Summer stuff

posted on: Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer isn't just about bike rides and race horses and bbqs, as fun and wonderful as all those things are...

Summer is also about remembering that even though we're married and grown ups and kind of sort of boring these days, that even though we don't go to punk shows and stay out all night drinking or build forts or anything like that, we're still young.

Summer is about remembering the things we love, like Alan loves skateboarding even if he'd forgotten about it for years and years. And those long summer evenings are perfect for going on a walk together around the neighborhood and seeing if muscle memory can still pull off a half cab 360 something or other (skateboard tricks have such funny names). And sometimes it can and that's pretty awesome.

Summer is ALSO about going on summer vacation. And guess what I'm doing!! You got it! Off we go for 9 solid days in northern California with some awesome friends. Can't wait to hit the west (BEST) coast!! Good times, y'all. Good times ahead.

Day Trips: The Belmont Stakes (in which California Chrome gets a bit screwed)

posted on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Early on in June, our very dear friends let us know that they had arranged for a babysitter and BY GOD we WOULD have a double date! It's been a while, we were well overdue. The boys mentioned some lame ol' boring shit like see a movie (what? no) and the girls decided that we would go to the Belmont Stakes. After all, California Chrome was a Triple Crown hopeful and how often do you get an opportunity to see that happen?

We had a bit of an oops on the way there. Half awake I navigated us through the badlands of Bushwick, opting to cut through neighborhoods instead of taking the expressway. I'm not a fan of heading into zones the maps app has marked as red with heavy traffic. We arrived at the racetrack only to find… No one was there! I'd led us to Aqueduct! Doh! From there, there isn't really a good route to Belmont so again, we went the direct route. It paid off though as we found a sweet parking spot in a neighborhood about a 5-10 minute walk from the track!

Belmont Park was a bit more crowded than the last time I was there, over 100,000 people had the same idea we did. This made things like making bets, seeing the horses, getting a beer, etc a bit difficult. But you know what? It was crazy fun! Well worth it. I still feel like California Chrome got the short end of the stick and while his owner wasn't perhaps the most sportsmanlike, he did have a valid point. It might be a bit unfair to allow completely fresh horses to compete. Next year, we're going to all the races! And next year I'll get a full length shot of Jodi's outfit because it was fantastic.

Bike rides: To the Gowanus Whole Foods

posted on: Thursday, July 10, 2014

I'm really sad today… I keep taking too long getting ready in the mornings and farting around until it's too late to have enough time to ride my bike to work. Booooo. I managed it on Monday and every morning since has been "crap! better take the train again…" Oh well… I did ride my bike to the gym this evening for my very first workout as a paying member. Yep!! I joined a gym!! So nerdy…

Anyway, a while back a friend of mine invited me to attend a bbq with her. She mentioned needing to go to Whole Foods to pick up some gluten free veggie hot dogs. I suggested that we make an adventure of it and ride our bikes from Williamsburg to Gowanus.

And so, that's what we did. Almost down to Whole Foods we rode by Littleneck, a restaurant I've been wanting to try. I suggested we stop and have oysters and bloodies and luckily, my friend is easily swayed. Yeah! Good thing we did stop because it started pouring about 15 minutes after. Perfect excuse to follow up a bloody with a beer, right? We waited it out, it finally stopped and we carried on. Tracked down some grub, rode to the bbq and then I went home and washed my incredibly greasy hair. Oh yeah.

Travelogues: A weekend down by Orlando

posted on: Sunday, July 6, 2014

So, anyone do anything super crazy awesome fun for the Fourth of July? I did! I slept in, I hit the gym, I drank a margarita, I stayed home all afternoon and watched "Escape from New York" and I watched the (less than impressive from our angle) Macy's fireworks display with some friends. And then, after a lllllllll that wild excitement, we ate a burger, drank a beer and went home to turn in early. I could make a joke about officially being old but really, it has more to do with being lazy and Hurricane Arthur providing us with the perfect rainy weather to make laziness socially acceptable. Cheers to that!

Not really the bbqing, beer drinking, sunshine-y good times one usually expects from the fourth but we got a really nice taste of that back in May when we went down to the Orlando area to visit one of Alan's favorite friends and his gorgeous wife and to celebrate Alan's birthday.

Before we left I requested that we have a weekend with zero agenda, aside from sitting by the pool and just hanging out. And guess what… That is EXACTLY what we did. A perfect weekend, if I do say so myself. It was so awesome to laugh and hang out with some really wonderful, positive people and I haven't seen my husband that relaxed and happy in ages. Soooo nice. Can. Not. WAIT to hang out with you guys in California!!! xoxo

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