Of the moment // 12.29.17
One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups and downs of travel. But sometimes, I also just want to remember and share the little things that brought me day-to-day joy. Every Friday, I’ll give you a peek into the book I currently can’t put down, a great restaurant discovery, a fun new product or an inspiring quote: a few things that I think you might enjoy before we all take off into the glory that is the weekend!
I can’t believe this is my last post of the year! 2017 was a wonderful year for me personally, but I’m really looking forward to what 2018 brings. We had a really nice Christmas with my extended in-laws outside of Washington DC (minus David having a bout of food poisoning on Christmas Eve, poor thing!): I became completely obsessed with Bananagrams, took some lovely long walks in Georgetown and enjoyed catching up with family we haven’t seen since moving to the West Coast. I’m especially glad I coordinated to go down to DC a night early to hang with my friend Jillian: her adorable daughter Hazel is just over a year old, and totally fell in love with Gert! It was so fun to watch them so sweetly interact–and then laugh about it over mulled wine once the babe was in bed. It was a lovely stint down in our nation’s capital, but I’m excited to have a few more days to enjoy New York City before we head back to sunny San Diego!
We were supposed to have one last double date in Brooklyn with our friends Kate and Austin this week before they became parents, but alas–her water broke! David and I opted to grab a cocktail at Raines Law Room instead: it’s a speakeasy cocktail bar in Chelsea that I’d heard a lot about, but had never been before. It has a very cozy Jazz Age feel, and the cocktails were spectacular: highly recommend the 10 Gallon Hat if you’re interested in something spicy! They take reservations on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and it’s first-come, first-serve the rest of the week: expect a bit of a wait to get a seat, especially later in the night.
My friend Erin recently recommended In the Woods when we were chatting about thrillers, and I’m so glad she did! It’s beautifully written, and I’m totally hooked from the first chapter. The best part is the books are long and there are several in this series: having something good to read for a while is such a true gift!
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” -Roger Caras
This weekend, we’re squeezing in all of our last New York City favorites! I’m especially excited for one more Arms Abs Ass class, tea (and champagne) at Bergdorf’s, and (most of all!) meeting my friend Kate’s brand-new baby girl! Happy New Year, everyone!