Weekly Recap: Welcome June!

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Hello folks! Haven’t done one of these posts in a while, but the web had me rather inspired this week.  Enjoy some of my favorites:

Josh and I are off to Ikea this morning to brave the masses in hopes they will still have the bookshelf we want in stock by the time make it through the 3 miles of store aisles first. Once we have some actual shelving/storage, we can finish unpacking and I can finally start sharing some photos of our new apartment!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend. xo!

Insta-May

Another month has flown by and I am seriously bummed that I didn’t make the time in my schedule to come here more often and share my comings and goings with all of you.  I don’t want to fall into the habit of relying on another social media platform – Instagram – to fill my blog content.  But alas, for this past month filled with moving, weddings, concerts, crazy weather, and everything in between, here are a few pictures to fill you in on everything I should have been blogging about!
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  • If you haven’t been to Jackson Heights, Queens, you really should.  Falling in love with the sights and sounds of our new neighborhood…
  • My happy girl, in our her new bed, in her new apartment
  • The Great Googa Mooga festival was unfortunately rained out on Sunday, but we had an amazing time Friday night seeing the Flaming Lips and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with friends, family, and a lot of good food!
  • When the rain cancelled the Googa Mooga festivities, we opted for a Sunday brunch scene at Woodland in Park Slope, BK.  Bloody Mary complete with salted rim featured here.
  • Easy weeknight panini recipe:  Sliced apple, caramelized red onion, sharp cheddar, bacon, kosher sandwich pickles, honey dijon mustard on rye bread.
  • Josh and Dimona enjoying a sunny Sunday on MDW
  • A quick “selfie” we took, waiting for the subway, at our new stop – 90th St/Elmhurst Ave on the 7 train. Think we like wayfarer sunglasses much?
  • Snapshots of 5 Pointz, an amazing haven of graffiti in the city
  • Manhattan skyline showcasing the city swelter of this past week’s 90˚F+ days

Welcome June!

It’s My Birthday!!!

Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me! (Yes, I’m singing to myself!)  I’m also celebrating the birth of my blog, officially one year old tomorrow! I’m so excited! As in, Jessie Spano excited that one episode of Saved By the Bell when she gets addicted to Caffeine Pills.  You know the one – “I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so… so… scared.”  OK, I’m not really scared, but I am a little scared.  I’m officially on the wrong side of 25 with just a hop, skip and a jump to 30.  Wow!

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As I turn the page to the age of 26, I’d love to take a moment to reflect on where I am and all that happened this past year.  So here it is, the “Top 25 of 25” – including the good, the bad, the ugly, and the absolutely amazing:

  1. I graduated law school. BOOM.
  2. I passed the bar exam. DOUBLE BOOM.
  3. I got to see some incredible music, including but not limited to: Adele, Steely Dan, Toro Y Moi, The Mountain Goats, Phish, Animal Collective, and Bon Iver.
  4. I had a double breast lumpectomy, and the biopsy for both was clean.  I am a very lucky girl.
  5. We lost my grandfather in June.  He was an amazing man who led an incredible life and will be missed very much.
  6. There were other graduations to be celebrated – most notably my brother from Hunter College (who is now getting his Masters at Columbia), my brother-in-law from the CIA (who now works at Colicchio and Sons as a chef), and my dear friends who graduated from Columbia’s Master of Social Work program and inspire me with their endless pursuit of helping others.
  7. My step mother Emily with the help of some dear friends threw me the most gorgeous bridal shower in history!
  8. My friends and sister threw me an awesome Bachelorette party, complete with a party bus through NYC, naked blow-up dolls, and penis accessories (as required!).  A night I’ll never truly remember, nor will ever forget!
  9. My cousin Lauren had a baby girl, who is both beautiful and healthy! Our family is blessed with one amazing child after another!
  10. My father started a new business dedicated to curing opiate addiction through medically-assisted detox.  Not only is the business thriving, but he’s doing something he’s passionate about.  I couldn’t be more proud.
  11. There were new pet additions to the family – 2 pugs on my dad’s side, and a new yorkie for my mother.  Yep, we’re dog people. Maybe 26 will be the year when Dimona gets a brother or sister 😉
  12. I got to read A LOT.  Thank you, unemployment. On a related note, I got a Nook! (Shallow, but it has been life changing!)
  13. Oh hey, I GOT A JOB! My career as an esquire is just beginning…
  14. I think I got married?
  15. But seriously, Josh and I had the most amazing reunion with all of our friends and family for an entire magical weekend – the memories of which bring us infinite amounts of joy every day!
  16. THE HONEYMOON aka “Sussmans Do Sonoma.” My heart is in California.
  17. This little blog here, started the day after my birthday last year.  I could never have imagined the happiness and comfort this blog could give back to me, the connections I’ve made and the support that you all have shown me.  I’m so happy I did this!
  18. The New York Giants won the Superbowl!
  19. The day I found my wedding dress!!! (last wedding one, I swear)
  20. I went on a fabulous girls’ trip to Cancun in February with my step mom and two of my sisters.  It was a wonderful bonding (and tanning) experience!
  21. Josh and I left our teensy tiny little studio apartment in Brooklyn to stretch our legs in the suburbs for a bit.  We think Queens might be calling our name in the near future.
  22. I hit and knocked down a piñata last weekend with some pretty amazing friends cheering me on, proving you can be young at heart forever!
  23. Are you bored yet?
  24. I got more dog-slobbery kisses than a girl can count!
  25. I lived, and loved, each and every single day of this entire past year, and thank God for all of my family and friends who have joined me for the ride!

So what will 26 bring? Well, I know today will include birthday sex and cake (kids don’t read this blog, right?), so I’m already starting this year off with two of the best things in life! Wishing you all a happy hump day – no pun intended!  xoxo

Weekly Recap: In Like a Lion

Hummingbird in Central Park – Anna Marrow

Happy Saturday everyone!  You know that saying, “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb”?  Well, I’m really hoping we start to get more lamb than lion soon. Here in the northeast, we’ve endured 3 days of cold wind, rain, sleet and snow – weather more miserable than we’ve seen almost all “winter” long. These are a few of my favorite things that have been keeping me warm on the web this week:

Hoping you all have some fun weekend plans! I’m having brunch here today and here tomorrow, with some BYOB karaoke in Koreatown scheduled in between for this evening. God grant me the energy and stamina I had in college to make it through this marathon NYC weekend! Enjoy the day, xo.

Music Monday: Mom Edition

Good morning lovelies! I missed you all and hope you had a pleasant week.  I’m still in HUGE withdrawal mode from this:

But alas, it’s Monday back in cold NY, and I have plenty to do!  You know how your car registration expires while you’re on vacation and you have to go to the DMV first thing when you get back? No? Just me? Ughhhhh….

Anyways, today is my mother’s and my dear friend Jamie’s birthday and I’d like to send a special birthday shout out to the both of them.  In addition, because it’s Music Monday here in the blogosphere I thought it would be fun to make a playlist dedicated to my mother with all the songs she used to play in the car and in our house as I grew up.  At least, these are the songs that make me think of her when I hear them.

In the past, I’ve been able to make a playlist on Megaupload and put up a link to DL or listen on my blog.  Megaupload unfortunately doesn’t exist anymore thanks to the Feds and the anti-piracy movement, so instead I’ll just try to link each song to its YouTube video for easy listening.

Although not the most flattering picture of myself (Hello, double chin!), I do love this picture of my mom and I at my wedding!

Mommy Grooves

  1. Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
  2. Jealousy – Natalie Merchant
  3. Maggie May – Rod Stewart
  4. All I Really Want – Allanis Morrisette
  5. Foolish Games – Jewel
  6. The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani
  7. Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes – Jimmy Buffet
  8. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
  9. Don’t Lose My Number – Phil Collins
  10. What’s Love Got to Do With It – Tina Turner
  11. Do It Again – Steely Dan
  12. Take a Chance on Me – Abba
  13. Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
  14. Give Me One Reason  – Tracy Chapman

Although the quality of some of the videos isn’t great, some of these old music videos are awesome! You have to check out Phil Collins, Abba, and Billy Joel.

Wishing you all a great start to your week! xo