A week back in NYC turned out to be the best way to celebrate Thanksgiving. From time with family and friends to perfect parade weather, it was an experience I won’t soon forget. It’s true what they say: New York City is the best place in the world when you don’t live there. Who’s they, you ask? Idk. But they say it.
- Touring Bridgeport: After the parade, I ventured out of the city to my great aunt’s home in Connecticut. She took me on an incredible tour down memory lane: I saw the homes where my mom and grandpa grew up; the church my grandparents were married in; the college my grandpa and some of his brothers attended; the street named after my great-grandfather and much more. My heart is still so full from our special time shared.
- UCB East: After returning to the city Saturday, I went to a 3-on-3 improv tournament at UCB East to support my hilarious friend Chrissie and her talented group, Mannequin Room. They had a killer semis performance and advanced to the final show, where they placed 2nd. I’d never been to a show with this sort of setup, and it didn’t disappoint. There was a group who specialized in spontaneous song and another who somehow made infant mortality rates funny… yeah, just think about that.
- “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: I was super smart to do the math and figure out how far in advance free tickets go up for our fave talk show. All humble bragging aside, I’m so glad we were able to attend Monday’s taping! We laughed endlessly and enjoyed seeing guests John Goodman, Alexis Bledel and David Gray. Jimmy even did a Q&A with the audience while David and his band set up, which was super nice. Dare I say, it was my favorite Tonight Show appearance yet!
- “Babylon” – David Gray: True to form, I’ve gotta get this earworm back into your brains. To celebrate his Tonight Show appearance and greatest hits album, here’s a reminder of his most popular song in the US. It’s been stuck in my head since Sunday, when we played it on repeat to get pumped for his performance. I have no doubt it’ll be stuck in yours soon enough, too.
- Foley’s: I met a friend for drinks at this Midtown spot recently and loved the whole atmosphere. Dwight Gooden happened to be signing autographs, but the drink specials, food and memorabilia will keep me coming back.
- #whatshouldwecallme: OK, this tumblr has to be in my top five all-time. The gifs so perfectly capture everyday situations. My friends send these out regularly, and I highly encourage you to do the same.
- essie Ballet Slippers: I’ve been in a nail color rut lately and needed something spectacular for my weekly self-manicure. Enough pizazz to get noticed, but enough polish for the office — no wonder it’s a bestseller.
- Miss USA 2013: Sunday’s annual pageant did not disappoint — from Utah’s interview response (video below) to Alabama repping my sorority beautifully and Connecticut’s heartfelt victory lap. My only question: Why was a JoBro co-hosting?
In exactly one week, I’ll be packing for a trip to Chicago (my first). In order to hold off my excitement and focus on all that needs to get done before then, I present this week’s distractions. Makes perfect sense, I swear.
This Necklace: I’m a fan of sparkly things, especially when they’re dripping in jewel tones and add drama to an otherwise basic outfit. This pretty little thing has graced my neck a few times recently, and I always receive compliments for its stunning design. Side note: Francesca’s Collections is deserving of its own WO post. Just ask The Budget Babe!
ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS!: A dear co-worker of mine shared this site with me recently, and I have fallen in love. What’s more precious than cuddly animals?* Cuddly animals TALKING AT YOU IN ALL CAPS! The captions are hysterical, although sometimes graphic. And if you don’t understand this one, watch this.
Dine Tampa Bay’s Restaurant Week: Between Aug. 19 (so, now) and Sept. 2, Tampa Bay-ians can enjoy specially priced three (or more) course meals from area restaurants. You can reserve through the site or on your own, but anything with a foolproof process that leads to fine dining is right up my alley. I enjoyed the deal at Bella’s Italian Café tonight — mangia!
Back-to-School Commercials: Although my Facebook and Twitter feeds have been flooded with BTS messages, I’m still smiling. The commercials from Target are fantastic, especially when one of my cubemates insists on singing the Art Teacher song all day long. Special shout-out to my many family members (I think 11?) and friends (hundreds?) who are educators. Without you, nothing is possible.
*Not all animals featured are in fact, cuddly. Please don’t think the stingray is cuddly, kids — lest we forget Steve Irwin’s untimely demise. Too soon?