Thursday, May 10, 2018

Photo A Day - May 2017

I spent half of May in Kentucky doing a lot of celebrating and taking meetings in Nashville and Columbus in between. I managed to get quite a bit of reading accomplished as well. Fun month, indeed!

I had a blast collecting tickets with Landon at Chuck E. Cheese, jumping all over the place at Get Air with the Jordan and the kids, and celebrating with little miss 5-year old at all her fun birthday events!

I was so happy to see my sorority big sis, Hayley, and finally meet her two kiddos while I was in Lexington!  I spent a couple of days networking in Columbus and picked up Chris there so he could join everyone for McKinley's Medical School graduation fun. Love spending time with my family!

Back in New York, I saw Sara Bareilles perform in Waitress from the side box over the orchestra - so awesome! I managed to develop allergies that kept me inside in front of the TV where I managed to watch every episode of Gilmore Girls on Netflix - yes, please!. Chris and I did manage a fun outing to Governor's Island on a weekend though!

Books and food seem to sum up this last week of May! Nothing beats Pickle Me Pete and our LIC Flea Market outings that Chris loved during the summer months. Those were some delicious pickles!

Andrea :)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Book Reviews: Read the Rainbow (Green)

This year, I decided to link up with Mia to Read the Rainbow. I only managed to get through one green book this month, but I did start a second one that I hope to finish soon.

I was intrigued by the previews for this movie when it was released a few years ago, but never got around to checking it out. I honestly can't decide if I'm more interested or less interested in the movie after reading the book. The story is fairly predictable (and somewhat unbelievable), but it was a quick read and kept my interest as there was significant build out of the characters. The book was just ok, but the story itself is interesting from a psychological perspective. Now I just need to figure out if I want to make time for the movie version of the tale.

Did you read anything interesting this month?

Andrea :)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Photo a Day - April 2017

April was a fun month. I finished my first improv class, we went on a murder mystery weekend getaway, and I headed out for a few weeks in the mid-west.

Chris finally managed to get me out to his favorite NY brewery - Bridge and Tunnel. I enjoyed some tasty (and generally healthy) snacks, but the highlight of the first part of April was certainly my first ever improv show. As part of my classes with the Magnet Theater, a show was the cherry on top of a fantastic eight week experience. I had lots of support from Chris and a slew of friends for my debut!

Chris and I ran a 10k in Central Park and generally enjoyed being outside as the season changed over to Spring. I watched a Case for Christ on Good Friday, and we enjoyed spending Easter with Chris' family in Long Island.

We celebrated our seven year dating anniversary by recreating our first date on April 17 - so fun!! Later in the month, we ventured to Vermont for a murder mystery weekend. Chris and I managed to keep our characters secret from one another and had an absolute blast at the event. I had a big lip-synced singing number to perform that went over swimmingly. However, Chris was the star of the show - he was even honored for his acting ability by our whole group. He truly was a hit!!

It's always good to be back in Kentucky! I ventured back for some meetings - first at Georgetown - and then Nashville and Columbus. I enjoyed hanging with my favorite niece and nephew in between meetings. Brinley and I went to see A Dog's Purpose together and she did remarkably well for an almost 5 year old! What a great way to end a lovely month!

Andrea :)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Book Reviews: Read the Rainbow (Yellow)

This year, I decided to link up with Mia to Read the Rainbow. I managed to fit in a couple of yellow books this month. I am working to finish up another reading challenge as well and that took up a bit of my time this month.

I really enjoyed reading these stories. Many of them highlight a feeling that I can't really imagine. It was great to read the perspective of the various individuals that contributed. From an Indian girl experiencing puppy love before her parents arrange a marriage for her to the opposite of your stereotypical Asian boy pretending to be all the stereotypes to garner favor with the white kids at his school, I found each story to be insightful. These are the types of stories I wish more people would read so that we could begin to fix so much of the racist behavior that occurs in our schools and communities daily. I truly believe that exposure to those that aren't in our own race group is one of the keys to real change. I would definitely recommend this quick read to everyone.

This book has been on my to-read list for quite some time. I am glad that I finally had a chance to start it. The story follows the family line of two sisters that haven't ever met. They live completely different lives as they were born in completely different circumstances. The family lines are quite interesting to follow (even if it was a little tricky to get all the names sorted out at the beginning). I thought it was interesting to learn how each generation impacted the next. Definitely an intriguing story.

Have you read any good books this month?

Andrea :)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Date Nights - March 2017

We enjoyed some low key city dining and entertainment last March for our date nights. We really got into seeing plays and shows in our last couple of years in the city. That was definitely ok by me because the arts is my absolute favorite thing about NYC.

I found a new Chinese restaurant - Excellent Dumpling House - that opened up in Chelsea that we decided to try. We had a few staples for Thai food, but we never found a Chinese restaurant that really hit the spot. This place had serious potential, but this ended up being the only time we visited. The food was great with really quick service and lots of options. After dinner, we made our way down to the Magnet Theater for some improv fun with Kornfield and Andrews - love those two funny fellas together on stage!

Chris opted for burgers from Lucky's before we headed downtown to see The Penitent. Chris was really excited about seeing Chris Bauer in the production. Unfortunately, the story wasn't our favorite. The acting (a four character show) was well done, but the story itself sort of fell flat with us. We haven't had too many busts in our show seeing days so I suppose we were due for a bit of a dud. Of course, it was still a fun night out - which is all that really matters in the end!

Do you enjoy the arts?
What is the best stage performance you've ever seen?

Andrea :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Photo a Day - March 2017

March didn't have too much excitement last year. I got back into the swing of things with my job search and started focusing on getting back into shape and working more veggies into my diet.

In an effort to volunteer more, I decided to usher for Second Stage Theater and I worked my first show for them. I also got involved with the local Phi Mu chapter in NYC and enjoyed a nice dinner with the lovely ladies of that chapter to celebrate Founder's Day.

I did quite a bit of reading this month - really enjoyed spending my time delving into some interesting topics. The weather kept me home bound a couple of days as well.

A well stocked fridge is one of the best feelings in the world! The treadmill - not so much. I was ready for Spring so I could get outside for a run!

We ran the NYRR Spring Classic on what turned out to be a pretty nice day! I had my first official in-person interview of the job hunt, finished my Level One improv class, and found a great deal on Baskin Robbins ice cream on the 31st!

Andrea :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Date Nights - February 2018

We picked two very different, but equally fun date nights for February. I happened to see an advertisement for a couples' cupcake decorating event on Valentine's Day when I stopped in a local cupcake shop to get a couple treats to celebrate our engagement anniversary at the end of last year. Chris opted for a fun night out at an arcade in the heart of downtown Columbus.

Our Cupcakery is a cute little shop in Dublin. They have lots of neat classes and their products are quite tasty! For our Valentine's Day event, we spent most of the time working on various fondant designs at three different stations. We laughed our way through the sticky fondant fun. The second room is where we rolled out tiny roses - my favorite one! Finally, we added some shimmery dust to a couple of fondant hearts. After all our designs were created, we received some instruction on how to fill the cupcakes and then ice them. Chris and I decided to put strawberry filling in our chocolate cupcake, lemon filling in our vanilla cupcake, and stick with buttercream icing to fill our red velvet. I really enjoyed this part of the night, but Chris thought it was a mess. I think he preferred rolling and cutting the fondant. Either way, we did pretty good for a couple of fondant novices! Tasted amazing, too.

Chris found a unique spot for date night - Old North Arcade. The place has every arcade game you can imagine as well as a number of stations set up with Nintendo, Xbox, Sega, etc game consoles. We got there a little on the early side of the night which was a great idea because we had our pick of games. By the time we left a couple hours later, the place was pretty crowded. I enjoyed playing Ms. Pac Man and a new game I found called X-Bert. Chris liked the NBA and NFL games. I played those with him, but I wasn't much competition. We also found an old school Nintendo Mario Bros game open and played that for awhile. We wanted to try Mario Kart, but never could catch it when no one else was playing. It was definitely a fun night full of nostalgia and lots of laughs.

What are your favorite local date night spots?

Andrea :)