Celebrating More Good Times in NYC ~ Year 2 ~

With that, year two is complete in the NYC.  Boom.  This happens to be the second-longest I have spent in one place (third if you count when my parents and I lived abroad in England – but I was just a baby).  As I went to write this post, I was amazed at how much has and hasn’t changed in a year.  The groups of people I hang out with, the things I like to do on the weekend (hello run + brunch), and just taking a look back at year one in the Big Apple and I already feel that much more mature and accomplished.

Most of my friends at NP joke that I’m not really the 24 year old I claim to be.  I guess that can be a good thing, right?  Some days I act wise beyond my years and maintain a bedtime of 10:30.  Other days, I continue to freak out about my future, if what I’m doing is right or enough, and all those other 20-year old stresses.  I think this post from Katie Wanders about her first year as a transplant, sums up life perfectly.  It’s not easy and there are ups and downs.  Thanks to technology, we can phone home (probably too often…sorry mom), document our adventures (but try not to get caught up in FOMO or “grass is greener” syndrome), and find pretty much any activity or job we would like.  I’ll spend another day to ramble on all of that, but for now, here’s to a fabulous two years in the city and at least one more!

Forewarning, this is a long post with LOTS of pictures.

~ FALL 2014 ~

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Towards the end of my first year in the city, I started going to a little thing (or big thing) called November Project.  I’ve talked again and again how it’s been part of the glue that keeps me sane in this city.  Who knew that just showing up to one workout could really lead to so much fun?

IMG_6013Quick hop, skip, and a jump to visit my friend Laura in her San Francisco hood and then meet up with a college friend – Alexis – for a little time in Seattle.  Ok, not exactly “NYC” recap, but still, good times.

IMG_6062A little bit of time in the wilderness (hey hey Appalachian Trail!) goes a long way.  The gal directly behind me actually ended up spending three or so months on the trail hiking from one end to the next!  I think I’ll pass on that bucket list item.  Maybe portions of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail)…maybe.

IMG_6035Paying tribute at the recently completed 9/11 Memorial

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A SPLENDID trip down to Washington D.C. where I spent the weekend with my grandma Nance and family friends in Maryland. We had a hoot walking around a couple museums, soaking up some time in the suburbs, and overall hilarity that ensues with this family.

IMG_6558 That time New York recreated the Friends cafe for its anniversary.  I can now say that I have finished all most of the episodes from seasons 1 to 10.  Honestly, I got a little bored with it all and resorted to watching every other episode when one of the roommates had it on.

IMG_6553 ^^ All the pumpkin and all the Chobani.  Did you know that the SOHO store even lets you keep the bowls?? Maybe I need to make another trip soon.

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Fall trip to Beantown where I was able to visit the November Project Mother Tribe for HILLS FOR BREAKFAST.  Now the question is if I can make it to the epic Wednesday Harvard Stadium workout.

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More Boston Travels (a delightful trip around the city despite the rainy weather!)

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I LOVE SETH MYERS.  Unfortunately he is married.  But we got to see him live in person and see his show, so I still consider myself lucky.  Still working to get into see Jimmy Fallon (and one day SNL)

IMG_6904 ^^ The very first race that I ever volunteered and needless to say I am HOOKED.  I signed up as a part of November Project’s #mile14 takeover, working from 6:30ish until 2.  I was exhausted to say the least.  Of course not as tuckered out as those runners but boy, screaming and handing out water/gatorade for that long does wear you out.

IMG_6918 OH AND GET PUMPED FOR MILE 7 THIS YEAR!!!

IMG_7062 ^^ THE ONE AND ONLY NP PICTURE DAY.  This was around the time I really started to focus on my plantar faciitis and give it a rest.  I ran PR day and took this picture, which I love but my family members do not.  Oh well, you can’t always win.

~ WINTER 2014/2015 ~

IMG_7018 ^^ Aren’t the lights and decorations at Macy’s beautiful?  They really do make you believe there is magic during this season.  Of course not pictured (as well) are the hundreds of pushy people flocking to THE holiday store in the city.

IMG_7107 ^^ Volunteering as a seat filler (you sit down at the tables if – and only if – the very important people have to use the loo or leave) at the CNN Heroes event at the Museum of Natural History.  Outfit of the day by LOFT.  I love me some cheetah and leopard print. 🙂

IMG_7168 Nice little visit from Mom and family friends 🙂

IMG_7828~ HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM NP AND ME TO YOU ~ Let the gosh darn cold season begin.  We may be smiling above but we were freezing our rears off on the Randall’s Island footbridge.

IMG_8313Here we are at one of the many Saturday runs out of NYRR (New York Road Runners) – some of my friends in the front including miss Ali.  You know, I do love my weekend runs but I never would have given myself enough credit to go out and choose to run in the cold.  That is, unless my countless running buddies were also going along with me.   Fingers crossed we can make it work again this year!

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^^ Work trip to Chicago had me thinking “ok, if I fly out Tuesday I can make it to a Wednesday AND Friday workout.  Brilliant”.  Of course it ended up being -16 on both days.  Oh fun fact – I used to think that 59F was COLD.  Yeah, good times.

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Drinks out with the girls at a local speakeasy – Dear Irving.  I can thank Lindsay for moving out to the east coast and encouraging us to go out and explore more of the night life 🙂

IMG_8794 IMG_8729 ^^ My NP buddies who are ALSO born on the very best day…May 6

IMG_8962~ SPRING 2015 ~

IMG_9220 Rain or shine, November Project all the time.

IMG_6647Took a trip with the grandparents to Cape Cod.  They flew out for a little rest and relaxation on the brisk east coast and were kind enough to let me tag along.

IMG_6763 IMG_9564 Trip down to Philly for the Broadstreet 10 Miler.  Love that Alex is rocking her red, white, and blue grassroots gear.

IMG_9674 Guess what?  We are all born on the very same day (but different years).  So much love.  And on Wednesdays, we wear pink.

IMG_9933In May, I took about a week and a half to visit my sister abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and from there, we took on Scandinavia! A little time on the roller coasters of Tivoli (Copenhagen)

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IMG_0097To crushing a half marathon in Goteborgs, Sweden

IMG_0291Celebrating CNN’s 35th anniversary with free swag and a couple of my best work buddies.

~ SUMMER 2015 ~

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Farmborough Country Festival ~ June 2015

IMG_0800 They say rain is a good thing.  I say thank goodness for sheltered performances.  We stuck it out under the tent until it was time for Brad Paisley to perform.  Then we ran our way across the bridge to the subway and home (completely soaked).  Got to love country.

IMG_1185 ^^ That time I decided to sign up (twice) for a skeeball league.  Not only did I perfect the art of throwing a skeeball, but I made a few solid friends along the way.  Like I said, we may not have the perfect relationships all the time, but people certainly do come into your life at different times and for different reasons.

IMG_1251 #runtoeat … 9 miles and a doughnut ice cream sandwich later

IMG_1378 ^^ Celebrating Zara’s birthday at quite possibly the most fabulous rooftop in the city – Gallow Green.  Sure, it’s in the worst location (subway wise) but too perfect with all the planters and excellent drink combinations.

IMG_1569 A trip down to Baltimore to visit a good friend. Sarah knows her stuff – running, ice cream, and how to spend a good Friday night.

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Mic drop.

IMG_1557 Summer isn’t complete without America’s favorite past-time.  LET’S PLAY BALL! But let’s also be realistic, if this were a National League game, I’d be rooting for my boys in blue (Dodger Blue) all the way.

IMG_1782Making the most of summer streets with Marnie.  We powered through 8-9 miles that day (a lot for me!), saw all the sights, picked up a free coconut water, and a couple of green juices.

IMG_1789Please summer, don’t leave us.

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Congrats if you made it to the end of this post.  You’re a trooper.  I always enjoy looking back at my posts, my pictures, and those old-school scrapbooks.  Reminiscing and remembering, considering how things may look differently a month or few years down the line.  We change and we evolve.  We have amazing adventures and days that bore us to death.   But even though the sun sets in one area (hello gorgeous Central Park sunset), there’s still a bright new day (and year for that matter) ahead.  Let’s power on to make each moment worth our while and embrace the good as well as the not so good.

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” – Phillips Brooks

It’s Time for Dodger Baseball

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A trip to Los Angeles is never complete without a Dodger Game.  Sure you have the Lakers and Clippers and even USC Trojans, but let’s be real – the Dodgers are where it’s at.  Having been born in raised in the Los Angeles area, I’ve been lucky to visit the Ravine since I was just a baby.

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^^ No joke, here I am just over a month old!  (benefit of visiting home means access to perfect throw-back pictures) 😉

So, factoring in about 25 years worth of games, that means that we have had the privilege of seeing the Ravine change over the years.  From faulty food choices to the addition and removal of gaudy advertisements, from the omni-presence of the 76-ball in the outfield to the flashy 21st century ads from advertisers that pay bigger and better prices.  There was the time that Frank McCourt took over and then there was the time that he made such poor decisions that when we saw him at the stadium, my mom gave him a piece of her mind.  But we also met Tommy Lasorda and hopefully will one day run into the great Vin Scully.  He truly is a piece of history and a piece of the Dodgers. 

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Though New York does play host to a couple decent teams, I will never stray from my National League roots (Heyyyyy Brooklyn Dodgers!).  There was almost a time where I purchased a hat at Met’s Stadium (because souvenirs are plain ‘ol fun) but refrained to stay true to my boys in blue (the REAL blue).

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Not only has the stadium evolved over the years, but the food options have improved tremendously too! 

IMG_7567  This was a nifty addition to the park – a decent looking bar overlooking the field (located behind right field)

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Tommy Lasorda’s presents a little bit of Italian flare and flavor with options like classic NY pizza (one would have to sample in order to verify the “classic” element) chicken parm sandwich, or Italian sausage with grilled peppers and onions.

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 If you are looking for some hot dog options, this is definitely your paradise.  It’s one stop short of Pink’s, without the extra drive or wait!

IMG_7573^^ I was tempted by the bacon wrapped hot dog, especially since they used to serve them after every MLS Galaxy Game, but went for a  turkey burger on wheat bun option instead.  (we packed in our own peanuts + veggie bags to help supplement the stadium eats)

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^^ SWING BATTER SWING

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^^ Anyone remember the Olympic dancing sensation Kate Hansen?  Kate actually grew up in my community and I played soccer with her (and we were in 7th grade choir together…), so it’s neat to see what she is up to these days.

IMG_7587 IMG_7588Because we are suckers for tradition, we had to purchase a cup of soft serve frozen yogurt – something that we have done for years and years.  I even recall the original pink booth that we used to buy it from – about three changes ago – and would secretly have them top the ice cream with rainbow sprinkles without my dad knowing 🙂 (I do have to watch myself because I’m already starting to pull the “back in my day” card)

IMG_7590 IMG_7591 ^^ And it’s a DODGER WIN!  With a great come back for the boys in blue, I’ll add my own cheesy touch and say that my attendance was a good luck charm at that night’s game 🙂

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The best part about the Dodgers winning is that they end the game with Randy Newman’s “I LOVE LA” song.  It’s all just too darn true.

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We even stayed to the very end of the game and watched the Friday night fireworks! I say actually because the typical Los Angeles fan will arrive late and leave early to an event – all to avoid that lovely traffic.  But, all in all this had to have been the very best game that I have been to with my family.  Good food, good baseball, a win, and post-game spectacular 🙂

“The roar of the crowd has always been the sweetest music. It’s intoxicating.” – Vin Scully

September Life of Late

Day in, day out and here we are with another work week complete.  I’m currently off to explore Washington D.C. with my grandma and possibly run into some of my buddies along the way.  Sure, there’s way too much to accomplish in only three days, so I already have hopes of traveling out a couple more times.  Between friends studying abroad and friends out of town and oh this little thing called November Project – D.C. chapter.

So, while I’m exploring, here’s some more recaps of late summer and early fall in the beautiful New York City.

IMG_5861Waking up for a sunrise and a bit of teamwork with the local November Project chapter. Possibly one of my favorite photos taken by the DC chapter’s CanofSpaghetti.  Check out his epic snapshots of their tribe members working out across the city.

IMG_5868More work perks.  One of the campaigns that I run is the advertising for Redd’s Apple Ale on Funny Or Die.  Their mega campaign is currently surrounding the Oddball Comedy Festival and we had the opportunity to attend the kickoff show out in New Jersey.  Sarah Silverman and Louis C.K. were definitely a couple of my favorites!

Eataly with AshfordsWho can pass up Italian food?  I usually am not one to gravitate towards pasta and pizza but oh yes please.  Their dough and cheese combination is to die for.

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IMG_5888Brunching at the Bluebell Cafe ~ Noteworthy Brioche French Toast with Berry Compote and Lemon Curd ($10)

Bluebell Cafe
293 Third Avenue (between 22nd and 23rd Streets)  •  New York, NY 10010
*Like any popular brunch spot, it’s best to arrive early and with all your party members 🙂

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Checking out the Yankees and watching Jeter play in his last season.  Although the people-watching was almost as good (if not better) than the game itself. Yankees were tanking…

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My boss happened to be giving away a pair of tickets for a random weeknight game.  Who could pass up free field-level tickets??

IMG_5802Back to my running days around Central Park.  It’s one of my favorite places in the city and I sure am at my happiest when I’m all healthy and running around with that view.  For the time, New York has stolen my heart.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

Time to Play Ball

It’s America’s favorite past-time and synonymous with spring and summer.  Sure, we’ve been focused on the World Cup (and oh Brazil’s poor performance the other day) but there’s always room for some baseball.

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Memories (actual or fantasized) of peanuts, hot dogs, beers for those who indulge and soft-serve with sprinkles for the rest of us.  Many like to say it’s as American as apple pie, although I’m not much of a pie fan, so I’ll let that statement go.

Ever since I was born, I was a Dodger’s fan.  It has to do with the fact that I spent my entire life in Los Angeles and well, there’s nothing like a trip to the Ravine.  Even the days I spent up in the SF Bay, I remained true and true to my boys in blue.

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Now I’ve found myself on the East Coast and while I can’t pop on a plane back to L.A., there is still the possibility of catching a game or two out here in the city.

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NEW YORK YANKEES
~ YANKEE STADIUM ~
1 E 161st St – Bronx, NY 10451

~ Transit ~
 #4 train (East Side) and the D train (Sixth Ave) stops at the 161st Street/Yankee Stadium subway stations, located on East 161st Street and River Avenue. B train (Sixth Ave) only on weekdays ~

IMG_0148The New York man A.Rod

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~ EATS ~

Parm – known for turkey & chicken Parmesan (duh) sandwiches – Great Hall between Gates 4 & 6
Zeppole – Fried Dough – Section 127A
Brother Jimmy’s – Sections 133, 201, 214 or 320A
Lobel’s of NY – A butcher institution with hand carved steak sandwiches made to order  – Sections 134, 322
Fresh Produce – Gates 4 & 6
For more foodie fun, check here!
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NEW YORK METS
~ CITI FIELD ~
123-01 Roosevelt Ave – New York, NY 11368

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~ TRANSIT ~
Take the 7 line from Grand Central until Mets/Willets Point Station

~ EATS ~
The Mets have an amazing array of food options on the ground level.

Mama’s of Corona (Italian subs, Mets-themed cannolis, and other desserts) – Section 105*
Blue Smoke – Part of famed Manhattan barbecue joint serving Kansas City spare ribs, a smoked bologna sandwich, a pulled pork sandwich, beer and dessert – Section 140
Shake Shack – Serving up the classic ShackBurger & Shack-Cago Dog, cheese fries, frozen custards, and shakes. – Section 139

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El Verano Taqueria, Section 139: Launched by Danny Meyer chefFloyd Cardoz, El Verano sells chicken mole Pipian, carnitas, vegetarian tacos, chile-marinated skirt steak, Barbacoa quesadillas, and more.
Catch of the Day –  Dave Pasternack’s Catch of the Day offers grilled shrimp po’boys, Long Island corn and clam chowder, lobster rolls, and flash fried beer battered shrimp skewers. – Section 102
Kozy Shack Gluten Free Selection
Daruma of Tokyo – Located in the World’s Fare Market, they offer edamame, sushi, Asian salads. – Section 105
Cholula Hot Sauce – Serving up a crispy chicken sandwich w/ Cholula chipotle aioli, fresh guacamole, sliced jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, and bacon.

For more foodie information, check here!

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I’m all about experiences and souvenirs but had to hold back from buying a Met’s hat.  After all, they are in the National League and I would never betray my Dodgers.  So, I’ll settle for a plastic cup to hold my frozen yogurt 🙂

So, until I get back to the ball park, I’ll pick up some skills on my own.  Just a casual (ok actually semi-serious weekly league) game in Central Park.  Enjoying the little things in life.

IMG_4065“No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.” ~Tommy Lasorda

Dodger Days

It’s Friday and I’ve been ready for the weekend all week.  But really, who hasn’t?  So, while it may not be the weekend juuuuust yet, it doesn’t hurt to look forward to something. Now I’ve been a Los Angeles Dodgers fan my entire life.  As some sports fans say, I bleed blue and white (no, I’m not steeling Penn State’s or Indianapolis’s line).  If I were at home and had access to the thousands of pictures my family took to document their first child, I’d be able to include the one from my very first Dodger game – me smiling and gazing lovingly over our seats in the Ravine.  Ok, get real – I was probably less than a year old so it was clutch to actually catch me smiling rather than bouncing all over the place.  I probably was entranced by the camera contraption and sights and sounds of a ballpark.  Nonetheless, I was there and the love for the boys in blue started about 21 years ago.

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Even as I moved north for school, I avoided jumping on the San Francisco Giant’s bandwagon.  A true fan knows how to support his or her team through thick and thin.  None of this, oh, they are winning so of COURSE I’ll purchase every piece of affiliated clothing possible.

PICT0043Here’s a throwback picture to high school (boy do we look young) and I was obsessed with my cross country sweatshirt.  It’s been a blast to attend games throughout the years and see how the stadium changes.  Thank goodness the McCourts are no longer in charge.  There may be a few choice words we would like to share with him, but I digress.

In anticipation for tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, I’ve compiled a few fun pictures and links for your morning and afternoon enjoyment. 

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Will Ferrell announcing game 4’s lineup.  When in Los Angeles, bring out as many celebs as possible.  I mean, Magic Johnson is one of our owners.  It’s just an known rule.

Flashback to when the Dodgers played at the Los Angeles Coliseum.  Many not know this but when the Dodgers first moved out from Brooklyn, they spent their first four seasons splitting time with the USC Trojans and playing at the Coliseum.Copy (1) of PICT0058

And if you really need to know why the Dodgers are so great (according to the only decent source) 😉 check out this article by Buzzfeed.  “17 Reasons You Should Be Rooting for the L.A. Dodgers” – Because these creators can seemingly make a list about anything. 

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“The roar of the crowd has always been the sweetest music. It’s intoxicating.”
– Vin Scully

Saturday Survey

Well well well, what shall we read about today? Yesterday I spent a great deal of time in the library working on group projects, essays, and final reports.  I attempted to make almond butter (possible fail or possible success?) and had an oh so exciting dinner of sweet potato, veggies, and gorgonzola cheese.  More group projects today, Kappa Alpha Theta Dodgeball, and maybe something fun tonight.  For now, how about some random questions?? I’ll post 9 for it being the 9th day of March.  Just roll with me 🙂 Continue reading