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A Quick NYC Visit Recap

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Happy (belated) Valentines dear friends, lovers, gals. ūüėČ

The “holiday” isn’t really a big deal with the hubs and I. ¬†But we do like to give little treats here and there for these fun occasions. ¬†I ordered him a box of chocolates from The Chocolate Fetish. ¬†They have the most delicious handmade chocolate truffles ever. ¬†Confession – I’ve eaten quite a bit of his Valentine chocolate. ¬†My loves got me a sweet card, Starbucks gift card, cleaned my car, and a massage. ¬†ūüôā

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I figure today would be a great day to¬†finally¬†recap my¬†girls’¬†trip to New York…from last October. ¬†[I really need to work on that whole procrastination thing…] ¬†

I LOVE the diversity of New York City. ¬†The different people, food, sites, neighborhoods that are unique to NYC. ¬†Our theme this trip was food and sites. ¬†Two of our favorites were on the itinerary: ¬†the MET and Asian food. ¬†ūüôā

Thursday

One of the funnest things about this particular trip is that Nita (college bestie)¬†and I planned our flights to meet in a connecting city. ¬†It was really fun getting to spend some extra time together in the St. Louis’ airport. ¬†“Meet me in St. Louis!” ¬†¬†We flew into Newark and it was quite the commute getting from Jersey to our hotel on the east side. ¬†I didn’t really think that one through. ¬†But the flights were considerably cheaper so it just tested our resourcefulness for travel. ¬†ūüôā

[FYI – we originally picked a place on Air BnB but of course, right before our trip the person cancelled our reservation. ¬†Talk about a jack up in price in trying to find a hotel last minute. ¬†So I’m officially done with Air BnB.]

After we checked into our hotel, we were quite famished. ¬†We had a late lunch at¬†Mokbar¬†at the Chelsea Market. ¬† The market was very cool. ¬†Mokbar was absolutely delicious. ¬† With our bellies full, we headed off to explore the Highline. ¬†Fun fact – Nita met the original creator of the NYC Highline.¬† The Highline is an incredible example of re-purposing an existing, antiquated structure and literally breathing new life into it. ¬†We ended the night with sushi. ¬†ūüôā

Mokbar

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Friday

On Friday’s agenda we had a Nolita/Noho Food Tour and Phantom of the Opera.

Our food tour was set to start around lunch time.  So we decided to hit up breakfast at the  Lafayette Grand.  Delicious of course and a bit pricey.

We participated in the Nolita/Noho Food Tour by the Foods of New York tour group. ¬†This was my second tour with this group and they were just as fantastic as the first tour I did with them. ¬†We had Anny as our lovely tour guide. ¬†The food was delicious, the conversation was good, and the sites were cool. ¬†And at the end of the tour, Anny sang us a lovely jazz number that I loved. ¬† I’m not even a fan of the whole being sung to thing. ¬†But her voice was so gorgeous and she was such a fun tour guide – it was the perfect ending. ¬†ūüôā

Nolita Food Tour

 

After the food tour, we explored Washington Square Park and hit up the¬†Boba Guys. ¬†That’s right – my second boba tea for the trip. ¬†The Boba Guys have THE BEST boba tea. ¬†Refreshing, quality ingredients, and not overly sugary. ¬†Highly, highly recommend them.

Boba Guys Tea

The last time Nita and I were in NYC together – we didn’t have time to catch a Broadway show. ¬†I know…I know… ¬†We made sure to schedule ¬†one during this trip. ¬†We originally wanted to catch “Le Miserable” but of course there weren’t any show times while we were in town. ¬†We decided to go with the a classic “The Phantom of the Opera”. ¬†And we got primo seats right in the middle front balcony. Fun fact – I was in constant¬†fear of falling over the balcony, especially when I got up during¬†intermission. ¬†I’m happy to report I only fell in the hallway. ¬†ūüėõ ¬†After the play we had a late dinner at Kunjip.

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Saturday

Saturday was kind of a bust because ¬†we missed our guided tour of Central Park. ¬†Why did we miss the tour? ¬†Because I’m horrible with directions… ¬†I’m¬†not going to lie guys – I’m still irked by it. ¬†*sigh*

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We ended up walking around Central Park for a bit until the rain came in. ¬†Hangry was starting to creep in. ¬†[I think my hangry persona is Danny DeVito. ¬†You’re welcome for the visual – sorry Nita ūüôĀ ] ¬†Lunch was needed ASAP. ¬†An old college friend recommend Ippudo. ¬† The place is tiny and there was an hour wait. ¬†But we were too tired to go looking for anything else. ¬†I think we both agreed that it was well worth the wait. ¬†Ladies and gentlemen – I present to you the most delicious bowl of ramen. ¬†Seriously, it was so good I drank the entire broth. ¬†The perfect cure for my crankiness on that rainy day.

Ippudo Ramen

After we ate, we were both exhausted from running up and down the city the past couple of days. ¬†We decided to head back to the hotel and lounge around the¬†rest of the afternoon. ¬†Enjoying the comfort of our hotel room on that gloomy day, we took advantage of the convenience of NYC food delivery. ¬†Earlier, we had a Lyft driver that gave us some really good food recommendations. ¬†I asked him if Luke’s Lobster roll was really worth the hype. ¬†He said it totally was but to be prepared because it was stupid expensive…like sushi money expensive. ¬†LOL ¬†So Luke’s Lobster roll was on our dinner menu that night. ¬†Nita tried their combo roll, but said the lobster roll was the best. ¬†My only regret – that I didn’t order two. ¬†ūüėõ

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Sunday

The big agenda item on Sunday was our Museum Hack Tour of the MET later in the afternoon. ¬†We decided to grab breakfast at the ¬†Egg Shop. ¬†Same story – small place, crazy wait, rain…but we decided to wait it out. ¬†[Pardon the intense stare down – I felt kind of silly smiling with the place being so packed – but alas..I am a tourist and needed photo momentos of our trip.]

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Rainy Sunday = busy museums. ¬†We went to the MET the last time we visited NYC. ¬†But the place is so massive, we both felt like we barely saw a fraction of it. ¬†We decided to try the¬†Museum Hack Tour @ the MET. ¬†It moved fast, gave tons of insider details, was not stuffy, and a lot of fun. ¬†Obviously they can’t hit everything during that time frame. ¬†But we saw some cool pieces and learned some history we would have definitely missed on our own.

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Surprisingly enough, we weren’t in the mood for Asian food for dinner. ¬†LOL! ¬†We decided to find something not too far from where we were staying. ¬†We landed on¬†Patsy’s. ¬†The food was delicious. ¬†The decor and ambiance were pretty old school fancy. ¬†But the food was delicious and service was great. ¬†We were recapping our trip and having our typical insightful conversation. ¬†Being friends for over 15 years will do that ūüôā. ¬†Nita says to me “Do you ever feel like you are exactly where you are suppose to be at that moment?” ¬†I’ve never given it much thought. ¬†But I am grateful that after many years of friendship, relationships, careers, etc – we can pick right back up like no time has gone by. ¬†But talk about the stars aligning….

As we leave dinner and are walking towards the subway we can hear Alicia Keys’ music. ¬†And it’s pretty loud…Hrm…I wonder where that is coming from. ¬†We decided¬†to follow the music and it’s getting louder and louder. ¬†And we literally stumble upon a FREE concert by Alicia Keys in the middle of Times Square! ¬†Like for real – I can see her way over there in the middle of the crowd. ¬†ūüôā ¬†And to top if off, she ends the concert singing “Empire State of Mind” – and Jay-Z COMES OUT!!! ¬†Talk about an incredible send off from New York on our last night in that fantastic city.

New York – as always – it was a pleasure. ¬†Until next time. ūüôā

“One hand in the air for the big city,
Street lights, big dreams all looking pretty
No place in the world that can compare
Put your lighters in the air, everybody say yeah”

NYC

 

 

My Actions for 2017

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Hello.

Remember how I mentioned here about ¬†my word for the year is ACTION? ¬†So to make this deed…goal…intention…or whatever you want to call it more doable – I decided to give myself some actions items ¬†to complete this year. ¬†For some, this list may seem trivial or uninspiring. ¬†And that’s OK. ¬†ūüôā ¬†You see – there are a few¬†stumbling blocks that I’ve struggled with my whole life.

  • What will people think of/and or about me?
  • What if I embarrass myself?
  • What if I fail/struggle?

Fun Fact About Me:  I used to be incredibly shy.  My shyness was so severe that it often was debilitating.  I remember fear washing over my body and feeling like the flight factor was my only option to survive.  Like, so bad that I refused to go on stage at my preschool graduation.  I think to this day my mom is still peeved about that disaster.

Luckily with age and time, my confidence grew.¬† However, even though I don’t have any issues talking to strangers now. ¬†I do struggle with self-doubt when it comes to reaching outside my comfort zone. ¬†Angie’s bubble = safe zone.

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I know I’ve missed many opportunities because I was controlled by fear. ¬†I feared people would think I’m not good enough, smart enough, etc. ¬†What if I failed? ¬†I believe this fear/doubt in myself is what has held me back from posting more often. ¬†Self doubt is such a jerk. ¬†But at the end of the day – all I can do is be myself.

And if you keep coming back, hopefully, it’s because you enjoy reading what I post and maybe can even relate to some of it. ¬†Of course, it could just be my same¬†five¬†eight friends reading this thing. ¬†(Love you guys!!!)

So here is my simple list of action items for 2017.

1.  Learn calligraphy.

Once upon a time I had nice penmanship. ¬†I even won an award for it back in elementary school. ¬†But alas, working on a PC most of the day has caused my penmanship to falter. ¬†I’m not a naturally artistic person. ¬†Enter in calligraphy. ¬†A beautiful art¬†of writing that I hope will become a long term hobby.

2.  Be more open to things.

I can be very set in my ways and routine. ¬†My default answer is “No” or “I can’t.” ¬†But this year, I want to be more open. ¬†Be more open to modifying my schedule/routine to accommodate someone else. ¬†To be willing to do something challenging. ¬† I guess be more open to possibilities.

3.  Write four very personal posts.

I had hit a writer’s block last year when it came to blogging. ¬†And one of my dear friends strongly encouraged me to write from the heart. ¬†To write something personal that has my perspective. ¬†I guess to share a piece of me with you all.

Any topic requests?

4.  Learn a new skill set for my career.

Often times when it comes to our careers, we can kind of ¬†get into a monotonous routine. ¬†Dare I even say complacent? ¬†It hit me when I received a certificate for my 5 year anniversary with my job. ¬†It’s great I have a good job. ¬†But the occasion sparked some introspection. ¬†I felt like I didn’t really have anything to show for my success. ¬†I looked back and realized the past 5 years had been purely on autopilot when it came to my career. ¬†So to do something about it, I’ve been taking some classes and will be attending a conference related to my line of work. ¬†ūüôā

5.  Be physically active 5 days a week.

I feel better when I’m active. ¬†I make better choices and my mood is greatly improved. ¬†This action will include Crossfit, yoga, running, walking, etc. ¬†Just get moving girl! ¬†My goal is for this to become second nature. ¬†But Gretchen Rubin’s quote is my mantra for my year of action ~

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6.  Do something outside of my comfort zone.

I kind of already did this one last month. ¬†I was out of town and decided to go to a yoga class with my friend. ¬†Unfortunately my friend couldn’t make it due to work. ¬†But I went anyway. ¬†Due to Atlanta’s insane traffic, I knew I was going to be cutting it close. ¬†And a few times I almost talked myself out of it. ¬†But my friend had already prepaid for the class. ¬†So I was resolved to go. ¬†And I’m so glad I did! ¬†The class was challenging flow – in part because I’m not consistent with my practice. ¬†But it was so great and I feel so good for sticking with my plan and not talking myself out of it.

I think I may try a kickboxing class, rock climbing, and who knows what else…

7.  Run another race.

The last race I ran was the Little Rock Half Marathon back in 2014. ¬†It was awful. ¬†I didn’t train consistently, the weather was awful, and a few days after the race we learned my dad had stage 4 lung cancer. ¬†Needless to say – I was done with running. ¬†But I think I’m ready to get back to it again and try another race. ¬†I’m not ready for a half marathon again. ¬†I’m thinking a 5k first and see how things go.

Weekly Recap: 02.03.2017

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Hi friends,

Earlier this week I was in Atlanta for some work related training. ¬†One of my action items for 2017 – learn some new skills. CHECK¬†ūüôā

While I was in Atlanta, Continue reading

Weekly Recap: 01.27.2017

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Hello.

I’m changing things up a bit. ¬†I’m still trying to find my “style” and stride with the blog. ¬†Instead of a Friday Favorites, I feel like a weekly recap suits me better. ¬†I hope to continue to share little tidbits of my week which will include fun reads, internet finds, what’s been going in my little piece of the world, etc.

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We Sold Our House.

 

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Hi friends. ¬†ūüôā

We sold our house! ¬†And,¬†quite frankly, I still don’t even know how that happened. ¬†I mean I KNOW¬†(at least now)¬† what that all entails. ¬†However, it’s very surreal. ¬†The whole process was such a whirlwind. ¬†Let me take you back to the beginning of all of this. ¬†A whopping 3 months ago in October. ¬†Some of this recollection is via my husband’s memory because I really don’t remember some of the details. Continue reading

Happy New Year 2017

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Hello!

Long time no talk. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. Continue reading

December Goals

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Happy December everyone.

I’m getting back on track with things. ¬†No more procrastinating and saying “I’ll do that some day when I have more time…”¬†So I’ve set some goals for me to accomplish during the month of December.

When I first decided on this new endeavor my initial list kept growing and growing because I have had so many things I’ve kept putting off that I needed to cram onto this list. ¬†But I had to remind myself to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. ¬†It’s a vicious cycle I often fall into that if I can’t do¬†everything¬† then there is no point. ¬†Talk about going nowhere fast. ¬†So new approach of doing what I can at the moment and not postponing to some distant future.

Daily Babbling: Randomness

Hi Friends!

Today’s post is random because quite frankly my life¬†has been¬†all¬†over the place here lately. ¬†Example – we went to go eat dinner at a local Chinese restaurant that I’ve been eating at since I was a kid. ¬†It’s been a few months since we had gone to dinner there but I was in the mood for one of my favorite dishes. ¬†Imagine my surprise that when we walk in the place is totally different. ¬†Come to find out the previous owners had retired and sold the restaurant. ¬†I’m not going to lie I’ve been pretty down about it ever since.

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These past couple of months I feel like I’ve been just there. ¬†I can’t seem to get into a productive groove if my life depended on it. ¬†OK – that is a tad bit dramatic I admit. ¬†But you know that feeling when you’ve got so much to do but you don’t know where to start?

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I know…I know…procrastination is not the solution to anything. ¬†But I figure since I’ve been trying to practice more patience that maybe my form of patience comes out as procrastination. ¬†Yes? ¬†No? ¬†I think this may require more self-reflection. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Maybe it’s fear of change. ¬†I like routine. ¬†I need routine. ¬†But right now I’m struggling trying to find my new routine.

So here are some random tidbits for you on life around here lately.

Nashville

We went to Nashville for a quick family getaway. ¬†The city was great. ¬†A couple days prior to our trip I had a minor sinus infection that turned into bronchitis once we got to Nashville. ¬†Huge shout out to the urgent care in Franklin, Tennessee. ¬†They were a God send that got me fixed up and finally starting to feel better. ¬†Now I’m all clear. ¬†ūüôā

We watched “The Grinch” Broadway musical. ¬†It was really good except for the children in the audience. ¬†I don’t blame the kids one bit. ¬†I get it parents and grandparents that want to share the holiday experience with the kids. ¬†I mean I really do get it. ¬†HOWEVER – kids under a certain age are not going to make it through the whole show. ¬†First 30 minutes into the musical the kids started dropping like flies. ¬†And to the adults who wouldn’t take the kids out when the little tots were¬†literally screaming bloody murder because they did NOT want to be there – come on?! ¬† Like we get that you paid to watch the show, but don’t make everyone else suffer your children’s misery. ¬†So the ambiance of the musical didn’t necessarily put me into the holiday spirit. ¬†However afterwards, we checked out the ICE exhibit at the Gaylord Opryland. ¬†It was so cool¬†(see what I did there) to see these incredible sculptures and displays made entirely out of ice. ¬†I was a fan of the ice slide and the parkas they give you before you go in. ¬†I recommend you wear gloves and warm socks because the parka will only cover so much.

Holiday Season

I’ve got the majority of my Christmas shopping finished. ¬†Hallelujah! ¬† I’m feeling so pumped. ¬†I do most of my Christmas shopping online. ¬†Downside will be when all the boxes start showing up and I have to start wrapping presents. ¬†Blah.

We just finished putting up our tree.  We had to get a new tree because a large section of lights went out and the hubs refused to go through all the bulbs and replacing them again like he did last year.  So new tree it is.  I got kind of sad.  We were reminiscing that it was the tree from our apartment days pre-husband and wife time frame.  That means that tree was over 9 years old!

Christmas cards…I drag my feet so bad on the Christmas cards. ¬†Everyone seems to be a fan of the photo cards which makes it that much harder. ¬†Gotta add this to my To Do List.

Gilmore Girls

The kiddo and I have been watching the “Gilmore Girls” (like everyone else in the world) in preparation for the new episodes. ¬†It’s been fun watching a show with her that I loved so much in college. ¬†I watched the first episode and again it left me feeling nostalgic. ¬†Crazy to think how much time has come and gone. ¬†And even though so much of the original show’s charm was captured in the new episodes it’s still…different. ¬†Not bad but different. ¬†And some times you just want the comfort of the old familiar stuff. ¬†Ugh…this time of year always makes me start to feel this way.

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My Life Changing Beauty Products

Hi friends!

I’m not going to lie I’m a beauty product junkie. ¬†LOVE that stuff. ¬†So I’d thought I’d share my list of beauty products that changed my “beauty game”. ¬†ūüôā

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Daily Babbling: Project Completed, Weekly Menu, Another New Washing Machine.

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Happy Monday ūüôā

Bathroom Update Рwhat was originally a 2 week project turned into a 4 week project.  Please do not judge me too harshly on the before pictures.  In my defense, this is what the bathroom was like when we bought the house.  We had intentions of renovating it much sooner but other projects that were more visible to guests took precedence.

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And the AFTER

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We love the renovated bathroom.  Kind of kicking ourselves for not doing it sooner.  But you live and learn, right?  Best part is no longer having to share a shower with three people nor having to go across the house to the half bath to use the toilet.  God bless master bathrooms!


Weekly Menu:

Sunday:  chicken and dumplings
Monday:  PaleOMG Slow Cooker Al Pastor Tacos (smells and tastes a-m-a-z-i-n-g)
Tuesday:  leftovers
Wednesday:  sausage with peppers and onions and roasted sweet potatoes
Thursday:  Ravioli and salad


Washing Machine Replacement

Yep – along with updating our bathroom we are now having to replace our washing machine. ¬†If you recall earlier this year, it took me forever to decide on a new washing machine. ¬†And one return later we settled on a Samsung top loader oddly enough because our front loader Samsung kept moving…like out ¬†of the laundry room. ¬†So imagine my excitement upon learning ¬†that our washing machine is part of the recall. After much debate, we’ve decided to get the rebate for a new different brand washing machine. ¬†And the research begins¬†*insert eye roll*


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Well I don’t really have much to say about this election year. ¬†But, whatever happens – let’s hope it works out for the best!

And a little information about the good ole electoral college – you’re welcome. ūüôā

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