Monday, May 31, 2010

Almost Reality

NYC has quickly turned into our home away from home. I feel like it has been so long since I've seen my family, friends, or even familiar face. Though slightly intimidating, New York is an amazing place to be and I have loved our time here so far. This has been the longest period of time since getting married that we have had just to ourselves without school, work, swimming, etc. I have been so spoiled to have Ty all to myself...but now I am starting to realize that come next's all over and I will rarely get to see him! I started my internship last week, but he is going to be working ridiculously long hours when he starts on June 7th. All of this play time will soon be over and the real work will begin. I was secretly hoping that all of this one-on-one time with Ty would make me get sick of him so that I wont mind when he starts work, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen ; ) Here is a list of random things we have learned since coming to the city:

1. Longest line=best food.
2. Birds and squirrels in NYC are just like the people who live here, they have no awareness of personal space. (see figure 1)
3. Most of the people who are overly nice to you are trying to sell you something.
4. Roller blading is cool again! Who knew? ( see figure 2)
5. We would not survive without GPS and the iPhone
6. It's not normal to go to the grocery store anymore, you have to order your groceries online and have them delivered. duh. (Fresh Direct)
7. If we hear of someone who lives in a one bedroom apartment opposed to a studio, we are envious and think they are oh so established.
8. 2 grand/month for rent is reasonable.
9. Being married in your twenties is stranger to most than the guy digging for a treat in the garbage can at the subway station. (wish I had a pic for this, it is common.)
10. Ty needs a haircut. (figure 3)

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 3

˙Just us˙

Monday, May 24, 2010

First Day!

Today was my first day of work here in NYC! I didn't get much sleep last night because I was laying awake stressing about it. I wish I wouldn't have stressed so much because it turned out to be so exciting and fun. I loved every second of it! I was definitely nervous when I was walking into the Fox News headquarters. I didn't know who I was meeting or where I was supposed to go. I felt like a kindergartner being dropped off for my first day of school when Ty said goodbye to me at the door (yes, I made him take me).
After meeting my team and becoming more acquainted with the building, my nerves all went away. Everyone there was so sweet and nice to me, they really welcomed me into the group. It was definitely exciting to meet Glenn Beck and find out what I will be doing from day to day at the show. My hours are a little long (8-6 Mon-Fri) but I can honestly say I am excited for it and can't wait for the experiences I'm going to have. Yay!
This past weekend Ty and I went to Brooklyn and ate at the famous "Grimaldi's Pizza". Hands down the best pizza I have every had. Ty and I ate an entire large pizza on our own in about 10 minutes. After we ate, (by the way, we had to earn our meal by waiting in line for over an hour!...told you it's famous) we got ice cream at The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and then walked back into the city on the Brooklyn Bridge. This is something I will never forget! The views of the city and the water were beautiful.
Line at Grimaldi's

This picture does not do the Brooklyn Bridge justice, but at least you get an idea!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

BIG apple

The past two days we have spent in the city doing nothing but playing, enjoying, and discovering. It's always fun to see such famous places in person, and it's even cooler now that we get to see them all the time. This is our first and last week in the city together before our jobs start : ( so we are living it up and doing everything we can while we still have time.

First stop was Fox News, of course! I am making Ty take me there every day so I can get the subway route down before I start on Monday and have do undergo the commute alone.

Then it was off to Times Square. What a crazy place! Fun to visit, but I am glad we live on the other side of town where things are more quiet and "normal".

We then made our way up to Columbus Circle on the south end of Central Park and shopped around at the mall up there. I love Central Park, it really is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city! I'm looking forward to running, picnicking, and just hanging out there more this summer.

While we were in Times Square yesterday, this guy came up to us and said, "Do you want free tickets for the David Letterman show tomorrow?" Ty and I looked at each other and then said, "Uh, Yeah..." we had been looking for a way to get tickets to a show taping. Then the guy told us there was a catch, of course. We had to answer a trivia question. I thought we were done for. I pleaded to the guy to ask us an easy one, so he asked, "What color of hair does the announcer on the show have? It's unique and natural." I said, "red?" Good thing he gave us the hint because I had no idea! And we got the tickets! It was so cool! Today was the perfect day to go to the show because it was pouring rain all day. AND...P-diddy was there! We couldn't have cameras in there so I don't have proof, but he really was there! If you watch tonight maybe you'll see Ty and I in the audience. Probably not. The funniest thing about the show was the producers reminding us like 50 times to make sure we laugh as hard as we can after every joke Dave says. We had to practice laughing and everything. They told us that even if we don't think the joke is funny at all, we have to laugh like it was the funniest thing we've ever heard. So next time you watch the show or one like it, remember that the audience is being forced to laugh! Just sayin.

After the show we stopped by this cute bakery and got a PB & J cupcake. SO GOOD!

New York is fun.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

24 hours

The past 24 hours have been nuts. After we arrived to our new apt yesterday morning, we threw all of our stuff on the floor and headed out to grab lunch and groceries. It was such a beautiful day and we had so much fun walking around and seeing what surrounds our building.While out and about, we ran into Ty's work building. This is the place he will be spending all of his time starting June 7th. He will literally be there twice as much as our apt.

You can't tell here but this building is 43 stories high!

Our friends Mary Martha and Andrew Checketts invited us to head out to New Canaan, CT to go to Andrew's little brother Ben's wedding. The wedding was last night and we decided we wanted to go to see the Checketts and also to see New Canaan. Ty lived there when we was little so it seemed like a fun opportunity to check it out. I am so glad we went! The almost 2 hour commute to New Canaan by subway and train was totally worth it. The reception was absolutely stunning and it was great to see our friends out here. Tyler was able to reconnect with a ton of old family friends.

Me in Grand Central Station catching the Train to Connecticut.

Us with Mary Martha and Andrew.

Beautiful flowers at the reception.

Classy peeps at the shin dig.

New Canaan is the most adorable, charming place. I loved the beautiful homes surrounded by woods, and everything is so green there. I would highly recommend stopping by if you're ever on the east coast!

We didn't get home until about 1:30am...we were exhausted! Church today was at 10am, but we were excited to go and see our new ward. It did not disappoint! The people were all so welcoming and sweet to us. I can't wait to get to know them better.

This is for real our ward. We would have walked right past it, but we met a member on the subway who thankfully showed us the way.

So far I'd say things in NY are going pretty well! I might be a little home sick though...I feel far away from normal life!!! The biggest shock so far was going to the grocery store and spending $5.50 on a gallon of milk! We might starve!
Please send help ; )

Saturday, May 15, 2010


We just made it to our apt in New York! We had a perfect view of Manhattan when we flew in this morning. It is a beautiful day here in the city and we cannot wait to unpack and then figure out our surroundings. Though our place is a bit smaller than we were anticipating, the views are incredible. We can see the water on one side and Trinity Church on the other. Ty is blasting the Empire State of Mind song. HAH. More to come.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

FUN in Raleigh

So here is an update of what we have been up to in North Carolina!

We went to this amazing beach house last week in Topsail Beach, NC. The house where we stayed was adorable...looks like it came right out of Pottery Barn.

Ty had fun skim boarding.

Us hangin in our whiteness.

The pantalones I made! Go me! Don't know how to turn the pic around unfortunately.

This it Ty's group of friends from high school. We met up with them for dinner last night. It was great catching up and reminiscing on old times.

Only 4 more days until New York! We have had so much fun in Raleigh, but can't wait to get to the city. I feel like we are homeless right now.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

NC so far...

Ok so I don't have any pictures YET of North Carolina, but so far it has been great! We have just loved spending time with Tyler's family. We have been staying up late playing games and watching Glee. Last night we played Speed Scrabble...I was terrible at it but it was still fun.
Also, I am actually making something! Ok, I haven't really started it but today I went to a fabric store and bought pretty fabric to make these cute PJ pants! I know, amazing right? My sweet mother-in-law is teaching me.
Tomorrow we are going to Topsail Beach to visit Ty's brother and his fam. I'm so excited to go to the beach! Imma get my tan on.
I will try to remember to take pictures and put them up.