Ahem. A year has gone by since I’ve last posted and so many things have changed (for the better). I am now a mom (!) and a homeowner. It has been quite the year and I still can’t believe I’m writing this post sitting in my freshly renovated apartment looking at my sleeping baby. We’re watching Teen Mom OG, so I mean not everything has changed.
Hank is a model
In the pit at Kanye 13 weeks pregnant.
The beginning of my bump.
Blueprint from our new digs.
His first profile pic!
Living room design planning.
7 months pregnant at The Grand Canyon.
And then there were three. Four if you count Hank – which we obv do.
Jordan and I were both off the entire first week of January and did a lot of lazing around to ring in the New Year. We did manage to get in a couple of good meals, watch two seasons of The Affair and reorganize our closets (my idea!). It feels good to get back to work but I’m starting to miss my DVR.
I love any excuse to entertain, so when Jordan’s friend started dating his new (much younger) girlfriend, I jumped at the chance to have them both over for dinner. I mean how else am I supposed to get to know (read: judge) her? It turns out she was lovely, mature for her 26 years and made excellent conversation about The Real Housewives.
I never try to complicate appetizers and focus most of my attention on dinner. I always have crackers, mixed nuts and good olives on hand, just in case. I supplement these basics with 2-3 good cheeses, cured meats and fig spread. Jordan and I conveniently live upstairs from Malt and Mold, an artisanal cheese shop, so good cheese is never far away. Remember to always leave a small dish out for the olive pits. You don’t want your guests awkwardly putting them on the table or secretly palming them.
I am thrilled to say that this weekend was our last wedding of 2015. As much as I love any cocktail hour, the commitment of attending weddings this season was a bit much. Jordan and I were happy to say goodbye to black tie at Cipriani on Saturday night. Sunday was spent roaming around Brooklyn, drinking beers at The Diamond in Greenpoint for The Brooklyn Mutt Show. After the winner was crowned, J and I took down two wood oven pizzas at Paulie Gee’s. A perfect end to wedding season.
As an emergency and critical care veterinarian, my hours are less than desirable. Currently I’m working a 7 on/7 off overnight schedule, so I’ve been sleeping a lot during the day. On my off week, it takes me a while to get back to the land of the living (think many naps and an 8pm bedtime). I try to offset my chronic fatigue with trying to maintain a routine on my off days (and buying myself presents). Here are some highlights from my week to keep me feeling semi-normal.
Hank drags us across the street every morning so that he can be doted upon by New York’s Finest. They always have a treat handy to add to his ever expanding waistline.
One of the best things about NYC is the abundance of corner bodegas. I still think about the 24/7 grocery store on 9th Street in the East Village near my old apartment that has e v e r y t h i n g you could ever need. I once counted five different types of almond butter. The bodega situation in Gramercy is not as abundant but is still top notch. Hank and I incorporate a stop at the local corner store for fresh flowers at least once a week. I used to detest ‘bodega roses’ and always ponied up for the hydrangeas instead ($15!) but they would only last three days before wilting. For the past several months I’ve been ignoring my initial aversion and opting for the roses (two dozen for $10, uh deal alert). I’ve really perfected the bodega rose arrangement and it lasts for at least five to seven days. Check out my tips below for making your $10 roses look like they came from the local florist instead of the local bodega.
Oh hello. Just a thirtysomething NYC girl starting a blog. I’m sure you’re intrigued.
Today is my day off, and I am spending it wisely. I’m currently on my teal couch with my French bulldog, watching House of DVF and figuring out how to properly introduce myself to the internet. I’m considering making curry carrot soup prior to getting an $8 Monday manicure. Thank goodness it’s finally sweater weather and I don’t feel pressured to spend tons of time outside.