Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New York Life

I was lucky enough to score an invitation to a rooftop BBQ on Saturday.  My friend is a musician and we got to see him perform.  After his set was finished our hosts treated us to an acoustic set.  The setting was perfect and we were in good company, made all the better by some beautiful music.  

Monday, June 25, 2012

Coney Island

We made our way out to Coney Island this weekend.  The last time Jon and I had been there together it was in the middle of winter.  Needless to say the scene was totally different this time around.  We walked around, rode some rides and watched a bit of the Mermaid Parade.  It was the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Every time I go back to Columbus there are a couple things that always happen.  The first thing is making sure to spend some time with my brother and sister-in-law.  The second thing is making a stop at Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.  This last visit the view was a little different because of this year's Columbus Pride Parade.  Made for a pretty great Saturday afternoon.  What do you do when you go back for visits back home?

Monday, June 18, 2012

What Happens

The end result of completing a wedding registry - a little bit of stir craziness.  One more thing to check off the list.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Weekend

A past Columbus Pride Parade

I'm heading back to Ohio for the weekend.  Wedding prep must be done as well as joining friends for this year's Pride Parade and letting loose at a party thrown by my awesome brother and sister-in-law.  As always it will be a quick trip but I'll be damned if I don't enjoy every second of it.  

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Make It Count

Jon and I didn't have a lot of one on one time this weekend but we did manage to grab a few hours together Sunday morning.   We walked through the neighborhood and on to the Williamsburg Flea, revisited the site of our engagement and took a quick trip on the East River Ferry.  As we were walking from the pier back to our apartment we ran into two older women who were decked out in big floppy sunhats.  They had made the trip from Manhattan to explore Greenpoint because they had heard it was the new hip neighborhood and needed some directions.  They were hilarious, complaining about people riding bikes without helmets (to quote one of the women, "What's up with that?"  Wear your helmets people!), about their family connections to Ohio and explanations about why they thought New York was the perfect place for them to grow old.  We gave them directions to the interesting parts of the neighborhood and Williamsburg (they wanted to explore that other "hip" neighborhood as well) and left feeling lighter and happier after a weekend of some pretty heavy moments spent in the hospital with a friend.

These women had been friends for nearly their entire adult lives and had been through everything together.  This weekend was a reminder to hold your friends close.  It was a reminder that the bonds you make, the ones that run deep and span years of your life, are the ones that give you strength.  Even if you are states and countries away those connections stay strong.  These are the people that hold you up.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Time feels like it's been on fast forward for these last few weeks.  I'm adjusting to a new work schedule and working like a maniac, preparing for my best friend's wedding as well as my own, writing a piece for a storytelling session next month, keeping up with my other writing contributions, and basically trying to keep my head above water.  It feels good to be busy, to be pushed into productivity.  But you know what is also good?  To have some time to do nothing.  To sit and read a book in the park rather than on the commute between work and home.  To take a walk around the neighborhood with my sweetheart, stopping at places we haven't been before.  To have a long, leisurely dinner with friends, catching up and enjoying each others' company.  Is it crazy to think that I can have both?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer Soundtrack: Beach House

Have you heard the latest from Baltimore's Beach House? A perfect follow up to their 2006 self-titled debut, Beach House, their latest album Bloom has been at the top of my playlist for weeks. Need some more convincing? Watch this.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Scenes From My Neighborhood

On India Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

It's still amazing to me that I am finding places in my neighborhood that I have not yet been to.  My friend called me up for a walk around the neighborhood and we made our way to India Street to hang out on the pier and catch the sunset.  We found the India Street Mural Project, saw a little rainbow and enjoyed a glorious sunset behind the city.  I love my neighborhood and am proud to call this place my home.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What I Saw: Brooklyn Museum

Climbing on a roof is fun for everyone, no matter how old you are.  Also, Keith Haring was a bad ass.  The Brooklyn Museum is a gem.  It's always free to see the exhibits after 5pm the first Saturday of every month, complete with a ton of special programs and events.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Officially Offical!

Click here for my introduction to the Fred Flare family! 

What I Saw: Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Pretty gorgeous day on Saturday.  The Brooklyn Botanic Garden was open for free in celebration of their new visitor center.  It wasn't too crowded or too hot and the garden was the perfect spot to spend a lazy afternoon.  It's always nice to find a spot that lets you forget that you're in the heart of Brooklyn, even if just for a moment.