If I didn't mention before, Chris and I are spending two weeks in Florida for the holdiays, weddings, and other non holiday but equally important festivities.
Last night over some bad reality tv show my mom pulled out this old album she had borrowed from my grandmother that included some of my child hood photos, photos from the 70's in New Jersey, and some awesome photos from cuba.
Hope you enjoy these and all their early 90's goodness.
This is the first thanksgiving I can remember where in the morning the house isn't chaotic with too many things cooking and too many things needing to be cleaned up.
I miss my mom and the amazing smell of all the mojo pork and turkey (the result of a night full of prepping and and super early start on cooking) and being her helper in tasting everything just to be sure it was perfect.
It's 11 am in the photo above, that's all the light this little place gets, and Chris is still sleeping. I have coffee steeping on the stove and two dogs to cuddle with.
We did all our baking yesterday so the house is "clean" and quiet.
It will be weird to have a thanksgiving where the whole family can fit at a single table (mine generally had three plus couches) and have an actual conversation.
I miss my family in Florida but I am also thankful to have family in nyc that I will get to know better and maybe start some new traditions with.
last week chris an i finally got new running shoes. we ordered them off 6pm because discounts and they came within a week, which was amazing. we did our first run and it was fun and not to painful. we ran a little over a mile, nothing too crazy except the last 1/4 mile was all uphill and i really wanted to just give up and lie down. that was my only run day last week. but i am trying again.
i am lazy, but i haven't always been and i would like to not be anymore. we ran today without the dogs (less fun) and it was so cold and way more painful. the goal was to run two miles but i think my constant complaining after mile 1 might have cut us a little under two miles. i am a lot of fun to exercise with. i had these severe cramps that felt like the worst menstrual cramps ever (tmi?) is this even normal. chris thought it could have been my bodies response to the pre run coffee i had to have. it happened on the run back home. it was the worst 5 blocks i have ever had to run but that loving husband of mine wouldn't leave me behind to crawl home, so i had to push on. how is one expected to do anything without a cup of coffee.
i need help. send me your tips. how do you get up early and not hate yourself, how do you have energy to run without drinking coffee, and how do you stay motivated? also, any running in cold weather tips are greatly appreciated since this will be our first year of winter outdoor exercise.
for this weeks music monday chris and i compiled a playlist of songs to hopefully get us motivated, keep us energized, and help me not complain as much so we can run longer. hopefully it does the same for you. this playlist will probably be updated frequently so if you have any suggestions let me know! hope you have a happy monday -bea
hope you all had an amazing chocolate filled halloween!
this year, like most holiday's in nyc, chris had to work so we spent the night at his job, which thankfully is a fun bar. i really love all the people we have met this past year, it was a really fun night of chatting eating too much chocolate and hanging out until 4 am.
we kept the couple costume theme of the past few years going and we dressed up as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.
we found the perfect sweater colors at american apparel this week, for some reason we always wait until the last minute to finish costumes.
I spent the morning in soho attempting to buy a pair of black lace up shoes.
my original idea was to head to the converse store and get the new all rubber high tops but they didn't have my size. i went to five shops and no one had my size in anything.
it was so frustrating.
i expect it in my neighborhood where everyone has size 6 feet but soho? i always imagine lower manhattan as the land of models who all have giant feet.
you'd think they would have more size 9 shoes.
i had pretty much given up and had to get back uptown for a class when i spotted f21 and decided to give it one last go, so glad i did because i love these shoes. plus the lady at the door was handing out 25% off tickets so i didn't even have to pay full price.
and i was only 5 minutes late to class.
around my junior year of high school i became friends with a girl that i had known my whole life but had never really spoken to and i owe this long lasting obsession of mine to her.
back in high school i wasn't allowed to go out much, my parents feared that i would die or get into major trouble, but when i became friends with jeniffer i was allowed to go out a little more.
jeniffer immigrated from cuba like my family and although our parents had completely different ideals and parenting styles, me heading over there was nbd and sometimes i could even spend the night (bfd)!
what i loved most about jennifer and still love is how she was always genuinely herself even at the age of 17, i still struggle with being my honest self, especially in front of people i don't really know. not that i act like someone else, i just don't say or do much. i guess i am shy? but i am getting better.
the point is, that on our first hangout she introduced me to asian dramas.
it was awesome.
i instantly fell in love. they feel like an extended romantic comedy and you get to really understand and love the characters.
and the really good ones feel like an emotional roller coaster but will generally leave you in a good spot.
i even got chris (an avid hater of most things i watch on tv) hooked on a couple shows when we first got married.
since i started grad school i put this obsession on hold because i will get hooked and do nothing with my life until it is done. so i'm saving up for winter break or post graduation.
if you have self control i suggest just jumping into it.
i've compiled a list of my top 3 favorite dramas to get you started!
living in the city has been so much more enjoyable since chris and i stopped working weekends.
i feel like we get to live a little bit more like normal people instead of the late night hermits we were last year and it feels so nice.
last night was another late night post that got deleted.
i fell asleep on my phone...
it was pretty much about chris and i performed together as a duo again for the first time in over two years!
we started playing together when we were dating but a few months before we got married it kind of ended, not in any bad away but we both became really busy, me with grad school auditions and graduating and chris with his new full time job at the time.
but it is back and it felt so good to perform together again.
hopefully i can find a video clip or photos from last night to share on here i think the owner of the gallery might have some footage from last night.
today was also a great day. i feel like we are finally living in this city instead of just living in this tiny basement, if that makes any sense.
it was great to finally see them live, we booked them last year for accidental music festival in orlando but weren't able to fly back down to actually see them perform.
i really like sub culture, the sound is a little dry but it's a beautiful intimate space where you can grab a beer and chat with the performers after the show.
realizing the only sustenance we had all day was beer and peanuts, we decided to grab some lunch nearby.
the idrs this summer was held at nyu with a few events at subculture and i remember this really weird triangular building right next to it had a taqueria ( pinche taqueria ) so we decided to try it out.
the photo is pretty much the whole spot, there are few more two seat tables behind the lady in the photo and i was sitting on the second seat at the bar, the rest is mainly kitchen and standing room for to go orders.
the food was really good, i'd probably have to go a second time when i wasn't starving to be certain, but on first impressions it was amazing and on top of that they had 5 dollar margaritas (not sure if just a sunday thing or not).
i had an al pastor burrito wet ( mole and cheese on top) and chris had the carne asada fries and we shared the wings. it was kind of a crazy meat fest and a lot of food but it was all so good. and really filling that was our only meal today we ate at 5 and i am still not hungry.
if your in soho at lunch time check it out. i think tacos were around 3 dollars? definitely worth trying out.
the rest of the day was spent stocking up on a few winter essentials at uniqlo and getting some new comic books.
it was a really lovely day of exploring and just enjoying each others company in this lovely city.
i could really see us living here for a while. (so weird).
hope you had a great weekend!
side note // have you tried the blue moon horchata beer?
I think I've posted on here how much I love fresh direct and how I've pretty much ordered from them weekly for about 2 to 3 months.
I have a day set up and everything, it's like clockwork.
Well today was a bit unusual, frustrating, and surprisingly upsetting.
I had my delivery time set for this morning between the hours of 8 and 10, which means I was up at 730 even though I didn't have class today.
I sat around drinking my coffee waiting for some glorious food so I could make a yummy breakfast ( i ordered turkey bacon and eggs ) and pack a lunch for chris.
The food never came, which is super unusual for fresh direct because they are always on time.
I tried calling and even sent them an email making sure everything was okay.
it was raining this morning and I was concerned about the driver.
About 15 minutes later around 10:45 I get a call back saying that the delivery man came by at 8:14 and left my food at apartment 3 (not my apt) and the person signed for it and took it in.
I was told to go upstairs while on the phone with fresh direct, knock on a strangers door, and ask for my food back.
starving and dreaming of bacon and stinky cheese i went up stairs to fix this shit.
The lady was adamant that she had no idea what I was talking about and after about five minutes i gave up and left.
The fresh direct lady heard the whole thing and told me she'd call me back.
i then did what any person in this situation would do and i posted about it on twitter (nothing mean) and fresh direct immediately responded to it.
this was probably a good move because I got calls from a few different people including one of the heads up in jersey trying to get the problem solved quickly. The delivery men even came back to talk to me about the whole thing and also talk to the lady in apartment 3 who still denies everything even though the delivery man was there.
It was craziness!
It eventually got sorted out (around 1pm) but I have to wait until tomorrow night to get my groceries.
Fresh direct was really good about the whole thing, they added 20 dollars to my account (they said 50 on the phone but whatev) and gave me a number I could call direct if anything like this happens again.
I should be happy it was fixed without an extra charge but I've been so angry all day.
Just the thought that the people above me are drinking my kombucha, eating my bacon, and grinding my coffee beans makes me crazy.
Why would you steal my food? who takes packages with other peoples names on it!
especially people who live in their fucking building directly below them!
the thought of all this is so frustrating.
Sorry for all the negative vibes.
Hope you all had a great Thursday.
Today was so beautiful.
It felt so good to get out of the car and spend time with my family.
The wedding was so wonderful and I wish them the best in their future endeavors as a married couple.
I love florida and I love weddings.
Here are a few photos from today.