Sunday, January 19, 2014

can I interest you in an NYC mega-post?

Don't even mind that it's mid-January and I'm just now getting around to blogging about my pre-thanksgiving NYC trip... it's totally fine.

Are you prepared for this super long post? Yes? Good. Let's dive right in.

Backstory: My dad had meetings in NYC and he was planning on taking my mom for a birthday present. Then he was somehow divinely inspired to use Southwest points to bring his delightful daughters too so the diva wouldn't be bored while he was in meetings all day. Win for us!

We flew in on Wednesday night... here is your obligatory "NYC from the plane" picture.


We went to our hotel, dropped our stuff off and headed out in search of a good late-night meal. We walked maybe 10 steps outside of our hotel before we ran into a big crowd taking pictures. We pushed into the crowd and found ourselves face to face with none other than the gorgeous Orlando Bloom himself! He was performing in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway and he came out of the theater to sign autographs and stuff. It was divine and made for an amazing start to our trip!

Lucky for us, Shake Shack was only a couple blocks away. You guys... Shake Shack!!!! I can't even start on this. It lived up to the hype and BEYOND. 

Inspired by the divine spirit of celebrity encounters, we found ourselves at the grand opening for the new H&M flagship in Times Square. Lady Gaga was cutting the ribbon in this picture... just pretend you see something cool.

Padre had meetings all day on Thursday, so us girls got to spend the day exploring the city on our own. One of our cab drivers LOVED my mom... he called her "yummy". So there's that. I mean, just look at her face...

We did the NBC Experience tour at 30 Rock, which was super fun. The coolest part was seeing them set up the SNL stage for Lady Gaga. It was a very Gaga weekend, you guys. She couldn't get enough of us!

We went to lunch at The Meatball Shop and it was DIVINE. Might have been my favorite meal in New York. It's quaint and delicious and I highly recommend it!


When we came out of our tour at Rockefeller Center some girls offered us tickets to see Jimmy Fallon rehearse his monologue. He rehearses in front of an audience everyday to decide which jokes he should use on the show. It was SO fun! Jimmy is our favorite and he was so charming. It was really intimate and super cool to see the set and everything. This was super fun because it was only about 20 mins long, so it doesn't take up a ton of your day. If you love Jimmy, do this!!


After Jimmy Fallon, we went to the Top of the Rock. It was perfect timing... the sun was just setting and it was so beautiful! 



We finished the day off with some John's Pizza and dessert and Big Gay Ice Cream. The ice cream was fantastic... I got the salty pimp. Look it up. 


Friday morning was spent navigating the subway to the 9/11 memorial. It was so peaceful and beautiful. Such a great tribute. 


We ran into a beautiful old church that my mom insisted on photographing...

...and then went exploring in Soho! And by exploring, I mean shopping. We discovered some amazing places (why has no one told me about C. Wonder?!) and ran into a fantastic sale at Madewell. We made out pretty good...

That night was quite possibly my favorite part of the trip... NEWSIES on Broadway. I can't even express how much I loved this!! We were in the third row and it was incredible. The guy who played Jack Kelly is a BABE and I may or may not follow him on instagram now. I grew up loving this movie and the play was everything I loved and more! EVERYONE GO SEE IT PLEASE. Take me with you.

 Are you ready for a ridiculous amount of pictures from Central Park? We did a bike tour of the park on Saturday. The weather was so perfect and I'm so happy that there were still glimpses of fall in the park. Our tour guide was awesome and he showed us all kinds of places in the park that I didn't even know existed.

#centralparkselfiez


Seriously? This park. This view. This weather.


This was at Strawberry Fields so we were doing peace signs and sad faces in memory of John Lennon, of course.

This picture just makes me think of Maid in Manhattan when she's walking the dog in the white outfit. Anyone know what I'm talking about?


That night we saw Matilda on Broadway. I loved it, I thought it was funny and different and so creative! My parents weren't so into it, but they've never seen the movie so I don't think they got it. I'm pretty confident that if you liked the movie, you would like the play.

And Sunday we had to go home and it was so sad. It was seriously such a great trip. Usually at the end of a trip I'm ready to go home, but this time I didn't want to leave! I could have done another week, there was so much more I still wanted to do. My heart is already wanting to return to NYC soon!!

How's that for world's longest post? If you made it to the end, you deserve an NYC trip. Go treat yourself!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

twentyfourteen

It's a brand new year and all I have to say about that is HALLELUJAH!

2013 was a doozy for me. I'm sure in the future I will think back on these times with fondness and nostalgia, but for now it's a giant good riddance to the last year.

I'm all about fresh starts, and with this new year comes a lot of changes for me. In the next few weeks I'll start not one, but two new jobs, both of which I'm excited to tell you about at some point. One of them I've been planning for awhile while the other just came out of nowhere. I'm pretty sure it was a very tangible answer to my prayers, because it literally just plopped right into my lap and appears to work out perfectly. I'm feeling very blessed in this new year!

I'm not really one for resolutions because, let's be honest, they never really work out that well... at least for me. Instead I've just decided to focus on one thing this year, and that's progress.

Progress in my education for sure. But we've already discussed that at length :)

Progress in my financial well-being. AKA saving and not taking as many trips to the mall (which usually happens out of boredom... whoops)

Progress in becoming more independent in all aspects of my life.

Most especially, spiritual progress in taking a few steps that just feel right at this point. A little scary, but a million times great.

Am I allowed to say progress in my dating life? Because YES. please.

Maybe I'll finally catch up in my journal writing and read more books and learn how to take pretty pictures. Hopefully I'll find adventure and lots of good surprises. And travel, please and thank you.

2014 is gonna be a good one, guys. I can feel it. We're all gonna be good.