Contentment

Have any of you had that conversation with your best friend or significant other?  The one that occurs when you are fed up with life?  Fed up with below freezing temperatures in late March or at your wits end at work or are being driven crazy by your crazy commute?  The one that goes, “We should just move to an island somewhere…you could be a bartender and I could braid people’s hair!”

Yeah, that one.  I’ve had it many times in the past.  Probably around times similar to right now.  I’m so sick of the cold (finally) which makes me dread my mostly pedestrian, oh-so-very-exposed to the elements commute.  And don’t even get me started on work!  I know that Scott is feeling the same way.  We are jones-ing for warmer weather, big time.

But it’s funny, because while we had that conversation in the past (“Who needs this!?  Let’s move to the tropics!”) it doesn’t really cross my mind anymore.  Maybe because when we had those types of thoughts in the past we weren’t married and we lived on opposite ends of I-66.  Which was basically a long, scary land of never-ending of traffic.  But now, we are happily married and and we live in the best city in the world.  And even though it’s further north than I would care for (why is it still so cold!?) it’s hard to be unhappy with the Big Apple.

All of this to say, while I’m hunched over against the wind on my walk to work I have been dreaming about sitting on a warm, sunny beach with an umbrella drink in my hand.  It’s just that I only want a vacation, not an entire life change.  I’m calling that progress, friends.  And let us be honest.  Scott would be a great bartender, but I would hate to braid tourists hair!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

“Team Social” struck again at work yesterday!  Amy and I brought some luck of the Irish into the office, complete with an Irish playlist, veggies in the color of the Irish flag and some special Irish beverages.  IMG_0984

Irish Flag Veggies

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Some people dressed up for our faux-St. Patrick’s day, myself included, obviously.  If there’s a chance to dress to theme, I am IN.  So I automatically like anyone else that does the same!Ladies in GreenAs for our weekend plans, we had one semi-warm day this week and Scott hatched a plan to grill out for St. Patty’s Day.  I’m all for staying in rather than braving the crowds at the bars of the Upper East Side (which all happen to be Irish, by the way).  However.  HOWever.  Homeboy (aka my beloved) didn’t take the weather report into account.  The weather report with SNOW in the forecast.  So all are welcome to come over on Saturday.  But feel free to stay inside in the warmth with me and wave to Scott  as he grills for us outside 🙂

Erin Go Braugh!

Love,

Mrs. Fitzgerald (embracing my Irish heritage, via marriage!)

Castles in Central Park

“Hey, you want to head over to the park?” Scott asked as we stepped out of church on Sunday morning.

Spring is in the air, and I immediately knew I wanted to go sit in the sun somewhere and soak it up as much as possible.  We took a different route than we normally do (we usually head north to the Jackie O Reservoir) and stumbled upon something new (to us).

A castle!
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It’s not every day you see a castle flying an American flag. 🙂IMG_5024

As we meandered closer, we walked through the Shakespeare Garden, which has statues of some of his famous works.  IMG_5026Doesn’t it look like it belongs in the English countryside somewhere?

IMG_5028All of the grassy areas are closed for the season, but I would love to take a book (or my Kindle) and curl up on that bench and forget I’m in New York City for an afternoon.

IMG_5031You can actually climb the castle to two different levels, where you can see the Turtle Pond and get a pretty view of the East Side.

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On our way out, we continued our history tour/travel through time and stumbled upon this obelisk, aka Cleopatra’s Needle.  This thing was built around 1450 BC!  And we “stumbled” upon it on our impromptu walk through Central Park.  I think it’s crazy that we live in America, a relatively young country, but can still stumble across something that was built in ancient Egypt.  That is one of the many reasons I love living in New York City.

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I also love the crabs holding up the obelisk.  It seems cheeky and fun.  Rumor (wikipedia) has it that this obelisk fell at one point during it’s history, which is why one side of the obelisk still has its heiroglyphics on one side.  A bit fortuitous, no?IMG_5049After that, it was onto lunch at one of the great modern day living monuments of New York City – Shake Shack!  Hope you enjoyed our little history tour and travel through time.

Australian Reunion and Game-Filled Weekend

I finally have something fun to write about!  Scott was out of town for the last week of February/first week of March, so there was a lot of alone time.  And since many smart ladies from my mom to Scott’s grammy have told me not to let people know when I’m home alone…I just didn’t post very much!

But Scott was home this past weekend.  As was this little sister of mine!  She and her besties from her Australia study abroad trip were reunited on the East Coast and Scott and I got to be part of the reunion tour.
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Love. They are both fake smiling to humor me.  They know me so well.  We got to go out with them on Thursday night.  I loved it because I got to pretend I was in college again, getting ready with the girls before meeting up with the boys.  Listening to fun music while sharing a tiny mirror.  Going out on a Thursday.  Oh, how I miss college.IMG_5001

The next morning we woke up to a winter wonderland outside.  Prince was greatly enjoying the condensation built up on the windows and was methodically licking it off the panes one at a time.  I promise we give him water.IMG_5020

Let me tell you, I would much rather have been curled up warm in bed than walking to work in the wet, cold snow.  I’ll say it again.  Oh, how I miss college!!Snow Morning

But I made it through the work day and got to celebrate the (much-anticipated, much-needed, oh-so-deserved) weekend with these fun people!  We spend our Friday evening out to dinner with the Australia crew.  We introduced them to Penrose, where the food choices are few, but delicious.  If you go, do not pass up the beer battered pickles.IMG_5022

And the drink choices are many and creative.  Please meet Ginger Lee, my absolute favorite.  It’s a tequila cocktail (that’s not a marg!) which is garnished with candied ginger.  So de-lish.

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After dinner, the children taught us old folks a new game, called Up Chickens.  I can’t even explain it, except you get to say…

“UP chickens!”

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And “DOWN chickens.” And people do what you say.

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We had a lovely time getting to hang out and meet the people that Megan spoke so highly of when she came back from studying abroad.  They did not disappoint.  She was lucky to get to travel and spend such a whirlwind adventure with them.

Let me just say that they spent a significant amount of time traveling in a van that resembled the Mystery Mobile around New Zealand and they still want to travel across the globe to spend time together.  That’s life-long friendship, if I ever saw it.

They left us on Saturday morning and I reverted back to my normal life.  I baked snickerdoodles, I crafted and enjoyed the lovely quiet.  But our fun was not over.  We joined some of our sweet friends for fajitas and game night!    We tried out Wits and Wagers, which taught us all that history was NOT our strong suit (and I know nothing about baseball) before playing Cranium.  It’s always a crowd-pleaser.
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We had a battle of the sexes, where the ladies quickly pulled into the lead.  Men

The men rallied to make the game interesting…

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But they were no match for the superior ladies!  Winners!  WinnersI mean, how can you beat a team who can guess “flying squirrel” during charades and “bumper cars” from a picture drawn with your eyes closed on the first try!  It can’t be done.  But we are always open for a rematch!

February Happened While I Wasn’t Watching

Happy March!  Not a whole lot has been going on around here, but I wanted to stop in to post the few photos that my iPhone captured this past month.

The highlight of the month was definitely Fashion Week!

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I also loved our first major snow fall in the city.  It was the perfect winter wonderland for the weekend and then was cleared up for an easy walk to work on Monday.  Gotta love a considerate winter storm.

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But other than that, it’s just been life as usual.  If my men hunting bugs for me can be considered “usual.”  Please notice Prince in the bottom left corner.  He was intensely staring under the entertainment center, which convinced us there was something hiding under there.  Ten minutes later, there was no bug or vermin to be found, but there was a very frustrated Scott. Bug Hunters

Ah yes, and we celebrated the day of love. As part of my new “Social” duties at work, my partner in crime, Amy, and I put together a fun celebration for the office complete with strawberry bellinis and heart-shaped cookie decorating.VDay 2

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After work, Scott surprised me with dinner out at BLT Fish.  We had already decided not to celebrate, until he told me to meet him at Washington Square subway station promptly at 7:00 pm.  We never go downtown!  And we never do surprises anymore!  I was so excited!

I didn’t know that BLT had a seafood restaurant, but it was incredibly good.  Great service and delicious food.  We splurged and got oysters and drank martinis and the restaurant even threw in threw in a heart shaped treat for dessert.  I have to say this year’s Valentine’s Day totally beat last year, since I actually got to celebrate with Scott!  I’m so glad he wasn’t out of town again.

Our pretty city dressed up for the evening as well.VDay 4

Last weekend, my dear old friend from college was in town for the weekend.  We had brunch, since it’s the New York thing to do, after all.  It was so wonderful to see her and catch up!  We spent a summer in Blacksburg together and  it was one of my favorite summers.  In my opinion you can’t beat a small college town in the summer, as long as you have a few good friends with you.  I had an absolute ball.  Margo

And here’s a little something I whipped up for our blackboard wall at work.  The social team is in charge of the blackboard so there’s an ongoing game of Pictionary right now.  It’s been fun having some fun, little extra responsibilities at work. Blackboard

And last but not least, I had a little Oscar indulgence!  The lovely Liz joined me for the spectator sport of red-carpet-watching, which was perfectly complimented by catching up over wine and cheese.Oscars

Liz found a new buddy in the process.  Prince was not shy about marching right on up to her and didn’t move from her lap for the duration of the evening!  Thank goodness she was such a good sport about it!  #thatshowyouknowshesagoodfriendOscars 2February was great and was full of cozy evenings cuddled on the couch.  But I have to say I’m excited for March to begin and I’m definitely ready for warmer weather.  Planning two beach vacations will do that to a girl.  It will also make her start going to the gym more in anticipation of bikini season…zumba anyone?