6/30/13

Heather's Bachelorette & Keep in Touch.

^^my default slouch was out of control this weekend^^
This weekend we booked a hotel room 7 blocks (7 whole blocks!) from our apartment for Heather's bachelorette party. The girls came down on Saturday and we had a little celebration for the bride-to-be here in midtown. Thai food, a comedy club, dancing, bride sashes, blistered feet, a brunch of tea and scones, long walks and large crowds were all involved. It was the perfect way to eulogize Heather's bachelorette-hood, and ring in this wonderful new role that she'll be adopting in less than 40 days.

(for Band-Aids over ankles worn)
(for linked arms under city lights)
(for the excitement of commitment to come)

Also, I hear that Google Reader will be no more as of tomorrow. To stay in touch, you can follow over on Bloglovin'

6/29/13

Tacombi.

Last night we went out to a little place in Nolita that serves tacos and quesadillas. They have a VW van inside the restaurant, and it's pretty adorable. Prices could have been better, and we were being trampled by foot traffic through most of the evening, but I imagine it's much calmer toward the back of the restaurant. And I hear they deliver and cater, so that's an option.

In any case, such a fun find and the service was lovely.

(for new things to see every day)
(for husbands who switch seats with you so that you're not getting the brunt of the purse-jabs)
(for Friday nights with someone you love)

6/26/13

Heather is getting married!

^^this pose can be explained, but not easily^^
Last Sunday we had a bridal shower for my smart, beautiful, sweet friend Heather. She and I met in college, and she became one of my dearest friends almost overnight. Heather and I are kindred spirits in most ways.

I asked this lovely girl to be a part of our wedding after a mere 9 months of our friendship; I knew from the very beginning that she was an extraordinary person, and I just had to be friends with her. I'm so honored that she's asked me to stand by her side on her wedding day, and I'm over-the-moon happy that she's marrying Brian. Seeing two of our favorite people get married is going to be kind of amazing.

(for college friends who carry into the present)
(for joy over crock pots, white sheets and vacuums)
(for a community of women, sharing stories and support)

6/24/13

Morning in Cambridge.

This past weekend I headed up to the Boston area and spent Saturday evening and Sunday morning with Loo, because our weekend at the cottage just wasn't enough. On Sunday morning we whipped up some pancakes and discussed our plans to be on The Amazing Race (we would win because we can read each other's minds. also, Loo is very outdoorsy.)

(for quiet bus rides that give you time to think)
(for the warmth of June)
(for matching French braids)

6/22/13

Midnight brunch.

Last night we had a little birthday celebration over midnight brunch at Bubby's in TriBeCa. I'm definitely more of a morning person (staying up past 11pm is an enormous feat around here), but I make exceptions for sour cream pancakes and great friends.

I've said it before, but I really can't get over how blessed I am to have these wonderful people in my life. They've challenged and encouraged us in so many things over the last two years, and I can't imagine New York without them.

(for surprise cupcakes and friends who make the trek to TriBeCa when they could be sleeping off a long week)
(for the existence of pancakes)
(for available cabs at 2am)

6/20/13

It's been a long, short week...

with just three days back home that feel like an eternity.
But Friday is just around the corner. 

(for two empty seats next to you on Metro North)
(or for a neighbor seat filled by someone you love)
(or even for a kindly stranger who will let you fall asleep with your head bobbing toward their shoulder)


6/18/13

A year of thanks.

I just finished reading One Thousand Gifts - a narrative that challenges readers to "live fully right where you are." Author Ann Voskamp speaks beautifully of grace in this book, noting that all of life - from its minutiae to its soul-altering moments - is a reflection of God's grace. "All is grace" she says, "because all can transfigure." Where we recognize and give thanks for the blessings that flood our lives, we reverse the cycle of self-inflation by making more room for God's glory.

Voskamp goes on to say, "Something always comes to fill the empty places. And when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me. This, this, makes me full."

I turn 24 today. One more year behind, and more hope for days to come. As I think about the focus of this coming year (and years!) of my life, I see a need for greater appreciation of these blessings. My 25th year will be one of thanks.

(for birthday hugs at 3am on a blow-up mattress in my parents' home)
(for long walks with mothers)
(for new days, and new beginnings, and new dreams)

6/15/13

The morning of.

Dear husband, 

Our wedding day went by like they said it would - in a blur. Pulling away from the reception, I remember talking about how quickly it had passed. All that planning, and then there we were... husband and wife. 

But I remember that morning with such clarity. The way my sister applied my makeup. The way our hairdresser curled each strand into a bun on the lower right side of my head. The way my girls crowded around, holding my hands and whispering that I looked lovely, happy. The way I caught my own smile in a mirror's reflection and recognized myself as (suddenly! wonderfully!) a bride. So much expectation in those scattered moments. 

That was three years ago this week. Since that morning, we've seen challenges and great blessing. We've celebrated weddings (and here and here and here and here), graduations and job changes. We've traveled (to Disney more times than I care to admit), moved and moved again. We discovered new things to love about each other, fared hurricanes and celebrated momentous birthdays. We adopted an English Bulldog and we embarrass him daily. 

If I'd been able to see what was ahead of us on our wedding morning, I would have been even more in awe of God's direction. In the valley and on the mountain, His plans are filled with beautiful purpose. And the more I live, the more I realize that these experiences are so much better with you by my side. You are my greatest blessing in this life. 

I love you, always. 

6/11/13

That time Loo saved Husband from falling off a waterfall.

But not really. 

Here are a few more photos from our little getaway last weekend, which included some waterfall exploring, a ride across the lake for dinner, coffee on the front porch, grilling, and sitting out on the dock. 
^^this picture will never stop being my favorite.^^
 ^^nothing says, "I wore uniforms for 8 years" quite like a Star Wars towel and an Ayn Rand novel.^^

6/10/13

Cayuga Lake.

This weekend we headed up to my dear friend's cottage on Cayuga Lake (about 30 minutes north of Ithaca), which was the perfect early summer getaway. Gus was positively wild with excitement over all of the open spaces, and we ate up every minute of time with Loo.

Blake and Loo have been two of my most trusted confidants for as long as I can remember, and I can't imagine what I would do without them.
A few more photos to come this week. Hope you had a sparkling and effervescent Monday. 

6/6/13

Thoughts from Gus.

Hi friends -

I have big news. Yesterday, I met my soulmate while I was out on my morning walk with Mom. She was two (a little bit older than me, but I like that), had a fluffy tail (it was the fluffiest!) and smelled like cheeses (there's no better smell). I could tell that we were soulmates because my tail wiggled a lot when I saw her. That happens when I get excited about anything, but I was ESPECIALLY wiggly when I met her.

I'm trying to convince my parents that we should adopt her, but they say our apartment is too small and kidnapping is illegal. It's stupid, really. There's more than enough room for the four of us on the couch, and I'm sure her owner would understand that we're in love.

It's like Romeo and Juliet, except real life.

Sniffs and licks,
Gus

6/3/13

Lately.

^^I've been hitting the gym earlier than normal, with green smoothie in tow. We stumbled upon Orly Genger's Red, Yellow and Blue installation in Madison Square Park one Sunday afternoon. The woman's patience astounds me.^^
 ^^We tried a beautiful little wine and cheese bar in our neighborhood one evening and came home to the sight of fireworks way down our street on the Hudson.^^
 ^^We took Gus for a walk downtown when we were back in Connecticut two weekends ago. A friend of a friend created a jewelry shop that benefits Bangladeshi girls, and had a launch party in Soho one evening.^^
 ^^I grabbed brunch with a sweet college friend on Saturday morning before heading to the Brooklyn Bowl with husband to escape the heat in the afternoon.^^
^^A few colleagues and I tried out City Winery after work. We stopped by Mad. Sq. Eats. on one of the first summer-like days of the year.^^
 ^^My office hosted two days of lunch on our gorgeous rooftop. We had to see The Last Five Years while it was doing a run in NYC, and I fell in love.^^
^^I stopped by some glamorous places for deskside meetings one morning, and we're still thinking about the lovely lantern-lit dinner that we had in San Jose del Cabo during our vacation last month.^^