Tag Archives: New York City

JumpIn! An Adult Ball Pit

Would you visit an adult ball pit? When I first heard the U.K. exhibit was coming to NYC, I was thrilled and made a reservation immediately.

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Then the date of our reservation rolled around and I started to wonder if it would be lame or if I’d find it boring. I was even feeling a bit embarrassed I dragged my up-for-anything friend to it.

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But once I walked into Pearlfisher, the organization hosting the exhibit, I immediately realized this was going to be a blast. The pool was beautiful with 81,000 white balls meant to resemble snow.

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Everyone in the pit was smiling and laughing, including my friend, who had the biggest grin on her face.

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And that’s really what the exhibit is about – encouraging us to play and have fun without thinking about anything else, just being present and experiencing the pool. Experiencing something new changes your thinking and sparks creativity.

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So would you JumpIn?

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NYC Meow Parlour Cat Cafe

Warning there will be lots of photos of cats and cat-shaped things.

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NYC Meow Parlour is part cafe and part cat heaven.  The idea came from crowded Asian cities with small apartments that wouldn’t allow pets. These cafes let you interact with cats in a homey environment, without having the responsibility of being a full-time cat mom (or dad).

It’s kind of perfect. If I didn’t have two cats of my own, I’d probably live at a cat cafe.

The best part, they’re adoptable! But I can’t imagine the cats wanting to leave. The cat cafe was  glorious – so many places for them to climb, sleep, and play!

We went in the middle of the day, so the cats were doing what they do best.

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Sleeping.

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This is an ottoman with a cat bed inside. Brilliant.

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Our trip wouldn’t be complete without some excitement.

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There was lots of drama over the toys.

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Sleeping in the toy box because #yolo.

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My friend Sara and I booked our visit to the cafe months in advance! That’s how busy it is! So as not to exhaust the poor kitties, they limit the amount of people who can visit the cafe in a day.

You can also purchase coffee and treats at the cafe across the street and bring them into the cat area. Are you ready for this?

So many cat shaped sweets!

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It was all very cute. And tasty!

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The whole cafe was super cute and calming. It had everything you’d find in your favorite coffee shops, plus cats!

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the weekender, New York edition 1/18

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In honor of living in a big city and a small space, I’ve rounded up some of links just for you, New Yorkers (that’s me!).

3-in-one breakfast stations, portable laundry machines, and counter top dishwashers. I swoon at these small space solutions.

I am so ready to nerd out at the Museum of Mathematics.

I could spend hours looking at the American Museum of Natural History’s flickr.

Make your friends believe you have a sixth sense of knowing where the subway doors will open by using this (gross) trick.

30 vegetarian sandwiches done right. Can’t wait.

Also, the best dive bars in NYC followed up with the best hangover foods.

p.s. my favorite things about New York so far:

Water is immediately offered at  every restaurant.
No iceberg lettuce. Every salad I’ve had has legitimate greens.
Stinky cheese and sharp cheddar in abundance.
Hot water in all bathroom faucets. What?! In Florida, this never happens.

life moves fast

The past few months have been quite a struggle. I’ve been dealing with pesky medical issues and snags in my relationships, stress at my job and less than average performance with my personal goals. All the while, I’ve been trying to make a tough life decision.

I’ve been riding horses for nine months now. I’m finally getting up to a canter – a movement that scares me. It’s a different pace with a faster rhythm and makes me feel like I am no longer the one in control. The horse’s body bolts forward thrusting you back. Its breathing changes, the hooves pound loudly and quickly and your whole body sways, struggling to stay on. And when this happens, I desperately want to pull on the reins. I want so badly to pull back.

My trainer yells, “Let her go! Just let her go!” And I just let the horse go. And for a few seconds,  our bodies are moving in sync and beautifully fast and it’s simply exhilarating. I forget about the fear. I’m just cantering.

Like the natural rhythm of the canter, my life is trying to move forward, and I’ve been pulling on the reins for too long.

And it seems everything is falling into place and things feel right again. My life is moving forward. With monumental happiness, I’m ready to share my exciting news.

I’m moving to New York City! Ryan and I bought our one-way tickets. We depart January 15.

Letting this settle in feels completely right. My cheeks hurt, I was smiling so much today as I shared my news with my coworkers.

And my life is moving forward in other ways. I just bought my first DSLR camera, which takes fantastic photos (for the blog!), I’m learning photoshop, and my coding skills are slowly improving.

I have my first horse show this Saturday! I can’t wait. I’m only competing in a walk/trot, but still. It’s so much fun.

Christmas Lights

And I’m so ready for this holiday season. This week Ryan and I put up our Christmas lights.

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And Watson wanted so badly to help.

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And this weekend, we ran in the Jingle Bell Run, which is my all-time favorite.

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Everyone runs with a jingle bell on their shoe. I wore a light-up santa hat and a light up necklace.

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And Adrienne joined us, to celebrate her one year running anniversary! I’m so proud of her.

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I’ve got a lot of great crafts planned for this Holiday season. I can’t wait to start sharing them.

I’ll also be documenting how I plan to move to New York. Right now, I’m just concentrating on what (craft supplies) I’m taking with me. We’re getting rid of most everything, and basically only taking what can fit in our suit cases on the plane. It’s hard to part with stuff, but I’m excited for a fresh start.   I also got confirmation today that I’ll have a place to live when I get to NY. I’ll be staying with one of my best friends. And I found out I will be able to keep my job! Temporarily. They’re letting me work remotely for a few months. Now, all I have to do is find a stable.