Where ballet and street art collide...

posted on: Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sometimes I get super down about where and how I live and I think it totally sucks and I imagine how much better my life would be if I'd just move somewhere else (although that starts the debate about where...) and have a completely different sort of life. And then something happens like, oh, I don't know, my friend randomly texts me asking if I want to go see the New York City Ballet's collaboration with Faile after work. Which, by the way, I'd tried to get tickets for but in typical fashion I waited until they were already sold out to try to purchase them.

And I'm like, oh right...

The performance itself was super cool. Four different parts, all totally unique. I think the first piece Red Angels, with it's dramatic red lighting and electric violin, was my favorite. And believe it or not, that was my first time attending the (professional) ballet! And it was great. The artwork in the lobbies and the prayer wheels on the Promenade were seriously stunning. So totally worth it.

Memorial Day

posted on: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I've been doing a lot of thinking about the sort of lifestyle I want to have, the sort of activities our family should do, etc. and lucky for me, the dear hubs is on the same page. Alan started running last year and now runs 6-8 miles a day 5 or 6 days a week. I started running last summer aaaannndddd... sort of let it taper off. But! I'm working on getting it back. I signed us up to do a 5K in July with some friends and we're also talking about signing up for a half marathon for November. Motivation to get my ass in gear.

Along those lines, we're in solid agreement that we'd like to be the sort of family whose family activities revolve around physical activity. My brother and his wife set a great example to follow with their mountain bike racing and adventure racing and fishing and gardening and such and I totally want to be like that. So for Memorial Day, we went on our first family hike. We slept in a bit and went to brunch while Alan sorted out some work stuff (like, you know, clearing his schedule for the day...) so we got a bit of a later start than I'd originally planned. But hey, wouldn't you know? One of the joys of this great city of ours is that all we have to do to get to some trails is drive right across the George Washington bridge to the Palisades. 16 miles from our house! While our hike wasn't the most strenuous, it was definitely a good start and that view from the cliffs was so worth it. YAY NATURE!

Over the weekend...

posted on: Monday, May 27, 2013

This week was slam packed like whoa. Two mid-week shifts at my side gig (plus a wedding on Saturday!!) and not one but two birthday parties and a little bit of live music. After busting buns all week, Friday was so very welcome!

We started off with seeing Owen play at Bowery Ballroom. And then we went to a Tribeca loft (across the street from the Ghostbusters fire station!) for a super fun birthday dance party (of course I didn't get any photos).

The next morning, late of course, we went to brunch where we thirstily drank some hot coffee and we both ordered the exact same thing (worth it!) and tried not to think about the fact that the temperatures outside were more like February than almost June.

And THEN, once it warmed up a bit, we spent all Sunday afternoon in our friends' backyard, celebrating the one year anniversary of their son's birth and enjoying the marvelous spread. Yay weekend! Hello summer.

A little stroll...

posted on: Friday, May 17, 2013

The other day my team at work took a little field trip up to the Met to go see the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition. As far as the exhibit goes... I really don't know. A part of me really liked it and a part of me really hated it. It seemed a bit half-assed even though obviously (I mean, it's the Met) it's not, and like the subject was a bit of a reach. Also, I've just never really been a fun of early UK punk and since it was basically about Vivienne Westwood and SEX and early UK punk... Oh well. I still loved some of the pieces and the recreation of the CBGB's bathroom was entertaining.

Aaaaaaanyway, we were planning to go up to the roof of the Met and enjoy a tasty beverage but OF COURSE it was closed that day. We enjoyed the sun up there for a minute before all scattering and going our separate ways. I chose to take a little walk through the east side paths of Central Park before going on impromptu hang with a friend. So good. SO GOOD! Somehow I've never seen the model boats on the Conservatory Water so that was cool. And the weather was beyond perfect for taking a little break to sit on a rock and people watch. Oh, and to chase a squirrel. What can I say, I'm still traumatized by those Montreal squirrels, gotta get back at their kin...

And now, I'm off to go help my honey kick off his birthday celebration weekend. I did such a good effing job with his birthday gifts, if I do say so myself. Whoohoo!

Homeward bound...

posted on: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Almost every evening when I leave work, I walk from 23rd and 5th all the way to 1st Avenue to catch the L train. Sometimes I go down Broadway to Union Square and then walk along 14th St but most days I like to walk through Gramercy. I decided a few weeks ago that if for some reason we ever were to move into the city, I'd like to live in Gramercy. Provided I can get a key to that park...

When my folks came to town, day four

posted on: Sunday, May 12, 2013

And sadly, the last full day of their trip... All good things come to an end and what not. We woke up to a rainy day that was just perfect for going to the Museum of Natural History. Can't go wrong with that one, right? We didn't go through the entire museum but I had to show my dad the dioramas and the whale. Check! Of course, we hit Levain after that and now my mom is completely obsessed with recreating those unbelievable cookies. Too bad I can't be there to taste her attempts.

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