“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” - Jawaharal Nehru

Friday, July 29, 2011

Girls Night Out

Last night I met up with Jennifer, Ariane, Julie, and Amber at Cafe Frida in the Upper West Side. Oh, yes... Mexican food!

It was so great to catch up with the girls. It had been a while since we all had been out together. It reminded me how much every girl needs some girl time. We talked about anything and everything.

The food was amazing! I had fajitas and they were pretty good. And that's coming from a girl that knows her fajitas! And don't forget about the wonderful margaritas! I could eat Mexican food every night. It's a good think that NYC is limited on great Mexican restaurants.

Girls night out = tons of fun!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The End Of A Decade

This past Saturday Nick and I saw the final installment of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. I am not afraid to admit I felt a lot of different emotions while sitting in the theater. Excitement and sadness were the two most prominent emotions. Nick and I realized that Harry Potter has been with us throughout our entire relationship...

Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone came out November 2001. We started dating in August of 2001... throughout the tens years we have been together there has always been Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I absolutely love the movies and Nick and I have seen everyone one together.

It was also interesting to see the range of ages the movies draw. There were children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and grandparents all in the theater. The movie really reaches out to everyone.

The movie was AMAZING. It could not have ended in a better way. It just might be my favorite one!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cold Spring, NY

Nick and I decided to take a day trip to Cold Spring, NY. It's about an hour train ride on MTA North. A lot of friends and just random people we have met said it's the perfect town to relax in when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

We caught the 11am train and arrived in Cold Spring about noon. First on our agenda was to find some food... we were starving! We walked up Main Street (pretty much where everything is) and stopped at all the restaurants and read the menus. We ended up at Hudson Hills Cafe Market. The menu looked good and the place was crowded... which is always a good sign!

We sat outside and enjoyed the peace and quiet a small town like Cold Spring has to offer. Everyone was so friendly. It felt like you were a millions of miles away from the city. Our lunch was amazing. Nick had a yummy burger and I had the best BLT sandwich I have ever had. We ended our meal with dessert... and we were greedy. Nick had his own slice of peach and blueberry pie while I had my staple. Apple pie. So good!

After lunch we made our way to hike one of the many trails the town has to offer. On our way to the trail we saw this beautiful deer on the side of the road. He just starred at us and let me take a picture. Once a got a few he jumped away. Pretty cool.

We were looking for a specific trail but I don't think we ended up on the one we sought out. But, the one we did take was quite challenging at times. It ended up being extremely steep and very rocky. Almost like you were rock climbing. And it felt like it went on forever. I kept asking Nick when we would arrive at the top. It was pretty hot and luckily before the hike we stopped and got some water and gatorade. Otherwise I think we would have died dehydration!

The hike lasted about 2 1/2 hours but it was worth it. We had some amazing views. We would stop at all the places that offered views and take it all in. It was really peaceful and we loved it!

We headed back to the town and went to the town square located on the Hudson. It was still hot but there was a nice breeze from the water. So we found a bench and relaxed. I read on my Kindle while Nick took a short nap.

We caught the 6pm train back into the city. We were exhausted! We came home, took a shower, and finished our great day off with watching some TV before heading to bed.

What a great way to spend a Saturday!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

4th of July

Last week was really busy. I didn't have a chance to upload our pictures from our holiday weekend.

It's pretty surprising how quickly everyone clears out of the city. It was eerily quiet in some parts. Nick and I just decided to have a relaxing weekend. We didn't have too much planned.

Friday night we had a awesome dinner at Chat Noir. It was this lovely restaurant. We had the best meal... the tomato mozzarella was amazing. Simply mouthwatering. I am still thinking about it a week later!

Saturday we spent the day roaming the city. We had some great BBQ and watched the women's World Cup game. We then headed to Pier 25 to play mini golf. Getting there was a little bit of an adventure. I will be the first to admit that I am not the best with directions. I thought I knew where I was going... but not so much. We ended up walking to where I "thought" the mini golf was but we didn't see it. Nick took a look on his phone and informed me that we were in fact still about 20 blocks away. Way too far to walk... we were tired of walking at that point.

We caught a cab and finally made it to the pier. We had a great time playing mini golf. It was hot but there was a nice breeze off the Hudson. It was just a really fun afternoon!

Sunday and Monday we pretty much just relaxed! It was really nice. We thought about heading to the West side to watch the fireworks but we really didn't want to get tangled in all those people. So we opted to watch it on TV.

It was the perfect relaxing holiday weekend! Enjoy some of the pictures we took!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

I'm Getting Good At Change

After adapting from Dallas to New York City life I think I can handle pretty much any change (or at least that's what I'm telling myself).

After almost a year in the city I have decided to start a new job. Still dermatology... just a different office. I am super excited about this new adventure!

Her name is Dr. Lisa Airan and she is located on 72nd between 5th and Madison. A little bit further than where I am now but still walking distance... which I LOVE!

Dr. Airan is a wonderful physician. It's a great opportunity to grow in my skills and learn about the industry. Another part of the lure of her practice is it's just her. No other doctors. I like to work for one doctor (or two) because you are able to develop a routine with that physician. You know them in and out.... you can predict what they need before they even have to say anything. And the patients notice that and appreciate that.

So like I said, I am REALLY excited. It could not have come at a better time!

The one tiny detail that is different with this new office... well back story first. I have worn only scrubs for the past 5 years. It's even longer than that if you count the years I was in nursing school. So for the past 5 years I have been able to wake up in the morning and go straight to my scrub section. Extremely easy.

Well at Dr. Airan's office the attire is "business casual." I get a white lab coat with my name embroidered on it to wear over my clothes. Can you believe that? How cool is that!? I will feel a little bit like a doctor!

After I got over the excitement of realizing I would be "dressing up" for work like so many other people; I realized I had absolutely NO business causal clothes. Like I said, it's been scrubs for the past 5 years!

What's a girl to do? Yes, shopping! And Nick couldn't say anything this time because it had to be done.

I headed down to Madison Park area on 5th Avenue and hit all the stores. Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, Gap, etc. I wasn't having that much luck. Then I saw White House Black Market... I loved that store in Dallas and hadn't been in one since I left.

Well let's just say that White House Black Market was a HUGE success.... mainly due to the best salesman, Chris, I have ever met!

I met Chris as soon as I walked in the store. He introduced himself and asked what I was shopping for. I told him and he was like, "I've got this. Jenna, you continue to look around and I will grab you a few things."

I browse the store and grab a few items. Once I'm ready I head back to the dressing room. I walk in and stop in my tracks. It is packed with clothes and I mean packed! He managed to fill that dressing room in less than 5 minutes. I was shocked!

He then proceeded to tell me to start at the left side and work my way down. And he would take a look once I had the outfits on. I have to say I have never really been provided with this service before... but it was fantastic!

The clothes he picked out were perfect. There were a few items I didn't like but most of it was very stylish. The first classic black dress I put on was perfect! I also realized through Chris that I have been sizing myself wrong. I put on the one outfit I picked and stepped out for him to see. Let's just say he did not like my sizing choice... he was like, "Where did your curves go? You do know you are petite?" Haha! The whole time I was trying on clothes I was just enjoying the experience.

After an hour in the dressing room with all the clothes Chris picked out (I am telling you he knows his fashion) I had a huge start to my business causal wardrobe.

I loved every minute at that store with him. The experience could have been quite stressful... shopping for clothes you haven't worn in years. But, he made it great and he knew what he was doing!

I went home with a HUGE shopping bag and a great experience!