a tasty appetizer

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

this weekend (or, how to spend the first 48 hours in a new city)

So! It’s the weekend and you have an entirely new city to explore. What do you do?

Start with breakfast.

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Play sardines with strangers (aka, take the subway). If you’re lucky, some break dancers might entertain you on the A train.

Find a new place to hang out. If it involves a view like this, all the better.

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Make new friends. Offering a dried cranberry is a good way to break the ice.

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Have a picnic in the park.

Wander aimlessly. Pretend you have a purpose, even though you don’t. Eventually you may stumble upon something like this.

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How was your weekend? Have you ever moved to a new city before?

reasons i’m excited to move to new york

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Via Tamara Peterson

You guys, everything about my move has fallen into place so quickly. When I first left my job in order to pursue my dream of moving to New York City, I didn’t have a job or a place to stay. What was supposed to be a few weeks of staying with  my mom turned into a few months, a couple of possible living situations fell through, and there was more than one moment of panic and doubt.

But even though I took a ready-fire-aim approach, in the last couple of weeks I just got so lucky and everything is set! I now have employment and a place to stay (albeit a temporary one, but it’s still nice to have a place to set your coffee maker). Also, can I just give a shout-out to my parents for being so awesome and supportive of the fact that their daughter made a big, reckless (and possibly stupid–we shall see) decision to leave gainful employment so she could move to a new city for no apparent reason? Thanks M and D!

So, here’s to a new life and a new layout! (Do you like?) I hop on my plane tomorrow, and here’s some of the reasons I’m looking forward to landing in NYC!

  1. Having actual New York cheesecake.
  2. Trying everything on this list.
  3. The beautiful photo ops.
  4. All the cool locally owned coffee shops I’m gonna find.
  5. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY. (cough*geek*cough)
  6. Spider-Man lives there.

What I’ve Been Up To Lately

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Taken on my eighth grade field trip to New York.

Whew! I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed nowadays. It’s been a while since I did a post where I just share with ya’ll what’s been going on in my life, so here’s some of the stuff I’ve been up to the past week or so:

Watching Three’s Company marathons.

Working, then working some more.

Debating whether or not to chop my hair into a pixie a la Jennifer Lawrence.

Reading The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh. (I don’t care how old you are, those books are great.)

Seeing American Authors perform live! I managed to win tickets to a small acoustic show, and it was amazing. (Photos here. See if you can spot yours truly!)

And, lastly, losing sleep due to excitement because I finally have an official moving date for New York City! And it’s in two weeks!!

Which brings me to my next announcement: since I’ll be busy sorting out all the details of my move (the biggest of which is, how am I actually going to transport myself halfway across the country??), I’m going to put the blog on the back burner and not post for a little while. But I’ll return in two weeks, and when I do I’ll have a surprise!

What have you been up to lately? What’s the coolest concert you’ve ever been to?

July Pics

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Tea Sachet Wisdom 2

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Happiness comes from contentment.

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Experience the warmth and love of your soul.

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Practice kindness, mercy and forgiveness.

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Love is where compassion prevails and kindness rules.

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When ego is lost, limit is lost.

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To learn, read. To know, write. To master, teach.

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Live from your heart, you will be most effective.

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Pinsday (aka Pinterest Wednesday)

Here are my favorite finds from Pinterest this week:

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