July 28, 2015


This past weekend featured such a great mix of culture, fitness, and food/drink, along with a few necessary errands.

On Saturday, I went to a rebounding class, which I enjoyed more after having first tried it last month. At night, I heard the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra perform Mozart's Symphony No. 34 and Brahms' Symphony No. 4 at Lincoln Center. I tried Vietnamese/Thai iced coffee from The Doughnut Plant (refreshing, just the right bitterness and sweetness until the end, when there was unfortunately an overly sweet layer of condensed milk on the bottom of the cup) and a pumpkin bun from The Golden Steamer (check).

On Sunday, I went to my first-ever barre class at the gym (I had previously tried barre at my former dance studio), which was challenging at times but which finished beautifully with Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah." I followed that with a small latte (just the right amount of bitterness and sweetness, just the right amount of caffeine) and avocado toast (topped with feta) at Bluebird, where I talked with a friendly Southern couple and their children. I explored and photographed more of the Lower East Side (more on that later). I capped off the evening with salted dark chocolate ice cream from Ample Hills in Gowanus.

This is just about how I'd like to spend the rest of my weekends. (I'd just add a little more culture and nature.) I can't wait till the next one!

July 27, 2015

Lower East Side

I haven't done a proper "NYC Photos" post of the Lower East Side, partly because I haven't spent enough time in the neighborhood. In the two weekend days I spent exploring it, I realized that the neighborhood, while grittier than East Village, does have its charms. It seems to be one of the best places to find street art in Manhattan. It also has a strong ethnic and cultural heritage, and is home to several tourist (and resident) attractionssome of which were sadly closed on weekend evenings. I may be back for candy or pickles. 

July 23, 2015


The week in photos. 
From the week of hoping.  
07/16/15: On my way to dress-hunting in my former neighborhood. 
07/17/15: On the town.  
07/18/15: Reading this week. 
07/19/15: On the way back from Tanglewood. 
07/20/15: First fresh mango of the season. 
07/21/15: $1 S'mac. 
07/22/15: Life right now, metaphorically speaking. 

July 22, 2015


Thankful for that moment when I'm about to give up at the gym, and then that song comes on. For the strength I've found. For how I'm almost always ready for adventure (unless I need to rest). For a new pair of running shoes that I plan on getting asap. For frozen yogurt with toppings piled on. For little hopes that come true even as the big ones remain on hold.

July 20, 2015

Weekend at Tanglewood

I've wanted to go to Tanglewood, an outdoor classical music festival in the Berkshires, for longer than I can remember. This past weekend, I finally got the chance to attend, and it was worth the early wake-up time. The grounds were beautiful, and the views of the mountains and the lake will be on my mind for some time (not to mention the fancy garden with the sundial and the whispering bench). The Boston Symphony Orchestra played Mozart well under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner, whom I had only heard of (or heard on the radio) previously. I'd go again, hopefully with more time on my hands.

July 16, 2015


The week in photos. 
From the week of old meeting new. 
07/09/15: At my local coffee shop. 
07/10/15: Deviated from my usual.   
07/11/15: At the farmer's market, post-run. 
07/12/15: Photographed the Lower East Side. 
07/13/15: Fuel for the trip to Westchester. 
07/14/15: Chamber music fun.
07/15/15: I wan't happy with my run, but I still beat last year's race time by 2 minutes.