2015 In a Nutshell: Part 2

As I was saying…2015 has been a complete whirlwind. Between all the traveling, holidays (obviously my birthday being the most important one), and activities, I honestly don’t know how I’m still standing. Time flies when you’re having fun sleep deprived!

In May alone, I managed to pack in a ton of traveling time, starting with Miami, then a Memorial Day weekend trip to Dewey Beach/Ocean City with my girlfriends. It was so nice to have everyone in one place, since we’ve all moved around in the two years since graduation.

I repeat, two years whole years. I believe that makes me almost, certifiably, an adult. On some level.

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The next weekend, my boyfriend and I made our way up to Boston and Plymouth to visit his sister. In Plymouth, we took a boat out to Browns Bank Sandbar. Imagine a beautiful oasis in the middle of the ocean. Except, colder. And filled with lobster traps.

All jokes aside, we had so much fun running around, jumping in the tide pools, and finding little critters.

Side note: The term “Plymouth Rock” is extremely misleading. Depressing stone or pebble would probably be a better term.

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The month of June began with two weeks of birthday celebrations for my 24th! The first weekend, Fabian and I took a trip over to Belmont and were lucky enough to witness the American Pharoah Triple Crown win. I have never experienced anything like it in my life, the crowd went absolutely wild! Though, I did walk away with some knowledge that day. I learned that I know absolutely NOTHING about horse betting, and that you should probably double check before assuming 3rd place means you won money.

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I finished off the celebrations with a visit from my best friend Audrey and a trip to Governor’s Island for the 10th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. The whole day felt like we had travelled back to the 1920s. Despite our costumes, I have to say we were a little underdressed. Next year, we’ll be much more prepared. I’ll warm up on my Charleston, and have a parasol in tow.

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Last but certainly not least, we celebrated the 4th of July with this gorgeous view of the National Fireworks.

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Does it get any better than this?

2015 In A Nutshell: An Update Part 1

This morning I woke up and thought to myself, how is it July already? It seems like 2015 has come and gone in a blink of an eye, and what a year it has been so far! I know, I know, it’s been literal light years since I posted last (missed me?). It scares me how easy it is to get so caught up in life and work as I get older.

After the New Year, I made a decision that I would try something new, get involved in something different. I wanted to make  friends, and be active. After hearing great things about social sports leagues, at the last minute I forced my roommate into joining the Play Big Apple winter kickball league with me. And by last minute, I mean the deadline was 12:00 AM and we were actually hitting submit at 11:59 PM. You could say punctuality is my strong point.

Ok, lets be real here. I am in no way, shape, or form athletic. I’m generally awkward, sports-shy (new word!), and have a tendency to run away from flying objects. Although I had not played the game of kickball since elementary school, it seemed like something I could possibly succeed at. People were a little more intense than I expected, but it pushed me out of my comfort zone. By the last week, I was pitching and even managed to catch the ball! I know, not a big deal for regular people…but a huge deal for me.

Next goal: making it past first base.

On a serious note, to any new New Yorkers out there looking for social activities, I have to say this has to have been the best decision I have made in my two years in this city. I made friends, met a wonderful guy, and gave myself something exciting to look forward to during the seemingly endless work week. It really changed my entire post grad experience.

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Since then, I’ve pushed myself in other ways. Continuing on my “not athletic, but hey lets pretend anyway” streak, my boyfriend convinced/coerced me into attempting to ski. The first time wasn’t too bad. The second time…well lets just say he’s lucky I didn’t kill him that day. I’d show you the bruises and injuries I sustained, but I’m pretty sure I’d lose readership. Instead, here’s a picture during happier times, pre-disaster.

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In the mean time, I’ve expanded my food palette. I tried, and loved my first ramen at Ivan Ramen.

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In the process, I’ve also become a little picky with my ramen. My favorite so far is Toto Ramen.

So. Good.

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And in May, I ventured down to Miami to visit my boyfriend’s family. Yes it was my first time meeting them, and yes it was fairly uneventful (thank god). We had perfect weather, delicious food, and a great time.

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Well, that’s it for tonight kids. To be continued tomorrow!