Monthly Archives: May 2012

Summer Reading List

Standard

Although summer isn’t officially here until June 20th, Memorial Day weekend has always kicked off summer in my book. It seems like just a few weeks ago it was Christmas and just a short time before that I was still living and teaching high school in Texas. At 26, it amazes me how quickly time passes. Sometimes I wish it would slow down so that I could enjoy the moments more, but then again when i was younger, I always wished that I would grow up, so here I am. Afterall, you can’t have everything and we all eventually grow up!

With the onset of summer, I’m bringing out my summer reading list. A few of the books on my list are quite hefty reads, so I’m hoping that I’m not being too ambitious. My list contains everything from classics to biographies to NY Times best sellers, so here goes.

  • Wicked: The life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • If I stay by Gayle Forman
  • A grown up kind of pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

If I have extra time, then I’ll also try to read The Harry Potter Series, Books 1-7. If not, then that series will start off my fall reading!

Let the reading begin!

Advertisements

Life through a lens

Standard

Since I’ve been on a blogging hiatus, the best way to catch y’all up on what’s been going on is with pictures…four weeks worth of pictures [mostly in instagram] to be exact.

“Pictures tell a story that words can’t always express.”

Week One:

  • Discovered a new restaurant in NYC – Brother Jimmy’s BBQ. Everything about it reminded me of the south from the food, paraphernalia and music. I LOVED this place.

It doesn’t get much better than that! I recommend the pulled chicken. delish.

  • Volunteered for a service project with work where we painted the cafeteria of the NYC Lab School with Publicolor.

I’m in the blue shirt cutting away at the corners. The cafeteria ended up being 3 different colors.

  • Spent an afternoon shopping and eating at a street fair in Chelsea. [not pictured, the earrings, necklace and kettle corn I bought.]

Fresh Thai Food! Makes me wish I was abroad.

Fried Oreos! AMAZING 🙂

Flowers for sale. Makes me wish I had a balcony filled with pots of flowers!

  • Walked around Union Square Park and East Village.

 

Occupy Wall Street has become Occupy Union Square.

  • Ate at Crepes on Columbus. #bestCREPES

Dark Chocolate, Strawberry and Banana Crepe. It doesn’t get more decadent than that.

Week Two:

  •  Celebrated Cinco de Mayo with Margaritas at Caliente Cab.

Pricey but, potent. One of the best marg spots I’ve been to in the city.

  • Went to a Johnnie Walker tasting. [too bad I don’t like whiskey.]

Black Label backdrop – andy warhol style.

  • Walked around Herald Square and Times Square like a total tourist.

T-Rex in Toys-r-Us. Most ridiculous store ever.

Week Three:

  • Bought myself a planner, like a high schooler. Only 5 months into the new year, but better late than never.

  • Bought three shirts and a blazer (not pictured) at H&M

  • Made a surprise visit home to Houston for Mother’s Day!

  • Snuggled with my little pig, Sophie!

Isn’t she the cutest? It’s always so hard to leave that face.

Week Four:

  • Registered for the Houston Marathon on January 13, 2013.

  • Walked around Union Square Park and saw the Occupy Protesters as well as part of a San Simone Parade.

Hilarious.

Some of the dancers from the Parade.

  • Accidentally stumbled upon a Ukrainian Festival in East Village.

Love the Nesting Dolls! The top left one is exactly like one that my parents have!

  • Went to the Central Park Zoo and walked through the Gardens!

One of the three Sea Lions!

Central Park Gardens.

Also during this time, I saw The Avengers, The Five Year Engagement, found a new apartment, had a work event that included good food, drinks and karaoke and did a burger/craft beer outing with iadventures for burger month!

Hopefully now you are all caught up on my life as of late.