Post Nemo Sights

I know it’s been awhile, but this will just be a quick post (or will it?)

I hope you all managed okay with the storm and definitely hope you got to stock up on your junk food and booze.  I know how horrible it can be to be stuck inside all night without 25lbs of cookies/chips/chocolate. 

This is funny.  Watch it.


Today was such a beautiful day I decided to venture out into the snow for a long walk.  Since we live so close to such an amazing park I thought it would be crazy to miss out on all of this snow.


But first I decided to scrape off our car and see how she was doing.


(Not too bad.)

Just so you all know igloves (special gloves to use when you are on your phone and it’s cold) are not very useful for cleaning off your car.  I may have lost a few fingers.  No big deal.  Some creepy guys stopped by and offered to help shovel me out but I politely didn’t want to pay them said no thank you.  I’m sure I may regret this on Monday.

After about an hour of cleaning off the car (j/k it was only about half) I finally got walking.  It literally was so beautiful out.  I wish J was here with me to witness it.2013-02-09_15-36-41_205edit2013-02-09_15-11-09_894carl

We are so lucky to live where we live.


And I am so lucky that I had 2 older brothers who taught me not to eat the yellow snow.  I only remember because of the song. So lucky.


There were a million people out sledding and just walking and snowmen everywhere.  And someone made this…


I’m also lucky that I am not running at the moment because I probably would’ve tried to go today and fell on my butt.  More than once.  Still, it was a pretty great day.


So if anyone would like to, you know, come and shovel the car out (for free) I won’t stop you. In the meantime I will be enjoying the rest of my weekend trying to rest up so I can harass teach the kiddos on Monday. And catching up on my PLL. If you don’t know what that is it’s probably a good thing.

And I am still waiting for someone to bring me a pound of swedish fish.




Thoughts For Today…

I love waking up next to my husband.

I can’t believe it’s December and I am still running outside.  And on a beautiful sunny day in the 60’s!  I never thought I would even make it into November!  Just wait until you see me running in the snow.

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Thankful that I get to run by a beautiful river whenever I want to! My favorite part of this run!

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Sometimes I say things I don’t really mean out of exaggeration. (I think there should be two a’s in that word just to exaaggerate.)

People should smile at each other more, it would make everyone happier.

I love seeing people out walking their dogs.

I am glad that I can eat real food again instead of crackers all day, although my saltine diet was making me skinny, or maybe that was the flu.

So lucky I am hearing one of my favorite Christmas tunes resonating through the apartment (sung by my most wonderful Hubbkin)…

I love Christmastime. 



So I promised you a birthday post.

I had quite the birthday weekend.  Yes.  Quite.  Saturday J had a dueling gig and I went to see him and celebrate Halloween My Birthday!  It was such a great night and I got to hang out with my BFF and my cousin and her hubby!  I had a blast and J was amazing!  It was so good to finally see him do his thing.


Rocking out!

Some more pics from the night..

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It was literally one of the most fun nights I have had in awhile.  I was clearly a creepy, ghouly Alice in Wonderland.  Clearly.  That picture of me crying is just to show the hilarity that transpired during the night . Lots of craziness.  Two cousins together makes for a photoshoot of laughter.  I am not going to bore you with all 10,234,234 pictures that were taken of just the two of us. Especially because we had the worst photographer ever!

So I have been using my birthday and the hurricane as an excuse to pig out and eat everything in sight. First I made birthday cake and then some little pumpkin cake/cookies.  They were delicious.


I stole the cake recipe from HERE and pretty much followed the recipe except for the frosting.  Instead, I made a marshmallowy topping since I don’t really like cool whip (I know I’m so weird).  It was a really good cake, I don’t know about better than anything, but it was good.  The toffee bits topping was the best part!  I wont tell you about the night that J and I just took a spoon to the top.

Now, the cookies were really easy, just half a can of pumpkin mixed with half a box of vanilla cake mix and some dark chocolate chips and extra bits of  Halloween candy thrown in (I chopped milk duds and whoppers)!  Yum! (J ate about 5 before I could even take that picture)

The next few birthday days were spent hanging out, surviving the hurricane (we had a lot of light flickering), scary movie marathons (I couldn’t get enough, J was really scared though), scrabble, eating(anything and everything) and drinking (J bought me a bottle of Belvedere for my birthday!) and just plain being fat.  On Wednesday J made me scrambly eggs for breakfast with our champagne!  Champagne is good at pretty much anytime of day.  I got lots of great presents/gadgets and I have the best Hubberoo ever!  He really made my birthday super special and I am glad we got to spend so much quality time together before he goes away.

We went out to dinner for our last night together/my ACTUAL birthday at a cute place down the street.   I decided to be a hippie and J wore his fangs.


I wear my sunglasses at night.

We were served by a nun who gave us free shots of tequila (I just remembered that right now as I am typing) and free scary candy when she had to tell us that they were out of dessert.  How can you be out of dessert?  I let it slide because all I actually wanted after dinner was a plate of fries (which they didn’t have either.  I guess they didn’t know that it was my birthday).  So we went off in search of some fries.  The great thing about this is that we have a billion restaurants/bars around us so we didn’t have to go far.  At our next stop we tried a crazy Japanese Single Malt which I think was called Yamazaki (but don’t take my word for it} and even though I really hate single malt, this one had more of a brandy flavor with a scotchy aftertaste.  It was really nice and I would definitely suggest. We didn’t stay out late because J had to catch a REALLY early flight in the morning (sadface).  Yes, he is leaving again, but only for a month this time.  I think I may live. Or not.  And don’t worry, on the way back from the airport I didn’t have to pick up any hitchhikers to take with me into the city, I made it back before 6am.

To sum it all up I had the best birthday/week and I can’t wait to do it again next year!



Cloisters, Renaissance, Birthdays..

Had a very fun exhausting weekend!

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On Saturday my mom came down to the city and we went to NY city Center to see some dancing!  The overall performance was pretty great.  First, we went out to dinner (and dessert) at Seraphina’s and that was pretty amazing.  For dessert I ordered the chocolate soufflé topped with Nutella and vanilla ice cream on the side. (skipped telling you about dinner, clearly dessert is more important) Literally, the best thing I’ve ever tasted!  I have this crazy new love for anything chocolate.

After dinner we headed to the show.  We got to see Julliard, ABT performing Twyla Tharp Choreography, The Hong Kong Ballet and the Martha Graham Company.  We had seen the Twyla piece before and to be honest my favorite piece of the whole night was The Hong Kong Ballet.  The dancers were all ridiculously beautiful and I loved the music.  Amazing.

My mom stayed over and became our first overnight guest!!!


The next day we went over to our park next door to see the cloisters and there just happened to be a Renaissance Festival.  Our lucky day!  I unfortunately did NOT get to eat a big turkey leg and I was pretty disappointed.

We walked around the Cloisters first and J took lots of photos with his new birthday present that he wasn’t supposed to open yet.


The gardens were beautiful.



It was a really great weekend and I cant wait for my mom to come back for more visits!!!

I forgot to mention that it was J’s birthday on Tuesday and I was trying to make it a really special one because of the fact that we don’t get to spend many birthdays together on land.  It’s a whole nother experience. (Nother isn’t a word?) It was hard because Tuesday was my longest, latest night of work!  It was okay because I made his cupcakes the night before! These cupcakes!  SO good.  And then I made him breakfast in the morning.  He also still had pumpkin bread to finish!


 (my plan to fatten him up HAS to work!)

And because I couldn’t be home to make dinner and celebrate I put some stuff in the crockpot so he didn’t have to!  It was my first time using our crockpot (I know I’ve had it for ages) and it worked out really well!  I made a crazy mixture of chicken tacos.


Chicken, corn, black beans, and some salsa and spices. Throw it in a wrap and add some greek yogurt!  SO good and plenty of leftovers!!!  Thanks Patty!

It’s been pretty great, and I am so excited that October is here because that means fall and my birthday and most important Halloween!!!  I have been eating plenty of candy corn so don’t you worry.  I pick out the pumpkins..

What should I be for Halloween?  My girls have suggested fairy and princess.  I think that’s pretty lame so I am still searching for ideas and also, plans, so I can wear my costume somewhere other than my tiny apartment.  Please help.


Where to start…

I have been so busy lately since I have started teaching and setting choreography.  It’s only been two weeks but I am already feeling like I have been doing so much.   I am sad that I am missing out on performing jobs but I know that this will make me better.  I have also been dancing for myself a lot more lately and while my foot may not be liking it, I am!  I am loving taking class from Kristen Sudeikis.  If you are a dancer in NYC I completely recommend taking her as often as possible.  She mostly teaches at Peridance.  I have also been doing a lot of other really fun things.  Movies and walks/runs with J, Brunch with cousins!


Heather Graham? No, Kiera Knightley.  Whatever, she’s pretty.

The other day J and I went on the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway starting from the beginning and walking all the way at Battery Park! IMG_20120916_133110

Good old GW Bridge.

It was a good 15 miles and I almost cannot believe that we did it.  We almost stopped at 10 but decided we wanted to make it all the way to Battery Park.


And that we did.


I think we look good for having just walked 15 miles.  Other than that just been a dancing fool.  My mom sent me this pretty awesome cartoon that is actually perfect.

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I don’t know what you mean, that doesn’t sound like me at all.

I am getting pretty excited for the fact that Fall is here and that means Halloween! 


I cannot wait to decorate/dress up/celebrate my birthday!  And thankfully no one likes to take dance class on Halloween so I have the night off!  What should I be?! (I think I may be able to convince J to let me go trick-or-treating)

I have been having some pretty late nights and some really early mornings and I think I need some sleep but…… I am so excited for tomorrow.  Me and J are heading upstate (I can say that now that I live in the city) to visit the rents and go apple picking!  I will let you know how it goes.. Oh and soon I will be baking something pumpkin.  And probably something with apples. That’s all for now.


Weekend Antics.

Just to warn you, this is a long post.  And about halfway through I lost it all, threw a little temper tantrum and then started all over again. Life is tough. Hopeful I learn from my mistakes..

This weekend was a little bit of a crazy one.  We met up with friends ate/drank a ton and explored different places in Manhattan.  All in all it was pretty amazing.  Sunday was a day of husband/wifeness.  Is that not a thing?!  We had a lazy morning and then decided to walk the High Line Park and see where the day took us. It was an amazing day of just wandering.  Get ready for an overabundance of pictures..


{That’s the New Yorker in the background}

The High Line is just beautiful and they have done an amazing job with it.  There are flowers everywhere and patches of grass to picnic on.


There was a zoo in the middle.


{You didn’t think I meant a real zoo did you?!}

Amazing art.


SO beautiful!  I found this restaurant while we were walking along that looked amazing! It’s called The Artichoke Basille’s Pizza.  Artichokes and Pizza?!  You know I can’t say no to that.


But no, we did not eat there.  Maybe someday.  Although, unfortunately, they do not deliver to Washington Heights.  I checked.

After walking the whole High Line we wandered around the Meat Packing District for awhile and then towards Chelsea where we found this…


YES!  I have been excited about this for ages!  We finally got to go!

It’s really nice inside, all brick which I love!


And there was so much goodness everywhere!!!!  So much temptation it was hard to say no.  There were cupcake shops and bakeries and gelato oh my!  It was pretty much like heaven! We walked through a really cool place called the Fat Witch Bakery.  They bake all kinds of brownie-esque goodies which are named witches, and being the lover of Halloween that I am, I thought it was pretty awesome!

We tried some fantastic brie that melted in our mouths like butter and some cookie butter which was also pretty great.  Luckily, we managed to get out without gaining twelve pounds.

After the market we were pretty hungry and decided to find dinner.  On our walk we noticed some pretty funny places.


{I took this one for my Dad, but I thought it was cute.  Right next door was Tea & Sympathy and Carry On Tea & Sympathy.}

We found a place doing happy hour and early diner deals so we stopped there.  J had some sort of chicken over mashed parsnips, while I ate a sea bass.  The food was pretty good but the atmosphere not so much.  Overall, it was an okay place.


{Why so serious J?}

After dinner we planned to see a movie in Union Square so we found a Duane Reade to stock up on supplies.  Water, Swedish Fish, Riesins, Jelly Bellies.  You know, the usual.  Can’t watch a movie without popcorn.  We decided to see the Dark Knight Rises and I liked it.  I think J is pretty lucky that I always want to see boy movies.  I CANNOT WAIT until the new Bourne movie comes out.  I’m in love with Jeremy Renner. What?  Who said that?

Continuing our weekend into Monday night we met up with one of J’s old friends from ships that he hasn’t seen for 5 years!  It was a blast!  I enjoyed meeting her after so long.


We hit up the infamous Blockheads for some Mexican food and Red Nose Bulldogs (you have to experience to understand).  Amazing.  Moved on our usual route to the Pig and Whistle for some beers and we ended up being out so late we had to make a stop at ahemmcdonaldsmhm. What?



Anyway, we had an amazing weekend!  But now I have to recover.