Odds and Ends of New York

Once again, I’ve been busy so my post comes out half-mangled. Well, here we are again…

So I didn’t make it to Boston and I didn’t make it to a pumpkin patch; two things that I had previously considered doing this past weekend.  However, there was a plethora of other activities I engaged in to fill my time and recuperate from the week.  Along with a few motivational pieces, this should make for a wonderful Monday. Enjoy.

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  • I’m in love with the pumpkin body butter created by Trader Joes and sent by my grandparents.  Paired with pumpkin spice candles, we are all set to infuse the apartment with fall goodness.
  • The majority of Saturday was spent exploring lower Manhattan as well as Brooklyn. I wandered by myself and absolutely ok with it.  To change up the thoughts in my head, I plugged in my earbuds and listened to ESPN’s College GameDay.  Something about listening to that type of commentary made it feel like I was at home getting ready to tailgate.  From midtown I made my way down to Washington Square Park, picked up a snack from Chobani SOHO, and walked the Brooklyn Bridge.  I sat in a park while talking on the phone to a college girlfriend, walked into an uber sketchy part of Brooklyn and decided to walk back to the bridge and take the subway home to Union Square.
  • Oh Trader Joe’s.  So there used to be days where I was feeling down or bored and would go wander the local Trader Joe’s.  Yeah, to actually have adequate space is a luxury.  There was even a line to get INTO Trader Joe’s as well as a 30 minute line to check out of Trader Joe’s.  I was not impressed but desperate to do some shopping.  Long gone are the days where I can jump in my car and roam (no really, spend like 20 minutes looking at all the different products) the aisles of TJ’s leisurely.  “Shopping” has turned into a down-right sport or maybe I should say battle.

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  • Last week a coworker challenged me to create a healthy dessert.  She is totally into clean eating or eating well and so it’s always fun bouncing ideas of meals off of her.  She also is going to run the New York marathon in a couple of weeks and is the most in shape person I know.  Anyways, I accepted the challenge and experimented with a new brownie recipe, which included cauliflower.  Don’t gag just yet, it’s strangely addicting and may be better after sticking it in the freezer.
  • New York sinks don’t have disposals, which is extremely annoying.  However, this is made up by the fact that we have garbage chutes – closets on each floor where you drop your bags of trash.  So much fun. 🙂

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  • I have television commitment issues.  There are a few shows that I watch religiously but other than that, I’m lost. If I’m not super entranced with what is on, even if I selected the movie, I’ll go back and select something else.  In the course of two nights, I started about 6 or 8 movies, only to finish 2 – “As Good As It Gets” and “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”  The later is a documentary about street artists and featuring Banksy, the ever so elusive London street artist.  I had seen it a few years ago but with Banksy doing his daily art projects in the city, I thought it would be neat to watch it again.
  • I love watching sports.  It was sad to see the Dodgers lose, but they had a solid run. I usually I like watching baseball or football in the background, especially when I’m cooking or blogging.  I don’t have to really pay attention to the commentary, but still have some noise in the apartment.

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  • A crazy late, but fun, night Friday (90’s music at it’s best) led to a relaxing night in on Saturday. The 90’s themed bar was great because everyone was screaming the lyrics to every song.  I find the concerts and bars where I know the music tends to be  much more fun.
  • Sunday morning runs in Central Park are the highlight of my weekend.  We went for 7 on Sunday and the magic of the city truly comes alive.  Sure you have to jump around the tourists and often have to weave through various other runners and walkers, but it’s such an amazing feeling to be out in the park with crisp fall air, doing something you love.

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8 thoughts on “Odds and Ends of New York

  1. SOooo I’m still bummed we didn’t get to see each other this weekend but plans are happening. Don’t you worry. It’s funny you mentioned the garbage disposal. Until I moved into my condo at school, I had never had one before. My house at home doesn’t have one so it is a huge luxury for me here and I still forget we have one sometimes so I rarely use it. And then I go home and try to use it and that obviously doesn’t work either. If I had grown up with it I would really miss it though!

  2. The garbage disposal was almost the deciding factor when I was looking at apartments last month. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without one.. I throw everything down the drain. I walked the Brooklyn Bridge with my brother a couple years ago (while he was living in the city) and loved it.. that’d be great to have it close enough to walk whenever I felt like it. Jealous!

  3. call me immature, but i think garbage chutes are one of the coolest things ever. haha. my cousins had one in their house when we were little and i always wanted to be the one throw the garbag down. good to see the fascination hasn’t left me even tho i’m more mature now 😉 haha

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