarita, truck, or football fan than those in Texas!

5. How long have you been working at your current job? Is it what you always dreamed of doing?

On October 11th, I will have been at my current job for 1 year! I’m really excited about this achievement since it’s my first real, professional job (not a summer job, internship, or job that lasted a couple of months).

No, this job is not what I always dreamed of doing, but I do believe it is a great step in the right direction! I never thought I’d be working in marketing, talking about budgets/rating points/ROI/etc., or writing copy for television commercials, but this job has been a huge learning experience for me. I have learned more in the last year about PR, marketing, and advertising than I ever learned in college! But more importantly, this job has taught me so much about myself and the kind of business professional I want to be. I’m excited to see where this experience will take me next!

6. What are some must-visit places for those headed to Texas? 

Oh gosh, there are SO MANY places to choose from! I’ll just share with you a few of my favorites...

For coffee: Common Grounds in Waco
For shopping: The Galleria in Houston
For music/night life: 6th Street in Austin
For a pro football game: Cowboys Stadium in Dallas
For the beach: Padre Island
For food: Just about anywhere that serves authentic Mexican food
Now go check out Sara's blog, you hear?

10/5/11

Walking the Park

I strongly believe 
that any difficulty in life becomes far more manageable
after a long walk in Central Park. 
Two more days until the weekend
and weathermen are promising sunny skies. 

Happy Wednesday, all. 

10/3/11

I made pumpkin whoopie pies (and people ate them!)

with autumn in full swing and our kitchen finally in working order, I had to bake something this weekend. and it had to be good. 
this recipe did not disappoint. 
Rachael Ray knows what she's doing, people.
ingredients:
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, 1 stick melted, 1/2 stick softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoons plus 2 pinches salt 
1-2/3 cups flour
4 ounces cream cheese, chilled
1 cup confectioners sugar

Find directions here

10/2/11

Another Autumn Weekend.

 - a visit from my mother and long-time friend.
- exploring previously unexplored areas of the Met. 
 - finding an orange Pashmina outside the museum. 
 - movie night provided by the candy/video store on the corner. far too convenient not to frequent. 
- morning pilates.
- enjoying the community garden near our apartment. 
- walking the park on Saturday afternoon. 

other highlights from our weekend:
- book shopping (again) in the Village. 
- baking pumpkin whoopie pies. which are delicious, I'll have you know. despite our confusion with the oven's pilot light and my general confusion about anything kitchen-related. 
- brunch at Lexington Candy Shop.
- lunch at Ciao
- finding artwork for our new little home. 

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

In other news, my husband is Superman - he found a couch, small table and tv stand for us on Friday while I was at work. And hugged me as I cried for Mufasa while watching The Lion King. It's really sad, guys.