Five days in and still going strong…
I heart this project.
Five days in and still going strong…
I heart this project.
Happy Friday everyone! And happy July as well! Can you believe 2011 is half-over already? Craziness!
I’ve been busy busy this week getting my scrapbook on (which is something that happens all too rarely around here lately) so for today’s Friday Faves post, I am reposting a post I did for the Sweet Shoppe blog a few weeks back, documenting my top five faves from our trip to New York City.
Normally I would never consider reposting a post I’ve posted on another blog but in this case I’m making an exception since this post included a bunch of details from our trip to NYC that I want to include as part of my Adventure to Album album so I wanted to make sure everything was documented on my own blog as well so I can easily find them later.
Soooo if you already saw this post over at the Sweet Shoppe, my apologies, and if you haven’t checked out the 365 Days of Bliss blog we’ve got going on over at the Sweet Shoppe, I highly recommend you do since it’s a great way to see what are amazing team of designers and Babes are up to over there.
And with that, here are my top five faves from my first trip to New York City…
One of my absolute favorite things in the world to do is travel. Earlier this month I was lucky enough to take my first ever trip to New York City. Of course, being a city girl at heart, I had high expectations for the Big Apple and I have to say, I was NOT disappointed. I loved loved loved our week spent in NYC! My only disappointment was having to come home! LOL!
Since we’d be here all day if I were to list everything I loved about this trip, I’ve decided to whittle our nine-day trip down into my top five favorite things, in no particular order. Of course, I will be creating a June 2011 Faves: the NYC Edition scrapbooking layout as part of my 2011 Faves series but since I haven’t started my page yet, some words and some photos will have to for now. Ready? Ok.
This Tony-award winning show for Best Musical from the creators of South Park and Avenue Q was high on our list of things to do in New York City. So high in fact that we actually bought tickets for the show before Adam’s vacation had even been approved. (We were pretty sure it’d be approved, but still, you never know with the military!)
Being huge fans of both Avenue Q and South Park (random fact: the nickname Nettio was actually inspired by an episode of South Park, haha), we knew if we were going to see one Broadway show, we wanted it to be this one.
Given all the glowing reviews we’d seen beforehand, it was fair to say we had some pretty high expectations for this show. Did it live up to our expectations? Absolutely. We LOVED it! Adam even went so far as to say it was his favorite show ever (beating out some of our other faves like The Lion King, Avenue Q and Hairspray). It was THAT good.
The songs were SO funny and catchy, the choreography for the Mormon characters was spot on (if you’ve ever been to a Mormon teen dance, you’ll know what I’m talking about, haha) and the overall message was surprisingly sweet. It was everything a well-done musical should be with a modern day twist. We both left the theater saying how much we wished we could see it again. It was definitely a hit in our book.
Another random fact about me? I LOVE trees. So much so that when I was looking for a university to attend, one of my top requirements was that the campus had to have trees. No puny trees tucked in between big concrete buildings. Big luscious foresty trees.
So it’s probably no surprise when I say that Central Park is pretty close to my idea of heaven. It was GORGEOUS. Lots of big, green, pretty trees. I was in LOVE.
What was even more amazing was just how quiet the park was. Even though you could see the streets and cars through the trees, you couldn’t hear them. It was quite literally like being in a forest in the middle of a giant city – probably because that’s exactly what it is, haha.
By far the biggest surprise was just how BIG the park was. Adam and I took one of those bicycle tours through the park where they show you all the major landmarks and movie locations and even so, we saw maybe half of the park?
Central Park was such a fave in our book that we even made time on a second day just to go down and hang out in the grass and relax. It was a perfect balance to the hustle and bustle of the rest of the trip. It firmly solidified that if we ever set down roots somewhere it is going to be some place with lots of parks. And big trees.
Food is always a big part of our travel itineraries and this trip was no different. Over the course of nine-days we had a pretty wide variety of foods: italian, NY-style pizza, doughnuts at Doughnut Plant, hot dogs, bbq, cupcakes, cookies from Levain Bakery – the list goes on and on. We’d even gone on a super healthy eating plan for the weeks before we left just so we could be sure we wouldn’t come back weighing 800 lbs, haha. As I liked to refer to it we were “making room” for our NYC trip, LOL!
My personal favorite food experience would have to be lunch at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.
I had heard about Shake Shack many of times from Kelly Purkey’s blog and as a California-native where In-N-Out is king I was super curious to see what all the fuss was about. We had of course heard about the long lines which always make me a bit hesitant since sometimes long lines can equal overrated.
I know it looks like Adam is really annoyed in this photo but really he’s just wanting food. The line went all the way around the corner!
After waiting about an hour for food – 45 minutes to order and another 15-20 minutes while they cooked it – I have to say I was really impressed! The burgers were really fresh and juicy and the fries, shake and fresh lemonade were tasty. Adam’s comment was we waited an hour for food that took us 6 minutes to eat, haha, but that it was worth it. I’d even wait in that line again!
See, he looks much happier now that he has food!
Not to mention the location simply can’t be beat. Sitting in a park setting under the trees (see, trees! haha) eating tasty treats in the middle of the city is my idea of a good time.
Despite the title, this fave has nothing to do with Snooki, Pauly D or the rest of the Jersey Shore crew, haha. But we did actually spend the day over at the Jersey Shore for another reason – family.
Adam’s cousin Christine leaves on the Jersey Shore so we took the train over from the city to spend the day with her and her family. Although we’d seen her in February at Adam’s grandmother’s funeral, we hadn’t seen the rest of her family since our wedding back in 2005 and to be honest, as most wedding days are, it was a bit of a blur.
So it was really nice to be able to visit with them in a more relaxed environment. We took a stroll down the beach where I was able to put my feet into the Atlantic Ocean…for the very first time! And they gave us a nice tour of the area since this is the area where Adam’s mom’s side of the family is originally from before they all moved out to the West Coast.
All in all, it was a really nice relaxing change of pace from the rest of the trip and I’m definitely glad we were able to fit visiting them into our trip. Seeing family is always a fave of mine!
I’m never really sure what to expect when visiting such an iconic place. Will it really live up to all the images you’ve seen? Or will it be a complete disappointment? (The Alamo, I’m looking at you.)
I’m happy to say the Statue of Liberty very much lived up to what I had imagined in my head. If anything it actually seemed bigger in person than I expected!
Since we had heard the security lines at the Statue of Liberty can get really long (the National Parks Service website warns 90+ minute lines are commonplace), we decided to arrive in time to catch the 8am ferry in hopes of beating the crowds. I have to say, this totally worked! We waited only about 10-15 minutes to get on the ferry AND we were able to score some tickets to the pedestal of the Statue despite the website saying they were sold out. Yay for being early birds!
The Statue of Liberty was definitely a cool experience but my personal favorite part of the day was visiting Ellis Island. Some of my dad’s side of the family came through there from the Azores Islands so it was really neat to be somewhere that had a personal history connection to my own family. One big advantage of having a really uncommon last name? When you find someone with that name in the database, odds are they’re related to you somehow, haha.
As part of Ellis Island there, is the American Immigrant Wall of Honor where you can pay to have the names of family members who immigrated to America added to the wall. I had no idea before I went but turns out my great grandfather’s name was actually on the wall. So neat!
Visiting Ellis Island was definitely highlight of our trip. As a scrapbooker it really made me want to learn more about my family history. Looks like I have another project to add to my list!
And that’s it for my top five faves from my first trip to NYC. Anyone else ever been to New York City? What were your personal faves from your visit? Feel free to share in the comments!
Happy June 1st everyone! Woohoo for June finally being here! The hubby and I are off for a week long vacation to New York City. My first ever trip to the Big Apple! I’m SO excited!
If you need a little bit of Nettio goodness while I’m gone, haha, be sure to check out the Paperclipping Digi Show later this week! We’re chatting about tricks for making your digital pages look like paper pages. Fun times!
See you all when we get back!
I hate New Year’s Resolutions.
For one, what exactly is a “resolution” anyway?
To me, “resolution” roughly translates to “something you think you should be doing but have no concrete plans to actually do.” Like the always popular “eat healthier,” “lose weight.”
Or you know, exactly like the items I put on this 2011 “Goals” layouts I made back in January:
Nothing like big, vague resolutions to start off the new year, right? Haha.
My other big issue with New Year’s Resolutions? Timing.
I don’t know about you but by the time I get through Thanksgiving and Christmas and the New Year finally rolls around, I’m a bit burnt out. While I love the idea of the New Year and a fresh start, often the last thing I’m motivated to do at that point is start off on some big new life-changing goal journey.
This is why I love making Birthday Goals.
I am lucky that my May 24th birthday is right around the half-point of the year which means in the event I did make some sort of New Years goal or resolution, it’s the perfect time to re-evaulate what is and isn’t working, free from the holiday stress and cold, winter weather.
I already shared five of my scrapbooking goals for the next year during my 5th Scrap-i-versary Celebration, but since my twenty-ninth birthday was on Tuesday (you can read more about my thoughts on turning the big Two-Nine here), I thought today would be a good day to share a little bit about my personal goals for my twenty-ninth year.
Ok so, guru may be a bit of a stretch, haha, but I would like this to be the year where I at least start to feel like I’m actually on top of things.
Taking action. Getting things done.
Or at least not forgetting things.
I feel like I’ve made some good progress in the last year or two but as a big idea person who tends to get bogged downed by planning and details, I still have room for improvement. Ideally, I’d like to get to a point where I feel good about how I’m spending my time because I know it’s exactly what I should be doing right then, whether it’s working, scrapbooking or just hanging out with the hubby.
Having grown up in California, I’m no stranger to the idea of green living. We’re currently living in a high-performance green home which is a great start but I am definitely looking for more simple, easy ways Adam and I can do our part to help out Mother Earth. Things like using reusable bags and water bottles, reducing our overall use of paper, limiting the amount of toxins and chemicals we bring into our homes and bodies and just overall being more aware and smart about the choices we make. I’m not about to go all tree-hugging hippie, haha, but I would definitely like to do more than we are right now.
My Canon Rebel XT turns 5 this year and while I love it to bits, I am definitely feeling ready for an upgrade. While I’m hoping this may happen in the next year or two, what I’m really looking to focus on with this goal is intention.
Rather than snapping lots of pictures in hopes of getting a good one, I want to slow down and take the time to really think about the photos before I take them. Be more aware of lighting and composition with the goal of taking less photos overall but getting more photos I LOVE.
As most people know, military life involves moving. We’ve lived in 4 different homes, two different states and two countries in less than 6 years, which I suppose is kind of a lot now that I think about it. (That doesn’t even include the three other countries Adam lived in while deployed.)
Although we owned our last home in Colorado, when we moved here to San Antonio, TX, we made the decision for a number of reasons to rent instead.
I’ll admit, making the adjustment from owning a home we LOVED to renting a house we like has been a bit of an adjustment. We’ve been here about eight months now and other than a bit of paint, some shelving and some Ikea purchases, we haven’t done a whole lot in the way of home design.
Enter what I’m lovingly referring to as: Operation Home Sweet Home, haha.
We’re going to be tackling lots of projects this year in an effort to really make this place feel like our own. Here’s to taking action and being more bold and adventurous in our design choices. If you like my use of bold color and pattern in my layouts, I think you’ll like what I have in store for my home as well. Should be an interesting adventure for sure!
I already wrote more about this goal in my Big Two Nine birthday post over at Sweet Shoppe Designs but the plan here is to document my twenty-ninth year in an awesome way. Whether that will be a daily, weekly, monthly project I haven’t quite decided but I am definitely leaning towards the idea of a Project Life type album. Guess we’ll see where I end up!
So those are the five main things I’m focusing on for my twenty-ninth year. Anyone else working on some big goals? Or even some awesome little goals? Are you a fan of New Years resolutions or do you, like me, think making a resolution with the plan to break it is silly? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Happy Birthday to me…happy birthday to me…
Today I am officially turning the big Two Nine and in honor of my birthday, I am guest blogging over at Sweet Shoppe Designs.
For those that don’t have my birthday written down as a national holiday in their calendar, (and really, why don’t you, haha) my 29th birthday is coming up on May 24th, which means as of today, I officially have only seven short days to finish up my 28@ 28 list. Derp.
Back in March when I last updated you on my 28 at 28 List progress (read all about my list here), I had completed 13 of the 28 items with 15 items still left to go.
Well I’m pleased to announce that as of today, May 17th, I have completed 16 of the 28 items, with 12 items still left to go. In seven days. Double derp.
The good news is despite my normally awesome procrastination skills, I have been kicking things into high gear around here in an effort to get ‘er done.
Since I know I don’t have time to finish everything at this point, I am focusing my efforts on the items I am most excited about and not worrying about the rest. I figure I’d much rather finish an item I love than spend a bunch of time on an item I was never that excited about in the first place. That’s right, I’m looking at you #15 – Learn to Shoot in Manual Mode.
So I thought with only a week to go, I’d post a little behind-the-scenes peek of some of the craftier (scrapbookier?) projects I’m currently working on:
A look at my desk right now:
Why yes, that page does say “Today is December 14.” Did you not realize we’ve traveled back in time? Haha.
Number 10 on my 28 at 28 list is to complete my December Daily 2010 album so despite that it is obviously no longer December, I am pushing forward to finish this album for two reasons:
I LOVE looking through it and revisiting all the Christmas memories, some of which I’d totally forgotten even though it’s only May. (Is that a sign I’m getting old? I’m thinking maybe.) It makes me sad seeing it in an unfinished state.
I’d be able to check off both #10 Complete a December Daily album and #18 Complete at least one themed scrapbook album. That’s what I call getting more bang for my buck.
13 of the 25 pages are already finished and day 14 is almost done, which means I’ve got 12 more pages to finish in 7 days. I’m thinking this is going to be a tough task to complete but I’m going to try my best to get into the holiday mood. I am however drawing the line at listening to Christmas music in May. A girl has to have standards.
Random embarrassing Nettio scrapbooking moment: As I was flipping through my December Daily album on Saturday, I found myself thinking “Wow, my handwriting looks REALLY good on these pages!” And then I realized it was the custom handwriting font Darcy made me. And felt a bit silly. But, see? That’s how awesome her fonts are! You should get your own custom font here.
This is the other big crafty task I’m attempting to tackle this week. I’ve been wanting to create an art/scrap canvas forever, ever since I saw this art canvas by Ali Edwards several years ago (photo found here on Flickr):
I absolutely loved the clean lines and blocking (no real surprise there, I don’t think I’ve met a blocked design I didn’t love), the mix of photos and paper and the fun touches of paint. But I’ve never gotten around to making one.
So when I was writing up my 28 at 28 list I purposely added this item to my list with this specific inspiration piece in mind so rather than reinvent the wheel, I’m going to go ahead and use Ali’s canvas as a jumping off point for my own.
My current plan is to use digital supplies for the blocking creating my design in Photoshop first and then printing all the blocks out with my printer and adhering them to the canvas. Seems easy enough.
Ali’s original canvas was 24×30 inches which makes each of the squares around 6×6 inches, but I’m thinking I’m most likely going to scale the squares down to a closer to 4×4 inches so I can print four squares to a page and save some paper and ink.
It’ll be an interesting crafting adventure for sure. Hopefully one that doesn’t end with me covered in paint. Haha.
In addition to my craftier projects, I’m also working on a few non-crafty projects.
Last night, I finished my 5th non-fiction book last night, Tina Fey’s Bossypants so that’s one more item I’ve checked off this week. Go me.
I’m hoping to squeeze in two more classic movies (I’ve watched three) and possibly a bike ride over the weekend. Adam and I have been talking about the bike ride for a few weeks now but the main hitch is we’ll have to rent bikes because the bikes we own were destroyed by rust back in college when we had to store them outside. (We were clearly terrible Davis bike owners.)
So what about you? Are you working on any awesome layouts or projects this week? Up against a tight deadline? Let me know in the comments! And if you’ve got any suggestions for must-see classic movies, I’m am open to recommendations so feel free to share those as well.