Category Archives: Living

Biking

I must admit, I am 100% out of touch with gas prices. Living in New York and not owning a car or driving does that to you. Maybe if I was an investment banker or even remotely interested in the stock market I’d have a better idea? In my head, a gallon of gas should cost $2.50 because that’s what it cost the last time I drove, but I can remember gas costing $0.99 which makes $2 a little more of what I think it really ought to cost. In reality, it’s what, $4 a gallon? Clearly, this is like monopoly to me. It’s not real.

Unfortunately, for so many people I know, this is a very real, very upsetting part of every day life. As a product of the rise in the price of gas, several friends have posted about riding or buying bikes on Facebook, which I am more than supportive of. I love it! I want a bike so badly and I would get one if I wasn’t certain I’d be hit by a cab and die. Some day, when we leave New York I’ll get a bike. 1. Because I’ll want to go on bike rides with my children like my parents did with me. 2. Because it’s healthy. 3. Because, in my idealistic mind, I’ll ride it to work which will keep me healthy and save me gas money. (I’m aware there are also environmental benefits, but if I’m being completely honest, that’s not at the top of my priority list, money, not sitting in rush hour traffic, and health are.)

All these posts and comments from friends have made me start thinking about the kind of bike I’d like to get when I get one. Something in a fun color. A hybrid – not like a hybrid car, but a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. I’m not going to be competitively racing, nor will I been in the woods. Something under $700 and over $300. I feel like this puts me in the not exorbitantly expensive but not poor quality area. Don’t misunderstand, however, this does not mean I won’t buy something on sale or discounted. I want a name I know and something that has good reviews. I will probably end up with a Trek, but who knows. Just in looking around for pictures for this post, I found many manufacturers are making “Town” bikes. I’ll definitely be researching more before buying, but here are a couple that caught my eye:

Advertisements

Birthday

Yesterday was my 29th birthday. I have now begun the last year in my 20’s. I’m officially older that what I thought was old when I was little. 27 was my age for whatever reason. Of course, at 27, everyone was married and had children. Well, at 29, I am now married, but no children yet. Eventually.

Last week, I in the mail, I got a postcard from Starbucks telling me that if I stopped by on my birthday, they would make me any drink I wanted as a birthday present. Yes, please. Hey Dunkin…looking for loyal customers? Hint, hint. So, I stopped by in the middle of my meeting packed day with a co-worker to get a skim, chai latte. Always a skim, chai latte. Being a non-coffee drinker, it’s all I get there. My free drink had two adorable surprises that really brightened my day. The first was very simple. You know when the barista takes your order and you give them your name? Generally, they scribble some name that is entirely different than what you said. On mine, in perfectly patient handwriting was: Happy birthday Melissa! With a smiley face. So simple, but made such a big impact on me. The second was, Starbucks apparently has Valentine’s Day cups now and I have to say, I am pretty sure I like them more than the holiday cups. I want to go back every day just to see their adorable Valentine’s Day cups. Starbucks, I was never a brand ambassador for you, just someone who stopped by when I was given a gift card. For this week, if not more, you have convinced me to tell everyone I know how much you’ve pleased me…and I will probably always boast that you gave me a free drink on my birthday. Bravo.

20120208-081438.jpg

I ended up having to stay late at work last night and when I got home, my sweets husband was halfway done making me chicken parmesan. He had also picked up a cupcake from Magnolia for me. He’s so thoughtful. Dinner was fantastic and I have saved the cupcake for today. Can’t wait to bite into that buttercream frosting!

20120208-081751.jpg

To do in 2012

In bed, lights off by 11
Floss
Explore the Guggenheim
Visit the Museum of Natural History
Visit Washington DC with Chris
Write down one thing a day that makes me happy
Blog once a week
90 yoga challenge round 2
Run 2 5Ks
Explore party/wedding planning
Save 15% of our income
Avoid the end of the world

Spring is Springing!

The weather is getting nicer and the world around me is starting to poke its head out of the winter hibernation. Spring is my most favorite time of year. New growth. Bright colors. New life. Singing birds. Spring is happiness incarnate to me. If I could live in a world of spring I don’t think anything could get me down. Here’s a little bit of the beauty I observed in my neighborhood this weekend.

The Weekend

I had a pretty busy weekend this weekend. A few of the things I meant to take and post pictures of, but that just didn’t happen.

Friday night we had our monthly girls’ dinner with the theme Havana Nights. Lots of yummy Cuban food…and wine was had by all. I left about 12:30 as a dance party was breaking out.

Saturday tbf and I babysat his 7 week old niece so they could go to a birthday party. We babysat her last weekend so they could go to a movie. Last weekend she was so good. This weekend she was so upset. It’s the most helpless feeling to know you’ve fed, changed and burped a baby, but still can’t get them to stop crying. I took pictures of the “Congratulations, you’ve been born!” hats I made for her, but forgot to download the pictures, so I can’t share them today.

I went to three classes at my toga studio this weekend. Friday night was an intermediate pilates class (before girls’ dinner), Saturday was a beginner/intermediate pilates class and yesterday was a beginners yoga class. Are we seeing a theme? I’m pretty comfortable with intermediate pilates classes, but yoga classes have to be beginner for a little while. So, I’m four days and four classes into my yoga challenge. So far, so good!

Times Square Car Bomb

Guess where I happened to be Saturday night.

My parents were here for the first time to visit me since I’ve moved here. Long time coming, huh? We went to Times Square to take pictures with all the lights on. Instead we stumbled on crowds and blocked streets. We thought at the time it had something to do with Arizona’s new law and the protests that were planned for the weekend. Then we saw a stretcher and someone said they thought there’d been a car accident. We asked a cop who told us a transformer has blown – basically he regurgitated what happened outside of my office a couple weeks ago (the transformer that blew and caused a large fire underground on 52nd St.). It wasn’t until we got back to my apartment and the New York Times put out the story that it was a failed car bomb.

So scary.

Degree Ultra Clear

Ever since I started wearing deodorant I’ve worn Secret of some variety. Always.

That all changed a couple of months ago. I went to a Daily Candy party and in the gift bag was a stick of Degree Ultra Clear Red Satin. I’m pretty brand loyal and not a huge fan of change, especially when it comes to personal hygiene. I’ve used the same shaving cream since I started shaving. I’ve used the same soap since high school. I’ve used the same shampoo and conditioner for probably 6 years and before that I used White Rain my whole life. I’ve used All Laundry Detergent my whole life. Etc.

Well, my Secret ran out and I decided I might as well try out the Degree since I have it and save myself $5 or whatever deodorant costs. Let me tell you…I am so happy with this Degree. With Secret I would put it on as soon as I got out of the shower, then get ready and the last thing I did was put my shirt on. This was my attempt at trying to let it dry, because without fail, I would end up with white lines on my hips where my shirt hit my armpits as it was going on. Always – even after 30 minutes of it being on. The Degree has yet to leave a white mark on me anywhere that I’ve seen.

They’ve made me a believer and I’ll likely remain a convert. Hey marketing/advertising brand teams – apparently sampling works!