Wednesday, August 31, 2011


In a few hours, I'll be on a plane heading back to Texas/Oklahoma.  I'll officially end this phase in life and start a new one.  People have been asking me how I feel, or if I am ready, etc.  Through the process of this move, I have probably felt every emotion on the spectrum, but I can honestly say that now I am 75% happy and excited, and 25% sad.  It is hard to leave something/someplace/someone you love, but it is so much easier when you're going to something/someplace/someone else you love.  My friend Christie and I were talking about how sometimes it feels like life just leads you a certain way and without understanding it, once you get there, you just know it's right.  That's how I feel about this move. 

Among the many things, I will miss...

... taking public transportation everywhere.  
... an easy opportunity to do/eat/watch/etc. pretty much anything I could want... and usually at any time.
... Central Park and Prospect Park
... New England day trips - beautiful, quaint towns
... temperate summers and the crisp fall (but not the frigid winters!!)
... pizza, folded up, eaten on the street
... bagels - with that good ol' NYC tap water and Jewish recipe. mmm...
... brunching like nowhere else
... diversity 
... walking a lot every day 

most of all, 

... the people. I feel so blessed to have made such wonderful friends who were with me through the best and the worst - who made NYC feel like home.  I will miss them so much, but look forward to visits and chats and life long memories and friendships. 

Bye NYC - Love you, mean it. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

delectable doughnuts!

When somebody says to me, those are the best donuts in New York - maybe ever, I must have them. 

This morning I ventured into Queens to visit Peter Pan's Bakery. 
Coincidentally located at the corner of Manhattan Ave and Norman Ave - my past/present/future collision. 

The friendly staff and quintessential bakery shop look simply made me smile. 
They are best known for their red velvet donuts... and for a good reason!
 Don't worry - we didn't eat the whole box... yet. 

Nom nom nom... yummm

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hawaii pictures

Here are a few pictures from my trip to Hawaii that are from my friend Brittany's camera.  I wish I had pictures that captured every awesome moment, but here are just a few. 

After a looong trip, Brittany picked me up from the airport - greeting me with this beautiful lei! 

This is the kitchen - full of people - full of food. The house had such a happy, relaxed, familial quality to it! Many happy moments like this. 

Hanauma Bay - Brittany and I went snorkeling here with some cool fishies! 

Pictures from random hiking/sight seeing around the island.  It is just so incredibly beautiful there!

While we were watching the sunset in this cool little hidden spot a random wave just came out of nowhere and attacked Steve - not all of us, just Steve. I know its hard to appreciate this moment for those who were not there, but just look at the joy and laughter of this moment.   

We went to North Shore and went snorkeling with the sea turtles then made a bonfire and cooked dinner as the sunset and the stars came out.  A beautiful night!

Me and Mr. Sea Turtle - chillin.

I love Hawaii - so much.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Plum + Apricot = Pluot = Amazing.  

Perfect soft/firm combination.
Perfect sweet/tart combination.
Perfectly juicy.
Perfectly delicious. 

I may have found my new favorite fruit.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


I recently went on a trip to Hawaii to celebrate being done with TFA and grad school - it was amazing and I only hope I get to go back again in the future!  My camera broke the week before the trip (devastating) so I won't be able to include pictures, but these are the highlights of the trip:

In the past couple years, I have truly realized that the people you are surrounded by make a tremendous impact on your experience/life.  I went on the trip with my friend Brittany - I couldn't have asked for a better travel partner.  To top that we stayed at her brother's house and were surrounded by tons of really great people.  Some of my favorite moments were just hanging around the house, feasting and drinking - it reminded me of college a lot.  I also want to take parts of their lifestyle and incorporate it into mine - they are incredibly active and emotionally relaxed.  They live for adventure, friends, new experiences, etc.

I am used to seeing/hearing very beautiful, awe-inspiring things created by man - it is a whole different ballgame when it is all in nature.  Hawaii's landscape is truly incredible.  I even felt a bit silly - I had obviously seen pictures and videos of Hawaii, but seeing it person was somehow surprising.  I just couldn't believe it really existed.  

Top Activities:
- Surfing (way harder than it looks!)
- Snorkeling with sea turtles/reef and fishes
- Bonfire on the North Shore
- Hiking (amazing)

I loved Hawaii - it was the perfect trip. 
Smiling still.