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Easy, Breezy…

8 Jun

Two weeks ago, I took a quick trip back to California. Despite the ridiculous flight delay that had me grounded at JFK for 6 hours (on the runway! 6 hours!), I am so glad I went. A little dose of sunshine and a whole lot of love welcomed me and I spent my 5-day vacation catching up with family + friends.

Being away from my loves for 5 months really took its toll on me. Once home, I started questioning my decision to live in New York.

California is so easy. No subway, no evil characters. All my loved ones here. People who I have known for decades live here. How can I be away from them?

It didn’t help that once I got back to the city, I had to deal with a possible bug problem that left me in a hotel, depleting my impending vacation savings for Australia. Suffice to say, I was NOT a happy camper.

But these past few days I made sure to catch up with my friends here who matter most. Just talking with them and hearing their own troubles makes me feel like what I am going through is normal.

Let me be frank: New York is hard. Crazy hard. It’s dirty, rude, gritty, and challenging. But it can also be magical, rewarding, astounding, and exciting.

You could say I am in a love/hate relationship with NYC. Like a typical girl, I keep coming back for me ;)

Anyways, while home, I made this simply Strawberry Cake. Can I tell you a secret? I cheated and used Trader Joes Vanilla Bean Cake Mix. I often hesitate to buy cake mix because the flavors are muted and it tastes like cardboard. However, this mix was steller. Moist and natural, I would gladly use it again. For the frosting, I used this one that I love so much. Since you are using real strawberry preserves, you can actually taste the real bits of strawberry in the frosting.  I can’t wait to buy this mix again and pair it with other frostings and flavors. Anybody up for a funfetti cake?!



The First Day

3 Jan

When planning my trip home, I decided to stay in town to ring in the new year. I couldn’t imagine a better way to start of 2011 than with my friends and family.

2011 started in the best way possible:

  • Tiramisu Cake & coffee with my loveliest friend at a Sacramento hotspot
  • A thrilling movie that had the best costumes and acting I’ve seen in a while
  • The sweet taste of a Champagne Cocktail in a dark bar
  • Some light shopping from my favorite jewelry store
  • A quick cuddle from my furry boyfriend

I leave for NYC in 4 days and while I’m sad to leave, I am ready to get back to my NYC routine. The cafes, bars, museums, parks.

Christmas in the City

14 Dec

Last Thursday, I ventured out with a friend to see the giant tree at Rockefeller Center. Seeing the sparkling lights and pretty snowflakes made me feel like a little kid. I’m such a sucker, I know but on this chilly night, I could feel the Christmas spirit. Actually, it would be nearly impossible to not feel festive in the city. New York is practically aglow with the holidays. Sure holiday shopping can be a pain and the subways are more packed than ever.

But I decided at the start of December to remember what Christmas is all about. Family, love, friends, health, and peace.

Lights in Chelsea Market

Some big things have happened n the past couple of weeks. I’ve (almost) completed my first semester of grad school, left my beloved job, found another one, and m gearing up for a trip home. Yes, I leave for California on Thursday and CAN. NOT.WAIT. I’m literally jumping for joy. I’ve got friends to catch up, cakes to bake, and christmas carols to sing. Ok, I’m kidding about that last one unless you count singing in the shower. I just need these next three days to pass FAST!

How are you all doing? Hanging in there? Scrambling to find your last minute gifts? Overdosing on eggnog?

Art & waffles

20 Jan

It’s been almost a year since I’ve moved out on my own. I look at my little place and smile. This small home has become something of mine. Does that make sense? I look around and it is a true reflection of me. From the black and white photos of Paris to the band posters hung in the hallway, my home represents every facet of me.

I remember those first couple of months living in my new home. I hated the lack of natural light and the non-existent dining room. I preferred to hide in my room because my living room felt so cold and sparse. With a little love and care, I’ve created a space that I treasure. And I did it all on my own.

To honor my anniversary, I did two things.
1. Bought a customized piece of art that is utterly gorgeous. Thanks to Megan Weeden for her wonderful work! I can’t wait to snap a photo of it.
2. Made myself some homemade waffles with my new waffle iron.

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boxes. everywhere.

4 Mar

I meant to write a funny, sarcastic, and witty post about my moving adventures. But alas, I am too tired and slightly lazy. Living out of boxes is no easy fete.

Be back soon.

shopping woes

25 Jun

So many things to buy, so few paychecks to support my dangerous habit.

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