Monday, July 27, 2015

in sickness & in health.

This is the easy part...
We have all heard the traditional wedding vow, that moment in the ceremony when the husband and wife to-be promise to love and support one another in sickness and in health. The promise is quickly made, for most a distant thought in that moment of love and celebration. For me, there was no contemplation of the depth of this promise or to how it would extend well beyond my husband to also include "his people", all of whom were about to become "my people" by marriage.

And then last week, Dr. H flew to Florida to be beside a beloved one of "his people" who was ill. Though the prognosis was optimistic, nothing is for sure when you're 88 years old and suffer a heart attack and a fall. Dr. H's Nana, my Nana, needed support and love, optimism and distraction. He went and I soon followed, to do our best navigating this uncharted territory, invoking that (fortunately) little needed portion of our vows. 

Today, Nana is without question on the mend and Dr. H and I are one "life's challenge" deeper into our journey as husband and wife... I saw a new side of my fierce love for my husband and we both discovered a new dimension to how we compliment one another. Most importantly though, we learned just how much we're there, in sickness and in health, for each other and our people. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hump Day Distractions

I'm sorry, but fart jokes will NEVER stop being funny.
Hey-oh Hump Day adventurers, how are you livin? It's a bit of a grind over here this week so I'm going to get straight to the good stuff. Happy clicking!!

* Brings new meaning to "playing with your food"! (via exPress-o)
* Relieved to hear I'm not the only person that occasionally forgets to apply deodorant and that there's an on-the-go fix that doesn't involve stopping at CVS!
* The guy from Let's WhineAboutIt might be my new favorite human. 
* Spotted in the West Village: Merry Meri's dream house (the light, those floors, that bathroom, that kitchen... I swoooon!)
* 2 ingredient pancakes? Innnnteresting....
* Thoughts on the off-the-shoulder trend?
* Watermelon makes for an excellent summer party decor theme don't you think?
* The most adorable twinsies you ever did see.

Monday, July 20, 2015

You're never too old for something new (to eat!)

I really like cherries, who knew? (not me!)
How often do you try a new food or re-try a food you've always written off as something you don't like? I am always happy to taste something brand new, but I've also made it a habit to regularly revisit foods I "don't like" to make sure that I still don't like them! This may sound strange, but it's important to try foods over and over again because science has shown that our tastebuds actually change over time!

I was first amazed by this tastebud evolution in college... My roommate "introduced" me to strawberries (how was there ever a time that I didn't LOVE strawberries!?) and the little lady I used to babysit was responsible for my "discovery" of delicious broccoli ("if you try it, I'll try it" she said. So we both did, and we both liked it!!) In recent years, I've shed my "picky eater" skin, eating mussels, lobster, brussels sprouts, almonds, cherries and countless other foods, all thanks to re-trying them. No luck yet with peanut butter, but perhaps there's still hope that I'll enjoy my first ever PB&J someday? So next time you go to pass on a food you think you dislike, consider giving it another chance... the results may pleasantly (and tastily!?) surprise you!!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Adults who scoot.

Dude. You're embarrassing yourself. 
This may turn out to be a controversial statement, but I'm going to make it anyway... Today, I am taking a firm, public stance against adults who scoot. That's right, I am anti-adults-on-scooters.

In NYC, scooters are a common mode of transportation for children, whose parents, I assume, need them to move along the sidewalk with more speed than their tiny legs can operate (add wheels and your 5 year old actually travels at a reasonable pace). While I have plenty of judgment I'd like to pass on the safety of this activity in a bustling city (for the kids and the people walking around these tiny terrorists on wheels...) I won't, because kids on scooters are at least a natural thing. But you know what's not natural? Adults on scooters. Adult men and women, often dressed professionals, scooting down the sidewalk en route to who knows where. To my scooting adult audience, please know this: you look RIDICULOUS. Adults on scooters seems about as natural as an adult climbing into one of those baby bucket swings with the leg holes and trying to explain it away by saying that it allows them to swing higher. Is scooting faster than walking? Sure, but that doesn't mean there aren't some activities that should be left to the kiddos. 

If you are an adult who scoots, I apologize if I've offended you, but I think this was important to hear. As the saying goes, "if you're old enough to have(/touch) some hooters, you should not travel about on scooters." 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

From best coast, to west coast and back again!

Be a diamond baby.
Hey-o my merry friends and a happy Thursday to you! This week has been an insane adventure and a genuine test of my ability to function without sleep... I endured 3 consecutive 4:45am wake ups (in 2 different time zones), spent 21 hours in LA (only 30 minutes of which were spent sleeping!), scarfed down my first ever In-N-Out Burger (then seriously contemplated ordering a second) and rocked to the Foo Fighters at Citi Field (Dave Grohl's "throne" (and Grohl in general) were awesome).

Hype Deserved.
Double Double Animal Style. STFU. 
LaLa Land.
There was actual work involved in this trip I swear.
Rock N Roll baby!!
So now that I've picture-blasted you with an excuse for my absence this week, here are some goodies from around the web that I'm excited to share. I've also got a list of great topics to chat about soon, like scooters, coloring books, an ode to wireless speakers and cherries. Stay tuned!!

I don't think I've been this excited about the word "suffragette" since the day I figured out what the zany mom from Mary Poppins was actually singing about.

I got my hair done for the event I had out in LA and was thrilled with the beachy, casual-yet-polished final result. To see my inspiration and 15 other perfect-for-summer braided looks, click HERE.

These "fix your clothing" hacks are about to blow your mind. Seriously.

Friday, July 10, 2015

They say it's your birthday...

I love emojis!!
... well maybe not your birthday, but MINE! Yaya! I love birthdays and even at the unexciting and definitively adult-ish age of 31, I'm enjoy celebrating another year hear on earth, doin my thang.

30 was a freakin hell of a year for me. I made a ton of professional changes that at times nearly sent me off a cliff, but I came through feeling so much stronger, happier and confident about what I'm capable of accomplishing. 30 also proved, more than ever before, that I have the most incredible community of people around me, cheering for me, encouraging me, supporting me and lifting me up when I need a boost. To my amazing friends, my family and my beloved Dr. H, thank you. Thank you for making 30 so damn good. 

So here's to another year. Here's to the challenges I know I'll face and those that will come out of no where. Here's to laughing with my husband and hugging my best friends. To delicious food, family celebrations, growth, acceptance, love and fun. Cheers!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

This, that and another thing...

This is BooBoo. SIS!!! CLICK HERE for more BooBoo!!
Today is gloomy and grey in NYC and it's the kind of humid out that makes you feel greasy and frizzy the moment you step outside. Other than the subtle coolness to the air that this morning's rain shower provided, it's gross. 

Stop. I'm blogging about the weather. #ThisIs80?

Anyways, I've got a few interesting tid bits for you today.

First, you must read this book. The Luckiest Girl Alive is not a literary masterpiece, but the story is gripping, the language is fast and I've been glued to it since I started reading 3 days ago (and for me to read more than 5-10 pages a day when I'm not on a vacation means the book is GOOD). I first heard about the now super-hot summer read from Reese Witherspoon's Instagram (if you don't follow her, you should. She's adorable and has admirable work-hustle!) because Reese's production company has apparently optioned the book, but now everyone's talking about it and I know why. The Luckiest Girl Alive's vapid, twisted, glamorous, accurate, scary, sad, tale will grip you. I'm almost to the end and counting down the minutes until I can ditch work and get back to my book (#shamelessbookworm) Read it!!!

Next, check out this interesting short video on why sticking your feet out from under the blanket is scientifically proven to help you fall asleep. I'm particularly fasincated by this bc one of my three nearly-mandatory pre-sleep routine positions is "frogging to the left" with my left foot sticking out from under the covers. Science. Whoa.

Lastly, speaking of IG, you really should be following the adorable account I recently discovered, @miniperspective. It's just little Lego guys in all sorts of places in witty poses. It makes me smile every time it pops up in my feed and smiling is the best so follow them!!