weekend update

weekend update: meeting Fearless Girl and riding a fish.

Happy Monday, friends!

*let’s all ignore that it’s actually tuesday.*

Since I finally stopped working the weekend (I know this comes up in every post but it still feels new and good. #honeymoonstage), I’ve been pretty busy. I haven’t written about any of it because my time management skills are garbage and I can’t seem to get a weekend update post before Friday.

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This past weekend I was able to finally just be on my own time and do my own thing, which was a whole lot of nothing. And it was marvelous.

I honestly can’t remember what I did on Friday. If I had to guess, I came home from work and had dinner with my mom. We sat on the couch and caught up on whatever’s on the DVR to make room for all the new things coming down the pike (is it me, or is the Fall television season taking forever to get here?). Then Nicole and I made it a stoop night since those will be coming to an end sooner than I personally want them to.

Saturday I hung out with my mom during the day. Later, Lisa and I headed to the city for an adventure Downtown. We went to the Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park. Actually, we started out at the San Gennaro feast in Little Italy, but it was super crowded, kind of humid and I was hungry with nowhere to eat (#crowds). All of this signaled that it was time to leave.

We hopped in an Uber and headed over to Battery Park. I’ve been wanting to ride this carousel for a while now. First of all, it’s really pretty. Second, I didn’t have to straddle a horse. Third, I could finally live my dream of living like Ariel, unda da sea, even for a few minutes.

to my family – i made sure to take selfies and document this ride to prove i actually went on. not only did i get on the carousel, i went on one of the fish that go up and down! beanie the benchwarmer is growing up!

After the ride, I was desperate for food. The thing about downtown Manhattan is that there isn’t much on the weekends. There’s either really expensive places or fast food. No thanks. We stopped by the bull near the Stock Exchange and, of course, took a picture with my protege, Fearless Girl.

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After wandering aimlessly, we wound up in the village, at our favorite taco place, The Taco Shop, where I wanted 5032486 beef barbacoa tacos but only ordered 3 and photographed 0. Trust me, they were amazing, as was the Diet Coke from the glass bottle. delicioso!

Before heading to the train, we walked over to Washington Square Park, which is always a good time. It does my slightly hippie, slightly bohemian, liberal heart good to sit and observe the goings-on.

Sunday was spent, surprise, surprise on the couch until dinner time. I went for what will probably be the last slice of pizza from L & B for the season. Fall, you’re lovely, but you came too fast and I’m not ready for you. No photos of that either, but I’m sure if you scroll through my instagram, you’ll find one, eventually.

I’ll include Monday on here, because why not? After work, I came home and had dinner and then went to pick up my bridesmaid’s dress for my cousin’s wedding on Saturday.

And that’s it. See you next week with wedding photos! If not next week, hopefully before their first anniversary.

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weekend update: bridge views

Happy Monday! Except for me, it’s more like Wednesday since I’ve been working since Saturday.

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See what having a weekend job does to you? Or maybe it’s just me since tons of other people seem to cope much better than I do.

Anyway, I figured I would share what I did this weekend, even though it was technically Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday afternoon I got a text from Lisa asking if I wanted to go to the Promenade later that day. I’ve talked about the Promenade before. It’s in Brooklyn Heights, has excellent views of lower Manhattan and is where I spent most of my lunch breaks in college.

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So, we’re walking and enjoying a nice summer night in Brooklyn Heights. the views! the brownstones! the yuppies! oh my! At the same time, we look up and see the Brooklyn Bridge. “We should walk over the bridge,” Lisa says. “Ehh, I don’t know, Lee. I haven’t eaten. I hear it’s a steep incline. We should do it eventually, though.” I reply. “Yeah, you’re right. What do you want to eat?”

P.S. We walked over the Brooklyn Bridge.

After talking ourselves out of it, we figured, what the hell. After we got turned around looking for the footpath entrance, we were finally  on our way. Let me tell you, the entrance is like the long walk towards death. It starts to steadily incline and all of a sudden you’re walking over cars. Then, the bridge itself is wooden planks. I was terrified. There were people all over who DID NOT MOVE. On our right, we had the Tour de France passing on their bikes. Every time a bike sped passed, the boards moved, like a typical beach boardwalk. Except over cars and water. I think if I were able to calm down for a minute and catch my bearings, I would be OK, but in general, the whole walk was torture. I was mad at myself afterward because I feel like I missed out on a really great experience. I’d go again, but in the daytime and with a clearer head.

All of that being said, look at these views.
*i can’t figure out if these pictures are kind of blurry because i was shaking or if i was zoomed out too far and it was dark. just another reason to go over again.

Obviously, I’m obsessed with the Empire State Building. I almost forgot Brooklyn was on my side. Ok, I did forget that Brooklyn was on my side, but in my defense, when I looked that way, all I saw was cars under me and it freaked me out.

The Manhattan side of the bridge starts at City Hall park. Lisa and I took a rest and then were off to find food because I was starving to begin with, add to that my nerves, I was ravenous. And thirsty. SO THIRSTY. We wandered into the Financial District, which pretty much closes when the stock market closes. However, there were a lot more people milling around than I expected. We wound up hydrating at a Duane Reade and then getting on the train headed back to Brooklyn. All in all – something else to check off my bucket list.

Thursday I wanted to clean my room and I was so excited to do it. #adulting It turns out that I didn’t so much clean my room as I moved some things around and watched Kardashian reruns all afternoon. My legs were like jello for most of the day from my adventure the night before. That hill is no joke. Also, it’s my Saturday, after all. I went to dinner with my mom and that was basically it. There’s no photographic evidence but picture the two of us having really delicious salads, al fresco because, summer.

Friday it was back to the city for me and Lisa. We wanted to head to Central Park but we got a late start so we walked passed Lincoln Center and found Lady Gaga’s (parent’s) restaurant on the Upper West Side. It looks adorable and cozy and the menu sounds delicious. I didn’t bring my camera even though it was World Photography Day. I felt a little naked. So, again no photographic evidence, but I’ll leave you with the picture I posted on Instagram last year on World Photography Day.

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#meanttobe #soulmates #notplanned

How was your weekend?

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weekend update: birthdays, bridesmaids, and onion rings

Happy Monday! I don’t know about you but I’m ready to start a new week!

Oh, it’s Tuesday already? Great. Slacked again.

Anyway, I had a full weekend and didn’t want the opportunity to tell you all about it to pass. Sounds like fun, right?

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that’s the spirit!

Friday – I was up at the ass crack of dawn because I had to be at work for 6:45am. I don’t usually work on Fridays so this was a double shock to the system. After work, I went home, freshened up and went to meet my cousins in Queens for happy hour in the city to celebrate my cousin Desiree’s birthday. After almost falling between the train and the platform, and pushing the train doors open like I was coming back through the birth canal, we had made it to the bar. #success.

My cousin Jillian recently got engaged and since we were all going to be together, she took the opportunity to ask us to be a part of her bridal party. We said we’d think about it and get back to her in plenty of time.

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A little while and a stop for the “greatest popcorn in New York*” later, we were back on the train and headed home. I don’t even think Dorothy, Sophia, Blanche and Rose thanked me for being a friend before I was out like a light.
*Garretts – and it really was yummy. i don’t even like caramel corn, but i would have bought a whole bag of this one.

Saturday – I had lots of little things to do. I bought two dresses from Target online that were just not going to work for me so I had to take them back. To Target. On a Saturday. This, my friends, is what Hell must be like.

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I, of course, can’t just make the return and get out of there. Noooo. I have to go to the dollar section/Spot’s Playground and see if I could get some Easter goodies. It was an absolute mess. Eventually, I had to just give up. I got online to pay for my lipgloss, nail polish and bottle of body wash. Twenty minutes after I got on the line, I was finally walking out of the store. sheer torture.

After escaping that mess, back to Queens I went to have dinner with my mom, my aunt, uncle, and cousin. We ended up at a Kosher deli for some pastrami on rye, matzo ball soup and onion rings. Coincidentally, this must be what they serve in heaven, among other things like, cheese fries. I only have a picture of the soup because 1) I basically inhaled half of the sandwich and 2) I’m lazy.

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And now I’m hungry.

Sunday – I braved the Parkway* one last time and went back to Queens to work on something that I’ll talk about later with my cousin. What I will talk about is that we ate dinner at Bareburger and holy cow (ba dum bum) was it good. I had a burger with fries and onion rings RIGHT THERE ON THE BURGER. We also shared sweet potato fries and more onion rings. I also tried a little bit of the Hot Honey shake, which is vanilla ice cream blended with honey that’s infused with chile peppers. It’s delicious until it kicks you in the throat and even then it’s still delicious. Again, I didn’t get a picture of my full meal because of inhalation and laziness. The best part about all of this is that Bareburger is all organic and grass fed and good for you, which obviously means it has no calories. in a perfect world.

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And now I’m really hungry.

I don’t know about you, but I consider any weekend where I consume onion rings twice in two days a good one.

Then we met a former show dog named Bo. He was an English Springer Spaniel. He was so cute; a perfect Disney dog. We started talking to the owner and he told us that he was a combat photographer, which I thought meant military/war zone pictures, but it turns out that he meant red carpet/ celebrities. I was thisclose to asking him if he’s ever met Harry Styles, but I played it cool because I’m trying to, at least, pretend that I’m an adult. I don’t necessarily agree with/like paparazzi because sometimes they do more harm than good (*cough* princess diana *cough*), but I was totally intrigued. It had started to rain so we parted ways before I made a total fool of myself, thankfully.
*to all my friends in the Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island area – is the construction on the Belt getting ridiculous, or is it just me? paint lines on the road, amirite?

I came home and watched some Youtube videos until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore so, like, 11:30.

That’s all folks!

What did you do this past weekend?

Let’s discuss!

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