As you all probably know, I proudly identify myself as a feminist. A feminist is simply someone who believes that men and women should have equal opportunities and rights. (No fluff or politics added.)
The idea of taking a man’s last name when you get married has lived as a tradition within the patriarchy for quite some time. When you dig into the history of why women take a man’s last name.. it is anything but feminist. Historically, a woman would take a man’s last name because women were thought of as a man’s property. (Which I am definitely not a fan of…) When looking at the subject from the perspective of the church, a woman would take a man’s last name because when you marry, you become one. (And I am not in the business of loosing my individuality.)
Marriage certainly does not represent the ideas of property and loss of self today, but we still have the tradition lingering around. So the question is…what does it represent today?
Many feminists would probably question why I would want to take the Blount name and give up Faulconer for good… but to be blount… becoming a Blount is so meaningful to me. 😉
I don’t want to change my last name because I have conservative, traditional, or religious reasoning. Jason has told me on numerous occasions that he doesn’t care what I choose to do, so his feelings don’t weigh in…. but I will most definitely be becoming a Blount.
I am choosing to become a Blount because:
1. We are not becoming one, but we are becoming a team.
“We are a team,” is something that I say to Jason often. He and I are both pretty stubborn people, and don’t like to ask for help. However, life isn’t always easy, and sometimes you just need to ask. It is reassuring to remember that both of us are both working towards a common goal, and we are there to lift each other up. When we get married, we don’t plan on us mushing into one. We fell in love with the separate people that we are, and that will not change. I will stay Megan, and Jason will stay Jason. But, we are both on the same team, and now we are making it official.
2. I do not feel dominated by my man.
I do not ever ever feel as though Jason tries to show dominance over me. Jason is my perfectly balanced counterpart and treats me as an equal person. If I did feel threatened, or feel like I was being diminished, I might put up a fight to keep my identity as a Faulconer. However, I don’t have any kind of insecurity about my relationship with Jason. I certainly don’t feel like I am going to be any less equal if I change my last name to Blount. We are a team, we balance each other, and…
3. We are becoming a family.
The most important part of my marriage to Jason is that he is becoming my family. We will be The Blounts, and our children will take our name. I don’t look at it as taking his last name, I look at it as Blount becoming our family name. Honestly, if I had some sort of attachment to my last name, I might consider asking Jason to take my last name, but I like the sound of Blount better! (And that’s perfectly fine!)
Ultimately, changing your name is an extremely personal decision. I don’t think it should be determined by societal pressures from either side of the fence. I don’t need to keep my maiden name to keep my individuality, and I don’t need my last name to feel equal to Jason. I also don’t need to change my last name because of tradition, or because it is what I am “supposed” to do.
I am changing my last name to Blount because it makes sense for both Jason and I. Jason is my home, and my family, and we are both so happy to commit our lives to each other.
When I talk about meditating, I usually get one of two reactions. The first being a weird look, and an eye roll, or the second reaction of curiosity and confusion.
Listen folks, meditating is not always sitting in a seated position with your fingers making a circle at your knees. It is not always magical and spiritual, and full of insight. It is not always chanting OM loudly with crystal bowl music behind you. It is actually not as mysterious as it sounds.
Meditation is different for everyone. Sometimes it takes time to figure out what works for you, and that is ever-evolving. Something that worked for me two months ago might not be applicable to me today. Recently, the only time I have been finding to meditate is right before bed. (Yes, sometimes I catch myself falling asleep, whoops!) So, I typically lay down with palms up with a guided meditation in the background. See, Jason on the other hand, he gets freaked out by guided meditation (don’t ask me why) so he does better in silence or with gentle music in the background.
You have to find what works for you. If I have time, I love to do chakra balancing meditations with a guide. (PS- there are great guided meditations on the Podcasts app) But realistically, I don’t have time to do a full-blown guided meditation every day, or every week even. I do, however, try to make it a point to meditate every day. You can “meditate” while driving to work in the morning, while you shower, while you drink your morning coffee. I mean… ideally you would be sitting still, and resting your body. But sometimes life doesn’t hand you that time you have to make the most of what you have.
However, most days, I can absolutely spare ten minutes for myself. I sit quietly, unplugged from my phone, and I gently scan my body to see how I am feeling. I see where my thoughts go. Meditation is not the absence of thought, but simply learning to let your thoughts come and go with ease. You are bound to think of something while you sit there in silence, but meditation is learning to let go. When you find yourself too deep in thought, focus on your breath. This will help your mind relax a little.
So meditating isn’t this big weird mystery. It is just being still and quiet to let your body, mind, and spirit connect. It is checking in with every aspect of your being to make sure you are on the right track, to ask yourself if you are acting like the person you want to be.
Saturday was an encouraging day for women in America. 2.9 million women were said to have marched across the world yesterday (according to politicususa.com), which is incredibly impressive. It is said to be the largest one day protest in U.S. history. That’s the power of the internet at work, folks.
Jason Easley of Politicusus said, “An estimated 60,000 people marched in Atlanta. 250,000 are marching in Chicago. There are estimates of 250,000 people in Boston, and 200,000 more in Denver. In New York, the estimate ranges from 200,000-500,000. City officials estimate that 500,000 people participated in the main march in Washington, DC. In Los Angeles, the estimate is anywhere from 200,000-750,000. There were also protests of 60,000 in Oakland, CA, 50,000 in Philadelphia, 100,000 in Madison, WI, 20,000 in Pittsburgh, 20,000 in Nashville, TN, and 60,000 in St. Paul, MN.”
In little old Collier County, a small version of that march happened, and I have never been so proud of my home town. This March was truly inspiring, and gave me a breath of fresh air. It felt so good to know that I, as a woman, am supported by my own community.
(Photo above courtesy of Victoria Surr: Collier County)
For those of you who don’t know, the Women’s March was for those who support equal rights for every woman and every human being who wanted to march for social justice. This was not an explicit Anti-Trump march. Rather, it was a march to tell the world that we will not let discriminatory policies be passed, and we will not give up our rights as women and as human beings.
Let me make this clear: I marched because I stand for equality. I stand for equality for every race, color, religion, sex, gender, and sexual orientation. I marched because I want every woman to have equal opportunities to men, because that is not the reality for many women across the country and the world. I marched because I believe it is a woman’s choice to do what she feels is right for her body. I am fortunate enough to have the choice, and my insurance covers my healthcare. Unfortunately that is not the case across the country. I march for the people and women who do not have the means to get annual check-ups and examinations because healthcare is too expensive… and they have to choose between food for their children or a visit to the doctors… and to those of you who are worried about women and children in other countries who do not even have as many rights as us here in the U.S…. we marched for them too. On the Monday after the march, Donald Trump signed an executive order to take away funding for international programs giving parenthood planning, HIV testing, and health screenings if those programs also help women with abortions… even if our U.S. dollars are not being spent on abortions. This is exactly the kind of thing we are marching against. Yes, we are concerned with women around the WORLD, not just here in the U.S. This march extended far beyond the borders of our country.
I did not march because I am not personally heard, but because others are not heard. I did not march because I feel like a second-class citizen, I marched for those who feel they are. I marched for every woman who has been sexually assaulted and raped, and had to stay quiet. My marriage to Jason will never be questioned by the Supreme Court, but my very good friends still do not have that same security, and so I march.
I am fortunate enough to have grown up in an environment where I was told that I can be anything I want to be some day. I have a great job, and I am covered by health insurance. I am supported by both of my parents, and I was never told that there was a limit in what I wanted to get out of life. I am so lucky, and for no reason…. because the color of my skin, the town I grew up in, the education I could afford, the success of my parents. I did not march for me. I marched for all the men and women across the world that do not share the same luck.
If you don’t agree with me, if this upsets you, its okay. Protests are not meant to make everyone feel comfortable.
The Collier County site said, “We want to send a clear message to our community, that we are standing together in support of equal rights for all women, minorities, and immigrants. Women’s rights are human rights and as people we all deserve to be treated equally. We will not tolerate hatred, racism and sexism and we will fight for respect, dignity and justice for all. Our community is a welcoming community to all people and we want to keep it that way. Together as a unified community we can do it. It’s time that we get out and make our voices heard, it’s time that we join forces, it’s time to stand up for what we believe in. One fight – One voice – One people.”
Equality. That’s what I came for. Equality for all.
(Photo above courtesy of Jeanie Camosy: Collier County)
Unfortunately I came a little late to actually march in the streets because I wasn’t feeling too well, but I stayed around Cambier Park to see all of the different organizations that attended, and to hear all of the speakers. I went alone to this event because everyone that I knew that would be interested was working. 🙁 BUT I never felt alone while I was there. I saw some old friends and I even made some new ones!
(Photo above courtesy of Victoria Surr: Collier County)
Men and women, young and old attended this march. Muslims, Christians, Jews, black and white all came up to speak and represent our community.
Groups like Planned Parenthood, National Organization for Women, Coalition for Quality Public Education, and SWFL Showing Up for Racial Justice, and more were all there gathering new members and speaking about how they reach out.
They also had the Women’s March in DC live streaming, which was awesome to get to see.
It was great to see our locals coming together in unity to stand for something we all believe in. I truly didn’t expect anything like this to happen in my community, which is made up of mostly conservatives. So this was a pleasant to surprise to see.
(Last five photos above courtesy of Victoria Surr: Collier County)
My favorite part of the day was when my Dad called me. Now, my Dad is a pretty conservative man, who unfortunately voted for Donald Trump. He and I always have interesting political debates. But my Dad called me towards the end of the event to let me know that he was proud that I was standing up for what I believe in, and that he fully supported me and women’s rights. (Yay Dad!) In the same moment, a man was getting up to speak at the event. His message was to remind MEN that this is their battle too. We are only strong when we stand together. Gender equality is not only a battle for women, but for men as well. Men, stand strong with your ladies! It was a really happy moment for me.
It was great to see our locals coming together in unity to stand for something we all believe in. I truly didn’t expect anything like this to happen in my community, which is made up of mostly conservatives. So this was a pleasant to surprise to see.
When I got home, I was really happy to see all of the photos on my feed about the marches in other cities! I have friends scattered across the U.S. and it was super cool to see what the march looked like across the country. In fact, it was truly amazing to see all of the different stories from all around the world after the march.
My girl Carly in St. Petersburg, FL with her friends:
“It was a privilege to stand with other men and women who are committed to fighting for justice in our country. As exhausting and scary as the election season was, it was so energizing to see 20,000 people march in solidarity for equality and truth, right in my own city! I felt so lucky to be surrounded by friends, and to have my hand held by a man who loves and supports me and this movement. Women are powerful, and this march showed a glimpse of what we can do – when we stand together.”
Victoria Surr and her father at the March in Naples, Florida:
Cathy Doherty alllllll the way from Ireland to little old Naples, Florida:
“As tourists from Ireland, it was a privilege to support. We had marches in Ireland. Take nothing for granted!”
My good friend Laycee and her fiancé Ruby, who were unable to march, because they were on a plane home from California:
“We are unable to march today, so we rock our pride shirts while we travel back home. We can’t help but feel so overwhelmed by all the people coming together today and we truly wish we were marching in the streets with everyone”
Adnerb Ettecuod from Naples, Florida:
“I am so hopeful. I feel so much better knowing all of these smart, creative and passionate people are out here with me. “
My friend Jacqueline from Asheville, North Carolina:
“I marched last Saturday in Asheville, 28 weeks pregnant, thinking about my unborn baby and the world he or she will grow up in. Especially if she’s a girl. I want her to feel valued and respected by those around her, safe when she walks down the street, and in control over her own body. I also thought about the expense of maternity care. I have good insurance and it’s still expensive. Look up online what it costs to deliver a baby, it’s crazy! I want under privileged women to have access to birth control, maternity care, and financial assistance when caring for an unplanned child and I’m 100% ok with my tax dollars supporting that through Medicaid. Just a few of the reasons I decided to march. I also want to be able to tell my child that I participated in the Women’s March and that he or she was with me.”
Chloe Fishell-Creviston from Naples, Florida:
“After Friday left me feeling so shitty and defeated, yesterday let me know that there is still hope and change can be made. I live in an extremely conservative city and couldn’t believe the number of women AND men who turned out for this march. This is just the beginning!”
My great friend Alexander in St. Petersburg, Florida:
“It’s a beautiful day to smash the patriarchy!”
For those of you who came, marched, and conquered, I encourage you to look at this: https://www.womensmarch.com/100/
It isn’t over yet. Yes, we’re successful in raising awareness, but the real battle is in the policy and how we can make a difference. Check out 10 Actions for the first 100 days Campaign to see where to start.
Night time is my sacred time. It is my time to relax, re-energize, and wind down.
If I can recommend one thing, it is to make time for yourself to settle in and have a restful night. Don’t run yourself down to the last moment until you fall asleep. Use this time to re-build yourself. It does wonders for me.
5 Ways to Have a Better Night
1. Prepare for tomorrow.
If you don’t prepare for the next day, it will be chaos. I also find that my mind will continue to spin unless I have settled everything that needs to be done in the morning. Pick out your outfit (and try it on if you have to). Get your lunch ready. Prep your cold oats if you want. Pack up your bags. Be kind to yourself. I am not a morning person, so I know that if I have a ton of things to do, I will be STRESSED. I make it a point to avoid that at all costs. So, as Scar would say, Be Prepared! Once you are done, let tomorrow go. Think about the here and now. You won’t sleep if you are stressing about the next day’s events.
2. Count your blessings and review your goals.
It is so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day life and really forget what your big picture is. I try to make it a point to mentally go over my big picture goals are, and what I am truly grateful for. This helps me stay a little bit sane, and helps me keep on track with where I want to be. This also helps calm my mind at night, when I do the most overthinking.
3. Pamper yourself. (Treat yo self)
Do this however you like. I like luxurious bubble baths, they’re my guilty pleasure. I love laying in steaming hot water while I read or mediate. Brush your teeth, paint your nails, rub on some coconut oil, love your body. ALSO, wash your face! Give yourself the royal treatment. You don’t want to skip this process for beauty and emotional reasons. Let your skin breathe overnight by making sure that all of your makeup is off, it will make you feel fresh and clean. (Also, duh, if you leave your makeup on you get wrinkles and pimples, and no one wants those.)
PS- If you haven’t learned the magic that is Mario Badescu, you’re welcome. I haven’t tried a product that I didn’t like from them. Plus they are cruelty free!
Burn some candles, start up your diffuser, make some hot tea. Give yourself time to unwind. It is much easier to fall asleep when you put yourself in that mindset. You are getting ready to rest for 7 or 8 hours (hopefully), let your body get prepared to do just that. Get all snuggled up, read a little bit of your favorite book, watch your favorite show. Relax. I find that I often miss this step because I run out of time, but it truly makes a world of difference.
Once you have set your alarm (and checked it three times if you’re a freak like me), and have settled everything for tomorrow, put it all down. Be with yourself for ten minutes. Let your body and your mind connect, and just check in with yourself. Sometimes this is the best way to get myself to fall asleep!
So I am going to take a moment and rant. This isn’t something that I typically do on here. But I’ve got a couple of things I need to let out.
Let’s talk about New Years Resolutions really quick. I feel like I have been hearing a lot of negative things about people who set New Years Resolutions for themselves. “Everyone just writes a bunch of things down and never does them.” “I’m not making resolutions this year, no one like a skinny sober girl anyway.” BLAH BLAH BLAH.
Why are we hating on people who genuinely want change in their life? Why are we discouraging someone from changing their unhealthy way of life? Sounds pretty terrible.
Creating goals isn’t just something to do for the New Year, but every single day. However, isn’t it only natural to look at the year that has passed and want to create a new year with even better things? It is a reason to start fresh and to begin again, so why wouldn’t you take the opportunity?
If you’re not into resolutions, don’t make them. However, don’t bring someone else down who wants to make an effort in their life. Setting a goal for your personal life can make you feel really vulnerable. Your goals should reflect some of your deepest desires. If someone is letting the world know what their desires are, it is probably a pretty big step. Don’t squash them.
If you want to loose weight and be healthy, do it.
If you want to drink less alcohol, do it.
If you want to find your own happiness, do it.
If you want to travel the world, do it.
Well with that being said, here are a list of things that I plan on doing in the new year to better myself: (These will go along with the New Years Resolutions I made to help heal my chakras.)
Meditate more. Once a day, and bath time meditations three times a week.
Exercise five times a week. Yoga, and cardio.
Eat healthy. I will fuel my body with nutritious foods, not the crap I have been eating. Less crazy carb eating, less dairy products. More water, more veggies, more protein.
Count my blessings. Every night before I fall asleep, I will to think about all of the things I am grateful fo.
Excel at my position at work. Push my position to new heights.
Never stop learning. I will take classes to further my career in the new year. There are a ton of great classes on LinkedIn and through Hootsuite that I can take that I think will truly help me learn even more.
Work. Save. Work. I plan on picking up a side job at the beginning of the new year so I can save some money up. (for a wedding…. a house…)
But also, travel. I already have plans to travel to three states in the new year with some of the best people in the world.
Make Monthly goals. I stole this one from a very good friend. She has been making monthly goals for years, and it really helps to check in with yourself on your big picture goals. It is easy to say, “these are all of the things I want to do next year!” Then by the time December rolls around you realize you never put anything in place to make it happen.
Every 1st of the month I will make a list of goals that are in line with my yearly goal. This way I know I will be able to accomplish them.
Judge me, hate on it. I don’t care. I want changes in the new year, and I am going to make them happen. I think the most important thing I need to remember is that I am the only person that can truly make changes in my life. I am in charge of how I feel and what I do about it. I have the power to make my life whatever I want it to be. It only takes a little bit of dedication.
Okay, so life has been amazing lately. However, that doesn’t change the fact that my chakras are all out of whack. I am happy, but I know that I can be a better version of myself, and I will always strive for that.
So for the new year, I am making resolutions that will directly impact each one of my chakras.
Root: Take walk through nature three times a week. Whether that is through the neighborhood, or through a trail. This will not only help me root myself in nature, but will also improve my physical health. I also plan on eating healthier to help my physical body.
Sacral Plexus: The sacral plexus chakra’s element is water. So, to stimulate that, I hope to take a meditative bath or take a swim twice a week. The meditation will be focusing on letting go of guilt, and letting my emotions flow through the water and through my body.
Solar Plexus: This chakra has so much to so with self- worth, loving yourself., will power, and self-esteem. So, my plan is to actually work on my physical body, and work out three times a week. This should go hand in hand with taking my walks through nature.
Heart: Say I love you more. Say it, mean it, absorb it. Not only to Jason, but to my family and friends. Life can be so short, and we need to truly take in every moment as a a gift.
Throat: This chakra is all about expressing yourself and communication. My resolution is to create something every month. I am creative in many different ways, so I need to put that to use. Another resolution is going to be to participate in our community choir every week, therefore letting myself be expressed through music.
Third Eye and Crown: MEDITATE! This can be so easily lost in my every day. It’s so easy to get caught up being busy. I can afford ten minutes a day. Uninterrupted. Third Eye chakra is all about seeing the bigger picture, clairvoyance, and seeing clearly. Meditation can help clear your mind so you can see. The crown chakra is about connecting to the divine. During meditation, you an invite the divine into your life, so this is the perfect way to stimulate it.
I have a few more resolutions I want to accomplish too, this is just the beginning. I might elaborate on this post a little bit later to really give a full run down of my goals for 2017.
Today was the best way to start the morning. We grabbed coffee at Ralph’s (Located in Ralph Lauren’s flagship store)
and then ordered to-go for breakfast at Tiffany’s! If you know me, you know that I am pretty much in love with Audrey Hepburn, so this was absolutely a dream come true!
We ended up spending so much time in Tiffany’s! It was HUGE! Jason and I also enjoyed playing and trying on wedding bands too 😉
The best part? They served us hot chocolate with Tiffany Blue marshmallows !
After Tiffany’s we made our way over to Times Square to get ready to see Waitress!
We grabbed a bite to eat at Dos Caminos, right near the theater.
We had a wonderful view of Times Square, so we enjoyed people watching. Plus, the food was GREAT, and had lots of vegetarian options!
After that we saw a matinee performance of Waitress!
Jason and I were so excited to see this show. When we decided to go to New York, this was one of the first things we said we HAD to do.
We have been listening to the soundtrack for some time now, and we were more than excited to actually be there. I was a tiny bit disappointed because Jesse Mueller (who is the original Jenna) was out and her understudy was on. However, I will say that her understudy, Stephanie Torns, was PHENOMENAL!
Pretty much cried through the second act, no big deal.
Oh, also, they had pie. Pie smells through the lobby, pie whirling around the stage, and pie to eat! So, of course, we got a little pie and a glass of wine to share.
We were on a musical high after that show, and we were supposed to go to to ABC Cocina for dinner at 7. (Thanks to JamieLynn for the reservation!) But as we were walking out of the theater to go to dinner, we noticed that TKTS had Chicago on sale for 50% off…. so we went with it and saw another show! (ABC Cocina next time we’re in the city for sure!) Sometimes you just have to do what feels right.
I am so fortunate to have been able to see TWO shows on Broadway in one day! We were so stoked. Chicago was a totally different feel than Waitress (obviously). I wasn’t sure what to expect because I have actually never seen a live version. No sets, no crazy costumes. Just music, dance, and jazz.
It was a pretty awesome show to have seen.
We definitely weren’t ready to head home after that, so we checked out a spot that we missed out on earlier in our trip.
We went to The Back Room.
At first we weren’t sure where to go…. it was a speakeasy, and definitely hidden.
First we saw a sign like this:
And then you walk down the stairs…..
and then down a long (creepy) alley…
until you notice some toy wagons up some stairs ahead…
Then you come to a door with no markings and only an eye hole.
and if you’re courageous enough to open it up… you’ll find one of the only two remaining speakeasies still operating in New York City.
This was seriously such a cool experience. So many famous theater and movie actors, and gangsters have flowed through these doors. We’re talking Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, people.
They still serve beer in paper bags and cocktails in teacups too! (Just in case the fuzz comes by 😉 )
It was such a fun environment! They played lots of different kinds of music, and people were all dressed up, and dancing in different old-fashioned styles.
It’s hard to see, but that bookshelf there? Leads to a secret room.
We were so happy we made our way over to see such a great spot in NYC!
After that, we went back to our Air BnB and ended our last night in New York.
We had such a beautiful time in the city, and we definitely want to visit again. We really only got to do a fraction of what this place has to offer. But we are so thankful that we had the opportunity to travel here!
Today was a beautiful day because when I woke up, it was SNOWING!!!!!!! We laid in bed and watched it fall from our window for a little while before going out in it. It was so pure and pristine.
I had never seen snow fall before. I have seen it once, in little piles on the top of a mountain in Austria, and another time in sludgy tiny melted piles in Philly. But I have never actually seen it fall from the sky. So this was SORT OF A HUGE DEAL FOR ME!
After soaking in the snow, we headed over to Trinity Church, one of the oldest churches in America.
(Not going to lie, I mostly wanted to go there to see Alexander Hamilton’s grave. No shame in my game.)
After that we made our way south to see Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty.
The snow was not as pretty during this walk… as there were HUGE puddles of water. I don’t think either of us had the proper footwear for this! Plus… it started actually raining.
After major security, and taking off all our coats, hats, scarves, gloves, just to put them back on again, we finally found seats on the warm ferry.
We grabbed a pretzel and a coffee, and the boat left for the islands.
We stopped at the Statue of Liberty, but we did not climb it because our bodies are quite tired by this point in the trip, and my leg is still not feeling so well.
But we stayed long enough to snag a few pictures.
I was mostly interested in going to Ellis Island to see where my ancestors came through when they got to America from Sicily.
I remember going there as a kid, and doing a wax trace with a green crayon of their name from the walls lining the museum, and I am so happy I came back as an adult to do it again.
My Italian name is Pollara. My great grandmother married a Faulconer, and so I gained a bit of English in me, but I still have roots in the Pollara family.
I was so happy to be in my history element, and we took our time through the museum to really learn and absorb our history.
Once we got through the museum, we boarded the ferry back to New York, and decided it was time for lunch. We went over to Wo Hop in Chinatown to see what my family has been raving about.
Wo Hop is a tiny little restaurant in a basement, with wall to wall decorations from past customers.
And let me tell you… the food was amazing!!!
If you’re looking for great Chinese food in Chinatown, look no further. Plus, the service was great, and it was super cheap.
After that, we walked around Chinatown for a little bit, and checked out Canal Street. We weren’t interested in buying knock-off designer bags, so we didn’t stay long, but I am glad we got the experience.
Next on our list was the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Bring on the waterworks.
The first (and only) time I had visited New York, it was around a year before the towers went down. I remember going all the way to the top, and my ears popping in the elevator.
A year later, I remember my principal announcing what had happened over the intercom. My 3rd grade teacher immediately turned on the news, and she began to cry. I remember being the only person in my class that even knew what the towers were. (Growing up in Florida, not many kids I knew had made it to NYC quite yet.) The moments and days following that were a blur. I remember watching the news non-stop, and I remember my grandfather being especially upset, because he had actually laid tile in those very buildings. I also remember hearing stories about good family friends who had barely escaped the tragedy.
That was a time I will never forget. Suddenly America wasn’t safe anymore. This great country we called home was threatened, but it also allowed Americans to come together as one. The world I know today, and the country I know today was shaped around these two towers coming down.
Going to the memorial was something I felt like I had to do, as an American. It was beautifully done.
Unfortunately we didn’t group to the observatory because it was so foggy, we wouldn’t be able to see anything.
After that, we went home with heavy hearts and tired feet.
We rested a bit, and then got dolled up to go celebrate our engagement at The Rose Club at the Plaza Hotel. (Which also has a Champagne Bar… count me in!!)
Thanks for the suggestion Michelle!
This place was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! We decided to let go, and actually splurge on a bottle and a great meal. We got to talking to our bar tender, and a really nice couple next to us, and we were really having a great time in their company.
We realized they were closing, and we said goodbye to the couple next to us as they left the bar. We asked our bartender for our check, only to find out that the couple next to us took care of everything! (We were so shocked!) We wanted to say thank you, to reach out to them, but the bar tender told us not to worry about it, and that the couple didn’t want us to realize until after they left.
WHAT A SURPRISE! There are beautiful people in this world. Seriously?!
After getting over our shock, we headed down the street to this club that our bartender recommended.
It was through a restaurant, down the stairs, through the kitchen, and into the basement.
It was called Boutique. There was no cover charge, and the space was really cool. They had champagne sparkler fireworks going off, crazy lights, and awesome dance music.
Jason and I grabbed a couple of drinks, danced, and had a blast. We even caught our bartender on the way out!
We slept in a little today, but not too much! Once we were up and moving, went over to The Butcher’s Daughter for brunch, which was absolutely delicious.
The decor was adorable, modern, and fresh, and the food was exactly what we needed.
Despite the name, The Butcher’s Daughter, it is a completely vegetarian restaurant, which works out great for us!
(Yeah, that’s black bean “bacon”)
After breakfast we went to grab coffee at Happy Bones, and I sat to do a little bit of work.
Yummy coffee, warm, and really neat space.
After my work was done, we wandered around Nolita for a little while, and we fell in love. <3
Time for lunch! We were so happy to be able to meet up with some great family friends for lunch at The Modern, right outside of MoMA. Oh my goodness, it was utterly amazing! Every bite was beautiful, and it was such a great experience.
Jason and I both had a great time savoring our lunch and having great conversations with my Uncle Kenny and Aunt Debbie.
After that, we made it to MoMA. (PS- MoMA is free on Friday’s after 4pm). This was another thing on my bucket list, and I am so happy we chose MoMA. We knew we didn’t have time to do all of the museums in the city, but we definitely wanted to see MoMA. Klimt, Warhol, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, MONET, Dali, Pollock, Mondrian, Willem de Kooning, AND MORE, where can you go wrong?
Seriously, MoMA was amazing, and I wish we had more time to really explore, but we were on a time crunch because (surprise!) we left our Nutcracker tickets at the Air BnB, so we had to go allllll the way back to get them.
THEN WE SAW THE MOST MAGICAL THING THAT EVER WAS! THE NUTCRACKER!
I have never seen The Nutcracker, but I have always wanted to. The New York City Ballet was beautiful and everything I could have dreamed of.
I’m just going to stop here and thank Sue Vaughan for the tickets! <3 You’re absolutely the best!
After that, we were feeling a bit STARVING, so we went to grab some Mexican food from Burrito Box, just up a couple of blocks.
If you’r e looking for a quick bite to eat, this place is great! (and super filling!)
Let me start out by saying, today was the coldest I have ever felt in my life. It was 25 degrees, plus wild wind. (I almost couldn’t stand straight at some points!)
We started out at Best Bagel and Coffee this morning.
Now, normally my motto is that if a place has to name itself the best, it’s probably not the best. However, we got some recommendations from our friends, and we were told that we had to go.
NO REGRETS! This place was EXCELLENT! It was super crowded and busy, which was a little annoying, but it was worth it. (Thanks Ryne and Sharon!)
After that, we headed over to Chelsea Market, where we spent more time than we thought we would.
I was thrilled because we found a little shop that sold chains. I was able to get a chain to put my promise ring on, since I have a new one in it’s place. 😉
and here is Jason being a tourist 😉
After Chelsea Market, we wandered through Chelsea and took a short walk on The High Line because it was FREEZING (literally)!
After that, we went back to our Air BnB to get ready for dinner and to rest a little.
We went over to Rosemary’s for an early dinner. The place was gorgeous, and was honestly the best food we have had yet. They grow most of their vegetables right there at the restaurant. You can taste the freshness.
This place was beautiful, and warm, and Christmas-y, and oh-so romantic. I would HIGHLY recommend going here.
Then we headed down to see Avenue Q! Such a hilarious show!! I have known the music for years, and have always wanted to see it. We scored pretty cheap tickets and got great seats!
After that, we headed home for some much needed sleep.