8/28/14

The long way.

I had an event site check on the East Side this morning, so I left our apartment early and took the leisurely route through Central Park with my coffee. It was crazy humid in the city yesterday, but today I could feel fall on its way. And here we are at Labor Day weekend.

8/26/14

Dear husband.

I had thought that being married to you would be part of a life according to a (wonderful, wild) plan. How could I know that you were so unscripted? That marriage was actually about watching a figure through a window and seeing them intimately and with limit, all at once? That love is the most powerful, fragile thing we will come by. And always changing.

You turned 27 last week, husband. I love you bigger than I did yesterday, but not quite as big as I will tomorrow. Thanks for being all the things I couldn't expect.

p.s. here we are nearly seven years ago, if you can believe it.

8/24/14

The great furniture search, and other weekend things.

As we plan for our move to a larger apartment in Stamford, we're being intentional about the furniture we buy. We've wanted to get a few pieces for a while - ones that may cost a bit more than our newlywed IKEA furniture, but will stand the test of time. Also, it's probably time for us to get a real bed...

So we headed out to Brooklyn this afternoon in search of a credenza and coffee table. We have a better idea of the style that we both want (this shop and this shop are amazing), but didn't fall in love with anything that we really wanted to invest in. In the next few weeks after we sign on a place, I hope we're able to make a couple of decisions, but I'd set low expectations if you're visiting our new place within the first few months of moving in. We might have something for you to sit on.

Other weekend things:
*I took Friday off and my dad invited me out on a breakfast date. he's the very best. 
*we celebrated Blake's 27th birthday with family on Friday night, and we were so happy to see siblings, parents and grandparents in one room. I'm not sure we've been able to gather that many family members from both sides since our wedding.
*the weather has been perfect for this time of year, so we took our pup on a long walk on Saturday morning.
*on Saturday afternoon, we took the train into the city for some time in our apartment and a game night with friends. banana pudding and hours of Cards Against Humanity.
*we were back at our church on Sunday morning. after the service, we hit up our favorite greenmarket and had brunch at El Centro.
*when in Williamsburg, you must stop for iced coffee at Kinfolk Studios.
*and the boring things that have been neglected for far too long - grocery shopping and the laundromat. I'm embarrassed about how long it's been since I purchased more than a dinner's worth of groceries.
*tonight we're ordering in and devouring this show, which we're currently obsessed with. highly, highly recommended.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, wherever you are!

8/23/14

Thoughts from Gus.

Hi friends.

Since my dad got his new office, I was hired on for a very important and mysterious role in the company. Mysterious in the sense that I'm still not entirely sure what I'm supposed to be doing every day, but I think it has an "m" in it. Or a "b"? A chief something something? I've asked a couple of times, but it's hard to avoid distraction when people are speaking lots of words at me. Anyway, it's very important. 

So when I DO get some time to myself (almost never), I work on my yoga skillz (sp?) and overall flexibility. It's not quite as relaxing as you might think - mom doesn't leave enough room for me on the blanket, and moving even a little bit makes me really, really hot. 

I think I need a vacation. 

Sniffs and licks,
Gus

8/20/14

Lately.

 ^^Blake and some of his (maybe a little nerdy) friends celebrated his college roommate's bachelor party last month, and we had a company happy hour on our building's roof.^^
^^While in California, I witnessed some of the most beautiful West Coast sunsets and got to see some of the very best West Coast friends.^^
^^My company celebrated another year of growth in our annual meeting and this Sheep Meadow view has made morning runs far more bearable.^^
^^I had appetizers and drinks with friends after our company's day of service, and I've lived in this sweatshirt since the IDEA Fitness Convention.^^
^^We road-tripped up to visit friends in Massachusetts and a pyramid was demanded at our dollhouse reunion.^^
^^I had lunch at 44 & X with colleagues this past week (the crab cakes. insane.) and Gus went lobster fishing one sunny afternoon.^^
^^we celebrated Blake's 27th birthday at Dove Parlour and Parm last night, and celebrated his brother's 30th earlier in the month.^^

8/18/14

From JFK.

My flight arrived at JFK around 9pm last night. For the life of me, I can't ever remember to book a car home from this airport when I fly in, and the taxi line is always bananas on Sundays. I didn't make it home until after 11pm, but I do love that drive. 

Car window breezes remind me of family road trips that we took growing up - to Virginia, to North Dakota, to Vermont in my dad's 1916 Model T. It's so easy for me to go back to what it felt like to be eleven, wearing platform flip-flops and listening to Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love CD (I was really good at belting "Tell Him". I was also super cool.) 

And now. Now, there's New York. And there's nothing quite like the sound of the city through an open car window on a summer night to remind you that you're completely, wonderfully alive. 

8/16/14

The perks of being on Eastern Time.

I've been heading to bed around 9pm and waking up before dawn every day on this trip, not fully able to adjust to the time change. Since the hotel is within walking distance of the Disney parks, I use the morning hours to take runs to Downtown Disney for breakfast. Between 6 and 7am, I have the place to myself. Magic, as they say. :)

8/13/14

Sunset over Disneyland.

I'm in Anaheim for the rest of the week, supporting a client at the IDEA World Fitness Convention. It's been a long day of travel and preparations, but I couldn't resist posting a few photos of my stellar hotel room view. Two corner windows look out over Disneyland, and I'm promised an awesome fireworks show tonight. I feel like a kid again. Or maybe a really cool 25-year-old? I just hope I make it past 9pm...

Hope you're having a nice week!

8/11/14

Apartment hunting.

On Sunday afternoon, we spent a few hours in Stamford looking at three different buildings (all owned by the same company) and figuring out what we want in terms of floor plan/amenities. It's weird to have options, you know? When we first moved to Massachusetts, we looked at one apartment and signed on the dotted line. When we moved to New York, we looked at a million places and landed on the one that was within budget, checked all of the necessary boxes and threw in a community garden for good measure. We had all of 24 hours to make the call, and there was no Plan B. Do multiple options make you crazier than only one option? I'm finding out.

In any case, here are a few photos of the places we toured, if you'd like to see. We're leaning toward a great place on the 10th floor of a building near Fairway and the train. It has an amazing city view, and I think I can get over the awkward tiny wall in between the kitchen and the living room.

Also, dishwashers and in-unit laundry. Swoon.
^^this was a two bedroom with beautiful exposed brick and huge factory windows. it was heaven without the amenities.^^
^^and the windows.^^
^^the Stamford boardwalk.^^
 ^^and our maybe-place. that bedroom view is something else.^^ 
 ^^see? awkward wall. and realtor.^^
 ^^but more living room view...^^
 ^^and a whole kitchen, to top it off.^^

8/8/14

Day of service.

Each summer, my department at work (all 150 of us!) spends a day out of the office engaging in team-building activities. Last year, we painted triptychs... or tried to. This year, we headed up to Highbridge Park in Washington Heights for a day of service - weeding, digging up trees, throwing out used needles (yes) and avoiding poison ivy, which was everywhere. It's not for everyone, but I love this kind of thing. Some good old manual labor is satisfying, and the cause is worthwhile. Investments in community and environment are a win, all around.

Afterward, we all met up at Brass Monkey in the Meatpacking District for drinks and appetizers on their gorgeous rooftop. A nice trade-off for time usually spent at a desk, I'd say.

8/4/14

A Sunday afternoon hike.

We took Gus up to Devil's Hopyard in between the rains this weekend. Despite his domestic tendencies, he's completely in his element in the woods. He runs off exploring, dipping his feet in shallow creek water and sniffing every single tree (the most thorough form of hiking). For a while, the only sound in the world seemed to be his heavy breathing and our footfall on waterlogged leaves. And I couldn't remember the last time I felt silence.

8/1/14

One more thing.

"You have infinite time here, and there are infinite things to do, but you still don't end up doing much of it. You do what you love most, over and over." - BJ Novak, One More Thing

Gosh, this book is good, guys. I told Blake this morning that I've never read something with such balanced humor and poignancy. Novak is every bit as talented as you'd imagine him being. So that's what I'll be reading during my train commute on this rainy evening. Happy Friday!