my life as a new yorker: week 4


In case you haven’t caught yourself up, here’s: week 1, week 2, & week 3!

um.  WHAT?  it’s been a month?!  That’s not possibly a thing.  It just can’t be.

I talked about this on Sunday, but time is seriously FLYING by.  Or maybe I’m just constantly hyped up on coffee so it seems like it’s flying by.  BUT IT’S MARCH.

IMG_1292 I’ve never been a daily coffee drinker.  And truthfully I’ve never really NEEDED caffeine.  Once I’m up, I’m generally up – I can’t fall back to sleep and I can never, ever nap (much to Frankie’s annoyance).  So I don’t know what’s happening to me, but every morning when I go to work I stop and pick up a coffee.  Does it make me feel cool?  Do I like the taste?  Do I just need a pick-me-up in the morning?  I have literally no clue.  But I know that Dunkin is currently taking up far too much of my paycheck and I need to get this under control.  Keep me accountable people!

So, you all know I’m IN LOVE with the apartment.  Like I want to marry it, love.  There is one bad thing though: it doesn’t have a dishwasher (I’m cringing as I type this).  

It’s not a HUGE deal, but… it’s sort of a food blogger’s worst nightmare.  In all seriousness, it hasn’t been too awful so far.  I just really have to keep up with the dishes every day (which I guess is a good thing?) in order for my kitchen to not look like a murder scene.

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It will come as no shock to anyone who knows us in real life, but Frankie has been such a good recipe taster.  And, no, he doesn’t just tell me everything I make is good… well he does… but it’s pretty clear when something shouldn’t go on the blog.  He’ll say something like, “thanks!  It was really good.  I’ll talk to you in a week when I get feeling back in my mouth because I’m 90% sure you tried to burn it off with that chipotle/ancho pepper.”  

Who am I kidding… Frankie doesn’t know how to spell ancho pepper.  (he can PROBABLY spell chipotle.. but that’s just because… BURRITOS)

Obviously, you know what this means… I’ve been recipe testing!  In the new apartment.  Which honestly has kind of been a disaster because (a) there’s still a really small window of nice natural light to use, (b) I’m still getting acquainted with my new kitchen, and (c) I’ve been running around the apartment trying to figure out where the best place to take pictures is going to be… naturally I think the bedroom gets the most light…. of course. 

The benefit of it all?  I have a nice new hand model!  That’s right, get ready… Frankie is making a new career out of holding things for me to photograph.  I’d love to say he’s a natural… but I won’t.  He did learn how to use a juicer this weekend [that ladies and gentlemen is most definitely foreshadowing for tomorrow… subtle]! 

IMG_1284 1 Those coasters though.  My best friends KILLED it at Christmas gifts this year.  These babies were a gift from LJ and they just fueled my copper obsession.  The coasters kind of spiraled into an obsession with copper and gold and all things metallic and rustic throughout the apartment.  I’m still on the hunt for copper measuring cups and spoons… so if you find any LET ME KNOW.  I’m thinking my best bet is probably anthropology.  but it’s sooooo expensive.  ugh.

Let’s talk about life!  Now that I’m pretty settled in [which will all change in a couple weeks when Frankie fully moves in] all I want to do is get out and about and see things.  I’m DYING to go check this out.  Maybe this weekend when Brittany and LJ visit?  If not I’ll have  to put it on a shelf for date night [more foreshadowing?!?!… who knowssss…]. 

Butttt the snow is killing me.  I obviously LOVE snuggling up on the couch and watching Netflix until my heart’s desire… but I need it to stop being cold so I can go seeeee things.  and do thingssss. 

IMG_1291 This weekend I did join the gym across the street!  I don’t know if that counts at all, but it seems like a step in the right direction… at least it gets me out of the house a few days a week.  I went to yoga on Sunday and it. kicked. my. butt.  like dead.  dead, dead.  I didn’t realize how out of shape I was. 

Frankie’s cousin posted a picture on instagram about her success with Kayla’s guides and so I decided to try those.  I started yesterday!  um and it’s hard.  like I wanted to cry every time I had to do a squat (and it was only the pre-training week 1!).  Maybe I’m just way more out of shape than I thought…

Keep me accountable puh-leaseeee.  Maybe I’ll make a commitment to check back in each month and tell you how I’m feeling.  I don’t know.  tell me what you think!

IMG_1285 1 OH OH OH.  on Sunday I did laundry for the first time!  It was…. an experience.  I’ve never been more thankful for purchasing my rolling target cart thingy.  It has really high wheels which navigated the snow perfectly. 

Foody things?  I’ve honestly been eating like CRAP.  I won’t lie, I think there were at least two nights last week that I just ate bread and olive oil… for a meal… because that’s a thing? [a delicious thing… but a very carb heavy and non-sustainable thing]  also, chicken nuggets were on sale so you know I HAD to have those… because I’m five years old.

IMG_1287 1 Yeahhh.  we’re going to work on this.  this is something we will improve.  we will.

There is too much fresh, delicious produce out there for me to continue eating strawberry frosted donuts…. even if they are the cutest things and like a time warp back to my childhood. 

LAST THING and then I’ll let you leave.  My skin has been SO SO SO DRY.  I don’t know if it’s the cold weather, the scalding hot showers, or just the climate in general but my skin has been crazy dry.  Know what’s been helping?  Coconut oil!  I don’t know why this came to mind but I thought I had read somewhere that it’s a great moisturizer.  I did a quick google search which said: yes, you idiot this is a great moisturizer… put it on your skin stat!  So I did and it’s changed EVERYTHING.  I may never go back to lotion again.  ever. IMG_1288 1

Okay, you can go on your merry way again!  love youssss.

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