Day trips from NYC: Nassau County Museum of Art

posted on: Sunday, April 27, 2014

Here's the deal. I love my husband, he's the greatest dude I know and we have a BLAST together. But he's sort of scared of fun, I'm not going to lie. He has a routine and he sticks to it with great fortitude. Me, on the other hand... I've always been a bit more fly by the seat of my pants, scared of routine and commitment. A flake, if you will. The last five years have definitely taught me a lot and I've learned to do things like stick to plans made and to make plans a day in advance instead of an hour in advance. Always a challenge...

One of those routine things is sticking around the city, doing our usual on a weekend. We're the worst! And having our car in less than reliable condition provided the perfect excuse to never get in it and get out. But that's a-changin' as we paid a bucketload of money to get a long list of things fixed and by god, we WILL get out of town for a day trip on the occasional Sunday. It may take forever to get out of the city but once you do, there are so many amazing places to go and they're all so close!

First trek a few weeks ago (yes, I took forever posting these) was to the Nassau County Museum of Art, a cool little museum on the old Frick estate. We saw some art, we walked around, we sat in the grass and laughed at each other and all around had a pretty great time. And guess what! Only a 40 minute drive, give or take, from our house. BOOM! On the way back we just took Northern Boulevard all the way back, through Queens and Flushing. Took forever but we stayed off the freeway so that was cool. And now I'm off on another little day trip... Hello adventure! Let's be friends.

Walks in NYC: Across the Williamsburg Bridge

posted on: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Something happened, y'all. A few days ago it was straight up end of spring/almost summer. And then... While reading before falling asleep and listening to the rain, I heard that rain turn to ice. I kid you not. Ice and snow. And ever since, the last few days have been cold. COLD. I've worn my winter coat! Right after lamenting the fact that it got hot so fast that I had just a couple days of transitional weather in which to wear my leather jacket. Guess that's what I get?

Anyway, I'm keeping myself from getting too terribly bummed about this cold snap by looking at these photos from our glorious gorgeous spring day last Sunday. We woke up and grabbed a pastry and a coffee for a snack and set off to walk. And walk we did, across the Williamsburg bridge to the Lower East Side. We tried to go to Clinton Street Baking Company but that three hour wait was a big "ahhh hell no!" While wandering loosely in the direction of a Mexican food place I have on my list of places to try we walked by Mission Cantina. I've been meaning to add that joint to my list too and kept forgetting so, you know, it worked out. Pretty decent although I doubt I'll go back, too many places to still to try! We split a burrito and I am so glad. Gigantic, I tell you. Damn. My stomach hurts just thinking about eating one all by myself. Spring and summer Sundays are for winners. Hurry up, gorgeous weather, come back soon!

Bike rides: To the Union Square Greenmarket

posted on: Saturday, April 12, 2014

Oh MAN, I just got back from my very first bike ride of the season, across the Williamsburg bridge to the Union Square farmers' market. It is absolutely gorgeous outside, warm sun and cool breeze. Everyone in New York City is out and about and smiling. I didn't buy too much (some purple potatoes, cippolini onions and french breakfast radishes) but it was so great just to walk around. Well... maybe I kind of limped along, if I'm being honest. I didn't do jack this winter and it's going to take me a minute to readjust to a lifestyle that includes running (yep, started that this week) and biking (I WILL ride my bike more than once this summer). Ouch...

Anyway, I have to run and get ready for a wedding but i couldn't resist throwing up these shots from the market plus a couple from my ride home. Such a beautiful day!! Yay!!

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