Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NYC - Part II

I'm afraid I really didn't enjoy the last hour or so of our time at the museum as much as I should have, due to my feet making it quite clear how unhappy they were with all of the walking and standing around (that's the killer part!).

The American Museum of Natural History Canoe
American Museum of Natural History Canoe
The American Museum of Natural History

Sunday, May 17, 2015

NYC - Part I (Riverside Park & AMNH)

I write these posts to share, but mostly to help me remember. New York holds a sacred place in my heart and I don't want to forget a second of it. 

So it may not be eloquent or visually stunning (photos were taken with my cell phone & my DSLR with an old lens in freezing weather, trying not to be too much of a tourist and with little to no post editing), but it's a record. I took about 1000 photos over a five day period, so I'm going to break it up into multiple to posts. You've been warned.

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Back at the beginning of March I had the opportunity to attend a work conference back east in Providence. Unfortunately, this was a number of weeks before all of the snow storms ended, so I really only got in an hour or two of exploring downtown the few days I was there (the conference took up the bulk of my time, of course). However, I worked it out that after the conference ended, I would take the train from Providence and into Manhattan where I would meet up with a family friend and stay for the rest of the week.

I hadn't been to NYC since 2008 (my first trip was in 2000) and as cheesy as it sounds, it felt like coming home -- I may have started to tear up at the sight of the skyline at night as the train rolled into town. My heart felt so full.

My friend, a lifelong New Yorker, picked me up a Penn Station during rush hour (bless her heart) and we took a taxi back to her apartment where we dropped off my bags, quickly bundled back up, and went right back out the door to have dinner at local Greek restaurant a few blocks south.

Dinner at Taverna Kyclades

My first meal in the city was probably my favorite of the trip (although everything we ate that week was delicious): Taverna Kyclades in the East Village. Every single thing we ordered (and I swear we ordered half the menu) was delicious. And to top it off, you finish your meal with a free plate of  Galaktoboureko, a traditional Greek custard with Phyllo and honey.

By the time the meal was over, we were drunk on wine and excellent conversation -- I may have also been a little high on the mere knowledge that I was back in the city. In the end it was late, raining, and quite cold, so we made it an early night (as a general rule for the trip, there were no night escapades as my companion is in her late sixties and the temperature was typically in the teens or 20s that week. We watched a lot of history programs back at the apartment. It was great).

We woke up on Thursday to a city covered in fresh snow, grabbed some food at a local deli, and hopped on the subway to take us uptown to the American Museum of Natural History. We ended up taking a bit of a detour and enjoyed some of the snow in Riverside Park (a winter wonderland!), before deciding that we should probably head back because neither of us were wearing snow boots.

Side note: I made the not so smart decision to bring my Doc Marten boots, that I never really broke in, on my east coast trip (thinking they would work just as well as snow boats and be a bit more stylish). This resulted in some terrible terrible blisters after about an hour of exploring in Providence, forcing me to make a very painful walk to a local shop to buy some comfy Vans and sport a ridiculous number of bandaids on my feet for the rest of my trip. Lesson learned.

Riverside Park SnowRiverside Park Snow

Sunday, May 10, 2015


I always have at least one camera handy at all times, so it's no surprise that I have thousands of photos that have never been seen by anyone other than myself. Granted, most are of my kid and that's of little interested to anyone outside of my family (hey guys!), but whatever. Here are some random snapshots of our life from January through March.

Utah Garden Preparation - PansiesGeometric Wood Necklace by Grimmricksen on Etsy Craft Room - Zippers

Monday, May 4, 2015

Vanity - Purrfect Mary Blair Dress

I know, I know -- the title is a little obvious, but whatever. It's like a sweet Dad joke, aged to purrfection. See what I did there (again)?


Pinup Girl Clothing Mary Blair Heidi Dress - GrimmricksenPinup Girl Clothing Mary Blair Heidi Dress - Grimmricksen Pinup Girl Clothing Mary Blair Heidi Dress - Grimmricksen

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Insta Recap

I haven't done an Instagram recap in a few months (right in line with my not posting much of anything at all), so I thought it might be time to play a little catch up. So here you go, a wee snapshot of my life in January and February.

1. Painting in progress  /  2. My wee nerdling  /  3. Wearing Voodoo Vixen around the house because woah cleavage  /  4. Crazy cat lady  /  5. Debt (reading for class)  /  6. Wish You Were Here necklace  /  7.  Gold Dust Woman necklace  /  8. I'm not much of a flower girl  /  9. Oliver snuggles  /  10. Trying to bring turbans back in style  /  11. Bedtime stories  /  12. We love R2-D2 in our house

1. Future photographer?  /  2. Neon Lights necklace  /  3. My favorite Valentine  /  4. Family date to the park  /  5. One of my all time favorite photos of the monkey  /  6. "My all Rush mix tape" Fridge decor  /  7. More painting  /  8. NYC is alwyas a good idea  /  9.Packing is no bueno  /  10. So long SLC!  /  11. Providence Capital building  /  12. Downtown Providence at night (during a snow storm)

If you want to stay up to date (and not be months behind in my shenanigans) or are simply interested in seeing me at the height of my vanity, pop on over and follow me on Instagram.
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