hurray for

Catching a whiff of the roses from the flower shop next to the train station.

Having the window open just a crack on a rainy day while drinking my morning coffee.

Free zumba classes at the library. (And living within walking distance of a library, for that matter.)

Comic books. I sometimes feel like I can’t call myself a true geek, since although I love me some superhero movies I’ve never really read the comics. But the library mentioned above has a fairly decent comic book selection, so I’m trying to rectify that.

Finally, finally a break from ridiculously hot weather. Hello, fall.

What’s making you go “hurray” lately?

pinsday (aka pinterest wednesday)

Here are my favorite finds from Pinterest this week:

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one year

Today is my one year blog-iversary! Not gonna lie, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to this point when I first started The Purple Notebook; I was worried I might give up after a few months because of the difficulty of creating content. I’m still trying to figure out the direction of this blog, actually…but this last year was a pretty good year to start, because I went through quite a lot since my first blog post (but thankfully no more fires). Here’s a quick recap of some things that went down between September 14, 2013 and September 14, 2014:

1. I moved all the way across the state of Nebraska (twice if you go a couple months before September 2013).

2. I then moved halfway across the country.

3. I saw Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters. (Yes, I am such a geek that I consider these events worth noting. Anyone else cry during a certain scene in Spider-Man?)

4. I made a major career change.

5. I performed in an improv show.

6. I got added to my mom’s Netflix account and all productivity quickly halted.

7. I watched lots of movies, read lots of books, drank lots of wine, and explored teeny rural Nebraska towns with friends.

8. I tried, and am still trying, to figure out how to live life post-college. Has anyone else figured that out yet? Any tips?

Whew, that was quite a year. I think I might need a nap.

walking the brooklyn bridge


Between settling into my new place on Saturday and being trapped in the fifth circle of hell that is the DMV on Monday, I managed to squeeze in some tourist-y time on Sunday evening walking the Brooklyn Bridge. I started in Brooklyn and mosied my way over to Manhattan.



Oh, and Batman was there.


Afterward I explored the part of Manhattan I ended up in a little bit, found a fountain and had my first (and, based on the price, probably my last) New York hot dog. All in all, not a bad way to end the weekend.


Have you ever walked the Brooklyn Bridge? What’s your favorite tourist-y thing you’ve ever done (in NYC or elsewhere)?

the queen of queens


This is it guys! I’m finally settled into my permanent (for a year, at least) New York residence. It’s such a load off knowing that the most stressful part of my move (and there was stress, believe me) is finally over. Now I just need to take care of the boring grown-up stuff, like changing my address and getting my new driver’s license (okay, I’m actually kind of excited about that last one), and then I’m free to explore the city to my heart’s content! When I’m not working of course.

I’ve already had the pleasure of exploring my new neighborhood a little bit, and I think I’m gonna like it here. I’ve already discovered my new favorite pastry shop (the woman behind the counter was so sweet and even gave me a free mini croissant!), and other than getting lost when riding the bus for the first time I haven’t had any bad experiences. Not to mention the lovely view from my window as seen above.

Have you ever moved before? How did you handle the stress?

pinsday (aka pinterest wednesday)

Here are my favorite finds from Pinterest this week:

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a tasty appetizer


For the first time since moving, a couple days ago I decided I wanted to make something. Something simple, with inexpensive ingredients, that I could share with the roommates. So I browsed the ol’ recipe board on Pinterest until I found something that fit the bill.


That would be this recipe from Scout blog. I replaced the cherries with cherry tomatoes and the tarragon with basil. I also skipped the sherry vinegar (which we didn’t have on hand and I wasn’t about to buy), but my roommate soon figured out that balsamic vinegar made for an agreeable substitute.


These were tasty little devils. Even though they’re technically an appetizer, I definitely ate half of that pan you see above and made it my supper instead. I just couldn’t stop after a couple…

What’s your favorite appetizer, either to make, share or eat?

august pics

A few pics I took while bopping around the city:

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disappearing act


I’m still here! I didn’t fall down an open manhole or get kidnapped on the subway. Sorry for the lack of posting–remember when I said apartment hunting had to take top priority? It did, but the breakdown of my time spent not blogging was actually only about 10% apartment hunting, 90% worrying about apartment hunting. Didn’t exactly put me in a writing mood.

But the search is over! And now that I’ve got a permanent mailing address, I’m hoping I can get back to exploring New York and blogging about it in my free time. Of course, that will probably have to wait until after I get all my stuff moved…

exploring central park

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A couple days ago I went exploring in Central Park. I didn’t find any of the famous parts that are always in movies, but I did find a body of water and a violinist under a bridge. Afterwards I got lost and had a hamburger.

I’ll be doing more city exploring in the future, but for now apartment hunting is my top priority on my down time. Stay tuned!

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