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Our Two-Year Anniversary

I can hardly believe it – Matt and I have been dating for two years! In truth, it feels like longer than that (and not just because we were “together” for a few months before officially dating). It truly feels like I’ve known Matt for my whole life, but also our time spent together has gone by in the blink of an eye. Our anniversary last year was spent on a staycation at the W Hotel in Hoboken, so it felt fitting to be on an actual vacation for this time around. Matt’s work trip just happened to match up with our July 8th anniversary, so we did some research ahead of time and chose a dinner spot to celebrate at that night. We spent the day of our anniversary in Malibu, and after going back to the hotel to rest and clean ourselves up, headed downtown. We found ourselves at The Craftsman Bar & Kitchen for a pre-dinner drink. This spot is a gastropub with a cool rustic-chic vibe. As per usual, I got …

Being Bougie in Malibu

Our second day in California we started off at the Santa Monica beach, but after some recommendations from friends we decided to take the trip out to Malibu. Braving the heat, we called a car and searched for some places to go. Deciding upon the Malibu Pier, we hopped into the Uber with a friendly LA native and started the drive up the coast. “You’re going to Malibu?” he asked warily as we climbed in. We nodded. “Most drivers won’t take you out there,” he warned us, his eyes on the road. But he kept driving. “I’ll take you, though. But good luck getting back. Don’t stay too late or you’ll never get an Uber or Lyft – they’ll just cancel your trip. And sometimes there’s no service up there.” Matt and I exchanged worried glances, but we were already en route and it was too late to turn back. Funny enough, as we continued up the Pacific Coast highway to Malibu, our driver asked where we were from. Ironically, Matt answered “New Jersey” while …

Santa Monica: Part 2

Upon waking up on Sunday, we felt much more refreshed and ready to take on the day. Although we didn’t have a set agenda, we did want to make sure we checked out the beach. So with our travel-sized sun screens in tow, we made our way to the Santa Monica beach. One difficult thing about Santa Monica (and California in general, so I have heard) is the lack of public transportation. I’m so used to taking subways everywhere in New York, but we ended up spending a lot on Ubers this trip. Matt tried the Bird and Lime scooters, which seemed to be the primary mode of transportation for most people our age in Santa Monica, but I was a little too chicken to follow suit. In any case, we made it to the beach (thanks, Uber). Although it definitely wasn’t my favorite beach I’ve ever been to, it was cool to get to see the mountains in the distance and touch the Pacific Ocean for the first time. It seemed like a very …

Santa Monica: Part 1

We just got back from SANTA MONICA! Yes, that’s right, in California. And if you know me at all, you know I rarely travel due to the fact that I truly detest flying. In fact, I travel so little that the first day I was in Santa Monica, my bank cancelled my credit card because they just assumed that, given my typical spending, I’m much too boring to take a trip across the country. Kidding, kidding… kind of. Anyway, we were super lucky to be given this opportunity through Matt’s company. He works west coast territory, so they wanted to fly him out to meet his Californian coworkers. And, lucky me got to tag along. I hadn’t been to California since I was about thirteen visiting a friend who lived outside of LA, so I was definitely excited to go back. We had Saturday and Sunday to explore, and then would both be working from the Santa Monica WeWork Monday-Wednesday. Our flight left early Saturday morning and we arrived around 11am Pacific time, which gave …

Work Perks, Miami Style

Every year in January, my company decides to up its awesomeness level and take us to an offsite in Miami. This year was our second annual Miami Offsite, and it did not disappoint. Well, the weather definitely did disappoint (it was about 60°F and windy every day we were there) but it was an otherwise great trip. For the second year in a row, we stayed at the Eden Roc – a beautiful resort on the beach next door to the Fontaine Bleu (which is my favorite Miami hotel, so always happy to be in the vicinity). My friend, Alex, and I shared a room and (due to a shortage of doubles) also a king sized bed. The rooms were beautiful and clean, and the view from the balcony was breathtaking as always. For the majority of the offsite, we were in conference rooms listening to presentations, or breakout rooms working in teams with our departments or cross-functionally. During those hours of the day, we could very well have been in a hotel in Wisconsin, …

Floridian Thanksgiving: Part 3

Welcome to the third and final installment of what I’m sure is a fiercely captivating trilogy telling the tale of my Floridian adventures. One of my new favorite spots down there is Benny’s On the Beach in Lake Worth – big thanks to Matt’s mom for introducing it to us. Benny’s is, unsurprisingly, on the beach! It’s attached to a great pier and offers unreal ocean views. Also, alcohol! Aside from the fact that they were out of straws, napkins, pasta salad, and the chicken & waffles Matt so strongly desired, the food and service was great. The biggest draw, however, is definitely the location. We went after our trip to the Morikami Gardens, so the weather was perfect for a beach-front meal. Let me take you away on another photographic journey to the mystical land of Benny’s On the Beach.

Floridian Thanksgiving: Part 2

For part 2 of this installment, I am going to transport you physically, mentally, and emotionally (okay, definitely not physically and probably not emotionally but you get the gist) to beautiful Japan. And by that I mean a Japanese garden in Delray Beach, FL that I suspect is very comparable to a real place in Japan. In any case, Matt and I went to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens while we were in Florida and – no exaggeration and all jokes aside – it was breathtaking. We got really lucky with the weather – it was a beautiful sunny day, not too humid, and there was enough shade offered throughout the gardens to keep me from passing out. Since I probably don’t have anything else beneficial to say (Matt was the one reading the brochure about the gardens, but since I was taking pictures I gained approximately zero educational value from the experience) I will leave you with the below photos to make you jealous and wish you too were in Japan… er, I …

Floridian Thanksgiving: Part 1

I’ve never been one to celebrate the holidays in a warm and/or tropical location. My fair complexion and bizarrely low tolerance for the heat definitely make the idea less than appealing in most cases, but when the opportunity arose this year to give it a try I figured why the HECK not? Said opportunity was thanks to Matt’s parents having made the move down to Delray Beach, Florida earlier this year. They were kind enough to open up their home to me for the holidays (food included… oh so much food). So, I put on my big-girl pants and made the grueling less than 3-hour flight down to Florida, SOLO. That’s right, not only am I pale and heat-intolerant, I am also terrified of flying!!! Such a winning combo, Matt is so lucky to have me. Anywho, after experiencing the most turbulent takeoff of my life (#veryblessed) it was relatively smooth sailing down to Florida. I was lucky enough to have a window seat with (drumroll please) no one in the middle seat next to! …

#MarkeyPartyof2

So, some of you may be wondering (I doubt anyone is wondering, but this felt right for effect) why Matt and I made the trip to the Adirondacks this weekend. Well folks, wonder no more! My friend and co-worker, Crystal, married her best friend of many years, Eddie, this past Saturday in Lake Placid. Matt and I were honored to join them to celebrate their wedding and new marriage along with their family and close friends. This was one of the first weddings I had attended (aside from one that went horribly awry at a very young age when I was also the flower girl — I’ll leave it at that — and my cousin’s very small, intimate wedding in Rochester a few years ago), and it sure did not disappoint. Since I think at this point pictures speak louder than words, I will leave it to the weekend’s photos to tell the tale of Crystal and Eddie’s wedding. But I will say, any wedding I go to in the future that doesn’t end in …

Our Adirondack Adventure

This past weekend, Matt and I embarked upon one of our biggest adventures yet — conquering the Adirondacks! Okay, well we didn’t exactly conquer them, but we did drive all the way up there from my parents’ house in New Jersey. Beyond that, we pretty much just stopped the car every so often once we made it into the mountains. And by that I mean we would be driving, see other cars pulled over, continue to drive by them, realize we should probably be stopping to see whatever they were looking at, and turn around. These spontaneous stops proved to be some of the best (and most breathtaking) parts of the trip. Our first spontaneous stop brought us to a lake off the side of the highway. We (of course) drove by it, realized we had just passed something really cool, and promptly turned the car around. Once we parked, we made our way down a slope to the edge of the water. The view was incredible. Matt, a bit braver than I, walked out …