Monday, October 19, 2015


A couple weeks ago, I traveled to NYC to visit my college roomie. She's lived there for a few years and I always talked about going to see her, but never did it. One day, she mentioned a visit and I immediately booked a ticket so there was no turning back. If you know me, I am not very spontaneous, so this was big.

I had no touristy expectations for my trip. I just wanted to hang out with my friend, eat really good food, drink really good drinks, and watch the Ole Miss game somewhere.

"NYC, here I come!"

I got off the plane (in Newark) and managed to figure out how to ride the train to NY Penn Station. When I arrived, it was pouring rain and the taxi line was 100 people long and so I just started walking. After half a mile of hauling my luggage in the rain, I dipped into a Starbucks and waited on Holls to come rescue me.

We took the subway back to her apartment, got cleaned up, and went out (this time with an umbrella) for dinner and drinks. Out first stop was a cozy little place called Analogue for cocktails, then Claudette for dinner. After dinner we hopped between a few bars near her apartment.

Saturday, we had brunch at Tartine and then went shopping. After a long, hard day of walking and shopping, we stopped for much deserved drinks at Spring Lounge and to watch a little SEC football. Then it was off to the Ole Miss bar, Tavern on Third, for apps and beers and the game.

"We may not win every game...but we ain't never lost a party."
Sunday, we had brunch at the cutest little place called Bar Sardine, and I had the best bloody mary of my life. Then it was tourist time. We took the subway to Times Square. It was overwhelming and I understand why only tourists want to go there, but I'm glad I saw it. We grabbed a coffee, walked to Central Park, and had a nice stroll. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

After Central Park, we went by Gramercy Park. Serious bucket list item there. And I mean to actually be on the inside.

We walked around for a while more and then it was time for me to go. I loved visiting Holly & the city and cannot wait to go back (with more comfortable shoes next time)!

Clockwise from top left: I survived my first NYC cab ride; The Bar Sardine Green (Bay) Bloody Mary. Tomatillo, Cucumber, House Serrano Hot Sauce with dill infused vodka; Holls might have a sugar daddy and he might have sent us a $500 bottle of wine to dinner; I matched with Joey Fatone on Bumble. Poor guy. Is this what it has come to?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Easy is easy.

Life can be too easy, don't you think? I mean, you can order pizza with an emoji now! But wouldn't it be so much more rewarding to eat a home cooked meal that you've prepared? (Okay, so maybe pizza would be my pick more often than not, but that's not the point I'm trying to make here.)

I am currently taking classes and prepping to get my MBA. It's not easy, but it will be worth it. I would be wasting a great opportunity if I took the easy way out and didn't continue to further my education.

Easy is easy. But it's not worthwhile.

It would be so easy for me to say "OK" and be in a relationship again. It's hard to say no, no matter what problems we had. The easy thing would be to say yes, get back together, get married, and live life wondering "what if". The hard choice is to start over. To have to date again (seriously, ugh). To have to be vulnerable and open myself up to someone else. But it is the more rewarding choice. It will be when I find that person that makes "yes" easy and worthwhile.

Don't take the easy route. It will get you nowhere. Except when it comes to the pizza emoji thing. You should definitely do that every now and then.